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Dean's Alumni Newsletter: April 2009

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Dear Friends,

Springtime at the university is always filled with exciting events, and this year has been no exception. More than 50,000 visitors attended Explore UT last month. The daylong event, filled with exhibits, performances and hands-on activities, showcased fascinating research from more than 60 liberal arts faculty members.

Another key event, and an annual rite of spring, was the selection of the Pro Bene Meritis award winners. I am pleased to introduce you to four winners of the college’s highest honor: alumni Leslie Blanton and Maureen Decherd, Professor Emeritus Sidney Monas, and publisher Frances Vick. The recipients will be honored at a special dinner April 16 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

As we look back over the past semester, there is certainly cause to celebrate the achievements of our faculty, students and staff. Below are highlighted the most recent of these accomplishments. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about them.

Faculty Awards and Recognition

In addition to our Pro Bene Meritis award winners, I’m proud to announce Karl Galinsky, the Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics and Distinguished Teaching Professor, recently won the $965,000 Max Planck Research Award for International Cooperation for his study of history and memory.  You can read more about what our faculty is up to in The Insider.

Digital Media Spotlight

John Kappelman, professor of Anthropology, recently led the scientific team that conducted the first high resolution CT scan of the world’s most famous fossil, Lucy, an ancient human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago. Visit the eLucy website to view Lucy’s scanned bones.

For more news about the College of Liberal Arts' community of scholars and alumni, become a fan of the College of Liberal Arts on Facebook.

As always, we appreciate your ongoing interest and support and hope that you will keep in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.

Randy L. Diehl, Dean

Supporting Liberal Arts

The generous support of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university allows the College of Liberal Arts to recruit and retain outstanding faculty members and provide the best programs for our students.

If you are interested in supporting the college, we invite you to consider making a gift. The college relies on private philanthropy to broaden support for scholarships, study abroad opportunities, faculty and graduate students. Gifts to the college ensure students are able to experience the same life-changing education you enjoyed.

Learn more about how to support the College of Liberal Arts…

Dean's Circle

Become a partner in transforming lives by joining the Dean's Circle. The Dean's Circle giving society acknowledges alumni and friends who have committed to making an immediate impact through unrestricted funds. All members will be recognized on the college's Web site, receive periodic reports from the Dean, as well as the college's magazine Life & Letters. Members will also be invited to attend a number of events, including a special annual Liberal Arts reception.

If you would like to learn more about giving opportunities, including special contribution levels for young alumni joining the Dean's Circle, please email us.