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Putting the Pieces Together: What Inspires You?
Just as Jen Tyler (see related story) was inspired by her former viola professor to support UT Arlington’s viola program, many other generous donors have stepped forward to support their inspirations as well. In fact, more than 400 donors each year give to the College of Liberal Arts, advancing scholarship and research across 12 unique and vibrant departments.
Whether you are a student, faculty member, alumnus, parent or friend of UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts, your support can help at any level. The question is: what is your inspiration?
Are you inspired by UT Arlington’s culturally diverse students, many of whom are first-generation college graduates? After hearing about graduate Christal Ann Simanski’s prestigious U.S. Department of State internship at the Vatican in 2012, Newy Scruggs, Sports Director for NBC5-KXAS, was inspired to give. He established the Newy Scruggs Endowment for Enrichment Opportunities that gives students the resources to participate in career-altering opportunities, such as travel, workshops, festivals and conferences.
If UT Arlington students are your inspiration, consider supporting a scholarship or other educational opportunities.
Or was there a UT Arlington faculty member that inspired you or made a difference in your career? In the case of Dr. Allan Saxe, thousands of students benefited from his expertise in political science and his no-nonsense discussions on related topics, ensuring that nearly all UT Arlington alumni have fond memories of his classes. Therefore, students and others in the UT Arlington family have come together to establish the Allan A. Saxe Faculty Chair in Teaching, which will honor a faculty member that has proven excellence in teaching and mentoring, especially in the larger, cross-major classes.
If Dr. Saxe or another professor was your inspiration, consider honoring the faculty member by creating or supporting an endowed professorship.
Is there a particular area of research at UT Arlington that has inspired you? Professor Emeritus Jerald (Jerry) Edmonson was a UT Arlington professor of linguistics from 1990-2011, and he knows the value of research firsthand. Jerry taught and researched languages from all over the world, spending time in Germany, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Holland and Australia. His commitment to research inspired him to establish the Jerold A. Edmonson Research Endowment in Linguistics, so that other linguists have the resources to explore their passions, wherever it may take them.
If research is your inspiration, consider supporting the area of research at UT Arlington that intrigues you most.
Or are you inspired to honor or memorialize someone important to you by giving the gift of education? In 2009, Gary and Jane Cumbie (along with friends and family) established the Laura Cumbie Memorial Endowed Scholarship for their daughter, who passed away suddenly at the age of 32. Laura received her master’s degree in criminology and became a probation officer and criminal justice teacher. Laura’s scholarship each year supports UT Arlington criminology students — students who have the same passion for criminology and learning that Laura did.
If your inspiration is to honor or memorialize someone, consider supporting a scholarship in your loved one’s name.
Are you inspired to give to UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts, but you don’t really know what to support? If this is the case, consider giving to the Dean’s Excellence Fund, a discretionary fund used by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Dean Beth Wright has used this fund to support a variety of unexpected needs or opportunities for students and faculty, including conferences and guest lecturers on our campus; faculty and graduate student presentation of research around the world; research travel; and undergraduate scholarship support.
Whether your inspiration is UT Arlington’s world-class students, faculty, research or alumni, your support of the College of Liberal Arts is essential and appreciated.
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