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July 2013 Newsletter

  1. Recent iSchool NewsConvocation, HIPSTAS, New Rankings Released & more

  2. Alumni ProfilesWill Meurer (MSIS 2006), UI Developer, Spiceworks & more

  3. Development & Giving Mary Boyvey's $1.2 Million Estate Gift

  4. Upcoming EventsUpcoming events in the iSchool and in the information fields.

2013 Convocation

1. Recent iSchool News   Top ↑

Dillon & Siv

Bestselling Author, Ambassador and White House Official Addresses iSchool Convocation

The iSchool's 2013 Convocation, held on May 18 in the AT&T Conference Center Amphitheatre, honored our graduates from Spring 2013, August 2012 and December 2012. Guest speaker Ambassador Sichan Siv addressed the audience with the compelling tale of his incredible journey to success - and what most would term the quintessential American dream. After escaping the Khmer Rouge labor camps of his native Cambodia, Siv came to America and eventually embarked on a political career that included serving in two administrations as a Presidential Deputy Assistant and the first Asian American Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. "This is one of the most distinguished speakers that the school has ever engaged for commencement," said Dean Andrew Dillon, "and we're thrilled that he was kind enough to accept the invitation. Many people who have heard Ambassador Siv speak on other occasions refer to him as one of the most inspirational and riveting speakers they've ever encountered."

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Researchers Converge On Austin to Explore the World's Digital Sound Collections

Millions of gigabytes of sound are stored on servers across the Internet in the form of digital files containing music, spoken word, and video. This explosion of available digital sound recordings is a boon to cultural scholars, but searching through the files for discernible patterns is like looking for needles in a haystack.

From May 29 to June 1, with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, researchers across the United States gathered in Austin at the School of Information (iSchool) to consider this problem - how to leverage data mining and visualization tools for advancing access and scholarship with large sound collections in the Humanities. This first-of-its-kind workshop was called the Institute for High Performance Sound Technologies for Analysis and Scholarships (HiPSTAS).
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School of Information Remains In Top Tier of U.S. News Grad. School Rankings

U.S. News & World Report's "2014 Best Graduate Schools" has ranked The University of Texas at Austin's School of Information in the top five nationally among public colleges and schools of library and information science. This is the second time in a row that the school has been placed in the top five.
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Preservation Expert Reaches Out to Victims of West, TX, Explosion

Karen Pavelka, director of the conservation and preservation lab at The University of Texas at Austin's School of Information, has volunteered her and her graduate students' services to victims of the West, TX, fertilizer plant explosion, offering to assess their damaged personal items and, perhaps, help restore those that are salvageable.
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West, TX explosion

2. Alumni Profiles   Top ↑

Will Meurer (MSIS 2006)

UI Developer, Spiceworks

Will Meurer has been in software development since finishing his degree at the iSchool. He currently works for Spiceworks in Austin. He is a User Interface Developer working in design, usability analysis, and implementation for their browser-based IT management software.

Will graduated in 2003 from the University of Houston, where he majored in Information Systems. After graduating, he spent the next six months, as a full time IT Specialist for a local Houston software company. With an undergraduate degree in Information Systems, a passion for user experience and design, work experience in the software industry, additional freelance work in web development, and having used a few too many poorly designed ATMs, he just had to get involved in improving the user experience.
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Will Meurer

Chicago Alumni & Friends Reception

Thank you to all who joined us at our Alumni and Friends reception in Chicago on June 29th at ALA!  We were delighted to reconnect with you and we look forward to many more national alumni events. If you're interested in meeting fellow School of Information/GLIS/MLS graduates in your area, please send an email to alumni@ischool.utexas.edu.

TLA 2012

Stay Connected

What's newsworthy in your life? Have you changed jobs? Have you been recognized for your work? We want to hear from you! Update us on your current career, location and interesting things happening in your life. Send us an email at alumni@ischool.utexas.edu.

4. Development & Giving   Top ↑

iSchool Receives $1.2 Million Estate Gift to Expand Offerings

The School of Information (iSchool) at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $1.2 million gift from the estate of longtime librarian Mary Boyvey. The gift represents half of the estate of Boyvey, who passed away May 12 at the age of 91.

The generous gift is the largest single donation in the school's 65-year history and will allow the iSchool to enhance its research and education programs to leverage the power and benefits of information to affect individuals and society across all professional domains.

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5. Upcoming Events   Top ↑

AALL Annual Conference 2013 » Alumni Reception

Saturday, July 13th 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Elephant & Castle
(Located in the lower level of the Red Lion Hotel)
1415 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

SAA Annual Conference 2013 » Alumni Reception

Thursday, August 15th 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130