SUPA Alumni Chapter sponsors bus tour of Arlington and Fort Worth

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Dr. Paul Geisel (file photo)

Alumni, students and friends of the School of Urban and Public Affairs are invited to participate in a bus tour of Arlington and Fort Worth.

Dr. Paul Geisel, Professor Emeritus, will serve as tour guide in what is hailed as the School’s inaugural bus tour.  The theme of the tour is, “Transitions – Past, Present, and Future – Tour of Arlington & Fort Worth.”

According to the UT Arlington Alumni Association website, Geisel was chosen to host the tour because of his extensive knowledge of the cultures of established neighborhoods in Arlington and Fort Worth.  During the tour, he will discuss transitions that have, are, or will take place in these cities.

The tour is limited to 50 participants.  To register or to learn more about the location, time, and cost, visit

Wealth indicators and healthy cities

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

According to Brian Guenzel, Director of the Institute of Urban Studies, wealth is “one of the strongest social determinants for predicting health outcomes.”

In a story by Leslie Barker, staff writer for The Dallas Morning News, Guenzel discusses the role of wealth indicators in determining the health of cities.

The story, titled “With its trails, air quality, accessibility to grocery stores, Colleyville ranks high in health,” focuses on the City of Colleyville, Texas.

Photo courtesy City of Colleyville parks and recreation web page

According to the article, “Colleyville also has the distinction — taking into account such factors as fitness facilities and grocery stores per capita, miles of trails, air quality, lifetime cancer risk — of being named Healthiest Neighborhood through data analyzed by The Dallas Morning News.”

The full article can be accessed at Neighborsgo, a weekly community newspaper published by The Dallas Morning News.

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.