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UTA In The News — Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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U.S. News and World Report cites Finish@UT

U.S. News and World Report’s University Directory mentioned UT Arlington in a story about the online completion program launched by the University of Texas System. Finish@UT is for people (particularly those between the ages of 25 and 35) who have some college credits and hope to turn them into a degree. Currently, UT Arlington, UT Permian Basian, and UT El Paso are participating in the program.

Perry and the Polls

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about most polls that still show other candidates leading Gov. Perry in the race to become the GOP presidential nominee. Saxe says Perry needs to do well in Iowa, where he campaigned on Wednesday. “I think he’s going to put it all into this. And if he shows in the double digits or if he can come out in the top two or three, he might still be a contender,” Saxe said.

Let's get married... later

The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Ben Agger, director of the UT Arlington Center for Theory, about a Pew Research Institute marriage study. It found that barely half of U.S. adults are currently married, a record low, and the continuing downward trend will result in less than half being married in just a few years. “The Pew data provoke alarmist reactions among the family-values crowd who conclude erroneously that marriage is imperiled,” Agger said. What is happening in American households, he said, is that people are delaying marriage until their mid- to late-20s, and there are increasing numbers of elderly people, especially women, who live alone because their spouses have died.

Florida addresses Vision North Texas

Where some see trouble, Richard Florida sees transformation. The urban studies theorist shared his employment outlook at Vision North Texas’ latest regional summit, where educators, executives and elected officials brainstormed ideas for strengthening the local economy while identifying and capitalizing on its assets, the Collin County Business Press reported. “We are at the cusp of a great turning point in history,” said Florida, senior editor at The Atlantic and a professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Florida’s keynote address anchored the Oct. 28 summit at The University of Texas at Arlington, hosted by Vision North Texas, a private-public partnership headed by the Urban Land Institute, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and UT Arlington.

Money and energy savings for UT Arlington

The Arlington Citizen-Journal reported that The University of Texas of Arlington will start the new year by saving money and decreasing energy use after the recent completion of a $9.9 million package of facility upgrades. Dallas-based TDIndustries carried out the yearlong project, which will guarantee that UT Arlington saves about $1.1 million annually in energy and maintenance costs and reduces its energy usage by 9.8 million kilowatt-hours.

Willis ISD superintendent to teach for UT Arlington reported that Bret Jimerson, the Willis, Texas Independent School District superintendent, will soon be teaching classes for The University of Texas at Arlington. The WISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday night authorized Jimerson to teach college graduate courses. The online classes are part of UT Arlington’s superintendent certification program, but the additional duties will not interfere with his commitment to WISD, Jimerson said. The first of the two courses will cover superintendency and will start in January, Jimerson said. The second course, which will cover Texas school finance, will take place following the spring semester. He will teach one course at a time with all work completed online after hours as to not interfere with WISD duties, he said.

Live recording engineered at UT Arlington

All That Is Beautiful has been around in various incarnations since 2007, but the band’s debut EP, Back to Reality, will finally be released early next year, the Fort Worth Weekly reported. The five-track CD, engineered by outstanding local musician/producer Nick Choate, has been three years in the making, with 10 musical contributors. The newest ATIB lineup has also recorded a pair of two-song CDs, one engineered by singer Roberson and recorded live at The University of Texas at Arlington.