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UTA In The News — Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

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Tuition rates

Rejecting a request to raise tuition over the next two years, University of Texas System regents instead froze rates Thursday for most students at the flagship Austin campus and decided to give the school a short-term boost of cash from its multibillion-dollar endowment fund, the Associated Press reported. The vote comes at a time when the state’s colleges and universities are under political pressure — led by Gov. Perry — to reduce costs and simultaneously improve graduation rates. Each of the system’s nine campuses asked for some sort of rate increase. The exception was The University of Texas at Arlington, which did not ask for a rate increase in 2012, but was authorized to raise rates in 2013 if needed. The AP story was carried by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and

UT System regents approve requests to raise tuition

The Texas Tribune reported that in-state tuition for University of Texas at Austin undergraduates will hold steady for the next two years, but nonresidents and graduate students will pay more in tuition. Most students in the University of Texas System will also pay more for school in the next two years after UT System regents approved all requests, except UT Austin's, to raise tuition. Most students in the UT System will see their tuition raised 2 percent to 4 percent in each of the next two years. Only UT Arlington did not request an increase for next year.

Students receive national media attention

ABC’s Good Morning America invited glass art students from the UT Arlington Department of Art and Art History to appear in a segment Friday morning with renowned Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly. His work will be featured in a new exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum from May 5 to Nov. 5. David Keens, professor and founder of the University’s glass art program, said the students were instrumental in assisting the installation of the glass pieces throughout the Arboretum. A link is forthcoming.

Open Letter to Higher Ed Scholars

Inside Higher Ed posted an essay by Rhonda McClellan, associate professor of educational leadership at UT Arlington and Joshua Powers, professor of higher education leadership at Indiana State University, which suggested how scholars in higher education can be more relevant at a time when U.S. higher education is under attack by policy makers, the media and pundits. In “Open Letter to Higher Ed Scholars,” the authors wrote: Let’s be real; few of us have ever been in the shoes of a senior college administrator or legislator.  We need to understand those worlds better if we are to be more effective in studying their challenges and offering implementable solutions. McClellan and Powers are co-editors of the ASHE-CAHEP Learning Brief Initiative.

Conference expansion plans

The Dallas Morning News reported that the University of North Texas will make its move to Conference USA official Friday. The school, which has played in the Sun Belt since 2000, will have a 3:30 p.m. news conference to address the future of its athletic program. The Sun Belt responded to the impending loss of UNT and Florida International University by adding Texas State to its lineup Wednesday. Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson acknowledged after the league added Texas State that it has had talks with UT Arlington and was not finished with its expansion plans.

Old video comes under new scrutiny quoted Richard Greene, former Arlington mayor and adjunct professor in UT Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs, in a story about a 2010 video released last week that shows a senior Environmental Protection Agency official pledging to “crucify” lawbreaking oil and gas companies. The video spread like wildfire, leading the Drudge Report and getting airplay on Fox News. The EPA official, Al Armendariz, resigned within five days. To Texas Republicans, the tape was old news. In fact, they tried to get the video to go viral two years ago. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, “showed it around and complained about it, but [got] no response,” Greene said. “I actually saw that video within a few days of when that took place, … and I recall responding at the time: ‘Oh my goodness — this could threaten Al’s job. He’s not making people at headquarters or in the White House very happy with this kind of language and conduct,’” added Greene.

Video games and violence

Mike Ward, associate professor of economics at UT Arlington, will appear Monday, May 7, on the national ABC radio program, Counterpoint, to discuss video games and violence. Ward’s 2010 research into video games and adolescent fighting was published in the Journal of Law and Economics, and has been cited in numerous news reports.

Carlon honored

For 16 years, Pete Carlon ran a UT Arlington athletic department that created a winning tradition at the university, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Carlon's program earned 48 Southland Conference championships -- at least one in every sport -- during his time as athletic director. On May 22, he'll be enshrined into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor during a ceremony at the San Luis Resort and Convention Center in Galveston.

Alumnus promoted

B3 Solutions LLC, which provides information technology and program management services to the federal government, announced that it has appointed Edward Marshall director of its homeland security sector, Reuters reported. Marshall earned an MBA from UT Arlington.

Campus bike thefts

KTVT/CBS 11 reported on an increase in bike thefts at area campuses including TCU and UT Arlington.

Students suffer minor injuries in mishap

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram blog, Crime Time, reported that a student suffered minor injuries in an accident Thursday evening in the Chemistry and Physics Building at The University of Texas at Arlington. The student was capping a bottle of nitric acid and the bottle broke. The student was treated at the scene.