university of texas http://kut.org en Bill Powers on Regents Drama, Civil Rights Summit & Those Mysterious Maroon Bluebonnets http://kut.org/post/bill-powers-regents-drama-civil-rights-summit-those-mysterious-maroon-bluebonnets <p>Reports over the past week suggest that the screws are tightening on one of the biggest critics of William Powers,&nbsp;Jr., President of the University of Texas at Austin.</p><p>University Regent Wallace Hall <a href="http://kut.org/post/report-cites-possible-grounds-halls-impeachment">likely committed impeachable offenses</a>, according to a 176-page report prepared for legislators looking into Hall's campaign to oust Powers. Among the charges: that Hall leaked confidential student information in apparent violation of state and federal law, that he attempted to coerce UT administrators to alter testimony to investigators, and that he abused his position as regent.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144700374&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:08:56 +0000 David Brown 10212 at http://kut.org Bill Powers on Regents Drama, Civil Rights Summit & Those Mysterious Maroon Bluebonnets UT-Austin Faculty Objects to Shared Services Plan http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-faculty-objects-shared-services-plan <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">More than 100 faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin signed a letter this week expressing concern and dismay over a proposal to centralize and consolidate services such as&nbsp;human resources and information technology.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">That shared services model would combine administrative services now located and staffed in individual departments of the university in an attempt to save millions of dollars annually.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">In the letter to UT-Austin President Bill Powers, faculty members posited that such a move would harm the university's sense of community. "People choose to work at the University of Texas at Austin because they believe in its educational and social mission," the letter said. "Adoption of a shared services model will weaken departments’ commitment to those missions by devaluing bonds between faculty and staff that develop from working toward common goals."</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:59:38 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10200 at http://kut.org UT-Austin Faculty Objects to Shared Services Plan Sources: Cigarroa to Step Down as UT Chancellor http://kut.org/post/sources-cigarroa-step-down-ut-chancellor-0 <article><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-weight: inherit;">Francisco Cigarroa</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-weight: inherit;">, the chancellor of the University of Texas System, will announce Monday that plans to step down to become the head of the pediatric surgery unit at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, three sources tell The Texas Tribune.</span></p><div class="content"><p>Cigarroa's intention to resign his post was first&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/state-regional/university-of-texas-system-chancellor-francisco-ci/ndJSb/" target="_blank">reported</a> late Sunday by the <em>Austin American-Statesman</em>.&nbsp;<span>A Sunday&nbsp;</span><a href="http://utsystem.edu/news/2014/02/09/chancellor-cigarroa-make-special-announcement-news-conference" target="_blank">release</a><span>&nbsp;by the system said Cigarroa and Paul Foster, the chairman of the Board of Regents, will appear together at a Monday morning news conference at which the chancellor will make a "special announcement."</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:14:49 +0000 Evan Smith, Texas Tribune 9746 at http://kut.org Sources: Cigarroa to Step Down as UT Chancellor Book News: Billy Collins' Papers Sold To The University Of Texas http://kut.org/post/book-news-billy-collins-papers-sold-university-texas <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins has sold his papers to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/21/books/poets-archive-goes-to-university-of-texas.html?hpw&rref=books">According to <em>The New York Times</em></a>, his archives include "dozens of notebooks containing observations, notes, doodles, clippings and extensive drafts of poems, published and unpublished. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:18:26 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 9601 at http://kut.org Book News: Billy Collins' Papers Sold To The University Of Texas UT Regents to Discuss Employment of Bill Powers http://kut.org/post/ut-regents-discuss-employment-bill-powers <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The University of Texas System Board of Regents plans to discuss the employment of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers during a closed-door executive session at its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2013-12-12" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">board meeting</a>&nbsp;on Thursday.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Powers' job at the flagship university, which he has held for nearly eight years, has been believed by some to be in jeopardy since the appointment of new board members in 2011. Multiple board meetings have been preceded by rumors of his impending ousting, but the speculation has consistently proven incorrect.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:30:32 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 9334 at http://kut.org UT Regents to Discuss Employment of Bill Powers Opposites in UT's Anti-Apartheid Movement Reflect, Remember Mandela http://kut.org/post/opposites-uts-anti-apartheid-movement-reflect-remember-mandela <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thursday's passing of Nelson Mandela brought back many memories for </span>Austinites<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: Mandela was an icon of a student-led anti-apartheid struggle at the University of Texas.</span></p><p>In the mid 80's, students held sit-ins, rallied on the mall, and broke into the president's office demanding divestment in South Africa. KUT’s David Brown recently sat down with two people who were, at that time, on opposite sides: William Cunningham, the former president of the University of Texas at Austin, and Derrick Eugene, a student leader in the anti-apartheid movement.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F123589768&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:46:53 +0000 David Brown 9325 at http://kut.org Opposites in UT's Anti-Apartheid Movement Reflect, Remember Mandela UT-Austin Students Counter-Protest 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Game http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-students-counter-protest-catch-illegal-immigrant-game <p>Over 100 students, faculty, staff community supporters gathered at the University of Texas campus this afternoon to protest <a href="http://kut.org/post/brief-history-student-conservatives-catch-illegal-immigrant-games-update">a so-called “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game</a> that was originally planned for today.</p><p>The event, proposed by the UT chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas, called for students to track down and return volunteers wearing shirts reading “illegal immigrant” in exchange for a gift card.</p><p>The group called off the event earlier this week in the wake of widespread condemnation. But people gathered on campus today to protest the motivation behind the game.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:26:40 +0000 Emily Mathis 9227 at http://kut.org UT-Austin Students Counter-Protest 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Game A Brief History of Student Conservatives' 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Games (Update) http://kut.org/post/brief-history-student-conservatives-catch-illegal-immigrant-games-update <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Controversial Event Called Off</strong></p><p>The Young Conservatives of Texas has canceled its “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event, originally scheduled for Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Citing the university’s condemnation of the event, UT chapter chair Lorenzo Garcia claims he canceled the event out of fears the university would retaliate against the group’s members, “and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can </span><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/836373-yct-ut-illegal-immigration-event-statement.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">read Garcia’s full remarks here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong>Original Story</strong> (Nov. 19):&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The news that the University of Texas chapter of the </span><a href="http://yctut.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Young Conservatives of Texas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is planning a campus "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game for this week has </span><a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/11/18/texas_campus_group_launches_undocumented_immigrant_sting/" style="line-height: 1.5;">taken</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the political blogosphere by </span><a href="http://gawker.com/conservative-college-kids-host-catch-an-illegal-immigr-1466830894" style="line-height: 1.5;">storm</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>In case you haven’t heard: The group’s UT chapter <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/570575573015284/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular">has stated on Facebook</a> that it’s planning to hold the “Catch an Illegal Immigrant game” this Wednesday. (Here’s <a href="http://imgur.com/885UwmY">a screen grab of the invitation</a> in case it’s taken down.)</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:37:17 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Wells Dunbar 9209 at http://kut.org A Brief History of Student Conservatives' 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Games (Update) Steve Patterson Named UT's Next Athletic Director http://kut.org/post/steve-patterson-named-uts-next-athletic-director <p>After much speculation, University of Texas President Bill Powers confirmed that Steve Patterson will succeed DeLoss Dodds as athletic director of the university later this fall, who is retiring after 32 years as the school's A.D.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:04:42 +0000 Andrew Weber 9099 at http://kut.org Steve Patterson Named UT's Next Athletic Director Who Benefits From UT's Massive Open Online Courses? http://kut.org/post/who-benefits-uts-massive-open-online-courses <p><em>This is the first of a two-part look at the University of Texas' Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), now halfway through their initial semester. <strong><a href="http://kut.org/post/are-uts-massive-online-courses-making-grade">Read Part One here</a></strong>.</em></p><p>So what it UT getting <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-system-offers-free-online-courses-college-credit-still-costs-you">for its $5 million investment</a> in edX?&nbsp;</p><p>UT Psychology department chair James Pennebaker describes the money spent on edX as a "great investment." He isn't certain how education will look in the near future – but he said no one has that answer.&nbsp;</p><p>"UT and any serious university has to be revolutionary in its thinking,” Pennebaker says. “We have to look forward to new technologies and teaching strategies.”</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:22:48 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Roy Varney 9022 at http://kut.org Who Benefits From UT's Massive Open Online Courses? Are UT's Massive Online Courses Making the Grade? http://kut.org/post/are-uts-massive-online-courses-making-grade <p><em>This is the first of a two-part look at the University of Texas' Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), now halfway through their initial semester. </em></p><p>The University of Texas’ grand entry into Massive Open Online Courses is underway. The courses, better known as MOOCs, are offered as free ways for the general public to access high quality education.</p><p>By any traditional college metric, UT's MOOCs, offered for the first time this fall, would be performing terribly: The majority of students who signed up have dropped out, there is no way to detect cheating, and the grading systems are automated. But halfway through the semester, education experts view UT's MOOCs as a success – and a necessity for building the future of its education network. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:53:08 +0000 Roy Varney 9006 at http://kut.org Are UT's Massive Online Courses Making the Grade? Coffee Coming Up, Nice And Hot ... And Prepared By A Robot http://kut.org/post/coffee-coming-nice-and-hot-and-prepared-robot A new trend is brewing in the coffee world: coffee prepared by a robot, able to be preordered via cellphone and picked up at an unmanned kiosk, perfectly adjusted to your taste and ready to go.<p>To some, this might seem lamentable: the beginning of the end of coffee shops as we know them. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:17:45 +0000 9011 at http://kut.org Coffee Coming Up, Nice And Hot ... And Prepared By A Robot UT College of Communication Receives $50 Million Donation, New Name http://kut.org/post/ut-college-communication-receives-50-million-donation-new-name <p>The <a href="http://communication.utexas.edu/" target="_blank">College of Communication</a> at the University of Texas at Austin will soon have a new name – the Moody College of Communication.</p><p>The Moody Foundation is donating $50 million to the college, the largest donation in the college’s history.</p><p>The donation will be paid out over 10 years and will fund various initiatives, including a $10 million innovation fund and $13 million for graduate student recruitment and retention.</p><p>Money will also be used to build a sky bridge across Dean Keeton Street to link the Belo Center for New Media and the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center. UT will provide an extra $5 million to improve classroom space and facilities, which includes the sky bridge.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F116415188&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:24:22 +0000 Jody Serrano 8979 at http://kut.org UT College of Communication Receives $50 Million Donation, New Name UT Researchers Tackle Austin Traffic - With Help From Your Smartphone http://kut.org/post/ut-researchers-tackle-austin-traffic-help-your-smartphone <p>Chances are if you drive to work, you spend time in traffic every day.&nbsp; Over the past five to ten years, Austin&#39;s traffic issues <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-traffic-slow-and-growing">have just continued to worsen</a>.&nbsp;And with real estate experts estimating more than 100 people move to Austin every day, it&rsquo;s a problem that needs a solution.</p><p>A group of researchers at the University of Texas is hoping to change that. They&rsquo;ve been awarded a $1.4 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to study traffic and transportation in Austin.</p><p>The center hopes to collect data that can provide immediate solutions for transportation problems in Austin and other cities across the country.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114874174" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:19:06 +0000 Kate McGee 8913 at http://kut.org UT Researchers Tackle Austin Traffic - With Help From Your Smartphone Interview: Can Working Musicians Still Lead a 'Sustainable' Life? http://kut.org/post/interview-can-working-musicians-still-lead-sustainable-life <p>A little about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.garypowell.com/">Gary Powell</a>: the Austin musician and producer has produced 147 albums, which have sold 45 million copies in 69 countries. That&#39;s a lot of numbers for a music guy. But Gary Powell is not apologetic about numbers in his profession. As a matter of fact, he says &quot;money is good.&quot; And he is committed to helping his students at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.music.utexas.edu/">University of Texas&#39; Butler School of Music</a>&nbsp;find their way in the rapidly-changing music business.</p><p>A Grammy-winner who&rsquo;s produced albums for Walt Disney Records and children&#39;s artist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hellojoe.com/">Joe Scruggs</a>, Powell says musicians need to learn how to create a &quot;sustainable&quot; career: one that provides food, shelter, health care, transportation, and some funding for retirement.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114252718" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:18:11 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8874 at http://kut.org Interview: Can Working Musicians Still Lead a 'Sustainable' Life?