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Programs and Events

Student Activities coordinates programs and events for student organizations. Some of these are designed to recognize and award student organization success; others provide opportunities for student organizations to recruit new members; and still others help student organization leaders further develop their skills.

Pillars of the Forty Acres

Through the Pillars of the Forty Acres, the Office of the Dean of Students recognizes student organizations whose activities embody the Core Values of The University of Texas at Austin. Student organizations who achieve Distinguished status in the Pillars of the Forty Acres are eligible to apply for a Swing Out Award, cash drawings and free publicity.

Swing Out Awards

The Swing Out Awards date back to the early 1920's and are the oldest awards recognizing student organization excellence on campus. Award winners for the primary categories receive $300 and a professional banner. The Most Outstanding Student Organization receives $1,000. Click here to see past winners.

Evening of the Stars

The Evening of the Stars is an annual celebration honoring student organizations and student leaders for their accomplishments over the past year.

Organization Fairs

Student organization fairs are held at key times during the year to provide student organizations with an opportunity to outreach and connect to potential new members. More information is available on the Student Organization Fairs page.

Adopt-a-Kiosk

This volunteer initiative relies on student organization sponsorship to maintain the campus kiosks. The kiosks, which are the only outdoor locations to post flyers, are cleaned weekly by student organizations who receive service hours and recognition from Student Activities.

If you are interested in participating in the Adopt-a-Kiosk program, email deanssquad@austin.utexas.edu.