UTeach Arlington exceeding enrollment expectations
A new UT Arlington program aimed at bolstering the supply of secondary math and science teachers is already exceeding expectations, with nearly 30 percent more freshmen than expected signing up.
UTeach Arlington teams faculty from the University's College of Science and the College of Education and Health Professions to recruit freshmen and sophomores in science majors who also are interested in a career in teaching. Following a model established at The University of Texas at Austin, UT Arlington will provide education-related courses, classroom experience and mentoring to interested students earlier than in past programs.
"There has been a huge demand for qualified math and science teachers in Texas," says Greg Hale, assistant dean in the College of Science and one of the co-directors of UTeach Arlington. "This program addresses that challenge."
Last week, the National Science Foundation awarded UT Arlington nearly $1.5 million from the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to help with these efforts. That grant, in addition to a $900,000 Robert Noyce award the University received earlier, will provide $10,000 scholarships for juniors, seniors and graduate students seeking to become state-certified science and math teachers.
Along with Dr. Hale, co-directors of UTeach Arlington are Ann Cavallo, professor of curriculum and instruction and associate dean in the College of Education and Health Professions, and Ramon Lopez, a physics professor who served on the advisory council for UT Austin's original program. Dr. Cavallo is the principal investigator on the National Science Foundation scholarship grants.
See more about UTeach Arlington.
UTArlington Magazine gains a fresh look with fall issue
Fall is a time for renewal on college campuses, and the fall 2010 issue of UTArlington Magazine embodies that spirit. It has a new look, tons of fresh content, and, for the first time ever, all alumni will receive a copy.
A quick glimpse of what you'll find in both the print and online versions: NFL and NBA referees, glowing polymers, some extremely smart couples, the Man With No Eyes, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and much more.
The UTArlington Magazine website has been redesigned as well. The online version launched last week and features all magazine content, plus interactive components and bonus items that wouldn't fit in the print version. "Like" the magazine's Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed. Check out and post photos on flickr. More website features will be added soon.
"Redesigning and redeploying UTArlington Magazine has been a top priority in advancing the University's outreach and cultivation efforts," says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications. "For the first time ever, our University magazine is being distributed to 145,000 of our most important constituents—including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University."
As the University's flagship publication, UT Arlington Magazine, published three times a year, engages readers through a lively mix of content that advances the University's commitment to research, teaching, and community service. Send your comments to email@example.com.
SUPA, Oak Cliff chamber establish design, development storefront
Faculty and students from the School of Urban and Public Affairs are teaming with Dallas city planners and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce in the new Oak Cliff Storefront, a design and development partnership benefiting southwest Dallas.
The storefront is scheduled to open this week inside Methodist Hospital, 1441 N. Beckley Ave.
Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the partnership will influence development in the Oak Cliff community for years to come.
"The storefront is a great opportunity for the University to help a community in a positive way," Dr. Bobbitt says. "Our hope is to build a stronger community through the partnership."
UT Arlington students and professors from the School of Architecture and the School of Urban and Public Affairs launched a similar partnership with the city of Arlington in June 2009. They help staff the Urban Design Center on the first floor of Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.
See more about the Oak Cliff Storefront.
Adonis Rose performs for scholarships
Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Adonis Rose will perform at 7:30 p.m., today, Thursday Sept. 9, at the Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center to raise money for two scholarship funds.
Rose, an artist-in-residence at UT Arlington, is a third-generation drummer who began touring at age 17 and has performed with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, and others. He played on a New Orleans Jazz Orchestra album that won the 2010 Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.
Rose moved to North Texas from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and established the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra.
Tonight's concert, where Rose will perform with the Adonis Rose Quintet, is hosted by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi chapter at UT Arlington. Proceeds benefit the honor society's scholarship fund and the Adonis Rose Scholarship, which supports music students. Rose is also the Phi Kappa Phi chapter's first honorary member.
The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at utatickets.com. Donations also may be made at that site. Suggested donations for this special scholarship fundraiser are $50 per guest and $15 for students.
Donations in amounts other than $50 or $15 increments may be made by visiting uta.edu/giving/sub/adonis.php.
Staff Advisory Council meets Tuesday, seeks representatives for open seats
The Staff Advisory Council needs staff members to fill open district seats for the remainder of the 2009-2011 term. In order for the Council to have an all-inclusive, effective voice for the staff across campus, each district needs to have representation.
Serving UT Arlington as a leader on SAC provides great networking opportunities, builds teamwork and communication skills, and allows you to represent your fellow Mavericks and department on the issues that affect the greater good of the campus.
To see which buildings have openings for positions on the council and to learn more about SAC, review bylaws, or to learn who your district representative is, visit uta.edu/sac. If you are interested in serving on the council, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SAC will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Student Congress chambers of the E.H. Hereford University Center. All staff members are welcome.
MAC celebrates third birthday, opens Off Campus Mavericks Center
Join Campus Recreation and the Division of Student Affairs for the third birthday celebration of the Maverick Activities Center and the grand opening of the new Off Campus Mavericks Center at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the MAC.
The new Off Campus Mavericks Center is located in the lobby of the MAC and features wireless Internet, a new refreshment bar with cafe-style seating, a renovated Market, 26 new desktop computers, a large monitor servicing group projects of up to six people, 49 laptop seating spaces, and a new four-person office suite.
"The center provides a location for Mavericks that commute to campus to know they are welcomed and appreciated and they have a place to go that meets their needs or points them to who can," says Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs.
The celebration includes performances by the Dance Team and Cheerleaders along with cake, refreshments, and giveaways.
Volunteers needed for job fair
Volunteers are needed for the Fall 2010 Job Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The fair, hosted by the Career Center, will be held at the Maverick Activities Center. Shifts are available in one-hour increments from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Faculty and staff are needed most between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This will allow a lunch break for the Career Center staff, while ensuring the job fair is still supervised. Volunteer duties include set up, clean up, loading dock, and check-in tables.
Organizations may volunteer, also. To volunteer, contact Elizabeth Heyerdahl at 2-3267 or email@example.com.
Take me out to the ballgame for UT Arlington Night
Batter up, Mavericks! On Monday, Sept. 27, you, your friends, and family are invited to UT Arlington Night at the Rangers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. as the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Get tickets at utatickets.com for only $6 (a $30 value) and sit in the UT Arlington block or you can also use your UT Arlington discount and buy tickets online at texasrangers.com/uta (use the password rangers). Sponsored by the Office of the President, University Events, and EXCEL.
File and print services unavailable early Sunday
File and print services will be unavailable 1-7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, because of system maintenance. This will affect network printing, student J: drives, faculty/staff K: drives, and Omega and Gamma servers, as well as MavSpace for all faculty, staff, and students. In addition, all Net ID password changes, including Self Service, will be unavailable.
Mental Health Services program stresses less stress
Mental Health Services is now offering the Mindful Awareness Program (MAP), an eight-week program on ways to reduce stress.
Mindfulness is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the unity of mind and body. Learn how unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine health and how you can learn to respond to them instead of reacting.
Register for MAP until Wednesday, Sept. 15. Call 2-2771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Instructional support sessions offered for faculty
All faculty are invited to participate in the first Instructional Support Session for fall 2010, The Matrix as a Teaching Tool, from 1-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, in Room 101 in Trimble Hall.
Each session features different teaching techniques, and faculty are invited to participate in the demonstrations. The sessions, hosted by the Office of the Provost, are taught by Dr. Mary Lynn Crow, professor in the College of Education and Health Professions. Handouts and light refreshments are provided.
The program is free, but registration is required. Contact Delene Remmers at 2-2737 or email@example.com.
Introduction to Office 2010
Learn what's new in Office 2010. This course will feature an overview of the differences in Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. You will also get to ask specific questions in an extensive class-driven Q&A session. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 13, Room 123, Hammond Hall. Register. See more information on OIT training classes.
Fire Extinguisher Training
When a fire breaks out, the most important decision to make is whether to fight the fire or escape. It is important that you know how to operate the fire extinguisher before you attempt to fight a fire. Come to this hands-on course and learn how to use a fire extinguisher to safely put out a small fire when appropriate. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, Training Room, Environmental Health and Safety Building, 500 Summit Ave. See a complete listing 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.
Cross country teams to run Saturday at Vandergriff Park in home opener
Following a strong finish in last week's meet at Wichita Falls, the women's and men's cross country teams will host the UT Arlington Season Opener at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Vandergriff Park in Arlington.
Freshman Emily Koenig finished first as the Maverick women placed third at the Midwestern State University Cross Country Stampede in Wichita Falls last Thursday.
Senior Heinz Schwartzkopf was the top finisher for the Maverick men in the MSU meet as he placed 13th while the team was fourth overall.
Mavs win three of four in volleyball invitational at Texas Hall
The Mavericks won three of four matches in the UT Arlington Maverick Classic volleyball tournament last weekend at Texas Hall.
Coach Diane Seymour's squad notched wins over Arkansas-Little Rock, Louisiana Tech, and UT Pan American before losing to Mississippi State.
The Mavericks travel to the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic this weekend at Laramie, Wyo. Opponents in the classic include Northern Colorado, Wyoming, Boise State, and Portland.
Hall of Honor class includes three individuals, 1998-2001 tennis teams
Former basketball forward Tracy Burr-Lemonia (1985-88), tennis standout Christian Jaeger (1995-99), football defensive back Jim Marcum (1967-69), and the 1998-2001 men's tennis championship teams will be inducted into the Department of Athletics Hall of Honor. The event is Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Arlington Hilton Hotel.
Sign up for Bootcamp at MAC by Friday
Bootcamp is a fun way to reach your fitness goals and get in shape. This indoor/outdoor class incorporates cardiovascular and strength training to challenge your body and help you reach your goals.
Fitness assessments are performed at the beginning and end of the six-week program to gauge each person's strength and speed improvement.
Sign up by Friday, Sept. 10, at the service and information desk in the Maverick Activities Center. Sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Monday, Sept. 13.
Thursday, Sept. 9
Linton Powell Organ and Harpsichord Recital Linton Powell, professor of music, will perform compositions on the organ and harpsichord for his 35th annual fall recital. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.
Jazz and Poetry Music associate professors Dan Cavanagh and Tim Ishii will provide accompaniment for "The Jazz Ecstatic: A Performance of Jazz and Poetry," which features Minnesota-based, award-winning poet Timothy Young. Cavanagh is a composer and jazz pianist, and Ishii is a composer, jazz saxophonist, and director of jazz studies. $15. 7:30 p.m. Turner House Salon Series, Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, 401 N. Rosemont, Dallas.
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 10-11
$2 Movie: Clash of the Titans Zeus' mortal son tries to stop the underworld and its minions. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Music Honors Recital Music faculty and outstanding students perform in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.
Wednesday, Sept. 15
$2 Movie: Invictus Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, enlists the national rugby team to unite the apartheid-torn country. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The fall Levitt Pavilion Arlington concert series continues featuring Havana NRG, Nelo, Kelly Willis, and The Texas Gypsies this week. The series continues each Thursday through Sunday through Oct. 2. Free. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.
Fort Worth Abstract Fort Worth Abstract Fort Worth artists Jane Helslander, Winter Rusiloski, and Cecil Touchon display their abstracts with various media, including paint, collage, photographs, and found images. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through Sept. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.
Private Collections II See some of Dallas and Fort Worth art collectors' private treasures. Free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Oct. 16. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)