$1.16 million endowment funds McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies
Betty Ruch has made a gift of $580,000 on behalf of herself and her late husband, Roger Ruch, to establish the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.
The Tarrant County couple has been long-time supporters of UT Arlington. Their contribution is being doubled to establish the $1.16 million endowment through the Maverick Match, an innovative program that matches major gifts with University natural gas royalties.
Dr. McDowell, who died in 2007, established the Center for Soviet and East European Studies (now the Center for Post-Soviet and East European Studies) at UT Arlington in 1968. The Ruch endowment will enable the new center within the College of Liberal Arts to have a global focus, including Russia, the Baltic States, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, and the Balkans. The McDowell Center also will focus on the study of languages described as critical for their strategic interest and economic potential, according to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. State Department.
"The contributions of the McDowell Center will be immense in terms of our commitment to global understanding," President James D. Spaniolo says. "Endowments like this play a major role in the University's work to become a nationally recognized research institution."
"The center is a fitting way to honor a man who devoted his career to giving exemplary service to his university, his country, and communication between the peoples of the world," says Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
Political science Professor Mark Cichock, an expert in comparative political analysis, Russian and East European politics, and foreign policy, has been named interim director of the McDowell Center.
For more information, see the news release.
Alumni Association executive director named
Lora J. Malone, vice president and chief programs officer for the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, is the new executive director of the UT Arlington Alumni Association. Her first day will be June 1.
Malone comes to Texas after nearly a decade with the Oklahoma State alumni organization and 19 years overall in alumni relations, development, public affairs, and marketing. She joined OSU in 1991 and previously served as coordinator of undergraduate admissions in addition to other positions.
As executive director of UT Arlington's Alumni Association, Malone will manage strategic planning and operations for the organization and will direct efforts to increase participation among the University's 148,000 alumni.
"We're thrilled to add an executive director of Lora's caliber to our ranks and look forward to seeing her take the UT Arlington Alumni Association to new levels of programming and involvement," President James D. Spaniolo says. "Alumni participation is a hallmark of a top-flight university, and we look forward to working closely with Lora to help cultivate those critical relationships."
See more information online.
Accomplished alumni among speakers at Commencement
Graduates will hear from outstanding speakers, including four alumni, at Commencement ceremonies scheduled Thursday-Monday, May 13-17. All ceremonies will be held at Texas Hall. The Commencement schedule is posted online at uta.edu/commencement.
The School of Social Work celebrates the 40th anniversary of its first graduating class as Sister Mary Fulbright ('70 MSSW) will speak at the 1 p.m. Friday ceremony, along with current graduate Tenley McCarley ('10 MSSW) for a "Then and Now" presentation.
Col. Everette E. Gray ('68 BSME), U.S. Army retired, will speak to the College of Engineering graduation candidates at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. Col. Gray is a registered patent attorney in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a professional engineer in Virginia.
College of Liberal Arts candidates will hear a pair of alums who have excelled locally. Karen Borta ('87 BA), news anchor for CBS affiliate KTVT channel 11, will speak at the 4 p.m. Saturday ceremony while Trey Yelverton ('88 BA), deputy city manager for the City of Arlington, will speak to the candidates at 7 p.m.
Janet Marzett, vice president of collections, customer service, and remarketing at Daimler Financial Services, is the speaker for the College of Business ceremonies at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Join The Blazing Race for a wellness walk May 19
Are you up to the challenge of The Blazing Race? Join UT Arlington's faculty and staff 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, for National Employee Health and Fitness Day.
Participants will walk a campus adventure course and receive prizes and giveaways. Choose the hour that you prefer. Start times from the Maverick Activities Center are 11 a.m. and noon. The UT Arlington Wellness Committee hosts the free event.
Individual and team registration ends Tuesday, May 18.
Gaming added to digital media track for art and art history fall classes
Beginning this fall, the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts will incorporate game theory and game design into its digital media track. The goal, says department Chair Robert Hower, will be to equip students to push the boundaries of gaming.
"We want students to be able to create commercial and non-commercial products," Hower says. "More importantly, we want them to receive a concentrated education in gaming and design. The question becomes how do we prepare students to use technology and be innovative throughout their careers."
The program will allow students to learn and incorporate those technical skills into their work while spending an equal amount of time on concept, story, artistic design, and general sensory experience of a virtual world. This program would give graduating students exposure to a variety of job options in the digital medium.
Dining options change between semesters, during the summer
Dining options on campus will change between semesters and during the summer sessions.
Maverick Market and Starbucks in the E.H. Hereford University Center are the only dining facilities open between spring and summer semesters. Other dining spots are closed from Saturday, May 15, to Saturday, June 5.
The University Club opens again Tuesday, June 8, and will be open Tuesdays-Thursdays during the summer.
For more details call 2-2793. See summer hours at uta.edu/dining.
Planetarium hosts Astronomy Day
The Planetarium hosts Astronomy Day with the Texas Astronomical Society 2-10 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The event will include a raffle, presentations by the Texas Astronomical Society, discounted Planetarium shows, and observation of Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon through the telescopes on-site.
For details or a list of other Planetarium shows, call 2-1183 or go online to utaplanetarium.com.
New phone support hours at OIT Help Desk begin May 24
The Computer Help Desk for the Office of Information Technology will have new telephone support hours beginning Monday, May 24. The Help Desk will answer phones until 8 p.m. daily. Walk-in help and e-mail assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org will continue during the Central Library's regularly posted hours.
Dial-in service to be retired May 31
Just a reminder that dial-in modems to the campus network will be retired as of Monday, May 31, according to the Office of Information Technology.
Consistent usage decline over the past five years no longer justifies the cost of the modem pool. Both dial-up and higher speed Internet connections are available from other service providers. For more information, go to uta.edu/dialin or contact the Help Desk at email@example.com or 2-2208.
Find a variety of opportunities with Continuing Ed
Classes such as Piano Shorthand: Playing Music without Music are among the numerous offerings of the Department of Continuing Education.
The piano class is for those brand new to music and the seasoned player who would like to learn how to play without reading music. You may bring a portable keyboard to class, but it is not required. The class meets 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15, in Room F200D of the Continuing Education Workforce Center. Cost is $99.
The summer catalog of classes includes a list of enrichment, professional development, and certification courses. Go to uta.edu/ced or call 2-2581 for more details.
Human Resources training classes deal with decision making, conflict, delegation
Solving Problems/Making Decisions Participants are invited to bring one in-depth problem for the class to discuss. This seminar is designed to explore real problems and discover how to develop strategies to map out the problem and discover a real solution. Explore the tools for creatively brainstorming solutions and facing obstacles from a whole new perspective. Uncover how to effectively use a step-by-step process to achieve greater results. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, May 18, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.
Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation If your first response to conflict and confrontation is fight or flight, then you are responding naturally. However, there is another solution that comes through knowledge and education. Learn how to deal effectively with conflict and discover new ways to make every conflict a learning experience. Whether you avoid conflict like the plague or see it as an opportunity to sharpen your claws, this is the class for you. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, May 19, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.
Effective Delegation Discover the essential skills to effectively manage projects and bring out the best in your team. Successful managers and supervisors are the ones who learn how to delegate effectively. They know there's no better resource than a fully functioning and dedicated team. This course can help you take control of your projects and priorities. Learn practical tips and specific steps to boost productivity, maximize teamwork, and meet deadlines. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, May 20, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.
See a complete list of HR training classes.
Check out employment opportunities at 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.
SLC Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin Friday at Maverick Stadium
For the first time since 2006, UT Arlington will host the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, at Maverick Stadium.
Last year, the Maverick men's team finished second, losing by 1/2 point. The women finished third. The last championship for the men came in 2007, when the Mavericks won by a single point. The women last won in 2001 at Maverick Stadium, capping a run of four straight titles.
All-session passes are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Single-session passes are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Children 6 and younger are admitted free. Students from Southland Conference universities are admitted free with student ID.
Softball earns third seed for SLC tournament
UT Arlington is seeded third in the Southland Conference Softball Tournament, which begins today, Thursday, May 13, at San Marcos. The Mavericks will open play against sixth-seeded Nicholls State at 1:30 p.m. today. A victory would pit them against second-seeded Texas State at 6:30 p.m. this evening.
The double-elimination tournament continues through Saturday with the champion earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The only conference tournament softball title for UT Arlington came in 2003.
Baseball Mavs lose two to Stephen F. Austin, host Lamar this weekend
Losing two of three to Stephen F. Austin last weekend, the Maverick baseball team slipped to fourth in the Southland Conference. The Mavericks will host Lamar for three games this weekend.
Two weeks remain in the regular season before the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament May 26-29 at Corpus Christi. The top eight teams qualify for the tournament, and the Mavericks already have clinched a berth.
Junior Zack Fisher received an invitation to participate in the NCAA Regional Golf Tournament May 20-22 at San Diego. ... Senior pitcher Jason Mitchell earned second team Academic All-District baseball honors. Majoring in economics, he has a 3.5 grade point average. ... Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball players John McPhail (Australia) and Jaco Velloen (South Africa) are playing for their native countries in hopes of advancing to the Paralympic games in 2012.
Thursday, May 13
Underexposed VIII Film Festival Final night of The Student Film Video Organization spring film festival. $7. Tickets are available 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today in Room 157 of the Fine Arts Building or at the door. 7 p.m., Magnolia at the Modern in Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. in the arts district.
Friday, May 14
Graduation Party All recent graduates (fall '09 and spring '10) who sign up as Young Alumni members will receive swag, while supplies last. Claim your swag early at utaya.org/GradJoin. Faculty and staff are invited to join in the celebration. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. BlackFinn American Saloon, Arlington Highlands.
Friday-Sunday, May 14-16
Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Men's and women's teams compete. $10 per session or $15 for all-session pass. See the SLC track and field championships schedule. Maverick Stadium.
Baseball Lamar. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Clay Gould Ballpark. utamavs.com, 2-2261.
Through May 15
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition BFA graduating students show their works. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. uta.edu/gallery, 2-5658.
Through May 31
Timpani: New Works Artists Carol Benson, Susan Harrington, and Chris Powell use disparate media in this art exhibit. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-5988.
Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)