UT Arlington College of Business celebrates alumni
By F.W. Offard
The UT Arlington College of Business faculty and students celebrates the accomplishments of its alumni Saturday at the University Center and College Park Center.
“Three people won the awards,” said Associate Dean Dr. David A. Gray.
The Award for Outstanding Career Achievement, the Alumni Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement, and the Award for Extraordinary Service.
The requirements for the awards given vary. The College of Business Alumni Award for Outstanding Career Achievement requires a nominee to be a former business student or a graduate of COBA and have “amazing” success, Gray said.
The Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement, requires the nominee the same as the Award for Outstanding Career Achievement and also at least 40 years old or younger.
The last award, Award for Extraordinary Service, does not require a nominee to be a graduate of COBA, but he or she has to contribute to COBA.
“These honors do not award money.” Assistant to the Dean James K. Sharp said.
Instead, the awards recognize the achievements of the alumni.
“There will be 70 to 80 people or so in attendance,” Gray said before the event. “Most of the people that will be in attendance will be connected to the three people being recognized, friends and family of people being recognized.”
Weaver LLP Partner Jeanne A. Smith, received The College of Business Alumni Award for Extraordinary Service. COBA awarded Smith for giving back to the campus and serving on the Accounting Advisory Board, said Smith.
“At half time at the basketball game they presented us our awards in front of the crowd,” Smith said.
According to Sharp, before this event, The Alumni Association held events to recognize all UT Arlington alumni. COBA created The Business Alumni And Service Awards to celebrate COBA alumni, in addition to the current awards given by the Alumni Association. The COBA Advisory Council, consisting of five to seven people, chooses the winners.