This week I wanted to share our experiences at Explore UT. On Saturday March 3, ITS Customer Support Services (CSS) provided activities and mementos for hundreds of enthusiastic future UT Longhorns as part of the Explore UT event. By 9 am, the CSS team was busy setting up in the Flawn Academic Center for a fun-filled day that began at 11 am. Future Longhorns were warmly welcomed with events that included a popcorn bar, souvenir UT ID badge depicting their name and school, minute-to-win-it games, and a photo station where future students were provided fun props and had their choice to take a picture with a background of Bevo, the football team, or the UT tower.
Thousands of kids and teachers arrived to campus by the busloads, many traveling as much as four hours, from all parts of the State of Texas. Always a favorite event with lines forming well before the 11 am start time, the ID Center issued 500 souvenir badges. These badges replicate one of the first experiences all of our students, faculty, and staff share upon arrival at UT, and these future students love to identify themselves as part of our community. Minute-to-win-it-games included a popular pedometer game where kids could compete and win a prize based on the most amount of steps registered in 60 seconds. The popcorn bar provided a much-needed resting spot where everyone could enjoy a snack before moving on to the next activity. A new addition this year was the photo station, with props that included pompoms, cowboy hats, sunglasses, boas, footballs, and foam helmets.
Explore UT is one of the largest events held on campus each year. It is an essential part of sharing our campus community with our larger community and builds lasting educational experiences and memories for children and teachers around the state. CSS is proud to be a long-term participant in this event and looks forward to hosting many more future Longhorns.
Because Explore UT is such an important event on our campus, a lot of creative planning and time goes into preparation for this event. Thank you to the CSS volunteers for their support of Explore UT and their ongoing dedication to the university’s core values – Learning, Discovery, Freedom, Leadership, Individual Opportunity, and Responsibility.
Great job, team, and it certainly looked like fun. Special thanks to Susan Roy and her team (below) for building a special event: Malshree Banskota, Chad Cauthen, Emily Cauthen, Russell Conley, Kayle Daley, Vanessa Ferretiz, Thomas Gutierrez, Chris Longoria, James Madison, John Napier, Chris Ramos, Scott Richardson, and Alyssa Tenore!
Thank you for all of the hard work that you do to make our campus a welcoming, educational, inspirational place.