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UTA In The News — Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

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Gun bill passes

KDFW/FOX 4 reported live from the UT Arlington campus this morning on Texas House approval of a bill that would allow concealed handguns in college buildings. The Dallas Morning News and several other outlets reported on the measure. Under the bill, school presidents could determine — after soliciting student, faculty and staff input — whether to ban guns on campus. The bill’s author said he hopes the flexibility will win over key senators.

Nursing education going online

Elizabeth Poster, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, was quoted in a Dallas Morning News special advertising section on careers in nursing. She said for RNs to pursue their BSN, “it must be both affordable and convenient.” So, universities are increasingly offering more online programs to address demands for nurses with bachelor’s degrees.

Grad is Maverick again

The Dallas Mavericks have announced that veteran assistant Jim O’Brien is retiring from the NBA and is being replaced by Kaleb Canales, 34, a native of Laredo and UT Arlington graduate, according to The Dallas Morning News and websites such as Canales has worked for the Portland Trailblazers organization in multiple capacities for the last nine years.

Recognized for distance learning

A faculty member and administrator from UT Arlington have received awards from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Pete Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning, received the Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the field of Distance Learning Award. Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, received the association's Platinum-level Best Practices Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching.