No place like home
Meet the new Alumni Association director and learn how she's making increasing membership a top priority.

Three former cadets join Military
Science Hall of Hono
Read about this year's Military Science Hall of Honor inductees.

University receives highest Carnegie classification
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed UTA in the Doctoral/ Research Extensive category in its latest classification of American higher education.

Enrollment surges past 20,000
Enrollment reached a four-year high in the fall, topping 20,000 for the first time since 1996.


The road to Austin sometimes goes through Arlington. At least it did for nine former UTA students who went on to serve in the Texas Legislature. As the 77th session begins this month, the UTA contingent weighs in on significant issues— from crime and punishment to education and redistricting— facing state lawmakers. Ties to Arlington are particularly strong in the Texas Senate, where four of the 31 state senators were once enrolled at UTA. Four members of the Texas House (and one former member) also boast UTA connections.


Legislator Profiles

Lon Burnam
Troy Fraser
Kent Grusendorf
Tom Haywood
Jane Nelson
Elvira Reyna
Bill Siebert
Royce West

The former students now represent districts stretching from Wichita Falls in the north, through the Metroplex, to the Hill Country in the south. Although some came to politics through deliberate career decisions and others via a commitment to volunteerism and community involvement, all express great respect for the citizens they represent and for the distinguished offices they hold.

  Helen Giddings ('67 BBA) of District 109 was unable to participate in this article.


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