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Three Plan II Alumni Honored with 2011 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Awards.

Wed, December 8, 2010
Three Plan II Alumni Honored with 2011 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Awards.





Three of the four University of Texas alumni selected by the Texas Exes to receive the 2011 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award are Plan II Honors alumni.  The Texas Exes inaugurated the award in 1980 to recognize young alumni who are 40 or under and who are distinguished in their fields and have demonstrated a continuing interest in The University of Texas and the Texas Exes. This year’s Plan II Honors Outstanding Youg Texas Exes are:

  • Daron Roberts, BA ’01 (Plan II Honors & Government), is an assistant secretary coach for the Detroit Lions, Inc. Roberts also recently started a non-profit named 4th and 1, which balances football training with PSAT prep, professional development, creative workshops and life skills classe.  (See special article in ESPN Magazine.)  Roberts also earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School (2004) and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (2007). 
  • Veronica Vargas Stidvent, BA ’96 (Plan II Honors), JD (Yale), is a lecturer and program director for the McCombs School of Business new Department of Business, Government and Society and program director of the Hispanic Leadership Initiative.  She was formerly the director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Stidvent was the first director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
  •  Shaarik Zafar (B.A. Plan II Honors, ’97, J.D. Law, ’00) is the deputy chief of the Countering Violent Extremism Group at the National Counterterrorism Center, where he plays a leading role in the U.S. Government’s efforts to deny international terrorists the next generation of recruits.

All four alumni will be honored at a ceremony to be held at the Alumni Center during the May, 2011 commencement.  See the Texas Exes site for more about the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award or to see a list of former recipients.


The Texas Exes was founded in 1885. The mission of the Texas Exes is to unite, inform and involve alumni and friends for the purpose of promoting, protecting and preserving The University of Texas at Austin. Today there are about 93,000 members whom the association strives to connect to each other and to the past, present and future of the University through career counseling, travel, reunions, continuing education, fellowship, legislative advocacy in support of higher education and The Alcalde magazine. Visit TexasExes for more information or links to become a member, .

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