Moody College of Communication to Celebrate Landmark Gift

AUSTIN, Texas — Nov. 4, 2013 — In recognition of the Moody Foundation's historic endowment, The University of Texas and the Moody College of Communication will host a public reception and ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. on the Walter Cronkite Plaza.

In October the Moody Foundation announced a $50 million commitment to rename the college as the Moody College of Communication. The gift results in the largest endowment for the study of communication at any public university in the nation, and among the largest ever awarded by the Moody Foundation.

Ross Moody, a UT Austin alumnus and foundation trustee, will speak during the ceremony, along with UT President Bill Powers and Dean Roderick P. Hart; they will also be available for additional comments or interview requests.

When: 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7

Where: Walter Cronkite Plaza, CMA 3.000, Whitis Avenue, between Dean Keeton Street and 25th Street

Program information:
Scheduled speakers include: University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; Moody College of Communication Dean Roderick P. Hart; Moody Foundation Trustee Ross Moody; Communication Council President Ashley Bingham; and Advisory Council Chairman John R. Fleming.

About The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication

One of the nation's foremost institutions for the study of advertising and public relations, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism and radio-TV-film, The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication is preparing students to thrive in an era of media convergence. Serving more than 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students, it is nationally recognized for its faculty members, research and teaching. For more information about the Moody College of Communication, visit


Contacts: Laura Byerley, (512) 471-2182; or Nick Hundley, (512) 471-7209

Marc Speir
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