August 2012

Two Professors Honored by UT System Board of Regents for Outstanding Teaching

Department of Theatre and Dance Professor Susan Mickey and Department of Art and Art History Professor Beili Liu are among the twenty-seven UT Austin faculty members honored with the 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. The award is the UT System Board of Regents' highest teaching distinction and recognizes outstanding faculty performance, including student learning outcomes and innovative course development.

Student Trombone Ensemble Win International Competition

Members of Subito Bones, a trombone ensemble led by Professor Nathaniel Brickens, spent July touring and competing in Europe. Their tour was crowned by taking first prize in Paris at the International Trombone Festival. The ensemble, comprised of two seniors and two spring 2012 graduates (Alex Glen, Josh Balleza, Matt Carr and Daniel Fears), was the only ensemble from the Americas selected to compete in the final round of competition.

Texas Performing Arts Opens Its 2012-2013 Season

This September, Texas Performing Arts will feature a performance by both the Miro and Shanghai quartets in an all string octet program. Featuring the world premiere of a double quartet by UT faculty composer Dan Welcher, works by Shostakovich and Mendelssohn will also be performed. The performance is Friday, September 28th at 8:00pm in the McCullough Theatre.

Studio Art Student Wins International Sculpture Award

MFA Candidate Adriana Corral has been awarded the International Sculpture Center's 2012 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Established in 1994, the annual award recognizes talented young sculptors and encourages their commitment to the field. Corral's work will be exhibited along 12 additional award recipients in the Grounds for Sculpture's Fall/Winter Exhibition, on view October 20 through March 31, 2013 in Hamilton, New Jersey.

Theatre and Dance Alum Pamela Ribon Publishes Latest Novel

Best-selling novelist Pamela Ribon (BFA, 1997) has just published her fourth novel, You Take It From Here, on shelves this month. You Take It From Here is a poignant, funny tale about two very different best friends - one terminally ill with cancer, and the other determined to do absolutely everything she can to help. Outside of being a novelist, Ribon is a TV writer, screenwriter, and popular blogger.

Butler School of Music Welcomes New Faculty Members

The Butler School of Music is thrilled to welcome six world-renowned music professionals to its faculty. Gary Powell has been added to the recording division and brings with him extensive experience working with Disney. Prominent guitarist, Bruce Saunders will join the jazz division and John Turci-Escobar joins the theory division. Metropolitan Opera soprano Ruth Ann Swenson and the internationally acclaimed baritone Donnie Ray Albert will teach in the vocal arts division. Charles Villarrubia, in addition to continuing as coach in chamber music, is now also sharing his knowledge and talent with the tuba division. We look forward to a fantastic school year with these remarkable new additions to our team.

Thank You for Your Participation in SNAAP

This past fall, COFA alumni were invited to participate in the Strategic National Arts Alumni Program survey. This was the first time that alumni from all graduation years were contacted, and we are grateful for your participation. Read more about SNAAP survey responses.

Camp Texas Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Camp Texas has become a great introduction for incoming freshmen to learn about the university in a fun and relaxed setting in the Texas hill country.

Help a Deserving Student

Last year, alumni and friends such as you helped over 70 students and programs through The Doty Society. By combining smaller gifts into larger scholarships, the college is able to fund student travel, education, research and much more. Enrich a student's life - join The Doty Society today!