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Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office:817-272-7075, Cell:214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Kansas City Royals Manager Trey Hillman heads the list of 10 University of Texas at Arlington graduates to be honored at 43rd Distinguished Alumni Gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the E. H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.

The awards, which were established in 1965, are given to recognize outstanding alumni for their individual achievements, contributions to their industries or professions, service to their community and demonstrated loyalty to The University of Texas at Arlington. This special evening not only honors exceptional alumni, but also generates significant scholarship funds for students. Since 2002, the event has raised over $100,000 for scholarships.

In addition to the general Distinguished Alumni Award, a Service Award will also be presented. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given by the University and Alumni Association.

Besides Hillman, Molly Harvey Bogen, Dr. Shirley Burchfield, Anita Foster, Ron Jensen, Virginia A. Lynch and Dr. Jeffrey O. Smith will be honored. Azroei Ahmad and Mohd. Zamberi Kusa will be honored with a team award and Gloria Gatlin Bender will receive the Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Hillman has just completed his first year with the Kansas City Royals after managing for five years in Japan. He managed the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to the 2006 Japan Series championship. He played shortstop and second base for UT Arlington and still holds the Mavericks season batting average record of .442.

Bogen has been executive director of The Senior Source, an organization dedicated to improving quality of life for senior citizens, primarily in Dallas and Collin counties. She serves on the School of Social Work task force to develop a UT Arlington Institute on Health and Aging.

Dr. Burchfield is vice president of World Education, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of the poor. She also is an adjunct associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Foster is the Metroplex communications officer for the American Red Cross, a position she has held for 10 years. An Arlington resident, Foster has dealt with crises throughout Texas, Montana, Arizona, Mississippi, New York, Florida and many other states.

Jensen is president of Control Products Corp. in Grand Prairie. Under his leadership CPC has amassed annual sales exceeding $20 million and become an industry leader in interior lighting of airplane cockpits. He has been a Grand Prairie City Council member since 2002.

Lynch has been recognized as an American pioneer in nursing. She was director of forensic nursing and forensic health science at the Beth El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs prior to establishing her international consulting program to further forensic nursing science in developed and developing countries.

Dr. Smith is founder and CEO of Ublip, which develops tracking software for global positioning systems. In 2002 he founded and became chief technical officer of SensorLogic, one of the industry’s first telemetry service providers. A church mission trip to Honduras in 2002 led him to develop self-help programs for the citizens of Magote, a Honduran mountain village.

Azroei Ahmad and Mohd. Zamberi Kusa are graduates of the School of Architecture. The Malaysia natives have made distinguished contributions to architecture in their country and worldwide as the driving force behind Azarch Interiors, a large professional practice with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; New Delhi, India; and Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan. They represent more than 45 Malaysian graduates of the School of Architecture from the late ’80s and early ’90s who studied architecture under sponsorship of the Malaysian government. It was an experiment that fulfilled its intent – to train young architects in the United States so that they would return and contribute to the rapid development of Malaysia.

Bender is founder and co-owner of Fort Worth-based TransSolutions, LLC, a transportation consulting firm. She chaired the first Distinguished Alumni Gala. She served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1990-2000 and she currently serves on the UT Arlington Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Advisory Council and the Development Board.

Tickets for the gala are $125 each. Sponsorships are available as well. See the Alumni Association Web site for reservations or for more information about the honorees.

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