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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.

    Related: Texas Longhorns football tickets
    [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.

Texas ‘18 class photo, close-up Gigapan & timelapseOn the first day of class, our newest Longhorns, the Class of 2018, took the second-ever UT class photo in the shape of a longhorn.View and download the class photo on our Flickr page. Watch a timelapse to see what it takes to make the class photo.

Texas ‘18: Want to see yourself? Check out our Gigapan of the photo. Can you find President Powers?

Texas ‘18 class photo, close-up Gigapan & timelapse

On the first day of class, our newest Longhorns, the Class of 2018, took the second-ever UT class photo in the shape of a longhorn.

View and download the class photo on our Flickr page.

Watch a timelapse to see what it takes to make the class photo.


Texas ‘18: Want to see yourself? Check out our Gigapan of the photo. Can you find President Powers?

The same Longhorns fan who created a Lego Tower a few months ago, shows off his newest creation: DKR.See the build-out here.

The same Longhorns fan who created a Lego Tower a few months ago, shows off his newest creation: DKR.

See the build-out here.

UT Austin ranked 10th for top universities producing VC-backed entrepreneursFor the second year, PitchBook, a private equity and venture capital research firm, has put out its Top 50 Universities Producing VC-Backed Entrepreneurs list. UT Austin was No. 10 overall. The ranking is based on the number of founders that received venture capital funding from 2009 through the end of July 2014, based on the founders’ undergraduate alma mater. Read more.

UT Austin ranked 10th for top universities producing VC-backed entrepreneurs

For the second year, PitchBook, a private equity and venture capital research firm, has put out its Top 50 Universities Producing VC-Backed Entrepreneurs list. UT Austin was No. 10 overall.

The ranking is based on the number of founders that received venture capital funding from 2009 through the end of July 2014, based on the founders’ undergraduate alma mater.

Read more.