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UTA In The News — Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

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Focus on Arlington

Jim Baker, UT Arlington’s new athletic director, is the focus of a Dallas Morning News article looking at the future of sports at the University. Baker was hired in December, after 20 years in the UT Austin athletic department, most recently as associate athletic director for events and operations. Already he’s overseen the move of UT Arlington from the unraveling WAC, where it will play next season, to the more stable Sun Belt for 2013-14. UT Arlington president James Spaniolo talked to Texas counterpart Bill Powers and Longhorns athletic director DeLoss Dodds before hiring Baker. “When the president at UTA talked to me and told me what his needs were,” Dodds said, “Jim fit all of them.”

Baseball greatness

Among the truckloads of memorabilia donated to The University of Texas at Arlington’s Special Collections Library last week, you won’t find any pictures of Bill Blair with Ernie Banks. Blair, 90, is keeping those to himself, for now, wrote Dallas Morning News sports columnist Kevin Sherrington. Blair, the founder and senior publisher of the Elite News, is also a former Negro Leagues pitcher who gave ‘Mr. Cub’ his start.

Guard students at UT campuses get tuition scare

The Texas National Guard has sent letters to soldiers attending the University of Texas in Austin and Arlington, warning them that a conflict over military tuition assistance could cause them to lose thousands of dollars in aid and perhaps force them to change schools, the Houston Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman reported. "If no solution is reached, neither school will be eligible to receive Federal Tuition Assistance in the future," states the letter, which was sent Thursday by the National Guard's Texas Education Services Office. "This may influence your school choice if funding is an issue. Be cognizant that there is no guarantee that a solution will be reached and you may end up self-funding your tuition assistance." The University of Texas System is negotiating with the Army in hopes of avoiding a situation that forces student soldiers to leave.

Arlington superintendent search

Deputy Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos was appointed interim leader of the Arlington Independent School District last week after the sudden departure of former Arlington school Superintendent Jerry McCullough, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Cavazos has previously served as a lecturer for The University of Texas at Arlington's department of educational leadership and policy studies.

County real estate sees spike in sales

Darren Hayunga, a UT Arlington professor of finance and real estate, was quoted in a Cleburne Times-Review article about Johnson County’s spike in real estate sales. He said real estate has thrived because of the state’s ability to maintain and increase employment and because the state’s real estate market did not become as overvalued as in many other states. “Employment is the overwhelming factor affecting real estate markets and prices,” Hayunga said.

Great commencement speeches

The Hollywood Reporter listed actor James Franco’s speech at UT Arlington’s Graduation Celebration among the “7 Great Hollywood Commencement Speeches to the Class of 2012.”

Local PRSA hosts inaugural Worthy Awards

The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America held its inaugural awards event on May 31. Among other honors, the group recognized the contributions to the public relations profession from the faculty at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press reported.