The University of Texas at Arlington
announces the creation of a $1 million endowment to support a new chair of geriatric
nursing research established through a generous gift by the Moritz family.
The gift establishes the first endowed faculty
chair in the College
of Nursing, which has more than tripled its enrollment over the past three
years to about 6,000 students this fall to make it the largest nursing program
in Texas. The commitment from the Moritz family, namesakes of Moritz
Dealerships, is given in honor of achievements of the college and will enable
UT Arlington to advance research in the critical field of elder care.
“This is a phenomenal commitment,” said
Elizabeth C. Poster, dean of the College of Nursing. “This gift will help us
attract the kind of prominent scholar who can help move our research agenda
forward and help inspire our students to see themselves as scientists and
scholars for the future.”
The Moritz Chair of Geriatric Nursing
Research is funded through the second major commitment from the Moritz family
this year. The family previously committed $750,000 toward College Park Center,
a gift that will be recognized by the naming of “Moritz Plaza” on the north
side of the new 7,000-seat arena.
John David Moritz, president of Moritz
Dealerships, noted his family’s longtime support for UT Arlington nursing
scholarships, academics and the college’s Smart Hospital™ – where students
learn with the aid of high-tech patient simulators. He also praised the
college’s efforts to increase outreach and recruiting efforts among high school
"What they are doing is remarkable,”
Moritz said. “Health care is so important to our society, and there is such
demand for these students and the services they will provide to all of us.”
Poster said the new endowment provides
UT Arlington a margin of excellence as it develops a comprehensive geriatric
research agenda. Many doctoral and graduate nursing students have gravitated
toward geriatrics research, she said. Faculty and students are particularly
interested in advances that can improve the efficacy of caregivers, improve the
quality of life for the aging population and enhance opportunity for
independent living among the elderly.
Moritz said his family was motivated to
establish the new endowment in part by UT Arlington’s Maverick
Match program, which leverages the University’s natural gas
royalties to encourage philanthropy and bolster the University's endowment. The
Moritz family’s $500,000 commitment will be matched dollar for dollar to create
the $1 million nursing endowment.
“Anytime you can see your dollars
leveraged like that, it’s attractive,” he said. “This will have impact for the
President James D. Spaniolo expressed
gratitude for the support the Moritz family has extended to the University.
“It is heartening to know that civic
and business leaders like the Moritz family are committed to ensuring
excellence at UT Arlington for generations to come,” Spaniolo said. “We are
honored by the family’s support and friendship.”
To learn more about philanthropic
opportunities at UT Arlington, please contact the Office of Development at 817-272-2584
or visit http://www.uta.edu/giving/.
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