Plan II Honors students named Dean's Distinguished Graduates
Eight Plan II Students named to prestigious list
Posted: May 1, 2005
William Henry Bridges, IV
While at UT, William distinguished himself with outstanding performances in both rhetoric and Japanese. He taught English and Japanese at Star Charter Schoole while completing a triple major in English Honors, Plan II Honors, and Japanese. William will start a PhD program at Princeton in East Asian Studies in the fall.
In addition to extensive work with the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Melisa wrote her Plan II Honors thesis on the San Antonio Museum of Art as Adaptive Reuse of the Lone Star Brewery. She spent her time as an active member of the Plan II Students Association, an Op-Ed writer for the Daily Texan and volunteering with the UT Austin Catholic Center.
Amber R. Holloway
Amber mainained a stellar academic record while serving as an administrator and staff member of Americorps' Communities in Classrooms and as an operations coordinator intern for Teach for America. In addition to completing a creative writing thesis for Plan II Honors, Amber has served the past two years as the University's Ombsudsman, working with faculty, staff, and students to ensure equitable University policies. After graduation, Amber will attend the Clinton School of Public Service, begin a two-year commitment to Teach for America or attend the Michener Center for Writers.
Vincent completed the Plan II Honors major and the premedical course work while studying piano in the School of Music. He has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and will accompany the Dallas Asian America Youth Orchestra this May on their trip to Beijing. Vincent has volunteered with the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, UT Student Health Center and Plano Medical Center. He will attend UT Southwestern Medical School in the fall.
David spent time in Mississippi conducting research and human rights and labor workshops to advocate for immigrant rights as part of his Plan II Honors thesis on Mayan poultry workers in the United States. He has been involved as an activist for environmental causes, fair trade and human rights organizations, and is a 2005 American Fellow for Humanity in Action.
Randal Boyd McDonald III
Randy graduates with a triple major in Plan II Honors, History and Latin. He also completed a minor in Religious Studies. His recently completed thesis is on the History of Mormon culture in the press from 1850-1890. While at UT, Randy was a member of the Liberal Arts Council, Texas Revue Committee and Mortar Board Visor Chapter, as well as a Plan II Peer Adviser, a Latin tutor, an orientation adviser and a Teach for America Campus Coordinator
Rebecca served as president of the Student Health Advisory Committee, as a chair in the Liberal Arts Council, as an intern for Texas Representative Elvira Reyna, and as a translator at the Austin Volunteer Healthcare Clinic. She graduates with a double major in Plan II Honors and Spanish and also completed the premedical course work. Rebecca will attend UT Southwestern Medical School this fall.
Julie, who completed three majors in Government Honors, Plan II Honors and Latin American Studies, wrote her thesis on the effect of South Texas' education policy on immigration from Mexico. She is an active member of the Senate of College Councils, Student Government, and the Friar Society, as well as the President of Orange Jackets. After graduation, Julie plans to volunteer in Central or South America, preferably through the PeaceCorps.