UTA In The News — Friday, May 6, 2022
School Board Elections
New political action committees are playing bigger financial roles in North Texas school board elections, the Dallas Morning News reports. Rebecca Deen, UTA associate professor of political science, says some see local elections as a way to achieve larger political goals.
An op-ed in the Amarillo Globe-News says it is encouraging that many public universities plan to keep standardized test scores optional for at least the next year. The piece noted a 34% increase in the number of Black students in UTA’s freshman class. UTA remains test-score-optional through summer 2023.
Getting More Students to College
A county-wide partnership is giving more students a path to college, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The piece notes UTA is one of institutions involved with the Tarrant To & Through Partnership, which aims to ensure more Tarrant County students obtain postsecondary credentials.
A group of UTA faculty and students is examining a unique form of therapy, U.S. Fed News reports. Researchers are examining the therapeutic benefits motorcycle riding—or wind therapy—has on military veterans and first responders. Participants discussed how riding brought mental clarity and relaxation that lasted anywhere from a few hours to a full night.
A Salute to Community Bands
UTA is hosting a free, all-day concert where community bands will take center stage, WFAA reports. The 10th annual Salute to Community Bands will be held tomorrow, Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Irons Recital Hall. Nine community bands will be featured. It is free to attend, with no tickets necessary.