AUSTIN, Texas —Students from the Golden Triangle area who will be incoming freshmen at The University of Texas at Austin next fall will be personally welcomed at a “Send-Off 2000” celebration in Orange on Tuesday (Aug. 8) by a UT Austin delegation led by Dr. James Hill, vice president for community and school relations.
The Orange County Texas Exes are sponsoring the send-off and have invited the approximately 80 area students and their parents to meet with Hill and the other delegates, who include representatives from the offices of admissions, student financial aid, housing, alumni relations and other aspects of campus life. The 6 p.m. event in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Howard Williams, 12 Bayou Bend Drive in Orange, is patterned after similar “Send-Off 2000” celebrations held earlier this year in other Texas cities.
“We thank the Ex Students’ Association chapter in the area for the effort they have put forth to make this event possible,” said Hill. “It is important for the parents to attend these events in preparation for these students going off to college. Some of these parents may have unanswered questions, and we will be there to answer those questions related to admissions, financial aid, housing and food services and any other concerns,” Hill said.
Dr. Bob Galvan, special assistant with the Office of the Vice President for Community and School Relations, said Orange County Texas Exes began requesting their own “Send-Off 2000” celebration after hearing about the success of these events in bringing together alumni, students and parents in the community. The concept of “Send-Off” celebrations for UT Austin students began about eight years ago as a partnership effort between the University and constituents in the Rio Grande Valley to welcome students before they moved to start classes at UT Austin.
For additional information, contact Galvan at (512) 475-6061.