The stands at Trinity University's Bell Athletic Center were covered in orange and green March 7 as the Comets triumphed against the Trinity Tigers to advance to round 3 of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. It was so exciting to be surrounded by UT Dallas fans celebrating our team's victory.
Like UT Dallas' basketball program, much of the University seems to be on an upward tick these days. Our new mechanical engineering program recently hired its first director, Dr. Mario Rotea. The nanotechnology minor that launched this fall has already attracted over two dozen students from an array of majors. A new certificate in biomedical sciences just received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. All of these enhancements to UT Dallas' academics are mirrored in the physical enhancements taking place all over campus. Four buildings, including a new freshman residence hall, dining facility, student services building, and math, science, and engineering teaching facility, are all under construction, while Founders Hall is undergoing major renovations. For a look at the campus under construction, check out this month's featured story.
No one is immune to this economy, and there are always going to be more needs and opportunities than money to accomplish it all. What UT Dallas is doing right now, though, is creating a more vibrant community and increased educational opportunities that will last long after this recession has passed. By expanding our facilities, adding to our degree programs, enhancing our public spaces, and yes, even cheering like crazy for our basketball teams, UT Dallas is creating the future.
Erin Dougherty, '03 and '07
Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving