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

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Governor Rick Perry signing tier one legislation

Historic signing: President James D. Spaniolo joined area lawmakers and other academic leaders as Gov. Rick Perry signed the Tier One bill.

State takes step toward more Tier One universities

Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation last week aimed at creating more national research universities against a backdrop of university leaders and state lawmakers who pledged to put higher education in Texas on a pathway to excellence.

Perry lauded the signing as historic for Texas universities in a ceremony at The University of Texas at Dallas Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory, which was built in part with support from the governor's Texas Enterprise Fund.

James D. Spaniolo, president of UT Arlington, joined UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, UT Dallas President David Daniel and Gretchen M. Bataille, president of the University of North Texas, at the bill signing ceremony.

Perry told the academic leaders and lawmakers that he shares concerns of others who believe there aren't enough Tier One institutions in the state. But with the funding, Perry said, Texas research labs will generate "world-changing technology, wealth-creating technology, discoveries that will transform an industry."

Spaniolo said the funding would have immediate impact as UT Arlington's research programs continue to grow.

"We've got a number of active projects. It will allow us to expand what we're doing at a more active pace," he said.

National research universities, often referred to as "Tier One" universities, attract top faculty and students to produce scientific innovation and economic benefit. Texas lags behind similarly sized states in the number of national research universities. Texas has only three Tier One schools—The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and Rice University—compared to California's nine and New York's seven.

For more information, see the news release.

Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster

Filling a need: Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster stressed that innovative education is needed to provide large numbers of future nurses.

School of Nursing to double undergraduate enrollment by 2012

The School of Nursing has announced the establishment of the Regional Nursing Education Center, a program that will double the number of undergraduate nursing students by 2012. The program is aimed at students earning their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and becoming registered nurses.

The center is being made possible by $5 million in one-time funds approved when Gov. Rick Perry signed the state appropriations bill last Friday. The funds will allow UT Arlington's BSN enrollment to increase from 400 to 800 students over the next three years. The center will be a resource to 14 schools of nursing in the region as they increase their enrollments and expand their use of UT Arlington's nursing simulation facility.

"Through the leadership of all our area lawmakers, UT Arlington will be able to play a major role in training the numbers of highly skilled registered nurses that Texas needs to meet the health care demands in our communities," President James D. Spaniolo said. "We are thrilled that more students, and more Texans, will benefit from the real-world experience they can gain in our University's high-tech teaching laboratory, the UT Arlington School of Nursing's Smart Hospital."

Elizabeth C. Poster, dean of the School of Nursing, said this funding is vital to admitting more of the 8,000 qualified applicants who cannot be accommodated each year in Texas nursing schools.

  MavPic El Camino royale

El Camino royale

The Office of Facilities Management's fleet of vehicles includes a 1983 Chevrolet El Camino used for the past seven years by department design team members Sam Montee (right), computer-aided drafting (CAD) manager, and Dave Brown, CAD technician. Don Decker (left), campus planning coordinator for Facilities Management and former director of the department, drove the car for many years. He is retiring June 30. The El Camino has only 42,000 miles and was recently repainted.

"It is clear that nursing, more now than ever before, is a highly sought-after profession," Dr. Poster said. "It is our responsibility to create innovative ways to provide quality nursing education for large numbers of future nurses. These are exciting times with opportunities for creativity in the use of new technologies."

For more information, see School of Nursing or see the news release.

Administrators to answer questions
at SAC Forum

Just a reminder that the Staff Advisory Council Forum will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, July 1 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Lunch will be provided for the first 200 employees in attendance. Administrators will be present to answer questions about issues concerning staff members.

Exhibit in Special Collections looks
at American travel

"The Road West: Travel Through America," the summer exhibit in Special Collections at the Central Library, looks at what travelers used to trek across the country, what they saw and how they remembered their trips.

Throughout American history, people have moved westward across the landscape. From early travelers plodding across the plains in wagons and stagecoaches, to modern wanderers racing down paved interstates, people always have required information about where they are going and how they are going to get there.

"The Road West" runs from June 1 to Aug. 8 in Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Central Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, visit Special Collections or call 2-3393.

Fourth Street closed to vehicles, pedestrians

Due to resurfacing, Fourth Street will be closed today through Saturday, from Pecan Street to West Street. Parking Lot-CN (north of Kalpana Chawla Hall), part of Oak Street and the north entrances to Lot-47 will be closed.

  MavPic Mary Jane Goad and Jean Hood

Retirees honored

Mary Jane Goad (left) received a retiree award from Jean Hood, vice president for human resources, at the Annual Retirees Dinner on Saturday night in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Goad retired after 39 years in the Dean's Office of the College of Science. She was one of 62 retirees from the past year. View pictures from the event.

Sealcoat material is being put on the street surface and can be very slippery until it cures. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic must stay off of the areas under construction.

Central Library renovation progressing

Fourth-floor renovation work is ahead of schedule at the Central Library as faculty, staff and students will be able to begin using that floor beginning Thursday, June 25.

With this completion, work moves to the fifth floor, where the wireless nodes are in the ceiling. They will need to be removed for the duration of the electrical and plumbing work.

There will be a disruption in wireless network service on floors four, five, and six. The project is expected to be completed in early August.

See Central Library for photos of the work. Photos are added as work progresses.

Get going, get green

If you haven't signed up for the Maverick Office Green Team, you can get involved today and learn ways to go greener in your department.

The link to the online application form is now available on the Mavericks Go Green page on the President's Sustainability Committee Web site.

See the horses run at Lone Star Park

The Department of Campus Recreation has reserved 40 spots on the patio at Lone Star Park for Thursday, July 9. The patio is climate controlled.

Cost is $25 per person, which includes admission, reserved seating, parking, program and BBQ buffet. Post time is 6:35 p.m. The track opens at 5 p.m. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 2. Contact Chris Muller at 2-3277 or cmuller@uta.edu. Registration forms are available at the Maverick Activities Center.

Benefit Yourself

Premium rate increase due for medical plan

Connecting Life and Work

The UT SELECT medical plan administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is self-funded by the UT System. As a self-funded plan, all claims are paid by UT System through premium sharing monies allocated by the State Legislature, UT System and your monthly out-of-pocket cost (for dependent coverage). The claims experienced during the current benefit year (2008-09) indicate an upward trend of 10 percent in the cost of providing health care services to UT System members. Due to the rate of increase in the claims experience trend, it is necessary to increase premium rates 6.5 percent for the upcoming 2009-10 plan year. This will result in an increase in out-of-pocket cost of approximately $10 each month for employee/retiree with spouse or children coverage and an increase of approximately $20 each month for employee/retiree with family coverage. Full-time employees with no dependent coverage will continue to have no out-of-pocket premium costs. Retirees without dependents also will continue not to have any out-of-pocket premium costs. See benefits.

Get organized: Keys for everyday office success

If your office is a mess and you are drowning in your to-do list, then this class is for you. Participants will learn how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter and how to discover the benefits of organization. Thursday, June 25, 2-4 p.m., Chemistry and Physics Building, Room 303. See a complete list of training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver CS3

Explore the tools necessary to use Adobe's powerful Web editing software. Learn the basics of HTML and how it works. Choose a layout, create tables, upload photographs and insert hyperlinks that allow you to create your space for the Web. Register to attend. Thursday, July 2, 2-4 p.m., Ransom Hall, Room 211A. See a complete list of OIT training classes.

Employment information

Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at www.uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call 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

Tier One bill provides boost

Investors sought for development

Tips for over-40 job seekers

"It will allow us to expand what we're doing at a more active pace."

"That's obviously an area that's served its useful life. It would benefit the whole community to see the area redeveloped."

"You don't need to mention on your resume when you graduated from college or note basic computer skills."

- President James D. Spaniolo, concerning the signing of House Bill 51 by Gov. Rick Perry. Star-Telegram.

- John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, concerning an area along Center Street. Star-Telegram.

- Myrtle Bell, associate professor of management, providing tips for over-40 workers in today's job market. CourierPostOnline.com.

Sports Notes
  Cordero Gray and Jasmine Walls

Speed to burn: Sprinters Cordero Gray (left) and Jasmine Walls earned All-America honors for their track performance this season.

Gray, Walls nab track All-America honors

Track and field athletes Cordero Gray and Jasmine Walls were honored by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as All-Americans following the conclusion of the season.

Gray earned his award in the 100 meters, recording the 10th best time at the NCAA Track and Field Championships earlier this month. Walls earned her award in the 200 meters, where she recorded the 11th best time at the NCAA meet and the second fastest time in school history.

They are the 29th and 30th athletes in program history to be selected as All-Americans and the first since Jon McDowell in 2007.

Sports briefs

Zack Fischer won the prestigious Western Junior Championship Golf Tournament last week at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. … Four Mavericks were named to the Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic team. Matt Otteman, exercise science major, was named to the first team, while Collin Garner, mechanical engineering major; Adam Boydston, history major; and Ryan Martin, political science major, were named to the second team. … Takeshi Fujiwara, Byron Majors and Caroline Erlingson were named to the Southland Conference Track and Field/Cross Country All-Academic team. Fujiwara is a graduate student, majoring in business administration. Majors is an exercise science major, and Erlingson is biological chemistry major. … UT Arlington along with Southeastern Louisiana led the league with 85 student-athletes on the Capital One Bank/Southland Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for spring sports. … Pitcher Andy Sauter has signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. … Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman, a former UT Arlington player, was named to the American League coaching staff for the 2009 All-Star Game on July 14 in St. Louis.

See Athletics for more information.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, June 24 'Angels & Demons' – UT Arlington Connection Physics Professor Kaushik De will separate scientific fact from fiction in the film "Angels & Demons." The talk includes scenes from the film, photos of UT Arlington professors and graduate students working on ATLAS particle detector on campus and in CERN, and an insider's view of the actual facility. He also will answer the lingering questions the film leaves in movie-goers' minds. Free. 6 p.m. The Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. See www.uta.edu/planetarium/ for more information.

Friday, June 26 Rape Aggression Defense Class for Women The women's self-defense training will be offered by the UT Arlington Police Department. Free and open to the UT Arlington community. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library, sixth floor parlor. Limited to 25 participants. RSVP to nadine@uta.edu to hold your place. For more information, see the Calendar.

Friday, June 26 'Ten by Tenn' The Department of Theatre Arts and Fort Worth theatrical troupe, SceneShop, salute literary giant Tennessee Williams in a performance lecture. The ensemble, composed of faculty, students and professional actors, will present excerpts of Williams' plays, prose and poetry. Free. 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building, Stage 143. The performance will be repeated Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.

Wednesday, July 1 Wireless Medical Devices for Body-area Networking The College of Engineering and the Arlington Technology Association present Don Shaver, Ph.D., director of Texas Instruments' Communications and Medical Systems Laboratory. The development of wearable and implantable wireless devices is revolutionizing physicians' abilities to monitor patients' body functions in real time. In this presentation, Dr. Shaver will examine the technological challenges to achieving the device performance required for body-area networking. Everyone welcome. Light breakfast provided. $5. 7-8 a.m. Rady Room, 601 Nedderman Hall. Make a reservation. Contact Roger Tuttle at 2-3682 or tuttle@uta.edu.

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

Going Out

Thursday, June 25 EXCEL Summer Movie Series "Race to Witch Mountain" will be shown on the west wall of the Maverick Activities Center. Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. Bring chairs or blankets. Free popcorn will be available, and candy and drinks will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. The movie will begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 or 9 p.m. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. See calendar.

Now through June 30 Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Trail Exhibit Heritage tourism exhibit sponsored by the Texas Lakes Trail Regional Heritage Tourism Program. Free and open to the public. Noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Special visiting times can be arranged through the Gallery. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, Santa Fe Station. Contact Megan Topham at 2-5908.

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, with the exception of July 4. Contact the Department of Art and Art History at 2-2891.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium programs Summer shows include Ice Worlds, Bad Astronomy, Rock on Demand, The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, matinees and $2 movies. 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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