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What your investment in UT makes possible. Along with UTs faculty, staff, and students, its alumni and friends are out there changing the world every day. It may start on campus, but it continues with you.



    sept./oct. 2011what your investment in ut makes possible

  • Where is PhilanthroPy at texas?

    A s the University begins a new academic year, we decided the time was right to give Philanthropy at Texas a fresh look and feel. And yes, a new name. What starts here changes the world a catchy phrase to be sure, but also a statement of fact, and one that is sometimes easy to take for granted. So by renaming these pages Changing the World, we aim to underscore an important point: Along with UTs faculty, staff, and students, its alumni and friends are out there changing the world every day. It may start on campus, but it continues with you. The best part? Your continuing support completes the circle for the next generation of leaders. So stay tuned. Weve got a lot more world-changing stories and news to share in the months and years ahead.

    David Onion, Senior Associate Vice President University Development Office

  • reprinted from sept./oct. 2011

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    The Campaign for TexasLooking Back, Pushing Forward

    What your investment in UT makes possible

    The Campaign for Texas is a major undertaking, a campus-wide effort to increase UTs quality, competi-tiveness, and impact across the board. Gifts to the campaign are targeted at attracting and keep-

    ing first-rate faculty, creating new opportuni-ties for talented students, boosting research and academic programs across all disciplines, and enhancing facilities on the Universitys beautiful campus.

    So far, so good. While it will take much more progress to reach the principal goal of making UT the best public research university in the nation, alumni and friends have responded enthusias-

    tically to the campaign message, contributing more than $1.65 billion toward the $3 billion goal. This midway point is a time to celebrate the immense impact the campaign is already having, even as we keep our eyes on the horizon. The victories in educating our future citizens and leaders the advances in scientific and medical research the contributions to social sciences, and to arts and humanities the list goes on.

    Since the campaign began, more than 750,000 unique gifts have come in, including some 640,000 outright gifts, 115,000 pledges, and 600 planned gifts. The collective message is loud and clear: the world needs Texas, and Texas needs our support.

    credits: Above: Randal Ford; Facing page, clockwise from top right corner: ICES, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Wyatt McSpadden, Esther Havens, Christina Murrey, Wyatt McSpad-den, Dave Mead

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    A GivinG CAmpus Community

    During a time of economic uncertainty and fiscal belt-tightening, robust faculty participation in the campaign is all the more remarkable. Among the many examples campuswide, standouts include the School of Architecture, in which nearly every faculty member has contributed to the schools programs and endowments, and the Butler School of Music, where a professor spearheaded an effort among his colleagues to fund a much-needed scholarship. Students, too, are increasingly aware that they can be more than recipients of generosity they can be donors themselves. Giving of their resources and time, Students Hooked on Texas are honoring those whose support opened UTs doors to them while helping give that same access to students yet to come.

    As the Campaign for Texas marches on, the Universitys journey continues as well. Together we are helping to bolster wide-ranging and important research, which generates new tech-nologies and know-how to strengthen the Texas economy. This kind of work has a measureable payoff every dollar invested in the University returns $18 in benefits to the people of Texas. And were giving the nation and world the states best export, one that only grows in value each year: UT graduates.

    With so much at stake in this campaign, even greater possibilities lie ahead. Much more work remains to elevate the Universitys quality and national standing. But for now, we offer a look back at a few of the highlights thus far. This is in no way meant to be a complete list of gifts received, but is an illustration of the range of support and how it is being put to work.

    While the vast majority 88 percent of gifts are less than $1,000, each of the campaign priorities has garnered some key major gifts. The School of Music was named for Austins Ernest and Sarah Butler following the couples support of faculty, students, and programs with a transformational gift of $55 million, the largest ever to a music school at a public university. Joe Jamail, of Houston, made a $15 million gift to three areas he cares deeply about: $12.5 million to benefit law and nursing, plus $2.5 million to significantly boost academic advising for prospective and first-year students. The Law School also received $5 million from Houstons Stephen Susman to help the school meet its highest priority needs.

    In the College of Communication, Dallas Belo Foundation, Robert W. and Maureen Decherd, the estate of James M. Moroney Jr., and the Moroney family donated $15 million to establish the Belo Center for New Media. Construction is under way on this facility, which will wed cutting-edge technology with inno-vative teaching methods. The late Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe, of Uvalde, gave $15 million to the Center for American History, a gift that capped decades of helpful involvement and sup-port, and the center now bears his name in grate-ful recognition.

    Fort Worth philanthropist W.A. Tex Mon-crief gave $18 million, which was combined with an $18 million match from

    88 percent of gifts are less than $1,000.

    Ernest & Sarah Butler, above, celebrate their music school gift, the campaigns largest so far. The AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, upper left, opened in 2008. Scientists at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) create visual models of storm surges, like this one of Hurricane Katrina, upper right, to improve public safety. The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, lower right, is on track for completion in 2013.


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    Students in the campus call center contact alumni and friends year-round to help build ongoing financial support for the University. Participation, and not gift size, is the emphasis of Annual Giving at UT, a policy not lost on loyal, but not necessarily wealthy, alumni. A smattering of feedback from donors:

    I really enjoyed my time at UT and will always bleed orange. Thank you for taking my meager donation. It was the least I could do. 01 English major

    My gifts, as small as they may be, make a statement that I believe in the progress and success of my alma mater. People are always impressed when they find out I graduated from The University of Texas, and I want that tradition to continue for future generations of Longhorns. 03 communication studies major

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    an anonymous donor to create a fellowship endowment in simulation-based engineer-ing sciences at ICES. The fund will enable UT to scientifically tackle some of the grand chal-lenges facing the nation and the world today. Also computer related, one of the nations leading computer science departments, in the Col-lege of Natural Sciences, is closer to having a state-of-the-art home, thanks to a $30 million challenge grant from the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and $10 million from Austins Michael & Susan Dell Founda-tion. The two-building complex, rising now on the Speedway pedestrian mall, will bring the entire department together for the first time.

    Across the East Mall and next to the new Stu-dent Activity Center, the College of Liberal Arts will soon have a new six-story building, including an entire floor for UTs ROTC units, thanks in part to $15 million from James and Miriam Mulva of Houston. The McCombs School of Business now has the AT&T Execu-tive Education & Conference Center, named in honor of AT&Ts $25 million contribution, as a much-needed home for its executive MBA and corporate training programs. A $16 million planned-gift commitment from Austins Beverly and Will OHara will support student and fac-ulty endowments in McCombs Business Honors Program and number one-ranked Department of Accounting.

    Despite the noteworthy size and impact of all of those gifts, collectively they make up only about 15 percent of the campaign total to date. Perhaps even more significant, in terms of participation, 35 percent of all alumni gifts to the campaign have come from first-time donors.

    It simply makes me feel better to give back to a school that gave me a lot. Studying at UT was one of the best decisions Ive made in my life. 04 geophysics major

    I give each year because tuition and fees dont come anywhere close to covering the costs of maintaining the University, let alone improving it. 07 public affairs major

    I give to UT so that it can be competitive in attracting the best talent, and so that it can be an essential part of other peoples personal growth, as it was for mine. 97 Plan II major

    Texas Gov. dolph Briscoe helped the Briscoe Center add to its collec-tions, including an 1849 daguerreotype of the Alamo chapel, above, the oldest datable photograph taken in Texas. When the Ransom Center appealed to fans of Gone With The Wind, right, for help conserving five costumes from the film, more than 600 individuals from around the world contributed.

    credits: This page, clockwise from top left corner: Briscoe Center, School of Nursing, Marty Harris/McDonald Observatory, Bianca Bickford, Ransom Cen-te