Letter to the Editor: How to help ATEC grads improve job prospects

It’s easy to help make ATEC a better experience for its undergraduate students: Just require a minor (18 credit hours) in the STEM field of their choice. The interests and abilities that UTD ATEC students have for animating and visualizing complex STEM processes are badly needed in NS&M, ECS and...

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ATEC dean addresses student petition

ATEC dean addresses student petition

Concerns raised include large class sizes, lack of job market for graduates A group of ATEC students created a petition raising concerns and complaints about their school. The group, called Concerned Students of ATEC, created a website and circulated the petition, calling attention to what it calls the “overall instability...

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New ATEC coffee bar attracts students

New ATEC coffee bar attracts students

At mid-morning on Thursday, ATEC is still fairly quiet. Suddenly, from under the big staircase, there comes a tiny puff of steam. A moment later, there’s a smooth click and a low hum. 20 seconds later, there’s the unmistakable scent of fresh espresso. The smells and sounds come from an...

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Community bookshelf comes to ATEC

Community bookshelf comes to ATEC

In an effort to make research more accessible to the UTD community, a group of ATEC professors helped establish a small zine community bookshelf on the first floor of the ATEC building. Kim Knight, the associate dean of graduate studies at UTD, spearheaded the community bookshelf, which was put up...

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Student art featured in exhibit

Student art featured in exhibit

A graduate student’s art is now on display at an exhibition in Frisco. Mixing mediums of electronic fragments, oil paint and acrylics, arts and technology graduate student Denise Lion created two separate pieces focusing on the vibrant color red with two very distinct inspirations. The first entry to Frisco’s Gallery...

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CentralTrak’s Last Show

CentralTrak’s Last Show

Home of UTD’s master’s of fine arts students for nine years, CentralTrak is permanently closing its living space to all current and future artists. The closure was announced in December 2016 when the landlord decided to terminate the lease. “This was the last show that ended on (June) 24 and...

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ATEC awaits degree reorganization

ATEC awaits degree reorganization

In a previous version of this article Todd Fechter’s name was misspelled, The Mercury regrets this error. The Edith O’Donnell School of Arts and Technology may undergo a restructuring of the school’s two degree programs. The proposed change would merge ATEC and EMAC and bring additional changes to the graduate...

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The Art Barn’s uncertain future

The Art Barn’s uncertain future

Correction: In a previous version of this story, Greg Metz’s title was misattributed. The Mercury regrets this error. Art students may soon have to seek alternative spaces to create, as the Art Barn faces an uncertain future. The space was threatened with closure for years, but student activists postponed it,...

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ATEC game library reopens

ATEC game library reopens

ATEC’s Games and Media Library, which closed for renovation last semester, reopened in February. The library has moved to a bigger room with new inventory and a redesigned space and purpose. “That room was so small and you get four or five people getting really into it, the noise traveled...

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Q&A: ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

Q&A: ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo

Q: What are your plans for the ATEC program as its first dean? When an opportunity like this comes up, which is pretty rare, it’s a real testimony to the boldness of UTD to start a new school. So the first year has been doing this kind of inventory of...

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