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

Monday, May 11, 2009

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk

Words of wisdom: U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will be the featured speaker Friday at UT Arlington's Graduation Celebration.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to speak
at Graduation Celebration

Ron Kirk, confirmed in March as President Barack Obama's U.S. trade representative, will headline commencement exercises this week.

Ambassador Kirk, who served as Dallas mayor from 1995-2002, is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Graduation Celebration at Maverick Stadium. The event will move to Texas Hall in case of bad weather.

As trade representative, Kirk is responsible for developing and recommending trade policy to President Obama. His office negotiates directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements and resolve disputes and participates in global trade policy organizations, according to the USTR Web site. The USTR was founded in 1962. learn more

MavPic Banners for commencement

New banners add extra pomp
to Commencement exercises

Banners adorning the outside walls of Texas Hall salute the UT Arlington Class of 2009. Facilities management personnel oversaw the hanging of the 10-by-20-foot banners in preparation for this week's Commencement ceremonies. Smaller banners were also placed on light poles throughout the campus.

Commencement ceremonies
begin Thursday

Commencement exercises begin Thursday, May 14 and continue through Monday, May 18. All ceremonies for colleges and schools will be held in Texas Hall, while Graduation Celebration on Friday will be held at Maverick Stadium.

Those attending the Texas Hall exercises will be greeted by new welcoming banners—and Texas Hall shuttles—in the parking lots near the Maverick Activities Center. Guests arriving early will enjoy live music provided by the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra.

The redesigned Commencement stage will incorporate many familiar traditions, such as the University seal, gonfalons for each school and college and the academic mace, as well as new elements such as large-scale backdrop graphics, lighting techniques and live video screens. Receptions held under a tent adjacent to Texas Hall will follow each school and college ceremony, providing light refreshments plus photo areas suitable for taking personal photographs.

Commencement photographs, taken as each graduate crosses the stage, will also be available to view and order online within a day or two of each ceremony by following a link from the Commencement Web site.

All family and guests over age 2 must have a Commencement ticket to attend the ceremony. No UT Arlington IDs will be accepted in place of a ticket for admittance. Guests are encouraged to arrive an hour early to ensure proper seating. Guests arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be seated.

For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, honors graduate reception, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, Graduation Celebration and more, go to

Chemistry "magic" show

Fire power: Chemistry Professor Fred MacDonnell, right, wows youngsters with his "magic" science show at a UT Arlington summer camp. Assisting is alumnus Denis Gjoni ('05 BSCSE, '08 MSCSE).

College of Science receives ExxonMobil grant for Science Ambassador Program

The College of Science has received a $50,000 grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation to continue the UT Arlington ExxonMobil Science Ambassador Program.

The Science Ambassadors are a group of undergraduate students who present free science shows to school groups visiting UT Arlington. Since the program's inception in October 2007, the Science Ambassadors have performed more than 200 shows for about 16,000 students from elementary, middle and high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

College of Science Assistant Dean Greg Hale initially developed the show, which is based on demonstrations he and chemistry Professor Fred MacDonnell have done for UT Arlington visitors and at area schools for many years. In the past 18 months, the Science Ambassadors have developed new demonstrations and are continually revising old ones to make them more exciting.

Visit the Science Ambassador Web site at

Alumnus Roland Fryer among Time magazine's Top 100 thinkers

Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

UT Arlington alumnus Roland Fryer is listed among the 2009 Time 100 Scientists and Thinkers by Time magazine. Dr. Fryer, who received his bachelor's degree in economics from UT Arlington in 1998, earned a Ph.D. by age 30 and became the youngest tenured African-American professor in Harvard University's history. He recently created the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard that strives to be a research-and-development incubator for the field of education.

An excerpt from the Time article: "Through his pioneering work on the effects of financial incentives on student achievement in New York City and now Chicago and Washington, Fryer continues to push the envelope, bringing academic rigor and economic insight to the school districts with which he partners. Despite a quick rise to prominence, Fryer, 31, has not forgotten where he came from. Every chance he gets, he spends time in some of America's most troubled classrooms, talking with students to continue learning how public education can serve them better." Read more about Roland Fryer.

UT Arlington offers summer camps for youth in engineering, music and science

UT Arlington offers a variety of summer camps and programs for youth. Some are free; others cost up to $385 for a week-long residential program.

Engineering camps begin with a bridge camp June 7 and continue through July with an autonomous vehicle lab workshop that starts July 27. Music camps begin June 14 with a concert camp and end with a cello camp that starts August 3. Science features two biology camps in June and the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris camp in July.

For more information on summer camps, click here.

Computer maintenance scheduled for May 22

All computer exchanges between UT Arlington and the outside world will experience brief interruptions in connectivity from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight Friday, May 22. Maintenance work is required to perform software and hardware upgrades to the network equipment that connects UT Arlington to the Internet, Internet2, National Lambda Rail and all other outside networks. Outages caused by this maintenance activity should last no longer than 5-10 minutes. The Office of Information Technology apologizes for any inconvenience this necessary maintenance may create for the UT Arlington community.

Last Hubble servicing mission showing at Planetarium tonight

The Planetarium at UT Arlington logo

A special showing of the shuttle launch to the Hubble Telescope will be presented at 6 p.m. tonight at the Planetarium at UT Arlington. It is the last Hubble servicing mission, and spectacular images will be shown by physics Professor Zdzislaw Musielak, who will also explain what's planned for the Hubble Telescope's future.

"Two Small Pieces of Glass," a show that will be added to the Planetarium schedule for the fall, will also be previewed tonight. The event is free and open to the public. Pizza and refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Planetarium at 2-1183. The event is sponsored by the Department of Physics in honor of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

MAC sets limited hours

Hours at the Maverick Activities Center and the Physical Education Building will vary from the normal hours starting May 18. The buildings will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 18-22 and will be closed May 23-24. On Memorial Day, May 25, the buildings will open from 5-10 p.m. Hours will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 26-29, and the buildings will be closed May 30-31. Summer hours begin June 1. During the summer, the buildings will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on Saturday and open from 2-10 p.m. Sunday.

Benefit Yourself

16 superior snacks

Living Well from the UT System

We've taken the mystery out of finding healthy grub. Snack time's a prime time to work nutritious foods into your diet. If you're hungry for something—but not sure what—figure out how many calories to consume (50 to 100 if your next meal is within two hours; 150 to 200 if it's more than that). Read more about these 16 Superior Snacks!

Controversial Issues Workshop

Interested in essential skills related to dealing with tough interpersonal and intergroup conflicts? This class demonstrates a method for helping diverse groups work together even in tough, emotionally charged conflicts. Workshop participants must have attended the Welcoming Diversity workshop to attend this session. Tuesday, May 19, 9-11 a.m., Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See a complete list of training classes.

Making wise health decisions

Throughout your life you will have to make health decisions for yourself and your family. The decisions you make will influence your overall well-being as well as the quality and cost of your care. In general, people who work with their doctors to make health decisions are happier with the care they receive and the results they achieve. Click here to learn how to improve your skills for making wise health decisions.

Extra Credit

Thursday, May 14 Cloud Computing and a Web 2.0 World The Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence at the Automation & Robotics Research Institute presents Doug Caldwell, creator of OMG Moments. He will examine Web 2.0+ applications and how they can reduce costs and improve revenues for companies. He will provide examples that use video with e-mail for customers and prospects, create screen casts to demonstrate products and services, and more. Everyone welcome. Reservations can be made here. Cost: $15. ARRI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. Contact Kimberley Jardine at 2-5930 or

Now through June 2 Wellness Group Classes Maverick Activities Center members can register for a variety of wellness group classes. Classes are available in yoga, pilates, cycling, kickboxing, cardio remix and more. Click here for more information. Participants must have a MAC membership. Cost is $80 per semester to join the MAC. Payroll deduction of $20 per month is available. Summer classes begin June 3 and continue through August 9.

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

Going Out

Thursday, May 14 School of Nursing Commencement Exercises Guests are encouraged to arrive at the East Side entrance to Texas Hall one hour early. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Thursday, May 14 - Saturday, May 16 Baseball UT Arlington vs. Texas State. $2 faculty and staff. 6:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m., Saturday. Clay Gould Ballpark. See Athletics.

UTA Presents

Sir Isaac Newton to appear at Planetarium

Isaac Newton (aka RA Hill)

Isaac Newton (aka R.A. Hill) will tell about his life and discoveries on Fridays in May at the Planetarium at UT Arlington. "Newton" explores how the scientist searched for answers to questions such as what attracted an apple to the earth. The program also shows how Newton built on research and discoveries of previous scientists to deduce the answers that led to the universal law of gravity and the science of mechanics.

Guests are encouraged to bring questions for Newton (Hill) to answer. Pages of Newton's book "System of the World" will be on display, along with a replica of his original telescope design. Presentations are at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 15; Noon, Friday, May 22; and 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 29. Tickets are $5 per person. Call the Planetarium at 2-1183 to make reservations.

Friday, May 15 School of School Work Commencement Exercises Guests are encouraged to arrive at the East Side entrance to Texas Hall one hour early. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. 11:30 a.m., Texas Hall.

Friday, May 15 School of Architecture Commencement Exercises Guests are encouraged to arrive at the East Side entrance to Texas Hall one hour early. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. 3 p.m., Texas Hall.

Friday, May 15 Graduation Celebration Featured speaker is U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. 8 p.m., Maverick Stadium. For a complete list of UT Arlington commencement exercises, click here.

Now through May 16 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Showcases 74 graduating BFA students working in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metals, printmaking, film/video and visual communication. Fine Arts Building, The Gallery at UTA. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Call 2-5658 for more information.

Now through May 16 Collecting Our History: 35 Years of Special Collections The exhibit features photographs, documents and artifacts from the UT Arlington Library's Special Collections. Five areas of interest within the collection are University archives, local history, Texas history, labor union archives and cartography. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Central Library, sixth floor. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 2-3393 or e-mail for more information.

Now through May 31 Faculty/Staff Creative Works Exhibit Features books written by UT Arlington faculty and staff. Free and open to the public. Central Library, sixth floor atrium and parlor. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 or

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium Programs Spring shows include Ice Worlds, Bad Astronomy, Rock on Demand, The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket and Isaac Newton. 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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