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R Progress in any one of those areas helps the university in its quest to be the No. 1 public research university in the nation. The fact that significant advances have been made in all of them speaks to the extraordinary scale of the largest fundraising effort ever attempted in Texas—and the extraordinarily generous response from alumni and friends. There will always be more to do. The undergraduate experience has been transformed through a revamped core curriculum, first-year interest groups, and signature courses, but work remains on President Bill Powers’ goal to raise the four-year graduation rate. And while the founding of Dell Medical School is an exciting campaign milestone, it will be two more years before the school is up and running, and continued private support will be essential to its success. Beyond the medical school, fundraising continues for new engineering and graduate business education facilities, joining recently constructed buildings for computer science, liberal arts, and communication. The Campaign for Texas has made its physical mark on the Forty Acres, and it’s not done yet. Will Texas Exes members and other UT friends come together to push the campaign to its conclusion by Aug. 31? It’s going to be down to the wire. Watch your inbox for the latest updates, and if you haven’t contributed yet, consider making a quick gift at give.utexas.edu. It’s not too late to be a part of this historic effort.
DISTINCT DONORS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR TEXAS AS OF JULY 1, 2014.
eaching a goal is a fine thing. Blowing right by it? Even better. In a sign that the UT community is as generous as it is passionate, students, alumni, and friends gave more than three times the fundraising goal of the inaugural 40 Hours for the Forty Acres. Utilizing social media, as well as a campus event and the UTalk Call Center, 40 for Forty aimed to raise $40,000 for the university in 40 hours. The tally when the countdown ended: 2,104 donations totaling $128,516. Organizers had hoped to attract at least 400 student donors; they got more than 900. Students, invited to donate any amount to a favorite program or cause, gave to their colleges and schools and to a variety of other programs, including Women in Engineering, Rio Grande Valley Scholars, UT Elementary School, the University Libraries, Texas Student Media, and Horns Helping Horns.
“UT is where I have had my most valuable experiences.” – Samira Chary Class of 2015
Samira Chary, a member of the Class of 2015 from San Antonio, donated to the School of Human Ecology. “UT is where I have had my most valuable experiences,” the nutrition major says. “I want the same opportunities to be available for future generations.”
4,000+ STUDENTS (AND COUNTING) HAVE GONE AFTER THEIR UT DREAMS THANKS TO NEARLY 800 NEW SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS.
The university relies on philanthropy to counter Texas’ ongoing decline in state support for higher education, and efforts like 40 for Forty help close the funding gap. Moreover, the participation of students and alumni in such giving campaigns can boost UT’s national rankings. “I designated my gift to the Spanish and Portuguese Department,” says Greg Peña, a finance/Hispanic studies senior from Brownsville. “I really value the department’s programs, and it’s a nice feeling knowing I’m helping them to continue.” Freshman Amanda Koif of Forney, an architectural engineering major, gave to the Friends of Alec program in the Cockrell School “to show my support for UT and allow the university to continue to provide the best faculty and resources for students.” Based on this first year’s numbers, it’s a safe bet that 40 Hours for the Forty Acres will be back next spring. But as for that $40,000 goal—how about another zero?
66 NEW ENDOWED CHAIRS AND 36 NEW PROFESSORSHIPS SUPPORT UT’S BEST FACULTY AND THEIR RESEARCH. s e p t e m b e r | o c t o b e r 2011
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