Honors College recognizes 48 graduates; Senior earns full ride to Stanford
Honors College recognizes 48 graduates; Senior earns full ride to Stanford
Graduates pose after the Honors College Senior Dinner on April 30, 2019.  Photo by Ellman Photography
Honors College recognizes 48 graduates at Senior Dinner
On April 30th, the Honors College celebrated this semester's graduates at the Senior Dinner, alongside their family, friends, and faculty mentors. The event, which was held in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom, recognized 48 students who successfully completed the requirements of the Honors Degree. Dr. Timothy Henry, Assistant Dean of the Honors College, presented each graduate with the Honors medallion and stole. 
Dr. Omomayowa Olawoyin (Class of 2015), addressed the soon-to-be Honors alumni, reminding them to "live a little," to "always keep the fire in our bellies," and that "challenges are inevitable." 
This semester's graduates will begin their careers with employers such as Lockheed Martin, Goldman Sachs, and Texas Health Resources. Some will pursue internships or co-ops with organizations such as NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. Others will begin graduate or professional school at institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, McGovern Medical School, and UT Austin.
"Our Honors College graduates represent the most dedicated, highest achieving students within the University," said Dr. Henry. "We celebrate their accomplishments, along with their families, friends, and mentors, and wish for them the brightest of future endeavors."  

Aerospace engineering senior earns full-ride to Stanford

Ever since she was a little girl, aerospace engineering senior Elida Sorto-Ramos has been fascinated with space.
"I just remember looking at the moon and thinking, 'I can't believe people have been up there. That's so awesome," she said.
This fall, Sorto-Ramos will dive deeper into her childhood obsession; she is headed to Stanford University to pursue her master's degree in aerospace engineering on a full-ride fellowship. Read more.
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An Interview with Alumna Dr. Wendy Okolo
For this edition of Veneratio, we interviewed a distinguished alumna from the Honors College, Dr. Wendy Okolo. Dr. Okolo recently won the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Most Promising Engineer in Government. In our conversation, we discussed her current career, as well as her time at UT Arlington, including her involvement with the Honors College. Dr. Okolo also shared wisdom and advice for the current students in the Honors College. Read the interview.
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Biology senior reflects on her journey to medical school
Biology senior Diana Monyancha will begin medical school at McGovern Medical School in Houston this fall.
Originally from Kenya, she moved to the United States with her family in 2012, just in time to begin her freshman year of high school.
“The main reason why we came to the U.S. was because of education,” Monyancha explained.
With help from her college counselors, she decided to apply to and attend UT Arlington (UTA) because of its diversity and proximity to her family. In addition, UTA was the best choice for her financially because of the scholarships she received.
During her first year at UTA, Monyancha admits she spent a lot of time in her room because she prefers quiet spaces. But thanks to her roommate, she was introduced to the Honors College. Read more.
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Alumna Spotlight: Elizabeth Turner
Elizabeth Turner is a technology project manager utilizing Knowledge Management (KM) capabilities at TPG Global - a private equity firm in Fort Worth, Texas. She has led software development, training, and implementation projects for teams and systems of all sizes.

Elizabeth is the Smithsonian Libraries’ appointee to the International Federation of Library Associations KM Section Standing Committee and chaired its 2017 Open Session in Wroclaw, Poland. In 2019 she will present an AI software demonstration for libraries at the IFLA KM Satellite Meeting at the Ionian University of Corfu, Greece.

Recognized in 2018 as speaker of the year by the DFW Knowledge Management Community of Practice, she has given KM-focused presentations around the US and internationally to audiences of hundreds.

She is also a classically trained ballet dancer and performed 2011-2018 in contemporary works by the Irving-based nonprofit Momentum Dance Company.

Read about Elizabeth's Honors College experience.
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Meet the Staff: Cheryl Gralish
Honors advisor Cheryl Gralish will never forget her 50th birthday—that’s the day she applied for a position in the Honors College.

She started in August 2010 as the Support Specialist II in the Dean’s office, answering phones, greeting guests, and ensuring the office operated smoothly. Gralish also assisted with the annual Advanced Placement Summer Institute and the Honors Academy dual credit program, which was housed in the Honors College until spring 2018.
Now 8.5 years later, she is finishing her first semester in her new role as an Honors advisor. Read more.

Spring semester memories

UTA Day at the Capitol
Painting Party
The Big Event