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UTA In The News — Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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Tuition rate freeze

A report published by The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Texas Tribune detailed The University of Texas at Arlington's efforts to keep in place current tuition rates for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year, despite shrinking state support. Since tuition deregulation in 2003, UT Arlington has increased its price tag every year. "Because we’re concerned about affordability, about the uncertain economy, about shrinking financial aid at the federal and state level, we wanted to make a statement to our students," said UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo.

Unprecedented enrollment growth and new sources of revenue have positioned The University of Texas at Arlington for a rarity: no increase in tuition and fees for the first time in a decade, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo unveiled a proposal Tuesday to hold the line on tuition, fees and room and board at university-owned housing for at least 2012-13.

A broadcast report about UT Arlington’s tuition freeze proposal appeared on KXAS/NBC 5.

Oklahoma's earthquakes

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Glen Mattioli, UT Arlington professor of earth and environmental sciences, about recent earthquakes in Oklahoma. “The activity that we’re seeing here in the mid-continent is related to reactivation of ancient structures at depth within the earth-- within the crust,” Mattioli said. “I think we should expect to see after shocks over the next several months related to this 5.6 event.”

'Green' collaboration

Environmental Protection magazine online reported that UT Arlington has teamed up with Binghamton University, Villanova University and 15 U.S. companies to launch a first-of-its-kind collaborative research center whose holistic approach to energy efficiency development could mean savings of millions of dollars and a much ‘greener’ electronics industry. A similar report appeared on (Binghamton, NY).

Outlook for Israel's J14

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, posted a commentary on the Huffington Post about the future of J14 in Israel. “J14 is important because of how it began and what it represents, but the key consideration now is how it will pursue its goals of social justice, raising the quality of public services, and changing Israel's socio-economic structures,” Sasley wrote.

Actor credits UT Arlington for success

WRAL/FOX 50 (Raleigh-Durham, NC) interviewed actor Lou Diamond Phillips about his latest work, “An Officer and a Movie,” on the Military Channel. Phillips, a UT Arlington graduate, credited his education with his professional successes. “I have a degree in theatre from The University of Texas at Arlington and back then, you sort of did it all. The fact that I can be employed not only in television, stage and film, but doing interesting things outside the box… that’s always fun,” Phillips said.

Sports' big impact on North Texas

Dallas area sports teams are a major economic draw, the Dallas Business Journal and Dallas Morning News Mavericks Blog reported. Joshua Price, a UT Arlington economic professor, along with other panelists addressed the impact of sports to the region at Tuesday’s Real Estate Council Speaker Series.

Breathing new life into 'Keep Arlington Beautiful'

City officials' latest eco-friendly initiative is actually kind of an old one, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Keep Arlington Beautiful is being revived with an eye toward establishing it as a formal nonprofit organization. As an initial step, officials are working to establish a board of directors with representation from businesses, The University of Texas at Arlington, the city parks board and perhaps Tarrant County.