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With our donors’ help, we’re changing the world. We’re fighting disease, educating leaders, creating a more sustainable environment, leading advances in the computer age, and gaining new insight into the human mind. Every day, your gifts are at work.

Speaking with Confidence

A Couple’s Gift Establishes a Unique New Resource to Help Those Who Stutter. Aiming to fill a sizeable gap in U.S. health care, a pair of donors has helped establish the first nonprofit institute within a university setting devoted to stuttering intervention and research. Housed in UT’s Moody College of Communication, it is also the only [...]

Helping Prosperity Grow

Longhorns Go Global to Improve Lives. Public service by UT students takes many forms, but some of the most far-reaching efforts are those that promote economic development and fight poverty worldwide. That is the case with the William H. Crook Program in International Affairs, which awards fellowships each year to support students working on concrete, [...]

Embrace the Crowd

The Campus Welcomes HornRaiser, a New Tool to Turn Innovative Ideas into Reality.   Students and faculty at UT have great ideas all the time, but the resources to get them off the ground? That’s often another story. Enter HornRaiser, the university’s official crowdfunding platform, which launched in the fall. Similar to Kickstarter, it offers [...]

Perspectives on a Changing Texas

A New Department Points the Way for the Nation As the first of its kind in the United States, UT’s newest academic department — up and running since fall 2014 — is also the first to directly address a new social reality: the growing influence of Mexican American and Latino populations nationwide. In Texas and [...]

Every Penny Counts: Little Longhorn Donates to UT Elementary

  By Courtney Sevener Little Longhorn makes a gift  to UT Elementary. To many, pennies have lost any and all value. Most people pass them by without bothering to pick them up. Not third-grader Liesl Geiger. She believes every coin in her piggy bank counts, especially when it can be donated to a good cause. [...]

A Battle for the Ages

  Laura Bush spearheads a campaign to rehabilitate one of UT’s most important buildings and honor a Texas pioneer. By Jamey Smith Predating the UT Tower by a quarter-century, Battle Hall stands, stately and majestic, as a reminder of the university’s early commitment to creating a campus environment that inspires excellence. But after continuously serving [...]

Students Give Big to Programs They Love

Reaching a goal is a fine thing. Blowing right by it? Even better. In a sign that the UT community is as generous as it is passionate, students, alumni, and friends gave more than three times the fundraising goal of the inaugural 40 Hours for the Forty Acres.

Nearly There

For the past eight years, the Campaign for Texas has been about people. Students and professors. Achievers and thinkers. Everyone in Texas benefits from a having a first-class university as the state’s flagship, and with each campaign gift made, more people have been able to realize their potential — and to change the world wherever their ambitions take them.

Taking Medicine to a New Level

By Jamey Smith With preparations for Dell Medical School moving full steam ahead — ground was officially broken in April — it’s worth remembering that the medical realm is hardly new territory for The University of Texas at Austin. The university is already deeply invested in health-related teaching, offering nationally ranked programs and 24 majors [...]

Moody Foundation invests $50 million in UT College of Communication

The Moody Foundation has announced a $50 million commitment to establish the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, creating the largest endowment for the study of communication of any public university in the nation. “The Moody Foundation has made a transformative gift to The University of Texas at Austin,” said [...]

McCombs annual campaign raises $2 million and alumni participation rate

The McCombs School of Business is celebrating two successes after concluding its annual alumni fundraising campaign: raising more than $2 million and increasing its alumni participation rate to 8.1 percent. McCombs alumni came together to raise the money through one-on-one appeals to their former classmates, many delivered via Facebook and Twitter. In all, 6,300 alumni [...]

Three Families Donate Magnum Photo Collection to UT

Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and John and Amy Phelan have donated the Magnum Photos collection to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The collection, containing nearly 200,000 press prints of images taken by world-renowned Magnum photographers, may be the single-largest donation to the Ransom Center ever.

Let’s Make History Together

Alumni and friends, engaged as never before, have sent the Campaign for Texas into record territory. But UT needs one more record-breaking year. The Campaign for Texas, the university’s ambitious $3 billion fundraising drive, comes down to a simple idea: making Texas and the world a better place. As UT keeps on doing what it [...]

Advancing Health: A Pediatric Geneticist Homes in on Diabetes, Obesity, and Birth Defects

Dr. Huiping Zhu, a research assistant professor in the School of Human Ecology’s Department of Nutritional Sciences, is a member of the Dell Pediatric Research Institute’s Finnell Lab, a team of epidemiologists, statisticians, clinicians, and geneticists working to discover the causes of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord such as spina bifida.

Into the Future with Rowling Hall

Call it a portal for progress—or a laboratory for bold, earth-shaking ideas. Either way, when Rowling Hall opens its doors in 2017, its contemporary architecture will support an exciting, modern take on business pedagogy, fulfilling the UT maxim that “what starts here changes the world.”

One Way to Support Students: INSPIRE Them

A new endowment aims to help young women develop skills to succeed With women making up more than half the nation’s population — 51 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — the need for scientists, leaders in business and government, engineers, and doctors of both sexes is greater than ever. Fortunately for young women [...]

Stronger Footing

It took the efforts of three different SG administrations—and three friends—to get the footwear on the shelves. The idea for a pair of UT boots was the brainchild of Clayton Stewart. The external financial officer for SG at the time, Stewart was interning at the State Capitol when he noticed lawmakers wearing boots featuring the state seal.

Another Dimension to UT

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.

Anatomy of a UT Medical School

Burnt orange scrubs—they’re not just for nurses anymore. The Dell Medical School at UT Austin, named for benefactors Michael and Susan Dell, aims to welcome its first class in 2016. And it has the potential to improve the health of people not just in Austin but throughout Texas and beyond by training new physicians and [...]

ACES Building Renamed for Long-Anonymous Donors

On March 26, the Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building at UT will be renamed the O’Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (OACES) to honor the donors who built it.

New Clements Center Honors Texas Governor’s Legacy

The new William P. Clements Jr. Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft will train leaders in the history of national security and diplomacy, honoring the legacy of former Texas Gov. Bill Clements, who mentored a generation of such officials. An avid reader of history, Clements, who died in 2011, left a distinguished legacy of bipartisan [...]

Erin Howell: Service at Home and Abroad

After graduating from her Houston high school, Erin Howell wanted to experience the world outside of Texas and learn more about herself in the process. Already accepted to The University of Texas at Austin, Howell took advantage of the university’s enrollment deferral program and joined Youth With a Mission (YWAM). Guided by her strong faith, [...]

New Liberal Arts Building Opens

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 [...]

Planned Gifts Fund Campus Landmarks — and More

Without Planned Gifts UT Would Be a Shadow of its Present Self Imagine The University of Texas at Austin without the Tower. Now remove the following from campus: the Littlefield Home, Littlefield Fountain, Jackson School of Geosciences, and Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Then pluck McDonald Observatory from the Davis Mountains of West Texas. While you’re at it, [...]

Driving Innovation, Transforming Education

Bold plans call for an ‘engineering epicenter’ at the university In today’s ever-changing world, one thing is increasingly clear: The need for innovative engineers has never been greater. Scientists and engineers make up only 4 percent of the U.S. workforce, but their work contributes to as much as 85 percent of the gross domestic product. [...]

Guillermo Hernandez: Energy for the Future

“As a professional engineer one of my goals is to use my knowledge for the benefit of society,” Guillermo Hernandez says.

Kaitlyn Bliss: Practice, Practice, Practice

“I knew that coming to this school would give me so many opportunities if I changed my major,” Kaitlyn Bliss says. “I had always been interested in teaching. It was something I pictured myself doing down the road.”

So Bliss switched from business to mathematics and enrolled in the UTeach program for secondary education. Bliss did her student teaching at O. Henry Middle School in Austin.

St. David’s Foundation Grants Will Increase Number of Social Workers Serving Critical Roles

The St. David’s Foundation’s $2 million grant to the School of Social Work will provide ten $10,000 fellowships each year to bilingual students in the master’s degree program who are preparing for careers as health and mental health social workers in Central Texas. Pictured are members of the first cadre of St. David’s Foundation Bilingual Social Work Scholars.

Check It Out: New Ways to Support UT Libraries

Do you love books? Want to honor or memorialize someone? Looking for a special gift for a Longhorn? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you’re a prospective supporter of the University of Texas Libraries. The Libraries’ collections are the cornerstone of groundbreaking research, the foundation on which educations are built. From architectural drawings to classical manuscripts, from fine arts and historical music collections to cutting-edge materials in life sciences and engineering, UT Libraries are a treasure trove for students and scholars. New programs are generating funds that further strengthen the University’s world-class collections.

Emily Burns: Texas Pride, Texas Care

Emily Burns was so enthralled with the medical field growing up that her favorite TV show was Rescue 911. That fascination grew as she chose to attend UT for her undergraduate degree, too.

“I have Texas pride,” Burns says. “Plus, they have a great nursing school.”

A Special Centennial Takes Bloom

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center marks the centennial of America’s environmental first lady.

Benjamin Ammon: Academia and Beyond

Endowed Scholarships helped 6,371 Longhorns this year. In this five-part series scholarship recipients and recent graduates share their stories.

Zuri Garcia: “Scholarships are the reason I graduated”

Students at The University of Texas at Austin have been changing the world for more than 125 years. One factor that helps attract the best undergraduate and graduate students — regardless of financial circumstances — is endowed scholarships. What sets endowed scholarships apart from other types of financial assistance? Gifts given as endowments are invested [...]

Not just a pretty place

The National Wildflower Research Center’s mission of increasing sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes is now finding roots in coursework at The University of Texas.

A friend the University could count on

Sometimes a modest life can make a big difference. Maebess Matthews grew up in Austin living above a shop on the Drag and spent her career as a public servant. But she made some smart investments along the way, and when she died she left almost $2 million to The University of Texas at Austin.

Inspiring young people to succeed

Meadows Foundation grant sends award-winning “State of Tomorrow” DVDs to every Texas public middle and high school.

Campus icon now ready for another 75 years

Dallas couple’s gift spurs restoration of beloved 1933 Littlefield Fountain.

Gates boosts top-10 computer science program

By Lee Clippard One of the nation’s leading computer science departments is a big step closer to having a new, state-of-the-art home, thanks to a $30 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation’s investment will be paid as the College of Natural Sciences raises the remaining funds for the complex. The [...]

Bringing the Big Apple to the Forty Acres

One alum’s mission: Raise the University’s profile by sending more New Yorkers to UT.

A laboratory for life

Seay’s lead gift helps build cutting-edge new home for Psychology and Human Development and Family Sciences.

Trading the high seas for a higher education

Harrington Fellow Nick Crain applies skills he learned in the Navy to his graduate studies in corporate finance and governance.

Repeat donors enhance UT one gift at a time

Annual gifts strengthen the college, school, or program of your choice.

A timely investment in urban planning

Dallas civic leaders Deedie and Rusty Rose give $1 million to the School of Architecture.

University announces $3 billion Campaign for Texas

UT Austin has already raised $722 million in our drive to strengthen our national competitiveness and global impact.

‘Horns Helping Horns’ assists freshmen with less

Program gives neediest of new students a leg up as they begin their UT years.

$1.2 million to help document world conflicts

Houston’s Bridgeway Foundation works with UT Libraries to combat oppression, genocide, and human rights violations.

Playwright takes home 2008 Keene Prize

Donor-funded award, given to University of Texas students only, is among the world’s largest literary prizes.

Little Longhorn ‘seniors’ headed for middle school

UT Elementary, a one-of-a-kind public charter school, graduates its first class of fifth-graders.

$15 million for law, nursing, undergraduate studies

Houston attorney and philanthropist Joe Jamail calls his gift “the best and most lasting investment I could make.”

Bank of America invests $1 million in pediatrics

With the new UT institute, Austin is set to become a hub of excellence for children’s health and biomedical research.

Young researchers recognized for cutting-edge work

Sloan Fellowships reward outstanding promise among five assistant professors.

Little Longhorns, big dreams

Cutting-edge approach at UT Elementary School features longer school days, family literacy program, latest research, and Texas Exes mentor program.

Architecture team wins quarter-million-dollar prize

Permanent endowment will support graduate research in sustainable design.

Taking a slice out of life

UT researchers use cutting-edge scanners to study extinct animals.

New HornRaiser Crowdfunding Platform Helps Students Tackle Global Issues

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New Director’s Excellence Fund Will Support Blanton Reinstallation Initiative

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Dell Medical School Establishes Faculty Chair to Honor Beloved Austin Doctor

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Texas-Size Gratitude

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