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

Thursday, October 15, 2009

James E. Nelson

Distinguished alum: Jim Nelson, former Texas Education Commissioner, is among those who will be honored Saturday night.

Ten to be honored at 2009 Distinguished Alumni Gala

Former Texas Education Commissioner Jim Nelson heads the list of nine UT Arlington graduates to be honored at the 44th Distinguished Alumni Gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the E.H. Hereford University Center's Bluebonnet Ballroom.

The Alumni Association also will present an honorary award to John Lanigan, vice president and chief marketing officer of BNSF Railway Co. Lanigan, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, serves on the College of Business advisory board.

Nelson, who served as Texas Education Commissioner from 1999-2002, is executive director of the AVID Center in San Diego. AVID is a non-profit company that helps students prepare for college. He also served on the Texas Board for Educator Certification, as an adviser to the Department of Defense on rebuilding the Iraqi education system and as Richardson school district superintendent.

Visit the Alumni Association Web site for ticket information, reservations or more about the honorees.

Nedderman Society Cookout

Join the Nedderman Society and have a burger

There's a hamburger with your name on it at the annual Nedderman Society Cookout for faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Central Library mall. In case of rain, the cookout will be held in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The Nedderman Society is a special recognition organization for all UT Arlington faculty and staff members who make a gift in support of any area of the University.

You can contribute by check or cash or by credit/debit card at You may even use payroll deduction to make your gift. Visit the site to learn more about the Nedderman Society and the difference you can make.

In the 2008-09 fiscal year:

  • 378 faculty and staff became members of the Nedderman Society.

  • Gifts from faculty and staff totaled more than $410,000.

  • Over the years, faculty and staff have contributed more than $3.7 million in support of UT Arlington.

The Nedderman Society Cookout, presented by the Office of Development, honors society members and provides information for future members.

Outstanding employee

Outstanding Employee Award
nomination deadline extended

If you didn't get that Outstanding Employee Award nomination turned in last week, you still have time as the deadline has been extended through Friday, Oct. 23.

Two awards will be presented in each of four categories: (1) Professional, Para-Professional and Technical; (2) Administrative Support; (3) Service and Maintenance; and (4) Administrative and Professional.

Each outstanding employee selected will receive $1,000 and a plaque at a dinner honoring the recipients. Regular full-time and part-time UT Arlington employees who have been employed for a minimum of two years are eligible for nomination.

You can access the Employee Awards nomination form by selecting one of the following links: Nomination Form (PDF) (print and mail to box 19176 or fax to 2-3361) or Nomination Form (Electronically) (submit electronically).

If you have questions or concerns, contact Linda Snowden in Human Resources at 2-7091.

Douglas Rushkoff

Upscaling education highlights
Focus on Technology lecture

Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff will speak on "From Sputnik to MySpace: The New Education Race, and How to Win It" for the annual Focus on Technology series at noon Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A lunch for faculty and staff will be served. Reservations must be made by Friday, Oct. 16.

Rushkoff is a professor of media studies at The New School University, producer and correspondent for the PBS Frontline Digital Nation project and the author of numerous books, including Cyberia, ScreenAgers, Media Virus and Life Inc. He is one of today's most highly regarded media theorists. Read more at his Web site,

He will demonstrate how teaching today's technology is not enough and how some students must be capable of designing, programming and engineering a digital infrastructure beyond our imaginations. His lecture will give not only the motivation and reasoning behind upscaling our educational capacity, but also the first steps needed to do so.

Rushkoff will sign books before and after the event in the Rosebud Theatre foyer.

David Gergen

Lecture by CNN analyst Gergen
moved to Bluebonnet Ballroom

The lecture by David Gergen, a CNN political analyst and former adviser to four presidents, has been moved to the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Gergen is the next lecturer in the Maverick Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22.

Tickets are required and are free at

Gergen has been an observer, analyst and participant in American politics for more than 30 years. Known for his CNN commentary, he held positions in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, counseled President Clinton on foreign policy and domestic affairs and was special international adviser to Clinton and Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Gergen also is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report. He wrote the best-selling Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

Companies with UT Arlington ties land $3.25 million in funding

Three North Texas technology companies aligned with UT Arlington have received nearly a third of the $10.4 million awarded this month from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, a resource aimed at moving projects to the marketplace.

  MavPic The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Planetarium features Digistar 4

The Planetarium re-opened Monday after a two-week closure to install the Digistar 4 system, which provides sharper, clearer images. It is the only one of its kind in Texas. Patrons here enjoy the first show with the new system, "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket."

The four companies, which received a total of $3.25 million, are:

  • Bynari, a Dallas company that will use its $1.5 million award to further its e-mail software, which allows seamless collaboration of messaging and applications.

  • Vaharra Systems, a Dallas firm awarded $1.5 million to commercialize its uMobility software. The technology allows users to extend voice, data and video applications to their mobile device.

  • iLearning Gateway, which will use $250,000 for a patent-pending artificial intelligence system. The Web-based system teaches students by leading them to derive solutions while adjusting to each individual's learning capability.

'Farewell, My Subaru' author
speaks Oct. 22 in Rosebud

Doug Fine, author of Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living, will talk about his adventures in sustainability at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fine's book recounts his harrowing and humorous adventures after leaving New York City and taking up a ranch lifestyle in New Mexico to live a greener life.

His appearance is in conjunction with the OneBook program, which adopted Bill McKibben's Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future for 2009-10.

Other OneBook programs are listed online.

'Bonnie and Clyde' author gets down to true story

Jeff Guinn, author of Go Down Together: The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde, will sort through fact and fiction about the duo for the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Guinn is the former books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the author of several books. His most recent book is based on exhaustive research on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, two kids from a Dallas slum who fell in love and went on a dangerous and deadly crime spree.

Guinn will sign copies of the book, which will be for sale. Contact Betty Wood at 2-7421 or to RVSP.

Nominations being accepted for doctoral student mentoring award

The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for this year's Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring. The award is for faculty members who have a strong record of excellence in mentoring graduate students.

  MavPic Douglas Klahr

Nature of prejudice

Douglas Klahr, assistant professor of architecture, gave his moving speech titled "The Nature of Prejudice: Thoughts of a Gay, German-American, Jewish Professor" Wednesday at the Rosebud Theatre. He discussed the role of the LGBT community during the Holocaust and leading up to the present day. Robert Moore, publisher of Dallas Voice, also was a guest speaker. The event was hosted by the Gay-Straight Alliance at UT Arlington.

A panel of students, faculty and Graduate Services leadership will select one graduate faculty member who excels as a mentor to graduate students. Nomination forms are due by Monday, Nov. 9. Contact Lisa Berry at or Joslyn Krismer at for more details.

'Greening English' is theme of Hermanns Lecture Series

The English Department's Hermanns Lecture Series presents "Greening English" Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17, as it brings nationally and internationally known scholars to campus to discuss sustainability, conservation, preservation and extinction. All lectures are free and open to the public. See the schedule and location for each lecture.

The series is named for Rudolph Hermanns, a horticulturist who lived near campus for 20 years. He was active in the college community and following his death in 1985, left his estate to UT Arlington and a university in West Germany, where he earned his degree. In the spirit of his love of campus and his connection with the students and faculty, the Rudolf Hermanns Endowment for Excellence was founded to enhance academic excellence as well as campus beautification.

WIIFM provides answers to your technology questions

For the first time, departments that offer technology services to faculty and staff are collaborating to bring you all of the technology choices available to you. Get the information you need to do your job at WIIFM—"What's in it for me?"—from 11 a.m.-noon and 1:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom North at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Topics covered include lecture capture (audio/video), blogs and wikis, Web CT, MyMav and MavSpace, institutional repository, IT security, high-performance computing, graphical information services and others.

The event is sponsored by the Library, Office of Research Administration, Center for Distance Education, Division for Enterprise Development, Engineering Center for Distance Education, Classroom Technology Support Services and the Office of Information Technology.

For more information, see the OIT Web site or contact Mary Jane Pearson at 2-5602 or

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.

MyMav will return to 24/7 availability at 8 a.m. Oct. 26. Additional information can be found at Admissions, Financial Aid, Graduate Studies and International Education. For questions or concerns, contact the OIT Help Desk at 2-2208.

Benefit Yourself

Acrobat: Creating Forms

With the Adobe Acrobat software, you can collect and compile data with ease to produce electronic forms. Also, you will use the Adobe LiveCycle Designer, a graphical form design tool, to create a fillable and interactive form. Bring a flash drive to class. $115. Register at CEWF or call 2-2581. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, Room E200D, Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Professional Telephone Techniques

Telephone techniques

This course is a basic introduction to telephone etiquette and customer service skills. Learn to develop and utilize listening and speaking skills for better communication between customers and yourself. To register, visit the Human Resources training Web site. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

Safe Zone Ally Training

Participants in Safe Zone Ally Training will learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At the conclusion of training, participants have the option to display a Safe Zone symbol as a signal to the campus community, and especially LGBT individuals, that they maintain a safe and affirming environment. Space is limited. Contact Adria Villarreal at 2-3671 or with questions or to RSVP. For more information, see Safe Zone. 1-4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, or 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, Room 223, Pickard Hall.

Newsletter provides safety tips

What are the most frequent fire safety violations found in residence inspections at UT Arlington? Find out in the fall edition of the Environmental Health and Safety newsletter, Safety Roundup, now available online. Also, see how some simple safety precautions can go a long way in preventing serious injuries from careless accidents. Want to avoid the flu? Frequent hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent illness and infection.

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.

In Quotes

College Town, UTA brings changes

Has the recession ended?

New show gives
sense of flying

"We have to be regarded differently than we have been in the past."

"Individual parts of the country may still be going down, but overall things are not getting worse."

"One of the missions of the Planetarium is really getting the average Joe interested in astronomy."

– President James D. Spaniolo on the atmosphere around campus and in the surrounding community regarding the mission for College Town, UTA.

– Dr. Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the Department of Economics in the College of Business, on the recession.
Dallas Business Journal

– Dr. Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics in the College of Science, on the Planetarium upgrades and new shows.

Sports Notes
Marquez Haynes

Hoops hysteria: Senior Marquez Haynes is the top returning scorer for the men's basketball team, averaging 16.5 points last season.


Maverick Madness set for Friday night

Maverick Madness, the annual celebration on the first official night of basketball practice, will feature the introduction of the men's and women's basketball teams starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Texas Hall.

Madness events also include a step show, free T-shirts, a three-point contest, a slam dunk contest and giveaways. The event is free and open to the public. Don't forget to sign up for the Rewards Program to win lots of free prizes. See athletics.

Adaptive sports clinics open to students, community

Two adaptive sports programs are planned this fall for athletes with disabilities.

A Paralympic sports clinic for tennis, table tennis and basketball is set for Saturday, Oct. 17, for individuals with any mobility impairment. The free clinic will be taught by members and alumni of the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team as well as local Paralympic gold medalists.

An intramural 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament is set for Thursday, Nov. 19. Any student can register, but all players will use adaptive equipment. Sign up at the Maverick Activities Center.

Learn more about the adaptive sports opportunities by contacting coach Doug Garner at or go online to

Going Out

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

Thursday, Oct. 15 Guest Vocal Recital Rebecca Wascoe, voice professor, Mississippi State University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Room 105, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Friday, Oct. 16 Movie: The Hangover Free admission and popcorn. Concessions on sale. 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 2-2963,

Friday, Oct. 16 Symphony Orchestra Concert Symphony Orchestra features viola soloist Zheng Yuan and guest conductor Dongxiao Xu. $3 students and seniors, $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Noises Off

Friday, Oct. 16 Noises Off Theatre Arts season opener is a farce featuring 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. $7 for faculty and staff. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. 2-2669 for reservations.

Saturday, Oct. 17 Noises Off 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. 2-2669 for reservations.

Sunday, Oct. 18 Jazz Alumni Scholarship Concert The concert benefiting jazz students features Ken Edwards on trumpet and the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra. Admission is a donation to the scholarship fund. 7 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Monday, Oct. 19 Music Mondays with UT Arlington First concert of the season showcases Music Department faculty and students offering diverse programs for the UT Arlington community and downtown employees. Catered lunch is provided for faculty, staff and students. No reservations needed. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Future concerts scheduled for Nov. 9, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12. Martha Walvoord, 2-2439,

Monday, Oct. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 14 Faculty Biennial X This art exhibition, held every two years, is a showcase for recent work created by Department of Art and Art History faculty. The 2009 exhibition features works of more than 30 faculty members in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, video, digital imaging and visual communication. Examples of recent publications will be on display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UT Arlington, 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.

Through Dec. 31 UT Arlington Planetarium programs The fall schedule includes new shows 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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