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Student Video Contest

Gone to Texas Video Contest

Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin!

By now, you are familiar with the phrase “What starts here, changes the world.” It is a motto that will inspire creativity and innovation, and we hope, will provide direction to every new student who steps foot on this campus. It is a motto requiring participation and comes with the responsibility for each member of the community to act with integrity and honor.  One could call it a Longhorn State of Mind.

As you will learn at Gone To Texas, the UT Tower helps to communicate powerful messages and to signify special moments in the life of the campus.  When the Tower is lit orange, it is most likely to honor achievements of excellence: from faculty and student academic achievements to the recognition of staff excellence.  From athletic victories and championships to Commencement.  The night of Gone to Texas, it will celebrate and welcome the newest members of our community to campus. 

Becoming a Longhorn means that the “Eyes of Texas” are now upon you.  It is now your turn to seize the opportunity, to make a difference and turn the Tower orange in the future to celebrate your achievements.  As the newest members of the university community, here’s an opportunity to share your story, your state of mind as a new Longhorn.

At this year's Gone to Texas, we'll be showcasing videos produced by incoming students. You are invited to create a video and enter it in the fifth annual GTT video contest.  Prizes will be awarded.

How to Enter

1. Create a video using the following script:

"My name is ___________ and I'm from _____________.  As my time starts here at UT, I hope to do my part to help change the world and turn the Tower orange by _________."

2. To be entered, videos must:

• Contain the required script
• Be no more than 60 seconds in length
• Be no more than 200 MB in size
• Have a resolution of at least 320 x 240
• Be saved in .mov, .wmv, .mp4, .avi, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2 or .flv format.

3. Submissions are limited to one video per student.

4. All videos must be submitted on or before August 5, 2013.

Video submissions for the 2013 Gone to Texas Student Video Contest have ended. Thank you for your participation.


Prizes will be awarded for the top three videos as ranked by a panel of judges. In addition to having their video shown during the event, new students who create the top videos will receive the following prizes provided by the University Co-op with additional support from the Campus Computer Store: 

First Prize
- Dell Inspiron 15R i5-3337U 2.7GHz Laptop
Second Prize - Apple iPad Mini 16GB
Third Prize - University Co-op gift certificate ($100)


A distinguished panel of students, faculty, alumn iand industry experts will select the top three submissions based on their creativity, message, quality, uniqueness and entertainment value.

Panel of Judges  
Gage Paine
Dr. Gage E. Paine was named the Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in August 2012. She returned to her Longhorn family after previously serving as associate dean of students from 1986-1997 and receiving her Ph.D. in educational administration from the university. Throughout her 30-year career, Dr. Paine has been a leader in student affairs, from starting out as a resident assistant while an undergraduate to being appointed to student affairs leadership positions at four other Texas universities.

Dr. Paine provides leadership to a diverse staff of 775 higher education professionals who support students throughout their university experience by working to provide the best and most innovative programs, facilities and services. She manages a diverse portfolio comprised of some of the university’s largest non-academic units. They include departments overseeing 14 on-campus residence halls and their dining facilities, medical and mental health services, recreational sports, student media, student activities (including 1,000+ student organizations), leadership development and the two university unions.
Charles Ramirez Berg Alumnus Charles Ramírez Berg is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the university and a leading authority on Latino film history of the United States and Mexico. He is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and recipient of many teaching awards, including the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award and Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship.

A former National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, Ramírez Berg is also the author of many scholarly books and articles, including "Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, and Resistance" and "Cinema of Solitude: A Critical Study of Mexican Film." He writes screenplays, has published fiction and poetry, and co-authored a children's book, "The Gift of the Poinsettia," with poet Pat Mora. He is also a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Austin Film Society, serving as its president from 2001 to 2003.
Chris Elley Chris Elley is the founder of Electro-Fish Films, where he directs, produces and writes. His work has appeared everywhere from CBS NEWS 60 MINUTES to THE FOOD NETWORK and has earned him two EMMY Awards along with multiple nominations. Before launching Electro-Fish full-time, Chris served as Director of On-Air Marketing and Senior Producer for CBS KEYE Austin. Chris holds an M.A. in Mass Communication form Texas State University and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Texas Lutheran University. Chris routinely teaches communication strategy to Masters and Ph.D. level social scientists and is also a guest lecturer on cultural topics.
Soncia_Lilly Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, senior associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the university, earned her bachelor's degree in economics at the University of California at Irvine, her Master of Arts degree in education at California State University, San Bernardino, and her doctorate in education administration at the University of Southern California.

In her senior management role, Lilly collaborates with campus and student leadership to develop and implement policies related to campus life and a full spectrum of student development and academic support programs. Her portfolio is composed of the Division of Housing and Food Service, the Texas Union and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Lilly participates in professional associations and serves as a strategic planning and management consultant, facilitating workshops and giving presentations at national conferences on topics pertaining to higher education. She remains involved in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a community-based organization devoted primarily to developing programs and services for the advancement of women.
Cile Spelce Elley
Cile Spelce Elley serves as a director, producer and writer for Electro-Fish Films. A multiple EMMY award winner, she has created, written, produced and presented short and long form real-life stories for broadcast media for more than 20 years.

More than half of Cile’s story telling career has been devoted to journalism. She covered stories ranging form the Branch Davidian Standoff to presidential elections. She also proudly co-anchored the evening news in Austin, TX with her father, Neal, as the nation’s only father-daughter anchor team. After life in news, Cile loaned her talents to the University of Texas System, creating innovative communication strategies and developing and co-producing a PBS series.

Cile also teaches communication and media strategy and provides in-depth speech coaching for clients ranging from Ph.D. level social scientists to philanthropists to CEO’s and small business owners.

Cile received her B.A. in Communication form Southwestern University.
Hugo Rojo
Hugo Rojo is a junior public relations major from El Paso, Texas. Active in campus leadership, Hugo is the first male and junior student to serve as director of Texas Tower PR, the University's only student-run public relations firm. He is also an active member in the Public Relations Student Society of America's Alan Scott Chapter for which he previously served as Creative and Digital Specialist.

Hugo is also active in the Communication Council, the College of Communication's official student government, housed under the Senate of College Councils. He presides over the council as Administrative Director.