Wow, what a year! Things are beginning to fall in to place on the Development front here at UT Dallas. With our new Office of Development only a little more than two years old, we are starting to see results that are really making a difference at the University.
First, gifts are coming in that really work to move UT Dallas toward becoming a top-ranked University. For example, The T. Boone Pickens’ Foundation gift of $5 million to the Center for BrainHealth will help to finish the new Frances and Mildred Goad Building, provide essential funding for programs and faculty, and establish The T. Boone Pickens Distinguished University Chair endowment.
This $2 million endowed faculty position helped Brain and Behavioral Sciences recruit a world-class researcher, Dr. Denise Cortis Park, an expert on aging and the brain, to UT Dallas.
Another one of these defining gifts was a $2 million gift from Texas Instruments that created The Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics. This gift enabled the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science to recruit Dr. Yves Chabal who is one of the world’s foremost authorities on semiconductor surfaces and materials to UT Dallas.
Not all of our gifts are designated as endowments. One significant gift was a $100,000 gift from Ken and Ruth Altshuler to The Callier Care Fund at UT Dallas’ Callier Center. This act of generosity assists Callier patients who can’t afford to pay for clinical services, helps students with scholarships and provides funding for faculty who need resources for their clinical research.
Our total giving was up by 50% last year for a total of $33 million and our alumni giving percentages are on a historic rise. Your gifts to the Loyalty Fund helped create a special student grant fund available to all student organizations. This fund allowed students to build a campus community garden and launch a new disc golf course and it also gave students the ability to travel to important national conferences.
Additionally, I am pleased with the variety of alumni events we are offering, our monthly Alumni Link e-newsletter, and the new Alumni website! Finally, we are working hard to raise the bar here at UT Dallas. We look forward to your participation, whether it’s at one of our Thirsty Thursdays, at Family Night at the ball park or perhaps … even a chat online! Come early, stay late and remember that you will always be a part of the UT Dallas family.
Vice President of Development
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