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Cothran (’75 BBA, Accounting) received the Medical Executive Meritorious Achievement Award from the American Medical Association. The award honors a medical association executive who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession. He is chief executive officer of the Travis County Medical Society.


Biggins (’74 BSN, Nursing) was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in May. She is president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and a member of the advisory council for the UTA College of Nursing. She also chairs the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport board and serves on other Tarrant County and Dallas/Fort Worth councils and boards.


Vader (’94 BA, English) is president of Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth. She is the first Nolan graduate, first woman, and first local Catholic educator to lead the school. Previously she was principal at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School in Fort Worth.


Dr. Scarborough (’03 PhD, Business Administration) became president of the University of Akron on July 1. Previously he was provost and executive vice president at the University of Toledo.


Robert D. Skinner (BS, Physics), professor of neurobiology and developmental sciences and associate professor of radiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has begun a phased retirement. He has taught neuroscience and researched spinal cord injuries at UAMS since 1970.


Shirlee Gandy (BA, Political Science) and her husband, Taylor, received the Distinguished Philanthropist Award primarily for efforts that funded the Kennedy Tribute in downtown Fort Worth. UT Arlington and Casa Mañana also have benefited from the Gandys’ fundraising expertise. The Association of Fundraising Professionals presented the award.


Loyd Dowd (BS, Biology), a dentist in Tyler, offers a new dental laser for soft tissue treatment that improves the process for oral surgery and soft tissue management in cosmetic dentistry. The laser reduces pain, swelling, and bacterial infections during dental procedures.

Kristy Libotte Keener (BFA, Art) won a Platinum International Hermes Creative Award in graphic design for a community information guide. She designed the booklet for the Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, where she is the graphic design coordinator.


Nancy Roper Willson (’72 BS, ’81 MA, Biology; ’82 MSN, Nursing) is president of Texas Nurses Association District 4. She is a nurse attorney and a clinical assistant professor in the UTA College of Nursing.


Rennda Branson (BA, Physical Education/English) received an award for 40 years of service from the Mansfield Independent School District. She is principal at Erma Nash Elementary School.


Ignacio Nuñez (BS, Biology) was named to the Texas Health Resources board of trustees. Dr. Nunez is an ob-gyn OB-GYNand former president of the medical staff at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. He also serves on the UTA College of Science Advisory Board.

Lico Reyes (BA, Mathematics) plays the part of Blind George in the movie Joe, which stars Nicolas Cage and was released earlier this year. Reyes is a longtime leader of the Arlington branch of the League of United Latin American Citizens. He played the lead role as a homeless man in the short movie Wally and had a role in the made-for-TV movie Pancho Barnes, which starred Valerie Bertinelli.


Sheri Innerarity (’78 BSN, ’81 MSN, Nursing) received the 2014 American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence. Dr. Innerarity is an associate professor for clinical nursing in the UT Austin School of Nursing, where she has taught since 1989, and works as an adult clinical nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner in Smithville, La Grange, and Bastrop.


Martha Moore Brothers (’80 BS, Microbiology; ’92 BSN, Nursing) is a school nurse in the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Michael S. Charles (BS, Biology) is a practicing trauma surgeon and director of the neuro-trauma-surgical ICU at St. John Trauma Center in Tulsa, Okla. He has received numerous teaching awards as a clinical lecturer at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine.

Donna Dunn (BA, English) is coordinator of secondary guidance and counseling in the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District. Previously she was a counselor in the CFISD and taught in the Arlington ISD.

Jeffrey Dunn (BS, Architecture) is superintendent of Gamma Construction Co. in Houston.


Sylvia Leyba Hernandez (BA, History) was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. General Services Administration’s Greater Southwest Region. As regional administrator she oversees all GSA activities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Her career includes more than 34 years of service with the GSA.


Jacqualyn Fouse (’82 BA, ’84 MA, Economics; ’12 PhD, Finance) was named to the board of directors of the Perrigo Company, an Ireland-based health care and pharmaceutical supplier. She is a member of the University’s Development Board and the College of Business Advisory Board and is a UTA Distinguished Alumna.

Norman Ward (’82 BS, Architecture; ’92 MArch) received the Charles R. Adams Award for Design Excellence from the Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It is the highest honor awarded by the AIA. He established the Norman D. Ward Architect firm in Fort Worth in 1995 and is a past adjunct professor in the UTA School of Architecture.

Mark Warren (BBA, Finance) is Fort Worth region chair for PlainsCapital Bank, where he oversees branch banks in Fort Worth, Weatherford, Arlington, Colleyville, and Mansfield.


Nan Batten Ketcham (’84 BSN, ’90 MSN, Nursing) is the undergraduate program director at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas. She has been a member of the Baylor nursing faculty since 2006 and is pursuing her Ph.D. in leadership studies at the Gary Cook School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University.

Lisa Lankes (BBA, Systems Analysis) is chief marketing officer for Fort Worth-based Justin Brands, where she oversees digital marketing, public relations, communications, licensing, event marketing, and advertising.

Michael Rushing (BBA, Marketing) is general manager at Fort Worth’s Colonial Country Club, home of the annual PGA Tour event, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Previously he was general manager of The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Tucson, Ariz., home of the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship.


Wrennah Gabbert (’85 BSN, ’90 MSN, Nursing) chairs the Department of Nursing Rehabilitation Sciences at Angelo State University. A professional specialist in the ASU nursing department from 1997-2007, Dr. Gabbert spent the last six years at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, filling various teaching and administrative posts at the TTUHSC School of Nursing in Lubbock and TTUHSC Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing in El Paso. 

Michael E. Langley (BBA, Systems Analysis) is lead Marine adviser to the Afghan National Army’s 215 Corps in Helmand. He oversees training and advises one of the six regional corps. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 to assume command of Regional Support Command Southwest.


Vivian Wong (BSN, Nursing) is program director of the Wound and Ostomy Education Program at San Jose State University. The blended online and on-site program provides a pre-certification course for registered nurses seeking certification in wound or ostomy care.


Mark Miller (BBA, Management) is vice president of procurement packaging services for McKesson Pharmaceuticals in Carrollton.

Cathey Bloom Wise (BA, Journalism) is executive director of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association. EMRA is the world’s largest and oldest independent resident organization.


Timothy M. Klob (BS, Civil Engineering) is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve JAG Corps and recently completed active duty at Fort Hood. He represents wounded warriors in disability benefit appeals to ensure they obtain compensation and medical benefits from the Veterans Administration. He is managing partner of the Klob Law Firm in Loganville, Ga.

Andrew Pryor (BA, Journalism) is chief human resources officer of Dallas-based Anthelio Healthcare Solutions.


Greg Barron (BBA, Finance) received the Dean’s Award for Extraordinary Service at the UTA College of Business Alumni and Service Awards ceremony in February. He is CEO of the Barron Companies, an engineering, architectural, and construction firm in Fort Worth.

Cathy Pritchett (BM, Music) performed a song and dance routine as Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense at Theatre Arlington in May. She is director of programming for the UTA Honors College.


Carri Eddy (BS, Biology) is principal at Fort Worth’s V.R. Eaton High School, which will open in fall 2015 in the Northwest Independent School District. Previously she was director of campus services for the Rockwall Independent School District.

Christine Eliseev (BA, Russian) is managing partner at QMAT Solutions, which specializes in providing software testing. Previously she was director of quality management and testing at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.


E. Elizabeth Brown (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies) was elected in May to a two-year at-large seat on the City Council in the Village of Surfside Beach near Freeport.

Chris Goad (BBA, Marketing) is executive director of RISE Adaptive Sports, a nonprofit based in Irving that helps make athletics accessible for people with disabilities. RISE offers a variety of programs, including adaptive skating, boating, camping, fishing, hunting, golf, handcycling, soccer, kayaking, rugby, sailing, swimming, tubing, and water skiing. 

Lauretta Hill (BA, Criminal Justice) is deputy chief of police in Miami Beach, Fla. She is the city’s first black deputy chief and its highest-ranking black officer. As an assistant police chief in Arlington, she chaired the 2014 Regional Public Safety Planning Committee where she oversaw security operations for the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Tournament at AT&T Stadium.

Derrick Kinney (BA, Speech) has again earned a spot on the chairman’s advisory council of Ameriprise Financial, where he is a private wealth adviser in Arlington. The company’s top advisers in the nation sit on the council. He was Student Congress president in 1992-93.

Dan Kirkpatrick (MSN, Nursing) was elected president of the Ohio Nurses Association. A retired Air Force colonel, he is a clinical instructor at the Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health. He also is mayor of Fairborn, Ohio.

Kimberly Loveday (BBA, Accounting) co-authored Brooklyn’s Battle: A Daughter’s War with Anxiety and Depression with her daughter. The book offers insight into the daily challenges the family faced after Brooklyn was diagnosed with a complex regional pain syndrome as a teenager.

Jim Wilkinson (BBA, Finance) is senior vice president and head of international corporate affairs for Alibaba, which operates online and mobile marketplaces in retail and wholesale trade. Previously he was a senior PepsiCo executive and served as senior adviser for Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


Scott R. Gardner (BS, Computer Science Engineering) retired as a lieutenant commander after 20 years in the Navy.


Ben Renner (’97 BA, English; ’02 MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Summit High School in Mansfield.


Santos Cadena (MA, Criminal Justice) is deputy chief of the Dallas Police Department’s Southwest Patrol Division. A 24-year veteran of the department, he previously was a major in the Narcotics Division.

Jeannie Deakyne (’98 BA, ’11 MA, Political Science) is president of the Junior League of Arlington for 2014-15. She is the first military veteran to lead the organization in its 40-year history. She is manager of learning and development at UTA.


Chris Goodson (MEd, Educational Administration) is an assistant superintendent in the Richardson Independent School District.

Amir Javidinejad (PhD, Mechanical Engineering) has written an engineering textbook, Essentials of Mechanical Stress Analysis, which CRC Press will publish in November. It is intended for use by U.S. and international engineering universities for teaching in solid and structural mechanics.

Cindy Pearson (MEd, Educational Administration) was named Elementary Teacher of the Year in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District. She teaches third grade at Dove Elementary School in Grapevine.

Jennifer Wichmann (MSSW, Social Work; MPA, Public and Urban Administration) is director of management resources for the city of Arlington. She has worked for the city for 10 years and also will work with the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.


James “Dusty” Clem (BBA, Marketing) is chairman, president, and chief executive officer for DGSE Companies, formerly Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange.


Caroline Harrison (BA, Political Science) has earned board certification in labor and employment law. She is an attorney and partner at the Fort Worth law firm Cantey Hanger.

Paulette Hartman (MPA, Public and Urban Administration) is assistant city manager for North Richland Hills. Previously she was city manager of Joshua. She received the Linda Keithley Award for women in public management from the North Central Texas Council of Governments in 2013.


Mark Kammlah (MEd, Educational Administration) was one of 83 principals nationwide selected to participate in a summer program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is principal at Williams Elementary School in Arlington.

Frank Moore (BS, Mathematics) is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Wake Forest University.

Sharon Phillips (Cohort MBA) is executive vice president and chief of population health at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. She oversees the hospital’s community and specialty outpatient clinics and the Dallas County jail health program, among other duties. She has worked at Parkland since 1985.

Darwin Spiller (MEd, Educational Administration) is executive director of elementary operations in the Richardson Independent School District.


Erin Roseman (’03 BA, Political Science; ’06 MCRP, City and Regional Planning; ’06 MPA, Public and Urban Administration) is assistant director of finance for the city of Arlington. Previously she was cash and debt administrator for the city.


Nick Barber (BBA, Marketing) received the award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement at the UTA College of Business Alumni and Service Awards ceremony in February. He is owner and CEO of Sigma Relocation Group in Irving.

Eric Bishop (BBA, Management) is an account manager at Consuro Managed Technology, a Fort Worth-based information technologies managed service provider. Previously he was regional account manager for Trend Micro and has owned his own IT security consulting company. 

Melody Fritz (BBA, Marketing) is a community relations specialist for Nabr Network, a communication tool for community associations. Her duties include web-based local news reporting, community and local business relationship development, and marketing support.

Liz Heck (’04 BA, Public Relations; ’12 MBA, Business Administration) is director of strategic development at J.O., a Fort Worth-based full-service marketing agency.

Marcus Onvani (’04 BBA, Finance; ’06 MBA, Business Administration; ’07 MS, Finance) is finance director for Boeing’s Strategic Missile & Defense Systems leadership team. He most recently served as senior manager of supplier management financial analysis for Boeing commercial airplanes in Puget Sound, Wash.

Lukas Szrot (BA, Philosophy) is a global intern for Telos, an academic journal published in the United States. He is a sociology graduate student at UTA.


Candace Blair (BS, Accounting; MS, Taxation) is senior tax manager focusing on corporate, individual, and partnership taxation at the Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier accounting firm in Fort Worth.

Uma Datla (MPACC, Professional Accounting) is chief accounting officer for Approach Resources, an independent energy company. Previously she was the company’s director of financial reporting.

Leigh Dietrich (BA, Criminal Justice) received the Larry W. Fultz Memorial Award for Excellence from the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators. She is assistant chief for the Tarrant County College District. At TCCD she has received numerous departmental awards, including recognition as 2004 Officer of the Year and 2008 Supervisor of the Year.

Dustin Durst (MPA, Public and Urban Administration) serves on the staff of U.S. Representative Ed Royce from California. An Army captain, he received a master’s degree in professional studies in legislative affairs from George Washington University in May. Capt. Durst has served two tours overseas in Kuwait and South Korea. In Kuwait he received a Bronze Star Medal for exceptional meritorious service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service as a battery commander.

Katiuska Herrador (MEd, Education in Curriculum and Instruction) was one of 83 principals nationwide selected to participate in a summer program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is principal at Keyes Elementary School in Irving.

Nate Piller (BBA, Management) was named 2013 Marketer of the Year by Merritt Hawkins, an Irving-based health care staffing company. He is associate director of marketing for the company’s Upper Midwest Division.


Ben Bholan (’06 MEd, ’13 PhD, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) has been named principal of the new Arlington Collegiate High School, which opened this fall. Previously he was principal at Ferguson Junior High and assistant principal at Bowie High School in Arlington.

Ricardo Garcia (Certification, Educational Leadership) is executive director for transformational learning in the Arlington Independent School District.

Aaly Meherali (BS, Biology; BS, Chemistry) was named 2014 Secondary Teacher of the Year in the Irving Independent School District. A chemistry teacher at Singley Academy High School, he worked as a research associate in the genomics lab at UTA before becoming a teacher.


Jesse Morgan Barnett (’07 BFA, Art; ’11 MFA, Art) and Michael Mazurek (’11 MFA, Art) presented Dallas Biennial 14, a concept showing 50 artists in 12 exhibitions over four months in Dallas. They started the DB program two years ago.

Alissa Ford (BBA, MS, Accounting) is chief financial officer of the Van Cliburn Foundation. Previously she was the foundation’s director of finance.

Adam Fulkerson (BBA, Finance), an associate with the Fort Worth law firm Decker, Jones, McMackin, McClane, Hall & Bates, has earned his Master of Laws in Taxation degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.

Derek Haake (BA, Political Science) is chief technology officer of, a company he founded while exploring ways to save on college textbooks. Along with helping students find the least expensive source for books, Campus Shift provides discounts on food, concerts, campus activities, and clothing.

Michael Langford (BBA, Finance) is vice president/president-elect of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. He is a sales associate with Orr & Associates Real Estate in Burleson.

Rachael Mariboho (MA, English) received the Patricia and Mike O’Neill Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UT Arlington English Department in May. She is a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student at UTA.

Shahrzad Pakbin (’07 BA, ’10 MA, Criminal Justice and Criminology) was named Technical/Exempt Professional Employee of the Year by the Arlington Police Department. She is a crime and intelligence analyst for the city.

Megan Terrell (’07 BBA, ’09 MS, Accounting) is senior audit manager at the Sanford, Baumeister & Frazier accounting firm in Fort Worth.


Inelda Acosta (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is principal at Hutcheson Junior High School in Arlington.

Dominic Bracco II (BA, Journalism/Spanish) received a Special Reporting Initiative award for environmental reporting. His piece examined whether there is demand for sustainable fisheries’ products in China.

Shaun Hamill (BA, English) received a full fellowship for fall 2014 for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Wenhua Jin (PhD, Linguistics) received tenure at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and was promoted to associate professor of Chinese.


Shanee Charles (Principal Certification, Education Leadership and Policy Studies) is principal at Gideon Elementary School in Mansfield.

Robert Earley (MS, Health Care Administration) received the award for Outstanding Career Achievement at the UTA College of Business Alumni and Service Awards ceremony in February. Dr. Earley is president and CEO of the JPS Health Network in Fort Worth.

Robin Francis-Baker (’09 BBA, Management; ’13 MBA, Business Administration) is an associate adviser at Sperry Van Ness/Visions Commercial, a real estate consulting firm in Fort Worth. Previously she was a financial analyst at Bell Helicopter.

Emily Froese (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is principal at Coppell Middle School West in the Coppell Independent School District.

Sandi Greer (MSSW, Social Work) is a social worker for the Lake Worth Independent School District.

Danielli Mbangdadji (BA, Broadcast Communication) is a freelance multimedia producer in the Washington, D.C., area. She received a Master of Arts degree in communication with an emphasis on producing for film and video at American University.

Lori McLain Pierce (MA, Linguistics) received a $3,000 external grant from the Jacobs Research Funds, hosted by the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Wash. The grant will support the UTA doctoral student’s dissertation fieldwork on the Choctaw language. Pierce and linguistics Assistant Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick co-authored an article, “Focused instruction in Spanish syllabification,” in the summer 2014 issue of Foreign Language Annals.


Ben Bologna (’10 BFA, Art), Tim Lautensack (’11 BFA, Art), and Jonathan Irwin (’12 BFA, Art) of The Starr Conspiracy, a marketing and advertising agency in Fort Worth, won 21 awards in the American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards competition in February.

Jacob Briggs (’10 MBA, Business Administration; ’11 MPACC, Professional Accounting) is a certified public accountant with Cash America International in Fort Worth.

Bongani Mlambo (BFA, Art) directed Blue October’s most recent music video for “Angels in Everything.”

Shelley Ohmes (BFA, Theatre Arts) played Catherine Simms in The Foreigner at Frisco Community Theatre.

Alan Pollard (BFA, Theatre Arts) played Davis Tallison in Honky, the WaterTower Theatre’s entry in the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in Addison.

Robyn Rinearson (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is principal at Spencer Elementary School in Mansfield.


Micah Beck (Cohort MBA) is a vice president at CBRE, a real estate services company in Fort Worth.

Brittany Byrd (BSN, Nursing) was a finalist for the 2013 Good Works Under 40 award. Sponsored by the Dallas Foundation, the award highlights the work of outstanding volunteers under age 40. Byrd founded Girls Embracing Mothers, a group that helps girls visit their mothers in prison.

Gladys Chow (’11 BFA, ’14 MFA, Art) received The Excellence Prize Award in March for the 2013 Society of Korea Illusart contest.

John Harden (BA, Broadcast Communication) is a news reporter for the Houston Chronicle. Previously he was a region reporter for the Denton Record-Chronicle, where he received the 2014 Star Investigative Report of the Year award in the Class 2A division from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and a First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Professional Chapter.

Brandon Hurtado (BA, Public Relations) is an interactive marketing analyst at Exeter Finance Corp. in Irving.

Erikka Neroes (BA, Public Relations/Communication Studies) is public information officer for Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Emily Suied (BA, Public Relations) is an assistant account executive with Edelman Public Relations in Chicago. 

Justin Webber-Blackwell (BS, Industrial Engineering) is a project specialist for Ericsson in Plano.


Michelle Blair (MM, Music) received a P.E.O. Scholar Award. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Houston.

Yujeong Choi (PhD, Linguistics) co-wrote an article with linguistics Assistant Professor Cynthia Kilpatrick. “Hypothesis Testing in Task-Based Interactions” appeared in summer 2014 in the journal Applied Language Learning

Nicole Durham (BA, Public Relations/Advertising) is an account manager at Schaefer Advertising in Fort Worth.

Sean Farrell (BA, English) received the Patricia and Mike O’Neill Award for Academic Excellence from the UT Arlington English Department in May. He is a graduate teaching assistant at UTA.

Latanya Greer (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is a vice principal at Del Vallejo Middle School in San Bernardino, Calif.

Pankaj Harkare (MS, Industrial Engineering) is a design engineer for CNH Industrial America LLC in Burlington, Iowa.

Matthew Howell (BA, Communication Technology) is web application developer for Qualbe Marketing Group in Fort Worth. 

Patrick Jackson (BA, Public Relations) is national account manager for Echo Global Logistics in Dallas.

Tiffany Mercer (MEd, Education in Curriculum and Instruction-English) received the Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award Grant, a prestigious International Reading Association award. She is a fifth-grade English language reading and arts teacher in the Hillsboro Independent School District.

Bitty Reilly (BA, Communication Technology/English) works in graphic design, web developing, and technical writing for Synergy Industries in Burleson. 

Jaala Robinson (’12 BA, ’14 MA, Sociology) has been admitted to the doctoral program in sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received a graduate assistantship and the Othmer Fellowship.

George Sanders III (BA, Criminal Justice and Criminology) has been promoted to staff sergeant in the Texas Army National Guard. He is a legal assistant in the U.S. Department of Justice office in Austin.

John Story (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal in the Jamison K-8 School in Cleveland, Ohio.


Jennifer Bohannon (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Butler Elementary School in Arlington.

Andrea Condori (BA, Public Relations) is public relations/social media coordinator at Pavlov (formerly Concussion Advertising), a marketing communications company in Fort Worth.  

Kerri King (BA, Criminology and Criminal Justice) received the Carolyn A. Barros Service-Learning Award from the UT Arlington Center for Community Service Learning in April. She is enrolled in the UTA Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice master’s degree program.

Lucas Lothamer (BA, Political Science) participated in the Archer Center Graduate Program in Public Policy in Washington, D.C., this summer. The UT System established the program to help students pursuing policy and politics learn about the federal government and public service.

Jennifer McAlister (BA, Communication Technology) finished the Boston Marathon in April after being stopped less than a minute from the finish line because of the bombing in 2013.

Alycen Phan (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Ousley Junior High School in Arlington.

Rachel Snyder (BA, Journalism) is a reporter for the Chickasha Express-Star in Chickasha, Okla.

Jordan Victorin (BA, Broadcast Communication) is co-host of “The Starting Lineup” at radio station KCLE in Cleburne.

Natalie Webster (BA, Journalism) is a newspaper producer at the E.W. Scripps Co. in Corpus Christi. She is a former editor in chief of The Shorthorn.


Ariel Aleman (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Refugio Elementary School in Refugio, Texas.

Omar Castillon (BA, Broadcast Communication) is a morning newscast production assistant for KTVT-CBS 11 in Fort Worth.

Jean Gonzalez (BA, Theatre Arts) has accepted a graduate teaching assistant position at the University of Houston in the Design MFA program. She was the assistant master electrician at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Normal, Ill., during the summer.

Brittaney Graham (BA, History) has been accepted to Columbia University’s African American studies master’s program.

Jen Hanson (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at East High School in Denver, Colo.

Elia Madrid-Onofre (BFA, Theatre Arts) won first place in the cartoon comics division of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association digital media awards for her cartoon feature “The World According to Professor Saxe,” which appeared in The Shorthorn.

Dawn Valentine (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is coordinator of fine arts for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District.

Ken Wetzel (MEd, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) is an assistant principal at Strack Intermediate School in the Klein Independent School District.


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