History chair aided new site for Texas African American history
The Texas State Historical Association launched the Handbook of African American Texas with the help of History Department chair W. Marvin Dulaney, as the nation remembers Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas.
The state historical association invited Dr. Dulaney, associate professor of history, to write the lead essay and other significant portions of the new online handbook. He authored entries for the organization’s pioneering Handbook of Texas 17 years ago.
“This new handbook is like an online encyclopedia of African Americans in Texas,” Dulaney says. “There is no other source like it in the state. It is authoritative, documented, and verified with citations. The 850-plus entries are compiled by a wide range of scholars and graduate students who do research on African American history in Texas.”
Read more about Dulaney and the Handbook of African American Texas.
Researchers provide first academic study of "drone journalism"
Newly published research from a UT Arlington communication team offers a groundbreaking perspective on the controversial use of unmanned aerial vehicles in journalism and mass communication, or “drone journalism.”
Mark Tremayne, assistant professor of broadcast communication, and Andrew Clark, associate professor of communication, analyzed the first eight documented cases of drones being used in journalism, one of which involved pig blood being funneled into a Dallas river last year.
They found significant issues that the Federal Aviation Administration will need to address or, they predict, legislative bodies will have to get involved.
“The FAA has been promising new guidelines but nothing has happened, and many people are playing with these devices and trying them out,” Dr. Tremayne says.
The research appears online in the journal Digital Journalism.
Read more about Tremayne and Dr. Clark's drone journalism research.
Check your contact information for MavAlert
Verify your emergency contact information for the MavAlert emergency notification system.
The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.
To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.
The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3.
MAX bus service to start Aug. 19
The brightly colored MAX—Metro Arlington Xpress—hits the road starting Monday, Aug. 19. The first day of fall classes is Thursday, Aug. 22.
On Monday, June 17, the board of directors for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority approved an agreement to provide bus service between the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort station in Fort Worth and the College Park District. The Arlington city council and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board already have approved the move.
Fares for a bus and rail ride are $2.50 for students and $5 for everyone else.
Research to benefit water quality, flow in integrated pipeline
Environmental engineer Andrew Kruzic, associate professor of civil engineering, has been awarded a $394,300 grant from the Tarrant Regional Water District to ensure water quality and flow in the new facilities of the 150-mile Integrated Pipeline Project.
Dr. Kruzic will investigate the best methods and locations to add monochloramine to the water to eliminate biological growths in the new pump stations and pipelines. The monochloramines will remove biofilm and invasive species, such as the zebra mussels that have infested some North Texas lakes.
The first portion of the pipeline is scheduled to be operational by 2021 and will deliver up to 350 million gallons of raw water per day to North Texas.
Read more about the Integrated Pipeline Project.
Art faculty members featured in exhibits
Two Art and Art History faculty members have works on display at major museums.
Assistant Professor Tore Terrasi was named one of the “10 To Watch For” by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. His work People in Windows, top right, is part of an annual international art competition. The exhibit runs through July 6 at the center.
Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby has work featured through Oct. 30 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. His 18-by-14-foot oil painting Hidden in Plain Site, bottom right, is on view in the museum’s atrium in conjunction with the exhibition Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.
Career Center blog wins online kudos
The UT Arlington Career Center's blog made the Top 10 list of Blogging4Jobs.
About the HireAMaverick blog, Blogging4Jobs said, "I love that UT Arlington Career Center gets creative with their blog going beyond the standard college career services url. One of my favorite blog posts is 5 Tricks to Working with Millenials. After all, they are now the majority workforce and talent pool we’re recruiting from."
UTA Bookstore hosts July 4th sale
The UTA Bookstore will celebrate the Fourth of July on Wednesday, July 3, with a festival and sale. The fun is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., but the sale is all day.
Events include a bounce house, obstacle course, food, face painting, balloon animals, games, and prizes. UTA Radio will be on hand. Carter Blood Care will give donors a free pint of BlueBell ice cream.
Nominations sought for SAC representatives
The Staff Advisory Council is seeking nominations for representatives for districts 1-7. The two-year terms start Sept. 1, 2013.
Nominations will be accepted Monday, June 24-Friday, July 5. Elections are Monday, July 15-Friday, July 26.
Buy tickets early for UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas
Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Six Flags Over Texas.
Discount tickets are $27.50 for faculty and staff and $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. The price includes one ticket for all-day admission to Six Flags Over Texas and parking, plus one Splash Back ticket to Hurricane Harbor valid for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. A $10 meal voucher is available for purchase.
Limit 10 tickets per person. Order tickets at utatickets.com or the College Park Center Box Office, which is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.
Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick Pride.
The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. It is valid through UT Arlington only and not valid at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.
Sponsored Research is topic for MyMav II Open Forum on Wednesday
Sponsored research is the MyMav II Open Forum topic for Wednesday, June 26. The session is 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Open Forum sessions provide users with a chance to hear from PeopleSoft team experts in a group setting on a variety of key topics. Each forum includes a question-and-answer session. Previous sessions are online.
Upgrade from XP to Windows 7
OIT is offering upgrades to Windows 7 for all Windows XP machines to prepare for Microsoft ending support and security patching of Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The goal is to upgrade computers to Windows 7 by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of operating system security. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your upgrade.
Meet deadlines for fiscal year-ending forms
Meeting the deadlines for submitting the Request to Purchase form to the Office of Procurement for purchases exceeding $5,000 will improve the overall processing for the end of the fiscal year. The deadlines for all departments are:
All Request to Purchase forms received in the Office of Procurement after the close of business July 26 will be processed and encumbered against fiscal year 2013-14 funds.
Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email email@example.com. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Beck and Walker sign MLB contracts
John Beck and Ryan Walker have signed professional contracts after being chosen in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft after their junior seasons. Beck, a right-handed pitcher, was picked in the 15th round by the Colorado Rockies, while the Minnesota Twins took Walker in the 18th round.
Beck, a shortstop taken 439th overall, is a Temple native with a 5.11 ERA in 68.2 innings, striking out 38 and walking 22. Beck went 7-10 in three years at UT Arlington.
Walker, the 530th selection, hit .304 and was the only Maverick to play and start in all 58 games this past season. The Arlington Martin graduate was named second-team All-Southland Conference as a sophomore in 2012 after leading UTA in batting average (.360), runs (56), and hits (90). He was a member of the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team in 2011.
Shortall named to South Central All-Region team
Junior Matt Shortall was named to the NCAA South Central All-Region team by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Shortall is a second-team selection as a designated hitter.
Shortall's honors include being College Sports Madness fourth-team All-American, WAC Field Player of the Year, first-team All-WAC, a semifinalist for the Olson Award, and a Louisville Slugger third-team All-American.
3-on-3, racquetball entries due next week
Entries for 3-on-3 basketball and racquetball are due Wednesday, June 26.
The poker tournament entries are available starting Wednesday, July 10, and due Thursday, July 25. Battleship team entries are available starting Wednesday, July 24, with a Tuesday, Aug. 6, deadline.
Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 20
Summer Movies Series: 'Olympus Has Fallen' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: Admission, June 27; GI Joe, July 11; The Croods, July 18; Big Wedding, July 25; Iron Man 3, Aug. 1; Scary Movie V, Aug. 8. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Friday, June 21
Blood drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Center for Innovation, 202 E. Border St.
897 Square Juried art exhibit featuring 15 artists who live or work in Tarrant County. Artists include Carol Benson, Elena Chudoba, Joy Ellis, Braydon Gold, Ryan Goolsby, Kelly Ingleright-Telfenhoff, James Lassen, Rosa Mendez, Janet Morrow, Maria Orrostieta, Martha Peters, Chuck Pratt, Amy Schultz, Barbara Tyler, and Midori Urbe. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Free. 6-8 p.m., Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Wednesday, July 31. Gallery 76102.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)