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Top Five of 2013: Year in Review

From the graduation of our inaugural 2009 class to the arrival of our new dean, 2013 was a year full of exciting changes for Undergraduate Studies. Here are our top five news items of the year.

1. Graduation of Inaugural 2009 Class

The first crop of students to begin UT enrolled in Undergraduate Studies turned the tassel at graduation ceremonies in May. Of the students who graduated, 86% did so with the first major they declared after leaving our school. We couldn’t be prouder of all these students have accomplished.

2. Brent Iverson Accepts Dean Position

Known for his excellence in research and teaching, Iverson’s tenure as dean began on July 1. During his first semester he’s worked to enhance the undergraduate experience while underscoring that, for students unsure of their majors, Undergraduate Studies is the best place to start.

3. Advising Center Dedicated to James W. Vick

During his 40-year career at the university, Vick’s work as a stellar teacher and innovative administrator forever changed the student experience. On October 25, the Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling, a hub of student activity and guidance, was named in his honor.

4. Forty Acres Scholarship a First for Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies announced its first full-ride merit scholarship, to be awarded to a student enrolling in the school in the fall of 2014. The award is in partnership with the Texas Exes and was made possible by alumni Judy & Dudley Oldham.

5. 360 Connections Initiative Launched

The First-Year Experience Office helped implement the 360 Connections. By expanding on programs like our First-year Interest Groups, the School of Undergraduate Studies is working with the vice provost for enrollment management and the Division of Student Affairs to ensure that every incoming student has a campus community. So far, 95% of new first-year students belong to at least one of these small groups.

Written by: 
Trent Lesikar