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

Monday, December 13, 2010


Commencement ceremonies begin Thursday at Texas Hall

Fall Commencement ceremonies for graduating students are Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 16-19, at Texas Hall. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to

If you are interested in attending Commencement exercises, contact the individual colleges or schools for tickets. No tickets will be available at Texas Hall.

Thursday, Dec. 16 - College of Science, 4 p.m.; College of Nursing, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 17 - School of Social Work, University College, 1 p.m.; School of Architecture, 4 p.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 18 - College of Engineering, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 4 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 19 - College of Business, 1 and 4 p.m.; School of Urban and Public Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies, 7 p.m.

Mav Tube Holiday ReceptionVideo Extra

'Tis the season

President James D. Spaniolo, top, reads a holiday story about UT Arlington at Thursday's Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Bottom, Charles Biel, a systems technician in the Office of Information Technology, enjoys the refreshments. See a video of the festivities.


Doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship applications now being accepted

Applications and nominations are being accepted for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, in support of the University’s continuing commitment to advance scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education.

The purpose of the program is to develop and prepare scholars from underrepresented groups for future faculty positions in academia.

Candidates who are ABD (all but dissertation) will be considered, but all other doctoral requirements must be met by May 31, 2011.

The fellowships are for a nine-month academic year in which scholars are engaged full time in research but may elect to teach only one course during that period.

For more information, see the Equal Opportunity Services website.

Campus Cat Coalition relies on donations for TNR program

Have you ever noticed the cats on campus rustling from one bush to another?

The Campus Cat Coalition provides care and management of the feral cats through a method known as TNR (trap, neuter, release).

Donations to help with TNR are accepted at the Campus Cat Coalition website through PayPal, or you may send a donation to Angie Barolet at Box 19120.

Faculty, staff, and other volunteers provide nine feeding stations on campus. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Barolet at 2-7524 or

Bookstore holiday sale Wednesday features 20 percent discount

A faculty and staff holiday appreciation sale is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the UTA Bookstore.

Everything is 20 percent off with the exception of textbooks, computers and software, regalia, and previously discounted items.

Also, iPads that normally start at $499 are on sale, starting at $469, through Saturday, Dec. 18.

Mavericks Go Green

Carleen Dolan wins top prize in green contest

Carleen Dolan, administrative manager for the Library, took the top prize this fall in the Purchase Green Contest sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

Prizes are awarded to the top three buyers in the fall and spring with a grand prize awarded in May to the top buyer. Second prize went to Clifford Goff in Enterprise Development, while Louella Carpenter from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering was third.

All offices are encouraged to participate in the Staples/3M Buy One, Plant One Contest.


Look for weather announcements posted on home page, Twitter, Facebook, 'MavWire'

Texas weather can change drastically in just a few minutes and at the most inconvenient times. In severe weather, such as ice or snow, will classes be held? Will events and activities take place as scheduled? Will offices be open?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts to ensure the safety and security of the campus community. Faculty, staff, and students will be notified as soon as possible should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, business operations, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways for faculty, staff, and students to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University e-mail in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Rangers DVD

Texas Rangers to premiere DVD on campus Tuesday

A highlight DVD of the Texas Rangers' run to the 2010 World Series will premiere in the Rosebud Theatre at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.

It's Time: The Incredible Season of the 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers will be shown for the first time that evening. The event features appearances by current and former Rangers players.

Admission is $40. Each person will receive a complimentary copy of the DVD. Seating is limited. For tickets, call 817-273-5207 or visit

Get tickets online for New Year's Eve Super Party

Tickets are still available for the More Than a Game New Year's Eve Super Party at the Arlington Museum of Art, located at 201 W. Main.

UT Arlington co-sponsors the event, which is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Seating is limited. For tickets, go to

Live music is provided by FM and the event is catered by A Sophisticated Affair.

SAC of Joy

SAC toy drive continues through Friday

The SAC of Joy toy drive continues through Friday, Dec. 17, providing toys for children at Cook Children's Medical Center. The drive is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council’s Outreach Committee.

For information on donation sites and the Cook Children's Medical Center wish list, see the SAC website.

Electrical outages to affect buildings during break

Electrical outages are scheduled for several buildings during the holiday break.

The primary electrical service will be off 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, in the Central Library, Davis Hall, Fine Arts Building, Life Science Building, Physical Education Building, Preston Hall, Smart Hospital, Texas Hall, Trinity House, and University Hall. All emergency circuits will be operational during that time.

In Science Hall the primary electrical service to the building will be off from 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, until 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2. The back-up emergency generator will be operational during this time.

See more information on electrical outages.

Benefit Yourself

Outlook 2007

Cover the basic and advanced features of Microsoft Outlook that uses the Exchange connection to link to the University e-mail system. Learn how to manage e-mails, quota, appointments, and scheduling more effectively. Register. Free. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. Last meeting of the semester. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15, Room 235, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Training

When a fire breaks out, the most important decision to make is whether to fight the fire or escape. It is important that you know how to operate a fire extinguisher before you attempt to fight a fire. Come to this hands-on course and learn how to use a fire extinguisher to safely put out a small fire when appropriate. Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, Training Room, Environmental Health and Safety Office, 500 Summit Ave. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Winter Break Group Exercise

Classes are available in step, yoga, Latin fusion, cycle, pilates, group strength, and triple threat. Participants must have an activated ID and will only be granted access to class up to five minutes after the posted class time. Participation is limited to space and equipment availability. All classes must have a minimum of two participants. Now through Wednesday, Dec. 22, and Monday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan. 14. See schedule. Maverick Activities Center, Campus Recreation, 2-3277.

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

Monday, Dec. 20

Winter Intersession First day of classes and final day for late registration. Classes are Dec. 20-22 and Jan. 3-12. Final exams are Thursday, Jan. 13.

Thursday, Jan. 6

Green Jobs Summit Create jobs, grow jobs, and find jobs. The summit will highlight ways to start a green business and how to grow a business by adding green. Hosted by the Office of Sustainability and TMAC. Register. $30 for general attendees, $15 for veterans, $100 for exhibitors. 8 a.m.-noon. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Graduating art students display their works

BFA Exhibit - Dec 2010

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition showcases work by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History in The Gallery at UTA through Saturday, Dec. 18.

Student work features painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication.

The gallery, located in the north section of the Fine Arts Building, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

It's Time: The Incredible Season of the 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers DVD premiere. $40, includes copy of DVD. 6 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

$2 Movie: A Christmas Carol The holiday classic's 2009 version. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium. 2-1183.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Office decorating holiday reception Awards for the Holiday Office Decoration Contest will be announced, including overall winner, top tree, best theme, most creative, tastiest treats, and best residence hall. Slide presentation of all the offices. Light refreshments. 3:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.


Planetarium programs Showing this month are Season of Light, Holiday Music Magic, Spacepark 360, and Pink Floyd. The $2 movies are A Christmas Carol and Polar Express. Go online for the complete schedule. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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 Saturday, Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 2-2179.

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. Dec. 17-18 are the last scheduled dates for the winter season. 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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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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