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School of Urban and Public Affairs

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Alumni Honors

School of Urban and Public Affairs Distinguished Alumni

The University of Texas at Arlington Alumni Association established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1965. The purpose of the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards is 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. Several School of Urban and Public Affairs alumni have been honored with the award.

Lon Burnam 

The Honorable Lon Burnam
2011 Honoree

Lon Burnam exemplifies the good public servant. A community activist while earning his master’s degree in city and regional planning, he has worked and volunteered with nonprofit organizations on utility regulations, insurance reform, and historic preservation. Since 1996 he has served as state representative for District 90. His legislative work often focuses on environmental, educational, and social justice issues. Since taking office, he has ensured that 27 interns from the School of Social Work saw real problems faced by real people and learned to maneuver state agencies to resolve them. He worked with the Center for Mexican American Studies on issues protecting community interests. The director of the Dallas Peace Center for 10 years, Burnam is now a nonprofit consultant to civil rights and religious pluralism organizations. Last year the Peace Center created the Lon Burnam Environmental Justice Fund.


Past Honorees:

Linda Watson


Linda Watson
2009

Shirley Burchfield


Shirley Burchfield
2008

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Dan G. Sefko
2007

Theron Bowman


Dr. Theron L. Bowman
2006

David Kunkle


David M. Kunkle
2005

John Suggs


John Suggs
2004

Susan McAvoy


Susan McAvoy
2003

Robert Babbitt


Robert Babbitt
2002

David Gattis


David Gattis
2001

George Campbell


George Campbell
2000

Frank Moss


Frank Moss
1999

Curtis Hawk


Curtis Hawk
1998

 Nancy Grant

Nancy Grant
1997

Levi Davis


Levi Davis
1996

Tom Scott


Tom Scott
1995

 Naomi Lede

Naomi Lede
1993

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