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Award finalist

Friday, May 27, 2016

Michele Bobadilla, a UTA senior associate vice president and assistant provost, is among 17 finalists for the 2016 Immigrant Journey Awards, PRLog.org reported. The Immigrant Journey Awards recognize the most important contributions from the immigrant community to the civic and economic vitality of North Texas. Winners will be revealed during a ceremony June 10 at Prestonwood Country Club. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari will be the keynote speaker.

GM Foundation support

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Dallas Morning News Biz Beat blog reported on a $10,000 GM Foundation grant awarded to UTA’s University Crossroads to help fund education and outreach programs. An accompanying photo showed UTA President Vistasp Karbhari being presented with the GM Arlington STEM Higher Education Service Award.

Academic success

Monday, May 9, 2016

UTA announced Friday that it will guarantee its tuition rates for TCC transfer students pursuing four-year degrees, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and MyArlingtonTX reported. The financial incentive is part of the Early Transfer Identification Program, an agreement between UTA and TCC that aims to establish academic relationships with students early in their college careers to help guide them on a degree course at UTA.

Future educators

Friday, May 6, 2016

Arlington School and Family Magazine published a feature article about the agreement between UTA and Arlington school district to establish a teacher academy for aspiring educators. “UTA has an exceptional College of Education that produces top teachers, many of whom are employed by the AISD,” said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. 

60x30TX

Monday, April 18, 2016

In a Star-Telegram  column, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund A Paredes and University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari explored the goals and path forward for 60x30TX , a challenge by Gov. Greg Abbot to ensure 60 percent of all Texans ages 25 to 34 hold a post-secondary certificate or degree by 2030.

60x30TX Conference

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Texas educators tasked with helping prepare more students for tomorrow’s workforce gathered Tuesday at The University of Texas at Arlington for a regional conference on 60x30TX, a higher education plan that calls for 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 to have a college degree or professional certificate by 2030, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari told educators that graduating more college-ready students from high school is “a challenge we cannot hide from.”

Immigrant Journey Awards

Monday, March 28, 2016

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari will be keynote speaker at the “Immigrant Journey Awards” luncheon on Friday, June 10 in Dallas, CNBC Online, Yahoo Finance, PR Newswire, Dallas CityBizList and many other media outlets reported. The Immigrant Journey Awards recognize the most important contributions from the immigrant community to the civic and economic vitality of North Texas.

One to watch

Monday, March 28, 2016

Ashley Purgason, UTA assistant vice president for strategic initiatives, was honored as part of the 2016 class of “40 under 40” on March 24 at the Cendera Center, Fort Worth Business reported. The presenting sponsor was UTA.

Karbhari to speak at gala

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that UTA President Vistasp Karbhari will provide remarks at the upcoming Night of HOPE Gala, which benefits HOPE Tutoring Center’s one-on-one academic programs provided to low-income youths.

Teacher Academy

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The University of Texas at Arlington and Arlington Independent School District announced the creation of a Teacher Academy for aspiring young educators, The Dallas Morning News reported. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington ISD superintendent Marcelo Cavazos made the partnership official with the signing of a memorandum of understanding Monday.

Tier 1 push

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

D Magazine's new online website Dallas Innovates published an article on UTA and two other North Texas universities’ push toward Tier One status, noting their recent designation as R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Solutions-oriented leadership

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Dallas Morning News published a column by former state Rep. Dan Branch, Dallas, that noted UTA and solutions-oriented leadership in higher education in Texas. “The recent announcement of Carnegie Tier One recognition for the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas and The University of Texas at Arlington is a testament to what generous individuals, innovative academic leaders and effective lawmakers can accomplish when they work together to get results,” Branch wrote.

Research growth

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

UTA took a major leap forward this week with its new classification as a Research 1 university, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Business, the Denton Record-Chronicle and ASEE First Bell reported. The achievement is seen as perhaps the biggest step in the growth of a research university and marks a key milestone in UTA’s quest for national prominence. The City of Arlington also published the news. 

Former Rep. Paul enthralls

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Maverick Speakers Series at The University of Texas at Arlington last night featured former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, KDFW/Fox 4 reported. The three-time presidential candidate and physician discussed liberty in politics, economics and education during the event and earlier in the day when he addressed a Master Class for political science students.  

UTA named to top group

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

UTA was named in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Reuters, Dallas Business Journal, Austin Business Journal, Education Dive and more than 100 other media sites reported. With this new classification, UTA joins a distinguished group of 115 institutions including Harvard, MIT and Johns Hopkins in the highest research or R-1 category.

UTA inventors

Friday, January 29, 2016

With three new National Academy of Inventors fellows, UTA is one step closer to becoming a Tier One university, Fort Worth Weekly reported. The story said: “When Vistasp Karbhari became president of The University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, he made it clear that he wanted the school to be categorized as Tier One, a status afforded to nationally recognized research facilities such as Texas A&M University, Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin. He is now three steps closer to achieving that goal.”

Research dollars growing

Friday, January 29, 2016

Research spending at UTA and UT Dallas is more robust and growing fast, according to an editorial in The Dallas Morning News that discussed the need to boost research efforts in North Texas in the context of the UT System Chancellor Bill McCraven’s plan to expand the UT System into Houston.

Foreign-born leaders

Monday, January 11, 2016

UTA was mentioned in a University World News article about the increased value of foreign-born university leaders. Vistasp Karbhari, who took the helm as UTA president in 2013, is a native of India.

Helping business grow

Monday, December 14, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott delivered the keynote address at the 16th annual U.S. India Chamber of Commerce reception, Business Standard reported. He said the state's mission is to connect people to opportunity to help business grow. Those values are shared in people like Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, president of The University of Texas at Arlington, Gov. Abbott said.

Shared values

Friday, December 11, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott delivered the keynote address at the 16th annual U.S. India Chamber of Commerce reception, the governor's website reported. He said the state's mission is to connect people to opportunity to help business grow. Those values are shared in people like Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, president of The University of Texas at Arlington. He advises students to strive for what others may consider impossible. "Never be scared of stretching beyond your bounds because your abilities are limited only by what you believe are constraints."

Recognition of excellence

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Daniel Armstrong and Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, professors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, were named to The Power List 2015, the top 100 most influential people in the world of analytical science, The Analytical Scientist reported. UT Arlington was the only Texas institution with two professors on the list. Armstrong ranked No. 8 on the list. Dasgupta was ranked in the group of 21st and above. Armstrong is known globally for his work in chiral molecular recognition that changed the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory focus. Dasgupta is widely known for his work in discovering an environmentally friendly analysis of arsenic in drinking water. He also is developing a NASA-funded ion chromatograph for testing extraterrestrial soil.

North Texas LEAD

Monday, December 7, 2015

Vistasp Karbhari, president of The University of Texas at Arlington, was elected vice chairman of the North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity or LEAD, Fort Worth Business reported.

Presidential Perspective

Friday, November 13, 2015

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari authored Chapter 3 “What is Lost: The Error of Reducing Complex Higher Education Processes to Metrics and Singular Narratives” for Presidential Perspectives.org. The higher education presidential thought leadership series published by ARAMARK invites 10 presidents of select universities to contribute a chapter on a theme. This year’s series is called “Innovative Concepts to Achieve Campus Transformation.” The chapters are compiled in a book, which is also digitized for the Web.

Star Awards finalist

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced Monday the names of the seven finalists for its 2015 Star Awards for exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of the soon-to-be-completed Texas higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015. The list includes The University of Texas at Arlington – Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness, GuidryNews.com reported.

Life science commercialization

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

In a story about efforts by biotech companies, entrepreneurs, academic institutions and others to boost life science commercialization in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, Xconomy.com noted the Texas Medical Research Collaborative at UT Arlington’s Research Institute in Fort Worth.

TCC Chancellor Hadley remembered

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the passing of Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, who had led the multicampus system of 57,424 students since 2008. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said that higher education has lost a “tremendous leader, a champion of education and a wonderful lady,” adding: “UTA will be forever grateful for Chancellor Hadley’s commitment to building a true partnership between our university and the Tarrant County College District and for effectively creating new opportunities to help TCC graduates earn their four-year degrees.” 

Department of Education grant to HSIs

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education announced that 96 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, including UT Arlington, will receive more than $51 million in new awards to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students, Ed.gov and PubMemo.com reported.

Karbhari visits India

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BizNews.In reported that UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari will promote educational opportunities in the U.S. and at UTA during a visit to India Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. As part of his travel, President Karbhari will meet with a number of leading universities and speak at the IMFS Global EDUfest in Mumbai.

Karbhari to speak at EDUfest

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Telegraph India, India Infoline, India Entrepreneurs Club.com and other media outlets reported that UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari will promote educational opportunities in the U.S. and at UTA during a visit to India Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. As part of his travel, President Karbhari will meet with a number of leading universities and speak at the IMFS Global EDUfest in Mumbai.

Best colleges

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Dallas Morning News reported the rise of the UT Arlington Colleges of Business and Engineering in recent U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.


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