Gone to Texas begins with activities in your college or school and concludes with a university-wide celebration on the Main Mall, in front of the Tower, where later in your UT Austin journey you will gather for Commencement.
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Gone to Texas
New Student Welcome
Tuesday, August 27
Join President Gregory Fenves, along with other new students, for Gone to Texas, the University’s official welcome to your new home. Gone to Texas is a powerful rite of passage held on the Main Mall in front of the UT Tower, the site of your future graduation. Not to be missed, this unique celebration is a rich tradition for all new students to assemble together and formally mark your arrival as the newest members of The University of Texas community.
Contact: University Events, 512-471-7753
College and School Events
Gone to Architecture
4 – 8:15 p.m.
Goldsmith Hall (GOL), Courtyard
The School of Architecture invites incoming undergraduate and graduate students to meet your new classmates, current students, faculty, and staff in the Eden + Hal Box Courtyard at Goldsmith Hall. Festivities will begin at 4:00 pm with remarks at 6:00 pm, followed by a pizza party and tabling fair. At 8:15 pm, we’ll walk to the UT Tower together for the Gone to Texas festivities.
Contact: Robin Dusek, 512-471-1922
Gone to Business
6 – 8 p.m.
University Teaching Center (UTC), 2.112A
New students in the McCombs School of Business are invited to come join us to meet, greet and eat. After an official welcome from the McCombs Deans, new business students will have the chance to meet with representatives from the McCombs Affiliated Student Organizations as well as the Office of Student Life, Canfield Business Honors Program, BBA International Programs, BBA Career Services and many more. Check-in is from 6 – 6:30 p.m. Dress for the event is casual. We recommend that you wear the Business t-shirt you received at orientation. We will be walking to Gone to Texas after our event.
Contact: Erica Garza or Zerina Hamulic, 512-232-5557
Gone to Communication (CommUnity)
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Texas Union (UNB), Ballroom, 3.202
Join us and meet your fellow Moody College classmates, future academic advisors and deans. Help us celebrate with music from our advisor DJs and free food catered by the fine folks at the Texas Union. Moody College student organizations, the Study Abroad Coordinator, and reps from Career Services and the Writing Support Program will also be there to answer any questions you may have. Students should wear the Communication t-shirts they received at orientation and be ready to celebrate.
Contacts: Sarah Sutton or Darrell D. Rocha, 512-471-1553, option 5
Gone to Education
7 – 8 p.m.
George I. Sánchez Education Building (SZB), East Patio
The College of Education invites new students to enjoy pizza, play games, and meet their fellow classmates and the college’s student organization representatives. Students are encouraged to wear the College of Education t-shirt received during summer orientation. We will walk together to Gone to Texas after our event.
Contact: Kyla Achard, 512-232-8128
Gone to Engineering
6 – 8 p.m.
All new students in the Cockrell School of Engineering are invited to join us for fun evening with games, food, performances, and a student organization and student services fair. Students should wear the Engineering t-shirt received at orientation and be ready to celebrate. Together we will walk over to Gone to Texas at 8:00 pm after our event. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Cockrell School of Engineering website.
Contact: Engineering Student Life, 512-232-5778
Gone to Fine Arts
6 – 8 p.m.
Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA), Co-op Fine Arts Student Center, 1.101
New students in the College of Fine Arts are invited to join us for pizza, prizes and karaoke in the Co-op Fine Arts Student Center. Meet your fellow Fine Arts students at this fun, informal gathering. Wear your UT Fine Arts t-shirts and comfortable shoes!
Contact: Kim Nguyen, 512-471-5011
Gone to Geosciences
7 – 8 p.m.
Jackson Geological Sciences Building (JGB), Holland Family Student Center, 2.102
New Jackson School of Geosciences students will enjoy refreshments, drawings for door prizes, and musical entertainment while meeting current faculty, researchers, students, and staff of JSG.
Contact: Nicole Evans, 512-471-2916
Gone to Information
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
El Mercado, 1702 Lavaca Street
The School of Information invites all of our new graduate students to a back-to-school mixer, followed by a group stroll to the Tower for the university's Gone to Texas festivities. Join fellow new students and returning student leaders as we welcome you and celebrate your arrival in Austin.
Contact: Veronica Zarr, 512-471-2397
Gone to Liberal Arts
6 – 8 p.m.
Turtle Pond, north of the Main Building (MAI)
New students in the College of Liberal Arts are invited to stop by the Turtle Pond to enjoy a barbecue dinner from Pok-e-Jo’s and listen to live music by a local country band. There will be door prizes, a chance to visit with Liberal Arts faculty and staff, and information tables from various offices and student organizations. For more information please visit our website.
Contact: Agnes Savich, 512-232-5749
Gone to Natural Sciences
The College of Natural Sciences will host open house events in several locations on Tuesday, 8/27/19. Specific information will be e-mailed to students in August. Deans, advisors, staff and student organizations are looking forward to greeting you, playing games, giving prizes and enjoying some snacks. Please wear your CNS t-shirt and plan to attend the University’s Gone to Texas event in the evening! Our Gone to Natural Sciences event will be the kick off for the Natural Sciences Council week, on October 14, 2019.
Contact: Didi Smith, 512-232-1057
Gone to Nursing
5:30pm - 7:30 p.m.
School of Nursing: Room 1.112
The School of Nursing welcomes both incoming undergraduate and graduate students. Come meet your new classmates, current students, and School of Nursing faculty and staff. Enjoy some pizza, claim your official School of Nursing T-Shirt and have a chance to win door prizes. Connect with various Nursing student organizations and celebrate the beginning of the school year in a casual and fun way.
Contacts: Yaritza Ruiz, 512-471-5237
Gone to Pharmacy
7 – 8 p.m.
Texas Union (UNB), Santa Rita Suite, 3.502
Dean Lynn Crismon will host a dinner to welcome new Pharm.D. and graduate students to the College of Pharmacy. Returning students, faculty, and staff will greet the entering class.
Contacts: Cat Schlichting, 512-471-1737, Patricia Gutierrez, Bryson Duhon
Gone to Social Work
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
School of Social Work (SSW), The Utopia Theatre, Room 2.106
New Social Work students will convene for an informal program with refreshments and an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and staff.
Contact: Ramón R. Gómez, 512-471-9819
Gone to Undergraduate Studies
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Flawn Academic Center (FAC), Lobby
Come out and join your fellow incoming Undergraduate Studies (UGS) students for a night of food, fun and free prizes. Students will have the chance to meet Dean Brent Iverson, UGS advisors and staff, and student leaders. Kick-off the school year with dinner before heading over to Gone to Texas — and don’t forget to wear your UGS shirt from orientation.
Contact: Lane Mann, 512-471-2413