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Tuesday February 21, 2012

Volume 93, No. 79

Since 1919 NURSING

College to use grant for diversity New $419,000 grant focuses on recruiting more minority students to Ph.D. program. BY ERICA TERRELL The Shorthorn staff

The College of Nursing will use a new $419,000 grant to gear the nursing Ph.D. program toward preparing nurses to serve culturally diverse



patients, said Nursing assistant dean Jennifer Gray. Gray said in the nursing curriculum, there is an inadequate number of minority nurses. She said the proportion of nurses that represent a minority is much smaller than what patients reflect. “So, one of the national goals is to have the nursing group more comparably represent the population that we

BY BRANDON GRAY The Shorthorn senior staff

A basketball court filled with hundreds of representatives from various companies can be overwhelming for job-seeking students and alumni, Career Center consultant Nikki Dickens said. But this is an opportunity for students to market themselves, she said. JOB FAIR “Going to the job When: 10 a.m. - 3 fair gives you a chance p.m. Wednesday to sell yourself in a way Where: Maverick you can’t in an online Activities Center application,” she said. The Career Center staff held the workshop “Job Fair Survival: 101” Monday in the Maverick Activities Center. The event was held in

NIKKI DICKENS, Career Center consultant

good n e v a H atio c i n u c o m m — w r i t te n skills verbal. and Dickens gave students five skills to take with them throughout their career.

CAREER continues on page 5


“I was very pleased to receive a grant to do work that is a continuation. The bureau recognizes the significance of work that you’ve already done and want to help you continue your goal,” she said. Gray said the grant will be used to recruit prospective students, continue to provide programs that will benefit students, such as an already existing mentor program, and bring in experts

Workshop prepares students for job fair

Advisers suggest students dress professionally and place their name tag in the correct place.

Be flexible and adaptable.

are caring for — with the idea that the care we provide will be more culturally appropriate,” she said. The college applied for the grant through the Bureau of Health Professions. One of the bureau’s goals is also to increase the diversity of the nursing profession. The college has received two of these grants in the past. This grant came from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


erospace engineering senior Jeremiah Sanders said establishing good relationships at the job can lead to positive outcomes. “If you can’t be flexible, how can you find a job? It really depends on the company. A lot of companies have different shifts,” he said. “You want to make the employer happy. You are working for them. You have to be able to do what they want you to do. A good relationship with your employer can lead to a promotion.”

iology sophomore Carly Swinger said a good work ethic will help balance the office environment. “I work at a job where there is a bunch of shifts that need filling,” she said. “And when you are with people with no work ethic, the work-load is piled onto a few people. Work ethic helps everyone in the long run, but if every one has it, then it splits it up equally.”



riminal justice sophomore Greg Davis said communication is a part of the everyday work environment. “I think communication skills are extremely important,” he said. “It helps the job run smoother. It helps teamwork and performing tasks.”

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erospace engineering freshman Isaac Contreras said he thinks interpersonal skills are something everyone should have. “If you don’t have interpersonal skills, you won’t get along with your co-workers very well,” he said. “You need to get along with coworkers, so you can work efficiently.”

lectrical engineering sophomore Marin Smolcic said a lack of initiative can make employers think employees don’t care about their jobs. “I work as a highschool tutor. Sometimes the students don’t listen, and they won’t apply themselves,” he said. “I have to show initiative by having them do their work and get them involved because this is important for college.”

to provide training in research and career development. The grant focuses on recruiting more minority students to the nursing Ph.D. program. It will help provide training to all nursing Ph.D. students to learn how to care for culturally diverse patients.

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Chief presents updated design New plan for natural gas well preparedness and response is to keep up with increases. BY KRISTA M. TORRALVA The Shorthorn senior staff

Arlington Fire chief Don Crowson will present his updated natural gas well preparedness and response plan to the city council during its afternoon meeting on Tuesday. The plan is designed to keep up with the city’s rapid increase in gas wells, Crowson said. The city has gone from 12 to 326 gas wells in five years. City officials expect to have 340 by April. UTA has an additional 22 gas wells on its property. Those wells are not included in the plan, but the response team would respond to GAS WELL a gas well emergency at PREPAREDNESS UTA, CrowWhat: City council son said. meeting The plan When: 2 p.m. is the prodtoday uct of a Where: City year’s worth council briefing of the fire room, Arlington department City Hall investigating and working with the natural gas well industry, Crowson said. A preparedness program manager, one security and safety inspector and six response specialist firefighters will be hired under the proposed plan. The plan will cost an estimated $800,000 annually. Response teams will be added to fire stations one and GAS continues on page 5


Courtesy: Eric Moraw

A circle of dead birds was reported at 6:24 a.m. Monday on the north Cooper Street bridge. UTA Police say it is unclear whether the birds were displayed as a prank or were part of a religious ceremony.



Student reports dead birds arranged on bridge

College starts off week of festivities

A student reported an unusual suspicious circumstance on the north Cooper Street bridge to UTA police at 6:24 a.m. Monday, assistant police chief Rick Gomez said. Sixteen dead birds were arranged in a circle with two additional birds in the middle. The cause of death was not apparent, but one looked like its head may have been stepped on, Gomez said. Police do not know why the birds were left that way or who may have done it. “It could have been a prank or they could have been used as some kind of religious ritual. We’re just guessing right now,” Gomez said. The birds were cleared from the scene. — Krista M. Torralva

Attendees watch robot demonstrations and crown new Mr. and Ms. Engineer. BY TRA NGUYEN The Shorthorn staff

Seven billion people. Seven billion dreams. Seven billion chances for engineers to turn dreams into reality. This is the theme for National Engineering Week and UTA’s Engineering Week. The theme describes the world’s population, which is reaching seven billion. ENGINEER continues on page 3

ENGINEERING WEEK TUESDAY Student Organizations Displays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nedderman Hall atrium. Free. Sponsored by College of Engineering. Contact Tracey Kocher at 817-272-3679 or IIE Joint DFW/Student Chapter meeting: 6 p.m. Nedderman Hall Room 100. Free. Sponsored by College of Engineering. Contact Tracey Kocher at 817-272-3679 or Calendar continues on page 3