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September 23, 2009

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

UT Tyler Announces Founding Class in Honors Program

The University of Texas at Tyler has named 20 students to its Honors Program’s inaugural class, Dr. Peter J. Fos, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, announced.

Fall 2009 honors students listed by hometown with major are:

ABILENE – Austin Regan, mechanical engineering.

ARLINGTON – Bradley Pennington, elementary education.

BIG SPRING – Michael Clarke, computer science.

BONHAM – William Jarrett Campbell, mechanical engineering.

CELINA – Joey Cronin, civil engineering.

FORNEY – Christopher Pierce, mechanical engineering.

FLOWER MOUND – Alicia Gackle, nursing.

HARMONY – Samuel Stevens, undecided.

HOUSTON – Brad Carter, civil engineering.

LIBERTY CITY – Jessica Woodruff, science education.

LINDALE – Levi Herrera, English.

MARTIN’S MILL – Brandon Reynolds, biology.

NEWTON – Matthew Metz, political science.

OVILLA – Deborah Virginia Murphy, undecided.

SAN ANTONIO – Baylee Talaska, health and kinesiology.

SHELBYVILLE – Heather Swearengen, chemistry.

TYLER – Shehzad Batliwala, biology/chemistry; Thomas Getz, biology; and Nathan Smith, biology.

CANADA – Ethan LaPlante, finance.

The program provides intellectually enriching opportunities for academically talented and motivated UT Tyler freshmen. The emphasis is on small classes, enriched coursework, independent learning, speaking and writing, research within the discipline, sharing ideas and discovering new worlds beyond the campus.

Honors students will receive personalized academic advising, honors courses with top faculty, special programming, opportunities for research and a variety of international study and travel abroad programs. Upon completion of the program and graduation, students will receive a special honors designation on their transcripts.

The UT Tyler Honors Program will begin accepting applications for its fall 2010 class Oct. 1, 2009.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul D. Streufert, associate professor of literature and languages and Honors Program director, 903.565.5823 or pstreufert@uttyler.edu or visit www.uttyler.edu/honors.

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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