Barbecue and Boogie to Kick Off Year of Celebration

The Food and the Funk Will Be Free at Welcome Week Street Party

Aug. 20, 2009

To kick off its 40th year as a Texas public university, UT Dallas is inviting students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and neighbors to a free street party and barbecue on Monday, Aug. 24.

The event will last from noon to 1 p.m. at Gazebo Park, just east of McDermott Library. The party, which part of the University’s Welcome Week, will thump with the disco sounds of Le Freak.

Welcome Week, which runs from Aug. 22 to 29, is a sampling of campus events and activities for incoming freshmen and returning students organized by student organizations and departments from across campus.

Welcome Week T-shirts will be available at the barbecue while they last.

Beginning this fall, UT Dallas marks its 40th year as a Texas public university and a member of The University of Texas System. Born at the dawn of the information age, the University helped pioneer new fields in science and technology and created sought-after degree programs that did not exist a generation ago.

Judi Hensley, director of university events, said the kickoff celebration is only the start of the festivities planned during the designated anniversary period, which runs now through August 2010.

“Every year, the University sponsors numerous well-known and popular events, ranging from lectures to family activities, and including things like Welcome Week, Sounds of Class, commencement and the events that constitute the Arts and Humanities season,” Hensley noted. “During the coming academic year, we anticipate adding a special look, feel or theme to existing events, and we also plan to hold events unique to the 40th year.”

Information about future 40th year events will be listed in Comet Calendar, News Center and on a Web site that will launch soon.

Parking for off-campus guests will be available in Lot C. Follow the signs from the Floyd Road entrance to the University.

Media Contact: Jimmie Markham, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4995, [email protected]
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected]

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Le Freak Band Members

Disco band Le Freak will boogie up the east side of campus Monday for a Welcome Week street party.

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