UT Tyler

UT Tyler Magazine, Fall 2013

President's Letter

This has been a remarkable year for UT Tyler. Through innovative new initiatives, strong faculty and students and unprecedented community support, the university is moving into a new era of growth.

In this issue, we will share with you the results of our Inspiring Excellence fundraising campaign. The campaign exceeded our expectations and generated more than $30 million, thanks to the generosity of our community supporters and alumni. Those donations will fund many worthy endeavors aimed at providing better opportunities for our students.

This issue also includes the story of one of our many exemplary faculty members, Dr. Hector Ochoa. Online Schools of Texas has recognized Dr. Ochoa as one of the state's top Hispanic professors. He has been the recipient of UT Tyler's Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor of the Year for four years and has received many other accolades.

I also invite you to read about how our students and faculty have dedicated themselves to improving literacy. Our students have worked to provide tutoring to those in need as part of the university's emphasis on service. We will also be showing you the work of Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, who has developed a literacy project in cooperation with Tyler's Caldwell Elementary School Arts Academy.

Speaking of outstanding educators, we are glad to share the story of alumna Cristi Parsons, who was named the 2013 National Distinguished Principal by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association. She is the principal of Hallsville's North Elementary School.

As always, so much of our work would not be possible without our benefactors. We would like to thank P.D. Tuttle, who generously has given $250,000 to establish the Cathleen Tuttle Endowed Nursing Scholarship in memory of his wife. Mrs. Tuttle left a lasting legacy to those who worked with her in the nursing field.

Thank you for sharing these stories with us. We hope you will keep in touch and plan to visit our campus soon.

Rod Mabry

UT Tyler