From the Dean: Students, Faculty Shine Bright

Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts
Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts

Welcome to Spring 2014!

We’re very glad you’re here. I hope that you had a wonderful holiday/break/change of pace, and that you’ve returned eager to begin a new semester.

In December, more than 600 students crossed the stage at our College Park Center commencement ceremony. It’s a thrilling event – an arena that seats 7,000, filled with people who cheer as students achieve their academic dream. During that ceremony there were two historic “firsts”: the graduation of the first student with a minor in African American studies (he earned a degree in History) and the graduation of the first students with B.A. degrees in Critical Languages and Area Global Studies from the Department of Modern Languages.

Our faculty members continue to win international renown. Dr. Mary Vaccaro (Professor of Art History) learned that she was selected to be a Visiting Professor at Villa I Tatti-The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers is in Australia, carrying out her duties as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Political Science. Students in art who were in the top three teams for a competition organized by the International Corrugated Paper Foundation will compete next month in “the best of the best.” The Department of Music’s A Cappella Choir will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association annual convention, which draws approximately 25,000 attendees. We’re delighted – but not surprised – that the exceptional quality of our faculty and student research scholarship and creative activity is being recognized and applauded.

On our campus, the Center for African American Studies hosted a very successful event in December with four authors who are faculty in the College of Liberal Arts: Dr. Dorothy Kalanzi (Sociology & Anthropology), Dr. Marvin Dulaney (History), Dr. Alusine Jalloh (History), and Dr. Krystal Beamon (Sociology & Anthropology). The Pre-Law Center received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to support an internship class that directs their service at legal clinics for Legal Aid. UT Arlington students will provide information on their legal aid experience to high school students in Arlington who are considering careers connected to the law. The pre-law outreach will generate more than 600 hours of volunteer service to Legal Aid and also will facilitate programs on legal careers for the AVID students in the Arlington ISD.

These are only some of the ongoing activities that are taking place on our campus. I hope that these faculty members and students inspire you as you begin what I am certain will be an exciting semester. Welcome to Spring 2014!

Beth Wright
Dean of Liberal Arts

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