Plan II Honors Logo
Plan II Honors

2016 Plan II Parents and Family Day Events:

Sunday, September 25th, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Texas Alumni Center Connally Ballroom & the College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA)

We will begin Plan II Family Day with a brunch, followed by a set of Plan II 'Model Classes' after the brunch.  Arrive anytime between 10:30-11:15 for the serve-yourself brunch buffet. Pick up a nametag and program, and consider purchasing some Plan II merchandise to benefit the Plan II Students' Association.

Dr. Stoff will make a brief introduction around 11:15.  After his remarks, we will make our way over the bridge across Waller creek to the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) building, just a few hundred feet away.  The classrooms are all on the ground floor and there will be signs to direct you to the class of your choice. 

Online Registration is required; Registration closed September 20. 

Here is the day’s schedule:

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Brunch, Texas Alumni Center Connally Ballroom

Enjoy a brunch buffet with other Plan II families, students, faculty and staff. Plan II Director Dr. Michael Stoff will make remarks at 11:15 a.m., then we will walk across the bridge to the College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA) for the Plan II model classes.  Cost of the Plan II Family Day brunch is $5 per adult (age 14 and up; UT students and under 14 are free). 

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Model Classes, CLA Basement (choose one):

Paul Woodruff - “Does Father Know Best in Sophocles’ Antigone?”

Haemon’s father knows from long experience how to rule a kingdom and maintain order.  But Haemon knows something his father does not know. How can he get Dad to listen?  The price of failure will be death for one and endless sorrow for the other. We will perform and discuss this scene from the greatest of Sophocles’ plays, using my translation. We’ll have copies of the text for all who attend.  

Ruth Buskirk - Human Genes and Genomes

Despite ever-expanding knowledge about human genes and how they work, we encounter new questions every day. Where will technology lead us in fields of individual genomics, genetic manipulation, and gene editing?

Michael Starbird - The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

The root of success in everything from academics to business to leadership to personal relationships and everything else, is effective thinking—whether it’s thinking disguised as intuition or as good values or as decision-making or problem solving or creativity, it’s all thinking. Practical methods of effective thinking can be described, taught, and learned. They are not inborn gifts of a special few. All people can learn them and use them. This talk will describe practical, memorable elements of effective thinking and how to learn them. 

Janet Davis - Pigs in America: A History

This class will explore the ways in which pigs  played a central—if hitherto unrecognized—role in American colonization, conflict, expansion, and industrialization. In essence, this talk will analyze the formative role of the pig in creating modern American society.

**IMPORTANT PARKING UPDATE** Parking in campus parking garages will NOT be free on Family Weekend, including on Sunday. There is no free parking on campus without a UT or handicapped permit, so please plan accordingly. The closest parking garages to the Alumni Center are listed below, and will be charging the usualy hourly rates. There are some handicapped parking spaces available in front of the alumni center on San Jacinto Blvd for those who need it (no charge). Full information about Family weekend parking (including public transit options to campus if you prefer) can be found on the UT Austin Family Weekend webpage.

• San Jacinto

If you have questions or concerns, you may contact the Plan II Family Day Coordinator, Mary Dillman at

  • Information for Visitors Coming from Outside Austin  (other hotel and Bed & Breakfast listings, restaurant information and more)

  • Printable Campus Tour Maps: 

    • Use The University's Self-Guided Walking Tour of the UT Campus (PDF 1.8MB) to learn about campus on your own and at your own pace.  This makes your day more flexible and allows attendance at other college or program information sessions, tours of dorm(s) and visits to the wonderful Blanton Art Museum, the world-renown Humanities Research Center or the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. 

    • See also: The Diversity Tour (PDF 2.5MB) to learn about spots on campus that serve as a reminder of the campus’s dedication to academic and cultural diversity.

  • Campus Maps and Parking Information

  • Texas Parents

  •   Map
  • Plan II Honors Program

    University of Texas at Austin
    305 East 23rd St
    CLA 2.102
    Austin, Texas, 78712-1250