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Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation Hires Associate Director for Development

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 21, 2012 – Cathryn Seymour Dorsey recently became associate director for development for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation at The University of Texas at Austin's College of Communication.

Previously, Dorsey served as director of development at Texas Performing Arts at UT. She also has served as director of corporate and member relations at Texas Performing Arts, president at the Dorsey Marketing Group and director of development and communications at Caritas of Austin.

Dorsey received a bachelor's in Advertising from the UT College of Communication and spent more than 20 years in marketing, advertising and public relations before focusing on fundraising.

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation was established at UT in 2000 to respond to growing political cynicism and disaffection in the U.S. The Institute's mission is strictly non-partisan. It works within communities to engage people in the political process, teach them about the nation’s democratic heritage and encourage them to take leadership roles.

The Institute is named after the late Annette Greenfield Strauss, who served on the Dallas City Council from 1983 through 1987 and then as mayor from 1987 to 1991. By the time she became mayor, Strauss had spent about 40 years as a city volunteer and community activist. As mayor of Dallas, Strauss was said to be one of the few people who had equal access to the City's diverse communities.

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Contacts: Nick Hundley, (512) 471-7209 or Cathryn Seymour Dorsey, (512) 471-8323.

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