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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Thompson, Kelly discuss UT Arlington's commitment to military veterans

Lisa Thompson, director of UT Arlington’s TRIO Pre-College Programs, and Ryan Kelly, UT Arlington Veterans Assistance Center coordinator, were featured as part of a KTVT /CBS 11 weeklong series titled Profiles in Courage. The two talked about how the center and university helps veterans acclimate to college life.

Dallas Observer profiles Lapthisophon

The Dallas Observer profiled Stephen Lapthisophon, a legally blind artist, as part of a series of 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters. Lapthisophon teaches art history and studio classes at UT Arlington.

New era as UT Arlington joins Sun Belt Conference

KTVT/ CBS 11 and Monroe, La., News Star reported that UT Arlington has joined the Sun Belt Conference. Last year, the Mavericks competed in the Western Athletic Conference. Before that, UT Arlington was a member of the Southland Conference for nearly 50 years.

Changes to B-On-Time loan program

State legislative changes to the B-On-Time loan program will enable Texas universities to reap what they put into the system, The Texas Tribune reported. The program rewards needy students who can keep their grades up with forgivable, merit-based loans. Some universities had been short-changed in the program while others had reaped more than what they put in. The article said that from 2007 to 2012, UT Arlington contributed $17.8 million in tuition revenue to the program, but the university's students received just $6.3 million in return. In the same time period, Texas A&M University put up nearly $22 million for the program — and its students got $33 million back.