The Arlington Chamber of Commerce awarded its highest honor to UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo Thursday night, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Extra Credit blog
reported. Spaniolo received the Star Award at the group’s annual dinner
and business meeting. Eugene Powell, UT System Board of Regents
chairman, and Michael L. Williams, Texas Education Commissioner, spoke
at the event.
Help for first-generation students
A new, $1 million endowment established through Shirlee J. and Taylor
Gandy’s gift to UT Arlington will provide scholarships to sophomores
who excel academically and who are the first in their families to attend
college, the Fort Worth Business Press
reported. The Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy First Generation Scholarship
Program is being established through a $500,000 commitment from the
Gandys that will double in value through the Maverick Match program.
Shirlee Gandy, a UT Arlington alumna, serves in a leadership role on the
University’s Development Board.
Video Fest up in lights
Bart Weiss, UT Arlington film professor and co-founder of the Dallas Video Fest, talked with KRLD/1080 AM
about this year’s event, which is going on this week and already has
featured a video display capitalizing on the lights on the Omni Hotel
Dallas in downtown Dallas. “It went over way better than we expected,”
Air monitor up and running
The Texas Council on Environmental Quality said late Thursday that
residents can check on air quality in the Arlington/Kennedale area
thanks to a new emissions monitor being operated by The University of
Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Barnett Shale blog
reported. The monitor is just south of Interstate 20 and east of Little
School Road. It's TCEQ's eighth AGC monitor in the Barnett Shale.