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May 15, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

714 Recognized at UT Tyler Spring 2008 Commencement

The University of Texas at Tyler held spring commencement ceremonies May 9 and 10, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

Seven hundred fourteen degree candidates were recognized in the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Commencement speakers and the ceremonies during which they spoke were:

  • Dr. Paul McGaha, regional director for Health Service Region 4 and 5 (North) of the Texas Department of State Health Services – College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

McGaha serves as a clinical associate professor in the occupational medicine department at UT Health Science Center at Tyler and also is a pharmacist. He holds a medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Oklahoma State University and a master of public health degree from the UT Health Science Center in Houston.

  • Phil Hurley, president and general manager of CBS Channel 19, Tyler – College of Business and Technology.

Hurley organized Max Media of Texas, building the Tyler/Longview CBS station, KYTX. Prior to organizing Max Media of Texas, he served as general manager and president of various media/communications groups. He serves on the boards of Tyler Independent School District Foundation, East Texas Foodbank, United Way of Texas and the East Texas State Fair.

  • Richard Anderson, principal engineer with Somat Engineering, Inc. – Colleges of Education and Psychology and Engineering and Computer Science.

Anderson is a civil engineer and an American Society of Civil Engineers honorary member. Active in engineering and science education for many years, he has served as the president of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Anderson also recently chaired the national committee for the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, which is intended to radically reform civil engineering education.

  • Susan Saurage-Altenloh, governor of the 10th District of the American Advertising Federation – College of Arts and Sciences.

Saurage-Altenloh is president of Saurage Research in Houston, gathering actionable marketing/research data for such entities including the State of Texas, Exxon and McDonald’s. Her firm has won several national and regional awards for its creative and unique research approaches to securing critical information for marketing and strategic planning. She has earned various awards including the Jaycees Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Award.

President Mabry gave remarks and certified the degree candidates at each ceremony.

Presentation of degree candidates were made by the deans of each of the university’s colleges: Drs. Alisa White, Arts and Sciences; Jim Tarter, Business and Technology; William Geiger, Education and Psychology; James Nelson, Engineering and Computer Science; and Linda Klotz, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Alumni representatives Janet Drake Fair and Ashley Ward gave alumni association presentations.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler,   Longview and Palestine.


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