Image from hereEarlier this month, Katy Nelson (our director of development and external relations) and I traveled to Dallas to meet with several Walton College alumni and attend the Dallas Chapter's annual Gala. Dallas is always a fun place for us to visit, because there are SO MANY of our alumni there!
We started our trip by having dinner with Steve Barnes (BSBA '88) who is married to Kelly Barnes (BSBA '87 & MSA '88). Steve and Kelly endowed a doctoral fellowship in the Walton College during our Campaign for the Twenty-First Century. We are very appreciative of their support, because doctoral fellowships are key in our efforts to recruit PhD students to the Walton College.
The next day, Katy met with Jeff Cole (BSBA '85 & JD '88) while I met with Barry Davidson (BSBA '74 & MBA '77). Barry's daughter, Brittany, is actually a junior in the Walton College. She may be guest blogging for us this summer, so stay tuned for her posts!
Next, I had lunch with one of our Business Alumni Advisory Council members, Keith Williams (BSBA '97). Keith and his wife, Stacey (BA '98), are very active in the Dallas Chapter and have been encouraging us to attend the Dallas Gala for several years now. We were so glad to finally make it this year and were the guests of Ethan Bonar (BSBA '99), another of our graduates.
Before the Gala, though, we spent a little time with Sean Davenport (BSBA '93). Sean works for BNP Paribas and is a former member of the BAAC. It is always great to catch up with our former board members who continue to stay involved and hear all about the fantastic things they are doing in their careers.
From there, it was on to the Gala at the lovely Bent Tree Country Club. We were excited to see many familiar faces there and enjoyed calling the Hogs. The Dallas Chapter is one of the Arkansas Alumni Association's largest chapters and is a great resource for those who are moving to the Dallas area. They offer many fun events and activities throughout the year and even have their own chapter t-shirt:
To learn more about the Dallas Chapter, visit their web page, follow them on Twitter, and join their Facebook group.
Finally, on our last day in Dallas, Katy and I met with Michelle Gass, whose son is a senior in the Walton College. She also happens to be the daughter of Bill (BSBA '61) and LeAnn (BA '58) Underwood. Michelle did not graduate from the University of Arkansas, but we appreciate her all the same because she is a wonderful advocate of ours.
Our time in Dallas concluded with a lunch visit with Steve (BSBA '70 & MBA '73) and Kirk (BSBA '03) Meyer. Steve and his wife, Becky, created an endowed scholarship to benefit undergraduate students in the Walton College during the capital campaign. Scholarships are always appreciated - especially during a difficult economy - so if you are interested in establishing one of your own, please contact us.
Dallas, we enjoyed the visit! I'm sure we'll be back again soon.
Associate Director of Development