Plan II Family Day, 2011
The day's agenda:
Breakfast: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Session I: 11:45 am to 12:30 pm
Session II: 12:45 am to 1:30 pm
- At the registration site, we ask that you provide the number of guests attending and a first and last name for each guest attending the Plan II Honors Family Day event. That way we can plan appropriately for food and beverage and prepare a nametag for each attendee.
- General registration is on-line now.
- On-line registration will continue through October 14, 2011.
- After October 14, Plan II parents may call the Plan II office to RSVP and give us the names of Family Day attendees.
- Although the Plan II Honors event is free to Plan II family members, other events will fill-up or sell out early. We encourage you to register early.
The Plan II Family Day breakfast will be held in the Atrium of the McCombs College of Business Administration (CBA). The model classes will be in the adjoining Graduate School of Business (GSB).
This year, our Family Day events include model classes, including:
James Loehlin, English
"Shakespeare through Performance"
James Loehlin is Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor of English and director of the Shakespeare at Winedale program. He is a native Austinite and a Plan II graduate of UT, where he was a student in the Winedale program under founding Director James B. Ayres. He earned an English M.A. at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and a joint Ph.D. in Drama and Humanities at Stanford. He taught in the Drama Department at Dartmouth College for five years, serving as Director of the London Foreign Study Program, before returning to UT in 1999. Loehlin works with the evolving meaning of plays in performance, both from a scholarly and practical perspective. He has published books on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, and Henry V, as well as Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. He has directed, acted in, or supervised productions of twenty-five of Shakespeare's plays, as well as all four of Chekhov's major plays.
Richard Reddick, Education
"Ebony in the Ivory Tower: Historical and Contemporary Reflections of the Black Professoriate"
Richard Reddick, is an assistant professor in the College of Education's Department of Educational Administration. He is also the coordinator of the M.Ed. program in College and University Student Personnel Administration and a faculty affiliate in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. He earned two degrees from U.T. Austin: a B.A. in Plan II in 1995; and an Ed.M., in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy in 1998. He earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Harvard University in 2007.
Wendy Domjan, Psychology
"The Mind and Brain in Religious Experience"
Wendy Domjan, is the Associate Director of the Plan II Honors Program. Wendy received her doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Wisconsin, is a senior lecturer in the psychology department, teaching classes focusing on the psychology of religion and religious fundamentalism. She has been teaching for Plan II for many years, teaching the Plan II Honors Social Science course in psychology, and both freshman and junior seminars. She has received multiple teaching awards, including the Chad Oliver Teaching Award.
Janine Barchas, English
"Marketing Jane Austen: A Slideshow of Book Covers from 1833 to Now"
Janine Barchas (Stanford B.A. and Chicago Ph.D.) joined the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, after teaching at the University of Auckland in New Zealand for five years. Barchas’ first book, Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003), won the SHARP book prize for best work in the field of book history. Barchas has published articles on writers from “the long eighteenth century” in an number of academic journals Her current research focuses on the fictions of Jane Austen.
David Kendrick, Economics
"Tough Times in the Economy: What Policies Should Be Used?"
David Kendrick, is the Ralph W. Yarborough Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts in the Department of Economics. He is the author or co-author of nine books and about seventy articles and has enjoyed the pleasure of teaching Plan II Macroeconomics for many years. He was recently honored by the creation of the Kendrick Award which will be given by the Society for Computational Economics on an irregular basis to an outstanding contributor in the field of
We will also showcase three very special Plan II programs:
Plan II Costa Rica Maymester, presented by Ruth Buskirk
The spring 2011 Maymester course, offered by The Plan II Program to students interested in understanding the complex issues surrounding the conservation of some of the worldʼs most treasured natural resources. This course is designed by the Plan II program with a focus on interdisciplinary studies. The issues of land use in Costa Rica have global implications and are quite complex. These concerns are well-suited for study by students with diverse interests.
Presented by Ruth Buskirk, who is the Director of the Health Science Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research on behavior and physiology has been published in over 40 articles and includes work of spiders, dragonflies, baboons, and unusual animal behavior before earthquakes. Dr. Buskirk received the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009 and is a three-time recipient of the Texas Exes Teaching Award (1988, 1991, 1998)
Plan II/KIPP Partnership, presented by Grant Thomas
In the spring of 2007, seventeen Plan II students embarked on a partnership with KIPP (“Knowledge is Power Program”) Austin College Prep, a local middle school serving primarily low-income and minority students in Austin. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas facilitated matching each Plan II student with a “KIPPster” in an effort to form lasting bonds between mentor & mentee.The Plan II/KIPP (“Knowledge is Power Program”) Partnership began in
the spring of 2007, when seventeen Plan II students embarked on a partnership with KIPP
and Austin College Prep, a local middle school serving primarily low-income and minority
students in Austin.
Presented by Grant Thomas, who is a career educator whose major focus for the past 29 years has been on systematic strategies for youth empowerment and service. He currently serves on the boards of YouthLaunch and KIPP Austin. His educational background includes a B.A. from Princeton, magna cum laude (1967); an Ed. M. from Harvard (1974); and four years of graduate study in educational psychology at UT (1976-80).
Praxis, presented by Dr. Michael Stoff, Director Plan II Honors, Distinguished Associate Professor of History
e Praxis Initiative has been designed and driven by Plan II students whose goal is the development of a multifaceted, model program for civic engagement and service at Plan II. The Praxis curriculum aims to give students the tools and resources necessary to explore social problems—from education and health care to urban planning and transportation.
Presented by Michael Stoff, who is director of Plan II Honors and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of History. He received his doctorate from Yale University and serves as co-editor of the Oxford New Narratives in American History.
For hotel reservations at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Information for Visitors Coming from Outside Austin (other hotel and Bed & Breakfast listings, restaurant information and more)
Printable Campus Tour Maps:
Use The University's Self-Guided Walking Tour of the UT Campus (PDF 1.8MB) to learn about campus on your own and at your own pace. This makes your day more flexible and allows attendance at other college or program information sessions, tours of dorm(s) and visits to the wonderful Blanton Art Museum, the world-renown Humanities Research Center or the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum.
See also: The Diversity Tour (PDF 2.5MB) to learn about spots on campus that serve as a reminder of the campus’s dedication to academic and cultural diversity.