Summary of noteworthy campus happenings

PROFS’ SEND-OFFS. Former faculty members Tommy Lawley, Clinton Parker, Fred Payne and Lawrence Schkade were named professors emeritus in October for exemplary service to the University. Dr. Lawley was a professor of mechanical engineering and former director of the Mechanical Engineering Program. Dr. Parker was a professor of civil engineering and former chairman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Dr. Payne, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was instrumental in establishing the Aerospace Engineering Program. Dr. Schkade was the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management and a former dean of the College of Business Administration.

SNAPSHOTS OF HISTORY. The most comprehensive photographic collection of Arlington now resides in the Special Collections Division of the UTA Libraries. The J.W. Dunlop Collection contains more than 1,000 images dating to the late 19th century. Dunlop, a former Arlington fire marshal, began gathering the photos in the 1940s and amassed the collection primarily by copying the images of individuals, businesses and organizations. Among the scenes are demonstrations supporting Prohibition and pioneer families in wagons.

FULLY TRANSFERRABLE. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA among the top 10 universities in the nation for transfer students. Last fall, 3,077 students transferred to the University, more than any other institution in Texas. “Most come because of our high-quality academic programs and our location in one of the best job markets in the country,” said admissions Director Hans Gatterdam.

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT. UTA drivers won first, second and third place at the Sports Car Club of America’s national competition in Kansas in September. Mechanical engineering students Ken Hassler and Erick Kohler captured first and second place, respectively, driving the 2003 car. Mechanical engineering Professor Bob Woods, the team’s adviser, won third place in the 2001 car. UTA competed in the new FSAE class, which is based on the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers rules for student-designed and -built cars in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia collegiate competitions.

A HEALTHY DOSE OF SERVICE. Students in UTA’s bachelor of science in nursing program annually provide in excess of 100,000 service learning hours at area hospitals and health care agencies. The value of their time is estimated at more than $1 million.

PHILANTHROPIC GESTURE. Corporate and community relations Director Phillip Shinoda was inducted into the Philanthropy Hall of Fame in November. Dr. Shinoda, who was profiled in the October 2003 issue of Philanthropy magazine, founded the Asian American Forum, which seeks to advance the Asian American community through leadership development. He has received the Above and Beyond Award from the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the Excellence in Education Award from the Greater Dallas Asian Chamber of Commerce and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership.

GARDEN PARTY. Landscape architecture graduate students Susan Atkinson and Kenny Liao won first place in the American Society of Landscape Architects’ graduate team design competition in October. Their Native American music garden features a pond, visitors center, parking lot and several venues and was lauded by Landscape Architecture magazine.

THE FUTURE OF HISTORY. The Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography has received two grants totaling more than $90,000 to improve history education in Texas. The Houston Endowment, Inc., provided $65,750 to produce a Web-based video using UTA’s collection of historic maps dating from the 1500s to the 1800s. The Summerlee Foundation of Dallas provided $25,000 for a consulting project with teachers and students that will report on the status of history education in Texas.

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