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Every year, the School of Undergraduate Studies commissions artwork for its annual Reading Round-Up program. This year’s art was created by Mike Reddy of Mike Reddy Studios.
Jennifer Fritz, assistant professor of instruction for the Biology Instruction Office, and Mary Rose, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, were both awarded the 2019 Cale McDowell Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Studies. Fritz has demonstrated innovation in undergraduate programming through her implementation of hands-on learning sessions‚ while Rose is being recognized for her creation and support of key policies designed to improve the core curriculum.
Larry Abraham, associate dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS), has retired from his administrative duties with the school. Abraham will continue to teach in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education.
The annual Bridging Disciplines Program Certificate Ceremony, honoring spring and summer graduates, was held May 23, 2019. Over 170 students completed a BDP certificate in spring and an additional 36 are planning to complete a certificate this summer, the largest-ever graduating class for the BDPs.
Eight Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) students and three BDP Faculty Panel members are researching abroad this summer as winners of the inaugural President’s Award for Global Learning. This award competition, created by The University of Texas at Austin’s International Board of Advisors, encourages students and faculty to work together to develop interdisciplinary, international research initiatives.
Jeanette Herman, Ph.D. Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives Director, Bridging Disciplines Programs
Former School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) student Danielle Redhead was chosen by her peers as the Steve Hicks School of Social Work 2019 commencement speaker. Redhead graduated this spring with her bachelor’s degree in social work. The theme of Redhead’s commencement speech was superheroes and the hero’s journey. She reminded her classmates that they each had unique powers–skills and abilities learned at UT. She encouraged the class of 2019 to embrace their status as superheroes, to fight for what they stand for, and to make waves.
Meet Tai Yona Z Lewis: she’s a human development and family sciences major in the School of Human Ecology. She’s also a speech consultant at UT’s Public Speaking Center, a program operated by the Sanger Learning Center. As a speech consultant, Tai helps students prepare and rehearse their presentations.
Since its inception in 2010, the School of Undergraduate Studies’ Summer Exploration Grant has provided competitive funding to students engaging in summer opportunities for academic and career exploration. This year’s awardees are interested in a variety of academic majors and have found unique ways to gain career experience.