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

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Vice President John D. Hall

Got a question? John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, will be among those answering questions at today's SAC Forum.

Administrators to answer questions
at today's Staff Advisory Council Forum

The annual Staff Advisory Council Forum luncheon will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 1) in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Lunch will be provided for the first 200 employees in attendance. Administrators will answer questions about issues of concern to staff members.

President James D. Spaniolo will provide the welcome, and John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, will make a brief presentation on the special events center.

The question-and-answer session will begin promptly at noon. Pre-submitted questions received during the past two weeks will be answered first. If you did not pre-submit your question, you may do so at the luncheon until 11:45.

Among the administrators on the panel will be Jean Hood, vice president for human resources; Rusty Ward, vice president for business affairs and controller; and Suzanne Montague, vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

Urban Design Center

Shaping public space: Dr. Donald Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, speaks at the open house for the Urban Design Center on Friday at City Hall. At right is Arlington City Manager Jim Holgersson.

City/University partnership establishes Urban Design Center

UT Arlington students and professors will work in the new Urban Design Center, a partnership between the University and City of Arlington intended to speed along design projects, civic space planning, beautification projects and redevelopment opportunities.

Located at Arlington City Hall, the center teams mostly graduate students and professors from the schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs with city professionals in those disciplines.

Donald Bobbitt, UT Arlington's provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the partnership will have a lasting impact on students and the Arlington community.

"We are pleased to offer the talents of our best graduate students in planning, architecture and landscape architecture to help shape the future of Arlington," Dr. Bobbitt said. "This partnership will allow creative collaboration between community leaders and our vibrant University."

Barbara Becker, dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, said graduate planning students and a couple of undergraduate students will "learn by doing" in teaming with city planning staff.

Don Gatzke, dean of the School of Architecture, said both UT Arlington divisions have "much to offer in assisting the city with issues of urban development" and said that the partnership offers students "an extraordinary learning opportunity."

For more information, see the news release.

Dr. Ramon Lopez

Funding physics: Dr. Ramon Lopez has received two National Science Foundation grants, one to aid community college students and the other to support solar wind energy research.

Physicist receives two science foundation grants

Physics Professor Ramon Lopez has been awarded two grants totaling almost $1 million from the National Science Foundation.

A $519,000 grant provides scholarships for community college students with demonstrated financial need who want to major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The program begins immediately and expires May 31, 2014. Dr. Lopez will be assisted in the project by UT Arlington chemistry Professor Martin Pomerantz and Gary Smith, dean of science at Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, as well as additional faculty from UT Arlington and the Tarrant County College District.

"Our partnership with TCCD will identify, nurture and develop the kind of scientific talent that our country needs," Lopez said.

A second grant is valued at $402,976 and titled "Solar Wind Energy Transfer to Geospace during Periods with Large Transverse Interplanetary Magnetic Field." Lopez said it will support research to study a new mechanism by which energy from the solar wind can affect Earth's upper atmosphere, which in turn impacts things like spacecraft orbits. The award runs through June 30, 2013.

Christie Kibler and Cassidy Arend

Maverick pageantry: UT Arlington students Cristie Kibler (left) and Cassidy Arend are vying for the Miss Texas crown this week in Texas Hall.

Miss Texas Pageant includes two UT Arlington students

Two UT Arlington students and 35 other contestants are competing for the Miss Texas title in the scholarship pageant this week at Texas Hall. It's the first year the pageant is being held on campus after 46 years in Fort Worth.

Cristie Kibler, Miss Highland Park, is a graduate student after earning her bachelor's degree in political science in May. Cassidy Arend, Miss Metrocrest, is an earth science major. Contestants range in age from 17 to 24 and must be high school graduates.

Pageant preliminaries started Monday and continue at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, July 1, with the finals at 8 p.m., Friday, July 3. Miss Texas 2009 will receive a $12,000 cash scholarship and will compete for the Miss America crown Jan. 30, 2010, in Las Vegas.

Information on contestants, schedules and tickets is online at Tickets are available at 817-335-9000 or

Breakthrough fluorescent biomaterials to aid disease treatment

A breakthrough discovery in fluorescent biomaterials can more efficiently deliver medicine to cancerous areas of the body, build temporary stents in arteries and even regenerate tissue, a research team from UT Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical Center has found.

The team, led by Jian Yang of the UT Arlington Bioengineering Department, has developed fluorescent biopolymers that use small, non-toxic molecules such as citric acid to illuminate cancerous regions and deliver needed drugs to the body. The polymers also function as implant materials and are biodegradable, so they eventually dissipate naturally, Dr. Yang said.

The findings have been published in an early edition of the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and have "spectacular implications for biomedicine," said Ralph Mason, professor of radiology and director of the UT Southwestern Cancer Imaging Center. Dr. Mason is the author of the recent PNAS paper. For more information, see the news release.

Office supply vendors to deliver Tuesdays, Thursdays

Beginning Monday, July 6, office supply vendors are asked to make deliveries two days a week—on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  MavPic 1895 Society reception

Donors gather at Cowboys Stadium

Among those attending the 1895 Society reception Thursday at Cowboys Stadium were, from left, Jeannie Deakyne, assistant professor of military science; Will Deakyne; Seth Ressl, director of Greek life and university events; and Kerri Ressl, senior associate director of university development. The 1895 Society, named for the year that Arlington College (now UT Arlington) was founded, recognizes those who invest $1,000 or more annually in any of the University's colleges, schools, initiatives, scholarships, endowments and programs.

The schedule is based on a campus-wide survey, said Megan Topham, chair of the purchasing work group for the President's Sustainability Committee. Many vendors already have been notified, and campus personnel are encouraged to work with companies in setting up delivery schedules.

"This is an effort to reduce truck emissions from the five different office supply vendors that are currently delivering every day and potentially multiple times per day," Topham said. "It is part of the Maverick Office Green Team and PSC initiatives."

Forum to address status of veterans
at UT Arlington

The Provost Forum on Student Veterans at UT Arlington will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 8, in the Red River Room at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Student Veterans Advisory Council, the forum is designed to inform faculty and staff of the status of veterans on campus and will include information on the GI Bill, ROTC and the Texas Veterans Leadership Commission.

The student veteran population is increasing nationwide, and the forum will increase awareness of issues pertaining to student veterans and their families at UT Arlington. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Anita Perez in the Office of Veterans Affairs at 2-3373 or

Pecan Street project nearing completion

Facilities Management and the City of Arlington will close Pecan Street at various times during the next few weeks as they begin the final phase of drainage corrections that stretch from UTA Boulevard to Mitchell Street.

From July 6-10, Pecan Street will be closed from 1st Street to the south side of the intersection at 2nd Street. On July 13-14, Pecan Street will be open, but the intersection at 3rd Street going east on 3rd will be closed.

On July 14-15, Pecan Street will be open, but the east side of the street between 3rd and 4th streets will be closed. From July 20 until completion, the city will close the entire street from UTA Boulevard to Mitchell Street for resurfacing and striping. The estimated duration of the project is 21 days, weather permitting.

UT Arlington and the city are working closely together on the project. Both the University and the contractor will have signage detouring the traffic.

Siren test at noon today

There will be a monthly siren test on campus at noon today (Wednesday, July 1), according to the City of Arlington's Office of Emergency Management. OEM will run its monthly city-wide siren test starting at 1 p.m. as sirens will be tested throughout the city until 1:30 p.m.

Benefit Yourself

Annual Enrollment meetings slated for July

Annual Enrollment for the 2009-10 benefit plan year begins today, Wednesday, July 1, and ends Friday, July 31, 2009. Information concerning benefits options, rates and changes is available in the June 2009 edition of A Matter of Health newsletter.

During Annual Enrollment, you may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections and add or remove dependents from coverage. In most cases, the elections you make will become effective on Sept. 1, 2009. The UT System has issued the Annual Enrollment Coverage Option Letter, which contains information about insurance options and instructions on enrolling for insurance coverage. The letter also provides information on accessing your electronic Annual Enrollment Packet. If you do not receive the Annual Enrollment Coverage Option Letter by e-mail, you will receive it shortly through the mail.

Should you choose not to make changes to your insurance coverage(s) during the Annual Enrollment period, your current coverage as listed in the Coverage Option Letter will continue without change. However, if you want to enroll in UT Flex, you must make that election each year. To continue participating in UT FLEX, you must make that election online following instructions listed in the Annual Enrollment Coverage Option Letter.

To learn more about UT Arlington insurance and retirement benefits and the options available to you, plan to attend one of the following Annual Enrollment meetings in July.




Wednesday, July 8, 2009

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

University Center Rio Grande B

Thursday, July 16, 2009

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

University Center Rio Grande B

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

University Center Rio Grande B

You may access more information regarding Annual Enrollment and your UT Arlington benefits online at, by contacting Employee Benefits Services at 2-5558 or by e-mail at

Newsletter provides safety tips for Fourth of July

The summer edition of the Environmental Health and Safety newsletter, "Safety Roundup," is now available online.

This issue includes information on the dangers of using fireworks on the Fourth of July holiday, finding a respirator to protect yourself from infection, learning how to use a fire extinguisher, dealing with the summer temperatures and preventing heat-related illnesses.

Employment information

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

Sports Notes
  Michael Choice

Movin' on up: Michael Choice earned a spot on the 22-man USA National Baseball Team (Collegiate) and will play in Japan and Canada this summer.

Choice named to USA Baseball National Team

Center fielder Michael Choice was named to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate). Choice, who will be a junior next season, was one of 22 players named to the roster. The Mansfield native is the first UT Arlington player to earn a spot on the prestigious team.

"I'm glad that all the hard work has paid off," Choice said. "I'm just relieved since getting the news."

The USA Baseball National Team features the top non-draft eligible collegiate players in the country. This summer, the team will play in two international friendship series in North Carolina against the Canadian and Guatemalan national teams before traveling to Japan for the 37th Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star series. The team concludes the summer season at the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.

In the first five games against the Canadian national team, Choice was 8-for-13 with six runs batted in. For more information, see USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) or UT Arlington Athletics.

Otteman, Kainer sign free agent contracts

Matt Otteman and Andrew Kainer were two of the top hitters for UT Arlington this past season, but both have signed free agent contracts as pitchers with major league organizations.

Otteman, who led the Southland Conference in batting with a .432 average, has signed with the Seattle Mariners. He appeared in 10 games as a pitcher last spring, striking out 38 in 24 innings.

Kainer, who set school and conference records with a 36-game hit streak, signed with the Florida Marlins after his fastballs were consistently clocked in the 90-92 mph range.

Going Out

Wednesday, July 1 Staff Advisory Forum Administrators will answer questions about issues concerning staff members. Lunch will be provided for the first 200 employees in attendance. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center, Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Wednesday, July 1 Miss Texas Pageant Preliminaries Final night of preliminaries for the Miss Texas Pageant and Miss Texas Teen Pageant. $35. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. See Miss Texas Pageant for more information.

Thursday, July 2 Adonis Rose This will be the final jazz performance of the summer in Fort Worth for Adonis Rose, visiting professor of music at UT Arlington. Free. 6-10 p.m., Shula's 347 Grill, Sheraton Hotel and Spa, 1701 Commerce St., Fort Worth.

Thursday, July 2 EXCEL Summer Movie Series "The Unborn" will be shown on the west wall of the Maverick Activities Center. Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. Bring chairs or blankets. Free popcorn will be available, and candy and drinks will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. The movie will begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 or 9 p.m. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. See calendar.

Friday, July 3 Miss Texas Pageant The Miss Texas Pageant and Miss Texas Teen Pageant finals competition. Box office opens at 7 p.m., doors open at 7:15. $75. 8 p.m., Texas Hall. See Miss Texas Pageant for more information.

Saturday, July 4 Arlington Fourth of July Parade Alumni Association and The Shorthorn will represent UT Arlington with floats in the 44th annual Arlington parade. Free. 9 a.m.

Wednesday, July 8 Provost Forum on Student Veterans at UT Arlington Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Student Veterans Advisory Council, the forum is designed to inform faculty and staff of the status of veterans on campus and will include information on the GI Bill, ROTC and the Texas Veterans Leadership Commission. Lunch is provided. Free. 9 a.m.-noon, E.H. Hereford University Center, Red River Room. RSVP to Anita Perez in the Office of Veterans Affairs at 2-3373 or

Thursday, July 9 Lone Star Park Campus Recreation has reserved space for 40 on the climate-controlled patio at Lone Star Park. Registration deadline is Thursday, July 2. Cost is $25 per person and includes parking, admission, program, reserved seating and barbecue buffet. Post time is 6:35 p.m. The track opens at 5 p.m. Registration forms are available at the Maverick Activities Center. Contract Chris Muller at 2-3277 or

Now through Aug. 8 Special Collections Exhibit "The Road West: Travel Through America" looks at what travelers used to trek across the country, what they saw and how they remembered their trips. Free. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Library, Special Collections, Sixth Floor. For more information, visit Special Collections or call 2-3393.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium programs Summer shows include Texas Stargazing, Stars of the Pharaohs, Black Holes, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Bad Astronomy, matinees and $2 movies. Check the Planetarium Web site for upcoming shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or for tickets.

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


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