Notable Alumni

Nic Nicosia
Nic Nicosia ('74)

Photographer who was one of the leaders in the staged photography movement in the 1980s and has twice been featured in the Whitney Museum Biennial

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Tobe Nwigwe
Tobe Nwigwe

Artist known for his Instagram viral videos

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Jamize Olawale

Fullback for the Dallas Cowboys; fullback for the Oakland Raiders (2012-2017)

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Roy Orbison
Deceased 1936-1988

Grammy Award-winning singer and guitarist; songs included "Oh, Pretty Woman," considered one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and "Crying"

Zach Orr

Former linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens

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Carlos Ortiz ('13)

2020 Olympian and player on the Professional Golfers' Association tour

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Sandra Palmer ('63)

LPGA Player of the Year in 1975

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James Pawelczyk
James Pawelczyk ('89 Ph.D.)

Associate professor of physiology and kinesiology at Penn State; flew aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1998 to research the effects of microgravity on the brain and nervous system in a lab in space

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Dave Pietro ('87)

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra

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Steve Pietzsch
Steve Pietzsch ('73)

Artist whose illustrations have appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone and Texas Monthly

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Emily Pulley ('95)

Soprano with the Houston Grand Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera

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Johnny Quinn

2014 Olympian in bobsledding

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Patricia Racette ('88)

Soprano with the Santa Fe Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera

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Azim Rashid ('94)

Senior vice president and head of urban promotion for Columbia Records; former senior vice president of promotion at Roc Nation and Capitol Music Group

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Cleatus Rattan ('65, '69 M.Ed.)

Former Texas Poet Laureate and author of The Texas Review Poetry Prize-winning collection of poems, The Border

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Ray Renfro
Deceased 1929-1997

Football player for the Cleveland Browns (1952-1963)

Anne Rice

Best-selling author of the Vampire Chronicles books

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Ray Roberts

Former U.S. Congressman, 4th District of Texas

Lexie Dean Robertson
Lexie Dean Robertson ('13)
Deceased 1893-1954

Former Texas Poet Laureate who was a charter member of the Texas Institute of Letters and whose poems appeared in Good Houskeeping, Ladies' Home Journal and other publications

Craig Robertson
Craig Robertson

Linebacker for the New Orleans Saints

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