Alumni College

Alumni College

June 2 - 5, 2020

Join us for the 2020 Texas Exes Alumni College! For more information email or call 512-840-5651.

For alumni and friends who want a campus learning experience that lets you soak in the best of The University of Texas, we offer Alumni College. This three-day immersion provides unique access to today's top professors; new campus additions, landmarks, and experiences; and timely topics and research. Unlike single-topic programs, we assemble a wide breadth of subjects to stimulate, challenge and inspire. What's more, Alumni College provides continuing education units (CEU) for attendees meeting an annual requirement. So whether you are a curious thinker, lifelong learner, or CEU-seeker, Alumni College has you covered. 


See 2019 Alumni College Schedule Below

Tuesday - Friday

Includes three days of classes, afternoon activities, Tuesday welcome dinner & reception, and Friday farewell luncheon 


Two-Day Options

Wednesday & Thursday

Includes two days of classes and afternoon activities 

Thursday & Friday

Includes two days of classes, an afternoon activity, and Friday farewell luncheon 


One-Day Options


Includes Tuesday welcome dinner & reception* 


Includes one day of classes and afternoon activity 


Includes one day of classes and afternoon activity 


Includes half day of classes and farewell luncheon  

*Tuesday welcome dinner & reception may be purchased separately for two-day and one-day guests. 


2019 Schedule



5:00-7:30 p.m.  

Welcome Dinner & Reception — Mark Updegrove, President and Chief Executive Officer, LBJ Foundation  





8:15-8:30 a.m. 

Morning Stretching

8:45-10:00 a.m. 

“Imagining a UT Austin Education in the Year 2030” — Dr. David Laude

10:15-11:30 a.m. 

“Such Much? The Refugee Story and the Émigré Talent Behind Casablanca” — Noah Isenberg

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.     

Lunch (On Your Own)

1:00-3:00 p.m. 

Planet Texas 2050 Presentation and Exhibit

3:15-3:30 p.m. 

Afternoon Stretching

3:45-5:00 p.m. 

“The Best Negotiations Are Collaborative” — Dr. Art Markman

5:15-6:30 p.m. 

“How Design Thinking Promises to Change the Way Customers, Patients, and Students are Understood in Everyday Life” — Julie Schell

6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Reception





8:15-8:30 a.m. 

Morning Stretching 

8:45-10:00 a.m. 

Charlee Garden

10:15-11:30 p.m.  

“Florence Nightingale, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Health Care” — Dr. James Scott

11:30-12:10 p.m. 

Lunch (Catered)

12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Tour of Robert B. Rowling Hall

2:00-2:30 p.m. 

Texas Exes Ice Cream Social

2:45-3:00 p.m. 

Afternoon Stretching 

3:15-4:30 p.m. 

“A Taste for the Beautiful, The Evolution of Attraction” — Dr. Michael Ryan 

4:45-6:00 p.m. 

“Talk in Groups” — Dr. Mary Rose





8:30-8:45 a.m. 

Morning Stretching 

9:00-10:15 a.m.  

“A Star is Born: Star Formation in our Milky Way Galaxy” — Dr. Keely Finkelstein

10:30-11:45 p.m. 

Dr. Bethany Albertson 

12:00-1:30 p.m. 

Farewell Luncheon - "Changing Your World" Campaign

Find more information about 2019’s lectures below. 



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Please note that we have secured dorm accommodations at San Jacinto Hall for Alumni College. San Jacinto Hall is located only a short walk from the Alumni Center at 309 E. 21st St, Austin, TX, 78712. Residence hall accommodations require a minimum of two nights; pricing is based on the number of nights and if single/double occupancy. For guaranteed placement, dorm reservations must be made by Tuesday, April 30. 

2019 Lectures 

“Imagining a UT Austin Education in the Year 2030” 

Dr. David Laude, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences 
Dr. Laude will offer a vision of the college campus in the year 2030 as advances in technology and pedagogy attempt to mesh with the history and traditions of UT and its faculty. 

“Such Much? The Refugee Story and the Émigré Talent Behind Casablanca” 

Noah Isenberg, Professor & Chair, Department of Radio-Television-Film, Moody College of Communication 
Although the legendary, award-winning Hollywood picture Casablanca has been dubbed “everyone’s favorite émigré film” and “the best refugee film of the war years,” rarely is it discussed in this vein. Drawing on extensive research undertaken for his book We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, Isenberg sheds new light on this neglected aspect.  

“The Best Negotiations Are Collaborative” 

Dr. Art Markman, Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts 
Everyone negotiates with other people, because there are always differences in goals. We often frame our negotiations competitively, but it turns out that we often reach better outcomes when we change the way we frame negotiations to focus on joint problem solving. 

“How Design Thinking Promises to Change the Way Customers, Patients, and Students are Understood in Everyday Life”

Julie Schell, Executive Director of Learning Design, Effectiveness, and Innovation, School of Design and Creative Technologies, College of Fine Arts 
Dr. Julie Schell is a prominent learning experience designer who draws on over 20 years of experience in higher education. She will offer a crash course on the role of design thinking in business, education and society in general.

Lecture TBA

Charlee Garden, Associate Professor of Practice, LBJ School of Public Affairs 
More information coming soon! 

“Florence Nightingale, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Health Care”

Dr. James Scott, Associate Professor, Department of Statistics and Data Sciences, McCombs School of Business 
Although better known as a nurse, Florence Nightingale was also a skilled data scientist who successfully convinced hospitals that they could improve health care by using statistics.  In 1859, in honor of these achievements, she became the first woman ever elected to the UK’s Royal Statistical Society.  In this lecture, we'll consider the question of what Nightingale’s experience over 150 years ago can teach us about our own age, as we ponder the future of artificial intelligence and data science in modern health care.

“A Taste for the Beautiful, The Evolution of Attraction”

Dr. Michael Ryan, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, College of Natural Sciences 
Stunning beauty abounds in nature. We see it everywhere we look. The brilliant colors and dances of butterflies and fishes, the songs of crickets, frogs and birds, and even the odors of moths and mammals are all part of the astounding collage of beauty. But animals did not evolve beauty to please us; their aim is to please their own. You have all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But Ryan will argue that beauty is in the brain of the beholder.  

“Talk In Groups”

Dr. Mary Rose, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts 
We use small groups to make decisions, for example in all types of committees, through juries, and via workplace teams. Rose will explore the strengths and weaknesses of small-group communication, particularly the tension between having strong group dynamics while still getting things done in an efficient, accurate way. 

“A Star is Born: Star Formation in our Milky Way Galaxy”

Dr. Keely Finkelstein, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Astronomy, College of Natural Sciences
Stars are the building blocks of galaxies and also home to planets. Finkelstein will show regions in our own Milky Way Galaxy that are currently forming stars, and discuss why those places are the ideal birth sites of stars and planets. The process of star formation can be complex, and the right conditions need to be met. We will discuss what sequence of events has to happen to form a star, including how a star like our own Sun in a galaxy like the Milky Way was born.

Lecture TBA

Dr. Bethany Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts 
More information coming soon!