The University of Texas at Austin has announced a $1.5 million grant from the Hearst Foundations to establish a faculty fellowship endowment in its College of Communication and renovate the Texas Student Media building.
The William Randolph Hearst faculty fellowship endowment is designed to support junior and clinical faculty through salary supplements, funds for professional conventions, equipment purchases, stipends for students working on extracurricular projects, and materials needed for new courses. The renovation of the 25,000-square-foot Student Media building, which houses the school newspaper and student-run radio and television stations, will create space for new computer and digital activities such as online journalism, interactive advertising, and convergent media.
"This most recent Hearst gift will provide 'start-up' money to help us retain the best and the brightest faculty, while enhancing students' out-of-class experiences in one of the most storied pre-professional programs in academia," said Roderick P. Hart, dean of the College of Communication. "It's through gifts like this that we will become the most far-reaching institution for media education in the United States."