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December 15, 2005
Volume 32, Issue 4
MLK Day festivities announced
A program to kick off the 13th annual community march to celebrate the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday begins at 9 a.m., Jan. 16 at the King statue on the East Mall. The march, sponsored by the Austin Area Heritage Council, continues to the south steps of the Capitol and ends at Huston-Tillotson University. A cultural festival follows. For the first time, the United Way Volunteer Center is coordinating an MLK day of service in conjunction with the Austin Area Heritage Council’s MLK march and festival. Volunteer registration will begin Jan. 2. The UT Vounteer Center and the Multicultural Information Center are coordinating student volunteers for the event.
Let it snow...
Photo by Christina Murrey
Second graders' Braxton Thomas, Rhiannon Rodela, Noel Castro and Jasmin Love at The University of Texas Elementary School, enjoyed a "snow day" Dec. 12, thanks to an artificial snow machince provided by the University Co-op. The event was held in conjunction with an annual gift-giving program coordinated by Orange Santa and the University Federal Credit Union for the students of UT Elementary. The students had the opportunity to speak with Orange Santa, share their Christmas wish lists, receive a gift and have their picture taken with Orange Santa. Afterward, students in each class played in the snow for about 10 minutes, displaying joyful abandon as they attempted to make “snowballs” from the flurry of flakes that dusted their hair, hands and cheeks.
UT reopens search for chief of police
The Office of the Vice President for Employee and Campus Services has reopened its search for a chief of police. An offer was extended to top candidate Aaron Graves, chief of police for the University of Southern California, but Graves chose to pursue an opportunity with another university. Dr. Mike Lauderdale will once again chair the search committee.
University honors Thompson family
Photo by Christina Murrey
Three generations of the Joe C. ‘Jodie’ Thompson family attended a ceremony Nov. 29 marking the 35th anniversary of the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center. President Larry R. Faulkner, Provost Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Dean Thomas M. Hatfield and Jere W. Thompson, son of Joe C. Thompson, spoke during the ceremony, held in the Thompson Conference Center auditorium. An alumnus of the university, Joe C. Thompson was appointed to the University Development Board in 1956 and began rallying support for a campus conference center. When Thompson was appointed to the Board of Regents in 1957, he officially proposed that a conference center be built on campus, and the project became a part of the university’s 10-year expansion plan. Following Thompson’s death in June 1961, the Board of Regents authorized preliminary plans for the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center. The center was funded by allocations from the UT System Board of Regents and by gifts from Thompson’s family, friends and employees of his business enterprise, the Southland Corporation.The center was dedicated on Oct. 30, 1970, as the state’s first educational conference center.