For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, April 30, 2009

President James D. Spaniolo with Dr. Mary Vaccaro

Achievement recognized: Dr. Mary Vaccaro, associate professor of art, receives an award from President James D. Spaniolo for Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment.

Faculty honored for research and teaching at spring meeting

UT Arlington presented awards for research and teaching Tuesday at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

"You exemplify the progress and promise of UT Arlington," President James D. Spaniolo said as he addressed the group. "There are no limits to what you can achieve, just as there are no limits to our university's future."

Awards for Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment went to Kaushik De, professor of physics, and Mary Vaccaro, associate professor of art. This award recognizes faculty members for particularly noteworthy research or creative accomplishment during the past three years.

Receiving the Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity awards were James Campbell Quick, professor of management, and Andrew White, professor of physics. This award recognizes a distinguished record of research and scholarship or creative activity over an extended period of time.

Cheryl Anderson, associate professor of nursing, received the Chancellor's Council Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award sponsored by the UT System chancellor and given to a member of the faculty for outstanding teaching at the undergraduate level.

Joanna W. Johnson, senior lecturer in English, received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award honors non-tenure track instructors who have demonstrated a record of excellence in teaching, strong personal commitment to students, and the ability to motivate, challenge and inspire.

For a full list of award recipients, click here.

University continues to monitor swine flu developments

UT Arlington continues to monitor the ongoing swine flu outbreak, but to date has found no indication of the illness among members of the University community. UT Arlington officials remain in close contact with local, state and federal officials to keep abreast of developments and precautions that should be taken. Updates are posted at

Late Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry issued a disaster declaration for Texas related to the outbreak. UT System officials urge that all non-essential travel to Mexico be suspended. The University will post further advisories on the Web site above.

Faculty and staff who experience flu-like symptoms, including a fever, headache or cough, should contact their primary care physicians, who can administer a nasal swab test to diagnose swine flu. Members of the University community are asked to take precautions, including washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer, especially before eating, and staying home if they are ill.

Krishnan Rajeshwar

Energy expert: Dr. Krishnan Rajeshwar will receive a national award for his energy research in May.

Professor receives award for energy research

Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished university professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and associate dean of the College of Science, will receive the Energy Technology Division Research Award of the Electrochemical Society at the group's meeting in San Francisco scheduled May 24-29. The Electrochemical Society is an organization of more than 8,000 scientists and engineers in 70 countries.

The honor recognizes individuals in academia, national laboratories or industry who have made significant contributions to energy research and development. Dr. Rajeshwar's research spans a broad spectrum in energy and development, ranging from oil sands, oil shales and coals to solar energy conversion. His group has explored this field since 1976, first at Colorado State University and then at UT Arlington. He also is the editor of "Interface," the journal of the Electrochemical Society.

UT Arlington Commencement

Commencement gets a new look

From their arrival on campus to their final hugs and high-fives, candidates for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and their families and guests will experience numerous enhancements to UT Arlington's Commencement traditions starting this May.

Those attending the ceremonies May 14-18 in Texas Hall will be greeted by welcoming banners—and Texas Hall shuttles—in the parking lots near the Maverick Activities Center. Guests are encouraged to arrive an hour early, and those who do will enjoy live music provided by the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra.

The Texas Hall stage will incorporate familiar traditions, such as individual gonfalons for each school and college, as well as enhanced backdrops and staging, the new academic mace, video capability and improved lighting. Receptions held under a tent adjacent to Texas Hall will follow each school and college ceremony, providing light refreshments plus areas suitable for taking personal photos.

For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, Latin honors graduate reception, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, Graduation Celebration and more, go to

Dr. Cedric Feschotte and Dr. Liz Poster

Treasured insight: Dr. Cedric Feschotte (left) and Dr. Liz Poster will represent UT Arlington at the UT System's Hidden Treasures event Friday in Austin.

Faculty to address DNA, nursing issues at UT System event

The 42nd annual Chancellor's Council Meeting and Symposium hosted by the UT System Friday, May 1 in Austin will include UT Arlington faculty members Cedric Feschotte, assistant professor of biology, and Liz Poster, dean of the School of Nursing.

They will participate in the Hidden Treasures event, which attracts 500 to 600 UT System supporters for presentations and panel discussions about research and important issues from faculty, researchers and students representing some of the 15 UT System institutions. Only the top researchers are invited to participate each year.

Dr. Feschotte's presentation, "What if you had genes that didn't come from your family?" concerns DNA and groundbreaking research that traces the possible origins of so-called "junk" genes to viruses that are millions of years old. Dean Poster will serve on a panel discussion, "The Right Prescription," which concerns issues in nursing.

MavPic Blaze

Blazing an Environmental Trail

Blaze checks out the trade-show style booth designed by interior design students under the guidance of School of Architecture faculty members Rebecca Boles and Kurt Ortley for the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The booth incorporates sustainable materials and messages while creating a welcoming environment for staff and guests to exchange ideas and information.

Exoneree conference highlights gaps in dealing with the wrongly convicted

When the wrongly convicted are exonerated and released from prison, post-release services and resources to help them re-enter private life are difficult to find.

Filling such service gaps is among the topics at "A Day for Social Justice: The 2009 Dallas Interfaith Exoneree Conference" from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, May 1, at Christian Chapel CME Temple of Faith, 14120 Noel Road, in Dallas.

The UT Arlington School of Social Work is sponsoring the conference with Central Dallas Ministries and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The Hogg Foundation, a UT Austin organization that helps raise awareness of mental health issues, also is supporting the event.

Tickets range from $15 to $25 depending on whether attendees plan to buy lunch. Attendance is free for exonerees and family members.

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Stars on the Rise supports student scholarships

The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC) has announced that this year's Stars on the Rise scholarship recipients will be awarded more than $1.3 million, a record amount. Michele Bobadilla, UT Arlington's senior associate vice president for outreach services, chaired the initiative. The scholarships are aimed at deserving high school students who are pursuing college degrees.

MavPic President James D. Spaniolo

Here's the Pitch

President James D. Spaniolo throws out the first pitch at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on UT Arlington Night Tuesday. Faculty, staff and students were admitted to the game at a reduced price. It was the fifth anniversary of UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark.

Longtime supporters of the GDHCC's education programs include UT Arlington, Southern Methodist University, UT Dallas, Midwestern State University and the U.S. Navy. Corporate supporters include Bank of America, Ben E. Keith, Texas Instruments, Verizon and the DFW Hispanic Contractors Association.

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OIT introduces new process for evaluation

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has announced a new process to help identify the University's most beneficial and strategic IT projects. The goal is to proportionately match IT resources to achieve UT Arlington's strategic missions and goals. OIT worked with campus leadership to develop an IT governance model to gather a representative collection of IT project needs campuswide. That was followed by an objective evaluation of project benefits and a formal decision-making process to determine which projects will provide the greatest value to the University. Projects will be approved, scheduled and assigned IT resources based on this selection process. learn more

Early voting scheduled at University Center

UT Arlington is an early voting site for Tarrant County's county, city and school district elections. The on-campus poll is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 4-5, at the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. Election day is Saturday, May 9, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go to the Texas Secretary of State's or Tarrant County Election Center's Web sites to find the correct polling place.

Benefit Yourself

Get active with healthy living

Living Well from the UT System

Healthy living means different things for different people at various stages of life. To stay well, you need to incorporate regular physical activity into your day, eat a variety of fresh foods and change unhealthy lifestyle patterns. No matter your age, occupation or what Texas city you call home, the UT System's "Living Well: Make it a Priority" believes there is an approach to healthy living that is right for you. learn more

Team building for supervisors

As a manager, what kind of relationship would you like to have with your employees? Leader? Friend? Teacher? Mentor? The person who motivates them, guides them, encourages them and makes them want to win? The team-building seminar is designed to teach you powerful coaching methods to turn even problem employees into productive, motivated winners. This team-building training shows you how to pull everyone together with a shared drive and purpose. Thursday, April 30, 2-4 p.m., Wetsel Service Center, Room 200.

For a complete list of training classes see

Class for Web design begins Monday

The Office of Information Technology is offering a two-part introduction to Web design and publishing next week. The first class will cover basic HTML tags, hyperlinks, inserting images and will provide a foundation for the level II class. The second class will cover more advanced HTML by incorporating tables, style sheets and more. Level I is Monday, May 4, 2-4 p.m., Ransom Hall, Room 211A. Level II is Wednesday, May 6, 2-4 p.m., Ransom Hall, Room 311A. Click to register.

For a full up-to-date list of computer training classes or to register for a computer class, please visit the OIT Training Web site.

In Quotes

Ceremony celebrates campus excellence

Math grant will pair grad students with teachers

Great tennis season continues

"Mavericks push themselves to the limits, because they are the only ones who get to define those limits."

"The idea is to have scientists that can communicate about their research at different levels."

"This is the final exclamation point for a great season, going undefeated in regular season and playing so well in the tournament."

- UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo at the President's Convocation for Academic Excellence, where each college and school recognizes students who exemplify that excellence in the classroom. The Shorthorn. learn more

- Minerva Cordero-Epperson, associate professor of mathematics, about math graduate students from UT Arlington who will team with teachers at Arlington secondary schools with high minority populations as part of a nearly $2.9 million National Science Foundation grant. Star-Telegram. learn more

- Diego Benitez, tennis coach, on the UT Arlington women winning the Southland Conference Tournament. Southland Conference Web site. learn more

Sports Notes
Michael Choice

Rising star: Michael Choice is one of 36 athletes invited to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials.

Maverick outfielder invited to USA Baseball National Team Trials

Outfielder Michael Choice, a sophomore from Mansfield, has become the first Maverick to be invited to the USA Baseball National Team Trials. The trials are June 15-24 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., where 36 of the top collegiate, non-draft eligible players in the country will compete for a spot on the 22-man USA Baseball National Team. The roster will be announced June 24. learn more

Movin' Mav makes U.S. junior team for Paralympics, World Championship

Sophomore Ian Pierson has been named to the wheelchair basketball U.S. junior national team and will compete in the Under-23 World Championship this summer. Pierson competed in the April 2-4 trials in Birmingham, Ala., after leading the Movin' Mavs to third place in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Association's national tournament for the second straight year. The Under 23 U.S. team will travel to Manchester, England, in May to compete in the Paralympics World Cup before heading to Paris for the world championship July 6-14.

Mavericks win women's tennis title

The women's tennis team earned its fifth Southland Conference tournament championship and first since 2004 by defeating UT San Antonio, 4-0, Sunday in Corpus Christi. Diego Benitez was named the SLC women's tennis coach of the year after leading the team to an 11-0 conference record during the regular season. The championship qualifies the Mavericks for the NCAA Tournament, with the first round scheduled to begin May 8 at a site to be determined.

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Going Out

Thursday, April 30 Official Maverick Ring Ceremony Alumni, students and their families can share in this event. Free. 6 p.m., Maverick Activities Center, Lone Star Auditorium. Free. Contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594 or

Thursday, April 30 UTA Band Awards Concert Features Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds and Wind Symphony. Tickets are $5 for general public or $3 students/seniors. 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building, Irons Recital Hall. Contact Band Office at 2-2533 or

Friday, May 1 $2 Movie - The Matrix See The Matrix on the Planetarium screen. $2. 6 p.m., Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or

Friday, May 1 Movie - Coraline Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. Free. 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, MAC. Contact Leslie Angela Mack at 2-2963 or

Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3 Baseball UT Arlington vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Faculty and staff, $2. 6:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. Clay Gould Ballpark.

Saturday, May 2 Piano & Violin Concert A concert with guest violinist, Dr. Lin He of the Louisiana State University music faculty, and Dr. Young-Hyun Cho of the UT Arlington music faculty. They will perform an R. Strauss sonata, a Faure sonata and other pieces by Debussy and Isaye. Free. 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building, Irons Recital Hall. Contact the Music Department at 2-3471 or

Saturday, May 2 $2 Movie - The Matrix See The Matrix on the Planetarium screen. $2. 6 p.m., Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or

Now through May 16 Collecting Our History: 35 Years of Special Collections The exhibit features photographs, documents and artifacts from the UT Arlington Library's Special Collections. Five areas of interest within the collection are University archives, local history, Texas history, labor union archives and cartography. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Sixth floor, Central Library. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 2-3393 or e-mail for more information.

Now through May 31 Faculty/Staff Creative Works Exhibit Features books written by UT Arlington faculty and staff. Free and open to the public. Sixth floor atrium and parlor, Central Library. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 or

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium Shows Shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week. See the Planetarium Web site for schedule. Contact the Planetarium, 2-1183 or for tickets.

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


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