Liberal Arts Benefits from Donors, Mavericks Match

This past year, several departments and programs within the College of Liberal Arts have benefitted from generous donations and the university’s Mavericks Match program. The program, which matches the amount of the original donation, is funded by natural gas revenues to the university.

Columnist Bob Miller of the Dallas Morning News took a closer look at how natural gas is fueling the university’s gift-matching program.

Donation highlights from the past year to the College of Liberal Arts include:

  • Actor and alumnus Morgan Woodward, of Cool Hand Luke fame, created a $500,000 film studies endowment this spring with a $250,000 commitment.
  • Alumnus and international entrepreneur Mustaque Ahmed saw his $125,000 gift matched to become a $250,000 endowment to support the new Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute.
  • This month, donor Betty Ruch made a gift of $580,000 on behalf of herself and her late husband, Roger Ruch, to establish the Charles McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Areas. The contribution was doubled through the Maverick Match to create a $1.16 million endowment.

For more information about how your donation can be matched and make an even bigger impact on the University of Texas at Arlington and Liberal Arts, contact Myke Holt at (817) 272-1055.

UT Arlington President James Spaniolo, left, poses with university alumni and donor Mustaque Ahmed, center, and Dr. Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Ahmed’s gift to the College of Liberal Arts was doubled by the university’s Mavericks Match program, which uses funds from the sale of natural gas.

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