Campus Environments

Improve our Curb Appeal

I know there has been dialogue about how to improve the curb appeal of the UC as the first thing visitors see when they drive onto campus is the loading dock and dumpsters. I'd make the simple suggestion to turn West street into a one way (similar to how College is now a one way towards campus). Thus creating a loop from UTA Blvd, entering campus on College turning left onto 1st Street and exiting either by continuing ...more »

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Student Life

Central Library lockers for rent

As a nursing student, I have a lot of books. The library is my second home. When I leave, it's usually for a food break. It is painful carrying my books back and forth and I'm sure many students feel the same way. I see a lot of people leaving their things out in the open, hours at a time, trusting that no one would steal their items. If there were lockers available for rent, like the train station lockers I saw in Japan, ...more »

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Campus Environments

kiosks for students to get directions

could there be a way to put directional kiosks at main buildings and malls for students? the kiosks could give them direction either in text form or to their ipads or other electronic devices. or print small maps for them. it could be sort of like a campus mapquest - it would help students find buildings faster and would be available 24/7. the kiosk would know where the start point is and map out the way to the ending ...more »

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General Operations

Clean the Walls Along Cooper Street

One of the first impressions of our campus to the outside world is the view of the building/bridges along Cooper Street. I think that the concrete walls along Cooper Street and the concrete underneath the bridges need to be cleaned badly. The walls are covered in dirt and the underside of the bridge is covered in dirt and oil. Cleaning seems like it would be a quick and simple fix for something that is seen by so many ...more »

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Cost Savings

Ransom Hall

I recommend reducing costs by increasing the temperature in Ransom Hall. It is freezing in this building and everyone complains about it. Some employees have to thaw out by going outside for a few minutes every hour. It must be costing the University a fortune.

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Technology

Solar panel equipped covered parking and walkways

August 11, 2010 I am proposing that we install solar panel equipped covered parking structures, and equip a system of covered pedestrian walkways with solar panels, all across the UTA campus. The advantages: 1. Generate pollution free electricity for campus use, for-pay electric car charging stations, or sale of excess power back to the electrical grid. All of these would contribute additional revenue to the campus ...more »

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Cost Savings

Student Worker Scholarship Fund

UTA's student workers are dedicated and hardworking-and not paid as well as similar jobs off-campus. Student workers are working here due to the convenience of having classes and work in one place, school spirit, involvement on campus, and flexible hours. Recently, when some people in one of the departments on campus were discussing budgets I had the idea for a scholarship fund for the student workers in the department. ...more »

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Cost Savings

Saving Water

We have had extensive rain for the month of July. On Sunday morning (about 8am on 11Jul1), the sprinkler at one of the dormitories on Greek Row were watering the grass and you could tell by all the water in the street that it was cycling through its watering cycle. Putting rain cut off mechanisms on these systems could save UTA water and save Arlington water which we buy from outside the metroplex over the summer. ...more »

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Cost Savings

Stop wasting trash bags

Recently I watched a member of our housekeeping staff take care of the trash can in my office. It had nothing but an empty potato chip bag and some plastic packaging material that could not be recycled, but instead of the staff member dumping my trash into a larger receptacle, he completely changed the plastic liner bag (as he no doubt had been told to do). Could we not ask our housekeeping staff to change out a plastic ...more »

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