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    Explore UT: The biggest heart in Texas

    By Marsha Miller
    Published: March 9, 2010

    More than 1,500 of the visitors who participated in Explore UT formed the “the biggest heart in Texas” for the event’s 2010 “class photo.” Watch the heart take shape in fast motion through the more than 300 images taken every 10 seconds over the course of an hour. [Producer's note: For the best viewing experience, let the slideshow load completely in your browser before playing.]

    About 50,000 visitors came from all parts of Texas, including more than 16,000 K-12 schoolchildren who arrived in 430 buses from 247 schools and 118 school districts, from as far away as El Paso in west Texas, Donna in the Rio Grande Valley and Plano in north Texas.

    Explore UT offers more than 400 events, performances, exhibits, lectures and hands-on activities, which are led by faculty, staff and students.

    The event is organized by the university’s Office of Relationship Management and University Events. The heart was created by Shaun Albrechtson, director of production. The background music for the slideshow is a recording of “Deep in the Heart of Texas” performed by the Longhorn Band.

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      Estrella said on March 9, 2011 at 6:20 p.m.
      when are yall going to put the biggest heart of texa s of 2011???
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      James said on Feb. 11, 2011 at 12:07 a.m.
      I'm a bit late to the party here but I just wanted to say I thought it was a great event also. I wish it was an annual event on campuses across the US. Anyway, I had a great time.
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      Jennifer D said on Dec. 25, 2010 at 12:24 a.m.
      I was there, it was amazing! Find me around the coronary artery :)
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      Mark Strobel said on Dec. 24, 2010 at 9:27 p.m.
      I thought the extracting DNA from bananas idea was a bit more fun than that.
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      The Biggest Open House in Texas « Tower Talk said on March 18, 2010 at 2:28 p.m.
      [...] Click here to watch a time-lapse video of visitors gathering to create the heart shape on UT’s Main Mall, deep in the heart of Texas.  http://www.utexas.edu/know/2010/03/09/biggest-heart-in-texas/ [...]
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      Dorinda Eubanks said on March 14, 2010 at 7:35 p.m.
      A wonderful experience for the children. Thank you volunteers for your time and energy. We had a great time and made many memories!
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      Dennis Sybrowsky said on March 11, 2010 at 9:44 p.m.
      Just watching and listening, my heart swells with pride. Music is terrific! Go Horns
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      Susan Bauernfeind said on March 11, 2010 at 1:53 p.m.
      Texas does have a big heart! Excellent!! Gave me chills, thank you for sharing.
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      Sue Heard Bump said on March 11, 2010 at 1:39 p.m.
      I am so proud to be associated in the tiniest way with this event, even if it is just through marriage to Jerry Bump, English Dept. Our grandchildren think UT is owned by their grandfather and have visited often, thinking his office is a magic wonderland, with it's window on the UT campus world. I help Bump and his students do their yearly Alice in Wonderland skits for Explore UT and every year am amazed to see more and more busloads of, hopefully, future students explore, learn, and take home wonderful memories.
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