The Alumni Association was immensely saddened to hear of the passing of Shoor Kalam this weekend. Shoor, Class of 1995, has served on the Alumni board for years and tirelessly worked to help raise money to support current and future Tamsters. Here is a link where you can donate to support his family if you are able to https://mealtrain.com/26ld9q.
Additionally, we have been contacted by alumni wishing to establish a scholarship in his name to honor his legacy. The association would be more than honored to direct any donations received in the next month towards this effort. https://www.tamsalumni.org/donations/
We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
See attached for a press release announcing the Rehnquist Award has been awarded to ’99 TAMS graduate and Collin County judge Emily Miskel. The Rehnquist Award is the highest nationwide award bestowed to a state court judge by the National Center for State Courts.
Jacob Ha was voted by the members of the TAMS class of 2020 to receive the annual Prince Jones Memorial Scholarship. April Audain, Scholarship Committee Chair of the TAMS Alumni Association, presented the award to him during Rose Ceremony on May 1st. Prince Jones’ mother and sister were also present virtually and spoke. Congratulations, Jacob!
The blog posts have slowed, but the Alumni Association hasn’t! Let’s follow the old journal keeping adage to not try and catch up. Instead, here’s a link to an end of year letter covering the great progress we’ve made. (SPOILER: 12-15 scholarships in 2019, not one but two fully-funded endowments, and success with the legislature!)
We are excited to announce the TAMS Alumni Association will award the inaugural Prince Jones Scholarship … THIS YEAR! This was made possible by generous TAMS alumni – many from Prince Jones’ graduating class.
The Prince Jones Scholarship honors the legacy of Prince Jones (TAMS class of 1992) and will be the first named scholarship from the Association, and the first awarded to an outgoing TAMSter.
A subsequent announcement will name the recipient, selected by TAMS administration and classmates for best representing Prince Jones’ character, integrity, and overall charisma in connecting with fellow students.
To support the Prince Jones scholarship fund, please see the Donations page, check the “I would like to donate to a specific fund” box, and select the Prince Jones Scholarship from the drop-down menu.
Thanks to the generous donations of TAMS alumni, the TAMS Alumni Association was able to award ten (10!) scholarships of $1,200 each in early 2019. This year, the Association and TAMS leadership streamlined the selection process to intensify the focus on TAMSters’ needs – particularly in under-represented areas of the state.
Congratulations to the following!
Nikita Isabella Agers (Gladewater) Tam Dang (Fort Worth) Julianna Esparza (El Paso) Cassidy Frier (Arlington) Jacob Ha (Chillicothe) Jennifer Huynh (Arlington) Keely Lam (Mesquite) Michalis Paizanis (Killeen) Morgan Wagner (Ponder) Colby Wilson (Nocona)
This year was the first year for the TAMS Alumni Association to participate in TAMS Convocation. While Convocation announces the Second Years’ achievements, we awarded three scholarships to incoming First Years. These awards help defray the costs of the Program Fee now imposed on all students. The recipients:
Bihan Jiang, of Grapevine, full program fees ($1300)
Frederick Wang, of Frisco, 1/2 program fees ($650)
Jagath Vytheeswaran, of Plano, 1/2 program fees ($650)
Thanks to the Alumni donations that made these scholarships possible!
The University of North Texas named Glênisson de Oliveira as the new TAMS dean, replacing Dr Richard Sinclair, who recently retired after 22 years with TAMS. All we hear are good things about him. (See articles on UNT.edu and from the North Texan for more info.)
We awarded the 2014 TAMS Alumni Association Scholarship (which covers the full 2014-2015 TAMS Program Charge) to Emma Holmes, of Allen. Congratulations, Emma – and thank you to all whose generous donations made this possible!
Victoria Barrera, of Pflugerville, came in a close second. Our original intent was to award a single scholarship. We liked Victoria’s application so much, we awarded her a second, smaller scholarship.