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Free “Light the Tower” tank tops to the first 500 UT students attending second-ranked Volleyball’s Wednesday night game!Join the Lady Longhorns as they go for their record-breaking 34th consecutive home win.More details.

Free “Light the Tower” tank tops to the first 500 UT students attending second-ranked Volleyball’s Wednesday night game!

Join the Lady Longhorns as they go for their record-breaking 34th consecutive home win.

More details.

PayPal co-founder and renowned technology entrepreneur Peter Thiel will visit campus on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to talk about innovation, entrepreneurship and his new book “Zero to One.”
Thiel is hailed as one of the most successful investors in the world. After co-founding PayPal, he went on to co-found Palantir Technologies and invest in Facebook, where he still serves on the board. He’s play major roles in dozens of successful companies and continually strives toward the next big thing. In “Zero to One,” he urges readers to see the broad picture and look past traditional boundaries between fields and industries in order to create a future full of innovation. Students are encouraged to arrive early and will have priority seating.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5:30-7 p.m.LBJ Library, Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium2313 Red River St.Register (FREE): http://owl.li/D7rre

PayPal co-founder and renowned technology entrepreneur Peter Thiel will visit campus on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to talk about innovation, entrepreneurship and his new book “Zero to One.”

Thiel is hailed as one of the most successful investors in the world. After co-founding PayPal, he went on to co-found Palantir Technologies and invest in Facebook, where he still serves on the board. He’s play major roles in dozens of successful companies and continually strives toward the next big thing. In “Zero to One,” he urges readers to see the broad picture and look past traditional boundaries between fields and industries in order to create a future full of innovation. Students are encouraged to arrive early and will have priority seating.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
LBJ Library, Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium
2313 Red River St.
Register (FREE): http://owl.li/D7rre

ICYMI: The “DiNino” Tower Sunday night and the Saturday halftime tribute to Vince DiNino, director of bands emeritus.

Photo by Bob Avant.

ICYMI: The “DiNino” Tower Sunday night and the Saturday halftime tribute to Vince DiNino, director of bands emeritus.


Photo by Bob Avant.

Longhorn Band Alumni Return for Annual PerformanceThis year, the Annual Alumni Band Day is Saturday, Oct. 18, and returning members will perform alongside current students in a show highlighting the iconic music and formations made famous during the tenure of Vincent R. DiNino, director of bands emeritus, who died in September.The Longhorn Network will air the halftime tribute.

Longhorn Band Alumni Return for Annual Performance

This year, the Annual Alumni Band Day is Saturday, Oct. 18, and returning members will perform alongside current students in a show highlighting the iconic music and formations made famous during the tenure of Vincent R. DiNino, director of bands emeritus, who died in September.

The Longhorn Network will air the halftime tribute.

Ebola Update from UT Austin

The University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers sent the following statement to the campus community today:

Dear UT Community,

I wanted to share this information with you as soon as possible. On October 13, a University of Texas at Austin student flew on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143, on which a health care worker who has tested positive for Ebola also was a passenger. The student was not seated in the zone of concern on the plane, is not showing any symptoms, is monitoring body temperature, and is in daily contact with health officials, according to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The student has been fully compliant beyond the CDC recommendations for possible Ebola exposure.

Health officials do not believe there is any health risk to campus at this time. However, in an abundance of caution, the student, who lives in a private residence, is staying home from class and away from campus activities. The university supports this decision and is providing academic and other resources that the student needs.

As president and as the parent of a current UT student, I want you to know that the safety of our students, faculty, and staff always comes first. We are working with city, state, and federal officials to monitor the situation and follow best practices. For specific information about the Ebola Virus please visit the CDC website.

Thank you,
Bill Powers, President
The University of Texas at Austin


For resources visit our news release.

Tower Glows for 2014 Distinguished Alumni On Oct. 17, the Tower will glow orange in honor of the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Awards, hosted by the Texas Exes. Read more.Watch the awards ceremony on the Longhorn Network or on the WatchESPN app at 7 p.m. CT.

Tower Glows for 2014 Distinguished Alumni

On Oct. 17, the Tower will glow orange in honor of the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Awards, hosted by the Texas Exes. Read more.

Watch the awards ceremony on the Longhorn Network or on the WatchESPN app at 7 p.m. CT.

The Tower shines tonight for School of Journalism’s 100th anniversary.Read more about Journalism’s centennial year.

The Tower shines tonight for School of Journalism’s 100th anniversary.

Read more about Journalism’s centennial year.

From the computer screen to the football field: Secrets of the Longhorn Band.
Texas Men’s Athletics Director Steve Patterson answers student questions during #ReportingSport class

Texas Men’s Athletics Director Steve Patterson answered student questions during School of Journalism’s #ReportingSport class about texassports.

Here’s a Storify recap of the “mock” press conference:


#HiddenUT – Indian Artifacts Offer Glimpse of Life More Than 2,500 Years Ago

The Lone Star State wasn’t always “Texas.”

“Taysha,” a Caddo Indian word meaning friend or ally, translated into Spanish as “Tejas,” which became the name 100,000 fans proudly spell out during pre-game football rituals.

But the Caddo Tribe’s influence spans far beyond the state’s naming rights.

The Caddoan society also left many contributions to the cultural heritage of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

And to give a peek into the tribe’s important past, the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, or TARL, at UT Austin oversees one of the most extensive Caddo collections in the world. With more than 3,000 pieces, the artifacts include everything from utilitarian tools used in daily life to special artifacts used during ritual ceremonies, some more than 2,500 years old.

“A most fascinating object is a nearly 20-inch-long chipped-stone blade,” says TARL archeologist Susan Dial. “The size and fine craftsmanship indicate it was likely carried by an important leader, for show rather than for use.”

The University of Texas at Austin is a vast place, with more than 40 acres of campus containing untold collections, artifacts and treasures. Our #HiddenUT series shines a spotlight onto UT’s unheralded gems.