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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.