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

Monday, August 31, 2009

Logo and identity system get a 'refresh'

The University is updating and refreshing its logo and identity system. The new logo is already being incorporated into a number of high-visibility projects, and a new Identity Manual and Style Guide is being developed.

"As UT Arlington builds momentum to become a national research university, we are examining every aspect of our external visibility and presence," says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications. "The last major redesign of the University's logo and identity system was 3 1/2 years ago. The changes we've made build on that solid foundation and are essentially just tweaks that enhance and strengthen the entire identity system."

University of Texas Arlington logo

The two most visible changes relate to the logo and the supporting logotype. The "A" logo has been streamlined and emboldened, and the embedded beveled star has been accentuated. Additionally, the word "Texas" has taken on more prominence in the logotype, reinforcing UT Arlington's identity as part of the University of Texas brand—a brand readily recognized on a national stage.

University Communications is now in the process of early implementation of the logo and identity system. The plan is to do a soft launch and rollout during the next few months. The logo is beginning to appear in recruitment materials, advertisements, major publications and new campus signage. A comprehensive new UT Arlington Identity Manual and Style Guide will be available this fall. At that point, the logo system and supporting graphic elements will be available for University distribution and use. New templates for stationery and business cards will be available at that time.

"One thing we need everyone to understand is that there is no directive or expectation that schools, colleges or units will achieve full implementation of the new logo and identity system as it becomes available this fall," Lewis says. "We are very mindful of limited resources, and we don't want anyone to incur unnecessary waste. Rather than rush to dispose of materials that feature the previous logo, we ask that everyone use up existing supplies and then incorporate the new logo and identity system as materials are developed or replenished."

Until the new Identity Manual and Style Guide are available, anyone who has questions regarding specific uses for the new logo—especially for print publications or materials expected to have a long shelf life—should contact David Johnson, associate vice president for communications and marketing, at, or Joel Quintans, art director, at

Dean Kamen on his iBOT

Like riding a robot: With the iBOT, Dean Kamen invented what he calls "the world's most sophisticated robot" to transport people with mobility impairments places they never thought they could go.

Famed inventor kicks off College of Engineering's 50th anniversary

Whether it's promoting one of his latest inventions or his determined advocacy for science and technology, Dean Kamen embodies what inventor and entrepreneur mean.

College of Engineering 50th Anniversary

Kamen will talk about his life's work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. The speech is free and open to the public and is one of the kickoff events of the College of Engineering's 50th anniversary.

The celebration begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly remodeled Engineering Lab Building at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The renovations include the addition of a third floor and expanded facilities for all engineering departments. Tours of the building begin at 11:30.

Kamen may be best known for inventing the Segway, a personal transporter. He also invented the iBOT, a mobility system capable of climbing stairs, and the first insulin pump for diabetics, as well as numerous other medical devices.

He founded New Hampshire-based DEKA Research & Development Corp. to develop internally generated inventions and provide research and development services for major corporate clients. In 1989 he founded FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. FIRST creates and coordinates robotics competitions across the nation.

Kamen has received many awards in technology, including the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 2000. He also is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.

Last day for SAC election

Today is the last day to vote online in the Staff Advisory Council election, where you can cast a ballot for your district's representative(s). Terms are for two years, from fall 2009 through summer 2011.

  MavPic Dr. J.C. Chiao, President James D. Spaniolo and Dr. Chung-Yu Wu

International hospitality

UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo (center) met with Dr. Chung-Yu "Peter" Wu (right), president of National Chiao Tung University, and other visitors from Taiwan who were on campus Thursday. At left is Dr. J.C. Chiao, UT Arlington professor of electrical engineering, who served as campus host for the group. Dr. Wu was the keynote speaker at the Chinese Institute of Engineers annual convention Saturday in Dallas.

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

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.

Halliday, author to speak
to Friends of the Library

Ebby Halliday, Dallas real estate legend and the subject of a new biography, and Michael Poss, author of the biography, will speak at a meeting of the Friends of the UT Arlington Library at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Poss's biography, Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate, tells how the 98-year-old businesswoman went from selling hats to selling houses and built a thriving real estate business. Halliday will share some of her secrets of success, while Poss will discuss the book and some of the highlights and challenges of Halliday's life. Copies of the book will be sold after the presentations, and Halliday and Poss will be available for autographs.

The meeting is open to the public at no charge. For questions or to RSVP, contact Betty Wood at 2-7421 or

Fall Job Fair seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Fall Job Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Maverick Activities Center. Shifts are available in one-hour increments from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

  MavPic Jusin Sanders and Nekima Booker

Learning CPR skills

Nursing graduate student Justin Sanders (right) works with Nekima Booker, health promotions substance abuse educator from Health Services, during CPR training Friday at the Central Library. Sanders is working on a project to complete his master's degree as he assists UT Arlington, the city of Arlington and the American Heart Association in attempting to train 10 percent (36,000) of the city's population by the end of 2009.

Organizers need help with set-up (morning), clean up (afternoon), loading dock crew, and staffing the student and employer check-in tables, as well as other tasks. For questions or to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Heyerdahl at 2-3267 or

If you are involved with other faculty, staff or student organizations whose members might like to volunteer, please share this information with them.

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.

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.

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.

Benefit Yourself

Superior Vision ID cards

Connecting Life and Work

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, Superior Vision will revise its ID card to show the new contact lens fitting fee. Current UT Arlington enrollees in the vision plan will not be mailed revised ID cards (unless they make a change in coverage during the Annual Enrollment effective Sept. 1, 2009). However, current enrollees can log in to the secure online portal on Superior Vision's Web site at to print an updated card. New enrollees effective Sept. 1, 2009 and later will receive a revised ID card in the mail.

Statistics Software Training — Introduction to SAS

This course is an introduction to the basics of the SAS statistical software package. It will include basic data set creation, data set manipulation and use of some of the more common procedures. These are walk-in classes. No registration is required. Learn more about Statistical Services. Noon-2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, University Hall, Room 004. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Powerful Proofreading Skills

You need more than spell check to produce quality letters or reports. This course is designed to identify the skills needed to create and produce accurate, error-free documents. The techniques offered will help you learn to handle projects as simple as a quick e-mail and as difficult as detailed technical reports. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, 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
Carter BloodCare

Monday, Aug. 31-Thursday, Sept. 3 Carter Blood Drive Be a Maverick, donate blood. Buses will be on campus to collect donations outside the Central Library and the E.H. Hereford University Center. No appointment is necessary, but bring a photo ID. Remember, you can save up to three lives from one donation. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, contact Karen Monken or PK Kelly at 2-2963 or

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, an adjunct professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, 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.

Friday, Sept. 4 Coming of Age of Ultra-strength Materials The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department welcomes Ju Li, associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Recent experiments on nanoscale materials have revealed a host of "ultra-strength" phenomena. In this presentation, Dr. Li will provide an overview of strength-controlling mechanisms of the ultra-strength materials and highlight their additional features. Everyone welcome. Free. 1:30-2:30 p.m. 105 Nedderman Hall. Contact Debi Barton at 2-2561 or

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

Going Out

Monday, Aug. 31 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

Geometry in Reflection

Lipstick building

An exhibition featuring two internationally recognized artists whose work addresses architectonic forms and color relationships is scheduled from Sept. 4 through Oct. 10 at The Gallery at UT Arlington in the Fine Arts Building. Tommy Fitzpatrick is an Arlington-based artist whose acrylic paintings of urban buildings and their surroundings blur the boundary between photo-realism and abstraction. Margo Sawyer, a professor of sculpture/studio art at UT Austin, uses geometric forms to create sculptural compositions of colorful panels displayed on the walls, floors or suspended from ceilings. Both artists are interested in transforming the geometry of the mundane into objects of contemplation and reflection. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. For information, contact Patricia Healy at 2-5658 or

Tuesday, Sept. 1 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, Sept. 1 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, Sept. 2 Stars at Night are Big and Bright A great show with a little bit of everything including 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, Sept. 2 $2 Movie — Cars 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.

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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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing:
David Johnson

Vice President for Communications:
Jerry Lewis

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