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Editor’s Letter

Something's... I don't know. Different.

If you've followed the course of your alma mater over the last few years, you've seen the rising trajectory. You've probably heard some key phrases—and read them right here in this magazine: Carnegie Classification R-1 "highest research activity." Fifth in the nation for diversity. Global enrollment of over 57,000 (and counting)! Best for veterans. Best for nurses. Best for engineers. Best for, well, just about anyone who is looking for excellence in higher education.

As we set about planning a new slate of issues, we decided it was time that our magazine reflected some of the incredible changes our University has seen over the recent past. It's been seven years since our previous redesign—we last debuted a new look in 2010. And a lot has changed since then! So, first up, a new name. We went shorter and bolder: UTA Magazine. Next, a cleaner and more modern design. We wanted to show you dynamic imagery that conveys the life and growth happening all the time at UTA, both on campus and in the local and global communities we touch.

Editorially, we wanted to continue telling the stories that bring you the larger picture of UTA and everything this University stands for. In the following pages, you'll read about groundbreaking research. You'll learn about our incredible faculty and outstanding students and alumni. And yes, you'll probably come across some brag points here and there. (Hey, is it really bragging if we're just pointing it out for your general information? Can we help it if we shine a little brighter than the rest?)

As an alumna, I couldn't be more proud of this University. As the editor of this magazine, I am thrilled to be able to use this publication as a platform to communicate the innovative ideas, the spirit of progress, and the unique drive that defines this awesome community.

So, please, kick back and enjoy this issue of UTA Magazine. When you're done, email us at and let us know what you think! As a bonus, if you include your favorite UTA memory, you could be included in an upcoming issue. Happy reading! And GO MAVS!

– Amber Scott (’01 BA, English)

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