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UT Tyler Begins 40th Anniversary Celebration

June 10, 2011

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Sarah Khalifa, past president of the UT Tyler Student Government Association, and UT Tyler President Mabry pose for a photo with the official anniversary logo.Sarah Khalifa, past president of the UT Tyler Student Government Association, and UT Tyler President Mabry pose for a photo with the official anniversary logo.

The University of Texas at Tyler begins a yearlong 40th anniversary celebration, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

The “40th Anniversary and Still Growing” kick-off started at 11 a.m. in the University Center theater. The official anniversary logo was revealed, and officials presented a film retrospective of the university’s past.

“UT Tyler is a truly special place with a rich history and bright future. I’m excited about what this wonderful institution has done for people all across East Texas, and what it will continue to do,” President Mabry said.

Other events throughout the year, including a Founders Dinner, will incorporate the anniversary theme.

UT Tyler was founded on June 10, 1971 as Tyler State College. The school was renamed Texas Eastern University in 1975 and then joined the UT System in 1979 as a result of action by the 66th Texas Legislature.

Originally an upper-division and graduate institution, UT Tyler began educating freshman and sophomore students in 1998, creating a complete university with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Doctoral degrees were added in 2007 and 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/anniversary.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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