College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin
PARENTS’ LEAGUE NEWSLETTER Summer 2013 Happy summer, Liberal Arts’ parents!
IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS
We hope this newsletter finds you well and staying cool in these hot summer months. We have had an exciting year and are looking forward to welcoming our new students throughout the summer as we prepare for 2013-14. Please take a minute to read about some highlights from this past year (below, page 1) and then enjoy our special articles just for you (page 2). In addition, we’ve included some important upcoming dates and events on the right side of this page. You may have noticed we are developing a new look for our newsletter and will continue to develop our website throughout the summer. As always, please feel free to contact us with ideas and suggestions!
June 5 - July 16, New student orientation sessions
June 6, First day of summer classes July 4, Holiday! August 23, Moov In August 27, Gone to Texas August 28, Fall classes begin For more event information, please visit the Liberal Arts website: www.utexas.edu/cola
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2012-13 YEAR 2012 REGENTS’ OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARDS Eight faculty members from Liberal Arts received the 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. The award is the UT System Board of Regents’ highest teaching honor, which recognizes extraordinary educators from system institutions who exhibit outstanding classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. The 2012 award recipients from the College of Liberal Arts were: Douglas Bruster, Department of English; Luis E. CárcamoHuechante, Department of Spanish and Portuguese; George S. Christian, Department of English; Antonella Del Fattore-Olson, Department of French and Italian; Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Department of Sociology; James D. Garrison, Department of English; Beili Liu, Center for Asian American Studies; Michael B. Stoff, Department of History NEW COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS BUILDING The College of Liberal Arts Building, prominently located near the East Mall Fountain, is an impressive example of sustainable architecture and innovative fundraising. The work that takes place within its walls will impact not only the College, but also the University and society for generations to come. “This is our shot at greatness,” says Randy Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “This building ensures that we have the space we need to teach our students, promote world-class research, and foster the collaboration and intellectual give-and-take that is vital to a great university.”
2013 DEAN’S DISTINGUISHED GRADUATES Each year 12 graduating seniors are named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates, the College’s highest honor. This year’s awardees were: Travis Alexander, Alyssa Davis, Joshua Fjelstul, Margaret (Maggie) Gunn, Katherine Kling, Travis Knoll, Katelin McCullough, Affonso Reis, Samuel Rhea, Margaret “Katie” Sayre, Tammy Tran, and Ben Weiss Students are awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Award for their leadership, scholarly achievements, and service to the community. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the Dean’s Distinguished Graduate program, which has yielded more than 380 alumni who represent the best and the brightest graduates of the College of Liberal Arts.
ADVISING CORNER SURVIVING REGISTRATION Registering for college classes for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Assure your brand-new Longhorns that they should take a deep breath and keep calm. There are classes available, even if they’re not the time or professor students prefer. As students progress, their registration times will get earlier and they will have more opportunities to craft the schedules they want. Students are often concerned about getting through the core curriculum in their first years. While it’s commendable to take care of requirements, first-year students don’t need to shy away from electives when faced with full courses. Any course that is not taken for a degree requirement can be an elective, and they’re an effective way to explore a potential major or minor. Elective doesn’t mean easy or less than rigorous, so students shouldn’t feel like they aren’t making degree progress by taking them. For students who have declared majors, it’s ideal to take introductory classes early. This gives students the opportunity to test drive a major and gauge whether they want to continue it or not. Once students have learned more about what the university offers, it’s common for their interests to change. In many cases, students who change majors are still able to graduate in four years. Advisors are available to help students navigate their choices at all stages. They help students understand their options, decide which credit-by-exam courses to claim, and demystify the registration system. When in doubt, students are encouraged to ask questions and see their advisor.
ASK LIBBY: How do I know which courses transfer or what credits I get for classes I took at another institution?
Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor to see how the credit for courses taken outside of the University will transfer. Information about how coursework transfers to The University of Texas at Austin from other schools in Texas can be found on the Office of Admissions website at www.utexas.edu/student/ admissions/ate/. Students who are transferring courses from out-of-state schools should go to the Office of Admissions, MAI 7. Any courses completed at another educational institution MUST be transferred to the University.
CAREER SPOTLIGHT: The Value of Experience Katharine Brooks, Director, Liberal Arts Career Services Ask an employer what they are seeking in a job candidate and one of the first words you’ll hear is: experience. It’s never too early or too late for students to seek out experiences that will broaden their perspective, teach new skills, and demonstrate to an employer their work ethic and ability to succeed in a working environment. One common roadblock for students is that they can’t find a job or internship in their hometown. That may be true, but they may need to think creatively about how to acquire experience. In my book, You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career, I discuss “crafting experiments” as a way to build a resume and test possible careers. Here are some tips for crafting experiments related to a desired career field even if there are no jobs in their area: 1. Volunteer. You can check out the obvious volunteer opportunities like non-profit organizations, but you can also volunteer for a business, law firm, or other
organization. Whether it’s called an internship or not, the point is gaining the experience. Make it a goal to improve your current skills and build new ones. 2. Read. If you can’t acquire career-related experience, do the next best thing: acquire knowledge. Find the best resources for your field and read as much as you can. 3. Sign up for an online class related to your field of interest. You will be able to add the course to your resume and it will convey your seriousness to an employer. 4. Investigate professional organizations related to your field of interest. Many of them offer low student rates to join and have local or regional meetings or networking opportunities. You might be able to meet with professionals in your career field—and maybe land a job or internship opportunity. 5. Start your own business. Again, go back to your talents– what could you offer to neighbors and your community? Tutoring? Babysitting? Lawn mowing? While your specific offering might not be related to your future career, running a business can be a great entry on your resume. Create a title for your business and run it like a pro.