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Dear Friends,

Aristotle said, “Well begun is half done.” Our Campaign for Texas was well begun indeed, and I’m delighted to announce that with your help and commitment we now are more than half done. The campaign is an important step in our goal to become the best public research university in the nation, and you have responded enthusiastically, contributing more than $1.7 billion toward our $3 billion goal.

I want to share with you an impressive new video that celebrates the immense impact the campaign is already having on our students, faculty, and campus. It also celebrates your generosity. The video makes it clear that now, more than ever, the world needs Texas. I hope it is yet another reason for you to take pride in your university. Share it with your friends.

The Campaign for Texas is no ordinary fundraising effort. It will transform this institution’s quality, competitiveness, and impact. The University will look different after the Campaign for Texas. We chose to move forward with the campaign despite a challenging economic environment, which will make achieving our goal even more satisfying—and all the more necessary.

Thank you for watching this video, and for your continued support of UT.

Hook ’em Horns,

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Bill Powers
The University of Texas at Austin




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