Awards and honors
Window to the world
UT Arlington scored in the top 10 percent of a recent U.S. News & World Report study on racial diversity. Using 2007-08 enrollment figures, the magazine ranked 200 U.S. universities in the categories of American Indians and Native Alaskans, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, African-Americans who are non-Hispanic, whites who are non-Hispanic, and Hispanics. Students who did not identify themselves with any demographic group were classified as whites who are non-Hispanic. Last fall, minorities accounted for more than 50 percent of UT Arlington’s student population.
Leading by example
UT Arlington has been named to the 2008 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary contributions to America’s communities. The award goes each year to a handful of institutions and is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. UT Arlington was cited for its student involvement in volunteer activities, service-learning classes and internships that contributed in excess of 614,000 service hours to local, national and international causes. “Service learning is a fundamental part of who we are and what we do at UT Arlington,” President James D. Spaniolo said. “Our Center for Community Service Learning has made a real difference both on our campus, by providing a vital component of a well-rounded education, and in our community, by providing a bridge between those who need help and those who can reach out.” The honor roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, the U.S. Education Department and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.
Promise of youth
Freshmen Leaders On Campus (FLOC) has received the Excellence Award from NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. FLOC won for enrollment management, orientation, parents, first year, other year and related programs. Excellence awards recognize members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration. FLOC includes freshmen interested in campus involvement and leadership development.
Excellence in education
College of Education Dean Jeanne Gerlach has received the Robert B. Howsam Award from the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The award recognizes contributions to education as well as a history of scholarly research, publishing or exemplary teaching. Dr. Gerlach was honored for her leadership at the state and national levels and for serving Texas as a member of the state Board for Education Certification. Her research focuses on business/higher education partnerships, issues in English education, writing as learning and women in leadership roles. She has published in numerous education journals and presented at state, regional, national and international conferences. Her honors include the National Council of Teachers of English award for Outstanding Woman in English Education.