University of Texas President Gregory Fenves Visits the Bureau
Each September, the Bureau of Economic Geology hosts an ice cream social for researchers, students and staff as an opportunity to wrap up the old fiscal year and kick off the new one. The event has always provided a fun way for people to interact and to welcome new faces to the Bureau family while enjoying ice cream on a warm late summer afternoon. This year’s ice cream social was special though, as University of Texas at Austin president Gregory L. Fenves joined the gathering for his first visit to the Bureau.
Bureau director Scott W. Tinker opened the event by thanking President Fenves for his strong support during and following the recent session of the Texas Legislature. Although Bureau programs suffered major cuts in state funding during the session, President Fenves restored millions of dollars to those programs from the University’s overall state appropriations.
President Fenves said that he was very familiar with the work of the Bureau, its fine research, and the service that it provides to the State of Texas and the nation. “The Bureau of Economic Geology is unique to the mission of the University,” he told the large crowd. “The work that you do has tremendous impact on the state.”