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Archive for March, 2010

Liz Carpenter & UTA Library Friends

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The news this morning reports the death of Texas legend Liz Carpenter, aged 89.

Carpenter was born in Salado and is first cousin to Malcolm McLean, whose collection of papers were edited and published as one of the few imprints Liz Carpenter, right, signed books while Gerald Saxon, library archivist, looked on. October 30, 1987.put out by the short-lived “University of Texas at Arlington Press.” McClean is a scholar whose bailiwick is the early history of Texas, in particular the Robertson Colony, that his family (including Liz) is descended from. (Editors Note: I was friends with his sister, Gladyne McLean Reed, when I worked at the weekly paper the Belton Journal, and when I moved north and started school here at UTA in the mid 1990s I came up to Special Collections to see what those papers looked like. The bound set is on display in the entrance to SpCo.)

Carpenter was the speaker at the first Friends of the Library meeting, October 30, 1987. This photo shows Carpenter, left, with a very youthful Gerald Saxon, library archivist, at that meeting. Click the photo for a larger view of the image. Photographer unknown, in the public domain. Creative Commons license – attribution.

Malcolm McLean finding aid (scroll down).

National Public Radio story (dated March 22, 2010).

Liz Carpenter worked for the Austin American Statesman before working for LBJ and Lady Bird.

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March 22nd, 2010 at 12:56 pm

UTA African American Faculty & Staff Assn.

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nullThe UTA African-American Faculty and Staff Association presents the African-American Issues Forum – Violence in the African-American Community

On March 11, 2010, in the E. H. Hereford University Center, Palo Pinto Room, 6pm, present Ms. Joy Strickland, President and CEO, Dallas Mothers Against Teen Violence.

Ms. Strickland grew up in Dallas and attended Lincoln High School and the University of Texas, Austin. After a successful career in corporate America she returned to the neighborhood in which she grew up to raise two sons. In the summer of 1993 tragedy struck. Her oldest son Chris was home for the summer from Morehouse College and was killed in a random act of violence during a carjacking. Out of this personal tragedy Ms. Strickland organized Mothers Against Teen Violence (MATV), an organization that works to prevent violence among young people and that serves as a support network for other parents and young people dealing with violence in our community. She has won numerous awards for her work. She will come to UT Arlington to discuss the causes of violence in our community and how we can begin to address them.

All programs are open to students, faculty and staff and will be followed by a reception hosted by the members of the African-American Faculty and Staff Association. For more information or if you need special accommodations to fully participate in these programs/events, please contact Dr. Marvin Dulaney at 272-9068 or Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodations.

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March 9th, 2010 at 11:28 pm