Margaret Berry honored on campus

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Last Friday, it was my pleasure to help dedicate the Margaret C. Berry Atrium at the Student Activity Center on campus. Many of you know Dr. Berry personally through her work as UT’s dean of women, her sponsorship of many student organizations, and the popular histories she has written of our university.

The depth of feeling for Dr. Berry, now 96, was evident everywhere, from the three busloads of her fellow residents at Westminster Manor in attendance to Texas Exes of practically every vintage who returned to campus to honor her. The Longhorn Band and cheerleaders set the perfect stage for Dr. Berry, who has dedicated her life to so many student organizations that just reading a list of them took some two minutes.

We were honored to have Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, both UT alumni, on hand to honor Dr. Berry, along with Debra Law McKeown, Steve Poizner, Rick Potter, Cyndi Powell, and many others who led the alumni and student initiatives to honor Dr. Berry.

Her record of service to UT students has few equals. Congratulations, Margaret!

Hook ’em Horns!

Welcoming the New Year

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Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a good holiday break.

Kim and I had a great time cheering the Horns to victory in San Diego and visiting with many of you. Above is a picture of the Holiday Bowl Parade float I rode with Student Government president Natalie Butler, the UT Cheerleaders, and Hook ’em.

As a new calendar year dawns and the spring semester approaches, I’m excited for what 2012 holds. A new graduating class and a new entering class. New discoveries by students and faculty. And renewed recognition by the world beyond the Forty Acres of the work the University does. There will be challenges, as there always are, but I know the UT family is up to those challenges.

Thanks for everything you do for the University, and thanks for helping us make 2012 our best year yet.

What starts here changes the world.

Bill's Signature