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

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Engineering Lab Building

Lab building topped off: A third floor was added to the Engineering Lab Building, and a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday.

College of Engineering celebrates 50 years of excellence

College of Engineering 50th Anniversary

The College of Engineering begins its 50th anniversary celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly remodeled Engineering Lab Building at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The renovations include the addition of a third floor and expanded facilities for all engineering departments. Tours of the building begin at 11:30.

Also on Wednesday, inventor Dean Kamen will speak at the Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center at 7 p.m. in the first of a series of distinguished speaker presentations coinciding with the anniversary celebration. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Kamen has invented breakthrough medical devices and the Segway human transporter. He 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.

Richard Florida

Creative writer: Urban theorist Richard Florida opens the Maverick Speakers Series on Sept. 25.

Maverick Speakers Series enlightens and entertains

The second season of the free Maverick Speakers Series will feature an astronaut, a prominent magazine editor and commentators on politics and law.

Bestselling author and urban theorist Richard Florida kicks off the series Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. in Texas Hall as he speaks on "Creative Class Consumption."

Florida wrote the global best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class. His latest book, Who's Your City?, is also a national and international best-seller and was an book of the month.

Following Florida will be CNN political analyst David Gergen in October and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham in November. Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will speak in February. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin concludes the series in March.

Lipstick building

The art of geometry: Tommy Fitzpatrick's "Lipstick Building," an acrylic on canvas, will be among the works on display at The Gallery at UTA.

'Geometry in Reflection' features two noted artists

The Gallery at UTA presents "Geometry in Reflection" Sept. 4 through Oct. 10. The exhibit features internationally known artists Tommy Fitzpatrick and Margo Sawyer, who address architectural forms and color relationships in their work.

Fitzpatrick has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States, including several in New York, Houston and Berlin. Sawyer's work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, Italy, India and Japan.

A reception is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, and will feature a brief talk by the artists. They also will discuss their work in illustrated, hour-long presentations. Sawyer will speak at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, and Fitzpatrick will speak at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. The talks are in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building. The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is in the Fine Arts Building.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy at 2-5658 or visit The 2009-10 exhibition schedule is made possible by the support of Arlington Camera, the Bryant and Nancy Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jasmine Stewart

Stewart receives national adviser award

Jasmine Stewart ('05), assistant director for alumni and student programs, was recognized as the 2009 Outstanding Adviser at the CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP) National Conference held August 6-8 in Baltimore.

CASE ASAP, a professional organization for student alumni associations, student foundations and ambassador programs, represents more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide, as well as in Mexico and Canada.

The UT Arlington Student Alumni Association also was recognized as the 2009 Most Spirited Student Group. Stewart serves as the group's adviser.

Green roof, engineering building recognized in national report

The green roof project, groundbreaking on the Engineering Research Building and release of the white paper on curriculum and research were recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in its annual digest of campus sustainability initiatives and developments. The digest is available online.

  MavPic President James D. Spaniolo and fellow burger flippers

Flippin' out

President James D. Spaniolo and his fellow burger flippers show their grilling skills at the Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair on Wednesday on the University Center mall. From left are Dennis Maher, associate professor of theatre arts; President Spaniolo; Tammy Montgomery, computer user service specialist in OIT; and Arthur Tso, Web software developer in OIT.

Under the leadership of co-chairs Don Lange and Stacy Alaimo, the President's Sustainability Committee evaluates initiatives to help the University meet or surpass environmental standards, conserve resources and minimize waste. Members review projects on other campuses that may be appropriate for adopting at UT Arlington.

Titans of technology

Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck has proclaimed Friday, Aug. 28, as Technology Day in Arlington. Aerospace engineering Professor Frank Lu has been recognized as a Tech Titan Innovator award finalist, while the Smart Hospital is a Tech Titan Adopter award finalist for the Metroplex Technology Business Council Gala on Friday at the Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel.

H1N1 flu information posted online

UT Arlington is closely monitoring developments related to the H1N1 influenza virus and asks that members of the University community take precautions to stay healthy heading into the fall flu season. The spread of flu can be slowed through frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, shielding your coughs and sneezes and staying home when you feel ill. Click here to read updated information about the H1N1 flu virus and what you can do to stay well.

SAC elections now open online

The Staff Advisory Council election site is now open to cast your ballot for your district's representative(s). Terms are for two years, from fall 2009 through summer 2011.

Visit to vote. The election site will close at midnight Monday, Aug. 31, so that the election process can proceed according to the council's by-laws.

If you have questions, e-mail

Free Thursday Planetarium admission extended

Free admission to Thursday shows at The Planetarium for faculty and staff and their accompanying families has been extended through Thursday, Sept. 24.

Free "roller coaster rides" will highlight the beginning of each show Thursday and Friday this week. The three-minute video is provided by Dome3D productions as a preview to its show that is currently being developed.

Antivirus software gets upgrade

UT Arlington's Symantec antivirus license expires Sept. 24, 2009, and all licensed Symantec antivirus products must be removed from University and personal computers before the expiration date.

  MavPic Counseling specialist Vickie Goins and administrative assistant Lalita Thompson

A world of information

Outreach coordinator Dr. Vickie Goins (left) and administrative assistant Lalita Thompson get some help from University mascot Blaze at the Counseling Services table at the Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair on Wednesday on the University Center mall. Campus organizations and departments were available to provide information to faculty, staff and students.

The Office of Information Technology is providing Microsoft Forefront Client Security for Windows and ClamXav for Mac OS for use on and off campus by faculty, staff and students. The automatic installation of the Forefront Client Security product for Windows machines will begin Aug. 31, 2009. All Microsoft Windows computers that are members of the UTA domain will automatically be migrated from any Symantec antivirus product to Microsoft Forefront Client Security. Contact the OIT Helpdesk at 2-2208 for more information regarding the antivirus upgrade.

All faculty, staff and students who would like to install the new antivirus product on their personal computer can download the software from the Blazeware site.

Blog server link corrected

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. Earlier this week, MavWire listed an incorrect link. The corrected link will give you information about the upgrade and some of the features.

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

Marching Band to perform at Cowboys game Saturday

The UT Arlington Marching Band will perform at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys-San Francisco 49ers pre-season game Saturday, Aug. 29. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., with halftime at about 8:30 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Cowboys Stadium employees will use campus lots Saturday

Cowboys Stadium employees will use campus parking lots 47, 49, 50, 51 and 52 Saturday, Aug. 29. Nursing students can park at the north end of lot 47, east of Pickard Hall. Other students, faculty and staff will be redirected to lot F-10 and, if needed, lot F-13.

Benefit Yourself

Separate ID cards to be issued for medical and prescription plans

New state requirements for insurance identification cards were passed during the Texas legislative session earlier this year. Beginning with plan year 2009-10, UT Arlington employees and retirees will receive separate ID cards for the UT SELECT Medical plan (administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas) and the UT SELECT Prescription Drug plan (administered by Medco Health Solutions). Additional information regarding insurance identification cards is available in the August 2009 edition of A Matter of Health newsletter.

Word 2007

Learn about Word templates, how to work with graphics by inserting and modifying pictures, inserting watermarks, word art and working with tables and columns. Also learn basic techniques for managing a large document by inserting page numbers, headers/footers and creating a table of contents. Register to attend. 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, Ransom Hall, Room 312. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Supervisors

Supervisors can be the front-line champions in helping an employee achieve a work/life balance. You just need the right tools. This information can mean the difference between helplessly watching one of your team members struggle through a crisis or connecting them with the tools that will help them overcome a difficult situation. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 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.

In Quotes

International adoption has special needs

Army introduces mental-health test

Hill Bridge will impact Dallas

"Here's the way you can do it, it will be fun."

"Most people understand the physical rigor that is required of combat troops. But the mental-health attributes are equally as important."

"We will be looking at new development that makes tall buildings and small houses exist together to create a beautiful place, and how to get there."

– Dr. Heather Jacobson, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, commenting on her book, Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference. Brain, Child Magazine.

– Dr. James Campbell Quick, professor of management and the John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor in the College of Business, on the Army's new mental-health test. Christian Science Monitor.

– Brent Brown, lecturer in the School of Architecture, on the impact of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas. Dallas Morning News.

Sports Notes
  Teena Sobczak

Ready to serve: Teena Sobczak is the only senior on a promising UT Arlington volleyball team.

Volleyball season opens Friday

A year ago, volleyball coach Diane Seymour was forced to throw a handful of freshmen into the fire following the graduation of five starters in 2007. Now, prior to the start of the 2009 season, Seymour and the Mavericks face a much brighter scenario with nine returning players.

The season opens this weekend at the Illinois State Redbird Classic in Normal, Ill., as the Mavericks face Oral Roberts on Friday night before meeting Illinois State and Gardner-Webb on Saturday. UT Arlington will play the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on Tuesday. The first home matches are Saturday, Sept. 12 against Arkansas-Little Rock and Oklahoma in the UT Arlington Invitational.

"We definitely want to rebound and have a great season," Seymour says. "We are still going to look really young on paper, but I don't think we are going to play that young because we had a lot of freshmen that were forced into action last year."

Mavericks begin play at Golfweek Conference Challenge

The golf team begins the season Sunday, Aug. 30, as the Southland Conference representative in the inaugural Golfweek Conference Challenge at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Club in Riverside, Iowa. Play continues through Tuesday. The Mavericks will be one of 15 teams to represent their conference in the event.

"We had a good season last year and just missed making our first-ever trip to the NCAA finals," golf coach Jay Rees says. "We have a majority of that team back, and I am looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish this year. Playing in this tournament will be a great barometer of what we need to do this year."

Going Out

Thursday, Aug. 27 and Saturday, Aug. 29 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.

Thursday, Aug. 27, Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30 Black Holes This original Clark Planetarium production takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying and awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? Discover the answers as we explore black holes. Faculty and staff $3. 7-8 p.m., Thursday; 6-7 p.m., Saturday; 1-2 p.m., Sunday. 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.

Friday, Aug. 28 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.

Friday, Aug. 28 Movie – Up Join EXCEL Campus Activities behind the Maverick Activities Center for an outdoor movie. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Free popcorn. Candy and drinks will be available for purchase. All are welcome. Free. 8:30 p.m. See calendar for information.

Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29 $2 Movie – Coraline Come see your favorite movies 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.

Sunday, Aug. 30 Matinee – Astronaut Faculty and staff $3. Noon-1 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.

Sunday, Aug. 30 Bad Astronomy Based on the popular book and Web site of the same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos. Faculty and staff $3. 2:30-3:30 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.

Sunday, Aug. 30 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. Faculty and staff $3. 3:30-4:30 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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