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Housing, construction dominate campus news this decade

Monday, December 28, 2009

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ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington has experienced many changes during the last decade. The following are examples of some of the biggest stories of that decade:

On Campus. More than any other one change on the campus during the 2000s, residential construction has altered the face of the university forever. More than 4,200 students live on campus. Starting in 2000 with the construction of Arlington Hall, The University of Texas at Arlington also added Kalpana Chawla Hall (2004), Legacy Heights Apartments (2004), Meadow Run Apartments (2003) and Timber Brook Apartments (2002). In addition, Centennial Court Apartments (a private/public venture), Johnson Creek Crossing and Maverick Place Apartments have been built and are full. Those facilities are on campus or adjacent to campus. College Park - a combination 450-bed, 1,800-space parking facility - breaks ground on the eastern edge of the campus in spring 2010.

Research. Research has become a watchword at The University of Texas at Arlington. That helps UT Arlington in its path to becoming a Tier One university.

Chairs. Robert Magnusson is the $5 million Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics. Daniel Wayne Armstrong, former Caldwell Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University and the DOE Ames Laboratory, joined The University of Texas at Arlington as the university's first Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, a $2 million endowed chair.

Technology. The 2000s also saw the different types of education delivery change exponentially. E-mail and the World Wide Web exploded on the education front. Now, professors use online chats to talk and conduct class sometimes with their students. The laptop has grown from a luxury to a necessity and in some cases, a requirement. Students can download lessons on their I-phones. About 3,100 students are enrolled in a range of disciplines. The distance learning and online programs in nursing and education have won awards.

Buildings. Construction projects have dominated the UT Arlington landscape as well. Among the most noteworthy is the Maverick Activities Center. A cross between a health club and rec center, the futuristic-looking MAC is a centerpiece for the west side of UT Arlington's ever-expanding campus. The Smart Hospital and Civil Engineering Building also add to the fresh feel to the eastern side of the campus. Likewise, the Chemistry and Physics Building/Planetarium update the feel to the east side of the campus. The engineering quad - which includes the third-floor addition to the Engineering Lab Building and the 230,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building - form new anchors for the eastern side of the campus as well.

Special Events Center exterior elevation, HKS Inc.SEC. The 6,500-seat Special Events Center will become a permanent home for the Mavericks basketball and volleyball teams. In addition to the sporting events, the center will host concerts, graduation ceremonies, convocations and conferences. The $78 million facility will give that eastern edge of the campus an inviting look and a nice introduction to downtown Arlington.

Goolsby. Established in 2003, the Goolsby Leadership Academy is a vital institution within one of the nation's largest and most prolific business schools. Here, the Academy scholars interact with distinguished business faculty and executive leaders from across the nation who share their wisdom, inspire and mentor our future business leaders. This year, the College of Business also met its threshold for unlocking all of the donated funds.

Movin' Mavs. The UT Arlington men's wheelchair basketball team has won seven national championships, three during the 2000s.

China. The University of Texas at Arlington has reached across the Pacific to establish a heady Executive MBA program in China, graduating more than 1,500 students during its brief history. The Chinese have reciprocated, sending many business people and students to this campus.

Nurses. The University of Texas at Arlington's School of Nursing announced in June 2009 the establishment of the UT Arlington Regional Nursing Education Center, a program that will double the number of undergraduate nursing students by 2012. The program is aimed at students earning their bachelor's of science degree in nursing who will become registered nurses. The center is being made possible by $5 million in one-time funds approved when Gov. Rick Perry signed the state appropriations bill today. The funds will allow UT Arlington's BSN enrollment to increase from 400 to 800 students over the next three years.

Mavericks Speaker Series. Neil deGrasse Tyson - astrophysicist, author and television host - drew an enthusiastic crowd of 2,500 as part of the Mavericks Speaker Series in February 2009. DeGrasse Tyson shows the type of thinking speaker the series hopes to attract. Founded in 2008, the series has featured Thomas Friedman and Doris Kearns Goodwin, among the speakers that offer an in-depth look at the people, ideas, actions and solutions that affect the world around us. The lectures are free to the entire community.

Faculty Award. Nine faculty members of The University of Texas at Arlington were selected in Austin 2009 as inaugural recipients of the UT System Board of Regents' Outstanding Teacher awards. The awards carried prizes of between $15,000 and $30,000 each.


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