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The fourteenth annual fall University Lecture Series (ULS) invited notable professors from across the Forty Acres to discuss two pressing global issues: the novel coronavirus pandemic and race and social justice in America. This year’s lectures were livestreamed from the Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (LAITS) studios to an audience of first-year students who joined in a question and answer segment after each lecture.
Dr. Richard Reddick, Signature Course professor and associate dean for Equity, Community Engagement, and Outreach in the College of Education, wrote about the current anti-racism work across The University of Austin for the September 2020 Signature Course newsletter.
The U.S. News & World Report recently ranked The University of Texas at Austin’s First-Year Experience (FYE) program as 25 in the nation and only second in universities with over 30,000 students enrolled. UT Austin was also ranked 42 among national universities, the highest the university has ranked since 1985.
At the end of the 2020 spring semester, Undergraduate Studies Council (UGSC) elected four executive officers for the 2020-2021 academic year. Council held its final round of elections for the remaining leadership positions, like Senate representative and auxiliary committee chairs, this fall.
The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) celebrated the kick off of the fall semester with three events. Leadership Summit More than 40 first-year students attended the 2020 Undergraduate Studies Leadership Summit. During the four-day virtual retreat, UGS students learned about leadership styles, made new friends, and received advice from upperclassmen on how to ease the transition to college.
The air was cool late last fall when Fernando Fuentes and Naja Garrett each received an email that helped them solidify their summer plans. They were surprised to see their respective home towns of Del Rio and Beaumont listed as participants in the Home to Texas internship program. Jump ahead to six months later and the world looked a lot different in the spring of 2020, but their plans were still intact.
Even though I’ve already graduated from college, I recently took a continuing education class that turned out to be my first ever, online course. It taught me some valuable things. Because many UT classes are being taught online this fall, I want to pass along some tips that might make for a less stressful and more successful semester.
Every year, the School of Undergraduate Studies commissions artwork for its annual Reading Round-Up program. This year’s art was created by Antonio Castro.
Every year, the Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) host an in-person poster session that allows students to share their research, internship, and creative project experiences and get feedback from faculty, staff, and other students. This year, once it was clear that an in-person poster session would not be possible, the program began looking into ways of giving students an opportunity to share their impressive research and internship experiences virtually.
The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) Summer Exploration Grant is awarded to undeclared students who spend their summers exploring future majors and careers. In past years, students have studied abroad in Beijing, volunteered in South Africa, and toured with Drum Corps International. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grant recipient decisions were finalized as many summer programs were canceled.