Michael Traylor, B.A. 2004

Michael Traylor, B.A. English, 2004

Nick WignallMichael Traylor, UD 2004, is a Certified Professional Landman working in the oil and gas industry.  He is involved in researching mineral ownership in tracts of land being developed for oil and natural gas production, negotiating agreements between landowners and energy companies, and interpreting contracts and other legal documents associated with the energy industry.

While English majors may not be normally associated with oil and gas, Michael believes that his literature background has been a benefit to his career.

"My English degree has dramatically enhanced my career in the energy industry," Traylor said. "Communication is essential for success in any business or organization, and my Literature background has been great for that."

"I work mostly in East Texas and office in Tyler," Traylor said. "I spend time in rural courthouses researching the history of the land all the way back to the sovereignty of the soil, which is either the crown of Spain, the Republic of Mexico, or the Republic of Texas, depending on the year and place.  The history can be really interesting, and interpreting the legal docs, etc, associated with the industry can be very challenging.  It is has been a good fit for me and probably would for other English majors as well."

Majoring in English did more than just teach him to how to write.  "Analyzing texts, articulating and defending arguments, and being able to see right to the heart of the matter within a given contextuaI use these lessons from my English classes every day.  I read and interpret documents for a living," Traylor said.  "My UD English education has given me a distinct advantage in my field."


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.

+ Read More

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.

+ Read More

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."

+ Read More