Wise Wanderer Application Due Jan. 30

December 19, 2014 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

Wise Wanderer Scholarship

“The great men of antiquity considered that there was no better school for life than travel: in this school one learns endlessly about so many other lives; again and again one reads a new lesson in this great book of the world. Besides, the change of air benefits body and mind.” – Louis de Jaucourt, “Voyage,” Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonneé des sciences, des arts et des métiers, vol 17. Paris 1765.

In a lecture, Marshall Gorges provided first year LAHers with the following advice: “Give yourself time to get off the rail; Don’t rush; Be willing to explore; Break from the script.” As he described his own travels across the globe, he observed “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing.”

In the spirit of adventure and education, the Wise Wanderer Scholarship will award one student $5,000 for the summer of 2015 to travel, exploring personal or academic interests.

Eligibility: Current Liberal Arts Honors students who will not be graduating in May 2015.

Application: Submit your 500 – 750 word travel proposal outlining a well thought out description of your journey and its goals. Attach a detailed itinerary and a budget. Make sure the budget allow for travel to and within the country (or countries!), accommodations, food, and entrance fees for attractions. Wise wandering travel must be completed by August 2015, so only apply for a journey you intend to take.

Requirements: The successful application must meet a few expectations:

1 – Travel must be outside of the United States.

2 – Your journey should cover a significant amount of time – at least three weeks – with an itinerary you can reasonably complete over the course of a summer.

3 – The budget should include costs only for yourself. Scholarship money cannot be used to cover airfare, accommodations, or food for any travel companions.

Applications are due in the LAH office by Friday, January 30, 2015.

Pinto Carver Essay Contest, Deadline Jan 23

December 19, 2014 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

The Pinto Carver Essay Contest – 2015

The Topic:

We encourage liberal arts students to learn all that they can about the world and about themselves. We do so out of the belief that, in the words of Roger Shattuck, “the free cultivation and circulation of ideas, opinions, and goods through all society (education, scholarship, scientific research, commerce, the arts, and the media) will in the long run promote our welfare” (Forbidden Knowledge, 5-6). Both classical and Judeo-Christian thought supports this belief, Socrates telling us in The Protagoras that “All things are knowledge, including justice, and temperance, and courage—which tends to show that virtue can certainly be taught.” On the U.T. Tower you find inscribed Jesus’s powerful injunction: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). We smile and feel dismissive of the Victorian matron who when told of Darwin’s findings exclaimed: “’Descended from the apes! My dear, let us hope that it is not true, but that if it is, let us pray that it will not become generally known” (Shattuck, 2). We are encouraged to know; we want to know.

Yet a counter current flows through our traditions. Socrates is exemplary because he knows what he does not know. In the Garden of Eden grows the tree of knowledge with its forbidden fruit. Folklore tells us “To let sleeping dogs lie” and that “Curiosity killed the cat.” As he watches the young scholars at Eton College play, Thomas Gray captures, ambivalently and poignantly, our sense that there may be limitations on what we should know:


Yet ah! why should they know their fate ?

Since sorrow never comes too late,

And happiness too swiftly flies.

Thought would destroy their paradise.

No more; where ignorance is bliss,

’Tis folly to be wise.

(“Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College”)


Write an essay in which you agree or disagree that there are limits to what human beings should know. Needless to say, the more well developed your thoughts, the more specific your language, the better.


Eligibility: Current Liberal Arts Honors Freshmen and Sophomores.

Specifications: 750-1000 words, titled, double-spaced, and typed, with your name in the upper-right hand corner. No cover page.


1st Prize: $1500

2nd Prize: $500

3rd Prize: $250

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 23, 5:00 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Honors Office. The judges reserve the right to withhold awards in the absence of prize worthy essays. And in closing: “Style, in its finest sense,” Alfred North Whitehead reminds us, “is the last acquirement of the educated mind; it is also the most useful. It pervades the whole being. The administrator with a sense for style hates waste; the engineer with a sense for style economizes his material; the artisan with a sense for style prefers good work. Style is the ultimate morality of mind.”

Study Abroad would like to announce an extended application deadline of February 15, 2015 for limited spaces on the following summer programs:

Study Abroad-Administered Faculty-led Summer Programs:

Salvador, Brazil

Antigua, Guatemala (Summer Session II Only)

Ghanzi, Botswana

Study Abroad-Administered Internship Program:

BE Global – Shenzhen, China

Funding: Scholarships Available for Intensive Language Study in Russian at Middlebury

DEADLINE: January 15, 2015

Full Scholarships Available for Intensive Language Study at the Middlebury Summer Language Schools – The Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace will cover the cost of one summer of language study (tuition, room, and board)—from the beginner to graduate level—in Russian. The deadline is January 15, 2015. See the website for application details.

Need-based Financial Aid Available to All Students – Learn more about financial aid and other scholarships and fellowships.

Middlebury’s Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian — Take four classes in Russian and earn 12 credit hours at the 8-week immersion program in Middlebury, Vermont.

The Middlebury Language Schools will celebrate its Centennial in 2015. Our website has more information on all eleven Language Schools, the Language Pledge®,  activities , and the online application. To receive more information by email, please fill out this form.

Middlebury College Language Schools
Middlebury, VT  05753
(802) 443-5510


The College of Liberal Arts is now recruiting applicants for the Headliners Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship 2015 – 2016. This is $6,000 award for students who excel in writing and who have a serious interest in journalism.

To access the application please go to the Foundation’s website:


The application is submitted online, and applications will be accepted between now, December 4th, 2014, and Monday, March 2nd, 2015. I am happy to respond to any questions students may have about their applications.

College of Liberal Arts students, first invited to apply in 2005, have enjoyed great success (see below).


All best wishes,


Larry Carver


Liberal Arts Honors Program


512 471-3458



Headliners Foundation Scholarship Winners


2005 – Delaney Hall, Rebekah Perry, and Rachel Pearson


2006 – Kim Garza, Ryan Guerrero, Daniel Carter, J.J. Hermes, and Tobias Salinger.


2007 – Ingrid Norton, Monica Riese, Jesse Cordes Selbin, and Margaret Sharp


2008 – Andrew Kreighbaum, Jonathan Tjarks, Brad Gray, Monica Riese, and Leah Finnegan.


2009 – Andrew Kreighbaum and Lauren Winchester


2010 – Andrew Kreighbaum, Elana Estrin, and Molly Wahlberg


2011 – Audrey White, Nadia Macias, and Susannah Jacob


2012 – Audrey White and Susannah Jacob


2013 – Edgar Walters and Laura Wright


2014 – Edgar Walters


$$ Job Opportunity for LAHers with a car

November 25, 2014 | by amorous | | Leave a Comment

The Bradsby and the Lynch families are looking for a mother’s helper/driver to pick up kids, get them home and started on homework, and take them to the Joe Jamail Swim Center at UT for 5:00 p.m. weekday Longhorn Aquatics swim practice.  The job would require approximately 6 hours per week, Monday through Thursday afternoons. The pay is $110 a week.  The helper would be responsible for picking up two seventh grade students from Lamar Middle School at 3:30 p.m., driving the students home to allow for snack/changing for swimming/homework, and then driving the Lamar students and a younger fifth grade sibling to UT in time to arrive at 4:50 p.m..  Tuesdays will require a 3:00 p.m. start time and a change in the transportation routine to accommodate an after-school activity, but the job will end at the regular time of 5:00 p.m..  There is the potential for occasional additional paid hours to respond to unforeseen circumstances such as an ill child or the unavailability of a parent to pick up the children from UT.  Job candidates should enjoy children, have no criminal record, have a clean driving history, and be comfortable and confident driving in Austin.
The Longhorn Aquatics swim schedule extends through the school year, ending in May.   There is the potential for continued employment through the summer on a different schedule.  The families understand that college final exams may conflict with the children’s schedule, and the families with make alternate transportation plans should that conflict arise.
If interested call or email Juliee Beyt: jdaz@att.net : v 512.861.5950 : c  512.633.2643. You can include that you are in LAH and are referred by Stacey. 

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at The University of Texas is seeking applicants for Summer 2015 & Academic Year 2015-16

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships.

CREEES offers FLAS Fellowships to fund highly competitive graduate and undergraduate students for the study of regional foreign languages, including (but not limited to):

Russian Polish • Czech • Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian Ukrainian • Bulgarian Persian/Tajik* Turkish* • Romani* • Yiddish* as well asother contemporary regional languages!
Other languages may be added pending approval and on a case-by-case basis. 
* Study of noted languages should be applicable to area studies of the REEE region.FLAS awards are available for both academic year (in residence at UT) and summer studies (abroad, at UT or elsewhere in the US). More information can be found online athttp://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/funding-opportunities/FLAS.php

For specific questions, please contact:

Undergraduate Applications:

Jenica Jones, CREEES (BUR 444)
The University of Texas at Austin
Email: jenicajones@utexas.edu
Tel. (512) 232-6059

FLAS for European Studies Due Feb. 6

November 21, 2014 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment

The Center for European Studies is pleased to once again be able to offer FLAS Fellowships for both undergraduate and graduate students for Summer 2015 and AY 2015-16.

Students must be U.S. citizens or  permanent residents and may be from any discipline at UT. We especially encourage students from the professional schools to apply.

Academic year students must be enrolled at UT as a full time student and agree to take one approved foreign language course and one area studies course focusing on Europe (both letter grade based).

Summer students will be enrolled in an intensive foreign language program either in the U.S. or Europe (for intermediate and advanced levels only).

For more information including a list of approved foreign languages and the application, please visit:

Undergraduate FLAS

All applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015.

“The New Political Reality of Immigration in an Aging Society” by Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil Nov. 20 at 12:15 p.m.

As our country’s average age and immigrant population increase, it is worthwhile to understand the intersection of aging, diversity, economy, and policy. In his upcoming lecture, Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, who served as former Assistant Secretary for Aging under President Clinton, discusses the relationship between aging of society and the current debates around immigration reform. The event is scheduled on November 20th at 12:15 in the LBJ School First Floor Lobby.

Torres-Gil’s lecture is co-sponsored by the LBJ School and the Department of Government. This event is part of the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” initiative, a series of 50 events celebrating 50 years of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s legislative legacy. The series explores civil rights issues such as human rights, immigration, and social justice, calling for a renewed effort to improve the lives of all citizens.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.



November 19, 2014 | by lshipley | | Leave a Comment


Hosted by the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency  

Friday, November 21, 2014

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

SAC Ballroom

Learn More & RSVP Here

The event is organized by Student Government’s Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency and sponsored by Liberal Arts Career Services office (LACS).

While there is no dress code at this fair, you should dress to impress. As for resumes, you don’t need to bring one but one can be very helpful when communicating your skills to a potential employer.


NICK SPILLER, Student Ventures Coordinator

The University of Texas at Austin | Liberal Arts Student Ventures Program | 810-814-0727 | utexas.edu/cola/orgs/lacs/ | linkedin.com/in/nickspiller