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September 2014

Corporate Receptions Strengthen Ties to Companies, Alumni

Led by President David E. Daniel (center), UT Dallas alumni at Texas Instruments took time for a signature Comet Whoosh at a recent reception.

In recent years, an increasing number of partner corporations have been embracing the Comet connection and hosting events targeted at employees with UT Dallas degrees. Such gatherings set the stage for continued interaction among alumni, their employers and the University.

“The campus has changed a lot in recent years, and the quality of academic programs has risen significantly,” said Angus McColl, UT Dallas assistant vice president for corporate relations. “We think it’s important to let graduates know their alma mater is on the rise and the value of their UT Dallas degree has substantially strengthened while they were away.”

Collectively, last spring more than 150 alumni attended four employer-based receptions, including an on-campus gathering for Accenture. The others were held at Raytheon, Rockwell Collins and Texas Instruments corporate facilities. Events such as these provide a casual venue for networking and learning, keeping alumni informed about the latest University news and research as well as reinforcing links to UT Dallas leadership and faculty in attendance.

“We also want to connect with corporate leadership so they can learn firsthand about the quality of our students, faculty, degree programs and research,” McColl said.

Corporations also benefit from such interactions. UT Dallas offers a wealth of resources and expertise, routinely partnering with businesses to establish mutually beneficial affiliations. Additionally, the University’s corporate relations team can facilitate strategic relationships to assist companies with recruitment of students and interns, sponsored research, technology transfer, executive education and philanthropic giving.

“We are always looking to connect with companies within the Metroplex and are also willing to expand these gatherings to companies outside the area if there is an alumni center of mass willing to host an event,” said Jessica Watts, director of corporate relations. “We look forward to alumni gatherings at AT&T and Fujitsu Network Communication.”

To coordinate an alumni reception at your company, visit utdallas.edu/corporate or call Julie Piccirillo at 972-883-5378.

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