News Briefs 09/20/04




<strong>Former City Manager to join faculty</strong>

Former Dallas City Manager Teodoro J. “Ted” Benavides will join the faculty of UTD’s School of Social Sciences public affairs program in January, the school announced in a news release Sept. 16.

Benavides will teach courses and work with faculty and administration colleagues to increase recognition of “this important new addition to UTD’s educational offerings,” said Larry Terry, UTD executive vice provost for academic affairs.

James Murdoch, dean of the School of Social Sciences, said Benavides would help with “public service outreach” at the local, state and national levels.

The former city manager will also assist in preparing a proposal for creation of a center or an institute at UTD that will bring academics and practitioners together to enhance the performance of local governments and agencies, Murdoch said.

Benavides, 53, who served as Dallas city manager from 1998 until earlier this year, said he was “very excited about joining the public affairs group at UT-Dallas.

“I think this will be a complete change from the rough-and-tumble political world of City Hall, and I am looking forward to this new stage in my life,” Benavides said.

Benavides served as an adjunct professor at UTD for two years in the early 1990s.

<strong>Three alums to be honored Oct. 30</strong>

The UTD Alumni Association will honor three former students at an Oct. 30 dinner that closes the annual alumni weekend.

The honorees were selected for their leadership and achievements in various fields.

Sandra Bond Chapman, who received her Ph.D. from the School of Human Development (now School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences) in 1986, now directs the Center for BrainHealth and is a professor.

Charles R. Matthews received his bachelor’s degree from the School of General Studies in 1994 and went on to become the 40th Railroad Commissioner of the State of Texas. He was re-elected in 2000 by a record number of votes for a railroad commissioner.

James Von Ehr received his master’s degree in 1981 from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He later founded the nanotechnology-oriented Zyvex Corporation, which he now leads as CEO.

The alumni association will also celebrate UTD’s 35 years as a member of the UT System.

For more information about alumni weekend, please call (972) 883-2328.

<strong>Voter registration forms available</strong>

Voter registration forms may be picked up in the following locations around campus:

Registrar’s office, MC 1.406

Admission’s office, MC 1.304

Financial Aid office, HH 2.104

SGA office SU 2.602

McDermott Library information desk




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