2015 Faculty and Staff Awards

On Wednesday, the University honored seven extraordinary people who have given generously of their time and talent to make UT Austin the world-class institution it is. I’m proud to recognize the following individuals:

President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Robert Crosnoe – Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology. His main research area is human development and life course.

Julia Guernsey – Professor and renowned scholar of Mesoamerican art history in the Department of Art and Art History

Coleman Hutchison – Professor of English, teaching U.S. literature and culture to 1900, with interests including poetry, print culture, and popular and folk music

Bruce Porter – Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science, working to develop methods to build knowledgeable computers capable of conversing intelligently on many topics

Larry Speck – Distinguished Teaching Professor, prominent architect, form dean of architecture, and winner of 18 previous University-wide teaching and service awards

The Arno Nowotny Medal
(Awarded to staff members of the Division of Student Affairs)

Lynne Milburn – Lynne retired from UT Austin in 2008 after seven years as a career counselor and 19 years as director of the Career Exploration Center.

Civitatis Award
(For a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary citizenship within the University community)

Hillary Hart – Distinguished Senior Lecturer who teaches and researches technical communication in UT’s Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. Since she began teaching at UT in the late 1980s, she has been a tireless servant of the University community. She has served on 24 committees, 14 of which were university-wide organizations, including chairing our Faculty Council last year. In addition to these, she has served on 17 professional societies and governmental committees.

Congratulations to each of you, and thank you for making The University of Texas at Austin proud. You inspire and transform the lives of countless students, and you deserve our sincerest thanks.

What starts here changes the world.
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State of the University

Wednesday afternoon, I delivered my annual State of the University Address on campus. If you weren’t able to be there it’s now available online.

If you’d rather read it, the full text is available on my web page.

The State of the University Address is also an occasion to take stock of some of the outstanding achievements of our faculty, staff, and students. This 11-minute video highlights some of the many honors that have made me so proud of our campus this year. As I said in my speech Wednesday, I’ve never been so proud to be a Longhorn, and these folks are a big reason why.

2011 Award Winners Video Tribute

Hope to see some of you in Pasadena this weekend at the game.

Happy Birthday, UT, and Hook ’em Horns!

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