MavWire

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

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Gateway tower

Princeton Review names UT Arlington as one of the Best in West

UT Arlington is one of the best colleges in the West, according to The Princeton Review, the nationally known education services company.

The University was selected as one of 124 institutions in the website feature “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The 643 colleges named to the region-by-region list constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

“UT Arlington is establishing itself as a model 21st-century urban university, thanks to the hard work of faculty, staff and students,” says President Vistasp Karbhari. “Recognition like this reaffirms our national reputation for excellence.”

The Princeton Review, widely known for its test prep programs and college guides, used institutional data and student surveys to rate schools in six categories. Those categories are: academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life, and green.

The 124 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the West" list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Group-level narcissism

Psychologists say narcissism linked to negative attitudes toward immigrants

Feelings of entitlement and superiority that go beyond patriotism and love of country may be a key predictor for Americans who will feel or behave negatively toward undocumented Latino immigrants, according to a study by researchers in the Department of Psychology.

Researchers looked at those enhanced feelings of superiority—referred to as group-level narcissism—along with a factor called national in-group identification in a new work to be published in the August issue of the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science. National in-group identification happens when a person’s individual identity is strongly tied to and dependent on their membership in a group, like being an American.

Previous research has found that strong in-group identity is not necessarily a predictor of negative attitudes toward other groups. The UT Arlington team found, however, that attitudes changed when a strong in-group identity was paired with an average or above average group narcissism. Then, negative attitudes toward undocumented Latino immigrants were more likely.

Co-authors of the study are Jared Kenworthy, associate professor of psychology; Ph.D. candidate Lauren E. Coursey; and Patricia Lyons, a psychology doctoral program graduate and a faculty member at Mountain View College in Dallas.

Read more about the research on attitudes toward Latino immigrants.

Gambling in business

CEOs who are overconfident can practice risky business, study indicates

A study by Sanjiv Sabherwal, associate professor of finance and real estate, and two other researchers found that when it comes to CEOs and mergers and acquisitions, confidence can be too much of a good thing.

“CEO Overconfidence and International Merger and Acquisition Activity” was featured recently in the Washington Post and Inc. Magazine. The study was published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis earlier this year. It showed CEOs need to demonstrate strong leadership and good decision-making skills, but CEOs with overconfidence can involve their companies in riskier ventures and put investors’ funds at risk.

Co-authors were Stephen Ferris of the University of Missouri and Narayanan Jayaraman of Georgia Tech University.

Dr. Sabherwal was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2012. He joined UT Arlington in 2004, received the Billy W. Turner Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2006-07, and earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2007-08.

Qinhong Max Hug

Dr. Qinhong 'Max' Hu

Geological Society of American names associate professor as fellow

Qinhong “Max” Hu, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, has been named a fellow by The Geological Society of America, an honor reserved for scientists making distinguished contributions to the geosciences.

Dr. Hu has been at UT Arlington since 2008. His research specialty is in describing and exploring the processes by which fluids move through porous and fractured porous media in the earth, such as tight rock formations. He is the principal investigator on $625,000 in grants to study fracture-matrix interaction in gas recovery in North Texas’ Barnett Shale.

"Dr. Hu's world-class efforts to advance earth science are evidenced by an impressive history of publications, presentations, funding, and professional honors," says Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science. "As a newly named fellow, he will undoubtedly continue these contributions in the years to come."

The Geological Society of America is a global professional society with a growing membership of more than 25,000 individuals in 107 countries.

McNair Scholars give research presentations today

Dog behavior, warring teens, genomes, oil spills, and fourth-grade English come together for the McNair Scholars Program research presentations today, Thursday, Aug. 8, in Room 101 of College Hall. See the presentation schedule, which also lists the students' faculty mentors.

Eighteen students—including a visiting scholar from Clarkson University, Zachary Rodriguez—participated in the summer research program.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified UT Arlington undergraduates for graduate study culminating in the Ph.D. The program helps students become more competitive in the graduate school application process, leading to their admission to top-ranked programs and facilitating a smooth integration into graduate-level work.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was created by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to pay tribute to Dr. Ronald McNair, an astronaut and scientist who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger. The goal of the McNair program is to assist promising students from low-income/first-generation or under-represented backgrounds to enter the professoriate.

  Mav Pic Charging Stations

Power house

Libraries on campus offer new charging stations with a variety of connectors and cables that can power up cellphones, tablets, and other electronic devices. Find the charging stations in the Central Library (basement to third floor), the Science and Engineering Library, and the Architecture and Fine Arts Library.

UT Arlington, Fort Worth CVB team up to host international conference

UT Arlington and Fort Worth have been chosen to host the 2017 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, an event that will draw about 3,000 attendees from around the world.

The University and the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau teamed up to successfully pitch Fort Worth as a conference site.

The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, which hosts the annual international symposium, is one of 38 technical societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The Electrical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering will organize the 2017 event.

Help with MavsMeet AfterParty

Welcome students to campus at the MavsMeet AfterParty 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, on The Green at College Park.

Assist with set up in a two-hour shift during the day or with activities throughout the event. Activities include "big chair" photos, bungee, a zipline, caricature drawings, free food, and a DJ.

Register to volunteer. Contact Jennifer Fox at jdfox@uta.edu or 2-2293 for more information.

Try alternative for wireless network connection on campus

An issue with the web login for the UT Arlington wireless network has been identified by the Office of Information Technology. For an alternative method of connecting to the network, use AutoLogin.

If you continue to have difficulties connecting to the UT Arlington wireless network, contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@uta.edu or 2-2208.

Maverick Parking Garage passes available

Faculty and staff can purchase Maverick Parking Garage passes for the fall semester at the garage, 708 S. West St., next to the Business Building.

For more details, call 2-2370 or email garage@uta.edu or visit the website at MavGarage.com.

University Club takes a break

The University Club will close for a summer break starting Wednesday, Aug. 14. The restaurant in Davis Hall will reopen at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

Benefit Yourself
Living Well

Confirm benefit choices are correct

Review changes you made during the annual enrollment for benefits, which ended July 31. You should have received a confirmation statement the next day via email. You should review your first earnings statement of the new plan year—typically Oct. 1—to confirm that your UT Benefits elections are correct. If you see any discrepancies between the elections on your confirmation statement and the UT Benefits coverage shown on your earnings statement, contact the Benefits Office immediately to review the circumstances and request a correction. Contact the Benefits Office at 2-5558, 2-5554, or benefits@uta.edu.

Complete Evidence of Insurability, Eligibility forms by Aug. 15

All Evidence of Insurability and Evidence of Eligibility applications and all required dependent documentation must be postmarked or completed via My UT Benefits no later than Thursday, August 15.

Evidence of Insurability: You are required to complete Evidence of Insurability (EOI) if you elected to add or increase Voluntary Group Term Life or short- or long-term disability. For long-term care insurance, employees are not required to complete EOI, but retirees, spouses of employees and retirees, and other individuals eligible to enroll in LTC are required to submit an EOI form.

Evidence of Eligibility: Supporting documentation is required if you added your spouse or dependent children to your UT Benefits coverage for the first time. You may submit required documentation, such as marriage and birth certificates, electronically through My UT Benefits or provide a copy directly to the UT Arlington Benefits Office in Suite 212 of the J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Call the Benefits Office at 2-5558 or 2-5554, or email benefits@uta.edu.

Get your parking permits by Aug. 22

All employees need a 2013-14 permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Thursday, Aug. 22.

Order your permit online through MyMav. Log in, click on Self Service and Parking Request, and print the confirmation page. This is the temporary permit valid until the printed expiration date.

Current reserve permit holders can pick up their new reserve permit at the Parking Office, 1225 W. Mitchell, Suite 112, in the J.D. Wetsel Service Center. If you are interested in purchasing a reserve permit, email dtate@uta.edu. Reserve permits are not offered online. Reserve permits, upgrades, exchanges, and motorcycle permits are available at the Parking Office.

Employees who work at least 30 hours per week may use payroll deduction, which starts with the Oct. 1 paycheck for eight months. Payroll deduction includes pre-tax or after-tax options. If charging to your University account, pay by the due date.

Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 or email dtate@uta.edu for more details.

Improvements, upgrades planned for IT Help Self-Service site

The IT Help Self-Service portal for reporting email, software, or desktop issues and placing service requests is being updated by the Office of Information Technology. Users will be required to select incident or request when submitting on the site. The services, categories, and subcategories will more accurately represent IT services.

Learn more about requesting IT assistance.

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.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Aug. 14

RAD Self-defense for Women RAD (Rape Aggression and Defense) training for female faculty, staff, and students. Brown bag lunch. Register by emailing nadine@uta.edu or calling 2-0102. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

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

Sports Notes
  UTA basketball

Close call: Get close to the action with courtside seats for the 2013-14 Maverick basketball season or watch the game from the Hospitality Suite with the premium seat package.

Premium seat tickets now on sale

Premium seats are the best way to enjoy Maverick basketball at College Park Center and are available with a price reduction from last year.

Tickets for club seats (sections 102 and 109) are $300 with courtside seats $500.

Parking and access to the Hospitality Suite are included in the ticket price. The suite will be fully open and a full meal is $5 each game night. Alcohol will be available for purchase while popcorn, water, and soft drinks are free.

Volleyball tickets are no longer part of the premium seat package.

Read more about purchasing premium seats. To upgrade or change seats, contact Brian Lukas at 2-6319 or bdlukas@uta.edu.

Volleyball season tickets available

Season and single game tickets for the 2013 UT Arlington volleyball season are now on sale at a reduced price from last year.

Season tickets are $25 for the 15-match home schedule, which includes UT Arlington's first competition in the Sun Belt Conference. Individual game tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for UT Arlington students. The prices are a drop from last year's costs of $49 and $6.

To buy tickets, go to utatickets.com, call 2-9595, or visit the College Park Center Box Office.

The home season begins Friday, Aug. 30, when the Mavericks host Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. in the annual Hilton Invitational. The Mavericks will play their first Sun Belt Conference home game Friday, Sept. 27, against UL Monroe.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Welcome Week starts fall semester

Welcome Week 2013

Maverick Country issues a big Texas welcome to new and returning students starting Monday, Aug. 19.

Welcome Week begins with the Residence Hall Move-in Event on Monday, with the official welcome at the MavsMeet Convocation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at College Park Center.

Keynote speaker Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, will be joined by President Vistasp Karbhari, Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, Student Congress President Varun Mallipaddi, and Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs. The UT Arlington Marching Band adds a spirited performance.

Faculty and staff are invited to a lively afterparty at 5 p.m. on The Green at College Park, just south of College Park Center. Spend time with friends, colleagues, and students while enjoying games, food, fun, refreshments, crafts, live music, prizes, giveaways, and much more.

The rest of Welcome Week includes traditional gatherings and events such as MavSwap, Waffleopolis, Pajama Jam, the Maverick Cookout, and more. Read about what else is happening on the events schedule.

Thursday, Aug. 8

Summer Movies Series: 'Scary Movie V' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Coming up

The MAX Ribbon Cutting The new commuter bus service Metro Arlington Xpress, or The MAX, begins service Monday, Aug. 19. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 9 a.m. at the Trinity Railway Express Centrepoint Station. Learn more at ridethemax.com.

Volunteer: Move-In Event Join President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck in helping more than 2,100 students move into the University's six residence hall communities at the annual Residence Hall Move-In Event set for Monday, Aug. 19. Volunteers, who receive free T-shirts, are needed 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and until 4 p.m. for Arlington, Kalpana Chawla, and Vandergriff halls. Volunteer registration. Email Mari Duncan, director of Apartment and Residence Life, at mari@uta.edu.

UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas Enjoy the rides and thrills Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets $27.50 for faculty and staff; $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. Limit 10 tickets per person. Includes admission and parking, plus one ticket to Hurricane Harbor for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Tickets at utatickets.com or the College Park Center Box Office. Box office hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Volunteer: Maverick Cookout Grill masters, soda servers, and ticket takers are needed for the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the University Center mall. Volunteer registration includes a free Welcome Week T-shirt.

Communities Against Crime 5K Join the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. The $20 registration fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments. Register online. See the event on Facebook.

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

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