CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Student Photography Exhibit

Dear Students,
LLILAS Benson is pleased to call for submissions to the 9th annual Field Notes: LLILAS Benson Student Photography Exhibition.

This yearly exhibition highlights the importance of student research, work, and volunteerism across the spectrum of fields in Latin American and Latin@/Mexican American studies. Images you submit do not necessarily have to come from Latin America, as long as the theme is related to the broader Latin America/Latin@ subject areas (for example, you could be doing research in Netherlands on the history of Suriname, researching identity in South Texas, or spending the summer buried in the Benson archives).

PLEASE fill out the form at the link below, where you can also upload photos: Submissions are complete only when photos are submitted and form is completed.

• All registered UT students are eligible to submit original photography. Limit of up to 2 submissions per student.
• LLILAS Benson will offer two $250 cash awards for all-around best photographs, selected by a panel consisting of our curatorial team and faculty/staff guest judges.
• Submissions should be TIFF or JPG files at least 300 DPI at 8”x10.” Please remember to save and submit your photographs at the largest file sizes you can! Some of the best images each year can’t be displayed in the exhibition due to small file sizes.
• All photographs selected for exhibition will be printed and matted at 8”x10.” It is fine to submit your photograph uncropped; but please note that it will be cropped/sized as needed by the curatorial team.
• The photos will be exhibited in the Benson Latin American Collection first-floor gallery. Photographers will be invited to an opening reception on Thursday, October 18.

We look forward to your submissions!

Saludos a todxs,

Susanna Sharpe

SUSANNA SHARPE, Communications Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin | LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections | 512-232-2403 |

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Invitation US Department of State recruitment information session

Recruitment Information Session

In today’s global world, there is no longer anything foreign about foreign policy – we’re all in it together and what happens elsewhere has a huge impact back here in the United States.

Whether using creative design techniques to communicate diplomacy visually, serving as liaisons to analysts and officials in the intelligence community, or monitoring human rights issues, they make a difference and influence change while actively participating in our interdependent world.

Consular Fellows Program                     Foreign Service Specialist

Foreign Service Officer                          Civil Service Officer

Veteran’s Employment Program            Student Programs


Date:            Tuesday September 18, 2018

Time:           4:00 pm

Location:     Jackson School of Geosciences

                      Barrow Conference Room, JGB 4.102


U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

University Lecture Series Fall 2018

I would like to remind you all about the Fall 2018 University Lecture Series being held in Bass Concert Hall on September 24 and 25. Please forward this information to your student groups as appropriate. Additionally, I encourage you and/or your students to arrive early—doors will open 30 minutes prior to show time and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT BASS CONCERT HALL HAS A NO BACKPACK POLICY. THEY WILL ONLY ALLOW SMALL PURSES.*** Bag policies can be found here:

Our events this year will showcase distinguished faculty who are leaders in their fields both on and off campus. On Monday, September 24, we will focus on psychology and growth mindset. On Tuesday, September 25, we will have a unique opportunity to watch and listen to two former UT Austin presidents discuss the major turning points in their lives that lead them to their important positions on campus. More detailed information about the lectures can be found below and on our web site at

We designed each event to help new students appreciate the value of research, critical thinking, and leadership at a major research university, as well as how the creation of new knowledge and ways of thinking is just as important to higher education as teaching what is already known.

The University Lecture Series is open free of charge to the general public, as well as all staff, faculty, and students at the university—bring a friend!

Peer Academic Coaching option

As we begin this semester, the Sanger Learning Center would appreciate your assistance in publicizing to students that the Peer Academic Coaching program is open at to any undergraduate student interested in receiving coaching from a trained UT student on how to prepare effectively for UT classes. It’s a great opportunity for proactive students new to campus adjusting to new academic demands as well as for any student not yet fully satisfied with results in their UT courses.

We have a number of spots available immediately. Participants will learn how to match the ways in which they study to the unique demands of each course. Common topics include note-taking and reading techniques, time management and concentration, and test-taking and test preparation. Potential participants should be open to trying new study techniques and be willing to meet privately once a week for an hour with a peer coach.

Peer coaches are carefully vetted and receive pre-service and ongoing weekly training from SLC learning specialists. Participants are admitted to the program on a rolling basis, subject to coach availability. The cost of coaching sessions is covered by the Sanger Learning Center.

Students interested in working with a coach should complete an application at

Cockrell School of Engineering Internal Transfer Session 2018-2019 Updates

I hope the semester is starting off well for all of you. I wanted to send an updated list of Engineering Internal Transfer Session dates, as we have had a few minor changes. The dates highlighted in yellow are the dates that were updated; everything else has remained the same. Please encourage your students who are interested in an engineering major to attend one of these sessions.
· Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – 11:00 am in EER 2.850
· Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 4:00 pm in EER 2.850
· Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 2:00 pm in EER 2.850
· Friday, November 30, 2018 – 10:00 am in EER 2.850
· Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – 3:00 pm in EER 2.850
· Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 10:00 am in EER 2.850
· Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 9:00 am in EER 2.850
· Friday, April 26, 2019 – 1:00 pm in EER 2.850

Students are not required to attend an Information Session in order to apply for Internal Transfer to an engineering major. However, we request that students attend an Information Session and/or complete the Internal Transfer “quiz” online before scheduling an appointment with an academic advisor in Engineering Students Services if they have additional questions.

As a reminder, students outside of the Cockrell School can apply for Internal Transfer into Engineering at the end of the Spring semester (application deadline is May 15) for the following Summer/Fall semester.

All of the information above is also available on our website.

Funding Opportunity

Dear UT Faculty and Staff,

Do you need funding for research, equipment, a student organization you manage, a class trip, or a competition? HornRaiser, UT’s official crowdfunding platform, is accepting applications for projects NOW. If selected, this user-friendly platform can help you raise up to $15,000 in donations for your project! HornRaiser has helped more than 150 campus partners like you raise more than $2 million. Any UT faculty, staff member or student may apply. All you need to get started is departmental affiliation or an advisor and access to a UT account to accept contributions.

To apply, go to and click on the APPLY button in the top right corner. You can also reach the application directly here.

Want more information? Check out the HornRaiser website to see your peers who are fundraising right now and make sure to stop by any of these informational sessions:

Thursday, September 13 from 12-1pm in FAC 330
Tuesday, September 18 from 10-11am in FAC 330
Wednesday, September 19 from 3-4pm in POB 2.404B

Applications are due Friday, September 21 at noon and you will have until November 1 to work on your fundraising plan.

Don’t think HornRaiser will work for you? Check out these past projects who met or surpassed their fundraising goals.

This is your chance to get the funding you need and were here to help. We can’t wait to help you make your fundraising goals a reality!

Questions? Contact:

Kellie Sullivan

Assistant Director of Special Programs

Skyla Lowery

Digital Campaign Development Specialist

Hook ’em!

Kellie and Skyla (your HornRaiser team)

Business & Public Policy Certificate & Washington Campus Program

I am the new course scheduler for the Business, Government & Society Department and wanted to share some information about our Business & Public Policy certificate (BPP).

First, BPP applications for Spring 2019 are now open! We will be holding three information sessions on the following dates:

· Tuesday, September 18th
· Tuesday, September 25th
· Tuesday, October 2nd

All sessions will be from 4:00-5:00 pm in CBA 5.204. Want more information? Click here.

Second, the GOV 312L ISS & POLICIES AMER GOV-UT/DC Washington Campus will be planned for the week of May 20-24, 2019 (Monday through Friday).

Bridging Disciplines Programs – Fall Application Deadline

Greetings from the Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs)! If you are not familiar with the BDPs, our programs offer undergraduates at UT the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary certificate. Our certificates complement students’ majors and integrate interdisciplinary coursework with experiential learning, including internships and research experience. Students choose from one of fifteen different interdisciplinary themes, such as Ethics & Leadership in Technology & the Media; Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship; Human Rights & Social Justice; Museum Studies; and Public Policy. You can view a list of all BDP topics, as well as more information about our programs, on our website. I’ve also attached a handout that we hope will be helpful to you as you talk with interested students. Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for the Media, Culture & Identities BDP.

Our fall BDP application deadline will be Tuesday, October 9th. Interested students should attend a BDP information session and can find information about the BDP application on the BDP website. For students who are not quite ready to apply this fall, please know that our next application deadline will be in March.

Starting this semester, the BDPs will no longer accept applications from students who are in the first semester of their freshman year. Students are eligible to apply to a BDP starting in the second semester of their freshman year. Program eligibility information is available on the BDP website. Current first-semester freshmen who are interested in applying to a BDP in the spring are welcome to attend a BDP information session this fall.