On this episode of UTA News we’ll show you a project that could keep students connected to campus and we have an update on the petition to bring back UTA football. In entertainment we’ll tell you what the event UTA CAPS was all about and in sports we have an exclusive interview with a Lady Mavs volleyball player.
November is that time of the year where votes are cast for elections, homecoming begins, and preparing for finals starts. However, the month of November isn’t just for elections or thanksgiving. It may be time to set down those books and have some fun before December arrives with finals and long sleepless nights. However, you might want to start preparing your answer to the dreaded questions on Thanksgiving: when do you graduate? What is your major? And what are you going to do with your life?
La Quinta Edicion de UTA News en Español de Otoño 2014
En nuestra quinta edición de UTA News en Español les tenemos los detalles del primer Maverick Speaker Series, les informamos sobre lo que sucedió en el anual del día de la comunicación de UTA y en deportes les decimos si el equipo de voleibol universitario continua invicto.
Darren “Daz” McColl, the Global Chief Brand Strategy Officer for SapientNitro, has developed brand strategies and communications campaigns for brands including McDonald’s, Footlocker, ESPN, Volvo and Coca-Cola. McColl visited campus October 20 to give presentations during a public relations campaigns class and an American Advertising Federation (AAF) meeting. He discussed storyscaping, which connects consumers to brands through technology and storytelling. He co-wrote a New York Times Best Seller titled Storyscaping: Stop Creating Ads, Start Creating Worlds, which hit shelves in April.
In response to a petition created to bring football back to the University of Texas at Arlington, another student created a petition to keep football away from UTA. Their reasoning is because UTA has made plenty of advances in academic areas since funding hasn’t had to be split with football. Supporters of the counter-petition also state that we don’t support our current athletics enough and it would take too long for a start up team to become competition worthy.
UTA’s Counseling and Psychological services or UTA CAPS for short paired up with a senior Public Relations Campaigns class to raise awareness of it services to students on campus. The event had activities to relieve stress such as throwing balloons filled with paint and a dunking tank as well as freebies such as popcorn, SuperChix and wristbands for those students that completed a survey on how they cope with stress. However, the main goal was to raise awareness of counseling services for students who may need help but are afraid to reach out or simply don’t know how. Some of the services include: career counseling, group counseling, meditation, and psychological screenings. If you or someone you know are seeking help visit uta.edu/caps for more information on these programs.
Maversity’s first workshop was on September 25 with a topic on disability awareness. Students learned that disabilities include disorders such as speech, hearing, and sight. Lead members also had a demonstration on how to interact with those in wheel chairs. At the end of the presentation students had the opportunity to ask questions. Participants shared their personal experiences and also stated how important it is for the Department of Student Affairs to have workshops that inform the UTA community about hot topics.
The library is currently testing out a telepresence robot that students can check out in the library. It is a iPad on a wheel and can be controlled by any PC or Apple product. The screen shows where the device is going and the controls. It can be moved up or down to make it easier to communicate in different situation. The goal for this is to let students attend group meetings when they have to be off campus. Right now they are hoping to do a role out by the end of this semester allowing students to use these.
Holidays are a time to relax and have fun but if you are looking to help others during your holidays you might want to join UTA’s Alternative Breaks. The members of Alernative Breaks spend time helping out different communities in the United States. For winter break they will be collaboraing with habitat for humanity to help rebuild communities in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
LIKE MOST COLLEGE STUDENTS ED DIAZ WAS LIVING OFF OF RAMEN NOODLES, BUT ED ULTIMATELY GRADUATED IN 2001. HIS DEGREE WAS IN MUSIC BUSINESS AND NOW WORKS FOR ROLAND CORPORATION. ED IS THE PRODUCT AND MARKETING SPECIALIST FOR ROLAND AND TRAVELS NOT ONLY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, BUT AROUND THE WORLD DEMONSTRATING ROLAND PRODUCTS. HE TALKS HIGHLY OF HIS FORMAL SCHOOL AND STILL KEEPS IN TOUCH WITH MOST OF HIS PROFESSORS AND HIS UTA COLLEAGUES. ED USES WHAT HE LEARNS FROM UTA BY APPLYING IT TO EVERYDAY LIFE SITUATIONS, AND NOW PASSES ALONG HIS KNOWLEDGE WITH OTHER ROLAND SPECIALISTS.
Breast cancer survivors and those who have died are honored during the month of October. A nurse from Texas Health Research Hospital says that no one is immune, therefore breast screening is very important for both male and females. Unfortunately, we don’t know whom and we don’t know when but one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, with today’s technology, breast cancer has been detected at early stages and there has been a decline in death. It’s very important for everyone to get yearly mammograms after 20 years old.
Bringing a football team back to UTA has been a talking point since the team was disbanded 30 years ago. Recently, the movement has picked up some steam in the form of a petition on Change.org. Other famous Change.org petitions include “Send Bieber back to Canada” and “Release the White House Beer Recipe”, only one of which actually worked despite having enough signatures on both. The official story is that the team was disbanded for lack of funding and campus support. With campus support growing (the petition is at 1600+ signatures) the question of funding remains.
Amanda Welsch was recruited out of high school when playing her favorite sport, volleyball. Amanda was offered a scholarship to play for UTA and this is her fourth year playing. She does not have a lot of free time and when she does she uses it to sleep since she got the studying done. Amanda is ready to take on her career right after college.
For their second game of the season, the UTA Mavericks ice hockey team was hosted in Farmers Branch by the Dallas Baptist Patriots. Going into this week, DBU came in on fire with a 7 and 2 overall record, while UTA had dropped its only contest of the season so far to UNT. UTA came out strong with three goals, coming as a surprise to the Patriots. With multiple UTA players absent to either suspension or injury, the lack of depth on the bench was felt in the third period. Although the weekend might not have went as planned for the Mavs, they will have a week off to regroup before testing their luck against SMU on November 7th.
Gas prices have dropped 20% to 25% since June 2014. This is due to the United States increasing their domestic supply about 50%. This does not mean the US will stop depending on other countries for oil but it does mean we can all enjoy lower gas prices for now.
On October 25th, the UTA Planetarium hosted Astronomy Day, an exciting day of space education and fun for students and families. The event lasted from 2 – 10p.m. The National Space Society of North Texas, The Fort Worth Astronomical Society and The Moon Society were all part of the event, giving out various items such as pamphlets, buttons, and stickers. There were also special presentations by the president of the Moon Society Ken Murphy and the president of The National Space Society of North Texas Ken Ruffin. The planetarium also presented discounted shows, such as “Spacepark 360: Infinity”. This memorable event gives the UTA community a chance to educate themselves about the world beyond, not only do you gain knowledge but you discover just how amazing space can be. Students can log onto the planetarium website at http://www.uta.edu/planetarium to discover all that it has to offer students and the community.
UTA professors are hard at work on a new project predicting the outcomes of metal fatigue. The project is funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to examine the material surface of aircraft parts. The process will study how material behaves and to hopefully find ways to change the rules on how fatigue is handled. Although the project is looking to see fatigue in metal the research may help in other every day items such as shoes. Dr. Haiying Huang is head of the project and is an Aerospace engineer major as well.
The Dallas Karting Complex, also known as DKC, is home to the fastest rentail go-carts in Texas. The carts range from 30 miles per hour, to 85 miles per hour. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome. The outdoor track full of fun winds and curves is almost 1 full mile long. Teyre also snack, drinks, video games, and merchandise available inside. For friends and parents that aren’t participating, there is and observation deck upstairs above the track for people to watch the races. Helmets are provided and te employees are out on the track to ensure tha safety is their number one priority, The Dallas Karting Complex is perfect for families looking for a different kind of recreational activity that is full of fun, adrenaline, and fast cars.
Clenisha Dortch and Christina Mitchell are the founders and owners of Stylejunkeyz. They created this brand together in 2012. They design and create clothes. Their 2015 spring line is in the making. They held a photoshoot in Las Colinas to promote the spring line. The fasion show launching their spring line will be held the folowing weekend. Clenisha and Christina don’ just want to make and design clothes. They want their clothes to tell a story. Their fahsion is their art. They don’t just want to make someone look pretty, they want their clothes to speak and make someone feel beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.
On this episode of UTA News we have a report of everything that has been going on regarding the Ebola virus in the metroplex, on entertainment we have the details of the last event of the Hispanic Heritage month celebration and in sports we have a live in studio interview with one of the MovinMavs.
The 6th annual communication day fared well with many different panels, internship booths, resume critique workshop, image critique and professional head shots. Students, faculty and many different communication organizations a like gathered together to share their experiences and knowledge with each other. Although, it was a major success, some students are already looking to the future. Some students voice their opinions about communication day for next year and the results are predictable. However, PR Junior, Alyssa Kossuth says there should be a time where students can speak with the panelists one-on-one. Well, we will not know until next year. Until then, we wait for #UTACommDay2015.