Recent charitable gifts to The University of Texas at Austin continue the long record of giving by Creekmore and Adele Fath, who were two of Austin’s leading citizens in the latter half of the 20th century. Creekmore Fath, known to his intimates as Creek, was a friend and colleague to Texas political standouts such as [...]
Started in 2005 in the College of Natural Sciences, FRI is turning students like Moorhead into innovators by putting them in advanced research labs at the beginning of their educational experience rather than at the end.
The ExxonMobil Foundation has given a record $1.31 million to The University of Texas at Austin as a match of 353 unique gifts made by the company’s employees and retirees during the past calendar year.
The grand-prize winner, industrial biotechnology company Visolis, beat out 39 other teams from top graduate programs around the world to receive a prize package worth $75,000.
Spaceships hurtling toward you. Touchdown receptions an arm’s length away. Front-row seats at big concerts. These experiences—or at least the illusion of them—are increasingly common in movie theaters and living rooms thanks to 3-D technology. And now UT radio-television-film students will have access to the nation’s first comprehensive 3-D production curriculum.
A $6.6 million gift from the estate of Gardner Marston, BA ’53, of La Jolla, Calif., will boost graduate student recruitment and support in UT’s Department of History. “This is a tremendous example of what planned giving can do for the future of the university,” says Randy Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Our college [...]
Donations Matched Up to Total of $25,000 UT alumna Dr. Mary Braunagel-Brown is committed to the establishment of an endowment supporting women undergraduates selected for INSPIRE Leadership, a three-year revolving program serving sophomores to seniors that helps women develop the skills they need to achieve the highest levels within their chosen academic fields. Dr. Braunagel-Brown is matching [...]
Bill Gates made an appearance on campus for the March 6 opening of the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall, a 140,000-square-foot, $120 million complex for the university’s top-10 ranked Department of Computer Science. The computer science complex received $30 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for [...]
A new home for Liberal Arts The new 200,000-square-foot glass and limestone College of Liberal Arts Building opened just in time for the spring semester, giving more than 10,000 liberal arts students a new home for the first time in decades. Of the $87 million in projected costs, donors contributed $20 million, the College of [...]
Welcoming 126,000 visitors each year, the Blanton Museum of Art inspires people of all ages and interests. And now the museum is marking a major milestone. On February 16, 2013, it will kick off celebrations of the 50th year since its founding with a grand gala and special anniversary exhibition. A cultural haven on the [...]
The University of Texas Elementary School has received a 2012 Dell Powering the Possible grant to support the expansion and enhancement of the school’s science and technology curriculum. The grant is for $80,000. Now in its 10th year of operation, UT Elementary is firmly established as a research-based demonstration school in the heart of East [...]
Giving back to UT is better than gridiron glory for this NFL star.
Big things happen when companies invest in The University of Texas at Austin. For proof just look at Dell, Inc., which is working with UT to change lives in Central Texas and in the far corners of the world. Through the years, Dell, Inc., has given almost $22 million to the university. That’s not including [...]
By Jamey Smith Anyone seeking confirmation that The University of Texas transforms lives need look no further than two recent donations. Each represents a big thank you for a positive UT experience. You may have seen Zach Anner on television as host of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Rollin’ with Zach.” After besting the competition in [...]
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has awarded more than 50 research fellowships for 2012–13. The fellowships, funded by individual donors and organizations, support research projects in the humanities that require substantial on-site use of the center’s collections of manuscripts, rare books, film, photography, art and performing [...]
The ExxonMobil Foundation has given a record $1.19 million to The University of Texas at Austin as a match of gifts made by the company’s employees and retirees during the past calendar year. The donation is the largest matching gift the university has ever received and the largest the foundation gave to any institution for 2011. [...]
In what has become a spring tradition, the University Co-operative Society and The University of Texas at Austin awarded the University Co-op George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence on May 2. Each year the awards acknowledge undergraduate students nominated by their professors for recognition of their hard work and extraordinary contributions to their fields [...]
Professor Andrea Giunta has been appointed to the newly established Endowed Chair in Latin American Art History and Criticism in the College of Fine Arts’ Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. The chair is the first initiative paid for with earnings from the Longhorn Network. President Bill Powers [...]
By Jamey Smith For Brownsville’s Nick and Viveca Serafy, giving to the University is about more than improving its programs. It’s also about making those programs more accessible to area students who would not otherwise be able to take advantage of them. That’s why they support the Rio Grande Valley Scholars Program. “We hope our [...]
Shell Oil Company executives recently visited the University to present a check in the amount of $3,963,250, representing the company’s investment in UT for the year. About $3.5 million of the total is designated for sponsored research. Shell has active research partnerships with the University’s Cockrell School of Engineering and Jackson School of Geosciences. Those partnerships [...]
As a humanities research library and museum housing some of the world’s finest cultural collections, UT’s Harry Ransom Center has always had a certain flair. Now it has the complete Flair, following the donation of the personal archive of Fleur Cowles (1908–2009). Cowles published Flair, a magazine celebrated for its provocative design, enlightened articles, and [...]
Take America’s largest geosciences school —the Jackson School of Geosciences — and its top university petroleum and geosystems engineering program — at the Cockrell School of Engineering — connect them with some of the world’s leading geotechnology software companies, and the synergy that results is no small wonder. Landmark Graphics Corporation (a subsidiary of Halliburton [...]
By Jamey Smith If the names Donald and Sybil Harrington are familiar, it could be because they built a hugely successful independent Texas oil and gas operation — or because they chose to share their good fortune to aid worthy causes. The Amarillo couple married in 1935 and later created the Don and Sybil Harrington [...]
By Angela Curtis Mary Virginia Jacobs could tell Trina Sommerlatte was special from the moment the young nurse walked into her husband’s hospital room. She just had no idea how special. It was Thanksgiving weekend 2009. From the moment the two women met they shared an important interest: the health of Claud Jacobs, who was [...]
Impact. Community. Health. Those are the three central tenets of Austin’s St. David’s Foundation, and by investing in programs at UT, the organization supports all three. From its beginning in 1924, St. David’s HealthCare has grown to comprise seven hospitals, four surgery centers, and four urgent care clinics reaching from Georgetown to Kyle. In August [...]
The Campaign for Texas is a major undertaking, a campuswide effort to increase UT’s quality, competitiveness, and impact across the board. Gifts to the campaign are targeted at attracting and keeping first-rate faculty, creating new opportunities for talented students, boosting research and academic programs across all disciplines, and enhancing facilities on the University’s beautiful campus. [...]
By Laura Messer For most people, the ability to move their body is a natural, automatic aspect of daily life. But for children with a disability that requires a prosthetic device, the act of moving can be a significant daily challenge. Christopher J. Stanfill, MS ’10, a master’s-turned-doctoral student in kinesiology, hopes to help those [...]
UT students who yearn to experience Chinese culture firsthand may be pleased to learn that The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded $150,000 to the Study Abroad Office. The grant will provide approximately 45 scholarships for first-generation college students at the University to study in China over the next four years. President Barack Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative is [...]
The School of Nursing has received a $3 million grant from the St. David’s Foundation for the school’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (CHPR). The interdisciplinary center aims to decrease health disparities through faculty research and community-based health promotion programs. When the foundation recently announced $9.2 million in grants to [...]
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Dunning of Dallas have given $100,000 to the Forty Acres Scholars Program to support students majoring in social work. The Forty Acres Scholarship is a new merit-based, full-ride scholarship created by the Texas Exes to recruit and recognize exceptional students, enriching their lives and nurturing their development as future leaders. [...]
In what will be the company’s largest cash donation to The University of Texas at Austin, Dell has committed $5 million to the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The grant, which will be distributed to the RGK Center over five years, will build [...]
Four of the University’s most generous corporate partners — energy companies Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell — have collectively contributed nearly $3.5 million this year to support academic programs at UT Austin. Most of the philanthropic funding benefits students and programs in the Cockrell School of Engineering, Jackson School of Geosciences, McCombs School of Business, and [...]
For centuries the quest for knowledge has relied on the two pillars of the scientific method: hypothesis and experimentation. The process has served us well, but it has its limits. Scientific inquiry is the work of humans, after all, and we’re slow. What if lengthy and complex inquiries could be completed much more quickly and [...]
By Lauren Edwards If your house ever caught fire, it’s a safe bet you would want the firefighters who show up to have met Craig Weinschenk. A master’s-turned-doctoral student in mechanical engineering, he has been studying fire science since he arrived at the University in 2006. After applying to graduate programs across the country, the [...]
Howard and Nancy Terry of Houston have made a $1 million donation to support renovations and upgrades to student and visitor facilities at the Winedale Historical Complex, a division of the University’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. In honor of the gift, the facilities will be named the Nancy M. and Howard L. Terry Student Center. [...]
By Jamey Smith Music fans — and romantics — take note. There’s a new way you can support the Butler School of Music, thanks to a pair of philanthropy-minded young alumni. Kathryn Hutchison and Rami El-Farrah met in a music class when Kathryn, BM ’08, was an undergraduate and Rami, MM ’07, DMA ’10, had just [...]
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