College of Liberal Arts Graduates

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Tom Brayshaw, Master’s, Classics, 1970

My first Classics course was to a seminar under Dr. James Wiseman. It was a course marked “may be repeated when the subject changes.” Originally it was to be a course in orientation to archaeological interpretation. He walked in the first day and said this course will be Archaic Greek Art. I was skeptical, but it was the best single course I had at UT.

Paul Lofton, Doctorate, History, 1977

I went to graduate school at UT in 1968.  While I was there, I earned two degrees and got a wife.

John Pope, Master’s, U.S. History, 1972

Late one December night in 1971, I was in my efficiency apartment, pulling together the last chapter of my master’s thesis on blacklisting in broadcasting during the McCarthy years. As I was organizing my neatly typed note cards, I had the thrilling realization that I was doing original work. What I was writing about wasn’t based on material from books, but from my own research, including interviews with people who had lived through that scary period. It was a heady moment, and altogether wonderful.

Matthew Haltom, Master's, Government, 1994

Matt Haltom is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., a $2.6 billion retail NYSE-listed company, where he serves as liaison to the company’s Board of Directors . . . Read more

Laurence A. Becker, Master's, English, 1966

I received my BA from The University of Texas in 1958 in Plan II (with an emphasis in Philosophy). While an undergraduate I was Captain of the varsity tennis team and received the . . . Read more

Mike Helfert, Doctorate, Geography (Climate Global Environment), 1974

I took some risks coming to UT late, after 9 years in the military. At UT, I was in a hurry, being a poor grad student with two kids – so, yeah, I challenged some courses, found some faculty mentors, and went directly for a PhD . . . Read more

David Howle, Master’s, French Language & Literature, 1975

I was persuaded to come to UT for graduate work by a UT professor who taught for one term in my previous school. The experience of living in Austin and doing graduate studies in French was phenomenal. As part of my graduate experience, I was selected for an exchange program which took me and my wife to Nice, France for a year. We will never forget that experience.

Ehud Mer, Master’s, Hebrew Studies, 2003

While an engineer in the Texas petrochemicals industry, studying biblical Hebrew under Professor Aaron Bar-Adon was the most fulfilling experience in my life. The UT Hebrew Studies Department is a world class academic institution (including archeological digs in Israel), a gift to America and Western Civilization.

Maline Gilbert McCalla, Master's, Romance Languages, 1963

Living in Paris was a dream. Returning to UT to graduate school in French was a challenge. Without the support of Roger Shattuck, that challenge would never have been met. He and the other faculty members . . . Read more

Guillermo Delgado, Doctorate, Anthropology, 1987

The first meeting with my advisor at the Department of Anthropology was to arrange an Instructorship in the Andean Quechua language. It was 1977. UT became one of the very first U.S. universities to teach the largest indigenous language . . . Read more

Andy Lehrer, Doctorate, Psychology, 2005

Professor Lee Willerman (1939-1997) forever lives on through countless lives touched and inspired by his humanity. A treasured teacher and researcher intrigued by the underpinnings . . . Read more

Margo Wiley Lane, Master’s, English Literature, 1962

As an undergraduate in Plan II working on the Speakers Committee at the Union, I had the opportunity to work with Harry Ransom. When I mentioned to him that I planned to study for a master’s degree, he encouraged me to do my thesis on C. P. Snow as UT had recently acquired the Snow manuscripts. Dr. Ransom encouraged my work on Snow and arranged for me to work in the Rare Books Library during the summers. With Bill Sutherland as supervising professor, Dr. Ransom on my thesis committee, and the resources made available to me, it was an exciting and memorable experience!

Martha Herzog, Doctorate, English, 1973

My time as a graduate student at UT was a defining experience of my life.  Not only did I gain skills and knowledge, but I learned how to solve problems and make changes. When it became necessary for me to change careers, I relied on graduate student skills to do that successfully.  When I decided to become a consultant after retirement, I returned to that graduate student skill set.  In a sense, I do not think I have ever stopped being a graduate student.  But, in addition, there was something unique about the UT setting and atmosphere that made my experience memorable.  The large campus and the large number of talented people in a wide array of fields created an environment that stimulated learning and growth.

Mary Josie Cain Blanchard, Master's, Government (Political Science), 1971

With an emphasis on Latin American Studies, my graduate work at the university provided me the foundation to think critically and ask questions about new issues. I had many excellent professors. The lessons . . . Read more

Robert E. "Bud" Mims, Master's, English, 1961

In January 1959, I became an enthusiastic graduate student at The University of Texas.  I was a semester late, having missed my scheduled June 1958 graduation date because of a lightened course load . . . Read more

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