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Ran Holman (BGS ‘86) was recently named vice president of real estate development for Opus West Corporation. Holman began his career in the databank department of CB Richard Ellis. Holman’s current projects include Two Addison Circle, a LEED-certified building project in Addison, Texas, Regent Center II in Irving, Texas, and the Opus Corporate Center in Las Colinas, Texas.

Gary Breen (BS ‘92) was appointed the new General Manager for the south east region of Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority. Breen has worked with South East Tourism since 1997 and has prior experience working in sports tourism in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Tony Reed (MS ‘92) completed his 100th marathon in the 18th Annual Fort Worth Cowtown Marathon on February 28, 2009. Over the 27 years that Reed has been running, he has completed marathons on all seven continents.  Reed is also the co-founder of the National Black Marathoners Association.

Keri Curtis (BS ‘99) was just elected the 2009 President of the Greater Fort Worth Commercial Real Estate Women (Ft. Worth CREW). She has worked for Integra Realty Resources for almost 10 years, most recently as senior analyst.  She’s been a member of CREW since 2002.

Euan Blackman (BA ‘06) president of Teachers Making a Difference, a nonprofit organization that assists at-risk youth in sub-Sahara Africa, is proud to announce their third successful visit to the Valley of a Thousand Hills in South Africa. The organization is dedicated to providing education and support of those affected by the AIDS pandemic and has partnered with the Makaphutu Children’s Village. Blackman is currently a science teacher at L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. See Teachers Making a Difference for more information.

Lance Schmieder (MSEE ‘08) recently received an award for the best student paper at the Fourth International Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Waveform Diversity and Design Conference.  Schmieder’s paper, “Signal Direction Finding for Low Complexity Radar,” reports on the creation of an algorithm that provides improved and low-cost performance in suppressing interference to radar systems. He currently works as a system analyst at Mustang Technology Group in Allen, Texas.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam- Brandt CanniciBrandt Cannici, UT Dallas alumnus and son of Counseling Center Director James Cannici, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on February 19, 2009.

In 2001, Brandt graduated from UT Dallas with a degree in Management Information Systems. He began working as a software developer at IP Communications and was engaged in IT consulting. In 2003, he moved to Japan for three years where he was employed as an English instructor in Osaka, then selected as director of the Kaplan Center in Tokyo. He traveled around the world as an instructor on the 49th Peace Boat Voyage. In 2006, he returned to the U.S. where he was active in internet entrepreneurship, founding Strayform and Medicare Saver. He was also a publisher for CallStreet and an instructor for the Embassy Language Institute. Brandt was also a dedicated volunteer for Heart House Dallas- an afterschool program that provides a safe haven and academic support to children of low-income families. See Heart House Dallas for more information about the program.

K. Erik EscobarK. Erik Escobar passed away on February 19, 2009, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Erik graduated from UT Dallas in 2007 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was currently enrolled as a master's student and working at Texas Instruments at the time of his passing. Erik was a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), enjoyed rock climbing, outdoor activities, motorcycling and pursuing his pilot’s license. Through the Rockwall ISD Education Foundation, the Escobar family has established the K. Erik Escobar Engineering Scholarship to benefit students from Rockwall High School. Another memorial will also be established to benefit the Rockwall Boy Scout Troup 83 where Erik became an Eagle Scout. For more information regarding the Rockwall ISD Education Foundation Inc., visit their website.


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