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UTA In The News — Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Career Development Center

KXAS NBC 5 and KDFW Fox 4 reported on the grand opening of the UTA Career Development Center, a new 6,000 sq. foot facility for alumni and students. President Karbhari told the audience that UTA is joining the traditions of elite Ivy-league schools, saying "no longer are we going to sit back and say someone does it better. They are going to look at us and say we need to catch up to UTA."

Center director interviewed

KUVN Univision 23 also reported on the Career Development Center opening. Karla Arenas-Itotia, assistant director of violence prevention and student intervention, was interviewed for the piece, saying the center is a great opportunity for the community to work with students and college.

Brand value

Elten Briggs, UTA associate professor of marketing, was interviewed on KRLD 1080 AM about the value of athletes’ brand. Ryan Lochte, an Olympic swimming champion, has taken some hits on his brand value during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after he lied about an incident at a gas station.

Mixed media piece

Sedrick Huckaby, an artist and UTA assistant professor of art and art history, grapples with the grief of incarceration for black men and their families in his new piece “If perhaps by chance, I find myself encaged”, The Texas Observer reported. The mixed-media work was recently displayed at the 2016 Dallas Art Fair.

Secession unrealistic

Richard  Cole, a professor in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, examined the realities of a Texas secession in a special to the Star-Telegram. Besides losing federal funding and governmental protections, Cole also writes, “if not part of America, how could the Dallas Cowboys claim the title of “America’s Team?”

Maintenance decisions

David Hopman, an associate professor of landscape architecture in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, wrote about the maintenance decisions that can have a profound effect on the range of plants useful for an aesthetically qualified urban polyculture for The Field, the American Society of Landscape Architects professional practice networks’ blog.

Texas not a battleground

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, told KRLD 1080 AM that Donald Trump doesn’t need to make a public appearance in North Texas because Texas isn’t a battleground state. Saxe also discussed Hillary Clinton’s health with WTKS 1290 AM in Savannah, Ga.

Make Arlington "cool"

Mark Joeckel, an instructor with the UTA Division of Enterprise Development, was interviewed by The Dallas Observer about his effort, along with local artists and musicians, to make a “cooler” Arlington.

Finish nursing at UTA

The Star-Telegram reported that Tarrant County College’s nursing program has achieved another milestone with renewed multi-year accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The article mentioned that TCC encourages its students to complete their bachelor’s degree at area four-year colleges with highly rated nursing programs, including UTA.

Waffleopolis scheduled

International Business Times listed UTA’s Waffleopolis on its list of National Waffle Day freebies. One of UTA's most popular Maverick Stampede traditions, students meet new friends with Belgium waffles, piled high with ice cream, cherries, chocolate sauce and more.

Weighted wing system

IEEE’s Electronics 360 reported on UTA graduate Sampath Vengate’s efforts to use an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses moving weights in its wings instead of traditional control surfaces or ailerons to turn.

UTA makes list

U.S. News & World Report named UTA to its short list of 10 low-cost online graduate education programs for out-of-state students. Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! Finance Canada also reported on the short list.

UTA grad profiled

The Dallas Observer profiled alumnus James Dunn, who is advocating for his fellow homeless by starting the Dignity Homeless Action Network, a community of homeless and “concerned citizens” who are fighting for action to be taken on such issues as housing, abuse in local shelters and other concerns of downtown Dallas homeless people. Dunn earned degrees in English and sociology from UTA in 1984.

UTA alum featured

Winds of Change published a profile of Chad Lovett, a UTA alumnus and past president of the UTA Native American Student Association, in the magazine’s spring 2016 edition. Lovett is the new chief executive officer of Kindred Hospital Fort Worth. His story begins on page 18.

UTA alumna named president

The Las Cruces Sun-News and El Paso Times reported that Gannett has named alumna Lilia Castillo Jones president of the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership, which has seven newspapers in Texas and New Mexico. Jones is a graduate of UTA.

Firm names new vice president

Electric Energy Online reported that alumnus Tommy Slater has been named vice president to oversee the company's generating assets by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, an electric utility company. Slater earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from UTA.

Alum named planning director

The City of Amarillo has appointed alumnus AJ Fawver as the city’s new planning director, KFDA CBS 10 reported. Fawver earned a master’s degree in public administration from UTA.