The University of Texas at Tyler has been included in a new PBS documentary series that examines higher educational involvement in many of today’s critical issues, President Rodney Mabry announced.
State of TomorrowTM is a 13-episode documentary series that highlights extraordinary work, groundbreaking research and the state's most innovative thinkers who are committed to solving the greatest challenges of this new century.
“We are extremely proud to be a part of such an exceptional documentary, which demonstrates how higher education touches not only the lives of its students but also the nation at large,” said President Mabry.
Texas A&M University System, Texas State University System, Texas Tech University System, University of Houston System, University of North Texas System and The University of Texas System, have all collaborated in this series that highlights extraordinary work going on at campuses around the state.
The local PBS affiliate will begin airing the series on April 2. UT Tyler will be included in the second episode, disaster response, which airs on April 9.
This episode highlights the little-known contributions of higher education in saving lives during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, as well as its comprehensive planning for natural and intentional disasters in the future.
UT Tyler was the site of an American Red Cross shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. The UT Tyler nursing faculty, led by Dr. Janith Williams and Dr. Danita Alfred, and students staffed the shelter’s health clinic.
The PBS episode describes how, while at the UT Tyler shelter, James Miller was reunited with his young son, from whom he’d been separated during the evacuation process.
“The UT Tyler Red Cross shelter gave us the opportunity to provide a helping hand to our neighbors who had suffered so much. Our faculty and students got to use their knowledge and skills to make life a little easier for the victims of Katrina. It was the least that we could go do,” Mabry added.
For more information on State of TomorrowTM, visit www.stateoftomorrow.com.