Happy Thanksgiving


In this week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank each of you for what you do — day in and day out — to make this a life-changing institution. To our students, thank you for your Longhorn spirit and for making this campus a place I want to be every day. To our faculty, thank you for dedicating your lives to our students’ futures and for pushing the boundaries of our knowledge of the world. To our staff, thank you for your dedication and creativity — you make this place run. And to our alumni and friends, thank you for your pride in UT Austin and for your critical support. Here is a great compilation of reasons to be thankful.

Speaking of support, I know you all join me in cheering on Coach Strong and the Longhorns as they take on No. 5 TCU this Thursday at 6:30 at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium. It’s been exciting to watch the team grow this season, and we’re looking forward to a bowl game. (And if you are coming to the stadium, don’t miss our great new exhibit in the North End Zone featuring memorabilia donated to UT by Willie Nelson.)

I also want to congratulate Coach Jerritt Elliott and our volleyball team for winning their fourth straight Big 12 Conference regular season title, their fifth in six years, and eighth overall. What a dynasty.

I hope that you have much to be thankful for this year, and that your time with family and friends will be  relaxing and enjoyable.

Hook ’em Horns!

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Another milestone passed for the Dell Medical School

Kevin Bozic and Amy Young   This week marks another important milestone for UT Austin’s Dell Medical School — the appointment of its first department chairs. Dean Clay Johnston has recruited two nationally renowned innovators. Dr. Kevin Bozic will chair the Surgery Department, and Dr. Amy Young will chair the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. Kevin […]

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Willie Nelson display now in North End Zone

Don Carleton, Willie Nelson, and Bill Powers. (Photo by Brian Birzer) Last week it was my honor to welcome back to campus the legendary Willie Nelson, who recently made a generous gift to the University that includes numerous pieces of memorabilia from throughout his career. Next time you are in DRK-Memorial Stadium, come through the […]

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Thank you, veterans.

Today, as a nation, we honor our military veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made, both in peacetime and in war. On behalf of the whole UT Austin family, I salute all veterans and especially those who are students, faculty, staff, and alumni of UT. Additionally, I’m proud that UT has been […]

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A Texas-size Thank You

  Yesterday, the University said thank you to everyone who helped support this great institution through their generous donations. As I reflect on the success of the Campaign for Texas and the $3.12 billion it raised, I think about the nearly 272,000 students, alumni, and friends who had the faith in this university’s vision to […]

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UT takes leading role on major potential energy source, methane hydrate

I want to share with you a very important development. UT Austin recently received a research grant of $58 million to head a team studying methane hydrate, a substance found in abundance beneath the ocean floor and under Arctic permafrost. The U.S. Department of Energy is providing more than $41 million, with the remainder coming […]

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