Dr. Palaima Bestowed "Longhorn of the Year" Honorable Mention
Posted: December 8, 2010
From the Daily Texan article:
Like many of his colleagues, classics professor Tom Palaima is regarded as an educator who makes a profound and lasting impact on his students. But further than the classroom, Palaima’s voice in the greater UT and Austin communities distinguishes him from many of his colleagues. By taking to the editorial pages of this newspaper and others such as the Austin American-Statesman and The Texas Observor, Palaima uses reason and thoughtfulness to magnify issues that extend past the limits of the traditional classroom setting. In the past, Palaima has weighed in on educational reform and the budget, and he has also served on the committee of the Faculty Council and defended his colleagues against layoffs. Palaima’s apparent belief that a person has an obligation to participate in discussions that affect those around them is admirable and, sadly, rare.