|Thieves Can't Steal UT Dallas Pride
Dr. Aaron Conley
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
|President Daniel presents Debra Pickral with a new UT Dallas pendant.|
Before calling us, she tried the campus bookstore and learned we only offer class rings to new graduates and haven't offered the pendants for years. They suggested contacting the original pendant vendor. That proved to be a dead end so, as a last ditch effort, Pickral picked up the phone and called me.
A few months later, we surprised her by extending an invitation to come to campus to pick up a pendant. A new vendor, Herff Jones, was so touched by the story, they designed and produced a pendant for free. We also had another surprise: President Daniel personally handed Pickral her new pendant. "This was one of the most touching stories of alumni pride I've heard in my entire career," President Daniel said. "I just had to meet Debra and thank her for showing such loyalty to her alma mater."
As a result of this experience, our new graduates will once again have the option of showing their pride the same way that Pickral does. Students graduating in December will be given the choice of a class ring or a pendant. I'm hopeful they too will feel the same level of pride and loyalty as Debra Pickral (but without going through the experience of having their home robbed).