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UTA In The News — Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Intervention strategies

The University of Texas System is launching a three-year initiative this fall to teach students intervention strategies to help prevent suicides, sexual assaults, high-risk drinking, hazing, hate speech and academic dishonesty, among others, The Gilmer Mirror reported. Known as the UT System Bystander Intervention Initiative, a $1.4 million allocation from the Board of Regents is funding the program at all eight UT System academic campuses to teach students how to keep their peers healthy and safe.

Leading the pack

UT Arlington’s Formula SAE team of Wyatt Langston and Erick Kohler finished first in its division at the 43rd Annual Tire Rack Sports Car Club Association’s Solo National Championships, Racer reported.

Instructor recognized

Andrew B. Sommerman of the Sommerman & Quesada Law Firm, has been recognized for his work in the legal fields of personal injury, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, wrongful death and product liability cases, 24-7 reported. Sommerman has been an instructor at UT Arlington and has donated time and financial resources to the UT Arlington Pre-Law Center. Sommerman’s practice was named among Best Law Firms, Texas, in U.S. News & World Report in 2014. He also was honored as a Top Attorney in Texas by Texas Monthly (2012-2014).

Alumna in the spotlight

Gracie Brownell, who received her doctorate in social work at UT Arlington, is a guest speaker at Shorter University to talk about her current job in higher education and her experiences as an international student, the Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune reported. Brownell is from Liberia originally. She also taught at the UT Arlington School of Social Work.

Spiritual journey

Keith Parker's journey from Zen Buddhism to Catholicism is explored in a North Texas Catholic feature. Parker is a UT Arlington graduate.