MavWire

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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Students

Record numbers: This fall's student enrollment of 33,449 is the largest in UT Arlington history.

Retention rate helps boost enrollment to fall record high of 33,449

Fall enrollment has hit another record high with 33,449 students and gains in the academic profile of the freshman class and in student retention.

About 27 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen entering the University from high school ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, preliminary Census Date reports show. Seventy percent ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class. The average SAT for the group was 1080, up from 1077 the previous fall.

Retention rates also continue to rise, an indicator of a university focused on helping students achieve their undergraduate degrees. Of last year’s freshman class, 74 percent of have returned for the sophomore year, up from about 61 percent five years ago.

President James D. Spaniolo says the sustained enrollment growth demonstrates UT Arlington’s expanding reputation as a first-class, comprehensive research university.

“All our indicators, from applications and admissions to the numbers of students continuing to pursue their degrees, are climbing,” he says. “It’s clear that The University of Texas at Arlington increasingly is seen as an attractive place to be.”

Read more about enrollment.

Worms

Roundworm evolution: More knowledge about roundworm reproduction could lead to better methods of preventing and fighting infection.

Biology researchers find evolutionary clues through roundworm offspring

A roundworm with a mix of male, female, and hermaphrodite offspring is offering researchers at UT Arlington a look at a species in transition from one mode of reproduction to another.

Andre Pires da Silva, assistant professor of biology, and his research team examined influences on the reproductive activity of the Rhabditis, a nematode worm about 1 mm long. They found that the worm’s reproductive characteristics changed depending on environmental factors such as the availability of cholesterol.

The results, published in Current Biology, add to the understanding of evolutional biology. They also could shed light on the complex mating systems of parasitic roundworms, some of which infect humans, livestock, and plants. More knowledge about roundworm reproduction could lead to better methods of preventing and fighting infection.

Read more about roundworm offspring yielding evolutionary clues.

College Park Center

Destination point: Construction continues on College Park Center, which is scheduling events for the spring.

College Park Center schedules spring 2012 high school commencements

High schools in Arlington, Fort Worth, and the Grapevine-Colleyville school district have signed on to stage spring 2012 commencement exercises in College Park Center, which is scheduled to be completed in December.

The $78 million, 7,000-seat center is the focal point of the College Park District, a 20-acre development that also will include 25,000 square feet of street-level retail space, student housing, green space, and 1,800 parking spaces in garages.

Arlington, Bowie, Lamar, Sam Houston, and Seguin high schools in the Arlington school district will hold their graduation ceremonies at College Park Center in June 2012. Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School in the Grapevine-Colleyville district and Nolan Catholic High School of Fort Worth also have scheduled their commencements at the center in May.

“Our vision is for College Park Center to become a destination point for people from Arlington and surrounding communities, including Fort Worth and Dallas,” says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. “We look forward to seeing thousands of North Texas students receive their diplomas and celebrate with family and friends."

Read more about College Park Center.

UTA Night on the Town

Night on the Town features food, fun, music

It's a neighborhood party with good food, good music, and good company, so join in for UT Arlington Night on the Town on Friday, Sept. 16, in downtown Arlington.

The fun starts with a mixer and wraps up with specials at local restaurants. The highlight is a free concert at Levitt Pavilion.

The mixer is 5:30-7 p.m. at Mavericks Sports Grill. Cost is $10 per person and $5 for Alumni Association members. RSVP at 2-2594 or uta.edu/alumni.

Visit the Info Fair at Founders Plaza next to Levitt Pavilion 6:30-7:30 p.m. to learn about year-round entertainment, cultural, and educational opportunities in College Town UTA.

As part of the Levitt Pavilion fall concert series, The Burning Hotels perform 7:30-9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or plop down a blanket on the grass and enjoy the music. The Fort Worth band is described as “1980's New Wave meets today’s catchy, hook-driven indie rock.”

Then indulge in after-hours specials 9-11 p.m. at participating downtown restaurants, including the Flying Fish, Grease Monkey, J. Gilligan’s, J.R. Bentley’s, Mavericks Sports Grill, and Old School Pizza & Suds.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert and Info Fair will be canceled according to Levitt Pavilion policies, the mixer will go on as scheduled, and alterations in restaurant dining specials will be posted at College Town UTA.

Mav Pic Gallery at UTA 25th opening reception

Silver threads

Art and artists mingled during the opening reception for Silver: 25th Anniversary Exhibition on Friday, Sept. 9, at The Gallery at UTA. Artwork by 25 of the 500 artists who have shown works at the gallery is on display through Oct. 15.

 

Update your personal information

The start of a new academic year is a good time to review your personal information online through UT Direct—Employee Biographical Information and Pay Check Profile. Faculty and staff should keep their home address updated to receive important mailings throughout the year and end-of-year tax forms not claimed online.

By using your UT EID and password, you can update/validate your home address, phone numbers, email address, emergency contacts, education level, and years of teaching.

In addition, you can review your earnings statement, review/update your tax withholding (W-4), obtain your W-2, obtain a verification of employment, review insurance elections, and restrict or permit the release of personal information.

To access personal or secure information, your UT EID must be activated and upgraded to high assurance. Your UT EID will time out after 45 days of non-use but can be reset by answering security questions or by contacting the Office of Human Resources at 2-5554 or HRRecords@uta.edu.

Chemistry professor awarded participation grant

A UT Arlington assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been awarded $199,988 from the National Science Foundation’s Research Initiation Grant for Broadening Participation in Biology program, which aims to propel more under-represented minorities toward future federal funding for science research.

Kayunta Johnson-Winters will study an essential enzyme found in Mycobacteria tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. Dr. Johnson-Winters joined the University’s College of Science in 2010.

  Mav Pic Focus on Faculty

Focusing on Mexico

Dr. Doug Richmond, professor of history, discussed Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain to open this year's Focus on Faculty series Wednesday in the Central Library parlor.

Revamped POD Market celebrates with grand opening today

Welcome the latest campus makeover at the grand opening of the Provisions on Demand (POD) Market store in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The event begins at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept 15. Prizes will be awarded. Vendors also will offer free samples to guests throughout the week.

For more information, see Dining Services.

Server Management Policy now online

The Server Management Policy is now available online.

This policy establishes the requirements and procedures for locating, installing, configuring, maintaining, patching, and monitoring the integrity of servers in a secure fashion at UT Arlington.

For more information, contact the Office of Information Technology at security@uta.edu.

Teams needed for annual Cyclethon for World Heart Day

Get ready to ride at the annual Cyclethon for World Heart Day on Monday, Sept. 26, at the Maverick Activities Center. Together with your teammates, you must keep your team's bike pedaling from noon to midnight.

Whether your team has five or 20 members, just make sure someone is riding the entire 12 hours. If your team completes the task, everyone will receive a World Heart Day T-shirt. Cost is $25 per team with all money donated to the American Heart Association.

Don’t have a team? Sign up as a free agent.

For more information, contact Lindsay Lookingbill at 2-3277 or lindsay@uta.edu.

Arlington book

'Arlington' authors speak to Friends of the Library

Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester discuss the facts behind their book, Arlington: Images of America, at the Friends of the Library meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the sixth floor parlor at the Central Library.

Barker and Worcester, librarians at the UT Arlington Library, mined the rich visual resources in the Library's Special Collections to produce the illustrated history of Arlington. Highlights of Arlington's development include gambling at Top O'Hill casino and Arlington Downs horse track, progressive values in the Berachah Home for Erring Girls, higher education through UT Arlington, and economic expansion with General Motors, Six Flags Over Texas, the Texas Rangers, and the Dallas Cowboys.

The event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 or wingfield@uta.edu.

  Mav Pic Nursing

An exercise in survival

Students from the community health nursing class, taught by College of Nursing Clinical Instructor Susan Cherry (wearing hat), participated in a casualty exercise that included Army, Air Force, and Navy personnel Saturday at the U.S. Army armory in White Settlement last Saturday. The exercise included creating a triage area and transporting patients, both live victims and manikins, to military ambulances and helicopters.

Friday deadline for Job Fair volunteers

Deadline to volunteer for the Fall Job Fair is Friday, Sept. 16. Volunteers are needed for one-hour shifts at the fair 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Maverick Activities Center.

To volunteer, visit the Career Center in Room 216 of Davis Hall or contact the Career Center at 2-2932 or careers@uta.edu.

The Job Fair is open to students and alumni. Faculty and staff also are invited to come and meet employers.

Car added to sustainability fleet

The Office of Sustainability has added one more car to the Car Sharing Program collaboration with Hertz.

Go to Connect By Hertz to rent one of the cars on campus. They are located in lot 47 near Kalpana Chawla Hall.

Rent a bicycle this semester

Cruise across campus on a bicycle this semester by renting one. Semester packages are offered at $20, $30, $40, and $80.

The Maverick Bike Shop is open to all bike-riders, with free maintenance for those who rent a bike. The shop is at apartment 109 in the Cooper Chase apartments, 402 S. Cooper St. The bike shop has tubes, tires, slime, locks, light sets, helmets, bike racks, bells, and bottle cages.

Learn more about the Maverick Bike Program.

Benefit Yourself

Introduction to SAS

Explore the basics of the SAS statistical software package including basic data set creation, data set manipulation, and use of some of the more common procedures. Free. Noon-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Room 004, University Hall. See more about OIT training classes.

Fresh Start from Tobacco

Four one-hour sessions are designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. Participants should attend all four sessions. Free. 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20; 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. Room B03, Health Services Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Understanding Your Role as Supervisor

Gain a clear understanding of being an effective supervisor. Develop strategies to create cooperative and productive relationships. Clarify the expectations of your supervisory role and understand your responsibilities within your organization. Call 2-2581 to receive faculty/staff discount fee of $99.50. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, Room E200E, Continuing Education Workforce Building, Continuing Education.

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.

In Quotes

Is America's safety still is doubt?

Summer basketball trip brings team together

Adjustment difficult at times for veterans

"The major shift has been from disaster preparedness to disaster management."

"I believe I became closer with each of the guys that went on the trip."

"No matter how much stress you put a human being under, sooner or later they're going to be affected."

— Susan Cherry, clinical instructor in the College of Nursing, on being ready in case of a terrorist attack.
CNBC

— Scott Cross, men's basketball coach, on an NCAA-approved trip to play five Canadian colleges.
CBS Sports

— Dr. Alexa Smith-Osborne, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, on working to improve veterans' experience.
The New York Times

Sports Notes
Alicia Shaffer

Diggin' it: Senior Alicia Shaffer posted a season-high 31 digs against Nevada in the California Classic on Saturday and was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

 

Volleyballers open home season Friday

Following a rugged season-opening road schedule that featured No. 1-ranked California, the Maverick volleyball team opens the home season this weekend, hosting the UT Arlington Invitational in Texas Hall.

The Mavericks face Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. On Saturday, Sept. 17, they meet Prairie View A&M at 1:30 p.m. and Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m.

The Mavericks lost to California, Georgetown, and Nevada in the Cal Classic last weekend.

Men finish second at cross country opener

The men's cross country team finished second and the women placed fourth at the UT Arlington Season Opener at Vandergriff Park on Saturday.

Sophomore David Rayo led the men's team with a fifth-place finish as the Mavericks were second behind Baylor in the team standings. TCU was third.

Sophomore Emily Koenig, the returning Southland Conference individual champion, led the women's team with a fourth-place finish.

Next action for the cross country teams is Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Baylor Invitational.

Golfers host Waterchase meet starting Monday

The Maverick golf team hosts the UTA/Waterchase Invitational at the Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 19-20.

Earlier this week, the Mavericks finished fourth in their first tournament of the season at the Shocker Invitational in Wichita, Kan. Junior Paul McConnell tied for eighth at even par 213.

Basketball schedules announced

Schedules for the women’s and men’s basketball teams have been announced for the 2011-12 season, which will be the final year in Texas Hall and in the Southland Conference.

The women’s schedule includes George Washington and Fresno State at home with road games at Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and Memphis.

The men’s schedule features home games with Louisiana Tech and North Texas. The Mavericks face road tests at Baylor, UT Austin, and Tulsa.

Both teams move to College Park Center in February. The Mavericks join the Western Athletic Conference in the fall of 2012.

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

Going Out

Thursday, Sept. 15

MAC Birthday Come sing "Happy Birthday" as the Maverick Activities Center celebrates its fourth birthday. Cake and beverages will be served. Free. 4 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, 2-3277.

Jazz on the Lawn An outdoor performance of UT Arlington jazz bands and ensembles. In the event of rain, the performance is cancelled. Free. 7 p.m., Architecture Building courtyard. Music, 2-3471.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 16-17

Volleyball UT Arlington Invitational. Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, Prairie View A&M, and Texas Tech. See schedule. $10 day pass, utatickets.com. Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Limitless A writer discovers a top-secret drug that bestows him with super human abilities. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Ongoing

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The fall Levitt Pavilion Arlington concert series includes UT Arlington Night on the Town on Friday, Sept. 16, and the UTA Jazz Orchestra performing Sunday, Sept. 25. Concerts continue through Saturday, Oct. 1. Free. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Broken Sugar An exhibition of 22 mixed-media sculptures and two-dimensional works by Melba Northum. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Friday, Sept. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Silver Art

Natural Perceptions Marilyn Jolly, associate professor of art and art history, has work featured in Natural Perceptions, an exhibit at the University of Dallas. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Through Sunday, Oct. 2. Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas.

Silver: 25th Anniversary Exhibition A group show of 25 artists who have shown works from The Gallery at UTA's 1986 beginning as the Center for Research in Contemporary Art to the present. "Kuklasaul," right, is a mixed media piece by John Hernandez. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 15. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, Patricia Healy, 2-5658.

Life and Death in the Northern Passage Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Planetarium Nanocam is a fascinating journey exploring life-forms that are invisible to the human eye and contribute to a better understanding of the world we live in. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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

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