ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at
Arlington joins the larger Arlington community in expressing our deep sympathy
in the loss of Arlington police officer and UT Arlington alumna Jillian
Michelle Smith, who was killed this week in the line of duty.
Arlington Officer Jillian Smith
University flags have been
lowered in recognition of Officer Smith’s life and service.
“We are honored to have counted Officer Smith as a part of our
University family,” UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said. “Officer
Smith typifies the kind of student who best represents UT Arlington. She identified
her goals, worked hard to achieve them and dedicated herself to serving
Officer Smith graduated cum laude from UT Arlington in August 2009
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology and criminal justice and a minor
in sociology. She enrolled in the University in fall 2008 after transferring
from Tarrant County College.
UT Arlington faculty who
taught Officer Smith recall her as a strong student with a bright smile who was
determined to pursue her career goal of becoming a police officer in her
hometown of Arlington.
“She was the kind of student
every professor loves to have – smart, hard-working, involved – and she knew
exactly what she wanted in life,” recalled Randall R. Butler, visiting
professor of criminology and criminal justice.
Alejandro del Carmen, chair
of the UT Arlington Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said
faculty plan to organize a scholarship in Smith’s honor.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.