Dean’s Welcome Message

Dear Friends,

The Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas and I are looking forward to your time with us in Dallas this coming October 27 and 28. We are planning to make your visit both entertaining and informative. If you have not been keeping up with progress in the downtown area of our city, I suggest you arrive early Sunday and take advantage of the Arts District, the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the new Klyde Warren Park.

Everything in the Arts District is within walking distance once you arrive downtown. Please also note the beautiful new span across the Trinity River, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The bridge already has become an emblem of the Dallas skyline. Construction on the second Calatrava bridge, to be named for Margaret McDermott, will begin later this year.

I encourage you also to stroll the UT Dallas campus while you are here — particularly if you haven’t visited in a while — to see the many enhancements that now beautify our space. Thanks to a private philanthropic drive launched by Mrs. McDermott and her family, several long pools and a circular one, whose focal point is a heat-reflecting trellis, now grace our central mall, and more than 5,000 new trees and shrubs add visual appeal.

You will notice many signs of ongoing construction at UT Dallas, including here at the Jindal School, where we are in the process of gaining 110,000 square feet of space in an addition set to open next year. Our existing 204,000 square-foot building opened a decade ago — its 29 classrooms and 1,165 seats — are regularly filled. So we are looking to add much-needed room for the more than 30 student organizations based in the school, to give the school’s Career Management Center new quarters, to open a communications lab and more.

In academics, we also are adding on: New sales courses began last fall; our growing concentration of commercial real estate courses debuted to the public in February; a student investment corporation is up and running; we are about to launch a new master’s degree program that will monetarily back entrepreneurs with viable business plans.

We are grateful for these expansion opportunities and glad to be sharing our good news and resources with you.

Your hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson are near our campus, making transportation to UT Dallas on Monday easy and convenient. Dinner arrangements are being planned at Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House on Belt Line Road, a wonderful nearby location for our leisure time. Owner Richard Chamberlain is one of DFW’s most outstanding chefs.

We are in the planning stages of the academic portion of our meetings on Monday, but I can assure you that we will make your trip to Dallas outstanding. I look forward to hosting you in October.

Best,

—Dr. Hasan Pirkul,
Dean and Caruth Professor of Management Information Systems
Naveen Jindal School of Management