Plan II Honors Commencement Convocation 2009
Commencement Speaker:Betty Sue Flowers, Director of the LBJ Library and Museum
Dr. Flowers is a Plan II Honors alumna, the former director of Plan II Honors (1986-1992), and a former professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.Betty Sue Flowers, Ph.D., became Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in 2002. Before that, she was the Joan Negley Kelleher Centennial Professor in the English Department at the University of Texas, as well as a Piper Professor and a member of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. During her years at the University of Texas, she also served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of the Plan II Honors Program. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.
Flowers is a native Texan with degrees from the University of Texas, where she was a Plan II Honors major, and the University of London. She has published three books of poetry and numerous scholarly publications and articles on writers and writing, poetry therapy, leadership and sustainability. She collaborated with Bill Moyers on four books and was the series consultant for "The Power of Myth" as well as a host for the radio series "The Next 200 Years." Her 10-part television series, "Conversation with Betty Sue Flowers," was aired on the Austin PBS affiliate, KLRU. Flowers has served as a moderator for executive seminars at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, as a consultant for NASA, as a member of the Envisioning Network for General Motors, as a member of the vision team for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as a Visiting Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy.
Over the past two decades, she spent five separate years with an international team to write Global Scenarios for Shell International in London--stories about the future of the world for the next thirty years. Flowers was the editor of global scenarios for sustainable development, for the future of biotechnology, and for the future of water, all sponsored by the World Business Council in Geneva. She is currently working on scenarios for the future of the global financial system with a group convened by the James Martin Institute of Oxford University.
Chad Oliver Teaching Award Recipient: Moon Draper
After attending a plethora of universities on different continents, Moon graduated with several degrees including Biology. He pursued his interests in California for more than a decade before arriving in Texas to study molecular neurobiology in the Atkinson labs. Prior to graduate studies, he was an avid traveler, climber and sailor. While preparing for doctoral candidacy, Moon devoted much of his energy to teaching biology- a focus that has led to him join the teaching faculty at UT. Currently, Moon teaches classes ranging from molecular genetics to neurophysiology in the Section of Neurobiology and the Institute for Neuroscience. His research involves the molecular causes of alcohol addiction.
Moon has been recognized several times over the years for his teaching, with awards that include The Texas Exes Teaching Award for the College of Natural Sciences, The School of Biological Sciences Award for Outstanding Teaching, and The Natural Sciences Council Teaching Award.
Student Speaker: Susan Shaffer
Susan Shaffer's story begins with a tale of two states. Though a Texan by birth, she spent most of her childhood in New Jersey but moved with her family to finish her senior year of high school in the small town of Red Oak, Texas. Her wanderings between Texas and New Jersey created a dynamic and personal tension between red state and blue state, rural and metropolitan, summer and snow.
Susan is an avid goalie, equestrienne, and martial arts student. She is also a dedicated reader of science fiction and the classics. She found a home for her contradictions in the Plan II Honors program. Over the past four years, she has been a Historian for P2SA, an officer for the Pre-Vet Student Association, a member of the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society and a rider for the UT Equestrian club. Susan has also volunteered for the Animal Trustees of Austin, a medical trip abroad to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, rural vet missions in the U.S., and for the Girl Scouts.
Susan is majoring in Plan II Honors and Biology. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Susan will attend Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, the next chapter in a continuing cross-country odyssey.
Music provided by Mariachi Estrella
SENIORS MUST ARRIVE at FAC 21 at 8:00 am (EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING!) on Saturday, May 23, 2009.
FAC 21 is the auditorium at ground level on the Texas Union side of the Flawn Academic Center. You may enter through the glass doors off the Union patio (across from Wendy's) or from the 1st floor lobby of the FAC (at entrance to Undergraduate Library) go down the stairs at the east end (Union-side end) of the lobby.
Give your family/guests their tickets BEFORE SATURDAY!
Do not bring any items that will not fit in your pockets or a small purse that can tuck under your gown. There is NO place to leave items during the ceremony-- the room will not be "manned" or locked and you will NOT return to this room after commencement.
Do not bring items for your guests/family members: you will not see each other before the ceremony.
Ticket information for Plan II Honors Convocation:
All guests must have a ticket to enter the Hogg Memorial Auditorium.
The doors to Hogg Memorial Auditorium will not open until 8:30 am.
Guest tickets will be available for pick-up in the Plan II office from the front desk May 4 through May 15. Beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, May 18 until tickets are no longer available, students may pick up additional tickets (within reason) on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each senior may request six (6) tickets.
Please do not pick up more tickets than you expect to use. Please do not pick up six tickets if you know you will only have 4 or 5 guests! You will cause your friends problems.
Tickets will not be reserved for seniors who do not pick up tickets on or before the deadline.
Disregard "balcony" or "orchestra" designation on tickets: THERE IS NO RESERVED GUEST SEATING. Seating is "first-come, first-seated."
Plan II Honors students do NOT need a ticket for themselves for the Plan II Honors ceremony on Saturday morning at the Hogg Memorial Auditorium.
At the out-door 126th Spring University-Wide Commencement ceremony on Saturday night, May 23, 2009, STUDENTS need tickets, but family and guests do NOT need tickets.
Participation in the Plan II Honors Program Graduation Convocation and/or the University Commencement does not constitute graduation for The University of Texas at Austin or completion of the Plan II Honors Program requirements."
The most convenient parking for the Plan II Graduation Convocation should be readily available in UT Parking Garage #2 on San Antonio Street (one block west of Guadalupe Street) between 24th Street and 25th Street.
On May 22 and May 23 no permits are required and no charges will be incurred at University garages.
Guest drop-off for seniors and those with disabilities is possible at the front door of Hogg Memorial Auditorium. There is very limited disabled parking at Hogg Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, May 23. If driving east on 24th Street, turn right at Inner Campus Drive and right again at the Yield Sign at the turtle pond. This will take you to the front of the Hogg Memorial Auditorium where you may drop-off guests before parking at another spot. You must mention "Plan II Honors commencement at Hogg Auditorium" to the guard to be allowed entrance to the inner campus area.
Special services are available to accommodate needs for individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodations adaptive equipment, please contact Jennifer Scalora (512 471-1442) at least five days prior to Commencement activities. Without five days notice, we regret that we may not be able to complete arrangements for special accommodations.
Campus resources and a map with details of accessibility on campus are available at Disability Resources Home.
Students needing accomodations should also notify Jennifer Scalora (512 471-1442) and work with Services for Students with Disabilities (512 471-6259; TTY 512 471-4641).
See the Schedule of all University College, School and Department Convocations
Regalia and Announcements
The University Co-op Society Graduation Department
Locations: Students will be able to order everything they need through the Coop website(www.universitycoop.com) or visit either store location: - Co-op Outlet 2304 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX 78705 800-255-1896 option 7 -Co-op East 2902 Medical Arts Austin, TX 78705 512-472-6156
Pricing: Bachelors Regalia Package (Cap, Gown, Tassel, stole): $43.48 plus tax.
Other Info: Special Regalia - We can special-order honors cords or medallions.
Invitations and Announcements:
Printed invitations and announcements for mailing to family and friends may be ordered from the University Co-op at each of its three locations.
Commencement invitations and announcements should be purchased by MONDAY, MAY 4 and mailed by FRIDAY, MAY 8 to ensure delivery.
The Great Texas EXit at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center
Friday, May 22, 2009 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Photo Opportunities: The Silver Spurs and Bevo will be on-site: Noon to 3:00 pm Texas Cowboys and Smokey the Cannon will be on-site: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 23, 2009 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Photo Opportunities: The Silver Spurs and Bevo will be on-site: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Texas Cowboys and Smokey the Cannon will be on-site: Noon to 3:00 pm
All graduates are invited to bring their family and friends to the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center to celebrate their big day with a complimentary champagne toast and snacks. With unique Longhorn decor and photo opportunities with the Silver Spurs and Bevo and the Texas Cowboys and Smokey the Cannon, The Great Texas EXit makes the perfect place to toast to your future and The University of Texas! All graduates who sign up for Life Membership by Saturday, May 23 will receive a $200 discount!