MAY 12, 2018 • View in browserAlumni E-Newsletter Archive
Alumni Newsletter |  Institutional Advancement at The University of Texas at Arlington


Welcome to the Family!

Nearly 6,400 graduates will join the ranks of the more than 220,000 UTA alumni this week as they walk across the stage at the commencement ceremonies on campus. The Class of 2018 is the largest graduating class in the University's history, representing an 11 percent increase over the Spring of 2017. With so many new faces and stories of endurance and triumph, we are taking this week to introduce you to some of the graduates and to focus on their incredible achievements. Congratulations to the newest Maverick alumni! READ MORE

A final word of advice
UTA Alumni Relations

Graduation ceremonies are often a university's last chance to impart a bit of wisdom through outstanding commencement speakers. This year at UTA, the slate of speakers featured an august mix of government officials and business and community leaders. The lineup included: State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond (CONHI); Robert C. Albritton Jr., president of the Mary I. Gourley Foundation (CAPPA and Social Work); the Honorable James Blacklock, associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court (COLA); State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas (Education and Science); Bruce Tanner ('90), executive vice president and CFO of Lockheed Martin Corp. (Business); and Walter Chiang, PE, board member and founder of CP&Y Inc. (Engineering).

Global Affairs
UTA Alumni Relations

Numerous alumni from around the world who either graduated from a program at a partner university or finished an online degree made the journey from their home country to step foot on the main Arlington campus and participate in their respective commencement ceremony. Students from UTA's International EMBA programs have made this an annual tradition to graduate with their class in Arlington. If you would like more information on UTA's international programs and alumni opportunities, email us at

The first Ph.D.
UTA Alumni Relations

Jordan Patik made history this week when he graduated as the first Ph.D. in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology program. Patik, advised by Associate Professor Matthew Brothers, researched the role of vascular dysfunction in the risk for a variety of diseases. The kinesiology doctoral program launched in fall 2016 with 11 students to meet workforce needs and develop world-class health sciences researchers. READ MORE

Against The Odds
Against the Odds

For Mickaela Alves-Rosario, graduating from UTA is more than just a milestone toward a successful career. It is an achievement that will secure her family's future. A single mother who worked tirelessly and received a crucial scholarship to help achieve her goal, Alves-Rosario used grit and determination to reach the commencement stage. WATCH THE VIDEO

Champions in the Classroom
UTA Alumni Relations

UTA celebrated the 2017-18 accomplishments of its student-athletes last week at the annual All Sports Banquet. Presented by Texas Trust Credit Union, the event recognized all 15 NCAA Division I programs as well as the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams. READ MORE

May 18 | Friday

Alumni and Friends Picnic | Root for the home team as UTA Alumni Relations hosts a picnic before the Mavs take on Texas State. Purchase pregame picnic tickets for the fajita buffet from Fuzzy's (kids 2 and under are free) or show your alumni membership card at the gate for 2 free game tickets. PICNIC TICKETS

May 24-27 | Thursday-Sunday

Special Olympics of Texas | UTA hosts the 2018 Summer Games of the Special Olympics of Texas. If you haven't seen the opening ceremonies when law enforcement officers run through campus with the Olympic torch, it's a special time. Be a part of the fun and celebrate great athletes! MORE INFO

June 14-16 | Thursday-Saturday

International Folk Art Market | More than 40 master folk artists will come together at The Green at College Park for the world's largest international folk art market. In its second year, the event will include international cuisine, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and more. MORE INFO

July 4 | Wednesday

4th of July Parade | Join UTA and the CIty of Arlington for one of the largest and oldest 4th of July parades in Texas. The family-friendly festivities begin at 9 AM as the Arlington Community Band and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts lead the singing of the National Anthem. Parking is available at UTA. MORE INFO

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