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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Vets business center

NBC 5/KXAS reported about UTA's new Veterans Business Outreach Center on Monday. The center, one of 19 in the nation, will help teach veterans about entrepreneurship and franchising. Patrick Alcorn, who will serve as director of the center, was interviewed as was Michael MacKay, a veteran who attended a one-day session earlier this month on entrepreneurship. Edmund Prater, an associate professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, will serve as principal investigator of the research grant and executive director of the center. The Canadian Press website published an AP story about the new centers.

Flash flood data

D.J. Seo, associate professor of civil engineering, was featured in a story about a cell phone app his team released Friday that allows users to report flash flooding, KRLD AM 1080 and WFAA/ABC 8  reported. 


Michael Bennett was named Top Private CEO of the Year by Fort Worth Business. Bennett, a UTA 1983 Master of Architecture grad, is principal of the architecture firm Bennett Benner Partners, a company that has shaped downtown Fort Worth. Bennett also serves on the advisory council of UTA's College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

Popular MOOC

UTA's Introduction of Engineering was listed as in the top 10 of most popular MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses in the nation, reported. In June alone, the article stated more than 300 free MOOC courses will start.

Special Olympics

UTA hosted the Special Olympics this past weekend and KDAF/CW 33 reported about the opening festivities.

Cross featured

SB Nation's Mid Major Madness reported on the accomplishments of Scott Cross, UTA's winningest coach. In just 10 years Cross has helped the Mavericks put together seven winning seasons. The Mavericks' 24 wins last year tied a school record.

Alumna blazes superintendent trail

Jeanice Swift, the Ann Arbor, Mich., schools superintendent, is forging a new road for the troubled district, opening up academies and enlisting new contracts with teacher unions, the Ann Arbor Observer reported. Swift is a UTA alumna.

UTA best for vets

Military Times has ranked UTA in its top 20 list of institutions that best serve veterans, College Explorations and the Examiner reported in an article outlining the best universities for veterans and a number of tools that vets can use to access current information.

Great commencement

UTA received accolades from Star-Telegram readers in how it conducted May commencement ceremonies in the paper's Cheers and Jeers section.

Healy to teach

Fort Worth resident Jason Jordan is replacing Godley Police Chief James Healy, who retired from the department in June to continue teaching at The University of Texas at Arlington, Navarro College and the police academy, the Cleburne Times Review reported.  

More transit better for sports teams

Embracing more mass transit would make Arlington more successful in housing its two professional sports teams, a Dallas Morning News business column reported. Even after committing to a new Texas Rangers stadium, the city still has a quarter-cent left in its sales tax rate, which could be dedicated to transit. The column also said mass transit could link the sports franchise areas to the UTA campus.

Financial deal outlined

The financial deal that the city of Arlington will construct to fund a new Texas Rangers stadium if voters approve the deal in November was outlined in Bond Buyer. The article said Arlington was home to UTA.