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

Thursday, April 22, 2010

William McKenzie

Prize speaker: William McKenzie is part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial team at The Dallas Morning News.

Maverick Celebration wraps up year with speakers, music, and fireworks at Levitt Pavilion

UT Arlington honors the Class of 2010 and its achievements during Maverick Celebration, the end-of-year bash formerly called Graduation Celebration, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 7. The event will be held for the first time at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.

Dallas Morning News columnist William McKenzie, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing, will deliver the keynote address. Speakers include President James D. Spaniolo and student Wendy Okolo, who will graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering.

The festivities will be highlighted by a fireworks display. Faculty, staff, students, friends, and family are invited to stay and dance under the stars, with Texas alt-country band Micky and the Motorcars, the UT Arlington Festival Band, and others. No tickets are needed for this free event, which includes free food and drinks, at the pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to Texas Hall.

McKenzie built a career in opinion writing after earning a master's degree in political science from UT Arlington in 1979. A Fort Worth native, he spearheaded the launch of Texas Faith, a weekly online discussion about religion, politics, and culture. He also moderates the Morning News' Education Front blog.

McKenzie credits his political science professors—Luther Haggard, Luther Wayne Odom, and Charles Knerr—with helping him identify a career path he loves. He says his remarks will be "from the heart."

"Never give up," McKenzie says he wants students to know. "Even if you flop, which I did a bit coming out of college, you get back up."

The League of Philanthropy Superheroes

Be a Maverick Hero and win an iPad

By supporting the University's philanthropy through annual giving, you can "Be a Maverick Hero" and make a difference.

Read more about the efforts of the "League of Philanthropy" through the comic book-style multimedia program that educates faculty, staff, and students about the importance of providing financial support to UT Arlington.

A lucky member of the faculty, staff, or student body could win an Apple iPad. To be eligible to win, fill out an entry form and solve a secret message.

You can drop off your entry form at the Philanthropy table on the Central Library mall from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 23, or
bring it to the Office of Development, Room 421 in Davis Hall, by 11 a.m. Friday.

Visit for entry forms, contest rules, and other information.

Monica Ramirez Basco

Don't procrastinate: Make plans now to hear Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco at the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting.

Don't miss procrastination talk with library friends

Monica Ramirez Basco, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Science and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, presents "Overcoming Procrastination" at the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Dr. Basco, author of The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done, is an internationally recognized expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy, a clinical psychologist, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Her book Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Bipolar Disorder won an international award earlier this year.

She has also written other books, numerous research and magazine articles, and has appeared on several radio and television shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show.

The free meeting is open to the public. A book signing follows the lecture. RSVP to Betty Wood at 2-7421 or

President's Convocation highlights Academic Excellence Week

Academic Excellence Week culminates with the President's Convocation for Academic Excellence at 3:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 22, in Texas Hall. Tom Luce, chief executive officer of the National Math and Science Initiative, is guest speaker, with music by the Wind Symphony.

Created in 1995-96 as part of the University's Centennial observance, Academic Excellence Week is a campus-wide celebration of the achievements of faculty and students who exemplify the University's commitment to excellence. Individual colleges and schools honor students at various events during the week.

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Plants for everyone

There were plenty of plants to choose from at the Earth Day celebration Wednesday on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Looking them over are Gail Shover, accounting clerk in the Division for Enterprise Development, and her husband Paul Shover, technical staff assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering. Participants also were treated to a compostable meal while vendors supplied information about the environment. The Earth Day event was presented by the Office of Sustainability.

Faculty and associates honored at annual spring meeting Monday

President's and provost's awards are just a few of the accolades to be distributed at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates at 4 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Awards are announced for teaching, research, and mentoring, with remarks by President James D. Spaniolo. The event is open to the public.

Early voting on campus next week in Palo Duro for local elections

Early voting in local elections is on campus 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, April 26-28, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Ballots will be available for residents of Tarrant County.

Election day is Saturday, May 8. Voters should contact Tarrant County Elections Office for more information about their voting precincts. See the list of candidates.

Volunteers needed to welcome Maverick families to Commencement

Share the excitement of nearly 2,500 UT Arlington graduates and their guests by celebrating with them the most important accomplishment of their Maverick career: the transition from students to alumni.

Staff, faculty, and student volunteers are needed to assist with Commencement exercises May 13-17. Volunteers greet guests, give directions, and help guests with special needs. To volunteer, send your name, department, phone number, e-mail address, polo shirt size (S-XXXL), and your choice of ceremony (choose more than one if you like) to Susann Asebedo by Friday, April 30.

The Big Event makes a big difference with Saturday's day of service

The 929 volunteers for The Big Event on Saturday, April 24, will lend a hand in projects ranging from sorting library books and cleaning animal shelters to building wheelchair ramps and Facebook pages. Fifty-five projects are scheduled in Arlington, Fort Worth, Dallas, Mansfield, and North Richland Hills.

In its 10th year, The Big Event has joined with the Arlington Alliance for Youth for Global Youth Service Day for the biggest day of community service in North Texas. The Big Event is sponsored by UTA Volunteers, Student Activities, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Go to for details.

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Dedicated service

Faculty and staff with 10, 15, and 20 years of service were honored with a reception last Thursday. The 20-year honorees were, from left, front row, Ellen Palmer, Sandy Crader, Sharon Carey, Madeline Nahid, Joyce Hood, and Janis Walkup; second row, Amy Osborn, Donna Havens, Phyllis Adams, Rick Bogard, Cindy Crissey, and Jim Patterson; back row, Don Madison, Joseph Ignagni, Ramez Elmasri, Michael Doran, Robert Lee, and Karl Petruso. Accompanying the group was President James D. Spaniolo, far right.


'My Emperor's New Clothes' concludes Theatre Arts' 2009-10 season

My Emperor's New Clothes, the classic tale of a self-obsessed emperor and his motley court, concludes the Theatre Arts' 2009-10 season this weekend. The musical-comedy is directed by Joe Chapa, associate professor of theatre arts.

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

For ticket prices, go to the Theatre Arts website.

Concerts make week entertaining

Enjoy a wealth of musical talent this week offered by the Department of Music.

The Spring Big Band Concert features the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, directed by Tim Ishii, and the UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dan Cavanagh, at 8 p.m. today, Thursday, April 22, at Texas Hall. Guest trombonist is Steve Wiest.

UTA Bands in Concert features all three concert bands, the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Irons Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building. Conductors are Douglas Stotter, Matthew Luttrell, and Timothy Kaiser. Adam Hanna is the student soloist.

Admission for these concerts is $5 for adults, faculty, and staff, and $3 for students and seniors.

A free concert features Professor Jing Ling-Tam in a faculty voice recital at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 25, in the Irons Recital Hall.

Contact the Department of Music at 2-3471 for more details.

Texas Rangers logo

Buy $5 tickets now for UT Arlington Night

Get the gang together for UT Arlington Night at the Rangers Ballpark on Monday, April 26. Game time is 7:05 p.m. as the Texas Rangers play the Detroit Tigers.

President James D. Spaniolo will throw the first pitch, and the UT Arlington Symphonic Winds will play the national anthem. The University's color guard will present the flags, and Blaze, the Maverick mascot, will rally the crowd before the game.

Block seating is available for $5 per ticket. Buy tickets at and at the Department of Student Activities in Room B140 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Discount tickets will not be available at the ballpark for purchase on game day.

Tickets must be picked up in person by 4 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the Student Activities office.

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Renovation ahead of schedule

Renovation of Ransom Hall is approximately 30 days ahead of schedule, and work should be finished prior to the scheduled completion date of Aug. 1, according to John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. Ransom will house University College, which includes University Studies, University Advising, Student Support Services, Counseling Services, and Student Success programs.


Campus leaders to be honored at Leadership Recognition Ceremony

Celebrate the outstanding leadership of faculty, staff, and students at the Leadership Recognition Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday April 27, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Jill Darden ('96 BA), publisher of the Fort Worth Black News, will give opening remarks. A reception follows the ceremony. The event is sponsored by the Leadership Center in the Division of Student Affairs.

Metro Golf Tournament registration deadline is Friday, April 30

Registration deadline for the 37th Annual UT Arlington Metro Golf Tournament is Friday, April 30. The tournament Monday, May 17, is open to faculty and staff members of area colleges and universities along with UT Arlington alumni.

Last year, team entries raised $1,200 for student scholarships. See information online or contact Chris Muller at

The tournament, hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, is at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth.

Order MavPacks for finals by Friday

MavPack Finals Goody Bags are back. Order one for your favorite student by Friday, April 23, at The kits, $25 each, are packed with office and school supplies, spirit items, snacks, and study tips. The Student Alumni Association sponsors MavPacks.

Benefit Yourself
  In the Spotlight

Student Veteran Project

Alexa Smith-Osborne

The Student Veteran Project, started in 2007 through a Research Enhancement Grant, helps veterans returning to higher education. Drop-out prevention is a key topic of the study. Social Work Assistant Professor Alexa Smith-Osborne, principal investigator, talks about the program.

Q: What funds are available to help veterans who need assistance with an evaluation for learning disabilities?

A: A fund is used for crisis needs of participants when their needs "fall between the cracks" of benefit/insurance systems. Adult evaluation for learning disabilities is one of these, since neither private health insurance nor Veterans Health Administration benefits will cover this type of assessment. The assessment can be expensive, as it usually involves a variety of standardized tests, adding up to $300-$400 for a full assessment.

Q: What percentage of veterans in the Student Veteran Project have learning disabilities?

A: A history of learning difficulties was reported by 54.2 percent of participants in the pilot phase of the study. Approximately 11 percent had been formally diagnosed with childhood-onset conditions that affect learning. These include specific learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders with low rates of evidence-based treatment and educational accommodations.

Q: How do you determine if a veteran has learning disabilities?

A: If a participant has a prior history of learning difficulties or a substantial history of challenges in secondary and higher education achievement that are not responding fully to our other interventions, we will screen for cognitive/neurological issues. We may refer someone for a full evaluation to determine possible discrepancies in full-scale and performance IQ, which may be indicative of cognitive processing issues. And we may seek further testing for specific learning disabilities.

Q: How long do you expect the fundraising project to take before you can help every veteran that needs help?

A: That is unknown. We had reached low ebb on the fund prior to Christmas, but two private donors stepped forward during the holidays and made donations that allowed us to help some student veterans who were due to be evicted over the holidays.

Q: What are some other aspects of the project?

A: Depending on the individual's needs, the project may provide decision-making approaches to a variety of topics, such as whether to attend college, what program would be a good fit. We may provide counseling on entry into the student role or family issues that may be a barrier to college success. In some cases, we help with housing, child care, food, transportation, clothing, the criminal justice system, veterans' court, veterans' benefits, and other concrete resource needs.

Donations for the Student Veteran Project can be mailed to the Student Veteran Project fund, School of Social Work, c/o Char Duncan, Development Office, Box 19129, 211 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX 76019-0129.

UT System retirement programs on Facebook

Find out about upcoming events, get helpful tips, and access tools to help you plan and manage your retirement future on the UT System Facebook page. "Become a Fan" and keep up with the latest information from the UT System.

Managing Stress in the Workplace

Is stress affecting how you function at work or at home? Stress is normal and sometimes even necessary. How you handle stress makes all the difference in the world. Learn what stress is and how to identify and understand it. 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

The Business Case for Sustainability

Michael Buckley, lecturer and clinical professor in the School of Architecture, is the keynote speaker for a half-day summit on the short-term profit and long-term value of sustainable projects. The Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council Summit Series is co-sponsored by the School of Urban and Public Affairs. Continental breakfast. Register online. $45. 8-11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 29, Energy Auditorium, Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, Fort Worth.

Introduction to Digital Photography I

The basics of digital photography give you the knowledge and control over your camera to create the photographs you want. Discover exposure control, white balance, using the camera's light meter, lenses, and composition. A digital camera capable of full manual operation is required. Register online. $149. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, May 4-June 15. Room E200F, Continuing Education Workforce Center. Read more about classes offered by Continuing Education. 2-2581.

Piano Shorthand: Playing Music without Music

Learn to play the piano, with both hands, without reading music. Explore basic music theory, how to transpose from one key to another, the basic steps of improvisation, and how to play many songs using only three chords. This course is for those brand new to music and the seasoned player who would like to learn how to play without reading music. You may bring a portable keyboard to class, but that is not required. Register online. $99. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15. Room F200D, Continuing Education Workforce Center. Read more about classes offered by Continuing Education. 2-2581.

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

First theme park for disabled now open

iPhone videos need more tweaking

Rains, long winter bring out snakes

"The level of thought is remarkable. If a parent in a wheelchair wanted to help his kid down the slide, he or she could go on up there and do it. It's awesome."

"When the iPhone came out, Steve Jobs showed how easy it was to create an app. Two years from now, it will be. But, for now, the SDK (software development kit) is a little more complex than that."

"They are completely nonvenomous, but they do have sort of a feisty disposition and will bite on occasion."

— Caitlin Paslay, UT Arlington junior and nanny to a disabled girl, on Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio, the world's first theme park for special-needs children and adults.
The Dallas Morning News

— Bart Weiss, an associate professor of film and video in the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts, on his class on mobile movie filmmaking.
Mobilized TV

— Jonathan Campbell, chair and professor of biology in the College of Science, on increased snake sightings in residential areas.

Sports Notes
Cara Hulme

Power-hitting pitcher: Senior Cara Hulme leads the softball team in home runs with nine and in pitching victories with 13.


Softball Mavericks riding win streak, host McNeese State this weekend

Riding a six-game winning streak that includes five straight Southland Conference shutouts, the softball team will host McNeese State for two games starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, and one game at noon Sunday, April 25, at Allan Saxe Field. Sunday is "Super Sunday" with the first 100 hot dogs offered free at the concession stand.

Behind the pitching of Teri Lyles and Cara Hulme, the Mavericks won both games at Sam Houston State last weekend. UT Arlington is now third in the SLC with a 15-7 record.

Men's tennis grabs share of regular season conference title; women seeded second

Winning two matches in one day Sunday, the men's tennis team tied Texas A&M Corpus-Christi for the Southland Conference regular season title and is seeded first going into the SLC Tournament, which begins Friday, April 23, in Corpus Christi. The regular season crown is the seventh for the Mavericks and was last accomplished in 2007. Their last conference tournament championship came in 2006. Winner of the conference tournament receives an automatic NCAA bid.

The women's tennis team is seeded second behind Northwestern State in the SLC tournament, which also begins Friday in Corpus Christi. The women won both the regular season and tournament titles last year, advancing to the NCAA championships.

Baseball team returns home for series against Central Arkansas starting Friday

After winning two of three Southland Conference games at McNeese State last weekend, the Maverick baseball team will host Central Arkansas in another SLC series Friday-Sunday, April 23-25, at Clay Gould Ballpark. Celebrate "Free Friday" with the first 100 hot dogs offered free at the concession stand.

Games times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday. Coach Darin Thomas' squad is fifth in the conference with a 10-8 record.

Paralympic sport clinic slated for Saturday

Disabled veterans, UT Arlington students, and community members with a physical disability can participate in the Paralympic Military Sport Clinic 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 24.

The free clinic includes track and field, wheelchair tennis, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, and adapted swimming on campus at various venues. A fencing demo is noon-1 p.m. in the Physical Education Building.

Contact Doug Garner at to participate or for more information.

Sports shorts

Senior Tommy Moffitt earned second-team men's basketball Southland Conference All-Academic honors. This is the third straight year that Moffitt, a criminal justice major, has been named to the team. ... Cordero Gray won the 200-meter dash and also ran on the winning 4x100-meter relay team for the men's track team in the John Jacobs Invitational at Norman, Okla., on Saturday. Men's and women's track teams will compete in the Drake Relays this weekend at Des Moines, Iowa. ... The golf team will play in the Southland Conference Championships Monday-Wednesday, April 26-28, in Springfield, La.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 22

Spring Big Band Concert Features the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, directed by Tim Ishii, and the UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dan Cavanagh. Guest trombonist is Steve Wiest. $5 faculty, staff. 8 p.m., Texas Hall. Music, 2-3471.

Friday-Sunday, April 23-25

Baseball Central Arkansas. $2 faculty, staff. Enjoy "Free Friday" with the first 100 hot dogs offered free at the concession stand. 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Clay Gould Ballpark., 2‑2261.

My Emperor's New Clothes Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, this delightful comic play is suitable for the whole family. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Saturday, April 24

Trio Pre-college Programs

TRiO Upward Bound Giant Garage Sale Tools, housewares, toys, children and adult clothing, and baked goods. All proceeds go to graduating senior scholarships. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Parking lot 49 at the corner of Mitchell and Cooper streets. TRiO, 2-2610.

Springfest 2010 This annual outdoor concert celebrates The Big Event volunteers. Music entertainment is by alternative rock band The Bravery, pop-rock/electronic band The Secret Handshake, and Waking Alice, the winner of the EXCEL Campus Activities Battle of the Bands. Food and drinks are free for The Big Event volunteers and only $2 per plate for others. Novelty entertainment items have a "Capture the Moment" theme and provide attendees an opportunity to leave the event with a picture memento to remember the day of service and celebration. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Central Library mall. 2-2963.

Saturday-Sunday, April 24-25

Softball McNeese State. $2 faculty, staff. "Super Sunday" with the first 100 hot dogs offered free at the concession stand. 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday. Allan Saxe Field., 2-2261.

Sunday, April 25

African-American Faculty and Staff Association Student Awards Awards for academic excellence and community service are followed by a reception hosted by the members of the African-American Faculty and Staff Association. 2 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Marvin Dulaney,, 2-2861.

UTA Bands in Concert Features all three concert bands: the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band. Conductors are Douglas Stotter, Matthew Luttrell, and Timothy Kaiser. Adam Hanna is the student soloist. $5 faculty, staff. 3 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Faculty Voice Recital A recital featuring music vocal Professor Jing Ling-Tam. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building.

Through May 31

Timpani: New Works 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 in this art exhibit. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-5988.


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

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



Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

Published by University Communications. Photography, video, design, and online services provided by the Department of Communications and Marketing.

© 2010 The University of Texas at Arlington


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