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

Monday, October 12, 2009

Camo and US flag

UT Arlington to participate
in national military veteran mentoring program

UT Arlington will participate in a national mentoring program dedicated to helping military veterans make the transition from the battlefield to the business world.

American Corporate Partners joins military men and women with corporate and higher education mentors. The partnership, which was announced Thursday by President James D. Spaniolo, also includes IBM, Campbell Soup, General Electric, The Home Depot, URS Corporation, Verizon Communications and the University of Oklahoma.

ACP is a competitive program. It can only accept about 20 UT Arlington mentors annually who will assume a number of roles, including communicator, coach, navigator, developer and adviser to their assigned veteran protégé.

The program targets all veterans who have served on active duty since 2001, including those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Spouses of severely wounded or deceased veterans also may apply as protégés.

The initiative is part of UT Arlington's commitment to aiding military men and women returning to college. Military veteran enrollment is up more than 20 percent since fall 2008. The University's Veterans Benefits Office works daily to assist veterans as they transition to college life.

If you are interested in participating as a mentor, please visit For more information, see UT Arlington veteran mentor program.

For questions about the program, contact Emily Taron at or by phone at 212‑752‑0700.

Goolsby Leadership Academy meets $3 million challenge

Goolsby Leadership Academy

Lockheed Martin Corp. has helped UT Arlington complete a $3 million challenge that will prepare future business leaders and fund faculty support for the College of Business' Goolsby Leadership Academy.

The Goolsby Leadership Academy was established in 2003 as a leadership development program for select undergraduate business majors through an anonymous $2 million gift made in honor of former Howard Hughes Corp. CEO John Goolsby (BBA '64) and his wife, Judy.

Half of the initial $2 million gift was designated to support scholarships; the other half was designated for faculty support. The donor required the College of Business to raise an additional $2 million for scholarships and an additional $1 million for faculty support.

Lockheed Martin enabled the college to meet the goal with Thursday's $40,000 gift, which establishes the Lockheed Martin-Goolsby Endowed Scholarship and Program Support to benefit the academy.

"The Goolsby Leadership Academy is a step beyond the conventional business educational experience," says Daniel Himarios, dean of the College of Business. "It's a special program that cultivates the unique leadership qualities of some of our most promising students. We are grateful for Lockheed Martin's investment in the academy."

President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman and Mrs. Betty Nedderman

Meet the Neddermans: The Nedderman Society is named for President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman and his wife, Betty. They will attend the Oct. 16 Nedderman Society Cookout.

Nedderman Society Cookout
recognizes faculty, staff

To honor members of the Nedderman Society and to welcome faculty, staff and retirees who would like to become new members, the Nedderman Society Cookout will serve up burgers and information from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Central Library mall.

The Nedderman Society, founded to recognize faculty, staff and retirees who contribute financially to UT Arlington, is named for President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman and his wife, Betty. During Dr. Nedderman's 19-year tenure as president, the University added 21 baccalaureate, 27 masters and 17 doctoral degree programs and enrollment increased by more than 10,000 students.

The Nedderman Society exists in the same spirit of progress and improvement that the Neddermans exhibited. Faculty and staff who contribute to any area of the University are automatically members. If you'd like to become a Nedderman Society member, learn more about giving options.

In case of rain, the cookout will be held in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The Nedderman Society Cookout is presented by the Office of Development.

Distinguished Alumni Gala honors outstanding graduates

The 44th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala

The 44th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala, which generates financial support for student scholarships, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Among those receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award is Somsonge Burusphat, a professor of linguistics at Mahidol University in Thailand. Dr. Burusphat is one of 10 honorees this year. John Lanigan, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for BNSF Railway Company, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Honorary Award. See the full list of 2009 honorees.

The Alumni Association established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1965 to recognize alumni for their achievements, contributions to their industries or professions, service to their community and demonstrated loyalty to UT Arlington. It is the highest honor given by the University to alumni.

For more information, visit

GradFest '09 answers questions for potential graduate students

The Office of Graduate Studies is hosting GradFest '09, a graduate school information fair, Wednesday, Oct. 14, that will match undergraduates, professionals and job-seekers with more than 30 colleges and universities.

  MavPic Morris Dees

Nation at a crossroads

Civil rights activist Morris Dees told an audience of more than 450 at the Rosebud Theatre on Wednesday that the United States stands at a crossroads in race relations less than a year after the election of the country's first black president. Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., appeared as part of the UT Arlington Diversity Lecture Series. He said people from different backgrounds came together during the presidential election but that recent race-based attacks on President Obama threaten to erode that progress.

The one-day event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Admission is free.

GradFest '09 is designed for those considering graduate and professional school and new graduate students, particularly those considering advanced academic training to boost their careers or job prospects. The event begins with a graduate and professional school fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center's Palo Duro Lounge. Participants may engage in roundtable discussions with admissions, financial aid and test-preparation representatives from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m.

Alumni and graduate student panel discussions will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. and from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Visit and click on "students" for more information or to register.

State Employee Charitable
Campaign continues

Check with your State Employee Charitable Campaign department representative to receive a pledge form and charity guidebook. Charitable groups like Community Health Charities of Texas benefit Texas families now. For $2 per pay period through payroll deduction, you can save a life. For more information, visit or contact Shawn DuMond, 2-5518.

MyMav will be unavailable
starting at noon Oct. 22

The MyMav system will be upgraded beginning Thursday, Oct. 22, and continuing through 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Please note the following:

  • The Bursar's and Parking offices will close at noon Oct. 22.

  • MyMav will be unavailable for faculty and students beginning at noon Oct. 22.

  • MyMav will be unavailable for staff beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 22.

  MavPic Candlelight vigil

Marching for the troops

A march of silence with flameless candles was held Wednesday to honor armed forces personnel. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the "Go Yellow for Our Troops" vigil featured faculty, staff and students marching from the University Center mall to Central Library mall, where they heard inspirational speeches.

MyMav will return to 24/7 availability at 8 a.m. Oct. 26. Additional information can be found at upgrade. For questions or concerns, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208.

Dining Services seeks feedback
through online survey

Dining Services is conducting a survey to better understand the University community's dining preferences and satisfaction. All faculty, staff and students are eligible to take the survey.

The survey takes about five minutes, and all responses will remain confidential. Participants will be able to enter a drawing to win one of three Best Buy gift cards: the grand prize is for $250, and the others are for $25 each. The survey will end Friday, Oct. 23.

Halloween office decoration
contest set for Oct. 30

It's that "spooktacular" time of year again. Time to come together as an office and show off your Halloween decorating skills. Awards will be given in the following categories: Overall Winner, Most SPOOKtacular, Best Pumpkin, Creative Costumes and Best Theme.

Sign-up deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. All departments will receive a list of judging times on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Judging will be Friday, Oct. 30. To register your office, contact Kala Ellison in Campus Recreation at 2-3277 or

Bed Races 2009 postponed again

Due to inclement weather, EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation postponed the 29th Annual Bed Races last week for the second time. No makeup date has been announced.

Benefit Yourself

Professionalism in the Workplace

No matter what your title, you must be able to present yourself and your ideas with professionalism. This course is designed to help you identify and develop those needed skills for projecting and maintaining professional work relationships and confidence in the workplace. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of training classes.

Microsoft Access 2007 Tables

This is the first of four Access 2007 classes in which you will learn to design and manage your own relational database using Access. The tables class covers database design theory as well as how to create and modify tables and relationships. 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, Room 312, Ransom Hall. Register to attend. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Hold an online meeting through Web conferencing

Mavericks go green

Want to reduce emissions, spend less on travel and save time by attending meetings from your desktop? Experience how to hold an online meeting through Web conferencing. This Office Green Team educational opportunity is sponsored by the Center for Distance Education from noon-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Location? Your desktop! There will be a computer and audio preliminary test session from noon-12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Find out more at Mavericks Go Green.

Employment information

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

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Oct. 13 TechnoScholar: Demystifying the Search for Scholarly Impact Are you looking to publish but not sure what journals to target? Is your tenure review coming up? Come to this workshop and learn to assess the relevance of a journal in your field for article submission. Already published? Learn how to discover who is citing your work and what your impact factor is. Looking to publish more? Learn how to identify other scholars for collaborative research. See TechnoScholar Workshops. Free. 2 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Greening English

Wednesday, Oct. 14-Saturday, Oct. 17 Hermanns Lecture Series The English Department's Hermanns Lecture Series presents "Greening English" this year as it brings nationally and internationally known scholars to campus. All lectures are free and open to the public. See schedule and location.

Thursday, Oct. 15 GIS Workshop: Happiness Learn how to map world happiness by country and investigate possible causes of this happiness. The data used in this workshop are the same as those used in this year's OneBook, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. Free. For more information, contact Joshua Been at 2-5816 or This is a TechnoScholar event.

Thursday, Oct. 15 Biology Colloquium Series Juan E. Gonzalez of UT Dallas discusses "The Role of Quorum Sensing in the Sinorhizobium meliloti-Alfalfa Symbiosis." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building.

Friday, Oct. 16 Challenges in Wind Energy Technology The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department welcomes Carsten Westergaard, director of global technology for Vestas Technology. Vestas currently has a fleet of more than 35,000 turbines in operation around the globe. In this presentation, Dr. Westergaard will discuss the challenges of economically producing, transmitting and distributing wind-generated power. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall.

Friday, Oct. 16 Studies of Polythiophenes and Bi- and Terthiophene Model Compounds Chemistry and biochemistry seminar by Professor Martin Pomerantz, UT Arlington. Free. 2:30 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building.

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

Going Out

Monday, Oct. 12 Save a Life Tour Think before you drink and drive. Sponsored by Health Services, Campus Police, Upward Bound. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Nedderman Hall, 2-2771,

  UTA Presents

Theatre Arts presents 'Noises Off'

Noises Off

The Department of Theatre Arts opens its 2009-10 season with "Noises Off." Performances will be in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building at 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25.

The farce features a zany troupe of British actors stumbling from riotous rehearsals to a wild and crazy opening night and is touted as pure fun in three fast-paced acts. The play won the 1982 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and is directed by Professor Andrew Gaupp. It is stage managed by theatre arts major Jacqueline Pettit.

The play showcases the design talents of several Department of Theatre Arts specialists: Michelle Harvey as set designer, Jared Land as lighting and sound designer and Marla Grant as costume designer. Associate Professor Joe Kongevick serves as make-up designer, and Assistant Professor David Navalinsky is technical director and production manager.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens, students with ID and UT Arlington faculty and staff. Contact the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at 2-2669 for tickets/reservations, group rates, driving and parking directions and other information. Reservations are recommended.

For more information about the production, contact Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer, at 2-5722 or

Monday, Oct. 12 McNair Scholars Program Open House Learn more about the McNair Scholars Program. The federal program works with eligible undergraduates to prepare them for a successful transition to graduate school and a teaching career on the university level. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Room 122, Hammond Hall, 2-3715,,

Monday, Oct. 12 2nd Annual Latino Soul Night Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Rio Grande A, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2‑2099,

Monday, Oct. 12 Guest Piano Recital Jeremy Samolesky of Auburn University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Tuesday, Oct. 13 Coaching the Best Out of Yourself and Others Alumnus Mike Hawkins ('83 BSME), an executive coach and self-improvement expert, will speak on his book Activating Your Ambition: A Guide to Coaching the Best Out of Yourself and Others. A book signing follows. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., UT Arlington Bookstore.

Tuesday, Oct. 13 National Night Out Join in for a crime-free campus, food, prizes and entertainment. Free. 6 p.m., mall, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2-3902,

Tuesday, Oct. 13 Music Honors Recital Music faculty members and outstanding students perform in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Wednesday, Oct. 14 Volleyball UT Arlington vs. Northwestern State. $2 faculty and staff with ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Thursday, Oct. 15 Dancing with Mavericks An annual event hosted by Multicultural Affairs where organizations compete for the title. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month 2009. Free. 6:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.

Thursday, Oct. 15 Guest Vocal Recital Rebecca Wascoe, voice professor, Mississippi State University. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Room 105, Fine Arts Building.

Through Dec. 22 Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Featured artists are Marianna Alfaro, Lucille Oppermann, Gloria Sepp, Dolly Valdez and Soon Warren. The exhibition runs through Dec. 22. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2‑6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Digistar 4 at The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Through Dec. 31 UT Arlington Planetarium programs The fall schedule begins today highlighted by the latest in technology, Digistar 4. New shows include IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System; Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA; Microcosm: The Adventure Within; and Two Small Pieces of Glass. Returning favorites are Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Seven Wonders, Rock Hall of Fame 1 and the $2 movie. Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or for tickets.

Through Jan. 9 Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

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


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