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Gone To Texas: Texas-sized welcome for new students marks start of academic year

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Incoming freshmen and other new students from throughout Texas, the nation and many countries beyond will receive a warm welcome at The University of Texas at Austin during the traditional “Gone to Texas” celebration on the Main Mall south of the Tower at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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Gone to Texas, a university-wide event held the evening before fall semester classes begin on Aug. 30, will feature live music, dancing groups, cheerleaders, a broad spectrum of presentations from across the campus and a finale featuring the Longhorn Band. Student leaders, faculty members and university administrators will welcome the new students to the event presented by the Office of the President with support and sponsorship by the University Co-op.

“The transition from a home and high school environment to living on a university campus should be pleasant and exciting, and that’s the kind of warm welcome ‘Gone to Texas’ provides for our incoming freshmen and other new students,” said William Powers Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin.

“This traditional event on the eve of a new academic year will bring us together in a festive environment where those of us who have been here a while can extend a friendly Texas greeting to these students who have been accepted into our university community.”

Star from Gone To Texas logoAdvice for New Students

Treat your college years as a preparation for the rest of your life. This is the time to break old habits and form new ones. Your college years will set the course for who you will be. The choices you make, the things you do and the people you spend time with create a foundation for your future endeavors. Choose wisely and seek the truth, as the Tower advises, and it will set you free. Take time to meet with your professors—they are the key to your success!

Alicia Strong
B.S. Kinesiology
Abilene, Texas

Study hard, go to class regularly, try to get to know the professors and try to learn the study material on such a personal level that you make it your own. These are the keys that open the door to a new way of experiencing the best kind of education available, a UT education.

John Bray
B.A. Spanish and Latin American Studies
Garland, Texas

Read much more from Advice for New Students on the Gone To Texas Web site.

The annual welcoming event is based on a chapter in the history of the migration to Texas. More than 100 years ago, as adventurers pulled up stakes seeking a fresh start, three letters etched on homestead doors revealed their destination. “GTT” was written on the doors of people indicating they had “Gone To Texas.”

As a part of the celebration, many colleges and schools host programs prior to the 8 p.m. Tuesday university-wide celebration. A list of the pre-event activities by schools and colleges may be viewed online.

A live broadcast of Gone To Texas will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday on channel 45 of the campus cable system. The program also may be viewed from a remote location via a live webcast. Information on how to link to the GTT webcast is available online. Live streaming will begin at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

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

BY Robert D. Meckel

PHOTO on banner graphic: Marsha Miller

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