All posts by Brandon Diaz

Architecture Student Completes A Project Milestone Before He Graduates

 

One of the oldest forms of art has inspired student, Gerardo Govea, to make a difference in his community, through Architecture. Gerardo has a passion for design, and contributes his talents to the architecture program here at UTA. He does most of his work on campus, but has continued some of his own personal projects in the comfort of his own home. The process for designing any structure includes multiple steps before and idea can be realized. Of these steps, Gerardo’s favorite is creating 3d models. Over the years, Gerardo has invested in his own tools and equipment to work on his designs but says that nothing beats working with the tools here at the University. The biggest project that Gerardo and the Architecture Studio have worked on this semester, is a full house that has been designed by them, and constructed in 9 weeks. The final presentation for the house is this coming Friday, May 4, and will be the first of many housing projects for Gerardo.
By: Brandon Diaz

Inspiring Business Owner Shares His Key To Success

Capturing everyday moments is something that Broadcast Major, Mason Brighton, knows all too well. Brighton is a photographer who started his own photo and video business with a couple friends toward the end of last year. The business offers media services to local corporations, as well as for special venues and events. Brighton’s photo process always begins with identifying the composition of what he sees, such as: foreground, background, and what’s in focus. He says anyone can start a business, and that self-motivation, determination, and surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals are the keys  to starting a successful business. The process of building his own business has been tough at times, but overall has been a worthwhile experience for Mason.

By: Brandon Diaz

Students Shares New Form of Therapy

One of the fastest growing sports all over the world has impacted the life of Valerie Smith, Climbing Mavs Club Co-Founder, who views rock climbing as her form of therapy. The physical and mental pressure involved with rock climbing requires intense focus, and helps Smith to destress, while also giving her a good technical challenge that is always changing. Valerie loves to train at other gyms outside of school, and has participated in several competitions with the climbing mavs, and looks forward to seeing the club grow. For club members Haley Garrett, and Esteven Martinez, rock climbing has helped them exercise their problem solving skills, as well as overcome a fear of heights. Smith encourages everyone to consider rock climbing, as it can be very therapeutic and provide a full workout.

By: Brandon Diaz

 

 

5K Run Raises Awareness For A Cause That Hits Home For Some Students

 

This years annual 5k fundraising event to raise awareness for domestic violence was organized by our very own Alpha Chi Omega organization. The event took place Saturday morning at 8, right here on the Green at College Park. Junior Information Systems major, and President of the organization, Meaghan Harraghy says this event is meaningful to her and also members of Alpha Chi Omega who have been affected by domestic violence. All money and donations will benefit the Safe Haven Foundation and the Alpha Chi Omega Organization.

By: Brandon Diaz

 

Award Winning Art Show Visits UTA

The Gallery at UTA has been the home to many exhibits over the years, with new art shows on display each month. Including the most recent show, “The Telling and the Told which premiered at the Houston Museum of African American Culture before travelling to UTA. The show includes over thirty watercolors that were painted David McGee’s, who recently received this year’s TFAA Artist Award for Excellence. Benito Huerta, the Director and Curator for the Gallery here at UTA, says the paintings offer a mystery behind their meaning, and that this allows the viewer to make their own interpretation of what the painting portrays. One of the University’s Artistry Minors, who works for the gallery, says she loves this particular art gallery because of the story the paintings tell, as well as the references they make to current culture. The Telling and the Told gallery will be open to the public through March 10.

By: Brandon Diaz

Powerlifting Could Be A Good “Fit” For You

Mavericks Powerlifting is one of the newest clubs here at UTA that began in the Fall of 2016. Whether you’re needing a workout partner, looking to receive personalized fitness tips, or just wanting to try a different style of exercising, the powerlifting club offers all of this and much more. Senior mechanical engineering major, and founder of the club, Andrew Hernandez created the club with hopes to get enough people to join, so that they can compete with other clubs in the area. This goal will be completed this march with 8 club members set to compete. Senior information systems major, and co-founder, Jessica Jimenez, says the club is for anyone who is looking to get stronger, and encourages everyone to consider joining. The powerlifting club trains every friday evening from 6-9 as they prepare for their next competition on March 18.

By: Brandon Diaz

The Maverick A Capella Choir Encourages Involvement

With so many extra curricular activities and organizations to join, the A Cappella family here at The University of Texas at Arlington encourages students to audition regardless of singing background.  Junior Music Education major, Ashley Dean, says one of the things she really enjoys about the organization is the care and concern that the members show toward one another. She expresses that the choir is not just a class, but more so a family. Cole Casey, also a Junior Music Education major, agrees that the family aspect of the A Capella choir is what helped him acclimate to college living. The choir sings under the direction of Dr. Kenaston-French, and says she’s an excellent conductor who has helped make a positive impact on their present, as well as their future.

By: Brandon Diaz

Mavs Tennis Has New Talent

After falling to Harvard in their season opener, The Men’s Tennis team has set high expectations as they continue through the early stages of their 2018 season. In week two, the Men’s Tennis Team won six of their seven matches against Seminole State. After the match, Junior finance major and returning player, Mauricio Del Rio, told us who he looks forward to beating this season. Junior Business Major, Abhishek Bastola, shared his experience in this weeks matches compared to week one. Assistant coaches, Pablo Colvee, and Luis Grangeiro stayed home with the men’s team while Head Coach, Diego Benitez traveled with the women’s team that afternoon. With both teams coming off of a victory in week two, it will be exciting to see how improve in week three.

By: Brandon Diaz

Movin’ Mavs make it to National Team

 

The Movin’ Mavs are looking to defend their championship title this season. With several players who also represent the U.S. on a national level, the future of the team looks promising. Both the Men and Women’s teams are preparing to play in their first home tournament in February against the Canadian national team and some of the top Community teams in the country, including several paralympians. Going into February both teams are ranked number one in the country in the National wheelchair basketball association Intercollegiate division.

By: Brandon Diaz