You and UTD, End of Campaign Report
You and UTD, End of Campaign Report
Alumni Nicholas Walker BS'12 and Claire Walker BS'12, MS'13, brought their son, Henry, to an annual summer event for alumni at the Dallas Arboretum.

THE IMPACT OF YOUR GIVING:

Alumni Participation

Alumni know firsthand of the University's commitment to academic excellence, as well as the value of a UT Dallas education.

During the Realize the Vision campaign, a record number of contributions from longstanding alumni supporters as well as first-time alumni contributors was crucial to exceeding campaign goals. A combined gift from three alumni represented the largest alumni gift in University history. The number of alumni investments as a whole accounted for more than 40 percent of the total number of gifts made.

With the UT Dallas alumni community growing exponentially each year, the Comet network is a powerful bulwark to the University.

"There is a multiplier effect when you give … You may never realize the full impact your gift can make," said Jefflyn Williamson BS'83, founder and CEO, Jefflyn & Company Commercial Real Estate.

Nicholas Walker BS'12 and Claire Walker BS'12, MS'13 brought their son, Henry, to an annual summer event for alumni at the Dallas Arboretum.

CAMPAIGN RESULTS: 10,552 ALUMNI GIFTS

Members of the Davidson Management Honors Program in the Jindal School as well as other current students. The program was named in honor of the Davidsons in 2011.

NANCY GUNDY DAVIDSON AND CHARLES 'CHUCK' DAVIDSON

Contributions from longtime supporters Nancy Gundy Davidson BS'80 and Chuck Davidson MS'80 have propelled the construction of facilities, enhanced programs and advanced the work of students and faculty. Driven in part by the fact that both "greatly benefited from our education at UT Dallas," the Davidsons are partners in giving whose generosity continues to make a difference at UT Dallas.

The couple made the first major alumni contribution for the construction of the building that now houses the Naveen Jindal School of Management. Subsequent gifts established four endowed faculty research positions and provided for the undergraduate honors program that now bears their name. Their most recent gift supports the construction of the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center, a new campus home for alumni.

Nancy Gundy Davidson BS'80 and Chuck Davidson MS'80 (center) met with members of the Davidson Management Honors Program in the Jindal School as well as other current students. The program was named in honor of the Davidsons in 2011.

Naveen Jindal MBA'92 and Dean Hasan Pirkul celebrated the naming of the school for Jindal in 2011.

NAVEEN JINDAL

Naveen Jindal MBA'92 works to advance business, education and leadership in two parts of the world: his home country of India and UT Dallas, his alma mater. With a single commitment to the School of Management in 2011, Jindal made one of the largest gifts by an alumnus in University history. The Board of Regents recognized his historic gift, naming the school for Jindal.

"I have always been proud of the education I received at UT Dallas," Jindal said. "My hope is that this gift benefits the University, students and faculty for years to come."

Naveen Jindal MBA'92 and Dean Hasan Pirkul celebrated the naming of the school for Jindal in 2011.

Alumni Give

Nicole Tucker BA' 04

When Nicole Tucker BA'04 was a child, she watched her mother's cancer spread so quickly that there was no time to prepare a will or plan for the future. Years later, Nicole named UT Dallas a beneficiary in her own estate plans, hoping to provide peace of mind for others worried about paying for college and their futures.

Dr. Solomon Luo MS'78

Three decades passed before Dr. Solomon Luo MS'78, an ophthalmologist with a private practice in Pennsylvania, reconnected with Dr. John Jagger (center). Luo credits his UT Dallas professor with motivating him to attend medical school. He and his wife, Wendy, created the John Jagger Scholarship for Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Jefflyn Williamson BS'83

Jefflyn Williamson BS'83, owner and president of commercial real estate firm Jefflyn & Company, offers her support and talents to the University. As a student, Jefflyn was helped by a scholarship from the Northwood Woman's Club. She paid the favor forward in a number of ways: the creation of an endowment to support students, the inclusion of UT Dallas in her estate plans and service as a mentor. A volunteer on a number of advisory boards, Jefflyn recently assisted the University with curriculum for its real estate degree concentration.

Bate Bate MBA'03

Scholarship assistance coupled with significant encouragement during his educational pursuits drove Cameroon native Bate Bate MBA'03 to assist future generations of students with the gift of education. Bate and his wife, Leyla, established the Bate Family Scholarship/Fellowship to help worthy students while supporting business education.

McDermott Scholars gathered near a campus reflecting pool

CLASS IMPACTS

Robert Rutford

UT Dallas students have banded together to support their alma mater during the campaign.

Members of the Eugene McDermott Scholars Alumni Association committed $100,000 in the form of a Campus Enhancement Fund. After participating in the McDermott Scholars Program — a program that provides select students with a rigorous and personalized education as well as intensive extracurricular activities — the group honored their education at the University as well as Mrs. Eugene McDermott, whose giving made it possible.

In another effort, alumni from the 1980s and '90s teamed up with President Emeritus Robert Rutford (above) to raise more than $177,000 in 90 days for scholarships, research, programs, schools and centers across campus. Rutford appealed to individuals who graduated during his presidential tenure, offering to match gifts up to $5,000. Hundreds responded and collectively contributed more than $100,000.

Newer alumni were introduced to the UT Dallas giving community through class challenges. The Class of 2012 raised funds for 12 scholarships to assist students with purchasing textbooks, and 2011 graduates contributed to an endowed scholarship. In recognition of each donor to the class challenges, the University installed more than 450 bricks on Legacy Lane, a tree-lined path behind the Eugene McDermott Library.

Alumni of the McDermott Scholars program gathered near a campus reflecting pool named in recognition of the group's $100,000 campaign contribution.