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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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Student success

Michele Bobadilla, senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement and assistant provost for Hispanic student success, discussed UTA’s concerted effort to attract first and second generation students in a KERA 90.1 FM piece on college readiness, particularly among low-income students. “A lot of these students since they have not had someone in their family who has gone to college before them, don’t have a pattern or a model to follow,” Bobadilla said. “So in many cases there is some lack of understanding of what needs to happen, of what is college readiness.”

Tea Party influence

Rebecca Deen, chair of the UTA Political Science Department, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram column about the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party becoming mostly one Midland money man’s Tea Party, according to a new ethics report. “It doesn’t particularly surprise me that there’s West Texas money coming in,” Deen wrote, to support “candidates … likely favorable to the oil and gas industry.”

DUNE project

The Cryogenic Society of America Inc. reported that UTA was host to 150 leading international physicists to collaborate on the game-changing particle physics experiment known as the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE. The project aims to solve the question of how the universe came to consist of matter rather than antimatter — in other words, to explain the origins of the universe and why we exist at all.

State of the Union

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, discussed President Obama’s final State of the Union with WBAP 820 AM and KLIF 570 AM saying, “He had the same theme that he has been talking about for many, many years, one of unity and bringing people together; but his words did not match the reality.”

Amber's banner

The Dallas Morning News quoted Lt. Mike Hollier, a 26-year veteran of the Arlington police force and now a criminal justice lecturer at UT Arlington, in an article about seeking justice for Amber Hagerman, who inspired the Amber Alert system, 20 years after her abduction. “Detectives come and go. Some have passed away, some have retired. But someone will always be here to carry Amber’s banner. We absolutely believe that this case will be solved,” Hollier said.

Wrestling exhibit

The Dallas Morning News reported that “Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling” wraps up its run at UTA’s Central Library on Saturday. The exhibit features 34 photos by Cirrus Bonneau, who spent Monday nights in 1982 and ’83 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth capturing WCCW’s costumed stars and their fans.

Lifetime achievement

MCD Mag reported that Ralph Hawkins, a UTA alumnus and chairman of HKS Inc., was recently presented with the prestigious American College of Healthcare Architects Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor that the American College of Healthcare Architects can bestow on an architect. Hawkins earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from UTA in 1973.

Alum named regional manager

Pinnacle, one of the nation's leading multifamily management firms, announced that alumna Cheryl Caudill joined the company as a regional property manager to oversee nearly 1,700 conventional apartment homes in the Dallas metropolitan area, Yahoo! Finance, Bloomberg Business, Digital Journal and various other media outlets reported. Caudill holds degrees in history and sociology from UTA.

Police chief finalist

Ion Mesquite reported that Charles Cato, currently a Dallas first assistant chief of police, is a finalist in the search for a new Mesquite police chief. Cato holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from UTA.