The University of Texas at Dallas is mourning Dr. Constantine “Connie” Konstans, a longtime accounting and information management professor in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, who died Monday. Konstans recently was honored with a UT Dallas endowed professorship in his name, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from D CEO magazine. Early this year he was named a 2013 Fellow of the Open Compliance and Ethics Group, a nonprofit to help organizations achieve principled performance in areas such as governance and assurance.
The American Association of University Women has awarded Lilian Calles Barger, a doctoral candidate in the School of Arts and Humanities, the American Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014. Barger’s dissertation, “Human Liberation from Below: Transnational Origins of Liberation Theology, 1775-1975,” provides a cultural history of ideas at the intersection of religion and politics in the American hemisphere.
UT Dallas has been named again as one of the greenest universities in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition. The guide profiles 322 institutions of higher education that show a strong commitment to sustainability initiatives. UT Dallas was recognized for engaging students, faculty and staff in developing sustainable practices.
Thousands of families attended a record seven graduation ceremonies at The University of Texas at Dallas from May 16 to 18. Dr. David E. Daniel, president of UT Dallas, presided over the ceremonies for more than 3,000 graduates, the largest spring graduation cohort in University history and a nearly 15-percent increase over last year.
Even in an academic career spanning more than five decades, there still is room for a few firsts. For UT Dallas professor Dr. Brian J.L. Berry, the unprecedented feat took shape this spring when nine of his doctoral candidates completed their PhDs. Dr. Berry, the Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, took the stage in Clark Center last week to recognize his nine students’ academic achievements and presented them with their doctoral hoods.
Rubia da Rocha Valente graduated this year with a PhD in public policy and political economy, but she wasn’t the only person in her family receiving a degree from UT Dallas. Rubia’s youngest sister, Sarah, finished her master’s degree in the humanities this semester, majoring in studies in literature and concentrating in translation and Holocaust studies. “This is very exciting for our family, we have really found a home at UT Dallas – it’s a place we have shared together,” said Rubia.