The Tower at The University of Texas at Austin will be lit burnt orange and emblazoned with a giant "75" to mark the 75th anniversary of the Plan II Honors Program, one of the premier honors programs at the university.
When: Friday, March 25 after sunset (about 8 p.m.)
Where: The Main Building, The University of Texas at Austin
Excellent visuals for print and television media. Interviews with Plan II faculty or students can be scheduled in advance.
Background: Founded in 1935, Plan II serves as a small liberal arts college in a giant university. It enrolls about 200 freshmen each year and offers a curriculum in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics and other disciplines. The tower lighting marks the start of a weekend celebrating the program's 75th anniversary. Hundreds of alumni will return to campus for the reunion to reconnect with one another, honor the program and take mini-courses from long-time professors.
Other anniversary events that are open to the media where alumni and faculty can discuss Plan II's impact include:
Notable Plan II alumni include Diane Wood, a federal appeals court judge who was on President Barack Obama's short list for the Supreme Court; Betty Sue Flowers, the former director of Plan II and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; Austin Ligon, founder of CarMax auto dealerships; and Veronica Vargas Stidvent, a former deputy labor secretary under President George W. Bush and a faculty member in the McCombs School of Business.