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MARCH 2016

Gala Honors Outstanding Alumni, Celebrates University Champions

2016 UT Dallas Awards Gala
Thursday, April 21
5:45 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel
900 E. Lookout Drive, Richardson, Texas


$40/person, $1,000 for sponsored table of 10
Register online
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Four UT Dallas graduates and two loyal supporters will be honored at the 14th annual Awards Gala on April 21. The celebration will feature the presentations of Distinguished Alumni Awards, the Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service and Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Awards.

Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Awards

Edward M. Ackerman was the general partner and portfolio manager of Ackerman Associates LP, the first hedge fund in Dallas, from 1969 to 2007. Additionally, he founded Ackerman Capital Management LP, an affiliated investment advisory firm serving institutions and high net worth clients. Before establishing his investment enterprises, he was the Dallas regional manager for Salomon Brothers. Ackerman has served as vice chair of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ investment advisory committee and as a member of the investment advisory committee of the permanent fund at The University of Texas. In addition, he served on investment committees of The Hockaday School and the Southwestern Medical Foundation, and he is a longtime member of the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth. A gift from the Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation created the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, which serves University students and the larger community.

Bill Booziotis is founder and president of Booziotis & Company Architects, which started in 1989, and was founding partner of the predecessor firm, Thomas and Booziotis. From the beginning, he has focused on unique commissions requiring specialized design consideration and has been involved in all phases and aspects of planning, architecture and interior design. His clients have included Texas Instruments, The University of Texas and the Dallas Museum of Art, and his work can be seen in projects ranging from museums, churches and university buildings to sleek, modern single-family homes and the restoration of historic Dallas homes. A recognized civic leader, he has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. Booziotis and his late wife established the Jean and Bill Booziotis Opportunity Fund for the Center for Vital Longevity to aid the efforts of a group of distinguished cognitive neuroscientists. He serves on the CVL Advisory Council and is a member of the University’s Legacy Society.


Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service

The Honorable Angie Chen Button MS’80 is serving her fourth term in Texas House District 112, representing portions of Richardson, Garland, Rowlett and Sachse. She serves as chair of the Economic and Small Business Development Committee, and is a member of both the Ways and Means and Rules and Resolutions committees. Before her election in 2008, Button held a long record of public service and community involvement, including with the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Dallas Assembly, the Dallas Summit, the Women’s Museum and many area chambers and nonprofits. Button was awarded the Tech Titans Technology Advocate Award (2014), YWCA’s 100 Years 100 Women Award (2008), SMU Women’s Symposium Profiles in Leadership Award (2006), Women’s Enterprise of Texas Magazine Women of Excellence Award (2004) and the National Organization of Chinese Americans Corporate Achievement Award and Grand Community Service Award (2000). Button, who also is a CPA, is an international marketing manager for Texas Instruments, where she has worked since 1981.


Distinguished Alumni Awards

Ashok Kumar (A.K.) Mago EMBA’99 is chairman and CEO of Mago & Associates Inc., a Dallas-based business and investment consulting firm. He is the founding chairman of the Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber, now known as the U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Board of Regents for the University of North Texas System and on boards for the Primary Care Clinic of North Texas and the Dallas County Community College District Foundation. He is also a member of advisory boards for BBVA Compass Bank in Dallas and the Salvation Army of Dallas County, past district governor of Lion International District 2-X1, a distinguished alumnus of Leadership Dallas and a former board member of Dallas Regional Chamber Board and First Independent National Bank. In 2014, Mago was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the president of India, one of the highest civilian awards in the Republic of India, rarely conferred on foreigners.

John Olajide BS’04 is the founder and CEO of Axxess, a Dallas-based technology company that streamlines operations for health care agencies. Olajide is passionate about improving the quality of health care services delivered to patients in their homes, and, under his leadership, Axxess has won several best workplace awards from organizations around the country. He was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Healthcare” list in 2014 — the same year that Axxess received the Excellence in Healthcare award from D CEO magazine. Olajide also spent several years serving on the education and Medicare/Medicaid committees of the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice. He recently created the Daniel and Elizabeth Olajide Opportunity Fund to benefit the National Society of Black Engineers at UT Dallas, the first fund to benefit a University student group.

Angela G. Shoup BS’89, MS’92, PhD’94 is an associate professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As director of the communicative and vestibular disorders division, she oversees a group of audiologists offering state-of-the-art services at the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center; Parkland Memorial Hospital’s outpatient ENT clinic and newborn nursery hearing screening program; Children’s Medical Center; and three pediatric clinics in Irving-Coppell, Mesquite and Plano. Shoup is also an adjunct professor at UT Dallas and lectures in the audiology program. She has published articles and textbook chapters on audiologic procedures and implantable hearing aids, and presented research findings at national and international meetings. Her research interests include implementation of universal newborn hearing screening programs, developmental issues in audition, auditory electrophysiology, diagnostic assessment for auditory and vestibular disorders, hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Visit utdallas.edu/gala or call 972-883-2586 to register or learn more.


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Jill Blevins, UT Dallas, (972) 883-5386, [email protected]
Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected]

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