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President Larry R. Faulkner plans to visit UT Austin-bound students and their parents in El Paso

The eyes of Texans in El Paso who were graduated from The University of Texas at Austin will be on the University’s new president, Larry R. Faulkner, and members of his delegation who arrive there Saturday (July 25) to share in a “Send-Off ’98” reception for El Paso students who will be UT Austin freshmen during the fall semester.

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AUSTIN, Texas – The eyes of Texans in El Paso who were graduated from The University of Texas at Austin will be on the University’s new president, Larry R. Faulkner, and members of his delegation who arrive there Saturday (July 25) to share in a “Send-Off ’98” reception for El Paso students who will be UT Austin freshmen during the fall semester.

Faulkner, who became the University’s 27th president on April 13, will speak during the 3:30 p.m. reception at the El Paso Zoo, sponsored by the UT Ex-Students’ Association-El Paso Chapter. He will meet with UT-bound students and their parents, alumni and others in the community. He said the purpose of his visit, in addition to providing a welcome for the new students, is to enhance and expand the University’s relationships with all these constituents.

“The weeks ahead are a special time in the life of a UT freshman. It’s a time to adapt from living at home with one’s family to a new life amidst the intellectual excitement and opportunity of one of the nation’s leading universities. The El Paso send-off helps students, parents and administrators create a smooth and productive transition,” said Faulkner.

The delegation joining Faulkner for “Send-Off ’98” will include University officials who will provide information and answer questions regarding financial aid, student housing, admissions, Camp Texas and college life at UT Austin.

Dr. Bob Galvan, special assistant with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources and Community Relations, said the send-offs nurture stronger relationships with communities visited by University officials and are a way of reassuring parents that UT Austin is genuinely interested in the education of their children. Similar send-off activities recently were held in Brownsville and Laredo to welcome students from those areas of the state.

For additional information, contact Galvan at (512) 475-6061.

(Note to news editors and producers: President Faulkner will be available for interviews at 3 p.m. Saturday, prior to the reception at the El Paso Zoo.)