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Division of Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin receives grant to assist first generation, low-income students and students with disabilities

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Division of Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin receives grant to assist first generation, low-income students and students with disabilities

The Division of Student Affairs in the Office of the Dean of Students at The University of Texas at Austin has received an $800,000 Student Support Services (SSS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to be distributed over the next four years. Formerly known as the TRIO, SSS seeks to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and aid the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. There are 796 colleges and universities nationwide that have SSS programs. Since 1965, an estimated two million students have been graduated from college with assistance and support from TRIO programs. The grant will provide support to 520 students during the next four years (130 new students each year). They will be provided with academic and personal assistance until their graduation. The grant is renewable every four years. The targeted population will be first generation students, low-income students and/or students with disabilities.

For more information, call Dr. James Vick, vice president for student affairs, or Margarita Arellano, associate dean of students, at (512) 471-1205.

Davis wins gold and silver medals at Texas Police Games

Greg Davis of The University of Texas at Austin Police Department recently won two gold medals and three silver medals at the Texas Police Games in Lubbock. He won gold medals in the 1500-meter run and bench press competitions and silver medals in the “Toughest Cop Alive” obstacle course and the biathlon competitions. He also placed fourth in the SWAT obstacle competition and received a plaque for the second-best overall time in the biathlon competition. Also, Davis competed in the World Police and Fire Games in Indianapolis, Ind., which involved athletes from more than 30 countries. Davis placed fourth in bench press competition, fifth in the senior B class and 12th in the world in the biathlon competition. He also placed sixth in the senior B class and 40th in the world in the “Toughest Competitor Alive” competition.

Baudenbacher appointed to EFTA’s Court of Justice

Carl Baudenbacher, visiting professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, has been appointed judge of the Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) for a second six-year term by the governments of the EFTA states. Baudenbacher presented a paper on Enforcement of EC Competition Rules by Arbitration Tribunals Outside of the EC at the 2001 Florence Competition Law Conference in June.