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Gone to Texas!

Schedule of Events
August 26, 2008

Welcome to Texas!

The University of Texas at Austin is your new home and we're rolling out the welcome mat to celebrate your arrival. 

The Freshman Reading Roundup is a great way to start your Longhorn academic career in a one-time class with no tuition or tests.  Sign up in advance for this fun program and you will be able to discuss a book (in or outside of your major area) with members of UT's Academy of Distinguished Teachers and other new students who share your reading interests. 

As a part of the welcoming celebration, many colleges and schools host programs prior to the university-wide Gone to Texas celebration at 8 p.m.  Please consult the schedule below for details and contact information.  During these events, free Gone to Texas t-shirts will be distributed to new students while supplies last. 

Following individual college and school festivities, join other new students at the Tower for Gone to Texas 2008, a unique introduction to the campus — its culture, its traditions and its magic.

Welcome home!

Graduate School Gone to Graduate School
To allow graduate students to attend pre-Gone To Texas events hosted by individual colleges and schools on Tuesday, the Graduate School will host an Open House on Monday, one day prior to the university-wide Gone To Texas celebration.

Graduate Studies Open House
Monday, August 25, 4-6 p.m.
Main Building (MAI), Room 101
The Open House will be hosted by Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Victoria Rodriguez.  Those attending will receive a complimentary copy of the 2007-2009 Graduate Student Guide, a publication containing information about UT and Austin that has been collected specifically for graduate students.
John Dalton
(512) 471-4511

School of Architecture Gone to Architecture
5 p.m.
Homer Rainey Hall (HRH), Jessen Auditorium
Dean Fritz Steiner will welcome new students to the School of Architecture followed by dinner with faculty and new and current students.
Garrett Loontjer
(512) 471-4525

McCombs School of Business

Gone to Business

6 - 7:45 p.m.
McCombs School of Business (CBA/GSB), various locations throughout the School. Come meet, greet and eat. McCombs School new students can meet fellow classmates from their hometown and surrounding area as well as network with McCombs faculty and staff.
Lauren Anne Cove
(512) 471-2103

College of Communication

Gone to Communication

6 - 7:45 p.m.
Texas Union (UNB), Ballroom
New communication students will be welcomed at CommUnity, a college event featuring live music and pizza.
Kathy Casarez (512) 475-9168 or Jay Williams (512) 475-6374

College of Education
Gone to Education
6 p.m.
George I. Sánchez Education Building (SZB), Room 296
New education students will have a chance to enjoy refreshments, meet one another and student organization representatives of the college.
Jennifer Morris
(512) 471-3486

Cockrell School of Engineering Gone to Engineering
4:15 p.m. (Check-in begins at 3:30 p.m.)
Hogg Auditorium (HMA)
At the 19th annual Engineering Fall Gathering, new students will be introduced to the college's student organizations and services, meet Dean Gregory Fenves, and engineering student leaders, faculty and staff.  An all-you-can-eat barbeque dinner (veggie option) is planned for all incoming first-year, transfer and graduate students. Info and RSVP at
Engineering Office of Student Life, (512) 232-5778

College of
Fine Arts

Gone to Fine Arts  

5:30 p.m.
Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA), Fine Arts Library
Join us for pizza, prizes and karaoke in the Fine Arts Library. Meet your fellow fine arts students at this fun, informal gathering.
Natalie Munoz (512) 471-5011

Jackson School of Geosciences

Gone to Geosciences

5:30 p.m.
Jackson Geological Building (JGB), tent near southeast entrance
New Jackson School of Geosciences students will enjoy fajitas and sodas, music by a DJ and drawings for door prizes as they meet the dean, faculty, staff and representatives from the undergraduate geosciences student organization.
Renee Waters (512) 471-4300

LBJ School of Public Affairs

Gone to Public Affairs

6 p.m.
The Oaks, near Sid Richardson Hall (SRH)
Dean Steinberg will host a dinner and organization fair to welcome new students to the LBJ School and orient them to the graduate program. They will be joined by current students, faculty and staff, and all will participate in a raffle for prized LBJ memorabilia.
Brendan Lavy (, (512) 232-4004

College of
Liberal Arts

Gone to Liberal Arts

6–8 p.m.
The Turtle Pond, north of the Main Building (MAI) [Rain Plan: Calhoun (CAL) 100 and surrounding breezeway]
Stop by the Turtle Pond to enjoy a barbecue dinner from Pok-e-jo’s and listen to live music by the classic country band Run of the Mill. There will be door prizes, a chance to visit with liberal arts faculty and staff, and information tables from various offices.
Jessica Godbey (512) 232-3336

College of
Natural Sciences

Gone to Natural Sciences

6 p.m.
East Mall between W. C. Hogg (WCH) and Garrison Hall (GAR)
New natural science students will be introduced to the college's student organizations as well as College of Natural Sciences deans, faculty and staff. Featured will be live music by The Monahans.  There will be special guests, pizza, drinks and great door prizes.  Students should wear the College of Natural Sciences t-shirt they received at orientation.
Didi Smith (512) 471-4536
or Yadi Colon (512) 471-4536

School of Nursing

Gone to Nursing

6:30 p.m. 
Texas Union (UNB), Quadrangle, Room 3.304
New students will be introduced to the faculty and staff members of the School of Nursing and will be paired with current nursing students who will serve as "peer mentors" to introduce them to the school and lend support.  Program includes food and door prizes.  
Betty Skaggs (512) 471-7948 or Patricia Castaneda-English
(512) 232-4775

College of Pharmacy

Gone to Pharmacy

6 - 7 p.m.
Texas Union (UNB), Santa Rita Room
New pharmacy students will mosey on over to the chuck wagon for Roundup '08, a dinner and welcome program to introduce them to fellow students, faculty and staff.
Kay Jamison, Greg Caldera, or Diane Ginsburg, (512) 471-1737

School of
Social Work

Gone to Social Work

6 - 7:30 p.m.
Texas Union (UNB), Lone Star Room, Room 3.208
New social work students will convene for an informal program with refreshments and an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff.
Ramón R. Gómez (512) 471-9819


New Student Welcome

8 p.m.
At the Tower

Enjoy a program filled with special guest speakers, live performances by a wide variety of performing ensembles and a finale featuring the Longhorn Band.

A reserved seating section for guests with hearing impairments will be available near the stage on the southwest corner. An interpreter will be provided.

Reception and Concert
8:45 p.m.
Following Gone to Texas, new students can enjoy the music of Grupo Fantasma and free Amy's Ice Cream (while supplies last).

Gone to Texas is a presentation of the Office of the President with generous support by the University Co-op. For more information call the Office of Relationship Management and University Events (512) 471-7753.

In case of inclement weather, the Gone to Texas university-wide event will be relocated to Gregory Gym.

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