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

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mustaque Ahmed

Idea man: Mustaque Ahmed ('81) has established the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute at UT Arlington.

Major gift endows Festival of Ideas
Global Research Institute

The College of Liberal Arts has announced a commitment from alumnus Mustaque Ahmed that establishes the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, which will build upon Ahmed's previous generosity to his alma mater.

Ahmed earned his bachelor's degree in economics from UT Arlington in 1981 and founded the festival in 2005, endowing it in 2007. He is now expanding it to create a research institute that will engage a community of international experts to address pressing global issues.

"Mustaque Ahmed's generous gift for the College of Liberal Arts' Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute supports a vibrant and illuminating program of events for everyone on our campus and in our community," says Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "The institute will enhance our faculty and student research in international cultures, histories, languages, literatures and the arts."

The 2009 Festival of Ideas, "Greening English Studies," kicks off at 3 p.m. Oct. 16 with a discussion on "The Public Life of Environmental Literature and Criticism" by Cate Mortimer-Sandilands of York University. More details about this year's festival will be available through the College of Liberal Arts.

President James D. Spaniolo gets a flu shot from Nursing Supervisor Romelee Harris

First in line: President James D. Spaniolo receives the first seasonal flu shot from Romelee Harris, nursing supervisor for Health Services, on Friday, Sept. 4, the first day the vaccine was available to the University community.

Health Services offers
seasonal flu shots

Seasonal flu shots are now available to faculty and staff at the Health Services Center. The vaccine is $15.

The shots address only seasonal flu. A separate vaccine developed to prevent H1N1 influenza has not yet been made available to the public. UT Arlington encourages all faculty, staff and students to receive the influenza vaccine early this fall as one step toward maintaining a healthy community.

Other key steps are simple, yet effective:

  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.

  • Do not attend class or go to work if you are ill or experiencing a fever.

Click here for more information about preventing the spread of the flu. To reach the Health Services Center, call 2-2771 or go to

Business Affairs announces new claims procedure

The Office of Business Affairs has announced a new procedure for reporting claims or possible claims arising under the Texas Tort Claims Act. Click here to review the procedure.

  MavPic UT Arlington police awardees

Hurricane volunteers honored

Members of the UT Arlington Police Department who volunteered at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston after the destruction of Hurricane Ike last fall were honored for their service last week by the UT System Police Department at a pinning ceremony. Receiving pins were, from left, Sergeant Kristopher Ramirez, Chief Robert Hayes, and officers James Randles, Joel Rivera, Terry Morrison and Jerry Blanco.

Items covered include:

  • UT Arlington may be liable for certain claims resulting from the negligence of an officer, agent or employee of the University. The type of claim that might arise could include injuries occurring on state premises and involving state property.

  • UT System policy requires UT System institutions to establish reporting procedures to ensure that the chief business officer or designee and the Office of General Counsel be made aware immediately of any incidents that may result in a tort claim.

  • Prompt reporting of claims or possible claims arising under the Texas Tort Claims Act is necessary so that (1) potential legal action can be identified; (2) complete facts required for the assessment, resolution and/or defense of such a claim can be obtained, and (3) any required third party notifications, including notice to the Attorney General's Office or any applicable insurance carriers, can be given in a timely manner.

Questions or concerns about the procedure should be sent to the attention of Karen Phillips at or call Net Solutions at 2-0222.

Instructional support sessions offered for faculty

Full- and part-time faculty are invited to participate in a series of free instructional support sessions this fall. The sessions are taught by Mary Lynn Crow, a professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, a member of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Teachers and a 2009 recipient of the UT System Board of Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. Faculty are asked to pre-register by contacting Delene Remmers at 2-2737 or

The first session, "Teaching Concepts Inductively," will be from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in Trimble Hall, Room 101. Teaching inductively is a strategy that calls for presenting examples and non-examples first and letting students themselves determine the concept by utilizing their critical-thinking skills. Tested classroom techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, and faculty will have a chance to participate in the demonstrations. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.

Benefit Yourself

Mindfulness programs offered by Health Services

Health Services is offering mindfulness programs this fall. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives.

Take a break from the stress of your day with "Mindful Moments" on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Business Building, Room 235, beginning Sept. 16. Faculty, staff and students are welcome. No pre-registration needed and there is no charge.

Also, you can register for the "Mindful Awareness Program." MAP meets once a week for six weeks and presents a systematic means of cultivating mindfulness. Contact Marie Bannister at 2-2771 or

Excel 2007 Level II

This course will expand on the introduction course. You'll learn how to use common functions such as SUM, AVERAGE, MAX, MIN, plot a basic chart, sort and filter records. Register to attend. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Ransom Hall, Room 311B. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

MavLife: Livin' Like A Maverick: Healthy Living

Come learn about healthy living with Dr. Aaron Gumm from Allen Family Wellness Clinic. Dr. Gumm will cover a broad spectrum of wellness issues, from relaxation to lowering your blood pressure to natural pain control to controlling your weight to eating healthy. This training class can enrich your body as well as your soul. Bring your sack lunch and a notepad. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See the complete list of training classes.

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

Women gaining
in employment

Mortgage fraud
affects sales

Compensation helps exonerees, but fails system

"A lot of the jobs being lost are in manufacturing and construction, typically male dominated jobs."

"People couldn't sell their homes. People couldn't get refinancing on their homes."

"While the compensation is fair, it robs the system of ferreting out bad practices."

– Dr. Myrtle Bell, professor of management in the College of Business, on a report about how women will soon make up a majority of the workforce. KTVT Channel 11.

– Dr. Gary Lacefield, senior lecturer in marketing in the College of Business, commenting on a story about mortgage fraud. KDFW Channel 4.

– Dr. John Stickels, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice in the College of Liberal Arts, on payments from the state of Texas to exonerees recently cleared of wrongdoing through DNA evidence. KDAF/CW 33.

Sports Notes
  Raegan Daniel

Setter deluxe: Junior setter Raegan Daniel (18) was named to the all-tournament team last weekend at the Colorado State Hilton Classic.

Mavericks open home volleyball season Saturday

After playing their first seven volleyball matches on the road, the Mavericks will host the UT Arlington Invitational Saturday at Texas Hall.

Coach Diane Seymour's squad will face Arkansas-Little Rock at 11 a.m. before taking on Oklahoma at 7 p.m. UALR and OU will meet at 3 p.m.

UT Arlington (2-5) is led by junior Bianca Sauls, who has 55 kills in seven matches. The Mavericks will host another tournament next weekend as TCU, Texas Southern and Arkansas State come to Texas Hall for the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational.

Hall of Honor to induct four Saturday

Former softball player and coach Rayla Allison, football standout Mike Barnes, pitcher Jeff Burrow and javelin All-American Jenny Hockett will be inducted into the UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor, Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Arlington Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom.

Fitness, sports programs at MAC

The Maverick Activities Center offers a variety of sports and fitness programs, including fitness classes, intramural sports and sports clubs. Learn more at

Going Out

Thursday, Sept. 10 Exhibiting Artist Talk Margo Sawyer, professor of sculpture/studio art at UT Austin, gives an illustrated presentation about her work on the exhibit. Free. 12:30 p.m. The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 2-5658,

Thursday, Sept. 10 Organ/Harpsichord Recital Music Professor Linton Powell performs in his 34th annual fall recital. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Friday, Sept. 11 Memorial Service State Rep. Diane Patrick and Lt. Sam Cary, a Grand Prairie firefighter who traveled to New York after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be the keynote speakers for the service titled "We Will Never Forget." Free. 9:30 a.m. West of Central Library near flag poles.

Friday, Sept. 11 Opening Reception for Art Exhibition The reception honors Tommy Fitzpatrick and Margo Sawyer, artists exhibiting work in The Gallery at UT Arlington. Free. 6 p.m. The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 2-5658,

Friday, Sept. 11 Friends of the Library Ebby Halliday, the Dallas realtor, and Michael Poss, author of Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate, will speak about Poss' book. A reception and book signing will follow. Free. 7:30 p.m. Central Library sixth floor parlor. Betty Wood, 2-7421,

Friday, Sept. 11 – Sunday, Sept. 13 Jazz by the Boulevard A three-day music and arts festival in Fort Worth's Cultural District. The UT Arlington Heritage Stage will feature student and faculty ensembles from the University's renowned Jazz Studies program, and the Main Stage will play host to headliners such as Adonis Rose, Chris Botti, George Clinton and the Blind Boys of Alabama. UT Arlington is a sponsor for the event. For more information and a complete schedule, see $5. 5-11 p.m., Friday. 12-11 p.m., Saturday. 2-8 p.m., Sunday. Will Rogers Memorial Center tree-lined lawn, 3401 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth.

Saturday, Sept. 12 Gallery Night Gallery 76102 will participate in the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association Fall Gallery Night. Free. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Gallery 76102, UT Arlington Fort Worth Center. Megan Topham, 2‑5988.

Monday, Sept. 14 Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Music students and faculty perform works by Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Tuesday, Sept. 15 Music Honors Recital Music Department faculty and outstanding students perform solo and chamber music. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Friday, Sept. 18 Oozeball Tournament Campus Recreation and the Student Alumni Association host the 20th annual Oozeball Tournament from noon to 5 p.m. Money raised helps fund the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship. Pepsi-Cola will provide free water, and Chipotle will provide free chips and guacamole for participants. SAA will sell concessions and event shirts. See Noon-5 p.m. Corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Through Sept. 27 UT Arlington Planetarium programs The summer schedule will continue through Sept. 27. Shows include Texas Stargazing, Stars of the Pharaohs, Black Holes, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Bad Astronomy, matinees and $2 movies. 2-1183,,

Through Sept. 30 Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 The Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit in glass art. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Christina Graves, 2-5988.

Through Oct. 10 Art Exhibition: Geometry in Reflection Two internationally recognized artists address architectonic forms and color relationships through their work. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Patricia Healy, 2-5658,

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


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