Turning Glass into Tools at UT Austin’s Glass Shop

Adam Kennedy is one of a few university glass blowers left.


Touring the New UT Admissions Welcome Center

I am cutting it close on time, and for once I can’t blame it on Austin traffic. Alex Mitchell, deputy to the executive director of the UT Office of Admissions...


Introducing the 2020 Texas Ten

Every year, the Alcalde flips the script and gives alumni the chance to give their favorite professors an A+.


How Longhorn Drew Blackard Became a Leader in Mobile Technology

One third of the passengers on any commercial flight are likely using smart phones that Drew Blackard, MBA ’06, helped produce. As vice president of product management...


The Way Back: Campus in Miniature

Each edition of UT’s Cactus yearbook has its own look and feel as the editors navigate a delicate balance: distinguishing it from its predecessors but also maintaining...


UT English Professor Deb Olin Unferth Hatches an Inventive Chicken Heist in Her Latest Novel

Picture this: A couple of egg industry auditors sneak onto a farm in the dead of night to steal a million chickens. It didn’t happen—but it could, says Deb...


Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection Celebrates 100 Years at UT

Sitting at a table at Sid Richardson Hall on campus, I lean over and try to look as closely as possible to a hundreds-of-years-old document while also trying not...



Dear Class of 2020: Words of Encouragement, Advice, and Wisdom

Longhorns everywhere are keeping UT’s Class of 2020—who had an unimaginable ending to their college experience—in their thoughts.