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Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Ken Burns

Documented success: Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns will open the Maverick Speakers Series on Sept. 24 in Texas Hall.

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns kicks off Maverick Speakers Series

The third season of the Maverick Speakers Series will include a documentary filmmaker, a major league baseball icon, and a TV science star.

The 2010-11 season kicks off Sept. 24 with Ken Burns, a noted historian whose documentaries have won seven Emmy awards and have been nominated for two Academy Awards. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Texas Hall, unless otherwise noted. The events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required and may be obtained at

Burns' latest film is The Tenth Inning, a two-part continuation of the baseball series that aired in 1994. Among his other noted works are The Civil War, Jazz, and National Parks: America's Best Idea, which has been nominated for an Emmy.

The Maverick Speakers Series also includes:

Celebrity chef Rick Bayless on Oct. 14 at Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center. Bayless has won two James Beard Awards, including the group's International Humanitarian of the Year award. He won the Bravo Channel's Top Chef Masters, a reality show contest among high-profile chefs, in 2009. Bayless is credited with doing much to further authentic Mexican cuisine. His best-selling cookbook, Mexico: One Plate at a Time, inspired a PBS cooking show, now in its fifth season.

• Lisa Ling, a television host, journalist and activist, Nov. 23. Ling is a former co-host of The View and current host of National Geographic's Explorer. She has covered a host of international stories and issues including China's one-child policy, the Columbian drug war, and the looting of Iraq's antiquities. Ling serves as a contributing editor for USA Weekend and has produced eight documentaries for PBS, several of which have won awards.

• Cal Ripken Jr., Major League Baseball's noted iron man, Feb. 17. Ripken played 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His Hall-of-Fame career includes being one of only eight players to hit 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. Ripken is most noted for playing in 2,632 consecutive games, breaking Lou Gehrig's string of 2,130. In 2001 he and his family established the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in memory of the family's patriarch. The foundation helps teach life lessons through baseball to disadvantaged youth.

• Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, March 23. The television show host has worked to foster an understanding about science among viewers. Bill Nye, The Science Guy has won seven Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. Nye also hosts The 100 Greatest Discoveries and The Eyes of Nye.

For more information, see Maverick Speakers Series.

Barbara Shipman and Holly Richey

Excellence in teaching: Barbara Shipman, left, associate professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor of mathematics, discusses a truncated cube with math senior Holly Richey. Dr. Shipman is one of seven UT Arlington faculty members to receive the Outstanding Teaching Award from the UT System Board of Regents.

UT System honors seven outstanding faculty for teaching success

Assistant Professor Theresa Jorgensen loves mathematics, and she's not afraid to let a classroom full of undergraduates know it.

Associate Professor James Epperson wants undergraduates to know that it's important to explore why accepted mathematical concepts are true.

Associate Professor Barbara Shipman hopes students approach learning like a researcher—by asking a question and working along the bumpy path toward an answer.

These three mathematics professors are among seven UT Arlington faculty honored by the UT System Board of Regents last week with Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Also receiving the award were Anand Puppala, professor of civil engineering; Lauri Jensen-Campbell, associate professor of psychology; Joanna Webb Johnson, senior lecturer in English; and Jane Himarios, senior lecturer in economics.

In its second year, the program rewards faculty members who deliver the highest quality of undergraduate instruction through a demonstrated commitment to teaching. Awardees also are recognized for showing a promising future of excellence in all aspects of instruction.

President James D. Spaniolo nominated the honorees based on recommendations from department chairs, deans, and a committee established by Provost Donald Bobbitt.

"UT Arlington appreciates the Regents' investment in recognizing faculty committed to actively engaging students and making the University a place of exciting intellectual exploration," Bobbitt said.

See more about the Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Suzanne Montague

Suzanne Montague

Suzanne Montague to retire as vice president for information technology

Suzanne Montague, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, is retiring after 28 years of service to UT Arlington.

President James D. Spaniolo announced the retirement Tuesday in an e-mail to vice presidents and deans.

"Suzanne worked her way up through the ranks at UT Arlington—earning her M.B.A. here along the way—and for the past seven years has led our talented information technology team to achieve numerous milestones and successes," President Spaniolo said. "She is a consummate professional and a valued colleague, and her contributions to the University are immeasurable."

"Taking a job at UT Arlington was one of the best decisions I ever made," Montague says. "It has been an honor to work with such a great group of colleagues and to participate in the wonderful IT projects that have occurred over the years."

Montague's retirement is effective Jan. 30, 2011. Meanwhile, President Spaniolo, Provost Donald Bobbitt, and Jean Hood, vice president for human resources, are working closely to address both short-term and long-term leadership in the Office of Information Technology. A national search is expected to begin during the fall semester.

Marvin Dulaney

Marvin Dulaney

History professors provide help for Fort Worth ISD teachers to enhance lessons

UT Arlington history professors will share their expertise to improve the teaching of American history as part of a three-year, $1 million federal grant to the Fort Worth Independent School District.

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that $115.3 million in Teaching American History grants have been awarded to 124 school districts this year. The program enhances teachers' understanding of history by providing money for professional development, including trips to historical sites and meetings with historians and university experts. The overall aim is to increase student achievement.

As part of Fort Worth's program, professors from the History Department will give a series of full-day seminars on topics covered in fifth, eighth and 11th grade American history classes. Topics range from American colonization to the Civil War and contemporary America. The professors also will participate in a four-day Summer Institute.

W. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor of history, says the Teaching American History grant allows UT Arlington scholars to share their areas of in-depth study. That way, teachers can quickly get a sense of the up-to-date research and interpretations of events.

"We give them a lot of good content in terms of facts and detailed ways to approach different topics in American history," Dr. Dulaney says. "We're hoping that what we teach the teachers they will then teach the students in high schools and middle schools."

  Mav Pic UT Arlington banner

Welcome back

Cameron Gillespie, groundskeeper for Facilities Management, hangs a banner as the campus prepares for the start of the fall semester.

Direct Deposit is simple, safe, and green

Save yourself some time, have peace of mind, and help the campus in its sustainability efforts by using Direct Deposit.

According to the PayItGreen Calculator, the number of printed checks and earning statements that UT Arlington issues for one year uses 840 pounds of paper and amounts to 171 trees.

Direct Deposit is secure, convenient, and fast. Faculty, staff, and students can create a Direct Deposit account online or at the payroll office in the Wetsel Service Center.

Various systems unavailable Sunday

The following systems will be temporarily unavailable from 7 a.m. until noon, Sunday, Aug. 22, in order for Information Technology to complete necessary hardware and software updates:

In addition, e-mail service on the Linux server will be permanently disabled beginning Sunday, Aug. 22. Your omega e-mail will temporarily re-route to your mailbox throughout the fall semester, giving you time to notify your contacts.

Faculty, staff reception to follow MavsMeet Convocation

A reception for faculty and staff follows the MavsMeet Convocation at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, in the University Club. Refreshments and door prizes will be available.

The MavsMeet Convocation will take place at 4 p.m. in Texas Hall. This year's guest faculty speaker is physics Professor Kaushik De. Other speakers include President James D. Spaniolo, Provost Donald R. Bobbitt, Vice President for Student Affairs Frank R. Lamas, and Student Congress President Aaron Resendez.

The kickoff ceremony also includes a spirited performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band and a musical offering by the UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble featuring Tim Ishii. For more information, call 2-6080.

Library seeks feedback on website redesign

The Library is redesigning its website and wants your feedback. Take a look at the beta website and complete a short survey.

The goal is to make the site easier for faculty, staff, and students to search and find information as well as complete other tasks such as renewing books and booking group study rooms.

The current site is still the place to go for the latest library information and services. For more information, see technical assistance or website comments.

Move-in Event

Volunteer to welcome, help students at annual Residence Hall Move-in Event

Show your Maverick pride and volunteer for the 11th annual Residence Hall Move-in Event 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23. Move-in will continue until 4 p.m. for Arlington and Kalpana Chawla halls.

The Move-in Event is a campus-wide initiative to help residence hall students move into their new homes. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers are on hand throughout the day to welcome students and parents. President James D. Spaniolo and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck will lend a hand, too.

The event is sponsored by Apartment and Residence Life and is part of Maverick Stampede, also known as Welcome Week.

Get a free pass to the MAC through Wednesday

Faculty and staff can sign up for a free pass to the Maverick Activities Center through Wednesday, Aug. 25. The pass can be obtained at the MAC Services and Information desk with a valid University ID.

The MAC features cardio machines, circuit training units, free weights, group exercise rooms, basketball courts, volleyball courts, indoor tracks, racquetball courts, badminton courts, a game room, and a climbing wall. Memberships for employees and retirees can be paid monthly, by semester, or by payroll deduction. Memberships for spouses of employees also are available. For more information, call 2-3277 or visit

The MAC will be closed the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 24, for student staff training. It will re-open at 1 p.m.

Benefit Yourself

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. Learn what stress is and how to identify and understand it. In addition, discover how to identify your sources of your stress. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Team Building for Supervisors

As a manager, what kind of relationship would you like to have with your employees? This team-building seminar is designed to teach you powerful employee coaching methods to turn even problem employees into super productive, motivated winners. Team-building training shows you how to pull everyone together with a shared drive and purpose. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Employment Information

Check out 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

Friday, Aug. 27


NASA's Approach to Aeronautics and Space Technology Challenges Damodar Ambur, director of the Ground Facilities and Testing Directorate at the NASA Langley Research Center, reviews some of NASA's exploration programs and discusses challenges in achieving NASA's mission. Free. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Debi Barton,, 2-2500.

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Petroleum Refining 101: Processing Crude Oil into Everyday Products Anthony Nagy, a retired chemical engineer, answers what processes change petroleum products into usable materials. Light breakfast provided. Free for students and first-time guests; $5 others. Register online. 7-8 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering and the Arlington Technology Association. 2-3682.

Friday, Sept. 3

Whose Story Is It Anyway? Peggy Kulesz, professor of English, provides an overview of how to think about this year's OneBook selection, A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor by Dana Canedy. Dr. Kulesz's talk frames the book with the history and the contemporary expressions of life narrative. Free. Noon, Rosebud Theatre. OneBook, Leigh Young,, 2-0777.

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

In Quotes

Higher education goes beyond economy

Textbook rentals popular at campus bookstores

Study helps people find 'balance' in their senior years

"Higher education is bigger than a future paycheck. Time invested in a comprehensive, four-year institution is time invested in learning how to think critically."

"I've had students come up and thank us for this. In my 44 years in this business, that never happened before."

"Overall, the purpose of the program is to keep seniors active and to counteract some of the fear of falling that seems to change our activity levels."

— Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, in a commentary on America's education crisis.
The Dallas Morning News

— Bill Coulter, director of the UT Arlington Bookstore, on the popularity of textbook rentals.
USA Today

— Dr. Christopher Ray, director for the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity, on a fall intervention study that has 80 participants age 65 or older.
CBS Channel 11

Going Out

Friday, Aug. 20

$2 Movie: Where the Wild Things Are Max and friends get really wild. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Movin' Mavs Dallas Mavericks wheelchair team, exhibition game. Free. 8 p.m., Physical Education Building. Movin' Mavs,

Saturday, Aug. 21

Summer Recognition Ceremony The College of Engineering conducts this ceremony to honor and recognize the accomplishments of its students graduating at the end of summer. 11 a.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. College of Engineering, Amber Wiederhold,, 2-0074.

Monday, Aug. 23

Volleyball Annual intrasquad pre-season Blue/White scrimmage. Free. 6:30 p.m., Texas Hall.

Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 23-25

University College

Second Life Open House See what is happening with higher education in virtual worlds and find out how the Second Life program can benefit your students. Sign up and get an avatar. Free. 1-3 p.m., Room B29, Digital Media Studio, Central Library. Sarah Jones,

Tuesday, Aug. 24

University College Open House Take a tour of the new University College, participate in activities, and enter the drawing for a new laptop computer. Free. 2-4 p.m., Ransom Hall. Matt Hendricks,, 2-6107.

Wednesday, Aug. 25

MavsMeet Faculty/Staff Reception Join faculty and staff for a reception with refreshments and music after the convocation. Free. 5 p.m., University Club.


MFA Summer Exhibition The third annual summer exhibition by 16 Master of Fine Arts students represents the Department of Art and Art History graduate program in intermedia studio, glass, visual communication, and film and video. Free. Summer hours 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Closing reception and new student welcome, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 2-2891.

Fort Worth Abstract Fort Worth artists Jane Helslander, Winter Rusiloski, and Cecil Touchon display their abstracts with various media, including paint, collage, photographs, and found images. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.

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. Free. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

Planetarium Programs Sign up to receive the free, monthly e-newsletter containing interesting information about the Planetarium and events in the world of astronomy. Planetarium schedule. 2-1183.

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



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Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

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