MavWire

For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

MavsMeet

MavsMeet celebration Friday features faculty/staff reception

Faculty and staff are encouraged to kick off the 2009-10 year in grand style at the annual MavsMeet Convocation at 4 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 21 in Texas Hall. MavsMeet has grown into one of UT Arlington's signature traditions and provides a great opportunity to celebrate your Maverick pride.

Afterward, faculty and staff can join the president and MavsMeet platform party for a reception at the University Club in Davis Hall. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served, and music will be provided by the Adonis Rose Quintet.

The keynote speaker for the convocation is Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art and art history in the College of Liberal Arts. The event also features remarks and multimedia presentations by President James D. Spaniolo, Provost Donald Bobbitt, Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Lamas and Student Congress President Kent Long, as well as performances by the Adonis Rose Quintet and the UT Arlington Marching Band.

MavsMeet commemorates the beginning of the academic year and highlights the Maverick Stampede Welcome Week, which includes a robust slate of programs centered on integrating new and returning students into campus life. The Welcome Week festivities begin with the Residence Hall Move-In Event on Thursday, Aug. 20.

For more information, see MavsMeet.

Dr. Marvin Dulaney

History boost: Dr. Marvin Dulaney helped secure a Department of Education grant that will allow UT Arlington history faculty to work with DISD teachers.

Professors reworking how to teach
American history

History professors at UT Arlington, aided by a U.S. Department of Education grant, are working to boost student achievement by teaching area middle and high school history teachers more effective ways to teach American history.

The project is funded through a $969,477 federal grant to the Dallas Independent School District. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts, and Robert Edison, the Dallas school district's social studies director, secured funding for the five-year program.

Under the grant, beginning this fall:

  • UT Arlington history faculty will work with Edison to design curriculum.

  • 50 selected Dallas teachers will participate in monthly workshops.

  • The sessions will focus on teaching teachers how to teach and deal with content, interpretation and methodology.

  • Participating teachers will be invited to attend summer institutes and field trips that will enable them to design curricula for their classes.

"My colleagues and I aim to help DISD teachers improve student understanding of the past so that they will not only be better students of American history, but also better citizens of our country," Dr. Dulaney says. "It is a challenge, but we want students to move from an emphasis primarily on futuristic video games to being people who understand how the past informs the present and affects the future."

UT Arlington is in the second year of a similar grant awarded to the Fort Worth Independent School District and has partnered with the Arlington Independent School District on another grant.

Dr. Peter Kroll

Chemistry professor receives National Science Foundation research grant

Peter Kroll, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Science, is the principal investigator in a National Science Foundation grant awarded this month for a research project titled "NanoDomain Structure and Multifunctional Properties of Polymer Derived Ceramics."

Dr. Kroll will collaborate with Rishi Raj of the University of Colorado at Boulder to make a new class of compounds with outstanding thermodynamic stability above 1500° available to materials applications, including sensors and energy storage in extreme and harsh environments.

The project will develop an understanding of the relationship between electronic structure and functional properties of polymer-derived ceramics with emphasis on their particular and unprecedented nanodomain structure. It will include a combined theoretical study at UT Arlington and an experimental study at UC Boulder with computations supporting synthesis and measurements.

Kroll will receive $281,547 over the next four years to perform ab initio and classical molecular dynamics simulations, which will lead to insight into the atomic arrangements at short- and medium-length scales.

Lauren Miller and Merideth Moore

Maverick spirit: Lauren Miller, left, conference and marketing services coordinator for Housing and University Center, and Meredith Moore, marketing program specialist for Dining Services, show their Maverick spirit by wearing UT Arlington T-shirts. Faculty and staff are encouraged each week to wear Maverick gear on Spirit Fridays.

Show your school spirit on Fridays

Faculty and staff are encouraged to show their Maverick pride by wearing UT Arlington apparel Friday for the annual MavsMeet Convocation. Every Friday is Spirit Friday, which provides a great opportunity to don the latest in blue-and-orange fashion.

UT Arlington gear can be found at www.uta.edu/ucomm/shoponline. You also may join the Facebook group, Wear Your Maverick Pride, and find out about the newest options in Mav wear.

To help keep Spirit Fridays going throughout the year, Undergraduate Recruitment will provide spirit signs to hang in your office and department windows. Signs will be distributed in mid-September. Faculty and staff are encouraged to think of innovative ways to show their spirit on Fridays and create an even more exciting campus atmosphere. For more information about the signs, contact Carl Esposito at esposito@uta.edu.

Cowboys Stadium events, MavsMeet affect parking this week

Both today, Wednesday, Aug. 19, and Friday, Aug. 21, Cowboys Stadium employees will be using campus parking lots 47, 49, 50, 51 and 52. Nursing students can park at the north end of lot 47, east of Pickard Hall. Other students, faculty and staff will be redirected to lot F-10 (except that F-10 will be closed on Friday) and, if needed, lot F-13. Upcoming events include:

  MavPic Business grads

A matter of degrees

More than 1,300 candidates were presented for degrees during Summer Commencement ceremonies at Texas Hall this past weekend. From left are Jana Prew, recruiting coordinator at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center; Dr. Daniel Himarios, dean of the College of Business; and Megan Topham, director of operations at the Fort Worth Center. Prew and Topham each received an MS in information systems. To see Commencement videos, click here.

  • Paul McCartney concert, Wednesday, Aug. 19

  • Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans, Friday, Aug. 21

  • Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers, Saturday, Aug. 29

On Friday, Aug. 21, lot F-10 will be closed while a fireworks display is set up for the MavsMeet AfterParty. Faculty and staff are advised to park in lot F-13. Any overflow may use the north end of lot 47.

H1N1 flu information posted online

UT Arlington is closely monitoring developments related to the H1N1 influenza virus and is asking that members of the University community take precautions to stay healthy heading into the fall flu season. The spread of flu can be slowed through frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, shielding your coughs and sneezes and staying home when you feel ill. Click here to read updated information about the H1N1 flu virus and what you can do to stay well.

Define restriction corrected, parking permits available online

The option to order faculty/staff parking permits online is still available, and the Define restriction that allowed only employees with a current appointment to order a permit has been corrected. All faculty/staff considered full-time and who were employed as of May 2009 can now order their permit online.

Future or new faculty/staff without current appointments or those who work less than 30 hours a week or less than 75 percent will not be able to participate in the payroll deduction option online. However, they can still order permits online and have the permit added to their account so they can pay online.

To order the permit online, go to MyMav, signon and click on "Parking Self Service."

  MavPic Fall Leadership Retreat

Molding the next generation of leaders

Shirley Theriot, center, director of the Center for Community Service Learning, talks with students at the Fall Leadership Retreat last week at Glen Lake Camp in Glen Rose. Approximately 200 students and 50 faculty and staff members attended the annual event, which is sponsored by the Leadership Center of the Division of Student Affairs. This year's theme was "Leadership That Changes the World: Brick by Brick." Students participated in a variety of leadership-centered activities, discussions, educational sessions, reflection and social activities.

Order online today as permits will not be mailed out after Monday, Aug. 24. Permits will be mailed to your home address unless you click on "Do Not Mail Permit, Employee Will Pick Up." If you select this option, you may have to stand in line at Parking Services, Suite 112, in the Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell. If you have questions, contact Parking Services at 2-3907.

Mav Express open Saturday

Mav Express will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 for faculty, staff and students who need to get Mav ID cards. Mav Express is located just inside the northwest door on the first floor of the E.H. Hereford University Center. For more information, contact Donna McCluer in Mav Express, Campus Card Operations, at donnamc@uta.edu or 2-2558.

Street and parking lot repairs nearing completion

Street repairs on campus are nearing completion as the beginning of the fall semester approaches. Work at UTA Boulevard and College Street is expected to be completed today, Wednesday, Aug. 19.

First Street, from Oak Street to Pecan Street, is expected to reopen Friday, Aug. 21, allowing traffic into lot 39 and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) parking spaces at Arlington Hall. First Street, from West Street to Pecan Street, will reopen Sunday, Aug. 23.

Work on Pecan Street is also expected to be completed by Sunday. To assist with Thursday's Residence Hall Move-In Event, the contractor will relocate his crew after 2 p.m.

Work on First Street, from West Street to College Street, has been postponed until Sept. 7 to allow cleanup for University events.

OIT retiring support for some Mac software

Apple has ended support for Mac OS X versions 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4, and the Office of Information Technology will phase out support for these versions Jan. 1, 2010.

Apple is likely to end support for Mac OS X 10.5 on the PowerPC architecture sometime after September when the new Intel-only version 10.6 is released. OIT will continue support for Mac OS X 10.5 on PowerPC G5 and Intel processors that are at least 1.6 GHz with 1GB of RAM.

For departments wishing to replace legacy computers with systems that will run the latest operating system, OIT's annual bulk purchase event is currently under way. In addition, the newest Mac OS X version is available for purchase at the UT Arlington Computer Store.

If you have questions, contact the OIT Computing Help Desk at helpdesk@uta.edu or 2-2208.

Computers available at discount

As part of the University's cost-savings initiatives, the Office of Information Technology has negotiated special pricing for the annual volume purchase of Windows computers. The current offer includes both a low-end and high-end Dell laptop and desktop, and a 22-inch flat panel monitor. This offer is available for UT Arlington departments only. The equipment configuration, pricing and ordering information can be found at www.uta.edu/oit/cs/bulkbuys/quickpage.php.

If you have questions, call the OIT Computing Help Desk at 2-2208.

MavWire resumes Monday/Thursday schedule next week

MavWire will be sent to faculty and staff on Mondays and Thursdays beginning the week of Monday, Aug. 24, and will follow that schedule throughout the fall and spring semesters, except for holidays.

Benefit Yourself

How to stretch your food budget

Connecting Life and Work

Feed your family less expensively without sacrificing taste, freshness, quality or nutrition using our money-saving tips. Out-of-season produce is costly and lacks flavor. Skip it; instead choose fruits and vegetables that are in season. When produce is at its peak, there's an abundance of it—and you can find it for a bargain. In the summer, enjoy tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs, bell peppers and more. Get tips and learn how to prepare an easy recipe.

Coaching skills for supervisors

Great coaches inspire great achievement, expect sacrifice, demand excellence, inspire victory and garner respect. This top-level course gives you the essential coaching skills to immediately improve your day-to-day and long-term performance as a manager. The benefits of coaching that you'll find in this short course will change the way you work and lead. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 9-11 a.m., Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See the complete list of training classes.

Faculty can learn about student IT services

This workshop is designed to provide faculty an in-depth look at the computing services and resources made available to students through the Office of Information Technology. Faculty will have the opportunity to see which technologies can be used to improve projects, assignments and correspondences with students. In addition, they receive handouts, brochures and answers to their classroom IT questions. Register to attend. Wednesday, Sept. 2, noon-1 p.m., Ransom Hall, Room 311A. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Employment information

Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at www.uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139 or e-mail employment@uta.edu. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Study shows immigrants flock to Houston

Ultraviolet radiation can help and hurt

Saltwater storage may be connected to earthquakes

"The city is world-known as a place that's home to a disproportionate number of immigrants."

"The ultraviolet and cosmic ray environment around a star may very well have 'chosen' what type of life could arise around it."

"What happens is it tends to float the rocks apart."

– Dr. Jason Shelton, assistant professor of sociology, on survey findings in Houston that show attitudes about race and immigration had a distinct influence on reactions to Katrina evacuees, most of whom were African-American. Houston Chronicle.

– Dr. Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics, and his team are examining the damaging and favorable effects of ultraviolet radiation from stars on DNA molecules. Universe Today.

– Dr. Larry Standlee, adjunct assistant professor in earth and environmental sciences in the College of Science, on how underwater saltwater storage used in natural gas drilling could be connected to the recent spate of earthquakes North Texas has experienced. KTVT Channel 11.

Going Out

Saturday, Aug. 22 Movin' Mavs Alumni Game The UT Arlington Movin' Mavs host their annual varsity/alumni wheelchair basketball game. Free. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Contact coach Doug Garner at dgarner@uta.edu or 2-3410.

Now through Aug. 22 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition The second annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition features works by a diverse group of graduate student artists at varying stages of their program of study. Free. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. Films will be screened concurrently in Room 2105. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22. Contact the Department of Art and Art History at 2-2891.

Now through Aug. 30 Harvey When Elwood P. Dowd, played by UT Arlington alumnus and adjunct professor of theatre arts B.J. Cleveland, begins introducing his best friend Harvey (an invisible six-foot white rabbit) at social functions, his sister decides it's time to commit him. Theatre Arlington offers a discount of $3 off its regular ticket price to UT Arlington faculty and staff. Limit two tickets; discount does not apply to youth productions. Tickets $12-$14 with discount. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Call 817-275-7661 for tickets.

Now through Sept. 13 World View at Eclectic Expressions World View features three artists who have recently moved to this area. They are successful Nigerian artist Okezie Nwosu, Panamanian art professor Natascha Riffkogel and Carol Simmons from Charleston, S.C. Free. Eclectic Expressions Artists' Studios & Galleries, 201 E. Sanford, Arlington. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; and by appointment, 817-860-ARTS. Faculty, staff and students receive a 15 percent discount on all paintings. Classes also available. See Eclectic Expressions.

Now through Sept. 30 Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 at the Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit that highlights various disciplines in the glass arts, including glassblowing, kiln-formed glass, flameworking, neon sculpture, stained glass, glass mosaic and cast glass. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only. Contact Christina Graves at 2-5988.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium programs Summer shows include Texas Stargazing, Stars of the Pharaohs, Black Holes, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Bad Astronomy, matinees and $2 movies. Faculty and staff with ID and their accompanying family members receive free admission on Thursdays through Aug. 20. Check the Planetarium Web site for upcoming shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or planetarium@uta.edu for tickets.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)

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