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Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Aryanpur (BA '00)

Aaron Aryanpur, UT Dallas alumnus and creator of Temoc, is also a successful stand-up comedian.Alumnus Aaron Aryanpur has certainly left his legacy at UT Dallas. Aaron is best known as the original creator of the UT Dallas mascot, currently known as Temoc, and still holds many fond memories of his time at UT Dallas. When asked about his time at the University, Aaron said that he has many things to be thankful for. It was at UT Dallas that he met his wife, UT Dallas alumna Nichole Salter Aryanpur (BA ’99), and it’s also where he developed lifelong friendships with his roommates from his freshman Waterview apartment.

Since graduating from UT Dallas in 2000 with a degree in Arts and Performance, Aaron has experienced much success as a graphic designer and a stand-up comedian. He is a regular performer with the Addison Improv and was recently a winner at the Great American Comedy Festival.

Aaron is most proud of his family and the growth of his career in stand-up. He credits his current successes to his desire to always “keep building and working on myself. I don’t ever want to wonder, what if?” His contributions to UT Dallas, through his beginning sketches of Temoc, are all a part of the history of our alma mater. Aaron is excited to see the growth of UT Dallas and is grateful to have been a part of “really creating the University as it grows.”

Aaron can be seen at the Addison Improv on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 with fellow comedian, Mark Agee. For more information about Aaron and his experiences as a stand-up comedian, visit his webpage.


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