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UTA In The News — Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

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Moving in

More than 4,400 students at UT Arlington can begin moving into their campus housing today, according to WFAA/ABC 8. The report also mentioned the new Gateway Tower, which will be illuminated at dusk.

New nursing partnership

Nursing students at more than a dozen community colleges in Texas can now transition quickly and seamlessly into the baccalaureate program at UT Arlington, according to a story in the Community College Times, a publication of the American Association of Community Colleges. Through the new Professional Nursing Pathways Program, students will be able to begin the university’s registered nurse-to-Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program (RN-to-BSN) about 60 days after graduating from participating two-year colleges. The program was also featured in a news digest on the website of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"Millenials" in the job market

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about graduates in the Millennial generation facing a difficult job front featured an interview with Bian Philip, who earned a master's degree in public administration this spring at The University of Texas at Arlington. Philip said instead of just emailing resumes, he has decided to jump-start the job search by calling on local city officials to ask about how their operations function. The story ran on several other newspaper websites, including The Kansas City Star and the Anchorage Daily News.

Alaimo to speak in Shreveport

Stacy Alaimo, professor of English, University of Texas at Arlington, will deliver a talk called "What's Love Got to Do with It?: Dominance, Affection and Ethical Provocation in the Art of Bethany Krull," during the Centenary College (Shreveport, La.) convocation Oct. 27, the Shreveport Times reported. Alaimo will also lead a public gallery discussion and hold a book signing the next day.

Students help clear the air

The Forney Post featured a story on lifestyle choices that could lead to cleaner air said students at The University of Texas at Arlington are not only making clean air choices but also motivating peers and North Texans to do the same. In partnership with Air North Texas, students wrote, filmed and produced the 30-second public service announcements, including one in Spanish, posted online.

Agger and celebrity culture

Ben Agger, UT Arlington professor of sociology and humanities and director of the Center for Theory, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about the release Friday of the “West Memphis Three” – the men convicted in the 1993 killing of three Cub Scouts in Arkansas. Numerous celebrities have come to the men’s defense, insisting they did not get a fair trial. Agger said it’s notable that Hollywood actors are spearheading the drive for social justice. “This is a version of Hollywood that clashes with a People magazine portrayal of Hollywood simply as a celebrity culture, where the Kardashian wedding is foregrounded as weekly tabloid fodder,” he said.

Professor says recession hit Latinos hard

The LA Progressive website ran a story that featured comments by Susan González Baker, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at UT Arlington, on a poll that found Latino voters are more supportive of tax increases and more opposed to cuts in services than the U.S. population in general. González Baker thinks that although the middle class in general has been hit hard by this recession, the real estate crisis, unemployment and financial inequality have hit some people in the country harder, including Latinos.

Political science professor on Canadian politics

Brent Sasley, a political scientist at The University of Texas at Arlington who studies Canadian ethnic demographics, was quoted in a story that ran in The Jewish Voice & Herald about Canadian foreign policy toward Israel. He said that Canadian Jews have been more successful lobbyists than their Arab and Muslim counterparts, but argues that historical factors above all are responsible. “Put simply, Jews have had a much longer history of acclimatization into the Canadian economic, social, and political environment,” Sasley has written.