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UTA In The News — Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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Degree dedication

Students who transfer from a community college to an engineering program at a four-year university often do so because they are motivated to solve problems and understand how things work, Science Codex, Science Daily and Science Newline reported. But a new study from The University of Texas at Arlington says that adult learners, aged 25 and older, are motivated to transfer because of the perceived prestige that is associated with becoming an engineer.

Basketball team on the rise

UTA’s men’s basketball team is ranked No. 4 in The Catch and Shoot Top 25 Mid-Major Rankings. The Catch and Shoot is a college basketball website based in the Chicago metropolitan area that focuses on college basketball news in the Greater Chicago Area and the Midwest. The Mavericks are ranked No. 14 in the College Insider rankings and No. 15 in the Mid-Major Madness rankings.

Good versus evil

A new Star Wars videogame invites players to the Dark Side, Religion Dispatches reported. Mark Lamster, UTA architecture professor in practice in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, was quoted in the article. He argues that the films, “with their transparent plots of good versus evil, were specifically designed to provide a generation of TV-addicted children with a firm ethical grounding.”

New principal is a UTA grad

The Irving school district announced that Raymie Ramsey has been named principal of Johnson Middle School. The Dallas Morning News reported. Ramsey earned a bachelor’s degree in communication/business from UTA.

Modern design

Alicia Chandler Quintans, AIA, an Oak Cliff-based architect, interior designer, preservationist and founder of JQAQ Atelier, delved into the issues of modern design in today’s world during a question-and-answer interview with, a real estate news website. Quintans is a UTA graduate from the School of Architecture.

Reward program

Texas Trust and the Arlington school district announced the credit union's Spirit Debit Card program at UTA's College Park Center recently, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. The school district will earn 10 cents each time a cardholder uses a specially designed Arlington ISD Spirit Debit card. Texas Trust already has donated more than $1 million to several school districts through the reward program.