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Why I Give: Evan Brauman Fetter

Evan Brauman Fetter

Name: Evan Brauman Fetter '96
Major: Political science
Current Profession: Real estate broker

What is it like returning to your alma mater?
This December I visited UT for the third year in a row. I miss it, and it is great to go back and visit and take my wife and children to see where such an important part of my life took place. It is also special because I met my wife, Rachel, through my freshman roommate, Scott Weprin.

What was special about your program?
You really got to know your professors, and they really got to know you. The political science department had three professors who basically taught all the classes I needed for my degree: Dr. Kerstein, Dr. Piper and Dr. Lombardi. They knew what they could expect from you and would push to get it. They were concerned if for some reason you were not in class and they had not heard from you.

What kinds of extracurricular activities did you do?
I was editor-in-chief and business director of the Moroccan for 1994, 1995 and 1996. We won several national awards including First Place with Special Merit from the American Scholastic Press Association in 1994 and the All American Award with Five Marks of Distinction from the Associated Collegiate Press in 1995. I learned so much working with budgets, university employees, the publishing companies and everything else that went into producing a several hundred page book for three years in a row.

Favorite memories?
I was at UT when it was going through some very rough patches, and I was fortunate enough to be on the front lines of a lot of the discussions that were going on about the future of UT at that time and how to bring UT out of the rut it was in. I enjoyed being chosen to be the invocation speaker for graduation. I spoke about giving back to UT once we graduate because someone giving to UT during my time there provided for me.

Why do you think it is important for alumni to give back to UT? Because alumni and community leaders had given to UT, I received a leadership scholarship and a tuition stipend for being editor-in-chief of the Moroccan. The scholarship and stipend would not have been possible had money not been given to UT. I probably would have attended another university, and who knows how my life would be different today. I want others to have the same experiences I had, and because someone made it possible for me, I think it is important to make it possible for others.

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