2010-11-09 08:54


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Alumni News

Matt Mackowiak, an '03 graduate, left Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's (R-TX) office as Press Secretary on April 1 and is launching his own political and communications consulting firm in DC and Austin. Since leaving the Senate, Matt has provided political analysis on Fox News, MSNBC, and ABC News, had columns published in newspapers across the country, and is speaking to groups at colleges and universities. Matt visits faculty and graduate students and will speak to a CMS class this fall.

Alumna Sarita E. Brown continues to distinguish herself. Quoting the Chronicle of Higher Education: "A longtime advocate for Latino success in higher education and two academics who have put their research to work in schools across the United States have won the 2009 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education, according to a news release issued this morning by the McGraw-Hill Companies, which sponsors the prize to honor "outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to enhancing learning in this country and whose accomplishments are making a difference today." The winners of the prize, who will each receive $25,000 and a sculpture, are Sarita E. Brown, president of Excelencia in Education; Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor of education at Stanford University; and Joseph S. Renzulli, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut at Storrs."

Speech & Debate News

Our speech and debate team are among the very best nationally.

In April, the UT Speech Team won 5 national championships-- a new team record. Senior Merry Regan was recognized as the top overall speaker throughout the country by the American Forensic Association, and Senior Austin Wright was the recognized as the second speaker nationally by the National Forensic Association. Both students were graduates of the College of Communication.

UT's speech team also advanced more students to the national final rounds (top 6 in each category) than any other college/university, maintaining UT's national reputation for excellence in competitive oration & public speaking.

The combined speech and debate teams achieved a 2nd place overall AFA NDT NIET rankings for the year. The debate team hosted the 2009 National Debate Tournament, the oldest and most respected debate tournament in the country. The debate program also sponsored a bi-lingual debate program that provided outreach to Hispanic high school students.

Where are you?

Communication Studies Department would like to know if you've recently moved, changed jobs, changed your name, etc. Please fill out our form to update your information. Thanks!

Want to keep up with your CMS alumni peers? Would you like to stay in touch with your graduate student cohorts? This list serve is for graduate student alumni ONLY. E-mail Susan Corbin to be added to the list. Please be sure to include your first / last name, and of course, the e-mail address you would like to have added to the list. If you are an undergraduate student and think this might be of help and interest to CMS undergraduates, please contact Deanna Matthews regarding establishing a list.

College of Communication - Alumni & Friends:
Information for and about the College's graduates including prize winners, personal updates, and fund raising. An archive of College of Communication news items is available.

Texas Exes:
The University of Texas alumni association provides information about university-wide events, travel information, and more.
Find your local chapter!

For more information, please contact Deanna Matthews.