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A&H Alumni News

Eight UT Dallas alumni were honored with the traditional Distinguished Alumni Award and the Green & Orange Award for Alumni Service at the Universityís annual Awards Gala on April 1, including Elizabeth Ann Graves from the School of Arts and Humanities.

Ann GravesAnn Graves graduated with a bachelorís degree in English from the School of Arts and Humanities in 1983 and has been volunteering for dynamic causes and organizations ever since. Her interests are diverse, but her impact is evident, especially among organizations where she lives in Tulsa, Okla. Her involvements include serving on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of the USA and as a member of the board of trustees for the University of Tulsa. A supporter of the arts, she was vice president of development for the Tulsa Ballet, on the National Committee for the Performing Arts and volunteered with the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

Although donating her time keeps her busy, Graves has also worked professionally in communications, public relations and fund development for Texas Oil and Gas, Gaston Episcopal Hospital and Jane Phillips Medical Center. After the death of her husband, she served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Calumet Oil Co., Green Country Supply and JMG Oil Company. Graves is not the only UT Dallas graduate in the family: Her son, Michael Redeker, earned an Executive MBA in the School of Management.