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Dan and Linda Dipert

Linda and Dan Dipert

A Welcoming Generosity

A new University Welcome Center that will greet prospective students, their families, and visitors to UT Arlington will be named for an icon in the North Texas travel industry.

Welcome Center rendering

The 7,000-square-foot, high-tech visitors center will open in summer 2012 at South Center and East Second streets in the College Park District, UT Arlington’s new residential and retail development.

Dan Dipert, chief executive officer of Arlington-based Dan Dipert Travel & Transportation Ltd., and his wife, Linda, have committed $400,000 toward construction of the University’s first, free-standing visitors center. 

The visitors center will be named the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center in honor of Mr. Dipert, a prominent civic and business leader, and Mrs. Dipert, marketing director for Dan Dipert Travel.

Mr. Dipert is a past chairman of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mrs. Dipert earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing from UT Arlington in 2001 and serves on the University’s Development Board.

The Diperts chose to support the Welcome Center to help fuel the momentum that University President James D. Spaniolo has established since joining UT Arlington in 2004.

“With all that has been going on at UT Arlington over the past few years, it wasn’t a question of whether we were going to do something,” Mr. Dipert says. “It was what could we do if we really stretched ourselves.”

Mrs. Dipert adds: “We hope this will spur more people to do things to help the University, which contributes to the revitalization of downtown and benefits the community as a whole.”

President Spaniolo says the Diperts embody the spirit of community and outreach that will be evident throughout the new Dan Dipert University Welcome Center.

“It makes perfect sense to have their name attached to the marvelous, new Welcome Center,” he says. “This center will serve new and prospective students and their families, but it also will serve all visitors who want to know more about the University. It’s our entrance to the world of UT Arlington.”

The center will feature a 40-seat, circular theater with retractable glass walls that can be closed for special events or opened for presentations. It will have a 360-degree imaging board for electronic displays as well as state of the art electronic displays and exhibits that tell the UT Arlington story.

Other amenities include a visitors’ coffee bar, tour guide stations, and a shared courtyard with the adjacent Tom J. Vandergriff Hall for students. The Dan Dipert University Welcome Center is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors a year.