Speaker Date Topic
Steven Morris Aug 22, 2019
Theatre Arlington
Theatre Arlington

On June 8, 2018, Morris, retired theatre director of 27 years at Arlington’s Lamar High School, joined Theatre Arlington as Executive Producer. Morris, who earned his B.A. in Communications from University of Texas at Arlington, an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Houston and is also the namesake of the Steven D. Morris Auditorium at Lamar, has brought his own unique talents and gifts to Theatre Arlington. He is, of course, no stranger to the local theater scene, having been associated with Theatre Arlington in one way or another since 1977. At 16, he began ushering shows at the Theatre so he could see the productions for free and earn Thespian points for school. In 1981, he auditioned and was cast as Hero in his first show at Theatre Arlington, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in the old Division Street church building. He enjoyed it so much, he kept coming back. In 1984, he became the Theatre’s first Director of Children’s Theater,” co-writing original musicals with his friend, Don Powers, because he was disappointed by the lack of quality material for youth programming. In fact, one of his early creations, Winnie the Pooh, is a part of our Main Street stage during the 2019-2020 season, entertaining a new generation of theatergoers. Morris, who has now directed, acted in or written more than 60 shows at Theatre Arlington, is thrilled about his new chapter, or rather Act, at the Theatre. “I have loved Theatre Arlington for over 40 years, and I am honored to be able to serve in this capacity,” says Morris. “I am thrilled to work with this wonderful Board of Directors, the amazing theatre guild and the incredible staff to continue to build a superior quality theatre and educational programing for our community.” Morris is also very active with his church Unity of Arlington and enjoys his volunteer work with Samaritan House. He is blessed by great love in his life from his family, friends and his canine companions Elvis and Reba. Be sure to follow Steve on twitter, although he rarely posts and is not that interesting. @thefamousmorris

















Sen. Beverly Powell Aug 29, 2019
Legislative Update
Legislative Update

Senator Beverly Powell, a lifelong resident of North Texas and a determined advocate for public education, has spent four decades as a successful real estate professional. Throughout her career, Beverly Powell has been instrumental in the development of successful commercial and residential projects across Tarrant and Johnson counties. A graduate of Burleson public schools and the daughter of a Texas history teacher, Beverly developed a passion for education very early. A non-traditional student and single mother, she went back to college, graduating cum laude from her parents' alma mater, Texas Wesleyan University, where she also earned an MBA. Beverly’s belief in the power of education and her passion for the Texas Wesleyan commitment to non-traditional students earned her a position on the school’s Board of Trustees, where she continues to serve today. Beverly served her community as a trustee for the Burleson Independent School District from 2007 to 2017. Her motivation to broaden the public education experience was the reason her colleagues elected her to two terms as President. Beverly is proud to serve Senate District 10 in Tarrant County and will continue to fight for a vibrant economic environment and access to educational opportunities for all Texans.

Kaitlin Guthrow Sep 05, 2019
Community Foundation
Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, President Sep 12, 2019
The University of Texas at Arlington

A visionary leader and accomplished scholar, Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari took office in June 2013 as the eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). As president, he is committed to advancing UTA’s national and international profile while strengthening excellence in research and teaching and ensuring the success of UTA’s students in campus-based and online degree programs in Texas and around the world. In the 2017-18 academic year, UTA served almost 60,000 students through these programs. Under his leadership, UTA has achieved Carnegie R-1 status, was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and is ranked as the top educational institution in the State of Texas for Veterans and Adult Learners, in addition to having nationally ranked programs in each of UTA’s schools and colleges. Prior to joining UTA, President Karbhari served at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (2008-2013), the University of California San Diego (1995-2008), and the University of Delaware (1991-1995).

A prolific researcher, President Karbhari is an expert in the processing and mechanics of composites, durability of materials, infrastructure rehabilitation, and multi-threat mitigation, and has authored or co-authored more than 460 papers in journals and conference proceedings and edited or co-edited six books. He is a fellow of several pre-eminent research organizations, including the National Academy of Inventors, the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASM International, the International Institute for Fiber-Reinforced Polymers in Construction, the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, and the ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute.


Chancellor Eugene Giovannini Sep 19, 2019
Tarrant County College District
Tarrant County College District

Dr. Eugene Giovannini joined the Tarrant County College District as Chancellor on August 22, 2016. He brings more than 30 years of professional experience at community colleges, including his most recent tenure as the founding President of Maricopa Corporate College in Scottsdale, Arizona, and 11 years as President of GateWay Community College in Phoenix. Now as he leads TCC, one of the 20th largest Higher Institutions in the United States—serving more than 100,000 students annually, the Chancellor’s commitment to higher education continues. Chancellor Giovannini previously served as the Board Chair for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship and as a board member of the American Association of Community Colleges. His extensive experience with workforce development and industrial and economic development programs enabled him to lead the creation of the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), work that began in 2006 and continues strong today. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Chancellor Giovannini has made giving back and serving others a priority throughout his career, as evidenced by his appointment on numerous boards of directors. He cares deeply about economic impact, collaboration, and proactively pursuing opportunities to strengthen communities. The Chancellor earned a doctorate in Community College Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education and a Master of Education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Marina, have three children.

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



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 Nov 14, 2019
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.