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

Monday, September 28, 2009

Development Board expands with prominent alumni,
business and civic leaders

The newly expanded UT Arlington Development Board met Friday in a daylong Leadership Summit to help the University chart its course to becoming a national research institution. Retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks ('71), who led Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq, joins the 40-member board this fall, along with Lou Diamond Phillips ('85), who was Tony-nominated for his lead role in the recent stage revival of The King and I.

  MavPic State Rep. Diane Patrick

Pushing toward Tier One status

State Rep. Diane Patrick, a former UT Arlington faculty member, addresses the Leadership Summit on Friday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. She spoke about Tier One progress and how research at the University has attracted top-tier faculty and students. She also urged support for Proposition 4, a state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot that would create a new National Research University Fund. If the measure passes, UT Arlington and six other emerging Texas research institutions would be able to compete for additional revenue from the fund based on several benchmark criteria.

The 17 new board members also include H.P. "Paul" Dorman, president and chief executive officer of DFB Pharmaceuticals/Healthpoint, and Steffen Palko, an assistant professor of educational leadership at Texas Christian University and a retired president and founding partner of Cross Timbers Oil Co., the predecessor of XTO Energy.

"Our newest board members will greatly strengthen the UT Arlington Development Board's mission of advancing private philanthropy at the University through their wealth of talent and extraordinary leadership experiences," says Ralph Hawkins, president and chief executive officer of the HKS Inc. architecture firm and chairman of the UT Arlington Development Board. "Their commitment to this enterprise and their knowledge of corporate and civic leadership in North Texas and beyond will add significant value to our efforts to reach out to alumni, business and industry, foundations and friends of the University."

Jim Lewis, UT Arlington's vice president for development, says the board "will lead the effort to change the culture of private philanthropy" at the University.

"This dimension of our support will play a crucial role in the University's ascension as a nationally recognized, Tier One research university," Lewis says.

See the entire listing of the Development Board.

University launches 'College Town, UTA' outreach program

UT Arlington has launched a new community outreach initiative, College Town, UTA, to assist in the revitalization of old downtown Arlington. The campus stands at the heart of the district, which extends from Center Street east to the Levitt Pavilion, south to Park Row Drive, west to Davis Drive and north past Abram Street.

College Town, UTA

The vision for a revitalized downtown blends existing performing and visual art venues, historic neighborhoods, libraries, parks, retailers, restaurants and UT Arlington, a research and educational powerhouse with a world-class planetarium and soon-to-be-constructed 190,000-square-foot special events center.

Once thought of as primarily a commuter college, the University is an emerging research institution with 28,000 students. Nearly 7,000 live on or within a mile of campus. With the surging resident student population, the number of top-notch entertainment events and activities on campus has grown exponentially. Many are open to the public.

The term "college town," coined through its grassroots use around the country, describes a place of diverse and interesting people who value education, innovation, the arts and commerce. Amy Schultz, associate vice president for communications and community relations, says College Town, UTA will connect the University's neighbors, both residential and commercial, with the many opportunities available to them on campus.

"Living in a college town means having a world‐class university as a neighbor. It means access to diverse cultural, athletic and intellectual opportunities," says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications at UT Arlington. "It means working together to make our town a better place to call home."

Visit for more information.

Outstanding Employee Award nominations now being accepted

UT Arlington will again recognize outstanding employees through an awards and recognition program. Each outstanding employee 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.

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.

Over 70 years of theatre

Theater season features
'Dead Man Walking'

The stage version of Dead Man Walking, a gripping, true story that won Susan Sarandon an Academy Award for best actress in 1996, is among the plays slated for UT Arlington's 2009-10 theater season.

"This season's productions will offer audiences a well-rounded theater experience that combines thought-provoking drama, humor and music," says Kim LaFontaine, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts.

Call the Theatre Box Office, 2-2669 for inquiries on season ticket subscriptions, single tickets, group rates or reservations. Contact Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, at 2-5722 or for further information.

State Employee Charitable Campaign begins this week

Each year, the State Employee Charitable Campaign provides UT Arlington employees the opportunity to impact the lives of many who are less fortunate. For example, your contributions could help someone through America's Charities. See success stories at to learn more. Contact your department's SECC representative to receive a guidebook and pledge form. Make time to consider a pledge to a charity of your choice. See policy information or contact Shawn DuMond at 2-5518 for more information.

Fall faculty meeting honors professors emeriti

Ten professors emeriti will be announced at the fall meeting of the University Faculty and Associates at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

  MavPic Oozeball 2009

Oozing fun

There was plenty of mud to go around as the 20th annual Oozeball Tournament took place Friday on Greek Row. Approximately 130 teams competed in mud volleyball to benefit the Student Alumni Association's sophomore scholarship fund. Arlington fire and water departments kept the courts muddy and helped clean participants after their games.

President James D. Spaniolo will make remarks on the state of the University, and new faculty members and associates will be recognized.

Glass artist visits campus this week

Rob Stern will be a visiting glass artist today, Monday, Sept. 28, through Friday, Oct. 2. Stern studied at the famed Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami. He has worked with famed glass artist Petr Novtny at the Ajeto Glass Factory in the Czech Republic and exhibited internationally.

Stern will work with students in the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Dr., and will do demonstrations. His work can be seen at Rob Stern, glass artist.

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 that campus police officers provide to our community. Results will be used to establish service benchmarks and will serve as the basis for campus crime prevention initiatives.

Faculty, staff and student participation is key. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete. See The link will remain active through Monday, Oct. 5.

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.

  MavPic Dean Karl Petruso and students

Best and brightest

Dean Karl Petruso (center) welcomes students at the Honors College Scholarship and Induction Ceremony on Thursday night in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Freshmen receiving the Honors Distinction Scholarship are, from left, Theodore de Freitas, music; Zach Hughes, electrical engineering; Holly Lane, industrial engineering; and Jordan Benson, biochemistry.

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

  • 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)

MyMav 9.0 upgrade preview day Wednesday

MyMav is undergoing an upgrade from version 8.9 to 9.0 and will have a preview day Wednesday, Sept. 30 in Nedderman Hall, Room 100.

All administrative staff (non-adviser) members are invited to attend one of five sessions scheduled Wednesday. Sessions begin at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., and 1:30 and 3 p.m. They will last approximately 45 minutes each.

For more information, contact Darrell Littleberry, senior project manager in the Office of Information Technology, 2-9192,

E-mail will be unavailable Friday night

The campus e-mail system for faculty and staff will be unavailable from 8-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, while the Office of Information Technology performs maintenance. All e-mail received during this time will be stored for delivery after the system is restored.

Cowboys Stadium employees to use campus parking lots today

The University is allowing Cowboys Stadium employees to park in lots 25, 26, 27 and other open lot parking lots on campus today, Monday, Sept. 28, for the Dallas Cowboys' game against the Carolina Panthers tonight. See campus map for locations. Parking for faculty, staff and students should not be affected.

Benefit Yourself

Conducting Effective Meetings

Few people actually like to sit in meetings. However, meetings are a necessary part of organizational management. This course is designed to explore the keys to conducting effective meetings that will help your team get the right information and then get the job done. Participants will learn how to plan and prepare for meetings and uncover the elements that make a meeting successful. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of training classes.

Outlook 2007

This course covers the basic and advanced features of Microsoft Outlook that uses Exchange to connect to the UTA e-mail system. You'll learn how to more effectively manage your e-mails, quota, appointments and scheduling using Outlook 2007. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, Room 311A, Ransom Hall. Register to attend. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Employee Assistance Program

Living Well from the UT System

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a benefit of your UT Arlington employment. It provides confidential, professional assistance to help you resolve problems that affect your personal life or job performance. It is designed to allow you to seek help when you need it, at no charge. The EAP can help with stress, depression, alcohol or drug problems, financial issues, interpersonal problems and more. The program also offers other services such as seminars, training and resource referrals. See EAP.

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

Monday, Sept. 28 The Economics of Architecture First in a series of Design Practice Academy events focusing on timely topics useful to career success. The panel includes Don Powell, BOKA Powell Architects; Bob Meckfessel, DSGN Associates; and Steven Janeway, HOK Dallas. Topics include the economic basis of operating a design firm. Free. 6-8 p.m., Architecture Auditorium, Room 204, Architecture Building.


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.

Wednesday, Sept. 30 Architecture Lecture Series Matthew Skjonsberg of West 8, an international office for urban design and landscape architecture, will speak on "Leviathan." Free. 4 p.m., Architecture Auditorium, Room 204, Architecture Building.

Thursday, Oct. 1 Biology Colloquium Series Seminar presentation by biology Professor James Grover on "Developments in spatial theory for algal ecology." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building.

Friday, Oct. 2 Parallel Computation Tools for Flexible Multibody Systems The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering welcomes Olivier Bauchau of the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. Bauchau will cast multibody dynamics analysis within the framework of nonlinear finite element methods. The element library includes rigid and deformable bodies as well as joint elements. Applications will be presented for rotorcraft, wind turbines and fixed-wing aircraft. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall.

Friday, Oct. 2 Pseudopericyclic Reactions: Adventures on Potential Energy Surfaces Chemistry and biochemistry seminar by Professor David Birney of Texas Tech University. Free. 2:30 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building.

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

Going Out

Monday, Sept. 28 World Heart Day Nutrition and health education on maintaining a healthy heart are part of this day with handouts, snacks and giveaways. Free. 10 a.m. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Donielle Smith, 2-2771,

  UTA Presents

The running of the beds

Bed races

One of the oldest traditions on campus, the Bed Races are the unusual and entertaining sport of racing beds at full speed. Teams include four bed pushers and one rider and may consist of faculty, staff or students.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Maverick Stadium. Cost is $40 to register a team. Prizes will be awarded for fastest team and originality of costumes. Admission is free. For information, contact Brian Joyce at 2-2963 or

Other events in conjunction with Bed Races include the annual pillow fight. Bed Races is sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation.

Monday, Sept. 28 World Heart Day Cyclethon Together with your teammates, you must keep your bike pedaling from noon to midnight to receive a World Heart Day T-shirt. Registration packets are at the MAC. Free. Noon-midnight, Maverick Activities Center. Donielle Smith, 2-2771,

Monday, Sept. 28 Latino Comedy Night Ernie G. leads the laughs for this feature of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2‑2099,

Wednesday, Sept. 30 Exhibiting Artist Talk by Tommy Fitzpatrick In conjunction with his exhibition currently on view in The Gallery at UTA, Tommy Fitzpatrick will give an illustrated presentation about his work. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 2-5658,

Through Sept. 30 Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass The Fort Worth Center Gallery 76102 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.

Thursday, Oct. 1 Buzbee and Ognibene Guest Recital Tim Buzbee (tuba) and Joseph Ognibene (horn) from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building.

Thursday, Oct. 1 The American Bedouin Band An exciting acoustic blend of rich textures and exotic melodies. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

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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