Athletics benefited from Spaniolo
UT Arlington President James Spaniolo’s academic achievements have
been titanic, but there has also been no bigger supporter of Maverick
athletics than Spaniolo, according to a Dallas Morning News
column by Rick Gosselin. Spaniolo “has been very good for this school,”
Gosselin said, pointing out successful efforts to raise UT Arlington’s
profile, including building of the $78 million College Park Center.
“President Spaniolo understands how athletics can be the window for the
university,” athletic director Jim Baker said.
A growing number high school students are learning to write computer
code and many entrepreneurs, celebrities and educators are pushing for
computer coding to join the ranks of reading, writing and arithmetic,
according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram
story that quoted Carter Tiernan, an assistant dean at The University
of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering. Tiernan and other
experts said it makes sense for students to learn more about computers
because they are a part of our everyday life. “Nearly everything
nowadays is based on computers and computer processing,” she said.
Professor discusses single parenthood
UT Arlington sociology and anthropology professor Beth Anne Shelton was featured in a KTVT/CBS 11
story about women making the deliberate choice to become single
parents. Research suggests children in single parent homes are more
likely to live in poverty and face uncertain outcomes, but Shelton said
marriage is not a certain fix. “If by marriage you improve your standard
of living significantly, that’s a good thing, but if not, it’s not a
panacea,” she said.
Church and race
UT Arlington assistant professor of sociology Jason Shelton was
quoted in a story about heightened religiosity of African Americans in The Journal and Courier
(Lafayette, Ind.). Although religious affiliation has decreased among
white evangelical and mainline churches from 2007 to 2012, it has stayed
relatively steady for the black Protestant church, according to a
report released last fall by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public
Life. “The black church has been a critical part of our experience, it
has been the cornerstone that held the community together and the church
was the chief institution of fighting for racial equality,” he said.
Graduating record numbers
The University of Texas at Arlington will award a record number of
degrees during Commencement Week 2013, which will feature a free Friday
night festival with fireworks and remarks by actor, producer and former
White House aide Kal Penn, according to the Arlington Citizen-Journal.
A winning design
Jacobs Engineering Group was recently honored for its work on the College Park District at UT Arlington, Student Housing Business
reported. The firm won a Best Implementation of Mixed-Use Development
at the Innovator Awards at the 2013 InterFace Student Housing conference