MavWire 2015 Archive » MavWire — Thursday, May 14, 2015


For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dr. Arne Winguth

Dr. Arne Winguth

New study finds extreme weather will impact infrastructure across region by 2100

A new study by researchers at UT Arlington finds a high likelihood that extreme storms and higher precipitation will lead to transportation disruption and widespread damage to roads, railways, and airport runways in the Dallas-Fort Worth region by the end of the 21st century.

The assessment found the risks to transportation infrastructure from storms are more likely to happen during the spring season. Researchers found a higher likelihood of heat-related risks for infrastructure, particularly during the summer season.

Arne Winguth, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, served as lead author of the study, which was submitted in March to the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The Federal Highway Administration funded the 10-month study as a Type I Vulnerability Assessment Pilot study.

Read more about the weather and transportation study.

graduates 2015

Success stories: Hear the stories of three students who are graduating this weekend.

Commencement ceremonies begin today at CPC

About 5,000 students are scheduled to earn their degrees this spring during Commencement ceremonies Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16, at College Park Center. 

Read more about spring commencementSee the schedule of commencement week activities.

College Park garages, nearby lots used for Commencement guests

The College Park District garages and nearby parking lots will be used for guests of the Commencement ceremonies. Parking spaces will be reserved for Commencement starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14-Saturday, May 16.

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Mav Pic Late night breakfast

Food for finals

Delcenia Collins, top left, assistant director of residence life, and Lisa Karbhari dish up meals at Late Night Breakfast on Monday while Blaze, bottom right, inspects the plate of Ally Nguyen, nursing freshman. The finals' meal is a tradition at the Connection Cafe in the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Sign up your kids for summer camps

Summer camps in everything from athletics to engineering, creative writing to career exploration, and Legos to Minecraft are available at UT Arlington.

Day camps are offered this summer by UTA’s academic and athletic departments.

Continuing Education hosts camps June 8-Aug. 7 for grades 1-12. Use the employee discount code UTAKID for online registration. Learn more about Kids and Teens University.

Lots 26, 27 to be used for Special Olympics games

On Friday, May 22, parking lots 26 and 27, south and east of Maverick Stadium, will be used by attendees of the Special Olympics 2015 Summer Games.

Faculty, staff, and students should use Lot 33 located north of the Maverick Activities Center. Temporary shuttle service from Lot 33 to Lot 26 will be:

• 6:30-8:45 a.m.—Lot 33 (northwest area) to J.D. Wetsel Service Center. 

• Midday—Wetsel to Lot 33 by van.

• 3:15-5:30 p.m.—Wetsel to Lot 33.

See the parking and shuttle maps for other parking options. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Lot 49 closed for repairs, then reserved for Special Olympics

Lot 49 between Cooper and West streets and south of Mitchell Street will be closed for repairs Monday-Wednesday, May 18-20. Remaining vehicles may be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. 

The parking lot will close at midnight Wednesday, May 20, for the Special Olympics 2015 Summer Games.

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Learn about Interdisciplinary Research Program at info sessions

UTA's new Interdisciplinary Research Program supports faculty research teams representing different disciplines.

Duane Dimos, vice president for research, will host an information session 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, May 19-20, in Room 245E of the Business Building.

Requests for proposal (RFP) submissions are accepted through 4 p.m. Monday, June 15.

  Mav Pic Maddie, paws for finals

Therapy session

Stress therapist Maddie endorses belly rubs and back scratches for relieving stress during final exams. Participating in the Paws for Finals exercise at the Central Library are, from left, Jennifer Cline, nursing freshman; Sally Thach-Le, biology freshman; and Lindsey Duffett, psychology junior.

Texas Hall area lots used for event parking May 23-24

Lots F9, Trinity, Trinity South, 30, and 33 will be used for the Mejia Ballet event parking at Texas Hall beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 23, and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24.

Parking staff will collect a fee, but UT Arlington annual permits will be valid. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Participate in emergency response exercise May 21

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Office of Emergency Management's annual Clery Act tabletop exercise. The event is 2:15-3 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Hospitality Suite at College Park Center.

The exercise will focus on a discussion over emergency notification, shelter-in-place process, and evacuation on a campus-wide scale. Key officials, internal and external, will participate in the discussion.

Flexible Summer Hours program begins June 1

UT Arlington again will offer the Flexible Summer Hours Program June 1-Aug. 7.

Participating employees work a compressed week of four 10-hour days with one day off during the workweek. Employees who wish to participate must have their manager's written approval of their flexible schedules before beginning the program. Schedules for non-exempt employees also must include a minimum 30-minute lunch break.

Departments or employees who choose not to participate in the program will continue to work their regular schedules.

Questions? Contact Eunice Currie at or 2-7091.

Get in shape with SAC's SlimDown

The Staff Advisory Council encourages all UT Arlington staff to live a healthier lifestyle by participating in the annual SAC Summer SlimDown campaign May 18-Aug. 7.

Teams of three to six members can register online through today, Thursday, May 14. If you don't have a team, you can still participate; email

Initial weigh-ins are Monday-Wednesday, May 18-20, at the MAC and Health Services Center. Closing weigh-ins are Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 5-7. There are giveaways for all participants, and awards will be presented at the end-of-the-program reception Friday, Aug. 21.

This year’s campaign includes new Wellness Points and free temporary passes to the MAC for participants only. Sessions will cover topics such as weight management, eating patterns, exercises, and more.

For details, email

Get in shape for Blazing Race on May 20

Team up for the 2015 Blazing Race at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20. The race begins at College Park Center.

Participants can walk or run either a low- or high-impact campus adventure course. The Wellness Committee hosts the free event. Find details and registration information online or email

Steam service outage planned

The Thermal Energy Plant has planned its annual outage of campus steam service to complete inspection and repair requirements of the system components. The outage is scheduled to begin at 1 a.m. Monday, May 18, until midnight Wednesday, May 20.

During the time designated, the buildings served by the Thermal Energy Plant will be without hot water and steam. Electrical power, air conditioning, and chilled water services will still be available.

For questions on buildings or equipment impacted by the outage, contact Santiago Pink at or 2-2564.

Extra Credit

Friday, May 29

UTARI Seminar Samir Iqbal, associate professor of electrical engineering, discusses "Early Stage Cancer Diagnostics with Micro and Nanoscale Strategies." Free. Noon, boardroom, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Wednesday, June 3

U.S. Manufacturing Symposium The symposium is a Walmart initiative to create affordable, flexible, automated solutions to bring manufacturing back to the United States. See the schedule. Admission $35, $120 for exhibitors; 25 free passes for students. UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

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

Sports Notes
  sport honors

Athletic honors: Senior sprinter Clayton Vaughn, left, is the first Maverick to be named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association's Division I Male National Athlete of the Week. Mya Anderson, top right, and Nina Villanueva were named to the Sun Belt All-Conference second team by College Sports

Vaughn named national track athlete of the week

Senior sprinter Clayton Vaughn has been named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association's Division I Male National Athlete of the Week. He is the first-ever recipient from UTA.

Vaughn ran one of the fastest wind-legal men’s 100-meter dashes in NCAA history last Sunday, torching the field at the Sun Belt Conference Championships in 9.93 seconds. It’s the fastest wind-legal time by a collegian this year and is tied for the fourth fastest ever.

With his 9.93, the Sulphur Springs product shattered his own school record of 10.07 set last year and established a new Sun Belt meet record, smashing the old mark of 10.12.

Vaughn competes next at the NCAA West Preliminary Round on May 28-30 in Austin.

Softball players nab post-season honors

Senior Nina Villanueva and junior Mya Anderson were named to the Sun Belt All-Conference second team by College Sports

Villanueva hit .408 to achieve the second-best batting average in single-season history, while her career average of .363 is also second. The shortstop broke the single-season mark for runs scored with 52, and her 44 RBIs rank second for a season.

Anderson’s 13 home runs tied her for second in a single UTA season. The designated player batted .331 with 41 RBIs, 47 hits, and 33 runs scored.

Baseball team takes weekend series from Appalachian State

UT Arlington shook off the offensive rust from last Friday’s doubleheader, recording 16 hits on its way to a 9-3 series-clinching win Saturday over Appalachian State at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks honored eight seniors prior to the game and received key contributions from the three seniors in the starting lineup. Levi Scott went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Eric Tate was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Travis Sibley went 2-for-5 and scored a run.

In Friday’s doubleheader, UTA won the first game 2-1 and lost the second game 5-2. The team is 22-28 overall and 13-14 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Mavericks conclude the regular season with a three-game series beginning today, Thursday, May 14, at Texas State.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24

Mejia Ballet Under the direction of Paul Mejia, master teacher and choreographer, the company’s spring repertoire will feature Romeo and Juliet, Brahms’ Waltzes, Sylvia Pas de Deux, and For FiveTickets $15-$70. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Texas Hall.


BFA Art Exhibit The work of 43 Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates includes painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, digital imaging, and visual communication. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through May 16The Gallery at UTA.

MavsArt The semi-annual UTA community art show features 67 works by 25 artists who are UTA students, faculty, and staff. Through May 15UT Arlington LibrariesMavsArt.

Gallery 76102: Testament The exhibit is a collection of 12 photographs that explore the spiritual labor of bearing weight, submission, futility, and persistence. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through May 23. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom More than 60 photographs explore issues of Texas African-Americans from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Aug. 9. Sixth floor, Central Library. Center for Greater Southwestern Studies.

Special Collections: !Viva Mexico! A Comic Book History of Mexico A rare look inside the rise of comic books in 20th century Mexico, their literary, cultural, and entertainment value, and influence by the Mexican government. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 8UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Planetarium The spring schedule features Dynamic Earth, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, and Spacepark 360: Infinity. The summer schedule is May 26-Aug. 23 and includes Texas StargazingStars of the Pharaohs; One World, One Sky; Cosmic Color;  Dynamic Earth, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, and Spacepark 360: InfinityPlanetarium.

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


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