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Student recognized for service and dedication

Post and photo by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

William Addington was awarded the Jeff Butler Award for Outstanding Student Congress Member for academic year 2012-2013. The award includes a $750 scholarship, a plaque, and a certificate that states the award is “in recognition of outstanding dedication to the students of The University of Texas at Arlington.”

Addington is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and a minor in Urban and Public Affairs with an emphasis in Urban Planning and the Environment from the School of Urban and Public Affairs. Dean Barbara Becker, along with the School’s faculty and Staff, congratulate Addington for his accomplishments.

Students recognized at academic excellence reception

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

At a reception hosted by Dean Barbara Becker of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, students were recognized for academic excellence. Students proudly display certificates of achievement at the reception held April 19, 2013 as part of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Academic Excellence Week festivities. (Photos courtesy of Troy West)

Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Sherman Wyman who retires with 41 years of service

Post and photo by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Drs. Wyman and Cole (left to right)

Dr. Sherman Wyman is retiring from the University of Texas at Arlington after 41 years of dedicated service to the University and the School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA).

At his retirement reception held April 16, 2013, Dr. Richard Cole spoke highly of Wyman and his contributions to both the School and the University.

Among the accomplishments noted were Wyman’s service as Director of the Institute of Urban Studies from 1972 to 1978 and later, as the Director of the Center for Economic Development, Research, and Services (CEDRAS).  Both the Institute and the Center provided research and services to cities throughout the state of Texas.

In addition, Wyman obtained federal funding to develop Public Administration and Management programs in the countries of Ukraine, Serbia, and Montenegro.  He also served as the Principle Investigator on a Department of Justice (DOJ) grant, Project Safe Neighborhoods: Reduction of Gun-related Violence in Target Neighborhoods in Dallas.

Dr. Wyman spoke very briefly thanking his many guests that included family members, SUPA faculty and staff, officials from various cities, alumni, and students.

Richard Cole honored by the Urban Affairs Association

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Dr. Richard Cole (file photo)

In a unanimous vote of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Governing Board, Dr. Richard Cole was inducted as a member of the UAA Service Honor Roll.

In a letter to Cole, the Governing Board noted that the award is well-deserved and stated, “On behalf of the many urbanists who have benefited from your work, and the future generations who will build upon its foundation, we offer our heartfelt gratitude.”

The letter went on to say, “The Urban Affairs Association has created the UAA Service Honor Roll to recognize those members who have contributed outstanding service over the years to the association.”

Cole, along with other honorees, will be recognized at the UAA conference to be held in San Francisco this April.

The association’s website states, “The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals.”

To learn more about the association, visit the UAA website.

Betsy Price to speak at School’s commencement ceremony

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson
Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth and a University of Texas at Arlington alumna, will speak at the School of Urban and Public Affairs commencement ceremony.
Price’s posted biography states, “Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th Mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Throughout her early tenure, Mayor Price has been focused on fiscal responsibility, creating a stronger economy through public/private partnerships, and strengthening our neighborhoods through her faith-based and citywide health engagement initiatives that are set to launch this spring.”
Approximately 380 students at the doctoral, master, and bachelor levels will hear the Mayor’s words of wisdom and they prepare to bridge from the world of academics to their chosen professions.
The joint commencement ceremony of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, the School of Social Work, and University Studies will held December 16 at the University’s College Park Center.

Dean Barbara Becker named Chair of the Planning Accreditation Board

Barbara Becker (file photo)

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

The School of Urban and Public Affairs is pleased to announce that its Dean, Barbara Becker, will serve as the chair of the Planning Accreditation Board for the next two years.

Dean Becker says she is honored to serve an organization that is so vital to both academic planning programs and to the planning profession as a whole. Board members are appointed by the Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning (academics) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (professionals).

“The board safeguards the quality of planning programs through the accreditation process,” said Dean Becker.

Dean Becker also served as Vice Chair for two years during her tenure on the Board, which began in 2008.  She says her time on the Board has been busy with writing and getting approval for new accreditation standards.

Welcome Bash photos

Last week, we welcomed all new and returning students to the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the Fall 2012 SUPA Welcome Bash. Thanks to the students, faculty and staff who joined us. Check out more photos on the SUPA Facebook page.

SUPA Welcome Bash

Welcome back School of Urban and Public Affairs students.

SUPA is hosting a Welcome Bash for all new and returning students on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meet us at the Library Mall for hamburgers and say hello to our faculty and your fellow students. You’ll even have a chance to win our drawing for SUPA T-shirts and other goodies.

UPDATED – CM credit courses at SUPA: Competitiveness and Prosperity in the Creative Economy

The School of Urban and Public Affairs and UT Arlington are teaming up with the Creative Class Group to offer a unique professional development course for alumni and students. The course will be presented by Steven Pedigo of the Creative Class Group. This course, taught in three modules, will provide the framework and tools necessary to evaluate community competitiveness and locational assets in a shifting economic landscape:

Module 1: Why Cities and Clusters Matter to Prosperity
O ct. 16, 4-7 p.m.

Module 2: 4-T’s of Creative Communities
Nov. 13, 4-7 p.m.

Module 3: Measuring and Benchmarking Communities
Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m.

View the course syllabus

Register now

Seating is limited. All modules will be held in the Planetarium (CPB 303).

Each module qualifies for three American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certificate maintenance credits.

Cost is $35 per module, or $90 for all three. Alumni who are members of the SUPA Alumni Chapter of the UT Arlington Alumni Association will receive $10 off their total.

Cost includes parking. Cash or checks will be accepted at the door if you pre-register. SUPA students, faculty and staff members can attend the course for free, but must pre-register.
This post was updated on 09/28/2012 to include new dates and details.

SUPA highlighted in UTA President’s Report 2011

President's Report 2011

If you spend any time on our campus, it’s easy to see—as President James Spaniolo puts it—that “UT Arlington’s star is on the rise.” To see our progress in print, check out the recent President’s Report 2011. The School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) is proud to be a part of that progress and we’re proud to be featured in the report.

The section of the report focused on “Cultivating Civic Engagement,” highlights the Institute of Urban Studies’ work with Texas communities. Here’s an excerpt from the report:

As SUPA’s applied research arm, the Institute of Urban Studies completes dozens of projects each year—from the state’s Panhandle northlands, south to the Gulf Coast, east to the Piney Woods, and west to Big Bend. Many are in urban and rural North Texas.

Led by graduate students, the projects include strengthening local economies through feasibility and corridor studies, economic development ideas, updates of parks and land-use plans, citizen/business surveys, and more.

In another section titled “Nurturing Brilliance with a Focus on Service,” Alumnus Doug Mayfield talks about his experience in SUPA’s sustainability master’s degree program. Here’s an excerpt:

“Coming from an architectural background, sustainability manifests itself in all aspects of the business,” Mayfield says. “Through the program, I gained insight into the importance of working with stakeholders to effect change, and I got a better idea of the importance of looking at the life cycle of a project as opposed to the urgency to solve an immediate need.”

Offered through the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center and in Dallas, the program teaches students to understand and measure the social, environmental, and financial components related to sustainability. This brings the big picture of sustainability into sharper focus for the program’s graduates.

Read the entire President’s Report 2011 here.