Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

Higher education reporter

Ralph K.M. Haurwitz has covered higher education for the Austin American-Statesman since 2004. He was previously a projects reporter and, before that, covered the environmental beat. He began working at the Statesman in 1993 after editing and writing at newspapers in western Pennsylvania. He and his wife live in Austin and have two adult children.

Latest from Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

Vietnam War veteran donates mystery dog tags to LBJ Library
 When a badly wounded Tommy Swearingen came home from the Vietnam War more than 50 years ago, another soldier’s dog tags came with him. Swearingen, who served in the Marines, didn’t realize that the two rectangular pieces of aluminum wrapped in masking tape didn’t bear his name until March of last year, when he was going...

Posted: 4 days ago

When a badly wounded Tommy Swearingen came home from the Vietnam War more than 50 years ago, another soldier’s dog tags came with him. Swearingen, who served in the Marines, didn’t realize that the two rectangular pieces of aluminum wrapped in masking tape didn’t bear his name until March of last year, when he was going...
Vietnam War veteran donates mystery dog tags to LBJ Library
 When a badly wounded Tommy Swearingen came home from the Vietnam War more than 50 years ago, another soldier’s dog tags came with him. Swearingen, who served in the Marines, didn’t realize that the two rectangular pieces of aluminum wrapped in masking tape didn’t bear his name until March of last year, when he was going...

Posted: 4 days ago

When a badly wounded Tommy Swearingen came home from the Vietnam War more than 50 years ago, another soldier’s dog tags came with him. Swearingen, who served in the Marines, didn’t realize that the two rectangular pieces of aluminum wrapped in masking tape didn’t bear his name until March of last year, when he was going...
UT cancels torchlight portion of rally ahead of Oklahoma game
 A traditional torchlight parade in advance of Saturday’s University of Texas football game against the University of Oklahoma has been canceled this year and for the foreseeable future as a result of violence in Charlottesville, Va. However, students, alumni and others will still walk to the Main Mall just south of the UT Tower, where...

Posted: 6 days ago

A traditional torchlight parade in advance of Saturday’s University of Texas football game against the University of Oklahoma has been canceled this year and for the foreseeable future as a result of violence in Charlottesville, Va. However, students, alumni and others will still walk to the Main Mall just south of the UT Tower, where...
UT alumni group cancels torchlight portion of rally ahead of OU game
 A traditional torchlight parade in advance of Saturday’s University of Texas football game against the University of Oklahoma has been canceled this year and for the foreseeable future as a result of violence and chaos in Charlottesville, Va. However, students will still walk to the Main Mall just south of the UT Tower, where a rally...

Posted: 7 days ago

A traditional torchlight parade in advance of Saturday’s University of Texas football game against the University of Oklahoma has been canceled this year and for the foreseeable future as a result of violence and chaos in Charlottesville, Va. However, students will still walk to the Main Mall just south of the UT Tower, where a rally...
Trophy symbolizes hope that Muny reaches the century mark
 Amid the photos and other memorabilia occupying a corner of the pro shop at Lions Municipal Golf Course stands a new, slyly
            worded trophy. “2024 MUNY OPEN,” reads the white lettering on glass. “Celebrating 100 years of great Austin Golfing.” Smaller print notes
            that it was “donated by...

Posted: 7 days ago

Amid the photos and other memorabilia occupying a corner of the pro shop at Lions Municipal Golf Course stands a new, slyly worded trophy. “2024 MUNY OPEN,” reads the white lettering on glass. “Celebrating 100 years of great Austin Golfing.” Smaller print notes that it was “donated by...
UT gets federal grant to train mental health care providers
 A federal grant will help train graduate and professional students at the University of Texas to provide mental health care, especially to low-income, uninsured or historically underserved people in Travis County. The four-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, totaling $1.8 million, will focus on such fields...

Posted: 13 days ago

A federal grant will help train graduate and professional students at the University of Texas to provide mental health care, especially to low-income, uninsured or historically underserved people in Travis County. The four-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, totaling $1.8 million, will focus on such fields...
Las Vegas shooting a reminder of 1966 UT sniper attack
 The deadly rampage of a single gunman opening fire from high up in a Las Vegas hotel Sunday night is reminiscent of a day 51 years ago when a University of Texas student opened fire from 27 stories above ground on the UT Tower. Charles Whitman, a former Marine, killed 12 people — two more would later die of their injuries — and...

Posted: 14 days ago

The deadly rampage of a single gunman opening fire from high up in a Las Vegas hotel Sunday night is reminiscent of a day 51 years ago when a University of Texas student opened fire from 27 stories above ground on the UT Tower. Charles Whitman, a former Marine, killed 12 people — two more would later die of their injuries — and...
Las Vegas shooting a reminder of 1966 UT Tower killings
 The deadly rampage of a single gunman opening fire from high up in a Las Vegas hotel on Sunday night is reminiscent of a day 51 years ago when a University of Texas student opened fire from 27 stories above ground on the UT Tower. Charles Whitman, a former Marine, killed 12 people — two more would later die of their injuries &mdash...

Posted: 15 days ago

The deadly rampage of a single gunman opening fire from high up in a Las Vegas hotel on Sunday night is reminiscent of a day 51 years ago when a University of Texas student opened fire from 27 stories above ground on the UT Tower. Charles Whitman, a former Marine, killed 12 people — two more would later die of their injuries &mdash...
Navy awards $458 million contract to UT’s Applied Research Laboratories
 The U.S. Navy has awarded a $458 million contract to the University of Texas’ Applied Research Laboratories for research and development aimed at advancing sonar, satellite navigation, cybersecurity and other technologies. Work for the Navy, particularly in acoustics, has for decades been a mainstay of the Applied Research Laboratories...

Posted: 18 days ago

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $458 million contract to the University of Texas’ Applied Research Laboratories for research and development aimed at advancing sonar, satellite navigation, cybersecurity and other technologies. Work for the Navy, particularly in acoustics, has for decades been a mainstay of the Applied Research Laboratories...
UT research lab wins $458 million Navy contract
 The U.S. Navy has awarded a $458 million, multiyear contract to the University of Texas’ Applied Research Laboratories for research and development work involving acoustics, navigation, command and control, and warfare systems, according to a Defense Department news release. Such work has been a mainstay of the Applied Research...

Posted: 19 days ago

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $458 million, multiyear contract to the University of Texas’ Applied Research Laboratories for research and development work involving acoustics, navigation, command and control, and warfare systems, according to a Defense Department news release. Such work has been a mainstay of the Applied Research...
Industrial meets very cool: UT’s $313.7M engineering building debuts
 University of Texas officials on Thursday will celebrate the grand opening of a project more than 10 years in the making: the Engineering Education and Research Center. Here are five things to know about the new building, which is west of San Jacinto Boulevard and east of Speedway. 1. The size. It’s big, bold and airy: two nine-story...

Posted: 19 days ago

University of Texas officials on Thursday will celebrate the grand opening of a project more than 10 years in the making: the Engineering Education and Research Center. Here are five things to know about the new building, which is west of San Jacinto Boulevard and east of Speedway. 1. The size. It’s big, bold and airy: two nine-story...