2013
Razan Akkad

(BA, Communication Studies) is a liability claims researcher for Geico Insurance in Dallas.


Aimee Bissett

(MPA, Public Administration) is director of economic development for the city of Denton. Previously she was program manager and executive director of Keep Denton Beautiful. She also served as development director for the Citizens Development Center in Denton.


Mary Faye Hanson-Evans

(MA, Sociology) has been admitted to the sociology Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas.


Daniel Kotara

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is assistant principal at Borger Middle School in Borger.


Kelsey Pettit

(BA, Linguistics) has been accepted to the theoretical linguistics Ph.D. program at Georgetown University.


Carolyn Ruiz

(BA, Political Science) is pursuing a law degree at Harvard Law School.


Emily Waddle

(MA, Linguistics) received a fellowship to begin work this fall on her Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Iowa.


2012
Collin Hover

(MFA, Visual Communication) will begin a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of South Dakota this fall. He published a chapter in Biologically Inspired Computing for the Arts: Scientific Data through Graphics.


Aubree McFadden

(BA, Broadcast Communication) is a producer for the Nightlight shows on KLTY-FM in Dallas.


Monica Nagy

(BA, Journalism) works for The Eagle in Bryan-College Station as part of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association’s Buster Haas Minority Internship Program.


Jared Holt

(BFA, Art) received a full scholarship to the M.F.A. program at the University of Connecticut.


Audie L. Johnson

(MEd) becomes an assistant principal this fall at Pearland (Texas) High School.


Wanda McClure

(MEd) becomes principal this fall at Amana Academy, a public charter school in Alpharetta, Ga.


Kristy Phillips

(MA, Communication) is marketing/sales coordinator for Heise Media Group in Bakersfield, Calif.


Derrick Crowder

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) was named Teacher of the Year at Cypress Creek High School and Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Cypress Creek Independent School District. His “Generation Green” project received national and local media coverage.


Lori Dunham

(BBA, Real Estate) is a permit coordinator in the design/engineering department for Time Warner Cable in Coppell. She works with cities, contractors, and utilities on expansion of the company’s network.


M. Kate Helmes

(BFA, Art) had her work featured in the Cohn Drennan Contemporary art gallery’s 2012 Summer Group Exhibition in Dallas. She creates fabric sculptures.


Jason Holt

(BA, Linguistics) is president of Global Metaphase LLC, a language service provider in Arlington.


Katie Palmquist

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Keene Elementary School in Keene, Texas.


Andrea Robins

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Boles Junior High School in Arlington.


Leslie Similly

(PhD, English) is a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University.


Ginger Slavens

(BBA, Marketing) works in sales for Home Depot in Arlington.


Taylor Cammack

(BA, Journalism) is a web developer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


Eric Barnes

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at DeSoto High School.


Angela Brown

(PhD, Mathematics) is an assistant professor of mathematics at Sul Ross State University. She was a National Science Foundation MAVS GK-12 grant fellow, graduate teaching assistant, and an adjunct professor at UT Arlington.


Ricky Brown

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy in the Fort Worth Independent School District.


Carlos Cucalon

(BA, Communication Technology) is a front-end web developer for Hanley Wood, a media and information company serving the housing and commercial design and construction industries.


Katy Kiger

(BA, Public Relations) is promotions and marketing manager at Radio Disney in Charlotte, N.C.


Steven Moore

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is principal at Elliott Elementary School in Fort Worth.


Dennis Padilla

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Goliad Elementary School in San Angelo.


Kate Palmquist

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Palmer Middle School in Palmer, Texas.


Jessica Patzer

(BA, Communication Technology) is a junior developer at the advertising/marketing firm Concussion in Fort Worth.


George Vanderhule

(MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School in Fort Worth.


Kira Viator

(BSN) is a registered nurse in the Lafayette General Medical Center’s intensive care unit at Lafayette, La.


Dustin Dangli

(BA, Journalism) is a reporter for the Star-Telegram. He was editor-in-chief of The Shorthorn for fall 2012.


Jose D. Enriquez

(BA, Journalism) is a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise. He was a member of The Shorthorn staff while at UT Arlington.


Brittany Ingram

(BFA, Art) had her film Filmer featured in the Dallas International Film Festival in April.


Claire Dunn

(BA, Advertising) is a junior account manager at Concussion, a Fort Worth-based marketing communications company.


Nicole Durham

(BA, Public Relations and Advertising) is a marketing specialist at FilesAnywhere, a Dallas-based online file storage company.


Frankie Farrar-Helm

(BA, Public Relations) is a public relations/communications representative at Sellmark, a developer of brands and products for outdoor lifestyle markets, in Mansfield.


Stefani Goode

(MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an English instructor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.


Bradley Henderson

(Executive MBA) is CEO of Crescent Medical Center in Abilene.


Tyler Hickey

(MPA, Professional Accounting) is a staff accountant at Colliers International.


Chloe Jamerson

(BA, Public Relations) is working in brand public relations at the Richards Group in Dallas.


Russell Johnson

(BA, Advertising) works with the research team at Marketing Arm, an advertising and marketing firm in Dallas.


Sir Jones

(BA, Public Relations) is a recruiter for Focus Staff, a Dallas-based agency that links health care professionals with available positions.


Courtney Keeper

(’02 BM, Music; ’12 MBA, Business Administration) is an accountant at Variosystems, a worldwide electronic contract manufacturer with a local office in Southlake.


Kristina Kopplin

(BA, Public Relations) is an interactive producer at Social Compass, a social media marketing agency.


Ashley Macdonald

(BA, Public Relations) is an intern for U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas in his Washington, D.C., office.


Rino Manfroni

(BBA, Accounting) is a tax assistant at Jack F. Lewis CPA in Dallas.


Chris Mead

(BA, Broadcast Communication) is a video production intern for the Oakland Athletics and is pursuing a master’s degree at San Francisco State University.


Monica Mirea

(MPA, Professional Accounting) is an audit associate at Whitley Penn. Previously she worked in general accounting for Cristina’s Fine Mexican Restaurant.


Christine Nicholson

(BA, Broadcast Communication) is a morning reporter at KXII-TV in Sherman.


Alexandra Pietroforte

(BA, Public Relations) works for the Downtown Arlington Management Corp.


Jarrad Principe

(BBA, Accounting) is controller at Olympus Property Management in Pantego. Previously he was an auditor at the Defense Contract Audit Agency office in Arlington.


Andrew Pudduck

(Executive MBA) is vice president of marketing for Hooters of America, which operates more than 430 Hooters restaurants in about 40 states and more than 25 other countries.


Hamidullah Qeyam

(MA, Sociology) has been admitted to the Ph.D. program in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University.


Karen Ramirez

(BA, Broadcast Communication) is a production assistant for Telemundo KXTX-TV in Dallas.


Magdalena Salamon

(BA, Russian) is an upstream energy analyst for Hart Energy in Houston. She studies oil shale in the United States and serves as an analyst for European and Russian energy ventures.


Vasu Sampath

(Executive MBA) is an enterprise solutions architect for DocuSign, a provider of electronic signature technology.


Priscilla Sanchez

(BA, Public Relations) is a public relations specialist at Concussion, a Fort Worth-based marketing communications company.


Christal Simanki

(BA, Philosophy and Political Science) is in her first year in the political science master’s program at the University of California, San Diego. Last year she was a State Department intern at the U.S. Embassy at the Holy See in Vatican City. This summer she was an intern with the U.S. Pacific Command’s Student Volunteer Intern Program in Hawaii.


Verica Todorovic

(BA, Political Science) will tour the world during graduate school through Washington University in St. Louis. She will study in London, Vienna, The Hague, Geneva, and Thailand.


Taylor Elizabeth Tomlin

(MBA, Business Administration) is a product marketing specialist at Periscope Holdings, an Austin-based firm that works with public entities and private companies concerning procurement.


Zachary Zielinski

(BA, Public Relations) is an information technology specialist with XTO Energy.


Blaire Beaty

(MEd, Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Math) is the learning coordinator for Advancement Via Individual Determination in the Keller Independent School District. Previously she was the AVID site coordinator and an assistant volleyball and softball coach at Fossil Ridge High School.


Alison Cohn

(BA, Advertising) was selected for the Teach for America program and will teach English in Miami.


Benna Combs

(BA, Public Relations) is a junior associate for social public relations at More Cabbage, a social media marketing and PR agency in Cedar Hill.


2011
Samantha Brittenham

(MEd) is an assistant principal at Forest Oak Middle School in Fort Worth.


Martin Cardenas

(BA, Mathematics) was selected to participate as a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholar in the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Washington, D.C., in July.


Kayla Danielle Crooks

(MSSW) works with autistic children for Mental Health Mental Retardation of Tarrant County.


Maria de la Torre

(BA, Broadcast Communication/Public Relations) is attending graduate school at the University of Colorado.


Andrew Farr

(MEd) is an assistant principal at Monnig Middle School in Fort Worth.


Matthew G. Fisher

(MA, Communication Speech) is communications manager for multimedia with the American Heart Association.


Adam Gray

(MEd) splits time as an assistant principal at Hedrick and Peter’s Colony elementary schools in Lewisville.


Stacie Humbles

(MEd) is an assistant principal at Butler Elementary School in Arlington.


Rebekah Karth

(BA, Public Relations) received the UT Arlington Honors College 2011-12 Bridge to Graduate School Fellowship in recognition of academic excellence. She began graduate studies in the Department of Communication in August.


Ben Kirk

(MEd) is an assistant principal at Hughes Springs Elementary School in Hughes Springs, Texas.


Elena Lopez

(Education Certificate) is an assistant principal at Pope Elementary School in Arlington.


Susan Wilhelm Chandler

(BA, Journalism) writes press releases and produces the employee newsletter in the Communication Division of the Fort Worth Police Department.


Jared Chism

(BA, Public Relations) works in social media for AT&T and was a featured speaker during Communication Day at UT Arlington last fall.


Zack Fischer

(BS, Interdisciplinary Studies) became a professional golfer in August and won the 22nd San Antonio Open in November with a 9-under-par 135 in the 36-hole tournament. He won by three strokes and collected the $3,300 first prize. A member of UT Arlington’s Southland Conference championship team last spring, he also won the Arkansas State Open earlier in 2011. Ahsan “Ali” Kahn (BA, Public Relations) was hired for an internship with Fleishman-Hillard, an international communication agency with 80 offices worldwide. He is training in Washington, D.C., and will work on the firm’s Best Buy account in preparation for a store opening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Marlyn Martinez

(MEd) is vice principal at Kirkpatrick Middle School in Fort Worth.


Kelly McLean

(MEd) is an assistant principal at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth.


Erika McMinn

(BA, Public Relations) is an account executive at Concussion, a Fort Worth-based advertising agency. She received the Department of Communication’s 2011 Outstanding Public Relations Student Award.


Erikka Neroes

(BA, Public Relations and Communication Studies) is working toward her master’s degree in public administration at UT Arlington.


Richard Overton

(MEd) is an assistant principal at Blevins Middle School in Fort Collins, Colo. Catherine Peña (MEd) is an assistant principal at Dobie Primary School in Richardson.


Mecca Rayne

(BA, Broadcast Communication) is a weekend anchor for KKTV Channel 11 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Previously, she anchored the morning show at KSNT Channel 27 in Topeka, Kan.


Nivia Smith

(MEd) is principal at Bayview Elementary School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District in San Pablo, Calif.


Jana Spillers

(MSN) is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and a clinical instructor in the UT Arlington College of Nursing.


Allyson Spurgeon

(MEd) is an assistant principal at Palmer Middle School in Palmer, Texas.


Diana Tran

(BFA, Art) was selected a fellow for Code for America, a public service group that uses the power of the Web to help governments work better. She is pursuing an MFA in graphic design at the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design.


Colcia Williams

(MEd) is an assistant principal at Morningside Middle School in Fort Worth.


Hillary Williams

(BA, Communication Studies) is working toward a Master of Arts in Communication degree at UT Arlington.


John Harden

(BA, Broadcast Communication) writes a science/health feature story each month for The New York Times.


Angela Martin-Winegar

(BA, Sociology) published a children’s book, A Very Backwards “What If” Book.


Jesus J. Martinez

(BM) received a scholarship from Southern Methodist University to work on his master’s in music. The $18,000 scholarship requires him to write music and perform in ensembles. He is on the music band/percussion staff at Creekview High School in Carrollton. C. Alan Publications published his work Dimensions of a Dream.


Alanna Quillen

(BA, Broadcast Communication) is weekend anchor/reporter for KMID-TV in Midland. She was a member of The Shorthorn staff at UT Arlington.


Felicia Bolton

(BA, Broadcast Communication/Spanish) is a reporter at KOSA-TV in Odessa.


Jason W. Brown

(BS, Aerospace Engineering) is a weight engineer at RECARO, which specializes in ergonomic seats for automobiles, aircrafts, and homes.