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

Monday, August 24, 2009

Dr. Doreen Elliott

Innovative instruction: Dr. Doreen Elliott, professor of social work, is one of nine faculty members selected to receive Outstanding Teaching Awards from the UT System Board of Regents.

Faculty members recognized
for teaching excellence

Nine UT Arlington faculty members have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the UT System Board of Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards. They are among 73 faculty members from nine UT System academic institutions to receive the honor and share in $2 million in awards.

"These awards demonstrate our commitment to maintaining excellence in our classrooms and send a clear message to our campus communities that we value exceptional performance and innovation," says James R. Huffines, chairman of the Board of Regents.

Donald Bobbitt, UT Arlington's provost and vice president for academic affairs, says the awards recognize the University's "exceptional faculty who care about their educational mission."

The awards carry a prize of $15,000 to $30,000 depending on level of experience and are believed to be among the highest in the country for rewarding outstanding undergraduate faculty performance and innovation.

The recipients are Norman Cobb, associate professor of social work; Minerva Cordero-Epperson, associate professor of mathematics in the College of Science; Mary Lynn Crow, professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions; Doreen Elliott, professor of social work; Jennifer Gray, professor of nursing and associate dean of the School of Nursing's doctoral program; Elizabeth Morrow, professor of music in the College of Liberal Arts; Larry Nelson, assistant professor of kinesiology in the College of Education and Health Professions; Jimmy Rogers, senior lecturer of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Science; and David Silva, professor of linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts and vice provost for academic affairs.

For more information, see the news release.

Mavericks are unbranded

Mavericks are unbranded: This 30-second commercial will be prominently featured during events at the new Cowboys Stadium.

Advertising at Cowboys Stadium spotlights UT Arlington

UT Arlington will have a major presence at Dallas Cowboys games this season. A 30-second commercial will run twice during each home game on 2,500 horizontal LCD television screens throughout Cowboys Stadium, including the suites.

"This ad, which is part of our new marketing campaign, presents UT Arlington in an entirely different light," says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications. "I'm not aware of anything even remotely similar to this being done at other institutions around the country."

Additionally, a vertical version of the commercial will run 12 times per game on 300 other screens located on the concourses and the University will have exposure on the stadium's 360-degree "ribbon" in a stunning 60-second piece that uses this same look. The ribbon ad will run twice at each game (once pregame and once during the game). Additionally, a series of digital UT Arlington logo placements will run in strategic locations.

This is part of an evolving collaboration between the University and the Cowboys that will continue to grow over the years.

"We couldn't be more pleased with our partnership with the Dallas Cowboys organization," Lewis says. "They're a class act in every respect."

Dr. Laurel Smith Stvan

Teaching expertise: Dr. Laurel Stvan, associate professor of linguistics, is one of four faculty members being recognized for providing inspiration to students.

Smotherman Awards honor professors
from College of Liberal Arts

Four professors will be honored in September as recipients of the Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Awards for their recent work with University students.

The Smotherman Faculty Awards, established in 2007 by Thad and Alicia Smotherman, recognize College of Liberal Arts faculty whose expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create work of exceptional merit. The awards were created to connect outstanding research and teaching and to showcase the achievements of professors, says Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

This year's honorees are Stacy Alaimo, associate professor of English; John Garrigus, associate professor of history; Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art and art history; and Laurel Stvan, associate professor of linguistics.

For more information, see the news release.

Dr. Judy LeFlore

Professor uses gaming application
to teach student nurses

Judy LeFlore, associate professor of nursing, wants to find out if playing games can teach student nurses to save lives.

Dr. LeFlore is developing an undergraduate training program for student nurses to learn about pediatric respiratory disease using a living world gaming application with collaboration and technical support from the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering at UT Dallas. The collaborative work is funded by a $250,000 Transforming Undergraduate Education grant from the UT System Board of Regents announced Wednesday.

LeFlore, who is director of the pediatric and acute care pediatric nurse practitioner programs at UT Arlington, will create a virtual clinical environment for nursing students that will provide the most realistic experience possible, outside of a hands-on traditional clinical encounter. The living world game format is being developed by a design team led by Marge Zielke at UT Dallas.

LeFlore believes the teaching technique will be effective with students born between 1982 and 1991. "They have been called the Net generation. They have never not known computers. Yet most of our teaching methods address a generation that is no longer in school."

She hopes to have the game ready by spring 2010. At the end of the course, the test performance of students taught through the gaming technique will be compared to the performance of students who experienced traditional teaching situations.

For more information, see the news release.

College of Engineering hopes to answer job needs with nuclear engineering minor

Growing demand for nuclear engineers has propelled the College of Engineering to offer a minor in that field for the first time this fall. Bill Carroll, dean of the college, says demand for the courses is being driven by plans for 24 new nuclear energy plants across the country, six of which are slated for Texas.

  MavPic Darryl Lauster

A Maverick welcome

Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art and art history, was the keynote speaker at MavsMeet Convocation Friday at Texas Hall. MavsMeet commemorates the beginning of the academic year and was followed by a faculty/staff reception in the University Club and an AfterParty for students on the Central Library Mall. The evening culminated with a fireworks display.

"It's imperative that we get people trained in the right fields," Dr. Carroll says. "This helps toward that goal."

Lynn Peterson, associate engineering dean, said the fact that the classes filled up quickly speaks to the need for nuclear engineering education.

The courses will be taught by engineering faculty Ratan Kumar and Rasool Kenarangui. Dr. Kumar says today's students are quick to understand that a minor in nuclear engineering will position them well in an energy-conscious economy.

For more information about the program, see

Faculty/staff committee listing
available online

A list of representatives for standing University committees for 2009-10 is available at

Committees are appointed upon the advice and counsel of the Committee on Committees or are elected through the Rules and Elections Committee. If a chair is not designated, the first named committee member is responsible for convening the committee for the purpose of choosing a permanent chair. Notify Connie Frazier ( when a permanent chair has been selected. Minutes of meetings should be submitted to the administrative officer to whom the committee reports.

Many appointments involve a rotation system. For all committees other than the Faculty Senate, the expiration of the term appointment is the conclusion of the summer session of the year designated in parentheses. Faculty Senate terms expire at the end of the fall semester. Committee members serving in an ex officio capacity do not have term appointments.

Student Affairs wins national award

The Division of Student Affairs has been chosen to receive a 2009 Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education for conducting outstanding work assessing student learning and development.

  MavPic The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders

Cowboys Cheerleaders practice
on campus

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders practiced at Maverick Stadium Thursday night in preparation for the first home game at the new Cowboys Stadium last Friday. The cheerleaders will be using Maverick Stadium for rehearsals periodically this fall as part of the growing partnership between UT Arlington and the Dallas Cowboys.

"I'm very proud of the work we have done, and the division has come a very long way in a rather short time," says Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs. The division will receive a $1,000 cash award at the CAS National Symposium in Washington, D.C., in November.

Check out the blog server

The UT Arlington blog server has been upgraded to the latest version of Word Press Multi user. With this new version comes many new features, including more themes to choose from and greater security. This link will give you information about the upgrade and some of the features.

Changes to a blog will not be visible immediately. To improve performance of the blog server, the Office of Information Technology has set the blog to cache (keep in memory) the page for an hour. Users must sign out of their blog completely, then shut down the browser, restart the browser and log back into the blog to see the changes. Others will be able to see the changes immediately as the page has not been cached on their machine yet.

For more information and for help with setting up a blog, contact Scott Massey, training manager in the Center for Distance Education, at 2-7003 or

Library catalog gets upgrade

The online catalog for the UT Arlington Library has been upgraded, and several new features, customizations and enhancements have been added. Librarians and programmers are always working to streamline functionality and create seamless linkages to search results. Library staff members have been testing a preview version of this program since late July.

The updated catalog is available now. For an overview of the recent changes, click here.

Benefit Yourself

Introduction to Office 2008

Don't get left behind! Learn what's new in Office 2008. This course will feature a quick overview of the differences in Word, Excel, Power Point and Entourage. You'll also get to ask questions in an extensive class-driven Q&A session. Register to attend. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31. Fine Arts Building, Room 404. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Maverick 101: New employee orientation

This class is designed to help new employees get to know the basics of what it means to "Be A Maverick" and to help current faculty and staff connect with the pulse of UT Arlington. 8 a.m.-noon. Wednesday, Sept. 2, Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See the complete list of training classes.

Employment information

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

Extra Credit

Friday, Aug. 28 CPR Class UT Arlington is participating in the CPaRlington initiative to train 10 percent (36,000) of the city's population in CPR by the end of 2009. The CPR Anytime kit makes learning CPR training easy, flexible and personal. The UT Arlington community is invited to attend a free one-hour class. Participants will receive an inflatable mannequin in a box and will view instructions provided in a 22-minute video that guides them through practice on their own mannequin. After the class, participants can keep the CPR Anytime kit to share with family and friends. Participants should complete and return a card documenting how many have been trained with the kit provided. If you need a special accommodation to fully participate, contact Nadine Douditski at 2-0102 or Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. 10-11 a.m., Central Library, sixth floor parlor. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 2 The EPA: Balancing Environmental Interests The College of Engineering and the Arlington Technology Association welcome Richard Greene, former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is charged with keeping air, soil and water free of hazardous chemicals, but how and at what cost? In this presentation, Greene provides a firsthand examination of the operating philosophies of the EPA and an update on the progress, or lack thereof, in Washington's efforts to craft climate change law and regulation. Everyone welcome. Light breakfast provided. 7-8 a.m. 601 Nedderman Hall. Members, students free. Others $5. Make reservations.

Wednesday, Sept. 2 Dean Kamen – Inventor, Physicist, Entrepreneur The College of Engineering, in the first of a series of distinguished speaker presentations coinciding with the celebration of its 50th anniversary, welcomes Dean Kamen, inventor of breakthrough medical devices and the Segway human transporter and creator of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Kamen received the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment (1998), the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton (2000), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2002) and numerous honorary degrees. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005. Everyone welcome. 7 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. For information, contact Tracey Kocher at 2-3679 or

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

Going Out

Monday, Aug. 24 Texas Stargazing in the Historic Roundhouse Planetarium Discover the myths and mysteries of the constellations in the night sky. See the moon as the Apollo astronauts saw it 40 years ago. Fly out of the Milky Way galaxy to see it from above. Faculty and staff $3. 1-2 p.m. Roundhouse Planetarium, Preston Hall. Check the Planetarium Web site for a complete list of shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or for tickets.

  UTA Presents

Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair

Activities Fair

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the University Center Mall.

Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the event will feature 150 to 200 campus organizations as they begin the new academic year by providing information about their group for faculty, staff and students. Approximately 3,000 attend the event each year.

Burgers, veggie burgers, chips and drinks can be purchased for $2. Faculty and staff serve as volunteer "flippers and servers."

Music will be provided by the UTA Marching Band and "Passing Strangers." For more information, contact Molly Albart at 2-1104 or or contact Sara Drischler at 2-2929 or

Tuesday, Aug. 25 Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Join two children on a magical journey through the solar system, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket and a vivid imagination. During this imaginative show, audiences will land on Venus, fly through the rings of Saturn and discover the secrets of the solar system. Faculty and staff $3. 2-3 p.m. Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. Check the Planetarium Web site for a complete list of shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or for tickets.

Tuesday, Aug. 25 Stars of the Pharaohs Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar and align huge buildings. You'll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena. And thanks to the time that the Digital Theater's production team spent on location in Egypt taking photographs and measurements, you'll see some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in their original splendor. Faculty and staff $3. 7-8 p.m. Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. Check the Planetarium Web site for a complete list of shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or for tickets.

Wednesday, Aug. 26 Stars at Night are Big and Bright A great show with a little bit of everything—planets, stars and galaxies. This show takes you on a trip from Arlington to the edge of the universe and back. Faculty and staff $3. 2-3 p.m. Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. Check the Planetarium Web site for a complete list of shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or for tickets.

Wednesday, Aug. 26 $2 Movie – Coraline Come see your favorite movies again on the big Planetarium screen. Faculty and staff $2. 6-8:30 p.m. Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. Check the Planetarium Web site for a complete list of shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or for tickets.

Now through Sept. 30 Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 at the Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit that highlights various disciplines in the glass arts, including glassblowing, kiln-formed glass, flameworking, neon sculpture, stained glass, glass mosaic and cast glass. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only. Contact Christina Graves at 2-5988.

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


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