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UTA In The News — Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

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Notable philanthropy

The Dallas Morning News’ Robert Miller devoted his business column to the details of two recent gifts totaling $1.75 million for UT Arlington’s new College Park development. Alan Petsche and his wife, Bonnie Smith Petsche, both alumni of the College of Business, have committed $1 million to College Park Center. John David Moritz, president of Moritz Dealerships and a $750,000 donor, did not attend UT Arlington but said his family was motivated to support College Park District because of its importance to Arlington’s downtown business district. UTA President James D. Spaniolo said the gifts are evidence of the community’s willingness to invest in the university’s mission of becoming a top-tier institution.

College of Science has new endowment

Fort Worth Star-Telegram business columnist Mitchell Schnurman outlined UT Arlington’s efforts to attract more private donors, both to make up for reductions in state funds and fuel a race to Tier One status. He cites a recent $500,000 endowment made possible through a gift from Fort Worth businessman Nelson Claytor – as well as $1.75 million in recent gifts for College Park and a $1 million engineering endowment – as evidence the University is having the type of success that inspires others.

Graduate gives back

Alan Petsche, the UT Arlington graduate who recently pledged $1 million to help open UT Arlington’s new College Park Center, was profiled by Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy. Petsche said he wants other students to have the kind of experiences he did while attending UT Arlington. "The two things that shaped my life are growing up in Arlington and choosing UTA," he said. Beginning Feb. 1, the Mavericks will play basketball on Petsche Court.

Student leader profiled

The Spanish-language newspaper La Estrella featured a profile of Kalani Moniz, a UT Arlington senior who is president of the Hispanic Student Nurses Association. Moniz, a first-generation college student, talked about the importance of getting a college degree.

Restaurant possibilities discussed, the website for KRLD/News Radio 1080 and KTVT/CBS 11, reported that there’s talk about bringing alcohol sales back to The University of Texas at Arlington campus. Development of the $78 million College Park Center includes the possibility of a wide range of restaurants, including perhaps a restaurant with a liquor license. There haven’t been alcoholic drinks available on the UT Arlington campus since the pub “Dry Gulch” closed in 1992.