AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of The University of Texas at Austin, will present the Address on the State of the University on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Jessen Auditorium, Homer P. Rainey Hall near the Littlefield Fountain.
Faulkner’s presentation during the 4 p.m. program will be his eighth since he became president in 1998. The speech is the focal point of “The University at 122: An Anniversary Observance,” commemorating the 122nd birthday of The University of Texas at Austin, which opened on Sept. 15, 1883.
The ceremony is free and open to the public. As part of the celebration, distinguished award recipients will be recognized and outstanding contributions to the university will be acknowledged with special presentations.
In honor of those receiving awards, the university’s Tower lighting will be configured to represent academic accomplishment. The main body of the Tower will be illuminated in orange and the top portions crowned in white.
The program will be broadcast live on the Web and on Campus Cable Channel 25 of the campus broadband cable system. The live streaming will begin at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday. RealPlayer is needed to view the live webcast.
Award presentations will include the Presidential Citation, the Civitatis Award, the Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award and the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Awards. New members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers also will be recognized.
The Presidential Citation Award, created in 1979, recognizes the extraordinary contributions of individuals who personify the university’s commitment to the task of transforming lives. These citations salute those whose service exemplifies the values shared by The University of Texas at Austin community. In honor of each recipient, a Presidential Citation Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a student. Presidential Citation recipients for 2005 are: Dr. William H. Cunningham, a former president of The University of Texas at Austin and chancellor of The University of Texas System, who holds the James L. Bayless Chair for Free Enterprise, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin; Franklin W. Denius is a 1991 recipient of the Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Award and is president and executive committee chairman of the Cain Foundation; and Dr. William S. Livingston, a former president of The University of Texas at Austin and recipient of the Texas Exes Distinguished Service Award, is senior vice president at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Civitatis Award recipient for 2005 is Douglas Laycock, the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Law. The Civitatis Award is presented to a faculty member who has shown exemplary campus citizenship throughout a career of service at the university.
The Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a senior faculty member for a distinguished career in teaching at the undergraduate level. It is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to teaching excellence. This year’s recipient is Dr. Lawrence W. Speck, the W. L. Moody, Jr., Centennial Professor in Architecture, School of Architecture.
The President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award recognizes excellence in undergraduate teaching. This year’s recipients are: Rebecca Bigler, Department of Psychology; Steven D. Hoelscher, Department of American Studies; Martin W. Kevorkian, Department of English; Theresa J. O’Halloran, Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology; and David A. Wevill, Department of English. This award was established in 1980 to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching. Awards are based on nominations received from deans and department chairs in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences.
New members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers include: Alan K. Cline, the David Bruton Jr. Centennial Professor in Computer Sciences #2, Department of Computer Sciences; James W. Daniel, the Paul V. Montgomery Centennial Memorial Professor in Actuarial Mathematics, Department of Mathematics; Martha F. Hilley, professor of group piano and pedagogy, School of Music; David W. Springer, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, School of Social Work; Philip L. Varghese, the Stanley P. Finch Centennial Professor in Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics; and D. E. Winget, the Harlan J. Smith Centennial Professor in Astronomy, Department of Astronomy.
For more information contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.