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

Monday, April 26, 2010

Faculty Awards

Faculty and associates to receive awards at annual spring meeting today

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

Recipients of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the undergraduate level are Graham Hunt, associate professor of music, and Mark Ricard, associate professor of kinesiology.

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors non-tenure track instructors, goes to Lee Ann Frederick, lecturer in biology; Laura Kopchick, senior lecturer in English; and Yvette Weatherton, senior lecturer in civil engineering.

Christopher Ray, assistant professor of kinesiology, will receive the Award for Education Innovation, which recognizes faculty who have demonstrated a special commitment to innovation in the classroom. Kenneth Roemer, professor of English, will be recognized as a nominee for the Minnie G. Stevens Piper Foundation award, which is given annually to the top 15 Texas professors.

Five faculty members will be inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers this year: Stacy Alaimo, associate professor of English; Charles Chiasson, associate professor and director of the Classical Studies Program; Bill Corley, professor of industrial engineering; Don Granvold, professor of social work; and Carl Lovely, professor of chemistry.

Other awards to be presented are for distance learning, service learning, research, advising, grants, and mentoring. President James D. Spaniolo will provide remarks. The event is open to the public.


Dots on campus: Making their way through campus en route to UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark are the characters from the Texas Rangers Dot Race.

Last chance for $5 tickets for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark

Buy tickets now for tonight's UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark. Game time is 7:05 p.m. at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as the Texas Rangers play the Detroit Tigers.

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. Tickets must be picked up in person by 4 p.m. today in the Student Activities office.

Get there early to see President James D. Spaniolo throw out the first pitch, hear the UT Arlington Symphonic Winds play the national anthem, and watch the University's color guard present the flags. Blaze, the Maverick mascot, will rally the crowd before the game.


Symphonic sounds: The UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra performs in concert Thursday at Irons Recital Hall.

Symphony concert highlights week of music

Enjoy a wealth of musical talent this week offered by the Department of Music. All events are in the Irons Recital Hall at the Fine Arts Building.

Clifton Evans directs the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, as Scott Pool and Sarah Frisof perform for the premiere of George Chave’s "Scherzo for Flute, Bassoon, and Orchestra." Admission is $5 for faculty and staff.

An opera workshop performance features students performing songs and scenes from various operas and plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1. Also on Saturday, a Bassoon Studio Recital will feature the students of music Professor Scott Pool at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for all Friday and Saturday events.

Closing out the spring music season is a choir concert by the University Singers and A Cappella Choir at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2. Admission is $5 for faculty and staff.

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

Early voting on campus starts today in Palo Duro for local elections

Early voting in local elections is on campus 8 a.m.-5 p.m. starting today, Monday, April 26, through Wednesday, April 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. The Tarrant County Elections Office has information on ballots, candidates, and voting precincts.

Mav Pic Admin Professional

Surprise packages

Enjoying the food and the contents of their welcome bags at the Administrative Professionals Day luncheon Wednesday are, from left, Rita Hay, support specialist, and Maria Bailey, senior office assistant, both in the School of Social Work; and Sha'Ron Pickett, support specialist in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.


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.

Close software programs to ensure proper network file backup

The Office of Information Technology needs your help to make sure your network files are backed up regularly. Examples of network files include data on your J:drive (personal drive), K:drive (departmental drive), etc.

Backups cannot be completed for any network file that is kept open overnight. To ensure that your network files are preserved through nightly backups, make sure you exit from all applications that access these files.

If you shut down your computer at night, there is no need to change anything. If you leave your computer running at night (not recommended), network files can be copied and saved, but you must close the application (Microsoft Office, Outlook, etc.) to ensure that successful backups occur.

For more information, contact the OIT Help Desk at or 2-2208.

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.

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. More tournament information is online, or contact Chris Muller at for details.

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

Benefit Yourself
Mindful Moments

Mindful Moments takes a break after this week

Health Services offers a break from stress with Mindful Moments in the last session for the spring semester. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, Room 235, Business Building. There will be no sessions for the next two weeks. Sessions resume Wednesday, May 19, and continue through Wednesday, Aug. 25. Yvonne Morin, 2-2771.

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.

Employee Assistance Program for Supervisors

Did you know that supervisors can be the frontline champions in helping an employee achieve a work/life balance? You just need the right tools. This information can mean the difference between helplessly watching one of your team members struggle through a crisis or connecting them with the tools that will help them overcome a difficult situation. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, April 29, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Employment information

See UT Arlington employment opportunities at New listings are added each week. 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, April 26

Faculty and Associates Spring Meeting Faculty awards are announced for teaching, research, and service. Open to the public. 4 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2-2103.

Faculty/Staff Fitness Happy Hour Start the evening off right with Happy Hour by joining colleagues and coworkers for this one-of-a-kind group exercise class. The format varies each week. This week's session is on BOSU blast. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m., Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center., 2-3277.

Wednesday, April 28


Homerathon The Homerathon is a day-long oral recitation of Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey." Enthusiastic readers and performers are needed and can sign up online. Texts in English translation are available in advance in Room 305, Carlisle Hall. Recitation in Greek and other arcane languages is encouraged for those who dare. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Charles C. Chiasson,, 2-3216.

Thursday, April 29

GIS Workshop: Find Houses to Flip Learn how Geographic Information Systems can be used to analyze the residential property market in Tarrant County to identify ideal investment houses to flip. Data sources include sample Multiple Listing Service data from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems and foreclosure listings from Housing and Urban Development. This hands-on workshop requires no GIS or real estate experience. Open to everyone. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. Joshua Been,, 2-5826.

Biology Colloquium Series Lisa Campbell, professor of biology and oceanography at Texas A&M University, presents a seminar on "Automated Imaging Flow Cytometry for Early Warning of Harmful Algal Blooms." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2872.

Friday, April 30

Psychology Department Colloquium Sarah Hill, assistant professor of social psychology at Texas Christian University, presents "Courtship, Competition, and Social Cognition: An Evolutionary Approach to Human Decision Making." Noon, Room 122, Life Science Building. Psychology, 2-2281.

Monday, May 3

Faculty/Staff Fitness Happy Hour Start the evening off right with Happy Hour by joining colleagues and coworkers for this one-of-a-kind group exercise class. The format varies each week. This week's session is on Latin fusion. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m., Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center., 2-3277.

Tuesday, May 4

Proposal Submission at UT Arlington The first in a series of Lunch and Learn presentations from Grant and Contract Services is geared toward administrative faculty and staff. Highlights include an introduction to the Office of Research Administration; preparing your proposal at UT Arlington, internal forms, and process; and a brief overview of National Institutes of Health submission through, in preparation for the June NIH deadline. Bring a brown bag lunch. Cookies and beverages provided. Register online. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 223, Pickard Hall.

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

Going Out

Monday, April 26

UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark Bring your friends and family to see the Texas Rangers play the Detroit Tigers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Block seating is available for $5 per ticket. Tickets are on sale at Tickets must be picked up in person through the Department of Student Activities by 4 p.m. today, Monday, April 26, in the Lower Level of the E.H. Hereford University Center, Suite B140. 2-2963.

Tuesday, April 27

Celebrate National Cheerleading Champs Join the UT Arlington cheerleaders for cake and refreshments in a celebration of their national championship at the National Collegiate Cheerleading Association's competition. 4 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.


Official Maverick Ring Ceremony Juniors and seniors receive their official Maverick ring and sign the official Maverick ring registry. Reception to follow. Free. 6 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Alumni Association. 2-2594.

Wednesday, April 28

$2 Movie: Sherlock Holmes The original detective story retold. Planetarium. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1., 2-1183.

Thursday, April 29

Symphony Orchestra Concert Clifton Evans conducts the spring concert for the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra, featuring Scott Pool and Sarah Frisof performing the premiere of George Chave’s "Scherzo for Flute, Bassoon, and Orchestra." $5 faculty, staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, April 30

Opera Workshop Performance Students perform songs and scenes from various operas and plays. Free. 7:30 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, May 1

Bassoon Studio Recital The bassoon students of music Professor Scott Pool perform. Free. 2:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Sunday, May 2

Choir Concert The University Singers and A Cappella Choir perform. $5 faculty, staff. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Four Seasons Choral Society Concert The 17th annual performance features Chinese folk songs accompanied by Chinese Orchestra. Free. 3 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Terry Wang,, 817-274-7094.

Friday, May 7

Maverick Celebration 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. 8 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St.

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 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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