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Making Dreams a rEALITY
Alumni Making Dreams a Reality

College of Nursing and Health Innovation alumni and friends celebrated student success and honored several alumni for their accomplishments and service in the fields of nursing and kinesiology at the Dream Maker's Gala on Saturday. The event featured a keynote address from former Texas Ranger Michael Young and presented alumni awards to Marygrace Hernandez-Leveille ('08), Abu Yilla ('87), Allison Barrett ('14), Retired Col. Dan Kirkpatrick ('93), and Joe Don Cavendar ('94). This year the College has raised more than $330,000 in scholarships through private philanthropy and as a result of the Gala. SEE THE PHOTOS

Business executive week
Business Week

A distinguished panel of alumni headlined UTA's College of Business Executive Dinner 2018. The discussion topic focused on entrepreneurship and featured insightful commentary from Nafees Alam ('02), CEO of DRG Concepts; Sam Mahrouq ('91), President of MEI Group; and James Sellers ('98), Founder and President of Sellmark Corporation. Greg Barron ('91), CEO of The Barron Companies, moderated the panel, which concluded the College's annual Business Week. READ THE BIOS

Using Big Data to Study Disaster Relief
Disaster Relief

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Daniel Sledge, associate professor of political science, and Herschel Thomas, assistant professor of political science, a research grant to study and develop best practices for emergency response efforts. Natural disasters accounted for $206 billion in damages last year, and 2017 quickly became a record year of billion-dollar disaster events. This grant will help UTA researchers understand how nongovernmental entities help sustain disaster relief. READ MORE

Advancement vp
New Advancement VP Appointed

To further build strong support and lasting relationships with all constituents, UTA has created a new Division of Institutional Advancement consisting of the Offices of University Communications and Development and Alumni Relations. On Wednesday, President Karbhari announced Deborah (Dee) Robinson as the Division's first Vice President. READ MORE

AIA Fellow
AIA Fellow

Don Gatzke, professor of architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, has been elected a Fellow in the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects. READ MORE

National Appointment
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Jim Williams, civil engineering professor, has been named president of Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society. The organization has 141 chapters and more than 132,000 members. READ MORE

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April 8 | Sunday

JCPenney Suit-Up | JCPenney and the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center have partnered to offer current students and alumni a 40% discount on career dress apparel and shoes during this special event from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Alumni must show their membership card to participate. MORE INFO

April 21 | Saturday

Jazz Brunch | Hit all the right notes and join us at the annual UTA Jazz Brunch at the 2018 Fort Worth Main St. Arts Festival. The brunch begins at 11:30 AM, but you can arrive early to watch the first of three UTA performances starting at 11:00 AM. Additional performances are scheduled for 12:30 and 2:00 PM. TICKETS

April 28 | Saturday

Brazos House Farewell | Did you live in and love Brazos House? Come celebrate the building and share your memories at a farewell picnic as UTA says goodbye to the beloved building and hello to the potential to create new spaces for future generations of Mavericks. The gathering will take place from 4 to 7 PM.

May 18 | Friday

Alumni and Friends at Clay Gould Ballpark | Root for the home team as UTA Alumni Relations hosts a picnic before your Mavericks take on Appalachian State in a Sun Belt Conference showdown. Stay tuned for details about the event and to purchase your ticket for both the picnic and ball game.

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