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Reimagining the Blanton

Come February 2017, when you walk into the Blanton Museum of Art’s second-floor galleries, you’ll feel like you’re entering a new museum. After a decade in its present campus home, the Blanton is organizing a complete rehanging of its wide-ranging holdings to inspire and engage audiences in new ways. Collectively titled You Belong Here: Reimagining […]

Coming Full Circle with the College of Liberal Arts

A businessman makes a $20 million investment in the college that gave him his start. Bobby Patton, Jr., BBA ’85, enjoyed matching wits with some of the university’s top professors when he was a Plan II Honors student in the early 1980s. But after two years in the program, he switched his major to business administration, feeling he […]

$20 Million Gift to Benefit the Eyes of Texas

Austin’s Wong family helps launch an eye institute at Dell Medical School to train the next generation of ophthalmologists. By Avrel Seale On a summer day in 1939, the first Chinese-American was born in Austin, Texas: Mitchel Wong. Little did anyone suspect that the Wongs, who had been grocers for generations, would raise a son who would […]

Visionaries Welcome

The university takes a multifaceted approach to help people turn ideas into businesses. Time and again, UT has demonstrated that extraordinary things can happen when enterprising minds from industry and academia share the same goals — and the same space. As the university works to advance society through the development of new knowledge, it also […]

Startup: ‘Charge It’ to Make a Difference

Larry Garten always impressed upon his son, Stephen, the importance of doing the right thing and giving back to his community. When Larry died of cancer at age 53, Stephen, then a college sophomore, vowed to honor him by upholding that ethic. Stephen Garten grew up in Baltimore and went to school at Washington University […]

Dreams Fulfilled

From grade school to graduate school, UT helps students from diverse, low-income backgrounds reach their full potential. Alexis Blackman has called herself a Longhorn since she was a kindergartner on a new campus with a promising name: the University of Texas Elementary School. Now it’s official. Having earned a full scholarship from the University Co-op, […]

Shedding Light

The Intelligence Studies Project offers fresh perspectives on how to keep the nation safe. Fifteen years after the September 11 attacks, the United States has successfully prevented additional catastrophic terrorist attacks by dealing critical blows to Al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups. While those extremists are in decline, ISIS and other jihadist groups are on […]

Challenge for Mcketta a $28 Million Success

The Cockrell School of Engineering named the Department of Chemical Engineering for Professor Emeritus John McKetta four years ago, when its Challenge for McKetta hit the $10 million mark. But those were still early days. The multiyear effort to advance the department and honor one of its most revered teachers and leaders ultimately raised nearly […]

Lab Tested

DIY Diagnostics turns freshmen into health-science researchers—and could save lives in the bargain. By Emily Nielsen Summer is synonymous with fun in the sun, but those carefree days come with a downside: the increased risk of skin cancer. Rachel Graubard was thinking about ways to fight this widespread health threat even before her freshman year. […]

Thrusters Engaged for Innovation

Fans of Star Trek are excited as the pop-culture juggernaut marks its golden anniversary this fall. But move over, Enterprise. UT has launched a futuristic five-year mission of its own. Project 2021 will explore new technologies, seek out better ways of teaching and learning, and boldly go where no university has gone before in the […]

What Can Happen When People Believe in You

Born to a family of modest means in Uvalde, west of San Antonio, Dick Evans, BBA ’68, was 14 when his father died. “I had to grow up fast,” he says. “I took a job as a janitor for the office building next to the local bank.” That’s where he met two individuals who would […]

Raising Our Horns

What do you get when you combine two of UT’s historic strengths — sports and leadership? The Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation. “Sport has the power to change the world,” Nelson Mandela said. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks […]

Teens ‘Byte’ into Computer Science

By Jamey Smith When it comes to summer camp, some teenagers may be ready to trade the traditional canoes and archery for something with a bit more flash. Luckily, there’s a camp for nearly every interest these days. And as always, UT is in the vanguard. First Bytes, a one-week camp for high school girls, […]

Liz and Les: From UT Sweethearts to D.C. Power Couple

Journalists Liz and Les Carpenter made their names in Washington. Now their legacy lives on with a scholarship in their honor. By Jamey Smith Texas and UT are known for producing larger-than-life personalities, but few have been as brashly entertaining as the late reporter and political aide Liz Carpenter, BJ ’42. “With my journalism degree […]


The key to breaking the cycle of alcohol addiction? It could very well be a rodent that can’t get drunk. By Jamey Smith Since medical science has yet to pinpoint the exact molecular processes of intoxication and withdrawal, therapies to treat alcohol-related disorders remain hit or miss. Enter neuroscience professor Jon Pierce-Shimomura and his team […]

Small World

Working on opposite sides of the globe, two professors and their students join forces to improve lives for people with autism. By M. Yvonne Taylor More than 20 years ago, before the Internet and email, special-education researcher Mark O’Reilly received a letter in his native Ireland. The dispatch marked the beginning of a long, fruitful […]

A Day in the Life

In the College of Pharmacy’s Poverty Simulation, students go beyond the classroom for a glimpse of what it means to be truly poor. They gather early on a winter Saturday, not exactly sure what to expect from the next couple of hours. They’ve signed on for the Poverty Simulation. Taking on the persona of one […]

UT Austin Benefits from Permanent IRA Rollover

Since 2006, Individual Retirement Account (IRA) rollovers have accounted for more than $15 million in philanthropy to UT Austin. For 2014, 191 individuals made a total of 842 gifts through this mechanism, setting the record for participation. The record for the total amount raised through rollovers was set in 2011, when alumni and friends gave […]

The Chinese Cowboy

UT gave this alumnus a nickname, launched a career, and sparked a lifetime of giving back. By Angela Curtis Texas has always been a good fit for Shanghai-born Julian Suez, BS ’61. His older cousin, working toward a 1958 degree in mechanical engineering, suggested that Suez become a Longhorn, too. “To me that was an […]

A Hand Up

He had earned a Combat Infantry Badge, two Purple Hearts, and a Bronze Star. But could he still earn his degree? By Avrel Seale A manual typewriter could be a formidable device to operate, even with fully functioning hands. But in 1945, business senior Don Houseman had an extra degree of difficulty: In order to […]

Health Revolution: UT Rethinks Everything about Health Care

Can you imagine a world in which we all lead healthier lives, and only the sickest of the sick are treated in hospitals? That scenario may arrive sooner than you think. The university’s Dell Medical School is still under construction, but faculty members there and throughout UT are focused on interdisciplinary approaches that promise to […]

Forty Acres Building Boom

Though a hot topic throughout the community, UT’s new medical school isn’t the only construction zone on campus. Cranes and scaffolds dot the Forty Acres, with brand-new buildings on the way for Engineering and Business. Meanwhile, an 86-year-old Natural Sciences building is undergoing extensive renovations to enhance learning and the student research experience. Each project showcases […]

Brownsville Student Receives Rio Grande Valley Scholarship

Stephen “Michael” Garcia, a 2015 Homer Hanna High School graduate, began his Longhorn education at The University of Texas at Austin this year. Named the newest recipient of the Rio Grande Valley Scholarship, Garcia will receive full tuition to the university for four years. A well-rounded and active student, Garcia, a National Honor Society member, […]

Leading Longhorns: The University Leadership Network

Every year, many students arrive at UT uncertain that they’ve made the right choice. They may be the first in their families to go to college, or come from under-resourced backgrounds. They probably attended underperforming high schools. The transition to college can be daunting for them, even overwhelming. But these students have the determination and […]

One Gift Can Strengthen the Entire University

Since 1972, the President’s Associates program has provided flexible funds to support UT presidents’ top priorities across campus. While alumni and friends often support specific areas of campus according to their interests, many also join President’s Associates to help advance the overall mission of the university. Several levels of membership are available based on age […]

Shining New Light: HornRaiser Donors Help in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

“Our group in the Department of Chemistry has made a discovery that may lead to a new approach to treat Alzheimer’s disease.” With that intriguing declaration, Professor Stephen Martin launched a HornRaiser campaign this year that in short order raised more than twice its goal. Small wonder — with a debilitating disease such as Alzheimer’s, […]

Student Research, Technology Get a Boost

Two recent grants illustrate the power of philanthropy to transform research for faculty and students alike. The W. M. Keck Foundation awarded the university $1 million to develop an ultra-bright laser and another $500,000 to help undergraduates utilize advanced technologies in their research. “These two grants support our core missions as a public research university […]

More than a Game: the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy

By Jamey Smith Summer is blockbuster time, and the multiplexes are packed with superheroes and space operas. But some of the highest-grossing epics today don’t come out of Hollywood, and they’re not movies. It may surprise you that the video game industry has grown into a $100 billion business, and that Texas can claim a […]

A Different Kind of Pipeline: ExxonMobil Foundation Donates Record Matching Gift

Every Longhorn knows there are at least a million reasons to support UT. So it was a natural fit when the university joined with ExxonMobil to challenge the company’s employees and retirees to reach the $1 million mark in earned matching funds for a single year. The campaign, dubbed A Million Horns, surpassed its goal […]

Put your Best Foot Forward for UT

Support outstanding students while honoring Bill Powers’ UT legacy with Longhorn-branded shoes for dads and grads. By the time he steps down in June, President Bill Powers will have served more than nine years building support for affordable and accessible higher education, recruiting a diverse student body and faculty, reforming the undergraduate core curriculum, and […]

A College Scholarship Is More than Just Money

By Eduardo Belalcazar For Texans struggling to pay for college, a scholarship can make all the difference. But sometimes a scholarship is about more than money — it’s a statement that others believe in you. I should know. I lived it. Who would have thought that the youngest of seven in a family of delinquents […]

A Portal to New Worlds

Where do we come from? Are we alone in the universe? As the world’s largest and most powerful eye on the sky, the Giant Magellan Telescope should help answer those and some of the other biggest questions of our time. The colossal instrument will stand 22 stories tall, its seven 28-foot mirrors collectively able to […]

UT Graduate has ‘Dream Job’ Thanks to Philanthropy

My name is K.C. Lawrence, and I am a social worker. Even though it’s been three years since I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with my master’s of social work, I am still amazed that I can say that sentence. It is a concrete expression of my dreams come to fruition. I […]

Longhorn Nation unites during 40 Hours for the Forty Acres to support UT Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin invites alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends to rally during its 40 Hours for the Forty Acres fundraising campaign on Wednesday, April 8, through Thursday, April 9. Bringing in more than $125,000 in 2014, its inaugural year, “40 for Forty” aims to raise $140,000 in its […]

40 Hours for the Forty Acres Surpasses Ambitious Goal

Thank you, Longhorn Nation, for making the second annual 40 Hours for the Forty Acres a huge success. Together we raised $367,690. Read More

Lebermann Foundation creates UT endowments for medical school, liberal arts

AUSTIN, Texas — The Lebermann Foundation of Austin has committed $1.5 million to create two endowments at The University of Texas at Austin honoring the parents of former Austin civic leader Lowell Lebermann. The Dr. Lowell Henry Lebermann Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine in memory of Lowell’s father will be the first chair in internal […]

New HornRaiser Crowdfunding Platform Helps Students Tackle Global Issues

Students at The University of Texas at Austin are taking advantage of HornRaiser, the university’s first crowdfunding platform, to garner community support for extracurricular projects they hope will change the world. One group of McCombs School of Business students is using HornRaiser to finance a trip to Belize, a developing nation in Central America. There, […]

New Director’s Excellence Fund Will Support Blanton Reinstallation Initiative

Dell Medical School Establishes Faculty Chair to Honor Beloved Austin Doctor

Texas-Size Gratitude

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A Dedicated Day to Say Thanks

UT Thanks Day is an opportunity each November for students to thank all UT donors, including those who helped the university raise $3.12 billion during the Campaign for Texas. We asked students how philanthropy has helped them and the university. Watch the video now to see their responses. Join us in celebrating our donors. #UTTHANKSDAY […]

Pro Bono Program at Texas Law Named for Benefactors Richard and Ginni Mithoff

The Pro Bono Program at UT’s School of Law has made a name for itself  by providing an invaluable public service. Now the program has a new name, and it’s fitting that it recognizes the generosity of two individuals who have supported the program since its creation. The naming of the Richard and Ginni Mithoff […]

A World of Opportunities to Change the World

How significant was the Campaign for Texas to students? Ask the current and future recipients of 846 new student support endowments. Just how significant was the Campaign for Texas to students? In addition to helping transform the undergraduate experience through a revamped core curriculum, first-year interest groups, and signature courses, alumni and friends established 846 […]

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. […]

Gift Creates Stuttering Institute, Provides Free Treatments

LIVESTRONG Gift Pushes UT Past $3 Billion Goal

Chevron Adds to UT Investment with $800,000 Gift

Los Fresnos Graduate Receives Rio Grande Valley Scholarship

Gift to Support Religious Studies Initiatives

Grant Expands Freshman Research Initiative

ConocoPhillips Contribution Supports Student Programs, New Project Laboratory

McCombs School Advances Plans for Rowling Hall

Ransom Center Hosts 80 Scholars in Fellowship Program’s 25th Year

Willie Nelson Donates Collection to Briscoe Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Opens Donor-funded Family Garden

ExxonMobil Donates Nearly $1.5 Million in 3:1 Match of Employee and Retiree Gifts

University Launches Construction of Dell Medical School; First Students in Fall 2016

Phillips 66 Presents $500,000 Check; Gift Benefits Students Pursuing Energy Careers

Tillerson Family Commits $5 Million to Engineering Education and Research Center

Dell Medical School’s Clay Johnston: How Do You Reinvent Health Care?

40 Hours for the Forty Acres Sets Fundraising Challenge for Alumni and Students

University Celebrates 35 Prestigious New Scholarships and Fellowships

Several UT Graduate Schools in US News & World Report Top 15

Legacy of Austin’s Creekmore and Adele Fath Endures through their UT Philanthropy

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 […]

Houston Family Donates $5 Million toward Construction of Graduate Business School

Mulva Family Donates $60 Million to Business and Engineering Schools

UT Rises to 21st among Kiplinger’s 100 Best-Value Public Colleges

Students Express Gratitude at Annual Thanks Day Celebration

$9.3 Million O’Donnell Foundation Gift to Support Students, Teaching, Faculty

Blanton Museum Receives Mellon Foundation Grant to Train Future Curators

Moody Foundation Invests $50 Million in College of Communication

Death Row Exoneree Endows Law Scholarship to Honor Alum Who Secured Freedom

McDonald Observatory Celebrates 75 Years of Discovery

Renowned Magnum Photos Collection Donated to Ransom Center

KUT Interview: Bill Powers on Funding, Philanthropy & UT’s New Med School

Engineering Education and Research Center Moves Closer to Reality

Gift Supports Study of Plaques that Cause Most Heart Attacks

“Conan the Barbarian” Author’s Materials Donated to Ransom Center

University Breaks Single-Year Fundraising Record

Scholarship Honors Mayor of 63 Years from Fort Bend County

New Law School Center Named for Kay Bailey Hutchison

UT Ranked Among Top Universities, Best Buys

Early Innovation: The Freshman Research Initiative

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.

Plan II Alumnus Donates 1769 George Washington Letter

ExxonMobil Foundation Makes Largest Matching Donation

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.

Biotechnology Company Wins UT Venture Competition

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.

Philanthropic Partners Help Launch New Gaming Academy

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.

Circuit of the Americas Sponsors Solar Car Team

Co-op Boot Sales Raise Thousands for Student Scholarship

$6.6 Million Gift Will Support History Graduate Students

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 […]

Endowment Helps INSPIRE Undergraduates Develop Skills in Chosen Fields

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 […]

Rowling Family Pledges $25 Million for McCombs Graduate Business Building

Dedman Endowment Increases to $20 Million to Support Liberal Arts Scholarships

Gates Opens Computer Science Complex

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 […]

Bion Tsang Appointed to New Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Chair in Cello

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 […]

Gift Helps Establish Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft

Gala Celebrates Half a Century of Art at the Blanton

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 […]

National Instruments CEO Donates $10M for Engineering Education and Research Center

Lab Tested

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