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Dr. Audirac addresses impact of shrinking cities at international conference

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Photo courtesy Ivonne Audirac

Dr. Ivonne Audirac was an invited discussant at a roundtable that addressed ‘The Global Challenge of Shrinking Cities’ as part of the Cities Regrowing Smaller conference held recently in Essen, Germany.

The European Cooperation for Science and Technology website states, “To deal with the results of demographic, economic and physical contraction processes and to plan for the future of considerably smaller but nevertheless livable cities accordingly is one of the most challenging tasks in the near future.”

The site notes the purpose of the conference was to, “bring together experts from different arenas to share their knowledge on the shrinking cities process and to discuss possible approaches to deal with shrinkage.”

PUAD student advances in law enforcement career

by Sara Abraham-Oxford

Christopher Cook, a student in SUPA’s Public and Urban Administration Ph.D. program, was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant in the Arlington Police Department. Lieutenant Cook serves as supervisor of the department’s Office of Communication/Media Unit.

Photo by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Cook enrolled in the PUAD program following discussions with others in law enforcement, including Dr. Theron Bowman, a SUPA Distinguished Alumnus who was Arlington Police Chief at the time. “Networking outside of law enforcement is very important as you go higher in your profession,” Cook said. “The diversity of the program really broadens one’s horizons.”

Discussing his experience with the PUAD program, Cook noted that it has enhanced his approach at work. “Decision-making becomes less arbitrary and more of a process where you give more thought to the consequences of your decisions.” He also expressed appreciation for the size of classes at the graduate level, which were small enough to allow him to build valuable relationships with fellow students and faculty.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Cook!

SUPA doctoral student receives award/earns MSS degree at Army War College graduation

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Photo courtesy of LTC Lloyd

Lieutenant Colonel Earnest R. Lloyd, was awarded the Lieutenant General Thomas J. Plewes Reserve Components National Security Strategy Writing Award given for excellent writing by a reservist on Reserve Component issues for his paper titled Stability Operations, Civil Information Management and Spatial Decision Support Systems.

According to Lloyd, a doctoral student in the Urban Planning and Public Policy Program in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, the award is sponsored by the Reserve Officers Association and focuses on the role of the Reserve Component in support of national military strategy.

In a written statement, Lloyd said his paper, “examined the difficulties of information management and analysis during Stability Operations (e.g.: Peacekeeping, Humanitarian Assistance, Reconstruction) and the potential application of Urban Planning and Economic techniques in mitigating those problems.”

LTC Earnest R. Lloyd receiving diploma

Lloyd received the award at the United States Army War College graduation ceremony this July where he also received his diploma for completing the Master of Strategic Studies Degree.

Lloyd says the United States Army War College’s senior level program “is designed to enable its graduates to successfully function at the strategic level of leadership.” He was one of 348 graduates of the United States Army War College Class of 2013 distance education program.

LTC Earnest Lloyd with Dean Barbara Becker

Lloyd notes that the curricula includes: strategic thinking (critical, creative, systems, ethical, historical); strategic leadership (leading and managing organizational change within volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments); Defense Department Organization and Processes (including capabilities development/integration, programming/budgeting execution, and defense system acquisition); national security policy and strategy; theater strategy and campaigning; and working within Multiservice, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational environments.

Barbara Becker, Dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, attended the graduation ceremony.  She, along the faculty and staff of the School, congratulates Earnest on his accomplishments.

Dr. Donna Akers named Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Program

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Photo by Sara Abraham-Oxford

Dr. Donna Akers joins SUPA as Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (INTS) in the School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Akers research interests include Native American history and studies; Native American Women; Race, Gender, and Ethnicity; Indigenous Peoples of the World; Comparative Colonialism; and Indigenous Decolonization.

She comes to SUPA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she held an Assistant Professor position. Her experience also includes an Assistant Professorship at Purdue University and Program Director, Native American Studies Program, at California State University-Northridge.

Dr. Ko researches effects of shade trees on building performance in Sacramento

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Photo Credit: Sacramento Tree Foundation website

Through a project titled Monitoring and Modeling Tree Growth, Longevity and Performance, Dr. Yekang Ko states she, “will examine the effects of shade trees on building energy performance in Sacramento, CA.”

According to Ko, the prime sponsor of the study is the United States Forest Service.

“Using field surveys and remote sensing technologies,” Ko said she will “conduct time series analysis to document changes in tree survival, growth, and energy performance for a sample of Sacramento shade trees planted by Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) around 254 residences from 1991-1993.”

She goes on to say, “This database will be used with the building energy model to calculate effects of each Sacramento Shade Program tree on respective building energy performance over the 20-year period. The long-term effectiveness of different species and locations will be assessed.”

Ko is a professor in the City and Regional Planning Program in the School of Urban and Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington.

SUPA team participates in The Blazing Race

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Team SUPA!

The School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) was represented by eight staff members in The Blazing Race sponsored by the University’s Wellness Committee.  All eight team members finished the low impact course that covered approximately 1.4 miles around the campus.

The SUPA team included Karolyn Field, Joanne Lovito-Nelson, Sara Abraham-Oxford, Marjorie Dick, Christa Barreras, Eryn Townsend, Maricia Johnson, and Stacia Gulley.

The Blazing Race is just one of the many wellness events offered annually.  A visit to the Wellness Programs webpage provides more information on the Wellness Committee and sponsored wellness activities.

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.