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UTA In The News — Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

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UTA commencement

The University of Texas at Arlington is graduating its largest class in history — almost 5,600 students — in three ceremonies that started Thursday, the Star-Telegram reported. The class is about 8 percent larger than Spring 2016 and 27 percent more than the class that graduated in 2012. An article in pressreader reported on UTA's commencement figures as well.

Speed limit changes

Speed limit reductions are coming to Abram Street, Center Street and UTA Boulevard due to an increase in the number of UTA student pedestrians in the area, Public Now reported.

Alumnus honored

Kilgore College will present the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Alumni Success to Kelcy Warren, a UTA alumnus, at its Friday graduation ceremony, the Gilmer Mirror reported. Warren earned a civil engineering degree from UTA after attending night classes at Kilgore College while working in the East Texas oilfields during the day.

New foundry manager

Chung Eun-seung, vice president of semiconductor research, was appointed as the new foundry business manager for Samsung Electronics DS Division, the Korean Digital Times reported. He received his doctorate in physics from UTA.

New assistant city manager

The city of League City, Texas, recently selected Ogden “Bo” Bass to serve as the new assistant city manager, the reported. Bass has served as an adjunct professor in land development planning at UTA.

Alumnus named counsel

Eric Tiritilli was named senior counsel at Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP, the Omaha Daily Record reported. Tiritilli earned his master’s of arts degree from UTA.

New vice president

Gainesville native Jeremiah Bentley has been named vice president of marketing and customer engagement for Texas Mutual Insurance Co., the Gainesville, Texas, Register reported. Bentley earned his bachelor of science degree from UTA.

Student to attend UTA camp

Victor Contreras of Presidio High School has been selected to participate in the UTA’s 2017 Upward Bound Math & Science Summer Residential Institute, Big Bend Now reported.

Honor society initiation

Lauren Jackson of Austin, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Jackson was initiated at The University of Texas at Arlington, Downtown Austin Patch reported.

Board to discuss role

University of Texas System regents will discuss the role of the system this summer at a planned retreat after sharp criticism from legislators on spending -- and there appears to be a split in their priorities moving forward, the Houston Chronicle reported.