Focus on Arlington
Jim Baker, UT Arlington’s new athletic director, is the focus of a Dallas Morning News article
looking at the future of sports at the University. Baker was hired in
December, after 20 years in the UT Austin athletic department, most
recently as associate athletic director for events and operations.
Already he’s overseen the move of UT Arlington from the unraveling WAC,
where it will play next season, to the more stable Sun Belt for 2013-14.
UT Arlington president James Spaniolo talked to Texas counterpart Bill
Powers and Longhorns athletic director DeLoss Dodds before hiring Baker.
“When the president at UTA talked to me and told me what his needs
were,” Dodds said, “Jim fit all of them.”
Among the truckloads of memorabilia donated to The University of Texas
at Arlington’s Special Collections Library last week, you won’t find any
pictures of Bill Blair with Ernie Banks. Blair, 90, is keeping those to
himself, for now, wrote Dallas Morning News sports
columnist Kevin Sherrington. Blair, the founder and senior publisher of
the Elite News, is also a former Negro Leagues pitcher who gave ‘Mr.
Cub’ his start.
Guard students at UT campuses get tuition scare
The Texas National Guard has sent letters to soldiers attending the
University of Texas in Austin and Arlington, warning them that a
conflict over military tuition assistance could cause them to lose
thousands of dollars in aid and perhaps force them to change schools,
the Houston Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman
reported. "If no solution is reached, neither school will be eligible
to receive Federal Tuition Assistance in the future," states the letter,
which was sent Thursday by the National Guard's Texas Education
Services Office. "This may influence your school choice if funding is an
issue. Be cognizant that there is no guarantee that a solution will be
reached and you may end up self-funding your tuition assistance." The
University of Texas System is negotiating with the Army in hopes of
avoiding a situation that forces student soldiers to leave.
Arlington superintendent search
Deputy Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos was appointed interim leader of
the Arlington Independent School District last week after the sudden
departure of former Arlington school Superintendent Jerry McCullough,
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported. Cavazos has previously served as a lecturer for The
University of Texas at Arlington's department of educational leadership
and policy studies.
County real estate sees spike in sales
Darren Hayunga, a UT Arlington professor of finance and real estate, was quoted in a Cleburne Times-Review article
about Johnson County’s spike in real estate sales. He said real estate
has thrived because of the state’s ability to maintain and increase
employment and because the state’s real estate market did not become as
overvalued as in many other states. “Employment is the overwhelming
factor affecting real estate markets and prices,” Hayunga said.
Great commencement speeches
The Hollywood Reporter
listed actor James Franco’s speech at UT Arlington’s Graduation
Celebration among the “7 Great Hollywood Commencement Speeches to the
Class of 2012.”
Local PRSA hosts inaugural Worthy Awards
The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of
America held its inaugural awards event on May 31. Among other honors,
the group recognized the contributions to the public relations
profession from the faculty at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press reported.