UT Austin’s Athletic Department will feature this school’s First-Year Experience (FYE) Office at the halftime of a February 9 Texas Men’s Basketball game as part of the Athletics Academic Accolades program. The First-Year Experience Office, which oversees the Signature Courses, First-year Interest Groups, and the University Lecture Series, creates communities and ensures students’ success during their first year at UT. The Academic Accolades program aims to highlight colleges and schools at UT Austin, paying tribute to the programs and individuals across campus who make it part of their daily mission to educate young people.
Interim Dean Larry Abraham praised the First-Year Experience Office as representative of how the School of Undergraduate Studies has helped to change the undergraduate experience for every student. “Many of the individuals who will be honored oversee the Signature Course program, which is a hallmark of how UT has transformed the undergraduate curriculum,” he said. Members of the Signature Course Advisory Committee will also be honored. Committee members include Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker (chair), Dr. Robert Crosnoe, Dr. Patrick Davis, Dr. Lorenzo Candelaria, Michael Sweet (staff member), Michael Morton (student), and Patty Micks (staff).