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Send news about yourself to [email protected] for inclusion in future editions of the Alumni Link. We want to hear about any milestone in your life, such as marriage, births, promotions, new employers, awards, etc.

Linda Dunkel (M.A. '76), the President and CEO at Interaction Associates since 2002, is a winner of the 2006 Best Bosses Award, given annually by the nonprofit organization Winning Workplaces. The award recognizes inspirational and innovative leaders from small and mid-sized businesses across America. 

Carol Bauer Francis (M.S. '79) was selected the 2006 Teacher of the Year for Cedar Creek Elementary School in Austin, where she is a special education teacher.

Cindy Torres Marolt (B.S. '80) recently sold a three-book commercial fiction deal to Avon/HarperCollins. Her mystery suspense debut novel, No One Heard Her Scream, will be released in the summer of 2008.

Dr. William F. Tate (M.A.T. '87) was elected president-elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in April. He is a math-science education researcher at Washington University in St. Louis.

Matt Beshears (M.S. '91, M.B.A. '91) was recently promoted to chief lending officer at NexBank, SSB in Dallas. Prior to his promotion, Matt was the senior vice president of lending at NexBank.

Dr. Nicolas Valcik (B.A. '94, MPA '96, Ph.D. '05), UTD's assistant director of strategic planning and analysis and Esequiel Barrera, UTD's director of environmental health and safety, received an Award of Recognition from the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association of the National Safety Council in July for their development of the Logistical Tracking System, which electronically inventories and tracks hazardous materials on campuses.

Jeana (Williams) Bollinger (B.S. '95), a senior systems analyst with ING in Dallas, recently published a children's book with Trafford Publishing. The book, Sammy Sandstone, tells the story of a chance encounter on the playground between a rock named Sammy and a little girl named Emily. 

Linda Noblin (M.A. '98) was presented the Dallas County Community College District's Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty during the district’s annual conference in March. She is the writing coordinator in the tutoring center at Cedar Valley Community College.

Timothy Bedell (B.A. '01) was presented with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies May 6, 2006, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus in Grand Forks. He will go on for residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center/Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.   

John Reed Sallaway (B.A. '02) has been hired as an associate in the Houston office of Jackson Walker LLP. He earned his J.D. from Texas Tech University.
Monica Azimi (B.A. '03) has entered first year studies at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia. The college has been recognized in US News & World Report's "Top Graduate Schools" report for eight consecutive years.

Jihan Kamel (M.B.A. '04) and her sister Suzanne Kamel (B.A. '05) were presenters at the Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities National Conference in May 2006. Jihan is a transportation specialist with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration in Washington, and Suzanne is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Leia Biholar (B.A. '05) married Brandon Bell at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas on January 7, 2007. Leia is completing her master’s in business administration at UTD, and Brandon serves in the United States Air Force. 

Won Lee (B.S. '05), an information technology specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency, was named Junior Employee of the Year by the agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance. He was chosen by management for the award out of more than 800 eligible employees.

We Are Listening...
Did you make a permanent "comet connection?" If you met your spouse at UTD, we want to hear your love story. Send us details, in 250 words or less, about how you met to [email protected]. We will print stories in the March issue of the Alumni Link. Deadline for consideration is Wednesday, February 14.
Tell us your favorite campus traditions and why you like them. Did you attend Holiday Sing or participate in the Rites of Spring? Maybe Oozeball was your sport. Send us your popular and/or little known UTD traditions and why you remember them to [email protected].