2019 Messages & Speeches

2019


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Honoring Teresa Lozano Long

On Thursday, UT Distinguished Alumna Dr. Teresa Lozano Long will receive the prestigious National Humanities Medal from President Donald Trump during a ceremony at the White House.   

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Addressing Sexual Misconduct at UT — Next Steps

We are writing to follow up on our recent message and to highlight the steps that we are taking to evaluate the university’s Title IX and sexual misconduct policies and our communication with the campus community. 

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Tuition Update

This morning, the UT System Board of Regents approved undergraduate tuition increases of 2.6% per year at UT Austin for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. These tuition increases are for resident and non-resident undergraduate students. 

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The Moody Foundation Makes History at UT

I’m writing today with extraordinary news.

The Moody Foundation — one of the largest philanthropic organizations in Texas — will give $130 million to support UT. 

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Addressing Sexual Misconduct at UT

In recent months and days, students have called for the university to evaluate and revise its sexual misconduct policies.

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Finishing the Fall Semester

The fall semester will soon come to a close. Each of you has a lot to complete in the days ahead — finals, papers, performances and much more.

I wish you success in all of these. They are the culmination of a semester’s worth of learning, discovery, creativity and — of course — hard work.

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Veterans Day Ceremony 2019

This is the speech President Fenves gave during the program for the 2019 Veterans Day Ceremony where three Medal of Honor recipients who attended UT were posthumously recognized.

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A Nobel Prize for UT Professor John Goodenough

UT Engineering Professor John Goodenough was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the development of lithium-ion batteries

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2019 State of the University Address

Looking to the future of The University of Texas at Austin and how it can best change the world, President Gregory L. Fenves unveiled the new Council for TEXAS Impact during his 2019 State of the University address.

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A Commitment to Ethics

To strengthen our commitment to ethics, Chief Compliance Officer Leo Barnes and University Compliance Services have created a new initiative called Honor Texas.

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Harrison Keller Named Commissioner of Higher Education

Earlier today, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board voted to appoint Harrison Keller as the state’s next Commissioner of Higher Education. He will begin his term October 1.

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Athletics Admissions Legal Review

Earlier this year, federal law enforcement exposed an athletics admissions scandal involving coaches and administrators at eight universities, including UT Austin. At UT, we are holding ourselves accountable and improving protocols across Texas Athletics.

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Speech and Expression on Campus

For generations, The University of Texas at Austin has thrived because of its commitment to free speech and an open exchange of ideas. Our campus is a hub for people to gather and share different perspectives and experiences. 

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Regents Support and the Start of the Fall Semester

During the August Board meeting, the Regents approved a budget that included an increased allocation of Available University Fund to bolster UT Austin’s high-quality education for students and the recruitment of top faculty members.

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Expanding Guaranteed Financial Aid for TX Students

The UT System Board of Regents — under the leadership of Chairman Kevin Eltife — has voted unanimously to establish a $160 million endowment to expand financial aid for middle- and low-income UT Austin students beginning next year.

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Supporting Faculty and Research Integrity

The university is working to make even more progress and continue fostering an environment defined by the highest ethical standards, especially when it comes to faculty members and researchers avoiding situations where conflicts of commitment and interest may arise.

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Legislative Update

In the approved state budget, UT Austin’s general revenue appropriation for the next two years will increase by about 4 percent compared with current levels. 

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Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, Spring 2019

This is the speech President Fenves gave during the program for the 2019 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Focusing on Safety

I write you today to highlight a number of safety improvements that have been implemented across the Forty Acres and to keep the discussion going about how we can continue to make progress, together.

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Bill Powers "Celebration of Life"

The speech given by President Fenves during the memorial ceremony for the 28th President of UT Austin, Bill Powers.

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Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase

This is the speech President Fenves gave during the opening reception for the exhibit “Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase”

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Holding Ourselves Accountable

Our ability to serve the public hinges on the ethical actions of every single person associated with UT — students, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators. 

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Striving for Higher Ethical Standards at UT

The integrity of UT admissions is essential to our mission as a research university and to the students and families we serve. That is why any act of wrongdoing, no matter how singular, matters so deeply.

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Remembering Former UT President Bill Powers

It is with deep sadness that I write you today with the news that former UT President Bill Powers has died.

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John McKetta Memorial

President Fenves remembers John Mcketta during a memorial ceremony for the UT Austin professor emeritus and dean emeritus.

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A New Semester

Today, classes begin for the 2019 spring semester. In the coming weeks, you’ll be facing new challenges. Learning from new professors. Conducting research and opening your minds to new ideas. This is a very exciting time — a time for discovery and growth.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community March and Rally

The speech President Fenves gave during the program for the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community March and Rally after being introduced by Leonard Moore, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement and Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Starting 2019 on the Forty Acres

As the campus comes to life next week, our students, as they always do, will inspire us with their brilliance, energy and enthusiasm. I hope that you enjoyed the holidays and are ready for an outstanding 2019.

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