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

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Morgan Woodward

Aiming to help: Actor Morgan Woodward, known for his roles as villains in TV shows, westerns, and other movies, donated $250,000 to establish an endowment for film studies.

Actor Morgan Woodward establishes endowment for Film Studies program

Morgan Woodward, the critically acclaimed actor most recognized for his 1967 portrayal of the Man with No Eyes in Cool Hand Luke, is working to ensure his love for film endures through a new endowment benefiting the UT Arlington Film Studies program.

Woodward, 84, graduated from North Texas Agricultural College, a predecessor of UT Arlington, in 1948. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1969.

His gift of $250,000 will double in value through UT Arlington's Maverick Match program, which uses the University's natural gas revenues to leverage private gifts for maximum impact. Endowed professorships, such as the one established through Woodward's gift, are significant milestones in UT Arlington's quest to become a nationally recognized research institution.

"I wanted to pass on my love for acting and film with UT Arlington students by establishing the endowment to assist in recruiting of outstanding professors in the field of film, video, and screenwriting," Woodward says.

Read more about the film studies endowment online.

Academic Advisers

Top academic advisers honored

The University's top academic advisers, chosen by students, were honored with the Outstanding Academic Advising Awards last week in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The annual awards are made by the Outstanding Academic Advising Awards Committee and supported by the Office of the Provost. Winners and honorable mentions:

Professional staff adviser: Linette Tucker, biology academic adviser. Honorable mentions went to Mishael Berger, athletics, and Victoria McWilliams, social work.

Undergraduate faculty adviser: Blake Carpenter, modern languages academic adviser. Honorable mentions were Natalie Gaupp, theatre arts, and John Macejak, communication.

Graduate faculty adviser: Mary Schira, College of Nursing associate dean and graduate adviser. Honorable mentions went to Sheri Decker, nursing, and Ramon Lopez, science.

Durl Rather recycles an old cell phone

Phone in: Durl Rather, associate director of campus recreation, recycles a cell phone for the Chiapas Project in one of five recycle boxes located on campus.

Recycle cell phones, ink cartridges to help create small businesses

Want to recycle and fight poverty at the same time? You can do just that through a campus sustainability program.

The Office of Campus Sustainability has accepted the challenge to join the other 11 universities who attended the North Central Texas Campus Climate Summit held here last year to recycle cell phones, PDAs, and inkjet cartridges and to help change the lives of the less fortunate.

Proceeds benefit the Chiapas Project, a nonprofit organization founded by prominent Dallas business and civic leaders to support programs for women in poverty.

"The proceeds from those recycling efforts are used by Chiapas International to provide micro-finance loans as small as $50 to women entrepreneurs to create a small business, which can eventually sustain her family," says Meghna Tare, sustainability director at UT Arlington.

These micro-financing programs, designed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, have helped improve the lives of an estimated 5.5 million people across the world.

Tare's office will provide envelopes to those who would like to mail phones and other items to Chiapas International.

"Anyone can request the envelopes," she explains. "No postage is necessary. Simply drop the phone in the envelope and mail it. Since the envelopes will have UT Arlington's zip code, we can track how many cell phones were recycled. We will give out the envelopes during outreach events as well."

There are also boxes on campus where items can be dropped off. Two boxes are located in the University Center, while the others are in the Central Library, Maverick Activities Center, and Davis Hall.

The Chiapas Project originally helped those in Chiapas, Mexico. However, the organization now raises funds that allow people to rise out of poverty in many Latin American countries. Additionally, the project provides funding to support the Grameen Foundation and Esperanza.

Bruce Tanner

Nanotechnology part of Business Week focus; Lockheed CFO to speak at Executive Dinner

Business Week, April 12-16, brings a business who's who to campus for insight on this year's theme, "Innovations Transforming Business in North Texas and Beyond." Guest speakers will discuss the business case for nanotechnology and its applications in various product and service markets, including transportation and logistics, construction, medicine and health care, energy, and sports and entertainment.

Bruce Tanner ('90 MBA), chief financial officer at Lockheed Martin, will be the keynote speaker at the Executive Dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets for the dinner are available at

Business Week is co-hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the College of Business.

Kenya Safari Acrobats bring stunts, comedy routine to campus tonight

Stunts, comedy, audience participation, and heart-pounding music combine to create a production that will have all ages on the edge of their seats as the Kenya Safari Acrobats perform "Lost in Africa" at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 8, at Texas Hall.

Watch a preview of the troupe, which is presented by EXCEL Campus Activities.

Cost is $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $3 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available at

Mav Pic Banners to be added to those already in Nedderman Hall

A banner week

Six new banners were added to the 122 existing ones in the Nedderman Hall atrium before the annual banner parade Monday to the Central Library during International Week. The new banners represent the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Croatia, and Haiti. International Week wraps up with the Global Extravaganza Talent Show at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. The show provides an array of cultural performances, ranging from song and dance to drama and comedy.


Early voting location available on campus today for primary runoffs

You can cast your ballot early for the local primary runoff elections from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Thursday, April 8, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Election day is Tuesday, April 13. Find out more at the Tarrant County Elections Office.

University partnering with Fort Worth for greener Main Street Arts Festival

The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival is partnering with UT Arlington to take the already environmentally conscious event to an even greener level. The festival is scheduled for Thursday-Sunday, April 8-11, on downtown Fort Worth's Main Street.

Visit the UT Arlington exhibitor booth, designed by UT Arlington interior design students to incorporate and feature sustainable materials.

Health Services seeks input for patient satisfaction survey through April 16

Health Services is conducting a patient satisfaction survey through Friday, April 16. If you have been treated at the Health Center, take a moment to complete the Patient Satisfaction Survey. Your responses will help improve the delivery of health services. Comments and suggestions also are encouraged. Contact Health Services at 2-2771.

Nominate faculty who utilize library resources for UT System award

Faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for the UT Library Directors' Award, which is presented for excellence in library resource integration.

The award recognizes instructors who have integrated library resources into their courses in innovative ways. The integration could be accomplished in a variety of methods, including a library assignment, presentation by a librarian in class, online tutorial for library resources, and more. Any faculty member who teaches a course within the UT System is eligible.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 9. Fill out the nomination form online.

For more information, contact Melanie Cofield at or visit

  Mav Pic Faculty creative works

Scholarly achievements

Graham Hunt, associate professor of music in the College of Liberal Arts, looks through one of the books at a reception last week to honor faculty work in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library. The event recognized faculty who wrote, edited, or compiled books, served on editorial boards, published music, exhibited art, or had patents granted in 2009. The reception was presented by the Office of the Provost and the UT Arlington Library.

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations deadline is Friday

The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2010 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award. Criteria and a nomination form can be found on the Alumni Association website.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 9. Awards will be presented at the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 16. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.

UT Arlington Night at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is April 26

Batter up, Mavericks! On Monday, April 26, you, your friends, and family are invited to UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Come early and watch the UT Arlington pre-game presentation, national anthem, first pitch by President James D. Spaniolo, and color guard.

Discounted tickets are available by calling 817-273-5173 or visiting Use RANGERS as your password.

Tickets are subject to availability, must be purchased in advance, and will not be available at the ticket windows for purchase on the day of the game. Orders placed after Monday, April 19, will be left at the West Box Office Will Call Window.

Dial-in service to be retired May 31

Dial-in modems to the campus network will be retired as of May 31, according to the Office of Information Technology.

Consistent usage decline over the past five years no longer justifies the cost of the modem pool. Both dial-up and higher speed Internet connections are available from other service providers. For more information, go to or contact the Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Benefit Yourself

Introduction to Web Design

In this course you will learn to publish a personal web page using HTML and CSS. Register. 2-4 p.m., Monday, April 12, Room 324, Architecture Building.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training

Participants in Ally Training will learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the LGBT community. Participants will receive a Safe Zone decal and resources and will be equipped to respond in an appropriate, affirming, and supportive manner to LGBT individuals; know resources or where to find them; and examine personal attitudes, behaviors, and values, and challenge others to do the same. RSVP to Adria Villarreal at and include your name and the class date. Space is limited. 3-6 p.m., Monday, April 12, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Webinar provides information on applying for NSF grants

The Office of Grant and Contract Services will host a webinar on how to write a successful National Science Foundation CAREER proposal. The webinar is intended for faculty and will cover:

  • How to decide if and when you should apply for a CAREER grant
  • How to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER grant
  • How to structure your proposal
  • How to develop an educational plan
  • Keys to success and common mistakes to avoid
  • A step-by-step discussion of each section of the proposal and what it needs to tell the reviewers
  • Questions and answers

Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and registration is required. 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, Room 327, Davis Hall.

Professional 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 the customer and you. Discover what to do and say when a phone call becomes difficult. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Employment information

Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at Several new listings are available. 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

Mentoring program provides help for veterans

Baptist Student Ministry group confronts poverty

Developers are now making properties more eco-friendly

"To have people like Jeff go through what he's been through and sit beside some of our students in some of those classrooms and be able to give the message to some of our students who have not had those experiences is a win, win for UTA."

"At our BSM, we have commuter students who live all over Dallas-Fort Worth, and when they come together on this trip, it helps them bond. Then they can go back to the campus and work together there."

"Today people simply expect it. Cost savings is going to drive things."

— Shirley Theriot, director of Community and Service Learning, on a mentoring program that helps veterans.
Fox News Channel

— Gary Stidham, director of the Baptist Student Ministry, concerning a mission trip to low-income neighborhoods in San Antonio.
The Baptist Standard

— Michael Buckley, a lecturer and clinical professor in the School of Architecture, on developers turning to "green" building methods.
The Dallas Morning News

Sports Notes
  Maria Martinez-Romer

Netting top honors: Maria Martinez-Romer was selected Southland Conference women's tennis Player of the Week last week as she remains undefeated in the league in both singles and doubles competition.

Women's tennis continues winning streak; faces important match here Saturday

The women's tennis team boosted its Southland Conference record to 9-0 with a 5-2 victory Saturday over Stephen F. Austin at the UTA Tennis Center.

Sophomore Maria Martinez-Romer is undefeated in conference singles play, winning all nine of her matches at the No. 4 singles position. A big test for the Mavericks comes at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, when they face Northwestern State, also 9-0 in league play, at the UTA Tennis Center.

Softball, baseball teams keep climbing in Southland Conference standings

The Maverick softball and baseball teams each won two out of three games last weekend from Southland Conference opponents. The softball team is fourth in the conference with a 10-7 league record, while the baseball team is sixth, but only two games out of first place, with a 7-5 mark.

Coach Debbie Hedrick's softball team will host Stephen F. Austin this weekend with games scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and noon Sunday, April 11, at Allan Saxe Field.

The baseball team visits Southeastern Louisiana for games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Sports shorts

Meghan Nelson was one the nation's top 50 seniors invited to participate in the Women's National Basketball Association pre-draft camp at the women's Final Four in San Antonio last weekend. The WNBA draft will be held today, Thursday, April 8. ... Cordero Gray recorded his best time of the season at 10.28, placing third in the 100-meter dash at the Texas Relays on Saturday. The Maverick track team will compete in the North Texas Classic on Saturday, April 10, at Denton. ... The men's tennis team opened Southland Conference play with victories over Lamar and Texas A&M Corpus-Christi and will play at UT San Antonio on Monday, April 12. ... The golf team finished second Tuesday in the Shocker Classic at Wichita, Kan., as Wes Worster tied for third in the individual standings. The Mavericks will play in the Jim West Invitational at Victoria, Texas, Monday-Tuesday, April 12-13.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 8

Women's Tennis Louisiana-Lafayette. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center., 2-2261.

African-American Issues Forum "Student Activism on Campus" is the topic for Safisha Nzingha Adeleke Hill, director of education, Act of Change, Inc., Institute of Cultural Arts, and John Wiley Price, Dallas County commissioner. The program will be followed by a reception hosted by the African-American Faculty and Staff Association. Free. 6 p.m., sixth floor parlor. Central Library. Marvin Dulaney,, 2-9068.

Timpani: New Works Consider the sound of a timpani, emerging from the silence and building from a faint rumble to a rich riot of sound. "Timpani" artists Carol Benson, Susan Harrington, and Chris Powell use disparate media but approach inspiration in a similar manner by allowing ideas to rise intuitively to conscious form. Art exhibit. Free. Opening reception 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-5988.

Faculty Voice Recital Soo Hong Kim of the music faculty performs. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar, 2-3471.

Friday, April 9

Men's Tennis Utah. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center., 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Phantom of the Opera A mask, music, and madness. 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. 2-1183,

Saturday, April 10

Women's Tennis Northwestern State. Free. 11 a.m., UTA Tennis Center., 2-2261.

Softball Stephen F. Austin. $2 faculty, staff. 2 games. 1 and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field., 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Phantom of the Opera A mask, music, and madness. 2:30 p.m. Planetarium. 2-1183,

Sunday, April 11

Women's Tennis Central Arkansas. Free. 11 a.m., UTA Tennis Center., 2-2261.

Softball Stephen F. Austin. Free hot dogs for the first 100 fans. $2 faculty, staff. Noon, Allan Saxe Field., 2-2261.

Monday, April 12

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A 30-minute lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students is followed by a free lunch. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Martha Walvoord,, 2-2439.

Softball New Mexico State. $2 faculty, staff. 2 p.m., Allan Saxe Field., 2-2261.

Tuesday, April 13

Baseball Baylor. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 2-2261.

One Mic Stand Comedy Series: Eric O'Shea Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center., 2-2963.

Music Honors Recital Performances by music faculty members and outstanding students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar, 2-3471.

Through April 24

Outside Influences Features works by American artists Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse, along with pieces from their outsider/folk art collections. The Gallery at UTA. Fine Arts Building. 2-5658.


Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

Planetarium See the complete Planetarium schedule. $4 faculty, staff., 2-1183.

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



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