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October 1, 2008

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

Meet the Patriots: A Golden Opportunity for UT Tyler Student-Athlete

Editor’s Note: The University of Texas at Tyler prides itself on its remarkable ensemble of undergraduates, graduates and alumni. In this 2008-09 feature series, “Meet the Patriots,” we will focus on some of those individuals.


Kasey Buggs, Lake Dallas native and senior at The University of Texas at Tyler, doesn’t have a problem taking anyone to a challenge on the basketball court or in the classroom.

The standout student-athlete on the Patriot’s women’s basketball team makes waves both on the court and in the engineering classrooms as an electrical engineering major.

Her determination and dedication to engineering was awarded while a four-time summer intern with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control through INROADS, a national program that provides women and minorities an opportunity for career explorations while in higher education.

“The company I interned with actually offered me a job at the end of August this year,” Buggs explained. “I signed on, and now it’s all just based upon my graduation in May 2009. I want to thank my God, my family, my INROADS family and Coach (Terri) Deike (women’s head basketball coach) for inviting me to such a great school.”

Buggs’ interest with engineering began at an early age.

“Ever since I was little, I liked taking things apart, but I wasn’t that good at putting them back together,” she said. “Needless to say, I got into a lot of trouble for that! To me that’s basically what engineering is all about – building and understanding more complex arrangements of components – taking them apart and knowing how to put them back together to work correctly.”

Another UT System university – UT Arlington – caught her eye, but an unwavering basketball coach and a “great engineering program” eventually led her to UT Tyler.

“Coach Terri Deike was recruiting in the area and my first choice was actually UT Arlington,” Buggs said. “But Coach was very persistent, saying ‘Come on, we have great things here at UT Tyler, our program is just starting out, and we could use you on next year’s team.’ Well, my mom, being my number one fan, advised me to try it out for a year and if I didn’t like it, I could move back home. The first year we won the division championship. I thought to myself, ‘Yeah this ring feels good … I’m not leaving!’”

Buggs finished her career with three division rings and many other conference and university honors for her work on the court.

For the talented soon-to-be graduate, everything fell into place. She’s definitely looking ahead and not looking back.  

For more information about INROADS, visit http://www.inroads.org.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 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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