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UTA In The News — Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

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Families commit $1.75 million for College Park Center

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and KXAS/NBC 5 reported that two gifts totaling $1.75 million have been committed to support The University of Texas at Arlington's new College Park Center, a special events center where the basketball and volleyball teams will play. Alan Petsche and his wife, Bonnie Smith Petsche, both graduates of UTA, have committed $1 million to College Park Center. The University will name the new basketball court Petsche Court. The Moritz family, which owns Moritz Dealerships, committed $750,000 to the project. The family's gift will be recognized by the establishment of Moritz Plaza, an area at the northwest corner of South Pecan and East Second streets that will be the main entrance to the venue. "College Park Center will be a jewel among North Texas events venues for generations to come," UTA President James D. Spaniolo said in a statement. "We are honored that these business and community leaders have taken a leadership role in helping shape the future of our University and our city through their generous contributions."

College Park Center broadcast and production systems reported that the Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group, a video integrator for the sports and entertainment industry, is designing and installing the broadcast and production systems for The University of Texas at Arlington’s new 7,000-seat College Park Center.

Green ideas competition

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Tom Pryor, director of the UT Arlington Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence, about a green idea competition being co-sponsored by the University.

UTA helps military veterans transition to college

KDFW/FOX 4 interviewed UT Arlington staff and student veterans in a story that mentioned programs that the University has developed to help veterans better make the transition from military to college life.

Perry's new presidential campaign ad

Michael Moore, UT Arlington associate professor of political science and senior vice provost, is mentioned in an story about Rick Perry’s new presidential campaign ad. initially posted the story on its website.

Dallas Video Fest perspective

The Dallas Observer interviewed Bart Weiss, UT Arlington associate professor of Art and Art History, about the 24th annual Dallas Video Fest, which runs through Sunday.

Cancelled golf tourney still creating buzz

The Chronicle of Higher Education Tweed blog reported on the bee invasion that caused officials at The University of Texas at Arlington/Waterchase Invitational college golf tournament to cancel play on Tuesday, as reported in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Why Arlington is the place to be notes that The University of Texas at Arlington is close to Arlington’s entertainment district, which the website called a “fun, happening place.”