Speaker Date Topic
Coach Krista Gerlich Sep 26, 2019
UTA Women's Basketball Coach
District Governor Peter Scott Oct 03, 2019
District 5790 Updates
Coach Chris Ogden Oct 10, 2019
UTA Men's Basketball
UTA Men's Basketball

CHRIS OGDEN BIO

UT ARLINGTON HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

A new era of UT Arlington men’s basketball began on Apr. 6, 2018, with the appointment of former Big 12 and Southeastern Conference assistant Chris Ogden as the eighth head coach in program history.

In his first season leading UTA in 2018-19, Ogden was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year after guiding a team predicted to finish 2nd-to-last in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll to a 2nd-place finish in the regular-season standings and a berth in the Sun Belt Tournament Championship Game.

In addition to his SBC Coach of the Year honor, Ogden was named the 2018-19 National Association of Basketball Coaches District 24 Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award – presented annually to the nation’s top mid-major coach – and also the Joe B. Hall Award – given annually to the top first-year head coach in Division I.

The Mavericks posted a 17-16 overall record in Ogden’s first year at the helm, and finished tied for 2nd in the SBC with a 12-6 league record. That nine-spot improvement from preseason to final regular-season finish was tied for the best in the nation along with Siena, which was picked 11th in the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) and finished in a four-way tie for 2nd.

After playing the 7th-hardest non-conference schedule in the nation, UTA came out of its non-league docket 4-9 and then dropped its first two SBC games at home to fall to 4-11 on the year. However, behind Ogden’s leadership, the Mavs finished above .500 – believed be to one of only a few teams in the nation to conclude with a winning record after being at least seven games below .500.

Entering 2018-19, UTA returned just 3.2 percent of its scoring – the fewest by any D-I team in the nation. The Mavs had just 87 of 2,640 points back from its 2017-18 roster, including just one scholarship player in DJ Bryant. UTA lost its top-9 scorers (eight seniors; one transfer) from 2017-18, but Ogden molded together a group of newcomers – of which UTA had 12 at the start of the year, the 3rd-most in the country – as 97.2 percent (2,219 of 2,284) of the Mavs’ points in 2018-19 came from players who didn’t suit up for UTA the year prior.

In conference games, UTA led the SBC in field-goal percentage defense (.409), rebounds per game (38.4) and rebound margin (+3.8); the Mavs finished 2nd in points per game allowed (69), free-throw percentage (.752), scoring margin (+4.1) and assists per game (14.6).

The rebounding numbers might be most impressive stats of all as, according to KenPom, UTA was the smallest team in the country in 2018-19 with an average height of just 74.5 inches (6-foot-2). The Mavs had only two players who stood taller than 6-5 on their 14-man roster, and were the only team in the league that didn’t have a single player average more than 30 minutes, and just two who averaged more than 25.

 

Det. Elisha Bradford, APD Oct 31, 2019
Crimes Against Children
Jim Reeves, Sports Writer Nov 14, 2019
Dallas Cowboys: Legends of America's Team
Dallas Cowboys:  Legends of America's Team

Jim Reeves retired in 2009 after 40 years as an award-winning sports columnist/baseball writer at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

 Reeves is an honorary media member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and a four-time finalist for the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, which includes enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

 He has been honored six times as Texas sports writer of the year and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1987. Jim was presented the TCU Schieffer School of Journalism National Ethics Award in 2007, the first and only sportswriter to ever receive that honor.

His first book, Dallas Cowboys: The Legends of America’s Team, was published in 2016 and is in its sixth printing.

 Avid animal rights activists, Jim and his wife Karen live in Dalworthington Gardens with granddaughter Brianna, two dogs and four cats (all rescue animals). Jim is also on the board of directors for Arlington Urban Ministries.

 

Arlington High School Show Choir Dec 12, 2019
Holiday Music
Dr. Adrian Parr Jan 16, 2020
Design and Public Interest
Design and Public Interest

Dr. Adrian Parr is the Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington. Parr is the UNESCO Chair on Water and Human Settlements. She joined UTA after serving as the Director of the Taft Research Center for Humanities and Chair of Taft Faculty at the University of Cincinnati, where she was also a tenured Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Architecture and Interior Design. Prior to her appointment at the University of Cincinnati she was a faculty member at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Parr is a trans-disciplinary scholar working at the intersection of architecture criticism, aesthetics, political theory, and environmental studies. She has published eight books, the most recent being a trilogy on environmental politics and sustainability culture: Birth of A New Earth (Columbia University Press, 2017), The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics(Columbia UP, 2012), and Hijacking Sustainability (MIT Press, 2009). She has been interviewed by the New York Times for her views on climate change and has published articles on culture and politics for the LA Review of Books, The World Financial Review, and The European Magazine.

Parr is the producer, writer, and director (with Sean Hughes) of the award-winning documentary The Intimate Realities of Water. The film chronicles the complex relationship between water, development, poverty, gender, and public interest design in the slums of Nairobi. It was shortlisted for Best Documentary at the Paris Art Movie Awards and then went on to win twelve awards including Best Cultural Feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, Best Picture and Best Woman Film Maker at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, among others. The film was featured at the 50th Anniversary of Water at UNESCO celebrations in Paris and the UN Paris Climate Talks (COP21).

Parr received her Ph.D. in visual culture and philosophy from Monash University in Australia. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy from Deakin University in Australia.