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ABOUT UAT
University of Advancing Technology is an elite, private college that serves its student body by fostering knowledge creation and academic excellence in an environment that embraces the young technophiles of the world. With three centers of research and a suite of technology-centered undergraduate and graduate degrees, the University is a recognized leader in technology education.

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    Alumni Highlight


    Scott Velasquez Software Engineering May 2000   For the past 18 years, Scott Velasquez has worked Gearbox Software in Frisco, TX, where he resides as a Lead Programmer. He’s had the pleasure of working on a number of different titles such as Counter-Strike, Borderlands, Brothers and Arms, Halo...

    Scott Velasquez

    Software Engineering

    May 2000

     

    For the past 18 years, Scott Velasquez has worked Gearbox Software in Frisco, TX, where he resides as a Lead Programmer. He’s had the pleasure of working on a number of different titles such as Counter-Strike, Borderlands, Brothers and Arms, Halo and many others. Most recently, he put his talents forward as the Online & Social Product Owner for Borderlands 3 which released on PS4, PC and Xbox One. Scott wore many hats on this project ranging from project manager, designer, programmer and a smidgen of business development. He was involved with the ECHOcast Twitch extension, vault hunter profiles, photo mode, player pinging and most elements relating to online and local player interactions. 

     

    Scott believes technology is important because it can scale to reach a large number of users to solve many types of problems. Scott likes tackling different problems each day and is a lifelong learner. Technology is always evolving and keeps him on his toes!

     

    When Scott was researching colleges in 1996, he noticed that most colleges were teaching old languages like COBOL, FORTRAN, etc. As an avid reader of PC Gamer, Scott came across a UAT ad advertising courses in languages and techniques specific to game development. He applied immediately after visiting the school.

     

    Moving from a small town in West Texas to Arizona, he appreciated the next gen UAT facilities (he was using 486DX and dial-up back home). 

     

    UAT’s curriculum and professors challenged Scott in the best way possible. He was extremely impressed that the faculty had game industry experience and unique industry experience, such as his ex-NASA scientist Calculus professor. Scott enjoyed the way UAT professors taught, because they did a great job of explaining not only the how, but the why. Working full-time at Compuware and later Rhino Internet, Scott attended school in the evenings.

     

    While at UAT, Scott made many great friends, some of which he is still friends with to this day. Pushing each other to learn more, Scott and his classmates had fun trying to outdo each other on assignments.

     

    Scott encourages UAT students to meet other students and staff and put themselves out there. UAT is a great place to foster connections—you never know who you’ll meet—they might become a co-worker, friend or someone who will help down the road. Scott urges students to dig deeper and go above and beyond what the professor is asking on assignments. He also recommends joining or creating a group and building projects that can be highlighted and shared with your resume.

     

    Scott advises students to find companies in the area where you can shadow or intern. “Getting a better understanding of the role you want to have someday will help you start preparing sooner rather than later. Attend some game development conferences and meetups,” recommends Scott, and finally, “Enjoy yourself, college will be something you look back on fondly when you get old like me.”

     

    Scott feels that UAT absolutely prepared him for his career. Before UAT and just for the heck of it, he applied at 3drealms (he was a huge Duke Nukem 3D fan at the time). He knew it was a long shot—the programming he taught himself and learned in junior college didn't involve 3D. As expected, 3drealms turned him down due to his lack of 3D experience.

     

    UAT taught Scott many things about programming, 3D development, data storage and manipulation, mathematics, web development and working with others. The greatest thing UAT taught Scott was how to logically approach problems and formulate solutions.

     

    While working full-time and attending UAT, he made time to help a friend create a 3D engine in Java, soon after Java added 3D support. They were both programmers, so the 3D models were created by hand in notepad! Scott created a DirectX/OpenGL engine in C++ with networking support and built demo apps like a multiplayer 3D checkers game, a chat client, etc. Later, when Half-life and Unreal Tournament came out, he started learning how those engines worked and built mods.

     

    After graduation, Scott landed a job at Cinematix Studios in Tempe. There, he could immediately apply programming concepts and Calculus while creating an audio engine and complex camera systems for two platformer games on PS2.

     

    Scott encourages students to contact him with any questions about UAT or if they need advice as they prepare to enter the game industry (@thereal_scottv on Twitter).

     

    Meet other UAT alum!

     

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    Blood Donation on the Go


    Did you know that 4.5 million Americans need a blood transfusion each year? That equals 43,000 pints of donated blood used each day in the United States and Canada. Luckily, one donation can potentially save up to three lives.   Some more facts about blood donation: Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the...

    Did you know that 4.5 million Americans need a blood transfusion each year? That equals 43,000 pints of donated blood used each day in the United States and Canada. Luckily, one donation can potentially save up to three lives.

     

    Some more facts about blood donation:

    • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the United States.
    • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately three units.
    • Type O is the most requested blood type by hospitals.

     

    As you can see, donating blood is vital. Fortunately, it’s an easy way to give back and a simple process if you’re eligible. While only 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent donate annually. Luckily, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) students and staff are doing their part to make up the 10 percent! Marc Benson recently visited the Bloodmobile to do his part. Students and employees stopped by in between classes to donate throughout the afternoon!

     

    Whether it’s acts of community service or tackling the next big thing in technology, we strive to do honorable work every day. Our students are innovative, energetic and driven to always do their best. Our faculty are passionate academics and elite professionals who are focused on educating the next wave of innovators by leveraging their experiences to mentor students. Whether it’s helping students transition to campus life or look for work after graduation, we’re committed to providing support.

     

    UAT is a community-focused campus. Through the efforts of faculty, staff, and student-run clubs, UAT is able to host events, like blood drives, to involve ourselves in community efforts. We value our place in the community and are working towards making a difference through various events and student-led projects. We support our community with honor and leadership.

     

    Check out events happening around campus!

     

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    Drawing Class in the UAT Movement Studio


    Day one of the beginner drawing class starts with students exploring many types of traditional media. Getting comfortable with Conte crayon, various types of charcoal and art pencils is their first assignment. The drawing class guides students through an introduction to the hardness scale for art pencils and a tutorial on how different hardness levels of graphite react to erasing and blending....

    Day one of the beginner drawing class starts with students exploring many types of traditional media. Getting comfortable with Conte crayon, various types of charcoal and art pencils is their first assignment. The drawing class guides students through an introduction to the hardness scale for art pencils and a tutorial on how different hardness levels of graphite react to erasing and blending. The goal of this class exercise is to introduce students to manipulating foreign media. We can’t wait to see the art they create!

     

    Check out the art degrees UAT offers.

     

    UAT offers more cool courses! Students are also excited for React Native, where they will learn and explore the future of mobile development. React Native helps users create real and exciting mobile apps with the help of JavaScript, which is supported by both Android and iOS platforms. By the end of the course, students will have created an app!

     

    To prepare for a life of creating technologies, UAT students use agile approaches, including scrum, as the backbone of essentially all of their project development activities. Agile Technology instructs students in agile methodologies, terminologies and roles. Students will practice agile within this course to prepare them for team projects throughout their time at UAT and in their careers after graduation.

     

    In the popular course, Writing for Interactive Games, students learn native design by defining the character, the world and the events of the game. Security + Certification class teaches students to identify and address security threats, attacks and vulnerabilities. This year, students are most excited for AST101 The Night Sky, AST301 The Solar System, GAM352 Game Systems Design and VRT330 Augmented Reality Development.

     

    We have classes to tickle every technology fancy! Whether you’re interested in Game Art and Animation, Network Engineering or Virtual Reality, our degrees are made up of the coolest courses.

     

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    Zombies vs. Humans


    Spotted! University of Advancing Technology (UAT) zombie fighters are having a great time! What is the most popular game of tag? College students would argue it’s Humans vs. Zombies, which is played around the world.   UAT’s campus is the perfect place for a high-intensity game of tag. With a field of...

    Spotted! University of Advancing Technology (UAT) zombie fighters are having a great time! What is the most popular game of tag? College students would argue it’s Humans vs. Zombies, which is played around the world.

     

    UAT’s campus is the perfect place for a high-intensity game of tag. With a field of grass situated between Founder’s Hall and the Commons, there’s room to run! Or, plan a sneak attack by hiding out in the New Technology Lab, Cyber Warfare Range, or the Motion Capture and Composite Studio.

     

    Humans vs. Zombies is a survival game of tag. All players start the game as humans, and depending on the size of the game, one or two token players are chosen to be the Original Zombies. The Original Zombie eats (tags) the human players, who then turn into zombies. The zombies must eat the humans (at least one human every 48 hours), or they starve to death and are out of the game, resulting in a human win.

     

    Luckily, the double tap rule isn’t a requirement in this game! Humans fend off zombies with socks, marshmallows and foam darts! The zombies win when all human players have been turned into zombies.

     

    Gameplay Quick Rules:

    • If a zombie is hit, they are stunned for fifteen minutes.
    • Human players must keep their ID card on them during the game. If a human gets attacked by a zombie, the human must surrender their card and become a zombie after one hour has elapsed.
    • Zombies typically wear headbands to distinguished themselves from humans.
    • There are established “safe zones” that humans can enter without fear of attack.
    • Non-players are not allowed to interfere with gameplay.
    • Sometimes gameplay includes a mission. The winning side gets a reward that usually penalizes the losing side.

     

    The fun never stops at UAT. The next time you feel like playing a high-intensity game of tag, join your fellow UAT zombies.

     

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    Meet New Freshmen


    Rebecca Levasseur Hometown: Fort Washington, Maryland Major: Digital Video   Rebecca remembers being six and sitting...

    Rebecca Levasseur

    Rebecca LevasseurHometown: Fort Washington, Maryland

    Major: Digital Video

     

    Rebecca remembers being six and sitting in her elementary school’s computer lab exploring all the features of the old Macintosh computers. Her fascination with computers matured into playing around with video editing for school assignments, coding activities and picture editing for fun in high school. She’s always been interested in technology.

     

    Rebecca changed her major to Digital Video after originally attending UAT for Network Security. Since she has more experience in the video field and some close friends in the Digital Video major, the transition happened naturally. 

     

    Ultimately, Rebecca just wants to edit videos. She loves creating with video editing software and discovering all the things you can make. Rebecca loves UAT for its smaller campus, which promotes a close-knit family atmosphere amongst faculty and students.

     

    When she’s not studying or doing homework, Rebecca likes to hang out with friends and play games, go to the mall, hike and joyride BIRD scooters. Inspired by her brother, parents and friends, Rebecca wouldn’t be here without their support and advice in times of doubt. After graduating from UAT, Rebecca would like to edit videos as a career. 

     

    David Austad

    David Austad

    Hometown: Gilbert, AZ

    Major: Network Security

     

    David decided he wanted to increase his knowledge after working for three years at a third-party IT company. With many of his clients working in the medical industry, he felt he could better meet their need by gaining additional skills. This led him to pursue a degree in network security.

     

    David remembers networking PCs together during gaming LAN parties and building his first PC as a teenager. He’s been interested and influenced by tech from a young age. Since many state universities didn't offer degrees that specifically addressed the field of work he was interested in, he found UAT and decided to attend. UAT’s atmosphere felt like home to David, a place where he could do the things he loved. UAT’s innovative spirit has rubbed off on David.

     

    David’s favorite hobby is gaming—all sorts of gaming, including board games, video games, card games and anything that challenges him to use tactics and intellect to achieve victory. He also enjoys hiking with Jennifer, his wife.

     

    Through the years, David was especially inspired by his great grandfather. At a young age, David had the privilege of spending time with his great grandfather at his Northern Arizona cattle ranch. At the ranch, David learned that any task worth completing is worth completing well, the value of hard work, and to never give up on any dream.

     

    Aubrey “Kim” Martin

    Aubrey “Kim” Martin

    Hometown: Keyesport, Illinois

    Major: Game Art and Animation

     

    Kim loves seeing the possibilities of what something can looked like in a TV show, animation, movie or even a comic. She’s always been interested in character design and development, so she chose to study Game Art and Animation to become a character concept artist. 

     

    After her junior year of high school, Kim received a call from one of her close friends, who told her that UAT offered both of the majors they wanted to study. They soon visited UAT for a campus tour. “The moment I walked into the main building was the moment I decided I was going to attend UAT,” remarks Kim, “nobody was going to tell me otherwise.”

     

    Kim enjoys hobbies such as digital and traditional drawing, playing video games, creating 2-D animations and playing piano. 

     

    Since attending UAT, Kim discovered her love for 2-D animation and has gained many new skills, such as developing 3-D modeling in 3DS Max and Autodesk Maya and creating vector and pixel art and animations for functional video games. She has also taken a position as a character artist at the student-run company BunchOfNerds. Most importantly, she’s gained strong motivation, new friends and a true happiness at UAT. 

     

    Interested in meeting more UAT freshmen? Read our last issue of Geek411!

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    Student Spotlight: Ricky Martinez


    Ricky Martinez knows how to hustle. As an Excel Leader and Student Mentor, Ricky is a familiar face to all on the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) campus. He’s also active in clubs, is double-majoring in Game Programming and Robotics and Embedded Systems...

    Ricky Martinez knows how to hustle. As an Excel Leader and Student Mentor, Ricky is a familiar face to all on the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) campus. He’s also active in clubs, is double-majoring in Game Programming and Robotics and Embedded Systems and works in the UAT Cafe.

     

    From a young age, Ricky was determined to be a game designer. Growing up gaming on a PlayStation, Ricky fondly remembers playing videogames with his dad, laughing a lot and discovering new worlds and experiencing adventures through videogames. These memories inspired him to create games to give players a similar experience and the same entertainment that Ricky had as a kid.

     

    The UAT community quickly drew Ricky in. “When I first came here for my UAT Experience, I met people that I was able to actually have conversations with,” explains Ricky, “I remember calling my mom the day after and telling her that I found my people.”

     

    Ricky also takes advantage of the resources UAT offers to students. Our campus system’s technology capabilities are built on enterprise server architecture—our datacenter contains more than 100 servers dedicated to production and student use!

     

    You can often find Ricky in the Robotics Lab and Maker’s Lab. Our Maker’s Lab is equipped with the latest 3D printers, maker bots, CNC cutters and the software and knowledge guidance that students need to bring innovative ideas to life. Designed to foster creativity and challenge student innovators with a 24/7 environment, the Maker’s Lab is for those like Ricky, who seek to lead the new industrial revolution driven by the convergence of advancing technologies.

     

    Ricky’s advice for new students is to learn time management and to reach out to someone if you’re struggling, so that they can give you the help you need.

     

    Check out the UAT community.

     

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    The Provost Challenge


    Pictured front row: Blanca Vasquez, Antonio Newman, El Rois. Middle: Michael Durst, Jorge Martinez, Aramis Wero. Back: Donovan Potter   The Provost Challenge is a University of Advancing Technology (UAT) tradition. The next generation of technology innovation begins the...

    Pictured front row: Blanca Vasquez, Antonio Newman, El Rois. Middle: Michael Durst, Jorge Martinez, Aramis Wero. Back: Donovan Potter

     

    The Provost Challenge is a University of Advancing Technology (UAT) tradition. The next generation of technology innovation begins the day students set foot on campus at the UAT.

     

    "When you're a new student, most, if not all of you, have ideas of something you've always wanted to build and UAT is your sandbox to build it,” explains Dr. David Bolman, Provost and Chief Academic Officer at UAT, “What's really fun about this challenge is that it is very open-ended. You can build anything you like."

     

    We offer a technophile’s dream environment where innovation and passion for advancing technology are synthesized with the best faculty and technology resources.

     

    With the widespread popularity of the space Western, The Mandalorian, a Star Wars galaxy-based show, it’s no surprise that the combination of Baby Yoda and the Provost Challenge inspired these students to create. The students quickly teamed up and got to work to create a game within the first 12 days of the semester. By incorporating Mando'a, the Mandalorian language, they created a sound-based experience that reflects the feel of what life as a Mandalorian should be.

     

    UAT offers a unique learning environment centered around advancing technology and taking technology education and innovation to the next level with synchronic™ learning. Only at UAT will you find such an extraordinary focus on advancing technology curriculum with the resources to empower student innovation centered on advancing technology degree programs. The mentor relationships between our students and faculty prepares the students for a successful college career and to overcome challenges after graduation.

     

    Discover the wide variety of technology innovation from our brilliant students. Dig into our advancing technology degree programs by meeting the passionate and expert faculty and staff, or by checking out our degree program blogs and awesome alumni.

     

    What are our students working on? See other student projects.

     

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    Bears, Tigers, Hedgehogs—OH MY!


    Pictured:  Ricky Eredia with a lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec   Drew Foster, UAT adjunct instructor, enjoys bringing live animals into the classroom. In classes such as Conservation & Zoos and Animal Diversity, the use of hands-on, live animal demonstrations is the best way to...

    Pictured:  Ricky Eredia with a lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec

     

    Drew Foster, UAT adjunct instructor, enjoys bringing live animals into the classroom. In classes such as Conservation & Zoos and Animal Diversity, the use of hands-on, live animal demonstrations is the best way to foster appreciation for animals.

     

    The lesser Madagascar tenrecs, also known as lesser hedgehog tenrecs (pictured), are small nocturnal animals covered in spines. Since their eyesight is poor, they have super sensitive whiskers and well-developed senses of hearing and smell. These little animals grow to between 5.5 and 7 inches in length and weigh 4 to 7 ounces.

     

    Found in southern Madagascar, tenrecs live in coastal regions, dry forests and semi-desert areas. Here, when seeking shelter, they look for cavities in trees to make dens. When living in the wild, these creatures forage through fallen trees for invertebrates and small animals. They can live for 8 to 10 years in the wild, and about 14 years in human care.

     

    In addition to engrossing lectures, bringing animals into the classroom gets students excited and allows them to make real connections with the animals they are learning about. In-class animal demonstrations supplement the lectures and foster greater understanding of wildlife!

     

    Learn more about UAT’s learning model.

     

    Live animals are hard to pass up in lecture, but Professor Foster isn’t the only one offering cool courses. Students are stoked for Space Expedition—a course where students create a stratospheric satellite program, developed by UAT and operated by students. In industry Innovations, students explore methods used to innovate while exploring a new proprietary framework. Students will test the framework in real time as they complete class assignments and projects.

     

    Another thriller is Comic Art History. The class is a whirlwind tour through the art of comics, how visual stories are told and the literary elements of comics. Students start by learning the parts of a comic and the magic of storytelling. Then students explore the earliest visual narratives (from the Bayeux tapestry to Trajan’s Column) to see what these ancient stories have in common with contemporary comics. From there, students will see the modern comic evolve from broadsheets to early newspaper comics and eventually to the comic books we know and love today.

     

    What class are you looking forward to?

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    Military Appreciation Night


    University of Advancing Technology (UAT) celebrated our veteran students, friends and family on Veterans Day at the UAT campus amphitheater. The service, dedication and sacrifices made by the men and women serving our nation in the United States military are recognized by staff, faculty and...

    University of Advancing Technology (UAT) celebrated our veteran students, friends and family on Veterans Day at the UAT campus amphitheater. The service, dedication and sacrifices made by the men and women serving our nation in the United States military are recognized by staff, faculty and students at UAT. The appreciation event included students writing thank you cards to send to active military.

     

    UAT is a community focused home away from home. Get the most out of your college experience—check out other events happening around campus!

     

    As James Allen says, “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” Everyone at UAT is grateful for the protection the United States military provides and the sacrifices made by those serving. We are proud of all our military students and extend thanks to those who’ve served and are still serving.

     

    UAT is a military friendly campus! Whether you are active duty, a reservist or a veteran, UAT provides a variety of program offerings, learning options and financial aid opportunities that support you in achieving your educational goals in a way that meets your needs.

    UAT has ongoing relationships with several organizations to provide the best experience to our military students. UAT is a member of the Arizona Veterans Association and is GI Bill®* and Yellow Ribbon approved. Our SyncFlex model provides a flexible approach to learning to accommodate any stage of life.

     

    “On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.” – Dan Lipinski

     

    Advance your civilian career, complement your military skills or pursue a fresh path in advancing technology. Whichever path you choose, UAT is committed to your success.

     

    Learn more about the unique opportunities military veterans have at UAT.

     

    *GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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    Student Spotlight: Elijah McKay


    Elijah McKay is President of the campus Nerf Club and a Founder's Hall Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are new students’ best friends. They help students with the transition to university life and their educational journey at UAT. RAs are known to be an information hub for academic matters, campus...

    Elijah McKay is President of the campus Nerf Club and a Founder's Hall Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are new students’ best friends. They help students with the transition to university life and their educational journey at UAT. RAs are known to be an information hub for academic matters, campus activities, administrative procedures and campus and community resources. Elijah enjoys being an RA because he can help bring people together.

     

    UAT supports rich student life experiences through student clubs and organizations. These student clubs and organizations enhance UAT's friendly and technology-infused environment. No matter your technology passion and free-time preferences, UAT is the place to meet new friends with similar interests. Nerf Club is one of many clubs and campus activities students enjoy.

     

    Just picture it—you’re a kid, NERF gun is in hand and pointed at your best friend. There was no feeling more powerful! With a long and fun-filled history, NERF has been supplying the action for kids and college students alike. Watch out! Foam-rubber ammunition is coming your way (seriously, NERF produces around 445,277,777 darts per year).

     

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    Elijah is one of many UAT students who is making the most out of their college experience. His advice for current and future students is simple, “Join a club!” Elijah says, “It’s the best way to find like-minded people and experience friendship.”

     

    Elijah’s friends in Nerf Club definitely appreciate him and his Nerf Sub-Series Whiteout Longstrike! It’s Nerf or Nothin’! Lookout for Elijah and Nerf Club members around campus! Or don’t just look out for Nerf Club members… maybe duck as well.

     

    Fun is one of UAT’s values and it shows! We’re not afraid to have a ridiculous amount of fun no matter where we are—on campus, in class or at work.

     

    Start having fun and find your friends at UAT!

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    Students Decorate Founder’s Hall for the Holidays


    Our students are preparing to be holly jolly for the holiday season!   Each year, UAT students gather in Founder’s Hall to decorate for the holidays. This year was no exception! From snowmen to tinsel, students made sure that anyone strolling through the ...

    Our students are preparing to be holly jolly for the holiday season!

     

    Each year, UAT students gather in Founder’s Hall to decorate for the holidays. This year was no exception! From snowmen to tinsel, students made sure that anyone strolling through the common area would feel the holiday spirit.

     

    You can find Founder’s Hall at the center of UAT’s vibrant Residence Life Community. Located on campus, Founder’s Hall is just a minute’s walk across the quad from classrooms, the New Technology Lab, Motion Capture and Composite Studio, the Commons, the theater, Café and more! Founder’s Hall is full of friends. Meet your neighbor technophiles, innovators and future industry leaders who have found their home away from home here.

     

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    Pictured: Robert Hellyer and John Balog

    Securing the top of the tree takes Robert to great heights.

     

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    Pictured: John Balog and Bailey Nielsen

    Tinkle, tinkle, tinsel! No tree is complete without a little (or a lot!) of tinsel. Bailey is getting to work.

     

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    Pictured: Benjamin Branch

    Check out Benjamin Branch surrounded with holiday spirit in front of the UAT tree. The tinsel present is just for you!

     

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    Pictured: Izzy Sanchez and Natalie Johnson

    Who knew Natalie plays the brass! Whether it’s “Jingle Bells” or “Deck the Halls,” UAT students are having a jolly time with jams while decorating.

     

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    Pictured: John Balog, Izzy Sanchez and Benjamin Branch

    All of the lights! So many lights… Catch Izzy, John and Benjamin lighting up the tree.

     

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    Don’t forget the tree topper. V Greffin saves the day with Frosty!

     

    Our Residence Life Community is conducive to learning while maintaining a fun, friendly and familiar place to live and grow. UAT strives to support students by building community, creating connections and having fun. The Residence Life staff does this through lighthearted activities, such as decorating for the holidays.

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    Monte Carlo Night


    UAT Founder's Hall brings casino-style gaming to students and you don't have to be 21+ or in Las Vegas to play along! Monte Carlo Night gives Founder's Hall residents an opportunity to dress in fancy attire and take a chance on iconic games like Black Jack, Craps and Russian Roulette. No gambling required - or allowed, just fun and games with your classmates to take your...

    UAT Founder's Hall brings casino-style gaming to students and you don't have to be 21+ or in Las Vegas to play along!

    Monte Carlo Night gives Founder's Hall residents an opportunity to dress in fancy attire and take a chance on iconic games like Black Jack, Craps and Russian Roulette. No gambling required - or allowed, just fun and games with your classmates to take your mind off schoolwork for a bit. Founder's Hall frequently offers a variety of extra-curricular activities to engage students' interests.

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    Film Your Final


    Use your skills to your advantage! That's what UAT Digital Video students enrolled in the Cinematography course like to do. With encouragement from their professor, they can omit a written test if they decide to film their final exam instead. One who does not know the process of creating a short film may think this is the easier of the two options, but that is simply not the...

    Use your skills to your advantage! That's what UAT Digital Video students enrolled in the Cinematography course like to do.

    With encouragement from their professor, they can omit a written test if they decide to film their final exam instead. One who does not know the process of creating a short film may think this is the easier of the two options, but that is simply not the case.

    In order to film the final, DV students will utilize skills they learned over the semester such as color grading, capturing sound effects, smooth and steady camera movement, and digital storytelling as they bring the tale to life. Filming your final also gives the student more practice in their craft of digital filmmaking versus writing a lengthy paper and the film is an asset to show future employers as the paper will not have much use after the class has ended.

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    Building a Bridge at Geek Camp


    For a young adult with autism, the college experience can seem like a scary encounter instead of an opportunity to learn amazing things. To help provide a less intimidating bridge from high school to college, Southwest Autism Resource & Research Center (SARRC), New Way Academy and UAT partner together each summer to hold a weeklong summer camp for individuals age 16 to 26 with autism...

    For a young adult with autism, the college experience can seem like a scary encounter instead of an opportunity to learn amazing things. To help provide a less intimidating bridge from high school to college, Southwest Autism Resource & Research Center (SARRC), New Way Academy and UAT partner together each summer to hold a weeklong summer camp for individuals age 16 to 26 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

    This college summer tech camp helps these students navigate through the social aspect of attending classes, living in the dorms, eating at the campus cafe, participating in activities and more. It's possible that many of these students would not feel comfortable enrolling in college but this camp helps illustrate that UAT has the perfect culture and environment to nurture students with all types of learning styles.

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    Carve Your Niche


    With a chunk of clay in hand, a game artist's imagination can run wild. The Sculpting class offered for UAT Game Studios artists gives students practice in character creation by allowing the artist to determine the look, shape and feel of the asset with their hands. Students use skills they have learned throughout the Game Art and Animation curriculum such as texturing,...

    With a chunk of clay in hand, a game artist's imagination can run wild. The Sculpting class offered for UAT Game Studios artists gives students practice in character creation by allowing the artist to determine the look, shape and feel of the asset with their hands.

    Students use skills they have learned throughout the Game Art and Animation curriculum such as texturing, perspectives, dimensioning and more to create a realistic character with physically accurate biology. This project is helpful in illustrating how a character would interact within a video game world giving the artist a insight on ways to make future games more interactive, fun and realistic.

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    Summer Sizzles with Cyber Security


    Opportunities in Cyber Security heat up during the summer with well-known industry events like Black Hat and DEF CON! Each summer, UAT Cyber Security students can apply to work as paid volunteers at the iconic Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas. No, they aren't there to party! At Black Hat, they gain industry experience in setting up networks, WiFi connections, routers,...

    Opportunities in Cyber Security heat up during the summer with well-known industry events like Black Hat and DEF CON!

    Each summer, UAT Cyber Security students can apply to work as paid volunteers at the iconic Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas. No, they aren't there to party! At Black Hat, they gain industry experience in setting up networks, WiFi connections, routers, switches, and much more. This internship alone can open so many doors for students looking to network and break into the industry upon graduation.

    The day after Black Hat ends, DEF CON begins and many students stick around to attend or work at DEF CON, as well. Occasionally some lucky students who showed promise at Black Hat have been asked to work as DEF CON Goons, aka security, which is an honored privilege.

    DEF CON is full of hacking activities like Capture the Flag (CTF), Pentesting, and the Lock Picking Village as well as vendors and companies from all aspects of the Cyber Security world. While at Black Hat or DEF CON, students may find solid job opportunities by simply immersing themselves in the industry and networking with professionals in the field. Don't miss out!

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    48-Hour Film Challenge


    Students, you have 48 hours. The mission is to include one specific prop and one required line of dialog in your film. Now, go make a movie! UAT Digital Video students are up for the challenge! They've had lots of practice competing in the Inter-College 48-Hour Film Challenge as UAT hosts the event each spring trading off with Grand Canyon University (GCU) to host in the...

    Students, you have 48 hours. The mission is to include one specific prop and one required line of dialog in your film. Now, go make a movie!

    UAT Digital Video students are up for the challenge! They've had lots of practice competing in the Inter-College 48-Hour Film Challenge as UAT hosts the event each spring trading off with Grand Canyon University (GCU) to host in the fall.

    As you can imagine, the rivalry is strong with these two schools as students brainstorm the most creative, outstanding film concepts to bring to the table at each competition. The friendly competition inspires students to bring their A-game as well as to be organized and communicate effectively among the film crew.

    At the spring 2017 event, UAT Digital Video students entered two teams to compete against GCU's five teams taking home awards for Best Technical and Best Film.

    If you have a passion for filmmaking, consider a degree in Digital Video at UAT and this could be you!

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    Nerf Warz


    The life of a UAT student revolves around classes, projects, internships, jobs and friends, all of which are important aspects of a well-rounded college experience. Since students stay so busy, it makes fun events and clubs like Nerf Warz all the more enjoyable. UAT students and alumni jump at the chance to run around campus with plastic Nerf guns shooting soft darts at each...

    The life of a UAT student revolves around classes, projects, internships, jobs and friends, all of which are important aspects of a well-rounded college experience. Since students stay so busy, it makes fun events and clubs like Nerf Warz all the more enjoyable.

    UAT students and alumni jump at the chance to run around campus with plastic Nerf guns shooting soft darts at each other in a childlike war game fashion. Nerf Warz is like playing a video game in real life without needing extra lives to play on.

    Nerf Warz is also a great way to get to know your classmates and the campus from all angles - which makes this club activity a perfect icebreaker for new students who attend the UAT Experience (UATX) tour and overnight event. See the campus for yourself at UATX, which happens five times per year at UAT.

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    Cyber Security Alumni to Hold 2-Day Training at Black Hat Under New Startup Antimatter Security, LLC


    Cyber Security alumni have created a startup company for penetration testing called AntiMatter Security, LLC. The team consists of William Peterson (Network Security, Technology Forensics), Stephen Chicosky (Network Security, Network Engineering), Kenny Welch (Network Security),...

    Cyber Security alumni have created a startup company for penetration testing called AntiMatter Security, LLC.

    The team consists of William Peterson (Network Security, Technology Forensics), Stephen Chicosky (Network Security, Network Engineering), Kenny Welch (Network Security), Roger Brambila (Network Security, Advancing Computer Science) and Roger Allen (Network Security, Advancing Computer Science) all who earned their degrees from UAT. These students have been to Black Hat Briefings as paid volunteers in the past. This year, they will return to the conference as trainers teaching two 2-day classes they developed called "Attacks Over GSM With Project Mayhem."

    Attacks over GSM with Project Mayhem at Black Hat

    Participants will immerse themselves in the world of hacking while learning new attack techniques to help defend networks. They will also learn to combine Red Team and Pen-tester prowess to create a less common attack tool, a device that participants will build at the training and can take home with them. With the new Project Mayhem Kit, it's easier to think like a hacker thinks, engaging in a live environment with an innovative attack tool that you will build and deploy. In this completely hands-on training, you will demonstrate your new abilities to hack air-gapped systems and bypass perimeter defenses over a GSM network.

    A lot of credible information will be disseminated at the training including the following topics: Configuring Mayhem Kit, Basic Scripting Logic, Windows Exploitation, Linux Exploitation, Bypassing Perimeter Defense Systems, Social Engineering Concepts, Covert Concealment and Placement Techniques, Red Team Activity, Data Extraction, Isolating and Exploiting the Target and more.

    The training sessions are already sold out. More information on the class can be found here.

    You can also purchase a cool baseball hat to support Antimatter Security.

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    Putting a Drone to the Test


    On this calm, sunny day at UAT, Digital Video students are using this time to practice take-off and landing... of what you might ask. Well, today, they are piloting a drone! Film students utilize a range of technology including drones affixed with cameras and microphones in order capture the desired footage to tell their story. A drone can assist in filming aerial shots on...

    On this calm, sunny day at UAT, Digital Video students are using this time to practice take-off and landing... of what you might ask. Well, today, they are piloting a drone!

    Film students utilize a range of technology including drones affixed with cameras and microphones in order capture the desired footage to tell their story. A drone can assist in filming aerial shots on set which can be impossible to create without an aerodynamic device capable of flight.

    At UAT, it's common to see student film crews with fancy camera equipment like drones working in groups on campus to create a short film. After the film has gone through post-production, faculty and staff are amazed to see how students transform ordinary spaces around UAT into their ideal set making them almost unrecognizable as to what came before.

    Aim high! Having access to industry standard equipment gives UAT students real-world practice while in college to help them master these technologies to become seasoned filmmakers. Get your hands on a drone today!

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