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Graduating International Student Reception

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Agenda | Brunch Menu | Keynote Speakers | Attire | Parking | RSVP | Essay & Photo Contest

The University of Texas at Austin enrolls an estimated 5,000 international students each year. These students represent approximately 120 countries, and come to The University to pursue degrees in a variety of disciplines. The University of Texas at Austin is ranked 14th in international student enrollment, and each year awards degrees to approximately 600 of these students.

International Student & Scholar Services will be hosting a reception to honor our graduating international students.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Santa Rita Room, located in the Texas Union

A formal program, including a keynote address, will take place. Please read below for more details and to RSVP for the event.


Time Event
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m Check-in and Hors d’oeurvres
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m Guest Speakers and Presentations
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m Presentation of Essay and Photo Contest Winners
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Keynote Addresses

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Brunch Menu

Coming Soon!

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Teri Albrecht, Director of International Student & Scholar Services

Dr. Teri Albrecht is Director of International Student & Scholar Services at The University of Texas at Austin and has been with the International Office since 1999. Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Albrecht held positions at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Albrecht completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at The University of Texas at Austin where her dissertation research focused on the experiences of undocumented students in institutions of higher education. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University. – Active in NAFSA – Association of International Educators, Dr. Albrecht has written several articles for NAFSA’s publication, International Educator and has presented numerous sessions at the NAFSA annual conferences.

Dr. Elsie Echeverri-Carroll, Senior Research Scientist, IC2 Institute

Dr. Elsie Echeverri-Carroll is a Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in regional and urban planning from the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and the Netherlands Institute of Social Studies.

She has published on the topics of business models in Mexico, trade in the Americas, high technology in industrialized and developing countries, and women/Hispanics in business. Her NSF-funded research on income inequalities in high-tech regions has resulted in several publications in refereed journals. In 2008, the business magazine PODER included Echeverri-Carroll in the list of 50 academic “cerebros fugados” from Colombia among 250 candidates.

She has taught in the master’s program in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, in Community and Regional Planning, and in the MBA Program at the McCombs School of Business. She also taught in a joint Ph.D. in Business between the McCombs School of Business and the Monterrey Tech-México.

She has taken part in the IC² Institute’s teams to accelerate technology-based entrepreneurship in Monterrey (Mexico), Puerto Rico, Moncton (Canada), and Bogotá (Colombia). She is Principal Investigator of several IC² Programs in Medellín, Colombia including the PTCP (Practical Technology Commercialization Program), EPTCP (Extended Practical Technology Commercialization Program), Internships for PTP/EPTCP winning teams in Austin, internships for EPTCP mentors in Austin, and Co-PI of a new PTCP with Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPTCP). She is also Co-PI for the Study of Hispanic Businesses in Texas. Prior to the IC² Institute, she worked at the National Planning Department (DNP) in Bogotá, Colombia, where Echeverri-Carroll was responsible for coordinating regional economic plans funded by international organizations.

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For this reception please come in business casual attire – no shorts or jeans.

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Guests can find parking at the San Antonio garage or at the San Jacinto parking garage. Please see the parking map (PDF) for more information on parking on campus.

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To ensure we may accommodate all attendees and their guest, we require that you complete our online registration form. The deadline to reserve a space is Friday, May 2, 2014.

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Essay and Photo Contest

Essay Contest

We would love to hear about your time as a student at The University of Texas at Austin! Students who will graduate in the Spring or Summer 2014, and who plan to attend the reception are eligible to enter the essay contest. The winning essay will be shared at the reception and published on the ISSS Website.

Essay Topic

UT’s motto is “What Starts Here Changes the World”. Describe your experience as an international student at The University of Texas at Austin, and how these experiences have prepared you to be a leader as a UT graduate.

*Consider you arrival, transition, and expectations for the future.

Essay Requirements

  • Format:
    • Microsoft Word document
    • Times New Roman
    • 12 pt. font
  • Word Count
    • Minimum: 500, Maximum: 1500

Submission Instructions

Essays should be submitted by email to

The deadline to submit an essay is Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Photo Contest

We would love to see your perspective as a student at The University of Texas at Austin! Students who will graduate in the Spring or Summer 2014, and who plan to attend the reception are eligible to enter the photo contest. Students may submit a MAXIMUM of 3 photos for consideration. The winning photo will be shared at the reception and published on the ISSS Website.

Photo Theme

Submit a picture, where you were the photographer, which best captures your time at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo Requirements

Photo must be at minimum, 1 MB in size

Submission Instructions

Photos should be emailed to

Please include the following when uploading a photo:

  • Your name
  • Your UT EID
  • Title of the photo
  • Location where the photo was taken
  • Description, up to 100 words, of the photo’s significance / why you feel that this photo best captures your time here at The University

The deadline to upload a photo is Wednesday, May 7, 2014.


If you submit a photo, it may be used in future ISSS publications and promotions. Please let us know if you DO NOT wish for your photos to be used in ISSS print and/or web publications.

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The 2014 Graduating Student Reception is Sponsored by EShip Global.