Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee
interviewed Elisabeth Cawthon, associate professor of history at UT
Arlington, about Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who marks 60 years on the
throne today. It’s only the second Diamond Jubilee in British history.
“She’s been very adaptable,” Cawthon said. “She’s presided over some
very important historical developments and served as a symbol of Britain
in the midst of that. … To the British, symbolism is important.”
City and University reconnect
Arlington city, business and university leaders say the new College Park
District -- a $78 million, 7,000-seat arena and an $80 million retail
and residential development just a few blocks from City Hall --
symbolizes a 30-year effort to create community-oriented night life
downtown, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported Sunday. For many, it is a sign that after decades of growing
apart, Arlington and UTA are finally reconnecting. Even before the
218,000-square-foot arena's doors opened Wednesday, the project was
being credited with helping attract millions of dollars in investment,
including three privately funded multimillion-dollar apartment complexes
along the university's northwestern and eastern edge.
Message of change
A Fort Worth Star-Telegram
sidebar noted that UT Arlington's "College Town, UTA" outreach effort,
begun in September 2009, has opened up communication by connecting UT
Arlington's commercial and residential neighbors with opportunities
available to them on campus. A website, www.uta.edu/ucomm/collegetown,
shares information on construction updates, public events, resources,
discounts, partnership opportunities and children's programming. A
newsletter is mailed twice a year to residents within a mile of campus.
Dream turns to reality
Jim Witt executive editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
wrote that UT Arlington President Jim Spaniolo has sprinkled magic fair
dust around and… “suddenly UTA is flying?" in a Sunday column. Witt
wrote: "College Park Center is a jewel. Designed by HKS Architects, the
outfit that drew up Cowboys Stadium, it's just as spectacular, but on a
smaller, more intimate scale," adding that including Rangers Ballpark in
Arlington, the city now has a sports venue trifecta.
Eye on the future
Also, Jim Baker, the new UT Arlington Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, told ESPN/103.3 FM’s Galloway & Co.
that the University is committed to elevating its athletics programs
while providing opportunities for true student-athletes the way college
athletics should be, without undue influence of outside forces. Baker
joined UT Arlington Feb. 1 and formerly was an associate athletics
director at UT Austin.
Texas donors dig deep into pockets
Texans have been among the biggest donors in this year’s presidential
race, with Gov. Perry receiving the bulk of the money last year, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported. Victoria Farrar-Myers, political science professor at UT
Arlington, said those supporters find their votes and money up for grabs
now. “The donor pattern … reflects the uncertain feelings that the
nomination electorate … have not fully coalesced around one candidate,”
she said. “The donor patters seem to also suggest and reflect, on the
Republican side, the rifts in the party.”
Concussion study revisited
interviewed Jacob Resch, assistant professor of kinesiology at UT
Arlington, about his concussion research in partnership with Texas
Health Resources and UT Southwestern. Since the study began last year
more people have become aware about the dangers of concussions. “I
believe that atmosphere is starting to shift, where beforehand I think
it was really hard to break that stigma of what that injury actually
was,” Resch said. The report comes ahead of a concussion summit March
9–10 at UT Arlington. Read the full report at NBCDFW.com.
Meteor sparks attention
Levent Gurdemir, director of The Planetarium at UT Arlington, commented on KDFW's Fox 4 News at 5 and Fox 4 News at 9, about the very bright meteor that lit up the Dallas sky last Wednesday night.
Extinction study unearths new details
The deadliest mass extinction of all took a long time to kill 90 percent
of Earth’s marine life – and it killed in stages – according to a newly
published report posted on the National Science Foundation website. Harry Rowe, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at UT Arlington, is a co-author of the paper.
Reversal of fortune
The Arlington school board reversed a budget-cutting measure that ended
the district’s use of the UT Arlington stadium for Friday night high
school football games, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported. Last year, officials projected that it would save $99,000,
but now they said they realize that the loss in ticket and concession
sales from switching 10 games from Friday to Thursday may have offset
much if not all of the savings. It was too late for the district to get
those 10 Friday dates back because Pantego Christian Academy has booked
five of them for the next two years. Officials said they will negotiate
for the other five Friday night dates.
Boxers ready for bouts
Boxing pros Terrance Woods, DuShawn Williams and Francisco Arellano are all preparing for upcoming bouts in February, the Bay City Tribune
reported. Woods’ fight will be in Arlington on the campus of UT
Arlington in the College Park Center and will be broadcast on ESPN 2.