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Faulkner to give State of the University Address during 118th anniversary event at The University of Texas at Austin

The president of The University of Texas at Austin, Larry R. Faulkner, will give his annual State of the University Address Friday (Sept. 21) as part of a celebration commemorating the university’s 118th birthday.

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AUSTIN, Texas—The president of The University of Texas at Austin, Larry R. Faulkner, will give his annual State of the University Address Friday (Sept. 21) as part of a celebration commemorating the university’s 118th birthday.

The 3 p.m. program, UTexas@118, will be at Jessen Auditorium in Homer P. Rainey Hall near the Littlefield Fountain. The event originally had been scheduled for Sept. 14, but was postponed due to the tragic events on the East Coast earlier that week.

Faulkner’s State of the University Address, his fourth since he became president in 1998, will provide an assessment of the university and a report on his goals for 2001-2002. The University of Texas at Austin opened on Sept. 15, 1883.

Free public parking will be provided in the university parking facility directly east of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Shuttle service will be provided to Rainey Hall and back to the parking facility after the reception.

Several prestigious awards will be presented during the program, including the Civitatis Award to Waneen Spirduso, Ed.D., of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. The Civitatis Award is conferred upon a faculty member who has shown exemplary campus citizenship throughout a career of service at the university.

The Presidential Citation will be presented to Peter T. Flawn, president emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin; Harry J. Middleton, director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; and Larry E. Temple, an attorney and distinguished alumnus. Award recipients must have achieved distinction in their fields of endeavor and be people of such integrity, stature, demonstrated ability and renown, which the university community will take pride in and be inspired by their recognition. Recipients also must have provided service that has made a profound and positive difference in the achievement of the university’s mission.

Other awards will include the 2001 Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Excellence Award for Research, Teaching or Demonstration Activities that Contribute to Changes of Positive Value to Society; the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards; and the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award. During the program, Provost Sheldon Ekland-Olson will recognize new members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The academy is intended to recognize and enhance teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level.

A reception honoring award recipients will be held afterward in the Jessen Auditorium lobby.

Recipients of the awards and recognition during the program include:

  • The 2001 Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Excellence Award for Research, Teaching or Demonstration Activities that Contribute to Changes of Positive Value to Society — Loriene Roy, Ph.D., a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
  • President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards, 2000-2001 — David P. Birdsong, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of French and Italian; David M. Buss, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychology; Carol H. MacKay, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of English; and S. Martin Shankland, Ph.D., associate professor in the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology. The award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching.
  • Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award, 2000-2001 — Leon E. Long, Ph.D., Department of Geological Sciences.

New members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers include:

  • James B. Ayres, Ph.D., Department of English
  • Anthony Bedford, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
  • Mia E. Carter, Ph.D., interim director of the Center for Asian American Studies
  • Katherine M. Davis, Ph.D., Department of Mathematics
  • Ross Jennings, Ph.D., Department of Accounting
  • Robert D. King, Ph.D., Department of Linguistics
  • Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • David M. Rabban, J.D., School of Law
  • Nancy L. Roser, Ed.D, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Harvey M. Sussman, Ph.D., Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

For additional information about the celebration, please view the UTexas@118 Web site, <http://www.utexas.edu/events/utexas118>.