Three to be honored at UT Tyler Alumni Gala

Published on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:33 - Written by


The University of Texas at Tyler Alumni Association will recognize three graduates during this year’s Alumni Gala.

An ‘Alumni and Friends’ reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. March 29 at the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center. Dinner and a program will follow.

The 2014 honorees are distinguished alumni Dawn Franks and David L. King and distinguished young alumnus Michael Wysocki, according to a university news release.

Dr. Kenneth Hall, Baylor University’s senior vice president of university development and strategic initiatives, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Hall has a bachelor’s degree in history from UT Tyler and received a 2013 UT Tyler Distinguished Alumni Award, according to the news release.

Event tickets cost $50 for general admission, $40 for UT Tyler faculty/staff and $25 for UT Tyler students. Tables of eight are available for $500 for general admission and $400 for the UT Tyler community.

Distinguished alumna Ms. Franks earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UT Tyler in 1979 and 1989, respectively.

Ms. Franks is a longtime supporter of the university and UT Tyler Alumni Association. She serves as the executive director of the Ben and Maytee Fisch Foundation.

Distinguished alumnus King earned a Master of Business Administration from UT Tyler in 1983. He is president of CB&I Engineered Products, a global technology, engineering and construction organization, according to the news release. It is part of the CB&I organization, which has more than 50,000 employees worldwide.

Distinguished young alumnus Wysocki earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UT Tyler in 2003.

He is a family law litigator/partner with McCurley, Orsinger, McCurley, Nelson and Downing LLP Family Law Practice in Dallas, according to the news release.

The university’s Alumni Association presents Distinguished Alumni Awards to graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the university.

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