A summary of noteworthy happenings on campus
Reposition your career
The measure of future real estate developers might not be what they can build from scratch so much as what they can generate from formerly distressed commercial properties. This fall the School of Architecture
began offering a Certificate in Property Repositioning and Turnaround Strategies to teach students how to transform troubled assets into thriving business hubs. Courses are designed for working professionals, with sessions held all day Fridays and Saturday mornings over 13 weeks.
The 13-hour program is expected to appeal to project managers, bankers, architects, developers and real estate brokers. Michael Buckley
, an internationally recognized expert in mixed-use retail and strategic planning for underutilized sites, directs the graduate-level program. “There is a defined need,” he says. “And there are robust opportunities to use these skills for the good of the real estate industry and the community.” Buckley most recently was director of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Real Estate Development.
The Mathematics Department
has received a $2.85 million grant from the National Science Foundation GK-12 program to place graduate students in Arlington public schools to improve math education. One of only four GK-12 grants in mathematics to be awarded nationwide, it will fund a five-year project that places graduate fellows in classrooms at Sam Houston High School and three of its feeder junior highs, Workman, Hutcheson and Carter. Arlington schools Superintendent Jerry McCullough
expects the project to change the way the campuses teach math. “Our teachers will not only be working with very talented mathematicians,” he says, “but our students will receive one-on-one assistance from a team of well-trained educators.” Math Associate Professor Minerva Cordero-Epperson
is the principal investigator.
Shaping public space
A dozen UT Arlington students and professors are working at Arlington City Hall in the recently established Urban Design Center. The partnership is intended to speed along design projects, civic space planning, beautification projects and redevelopment opportunities. Located on the first floor of City Hall in downtown Arlington, the center teams mostly graduate students and professors from the schools of Architecture
and Urban and Public Affairs
with city professionals in those disciplines. “We are pleased to offer the talents of our best graduate students in planning, architecture and landscape architecture to help shape the future of Arlington,” Provost Donald Bobbitt
says. Jim Parajon
, Arlington’s director of planning and development services, says it’s like having a mini-consulting firm. “The city and the University have mutual interests in seeing this program get rolling.”
For the third year in a row, a UT Arlington faculty member has received a top honor from the United States Distance Learning Association. Gina Thames
, a School of Nursing
clinical instructor, won a gold Best Practices Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching. She teaches Pharmacology in Nursing, a prerequisite course that nursing students must pass before entering the nursing program. Online and offline, Thames personifies enthusiasm, dedication, diligence and creativity, says Jenny Jopling
, director of the UT Arlington Center for Distance Education
. For example, Thames’ online course includes learning videos delivered humorously as mini-soap operas. Previous UT Arlington honorees are Debbie DeWitte
, who won a 2008 platinum Best Practices Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching, and Caryl Segal
, who received a 2007 gold Best Practices Award for Distance Learning Programming.