All posts by Maria Cruz


Reading is something a lot of people do to pass time, other do it because they have to… For those that suffer from dyslexia, reading becomes more difficult.

In this story you will hear what living with dyslexia every day is like from someone who has been diagnosed with it, as well as from someone who does not have it, but tried a simulator website to experience it first-hand; said website mixes up the letters inside the words to give the reader a dyslexia-like experience.

If you want to know more information on the topic you can contact the adaptive resource center inside the office for students with disabilities.

– Maria Cruz

Perfil de María Patino

Ir a la universidad puede ser algo complicado, especialmente si usted es responsable de todos los gastos. Pero hay que mantener en cuenta que hay recursos disponibles para ayudarles en el transcurso.

Esta es la historia de María Patino, una estudiante que no ha trabajado por tres años, pero que con la ayuda de becas ha logrado pagar su colegiatura y gastos personales.

Si están interesados en aplicar para becas, pueden ir a la oficina de ayuda financiera o buscar la palabra “scholarships” en Recuerden prestar atención a los requisitos y las fechas de entrega.

-María Cruz

Maria Patino Profile

Going to college can be tough, especially if you have to pay for it yourself. However, there are resources available to help you through the process.

Here is Maria Patino’s story. Maria is an interior design major who has taken advantage of scholarships and financial help, both of which have allowed her to concentrate full-time on her career without the need of a job. She recently won a national scholarship that more than 600 students applied for, but only 3 were selected to receive.

Besides being an excellent student, Maria also focuses on being the best mother she can be to her 11-ear-old son, Sebastian.

To find out more about scholarships you can visit the financial aid office or search the word “scholarship” on

-Maria Cruz

NAHJ Fundraiser Event

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists, known as NAHJ, held an on-campus fundraiser in order to raise funds to attend their yearly national conference, which will be held in Washington, D.C. in August.

Several items were available for students to purchase at this event, including nachos, chicharrones, hot dogs, horchata water, and more. All proceeds went to the NAHJ UTA chapter.

This will be the first year that the National Association of Hispanic Journalists joins the National Association of Black Journalists in a joint national conference. If you would like to find out more information you can go to

-Maria Cruz

Spanish Writing Center

Here you find out about the Spanish Writing Center, a new service UTA is offering students who want to get better at writing in Spanish.

This program is free and everyone is encourage to participate, not just those taking Spanish classes.

The tutors offer different exercises in order to motivate the students to think in Spanish instead of just translating, and they also offer workshops to make sure they get the most out of the program.

To find out more information you can visit the Language Lab located on the third floor of Trimble Hall or contact Dr. Ruiz Perez directly by clicking on their link on the Department of Modern Languages homepage.

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Fotonovela Research

Mental health is a serious problem that could affect anyone in our community; however, not everyone finds it easy to get help, especially if there is a language barrier between you and getting better.

In this interview you get to meet Katherine Sanchez and see how she’s using a research project to close the gap between mental health treatment and the Hispanic community.

This research project will start in January of 2016 and will take place inside the Arlington Community Health Center, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Those wanting to get involved in the program can call to set up an appointment at (817)625-4254.

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Alyssa Kossuth Interview

In this interview you get to meet Alyssa Kossuth, a Public Relations senior who is looking forward to the next few months for more reasons than her December graduation, as she is also due to have her first baby at the end of November!

We talk about how her campus-life experience changed when she got married and how she has managed her time and her classes during her pregnancy to ensure she is still able to graduate and walk in December.

Alyssa gives us advice for anyone who is expecting and tells us whether she’s having a boy or a girl.

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Mavs Munchie Express

Have you ever wanted someone to bring you food while you were in class? Now there’s a way.

In this story we talk about Mavs Munchie Express, a food delivery service created by three 19-year-old sophomores that is serving the UTA community along with the Arlington area.

Their delivery rates range between $5 and $7, depending on where the restaurant is located, and the average delivery time is about 30 minutes to one hour.

Mavs Munchie Express is open every day of the week, although their hours vary.

For more information about this service you can visit their website at

Maria Cruz

UTA Social

Who doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account these days? UTA knows that social media is a very important part of the students’ lives, that is why the university is using one of its classes to use “UTA Social” to create more interaction with its students and keep them up-to-date on what is going on around campus. The program initially started with Facebook and Twitter but Instagram, WordPress, and Snapchat were soon added.

Shelley Wigley was the first faculty member to teach the class and implement the project, she tells us the story behind it and how it affects the UTA community.

Maria Cruz