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UTA In The News — Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

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Karbhari era begins at UT Arlington

Vistasp Karbhari, the former provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a renowned engineer and researcher in composite materials and structural engineer, began his tenure Saturday as the eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington, CNBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Austin Business Journal, Digital Journal, InvestorPoint, CBS Atlanta and more than 100 other media organizations reported. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Karbhari starts his tenure this week by reaching out to area and campus leaders.

Spaniolo era ends at UT Arlington

The Dallas Morning News Education Blog noted the retirement of UT Arlington’s seventh president, James D. Spaniolo, saying he had a very big influence on the University. He helped it to create a greater sense of community. He put it on the path to become a national research institution. And he oversaw a rise in the school’s graduation rates. Beyond UT Arlington, Spaniolo had a serious but less known influence on the North Texas region.

Many $10,000 degree plans at Texas colleges come with a big catch

The Austin American-Statesman's PolitiFact Texas reported on $10,000-degree programs at several Texas universities, including UT Arlington. The news website said: "While we confirmed that each university has a program that offers a degree or degrees with a price tag of $10,500 or less, here’s the big catch: Seven require students to earn up to 87 college credit hours elsewhere and don’t include those costs in the sticker price. (Two require 75 community college hours but include that cost in their price tag.)"

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams includes UT Arlington in annual commencement roundup

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams included brief video from UT Arlington in the network news program’s annual segment highlighting college graduates.

Richmond offers view on amnesty program for Mexican immigrants

The Federal Observer blog interviewed Douglas Richmond, UT Arlington emeritus professor of history, about the Mexican-American War (1846-48), and a recent CBS report that suggested many illegal immigrants are retaking land that was stolen from Mexico. “While there is little doubt among most historians of Mexico that [President] Polk provoked a war with Mexico to grab the southwest, that in no way justifies an amnesty program.”

Alumnus named to top post at Drilling Info Inc.

Sys-con Media reported that Michael Wayne, UT Arlington alumnus and 30-year veteran in the oil and gas industry, has been named new director of oilfield services for Drilling Info Inc., the premier SaaS-based oil and gas business intelligence and decision support technology platform for the global upstream E&P industry. Wayne earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from UT Arlington. Yahoo! India, CNBC and Reuters also reported this story.