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UT Tyler Magazine, Fall 2011

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University Experiences Surge in Student Enrollment This Fall

UT Tyler has recorded a 29 percent increase in first-time undergraduate students and a 37 percent increase in graduate enrollment compared to last fall, President Rodney H. Mabry announced. Total preliminary headcount for this fall is 6,703 over fall 2010 figures of 6,446. The overall enrollment increase is 4 percent. “Students statewide and across the nation increasingly realize that UT Tyler is a top-flight institution that produces some of the best graduates anywhere,’’ said President Mabry. “I believe this increase, especially during these challenging economic times, attests to the fact that our academic programs are among the best and are very worthwhile investments for students.’’ In August, UT Tyler welcomed its inaugural cohort of students in its new Global Awareness Through Education program. Designed to enhance global knowledge and understanding of other cultures, the program attracted students from East Texas, Dallas and Houston areas as well as California, Louisiana, Brazil, Kenya, Mexico and the Philippines. UT Tyler also has implemented new academic programs, such as religion studies, and re-invigorated others, such as construction management. “Our objective is to offer programs that meet the needs of our students as well as industry – and we intend to provide our students the richest and highest quality educational experience possible,” President Mabry said.

School of Education Nationally Recognized by TEAC

UT Tyler’s teacher education program has been accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council through 2016. This is the first national accreditation for the program, which is regionally accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “TEAC accreditation further validates the quality of UT Tyler’s teacher education program, its comprehensive curriculum and the committed faculty,” said Dr. Kathy Morrison, UT Tyler School of Education director. “The accreditation notification was the culmination of much hard work and assures the public that the School of Education prepares competent, caring and qualified professional educators.” UT Tyler offers undergraduate teacher certification in four areas: early childhood through sixth grade, fourth through eighth grade, secondary and all-level. With a 99 percent pass rate on certification exams, UT Tyler education majors consistently outperform students from other universities. For information, visit www.uttyler.edu/education or contact Dr. Morrison (903.566.7016, kmorrison@uttyler.edu) or education adviser Gayle Ferrell (903.566.7022, glferrell@uttyler.edu

Fulbright Award Sends Nursing Student to Indonesia

UT Tyler doctoral nursing student Joan Edwards is in Indonesia as a Fulbright Scholar this year, participating in efforts to strengthen nurse education. She is working with faculty at five colleges of nursing on the island of Java to raise baccalaureate nursing education standards in accordance with World Health Organization Global Standards for Initial Education of Professional Nurses and Midwives. The project stems from 2010 meetings Edwards and her academic adviser, Dr. Beth Mastel-Smith, had with Indonesian faculty and a representative from the Indonesian Ministry of Health, supported in part by UT Tyler. “The doctoral program at UT Tyler and the knowledge I am acquiring has made a tremendous impact on what I’ll be able to accomplish with the Fulbright Award,” said Edwards, a resident of Kingwood. The Fulbright Award is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and designed to foster international research and collaboration.

Student-Researchers Awarded for Presentations

Lauren Thomas of Tyler and Kourtney Rachelle Neal of Mineola were top winners in UT Tyler’s campus-wide Student Research Poster Competition. Students who won internal research support for the 2010-11 academic year presented their findings in the competition. Thomas placed first in the undergraduate category for her poster titled “Mechanism of Fibroblast Proliferation by Pseudomonas Elastase.” Neal won first place in the graduate category for her poster, “Mechanism of Airway Inflammation in Bacterial Infection.” Other winners in the undergraduate category were biology majors Dominica Reese of Tyler, second place, and Chris Powell of Fort Worth, third place. In the graduate category, biology students Rebekah Chapman of Whitehouse and Katie Chamberlain of Iowa placed second and third place, respectively. Winners were given cash awards, with each first-place winner also receiving an all-expense paid trip to a domestic research conference of choice to present their work.

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