Explore UT Brings 50,000 Visitors to Campus

Feb. 18, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin will open its doors on the morning of March 7 for the 10th annual "Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas," treating campus visitors to a day of fun and learning.

Explore UT Saturday, March 7.

With more than 400 diverse activities taking place between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., there is something of interest for all ages. All activities are free and no registration is required.

A schedule of events can be found online and a pullout schedule will be included in the Thursday, March 5 edition of the Austin American-Statesman.

"Explore UT is our gift to the Austin community, the Texas community and beyond," said President William Powers Jr. "With thousands of volunteers hosting hundreds of activities across our campus, the public is offered a glimpse into the wonders of technology, innovation, research, teaching and talent that can found within the university."

This year's lineup includes new and exciting activities, including:

  • What FDR Might Tell Obama: Watch a Depression-Era President Offer His Advice.
  • Facebook—The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Learn How to Use it Safely.
  • Interested in Time Travel? Choose a historical moment. Through the magic of digital photography you can become a participant in the past.
  • Computer Mapping: Find Your Way Around the World Using an Advanced Geographic Information System.
  • Lights! Camera! Action: Watch University Students Rehearse and Film a TV Drama.
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World: Explore Projects Such as Sand Filters and Homemade Windmills.

Explore UT begins at 11 a.m. but there are activities available for those who may want to get an early start to their day of adventure and fun. Early bird activities include:

  • To the Moon: The American Space Program in the 1960s at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, opens at 9 a.m.
  • Perry-Castañeda Library Open House hosted by The University of Texas Libraries, opens at 9 a.m.
  • The Texas Natural Science Center, home to Texas Memorial Museum, opens at 10 a.m.

Explore UT will take place rain or shine. Information on parking, food options and a list of activities is available online at the Explore UT Web site.

The University Co-op, cooperatively owned by the faculty, students and staff of The University of Texas at Austin, is a major sponsor of the event.

For more information, contact: Amy Crossette, Office of the President, 512-573-1078.

1 Comment to "Explore UT Brings 50,000 Visitors to Campus"

1.  Frank Cooksey said on Feb. 22, 2009

My grandaughter, Rachel Long, is a junior in the theatre program at the McCallum High School for the Performing Arts program in Austin. She is interested in universities that have a good program for the study of acting, coupled with a degree program that offers opportunities to choose electives in core liberal arts and other suject matter areas. She is in the National Honor Society, but she is not sure that she will qualify under the 10% rule. Is the Open House an opportunity for her to learn something about the university's theatre program, or is there a better way for her to receive information and counseling about UT? I am a former student body president at UT Austin and am encouraging Rachel to give UT a serious look while she explores college opportunities, but I want the right academic setting for her. I think that she is a little concerned about the size of UT Austin and wonders whether she will receive enough Individual attention there. Advise me on what to tell her about events that she could participate in during the Open House or in other settings to acquaint her with UT's drama programs and the university as a whole. Thanks for your help.

Frank C. Cooksey, BA '55, LLB '62