In the boardroom
Berend (’01 BA)
Secretary, Alumni Association Board of Directors
Major: Double major in English and history.
Hometown: Born in Jackson, Mich., but grew up in Spring,
Lives in: Fort Worth.
Family: Husband, Charles Berend, and two four-legged
children, a Jack Russell Terrier named Fergi and a cat named Abby.
Occupation: Second-year student at Texas Wesleyan University
School of Law in Fort Worth.
UTA student involvement: Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Alpha
Theta (history honor society), president of Sigma Tau Delta (English
honor society), Alpha Chi (honor society), president of the Liberal
Arts Constituency Council, Student Congress and UTA HOSTS
Favorite professor: Dr. Emory Estes, English professor.
This man is truly an incredible poet. He speaks with a great zest for
life and has a real passion for learning. He encouraged me to achieve
and conquer more than I would have ever hoped for before I met him.
Others include Dr. Ruth V. Gross, Dr. Robert Ignagni, Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers,
Dr. Lauren Porter, Dr. Tim Morris and Dr. Donald Kyle.
Fondest UTA memory: While I was involved with the Liberal
Arts Constituency Council, I had the privilege of being able to work
with some incredibly determined and dedicated people who helped me create
a need-based scholarship for a deserving liberal arts student. Eventually,
we were able to put together a silent auction to raise enough money
to grant the scholarship. The scholarship continues today and is awarded
to a liberal arts student who needs financial support.
Hobbies: Reading, spending time with her husband, playing
with her pets.
Why be involved with the Alumni Association: I believe
a university grows in the community through the activities and advocacy
of its alumni. By participating in the Alumni Association, I hope to
one day give back to UTA what the teachers, staff, alumni and peers
gave to me — a chance to become a distinguished individual.
Waco (’89 BA)
Vice President of Events, Alumni Association Board of Directors
Major: Advertising with a minor in marketing.
Lives in: Dallas.
Family: Husband, Marc Waco (’89 BSIE); children,
Avery, 3, and Cate, 1.
Occupation: Mother, community board member for Wipe
Out Kids’ Cancer, Hockaday Neighborhood Association, Preston Hollow
ECPTA, UTA Alumni Association and member of the Dallas Junior League.
UTA student involvement: Delta Delta Delta sorority,
peer counselor, rush counselor, AD3 advertising association.
Favorite professor: Dr. Allan Saxe, political science
associate professor. Dr. Saxe’s enthusiasm is burned into my memory,
though I have to say most of my knowledge of government today is compliments
of the Discovery Channel and PBS. Dr. Saxe made government interesting
to me, then and now, by encouraging me to get involved with local campaigns
and governmental affairs.
Fondest UTA memory: So many good memories come to mind
when I think back on my years at UTA. But, I have to admit the best
and most important memory is meeting my husband, Marc. I should add
that, as an undergraduate, I never imagined the number of extraordinary
UTA friends who would be in my life all these years later.
Hobbies: Travel, playing and learning with Avery and
Cate, volunteering in the community.
Why be involved with the Alumni Association: A good
friend who works for UTA suggested I get involved, and it has been a
wonderful experience. I can’t say enough about the great people,
staff and volunteers who keep the Alumni Association running. I am truly
proud to have the opportunity to be a part of this organization.