UTA In The News — Monday, October 5, 2020
Rising COVID case numbers
Erin Carlson, UTA associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, told the Dallas Observer that Dallas can anticipate an increase in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and case rates in the next two to four weeks following Gov. Greg Abbott’s continued relaxation of business restrictions and the county’s implementation of a more robust contact tracing system.
Election impact of presidential diagnosis
The exact impact of President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis on his campaign or the campaign of Democratic nominee Joe Biden is hard to predict because “we’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Daniel Sledge, UTA assistant professor of political science, in an interview with WFAA. Trump tested positive for COVID-19 just over a month before the Nov. 3 election and days ahead of scheduled visits to Dallas and Houston.
Alumna gives to social change
UTA has received $800,000 to empower two of its programs that drive social change, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Alumna Pat Brandenburg's ('49 A.S., Business Administration) gift will support UTA's Center for Mexican American Studies and Center for African American Studies, bringing her cumulative giving for the programs to more than $1 million.
New campus update
UTA unveiled the latest update to campus, a newly renovated entrance to the E.H. Hereford University Center (UC), last Wednesday, Patch.com reported. The enhancements provide a more welcoming entrance for students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests who visit the UC.
Record freshman class
UTA has enrolled its largest freshman class ever and set records for overall degrees and certificates and graduate degrees, EX Bulletin reported. This is especially impressive because the global pandemic has negatively impacted college enrollment rates across the country. For UTA, this represents a 7% growth from the previous year and a 28% growth over the past four years.