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FALL 2013

Thank You, Donors!

Campaign Charges Ahead with Record $64 Million Year

When her head hits the pillow each night, junior Nellie Tovar is too

Hundreds of other UT-Dallas faculty and staff members—current and

tired to dream. Her schedule is jam-packed with psychology homework, a

retired—have been sustaining the campaign, joining friends from North Texas

full-time babysitting job, weekends working at NorthPark Center, and a

and beyond to provide critical funds. Area foundations and industry partners

quick call to Danielle, her best friend since their preschool days in Oak Cliff.

in science and technology have invested in future educators by providing $2 million to UTeach Dallas, which trains the teachers who will inspire the next

But the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation helps make dreams a reality

generation of scientists, engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs.

for young people like Nellie, a first-generation college student who will benefit from the foundation’s recent support of the Realize the Vision

The National Math and Science Initiative awarded UTeach Dallas a $1 million

campaign. Donors like the King Foundation have given more than

challenge grant for raising $1 million in matching funds for an endowment.

$64 million to UT-Dallas in fiscal year 2013, advancing research, bolstering

The endowment goal was met thanks to support from the Tellabs

student assistance and building the endowment. This year’s fundraising

Foundation, the Greater Texas Foundation, the O’Donnell Foundation, Texas

total blew past the previous records of $55.2 million in 2011 and

Instruments Foundation, and Hamon Charitable Foundation.

$40.6 million in 2010. UTeach Dallas graduate Amiee Himler has been working as a full-time Since the campaign’s quiet start in 2009 and the public announcement in

math teacher at Richardson High School since 2011. “I was always

2012, donors have invested more than $180 million in total gifts and

interested in math, and was good at it, and I also dreamed of being a

pledges. With an end date of Dec. 31, 2014, the University is closing in on

teacher,” Himler said. “But I didn’t always get a lot of support for that

the $200 million campaign goal aimed at accelerating efforts to become a

dream. Within the first three weeks of UTeach, though, I had been to class,

Tier One national research institution.

was matched with a partner, met a teacher in the field, and was writing lessons that I would teach in another three weeks.”

“Comprehensive campaigns are common today at other universities, but UT-Dallas went through its first four decades without attempting one,”

Donors have also boosted programs outside of the classroom. Center for

said President David E. Daniel. “This is not because it was unimportant, but

BrainHealth benefactors are paving the way for new research breakthroughs

simply because the University was focused on attracting great students

with Opportunity Funds—permanent unrestricted endowments.

and faculty, establishing innovative degree programs and building a reputation for academic excellence. A great foundation has been laid to

The Buck Horn Opportunity Fund was created in honor of the late Buck

now launch UT-Dallas into the ranks of top research universities, and this

Horn, business leader, husband, father and patriot, to help people

campaign is empowering us to make that happen.”

maximize their brain performance. The Daryl Johnston Opportunity Fund and Lee Roy Jordan Opportunity Fund were established in honor of the

Thirty new donors with a focus on the future have

leadership of these Dallas Cowboys legends to maximize brain

buoyed the campaign with planned gifts through

performance in athletes and veterans.

bequests, charitable gift annuities and life insurance. By backing various centers and units, alumni are filling needs across the Dr. John Van Ness, past chair of the Department of

University while also helping raise the University’s standing in national

Mathematical Sciences, and his wife, Nancy, a retired

rankings that measure the percentage of alumni who donate.

senior lecturer in the Erik Jonsson School of

Randy Black BS’06 is an accounting graduate who used to win big for the

Engineering and Computer Science, left a legacy that

University as a pitcher on the baseball team. He left his mark on his alma

celebrates their daughter and makes a lasting impact.

mater recently by being the first graduate to name the University as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

Shortly after the couple’s daughter, Julia, died of Ewing’s sarcoma in 1988, a merit scholarship was

Nellie Tovar studies in the computer lab.

“The platform UT-Dallas has provided me to develop professionally and

established in her honor. Through their estate plans,

personally is something for which I will always be grateful. Sharing some

John and Nancy will add to that scholarship, which

of the fruits of my labor to ensure UT-Dallas provides this same

has already helped 12 students.

experience for others is extremely close to my heart.”

Schools and Units Begin to Surpass Campaign Goals It took 40 years to transform UT Dallas from a collection of research stations in a cotton field to a center of educational excellence for more than 21,000 students. Thanks to the Realize the Vision campaign, the transformation continues—but at a much faster pace. The University has entered the final stretch of this campaign to further the vision of UT Dallas becoming a major national research university for North Texas. The campaign goal of $200 million is composed of fundraising goals for the University’s seven schools,

along with several major research centers and studentfocused campus units, including the Eugene McDermott Library and the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. These individual goals range from $500,000 to $50 million, and several were recently surpassed. Other units are well on their way and likely to exceed their goal later this year or in 2014. Learn how you can help get them there at

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IN JUST FOUR YEARS, UT Dallas has seen a complete transformation in philanthropic support. There has never been a period

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in our history of such remarkable generosity. It’s no coincidence that these are the same four years of the Realize the Vision campaign. Record numbers of donors are showing that they believe in our founders’ vision of becoming a great Tier One research university. We

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personal touches to her dorm room. Each day, she’ll make UT Dallas. And each day, Kathryn will have the opportunity to learn and study in a new place on campus, thanks to her parents, Donald and Karen Trost.

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you, we have nearly reached our $200 million goal!

Dr. Aaron Conley Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

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Like most incoming freshmen, Kathryn Trost will add the space her own as she embarks on her journey at

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are grateful for every gift committed during the campaign. Thanks to

Parents Honor Children with Naming Gifts

The Trosts, whose son, Kyle, is a junior arts and technology ‘95







(ATEC) major, had been tracking the progress of the new Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building on visits to campus from their home in nearby Keller. But it wasn’t until

Opportunity Funds: Now a Popular Way to Give More than 50 alumni, friends and UT Dallas faculty have stepped forward for the Realize the Vision campaign to create Opportunity Funds. These unrestricted endowments can be established to support a school, department, research center or any other area donors choose. Dr. Anvar Zakhidov and his wife, Nadira, celebrated both his 60th birthday and his career at UT Dallas by establishing an Opportunity Fund to benefit the Physics Department and the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute. Zakhidov is known for his landmark advancements in nanotechnology, photonics and the physics of solar energy devices. He joined UT Dallas in 2001 to co-found, with Dr. Ray Baughman, the MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute where Zakhidov is the associate director. “As a young scientist, I received a lot of support from the university where I studied, from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and from various foundations worldwide, including some in Japan and Italy,” said Dr. Zakhidov. “Now I want to give back to students and researchers so that they will have the opportunity to participate in international workshops and conferences like I did, and to expand their research to new areas.” Nadira is a longtime UT Dallas staff member who has served as a web specialist at the Eugene McDermott Library for more than 10 years. She recently received her second master’s degree, this one in library science. The Zakhidovs were inspired by colleague Dr. Dean Sherry, who, along with his wife, Dr. Cindy Sherry BS’78, rang in his 40th year as a UT Dallas faculty member by establishing an Opportunity Fund for the Chemistry Department in 2012. Learn more about Opportunity Funds at

Appreciation and Admiration Drive Alumna’s Bequest At every opportunity, Trudy

didn’t take long for them to agree that a naming gift was something they wanted to pursue. “We simply felt it was right to give something back to the program and UT Dallas now, while Kyle and Kathryn are

Gentry MS’79 enthusiastically lauds

both on campus, in a meaningful and lasting way,” Don said.

UT Dallas. She not only raves about

In doing so, the Trosts have named the first space in the

her student experience but also

new building, a student lounge, in honor of their children.

credits UT Dallas with giving her a career and providing her with the

The Trosts originally believed that supporting their

means to secure a retirement fund.

children’s university began and ended with paying tuition.

So when the time came to solidify

“Everything we’ve seen since Kyle first visited campus—the

her estate plans, Gentry

construction of new residence halls, the Student Services

immediately thought to include the

Building, and now the new Edith O’Donnell ATEC Building—


has changed the way we think,” Don said. “What better way to support UT Dallas than to give back while Kyle and

“The University is putting out some of

Kathryn are both ATEC students? We hope that every time

the best graduates and research in

they use the student lounge they’ll feel the same sense of

every category,” Gentry said. “I want

pride and commitment that we do.”

to make things easier for the University and the Center for

A similar sense of commitment attracted parents Judy and

BrainHealth (CBH), so they can make

Zeke Fairbank to make a gift in honor of their children, Nate,

things easier for us.” Gentry’s

a junior math major, and Nancy, an incoming freshman,

bequest of $500,000 will be

both of whom are Eugene McDermott Scholars.

divided evenly between CBH and

Judy (not pictured) and Zeke Fairbank named a campus tree for their children, Nate, a junior, and Nancy, a freshman, both of whom are Eugene McDermott Scholars. “We are so grateful to UT Dallas and to the McDermott Scholars Program for the opportunities given to both our

Both freshman Kathryn and junior Kyle will get to enjoy a student lounge bearing their names in the new Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, thanks to the generosity of their parents, Donald and Karen Trost. UT Dallas has taken to promote environmental stewardship. “After reading President Daniel’s mission about becoming a

children,” Judy said. “We asked ourselves, ‘How do you

Tier One institution, I wanted to do something tangible to

thank a university for that?’”

support that mission, especially the sustainability,” Zeke said. Gifts to the Campus Enhancement Fund, like the

While visiting Nate, Zeke walked by the reflecting pools

Fairbanks’ gift, provide permanently endowed support of

and happened upon a sign about naming opportunities for

trees, water features and gathering areas.

trees and reflecting pools. Then, when Nancy attended her interviews for McDermott Scholar finalists earlier this year,

“The bur oak tree we named shows our family’s dedication

Judy saw a plaque commemorating a campus enhancement

to UT Dallas, and it will be a great opportunity to come

gift from the Eugene McDermott Scholars Alumni

back with my family to see the tree,” Nancy said.

Association. With those experiences, a seed was planted in the Fairbanks’ minds, and the idea to give back grew.

In a few years, even as Nate and Nancy graduate and embark on new journeys, the trees will mature and provide

“To me, seeing that commitment from the young McDermott

a beautiful, natural backdrop to the campus landscape.

alumni conveyed a special level of gratitude and connection,” Judy said.

“We have pin oak trees back home in Missouri, and both kids loved climbing them,” Judy said. “Our gift is a connection, a

Zeke took a slightly different approach. As the owner of The

way for them to remember where they come from and

Alternative Energy Company LLC in Missouri, he believes in

where they’re going.”

sustainability and was pleased with the steps that

the University. After years in education, she understands the challenges of utilizing funds

New Commitments Advance Biomedical Device Research

accompanied by set parameters. “I put no strings on my gift,” she explained. “Whatever the University needs it for, they should use it for.”

Two Dallas organizations with deep scientific Trudy Gentry MS’79

Years in the classroom—as both a student and an instructor—have made Gentry a proponent of education. She earned an undergraduate degree from UT Arlington and completed graduate work in philosophy at Southern Methodist University. After serving as an aide at what was then known as the Notre Dame Special School, Gentry was hired as an instructor with the expectation she would pursue her certification. She then enrolled at UT Dallas to earn a master’s degree in special education. “UTD was really fabulous about working with me,” Gentry said of her time as a student. She not only

a legacy, and we felt that we could accomplish that goal

and MicroTransponder, both of which have a profound

roots have pledged $350,000 to support biomedical

through the excellent research being conducted at UTD,”

understanding of the importance of biomedical research to

device research at UT Dallas. The Texas Instruments Alumni

said Max Post, the association’s vice president of activities.

the future of Dallas and the United States.”

Association (TIAA) has committed $250,000 to establish a

“TI and UTD have always had a strong, productive

distinguished professorship, and MicroTransponder has

relationship; we are proud to continue that tradition by

pledged $100,000 for research in the University’s Texas

supporting studies of great benefit to our members.”

Biomedical Device Center. The gifts will help support the center’s mission to develop

The Texas Biomedical Device Center was established at UT Dallas in 2012. Faculty members from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the Erik Jonsson School of

MicroTransponder is a privately held medical device

Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of

development company with a strong neuroscience research

Natural Sciences and Mathematics contribute to the

and advance medical devices and therapies to improve the

focus. It boasts an experienced team of scientists and

center’s interdisciplinary research efforts to create new

Gentry eventually spent 35 years teaching special education.

quality of life for those who have suffered neurological

engineers working to develop neurostimulation technology

biomedical technology and therapies. Learn more about

injuries, and will help fund pre-clinical and clinical research

platforms to treat various forms of neurological disease,

the center at

While Gentry did not require student loans or grants to fund her education, she’s watched others

for the treatment of brain injuries. Among the center’s

including tinnitus and post-stroke motor rehabilitation.

was able to attend evening classes but also was allowed to student teach in her own classroom.

struggle financially while earning degrees. Those observations combined with classroom interactions led to Gentry’s belief that investing in education is crucial. “If children really are our future, we need to be able to provide them with financial aid, scholarships and whatever they need to get through,” Gentry said. After learning about BrainHealth’s signature public lecture series, Gentry began attending regularly. The quality and content of the programming sparked a desire to further immerse herself in the center’s programs. Not wanting to just wait for the series to commence each February, Gentry plans to volunteer her time working with autistic children at BrainHealth. “The center provides a good way to stay in touch with my interests.”

UT Dallas professor Dr. Anvar Zakhidov and his wife, Nadira, celebrated his 60th birthday by creating an Opportunity Fund.

they read the last issue of this publication that they learned of naming opportunities for the building. From there, it

For information on gift planning, contact Anna LeBlanc at 972-883-6023 or visit

priorities are two clinical trials it is sponsoring this fall— one for the treatment of tinnitus and another for motor recovery following stroke.

“In the world of medical innovation, the most difficult part of the process is translating promising research into a clinical therapy,” explained Frank McEachern, CEO of

The TI Alumni Association, a volunteer organization of Texas

MicroTransponder. “We believe the Texas Biomedical

Instruments retirees and former employees, is raising funds

Device Center is uniquely positioned to provide

from its members through its own TIAA Legacy Fund

exceptional assistance to both professors and students to

campaign. The association serves an ambassador role in the

bridge the development gap and help bring life-changing

community by encouraging its members to maintain

therapies to patients as soon as possible.”

connections and interests in the people and business of Texas Instruments.

Dr. Robert Rennaker, director of the Texas Biomedical Device Center, added, “We’re enormously grateful for the

“Our organization wanted to do something that would leave

forward-thinking contributions by the TI Alumni Association

The center develops technology like this ultra low-power wireless neural interface chip, shown on a U.S. dime, for digitizing, amplifying and sending cortical implant device data to an external computer.


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Construction, Expansion Projects Bring Continued Improvements Naming Opportunities Help Drive Growth

Bioengineering and Sciences Building will Add Research Capacity

Engineering Research Laboratory – will be dedicated to discoveries that improve

The new centerpiece of the UT Dallas campus—the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology

exhibitions, and provide space for unique courses that demonstrate the convergence of

With more than 200,000 square feet, the Bioengineering and Sciences Building will

bring together scientists and engineers from multiple disciplines to study functions of

(ATEC) building—opened its doors this fall. The $60 million facility is home to 155,000

computer science, engineering, creative arts and the humanities. Learn about naming

allow UT Dallas to continue developing a world-class research infrastructure for faculty

the brain, the nervous system and other biomedical fields. Naming opportunities will

square feet of space for programs in the visual arts, emerging media technology,

opportunities at

and students. The building – which will be connected to the Natural Sciences and

be available after construction begins in early 2014.

human functions and electronic sensing devices. Laboratories in the new space will

Arts and Technology has a New Home

multimedia communications, robotics and 3-D manufacturing, as well as a 1,200-seat lecture hall. The building will serve as a showcase for student art and major multimedia

Callier Center to Add Space, Renovate

Conceptual design for illustration purposes only. Final design to be developed and submitted to The University of Texas System Board of Regents for approval.

To positively impact the future of clinical care, the Callier Center for Communication Disorders must forge new ground through discoveries focusing on the causes, diagnoses and treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders across the life span. Consequently, UT Dallas has announced plans for a $20 million, 63,200-square-foot expansion to the Richardson facility that will add clinical space for new treatment programs, classrooms for more students and offices for more faculty. In addition, the current Callier Richardson building will be renovated and dedicated solely to Conceptual design for illustration purposes only. Final design to be developed and submitted to The University of Texas System Board of Regents for approval.

research. Learn about naming opportunities at

The Jindal School is Growing The Naveen Jindal School of Management is expanding through a $25 million addition that will provide 110,000 square feet of new space to UT Dallas’ largest school. With an emphasis on room for student services, the four-story facility will expand by 50 percent and feature high-tech trading and sales labs, three executive

BrainHealth to Build New Facility

offered to the community. Once funding is secured and construction is complete, the new 67,500-square-foot facility will house the institute’s national headquarters,

Recent scientific breakthroughs confirm humans can strengthen brain performance,

where the latest brain research and training techniques will be available. Located

regain cognitive losses and reverse declines in cognitive capacity. Through the Center

near the Center for BrainHealth and UT Southwestern Medical Center, the institute

for BrainHealth’s state-of-the-art $33 million expansion called the Brain Performance

will allow scientists, research clinicians and graduate students to optimize brain

Institute, scientifically proven programs and rapidly emerging innovations will be

performance at all ages. To learn more, visit

education classrooms, an expanded career management center and meeting space for student organizations. A courtyard will incorporate green space for outdoor gatherings while a sweeping, two-story walkway will connect the current building to the addition. Learn about naming opportunities at


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Donors Champion Callier Expansion, Furthering the Future of Care

Classes on Holocaust Led Alumna to Teach

What do the Callier Center for Communication

In the next half century, Callier has the opportunity to

Tricia and Kenn George were inspired by the state-of-the-art

Disorders, 20 people and a foundation have in

make a profound impact on the future of clinical care

treatment opportunities the new space will offer to the

common? Passion. An earnest passion to ensure that

through groundbreaking discoveries focusing on the

community’s rising patient population. “My passion for

children and adults with speech, language and hearing

genetic, neurological and environmental causes of

Callier began with the cochlear implant program for

disorders receive the care they need to connect with the

communication disorders across the life span. To conduct

children and has steadily grown with the increase in serving

people they love most.

this transformative research and expand Callier’s role as a

so many with communication disorders,” said Tricia George.

communication disorders, infrastructure is essential. And

Pamela Busbee, Drs. Christine Dollaghan and Thomas

Callier is out of space.

“I am deeply grateful and moved by this stellar group of

Growing pains have not deterred these passionate

Ludwig A. Michael, MD, Executive Director of the Callier

Bert Moore, Emilie Schepps, Barbara and John Stuart,

donors who are paving the way for the Callier Center

Center and Sara T. Martineau Professor. “I believe that the

Joyce and Linus Wright, and the Rupe Foundation have

expansion. Sara and David Martineau were first to invest

passion shown by our loyal friends will inspire others to

demonstrated their ardent support of Callier for years.

in this ambitious capital project. “The Callier Center

join us as we create, not just a building, but a future that

They know that Callier is the foremost speech, language

expansion is an important project because it gives us

is defined by new and innovative ways in which children

and hearing resource for North Texas, and believe in

the space and opportunity to strive through research

and adults can communicate beyond what anyone could

Callier’s vision to create the preeminent center for

and training to improve the quality of life for people

have imagined.”

treatment, training and research in communication

with communication disorders,” said Sara Martineau,

disorders to transform lives.

past president of the Foundation for the Callier Center

For information on supporting the Callier Center

and longtime Callier advocate.

expansion, please contact Shanon Patrick at 214-905-

These dedicated donors are helping to propel Callier’s

and the historical scholarship and education that take place there—as Cadigan sees it, lies first and foremost

concentration camp,” said Cadigan. “I realized I

in the center’s devotion to the truth.

Holocaust is one of the periods in history that

changed the course of my master’s degree.”

scholars and educators can get wrong very easily,”

Her experience also changed the course of the

out there. The Ackerman Center has a critical role to

curriculum at the inner-city Dallas high school where

play today, when the last of the eyewitnesses passes

Cadigan has taught a Holocaust history class since

away and the voices of those who deny this history

1998. Eventually, she earned a master’s degree in

are getting louder.”

history with an emphasis in Holocaust Studies and spent time studying in Israel.

The Ackerman Center was created through a gift from the Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation.

“While the major focus of the Ackerman Center for

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tradition of excellence into the future through the Callier Center expansion—a new, world-class 63,200-square-foot

Center highlights include the Arnold A. Jaffe Holocaust

Holocaust Studies is on in-depth academic study of the

Library Collection; the Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust

Holocaust, what also compels me are the individual

Lecture Series; the Selwin Belofsky Fellowship; the

stories of the people involved,” Cadigan said. “The big

Leah and Paul Lewis Chair in Holocaust Studies; the

picture of that period in history must always be

Hillel Feinberg Chair in Holocaust Studies; and the

remembered and understood. In addition to that, we

Stan and Barbara Rabin Professorship in Holocaust

have an obligation to know and remember the stories

Studies. The center is located on the fourth floor of the Jonsson building.

of the individuals who were swept up in it. We can’t

clinical and student training facility in Richardson, as well as a renovation of the current 20,000-square-foot

“I think the Ackerman Center is vital because the

Holocaust class from Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth. That

she said. “There is a great deal of false information

transformation,” said Dr. Thomas Campbell, the

George, Sara and David Martineau, Drs. Lynne Kirk and

Cathleen Cadigan BA’95. “I was traveling in southern Germany and I visited the site of the Dachau

got back to UT Dallas, I took the History of the

leaders who are taking the first steps toward Callier’s

Campbell, Betsy and Bennett Cullum, Tricia and Kenn

know all their stories, but we must keep alive the ones that we do know.” The power of the Ackerman Center—

didn’t know anything about the Holocaust. So when I

global leader in the diagnosis and treatment of Ruth and Dr. Ken Altshuler, Diane and Stuart Bumpas,

A trip to Europe during college was a lifechanging experience for high school teacher

Cathleen Cadigan BA’95

building, which will be dedicated solely to research. Their generous contributions lay the foundation to raise $5 million for this $20 million endeavor. In appreciation of

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their gifts, many of these donors will have a space named in their honor, and all will be recognized on a permanent display inside the new facility. Over the last 50 years, Callier has grown exponentially from serving 15 deaf children in the initial program to serving more than 4,000 children and adults through more than 48,000 patient visits annually. In the last seven years, undergraduate student enrollment in UT-Dallas’ communication sciences and disorders programs has more than doubled. Callier’s speech-language pathology graduate program has become the nation’s largest, and is among the highest-ranked at No. 11 in U.S. News & World Report. Callier’s audiology graduate program is also among the highest-ranked in the nation at No. 3.

President David E. Daniel (center right) thanks several of the first donors to the Callier Center expansion. From left: David and Sara Martineau, John and Barbara Stuart, Dr. Bert Moore, Tricia George and Dr. Thomas Campbell.

About 200 supporters gathered at the W Dallas Residences to celebrate the more than $160 million raised toward UT Dallas’ first comprehensive campaign. Legacy Society members Susan Macaulay BA’93, MPA’94 (left) and John Macaulay chat with Lynn B. McIntire BA’79, a member of the UT Dallas Development Board and School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Advisory Council.

An ‘Encore’ Show of Support Real estate investment company Encore Enterprises Inc. develops and acquires residential

UT Dallas,” said Patrick Barber, president and CEO. “An investment in the Jindal School of Management

and commercial properties across the country.

signifies an investment in the broader community,

Thanks to Naveen Jindal School of Management

especially when considering the economic impact

(JSOM) alumni CFO Mahesh Shetty EMBA’02 and

a Tier One university will have on Dallas. We are

Vice President of Community Development Sejal

especially excited to see the school meet industry

Desai MBA’99, Encore is also developing a mutually

needs through the establishment of the real estate

beneficial relationship with the school.

curriculum and are pleased to support it.”

In its most recent show of support, Encore

And that support is mutual. While Encore

established a scholarship this semester for a

executives will be visiting campus this fall as guest

student participating in the Jindal School’s new real

lecturers in real estate classes, JSOM faculty will

estate curriculum. This summer, Encore provided

be presenting at the Encore Wealth Breakfast

the breathtaking view for the “Success is on the

Series, a monthly lecture series hosted at Encore’s

Horizon” campaign event, which was held at their

corporate offices that seeks to educate and inform guests on a variety of topics.

property in the W Residences in Dallas. “Encore Enterprises has built our success on an entrepreneurial and innovative culture, much like

Randall C. Zisler (left), senior managing director of Encore Enterprises, joins Mahesh Shetty EMBA’99, COO and CFO of Encore, at the campaign event Encore hosted for UT Dallas this summer.

UT Dallas’ most outstanding alumni and community leaders took center stage at the 11th annual Awards Gala this spring. Back row, from left: honorees William C. “Bill” Sproull, Bryant Ambelang, Dr. Seshu Madhavapeddy, Dr. Alan Govenar and Dr. Susan Miller. Front row, from left: Jefflyn Williamson, President David E. Daniel, Neila Skinner Petrick, Dr. Joseph P. Estrera and David Williamson.

Alumni, faculty, staff and friends gathered at the Dallas Arboretum for the University’s signature summer event at the Alex and Roberta Camp House. Wanee Hellums attended with her husband, James Hellums PhD’00, a former Texas Instruments Fellow and a 2009 recipient of the University’s Green and Orange Award for Alumni Service.

The University of Texas at Dallas Office of Development and Alumni Relations 800 W Campbell Rd, SPN10 Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Hundreds of students gathered for Donor Appreciation Day this spring, signing notes to donors and creating a video. To all of the donors who contribute to UT Dallas, thank you! Check out the video at

Campaign Contacts ____________________________________ ANNUAL GIVING Erin Dougherty 972-883-2328 ____________________________________ ATHLETICS Bill Petitt 972-883-6166 ____________________________________ CALLIER CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION DISORDERS Shanon Farr Patrick 214-905-3084 ____________________________________ CENTER FOR BRAINHEALTH Kimber Hartmann 972-883-3406 ____________________________________ CENTER FOR VITAL LONGEVITY Holly Miori 972-883-3728 ____________________________________ Corporate Relations Jessica Shepard Watts 972-883-2095 ____________________________________ Foundation Relations Habib Loriot-Bettaieb 972-883-5356 ____________________________________ EUGENE MCDERMOTT LIBRARY Gwendolyn Turcotte 972-883-5485 ____________________________________ GIFT PLANNING AND ESTATES Anna LeBlanc 972-883-6023 ____________________________________ SCHOOL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES Lisa Kramer Morgan 972-883-2952 ____________________________________ SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES Pagett Gosslee 972-883-2837 ___________________________________ SCHOOL OF ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND POLICY SCIENCES Tricia Barnett Monfrey 972-883-6505 ____________________________________ ERIK JONSSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE Anne Beard 972-883-5488 ____________________________________ SCHOOL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Mary Brouillette 972-883-6503 ____________________________________ NAVEEN JINDAL SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Erica Yaeger 972-883-5855 ____________________________________ SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS Barbara Hollis 972-883-6407 ____________________________________

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