UT Dallas Momentum Fall 2014
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I n T h I s I ss u e F A L L 2 0 1 4C A M P A I G n n e W s F R O M T h e u n I V e R s I T Y O F T e X A s A T D A L L A s
Another Record YearJalonick Familys LegacyCallier Honors
In The Community
Campaign Concluding with Unprecedented Support
Mrs. Edith ODonnellNancy Gundy Davidson BS80 and Charles Davidson MS80
ALUMnI AnD FrIEnDS SET AnOTHEr rECOrD THIS yEAr, giving $78.9
million to sustain the Universitys drive to become a Tier One research
institution. With these gifts, donors successfully pushed past the goal of UT
Dallas first comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise $200 million by
Dec. 31, 2014. To date, more than $263 million has been raised to assist
students, support research and strengthen the endowment.
During the five-year Realize the Vision campaign, the endowment has
doubled to $387 million and increased by more than 220 new endowed
funds. This final year of the campaign was marked by several
A major gift commitment from Nancy Gundy Davidson BS80 and Charles
Davidson MS80 will benefit the Universitys more than 80,000 alumni. The
gift will be used to construct the DavidsonGundy Alumni Center, a doorway
to the future for students and alumni. Overland Partners will design the
center, which will feature a ballroom, conference rooms, alumni relations
offices and outdoor event space.
Located just north of the naveen Jindal School of Management, this new
facility not only will benefit alumni and students but also will serve as a
resource to the community and as a complement to the Edith ODonnell Arts
and Technology Building Lecture Hall.
The Davidsons gift will enable the University to hire more staff and to
greatly expand its alumni engagement program, providing additional
benefits and networking opportunities for alumni.
In addition to the new alumni center, the study of art history at UT Dallas will
bloom through another recent gift.
Mrs. Edith ODonnell, a champion of education and the arts in Texas, gave
$17 million to establish the Edith ODonnell Institute of Art History. The gift
will fund Dr. Richard Brettells position as director, 10 graduate research
fellowships, four distinguished chairs and an endowed research and
program fund. The institute will be housed in the Edith ODonnell Arts and
Technology Building, which was dedicated in her name last year. As the
Realize the Vision campaign draws to an end, the timing of these two gifts
sends a positive and inspirational message, said President David E.
Daniel. These are some of our most generous and longtime donors, but I
know they have been inspired to see so many others step forward to
support our Tier One aspirations. We are grateful, and know both of
these gifts will have a transformational impact on UT Dallas.
As friends propel UT Dallas forward, more alumni are also stepping up to
help. During the course of the campaign, the number of alumni who give to
the University has doubled. Participation by alumni in annual giving to the
University is a factor in many external rankings of university quality, such as
those by U.S. News & World Report. To the thousands of alumni and other
friends who have supported this campaign, we cannot thank you enough,
said President Daniel. Philanthropic support is one of the biggest keys to
our future, and this campaign has made our future even brighter.
Growth of the endowment
New funds will provide scholarships, fellowships, faculty chairs and professorships
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AS HUnDrEDS OF PEOPLE FILE InTO THE DIMLy LIT
AUDITOrIUM, two women quietly take their seats on the
front row. This is the 16th time they have attended this
event but it still feels like the very first one. The pride on
their faces is unmistakable as they watch more and more
people stream in. More than half of the large auditorium is
full of veterans, children of veterans and younger people
anxious to hear the speaker.
For most, the George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell
Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series is an
opportunity to learn about aviation history. year after year,
Eugene McDermott Librarys Special Collections
Department hosts the event and brings in notable
speakers, touching a vast range of topics and events in
aviation history. For sisters-in-law Mary Jalonick and Sally
Ann Hudnall, this lecture is more than just another social
event. It is a nod to two people they loved dearly, George
and Dorothy Jalonick.
George and Dorothy were Sally Anns parents and Marys
in-laws. The elder Jalonicks had a long history of
philanthropy and community service in the Dallas
community. George was a descendant of a prominent
business family as well as a pilot and the majority owner
of the Southwest Airmotive Company, a Dallas company
that overhauled jet engines for major airlines and
distributed aviation parts. He was a well-known and
respected member of various aviation committees,
including the advisory board for the History of Aviation
Collection in McDermott Librarys Special Collections
Department. His longtime love, Dorothy, was right by his
side through it all. She also came from an established
family that was credited with developing the city of Dallas.
Together, George and Dorothy had three children: George
Jalonick IV, Sally Ann Hudnall and Aurelia rice. After
watching their parents volunteer and give back to the
community, George IV wanted to do something to
celebrate their hard work. In the early 80s, after his
parents died, George began working with his wife and
other business leaders to establish an endowment in
their honor. For more than a decade, they worked,
building funds for the lecture series. The first Jalonick
lecture was in 1992.
Mary says her husband wanted to share one of his
fathers interests with the next generation and he knew
just how to do it.
The aviation collection at UT Dallas was so impressive but
not many people were aware of it. So by having a lecture
series surrounding the history of aviation, the collection
would attract more visitors, said Mary.
I never thought it would grow to the magnitude it is today,
said Sally Ann. In the beginning it was small. All of a
sudden it just bloomed.
George IV died in 2005, but Mary and Sally Ann make sure
the lectures and the memory of their loved ones continue.
Ongoing philanthropic support of the lecture at UT Dallas
is essential to attracting national speakers and assuring the
continual growth of the lecture series, said Mary.
The 2014 Jalonick Lecture Series featured award-winning
author Marc Wortman who spoke about his book, The
Millionaires Unit, which chronicles a group of privileged
students from Yale who started their own flight club and
joined Americas combat pilots fighting in World War I.
Once the lecture ended, Mary and Sally Ann followed the
crowd of people from the auditorium into the lobby of
the Clark Conference Center, greeting well-wishers along
I take special pride that it not only honors my mother and
father for what they stood for and contributed to aviation
but it preserves history, said Sally Ann.
UT Dallas is able to host the Jalonick Lectures thanks to an
endowment established by the family. For information
about upcoming Jalonick Lectures, go to
To learn about supporting the library, contact Gwendolyn
Turcotte at 972-883-5485 or
Jalonick Lecture Acknowledges a Legacy, Fulfills a Wish
Left photo: Mary Jalonick visits with the 2014 lecture speaker, Marc Wortman, and Sally Ann Hudnall.
Right photo: Aviation history is the focus of the Jalonick Lecture, which is held annually at UT Dallas.
UnPrECEDEnTED. As the Realize the Vision campaign comes to a close at the end of this year, no other word better describes what you have helped accomplish in
just five years. Never before has UT Dallas experienced such generosity, enthusiasm
and optimism toward the future of our university. All across campus, academic programs
have been strengthened and lives enriched because of your support. Thank you for
believing in our vision of becoming a Tier One research university. 95
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President David E. Daniel
3UT DALLAS STUDEnTS WILL SOOn rEAP THE BEnEFITS OF A FInAnCIAL LITErACy
PrOGrAM and added scholarship opportunities, thanks to support from State Farm.
The insurance and financial services company recently awarded UT Dallas a
$40,000 gift to support the new Comet Cents Financial Success Program through its
Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants Program, as well as $10,000 for
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