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September 27, 2001
Vol. 28, No. 11



University responds to national tragedy

Fall enrollment total sets record high

University's innovative "artsreach" program builds new art, music audience

Address on the State of the University

New members of Academy of Distinguished Teachers, faculty honored

Diverse new committee to evaluate dean of students applicants

Remarks from the Memorial Ceremony

News Briefs

University student features Bandera youth in special fine arts initiative

Fine arts program invites students to attend shows, exhibits for free

Entrpreneur teams with university professors to found startup technology company

$390,000 Toyota USA grant doubles science training for K-12 teachers

Faculty Council

Dell vice president named chief financial officer at university

Ambassador credits education for success


$720,000 TIF grant awarded to university's General Libraries

Harley Clark remembers introduction of "Hook ''em Horns" spirit signal

Professors strive to shorten developmen times for engineering systems


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News Briefs

Parents' Weekend activities scheduled for Sept. 28-30

University of Texas Parents' Weekend activities, featuring a parents' breakfast, parents' reception and college and school activities, will be conducted Friday and Saturday (Sept. 28-29). Parents' Weekend 2001, held during the weekend of the UT vs. Texas Tech football game, includes a Parents' Weekend game day open house Saturday at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. It is sponsored by the Texas Exes. Pre-game festivities begin two and a half hours before the 6 p.m. kickoff and conclude one hour after the game ends. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. To participate, identify yourself as the parent of a current University of Texas at Austin student at any entrance to the alumni center, across the street from the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. For more information, see the Parents' Weekend Website.

Perot lecture cancelled

A lecture at the university featuring Ross Perot, chairman of Perot Systems Corp., has been cancelled. The event, scheduled for 7 p.m., Sept. 27, in the Ballroom of the Texas Union, was sponsored by the Student Events Center Distinguished Speakers Committee.

Annual Hearts of Texas campaign to run Oct. 1-31

The 2001 Hearts of Texas Campaign, the name for the university's participation in the State Employee Charitable Campaign, will run Oct. 1-31. The Hearts of Texas Campaign is an opportunity for the university community to help those in need. Gifts can be made through the Hearts of Texas Campaign for immediate disaster relief in New York City and Washington D.C. A one-time gift to the American Red Cross or the United Way for this purpose can be made with pledge forms available through Hearts of Texas coordinators in individual colleges and vice presidential units.  Pledge forms also are available on the Web or in the Office of the President. 

"I am deeply grateful for and proud of the response that The University of Texas at Austin has made," President Larry R. Faulkner said of disaster relief efforts. "I ask that you now think about contributing to the continued support of the many charities that daily battle hunger and disease, that support the protection of our environment, that look after the welfare of our children and that address the many other worthy causes outlined in the campaign booklet."

McCombs School of Business ranked first in graduate, undergraduate accounting

Under the headline, "Texas Hooks Top Accounting School Rankings," Public Accounting Report (PAR) hailed the McCombs School of Business’ sweep on this year’s rankings for accounting education. PAR, a respected industry newsletter that has ranked national accounting programs for 17 years, rated McCombs number one in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

The McCombs School graduate accounting curriculum, which includes both the Master in Professional Accounting program and the five-year Professional Program in Accounting, has maintained the number one ranking for the past eight years of the annual survey.

Last year, the undergraduate accounting had ranked number two. The other top schools ranked are University of Illinois (#2 both graduate and undergraduate) and Brigham Young University (# 3 both graduate and undergraduate).

PAR bases its rankings on an annual survey of accounting professors from accredited programs, distributing its survey to more than 1,300 heads of accounting programs nationwide.

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