The day reserved for honoring the life-changing and world-alerting research and initiatives developed at UT institutions drew close to 1,000 donors. 

When it comes to fighting cancer, protecting the world from cyber threats or outsmarting an outbreak, UT institutions have got "the best and the brightest" on the job, Chancellor Bill McRaven stated in his State of the System address.

That's why we truly are the Universe of Texas.

The day began with the following Discovery Sessions:

Character Counts

At The University of Texas at Austin, those who don the Longhorn uniform must also be of sound character. In this session, attendees learned about the character-building program that has garnered national attention.

Charlie Strong
Head Coach-Football


Safety, Seriously

UT institutions are responsible for protecting more than 300,000 students, patients, faculty, staff and visitors. UT’s chief protectors discussed how they keep campuses safe.

The University of Texas System Police


______ has requested to follow you

Someone has asked to follow you on social media. Is that a good thing? Sam Stanton helped attendees explore the ever-changing world of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more.

Sam Stanton
Chief Experience Officer at


The Annual Meeting & Symposium

After the State of the System address, donors heard from the doctors, scientists and researchers from UT institutions across the state that are making a global impact through their work. 

Turning the Tables on Cancer

Ron DePinho, M.D.
James Allison, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Immunology
Ernest Hawk, M.D.
Division Head for Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences

Doctors and researchers at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center have launched a multi-pronged attack on cancer that includes helping to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place.

Outsmarting an Outbreak

David Callender, M.D.
President, UT Medical Branch
David Lakey, M.D.
Senior Vice President for Population Health, UT Health Northeast
Thomas Geisbert, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, UT Medical Branch

Brave and brilliant scientists and doctors are combatting the spread of dangerous and deadly infectious diseases.

Building a Global Firewall


Greg White, Ph.D
Director, Center for Infrastructure Assurance
& Security, UT San Antonio
Bhavani Thuraisingham, Ph.D
Executive Director, Cyber Security Research & Education Institute, UT Dallas
Ann Quiroz Gates, Ph.D.
Director, Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence, UT El Paso
Suzanne Barber, Ph.D
Director, Center for Identity, UT Austin

Top cyber security programs at UT institutions are grooming future cyber warriors to protect our identity, our bank accounts and our nation.