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School of Undergraduate Studies Students Give Back

Undergraduate Studies Council (UGSC) has embraced the spirit of giving while learning about philanthropy. Council members have participated in multiple donation drives this fall, benefiting different communities in need throughout Texas.

Donating to a Good Cause

After Hurricane Harvey left Houston and other coastal towns devastated in August, UGSC teamed up with fellow UT college councils to raise money and collect critical supplies for flood victims. Council members focused their efforts on children’s books, collecting over one hundred books for the drive.

In October, UGSC competed against other college councils in a donation drive benefiting Central Texas Food Bank. They donated canned goods to the food bank that serves Austin-area families.

“UGS students are wonderful, and I’m proud of their efforts to help others. We all have a lot to be thankful for this season, and we all know fellow Texans who have suffered, whether due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey or through other personal hardships. I’m especially thankful that members of the UT Austin community continue to step up and take care of one another,” said Dean of Undergraduate Studies Brent Iverson.

Saying Thanks

On November 15, UGSC participated in UT Thanks Day, an annual celebration hosted by The University of Texas Student Foundation. Council members wrote over 75 personal messages of gratitude to current UGS donors, thanking them for their contributions to the university.

“People who generously donate to the School of Undergraduate Studies have absolutely shaped my college experience for the better. Their support makes the many UGS programs and services I benefit from possible,” said Michael Pontikes, UGSC President.

Thanks to all of our UGS friends and supporters for giving us so many reasons to be thankful this year. Happy Thanksgiving!