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UT Tyler to Hold 2014 Alumni Gala March 29

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March 11, 2014

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769 or 903.539.7196 (cell)

March 11, 2014

The University of Texas at Tyler Alumni Association will recognize three graduates during this year’s Alumni Gala, Brittany Childs, alumni relations director, announced.

An ‘Alumni and Friends’ reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center. The dinner and program will follow.

The 2014 honorees are Dawn Franks and David L. King, distinguished alumni and Michael Wysocki, distinguished young alumnus.

Dr. Kenneth Hall, senior vice president of university development and strategic initiatives at Baylor University, will serve as keynote speaker. Hall holds a bachelor of science in history from UT Tyler and received a 2013 UT Tyler Distinguished Alumni Award.

Tickets are $50 for general admission, $40 for UT Tyler faculty/staff and $25 for UT Tyler students. Tables of eight are available for $500 (general admission) and $400 (UT Tyler community).

For reservations or more information, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/alumni/gala.php, call 903.566.7316 or email alumni@uttyler.edu.

Distinguished alumna Franks earned a bachelor of science and master of science from UT Tyler in 1979 and 1989, respectively. A longtime advocate and friend of the university and UT Tyler Alumni Association, she currently serves as the executive director of the Ben and Maytee Fisch Foundation. Franks also is president of Your Philanthropy, a private consulting firm.

Distinguished alumnus King earned a master of business administration from UT Tyler in 1983. He serves as president of CB&I Engineered Products – a global technology, engineering and construction organization, which as part of the global CB&I organization, has more than 50,000 employees worldwide.

Distinguished young alumnus Wysocki earned a bachelor of science in political science from UT Tyler in 2003. He is a family law litigator/partner with the McCurley, Orsinger, McCurley, Nelson and Downing LLP Family Law Practice in Dallas.

Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the university.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 7,500 high-ability students. UT Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.

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