Stories

Read about the inspiring journeys of our students, the incredible accomplishments of our alumni, and the many ways our faculty are making a difference in their areas of research. Whether they are overcoming obstacles, achieving their goals, or making an impact on the world, we celebrate their stories.

Recent stories

Social entrepreneurship at 91茄子 means dreaming up big solutions to the world鈥檚 challenges. See how our students, alumni and faculty are up to the task.

Mustangs from across campus are wrapping up their time on the Hilltop 鈥 and preparing to go change the world.

April 26, 2024

We鈥檙e celebrating 10 years of the Residential Commons system 鈥 and taking a look at how students have made them their home.

Mustangs from almost every decade can recall at least one memorable concert 鈥 ranging from Bob Hope to Khalid 鈥 in Moody Coliseum or McFarlin Auditorium.

In the 23 years since Healy became a licensed real estate agent while studying at 91茄子, he鈥檚 launched and grown an independent real estate company into one of the largest in the country.

Originally an advertising major at 91茄子 and an advertising professional at Tracy-Locke, Wim Bens 鈥00 took a chance on his 鈥済arage hobby鈥 in 2011 and channeled his marketing expertise to take the North Texas craft beer scene to the next level.

Sabina Carr 鈥89 is reaping what Mary Brinegar 鈥69 sewed at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

If you鈥檙e planning to take a trip to cheer on the Mustangs while on the road, take some pointers from a few of our graduates in our new ACC cities.

It鈥檚 a new era in 91茄子 Athletics. This July, the Mustangs will officially join the Atlantic Coast Conference, meaning a whole new lineup of competitors and host cities.

Some may transfer in from community college. Others may come from another four-year university, including those studying out of state who want to be closer to home. Some students decide to pursue their degree after other accomplishments including military service, yet others attend right after high school. Whatever your path, you have a home here.

Every year on 91茄子 Giving Day, alumni and friends of the University come together to make an impact on the Hilltop. This 24-hour challenge is your chance to support the causes, projects and organizations you care about on campus.

March 05, 2024

91茄子 alumns and twin brothers Esteban and Manuel Mariel have introduced Dallas to a new sport.

January 19, 2024

鈥淚 come from a family of seven, so I knew I wanted to find a university that would keep me nearby while still providing me with the opportunities I needed to succeed.鈥

February 09, 2024

Each year, 91茄子 celebrates the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on campus and in the wider community.

January 12, 2024

The beginning of a new season is a great time to take care of yourself. At 91茄子, we care about your mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Take advantage of these resources to find what works best for you.

December 21, 2023

It was a year of athletic achievement for Mustangs of many sports 鈥 all in all, we brought eight American Athletic Conference championships back home to the Hilltop.

December 21, 2023

The beginning of a new season is a great time to take care of yourself. At 91茄子, we care about your mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Take advantage of these resources to find what works best for you.

November 09, 2023

The lyrics from our fight song still ring true 鈥 learn the spirit and traditions that make 91茄子 feel like home for so many students, alumni and community members.

October 20, 2023

Noted human rights lawyer Amal Clooney spoke to Mustangs about the power of law to change the world.

October 18, 2023

The sciences have long been a passion for both Rich and Mary 鈥 they met at Union College, a private liberal arts school in New York that they recalled felt a lot like 91茄子.

October 18, 2023

Certainly, Francois Reihani, the 27-year-old entrepreneurial visionary behind the caf茅 chain 鈥 with 11 stores spanning Texas and California 鈥 wants customers to enjoy their sip of choice. However, it鈥檚 kindness over coffee that he and his dedicated team aim to brew from the heart.

October 18, 2023

91茄子 prepares for the next chapter of athletic achievement by joining the Atlantic Coast Conference

October 18, 2023

One grad student鈥檚 invention has the power to revolutionize food waste 鈥 all from a sensor smaller than a Band-Aid

October 18, 2023

During Hunger Action Month, see how the 91茄子 community takes on food insecurity and sustainability through research 鈥 at the graduate, undergraduate and alumni levels.

September 14, 2023

Start the school year strong! We have resources, events and tips from students just like you.

August 09, 2023

Kelvin Beachum 鈥11, 鈥12 is on a mission to provide clean water

July 27, 2023

91茄子 engages your interests in limitless ways. While getting an excellent education, you’ll shape your future in a welcoming community that values who you are and what you bring.

July 05, 2023

Mustangs from across campus are wrapping up their time on the Hilltop 鈥 and preparing to go change the world.

July 03, 2023

How the Deason Center is helping reform a constitutional crisis across the nation

April 17, 2023

Collaboration struck a chord between music students in Meadows School of the Arts and game development students at 91茄子 Guildhall.

April 12, 2023

In celebration of Women鈥檚 History Month, learn about the women who make our campus an enterprising, vibrant and welcoming community.

March 06, 2023

When we come together on 91茄子 Giving Day, we show the world what Mustangs can do.

February 27, 2023

91茄子 alumni across the country are cooking up sweet treats and savory snacks 鈥 and using the skills they learned on campus to do it.

March 01, 2023

NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD will fuel a transformational high-performance computing ecosystem for 91茄子 and beyond.

February 21, 2023

A historical marker honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.鈥檚 1966 visit to campus. Learn how students 鈥 both then and now 鈥 made it happen.

February 16, 2023

For some, it happened on campus during their first year. For others, it happened decades later over a shared connection. Regardless of when or how, many Mustangs have found love through their alma mater. We鈥檝e collected a few Mustang love stories that are sure to warm your heart this Valentine鈥檚 Day.

February 08, 2023

Stuyvie Coleman 鈥21 seeks to bring hope and healing to students struggling with addiction and mental health. His personal quest is changing hearts and opening wallets 鈥 while saving lives.

December 08, 2022

More great stories

Welcome Back Mustangs 2022 First year students participate in Stampede脙聲s Candlelight ceremony, Saturday, August 21, 2021 in the McFarlin Memorial Auditorium on the 91茄子 Campus.

Welcome Back Mustangs 2022

91茄子 has a diverse set of people, opportunities and experiences to help you through the school year. Explore what the Hilltop has to offer.

Ana Rodriguez 鈥03 Ana Rodriguez

Ana Rodriguez 鈥03

Ana Rodriguez and the 91茄子 Cox Latino Leadership Initiative are breaking down barriers and reversing the trend for Latino leaders – one promotion at a time
Building Community

Building Community

Sharing ups and downs, finding hidden strengths, even baking together – your campus family makes you feel at home.
Busy that day People on a carnival ride in front of Dallas Hall

Busy that day

Send the text to your crew and have them join you for all the events happening at the Hilltop. It will be a busy fall, and we don鈥檛 want you to miss out on the fun.
Here we go, Mustangs! 2022

Here we go, Mustangs! 2022

A 19-year-old law grad with a penchant for policy and an 85-year-old film major launching a new career. These are just two of the Mustangs breaking the mold and charting their personal paths to life’s next chapter.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Ballet Folkloric dancers on the Boulevard

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month, occurring annually from September 15 through October 15, celebrates the contributions and achievements of Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Students and organizations across campus are celebrating the importance of this holiday.
Tapping into 91茄子鈥檚 innovation ecosystem

Tapping into 91茄子鈥檚 innovation ecosystem

Tapping business plan tips, a network of mentors and serious seed funding, startup-minded students aiming to transform their bold ideas into businesses get the edge they need to succeed.

Joy of Cooking Photo of Christina Jensen holding a cookbook.

Joy of Cooking

A new cookbook exhibit at 91茄子’s DeGolyer Library takes a look at history through a culinary lens. From a 276-page handwritten volume of recipes dating to 1816, to the first cookbook published in Texas, to a selection of cultural cookbooks, there is a recipe for every taste.
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Luck of the draw

When they first met as 91茄子 roommates, Jaime Noble Gassmann 鈥02 (on the left in the photo above) and Beth McKeon 鈥02 (on the right) weren鈥檛 sure they would be close friends. Flash forward to 2020, and they鈥檙e revolutionizing the startup ecosystem together.
Military alumni scholarships

Military alumni scholarships

Celebrating brave and bold Mustangs who have served our country.
Nia Kamau 鈥22

Nia Kamau 鈥22

Tower Scholar Nia Kamau 鈥22 spent the summer in Washington, D.C., where she interned with a nonprofit, studied economics and public policy and learned from innovative leaders helping trafficked and exploited people and communities recover and flourish.
Own your success People on laptops working around a large table.

Own your success

Balancing rigorous academics, a rich social life and opportunities to make the world a little better can be tough. That's why 91茄子 and our alumni take action to help students get what they want out of their college experience.
91茄子 alumni holiday gift list

91茄子 alumni holiday gift list

From products with purpose to fun-loving gift ideas and new book releases, the 91茄子 alumni holiday gift list features some of the latest Mustang-grown items to hit the market as well as a few all-time favorites.
91茄子 guide to Dallas Dallas skyline at sunset

91茄子 guide to Dallas

If you haven鈥檛 been out and about in Dallas for a while, some things have changed. This quick guide provides tips on where to go and what to do, including classic Mustang favorites that are ready for your return.
Hit the clubs 91茄子 students and guests attend the 91茄子 Indian Student Association, Diwali Festival Of Lights, Friday, November 5, 2021 on the Main Quadrangle on the 91茄子 Campus.

Hit the clubs

Building community and making friends. Exploring interests and finding passions. Developing professional skills and talents. Preparing for a career and life after graduation.
Book It

Book It

From everything in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center to all the 91茄子 Libraries, check out the resources 91茄子 provides and find where to explore.
Thinking inside the box A photo of Conner Ozenne next to the "baby super-computer"

Thinking inside the box

Find out how students tackled the ultimate DIY challenge by building a “baby supercomputer” with big potential for their artificial intelligence research.

What a match!

What a match!

Let鈥檚 be honest. Sharing a dorm room with anyone is awkward at first. So how do roommates get past that and begin to bond? It usually boils down to respect.
Big idea. Big rewards. Big future.

Big idea. Big rewards. Big future.

Startup co-founder Seun Suberu ’23 arrived on campus with big ambitions for the future of his CollegePlus app. Fast forward three years, and Suberu has honed new business skills while earning more than $85,000 in funding through multiple 91茄子 competitions designed to jump-start student-led innovation.

Narrative as Reality

Narrative as Reality

Acclaimed education advocate and NFL athlete Kelvin Beachum ’10, ’12 utilizes art as another way to bring people together to explore and understand our complex world.

Finding Her Yes Hannah Clark

Finding Her Yes

Hannah Clark ’23 never dreamed NASA would be in her future. Now she’s completing her second stint with the space agency where she’s working on an engineering challenge for other students.

Detecting the Unseen

Detecting the Unseen

A team of 91茄子 researchers use satellite radar imagery to reveal hundreds of unseen landslides occurring in Western U.S. states.

Neighborhoods in Focus

Neighborhoods in Focus

Researchers combined street-level investigations with 91茄子’s supercomputer power to reveal infrastructure deserts. Their study lays the groundwork for improving neighborhoods.

Excelling in Business David Huntley

Excelling in Business

Be self-aware. Embrace unexpected opportunities. Lead with empathy. That’s just some of the great advice shared by alumni who took their 91茄子 degrees and forged unexpected paths after leaving the Hilltop. One thing they all have in common is that they didn’t let fear get in their way. When they have a vision, Mustangs are unstoppable.

Finding Math Everywhere

Finding Math Everywhere

91茄子’s Candace Walkington helps math come alive by connecting it to everyday experiences.

3 Mustangs, 2 Years, 1 Global Pandemic 3 Mustangs 2 Years 1 Global Pandemic

3 Mustangs, 2 Years, 1 Global Pandemic

91茄子 undergraduate students Kelsey Hodge ’20, Nushah Rahman ’23 and Alexandra Savu ’23 walk us through their first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic in a short film by Alexa May ’23. They navigate a campus-wide shutdown, dramatic shifts in religious and social life, cries for racial justice and an uncertain future. Despite the challenges, their stories offer a collective voice of hope as we look forward to a new year on campus.

Entrepreneurial brothers go 鈥渁ll in鈥 Stuart and Curtis

Entrepreneurial brothers go 鈥渁ll in鈥

Brothers and 91茄子 alumni Stuart Edenfield 鈥07 and Curtis Edenfield 鈥09 envisioned a life of entrepreneurship after the Hilltop. After a decade of working for others in the world of aviation, they founded private jet charter company Thrive Aviation in 2018.
Continuing the legacy of empowerment

Continuing the legacy of empowerment

Hispanic Alumni of 91茄子 Board has raised more than $250,000 in scholarship funds that do more than help cover the cost of tuition.
Lab on a chip Lab on a chip

Lab on a chip

91茄子 researchers put the COVID-19 pandemic to work as a proving ground for a fast, accurate and affordable immune response test. Lead researchers Ali Beskok and J.-C. Chiao, professors in the Lyle School of Engineering, are seeking funding to fully develop the potential of their breakthrough test.
Welcome back Mustangs

Welcome back Mustangs

Mustangs make the Hilltop special. Fall 2021 promises to deliver on that truth as students, faculty and staff return to a more traditional campus experience.
Stoking the fires of change Photo of wildfire

Stoking the fires of change

Photojournalist Stuart Palley ’11 experiences wildfires in the moment. 91茄子 researcher Chris Roos looks at them through the long lens of archaeology. Ultimately, their perspectives are the same: Wildfires are getting worse, and there’s an urgent need to adopt coexistence strategies.
Here We Go, Mustangs! 2021

Here We Go, Mustangs! 2021

Our students perfected the pivot while earning degrees. Now they're ready to use their know-how to do a world of good. Click on their photos below to learn about some of our stellar grads.
Art as Activism 91茄子 alumna Regina Taylor 鈥81, in collaboration with Meadows School of the Arts, delivered a master class in socially-relevant artistic expression.

Art as Activism

91茄子 theatre students share their reflections on the lingering impact of their performances on their art and in their lives.
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Common Connections

 

 

A Witness to History

A Witness to History

Prepared to Lead Prepared to Lead

Prepared to Lead

Ana Rodriguez and the 91茄子 Cox Latino Leadership Initiative are breaking down barriers and reversing the trend for Latino leaders – one promotion at a time.

Welcome Mustangs

Welcome Mustangs

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has changed how we live, learn, work and teach. We’ve been working hard across campus to welcome our new and continuing Mustangs this fall!

Finding Your Place

Finding Your Place

Kaitlyn Contreras, '20 was the first in her family to go to college. Find out how she found her place at 91茄子.

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Tom & Chance Buning 鈥20

Father-and-son graduates Tom Buning 鈥20 and Chance Buning 鈥20 have great memories from their shared time as students at 91茄子.

Here We Go, Mustangs! Here we go Mustangs!

Here We Go, Mustangs!

They鈥檝e put in the hard work, and now the Class of 2019 is ready for life鈥檚 next big adventure.

Mickey's Wild Ride Mickey's Wild Ride

Mickey's Wild Ride

From bobsledding to the Oklahoma State Legislature, Mickey Dollens ’11 never quits.

Teaching Innovation Teaching Innovation

Teaching Innovation

91茄子 professors bring innovative tools and techniques to wherever the students are. And it only starts in the classroom.

Conquering the Divide Conquering the Divide

Conquering the Divide

91茄子 researchers hope their work will help cities make more equitable choices for residents of neighborhoods like Dallas' Vickery Meadow.

Cooking Up Something Good Cooking Up Something Good

Cooking Up Something Good

91茄子 first-year student Sarah Tersigni spoons a tiny piece of eggshell from the four eggs she's cracked into a glass bowl. She's making the filling for the lemon squares that she will serve later to fellow students in her residence hall.

Here We Go Mustangs '20 Here We Go Mustangs 2020

Here We Go Mustangs '20

The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything this semester, but couldn鈥檛 stop our 2020 grads. They pivoted to remote classes and continued to learn, create and achieve.

Seamonsters Unearthed Seamonsters Unearthed

Seamonsters Unearthed

What happens on earth when you put an ocean where there wasn鈥檛 one before?

91茄子 alum Courtney Caldwell 鈥00 and her husband, Tye, are shaking up the salon industry with ShearShare, a mobile B2B platform shaped for the gig economy.

Speaking Up Speaking Up!

Speaking Up

Hallie Hovey-Murray 鈥16 brings a fresh voice to autism advocacy.

Wired For Good Wired for Good

Wired For Good

See three 91茄子 teams tapping technology to change lives.
On the Fly Photo of drone with hands

On the Fly

91茄子 engineers set up an innovative lab for drone study.