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UTA In The News — Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Fall commencement

Approximately 5,400 students are participating in commencement ceremonies Dec. 13-15 at College Park Center on the UTA campus, reported. The newest graduates will join the ranks of more than 230,000 UTA alumni around the globe.

Ride share service

City officials say that Via, Arlington’s on-demand ride share company, is providing its residents with transportation answers, the Star-Telegram reported. Via services the UTA area, as well as other spots in Arlington.

EPA award

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded UTA its Leadership Award in the narrative award category in EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, Waste Today Magazine reported.


Levent Gurdemir, director of the UTA Planetarium, told The Dallas Morning News that Dallas has one of the brightest skies in the United States because of the size of the city in an article about the best places in North Texas to stargaze. Starting in January, UTA will open a new observatory on its campus that will host public events in conjunction with shows at its planetarium. Watch for announcements on the UTA planetarium website.

Social work professor in choir

Karla Arenas-Itotia, UTA School of Social Work assistant professor in practice, performed with the Dallas Police choir for some holiday songs on KDFW Fox 4’s Good Day show. “I love it. I think it’s a great way to bridge the gap between community and police.” Arenas-Itotia won a contest to perform in some of the choir’s performances.

Ethiopia landfills

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor and researcher, told Ethiopia’s The Reporter that the city government is working closely with the U.S. embassy to revitalize the Sendafa Landfill Plant. A garbage slide at the Repi Landfill claimed the lives of 72 people and victimized hundreds more nearly a year ago.

Lecturer at LitNight

Laura Kopchick, UTA senior lecturer of English, brought humor to the tale of a suicidal bowling-alley pinsetter at LitNight, a fiction reading event, The Dallas Morning News reported. Kopchick was one of a half-dozen fiction authors each given 15 minutes to read part of their works.

Recycled plastic

Sahadat Hossain, UTA civil engineering professor, said using recycled plastic in roads could become a staple, Impact Lab reported. Hossain leads a test project that uses recycled plastic to shore up raised highway roadbeds in Texas.

Pitcher profiled wrote a profile on Zach Thompson, a Chicago White Sox pitcher, who was drafted in the fifth round in 2014 out of UTA.

Alumnus named senior project manager

Spiezle Architectural Group Inc. has hired Michael Thurston as senior project manager, HC+O News reported. Thursday earned his master’s degree in architecture from UTA.

Student in honor society

Melissa Pantalone of Orange, Conn., was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, reported. Pantalone is pursuing a degree in Nursing at UTA.