News Briefs – 5/17/04

p><strong>UTD golf tourney nets $25,000 for scholarships</strong>

UTD’s 13th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament April 30 at the Sherrill Park Golf Course brought in almost $25,000 for scholarships to be used by the university.

This year’s tournament was sponsored by Centex Corp. Since its start, the tournament has generated approximately $175,000.

A team led by Frank Sulzbach placed first in the overall competition and the team consisting of Leo Elveth and staff members from UTD Athletics placed second.

Linda Gnade took the title for longest drive in the women’s division, while Chuck Mulkey took the title for the men’s division. John Clyne won the roundtrip airline tickets for two, and Jeff Dano was given the title of closest-to-the-hole.

<strong>Nancy Hamon endows aesthetic chair at UTD</strong>

Dallas philanthropist Nancy Hamon announced she will endow a $1-million chair in aesthetic studies at UTD. The chair will be named the Margaret McDermott Chair in Aesthetic Studies in honor of Hamon’s longtime friend, Margaret McDermott.

UTD Professor of Aesthetic Studies Richard Brettell will be the first chairholder. Brettell, a world-renowned scholar of modern art and author of 15 books and catalogues, will use the chair to help advance the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums (CISM).

<strong>Three students awarded alumni ring</strong>

Karen Manchack, Ruchi Sharma and Larry Sing were awarded this year’s alumni rings by the UTD Alumni Association.

The rings, which were created in 2001, are given to exceptional students who are nominated by the UTD faculty and staff.

Manchack currently maintains a 3.9 GPA and is involved in numerous activities around the campus. Sharma graduated this spring with a bachelor’s in biology and will be attending the medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Sing is working on his doctorate in computer science .

<strong>Special summer program offered to aspiring students</strong>

UTD will offer a sample of the Academic Bridge Program during the summer to aspiring engineering and computer science students.

The program, aimed at students from 10 area high schools, will consist of a three-day ECS workshop, pre-college lectures and an example of residential living at the campus.

The program works with students who graduate from Dallas urban schools who have the desire to attend college but might fail to meet the current standards

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