William Powers Jr., president of The University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Kedra Ishop, vice provost and director of admissions, will participate in the opening of the university's new West Texas Admissions Center in Lubbock, Texas, which begins at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18.
The 1,762-square-foot center on the first floor of Sentry Plaza II at 5225 S. Loop 289 will offer area students admissions information and answers to their questions about the university. It will be a base of operations for three area counselors working from the Amarillo, Abilene and Midland-Odessa areas. The counselors will visit high schools and participate in college fairs and other events to inform students about opportunities available at the university and assist them with the application process, said Christina Blake, director of the center. The center hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
"We are excited to be part of such a unique center that brings our services directly to the backyards of the people in West Texas," said Blake, who received her bachelor's degree in communications studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Blake previously was an admissions counselor at the university's Houston admissions center.
"This new admissions center strongly reflects UT's commitment to recruiting the top academic talent from high schools throughout the state of Texas," Powers said. "It provides a more convenient venue where students in West Texas can meet our counselors and learn about the wonderful opportunities and experiences that await them at The University of Texas at Austin, and our counselors will in turn use it as a base from which to visit high schools in West Texas."
"The university and the enrollment process can be an complex experience for prospective students," said Ishop. "The success of our satellite admissions centers is that we bring the university to them and in the centers we unravel the mysteries of the process. These centers enable us to provide a local context for students and families to make their dreams of pursuing a UT diploma a reality. We're excited to now bring this opportunity to West Texas."
The university also has admissions centers in Longview, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley and New York.
De Maris Dodd, president of the Lubbock chapter of the Texas Exes alumni association, and other chapter members also will attend the ceremony.