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Engineering Counseling and Advising Center Changes Name

December 3, 2009

Effective November 1, the College of Engineering’s Engineering Counseling and Advising Center officially became the Engineering Student Services Center to better reflect the activities conducted there.

“The old name really didn’t describe what we did,” said Center Director Beth Isbell Tapley. “For several years, we've done a lot more than counseling and advising our students. So we thought having that name on the door was misleading, especially entering freshmen.”

The staff of the Engineering Student Services Center coordinates a host of activities, including student recruiting, co-op and internship opportunities, engineering distance education and the Engineering Freshman Interest Group program. It is also a central point for information on scholarships provided by the University, the College of Engineering and its departments, and outside entities such as corporations, professional organizations and governmental agencies.

Additional activities include maintaining the video displays seen in Nedderman Hall, Woolf Hall and the Engineering Lab Building; directing the campus MentorNet program; and coordinating the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition, the RoPro robotics programming games and the IEEE’s local Future Cities competition.

But service to engineering students is the staff’s primary function and goal.

“We’re trying to provide a friendly, welcoming facility for students and their parents,” she added. “We participate in Preview Days and other outreach activities designed to show prospective students the many great things the College of Engineering has to offer.”

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, has emerged as one of the most comprehensive engineering programs in North Texas and the nation. The college’s eight baccalaureate, 12 master’s and nine doctoral degree programs serve approximately 3,700 students, making it the fourth largest engineering college in Texas. With more than 21,000 alumni, the college provides the local, regional and national workforce with motivated and highly skilled graduates. Research expenditures in the past year grew to more than $40 million, and the University will invest $160 million to add 295,000 square feet of facilities in the next three years. With a commitment to creating viable solutions to today’s most pressing problems, the College of Engineering is helping to propel UT Arlington toward its goal of becoming a national research university.