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

Thursday, April 7, 2011

UTA Starts with U

'UTA Starts With U' campaign debuts at annual cookout Friday

Have lunch, win door prizes, and learn more about the UTA Starts With U campaign at the annual cookout for faculty and staff 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Central Library mall.

Faculty and staff who give to any area or program become members of the Nedderman Society, a special recognition organization named for Dr. and Mrs. Wendell Nedderman to honor their spirit and dedication to the University and its students.

You can contribute to UT Arlington by check or cash, credit/debit card at uta.edu/giving, or payroll deduction. Visit the site to learn more about giving and the difference you can make. Last year, 412 faculty and staff members gave more than $373,000 in support of University programs.

The cookout, presented by the Office of Development, honors society members and provides information for future members. In case of rain, the cookout will be in the atrium at Nedderman Hall.

Mike Greene

Mike Greene

Alumnus creates $1 million endowment

Alumnus Mike Greene and his wife, Janet, have created a College of Engineering endowment that over time will equal $1 million through the Maverick Match program, which pairs University natural gas royalties with new endowment commitments for maximum impact.

Greene earned his mechanical engineering degree from UT Arlington in 1969. He eventually rose to become vice chairman of Energy Future Holdings, formerly TXU. After holding various leadership positions within the company, including CEO of Luminant and president of Oncor, he retired in June 2010 after 46 years with the company.

The gift comes as UT Arlington is laying the groundwork for what will become its first comprehensive campaign to raise private philanthropic support for endowments, capital projects, and programs, says Jim Lewis, vice president for development.

Read more about the Greene endowment.

MavAlert

Emergency notification system test successful

The test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System conducted Wednesday, April 6, was a success. The system distributed test notifications to about 41,000 students, faculty, and staff with contact information in University records. An analysis of the test results will be used to improve emergency communications for the UT Arlington community.

Within three minutes of the test message launch, thousands of MavAlert notifications began arriving via text message, email, and voice mail to 40,999 individual, registered users. Text message notifications were delivered most rapidly to the 13,317 users who had registered their mobile phone numbers as SMS text message devices in the MavAlert system.

Email and voice mail notifications followed text message notifications Wednesday, with the notification cycle complete by 12:57 p.m.

During the test, some email notifications were slowed by the University’s internal email servers. The email permissions have been updated to speed up email notifications during future tests and actual emergencies.

In addition, voice mail notifications were sent to a subset of the total phone numbers listed in the system. The service provider is resolving this issue.

The MavAlert Emergency Notification System is designed to deliver rapid notification to all students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency. The multi-tiered communications system sends emergency notifications on various communications platforms when an urgent situation arises.

Other means of rapid mass emergency notifications include the Outdoor Warning System, announcements within campus buildings, the University’s home page, public address via police vehicles, and alerts distributed through the media.

“We’re satisfied with this university-wide test of our MavAlert Emergency Notification System,” says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, who oversees emergency preparedness for the University. “The text-messaging component, in particular, proved extremely reliable and effective in getting our message out quickly. The test provided the information we need to make our emergency communications even more effective in the future.”

Routine tests of emergency communications systems are essential to ensure that they perform to their full potential.

To add your mobile phone number as an SMS text message device, please visit the MavAlert registration page https://www.warnsignup.com/mavalert/ and follow the instructions. You must complete the steps to register your mobile phone as an SMS text message device to receive emergency notifications by text messages.

Employee email information may be updated through UT Direct. Student information should be updated through the MyMav portal.

Faculty creative works exhibit features books, art, music

Faculty members receive kudos for their 2010 endeavors at a reception from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

The annual reception honors faculty who authored, edited, or compiled books, served on editorial boards, published music, exhibited art, or had patents granted in 2010. Many of the items or publications will be on exhibit.

Provost Donald R. Bobbitt will offer remarks at 4:30 p.m. followed by a toast from President James D. Spaniolo. All faculty and staff are invited to attend the event, which is presented by the Office of the Provost, the Library, and the Friends of the Library.

For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 or wingfield@uta.edu.

Mav Pic The Green dedication

Spring at The Green

A butterfly release signaled the official opening of The Green at College Park during Tuesday's dedication. Releasing Painted Lady and Monarch butterflies are, from left, President James D. Spaniolo, Marni Jade Evans of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, and Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon. See more photos from The Green's dedication.

 

Saturday's Picnic in the Park features games, music for alumni, friends

The fifth annual Picnic in the Park brings alumni and former students together 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Doug Russell Park, located on the northwest corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. The event is sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends can join in games, children's activities, music, and giveaways. Plenty of food will be provided. Come dressed in your best Maverick spirit attire for the Most Spirited Maverick and the Most Spirited Future Maverick (17 and under) competition. Prizes will be awarded.

Cost is $5 for Alumni Association members and $8 for non-members. Children 7 and younger will be admitted free. Parking will be available in the surrounding business lots on Mitchell Street.

In case of rain, the picnic will be held at the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To register or purchase a sponsorship, visit the Alumni Association website. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594 or uta_alumni@uta.edu.

College of Nursing staging disaster drill

The College of Nursing will stage a disaster preparedness demonstration for about 100 nursing students 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Campus Recreation Fields Complex, near Fielder Road and Mitchell Street. The site is just east of Arlington’s Swift Elementary School, 1101 S. Fielder Road.

A helicopter from PHI Helicopter will land on the field as part of the demonstration. Other planned participants in the event include UT Arlington Police, Arlington Medical Response, and Arlington police and fire departments.

Parts of the adjacent parking lot will be blocked off during the demonstration. The public, including children from the elementary school, will not be allowed inside the demonstration area.

Improvements planned for pedestrian crossing on UTA Boulevard

Traffic—pedestrian and vehicular—on UTA Boulevard by the new Engineering Research Building will see some changes within the next few weeks.

The city of Arlington has approved these improvements, and UT Arlington's Office of Facilities Management has evaluated the crossing since the building opened in January with an eye toward making it as safe and visible as possible.

  • The pedestrian crossing will be narrowed to 10 feet wide from its current width of 50 feet. Planners believe it is safer to focus pedestrians on a more narrow path.

  • UT Arlington will add "stop bars" on both sides of the crossing. These are raised "bumps" in the pavement that are 24 inches wide. They serve to slow traffic.

  • The ADA crosswalks will be located in the center of the crosswalk.

  • Additional yellow pedestrian crossing signs with orange flags have been added at the site to alert traffic.

  • New "Pedestrian Crossing" lettering will be painted on the pavement east and west of the crossing in large letters with reflective, white paint to alert motorists.

  • The crossing is marked by flashing LED lights that are triggered when a pedestrian enters the crossing. Such lights have been found to be an effective way to alert motorists.

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations are due Friday

Nominations are sought for the 2011 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor a Maverick graduate can receive from UT Arlington.

Award criteria and a nomination form can be found on the Alumni Association website. Submit nominations by Friday, April 8. Awards will be presented at the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 15. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.

Tobacco free

Cessation programs help Mavs prepare for tobacco-free campus in August

Health Services offers free tobacco cessation education classes as UT Arlington moves toward becoming a tobacco-free campus in August.

The Fresh Start from Tobacco program consists of four one-hour classes designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. These seminars cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions.

The free classes are on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of each month in Room B03 of the Health Services Center.

The next classes are April 19-20. Check the schedule for details. Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

The Big Event has more than 1,000 volunteers

More than 1,000 volunteer positions have been filled for The Big Event, the day of community service Saturday, April 16, but if you would like to help with set-up or clean up for the Thank You Celebration, contact Bonnie Rodriguez at 2-2963.

Mav Pic International Food Fest-Jeanette Hood

Nourishing noodles

Jeanette Hood, left, steadies her plate while Dian Nostikasari dishes up noodles Tuesday at the International Week Food Fair. Hood is an administrative assistant in marketing in the College of Business, and Nostikasari ('10 MCRP) is an urban planning doctoral student.

 

African-American Faculty and Staff Association honors students

Kendall Harris, dean of the College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University, is the keynote speaker for the UT Arlington African-American Faculty and Staff Association academic and service awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The annual event recognizes African-American undergraduate scholars who have achieved academic and community service excellence at UT Arlington. The program is free and open to the public. RSVP by Tuesday, April 12, to Debbie Berry at 2-5374 or specialevents@uta.edu.

Fajitas on the menu for University Club monthly buffet special today

Tex-Mex is featured at the University Club’s monthly buffet special today, Thursday, April 7. Beef and chicken fajitas, chiles rellenos, cheese enchiladas, borracho beans, and corn on the cob will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is $8 per person plus tax.

The regular menu will not be available Thursday. Feel free to check out with the host or hostess instead of waiting for the server if you are in a hurry. The University Club is located on the ground level of Davis Hall.

Texas Rangers baseball

Get your tickets for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark

Tickets are still available for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark when the Texas Rangers play the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, April 25.

Wear your Maverick blue, and come for the pre-game fun featuring the UT Arlington color guard, performance of the national anthem, first pitch, and special appearance by Blaze. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Discount tickets can be reserved at texasrangers.com/uta. Use the password rangers.

Health Services, Library need survey feedback

Take a few moments to complete the quick and anonymous patient satisfaction Health Services' survey through April 29. Health Services is committed to meeting and exceeding your expectations. Feedback on your impressions of the facility and experiences of care, service, and staff are important and encouraged.

Take the Library's survey and give your thoughts, suggestions, and insight into how the new website is working for you. At the end of the survey, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a drawing. The survey and drawing run through April 30, with prizes awarded in the last week of the spring semester.

Benefit Yourself
Camera

Introduction to Digital Photography I

Explore the basics of digital photography. Learn to control your camera to create the photographs you want. Bring your camera and information booklet. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount of $74.50. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thursdays, April 21-June 2. Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell. Continuing Education.

AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED

Would you know what to do if someone around you was having a heart attack? The skills you learn here could save a life. Free. 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, April 13, training room, Environmental Health and Safety, 500 Summit Ave. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver

Explore the tools necessary to use Adobe's powerful web editing software that allows you to create your space for the web. Register. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Thursday, April 14, Room B29, Central Library.

Outlook 2010

Learn how to manage your emails, quota, appointments, and the scheduling more effectively. Free. 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 14, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on OIT Training.

Employment Information

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

Sports Notes
Ivan Storic

Tossing the spear: Freshman Ivan Storic took first place in the javelin at the Bobby Lane Invitational and ranks among the nation's best in the event.

 

Tracksters shine at Bobby Lane Invitational

UT Arlington won four field events and turned in tremendous performances in several running events Saturday at the 35th annual Bobby Lane Invitational at Maverick Stadium.

For the men’s team, Casey Keeter, Ivan Storic, Lionel Mungwari, and Isiah Clements won the shot put, javelin, long jump, and high jump, respectively. Cordero Gray turned in the fastest collegiate time in the 100-meter dash.

For the women, Shannon Reynolds recorded the top 200-meter collegiate time, and the 4x400-meter relay team finished first.

The Mavericks are competing in the Texas Relays at UT Austin this week. One of the top meets in the nation each year, the Texas Relays began Wednesday and continues through Saturday, April 9.

Softball team moves into SLC lead

Recording their second straight weekend sweep and winning their seventh straight game, the Maverick softball team has moved into first place in the Southland Conference with a 13-2 league record.

The Mavericks completed a three-game sweep at UT San Antonio on Sunday and host Northwestern State in SLC games Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10. Action begins at 1 p.m. each day as the two teams play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday.

National champ cheerleaders aim for second title

Maverick spirit groups travel to Daytona Beach for the National Cheerleading Association's championship competition Thursday-Saturday, April 7-9.

The UT Arlington cheerleading squad brought home its first national championship last spring and will compete against 11 other teams in the Small Coed Division I.

The Dance Team also will compete.

Women continue tennis streak; men host matches this week

Weekend victories at Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin boosted the women’s tennis Southland Conference record to 8-0. The women host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 10, at the UTA Tennis Center.

The men's team hosts UT Pan American at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, and UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9.

Baseball team hosts Southeastern Louisiana in SLC series

Following a 6-4 non-conference win at Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, the Maverick baseball team hosts Southeastern Louisiana for a three-game Southland Conference series Friday-Sunday, April 8-10, at Clay Gould Ballpark. For game times, see the schedule below in Going Out.

The Mavericks are tied for third in the SLC with a 7-5 record after losing two of three at Nicholls State last weekend.

Golfers seventh at Austin tournament

High winds hampered play as the UT Arlington golf team finished seventh at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin on Monday and Tuesday.

Despite the winds, which ballooned several scores into the 80s, sophomore Hunter Brown shot 71 in the final round to finish tied for 17th in the individual standings. The Mavericks play in the Jim West Intercollegiate at Victoria, Texas, April 11-12.

(For more sports news, go to utamavs.com, uta.edu/movinmavs, or uta.edu/campusrec.)

Going Out

Thursday, April 7

Wanda Dye

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series Wanda Dye, right, assistant professor of architecture, discusses "Sustainable Urban Landscapes," an examination of new projects and proposals that take derelict or leftover spaces and sites and cultivate them into sustainable urban landscapes. Free. 9:30 a.m. Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Jeff Howard, 2-5119.

Science Week Lecture Thaddeus Arroyo (’86 BS, mathematics), a Distinguished Alumnus, speaks to mathematics students about his experiences as chief information officer for AT&T’s nationwide operations. Free. 2:30 p.m., Room 110, Pickard Hall. College of Science.

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. North Texas. Free. 3 p.m. Also Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10 a.m. Sunday, April 10. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Gallery 76102 Opening Reception "Reconsidering Art History," a solo exhibit by Betsy Williamson ('06 BFA), who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Exhibit continues through May 31. Reception free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-0365.

UT Arlington Wind Symphony Features works of composers John Mackey, Ron Nelson, and Antonin Dvorak. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, April 8

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Free. 2 p.m. Also Mavericks vs. UC Santa Barbara. 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Green Hornet

Free Movie: The Green Hornet Rich playboy and a resourceful employee become heroes by posing as villains. Rated PG-13. Free popcorn, concessions sold. 5 and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

$2 Movie: The Other Guys Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize, only things don't quite go as planned. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Southeastern Louisiana. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

International Week Global Extravaganza Talent Show Provides an array of cultural performances, ranging from song and dance to drama and comedy. Free. 7 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Student Organization.

Faculty Vocal Recital Features Jing Ling-Tam, professor of vocal studies and voice. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, April 9

Softball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Free with UT Arlington ID. Doubleheader 1 p.m. Also single game 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

Ongoing

Spacepark 360

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world experience of surreal vistas and thrilling amusement park rides. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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

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