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Resuming In-Person Classes and Full Campus Operations

Let me start with a thank you for your role in our community’s response to the surge of the coronavirus omicron variant and the resulting changes to the start of our spring semester.

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First Day of Semester: Welcome Back

Welcome to the spring 2022 semester! Today, we launch another semester, working together to fulfill the mission of this great university as we seek to have the greatest impact possible on our city, state, nation and world. Thank you for your contributions — as researchers, teachers, writers, project managers, administrators, counselors, custodial workers, technicians and in a plethora of other roles, we all play a role in this important effort. 

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First Day of Class: Welcome Back

It’s great to welcome you all back to the Forty Acres for the spring 2022 semester! I hope that you enjoyed the winter break and were able to spend time recharging and reconnecting with friends and family after a busy fall. 

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Honoring Our Veterans, Serving Our Student Veterans

First and foremost, I am proud this week to stand by our veterans and thank them for their service and sacrifice. I’m also proud to announce that according to U.S. News & World Report, UT Austin has been ranked the state’s No. 1 university for veterans.

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Setting the Strategic Direction for UT

...Our leadership team has benefited from countless conversations with talented people from across the university, and we’ve used that input to develop a strategic direction for UT. Today, I want to share more details about what that means, while inviting you to help turn this strategic direction into detailed plans, actions and results during the coming months.

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2021 Presidential Inauguration and State of the University Address

Jay Hartzell was inaugurated as UT’s 30th president and delivered his vision for the future of the university during his State of the University Address on September 24, 2021.

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