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Campers experience college life

Story and photo by Sara Abraham-Oxford

INTS Summer Camp

Camp attendees with Dunbar High School Teacher Cameron C. Sandler (left) and INTS Advisors LaKalya Cooper and Carolyn Gist (right).

Fourteen high school students from the Fort Worth ISD participated in an Interdisciplinary Studies Mavs Summer Camp hosted by the School last week. The three-day camp included sessions with INTS Director Dr. Donna Akers and INTS faculty, a community involvement presentation led by Fort Worth Deputy Mayor MaryAnn Means, a Planning for Action session led by Institute for Urban Studies Director Brian Guenzel, and a visit to the campus Community Garden.

Campers also learned about financial aid and the study abroad program and took a campus tour. Rounding out the students’ simulated college experience were a stay in KC Hall, meals at the Connection Café in the University Center, and recreational sports at the Maverick Activities Center. INTS Academic Advisors LaKayla Cooper and Carolyn Gist kept the campers on track during all of the activities.

See more photos from the camp.

Workshop immerses students in spatial analysis

Story and photo by Sara Abraham-Oxford

Dr. Treviño (standing) works with students during the workshop.

Students and staff attended the Spatial Analysis Workshop hosted by the School last week. Dr. Jesús Treviño, an Urban Planning and Public Policy (UPPP) alumnus and professor at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico, led the workshop.

The workshop was “really useful for academic research although it was quite heavy material for three days,” said Kukhyoung Kim, a UPPP student. She noted that an especially useful feature of the workshop was access to some of Treviño’s research databases along with step-by-step instructions on conducting spatial analysis on them. Kim added that the workshop’s focus on combining spatial and non-spatial data required some statistical knowledge in addition to using geographic information systems (GIS).

Dr. Jesus Trevino to lead GIS Workshop

This workshop is for UTA students, faculty and staff, and SUPA alumni:

GIS Workshop_July 2014

Spring graduates advance to alumni status

SUPA Commencement Spring 2014

SUPA’s spring commencement ceremony was held May 9 at the UTA’s College Park Center. The ceremony included hooding for doctoral candidates on stage. Program directors Dr. David Coursey, Dr. Ard Anjomani and Dr. Rod Hissong hooded the School’s masters candidates before the ceremony.

Dean Barbara Becker, the faculty and staff congratulate these graduates and welcome them as SUPA alumni.
View photos and video of the School’s commencement ceremony.

Jason Roberts shares insights on The Better Block Project

Fall Bus Tour Destination: Downtown Dallas

The SUPA Alumni Chapter and Dean Barbara Becker invite you to be a part of SUPA’s Fall Bus Tour of downtown Dallas.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul Geisel will serve as guide through neighborhoods such as West Dallas, The Cedars, Lakewood, Oak Cliff and more.
JOIN US on November 9, 2013
MEETING POINTS/TIMES (Jump on the bus at one of two meeting points)

  • Dan Dipert Welcome Center, UTA (Departs 9:30am, returns 2:30pm)
  • Dallas Housing Authority (Departs 10am, returns 2:00pm)
COST is $55 (Lunch included at a hidden gem)
  • Tour is open to anyone age 12 or older
  • Limited seating available
REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Monday, November 4, 2013

SUPA alumnus conducts spatial analysis workshop

Post and photo by Sara Abraham Oxford

Treviño (pictured left) provides instruction to workshop attendees

Dr. Jesús Treviño, an alumnus of the School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA), led a Spatial Analysis Workshop at SUPA earlier this summer. Students, staff and faculty participated in the workshop, which provided an overview of Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA), geovisualization and spatial statistics.

Treviño is a professor at the School of Architecture at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico and a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers. Interestingly, he was the first graduate of the Urban Planning and Public Policy (UPPP) Ph.D. program at SUPA when he earned his degree in 2006.

Recalling his time at SUPA, Treviño said the UPPP program “was a great chance to put together experiences from my twenty years of teaching and research” and utilize his social science background in economics. He added that he especially appreciated the feedback he received from the faculty during his studies.

SUPA Alumni Chapter sponsors bus tour of Arlington and Fort Worth

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Dr. Paul Geisel (file photo)

Alumni, students and friends of the School of Urban and Public Affairs are invited to participate in a bus tour of Arlington and Fort Worth.

Dr. Paul Geisel, Professor Emeritus, will serve as tour guide in what is hailed as the School’s inaugural bus tour.  The theme of the tour is, “Transitions – Past, Present, and Future – Tour of Arlington & Fort Worth.”

According to the UT Arlington Alumni Association website, Geisel was chosen to host the tour because of his extensive knowledge of the cultures of established neighborhoods in Arlington and Fort Worth.  During the tour, he will discuss transitions that have, are, or will take place in these cities.

The tour is limited to 50 participants.  To register or to learn more about the location, time, and cost, visit

Arlington’s Mayor addresses leadership qualities with University students

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Dr. Robert Cluck, Mayor of Arlington, Texas, spoke to students at the University of Texas at Arlington at a forum hosted by The Interdisciplinary Studies National Leadership Organizations (INLO). Cluck’s presentation on leadership took place on April 17, 2013 as part of a Leadership Series hosted by INLO, which is the student organization associated with the Interdisciplinary Studies Program in the School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Read more about Cluck’s presentation in the article printed in the Shorthorn, the University’s student-run newspaper.

Photo courtesy of the City of Arlington, Texas website.

Solar Energy: Answers for Those Who Don’t Even Know What to Ask

Photo courtesy of Dan Lepinski

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Dan Lepinski’s solar-powered shuttle trailer will make an appearance at The University of Texas at Arlington on Monday, February 18, 2013.

According to Lepinski’s 2010 photo essay, the solar shuttle is “a portable renewable energy resource providing solar electricity for events, education, and continuing power for first responders in times of emergency.”

The event, hosted by Dr. Yekang Ko and the School of Urban and Public Affairs, will include a presentation by Lepinski on solar power and the urban environment beginning at 3;00 pm in University Hall, room 104. The shuttle “tour will take place in lot F10, just south of University Hall, immediately following Lepinski’s presentation.

Both locations are indicated on the MAP with University Hall (UH) circled in red.

Photo Courtesy of Dan Lepinski

Lepinski’s biography states in part, “Dan Lepinski is a true pioneer in the solar energy industry. Dan has been professionally involved in solar energy for more than 41 years; the last 12 as Senior Engineer at Exeltech (“Exeltech Solar Products”) in Fort Worth, Texas. Exeltech Solar Products manufacturers inverters for grid-tied solar energy applications.”

It goes on to say that “Dan was honored in 2011 by the State of Texas and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association with a Special Achievement Award for Excellence and Accomplishments in the field of Solar Energy.”

While the event is FREE and OPEN to all UT Arlington students, faculty, and staff, reservations are required to ensure adequate seating.

Please register at