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Plan II Family Day :: Sunday, October 20

Mon, September 30, 2013
Plan II Family Day  ::  Sunday, October 20

2013 Plan II Parents and Family Events:

Sunday, October 20th, 10:30am to 1:30pm in the Texas Alumni Center Connally Ballroom & the College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA).

We will begin Plan II Family Day with a brunch, followed by two sets of shortened model classes and special program presentations after the brunch.  This gives Plan II family members the chance to hear from Plan II Director, Michael Stoff, and several faculty members.  The model classes and prgram presentations are still being determined.  That information will be posted here soon.

Register for Plan II Family Day

At the registration site, we'll ask that you provide the number of guests attending and a first and last name for each guest attending the Plan II Honors Family Day event.  That way we can plan appropriately for food and beverage and prepare a nametag for each attendee. 

  • General registration will be on-line on September 16th, 2013.
  • On-line registration will continue through October 12, 2013. 
  • After October 12, Plan II parents may call the Plan II office to RSVP and give us the names of Family Day attendees.
  • Although the Plan II Honors event is free to Plan II family members, other events will fill-up or sell out early.  We encourage you to register early.

The day's agenda:

Breakfast  ::  10:30 to 11:30 am  ::  Texas Alumni Center Connally Ballroom

  Session I  ::  11:45 am to 12:30 pm :: CLA ground floor

Grant Thomas:  Plan II/KIPP Partnership   CLA 0.126

Presented by Grant Thomas, who is a career educator whose major focus for the past 29 years has been on systematic strategies for youth empowerment and service. He currently serves on the boards of YouthLaunch and KIPP Austin. His educational background includes a B.A. from Princeton, magna cum laude (1967); an Ed. M. from Harvard (1974); and four years of graduate study in educational psychology at UT (1976-80).

Grant Thomas is an adjunct professor in Plan II Honors and serves on the Board of KIPP Austin.
The Plan II/KIPP (“Knowledge is Power Program”) Partnership began in the spring of 2007, when seventeen Plan II students embarked on a partnership with KIPP and  Austin College Prep, a local middle school serving primarily low-income and minority students in Austin.

Michael Webber:   Energy at the Movies    CLA 0.128

Michael Webber a professor in Plan II and Geosciences and the Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences, Fellow of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he trains new generations of energy leaders through research and education.  Michael’s education includes a B.A. with High Honors (Plan II Liberal Arts) and B.S. with High Honors (Aerospace Engineering) from UT Austin, along with an M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) and a Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Electrical Engineering) from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow from 1995 to 1998.

Austin Gleeson:  What not Why    CLA 0.112

Austin Gleeson is a professor in Plan II and the Department of Physics in the College of Natural Sciences.  He received a B.S. in Physics from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1960, an M.S. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He has been teaching at the university since 1969. Of his teaching, one student said, “Dr. Gleeson loves what he teaches, he loves his students, and he inspires his students to take something away from his class.” Of his own teaching philosophy, Gleeson says, “Successful learning requires student engagement with the material. I strive to achieve this everyday in my classes.”

David Kendrick:  Which is Our Priority: Unemployment or the Deficit?    CLA 0.130

David Kendrick is a professor in Plan II and the Ralph W. Yarborough Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts in the Department of Economics.   He is the author or co-author of nine books and about seventy articles and has enjoyed the pleasure of teaching Plan II Macroeconomics for many years.   He was recently honored by the creation of the Kendrick Award which will be given by the Society for Computational Economics on an irregular basis to an outstanding contributor in the field of Computational Economics.

Session II  ::  12:45 pm to 1:30 pm :: CLA ground floor

Ruth Buskirk:  Plan II Costa Rica Maymester      CLA 0.130

Ruth Buskirk is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences and the Director of the Health Science Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research on behavior and physiology has been published in over 40 articles and includes work of spiders, dragonflies, baboons, and unusual animal behavior before earthquakes. Dr. Buskirk received the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009, the Chad Oliver Teaching Award in Plan II Honors in 2012 and is a three-time recipient of the Texas Exes Teaching Award (1988, 1991, 1998).

The Plan II Costa Rica Maymester is for students interested in understanding the complex issues surrounding the conservation of some of the worldʼs most treasured natural resources.  This course is designed by the Plan II program with a focus on interdisciplinary studies.

Michael Starbird:  Effective Thinking through Mathematics   CLA 0.112

Michael Starbird is a professor in Plan II and a Professor of Mathematics and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. degree from Pomona College and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  A member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers since 1998, Dr. Starbird was also the winner of the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award in 1997 and has received many other teaching awards and recognition.

Linda Henderson:  The ‘Fourth Dimension’ in 20th-Century Art and Culture    CLA 0.126

Linda Henderson is a professor in Plan II and the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts. She earned her Ph.D. at Yale University and has taught 20th-century European and American art in the Department of Art and Art History since 1978. Before coming to the University of Texas, she served from 1974 through 1977 as Curator of Modern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Professor Henderson's research and teaching focus on the interdisciplinary study of modernism, including the relation of modern art to fields such as geometry, science and technology, and mystical and occult philosophies.
George Christian: Ulysses in Hell: Paradise Lost as Domestic Comedy     CLA 0.130

George Christian is an adjunct professor in Plan II and the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts..  He is a Plan II graduate of UT (and Plan II Honors), where he also earned his law degree, M.A in English, and Ph.D. in English.  He is working on a second Ph.D. in Modern European History. A practicing lawyer who has taught British Literature for five years, he specializes in the nineteenth-century English novel. He has published numerous articles on Victorian novels by Carlyle, Dickens, Trollope, Hardy, and Gissing. Current research interests include: the relationship of law and literature in the nineteenth-century English novel.

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