Environmental expert named sustainability director
Meghna Tare has been named the first director of sustainability for UT Arlington. Her appointment began Monday.
Tare holds a master's degree in environmental studies from San Jose State University and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of San Francisco. She was an environmental manager with the City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality for the past three years and has taught environmental studies at California State University at Hayward. She also worked at Stanford University with the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy.
"Tare has a very broad range of knowledge, experience and success in leading and implementing sustainability programs and initiatives," says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations.
UT Arlington is committed to environmental stewardship, addressing energy and water conservation, construction, transportation and recycling, Hall said. The University was the first educational entity to partner with Air North Texas, a regional clean air campaign initiated by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
See more about the new sustainability director.
Christina Million to leave Alumni Association job
Christina Million, executive director of the Alumni Association, will leave the University at the end of January to become assistant vice president for the Georgia State University Alumni Association in Atlanta.
"Christina has done a remarkable job of managing the UT Arlington Alumni Association during a pivotal time in its development," says President James D. Spaniolo. "We are grateful for all that she has done to improve our alumni relations program during the past five years, and we wish her all the best as she takes on this next exciting challenge."
Million joined UT Arlington in 2004. Under her leadership the Alumni Association developed numerous award-winning programs and achieved an unprecedented 400 percent increase in membership. Million is credited with stabilizing the Alumni Association’s budget and guiding the purchase and payoff of the building that now houses the first Alumni Center in the University’s history. She also initiated new programs including the Official Maverick Class Ring, the Alumni Online Merchandise Store, the Out of the Blue e-newsletter, the Student Alumni Association and the Circle of Pride fundraising program.
"The past five years have been very rewarding, and I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with such an amazing organization," Million said. "I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most incredible people during my five years at UT Arlington, especially those individuals at the Alumni Association, who will always be my family."
Amy Schultz, associate vice president for communications and community relations at UT Arlington, has been named interim executive director of the Alumni Association. Schultz will serve in that role until the search for a new executive director has concluded. She will continue to oversee all community relations activities, including the recently launched College Town initiative.
A search committee is being assembled, and the search for a new executive director will commence immediately.
UT Arlington to offer accelerated bachelor's degree program
The University will launch a new online program in fall 2010 to provide former college students with an accelerated path to a bachelor's degree.
The Bachelor's Accelerated Completion program will target students who have completed roughly 60 semester credit hours or more. UT TeleCampus will administer the program.
Courses will be six to seven weeks long. The course offerings have not been announced, but students in and outside of Texas will be eligible for admission. After successful completion, students will be awarded a bachelor's degree in UT Arlington's University Studies program.
Michael Moore, senior vice provost, says the online program targets students who have started college but could not complete their coursework due to work constraints or changes in their personal life.
"Not everybody can be 18, leave high school and go to college for four years and graduate," Dr. Moore says. "We believe that offering this degree will dramatically increase the options for these students."
See more on the BAC program.
House bill tops University news stories for 2009
The signing of House Bill 51 tops the list of UT Arlington news stories in 2009. The bill was lauded by Gov. Rick Perry as a historic moment in the effort to create more Texas national research universities, often referred to as "Tier One" universities.
Perry signed the bill June 17. More than $680 million can now be allocated to seven emerging state research institutions, including UT Arlington.
Other highlights making the list include the record-breaking fall enrollment of 28,085 and the final design approval for the new $78 million Special Events Center.
See the list of top UT Arlington news stories in 2009.
Faculty, staff can receive emergency alerts via cell phone
All faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in the MavAlert system through their work phone numbers and e-mail addresses. But employees must register cell phone numbers and alternative e-mail addresses to receive the broadest reach of emergency alerts.
The MavAlert emergency notification system keeps faculty, staff and students informed in the event of a campus emergency. MavAlert is designed to send all current faculty, staff and students early warning text and voice messages to phones, e-mail accounts and other registered communications devices.
It is important that you update your contact information periodically. Only urgent emergency and security messages will be sent via MavAlert. All contact information maintained through the MavAlert system is kept confidential.
Update information at www.warnsignup.com/mavalert.
Four face charges in connection with robberies
Charges are pending against a fourth area teen in connection with a series of November cell phone robberies in which students were approached, asked for their cell phones and then assaulted.
The robberies and thefts occurred between Nov. 5 and Nov. 25. No similar incidents have been reported since by UT Arlington police.
See more about arrests.
Hatha Yoga: Levels I and II
Re-energize with relaxation techniques, gentle stretching and breathing exercises. Designed to promote better sleep, lessen tensions and improve stamina. Yoga sticky mat required. $80. 6 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 20-March 10, 8 sessions, Swift Center. Continuing Education, 2‑2581, www.uta.edu/ced.
Enroll now in HR training classes
Among the classes coming up this month are "Customer Service 101," 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, and "Fresh Start from Tobacco: Understanding Addiction and Steps to Quitting," 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Jan. 14. Classes are in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of training classes and events provided by the Office of Human Resources.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Saturday basketball game time moved to 1 p.m.
Game time for Saturday's men's basketball Southland Conference opener against Texas State at Texas Hall has been moved to 1 p.m. to accommodate on-campus parking for Cowboys Stadium employees and to alleviate traffic concerns.
The Mavericks have won their last two games and have a 7-5 record going into the league opener. Guard Marquez Haynes has twice been named Southland Conference player of the week.
Women's basketball travels to Texas State
The women's basketball team will open Southland Conference play on the road Saturday against Texas State. Game time is 4 p.m. in San Marcos. The Mavericks next home game will be Wednesday, Jan. 13, against Lamar.
Coach Samantha Morrow's squad is 5-8 against a rugged pre-conference slate that has included UT Austin, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Senior Meghan Nelson leads the team scoring with a 15.6 average while junior Shalyn Martin is the top rebounder with 8.1 per game.
Volleyball places three on all-academic team
The volleyball program was well represented on the Southland Conference All-Academic Team as sophomore Tara Frantz was selected to the first team while sophomore Christy Driscoll and junior Bianca Sauls were named to the second team.
Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.
Saturday, Jan. 9
Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Texas State. $4 faculty, staff. 1 p.m., Texas Hall.
Through Jan. 9
Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Lamar. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.
Friday, Jan. 15-Monday, Jan. 18
MLK Celebration Friday's "Sharing the Dream" awards banquet and Saturday's "Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry" are in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. See the entire MLK Celebration schedule.
Through Jan. 17
UT Arlington Planetarium programs Star gazers can get an advance look at NASA's new Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which will begin operations later this year, through the UT Arlington Planetarium original production, "Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA." Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule. Contact the Planetarium at 2‑1183 or email@example.com for tickets.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)