The rain in Austin finally seems to have cleared and the heat is making its presence known. Luckily, in the midst of all of the bad weather, we had a beautiful graduation day with nearly 2000 new graduates from the College - one of the biggest graduating classes in our history. Spring Graduation is a wonderful moment for us - it is an extended celebration of the lives of those who have been transformed by this remarkable University. These new graduates are following in your footsteps, and are on their way to further show the world what a UT education can mean.
We survey our Spring grads in some detail, and this year we found among other things, that 40% of them were already employed or on their way to graduate school - this is a fairly high percentage, since most hiring takes place in the 3-6 month period after graduation. The average starting salary for this class was $36,200 - approximately $4000 higher than our last survey.
In looking back over the past year, I find that our faculty have been having remarkable success in competitive grants. In fact, the per capita annual grant money brought in by our faculty has more than doubled in the past 5 years.
This College is in very good shape. The faculty has never been better. The students know more, are better prepared, and are gaining more national recognition than ever before. It has been a very good year, and next year promises to be even better.
We wouldn't be in this position without your support. Thank you for making it possible for this College to flourish.
We have a new issue of Life & Letters to share with you. This issue introduces you to fellow alumni, reacquaints you with faculty you may remember, and offers a glimpse of some of the exciting research taking place in the college.
One of our special summer traditions in the College is back again - Shakespeare at Winedale. If you haven't had a chance to spend a day at the Winedale barn enjoying the performance of UT students, it is great fun. And if you haven't been there in a while, you'll be happy to know that the barn is now air - conditioned - an important addition in the Texas heat! The full schedule is available at the Shakespeare at Winedale website.
Another Shakespeare event is in the works as well. Shakespeare Under the Stars is a gala and silent auction to benefit the Actors From The London Stage Endowment to fund a program that brings classically trained Shakespearean actors to campus. Look for more information about this event at the Actors From The London Stage website.
We have had some terrific recognition of our faculty lately. Martha Selby from Asian Studies has received fellowships from both the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Guggenheim Foundation. George Forgie in the Department of History received this year's Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship--the university's largest award for undergraduate teaching--as well as the Silver Spurs Centennial Teaching Fellowship. There is more news about faculty and staff in The Insider.
Take care, enjoy your summer and please stay in touch.