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

Thursday, September 17, 2009

No smoking

Committee recommends tobacco‑free campus by 2011

A 15-member ad hoc committee has issued a report recommending that UT Arlington become a tobacco-free campus by August 2011 to foster a healthier community for students, employees and visitors.

The proposed policy would bar the use of all tobacco products—including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and other products—on campus property at all times. The committee has called for a widespread communication and public awareness campaign in the two years leading up to implementation. During the transition, smoking cessation programs and other resources would be made available to students, faculty and staff who want to stop using tobacco products.

Current university policy prohibits tobacco use in all campus buildings and facilities, including residence halls, apartments and houses. Tobacco may not be used within 50 feet of building entrances or air intake vents of campus buildings.

Jean Hood, vice president of human resources, served as chair of the 15-member Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative Committee.

"Universities across the country are moving toward tobacco-free campus policies, and it is the right time for our campus to do so," Hood says. "Our research shows a strong campus consensus to move toward being a tobacco-free campus in a phased approach over the next two years. We are committed to providing students, faculty and staff who wish to stop using tobacco products the resources they need to transition to the new environment."

Members of the UT Arlington community may comment on the proposed change through Oct. 19, 2009, by e‑mailing A final decision is expected later this year.

The ad hoc committee began meeting in January 2009 and solicited input about University tobacco use rules through a series of campus forums and meetings last spring. Other data were collected through an online survey distributed to 29,000 members of the campus community.

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$2 million NSF grant to boost freshman
science, engineering retention rates

  MavClip President James D. Spaniolo

Full speed ahead

President James D. Spaniolo discussed UT Arlington's progress toward becoming a major national research university Tuesday at the President's Annual Leadership Meeting and Luncheon in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Research growth, new facilities, talented faculty and staff, and a record fall enrollment are among the many signs of momentum, he said. See the video.

The National Science Foundation has given nearly $2 million to the Colleges of Engineering and Science to develop an interdisciplinary program to aid retention efforts for first- and second-year students.

The program is expected to boost retention rates for engineering and science majors by 15 percent during the five-year exploratory effort. First-year students in those fields often are unprepared for the rigor of their courses and drop out of these programs at a higher rate than other disciplines.

The NSF targets science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas by providing funding for research and education. The UT Arlington retention program, Arlington Undergraduate Research-based Achievement for STEM, or AURAS, will provide strategic support for incoming students, particularly underrepresented minorities in STEM.

Lynn Peterson, senior associate dean of engineering, leads the program in partnership with mathematics Associate Professor James Epperson, physics Professor Ramon Lopez and chemistry Assistant Professor Kevin Schug, all of the College of Science, and Carter Tiernan, assistant dean of engineering for student affairs.

See the news release.

Dr. Nadinne Cruz

Combining learning with service: Dr. Nadinne Cruz will speak at the Service Learning Partner Breakfast on Friday. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Civic education expert to speak
at service learning breakfast

For more than 25 years, Nadinne Cruz has been a practitioner, leader, advocate, speaker and author on the need for pedagogies of engagement in higher education. She will be the keynote speaker at the Service Learning Partner Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18 on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Her early volunteer experiences with peasants in the Philippines inspired a commitment to integrate teaching with community partnership across diverse worlds of engagement for social change.

Dr. Cruz is co-author of Service-Learning: A Movement's Pioneers Reflect on Its Origins, Practice, and Future and Where's the Community in Service-Learning Research? Now an independent consultant, she works nationwide with colleges and universities to strengthen civic education.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by the Center for Community Service Learning. RSVP to Sharon Hughlett at 2-2124 or

Pollution prevention workshops save money for businesses

UT Arlington is offering an interactive pollution-prevention planning workshop Sept. 23-24 at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South in Fort Worth.

  MavPic Rick Gomez, assistant chief of police; James D. Spaniolo, president; John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations; and officer Ronnie Cook

National Night Out

The UT Arlington Police Department is encouraging the campus community to be a part of National Night Out on Oct. 13. From left are Ricardo Gomez, assistant chief of police; James D. Spaniolo, president; John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations; and officer Ron Cook, crime prevention specialist. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness. University police officers will visit different areas of campus Oct. 13 to promote the event.

The workshop is aimed at helping businesses save money by reducing waste, which brings economic benefits through environmental improvement. It also will help companies comply with the Texas Waste Reduction Policy Act.

Zero Waste Network, in conjunction with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, will teach lean manufacturing techniques and other strategies that businesses can use to improve efficiency while decreasing or eliminating pollution. Experts in pollution prevention, environmental management systems, environmental regulations, lean manufacturing and energy efficiency will lead businesses in hands-on exercises to identify waste in their process and evaluate money-saving options.

Register at Contact Tamara Kowalski at for more information. Visit Zero Waste for more information as well.

Adaptive sports clinics
open to community

All mobility-impaired individuals in the Metroplex area can try various sports at adaptive sports clinics on campus this fall.

Veterans and youth are especially encouraged to attend, said Doug Garner, head coach of the Movin' Mavs, who are seven-time national wheelchair basketball champions. Students with disabilities can attend the free clinics and also participate in intramural sports.

The first clinic is Saturday, Sept. 19, at the P.E. Building for track and field, swimming, indoor wheelchair soccer and wheelchair tennis. Tennis will be taught by Steve Welch, a Paralympic gold medalist and former Movin' Mav.

Read the news release for more details. Learn more about the clinics by contacting Garner at or go to

Hispanic Heritage Month features forums, art

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 15 with a variety of cultural events. Among the offerings:

  • Semana de Cultura: Works by Hispanic Art Students, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21-25, UT Arlington Gallery West in the Studio Arts Center.

  • Hispanic Issues Forum, noon Sept. 23, San Saba/Palo Pinto rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center.

A complete list is at

Benefit Yourself

Generic medications: Why it is not just about lower prices

As noted in recent issues of the "A Matter of Health" newsletter and discussed at Annual Enrollment events, the increasing costs associated with prescription drug claims have led to changes to the prescription deductible and co-payment schedule.

  In the Spotlight

Graduate Studies goes green in a big way

Support specialist Loretta Doty and admissions counselor Polly Downs

Support specialist Loretta Doty (left) and admissions counselor Polly Downs spearheaded a recycling plan in the Office of Graduate Studies that has gone "above and beyond," according to Becky Valentich, recycling coordinator in the Environmental Health and Safety Office.

Here's a partial list of their Go Green efforts:

  • Provided an e-mail listing of items to be placed in the recycling bins.

  • Put graduation applications and information online instead of printing it.

  • Planned a plant clipping exchange/picnic for October.

  • Organized a poster naming contest. They are the "Graduate Green Group."

  • Starting Oct. 1, will outsource application fee processing, which will save paper.

  • Created a sign-up sheet of those participating in a car pool group.

  • Created a sign-up sheet of those participating in "bringing your lunch at least twice a week to save transportation emissions."

  • Created a sign-up sheet of those willing to turn off their office lights when leaving their office to save energy.

  • Created a sign-up sheet of those who have committed to turning off their power strip at the end of their work week.

  • Created a sign-up sheet to deliver the compostables to the compost site.

  • Watered plants with unused drinking water.

Q: How did you come up with the recycling plan?
A: (Polly) We took the Go Green list of initiatives and expanded upon it, incorporating initiatives that were unique to our office. We found that having fun with it was the key to our success. (Loretta) To encourage participation from all staff, we initially had an award of a desk plant at the end of the first month for all who took part in emptying our recycling bins and taking coffee grounds to the Summit Street compost area. We had sign-up sheets for different initiatives as a commitment from our staff to participate a certain number of days of the week and to raise awareness of how they could go green.

Q: Has the plan met your expectations?
A: (Loretta) It's actually worked better than I expected. Our latest initiative is "Energy Conservation, Save the Elevator—Take the Stairs." We'll accomplish energy conservation and grow healthier as well. (Polly) It has been working very well, although occasionally I become the recycling police and move a piece of paper, bottle or can from the trash to the recycling bin. For the most part, everyone is very conscientious and does a great job at recycling, reducing and reusing.

For the UT SELECT self-funded prescription drug benefit program, the annual deductible has increased to $100 per individual per plan year. Co-payments for both retail and home delivery prescriptions increased for both preferred and non-preferred brand name medications. However, the co-payments for generic retail and home delivery prescriptions remain the same for plan year 2009-10. Read more about this and other important topics.

Meal planning: 6 dinners on a budget

Tight on time and money? Are you asking too much if you want quick, healthy and low-cost dinners after the hectic weekday grind?

By planning dinners ahead on the weekend and shopping for key budget ingredients, you can save time, money and stress in the days ahead. Get tips and learn how to prepare an easy recipe.

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say: Essential Communication Skills

Do you struggle to find the right words in a conversation? Do you find yourself not being able to get your point across? Now is your opportunity to learn the skills that can empower you to speak clearly and effectively. Participants will learn about communication styles, assertiveness, non-verbal communication and additional keys to communication that will educate and empower. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See the complete list of training classes.

PowerPoint 2007 Level I

This course offers basic skills needed to create a PowerPoint presentation. The course covers using styles, customizing the format of presentations and adding animation to presentations. 2‑4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Ransom Hall, Room 312. Register to attend. See the complete list of OIT 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.

Sports Notes
Samantha Morrow

Women open with Rice: Coach Samantha Morrow's women's basketball team, which went to the Women's National Invitational Tournament last year, will open the season Nov. 13 against Rice in Texas Hall.


Basketball schedules include Oklahoma, Michigan State

The 2009-10 basketball schedules for the women's and men's teams were released last week and feature trips to Oklahoma for the women and Michigan State for the men.

Coach Samantha Morrow's women will open the season at home Nov. 13 against Rice followed by a Nov. 17 home game against Houston.

Coach Scott Cross's men will open the season with home games against Dallas Baptist Nov. 14 and North Texas Nov. 18. The Mavericks will play at Baylor and Michigan State in December. See

Volleyball team hosts Hilton Invitational

Hoping to rebound from a narrow loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, Coach Diane Seymour's volleyball team will host the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational Friday and Saturday at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks will face Arkansas State at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by matches with Texas Southern (12:30) and TCU (7:30) on Saturday. Students are admitted free with ID.

Former Maverick called up to Mariners

Former UT Arlington catcher Adam Moore was called up to the major leagues by the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. He batted .287 with 12 home runs and 56 runs batted in during play in the minor leagues this season.

Moore helped lead the Mavericks to the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2006, posting a .350 batting average.

Going Out

Thursday, Sept. 17 MAC's Second Birthday Celebrate the Maverick Activities Center's second birthday with cake and refreshments. The MAC serves more than 2,000 people daily. 4 p.m. Maverick Activities Center.

Friday, Sept. 18 Oozeball Tournament Campus Recreation and the Student Alumni Association host the 20th annual Oozeball Tournament. 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. The SAA will sell concessions and event shirts. Noon-5 p.m. Corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street. See

Friday, Sept. 18 Volleyball Mavericks vs. Arkansas State. UT Arlington Hilton Invitational. Faculty and staff, $2. 7 p.m. Texas Hall.

Friday, Sept. 18 Movie — Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen PG-13. Free admission and popcorn. 8 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

Saturday, Sept. 19 Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas Southern, 12:30 p.m.; Mavericks vs. TCU, 7:30 p.m. UT Arlington Hilton Invitational. Faculty and staff, $2. Texas Hall.

Saturday, Sept. 19 EcoFest Arlington Hear local bands, get do-it-yourself tips for reducing consumption, check out the latest green products and watch the humorous documentary, "Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home." Free. 2 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, corner of Abrams at Center streets.

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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