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Harvey: How You Can Help
Hurricane Harvey

Dear UTA Alumni,


This week, President Vistasp Karbhari shared a special message about a benefit to honor those who have suffered from Harvey and how we can help students, faculty, and staff who were affected. Many of our UTA students are graciously volunteering and working in the recovery efforts, from nurses and engineers to National Guard members. UTA police officers are also in Houston to help our sister universities.


Thousands of UTA students were impacted by the recent storms. These students and those who have been directly affected are in need of basic human necessities – food, shelter, health care, and other concerns.


UTA's Emergency Assistance Fund was specifically designed to help students during this type of hardship. To increase the reach of this fund during this crisis, all sales from the September 7 Maverick Speakers Series featuring Corpus Christi native and UTA alumnus Lou Diamond Phillips will be donated to the Emergency Assistance Fund.


Please join us for this special night benefitting a worthy cause by getting your VIP dinner or general tickets.


Thank you for showing the world what it means to be a Maverick.



 Julie Barfield

Julie Barfield

Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Alumni Events: Pizza with the President
Pizza with the President

UTA alumni and friends gathered last Tuesday to network and support local businesses at Pizza with the President. A new event held by Alumni Relations, Pizza with the President is one of the many ways your Alumni Relations team is working hard to create new opportunities for you to get involved with your alma mater.

A University of Innovation
Libraries awarded grant

President Vistasp Karbhari was named a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Twelve UTA faculty and administrators are Fellows of the NAI, reflecting University’s strong culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The academy was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, to educate and mentor innovative students, and to translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

researcher develops crucial flood Alert system
UTA Flood Expert

Nick Fang, UTA engineering professor, developed a flood alert system using radar data on rainfall and detailed geographic analyses. The system and Fang's research were featured in a Dallas Morning News article that explains how the system helped several Houston institutions better manage Hurricane Harvey. READ MORE

Leader in Diversity
Leader in Diversity

UTA is one of the top universities in the U.S. for conferring degrees to minority students, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. READ MORE

Alumni Spotlight: Building a leader
Alumni Spotlight

Alfred Vidaurri Jr. ('72), FAIA, NCARB, AICP, vice president of Freese and Nichols, Inc., has been elected as secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) board of directors. NCARB is made up of the architecture licensing boards of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Terry Scholars

UTA welcomed back its third class of Terry Foundation Scholars this fall. The new class includes transfer students for the first time. These prestigious awards are given to students who have displayed great academic and leadership potential, among other attributes. READ MORE

Alumni Save with Nationwide
Mark Your Calendar

September 13 | Wednesday

UTA Night at the Rangers | Gather with UTA alumni and friends for a pre-game picnic on the third base concourse from 5:30-7:00 pm before the Texas Rangers take on the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park. The first 1,000 UTA fans receive a UTA-themed Rangers hat. GET YOUR TICKETS

September 21 | Thursday

Silicon Valley Engineers Reception | Did you know there are more than 900 UTA College of Engineering alumni in Silicon Valley? If you're one of them, join us at 5:30 pm at Silicon Valley Advantage to meet Peter Crouch, Dean of the College of Engineering, and to network with your fellow Mavs! RSVP

October 3 | Tuesday

Fort Worth Alumni Chapter Meeting | UTA men's head basketball coach Scott Cross joins the Fort Worth Alumni Chapter at Joe T Garcia's to discuss the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Tickets are $15 to the 12 pm event. It will be a great time to network, eat, and share your Maverick pride with fellow UTA grads in Fort Worth! REGISTER

October 14 | Saturday

UTA Day at the Dallas Zoo | Lions and Tigers and Mavericks, oh my! The first ever UTA Day at the Dallas Zoo will take place from 11 am to 1 pm on October 14. Tickets are $25 and include a come-and-go lunch, parking, admission to the Dallas Zoo, and Maverick giveaways. Children two and under are free! GET YOUR TICKETS

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