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UTA In The News — Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Oozeball rescheduled

Concerned about water waste during the worst Texas drought in a half a century, UT Arlington has canceled its upcoming 22nd annual Oozeball tournament and rescheduled it for the spring, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "The city is desperate for water right now. We don't feel we could be a good partner with the city and the environment if we went forward with the event," said Lora Malone, executive director of the UTA Alumni Association, which works with the university's recreation department to organize the fundraiser.

Faculty honors

The Dallas Morning News Education Notes column featured a list of the UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award recipients, including eight from UT Arlington. Recipients are faculty members at the nine University of Texas System academic institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction.

New TMAC director

The Fort Worth Business Press’ people section reported The University of Texas at Arlington has named Ron Lehman as TMAC center director. TMAC, formerly knowns as the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, is a statewide program of extension centers. In his new role, Lehman will focus on identifying more revenue opportunities, enhance TMAC’s image, develop partnerships and implement strategic initiatives. The news organization also listed UT Arlington professors who received Outstanding Teaching Awards and noted President James D. Spaniolo’s appearance on the KERA program CEO.

IT advice

Jon Harris, who recently retired from his job as chief technology officer for The University of Texas at Arlington, discusses the need for chief information officers to delegate some authority to a second-in-command on the itWorld Canada website. He says, "it's critical if the CIO is going to move into the transformational role. You can't serve two masters -- one being the business, one being IT."