Carey Christenberry

Melisa Estrada

Admission Counselor


Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Alma Mater: University of Texas at Arlington, 1985, 2000 

Degree: B.A. Physical Education with English concentration, M.A. Educational Administration 

Why I love UD/Why I Recruit for UD: At UD, the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up” rides shotgun to the more important question “How do I want to be when I grow up?” UD’s mission to pursue truth, wisdom and virtue, and its dedication to develop independent thinkers is a worthy journey.

Favorite Spot on Campus: When the weather is great in Irving (which is more often than not) I love to sit  outside on the mall at a wrought-iron table with a cup of coffee and something great to read. 

Where Do You Hang Out in Dallas? My wife and I love to explore new restaurants all over the Metroplex when we aren’t broke; when we are broke, we love going for walks and then hanging out with our two cats.

Favorite Book: An impossible question for a former English teacher, but I’ll always love The Scarlet Letter, The Grapes of WrathStasiland and Julius Caesar.

Favorite Place to Eat in DFW: Depends on the day, but if its prefix is Papas, I’m always happy.

Favorite UD Event: Groundhog.

Favorite/Coolest Place I have Visited: Living in Berlin for the last two years afforded me the chance to see myriad cool, magnificent and amazing sites, but the place I loved most was Berlin itself. It is a great place to visit but a better place to live.

Advice to Prospective Students: Zora Neale Hurston wrote, “You’ve got to go there to know there.” When you start the exciting search for the right school, devour all the credible information you can gather from the web, social media, your friends and family, your priest or pastor or mentors, your teachers and your admission counselors. But then visit the school. Sit in on classes. Eat in the cafeteria. Take the tours. See if the school could feel like home for the next four years.


2018 Galbraith Lecture Explores 'Dante and Liturgical Time'

As we age, most of us ask ourselves, where has the time gone? Borrowing text from UD's Core curriculum, this spring semester's Galbraith Lecture will explore the difference between our own perception of time, and how the philosopher-poet Dante Alighieri viewed mankind's immortal clock, steeped in Scripture and in life.

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UD Presents: 'Dwelling: Paintings by Peter Ligon and Layla Luna'

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition featuring two Dallas/Fort Worth area artists, Peter Ligon and Layla Luna, who articulate the architectural styling of dwelling spaces in their paintings. Both artists will give presentations at an opening reception on Friday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the Haggar Art History Auditorium located in the Haggerty Art Village on the University of Dallas’ Irving campus.

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Politics Major Empowers Youth, Shares Story Through Theater

Although she herself is not able to vote, Liz Magallanes, BA '18, works to make voting possible for other people. She first got involved with the organization Mi Familia Vota in 2014 and has been contributing to their endeavors ever since, including working with high school students in Dallas ISD. Additionally, she recently had a role in the play "Deferred Action."

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