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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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Athletics benefited from Spaniolo

UT Arlington President James Spaniolo’s academic achievements have been titanic, but there has also been no bigger supporter of Maverick athletics than Spaniolo, according to a Dallas Morning News column by Rick Gosselin. Spaniolo “has been very good for this school,” Gosselin said, pointing out successful efforts to raise UT Arlington’s profile, including building of the $78 million College Park Center. “President Spaniolo understands how athletics can be the window for the university,” athletic director Jim Baker said.

Coding students

A growing number high school students are learning to write computer code and many entrepreneurs, celebrities and educators are pushing for computer coding to join the ranks of reading, writing and arithmetic, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story that quoted Carter Tiernan, an assistant dean at The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering. Tiernan and other experts said it makes sense for students to learn more about computers because they are a part of our everyday life. “Nearly everything nowadays is based on computers and computer processing,” she said.

Professor discusses single parenthood

UT Arlington sociology and anthropology professor Beth Anne Shelton was featured in a KTVT/CBS 11 story about women making the deliberate choice to become single parents. Research suggests children in single parent homes are more likely to live in poverty and face uncertain outcomes, but Shelton said marriage is not a certain fix. “If by marriage you improve your standard of living significantly, that’s a good thing, but if not, it’s not a panacea,” she said.

Church and race

UT Arlington assistant professor of sociology Jason Shelton was quoted in a story about heightened religiosity of African Americans in The Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.). Although religious affiliation has decreased among white evangelical and mainline churches from 2007 to 2012, it has stayed relatively steady for the black Protestant church, according to a report released last fall by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. “The black church has been a critical part of our experience, it has been the cornerstone that held the community together and the church was the chief institution of fighting for racial equality,” he said.

Graduating record numbers

The University of Texas at Arlington will award a record number of degrees during Commencement Week 2013, which will feature a free Friday night festival with fireworks and remarks by actor, producer and former White House aide Kal Penn, according to the Arlington Citizen-Journal.

A winning design

Jacobs Engineering Group was recently honored for its work on the College Park District at UT Arlington, Student Housing Business reported. The firm won a Best Implementation of Mixed-Use Development at the Innovator Awards at the 2013 InterFace Student Housing conference in Austin.