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Eileen Baland ’87, ’97

Eileen Baland was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree with a specialization in poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, May 30, 2015. The M.F.A. is Dr. Baland’s fifth college degree. She earned two degrees from SMU: a B.A. in English with a creative writing specialization and a Master

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Shakeel Ahmed ’82

Shakeel Ahmed, PE, LEED AP,  ahas been promoted to principal associate in Arup’s San Francisco office. A mechanical engineer, he joined Arup in 2006 and has more than 21 years of experience in mechanical design, engineering, and construction administration for a variety of major projects involving commercial, institutional, industrial, health care, government, sports

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Ted Gilvar ’89

Ted Gilvar has been appointed chief operating officer by Vonage Holdings Corp., a leading provider of cloud communications services for consumers and businesses. Gilvar will join Vonage on April 20 as part of the company’s senior leadership team and will report to Joe Redling, chief operating officer. Gilvar will be

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Sheri Krause ’86

Sheri Krause was appointed to the State Employee Charitable Campaign Advisory Committee by outgoing Gov. Rick Perry in January. Krause resides in Austin, TX and is a member of the Seton Development Board, Helping Hand Home for Children and Women’s Symphony League of Austin. She is also a past member

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F. Thaddeus Arroyo ’89

F. Thaddeus Arroyo ’89

F. Thaddeus Arroyo has been named chief executive officer of Iusacell by AT&T. Arroyo, a 19-year AT&T veteran, will lead a Mexico City-based team dedicated to a successful transition for Iusacell customers and employees. “We’ll begin work immediately to bring more wireless competition and improved mobile Internet service to Mexico,”

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Michael Santa Maria ’86, ’88

Michael Santa Maria has been elected the managing partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Dallas office. Santa Maria has a broad-based corporate transactional practice with an emphasis on international cross-border transactions, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, direct investment, joint ventures, and international franchise and distribution matters. In November, he will

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Charla Aldous ’85

Charla Aldous ’85

Charla Aldous recently shared her courtroom knowledge with students attending the National Trial College of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at Harvard Law School. The Dallas litigator, the founder of Aldous Law Firm, was among this year’s legal practitioners teaching a small group of young lawyers the art

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Kal Grant ’88

Kal Grant ’88

Kal Grant has been named managing director on the client advisory team at Tolleson Private Wealth Management, an affiliate of Tolleson Wealth Management.

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Kurt-Alexander Zeller ’82

Kurt-Alexander Zeller ’82

Kurt-Alexander Zeller was honored with the 2014 Alice J. Smith Faculty Award by Clayton State University, where he is director of opera and vocal studies and coordinator of the Division of Music.  The Smith Award is presented annually to the Clayton State professor judged most outstanding by a peer-review process

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Doug Renfro ’89

Doug Renfro, president of Renfro Foods in Fort Worth, announces that the company was recognized as one of seven regional finalists for the 2014 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its business practices and community involvement. The company was previously honored in

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