UT Tyler

President's Letter

UT Tyler Magazine - Spring 2013

The University of Texas at Tyler has no shortage of innovative individuals who strive to make a difference in the world.

This issue spotlights a few of those outstanding faculty and students who are on the cutting-edge of their fields.

The UT Tyler Innovation Academy, a charter school for grades three through six, is an example of how the university is advancing educational programming. The nontraditional format provides a project-based, technology-integrated learning environment with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math.

We are particularly proud of alum Michael McClendon who is ushering in a new generation of excellence in the Texas wine industry. As enologist and winemaker for the award-winning Kiepersol Estates, Michael used his knowledge from the UT Tyler experience and his passion for the job to catapult him from laboratory intern to lead of Kiepersol's wine production team.

One of our progressive faculty, Dr. Thomas Guderjan, is sharing scholarly knowledge about ancient societies with students and professors across the nation through his Maya Research Program.

The nonprofit organization he co-founded more than two decades ago sponsors archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America is supported by National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation.

Finally, I invite you to share in the story of one of our art majors, Abhidnya 'Abhi' Ghuge, who is quickly gaining recognition for her intriguing work in printmaking. She has won awards and exhibited her work in New York, Tennessee, Dallas and Houston. Abhi also has works in private collections in the United States, London and India.

This is another interesting issue that presents a 'slice of life' at UT Tyler. To learn more about this premier public institution, please visit our website, uttyler.edu.

Rodney H. Mabry
Dr. Ben R. Fisch Professor of Economics and Finance

UT Tyler