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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

 RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE TEXAS MEMORIAL MUSEUM

On behalf of the Faculty Council Executive Committee, Chair Elect Bill Beckner (professor, mathematics) submitted the following resolution the Texas Memorial Museum. The Faculty Council will act on the resolution at its meeting on February 17, 2014. Final approval resides with the Faculty Council with formal notification to the president.

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Dean Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE TEXAS MEMORIAL MUSEUM

The Texas Memorial Museum is a historic part of the UT campus – its magnificent art deco building was designed in the late 1930’s and its groundbreaking in 1936 was attended by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The museum houses an extensive and in part rare collection of fossil, meteorite and rock specimens from across the entire state. Visits to the museum over the past seventy-five years have sparked the scientific curiosity of countless Texas citizens, both young and old.

Three major activities are associated with the museum – collection maintenance, scientific research, and public outreach and education. We recognize that in a period of substantial reduction in external funding and tuition limits the University must apportion support for those activities that fall directly within the University’s mission to provide quality education for its students. The Texas Memorial Museum is a unique resource for the state of Texas; we ask that the Museum’s Director and its Advisory Council strive to place the community outreach activity on an independent, self-sustaining financial footing comparable with other museums associated with the University.  Such independence should enable the Museum to maintain its important K-12 educational role within central Texas.





Posted on the Faculty Council website (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on February 13, 2014.