Fisch College of Pharmacy Officially Takes Shape
UT Tyler has established a much anticipated pharmacy school in East Texas. The Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, which will be housed in the W. T. Brookshire Pharmacy Building to be constructed on campus, was given final approval from the UT System Board of Regents.
Dr. Lane J. Brunner was named founding dean of the college and is leading the accreditation process with the goal of accepting the first class of students in fall 2015. He joins UT Tyler from the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy where he served as professor and Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences chair.
The college will be an innovative, self-sustaining program in which UT Tyler will partner with UT Health Northeast on research.
“This is truly an historic occasion, and a great addition for UT Tyler and the entire East Texas community,” said UT Tyler Provost Alisa White. “In addition to fulfilling a workforce need, the Fisch College of Pharmacy will grant East Texas students access to this field of study, whereas before they did not have any local or regional options and were forced to go out of state.”
The university received a gift from the Fisch Foundation to name the college for longtime UT Tyler friends Ben and Maytee Fisch. Brookshire Grocery Co., founded by W. T. Brookshire, gave the university a gift to name the building that will house the new college.
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University Enrollment Tops 7,500
UT Tyler celebrated a significant milestone in its history with an enrollment of 7,534 for fall 2013. The total headcount for this time last year was 6,875.
“This is a celebratory moment for UT Tyler,’’ President Rodney Mabry said. “We knew we were going to reach 7,000 this fall, but blowing right past that goal while also raising the quality of our students was very exciting.’’
The president added, “This 9 percent increase once again places us among the top one or two fastest growing universities in Texas. I am so proud of our faculty and staff who continue to make UT Tyler a special place for students to feel comfortable and be successful, while giving students one of the strongest educations available in our state.”
The increase in undergraduate enrollment is attributed to the expansion of programs on campus, special attention to quality teaching by faculty, higher retention rates and continuing success recruiting regionally in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas.
There also was a jump in graduate and international student enrollments.
The UT Tyler Graduate School is offering 111 online courses this fall, and enrollment for these courses has increased as students continue to take advantage of the flexibility they provide.
“The biggest factor in UT Tyler’s overall enrollment increase is the retention work of everyone on campus,’’ Mabry noted. “Initial data reflect students returning at a greater rate than seen in previous years. Students recognize something very special is happening at UT Tyler.”
Patriot Chemistry Grads Score High on National Test
UT Tyler chemistry graduates are ranked in the top 6 percent nationally for their critical knowledge and understanding of the field, scoring the highest in university history on the 2013 Education Testing Service Major Field Test for Chemistry.
The test is given to graduating chemistry seniors and used to assess and compare the program’s effectiveness to programs at similar institutions nationwide.
“The scores of these graduates are a strong testimony to the excellence of UT Tyler's chemistry program,’’ President Rodney Mabry said. “We are glad to have students here who demonstrate such high academic ability and such dedication to mastering difficult course material. This ranking speaks clearly about the commitment of our faculty to teach science material in ways that give students the best chance to understand and succeed.”
The UT Tyler Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers outstanding programs to prepare students for advanced studies and successful careers in industry, medicine, government, education and other fields. Each degree option is approved by the American Chemical Society, allowing graduates to become ACS-certified.
The university also boasts a 90 percent acceptance rate for graduates applying to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or other specialized professional programs.
Largest Grant in UT Tyler History Expands After-School Programs
The UT Tyler Ingenuity Center received an $11 million grant to expand after-school programs designed to improve student performance in middle schools. The five-year grant, awarded by the Texas Education Agency, surpasses the 2011 TEA grant as the largest in university history.
UT Tyler has administered programs funded by the first grant at Fruitvale Independent School District and Tyler ISD’s Boulter Engineering Prep, Dogan and Stewart middle schools. With this subsequent grant, the programs will expand to include Hogg, Hubbard and Moore middle schools in Tyler ISD, Chapel Hill Middle School, Winona ISD, Azleway Charter School and Azleway Charter School-Willow Bend.
The unique after-school projects, called University Academies, are designed to offer direct academic assistance and significant enrichment opportunities to disadvantaged middle school students – ultimately developing their levels of both college and career readiness.
“With this grant we are able to provide students with the opportunity to be involved in activities that many kids would never be able to be a part of otherwise,’’ said Ingenuity Center executive director Eli Crow. “Most importantly, we are able to set up programming that ensures students have a positive, hands-on experience with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities. This has been shown to increase student achievement in the math and science classroom.”
Sherman Leads College of Education and Psychology
Dr. Ross Sherman has been named dean of the UT Tyler College of Education and Psychology, after serving as interim since September 2012. As dean, Sherman oversees the university’s education and psychology programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“Dr. Sherman has done an outstanding job leading the College of Education and Psychology as interim dean, and his skill set and passion for the university make him an excellent choice,” said Dr. Alisa White, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
Sherman has served as professor and chair of the UT Tyler Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies since 1987. Before joining UT Tyler, he served the Alief Independent School District in Houston for seven years, first as an elementary teacher and later as principal.
He holds an Ed.D. in educational leadership and cultural studies from the University of Houston and elementary, mid-management and superintendent certifications from the Texas Education Agency.
Sherman’s awards and honors include 2013 Educator of the Year Award from the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration, 2011 Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award from the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities and the 2008-09 UT Tyler White Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
Patterson Honored as AD of the Year
Dr. Howard Patterson, UT Tyler vice president for student affairs and director of athletics, is a recipient of the prestigious Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award from The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
The award honors intercollegiate directors of athletics for their commitment and administrative excellence within a campus and/or college community environment. Twenty-eight athletics directors – four from each division – are honored annually.
Patterson has been instrumental in the rise and success of Patriots athletics, helping UT Tyler become a premier NCAA DIII program that has won 31 American Southwest Conference championships and two NCAA National championships (eligible in 2007) since 2005.
UT Tyler has also made 32 NCAA tournament appearances since 2007, including 17 individual appearances since 2008.
“I appreciate NACDA and Under Armour for this honor, however, it is simply a recognition of the outstanding coaching staff and support staff here at The University of Texas at Tyler,’’ Patterson said. “This award also speaks to the quality of student-athletes that have been a part of UT Tyler athletics since its inception in 2001.’’
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