10 7 / 2014

It’s Throwback Thursday, let’s talk about the stylish scene outside of Hogg Memorial Auditorium during Orientation in 1939.

It’s Throwback Thursday, let’s talk about the stylish scene outside of Hogg Memorial Auditorium during Orientation in 1939.

08 7 / 2014

Transformation Tuesday
Above is new student orientation during the summer of 1937 and below is this week’s summer orientation session with the Class of 2018. 
77 years apart, but both at Hogg Memorial Auditorium getting into the Longhorn State of Mind. 
Photo credits: University Unions archives and Dr. Gage Paine, Vice President for Student Affairs. 

Transformation Tuesday

Above is new student orientation during the summer of 1937 and below is this week’s summer orientation session with the Class of 2018. 

77 years apart, but both at Hogg Memorial Auditorium getting into the Longhorn State of Mind

Photo credits: University Unions archives and Dr. Gage Paine, Vice President for Student Affairs

04 6 / 2014

{Til Gabriel Blows His Horn.} Enjoy your orientation, utaustin Class of 2014! #LonghornStateofMind #Welcome2UT

06 5 / 2014

By Navit Jaimes

I’ve been an Event & Image Strategist at Hogg Memorial Auditorium since October of my sophomore year. Currently, I’m wrapping up my junior year and second school year working at Hogg. I’ve always found it difficult to concisely describe what my job title entails. Basically, student organizations come to us with a blueprint of an event they’ve been planning months. We decipher their blueprint and fill in the missing pieces. In order to fulfill their vision, we undertake different roles in the promotion and execution of the event. For example, on the execution stage, usually the day of the event, we supplement their plan by assisting as lighting operators or front of house and stage managers.

Amazing doesn’t begin to describe how incredible and dedicated the groups that bring events to Hogg are. Without them my job would literally seize to exist. They’re the true engineers and we’re just the aides behind the scenes. However, that’s for an entirely separate post. My goal here is to try to describe my experience at Hogg this year. For the sake of this blog post, I’ve divided my experience into three sections the building, the team, and me.

Me. Looking back to my first year, it amazes me how much growth I’ve undergone both on a personal and professional level. This year I’ve been able to better anticipate the needs of student organizations that host events at Hogg. Past events have given me the insight I’m now able to bestow on new Hogg team members and student organizations that come to me for advice on the day of their events. This year I’ve also taken the initiative of preparing social media strategies for the University Unions. I am glad to have the opportunity to use that avenue to apply my coursework as a marketing major to my job.

The Team. When I started working for the University Unions, I never could have imagined that our Hogg team of 8 would create such a well-run, event-hosting machine. This year we blended the new and the old with the addition of a few fresh faces to our team. I learned from them as much as I hope they have learned from me. We relied on one another’s strengths and bonded over the shenanigans we saw unfold before us. The most instrumental members of our team, Cecilia and Dave, have empowered us to fly solo during the year’s largest events. I’m sure I speak for the entire team when I say that we have learned so much from each of you. You’ve truly made our experience at Hogg worthwhile. Thank you for all of your hard work.

The Building. Hogg is an 80-year-old building that came with its own quirks and unique character. I can confirm that I finally got used to the clicking sound from the clock that startled me every time I was alone in the ticket booth. This year we mastered our atypical processes like putting out a “ghost” light at the end of the night or manually lifting every seat in the auditorium after an event. This year the stage was the platform for a new generation of students to showcase their talent. We were able to embrace the building’s unique charm, its weird quirks, and rich history with open arms. As we learned more about the building, the events at Hogg also experienced drastic growth and will continue to do so in the future. Soon with the upcoming renovation, the building will be better equipped to serve student organizations and continue its legacy as the hub for UT talent. That’s precisely why I’m excited for the future of Hogg Memorial Auditorium.

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This entry is part of the blog series The Hogg Team Experience: Making the connection, written by members of our student staff team reflecting on their student employee experience at Hogg. 

02 5 / 2014

I am the new Adrian. I just so happened to get the only job with another Adrienne on staff. What a ka-winky-dink! I love it. I get to work with my fraternal twin, or rather namesake all the time!

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Working at Hogg has opened my eyes to many things that I never would have thought twice about. The fact that I was blessed with the opportunity to be on the other side.

See, I had participated in events that took place in Hogg Memorial Auditorium a few times and never really knew the amount of work that goes into our events being successful. Now, being granted the opportunity to apply myself to events behind the scenes, I have experienced what it takes for a successful event.

I am a pre-med kinesiology major, working in an auditorium. I remember when people would ask me what my position was at my new job I’d be so excited to say my fancy worded position, I’d say with a grin Event & Image Strategist! and I would get the reply Huh, in an auditorium, whaaaa? I couldn’t help but laugh because I was once that person asking those questions when I found out my fraternity brother worked at Hogg.

It feels so good to know that I am part of a team that puts smiles on people’s faces when their event draws to an end. The fact that we were able to make sure everything ran smoothly, from help with setting up props on stage, to making sure the lights are sequenced correctly to even greeting guests at the door as we take count as they enter.

The Hogg experience is truly dynamic and a lot of people most likely don’t know.

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This entry is part of the blog series The Hogg Team Experience: Making the connection, written by members of our student staff team reflecting on their student employee experience at Hogg. 

27 3 / 2014

By Andrew Zigler

Hogg was excited to host George Takei on March 25th, 2014. The celebrated actor and political activist had somber and inspiring stories about his childhood during World War II, as well as insight into his life during the Stonewall Riots in Greenwich Village.

While many know him as Hikaru Sulu on the pop culture juggernaut Star Trek, the seasoned performer inspired University of Texas at Austin students to be politically engaged, share their stories, and transform the world into a place of acceptance and equality for all.

After he spoke, students were invited to ask the cultural icon questions about his life and experiences, and a select few were invited to a small reception with Takei after the presentation. Thank the Student Endowed Centennial Lectureship and Campus Events + Entertainment Distinguished Speakers for this wonderful opportunity on our 40 Acres.

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Excited for more speakers like this? Join us again on Tuesday April 1st, at 7 p.m. in Hogg Memorial Auditorium as Campus Events + Entertainment Distinguished Speakers hosts an evening with actor, writer, and extremely skilled carpenter, Nick Offerman.

The next day, Wednesday April 2nd at 7:30 p.m., also at Hogg, the Texas Cowboys Lectureship will be hosting Blake Mycoskie, the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, a business model to help a person in need with every product purchased.

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Live long and prosper, Austinites! We hope to see you soon.

27 2 / 2014

by Andrew Zigler

What does a Jazz Orchestra performance mean for Hogg Memorial Auditorium? Well, for starters, it means getting a piano moved in! On February 20th, the UT Jazz Orchestra filled the performance space with upbeat and impressive jazz arrangements, inviting jazz neophytes and experts alike to partake in the smooth rhythm.

The event was free for students, faculty, and staff, once again showing that great entertainment can be free for a UT student!

The performances were conducted by Jeff Helmer and John Mills, professors at the Butler School of Music.

We at Hogg Memorial Auditorium continue to be inspired by the performances that take place within our walls, and the University of Texas at Austin Jazz Orchestra will keep us tapping our feet and humming the tune of all that jazz.

17 2 / 2014

By Navit Jaimes

Last week Sigma Lambda Beta hosted the Seventh Annual Purple and White Stroll-Off  at Hogg Memorial Auditorium. Our team was very excited to bring this event to Hogg especially after hearing about popular events the Betas have hosted at the Texas Union Ballroom in the past. Thankfully there was no inclement weather to stop the strolling that day. ;)

Before the show, the UT Betas prepared to kick off the friendly competition with a team huddle.

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Eight teams both from UT and other neighboring universities participated. Each team performed in both rounds to show off their skills. The intermission for the Purple and White Stroll-Off was more than a typical “bathroom break.” The audience joined in on the strolling as the DJ played. Many even joined some of the teams on stage, creating an interesting 20-minute dance party.

We send out a special congratulation to the winners, the gentlemen of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.(UT chapter) and the ladies of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. (UT chapter) 

imageUT Betas - Photo Credit: Yen Kim Phan Photography

imageAlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - Photo credit: Yen Kim Phan Photography

imageSigma Lambda Gamma- Photo credit: Yen Kim Phan Photography 

11 12 / 2013

Hogg Auditorium is hiring students to join our team in Spring 2014!
Our Event & Image Strategist team serves an instrumental role in the successful operation of Hogg as a student-centered facility. Come be a part of the magic, join our team!
Check out our posting at www.utunions.org/jobs [title: Event & Image Strategist]
Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Hogg Auditorium is hiring students to join our team in Spring 2014!

Our Event & Image Strategist team serves an instrumental role in the successful operation of Hogg as a student-centered facility. Come be a part of the magic, join our team!

Check out our posting at www.utunions.org/jobs [title: Event & Image Strategist]

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. 

10 12 / 2013

By Adrienne Teter

Anyone on campus can tell you that Hogg Auditorium is never short of talent. STEEL Dance Company raised the bar this past Saturday as our last event of the semester. The event was a collaboration of poetry by Spitshine Poetry, a capella performances by Ransom Notes, and dance numbers from Texas Dance, Redefined Dance Company and STEEL Dance Company.

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What made this event unique was the cooperation of very different creative outlets all coming together for one purpose: to showcase their passions. Of course, most talent shows are centered around this purpose, but Project Linking the Arts is not a competition but simply a showcase and a celebration of talent.

There was a range of dancing, including duet contemporary pieces to large group hip hop routines. The Ransom Notes sang a variety of songs as well from the classic “Killing Me Softly” by The Fugees to “Soul to Squeeze” by Red Hot Chili Peppers. In between songs and dance numbers, individual students would perform slam poetry that they wrote themselves. It was an amazing exposure of passions students have outside of their academic life.

As I’ve said in previous posts, I love working the light board for Hogg events, and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do lights for STEEL’s show. The poets had the best lighting, in my opinion, because they each got a small part of the stage lit just for them, almost like a spotlight. It added a dramatic and vulnerable element to the large auditorium, which was appropriate considering the bravery the students performing their poetry exhibited.

People ask me all the time why I love my job so much and this is exactly why. We get to help students showcase what they care about most. We are first hand witnesses to moments of pure joy and community, and that is an irreplaceable feeling.

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Photo credit: Texas Dance Instagram (@utexasdanceteam)