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Alumni honored at annual awards dinner

Friday, November 11, 2016 •

The Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards recognizes outstanding UTA graduates for their achievements, impact on their professions, service to the broader community, and the tremendous example they have set for future generations of UTA Mavericks.

Guests were greeted by the UTA Jazz Orchestra, led by Jazz Studies Professor Tim Ishii. Alumni Sana Syed ’04, director of the public information office for the City of Dallas, and Bryan Chase ’94, director of global communications for Bell Helicopter, kicked off the evening as emcee’s.

The Honorable B. Glen Whitley ’76, was the first honoree of the night, receiving the Distinguished Alumni and Community Service Award. Judge Whitley spoke of his love of UTA and his service to the community, saying it’s “not just doing things right, but doing the right things.”

C. Keith Cargill ‘81, Major General Daniel P. Hughes ’83, and Liz Johnson ’89 were then named UTA Distinguished Alumni. Cargill, a banking veteran, thanked UTA for the mentors he was able to connect with as a student and beyond. Maj. Gen. Hughes said UTA offered him hope 33 years ago as a student, preparing him for success. Johnson said her focus and passion on patient care was fostered by professors at UTA.

The evening closed with the presentation of the inaugural Distinguished Recent Graduate Award to Dr. Jocelyn Zee ’04. Zee, who was only 13 years old when she enrolled at UTA, was truly humbled by the honor. She thanked the dedication of her parents and professors in pushing her to excel.

Learn more about the honorees in the UTA News Center

2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards