All posts by reachellespieker

SAAC Food Drive

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is having a food drive on campus this month to benefit families in need. Donations will be given to Mission Arlington, Tarrant Area Food Banks and The Salvation Army. Here we get a look at how the Salvation Army will use the donations. You can find drop boxes for the drive in the Library, UC, Social Work Complex, UTA Bookstore, Tri Delta House and Alpha Tri Omega house.

Reachelle Spieker

Dancing Decision

We all make thousands of decisions everyday. Some are big and some are small. Some mean nothing at all. But, some impact our lives forever. Let’s hear from Afnan Dahduli, a junior interior design major who made the decision to no longer publicly perform her passion in order to respect her beliefs. Afnan not only spend hours in the Architecture Building for her interior design classes, but hours in the dance studio.

Reachelle Spieker

Marine Disease

The biology department hosted an esteemed marine biology professor last week as a part of their colloquium lecture series. Dr. Colleen Burge, Assistant Professor, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University of Maryland gave a lecture titled “Host-Pathogen Interactions in a Changing Ocean.” The lecture showcased Dr. Burge’s research on diseases on sea stars and oysters and the effects they are causing on marine environments. Even though we are not near a coast here at UTA, these marine diseases can still affect us.The next Biology Colloquium lecture is Thursday, October 29. Hosting Dr. Bryan Carstens from Ohio State Univeristy.

Reachelle Spieker

SAAC Press Conference

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee or SAAC is excited about the growth they are seeing in student involvement on campus. With a goal to increase school spirit and take away the  disconnection the high amount of commuter students have to campus involvement, SAAC has multiple fundraisers and events planned. This week look for drop boxes for a canned food drive. On Thursday, the volleyball team matches up against rival Texas State. this game is the Dig Pink game benefiting breast cancer awareness. First 250 fans will receive a free pink T-shirt and everyone else is encouraged to wear pink. Last years game set the record attendance at College Park Center. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Pride Week

The LGBTQA program is a division of UTA’s Multicultural Affairs. The main goal of the program is to offer education and/or help to UTA students. Student on campus may recognize the “Safe Zone” stickers. October is LGBT history and each year the program hosts a pride week. Pride week offers multiple events and educational panels for students on campus. This year’s pride week is October 5-9 ending with the 3rd annual drag show benefitting the LGBTQA scholarship fund. The drag show is open to the public and donations are accepted for the scholarship.

Reachelle Spieker

Movin’ Mav & Dallas Mav

Dr. Abu Yilla is a Kinesiology professor who advocates for the widening acceptance of sport different than just the big three. He played for the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, the UTA Movin’ Mavs and U.S. and Britain National Paralympic Teams. As an ex-professional wheelchair basketball player and awarded athlete who moved from abroad, he brings a unique perspective to the table challenging his students to broaden their minds and question their current mindsets. Dr. Yilla teaches three classes at UTA, including Sociology of Sport where his students enjoy the ability to speak freely and have open debate.

Reachelle Spieker

50 Years a Mav

Dr. Allan Saxe is a charismatic and very opinionated political science professor. This semester marks his 50th anniversary with UTA. His student adore him claiming he “makes government fun” and give him high ratings on Aside from teaching, he is well known for his generous financial gifts as a philanthropist in the Arlington community. He has given away most of his money and lives strictly from his current salary, while still giving what he can. He is also a writer and political commentator on KRLD radio. He also calls himself a philosopher and enjoys coffee and ice cream. He has no plans to retire  and says he doesn’t want the university to search for any replacement any time soon.

Reachelle Spieker