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

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ignacio Nunez

Dr. Ignacio Nunez

Arlington doctor, alumnus establishes endowed scholarships for pre-med, English majors

Ignacio Nunez’s parents taught him the value of a good education long before he was a successful Arlington doctor or a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus.

Now, Dr. Nunez and his wife, Lynda, are honoring his mother with the Carmen Trujillo Nunez Pre-Med Scholarship at UT Arlington. A second scholarship named after Lynda Nunez’s mother also is planned. The endowment for both scholarships is $50,000, a combination of a $25,000 gift from the Nunez family and a $25,000 match from the University’s Maverick Match program.

Nunez has practiced obstetrics/gynecology in Arlington for 27 years. He graduated from UT Arlington with a bachelor of science in biology in 1975 and went on to attend UT Southwestern Medical School.

“My mother always told me that I was just as capable as anyone else, regardless of race or social standing," he says. "I believed her, and I have strived to see everyone through my mother’s eyes.”

Through Maverick Match, the University uses natural gas royalties to leverage major gifts. Philanthropic partners who make endowments of $25,000 or more see their contributions doubled.

The new endowment will provide a $1,125 scholarship for a pre-med student as well as a $1,125 scholarship for an English major. The second scholarship is called the Evelyn Anita Sawyer Ray Endowed Scholarship in English. Lynda Nunez graduated from UT Arlington in 1991 with a bachelor of arts in English.

Hope Center

Hopeful tomorrow: The Hope Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone, received help from UT Arlington faculty and staff from engineering, nursing, social work, and athletics. The Africa Program served as a liaison between the University and Restore Hope Sierra Leone.

University contributions help open Hope Center in Sierra Leone

UT Arlington is playing a major role in a project to restore hope to tens of thousands of people in Sierra Leone in West Africa.

The College of Nursing, School of Social Work, College of Engineering, and the Athletics Department assisted the Africa Program in creating the Hope Center near Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The center, which opened in November, is a project of Restore Hope Sierra Leone.

An 11,000-square-foot building, the Hope Center contains a conference room, male and female dormitories, classrooms, computer lab, dental and medical clinic, and a guest house. The center provides health care and job skill training for families devastated by Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war that ended in 2002.

“Orphans and street kids are the clinic’s priority," says Alusine Jalloh, director of the Africa Program at UT Arlington.

Dr. Jalloh coordinated faculty members to donate their time and expertise. Engineering designed the center's electrical systems, social work contributed to the educational curriculum, Maverick Athletics donated second-hand sports equipment, and nursing consulted with medical personnel.

The First Baptist Church of Arlington assisted with donations for the $1.2 million Hope Center. Read more about the Hope Center.

Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception features food, music, festivities

Ring in the holiday season by joining your UT Arlington family at the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

President James D. Spaniolo is the host and featured speaker, delivering his Maverick interpretation of a traditional holiday reading. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services.

Outstanding Maverick Awards

Outstanding Maverick Awards nominations due Monday

There is still time to nominate an employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards, formerly known as the Outstanding Employee Awards. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Dec. 6.

More information, frequently asked questions, and the nomination criteria are on the Outstanding Maverick Awards website, as well as a nomination form. The form may be submitted electronically, mailed to Box 19176, or faxed to 2-3361. For questions or comments, call Linda Snowden or Ligia Munoz in Human Resources at 2-7091 or e-mail

Financial gift

Online resources make financial and estate planning easier

As the 2010 tax year comes to an end, the Gift Planning Office invites faculty and staff to look at new resources for financial and estate planning.

The UT Arlington Financial and Estate Planning website—— offers planning tips, tax updates, information for your attorney or accountant, a gift calculator, interactive features, and much more.

A quarterly newsletter, UT Arlington Legacy, provides useful, up-to-date information for your planning. The current issue spotlights two faculty members, Mary Lynn Crow of the College of Education and Health Professions and Peggy Swanson of the College of Business, who have included UT Arlington in their estate plans. Read about communicating your estate plans to family members and an article on possibilities for savings bonds. To see the newsletter online, go to and click on What’s New.

The newsletter includes the opportunity to request a free Personal Affairs Record that provides an easy way to organize and record important financial information.

Contact Debra Purviance, director of gift planning, at or 2-1080 to receive the Personal Affairs Record and other information on estate planning.

Memorial service Monday for psychology Professor Andrew Baum

A memorial service for Andrew Baum is set for 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the Planetarium at the Chemistry and Physics Building. A reception and visitation will follow.

Dr. Baum died Nov. 22. He joined UT Arlington in 2006 as the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Psychology in the College of Science and director of UT Arlington's Center for the Study of Health and Illness. His research on stress was featured in the 2010 issue of Inquiry magazine.


'Oresteia' Greek tragedy performance Monday

Oresteia, a Greek tragedy adapted from the trilogy by Aeschylus, is presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets are $15.

Performed by the Leonidas Loizides Theatrical Group, the production received the United Nations Best Off-Broadway Theatrical Performance Award for 2010. The Hellenic Student Association sponsors the production.

A reception follows the performance. For more information, contact

Holiday office decoration contest entry deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 8

Time to get out the lights, trees, menorahs, kinaras, giant snowflakes, and other holiday items for the Holiday Office Decoration Contest. Sign-up deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 8, and the judging is Friday, Dec. 10.

Awards will be announced for overall winner, top tree, best theme, most creative, tastiest treats, and best residence hall at a holiday reception at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in the Maverick Activities Center.

To register your office, contact Drew Barfield at or 2-3277.

  Mav Pic Tree lounge

Festive decor

Donna McClure, administrative assistant for Mav Express, puts the finishing touches on decorations in the Tree Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center on Monday. Trees have been decorated for the holiday season by University offices and student organizations in the Palo Duro Lounge.

Faculty urged to submit community service information by Friday

Faculty members should submit data for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by Friday, Dec. 3.

The honor roll increases the public's awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation. Community service data should be from projects completed between June 30, 2009, and July 1, 2010.

Submit projects via the new Community Engagement section in each faculty member’s Research Online Profile. This new system takes 5-10 minutes and will allow faculty to simply update the community engagement data each year.

For more information, contact Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning, at or 2-2124.

MyMav system upgrade this weekend; maintenance scheduled Tuesday

A MyMav system upgrade is planned for this weekend. The system will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, until 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6.

Network maintenance on MyMav is scheduled between 7:45 and 8 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7. There is no downtime expected. If you experience any problems accessing MyMav, contact or 2-2208.

Magnificient Sun

'Magnificent Sun' opens at Planetarium next week

Magnificent Sun, the Planetarium's third production funded by NASA in conjunction with ongoing solar physics research at UT Arlington, premieres at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

NASA supported the University in the development of its 2007 original show, Cosmic CSI. The latest two shows, Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA, and Magnificent Sun, were funded by NASA grants awarded to Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics and director of the astronomy program.

For ticket information, contact the Planetarium at 2-1183.

Marching Band to perform at Dallas Cowboys game Dec. 12

The UT Arlington Marching Band will perform for pregame and halftime shows at the Dallas Cowboys football game on Sunday, Dec. 12, at Cowboys Stadium.

The halftime show will incorporate the band with the Cowboys' 50th anniversary show, which will highlight 50 years of Cowboys football. Game time is 7:20 p.m. as the Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles.

SAC of Joy

Campus organizations collecting toys

Help a child or family during the holidays through toy drives.

Toys are being collected for Community Partners of Dallas by Phi Alpha, a national honor society for social work students. New toys for children through age 18 can be dropped off at Social Work Building A through Friday, Dec. 10.

The SAC of Joy toy drive through Friday, Dec. 17, needs help providing toys for children confined to hospital rooms at Cook Children's Medical Center. The drive is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council’s Outreach Committee. For information on donation sites, contact SAC at staff_advisory

DSW Shoe Warehouse offers discounts on UT Arlington Night

'Tis the season for shopping. DSW Shoe Warehouse at The Parks at Arlington mall is offering 20 percent off regular-price items and 10 percent off clearance items during UT Arlington Night 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

Present your UT Arlington ID to receive the discounts at the Parks mall location only. The Maverick Discount Program and Paint the Town Blue partnered to organize the special event.

Benefit Yourself
Cigarette butt

Fresh Start from Tobacco: Sessions 1-4

The Fresh Start from Tobacco program is a four-part seminar series designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. Facilitated by Health Services, the four one-hour educational sessions address tobacco addiction and cessation topics. It is important to attend all four sessions. UT Arlington becomes a tobacco-free campus in August 2011. Free. Session 1: Understanding Addiction, 11:30 a.m., and Session 2: Steps to Quitting, 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7; Session 3: How to Cope, 10:30 a.m., and Session 4: There Is Help, 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, Room B03, Health Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Publisher 2007

Learn to create brochures, flyers, and newsletters. Register. Free. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, or 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

Recycling Training

Want to know more about how UT Arlington recycling works? Becky Valentich, recycling coordinator from the Office of Sustainability, discusses the recycling program and how material is processed. Register to Free. 9:30-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2-0199.

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.

Sports Notes
  LaMarcus Reed

Top scorer: LaMarcus Reed leads the scoring for the men’s basketball team, averaging 17 points per game.

Mav men's winning streak ends

Junior LaMarcus Reed scored 21 points, including five three-pointers, but the men’s basketball team dropped an 87-83 decision to North Texas on Tuesday at Denton. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Mavericks, who are now 5-2 this season.

The Mavericks return to action Saturday, Dec. 11, at Samford, and then face road games at Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, Kansas, and Arkansas before returning to Texas Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 5, to take on Houston Baptist.

Women host UT Pan American on Saturday

The women's basketball team hosts UT Pan American at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Texas Hall, after losing 57-54 to Arkansas on Wednesday.

The Mavericks, now 2-5 for the year, play at TCU on Wednesday, Dec. 8, before taking a break for finals.

Three Mavericks earn volleyball all-conference

Junior Amanda Aguilera was named to the All-Southland Conference volleyball first team, while senior Bianca Sauls and junior Alicia Shaffer were selected to the second team. The all-conference teams were voted on by league head coaches and sports information directors.

Aguilera finished fifth in the SLC in kills with 3.83 per set, while Sauls ranked in the top 20 in attack percentage with .246. Shaffer was a defensive specialist and led the conference in digs with 6.22 per set.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Dec. 2


English Poetry Slam Features college students as well as elementary and middle school-age poets from the Thank You Darlin' Foundation. Presented by the English Student Association. Free. 6:30 p.m., College Hall.

Maverick Club Basketball Social Meet the men's and women's basketball teams. Open to the public. $5 at the door for food and entertainment. Cash bar available. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Maverick Sports Grill, 601 E. Main St. Athletics, 2-2261.

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands present their final concert of the semester featuring the music of Philip Sparke, Alfred Reed, David Stanhope, and Jean Francaix. $5. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Dec. 3

Bassoon Studio Recital Bassoon students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Dec. 3-Saturday, Dec. 4

The Last Airbender

$2 Movie: The Last Airbender Air, Water, Earth, Fire are nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Tickets $8. 2 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Final semester performance by the UTA Symphony Orchestra. $5. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Choir Concert A performance featuring the University Singers and A Cappella Choir. $5. 3 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2‑3471.

Holiday Benefit Concert Music service organizations perform to benefit Mission Arlington. Admission is a canned good, gently used clothing, or other donation. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2‑3471.

Monday, Dec. 6

Visiting Artist Armin Vit, graphic designer and writer from Austin, is the visiting artist. He is co-founder of UnderConsideration, a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History, 2-2891.

The Oresteia of Aeschylus Classic A stage production by the Leonidas Loizides Theatrical Group adapted from the trilogy by Aeschylus. Received the United Nations Best Off-Broadway Theatrical Performance Award for 2010. Reception follows. $15. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Hellenic Student Association.

Monday, Dec. 6-Saturday, Dec. 18

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Showcase for work by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History. Includes painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-5658.


Charting Chartered Companies The exhibition "Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900" focuses on maps and how they shaped the histories of chartered companies. Through Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 2-2179.

Planetarium programs With three great Pink Floyd shows to choose from, the Planetarium will keep you coming back for more. Make sure to come each week to see all three shows: Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, and Wish You Were Here. Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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.

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



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