It's only the second week of January, but at UT Arlington, it's the beginning of Spring. I mean the Spring semester, of course, and there's something particularly special about this one. Because in spite of the chilly weather, people are out and about again in their community.
The newly named Spaniolo Drive - the section of Pecan Street that runs through campus and along the new College Park District - is alive with students, faculty, staff, visitors, and families. It is the new UT Arlington gateway to and from downtown, and the welcome mat is permanently out.
When I walk along Spaniolo Drive, what do I see? Neighbors biking and walking their dogs. Students rushing to class from Vandergriff Hall or the other student residences. Faculty, staff and visitors walking from convenient parking or nearby offices to have lunch in one of the new restaurants. Families gathering in the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center for a student-led campus tour. Fans in their blue and orange best on their way to a Maverick basketball game in the College Park Center. (Side note - seeing an event or concert in the College Park Center still gives me goosebumps.)
What do I see? The pride and energy of a college town.
All in the heart of downtown Arlington.
Proud UT Arlington Maverick and Downtown Arlington Management Corporation volunteer