Student leadership organization Fish Aides seeks to empower not only its members, but also every individual that its members encounter, through encouragement, enthusiasm and service.

To give back to those who have served the university daily and to provide freshmen students an environment to grow and learn from one another, Fish Aides hosted its third annual Custodial Appreciation Banquet in the Bethancourt Ballroom on May 4. Last year the banquet was given a “Program of the Year” award at the Student Government Association Awards banquet.

The banquet serves as a way to thank the people who maintain the cleanliness of Texas A&M University campus, said event director and Business Honors senior Hunter Dansby. “These hundreds of people we see throughout the day working diligently to ensure that we have a great experience at Texas A&M are frequently not thanked or go unnoticed,” he said. “This event seeks to say one big ‘Thank You’ to all of those who work tirelessly for us. It is a special event because it is one of the very few times that the students get to serve their custodians.”

The event is free each year for all university custodians. Fish Aide members solicit donations to cover the cost of the ballroom rental, food and prizes.


Fish Aides is composed of 40 freshmen, four sophomore co-chairs, two junior assistant directors and one executive director. Members can advance to the position of director after serving as a co-chair and assistant director.

The 2015 director said he had a great year. “If I did not love this organization, I would not have committed my four years of college to it,” Dansby said. “I have loved my experience as director — I love leading and being on a team that spends most of our time investing in the lives of 40 young freshmen. It is a very rewarding experience.”

Dansby is also active in Brotherhood of Christian Aggies, Mays Business School Titans of Investing Group XIX and Mays Business Fellows Group XXXII. Upon graduation in May, he has committed to teaching high school math in Durham, N.C., through Teach For America.


Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,900 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.