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Thursday, August 20, 2015

SEIRB building

New kid on the block: A concept drawing shows how the six-story Science, Engineering Innovation and Research Building would look from the south. The building will be across South Nedderman Drive from the Life Science Building and close to Pickard Hall.

Science, Engineering Innovation and Research Building to accelerate health science exploration

UT Arlington is advancing plans for a new six-story Science, Engineering Innovation and Research Building to help meet increasing student demand and to further the University’s emerging concentration in health science initiatives.

The 200,000-square-foot building will feature a structural steel and glass atrium. It will be located southwest of Pickard Hall, home of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and south of the existing Life Science Building.

The SEIR Building will include large multi-use collaborative spaces, large classrooms and lecture halls, and innovative research and teaching labs.

State lawmakers approved $70 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds to support the project earlier this year, and additional funding will complete the anticipated construction budget. Work on the project is expected to begin in 2016 with completion in 2018.

Read more about the Science, Engineering Innovation and Research Building.

Eileen Clements

Dr. Eileen Clements

UT Arlington, UNTHSC developing a more patient-friendly solution for sleep apnea

A new system being developed by researchers at UT Arlington and the UNT Health Science Center could make it easier for the estimated 18 million people with sleep apnea to get a good night’s rest.

The user-friendly system alerts the individual whenever there’s an air-flow leak in their PAP or positive airway pressure machine. Users will be able to decide if they want to be alerted by sound, lights, or vibration—or through an app that tells them what’s wrong and the best way to address it.

An air-flow leak is one of the most common reasons people stop using the nighttime masks, says Eileen Clements, director of research at the UT Arlington Research Institute.

Read more about the sleep apnea research.

Dr. Paul Componation

Dr. Paul Componation

UT Arlington joins NASA group investigating best ways to design aerospace systems

UT Arlington is the newest member of NASA’s Systems Engineering Consortium, which is funded by Marshall Space Flight Center and Langley Research Center.

The consortium brings together systems engineering researchers from universities across the country, including George Washington University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the University of Colorado.

Paul Componation, chair of the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering Department, says the consortium is looking at both the complexity of advanced aerospace systems and the organizational structures that design and build these systems. The UT Arlington research team is focusing on how to build and manage a more resilient systems engineering design organization to support NASA’s Space Launch System.

Read more about the NASA Systems Engineering Consortium.

Faculty orientation week filled with workshops, info

The Division of Faculty Affairs is partnering with departments across campus to aid faculty with professional development and help them connect with new colleagues and learn about new initiatives. These orientation events lead up to the first day of classes, Thursday, Aug. 27.

New Faculty Orientation offers a variety of workshops and sessions today, Thursday, Aug. 20, and Tuesday, Aug. 25. See who's new on campus in the Celebration of New Faculty brochure.

The All-Faculty Orientation is Monday, Aug. 24, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Join the staff of Faculty Affairs for coffee and bagels 8:30-10:30 a.m. on the first day of classes, Aug. 27, in Room 415 of the Central Library.

Read the faculty orientation schedule.

MyMav closed for maintenance Sunday morning

MyMav will be unavailable 6 a.m.-noon Sunday, Aug. 23. The Office of Information Technology and UT System Shared Services will perform essential maintenance to improve the performance of the MyMav system.

Visit the OIT status page to receive updates about this scheduled maintenance.

Questions? Contact the Help Desk by emailing or calling 2-2208.

toner scam

Beware of toner scam

Toner is the newest subject of phone scams. Several University departments have received calls from various companies indicating prices will increase and customers need to stock up to save money.

Some callers identify themselves as being from Konica Minolta's Customer Service and refer to customers by their full name and the ID number of a copier.

Others callers say they are with Network Imaging and ask about toner orders the previous month. The caller faxes an invoice and wants the invoice signed and returned immediately.

Toner for the Konica Minolta copiers is provided as part of the company's contract with UT Arlington. Konica Minolta will never call a customer about ordering toner and other supplies, nor will you receive an invoice from them for toner.

If you have questions or concerns about a potential toner scam, contact the Office of Procurement Services at or 2-3002.

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FABulous lessons

Faculty members from the College of Nursing and Health Innovation recently learned about the creative equipment at the UTA FabLab in the Central Library.


Emergency generator test on Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.

Buildings involved are Carlisle Hall, Engineering Lab Building, Engineering Research Building, Geoscience Building, Nedderman Hall, Science Hall, and Woolf Hall.

The test will only affect the electrical services tied to each building’s generator, not the entire building. There will be a slight “blip” lasting a half-second as the electrical service transfers to the generator and another as it is transferred back to the normal building service. Keep computer work in progress saved during this time to prevent any possible data loss.

Questions? Call Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

IRB Mini-Conference examines how-to of review

Faculty, staff, and students can learn about the Institutional Review Board submission process, how to conduct ethical research studies with human subjects, and more at the new, improved IRB Mini-Conference.

The conference is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in the upstairs lounge of the Maverick Activities Center.

Sessions include what to expect during the IRB review process, hot topics in human subjects research, and a sampling of protocol case studies. Those attending can earn credits for RCR training and human subject training requirements.

See the conference schedule and RSVPRegulatory Services and Research Administration sponsor the conference.

Sign up for a table at Activity Fair Day

Have your department or program represented at the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activity Fair Day on Wednesday, Sept. 2. The event is part of Maverick Stampede events welcoming students to campus for the fall semester. Hundreds of campus and community resources and opportunities will be represented along with live music and food.

A limited number of tables are available. Sign up through the Student Activities and Organizations website by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

Hearing officers needed for student conduct, discipline process

The Office of Community Standards is accepting nominations for faculty and staff members to serve as University hearing officers.

Hearing officers are an integral part of the student conduct and discipline process. Responsibilities include: 

  • Reviewing alleged violations regarding general misconduct and scholastic dishonesty
  • Conducting disciplinary hearings
  • Weighing evidence and testimony to determine if rules were violated
  • Making decisions on a student’s level of responsibility and assessing disciplinary action or sanctions, including suspension or expulsion from the University

Needed are faculty and staff members with sound decision-making skills who are comfortable with responding to potentially severe situations or who have a background in student conduct or discipline. 

Send nominations to Charity Stutzman at by Monday, Aug. 24. For questions, email Stutzman or call 2-2354.

Register your vehicle for new parking permits

General and reserved space parking permits are available now for faculty and staff.

UT Arlington’s virtual parking management system, MAVPark, is an online service that increases efficiency for customers and eliminates the need for parking decals and paper citations. MAVPark uses vehicle-mounted license plate readers to identify license plate numbers of parked vehicles for comparison against the virtual database of permitted vehicles.

To purchase a parking permit, visit and click on Obtain a Permit under the big blue P.

Read more about MAVPark.

Automated computer patch management available

The Office of Information Technology now has an automated patch management solution available to University-owned Linux and Windows devices that are not registered to the UTA domain.

Users of the IBM Endpoint Manager for Patch Management will see the benefits of automatically managed patches regardless of location, connection type, or status. Users will receive critical patches whether at work, home, or on the road, and on or off the network.

For links to download the patch management solution and additional information, go to IBM Endpoint Manager for Patch Management.

Volunteers needed for 2015-16 Maverick Stampede events

The countdown is on to the kickoff of Maverick Stampede beginning Monday, Aug. 24.

Volunteer for two hours at the Residence Hall Move-in Event on Monday, Aug. 24. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers help new residents unpack and settle in. Volunteer online.

Register to volunteer for other events, such as the Parent and Family Center Cookout, Waffleopolis, the MavsMeet AfterParty, Late Night Shopping at Target, and Ask Me Days.

Don't miss MavsMeet Convocation at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at College Park Center or the AfterParty on The Green at College Park.

Be a Maverick Cookout volunteer for a 30-minute shift 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Read more about the Maverick Stampede schedule of events.

Benefit Yourself
living well

Complete annual health assessment, receive gift card

If you don't keep track of them, changes can be hard to pin down. That’s why the annual health assessment is part of the Living Well program each year.

This online questionnaire, which takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, includes questions about your diet, physical activity, safety habits, and more. Completing it once a year gives you a way to easily see what has changed and where you need to focus your attention to best take care of your health and wellness.

To complete the health assessment, log in to the Living Well Health Platform and click on the Health heading.

You have until Monday, Aug. 31, to complete the health assessment and preventive exam to earn a $25 gift card. If you have any questions about the platform, contact Provant at 888-703-2296 or email

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Aug. 20

Position and Workforce Management Register online. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education. Business Affairs.

Tuesday, Aug. 25

Travel and Expenses Register online. 8:30-11:30 a.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Wednesday, Aug. 26

Requisitions Register online. 2-4:30 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Thursday, Aug. 27

Payment Vouchers Register online. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Friday, Aug. 28

UTARI Lunch and Learn Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, assistant director for research at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, discusses “Robots for Surgery and Human Computer Interaction Applications Through Sense of Touch (Haptics).” Register online. Shuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Coming up

Arlington Technology Association Michael McCabe, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, describes how its interdisciplinary team of engineers links discovery, development, and commercialization to achieve new products, new companies, and economic impact for our region, state, and nation. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Human Resources Training Register online. Conducting Effective Meetings, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9; Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16; Partnering with Your Boss, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Sept. 18; Leadership Skills for Supervisors, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22; Managing Stress in the Workplace, 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24; Developing Assertive Communication Skills, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29; and Advanced Supervisory Skills, 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. All in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

UT Arlington Photonics Symposium For the International Year of Light, this daylong symposium includes presentations by faculty, a poster session, panel discussion, and a final reception. 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Engineering

Engineering Speaker Series Mary "Missy” Cummings of Duke University discusses the state of automation and autonomy in our everyday lives. Free. 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Architecture Lecture Joshua Nimmo presents “Someplace Else.” Free. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Second Annual Women in the Americas Series Lori Celaya of the University of Idaho is guest lecturer for the topic "Human Trafficking at the U.S.-Mexico Border and the Role of the Commercial Sex Trade Client." Free. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Neches/Pedernales Rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Free and open to the public. Women’s and Gender Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Department of Modern Languages.

Focus on Faculty: Ritu Khanduri Ritu Khanduri, assistant professor of anthropology, is guest speaker. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, sixth floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries, Focus on Faculty

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

Sports Notes

Maverick time: The men's basketball team, top, plays four games in the Bahamas, and Maverick fans can listen for free through Mavericks All-Access starting at 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 20. Outside hitter Qiana Canete, bottom right, was selected to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference volleyball team.

Mavericks to face tough nonconference opponents

Men’s basketball coach Scott Cross has assembled the most challenging nonconference schedule of his tenure for the 2015-16 season.

The slate includes games against Ohio State, Texas, UTEP, and Louisiana Tech. Each of the teams won at least 20 games last year and reached a postseason tournament.

The Mavericks, who posted a 16-15 record in 2014-15, begin the season with the Homecoming game Saturday, Nov. 14, against Fordham University at College Park Center.

Volleyball team picked fifth in conference poll

The UTA volleyball team is predicted to finish fifth in the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Coaches’ Poll.

Outside hitter Qiana Canete was selected to the Preseason All-Sun Belt team. As a freshman last year, she led the Mavericks with 376 kills and was second on the team with 480 digs.

Last season UTA was 25-9 overall and 14-6 in conference play, falling to eventual champion Arkansas-Little Rock in the second round of the SBC Tournament. The Mavericks open the 2015 slate Saturday, Aug. 28, against Campbell as part of the Maverick Classic.

Sports Shorts

 Maverick fans can listen to all four games of the men’s basketball Summer Tour 2015 in the Bahamas for free through Mavericks All-Access. The first game is at 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 20.

 Season and single-game tickets for the 2015 UTA volleyball season are on sale at or by calling the College Park Center box office at 2-9595.

Watch all 2015-16 Maverick home games, in all sports, with the Faculty-Staff All-Season Ticket. Cost is $99.

The Maverick Open, formerly the Chip-N-Classic, will take place Thursday, Sept. 10, at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. To reserve your place, contact Kris Wood at or 2-9613.

Fall intramural sports deadlines approaching

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are Madden NFL '15 Tournament, Monday, Aug. 31; co-rec flag football, fantasy football, and college football pick 'em, Thursday, Sept. 3; tennis, Friday, Sept. 4; foosball, Tuesday, Sept. 8; softball, Wednesday, Sept. 9; and racquetball, Friday, Sept. 11.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

See you at UTA Night at the Rangers

UTA Night at the Rangers

Put on your Maverick blue for a night of fun when the Texas Rangers take on the Baltimore Orioles for UTA Night at the Rangers on Friday, Aug. 28.

Join fellow faculty, staff, alumni, students, and friends for a pre-game Maverick picnic from 6-7:30 p.m. on the third base concourse featuring an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet with water and soft drinks, and great Maverick giveaways.

Pre-game tickets are $30 for the picnic and game or $20 for the game only. For more information, go to Alumni Relations. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

See the Rangers play the Oakland A's when the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) offers discount tickets for Friday, Sept. 11. Complete the ticket form and submit it by Friday, Aug. 28. 

Discount tickets are available at other Rangers home games. Visit, click on UT Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS to get your discounted tickets.

Thursday, Aug. 27

Movin' Mavs-Lady Movin' Mavs Back-to-School Game Watch the Movin’ Mavs and the Lady Movin’ Mavs play. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.

Friday, Aug. 28

Welcome Back Movie: 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' Rated R. Free admission and popcorn. Concessions for sale. Lawn seating; bring a blanket or chair. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Volleyball—Maverick Classic Mavericks vs. Campbell University. Welcome Back calendar giveaway, post-game autographs. Tickets $5. Faculty-Staff All-Season Ticket $99, all 2015-16 sports. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Grambling State, 1:30 p.m., and vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29Athletics.

Monday, Aug. 31

University Center Gallery: Digital Photography Student Exhibit Student artwork showcased. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Dec. 12EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Tail-Waggin’ Wednesday Faculty, staff, and students can take a break filled with unconditional love from therapy dogs. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries

Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activity Fair Day Enjoy a $3 hamburger lunch, with a vegetarian option, and learn about campus organizations, clubs, and departments. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Center mall. Campus RecreationStudent Activities and Organizations.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Wear your Maverick gear for the Blue Out game. Tickets $5. Faculty-Staff All-Season Ticket $99, all 2015-16 sports. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Sept. 4

Friday Night Film Film to be determined. Free popcorn. $1; $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities

Coming up

Volleyball Tickets $5 per game. Faculty-Staff All-Season Ticket $99, all 2015-16 sports. Mavericks vs. Abilene Christian. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, luau-Mav 1000 tailgate; vs. Louisiana- Lafayette, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, Fiesta Friday, Hispanic Heritage Night, Los Mavericks shirt giveaway; vs. Georgia State, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, volleyball alumni reunion, Camper Reunion Day, Boys and Girls Club Night, post-game autographs; vs. Georgia Southern, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, tailgate, OctoberFest/beer tasting, Pink Night, Greek Out; vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Jersey Day, Blaze's Kids Club, Youth Day, International Frugal Fun Day, post-game autographs. All at College Park Center. Athletics.

Free Music Recitals and Concerts Music Honors Recital featuring music faculty and students, Tuesday, Sept. 8; Guest Double Bass Recital with Milton Masciadri of the University of Georgia, Monday, Sept. 14; Clavier Recital with UTA piano students, Tuesday, Sept. 15; Faculty Bassoon Recital with Scott Pool, Thursday, Sept. 17; Voice Division Recital with UTA vocal students, noon-1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21. All free, at 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Oozeball This mud volleyball tournament is a long-standing campus tradition. 1-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, Fourth Street at Summit Avenue. Campus Recreation

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert The UTA Symphony Orchestra performs, conducted by Clifton Evans. Tickets $9 general admission, $6 students and seniors, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

UT Arlington at the Levitt UTA Wind Symphony performs Saturday, Sept. 26, and UTA Jazz Orchestra with jazz master Stefan Karlsson and Swedish jazz trumpeter Magnus Broo on Sunday, Sept. 27. Free. 8 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. Music.


Ornament and Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks Examine the design and style of decorations on African masks from the Dowdey-Campbell and Brodie African Art Collections. Gallery hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109, Fine Arts Building. Through Aug. 31 .Art and Art History.

Gallery 76102: 'Tshuchigama/Earthen Kiln' Tsuchigama or “dirt kiln” is recognized by scholars as Japan's earliest high-fire kiln type. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Gallery 76102. Through Oct. 10. Fort Worth Center.

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


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