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

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Map showing location of new parking/residence hall

Mixed-use parking garage, residence hall added to support special events center

The UT System Board of Regents voted last week to add a $67 million parking garage and residence hall project at UT Arlington's eastern edge to the System's capital improvement plan.

The project includes 1,800 parking spaces on four levels to support the planned special events center, scheduled to open in spring 2012, and living space for about 450 students. The residence hall would wrap around the parking garage on three sides, along South Pecan, West Second and South Center streets.

The building will include retail and office space at the ground level, a University police satellite office and a plaza that will integrate the mixed-used project with the special events center to the south.

"We appreciate the support of the UT System Regents as we continue to enhance our University and develop our vigorous campus life environment," UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said. "This mixed-use project will help address our community's parking needs. But we expect that it also will be a catalyst for further development in central Arlington."

Construction would likely occur in two phases to minimize impact on the campus. The south garage is expected to be complete by summer 2011; the north garage would open in summer 2012. UT Arlington plans to seek U.S. Green Building LEED certification for the project.

Learn more about the mixed-use building project.

Daniel Formanowicz

Prestigious post: Biology Professor Daniel Formanowicz will serve as chair of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council for 2010-11.

Biology professor named chair-elect
of UT System Faculty Advisory Council

Daniel Formanowicz, professor and associate chair of the Biology Department in the College of Science, has been named chair-elect of The University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council.

Dr. Formanowicz, one of two UT Arlington representatives on the council, will serve as chair for the 2010-11 academic year. Dr. Thomas Albrecht of the UT Medical Branch in Galveston is chair for 2009-10.

The UTSFAC makes recommendations on faculty issues to the UT System Board of Regents and provides leadership on faculty development in the UT System.

Formanowicz has served as a UT Arlington representative on the council with John Priest, an industrial engineering professor who chairs the UT Arlington Faculty Senate. Antoinette Sol, an associate professor of modern languages, is the University's alternate representative this year.

Dr. Priest says Formanowicz's new post is the highest position for a faculty member in the UT System, adding: "This is recognition of our university and Dan's leadership skills."

Learn more about the council position.

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Trade representative urges graduates to continue reading

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk addressed UT Arlington graduates, families and friends at Graduation Celebration Friday night at Maverick Stadium. He urged graduates to read, travel and donate their time to a good cause. A fireworks display and an after-party followed Ambassador Kirk's speech.

See More of Graduation Celebration

» View the slideshow for additional images of Graduation Celebration.

Psychologists find Latinos are better initial interaction partners

Researchers at UT Arlington have found strong evidence for what they call the "Latino Social Advantage." William Ickes, distinguished professor of psychology, along with social psychologists Renee Holloway ('06 PhD) and Amy Waldrip ('07 PhD), studied the initial interactions of more than 60 pairs of same-sex strangers, looking at all combinations of blacks, Latinos and whites. They found that interactions that included at least one Latino involved more talking, gazing and smiling and were rated as better interactions than those that included only blacks or whites.

The researchers also found that these differences could be traced to the greater percentage of "simpatico-relevant" thoughts and feelings that the Latino interaction partners reported, in comparison to the black or white interaction partners. Dr. Ickes defines "simpatico-relevant" thoughts and feelings as those containing words such as pleasant, agreeable, considerate and friendly.

"We coded the interaction partners' thoughts and feelings for simpatico-relevant words such as pleasant, agreeable, considerate and friendly," he said. "As we expected, Latinos used these words in their reported thoughts and feelings more than blacks or whites did, and this difference seems to explain the Latino Social Advantage that we observed in the interaction behavior."

Learn more about the Latino Social Advantage.

Construction mock rescue set for Friday

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., contractor for the Engineering Research Building, will stage a "mock rescue" on campus at 4 p.m. Friday, May 22. HPCC has coordinated with the Arlington Fire Department and UT Arlington's Office of Environmental Health and Safety for the drill, which will include a mock construction accident with injuries.

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Engineering lecturer displays singing talents

Singing the national anthem and the alma mater at the College of Engineering Commencement ceremonies Sunday was Carter Tiernan, a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Ceremonies for all colleges and schools started last Thursday and continued through Monday as 2,820 degrees were conferred.

Related Commencement Feature Stories

» Watch media coverage and read more about the Class of 2009.

» Watch each ceremony as a full-length video.

» View the slideshow for more images of the ceremonies, receptions and some very special moments.

This is only a drill, and the entire event should be completed in approximately 10-15 minutes. HPCC will follow company protocol for emergencies currently in place and recently used when a natural gas line was accidentally struck.

Network maintenance scheduled
for Friday night

All network traffic 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. There will be no interruption when accessing any UT Arlington application from on campus. Outages caused by this maintenance activity should last no longer than 5-10 minutes.

Volunteers needed for Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Texas Summer Games 2009 will be held at UT Arlington Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24. More than 3,200 volunteers are needed to assist with the event. Volunteers can register at or call 800-876-JOIN.

More than 2,800 Special Olympics Texas athletes will participate. This is the fourth year that UT Arlington has hosted the Special Olympics Texas Summer Games, which is celebrating its 40th year.

Federal career expo on campus May 27

The Federal Executive Board Interagency Diversity Committee and the UT Arlington Office of Career Services will sponsor a federal career expo/job fair Wednesday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Information will be available on federal careers for permanent and temporary positions plus interns and summer hires. It is open to all faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Career Services at 2-2932.

Benefit Yourself

Effective delegation

Discover the essential skills to effectively manage projects and bring out the best in your team. Successful managers and supervisors are the ones who learn how to delegate effectively. They know there's no better resource than a fully functioning and dedicated team. This course can help you take control of your projects and priorities. Learn practical tips and specific steps to boost productivity, maximize teamwork and meet deadlines. Wednesday, May 27, 9-11 a.m., Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See a complete list of training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS3

Learn how to maneuver through Photoshop's layout by using the tool bar, file menu and color palettes. Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed at how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece by scaling, adding text, saturating it and more. Wednesday, June 17, 2-4 p.m., Ransom Hall, Room 311A. Register to attend. See a complete list of OIT training classes.

Survey research

The Office of Survey Research at the Annette Strauss Institute is an important resource for staff, departments, faculty and researchers. The office has been providing survey research services for the UT System since 1986. OSR surveys have contributed to important research in areas such as women's health, political participation, transportation and more. The office also has assisted UT system administrators in collecting data on student and alumni needs and programs. For more information on all OSR services, call 512-471-2101, e-mail or visit

In Quotes

Living with the Trinity River

Tremor rattles some nerves

Employers trying to assist graduates

"One of the great history lessons from the controversy over the Trinity levees debate of the 1930s is the lesson that there are two sides to a public issue and that people can be good people with good intentions and still disagree with you."

"It's uncommon but it could be just a natural process. For a very large earthquake to happen here, like they get in California, that's not in the cards."

"They understand the current situation is not permanent, and they don't want to lose track of talent."

- Robert Fairbanks, chair of the Department of History, commenting in a multimedia production about a Dallas debate over the Trinity River levees. KERA Public TV.

- John Wickham, chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, on the minor earthquake that struck North Texas Saturday morning. Fox 4 News.

- Michael Buckman, assistant to the dean for corporate relations in the College of Business, says more employers are offering internships to evaluate possible employees. Star-Telegram.

Sports Notes
  Jasmine Walls

Speed to burn: Jasmine Walls earned athlete-of-the-year honors on the track.

Walls named athlete of the year

Junior Jasmine Walls was named the Southland Conference women's outdoor track and field athlete of the year. She won four gold medals at the SLC Track and Field Championships earlier this month.

Walls finished first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, a feat she also accomplished last year. She also helped the 400- and 1600-meter relay teams to first-place finishes. She earned 25 points at the conference meet, where she was named outstanding track performer in the women's events.

Sports briefs

UT Arlington is seeded fifth in the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, which begins today in Corpus Christi. The Mavericks will face fourth-seeded Lamar at 7 p.m. Texas State is the top seed in the tournament, which continues through Saturday. … UT Arlington finished eighth in the NCAA Golf Regional Tournament last Saturday in Austin. It was the highest regional finish ever for the Mavericks as they were just five strokes away from advancing to the national tournament, which takes the top five teams from each regional.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, May 26 Small Business Workshop The Center for Innovation at Arlington and the Office of Research Administration invites staff, faculty and students to a Small Business Innovation Research workshop conducted by business coach Fred Patterson. Free, but limited to individuals from UT Arlington and their affiliated research or commercialization partners. Seating is limited. RSVP to Snacks and refreshments will be provided. 1-4:30 p.m. Nedderman Hall, Rady Room, Room 611.

Thursday, May 28 Nano/Bio Technology The Materials Science and Engineering Department welcomes Robert L. Snyder, professor and chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. The two most important events in materials science and engineering in the past 50 years have been the introduction of surface free energy as a tool for creating new materials and the cracking of the genetic code of the entire biosphere. These two events are intertwined at the most fundamental level in that the key to assembling complex nanomachines lies within each of our cells. In this presentation, Dr. Snyder reveals why it is now time to turn this machine loose to manufacture materials and machines that have nothing to do with evolution. A reception for Dr. Snyder begins at 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Chemistry and Physics Building, Physics Conference Room. Contact Dr. Stathis Meletis at 2-2559 or

June 3-August 9 Summer Group Exercise Cycle, cardio remix, pilates, yoga and water fitness are among the classes available to Maverick Activities Center members. Classes are free the first week of the semester. Participants must have an activated ID and will only be granted access to class up to five minutes after the posted class time.

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

Going Out

Friday, May 29 World No Tobacco Help stomp out smoking. Try your chance at the spin-the-wheel game, and test your tobacco knowledge for a prize. Free. 10 a.m., E.H. Hereford University Center, Palo Duro. Contact Donielle Smith at 2-2771 or

Now through May 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.

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 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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