July 28, 2017

Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell Highlights UAT at State of City Address

Busta Worm demo with Jesse Rogers and Mayor Mark Mitchell




In preparation for the 2016 State of the City Address on Dec. 2, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell spent a few hours at UAT familiarizing himself with UAT’s new Virtual Reality degree by testing out “Bust’a Worm”, a new virtual reality game students created for the HTC Vive, originally developed for a 48-hour game jam. Mayor Mitchell also met with students Kenneth Vorseth and Ryan McDonald as they demonstrated their cost effective version of a VR head mounted display (HMD) unit, a product they have been innovating all semester and have hopes of bringing the finished version to the consumer market. Mayor…

UAT Partners with Warriors Heart to Offer STEM Scholarship for Veterans Suffering from PTSD

UAT Veteran Scholarship




UAT is offering veterans a chance to pursue a STEM career by partnering with Warriors Heart to advance job skills of alumni who complete their 28-day peer-to-peer healing program. Warriors Heart is the first and only private treatment center for “Warriors Only” (veterans and first responders) in the U.S. dealing with substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or psychological effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI). The partnership began when UAT President Jason Pistillo met with Warriors Heart CEO and Co-Founder Josh Lannon at a Young President’s Organization (YPO) meeting. Pistillo recognized the need to offer scholarship for veterans…

UAT Supports AZ Tech Council in Hosting 2016 Fall Chief Science Officer (CSO) Institute

Chief Science Officer training at UAT




High School STEM Students to Participate in Chief Science Officer Training In collaboration with the Arizona Technology Council, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) will host the 2016 Fall Chief Science Officer (CSO) Institute on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, bringing together high school students interested in STEM for a day-long training session. In the second year of hosting this event, UAT welcomes 150 high school student leaders to its technology-infused campus for a day of training on how to be effective advocates among their peers and the community for all things STEM. What is a CSO? A Chief Science Officer or…

Game Students Keep Communication Flowing with Scrum Management Tool, Axosoft

Crimson Nights using Axosoft Scrum Management Software




Photo: Kenny Ryan (left) checks the Axosoft to-do list with Crimson Nights artist Terrence Miller. The UAT Game Studios class brings together students from different disciplines such as game programming, game design, art and animation and digital video to develop video games from the initial concept to a completed work. For every game dev project, each team member has their own set of responsibilities and must meet specific milestones to completion along the way. At UAT, students may work physically on campus or virtually from their homebase as online students. No matter what the students’ physical location, everyone needs to communicate and…

New FAFSA Rules: What You Need To Know

FAFSA Form




Be in the know! The new FAFSA kickoff date is October 1, 2016, instead of the usual date of January 1. If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, complete the 2017–18 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. Why? Because some states and schools run out of financial aid early and some types of financial aid are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Completing the FAFSA early will hold your place in line. Is there a reason for the date change? Yes. In past years, the new FAFSA was available on January 1, asking for…

Innovative Challenge Issued by Provost at UAT Connect

UAT Connect Innovation Challenge 3d Printed Trophy




Last week, UAT welcomed a new class of enthusiastic technology students to the Tempe campus. Before the fall semester begins, students move into the resident dormitory UAT Founder’s Hall and participate in Connect Orientation to get to know the campus and other students. This year, Provost Dr. Dave Bolman presented each team of students with a challenge. The challenge was to create an innovative project that would be judged by him and the program champions by Wednesday of the first week of class. The criteria was to impress the judges with the design, be complete, overcome obstacles and work as…

Top 10 Things Students Forget To Bring To College

what to bring to college




Fall is a great time of year. It means back to school for so many eager STEAM students! At UAT, faculty, staff, students and residents in the dorms are ready to welcome new students to campus and kick off a technology-filled fall semester. It’s common for first time students to be nervous or unsure of what to expect. That’s understandable, but when you get here you’ll forget you ever had a concern! We’re here to guide you on your journey at college as you make new friends, use the newest technology, create and design innovative projects, learn a variety of topics and find…

Congrats to SIP Fair Winners – Summer 2016

Summer Student Innovation Projects




The Student Innovation Project, or SIP Fair this semester was an incredible showcase proving just what our talented students can do. They are amazing and this SIP Fair did not disappoint. Under the guidance of Professor Natasha Vita-More, the summer semester SIP Fair has commenced on a very high note. Congratulations to all of our senior level students who completed and presented their SIP on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 in front of faculty, staff and a few parents. The following students received awards at the Summer 2016 SIP Fair: “Best in Show” — Loyalty Lies with the Dead: created by Brett Chapman, (Digital Video)…

UAT Announces the Return of the Virtual Reality Degree

Virtual Reality Degree at University of Advancing Technology




UAT’s Virtual Reality Degree Makes a Comeback 25 Years Later The world of Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for decades. Over 25 years ago, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) led the country as the first university in the nation to offer a fully accredited degree in Virtual Reality. Having been created in 1991, the initial VR degree offering may have been a bit before its time, but UAT is pleased to announce that the Virtual Reality degree is back and available to students for the 2016 fall semester. What is Virtual Reality (VR)? Virtual Reality is a computer-generated simulation…

Volunteer Coordinators Needed for Austin Game Conference

Austin Game Conference- volunteers needed




Hey UAT students… The Austin Game Conference wants you! Submit your application to become a Volunteer Coordinator at the Austin Game Conference, but don’t wait, there are a limited number of positions available. Volunteers gain full access to AGC when they are not working. The Volunteer Coordinator will work with volunteers to insure a percentage of their time is left open to attend portions of the conference. Job requirements: hard-working, knowledgeable, enthusiastic people who are interested in serving as members of the support team Consider what skills and interests you have that would make you a valuable volunteer. Apply here…