Carrizo makes historic gift to support special events center
UT Arlington has received the largest single cash commitment in the University's philanthropic history, a $5 million gift toward completion of the special events center from Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.
The gift follows Carrizo's generous $1 million contribution announced in fall 2009 that established a graduate research fellowship program to attract top scholars and researchers to the University.
The Houston-based, independent energy company has been developing the University's natural gas resources since 2007. Carrizo has demonstrated a commitment to bringing its wealth of knowledge, experience, safety, and reliability to its relationships with the University, the City of Arlington, and the North Texas community.
S.P. "Chip" Johnson IV, Carrizo's president and chief executive officer, described his company's relationship with UT Arlington as "strong and mutually beneficial." The natural gas program has generated more than $5 million in royalties for the University since campus wells went into production in late 2008.
Natural gas royalties are being used to encourage University supporters to leverage major gifts that boost UT Arlington's academic and research missions through the Maverick Match. The program allows philanthropic partners who make endowment gifts of $25,000 or more to see their contribution doubled through natural gas royalty matching funds.
"We are fortunate to have six new doctoral fellows this fall who have brought their talent to UT Arlington through our partnership with Carrizo," President James D. Spaniolo says. "This new commitment to our special events center is transformational for UT Arlington and, we believe, signals many great things to come."
Construction on the $78 million special events center continues east of Pecan Street, between Second and Fourth streets. A real-time webcam is capturing work on the center, which is expected to be complete in late 2011.
Read more about Carrizo's gift.
Computer Store going strong in its new Bookstore location
Business is brisk for the Computer Store in its new home at the UT Arlington Bookstore.
Formerly located in Ransom Hall, and temporarily in the E.H. Hereford University Center last spring, the Computer Store can be found on the west side of the ground floor in the Bookstore.
The move solved space issues and resulted in operational savings for the University, says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations.
"Combining the Computer Store with the Bookstore creates a much more convenient shopping experience for the campus community," Hall says.
The Follett Corporation acquired the rights to the Computer Store and manages the area through the Bookstore. The Computer Store was part of the Bookstore in the late 1980s, but was later made a separate entity, says Mary LeVesque, general book manager who oversees the computer area.
"We carried software and peripherals all along," LeVesque says. "We just did not have the contract to sell the licensed product."
Low academic pricing plus discounts on hardware, software, and accessories are available for faculty, staff, and students. Among the offerings are Office 2007 and 2010; Mac 2008 with the 2011 version available later this semester; Windows 7; some Adobe CS5 suites; Apple software; and several engineering and statistical packages such as Matlab, Mathcad, Pro/E, Mathematica, and SPSS.
Limited number of tickets available for celebrity chef appearance in Maverick Speakers Series
A limited number of tickets for "An Evening with a Celebrity Chef" featuring Rick Bayless are available at utatickets.com. Bayless will appear as part of the Maverick Speakers Series on Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center. Tickets are free, but a ticket is required for admission to the event.
He has won two James Beard Awards, including the organization's "International Humanitarian of the Year" award. He introduced Americans to authentic Mexican cuisine and changed the image of Mexican food in America. Bayless has written many best-selling cookbooks, including Mexico: One Plate at a Time, which inspired the PBS series now in its fifth season.
He owns and operates two Chicago restaurants, Frontera Grill and Topolombampo, and recently opened a new restaurant called XOCO. He is the face behind the Frontera food brand in supermarkets.
Register to vote through Oct. 4
Voter registration applications are available through Monday, Oct. 4, in the Student Congress office, Suite B150, on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
UT Arlington is an early voting polling site 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25-28 in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center. If you live in a residence hall or on-campus apartment, you can register to vote at your campus address and vote on campus.
For more information, contact Jennifer Fox, Student Congress external relations director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get up, sleepyhead, and register for the 30th annual Bed Races this week
It's back to the '80s for the 30th annual Bed Races at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Maverick Stadium. The 1980s Remix theme features teams of five students—four pushing and one on the bed—competing in three categories: women's, men's, and co-ed. Costumes are encouraged. Entry fees go to the Student Life Fund.
Deadline to enter is Tuesday, Oct. 5. Register online. EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation sponsor the event. For more details, call Student Activities at 817-272-2963 or Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.
Flu shots available for $15
Influenza immunizations are now available at Health Services. Cost is $15 for students, faculty, and staff. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.
For more information, contact Health Services online or at 817-272-2771.
Learn to 'Stay Safe at College' Thursday
Learn how to protect yourself at the Stay Safe at College program hosted by the UT Arlington Police Department. The program is at noon Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Guadalupe Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Learn how to collaborate with your peers to make your campus and campus experience safer for everyone. The presentation will focus on residence hall safety, protecting your possessions, and protecting yourself.
Health Services' Open House Wednesday has some healthy info
Meet Health Services staff, tour the Health Center, and learn about services at the Health Services Open House from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. Giveaways, snacks, health info, and a drawing for a $100 Wal-Mart gift card are planned.
For more information, contact Donielle Smith at Health Services at 817-272-2771.
Chemistry professor, students take science to State Fair of Texas
A UT Arlington chemistry professor and his students left their lab for the State Fair of Texas, taking with them fun experiments they hope will get fairgoers excited about science. They will be at the fair through Monday, Oct. 4.
The first-time exhibit is funded by the National Science Foundation as part of Diversity in Science in the United States (DISCUS), a program started by Assistant Professor Kevin Schug. The DISCUS booth will feature live experiments demonstrating concepts such as density and gravity and some "chemistry magic." Features on famous minority and women scientists and microscope-aided lessons on microorganisms also will be part of the action.
"We wanted to reach as large a group of people as possible," says Dr. Schug, whose research focuses on developing new methods for drug discovery. "It occurred to me, here is a very large and diverse group of people that you could communicate science to. The fair just seemed like the perfect fit, and it's just right down the road."
Schug and his students spent the summer preparing thousands of goodie bags of take-home experiments for all ages.
See more information about DISCUS.
Annual Fire and Safety Report now available from campus police
The 2010 Campus Fire and Safety Report, which includes crime statistics for the previous three years, is available at the UT Arlington Police Department.
The report includes crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UT Arlington, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report includes institutional policies about campus security.
Fire data for the past two years from the Department of Environmental Health and Safety is part of the report.
Sen. Hutchison unveils initiative of Chamber of Commerce, UT Arlington
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison unveiled a model for economic development centered on transferring federal technology to the marketplace Thursday during the Arlington Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.
Hutchison worked with chamber leaders to secure funding for TechComm (Technology Commercialization and Manufacturing), a new partnership between UT Arlington and the Arlington Chamber.
TechComm is a technology transfer arm of the Center for Innovation at Arlington, a cooperative high-tech business accelerator operated jointly by the Arlington Chamber and UT Arlington. TechComm's mission is moving ideas and technologies from concept to market across an eight-state region.
Read more on the TechComm initiative.
UT Arlington receives $1.45 million to prepare science, math teachers
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.45 million Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant to the College of Education and Health Professions and College of Science to support the education and certification of new science and math teachers.
The colleges will work with the Arlington, Dallas, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, and Fort Worth school districts on the five-year project, placing teacher candidates in early field experiences with mentor teachers in the four districts.
The grant comes on the heels of a previously funded NSF Robert Noyce Grant to UT Arlington for $900,000. Together, the two NSF grants offer two-year, $10,000 annual scholarships to selected undergraduate students seeking teacher certification in middle school science/mathematics and in high school earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics.
Read more about the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant.
Professors awarded $1.3 million to develop nanomaterials for homeland security
The National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Homeland Security have awarded more than $1.3 million to a team of UT Arlington researchers who will spend the next five years exploring ways to develop various nanoparticles for radiation detection.
Their research could lead to a new type of radiation detector that would help reduce the threat of nuclear materials being brought into the country illegally and used in terrorism.
Physics Assistant Professor Wei Chen, the principal investigator, and Professor Andrew Brandt, the co-principal investigator, will lead the research efforts. The nanocomposites designed for radiation detection are polymer thin films embedded with luminescent nanoparticles. These nanocomposites will glow with light when they encounter radiation sources, such as gamma rays.
Read more about the nanocomposite research.
Continuing Education fall catalog available online
Whether for work or play, courses offered in the Continuing Education fall catalog have something for nearly everyone.
The Sustainability and Going Green program offers courses from basics, such as how to make a rainbarrel, to LEED Green Associate certification preparation. Several online classes are offered, also.
Learn more at uta.edu/ced.
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Six-course-drop alert, check out the implications before you drop a class
All students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later are limited to dropping six courses in the span of their undergraduate career. Link to policies and procedures for UT Arlington's implementation of this statute. You will need to meet with an academic adviser in your major department to drop or withdraw from classes. The last drop day this fall is Friday, Nov. 5.
Still time for undergrads to apply for fall graduation
If you missed the undergraduate deadline to apply for fall graduation, you can still submit an application through Friday, Oct. 8. The late application fee is $50. Read more about undergraduate graduation requirements.
Wednesday, Sept. 29
$2 Movie: Prince of Persia Prince, princess, villain, special dagger, magic sand, time travel. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Planetarium. 817-272-1183.
Wednesday, Oct. 6
$2 Movie: Robin Hood Russell Crowe in tights. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Planetarium. 817-272-1183.
Volleyball Mavericks face Texas State in a Southland Conference match. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics. 817-272-2261.
Don't Get Busted BBQ Student Legal Services provides tips on how to handle police encounters. The video Busted: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters is followed by a Q&A session with Keisha A. Ware, attorney for students, and a UTA Police representative. The first 30 guests to RSVP receive a prize. Free. Reservations online. 7 p.m., Room 133, Maverick Activities Center. Legal Services, email@example.com, 817-272-4191.
Planetarium Programs This month see Stars of the Pharaohs; Wonders of the Universe; One Sky, One World: Big Bird's Adventure; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame; and the $2 Movie. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The free concert series concludes this weekend with Incendio, Big Sam's Funky Nation, and Asleep at the Wheel. 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.
Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Koenig brings women's cross country to second-place finish
Freshman Emily Koenig took home first place for the second time this season Friday as she led the Maverick women's team to a second place finish at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Splash Cross Country Meet.
The men's team placed third and was led by sophomore Cody Widener, who crossed the finish line in 15th position.
Up next, the UT Arlington men and women head to Lake Charles, La., for the McNeese Cowboy Stampede Saturday, Oct. 9.
Tennis' Hadvigerova takes singles D championship
Monika Hadvigerova showed how dominating she is last weekend at the Sooner Fall Invitational in Norman, Okla., capturing the singles D championship Sunday afternoon.
The senior from Bratislava, Slovakia, battled against Tulsa's Anamaria Candanoza for the championship, winning 6-2, 6-4. Hadvigerova finished the weekend a perfect 4-0 in singles play, defeating opponents from DePaul, North Texas, and two from Tulsa.
Freshman Giada D'ortona won the North singles bracket, defeating Big 12 opponent Brittany Parks, 0-6, 6-2, and 6-4.
The Mavericks will now set their sights on the ITA/Riviera All-American Championships on Saturday, Oct. 2, in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Volleyball Mavericks split SLC pair, travel again this week
After losing 3-1 on Thursday at UT San Antonio, the Maverick volleyball team won 3-2 at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi on Saturday in Southland Conference play.
Junior Amanda Aguilera notched her 16th career double-double with 20 kills and 24 digs to highlight the win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Mavericks travel to McNeese State on Thursday, Sept. 30, and play at Lamar on Saturday, Oct. 2, before finally getting to play an SLC match at home Wednesday, Oct. 6, against Texas State.
Golfers fifth at Waterchase Invitational
The golf team finished fifth at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational in its first tournament of the season last week at the Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth.
Maverick senior Zack Fischer tied for ninth with a 54-hole score of 215, one under par. Senior Wes Worster shot a 6-under-par 66 in the final round to finish at even par 216 and in a tie for 12th. See the UTA/Waterchase Invitational results.
The golfers are participating this week in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic at Notre Dame, Ind.