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

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cowboys Stadium employees to use campus parking

UT Arlington Map

Five of UT Arlington's 26 student parking lots will be reserved Saturday, June 20, for use by Cowboys Stadium employees, who will be shuttled to the new stadium for the Jonas Brothers concert. The University is allowing stadium employees to use Lots 47, 49, 50, 51 and 52. UT Arlington nursing students will be allowed to park at the north end of Lot 47, east of Pickard Hall. All other students, faculty and staff will be redirected to Lot F-10 and, if needed, Lot F-13.

UT Arlington is an active partner in the Arlington community and, as such, has agreed to allow stadium employees to use some student lots during off-peak hours and on weekends in exchange for University promotions at the stadium and other support.

Similar procedures are expected to be in effect during major stadium events throughout the year.

SAC logo

Get your questions answered at SAC Forum

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

Prior to the forum, SAC is conducting a staff survey. To complete the survey, visit Surveys should be submitted by 5 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 17) to allow ample time for research and to assure that the appropriate administrators will be available to answer questions. Questions can also be submitted to All questions submitted will remain anonymous.

Dr. Pamela Jansma

Pamela Jansma named dean of College of Science

Pamela Jansma has been named dean of the College of Science at UT Arlington.

Dr. Jansma (pronounced yans-ma) has more than two decades of experience in higher education. Her most recent position was as dean of New Mexico State University's College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, she worked for the University of Arkansas and the University of Puerto Rico.

Donald Bobbitt, provost and vice president of academic affairs, called Jansma a seasoned administrator who is an exceptional teacher and researcher.

"Her research has been funded almost continuously during her academic career from the National Science Foundation," Dr. Bobbitt said. "She has published some groundbreaking work in the field of microplate tectonics and strain partitioning. In terms of administrative duties, she has experience at the chair level, at the department level and most recently as the dean of a college of arts and sciences. We are very thrilled to have someone of her considerable talent join the UT Arlington team."

  MavPic Dr. Arthur Reyes and the tactical recon robot

Robot on a roll

Arthur Reyes, senior lecturer in the College of Engineering's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, demonstrates the tactical recon robot, currently used by the military in the field, at a meeting of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Lone Star Chapter in Nedderman Hall. Representatives of Elbit Systems were guest speakers and described some of the unmanned vehicles the company produces, including Skylark, a small hand-launched aerial vehicle.

Jansma joins UT Arlington on Aug. 15 and said she is looking forward to being able to teach and work as an active researcher and scientist.

"UT Arlington is one of the premier universities in the UT System," Jansma said. "It's a great position because UT Arlington is becoming more and more nationally known. The University has a great team in place to reach that next level of prominence."

Jansma succeeds Paul Paulus, who has served as dean of the College of Science since 2004. Dr. Paulus will be taking a year's sabbatical and then plans to return to the UT Arlington psychology faculty, where he began serving in 1970. He was chair of the Department of Psychology from 1999-2004.

"I will be working on my grant-related research, completing writing projects and traveling to Europe and Israel for talks and research collaborations," he said.

Retirees dinner honors
62 former employees

Sixty-two UT Arlington former employees will be honored at the Annual Retirees Dinner at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 20. The invitation-only event will be in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The 62 honorees retired from the University during the 2008-09 academic year after serving from 5 to 39 years. Among the retirees are:

Kathryn Head, director of Student Support and the SOAR Learning Services since its inception;

John Fry, physics professor who has said the first satellite, Sputnik, launched his lifelong interest in science;

Carl McDaniel, marketing professor who wrote more than 20 textbooks; and

Mary Jane Goad, administrative assistant to every dean in the history of the College of Science for 39 years.

Also honored at the dinner are two recipients of the Roll of Honor from the UT Arlington Retirees Club, Jack Fitzer and Donald Cantwell. Dr. Fitzer, a professor emeritus, was an electrical engineering professor from 1966-2004 and a former department chair. He served as president of the retirees' club from 2005-08. Cantwell, an associate professor of business from 1959-2002, is also a professor emeritus. He helped the club increase membership and programs, serving as president briefly in 2007.

Scholarship to help graduate students affected by economy

A new scholarship aims to help graduate students searching for a job or who have lost a job because of the economy.

The $2,500 UT Arlington Graduate Stimulus Scholarship is designed for new graduate students for the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters. The competitive scholarship also would allow nonresident recipients to pay tuition at the in-state resident rate.

Candidates should be recent UT Arlington graduates who have not yet entered the work force or those who have lost their jobs due to the recent economic downturn. To qualify, a student must be a new graduate student, enrolled for the fall semester with at least six hours. Also, candidates must submit an essay on why they should be selected. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 1.

Gallery 76102 hosts alumni mixer tonight

Faculty and staff are invited to an alumni mixer this evening (Wednesday, June 17) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Gallery 76102 in the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones Street in Fort Worth. Limited complimentary appetizers, cash bar and alumni giveaways will be available. Dress is business casual. Please bring a friend. Parking is available in the Fort Worth Center parking lots, on the street and around downtown. RSVP to or call 2-2594.

Ranger game discounts available

Texas Rangers

UT Arlington nights at Texas Rangers' games provide discounted tickets for employees, students, alumni, family and friends. Discounts are available for nine seating levels. Suites are available with a $250 discount. UT Arlington nights are scheduled for June 16-18, 26 and 28; July 1, 3, 17, 29 and 31. Learn more by contacting Jeremy Christopher at 817-273-5173 or Order tickets online at with the password "rangers." Go to for details on games.

Benefit Yourself

Important information regarding your PayFlex Card

The Internal Revenue Service has issued additional rules specifying where health cards, such as your PayFlex Card, can be used. The rules go into effect July 1, 2009. The link IIAS Communication explains the changes. Please read through the communication carefully. You may also view a list of merchants accepting the PayFlex Card on the home page of the participant Web site. In all cases, the merchant must accept MasterCard for the PayFlex Card to work.

  In the Spotlight

Durl Rather, associate director of Campus Recreation, discusses how he got into recreational sports and the advantages of joining the Maverick Activities Center.

Durl Rather

Q: How long have you been at UT Arlington and what kind of work did you do before coming here?
A: I've been here seven years. I previously worked as an exercise physiologist at a physical therapy clinic.

Q: What made you decide to pursue a Campus Recreation career?
A: I worked as a student at the rec center at Texas Tech and enjoyed it. My boss at the time left, and they asked me if I wanted to do her job. I said I'd give it a try, and I've been doing it ever since.

Q: What sports have you participated in?
A: I played football, basketball, baseball and power lifted in high school, and I played football in college for a couple of years.

Q: What do you find most appealing about the MAC?
A: The people you meet and all the different things we have to offer.

Q: Indoors or outdoors?
A: I am an indoor guy. I don't like being outside because I sweat easily.

Q: What do you like to do when you're away from work?
A: I like to read and watch sports.

Managing across generations

The needs and expectations of the next generation entering the work force today are greatly different from the generation on the verge of retirement. This course helps managers and supervisors understand the needs and expectations of their own generation and other generations. Participants also will explore how to relate to other generations without giving up their own generational identity. Thursday, June 18, 2-4 p.m., Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See a complete list of training classes.

Excel 2007 Level I

This course teaches the basics of Excel 2007. You'll learn how to use the Excel menu system and toolbars, enter simple formulas, develop a worksheet, insert and adjust rows/columns, and add borders and shading to a worksheet. Register to attend. Wednesday, July 1, 2-4 p.m., Ransom Hall, Room 316. See a complete list of OIT training classes.

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.

In Quotes

Paralegal field
draws interest

Earthquake data
study continues

Second-job options can be successful

"I can tell you personally, as an instructor, that I do see an increase in people going into the field, and there are more men now than ever in the paralegal field, it's a great career opportunity."

"Something is going on – exactly what, I'm not sure. I'm looking into it now."

"Times are tough as we know and there is an absolute need for extra income. Direct sales is not recession-proof, but it is the kind of business that even in a recession you can make success of it. And if you create a solid foundation now, then just wait until the economy comes out of the down cycle and goes into an up cycle."

- Donna Patterson, a paralegal with Cantey Hanger LLP, who has been a paralegal studies instructor at UT Arlington since 2002. Fort Worth Business Press.

- Larry Standlee, a geologist who teaches in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, plans to do computer modeling with seismic data in light of the recent earthquakes in North Texas. Dallas Morning News.

- Larry Chonko, Department of Marketing chair and business ethics professor, commenting about second-job options in these tough economic times. The AP story ran in newspapers and on television Web sites across the country. Associated Press.

Sports Notes
  Nathan Long

Strikeout artist: Nathan Long led the Southland Conference and broke the school record, striking out 104 batters this season.

Two Maverick pitchers selected in MLB draft

Pitchers Nathan Long and Rett Varner were chosen in the Major League Baseball draft last week. Long was selected in the 26th round by the Oakland Athletics, and Varner went in the 34th round to the Chicago Cubs.

Long, a senior from Fort Worth, was named first-team All-Southland Conference following a standout 2009 season that landed him among UT Arlington leaders in several in career statistical categories. He ranks second in strikeouts (229), seventh in appearances (60), seventh in innings pitched (271) and is tied for eighth in starts (37). This year he posted a 6-4 record with a team-leading 3.76 earned run average.

Varner, a redshirt sophomore from Trophy Club, made 16 appearances (10 starts) with a 2-3 record in 57 innings this past season. His 3.95 ERA ranked ninth in the SLC.

Sports briefs

Cordero Gray advanced to the semifinals in both the 100- and 200-meter events in the men's division of the NCAA Track and Field Championships. He finished 10th in the 100 and 16th in the 200. In the women's division, Jasmine Walls advanced to the semifinals in the 200, where she finished 11th. … Senior outfielder/pitcher Matt Otteman was named to the second team Ping All-American Baseball Team. He was one of three utility players selected to the first two teams. A senior, Otteman led the Southland Conference with a .432 batting average and posted a 3-1 record as a pitcher. … Otteman and senior designated hitter Andrew Kainer were named first team All-South Central Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Sophomore outfielder Michael Choice was named to the second team. … The Golf Coaches Association of America selected Bobby Massa to its Ping All-Central Regional team. The junior led the Mavericks this season with a 72.42 stroke average–the best mark in school history. See Athletics for more information.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, June 24 'Angels & Demons' – UT Arlington Connection Physics Professor Kaushik De will separate scientific fact from fiction in the film "Angels & Demons." The talk includes scenes from the film, photos of UT Arlington professors and graduate students working on ATLAS particle detector on campus and in CERN, and an insider's view of the actual facility. He also will answer the lingering questions the film leaves in movie-goers minds. Free. 6 p.m. The Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. See for more information.

Friday, June 26 Rape Aggression Defense Class for Women A session of the day-long women's self-defense training offered by the UT Arlington Police Department. Free and open to the UT Arlington community. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library, sixth floor parlor. Limited to 25 participants. RSVP to to hold your place. For more information, see the Calendar.

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

Going Out

Thursday, June 18 EXCEL Summer Movie Series "Observe and Report" 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.

  UTA Presents

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition open Saturdays at The Gallery at UTA


The second annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition opened Saturday at The Gallery at UTA and will continue through Aug. 22. The works are by a diverse group of graduate student artists at varying stages of their program of study.

The Master of Fine Arts program is divided into four areas: film and video, glass, intermedia (art that combines and explores shared mediums) and visual communication. Benito Huerta, professor of art and art history and director of The Gallery at UTA, says the 17 degree candidates engage in conceptual investigations of a variety of issues as they realize their visions in their respective mediums.

"Among the issues explored in these works are intimacy, relationships, domesticity and concepts of landscape. The artists also address the act of seeing, film noir, and real and psychological space," Huerta said. "The goal of the works in this exhibition is to provoke the viewer into questioning what they are witnessing, while calling into question the boundaries of what is considered to be art."

The exhibition will be open from noon until 5 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22, with the exception of July 4. The gallery is in Room 169 in the Fine Arts Building. Films will be screened concurrently in Room 2105. Call the Department of Art and Art History, 2-2891, for more information.

Thursday, June 18 Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra Adonis Rose, UT Arlington visiting professor of music, performs with the group every Thursday in June. Featuring the music of the orchestra, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong. Free. 7 p.m., Keller Town Hall.

Friday, June 19 African American Alumni Chapter Happy Hour Come out and have a Maverick martini in a relaxing after-work happy hour with friends in celebration of Juneteenth and Father's Day weekend. Free. 4-7 p.m., Jamaica Gates Caribbean Cuisine, 1020 W. Arkansas, Arlington. Contact Zeb Strong at 469-235-0393 or see

Sunday, June 21 Eclectic Expressions Elisabeth Schalij will share the techniques and processes she uses to create her embellished prints. She uses actual flowers and foliage. Free. 3-5 p.m., Eclectic Expressions Artists' Studios & Galleries, 201 E. Sanford, Arlington. Faculty, staff and students receive a 15 percent discount on all paintings. Classes also available.

Now through June 30 Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Trail Exhibit Heritage tourism exhibit sponsored by the Texas Lakes Trail Regional Heritage Tourism Program. Free and open to the public. Noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Special visiting times can be arranged through the Gallery. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, Santa Fe Station. Contact Megan Topham at 2-5908.

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium programs Summer shows include Ice Worlds, Bad Astronomy, Rock on Demand, The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, 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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