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September 26:

A Calendar of the
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October 5:

Registration days.

College night and Y. M. C. A. reception in the Auditorium.

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October 2: Glee Club organizes.

Opening exercises of the men's literary societies.

Freshman Class organizes.

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October 15: Y. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. give a picnic.

Meeting of the Board of Regents.

Football rally in the

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October 23:

Meeting of the Women's Council. Meeting of the Students'

Presentation of the Ashbel Window.

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November 9: Excursion to Houston. Texas plays A. & M., 24-8. November 13: Meeting of Texas Academy of Science. Texas plays Oklahoma at Norman, 0-50.

November 18: Texas plays Tulane, 15-28.

November 25: Celebration of the University's Quarter-Centennial. Installation of President Mezes. Alumni barbecue in Wheeler's Grove. Con

ference on Education in Texas. Smoker by the University Club in honor of visiting alumni and guests; Conversazione for ladies. Law reception. Engineers' reception.

November 26: Thanksgiving Day, a holiday. Dedication of the Law Building. Texas plays A. & M., 29-12. Concert in Auditorium. Informal reception by President Mezes.

December 4-5: Inter-Society preliminaries for annual debate.

December 6: Death of Judge J. B. Clark. Address of W. J. Bryan

before the Y. M.

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December 23:

Changes in the

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Funeral of Judge Clark.

Leap-Year edition of The Texan appears.
Fall Term examinations begin.

Christmas recess begins.

At no time since 1899 have there been so many changes in the Faculty of the University as there were with the coming of the present session. First of all, there was the resignation of President Houston, now Chancellor of Washington University, and the election to succeed him of President Mezes, for several years past the Dean of the College of Arts. The promotion of Dean Mezes to the Presidency left vacant the office of Dean, and to fill that vacancy Dr. W. J. Battle, Professor of Greek, was appointed. Dr. Battle had already paved the way to this honor by his service as Dean ad interim during the second half of last session in the absence of Dean Mezes.

Of last year's full professors the only loss was that of Professor Montgomery, for several years head of the School of Zoology. Professor Montgomery left Texas to assume a professorship in his Alma Mater, the University of Pennsylvania. Other losses were Miss Rucker, Instructor in Zoology, who is now a student of medicine at Johns Hopkins University; Mr. J. E. Winston, Instructor in History, who is now in Austin College; and Mr. B. F. Sisk, Instructor in English, who has taken up work in the public schools. Among those on leave of absence are Professor Porter, of the School of Mathematics, who is studying in Paris; Professor Villavaso, Adjunct Professor of French, who is studying at Johns Hopkins University; Miss Bailey, Instructor in Physics, also at Johns Hopkins; Mr. C. W. Hill, Tutor in English, who is studying at Harvard; Mr. S. P. Finch, Instructor in Civil Engineering, who is now at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Miss Casis, Professor Bolton, Dr. Barker, and Mr. Baskervill, who were on leave of absence last year, are back again this year.

Among the additions to the staff of teachers are Dr. A. S. Johnson, Professor of Economics, who comes from the University of Nebraska; Dr. F. D. Heald, Professor of Botany, also from the University of Nebraska; Dr. H. H. Newman, Professor of Zoology, who comes from the University of Michigan; Dr. F. E. Farrington, Associate Professor of

Observation and Practice, formerly a member of the faculty of the University of Californa; Dr. J. T. Patterson, Instructor in Zoology, formerly one of the corps of instructors in the University of Chicago; Dr. C. S. Yoakum, Instructor in Philosophy, a recent graduate of the University of Chicago; Dr. H. T. Parlin, Instructor in English, a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. C. L. B. Shuddemagen, Instructor in Physics, a former student of the University of Texas, but a recent graduate of Harvard University; and Messrs. J. Hinds and L. C. Wagner, Instructors in Civil Engineering, both graduates of the University of Texas in the class of 1908. Other additions are E. H. Jones, Tutor in Mathematics; F. A. Wolf, Tutor in Botany; E. L. Edwards, Tutor in Zoology; Miss Louise Spaeth, Tutor in German; Miss Edith Symington, Tutor in Latin and Greek; H. C. Weaver, Tutor in Electrical Engineering; and W. B. Duncan, Storekeeper in Chemistry.

At the meeting in June the Board of Regents made the following promotions in rank: Associate Professor Ellis to be Professor of Education; Adjunct Professor Bolton to be Associate Professor of History; Adjunct Professor Casis to be Associate Professor of Spanish: Instructor Rice to be Adjunct Professor of Applied Mathematics; Instructor Griffith to be Adjunct Professor of English; Instructor Barker to be Adjunct Professor of History; Instructor Rowe to be adjunct Professor of Mining Engineering; Tutor Potts to be Instructor in Political Science; and Tutor Kean to be Instructor in Philosophy.

There has been another turn of the wheel, and again the University has a new President. It is needless to say that, altogether independently of the character and competency of him that goes or of him that comes, such frequent changes in the most important office of the institution are not conducive to

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its welfare. In this case, the general opinion is that the University has lost one good executive and gained another. Entirely aside from this, however, and especially in view of the fact that it has already had five Presidents since the office was created in 1895, it is sincerely hoped that the RECORD will have no similar announcement to make for many years to come.

Sidney Edward Mezes, the recently elected President, was born in California in 1863. He took the degree of B. S. at the University of California in 1884, and degrees from Harvard as follows: A. B. in 1890; A. M., 1891; Ph. D., 1893. In 1892 he became a docent at the University of Chicago, and in 1894 Adjunct Professor of Philosophy in the University of Texas. In 1897 he was made Associate Professor of Philosophy; in 1900, full professor; and in 1902, Dean of the Faculty of the Main University. On the resignation of President Houston in the summer of 1908, Dr. Mezes was elected to fill the vacancy. He was then in Europe on leave of absence. Most of the professors, including all that could be conveniently communicated with, immediately sent him a cablegram urging him to ac

cept. He did so, cut short his stay in Europe, and returned promptly in order to assume the duties of the office.

How much Dr. Mezes has had of the kind of experience that a university President needs can best be inferred from the summary which has been given of his record for the last seventeen years. In addition, however, to his activities as teacher and administrator he has done important work, both as a contributor to magazines and as the author of a treatise on ethics, in the field of productive scholarship.

Dr. Mezes has come to the headship of the University just at that biennially recurring season when the resources and energy of the President are always taxed to the utmost, i. e., when the needs of the institution must be presented to the Legislature and appropriations obtained to meet them. It would be difficult for those who are not familiar with the inner life of the University and its relations to the State government to understand the duties laid upon him now, the demand upon his energy, and the anxieties which beset him at every turn. And there are meanwhile many other weighty matters to engage his attention, such as the filling of important vacancies, proposed readjustments of the University organization and expansion of its work, and the best way of using its available resources for the attainment of the objects it must serve. This is not the place to speak of the nature or effectiveness of his methods. It is enough to say that he has the confidence and cooperation of the Faculty, who feel assured that his efforts will be crowned with the desired results.

The New Dean of the College of Arts

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To succeed Dr. Mezes as Dean of the College of Arts, the Regents elected Dr. William James Battle, Professor of Greek in the University since 1898. This action occasioned no surprise in the University community, since it was realized by every one that Dr. Battle was by temperament and by training the best equipped man for the position. His father, Kemp Plummer Battle, was for many years President of the University of North Carolina, in the faculty of which institution there have been three generations of the Battle family serving continuously for almost seventy years. From that University W. J. Battle was graduated with the A. B. degree in 1888. After teaching for a few years he went to Harvard University for further study in the ancient languages. There for two years he held the Morgan Fellowship, and received the Ph. D. degree in 1893. He was elected Tutor in Latin at the University of Chicago the same year, but resigned to become Associate Professor of Greek in the University of Texas. Five years later he was promoted to a full professorship. During the absence of Dr. Mezes in Europe in the Spring Term last year, Dr. Battle was Acting Dean, and the efficiency which he then showed in the office, made his permanent election to it a matter of course. In him are united unusual executive ability and an amount of energy and industry that is equalled by few of his associates in the faculty. Besides,

an untiring service of many years to the University, especially on the administrative side, rendered him worthy of the promotion which has R. A. L.




Frederic DeForest Heald, Professor of Botany in the University of Texas, was born in Midland City, Michigan, July 23, 1872. His early education was received in the public schools of his Frederic DeForest native town; later he attended the preparatory department of the University of South Dakota, at Vermillion, completing the course in 1891. He now entered the University of Wisconsin, at Madison, from which he was graduated in 1894 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. Two years later he received from his alma mater the degree of Master of Science. The following year was spent at the University of Leipzig, Germany, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

In the educational field Dr. Heald's experience is as follows: from 1894 to 1896, Fellow in Botany at the University of Wisconsin; from 1897 to 1903, Professor of Biology in Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa; from 1903 to 1905, Adjunct Professor of Plant Physiology in the University of Nebraska; from 1905 to 1908, Professor of Agricultural Botany and Botanist to the Experiment Station, University of Nebraska. Heald has also filled two important positions not strictly educational: from 1907 to 1908 he was State Botanist, and at the same time Associate Chief of the Nebraska State Insect Pest and Plant Disease Bureau.


The publications of Dr. Heald include a Revision of Keys to Genera and Species of North American Mosses, by C. R. Barnes, 1897; a Laboratory Manual in Elementary Biology, 1902; reports and bulletins issued by the Nebraska Experiment Station; and numerous articles contributed to scientific journals.

Dr. Heald is a member of the Sigma Chi Honorary Scientific Society. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Association Internationale des Botanistes, the American Naturalists, the Central Naturalists, the American Forestry Association, and the American Microscopical Society. F. W. S.

Horatio Hackett Newman, our new Professor of Zoology, was born in 1875 near Seale, Alabama, on the plantation of his maternal grandfather. He is the son of Albert Henry Newman, D. D., LL. D., Horatio Hackett a Church historian of repute, now professor in the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Waco,


Texas), and Mary Augusta Ware.

Though Southern by birth and parentage, Dr. Newman is Northern and

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