Younger Alumni Provide a Surge in Campaign Progress
It may not be easy for recent graduates to give financially, but many Jindal School young alumni think it is important and are giving back. Recent graduates often face formative expenses as they launch their careers, set up their own households, and for many, repay student debt. So support from young alumni signals a distinct commitment beyond a dollar amount. A contribution sends a message of gratitude.
It endorses a belief in the value of education received. It adds a stamp of approval to world-changing research and transformational teaching. And it champions future students. As the Jindal School approaches a campaign goal of $50 million, support from all alumni is essential, but we are proud to highlight a few examples of young alumni who are leading the way.Hasnain Saboowala MS’11 and Mohit Malhan MS’10
Hasnain Saboowala MS’11 and Mohit Malhan MS’10 share a vision of what they believe the future looks like at the Jindal School. Both employees at Ericsson, Saboowala, a site development manager, and Malhan, an operations development specialist, believe the Jindal School will continue to advance in rankings and notoriety and want to remain an active part of it. These two recent graduates were able to leverage the Ericsson Matching Gift Program to maximize their annual contributions and establish an endowed fund in each of their names. As a result, two new scholarships are available this fall− the Hasnain and Rashida Saboowala International Merit Scholarship and the Isha and Mohit Malhan Talent Recognition Scholarship.
"As an alumnus, I carry the Jindal School brand with me wherever I go, so it is important for me to give back and help the University," said Saboowala. “The Jindal School brought the best out of me; because of my positive experience, I wanted to give back and help the school progress into the future."
They also believe support from alumni and others is crucial for this continued success. For these two friends, contributing to the Jindal School was a way to support UT Dallas, while honoring the individuals who helped them while they were students.
"I was fortunate to receive several scholarships while a Jindal School student, and I am grateful for that generosity," Malhan said. "I believe in the vision of the Jindal School and that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a first step," he said. "I am committed to doing my part and would say that 95 percent of who I am today is because of my experiences at the Jindal School."
Clint Miller BS’00, MS’02 and Lacey Miller BA’08
Clint Miller BS’00, MS’02 and Lacey Miller BA’08 wanted to give back to the University that helped set their lives in motion. Together they established the Clint and Lacey Miller Opportunity Fund. The Millers agree that their experiences at UT Dallas brought great value to their careers, and they want other Jindal School students to share similar experiences.
"We are committed to enhancing the educational experience for future UT Dallas students," said Clint Miller. "Our Opportunity Fund demonstrates our gratitude for our own experiences at UT Dallas and our promise to support future students."
Randy Black BS’06
Randy Black BS’06 wanted to make a lasting impact on the University that helped him develop both personally and professionally. Black, a certified financial planner at Spectrum Financial Group, knew he wanted others to benefit from a UT Dallas experience like his, which included an academic scholarship and a spot on the baseball team. His years living on campus, serving as a peer advisor and meeting his future wife while working at a campus job, left Black grateful. He established the Black Scholarship through a planned estate gift.
"I have so many positive memories of UT Dallas, so why not give back?" Black asked. "Making the University a beneficiary of my life insurance policy was a great choice because it will support the University in a big way in the future."
Encore Enterprises, Inc. Provides Collective Support for Real Estate Programs, UT Dallas
Real Estate Investment Company Encore Enterprises, Inc. develops and acquires residential and commercial properties across the country. Thanks to Jindal School alumni Mahesh Shetty EMBA’02, CFO and Sejal Desai MBA’99, vice president of community development, Encore is also developing a mutually beneficial relationship with the school.
In its most recent show of support, Encore contributed a scholarship this semester for a student participating in the Jindal School’s new real estate curriculum. This summer, Encore provided the breathtaking view for the Success is on the Horizon University campaign event, held in their property at the W Residences in Dallas.
"Encore Enterprises has built our success on an entrepreneurial and innovative culture, much like UT Dallas," said Patrick Barber, president and CEO. "An investment in the Jindal School of Management signifies an investment in the broader community, especially when considering the economic impact a Tier One university will have on Dallas. We are especially excited to see the school meet industry needs through the establishment of the real estate curriculum and are pleased to support it.
Jindal Alum, Advisory Council Member Establishes Opportunity Fund
As a member of the Naveen Jindal School of Management's Advisory Council, Kevin Ryan MBA'95 is helping steer the the school's Realize the Vision efforts.
Ryan and his wife, Cristi, answered the call by establishing the Kevin and Cristi Ryan Opportunity Fund, with an initial investment of $10,000. This endowment supports the Jindal School, and the benefits will be received in perpetuity.
"I felt compelled to make a greater commitment to the Jindal School after serving on the advisory council for several years and experiencing firsthand the exceptional faculty and innovative research taking place on campus," Ryan said.
A graduate of the Executive MBA program, Ryan now serves as chief financial officer and senior vice president at Merit Energy Co., a private firm specializing in direct investments in oil and gas assets.
Ryan attributes much of his professional success to his educational experiences. He said his gratitude moved him to establish the Opportunity Fund. Also, Ryan's father, Terrence Ryan, is a UT Dallas alumnus. The elder Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in business and public administration in 1981.
"It is important for me to give back to the UT Dallas community that provided me with numerous opportunities for growth and professional development," Kevin Ryan said. "In many of my MBA classes, we discussed organizational management, and those discussions helped me become a more strategic manager. It’s critical to make sure you’re developing the people below you, giving them opportunities and experiences so they could step into your shoes."
A supporter of the Jindal School for more than 20 years, Ryan also serves on the UT System Chancellor's Council Executive Committee, a leadership group that supports and provides counsel to the system's administrative leader.
"I hope my gift allows others the opportunity to attend this great university and achieve their educational goals, just as I did, and be inspired to give and continue the cycle for other students," Ryan said.
UT Dallas neighbors and business owners Bob and Carol Williams establish Entrepreneurship Scholarship
Donors who connect on a personal level with scholarship recipients imbue their gifts with deeper meaning. That's what happened with UT Dallas neighbors and business owners Bob and Carol Williams. The couple, married 32 years, owns Bob Williams Insurance Agency, a Farmers Insurance branch office. Aspire sat down with them, then with scholarship recipients Alejandro Jacobo and Niki Baird, to learn what the scholarships mean from each of their perspectives.
"Dr. Joseph Picken invited me to the Annual Business Idea Competition, where I saw students taking the steps I took to build my business," recalled Bob Williams. "The difference was that I stumbled through, while they had tools and expert guidance to achieve their dreams."
"We've had our [insurance] agency for 25 years, and we were in a position to invest in someone else's success. Scholarships are something Carol and I talked about, and it just made sense. A scholarship would have helped me when I was in college. But more than the money, it’s about meeting people of like mind."
"We shop in our area and we eat in our area," Carol Williams said. "We think it's important for local businesses to invest in the university in our area."
Memorial Giving: Classmates Pay Tribute To Charismatic Student
Faculty and fellow students gathered this summer to dedicate a bench in the Jindal School courtyard to honor the memory of Babajide (Bee-Jay) Akinwale, a "beloved classmate and friend."
A business administration and global business student, Akinwale, 35, spent his last semester studying abroad as a UT Dallas exchange student at Dongguk University in Seoul. His May 2012 death was the result of a swimming accident during an extracurricular outing. Alumnus Dennis W. (Billy) Scullion BS’11 led efforts to honor Akinwale, whom Scullion recalled as "a tremendous individual."
A gift to honor or remember a relative, friend, student or faculty member is a fitting way to make them forever a part of the Jindal School.