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Campaign for Texas Goes Out with a Bang  The Campaign for Texas, the state’s most ambitious nonprofit fundraising effort to date, concluded Aug. 31, topping its $3 billion goal by $115 million. The historic Campaign raised $856 million in 2013-14, an amount believed to be the largest ever raised by any Texas institution in a single year. “Our alumni and supporters have given the greatest gift a university could ever seek: They have helped ensure that future generations of UT students will be able to learn, grow and prepare for the future at a university that remains one of the nation’s premier public research institutions,” said President Bill Powers. “We are grateful for every gift we received during the Campaign for Texas, many of which will help our faculty change the world through their research and scholarship.”Read more.

Campaign for Texas Goes Out with a Bang

The Campaign for Texas, the state’s most ambitious nonprofit fundraising effort to date, concluded Aug. 31, topping its $3 billion goal by $115 million. The historic Campaign raised $856 million in 2013-14, an amount believed to be the largest ever raised by any Texas institution in a single year.

“Our alumni and supporters have given the greatest gift a university could ever seek: They have helped ensure that future generations of UT students will be able to learn, grow and prepare for the future at a university that remains one of the nation’s premier public research institutions,” said President Bill Powers. “We are grateful for every gift we received during the Campaign for Texas, many of which will help our faculty change the world through their research and scholarship.”

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Congratulations, BEVO XIV!With the Texas Longhorns football win over North Texas 38-7, BEVO XIV secures his 100th win, so here are 100 things to know about our live mascot!Did you know this is BEVO XIV’s 10th season? On his first game, the Longhorns played North Texas that day, too. Texas beat UNT 65-0 in 2004.Here BEVO XIII handing over the reigns to BEVO XIV in 2004.

This was my first appearance at the North Texas game alongside legend Bevo XIII in 2004. See: http://t.co/Eqa7ggeWVM pic.twitter.com/15ZNNZvujO
— BEVO XIV (@BEVO_XIV)
August 20, 2014

Long may he reign. Hook ‘em!

Congratulations, BEVO XIV!

With the Texas Longhorns football win over North Texas 38-7, BEVO XIV secures his 100th win, so here are 100 things to know about our live mascot!

Did you know this is BEVO XIV’s 10th season? On his first game, the Longhorns played North Texas that day, too. Texas beat UNT 65-0 in 2004.

Here BEVO XIII handing over the reigns to BEVO XIV in 2004.



Long may he reign. Hook ‘em!

The Man for the Job: Read thealcalde Sept. cover story on Head Football Coach Charlie Strong. Early preview here.

The Man for the Job: Read thealcalde Sept. cover story on Head Football Coach Charlie Strong. Early preview here.

Lifetime Longhorns and current NBA players Tristan Thompson and Kevin Durant stopped by the football offices to visit with Coach Strong.Look for Men’s Basketball alumni at halftime during Saturday’s game.

Must be a big weekend on the 40 Acres. @RealTristan13 & @KDTrey5 stopped by FB offices to visit with @Strong_TexasFB pic.twitter.com/FYGH1xXMlP
— Longhorn_FB (@Longhorn_FB) August 29, 2014

Lifetime Longhorns and current NBA players Tristan Thompson and Kevin Durant stopped by the football offices to visit with Coach Strong.

Look for Men’s Basketball alumni at halftime during Saturday’s game.

Longhorns Photos of the Week: Aug. 25-29

Can’t see the Storify? Click here.

A Day in the Life of DKR Stadium

It’s a sight to behold, something that stirs pride in Longhorn fans around the world: the gameday evolution of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

From a quiet campus giant to a football-crazed, burnt orange-bedecked, tailgating, Texas Fighting, Hook ‘em Horns-ing, 101,000-fan ecosystem bursting with raw energy and spirit. And then there’s what happens after kickoff.

In honor of the return of Texas Football this Saturday, take a look at the spectacle of gameday in Austin.

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Tale of the Turf: DKR’s field history

The university’s football stadium finished construction during the 1924 season. Over the years, the stadium has undergone several renovations. And for Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, in its 91st season, that includes several playing field surfaces.

A quick history:

  • The football team played on natural grass from 1925 until 1968.
  • During the summer of 1969, artificial turf was swapped out for natural grass.
  • UT Athletics replaced the turf in 1974, 1982 and 1989. DKR returned to natural grass (Prescription Athletic Turf/PAT) in 1996.
  • In 1999, the field was lowered and the grass (PAT) was replaced.
  • A few seasons later, in 2002, the PAT was replaced with TifSport Certified Bermuda grass.
  • The Longhorns switched back to FieldTurf, an artificial surface, in 2009.
  • The most recent installation was in 2013 when a new FieldTurf surface was installed.

    Read more about the stadium’s history from UT Athletics.

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    [Images: UT Athletics. 2009 installation.]

Fire Ecologists Study Recovery Of Bastrop State Park

After one of the most destructive wildfires in Texas history ravaged Bastrop State Park in 2011, it’s difficult to know how the forest will recover. Researchers from the College of Natural Sciences are working to document the forest’s recovery in the hopes of possibly influencing decisions that go into managing the recovery of the forest.

Read more about the UT research being done after the devastating 2011 wildfire.

20 Classes You Didn’t Know UT Offers
These subjects may seem like unlikely sources for a university class, but curriculum and instruction associate professor Allison Skerrett says there’s good reason to get credit.
“These ‘offbeat’ topics emerge from social life, from real conditions and experiences of human beings engaging with their worlds,” says Skerrett, who researches how social and cultural factors influence both teaching and learning. “These topics are real and continue to be significant for people in society. We should want our students to engage with formal knowledge that has been developed around these topics.”
Rhetoric Of Hip-Hop
Debating the Bible in the 21st Century
Designing for Human Behavior
Creativity and American Culture
Music Copyright and Publishing
Tissue Engineering 
Lying and Deception
The Business of Golf
Development of a Solar-Powered Vehicle
Pop Choral Ensemble
Volcanology
Competing Visions of the Good Life
National Parks and Protected Areas
Beyond Google
Advanced Business German I
Robotics
Computer-Assisted Drug Design
Severe and Unusual Weather
Fantasy and Reality
Evolution of Warfare
Click here to learn more about each class and discover 10 unexpected student organizations on campus.
Image credit: Callie Richmond/UT Austin

20 Classes You Didn’t Know UT Offers

These subjects may seem like unlikely sources for a university class, but curriculum and instruction associate professor Allison Skerrett says there’s good reason to get credit.

“These ‘offbeat’ topics emerge from social life, from real conditions and experiences of human beings engaging with their worlds,” says Skerrett, who researches how social and cultural factors influence both teaching and learning. “These topics are real and continue to be significant for people in society. We should want our students to engage with formal knowledge that has been developed around these topics.”

  1. Rhetoric Of Hip-Hop
  2. Debating the Bible in the 21st Century
  3. Designing for Human Behavior
  4. Creativity and American Culture
  5. Music Copyright and Publishing
  6. Tissue Engineering
  7. Lying and Deception
  8. The Business of Golf
  9. Development of a Solar-Powered Vehicle
  10. Pop Choral Ensemble
  11. Volcanology
  12. Competing Visions of the Good Life
  13. National Parks and Protected Areas
  14. Beyond Google
  15. Advanced Business German I
  16. Robotics
  17. Computer-Assisted Drug Design
  18. Severe and Unusual Weather
  19. Fantasy and Reality
  20. Evolution of Warfare

Click here to learn more about each class and discover 10 unexpected student organizations on campus.

Image credit: Callie Richmond/UT Austin

UT alumni Judy & Charles Tate gift $10M to the Blanton Museum of Art

The Blanton Museum of Art at UT Austin has been gifted approximately 120 modern and contemporary Latin American artworks from UT alumni Judy and Charles Tate of Houston. In addition, the Tates have made a major contribution towards the endowment that supports the museum’s Latin American curatorship.

“With this gift, Charles and Judy have once again made a hugely valuable contribution to the life of UT Austin,” remarked UT President Bill Powers. “This gift will continue to put us at the forefront as one of the country’s best museums for Latin American art and will provide many new opportunities for students, faculty, and art historians. The Tates are role models for their leadership and commitment, and I thank them.”

Learn more about the blantonmuseum gift.