Message from Kenneth M. Jastrow, II
Chair, The Campaign for Texas
The Campaign for Texas has given us a chance to make history, and we’re doing it. Again.
The $3 billion campaign enters its final year on a re-energized campus that looks much different from when the campaign started in 2006. Since then The University of Texas at Austin has undergone an explosive transformation, welcoming such facilities of the future as the Belo Center for New Media, a new Liberal Arts Building, the Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, Dell Computer Science Hall, the Student Activity Center, and the Holland Family Student Center in the Jackson School of Geosciences.
And those are just the projects that have been completed. On the horizon are the Engineering Education and Research Center; a new epicenter of graduate business education, Robert B. Rowling Hall; and a renovated Briscoe Center for American History. And in 2016 we’ll welcome our first class to the Dell Medical School.
It’s a building boom reminiscent of the 1930s when the campus community rallied to raise money for four key buildings on campus — the Texas Union, Gregory Gymnasium, Anna Hiss Gymnasium, and Hogg Auditorium — all during the depths of the Depression.
The rallying cry for UT alumni during the ’30s was “For Texas I Will.” They didn’t say, “For Texas I Will — When Things Get Better.” They completed the construction of the four buildings between 1930 and 1933.
Today’s University of Texas family has shown similar dedication, with UT posting its best fundraising year on record in 2012-13. We’ll need that level of resolve — and more — to make our $3 billion goal within the next year.
We have an opportunity to be a part of something special with the capital campaign. We have the privilege of making The University of Texas the best public research university in the nation. This will be a gift to generations of students to come, to our state, and to the world. It will also be a gift to us — to participate in this ambitious endeavor that will generate results that endure long past our lifetime.
For Texas we will!