What's New at University of Texas at Austin

Posted by Mary Ann Castro on Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 3:38pm.

univeristy-of-texas-at-austinThe University of Texas at Austin has been a mainstay in the city for decades. One of the largest universities in the world, UT has over 50,000 students and employs over 24,000 faculty and staff.

In fact, much of Austin's reputation as a fun, friendly and innovative city comes from its local student body. From Longhorns football to concerts at Bates Recital Hall, there's always something going on around campus.

Here are the latest news and happenings coming out of UT.

UT Welcomes Chancellor William McRaven

Taking the reigns from former Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, Chancellor William McRaven started his service at UT earlier this month. A retired admiral of the United States Navy, McRaven bravely served his country for 37 years. His service took him on operations all over the world including countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the US.

McRaven is also strong advocate for education. Having seen firsthand the value of education on populations abroad, he understands how higher education can create endless opportunities and benefits. McRaven also recognizes the critical role of research with regards to technology and innovation, having used state-of-the-art technology on his countless missions.

We welcome William McRaven back to Texas!

Texas Longhorns Baseball Ranked 7th in the Nation

The Texas Longhorns baseball team is ranked seventh overall according to a pre-season poll by Collegiate Baseball. The team will see seven of eight positional starters and eight pitchers making their return to the 2015 roster including pitcher Parker French, outfielder Zane Gurwitz, and shortstop C.J. Hinojosa. The returning players will be joined by a freshmen class which was also ranked seventh overall by Collegiate Baseball.

The team finished third last season with a record of 46-21 and an ERA of 2.25. The Longhorns are on a quest to claim the elusive National title in 2015, which has alluded them since 2005.

The Texan Longhorns will also be hosting their annual Alumni Game at UFCU-Disch Falk Field on Saturaday, January 31, 2015. Hook 'em Horns!

UT Students Win IBM Watson Competition

Students from University of Texas at Austin have won $100,000 in seed funding at the IBM Watson Competition in New York City. The winning idea was a prototype for an app named CallScout, whose purpose is to expand public access to social services.

The app uses a question and answer system (developed by IBM) to link users to the information they need on local community services. A text based reminder system is also included in the app, so that users can receive notifications on important deadlines on their phones.

While the app itself impressed the judging panel, it was the students' collaborative efforts with local social service organizations which won them top marks. Partnering with United Way for Greater Austin, the students were able to solve challenges specific to the industry, and make a real difference on a community level.

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