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 Planning Association hosting end-of-year party

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

The Student Planning Association is hosting a School of Urban and Public Affairs end-of-year party at Bowl & Barrel located at 8084 Park Ln., Suite 145, Dallas, TX 75231.

The event will take place May 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm.  For more information contact David Stark at

Come join the fun!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.