The end of a school year is always a good time for some retrospection. As the semester ends and our newest alumni prepare for the spring commencement ceremonies, here's a quick recap of some of the highlights of UT Dallas' outstanding year.
The UT Dallas men's basketball team advanced to the "Elite Eight" in the NCAA Division III basketball tournament before falling 64-59 to Guilford College (NC) in overtime. The loss ended the most successful season in UT Dallas men's basketball history with a season record of 26-5.
We may have lost our title as two time defending champions of the President's Cup in the Final Four of Chess, but we hedged our bets for the future by awarding three full tuition and fees scholarships to the winners of the 2009 SuperNationals chess competition in Nashville, TN. The University of Maryland Baltimore County won the President's Cup in the Final Four of Chess tournament this year.
At the National Model United Nations Conference in April, the UT Dallas Model UN team, representing the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, beat out almost 300 other teams to win Distinguished Delegation. Two members of the team were also honored by being elected to leadership roles.
A team of 27 students took home 12 first place awards, 10 second place awards, and two third place awards during the Health Occupation Students of America's 2009 Spring State Leadership Conference in McAllen, TX.
In April, it was announced that sophomore Mary Gurak and junior Alex Palmer were both recipients of Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, marking the second year in a row that a UT Dallas student has received the award. The scholarships are awarded to accomplished college students who plan to pursue careers in mathematics, natural science, or engineering.
Hundreds of civilians and Central Intelligence Agency members swarmed campus on Saturday, April 18 as thousands of pages of newly declassified materials were unveiled and heroes honored at "Air America: Upholding the Airmen's Bond." Copies of the newly declassified materials will be added to the existing Civil Air Transport/Air America archives located within McDermott Library's History of Aviation Collection.
The School of Management hosted its first Scholarship Breakfast on Wednesday, April 8, with over 20 local companies pledging at least $1,000 each to fund scholarships for academically deserving management students.
On March 28, the University honored seven alumni with prestigious Distinguished Alumni and Green and Orange alumni awards during the 2009 Alumni Gala, A Celebration of UT Dallas. The award recipients include a TI fellow, business leaders, the chairman of the radiology department at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the first Turkish American member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a State Representative currently serving his eighth term as Representative of Texas House District 67.
As I've said before, I'm sharing all of these points of pride with you so you can share them with others. Share some of these accomplishments with a coworker, neighbor, or prospective student. If you haven't been back to campus in a while, give us a call and schedule a tour. Great things are happening here!
Erin Dougherty, '03 and '07
Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving