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November 4, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

HOMETOWN RELEASE: Gilmer Resident Creates UT Tyler History Exhibit

Monts and one of the exhibit panels

Brandy Monts of Gilmer, history graduate student at The University of Texas at Tyler, has produced a six-panel exhibit documenting the university’s history for the UT Tyler Robert Muntz Library, Deirdre Joyce, university archivist and special collections librarian, announced.

Created in conjunction with the UT Tyler Office of Alumni Affairs, the exhibit first premiered at this year’s Homecoming Distinguished Alumni Luncheon.

“The premise of the exhibit was to record a history of The University of Texas at Tyler from 1971 to the present,” said Monts, who also serves as the library’s archives assistant. “The first four panels explain the progression of the university through photographs and documents. The last two panels document the ‘faces and facades’ of the university with pictures of faculty, staff and students over the years and photos of the various stages of construction that would eventually constitute the university as it is now recognized.”

The exhibit is indefinitely located in the hallway outside of the University Archives and Department of Special Collections on the library’s first floor.

First known as Tyler State College the university later became Texas Eastern University, before entering the UT System in 1979.

Monts expects to graduate May 2009 and hopes to continue her education in the field of museum studies upon graduation.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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