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UTA In The News — Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

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Tops in Texas

For the second consecutive year, The University of Texas at Arlington is the No. 1 school in the state for military veterans and their families to earn a college education, according to the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 ranking of national universities, PublicNow reported. Nationally, UTA ranked No. 20 of the public and private institutions considered and was the lone Texas school ranked in the top 20.

Environment ideas important

Environmentalist Alexandra Cousteau, who spoke at Thursday night’s Maverick Speakers Series event at Texas Hall, was interviewed by The Dallas Morning News on climate change, the oceans and not eating tuna. “We should save the whales, even if you never see one in person. It’s still important,” Cousteau said. “Or we shouldn't eat seafood that's on the brink of extinction. Eating a tuna is like eating a panda."

Highly ranked

There are high expectations for UTA basketball this season, reported. “Our guys have worked extremely hard all summer long,” said head coach Scott Cross. “We know just like last year that preseason rankings mean absolutely nothing. We have to win a championship every day. That has to be our mentality if we want to win one in March.”

CMAS expert

Isabel Montemayor, UTA assistant professor of anthropology and research associate for the Center of Mexican American Studies, was featured in an article on Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, News Taco reported. Montemayor said it is not as common for places in northern Mexico to celebrate, compared with southern Mexico in states such as Michoacan, Oaxaca and Veracruz.

Groundwater testing

UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug’s research agreement with Apache to do groundwater quality testing was featured in Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Midland Reporter-Telegram articles about environmental group Earthworks criticism of Apache’s plans to drill new wells in Balmorhea. 

Student featured in film

UTA student Orlando Carrillo, who suffered a spinal cord injury after being shot in Venezuela, is featured in the new documentary,“The Rebound,” about the Miami Heat Wheels, a wheelchair basketball team, The Breeze reported.  

Heroes of the Dorm

Blizzard will showcase UTA’s esport team in a Heroes of the Dorm documentary at BlizzCon 2016, Gosu Heroes reported. This massive event demanded the attention of the esports community with its ESPN backing, live televised nature and over the top presentation.

Choral fest

Apex Arts League is proud to present the Fifth Annual Choral Festival, with the participation of the University of Texas at Arlington Choir, reported. The Celebration of Singing will take place Monday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Hurst.

Students' attitudes on presidential candidates

Gary Stidham, director of UTA’s Baptist student ministry, appeared in The Olympian and many other media discussing the attitudes of Baptist students towards the presidential candidates. Many young UTA Baptists “have an affinity for whistleblowers” and Wikileaks because the leaks lay bare the shadiness of the rich and powerful like Clinton and Trump, Stidham said.

UTA graduate named VP

Melody Martinez has been named Vice President - Oil and Gas Management for Farmers National Company, Growing Florida, AgriMarketing and many other media reported. Martinez earned her bachelor's degree in management and economics from The University of Texas at Arlington. 

UTA alum publishes book

UTA alumnus C. Ivan Spencer and professor of history and philosophy at The College at Southeastern, in Wake Forest, N.C., has published a book: “Tweetable Nietzsche: His essential ideas revealed and explained,” Bible Gateway Blog reported. Spencer earned his doctorate at UTA. 

UTA alum painting to benefit human rights

UTA alumnus, artist and art teacher Chris Bingham has been painting an Afghan refugee to benefit human rights, The Dallas Observer reported. Bingham and five other local artists have paired with Human Rights Initiative clients for the inaugural Rock Your Heart Out Concert and Art Auction.