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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Deford talks sports

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recounted Tuesday’s Maverick Speaker Series appearance by legendary sportswriter Frank Deford, who praised sports as a great unifier, but acknowledged problems with Americans’ obsession with sports and its heroes. There are two great myths in American sports, Deford said. "Next year, soccer will be popular in the United States," Deford said. "And next year, college presidents will do something to clean up college sports." KTVT/CBS 11 also interviewed Deford on campus about a controversial call by NFL replacement referees.

New scholarship for first-generation students

First-generation college sophomores at The University of Texas at Arlington will be able to access a new scholarship thanks to the newly established Shirlee J. and Taylor Gandy First Generation Scholarship Program, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. A new $1 million endowment was established with the help of a $500,000 gift committed by the Gandys. Shirlee Gandy, president of RPM Commercial in Fort Worth, earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from UT Arlington in 1970 and serves on the university’s development board.

Helping future engineers

McLennan Community College in Waco will sign an agreement with UT Arlington that makes it easier for engineering students to transfer credits to the University, according to KWTX/CBS 10 (Waco). The agreement pertains to chemical, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering.

Fun for a cause

A photo gallery from Friday’s Oozeball tournament was featured by the Arlington Citizen-Journal. The tournament benefits scholarships for the UT Arlington Student Alumni Association.