Higher Education

Compiled from Megan Arredondo
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Friday, September 5, 2003

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Prof tapped for Fulbright panel

University of Texas professor John Butler today is expected to be named to the panel that selects almost 800 faculty and professionals to send to 140 countries as Fulbright scholars.

Butler, who directs the IC2 Institute and the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at UT, on Thursday confirmed his nomination, which is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation.

"I'm real excited. It's a big honor," Butler said.

The Fulbright program is an international educational exchange proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then-freshman Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Congress approved it and signed it into law the next year.

$2 million awarded to students

About 700 University of Texas students this week received a total of $2 million in scholarships from the Texas Exes, UT's alumni association.

The scholarships include some awarded by individual chapters and others dedicated for minority students. Some are one-year awards and others are for four years. Amounts range from $500 to $7,000 a year.

Among the scholarships are seven new ones that honor individuals, including the Silver Spurs/Lowell Lebermann students of the year scholarships and the Capt. Thad Harden memorial scholarship. Lebermann is an Austinite, former UT System regent and former student body president who was a member of the Silver Spurs organization. Harden was a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran who earned a Bronze Star during the Vietnam War. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Austin campus as did his daughter, Marcia Gay Harden, an Academy Award-winning actress.

Global law conference ends today

Legal scholars and lawyers from around the world will wrap up a two-day meeting today in Austin on international legal issues in such areas as the economy, business and human rights.

This year's symposium at the School of Law includes subjects such as American and Asian trends in commercial and judicial integration, foreign law in national courts and corporate law reform.

Meetings conclude at 4:30 p.m.