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University Champion Leaves Enduring Legacy

Mrs. McDermott, whose philanthropic gifts made historic impacts on the educational and arts institutions of her native city of Dallas, died on May 3, 2018, at the age of 106. Read more »

Welcome to Your Alumni Community, Class of 2020!

From participating in unique alumni traditions to resources and discounts, here’s how you can make the most of your new status as a UT Dallas alumnus. Read more 

University’s Impact Continues to Resonate with LGBTQ Alumni

After becoming involved in LGBTQ organizations on campus, Cody Kuhn BA’17, MA’18 and Larry Guillen MBA’19 continue working to make the world a more inclusive, understanding place.  Read more 

Alumnae at North Texas Food Bank are Motivated by the Mission

In their roles at the food bank, Erica Yaeger MBA’02, Vicky Eaglebear MBA’18 and Diana Kao BA’11, MS’16 are focused on feeding those in need, one change at a time. Read more 

Senior, Student Worker Shares How COVID-19 has Affected Her College Experience

As a senior and student worker at UT Dallas, Joann Joseph BA’20 has spent the past few months e-learning, working from home and preparing for a graduation unlike any other. The literature graduate s Read more 

Three Comets Making a Difference in Their Communities

From feeding frontline workers to helping create ventilators for coronavirus patients, these Comets are doing what they can to help those in need. Read more 

The Books, Music and Podcasts Comets Recommend to Keep You Entertained

Whether you are an essential worker, working from home or looking for a break from your day-to-day routine, these recommendations and resources will help guide you through this unprecedented time. Boo Read more 

Know a Comet Making a Difference?

From assisting friends and family to helping strangers in need, we want to hear how UT Dallas alumni are making a difference during this time. Share your stories here. Read more 

A Survivor of the Holocaust, Eva Ratonyi MS’76 Shares the Importance of Education

Through the resourcefulness of her father, Ratonyi and her family were able to escape the Holocaust before living in a refugee camp. Through moves to New York and eventually Dallas, Ratonyi kept her e Read more 

Through Break Bread, Break Borders, Jin-Ya Huang BS’95 is Empowering Female Refugees

Inspired by her late mother, Huang developed an organization that teaches refugee women job skills through catering for a cause. Read more 

Become a Comets Giving Day Ambassador

Sign up as a digital ambassador, help celebrate the 50th anniversary, and be a part of the largest Comets Giving Day in UT Dallas history. Read more 

Photo Gallery: Alumni Night at the National Videogame Museum

Fellow Comets attended a special networking event for alumni of the Naveen Jindal School of Management, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Arts, Technology, Read more 

Inside the Official Alumni Association Welcome Box

There are many perks to joining your UT Dallas Alumni Association, including the official alumni box! Read more to see what’s inside your first-year welcome gift. Read more 

How Five Comet Couples Found Love at UT Dallas

A college degree isn't the only thing UT Dallas grads often leave the University with. Read how these Comets met their significant others during their time as students. Read more 

Alumni in the News: Comets Making Headlines

From the Dallas Business Journal to a groundbreaking new position and translation work, these UT Dallas graduates are making waves in the news. Read more 

Comet Speaks: Fashion Photographer Nick Glover BA’19 Shares His Current Inspiration

The Dallas native, who has worked for major brands and magazines, talks about his current inspiration, his favorite Deep Ellum restaurant and his advice for aspiring photographers. Read more 

John Stich, Glenn Terry Named to UT Dallas Executive Board

The University of Texas at Dallas has named John Stich, honorary consul of Japan in Dallas, and Glenn Terry, partner at Ernst & Young, to its Executive Board. Both join other community and busines Read more 

Photo Gallery: Fall 2019 Commencement

Last month, we celebrated alongside the families and friends of our fall 2019 graduates. Welcome to your alumni community, Comets!  Read more 

Cookbook Author and Food Blogger Michelle Hoover BA’13 Shares Her Latest Recipe

Michelle Hoover BA’13 was just 17 years old when she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, a chronic autoimmune disease that led to food allergies, a lack of energy and thyroid issues. Rather th Read more 

Mark Your Calendars for These Spring Alumni Events

From Comets Giving Day to the annual UT Dallas Awards Gala, you won't want to miss these monumental alumni events. Read more 

Meet the Alumni Hosts of UT Dallas’ Podcast “Could We Ever”

Before they were the hosts of “Could We Ever,” Ricardo Castrillon BA’17 and Danyelle Gates BA’17 were students at UT Dallas. Their familiarity with the University and passion for understanding Read more 

Comet Gift Guide: Four Picks for Your Favorite Graduate

Stuff your loved ones’ stockings this season with exclusive UT Dallas gifts that will make their Comet hearts happy. Read more 

Photo Gallery: 2019 UT Dallas Homecoming

Alumni were welcomed back to campus for the Student Leader Alumni Reception and Homecoming Tailgate by the Alumni Relations team during this year’s Homecoming festivities. Read more 

Celebration of Support Photo Gallery

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Comet Corner: Money Coach Elle Hall-Coleman BS’08 Shares Her Holiday Budgeting Tips

As the founder of the financial lifestyle movement Girlfriend’s, Budget!, Elle Hall-Coleman BA’08 is an experienced money coach and personal finance blogger. The Dallas native lives with her p Read more 

Three Comet-Owned Businesses to Support on Small Business Saturday

From eco-friendly flower bouquets to gourmet doughnuts and specialty tea, these alumni-owned entities offer unique ways to shop small. Read more 

Alumni Couple Helped Bring Homecoming, Student Groups to Life in the ’90s

Stephanie Coker BA’97 and Mark Coker BS’98 have had a front-row seat to the creation of longtime traditions and organizations during their transformational time at UT Dallas. Read more 

Second Annual Alumni Day of Service Brings UT Dallas Community Together

In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, UT Dallas alumni provided more than 15,000 meals for the area community during the annual Alumni Day of Service. Read more 

Introducing 50 Faces of Impact: Fueling the Future

In honor of The University of Texas at Dallas’ 50th anniversary, we’re highlighting the people who have helped blaze the path for UT Dallas’ bright future. From donors to alumni and corporate pa Read more 

AT&T’s Ty Bledsoe Named to UT Dallas Executive Board

The University of Texas at Dallas has named Ty Bledsoe, assistant vice president for external affairs at AT&T Inc., to its Executive Board. Bledsoe joins other business and civic leaders on the bo Read more 

Alumni Brothers Bring Video Games to Life Through Triple B Titles

Enrique Dryere BA’09 and Paul Dryere BA’12 combined their childhood passion and UT Dallas educations to create an indie game studio. Read more 

Recap: UT Dallas Night at Globe Life Park

See our photo gallery from the second annual event, which included an alumni barbecue and President Richard C. Benson throwing out the first pitch. Read more 

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Oozeball

The 2019 mud volleyball tournament hosted by the Student Ambassadors kicks off Friday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. Registration for the event ends Wednesday, Sept. 11 at midnight. Read more 

University Marks 50th Anniversary with Events, Banner Year of Branding

A yearlong celebration, which kicked off Aug. 18 at University Convocation, will mark this significant milestone, officially culminating with spring commencement ceremonies in May. Read more 

Biomedical Engineering Grad Becomes First Phi Kappa Phi 1897 Fellow

Sydney Sherman BS’19 has been named the first 1897 Fellow of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The new national award recognizes the highest-scoring applicant in a STEM discipline. Read more 

Comet Speaks: Author Kimberly King Parsons BA’00, MA’04 Shares Her Current Must-Haves, Book Recommendation

The mind behind Black Light, a collection of short stories debuting Aug. 13, reveals her favorite read of the year and provides advice for aspiring writers. Read more 

UT Dallas Night at the Ballpark is Near

Watch the Texas Rangers take on the Seattle Mariners at the second annual UT Dallas Night at the Ballpark. Read more 

UT Dallas Internship Program Led Mary Elbanna BA’16, MPP’16 to Career in Politics

Now the chief of staff for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Mary Elbanna BA’16, MPP’16 put her original plan to attend law school on hold to pursue a stint in public service. Read more 

University Neighbors Make Planned Gift to Support Transfer Students

Peggy and John Marlowe have lived next to UT Dallas for over 35 years. The couple has documented a planned gift to create a scholarship for transfer students to the University. Read more 

Planned Giving Comes Easily to Alumna

Jerri L. Hammer MS’97 and David Pomberg found a unique way to support UT Dallas through personalized planned giving options. As their gifts grow over time, so does their impact. Read more 

Alumni in the News: Comets Making Headlines

From a love story in The New York Times to commentary in The Dallas Morning News, UT Dallas alumni are making waves in the news. Read more 

A Strong Community at UT Dallas Helped Michael Parmerlee BS’06 Find His Niche

The graduate’s formative years at the University allowed him to build a network of lifelong friends and connections and find success in his family business. Read more 

Alumnus’ Gift Helps Transform University’s Esports Facility

Thanks to a $100,000 gift from Daniel Shen BS’10, the facility where The University of Texas at Dallas esports teams train and play is now the Sector 7 Energy Esports Gaming Arena. Read more 

For Alumnus, University Ring Comes Full Circle 20 Years Later

Twenty years passed before a LinkedIn message paved the way to reunite Rob Thomas BS’94 with his long-lost UT Dallas ring, a story Thomas told as the featured speaker at the University’s biannual Read more 

Wedded Bliss: See How Comet Couples Tied the Knot

Once strangers and undergraduates at The University of Texas at Dallas, these Comet couples have gone from students to married couples, a life milestone worth celebrating. Read on to see how the follo Read more 

Listen to Temoc’s Stellar Summer Mix on Spotify

Are you in the mood for some summer tunes? UTD mascot Temoc has curated a Spotify playlist to celebrate the season. His space-themed list features some oldies, some newbies and a ton of goodies. You c Read more 

New Texas Instruments Fellowship Trains Future Nonprofit Leaders

Halfway through his tenure as the inaugural Texas Instruments Founders Leadership Fellow at The University of Texas at Dallas, Archie Nettles BS’11, MPA’18 said the fellowship has helped shape his Read more 

Brian Beck-Smith BS’05 Helps Lead Future Comets to Success in Math

The DeSoto High School math teacher spends his spring and summers helping middle school students prepare for high school and college through UT Dallas’ Future Comets program. Read more 

Alumni Reception Highlights State Farm, University’s Partnership

With more than 300 employees who graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas, State Farm’s partnership encourages engagement from alumni employees, who are given even more opportunities to stay Read more 

A Guide to UT Dallas Summer Camps 2019

Catering to students with diverse interests, UT Dallas offers a wide range of summer programs for kids as young as 6 and as old as 18. Here’s a roundup of the current camps still open for registrati Read more 

For Emily Chrastka BS’16, Creating Eco-friendly Flowers is a Science

The neuroscience graduate turned what she learned from grueling 18-hour semesters into an environmentally conscious business that provides long-lasting wood flowers for weddings, holidays, corporate e Read more 

Comets Giving Day: A Look Back at the 3rd Annual Event

Thanks to your support, including 2,239 gifts, we raised more than $500,000 in 18 hours. Read more 

Distinguished Alumni, Supporters Celebrated at Annual Awards Gala

Three graduates and two long-time advocates were recognized for their accomplishments, advocacy and steadfast support during the 2019 UT Dallas Awards Gala on March 30. Read more 

Female STEM Students Create YWISE Alumni Group for Wiser Future

Samantha Montoya, Amira Zakrya, Maria Valdez and Adriana Alva formed an alumni group for students who participated in UT Dallas’ YWISE Investigators program, which encourages young women to pursue S Read more 

Jonsson School Launches Executive Council

In late 2017, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science created the school’s first Executive Council. Composed of distinguished alumni, trusted corporate partners, current faculty Read more 

Fluor Foundation Invests in Enriching Education

Although UTD's Future Comets program is primarily funded through the University, a $10,000 gift from the Fluor Foundation extends the impact of the initiative. Read more 

Campus Mall and Trellis Plaza Renaming Announced at Celebration of Support

Iconic campus destinations named in honor of the late Mrs. Margaret McDermott, renowned Dallas-area philanthropist, loyal University benefactor and wife of UT Dallas co-founder Eugene McDermott. Read more 

UT Dallas Alumna Brings a New Approach to Elementary Education

A few miles north of The University of Texas at Dallas, there is another school that prides itself on taking an innovative approach to education. The Guthrie School, founded in 2013 by Jill Guthrie BA Read more 

Callier Center Honors The Meadows Foundation, Celebrates a Longstanding Relationship

The Callier Center honored The Meadows Foundation with the 2018 Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award at the seventh annual Callier Cares Luncheon. Read more 

Dallas Foundation Grant Supports Free Program Changing Lives

In December, The Dallas Foundation awarded the UT Dallas Center for Children and Families (CCF) a $50,000 grant in support of Juega Conmigo, a 10- to 12-week free program for parents and children ages Read more 

New Fellowship Will Build the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

The University of Texas at Dallas has received a grant from the Texas Instruments Foundation designed to help grow the pipeline of nonprofit professionals in the Dallas area. Read more 

W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Funds Revolutionary Therapy for Brain Injuries, Neurological Disorders

Imagine one day living in a world where people who have experienced neurological injuries can return to normal, healthy and productive lives. Thanks to partners like the W. W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at Read more 

Game On: Raising Awareness and Fueling Research

In August, 152 women met on the field for the 10th annual Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas (BvB), a flag football game that raises money for Alzheimer’s disease research and awareness. Read more 

Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center Opens On Campus

Activities at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center will engage students and strengthen ties to the University’s growing alumni base. Read more 

Inaugural Giving Day Raises Nearly $200,000

On April 4, UT Dallas alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends contributed $199,143 to students and initiatives across campus during the University’s inaugural Comets Giving Day, an 18-hour onli Read more 

New Scholarship Honors Ebby Halliday, First Lady of Real Estate

Thanks to Ebby Halliday's firm, Ebby Halliday Realtors, her powerful name will continue to resonate for generations at UT Dallas through the establishment of the Ebby Halliday Scholarship Fund to supp Read more 

Program Bridges the Gap to Brighter Futures

For UT Dallas’ Academic Bridge Program (ABP), graduation is the ultimate goal. With a graduation rate of approximately 70 percent — well above state and national averages — the program is seeing Read more 

Major Investments Enhance Student Opportunities

In 2010, Irving-based Pioneer Natural Resources committed $600,000 to elevate several aspects of the geosciences program — a curriculum focused on immersing students in the study of the composition, Read more 

Donors Champion Callier Center Expansion, Further the Future of Care

What do the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, 20 people and a foundation have in common? Passion. An earnest passion to ensure that children and adults with speech, language and hearing diso Read more