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2008 Entomology Science Conference Held

Department Uses New Video Sites For Recruitment

Fall Semester Time of Change for Faculty and Administration

Students Receive Presidential Graduation Send-Off This Fall

"And The Award Goes to...Entomology!" Numerous Awards Given to Faculty, Staff and Students

The Christmas
Spider Legend

On Christmas eve, a long time ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year... Christmas day, the day on which the little Christ child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner on the ceiling. They had fled to the farthest corner of the attic.

The Christmas tree was beautifully decorated. The poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree, nor be present for the little Christ child's visit. Then the oldest and wisest spider suggested that perhaps they could wait until everyone went to bed and then get a closer look.

When the house was dark and silent, the spiders crept out of their hiding place. When they neared the Christmas tree, they were delighted with the beauty of it. The spiders crept all over the tree, up and down, over the branches and twigs and saw every one of the pretty things.

The spiders loved the Christmas tree. All night long they danced in the branches, leaving them covered with spider webs. In the morning, when the little Christ child came to bless the house, he was dismayed! He loved the little spiders for they were God's creatures, but he knew the mother, who had worked so hard to make everything perfect, would not be pleased when she saw what the spiders had done.

With love in his heart and a smile on his lips, the little Christ child reached out and gently touched the spider webs. The spider webs started to sparkle and shine! They had all turned into sparkling, shimmering silver and gold.

According to legend, ever since this happened, people have hung tinsel on their Christmas trees. It has also become a custom to include a spider among the decorations on the Christmas tree.

December 25

January 1
New Year's Day

January 12-16, 2009
2009 Texas A&M AgriLife Conference

January 14, 2009 Annual Meeting of Faculty, Staff, and Students in the Department of Entomology

January 14-16, 2009
PCO Conference

January 20
First Day of Spring Semester Classes


Department Uses New Video Sites For Recruitment

The Department has entered a new age in recruiting new students to TAMU Entomology—the video age.

Since late spring, the folks at Solpugid Productions have partnered with the Department in catchy, professional recruiting videos for the public to view while surfing the Web. The vids feature both faculty and students and shows in an entertaining way about what life in the Department is all about.

In addition to having the videos on the departmental site (, we have created an iTunes account and a new YouTube channel to broadcast our recruiting efforts to the public.

All videos can be found at our website at or going to our YouTube channel located at