5 questions for ... Debra Hettleman Plant
TU-based program helps underserved high-school students excel
They're bright, talented and hoping to pursue science and technology careers.
Building STEPS, headed by Debra Hettleman Plant, is dedicated to helping them overcome obstacles en route to achieving their dreams. [more]
So they said...
"In summer, the song sings itself."
William Carlos Williams, 1883-1963
Don't miss the Summer Performing Arts Series
Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut is first in exciting entertainment lineup
What? TU's Summer Performing Arts Series gets under way with Atlantic Records recording artist Cyrus Chestnut and his trio. Chestnut, a Baltimore native, has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter and other high-profile jazz musicians. Reserve your tickets now for this homecoming performance.
Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.
How? Discounted tickets for SPAS events will be available to all TU faculty and staff on Thursday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Administration Building's 7720 Cafe.
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Summer Performing Arts Series.
TU in the news
Meet TVNewser Brian Stelter, Times' Newest Web Turk
The New York Observer, June 12
Michael Calderone reported on recent graduate Brian Stelter's transition from blogger and Towerlight editor to a post at The New York Times beginning July 23. Stelter said he based his decision to take The Times' offer in part because other Young Turks are making their names in print and online there—though most have a few years on the 21-year-old TU alumnus.
A victim of success
The Sun, June 12
Reporter Laura Barnhardt spoke to Kit Spicer, College of Fine Arts and Communication, about the future of TU's popular, 26-year-old Children's Dance Division. Spicer said the program is so successful, "it's too big at the moment for us to support." He said a parent advisory group is being formed to talk about such options as scaling back some offerings or movng off campus.
Bartlett says he is leaving White House
Austin American-Statesman, June 2
Reporter Ken Herman sought out Martha Kumar, Department of Political Science, after Dan Bartlett, one of President George W. Bush's longest-serving, most-trusted and closest aides, resigned. Bartett's value to Bush is beyond measure and possibly irreplaceable, Kumar said. "His leaving reduces the number of peple who can tell [Bush] what he may not want to hear."