Transformation - 2008 President's Report

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Acclaimed Drummer Jazzes Up Music Program

Artist-in-Residence Adonis Rose has performed with some of the world's greatest jazz musicians.

UT Arlington music students are learning from one of the country's most sought-after jazz drummers. Adonis Rose joined the music faculty last fall as jazz artist-in-residence.

I give drum lessons, workshops, perform with the faculty, recruit, sit in on jazz history classes, teach a combo class and promote the University when I do interviews and concerts, the New Orleans native said.

Rose, who relocated to Arlington from the Crescent City following Hurricane Katrina, has played with some of the world's most esteemed jazz musicians, including nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and three-time Grammy-winning entertainer Harry Connick Jr.

A visiting professor of music, Rose created and played the drum arrangement for Spike Lee's HBO documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. He has four solo recordings and has performed on more than 50 recordings overall.

The idea is to expose students not only to his high artistic level but to his New Orleans experience, Music Department Chair John Burton said.

Rose founded the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra in 2005 and has toured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Aaron Neville and Dr. John, among others. He recently performed at UT Arlington's MavsMeet New Student Convocation.

Classes Drill for Knowledge at Gas Site

students talk at drilling site

To Larry Standlee, drilling for natural gas at UT Arlington means more than financial benefit for the University. It's more like career day for his geology students. When drilling began on the southeast corner of campus last spring, the adjunct professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences took his Geoscience Professional Orientation class to the rig for an inside look. Since most had expressed an interest in going into the oil and gas industry, this was an excellent opportunity to see exactly what goes on at a drilling rig, said Dr. Standlee, who has 20 years of experience in the field. He praised engineers from Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. for giving guided tours and answering numerous questions. I think several students are now more committed than ever about a career in the hydrocarbon industry, he said.

Active Learning Yields Deep Thinkers

More than 2,500 students participated in the first year of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan. Part of the Active Learning initiative, the QEP seeks to understand how students can benefit from an environment that invites them to be more engaged in the learning process. The goal is for students to learn the higher-order thinking skills that will better prepare them to apply their classroom experiences to understanding the world around them. Courses included operations management, engineering, history, political science, math, biology, nursing and honors. The program will continue over the next two years.

Degree Extends Global Reach to China

UT Arlington's Asia Executive MBA program is one of the largest of any foreign university in China. About 300 students are enrolled and almost 1,000 have graduated from the program, which began in 2002. Degrees are offered to executives in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taiwan in conjunction with Chinese universities, as well as to executives from state-owned enterprises of mainland China who spend a year at UT Arlington. The demand for the Executive MBA degree is increasing because China is growing so rapidly, said Dan Himarios, College of Business dean and program founder. The EMBA attracts participants from prominent Asian corporations like IBM China, McDonald's Beijing and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Artist Creates World-Class Glass

David Keens

Texas State Artist David Keens

The glow from UT Arlington's glass art program is casting an ever-widening sheen on renowned artist David Keens. The Texas State Artist honoree has guided the program from humble beginnings in cramped facilities with outdated equipment to its current home—world-class space in the Studio Arts Center. For young artists, especially those selected to be part of the first class in the new Master of Fine Arts program, the facilities are a powerful draw, surpassed only by the reputation of the program's director. Keens has received a full National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman Fellowship, and his work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries worldwide.