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

Monday, September 21, 2009

Richard Florida

Creative thinker: Urban theorist Richard Florida kicks off the 2009-10 Maverick Speakers Series on Sept. 25 in Texas Hall.

Richard Florida brings
his creativity to
Maverick Speakers Series

Bestselling author and urban theorist Richard Florida kicks off the 2009-10 Maverick Speakers Series Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. in Texas Hall as he speaks on "Creative Class Consumption."

Dr. Florida wrote the global best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class. His latest book, Who's Your City?, is also a national and international best-seller and was an book of the month.

Florida is one of the world's leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. He recently was named one of Esquire Magazine's Best and Brightest.

His ideas on the "creative class," commercial innovation and regional development have been featured in major ad campaigns from BMW and Apple, and are being used globally to change the way regions and nations do business and transform their economies.

Florida is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and professor of business and creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He earned his bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

All Maverick Speakers Series lectures are free, but tickets are required.

Thomas Vinson-Peng

Volunteer cleanup: Thomas Vinson-Peng received the Volunteer of the Year award for his work in educating Korean companies on cleaner production.

Vinson-Peng to receive
Volunteer of the Year award

Thomas Vinson-Peng, program director of Zero Waste Network, a program in the Center for Environmental Excellence operated by UT Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development, has been selected for the 2009 Volunteer of the Year award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. The award, which recognizes his work in educating Korean companies on cleaner production, will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 22 in Washington, D.C.

Vinson-Peng led five teams of volunteers on site visits to more than 60 companies. During the visits, the teams examined the industrial processes and made suggestions for maximizing production while decreasing waste. They focused on practices that benefit the company by reducing risk or increasing profitability, but always sought solutions that resulted in a cleaner operation.

The visits resulted in increased environmental awareness and an understanding of how to increase efficiency through waste management for Korean businesses. As a result, several companies have begun undertaking projects to conserve water, reduce electricity and more safely manage their chemicals.

Campus safety survey seeks your participation

The UT Arlington Police Department is partnering with the University's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in an anonymous, Web-based survey to assess perceptions about campus safety. The survey also will assess perceptions of the service campus police officers provide to our community. The survey results will be used to establish service benchmarks and will serve as the basis for campus crime prevention initiatives.

Your participation is key. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete. See and follow the instructions. The link will remain active through Oct. 5, 2009.

Dining Services will help 'sustain' vendors at downtown farmers market

UT Arlington will offer some neighborly hospitality to vendors at Arlington's new downtown farmers market when it opens Friday, Oct. 2.

The University's Dining Services will provide free coffee and continental breakfast foods to the vendors at all 11 of the markets from 9 a.m. to sellout Fridays through Dec. 18. The market is sponsored by Downtown Arlington Management Corp. It will be on Front Street, between Mesquite and Elm streets.

In keeping with the University's commitment to sustainability, vendors will be encouraged to bring their own coffee mugs. They also will be asked to return the washable trays used in food services so they can be reused on campus.

  MavPic Doug Kuykendall and Blaze

MAC celebrates birthday

The Maverick Activities Center, which opened in 2007, celebrated its second birthday Thursday, providing cake and information for those who attended. Cutting the cake is Doug Kuykendall, assistant vice president for Campus Recreation, as mascot Blaze provides encouragement.

"UT Arlington is glad to assist in this project because, in addition to attracting more people downtown, the market will support the sustainable practice of buying locally produced foods," says Amy Schultz, associate vice president for communications and community relations and a member of the President's Sustainability Committee at UT Arlington.

Market vendors are expected to offer locally grown vegetables, fruits and nuts, honey, dried or fresh-cut flowers, bedding plants and shrubs, firewood, ladybugs, butterflies, worms for composting, cider and homemade baked, canned or preserved items, among other goods.

Program brings flu shots to you

If you can't get to the Health Services Center for a flu shot, an outreach plan will bring the shots to you. Health Services is currently administering only the regular flu vaccine. The cost is $15. Current faculty and staff (as well as spouses), retirees and students are eligible for the shots. The outreach efforts in the Watson and OIT buildings are open only to the employees who work in those buildings. If you have questions, contact Health Services at 2-2771.

Here are the dates, locations and times for the flu outreaches:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22 – Wetsel Building, 10 a.m.-noon.

  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – Central Library mall, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Monday, Sept. 28 – Watson Building, 11 a.m.-noon. (open only to employees who work at this facility)

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29 – Palo Duro Lounge, University Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Davis Hall, First Floor (in front of the Bursar's Office), 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Oct. 1 – Computing Center, 10-11 a.m. (open only to employees who work at this facility)

Outstanding Employee Award nominations now being accepted

UT Arlington will again recognize outstanding employees through an awards and recognition program. Each outstanding employee who is selected will receive $1,000 and a plaque at a dinner honoring the recipients. Regular full-time and part-time employees who have been employed for a minimum of two years are eligible for nomination. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Oct. 9.

  MavPic Dr. Kaushik De

Mass mystery

Dr. Kaushik De, professor of physics, spoke on "The Mystery of Mass" at Focus on Faculty Wednesday. He talked about how the ATLAS experiment will probe questions concerning mass during the next decade.

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).

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.

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

Teaching Circles open to faculty

Teaching Circles are small groups of faculty who meet at pre-scheduled times throughout the academic year for informal discussions on a common theme or issue related to teaching and learning. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the circles allow faculty to share experiences and offer support to each other. Both full- and part-time faculty are invited to participate.

Circle topics this year include:

  • Effective Teaching in the Undergraduate Classroom

  • Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Academic Community

  • Exploring Active Learning Techniques

  • Incorporating Service Learning into Your Curriculum

  • New Faculty Discussion Group (for tenure-track faculty who started at UT Arlington in fall 2007 or more recently)

All faculty should have received information in their faculty mailboxes, plus information by e-mail. If you would like to join a Teaching Circle, please complete and return the Teaching Circle form to Linda Wilson, assistant provost, by Friday, Sept. 25. If you have questions about the Teaching Circles, contact Wilson at 2-3838 or

Fall Job Fair seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Fall Job Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the Maverick Activities Center. Shifts are available in one-hour increments from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Organizers need help with set-up (morning), clean up (afternoon), loading dock crew, and staffing the student and employer check-in tables, as well as other tasks. For questions or to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Heyerdahl at 2-3267 or

If you are involved with other faculty, staff or student organizations whose members might like to volunteer, please share this information with them.

Benefit Yourself
Reaching for your goals

Renovating Your Belief System in 2009

Join Janet Ellis for an inspiring, goal-coaching seminar. She will teach participants how to set goals and the techniques needed to achieve them. She is a life coach and training consultant who specializes in personal resilience, emotional and spiritual wellness, leadership and organizational renewal. Ellis has inspired many groups and individuals to make positive changes in their lives. Bring your sack lunch and a notepad. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center. See the complete list of training classes.

Introduction to MavSpace

Learn how to use MavSpace to manage your documents and grant permissions for others to view or update your documents. Also learn how MavSpace can allow you to collaborate with others, including how to use versioning and comments. 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Room 311A, Ransom Hall. Register to attend. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Profit 101 workshop

Everyone says you have to innovate, but nobody really tells you how. If you have innovative ideas, which ones should you develop and which ones should you kill? Profit 101 teaches you how to generate, refine, rank, select and develop meaningful ideas that will help you create profitable growth in your business. This half-day workshop uses an interactive case study to enhance learning. Participants help the fictional "Buzz Electronics" company find ways to confront declining sales and profits as a result of an economic recession and foreign competition. Space limited to first 20. $49. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Automation and Robotics Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South, Fort Worth. More information, registration form. Contact Jennifer Wilson at 2-5909 or

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, Sept. 22 Research Newswire: Keeping Current in Your Field Using RSS Traditionally, e-mail lists, a handful of publications and your colleagues have kept you current with what's happening in your field. Now, there are tools that will help you hear about the latest developments. These tools bring you blog entries from academic researchers, news from your field's associations, newly published research articles and more. This session will get you started using RSS for research purposes. See TechnoScholar to find this class and many other TechnoScholar courses. Free and open to the UT Arlington community. 2‑3:30 p.m., Room B20, Central Library.

Thursday, Sept. 24 Biology Colloquium Series Seminar presentation by Dr. Ben Tu of UT Southwestern Medical Center titled "Logic of a yeast metabolic cycle – Insights into the life of a eukaryotic cell." 4-5 p.m. Free. Room 124, Life Science Building, Linda Taylor, 2‑2872,

Friday, Sept. 25 Global Climate Change and its Impact for North Texas Arne Winguth from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will discuss global climate change. Free. 12‑1 p.m. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Roxanna Latifi, 2-6107,

Tuesday, Sept. 29 Let's Get Down to the Basics – Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Learn Photoshop's layout by using the tool bar, file menu and color palettes. Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed at how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece by scaling, adding text, saturating it and more. The Digital Media Studio offers this introductory multimedia workshop for faculty, staff and currently enrolled students. To attend, you must register using the request form. See TechnoScholar to find this class and many other TechnoScholar courses. Free and open to the UT Arlington community. Limited seating available. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 311A, Ransom Hall.

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

Going Out

Wednesday, Sept. 23 Mi Casa Es Su Casa – Health Services' Open House Fiesta time! Enjoy nachos, refreshments and door prizes. Find out what services are available at Health Services. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Health Services Center, 605 S. West St., between Brazos Hall and the Business Building. See Health Services.

  UTA Presents

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Twins Diana and Nadia Martinez

Seeing double: Twins Diana and Nadia Martinez, both industrial engineering doctoral students, display their dancing skills on the Central Library mall Wednesday as part of Viva la Cultura week during Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) gets into full swing this week with the Hispanic Issues Forum noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the San Saba/Palo Pinto rooms in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Semana de Cultura, which includes works by Hispanic art students, will be on display Monday through Friday at the Gallery West in the Studio Arts Center at 810 S. Davis Dr. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Latino Comedy Night featuring Ernie G. will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is free.

The second annual Latin Soul Night is slated for Monday, Oct. 12, and Dancing with Mavericks will be held Thursday, Oct. 15. See for more information.

Friday, Sept. 25 Oozeball Tournament Rescheduled after bad weather forced postponement last week, 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 Oozeball.

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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