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UTA In The News — Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

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Collections reflect excellence

For universities striving to improve their reputation — particularly the handful, including UT Arlington, vying to be the state’s next Tier 1 research institution — special collections can provide a boost. And for a general public largely unaware of the items stored in public universities, they can be a veritable treasure-trove, according to a Texas Tribune story that appeared in The New York Times. “Tier 1 is all about scholarship and recognition by your peers from around the world for the great and wonderful research that you do,” said Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, the provost at UT Arlington. “And special collections bring that uniqueness to your university. Having those unique, scholarly activities going on that distinguish you, that’s important.”

Revitalizing downtown

KXAS/NBC 5 featured a story on the opening of Vandergriff Hall, the Lofts at College Park and restaurants in UT Arlington’s College Park District. The $80 million development is a major addition to the college community and Arlington’s efforts to rebuild downtown.

College Park District, with its brand new living spaces and restaurants, is the latest evidence of coordinated efforts to redevelop Arlington’s center, KDAF/CW 33 reported. The city of Arlington and the University are working together to give the city’s downtown vitality and identity, the report said.

Restaurant options expand

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Eats Beat column mentioned the opening next week of Pie Five Pizza at UT Arlington’s College Park District, as well as a Digg's Taco Shop and a Grip Mediterranean Grill to follow in November.