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

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

City skyline

Certificate broadens horizons: The Certificate in Property Repositioning and Turnaround Strategies will teach students how to transform troubled properties into thriving ones.

Architecture offers new Certificate in Property Repositioning and
Turnaround Strategies

The measure of future real estate developers might not be what they can build from scratch, but what they can generate from formerly distressed commercial properties.

Michael Buckley, a nationally renowned real estate educator most recently from Columbia University, will team with Fred Forgey, a returning UT Arlington College of Business real estate professor, to teach students how to revive distressed commercial properties. UT Arlington's School of Architecture offers the Certificate in Real Estate Repositioning and Turnaround Strategies to equip developers and builders with the tools they need to transform troubled properties into thriving business hubs.

"As far as we now know, we're the only university addressing this current problem with a dedicated certificate program," said Buckley, head of Halcyon Ltd., a development advisory firm. Buckley was most recently director of Columbia's Master of Science in Real Estate Development Program and head of the Center for High Density Development, a Columbia research initiative.

"At UT Arlington we'll create specific coursework that people can immediately use in this economic environment," Buckley said. "There's a defined need, and there are robust opportunities to use these skills for the good of the real estate industry and the community."

The courses are designed for working professionals with sessions held all day Fridays and Saturday mornings over 13 weeks. The program is expected to appeal to project managers, bankers, architects, developers and real estate brokers. The certification is fast-paced and topical, directors say.

See more about the certificate program or call the School of Architecture at 2-2314 for more information.

Sam Haynes

Southwestern historian:
Dr. Sam Haynes brings a wealth of experience as the new director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography.

Director named for Center for
Greater Southwestern Studies

Sam Haynes, associate professor of history, has been appointed director of UT Arlington's Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography. The Department of History established the center in 1990 to foster research, teaching and scholarship on the greater Southwest.

Dr. Haynes had been the center's interim director since Richard Francaviglia's retirement in August 2008. He has been a member of the history faculty since 1993 and has authored or co-authored three books, including James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse. He has another book coming out soon titled Unfinished Revolution: The American Republic in a British World, 1815-1850. In addition, he was an adviser and research consultant for two television programs on the Mexican-American War, one by the History Channel and the other by KERA Public Television.

Under Haynes' leadership, the center is planning a commemoration of the Mexican Revolution centennial in spring 2010. The commemoration will include art exhibits, a two-day lecture series and other activities. It will be open to the public and stress the bi-national implications of the revolution while drawing attention to how the upheaval transformed the Mexican nation-state.

"The Mexican Revolution is an event that Americans know little about, yet it prompted the first major migration of Mexican citizens into the United States and continues to have a major impact on U.S.-Latin American relations today," Haynes said.

  MavPic Exxon Mobil Foundation representatives

ExxonMobil Foundation donates through matching gifts program

ExxonMobil Foundation representatives, from left, Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity; Lauren Dohrer, program officer for Dallas area public relations; and Bill Carpenter, budget and foundation support analyst; present a check representing matching gifts to UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. The foundation assists ExxonMobil employees and retirees in their personal giving to higher education by providing a 3-for-1 match. ExxonMobil also provides financial support to UT Arlington for the Engineering Summer Camp and the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The University recently received a grant from ExxonMobil to continue the UT Arlington ExxonMobil Science Ambassador program.

Institute for Professional Development helps businesses realize potential

In a world where bottom-line results dictate how business is judged, UT Arlington's Fort Worth Center offers courses to help equip today's executives and managers for tomorrow's challenges.

The center's new Institute for Professional Development offers executive development programs that can help businesses be more successful or assist firms that are just starting out and are looking for that competitive edge.

Leading a multi-generational work force, managing during volatile times and a business boot camp are among the topics. The institute also can craft a custom program, compile an organizational assessment, provide consulting services and offer executive coaching.

Programs are designed to boost businesses' bottom lines or accelerate an organization's recovery in these difficult economic times. Classes start in June. Register at this Web site or download a brochure.

Call Deborah Baker at 2-0358 or e-mail for more information.

Renovations under way
at Central Library

The Central Library will be a bit noisy this summer as the fourth and fifth floors undergo renovations. Fourth-floor work is expected to end by late June, and fifth-floor work begins after that. Some evening and weekend work is planned.

UT Arlington students, faculty and staff will be able to request retrieval of fourth-floor books. Access Services will retrieve books from the floors being renovated from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend requests will be met provided staff is available. For more information on retrieving books, contact Sue Sappington at 2-3413 or

Business librarians Ruthie Brock and Carol Byrne will move to the Electronic Business Library in the Business Building during the renovation. The phone number is 2-5327. The English Department's Writing Center will be in Room 511 with phone numbers 2-2601 and 2-2517.

Group study rooms are available on the third and fourth floors. These rooms are not reserved.

Benefit Yourself

Benefits while you travel

Living Well from the UT System

The UT System provides health insurance benefits and travel assistance to eligible plan participants and their dependents while traveling. UT SELECT through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas provides you with access to one of the largest networks of contracting doctors and hospitals in the state. There are more than 45,000 contracting physicians and specialists and more than 400 contracting hospitals in Texas alone. If you are traveling outside the state, there are even more Blue Cross and Blue Shield Network providers from which to choose. In fact, more than 85 percent of all doctors and hospitals throughout the United States contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. If you use a network physician or hospital throughout the United States, your benefits will be the same ones you enjoy in Texas. If you live outside of Texas, you'll receive out-of-area participant benefits.

Green up your office space

Are you bronze, silver or gold? Learn ways to make your office or department "Maverick Green." Find out how to recycle, reduce, reuse, conserve energy and make green purchases. Make the commitment to become a member of the Maverick Office Green Team. Bring a note pad and your sack lunch for this session. Thursday, May 28, Noon-1 p.m., Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See a complete list of training classes.

Introduction to SAS

This course is an introduction to the basics of the SAS statistical software package. It includes basic data set creation, data set manipulation and use of some of the more common procedures. This training section is for faculty/staff members using MyMav Student Information System. No registration is required. Learn more about Statistical Services. Thursday, June 4, Noon-2 p.m., University Hall, Room 4. See a complete list of OIT training classes.

In Quotes

Cowboys Stadium impacts Arlington

Let children make music

Women making strides in tech-related fields

"Arlington has already set its mode. Once it's growing, you've got to keep it up. There's no turning back."

"Expose children to as many instruments as possible. Make the children hear their sounds, see their shapes, even touch them. Then, children have no problems to express if they have an inclination for one instrument or another."

"I think there was always more encouragement than discouragement."

- Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science and author of a political history of Arlington, on the impact Cowboys Stadium will have on the city. Dallas Morning News.

- Sergio Espinosa, strings professor, quoted in a story related to the Van Cliburn competition about how important music is in children's lives. Star-Telegram.

- Lynn Peterson, senior associate dean of engineering for academic affairs, on the importance and number of women seeking degrees in math, physics, engineering and tech-related fields. Fort Worth Business Press.

Sports Notes
  Jarid Vaughan

Top sprinter: Jarid Vaughan has posted the team's best times in the 100- and 200-meter dash events this season.

Track performers headed to regional meet

Eleven individuals from the UT Arlington men's and women's track teams have qualified to compete in the NCAA Regional Track and Field Championships Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 in Norman, Okla.

Two men's relay teams and one women's relay team also will compete in the event, which will send the top qualifiers to the NCAA National Track and Field Championships June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Four athletes have qualified in two individual events apiece: Jarid Vaughan and Cordero Gray in the men's 100 and 200, Andrew Duncan in the men's high jump and triple jump, and Jasmine Walls in the women's 100 and 200. See Athletics for more information.

Baseball finishes with 30-win season

The baseball team was eliminated in the Southland Conference Tournament, but the Mavericks hit the 30-win mark for the 19th time in school history, finishing with a 30-26 record. Matt Otteman (.432), Andrew Kainer (.417) and Michael Choice (.413) all batted over .400. Prior to this year, only three players in UT Arlington history had hit over .400 in a season, and never more than one in the same year. Pitcher Nathan Long set a single-season record with 104 strikeouts. All four players earned All-SLC first-team honors.

Extra Credit

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 Day Learn what's in a cigarette, test your tobacco knowledge and win a prize. Turkey sandwiches to encourage smokers to go "cold turkey." Free. 10 a.m., E.H. Hereford University Center, Palo Duro Lounge. Contact Donielle Smith at 2-2771 or

Saturday, May 30 Rending the Veil Reception for artist Catherine Small, whose works are on display this week. Reception from 5-9 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 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

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.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium Isaac Newton (aka R.A. Hill) makes an appearance this Friday (May 29) at 7:30 p.m. Summer schedule starts June 1. Shows include Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Black Holes, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Stars of the Pharaohs, 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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