In 1933 Thurman Jasper enrolled at North Texas Agricultural College in Arlington. He began an undergraduate career leading to a degree in Education and Mathematics from Texas Technological College in 1938.
World War II interrupted his employment as a public school math teacher, and Thurman entered the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1946, he returned to NTAC to begin a 35-year connection with UT Arlington serving on the faculty of the Math Department.
Community service has always been a major part of life for Thurman. In the 1970’s, he created the Lone Star Baseball League to allow youngsters to participate in games free of the pressure associated with other juvenile leagues. He has been heavily involved in the service projects of the Arlington Kiwanis Club.
In 1985, he joined the UTA Retirees Club and has served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Although legally blind, he continues to volunteer with Arlington Charities and serves the Arlington Historical Society.
In 2006 Thurman was again recognized for his community service by the Dallas Cowboys and named runner up for the Community Quarterback Award for his volunteer efforts with the National Federation of the Blind in Arlington.
For these outstanding reasons and to honor his dedication to UT Arlington, the UT Arlington Retirees Club and the entire Arlington community, the Elwood Preiss Distinguished Retiree Service Award is hereby presented to Thurman Jasper.
2015-2016 Monthly Meeting Schedule
September 8, 2015 – The Food Revolution - Lisa Nesta, Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Department of Campus Recreation.
October 13, 2015 - Living Well - Eunice Currie, AVP Human Resources.
November 10, 2015 - Aging Well - Susan Franks, University of North Texas Health Science Center.
December 8, 2015 - Retiree Musical Meeting - This event will take place in the Carlisle Suite in the University Center.
January 12, 2016 - Your Urban Vegetable Garden - Judy Shannon, Master Gardener, Tarrant County Master Gardener Association.
March 8, 2016 - Human Trafficking - Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson. (Maverick Activity Center Room 133)
April 12, 2016 - Cyber Security - Amy Schultz, former Associate Vice President, Communications and Community Relations, UTA. (Maverick Activity Center Room 133)
May 10, 2016 - Jay Tillerson, Assitant Chief of UTA Police committed to providing a speaker on "Campus Safety and Current Topics". (Maverick Activity Center Room 133)
June 4, 2016 - Retiree Dinner (5:00 pm Bluebonnet Ballroom)
September 13, 2016 - The 2016 Elections - Allen Saxe, Associate Professor of Political Science. (Maverick Activity Center Room 133)
Except where noted, meetings will be held in Room 102B Maverick Activities Center (MAC) at 500 W. Nedderman Dr., from 10:00am to 12:00pm.