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Dean's Alumni Newsletter: December 2005

Photo: Richard Lariviere

Dear Friends,

With the holidays just around the corner, the libraries and study areas will soon fill up with students preparing for final exams. By mid-month, our campus population will have dwindled considerably and quiet will settle over our buildings.

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

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


Richard Lariviere
Dean, College of Liberal Arts

ALUMNI HONORS AND AWARDS

Heidi Boutros (Plan II Honors, Government ‘04) was awarded one of only 43 scholarships given nationwide by The Marshall Scholarship Program. The scholarship will fund a two-year master’s program at the University of Oxford. Following this, Boutros plans to attend law school and pursue a career prosecuting criminal civil rights violations for the United States Department of Justice.

Jennifer L. Goloboy (American Civilization) was awarded a short-term research fellowship by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She will conduct research at the library of the New-York Historical Society on the topic: “Success to Trade: Charleston’s Merchants in the Revolutionary Era.”

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/college_news/current/historyfellows/

PRO BENE MERITIS AWARD

The College of Liberal Arts is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Pro Bene Meritis Award that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen business, profession or life's work, or through their service to society. The deadline is December 12. Please visit http://www.utexas.edu/cola/college_news/current/probene/ for more information.

FACULTY HONORS AND AWARDS

Catherine Boone (Government) was elected to the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association, the professional association of political scientists nationwide.

Susanne Hafner (Germanic Studies) received the A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Medieval Studies for the 2005-2006 academic year. Hafner is spending the year at Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, doing research for her book "Vergilian Masculinities: Medieval Readings of the Aeneid."

Robert Hummer (Sociology and Population Research Center) and Darlene Grant (Social Work and Graduate Studies) received a two-year, $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in order to establish a Diversity Director for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) department. The initiative is part of an effort increase enrollment, retention and completion of minority students in SBE Sciences programs.

Stanislav Zimic (Spanish and Portuguese) was officially proclaimed a “Distinguished Guest” of the city of Guanajuato, Mexico during his recent visit to celebrate the 400th anniversary of “Don Quijote.” He delivered the “curso-conferencia” at this year’s International Congress on “Don Quijote” in Mexico and also gave keynote speeches at five other International Congresses in America and Europe as part of the celebration.

IN THE NEWS

Bruce Buchanan (Government) was quoted by the Associate Press and in the Houston Chronicle, Cincinnati Post, New Jersey Star Ledger and several other publications about President Bush’s integrity.

Alfred Crosby (Geography and the Environment) was quoted in the Boston Globe about pandemics.

Michael Collins (Texas Archeological Research Laboratory) was quoted in the Seattle Times about prehistoric man.

Norval Glenn (Sociology) was quoted in Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today and several other publications regarding the benefits of marrying young.

Devesh Kapur (Government) was quoted in the Wall Street Journal and The Economist about U.S. barriers to attracting highly educated migrant workers.

David Oshinsky (History) was quoted in the Seattle Times regarding McCarthyism.

SUPPORTING LIBERAL ARTS

The support of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college allows us to recruit outstanding faculty members and provide the best programs for our students. You can learn more about how to make a gift to the College of Liberal Arts at www.utexas.edu/cola/support_liberal_arts/

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