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.
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.
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 https://www.uta.edu/php-lib/machform/view.php?id=558.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The School of Urban and Public Affairs is excited to have two new faculty members joining us this semester:
David Arditi, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Before joining UT Arlington, David Arditi earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University in Cultural Studies. At GMU, Arditi taught classes on interdisciplinary studies, globalization and cultural studies. His dissertation explores the condition of the music industry during the transition to digital music production and demonstrates that contrary to the recording industry’s stated position that digital music has harmed the industry, major record labels are in a stronger position today as a result of this digital transformation. Furthermore, it shows that the music industry led this transformation rather than reacting to it. Broadly speaking, Arditi’s research lies at the intersection of cultural studies, media studies and political theory.
Dr. Arditi will teach INTS 4301 – Interdisciplinary Research Process this semester.
Yekang Ko, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning
Before joining UT Arlington, Ye Kang Ko received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. At Cal, Ko worked at the Center for Metropolitan Studies and taught courses in GIS and environmental planning. Ko’s research focuses on quantitative assessment of urban sustainability using spatial analysis. Her research and teaching support the long-term resilience of built environments that minimize energy consumption and maximize on-site renewable energy utilization. She is also interested in international planning in the Asia-Pacific region. Her works are based on environmental planning, science, policy and active collaboration with local governments and NGOs.
Dr. Ko’s dissertation research on energy efficient solar cities classifies the energy performance of neighborhoods and as a spin off this research, she has recently submitted an revised article to the Journal of Planning Literature that reviews design principles and research findings related to urban form and energy use. She has also submitted to the Journal of the American Planning Association the article entitled “Solar Sprawl Versus Compact Neighborhoods: Assessing an Optimum Urban Density for Energy Sustainability,” coauthored with K. Jang, D.J. Radke, and R. Cervero.
Dr. Ko will teach CIRP 5327 – Introduction to Green Cities and Transportation this semester.
Great news! The School of Urban and Public Affairs’ Master of Public Administration program has earned full reaccreditation through 2018 from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
The accreditation comes after a rigorous one-year peer review process which included an internal review report, a site visit from appointed faculty from other programs, and an external review by the association. The MPA program at UTA is one of just 162 schools recognized with accreditation from NASPAA.
“Accreditation tells our students that they are in a high quality program as well as strengthens the resumes of our alumni,” said David Coursey, director of SUPA’s MPA program.
Learn more about NASPAA and the accreditation process at www.naspaa.org.