School of Human Ecology celebrates 100 years


The University of Texas’ School of Human Ecology is celebrating 100 years of excellence in human development and family sciences, nutritional sciences and textiles and apparel.

Meghan Mullaney, public affairs specialist for the School of Ecology, said the school will be opening its doors to the UT community and invite the public to celebrate it’s centennial anniversary. Mullaney said the UT Tower will be lit burnt orange with “100” on the sides Friday evening in honor of the school’s centennial celebration.

UT welcomed Mary Gearing as the first faculty member to the School of Human Ecology in 1912. Throughout the years the school has undergone changes in the programs, but have maintained the principle of being science based and human focused.

Professor Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Centennial Celebration Committee member, said the school is excited to celebrate its accomplishments with the UT community.

“The centennial celebration for the School of Human Ecology, or for any school or institution, is a once in a lifetime event,” Ekland-Olson said.

Centennial celebrations for the school will continue 8 a.m. Saturday with a tailgate party in the Mary E. Gearing Hall Courtyard.