As the new school year approaches, the faculty and staff of the College of Liberal Arts are pleased to welcome a new class of freshmen and incoming graduate students. In addition to the new students, I’m happy to announce that half of the more than 50 professors who will be joining the college’s faculty are female. That includes an unprecedented five women coming in as full professors from such schools as Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Southern California. They will conduct cutting-edge research in such disciplines as linguistics, history, anthropology, psychology and Middle Eastern Studies.
Having students and faculty of such high caliber can only add to the exciting atmosphere and reputation of the university.
And there is certainly cause to celebrate the achievements of our faculty, students and staff. I’ve highlighted some of them below.
Faculty Awards and Recognition
From our faculty, Franky Ramont, senior lecturer in linguistics, received the Silver Award from the university’s Innovative Instructional Technology Awards Program (ITAP) for her instructional sign language Web site, ASL Online. This annual awards program, sponsored by the office of the Provost and the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment, showcases the university's exemplars in instructional innovation. And Hans Boas, associate professor of Germanic studies, earned an honorable mention at the ITAP award ceremony for his Texas German Dialect Archive Web site. Hongjoo Lee, assistant professor of psychology, earned a $15,000 research grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to study the mental health effects of hormone replacement therapy. You can read more about what our faculty is up to in The Insider.
Texas Politics Project Director James Henson and Government Professor Daron Shaw released new findings from their Texas Politics Project Poll on July 9. According to the poll, Gov. Rick Perry holds a 12-point lead over probable challenger Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in next year's Republican primary, though more than one-third of likely voters are still undecided or would choose someone else. The complete results are online.
And Lawrence Cormack, associate professor of psychology, and a team of researchers from the Institute for Neuroscience and Center for Perceptual Systems, found that 3-D motion processing occurs in an area in the brain – located just behind the left and right ears – long thought to only be responsible for processing two-dimensional motion. Read more about their findings. Visit the college’s News section for more research updates.
Staying in Touch
Along with a growing student population, our alumni community is growing as well. That’s why we are committed to developing more and better ways to keep you connected—to each other, to new generations of students, and to your college. Tell us how you are changing the world and share a photo of yourself proudly showing off your “Hook ’em” hand sign by adding a profile to the new alumni Web site Get Your Horns UP (And Say Cheese!).
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As always, we appreciate your ongoing interest and support and hope you 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.
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.