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TALH budget boost to enhance program planning

As one of the outcomes of the 84th Texas Legislature session, Lamar University’s Texas Academy for Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) will use the boost in funding to enhance program planning.

The increased funding is due to a bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Deshotel and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott establishing funding congruity between TALH and similar academies at other higher educational institutions.

“Increased program planning enhances student opportunities and experiences and offers further exposure of what TALH has to offer potential students,” said Ted Stuberfield, TALH director. “Students seeking STEM and humanities interests will have more activities to participate in making their educational experience even more robust. Increasing the number of cultural field trips, lectures, community think tanks and opportunities to interact with faculty and business leaders will be explored.”

Stuberfield noted that the additional funding will support student interest in STEM fields.

“Although TALH emphasizes the study of humanities, we have many students interested in STEM related fields,” he said. “Initiatives such as STEM Club, robotics and engineering are just a few areas in which students have shown interest. Providing programs that create opportunities for engaged participation will be of tremendous benefit to students.”