The Harry Ransom Center is currently seeking volunteers to work with the public at the visitor desk, at special events, and as docents from mid-August 2016 through May 2017. Descriptions of the positions are online at

These public outreach volunteers ensure all visitors have a positive and enjoyable experience at the Ransom Center, and they also gain a behind-the-scenes perspective into a world-renowned humanities research library and museum.

We encourage applications from any individual (student, staff, graduate student, community member) with strong communication and customer service skills, who listens well and is comfortable interacting with the public. We would greatly appreciate your help in sharing these volunteer opportunities with anyone who may be interested. Applications are due Wednesday, June 10.

To apply or learn more, visit

Summer Living Accommodations at the Callaway House

For any student looking for housing for either part or the entire summer, we’ve reserved the Callaway House (private dorm in West Campus, 2 blocks from campus) for students who are participating in our Arabic Summer Institute for the summer session. However, we still have some room available that we are trying to fill. 

The housing would run from Tuesday, May 31st until Saturday, August 13th and includes a private bedroom in a shared apartment with two to four other students. They’ll have either a private bathroom or share with one other student. The stay also includes three meals a day in the Callaway House’s cafeteria, has access to their pool/gym and a covered parking spot. Right now, the cost is $2,900 for the room. However, if anyone is interested but unable to pay this amount, we would be happy to work with them!

For more information, please contact Cameron Ford with UT’s Arabic Flagship Program, at

Undergrad Awards extended deadline

May 18, 2016 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

The Undergraduate Awards deadline has been extended to June 14th. Juniors and Seniors can submit up to three A papers! There is no cost to enter, and Global Winners of the award will be brought over to Dublin for the 2016 Global UA Summit (November 2016) – all expenses paid. Read about one UT student’s experience going to the conference in Ireland, and find out how easy it is to submit your paper:

Amorous Mayhew Carlson Scholarship

May 2, 2016 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

The Amorous Mayhew Carlson Scholarship is an annual $500 scholarship awarded by the Liberal Arts Honors Student Council to an LAH student who has demonstrated their academic excellence and high level of involvement in the Liberal Arts Honors program and other organizations at The University of Texas at Austin. 

All current LAH freshmen, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. Members of LAHSC are eligible to apply for this award. The deadline for scholarship applications is Wednesday, May 18 at noon. Please email completed applications to by the deadline. 

And here is a link to the application:

Research Training Certificate

May 2, 2016 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

To support students preparing for careers as researchers, the Office of Undergraduate Research has created an informal certificate to recognize those who have participated in a series of research training workshops. As an informal certificate, it will not appear on your transcript. Certificate recipients attend five approved workshops, with at least one workshop in each of three areas: research preparation, research methods, and research communication. Students who attend the required number of workshops will be recognized at the end of each academic year with a printed certificate listing the workshops they attended.

Students who would like to opt into this certificate should provide the OUR with their information, along with a list of previously attended workshops.

The following recent and upcoming workshops count toward the requirements of the certificate. Each workshop belongs to at least one of the three categories that must be represented in the certificate: research preparation (RP), research methods (RM), and research communication (RC). Please also refer to the most up-to-date list of upcoming workshops organized by the PCL, many of which satisfy certificate requirements, as well as the list of upcoming OUR info sessions and poster workshops.

RTF End of Semester Screenings

April 28, 2016 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

Event name: RTF End of Semester Screenings

Date: May 11-15, 2016

Location: Various

Event description: Please join UT’s Department of Radio-Television-Film May 11-15, as we showcase this spring’s student work. The free screenings and demonstrations will take place on the UT campus at various venues and will culminate towards the end of the week, with advanced undergraduate and graduate films. Details can be found here:

Event name: Screening of New East Austin Stories Documentaries

Date: Friday, 5/13 from 6:00-7:30 PM

Location: Belo Center for New Media, room 2.106

Event description: East Austin has changed dramatically in the last fifteen years and throughout that time a University of Texas film class has been making documentaries in and about the area. For the 15th year in a row, individuals, families, groups, and businesses in East Austin collaborated with the film students in the East Austin Stories class, led by filmmaker and professor, Andrew Garrison, to tell local stories in a free evening of documentaries.

Sign Up for Orientation Volunteering!

April 28, 2016 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

re you interested in volunteering at this summer’s LAH orientations? If the answer is yes, sign up to attend a LAH Summer Orientation Peer Adviser meeting on May 10th from 3-5pm in the LAH Commons Room. Food will be provided!

Volunteering entails helping advise incoming LAH freshman with their fall schedules on one day, and then helping them register the next day. You don’t have to be available for both days or even the entire summer.
We are flexible! You can just sign up for the days and times that work in your schedule.

We would like to have at least 4-5 peer advisers throughout the entire day of pre-advising.

For Orientation Registration, we need about 4 volunteers in the afternoon (approx 1:30-3:00) to help our new LAHers register and become acquainted with the Web Resources available to them. I have reserved a computer lab CLA 1.402 in our building for our new students to register for classes.

Orientation dates volunteers are needed:

June 7 (pre-advising) 8 (Registration) 1:30-3:00
June 14 (pre-adivisng) 15 (Registration) 1:30-3:00
June 21 (pre-advising) 22 (Registration) 1:30-3:00
June 28 (pre-advising) 29 (Registration) 1:30-3:00

July 7 (pre-advising) 8 (Registration) 1:30-3:00
July 12 (pre-advising) 13 (Registration) 1:30-3:00
August 18-19 (Times TBA)

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form here. This let’s us know that you plan to attend the meeting on May, 10!

Theorizing Consent:

Educational and Legal Perspectives on Campus Rape

Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30

All Conference Sessions take place in Flawn Academic Center 21

The conference is co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Plan II, Liberal Arts Honors, the Department of Classics, the James R. Dougherty, Jr. Centennial Professorship, the William A. Percy Foundation for Social and Historical Studies, and numerous individual donors, including Ms. Nina Giannangeli. Please contact Prof. Thomas Hubbard ( or Khoa Tran ( if you have questions.

See the website for complete details:

In celebration of Preservation Week 2016, join UT Libraries staff members to learn how to preserve your media-based collections and digital files. Many of us have items of personal significance such as photographs, research, correspondence, home video, and more saved on media formats or as digital files.  These formats and files can deteriorate or become obsolete over time, rendering the content inaccessible. In this session learn how to mitigate the problems of deterioration and obsolescence and how to plan for the long term safekeeping of your content.      

April 28, 1:00-2:30 – Learning Lab 3 in PCL

Caring for Your Personal Collections: Preserving Media and Digital Content


We will cover: 

  • basic preservation recommendations for physical media formats such as VHS tapes, floppy disks, and CDs.
  • tips for preparing and organizing your personal media collection for ongoing and future use, including transfer to digital format
  • guidelines for managing personal digital files and preserving them for posterity

Taught by UT Librarians: Wendy Martin, Anna Lamphear and Jessica Trelogan

Teaching English Abroad: Panel Presentation

Friday, April 22, 4:30-5:30pm

MEZ 2.124

Learn about Teaching ESL/EFL from a panel of professionals in the field. 

Topics include: rewards and challenges of teaching English abroad, how to get a job, 

what to know before you go, and how to get a CELTA certificate at UT-Austin.

Please RSVP at:

All Majors Welcome!