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The Shirley Bird Perry
University of Texas Oral History Project

The following is a representative list of topics and perspectives resulting from the oral history interviews.

UT SYSTEM & UT BOARD OF REGENTS
Growth and expansion of the UT System
UT's relationship with the Texas Legislature
The Permanent and Available University Funds
The appointment and tenure of Regents
How Regents select their Chairs
Frank Erwin's years on the Board of Regents
What Chancellors do
How UT Presidents get appointed (and removed)
UTIMCO—how UT makes investments

MISSION AND GOALS
"A University of the First Class": Fulfilling the Constitutional mandate
External Assessments: The Committee of 75, the Centennial Commission
and the Commission of 125
The MARS Group:  What it was and why it matters
Establishing a campus-wide Honor Code

UT HISTORY AND CULTURE
University administration and organization
How UT celebrates its birthdays
Sweatt vs. Painter, the case that integrated the School of Law
Perspectives on integration—1950s through the 1990s
The Hopwood Decision of 1996
UT goes to war:  WWII and beyond
From G.I.s to IPods: The changing student body
Public perceptions of UT
Tower triumphs and tragedies
Tower lights and the Tower carillon
Turbulent times:  From Rainey to Vietnam
UT and the City of Austin
The art and the science of fundraising
Managing enrollment and admissions
UT and the arts
UT's association with U.S. Presidents
The changing roles of women
UT in the news

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Faculty governance
Academic freedom
Curriculum reform
Takes on tenure
Faculty recruitment and retention
Clash of the Titans: Erwin, Silber, and the 1970 Reorganization of the College of Arts and Sciences
Publish or perish
Teaching and/vs. research
Plan II—Seven decades of excellence
Endowments for students and faculty
The story behind 32 $1 million chairs in science and engineering
Establishment of the LBJ School of Public Affairs
How the Michener Center for Writers came to be
The Jackson School of Geosciences:  What a transformational gift can do

RESEARCH
Historical perspectives on UT research
How research is funded
UT's research campus—Balcones/Pickle Research Center
Texas' bid for the Superconducting Supercollider
National Races:  How MCC and Sematech came to Austin
A focus on Molecular Biology

DIVERSITY
Recruitment and retention of minority students
The Rio Grande Valley Honors Banquets
The Top Ten Percent Law
The South Texas/Border Initiative
UT and A&M Outreach Centers
Establishment of the Mexican American Studies program
A focus on African and African American Studies

LIBRARIES AND COLLECTIONS
Building and maintaining a great library
The thrill of the chase: Collecting collections at UT
Acquisition of the Gutenberg Bible
How UT got the Pforzheimer Collection
The James and Mari Michener Collection and its arrival on The Forty Acres
A collection coup: The Suida-Manning Collection

CAMPUS ARCHITECTURE AND FACILITIES

Campus Master Plans—Paul Cret to the present
How UT builds buildings
Some notes on campus statuary
Campus Jewels—the Ransom Center, the Erwin Center, and the Blanton Museum

STUDENTS AND STUDENT LIFE
Perspectives on UT students and student life
Class registration:  From Gregory Gym to Web 2.0
Bevo travels to Notre Dame
The Longhorn Band goes to Washington
The Daily Texan—raising Cain since 1900
Students Association and student government
The Texas Union:  Seventy-Five years of campus life
How student fees get levied
The Greek student culture
The continuing battle against hazing
"The Eyes of Texas"—More than an alma mater
UT service organizations:  Orange Jackets, Cowboys, and Silver Spurs
The work of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center

TEXAS EXES – ALUMNI RELATIONS
"It wouldn’t be Texas without the Exes"
Texas Exes over 125 years
UT's highest award:  The Distinguished Alumnus Award
A great partnership: Texas Exes and scholarships
Longhorn Opportunity Scholarships

ATHLETICS
Football and the UT culture
From the Southwest Conference to the Big XII
Growth of Women's Athletics
Longhorn coaches
Those Championship Seasons
The Impact of Title IX
Heisman Trophies (Earl Campbell & Ricky Williams)
Expansion of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
On the Importance of the Athletics Director