5 Things I've Learned — UTMost 2014

Lucy Atkinson, Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, finds the turtle pond to be a "serene slice of nature right in the middle of campus."
 

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Lucy Atkinson
Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations
Years at UT: 5

1. Favorite outdoor spot on campus: Turtle pond. I remember being so surprised when I discovered it during my first year at UT. What an amazing and serene slice of nature right in the middle of campus!
2. Favorite university library: The PCL. It’s not necessarily the prettiest or the most impressive (I think the Ransom Center with its Gutenberg Bible would win that award), but it’s certainly the most exhaustive. It has such a wide and varied collection. I often find myself going there for one thing and end up leaving with books on a completely different topic.
3. Favorite UT cultural/school spirit event: Foam Sword Friday. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite, but it’s definitely the silliest and the wackiest. And we can all use a little more silly in our lives.
4. Favorite UT academic tradition: Commencement ceremonies. It is always such a moving experience to witness my students celebrate their years of hard work as they walk across the stage.
5. What makes you a proud Longhorn faculty member: I get to teach the brightest and the best! As a faculty member at UT, I get to teach and work with some of the most creative, hardworking and interesting students in the country, if not the world.

Joan Lazarus
Professor of Theatre
Years at UT: 16

1. Favorite outdoor spot on campus: The terrace at Texas Expresso
2. Favorite university library: The Fine Arts Library
3. Favorite UT cultural/school spirit event: The Department of Theatre and Dance New Works Festival
4. Favorite UT academic tradition: Commencement in the College of Fine Arts
5. What makes you a proud Longhorn faculty member: The depth and quality of thinking I see in my students and the humility and sense of community expressed by colleagues.

Sean Theriault
Professor of Government
Years at UT: 13

1. Favorite outdoor spot on campus: South Mall
2. Favorite university library: LBJ Library
3. Favorite UT cultural/school spirit event: UT/OU game in Dallas (half red, half orange)
4. Favorite UT academic tradition: “Are You Smarter than a Liberal Arts Professor?” sponsored by Liberal Arts Career Services
5. What makes you a proud Longhorn faculty member: On a weekly basis, our motto is confirmed when I hear about all my former students who are changing the world!