News of UT Dallas students’ achievements, experiences and contributions to the university and community.
Five students, an advisor and a student organization at UT Dallas were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions to campus life at the annual Student Leadership Awards presentation. The event recognized individuals who make an impact on the UT Dallas community and beyond.read more
UT Dallas marketing students recently won a case study competition so rooted in business reality that they had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to participate. What the first-place team of four graduate students could say was that they analyzed data on social media sentiment for a Coca-Cola brand and then developed a marketing campaign based on their findings. The top team won $8,000 in the competition that was sponsored by Coca-Cola, NetBase and UT Dallas.
With a record seven graduation ceremonies this week, UT Dallas is preparing for its largest spring graduation cohort ever, with 3,024 students projected to complete their degrees, nearly a 15 percent increase over last year. The University has extended the commencement ceremonies over three days to accommodate the continued increase in the number of graduates.read more
UT Dallas will send off its graduating seniors in style, with a full-scale carnival, a ring ceremony and special photo opportunities with the University’s mascot Temoc during Senior Week festivities May 13-18. The carnival is open to the entire campus community.read more
Five student workers at UT Dallas were honored by their supervisors as “exceptional employees,” “committed to professionalism” and “bright, cheerful and reliable” as part of National Student Employment Week. The week, held each year in April, recognizes exceptional student workers on campus.read more
The UT Dallas varsity tennis program made history Sunday afternoon as the Comets won both the 2013 American Southwest Conference Men’s and Women’s tennis championships. It was the first conference championship in school history for both teams. The Comets won the titles in dramatic fashion, both knocking off longtime ASC tennis power UT Tyler in the championship matches. UTD’s women snapped a five-year ASC Championship run by the Patriots with a convincing 5-2 win. The Comet men also ended a five-year streak by UT Tyler, which entered the conference tournament as the No. 11-ranked team in the nation. UT Dallas swept through the doubles 3-0, before finishing off the 5-2 win.read more
The research showcase being held Monday night is different from most – it’s organized by and for students – specifically those in the University branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Monday’s showcase will highlight work conducted by researchers affiliated with the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE), and follows a similar showcase held in December that presented work from bioengineering, materials science, electrical engineering and computer science.read more
Students in the Phi Beta Lambda business leadership organization triumphed many times over in contests held at the group’s annual state conference. The April 12-13 contests at Stephen F. Austin University tested subject knowledge in 26 business and management categories. UT Dallas students earned 29 awards, 19 of which were for first place. “The students simply performed great,” said Dr. Vance Johnson Lewis, chapter adviser and director of the undergraduate program in business administration at the Naveen Jindal School of Management.
UT Dallas student media staff members were honored with several first place awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention April 4-6 in Fort Worth. The student newspaper, The Mercury, won first place for overall excellence in its division, opinion page design, editorial cartoon and sports feature story. Staff also won first place in on-site competitions in editorial writing, magazine design and PR crisis management.read more
One of the hottest trends in marketing requires talent for turning big data into big sales. Digital marketing analysts study shoppers’ cyberfootprints to help businesses zero in on their most likely customers. “You can target people in a very refined way that you can’t do with mass media advertising,” said Alex Edsel, director of the MS in Marketing Program and senior lecturer in marketing.read more
Tune in to Radio UTD, and you’ll hear an eclectic range of music you’re not likely to get anywhere else. That’s because disc jockeys at the student-run station avoid Top 40 songs and generate playlists that emphasize local talent. “We give a platform to new artists,” said Laura Carroll, station manager. “Why do Top 40 when you can turn to 106.1 for that? We want to do the things we do best, and that’s promote local music. We can bring music to campus that otherwise would not be heard.”read more
Business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma is observing its 100th anniversary as a recent induction ceremony invited 150 high-performing JSOM students to the society this year. The new group brings the chapter’s total membership to 1,234.read more
Liza Liberman, a political science junior, was elected March 29 as new Student Government president, succeeding Raj Dwivedi. Also elected was Russell “Charlie” Hannigan, a freshman math major who takes over from Nate Fairbank as vice president.read more
UT Dallas is home to 19 fraternity and sorority organizations, with about 550 students participating in Greek life — an increase of 21 percent from fall 2011. Students say they are are drawn to the leadership opportunities, networking and camaraderie these organizations offer.read more
SLIDESHOW: International Week is a UT Dallas tradition that celebrates culture on campus. During the week, held April 1-5, students shared information about clothing, cuisine, design and music at the signature Passport to the World event and the International Talent Show. Other popular activities included Zumba dancing, henna and a dance party. International Week is sponsored by the Student Services Office and other student organizations and campus departments.read more
For the third straight year, the UT Dallas chess team has finished in second place at the Final Four of chess tournament, also known as the “President’s Cup.” The competition was held in in Washington, D.C. April 6-7. The other teams in the tournament were The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and The University of Illinois.
Ten finance students from the Jindal School’s Financial Leadership Association competed in the second phase of the CME Group Commodity Trading Challenge at the University of Houston on March 22-23. The competition involved an age-old trading language that uses fast-paced shouting and elaborate hand signals as students try to cut shrewd deals.read more
Two years ago, Monica used a tax preparation service that urged her to apply for a refund anticipation loan so she could get her much-needed refund quickly. But the mother of three, who earns around $19,000 annually, paid $200 for preparation and loan fees on a tax-time advance that she learned didn’t come any faster than her friend’s refund. Her friend had used the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), a free tax prep service for people in need that draws upon the skills of trained volunteers, including roughly 100 UT Dallas students.read more
More than 430 UT Dallas students studied abroad last year, a 10-fold increase in student participation since 2005, says Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez, director of the Office of International Education. His staff sets up the processes and provides guidance for students who opt to study overseas in places like China, France, Australia and Costa Rica. UT Dallas provides several ways for students to study overseas: traditional study abroad programs, internships in other countries, exchange programs or a faculty-led international experiences.read more
A group of UT Dallas students and faculty members shared their love of science with the next generation of investigators during the annual Dallas Regional Science Fair. The team of volunteer judges, led by UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ Dr. Jackie Clark and Dr. Peter Assmann, spent a day at the Fair Park event, offering their opinions and encouragement. They were joined by seven BBS students, who also helped judge entries and offered ideas for moving the young people’s research forward.read more
With more than 4,000 international students from 100 countries on campus, UT Dallas makes a point to set aside a week each spring to celebrate the cultural diversity on campus. This year’s International Week, sponsored by the International Student Services Office and other student organizations and campus departments, will be held April 1-5.read more
UT Dallas junior forward Kyle Schleigh has become the third Comet men's basketball player to claim All-America honors after being named NCAA Division III Third Team All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Schleigh, a native of Houston, joins former Comets Scott Rodgers (2010) and Chris Barnes (2011) who were both Second Team All-American selections by the NABC.read more
The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management Professional Sales Team had a strong finish in its first year as an organization, with members placing in the top 10 in a recent worldwide competition. Seniors Sarah Kienle and Monica Raofpur finished fifth and ninth respectively at the World Collegiate Sales Open Feb. 21-23 at Northern Illinois University.read more
Springapalooza 2013 got the University humming with several activities as students returned to campus after spring break. The weeklong celebration was put on by the Student Union Activities Advisory Board. From Splatterdancing to music at the Plinth to sharing good food, the week was the perfect way for students to get back to work and finish the Spring 2013 semester.
A casino, comedy night and a big, messy splatter dance are some of the campus activities planned to welcome UT Dallas students back from spring break. Springapalooza, set for March 18-22, is an annual post-spring break celebration put on by the Student Union Activities Advisory Board (SUAAB).read more
To prepare for the Final Four of Chess Tournament, UT Dallas will host two tournaments this weekend: the UT Dallas Spring Blitz Tournament and the UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open Underwritten by Turner Construction. On Friday, March 8, from 3 to 5 p.m., UT Dallas will hold the Spring Blitz Tournament at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The tournament will feature speed-chess games among more than 40 competitors, including UT Dallas chess team members.read more
When Alternative Spring Break service projects were posted this year, UT Dallas students snapped up all available slots in less than 30 minutes. The 88 UT Dallas students will head out March 10-16 to participate in one of 10 projects, from building homes for Habitat for Humanity in Jackson, Miss., to helping international refugee children transition into the U.S. education system in Atlanta, Ga.read more
Thousands of transfer students with diverse life experiences and their own set of challenges make successful transitions to UT Dallas. Some are older, non-traditional students, who typically feel the extra pressure of holding a job and raising a family while completing a degree. The University enrolls about 1,500 transfer students each semester and 500 or so more in the summers.read more
Morgan Kilgore, named MVP after UT Dallas' first-ever victory in the American Southwest Conference Tournament, describes her love of basketball and her team's plight as they prepare to travel to Memphis, Tenn. for the national tournament.
UT Dallas has launched a new bachelor’s degree in one of the country’s hottest new fields of business. The Naveen Jindal School of Management introduced this semester a BS degree in supply chain management, described by U.S. News & World Report recently as the business world’s “next great frontier.”read more
The UT Dallas women's basketball team will be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III National Tournament after a stunning 67-63 win over No. 23-ranked Louisiana College in the American Southwest Conference title game Sunday afternoon. The Comets will travel to Memphis, Tenn., for a match-up against Washington University-St. Louis in the national tournament's first round.read more
The Hunger Games book and movie popularized the sport of archery for a growing number of young enthusiasts, including UT Dallas students who formed an archery club in fall 2012. The club now has about 40 members who are beginning to compete.read more
Spring semester brings a renewed focus on career options for seniors set to be graduates in a few months. To answer the call, the UT Dallas Career Center will host a series of career expos in upcoming weeks to help students connect with employers from school districts, nonprofit organizations, corporations, small businesses and government agencies. The expos are open only to currently enrolled students and alumni who have earned degrees from UT Dallas.read more
Former UT Dallas centerfielder Chase Brown has been honored as the winner of the 2012 Carroll Beringer Metroplex Divisional Player of the Year award. The business administration student received the award from the DFW Hall-Ruggles Chapter for the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) during a halftime ceremony Monday in the Comets men’s basketball game against the University of the Ozarks. Brown was accompanied by UT Dallas head baseball Coach Shane Shewmake at the ceremony. read more
Dozens of finance students soon will spend time analyzing securities performance, checking returns and keeping up with investment trends as participants in the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s new student-run investment fund. The Jindal School joins hundreds of business schools nationwide that have set up student-managed investment funds, most funded through endowments or donor funds, as teaching tools that offer future investment professionals a chance to manage real money while receiving course credit and earning their degrees.read more
UT Dallas students representing a rich variety of Eastern cultures celebrated the Lunar New Year last week. The event was hosted by the University's Multicultural Center, as well as the Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese student associations.read more
Dr. Georgia Fotopoulos and her graduate students are asking for the UT Dallas community’s input on a new project called “3D Dallas,” which aims to raise awareness of the interactions between natural and urban environments. They are asking you to vote on which of five landmarks should be the subject of their 3D computer model.read more
Now in the heart of competition season, the UT Dallas debate team has steadily improved with each tournament. Most recently, the team competed at Wichita State University. Next, UT Dallas will compete at Northwestern University.read more
UT Dallas' Club Sports Program formally started in 2005 with only a handful of groups. Today, 24 clubs, all housed under the Department of Recreational Sports, receive guidance and general supervision, but the emphasis is on students to initiate, organize, operate and participate.read more
For the fall 2012 semester, 809 undergraduate students made the dean’s list at UT Dallas, the single largest group named to the list in the University’s history. “We congratulate the students on the dean’s list and commend them on this accomplishment, especially given the rigor of UT Dallas courses and the quality of their cohort,” said Dr. Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, dean of Undergraduate Education.read more
A student team from UT Dallas has won first place and $10,000 in a national competition held by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants — the second time in three years that the University has been named champion of the annual contest. A plan for simplifying the U.S. tax code put the team of four undergraduate accounting majors over the top in the contest, which was held in Washington, D.C., Dec. 16-18.read more
The UT Dallas chess team tied for first place at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, known as the “World Series of Chess.” From Dec. 27 to 30 at Princeton University, the team competed against one of the most competitive fields since the tournament’s inception in 1946.read more
Students in the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s new sales program achieved a sixth-place finish in the recent International Collegiate Sales Competition. Seniors Brittany Nieh, Monica Raofpur and Prashi Singh traveled to Florida State University for the event, where they showed their direct-to-consumer sales prowess using a luxury men’s clothing brand. Competition rounds mimicked a typical sales process where a sales professional works with a consumer to establish needs, present a solution and close the deal.read more
When Dustin Tsai celebrated his new master’s degree on Friday, he shared his accomplishment with two UT Dallas alumni in his life – his brother and his boss. Both came to support him during one of six graduation ceremonies held at The University of Texas at Dallas last week. More than 1,900 freshly minted graduates participated in the largest fall graduation in the University’s 43-year history.read more
UT Dallas marked a new event during its fall 2012 graduation festivities, specifically recognizing the academic achievements of its veteran students. The first Veteran Cord Ceremony honored 22 veterans. Each graduate was given a braided red, white and blue cord to wear during graduation ceremonies.read more
Smiles, tears and “whooshes” of joy abounded as nearly 100 students received their class rings at the UT Dallas ring ceremony December 6. Held on the eve of commencement, the ring ceremony has become a rite of passage for many Comets. Due to the tradition’s growing popularity, the ceremonial dunking of the ring was moved from the round trellis pool to a reflecting pool on the University mall.
Four former student-athletes and a volunteer photographer were added to the UT Dallas Athletic Hall of Honor during its annual Induction Ceremony. Former soccer players Theresa Buckles Walters and Zac Lindley, baseball standout Trent Elizondo and men's basketball star Martin Salinas were inducted into the honorary panel, along with Doug Fejer, a volunteer sports photographer. The induction event was held Nov. 14.read more
Rosalinda Valenzuela will become the first Academic Bridge student to earn a doctoral degree from UT Dallas this week. The program helps high-potential, first generation college students complete their college educations through advising, mentoring and tutoring.read more
This year, winning ideas were all about making life easier for students at the sixth Annual UT Dallas Business Idea Competition. Top proposals included simplifying on-campus parking and facilitating “crowd scholarships.” Team You-Park, winner of the Dallas Mavericks Entrepreneurship Award and first place prize in the undergraduate division, won with a model that helps students find the most convenient on-campus parking using a mobile phone app.read more