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May 2012

Former Staffers Make Estate Commitment


The Nelsens are members of The Legacy Society, which recognizes all donors who have made planned giving commitments to the University.

Pay it forward.

This is the advice that longtime former University administrators and supporters Robert and Jody Nelsen give others who are considering a planned gift to UT Dallas.

"The University is part of my family and I want to take care of my family," said Robert, who taught creative writing and served in the faculty senate before serving as vice provost at UT Dallas. He is currently the president of UT Pan American.

"I consider making an estate gift as helping our family. We love UTD. We love the students—it is part of our lives," he said. Jody completed her MBA in 1997 and then served as a manager of administrative services in the physical plant and eventually, associate vice president of business affairs. She was recognized by the University with the Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service in 2008.

"We were all helped in some way with a scholarship or funding and supporting UT Dallas is a way to pay back what we were given," Jody said. The Nelsen's estate gift will benefit students by adding funds to the Joellyn (Jody) Nelsen Staff Council Scholarship and the Robert S. Nelsen Scholarship in Creative Writing. Both scholarships were established by President David E. Daniel in 2008.

For more information on gift planning, please contact Anna LeBlanc at 972-883-6023 or visit utdallas.plannedgiving.org.

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