Welcome to Fall 2014!
This is an exciting time at The University of Texas at Arlington. UT Arlington has been recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the 6th fastest growing public research university in the United States. This might be the year in which our enrollment goes beyond 34,000! Princeton Review named UT Arlington one of the Best in the West in its 2014 Best Colleges and Universities by Region. And we are very proud of the achievements of College of Liberal Arts faculty, students, and alumni.
We began the Fall 2014 semester with MavsMeet Convocation. The College of Liberal Arts was prominently featured and I was tremendously proud to see our students and faculty perform and to hear the admiring comments from one and all. It’s very impressive not only how well our marching band performed but how quickly they reach this standard after such a short period of preparation. We also had the pleasure of hearing the alma mater sung by the UTA Choir select ensemble and the UT Arlington jazz ensemble had the students literally dancing in the aisles – unscripted rapture! And when President Karbhari gave examples of exceptional achievement by undergraduate students, he included our own Samantha Jones, an English major who won the Spring 2014 UT System Outstanding Student Award in Arts and Humanities for Creative Writing. It was a magnificent occasion and a wonderful way to enter the new academic year.
The UT System celebrated the 2014 Regents Outstanding Teaching Award winners: 57 of them across the UT System. Of the four faculty members from UT Arlington, three are in the College of Liberal Arts: Dr. Krystal Beamon (Assistant Professor of Sociology), Darryl Lauster (recently promoted to Associate Professor of Art) and Dr. Allan Saxe (Associate Professor of Political Science). In the second year of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Dr. Kenneth Roemer (Professor of English) joined not only Dr. David Silva (Professor of Linguistics & Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs), one of the inaugural class of Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards honorees in 2009 and one of the inaugural Fellows of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, but his own former doctoral student: Dr. Beth Brunk-Chavez, now an Associate Professor at UT El Paso. UT Arlington’s students — graduate and undergraduate, majors in Liberal Arts disciplines or majors in other fields — are fortunate to have the opportunity to study with these dedicated, creative, and excellent faculty members, and our faculty are fortunate to have the benefit of their expertise.
Because of our faculty expertise, new programs and curricular tracks are already drawing student interest. The Department of Modern Languages is now approved to offer a new bachelor’s degree in Spanish Translation and Interpreting. The Department of Theatre Arts has a new B.F.A. track in Musical Theatre.
Meanwhile our friends are providing support for our activities with exceptional generosity. Last year, the College of Liberal Arts received more than $1 million dollars to support student scholarships, faculty research and creative activity, and programmatic excellence. Their support recognizes the many achievements of the College of Liberal Arts – including yours!
Throughout the year we will continue to be in touch with you, and let you know some of the ways our faculty and our students are using their knowledge and their talents to have an impact in their discipline, their community, and around the world. For now, welcome to Fall 2014. I wish you a wonderful semester.
Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts