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UTA In The News — Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

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New professorship honors Fort Worth physicist reported that a new, endowed distinguished professorship at The University of Texas at Arlington will honor Fort Worth physicist and businessman Richard N. Claytor while strengthening the University’s optics-related research. The professorship will be funded by a $500,000 endowment recently established through a philanthropic gift from Nelson E. Claytor, Richard Claytor’s son. Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington vice president for research and federal relations, called the gift “a prime example of the role that private investment plays in furthering university research.” The gift will help UT Arlington recruit a faculty member to lead optics research within the College of Science.  A similar report appeared in the Fort Worth Business Press and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Extra credit blog.

College Park Center gets $1.75 million commitment

The families of two business leaders have committed $1.75 million in support of The University of Texas at Arlington's 7,000-seat College Park Center, a $78 million events venue set to open on campus early next year, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Alan Petsche and his wife, Bonnie Smith Petsche, both alumni of the UT Arlington College of Business, have committed $1 million to College Park Center. UT Arlington will honor the couple by naming the new basketball court Petsche Court. The Petsches are joined by the Moritz family, namesakes of Moritz dealerships, who have committed $750,000 to College Park Center. The Moritz Family’s gift will be recognized through the establishment of Moritz Plaza at the northwest corner of South Pecan and East Second streets that will serve as the main entrance to College Park Center.

Photojournalist, exhibit acknowledged

The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting website,, highlighted the Dominic Bracco II discussion and photography exhibit at The University of Texas at Arlington. Bracco is a UT Arlington alum and Pulitzer Center grantee. His work focuses on the youth culture and violence in Ciudad Juárez, and the North American and Mexican border policies. His talk will be held at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the UT Arlington Library.

University career fair offers hope

KTVT/CBS11 interviewed Barbara Peet, director of Career Services at UT Arlington, as well as recent graduates, about the search for employment at a career fair hosted at the University last week.

U.S. study abroad students pushed out of 'bubble'

The Associated Press quoted Kelsi Cavazos, study abroad adviser at UT Arlington, in a story about U.S. college study abroad programs pushing for immersive, cultural learning. The AP article was picked up by FOX, Yahoo!,, Huffington Post, the Boston Globe, Denver Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Omaha World-Herald, and many other major media organizations.

Hispanics forging a new heritage in science

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Spanish-language newspaper, La Estrella, interviewed Priscilla Martinez Avila, a UT Arlington student in the biomedical engineering doctoral program, for the first installment of five dedicated to Latino youth forging a new Hispanic Heritage in the field of science.