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

Thursday, February 18, 2010

UT Arlington students

Most Mavericks ever: The spring enrollment of 28,826 is the largest ever at UT Arlington.

Spring enrollment sets new record, up 19.4 percent from last year

UT Arlington has hit a new high mark with a spring 2010 enrollment of nearly 29,000, up 19.4 percent over spring 2009. And, for the first time ever, spring enrollment has exceeded the fall number.

Among the trends:

The School of Social Work and the College of Liberal Arts also saw strong growth. Additionally, a new University Studies degree plan is helping boost University retention and giving undergraduates another path toward their college degree. A broader array of undergraduate dual credit courses is helping more high school students than ever before get a head start on their college education.

"We're becoming a regional institution of choice because of the number and quality of our programs, particularly in high-demand fields," says Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Our graduates have excellent economic prospects, and that message is resonating with parents and students, particularly in light of the current economic conditions."

Read more about the spring enrollment online.

UT Arlington College of Engineering: 50 years

Engineers Week concludes Friday with ribbon cutting, awards banquet

Engineers Week wraps up Friday, Feb. 19, with the ribbon cutting for the Center for Renewable Energy, Science and Technology (CREST) and the annual awards banquet.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, whose 6th Congressional District includes UT Arlington, will help open the new synthetic fuel chemistry labs at 4 p.m. in Room 310 of Science Hall.

The annual College of Engineering awards banquet begins at 6 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Homecoming 2010

Pre-homecoming reception, tailgate party next week

Faculty and staff are invited to hoop it up Wednesday, Feb. 24, with a pre-homecoming reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Texas Hall foyer. The Staff Advisory Council and the Department of Athletics are hosting the reception, which includes food, drinks, a cash bar and free game admission for staff and faculty participants. The homecoming court will be introduced at halftime of the men's basketball game, which begins at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the Alumni Association will host the homecoming game tailgate party at 2 p.m. in the Trinity House parking lot. For $5, you receive food, two drink tickets and alumni giveaways. Guests also will have access to the annual homecoming chili cook-off. The women's basketball game will begin at 4 p.m. with the homecoming king and queen announced at halftime. Sign up online.

Check the complete homecoming schedule.

  Mav Tube Sally RideVideo Extra

Scientific Ride

Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut in space, talked about her experience with NASA as part of the Maverick Speakers Series Monday night before a full house in Texas Hall. Dr. Ride, who directs the Sally Ride Science Foundation, urged students to pursue their interests in science and engineering. Watch the video clip.

UT Arlington to host 2010 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

For the fourth straight year, the College of Science will host one of 30 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps held nationwide this summer. The camp is scheduled July 18-30.

Bernard A. Harris Jr., the first African American to walk in space, and ExxonMobil announced that more than 1,500 middle school students will participate in free science camps this summer. The announcement came on the 15th anniversary of Dr. Harris' historic space walk Feb. 9, 1995, while a crew member of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Faculty, staff asked to nominate top student leaders

It's time to nominate your students for the Outstanding Student Leader awards. Deadline is Monday, Feb. 22.

The Leadership Recognition Program honors the University's outstanding student leaders who have made significant contributions to their organization or the University. One $1,250 award, two $1,000 awards and two $750 awards will be given during a reception honoring the nominees.

Nomination forms and more information can be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs. Contact Susann Asebedo at

Milestone employees should check recognition list

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of service should make sure their names are on the list of 2010 Service Award Honorees on the Office of Human Resources Web site. Review the list and report any missing names by Wednesday, Feb. 24, to Lara Ellison at 2‑5554, 2‑5118 or

Benefit Yourself

The Building Blocks of Business Writing

Everything you write by hand or produce on a computer is a reflection of who you are as a professional. Taking the time to communicate effectively in writing is a key to your workplace success. Learn how to improve your writing skills and achieve effectiveness in your writing. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Learn the basic differences and advantages of creating with Adobe Illustrator instead of using other bitmap graphic programs. Create an eye-popping advertisement that can be printed at any size to the highest quality. 10 a.m.-noon. Thursday, Feb. 25, Room B29, Central Library. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

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

Confessing online provides anonymity

Researchers develop new way to sense DNA

Governor hopefuls take different paths

"Human beings have a need to confess. … Confession is therapeutic."

"There are a lot of applications and a lot of the health benefits."

"For one year, everybody was saying this is going to be the battle of all battles. It's not turned out that way."

— Dr. James Campbell Quick, John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor in the Department of Management in the College of Business, commenting about online confessions.
The Dallas Morning News

— Dr. Seong Jin Koh, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, on the potential for new DNA research.
Fort Worth Business Press

— Dr. Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts, on the different missions of the Texas gubernatorial candidates.
The Dallas Morning News

Sports Notes
  Meghan Nelson

Go pink: Meghan Nelson and the Mavericks wore pink to help raise money for breast cancer in Saturday's win over UT San Antonio.

Women win fourth straight, men rebound with victory

Meghan Nelson scored 28 points and had nine rebounds to lead the women's basketball team past Southeastern Louisiana 74-64 Wednesday night in Hammond, La. The Mavericks have won four straight and are 7-4 in Southland Conference play. The women host Central Arkansas at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Texas Hall.

The men's basketball team rebounded with an 85-73 win over Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night at Texas Hall after having a five-game winning streak snapped last week. The Mavericks are 6-5 in the SLC and will travel to Central Arkansas on Saturday.

Softballers sweep conference player-of-the-week awards

Senior Cara Hulme was named Hitter of the Week and freshman Teri Lyles took Pitcher of the Week honors in the Southland Conference after the Mavericks won four of five games in the Texas State University Tournament last weekend.

Hulme hit a pair of home runs and also went 2-1 on the mound in 17 innings pitched with 13 strikeouts. Lyles recorded a perfect 2-0 record, pitching two complete games. The Mavericks play in the Baylor Tournament this weekend.

Movin' Mavs earn split at Alabama tourney, travel to Illinois

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team won two of four games at the University of Alabama tournament last weekend, defeating Edinboro University and Missouri, while falling to defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater and host Alabama.

Coach Doug Garner's team is now 9-4 in collegiate play and will participate in a tournament starting Friday, Feb. 19, at the University of Illinois.

Sports shorts

Adolphus Jones set a Southland Conference record in the heptathlon Saturday at the Iowa State Indoor Track Classic. His total of 5,532 points placed him first in the event and qualified him for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. … Movin' Mavs James Patin, Tim Caldwell and Josh Rucker have been invited to the USA Paralympic National Basketball Team tryouts April 7-11 in Colorado Springs, Colo. They will compete to represent the USA at the 2010 World Championships slated for July in Manchester, England. … Junior Wes Worster tied for 14th in the individual standings with a one-under-par total of 212 as the golf team finished eighth in a field of 14 teams at The Battle of the Beach in Newport Coast, Calif. … The baseball team opens its season at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, against Dallas Baptist at Clay Gould Ballpark.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 18

Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471.

Friday, Feb. 19

Men's Tennis UT Arlington vs. Wichita State. Free. 2 p.m., Tennis Center. 2‑2261.

Baseball UT Arlington vs. Dallas Baptist. $2 faculty, staff. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. 2‑2261.

Gateway to India talent show

Gateway to India Talent Show Features solo and group acts, including the Mysticals from UT Arlington and talent from throughout North Texas. A fashion show is planned. Advance tickets $5 available on malls of Central Library and E.H. Hereford University Center. $8 at or $10 at the door. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre.

Guest Pianist George Lopez, artist-in-residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, performs the complete etudes for piano by Frederic Chopin. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Native American Students Association Honors Scholarship Pow Wow Roy Hawthorne, a World War II Navajo code talker will speak at 2 p.m. at the 15th Annual Pow Wow. The agenda includes live music and gourd dancing with Native Americans richly dressed in historical ceremonial outfits; vendor booths with art, jewelry and clothing; cake walks; and a caricature artist. Free. 2-10 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2‑1926.

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Central Arkansas. Halftime events feature a recreation girls' team scrimmage. $4 faculty, staff. 4 p.m., Texas Hall. 2‑2261.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Guest Pianist Gregory Sioles from Louisiana State University performs. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Lamar. Homecoming court introduced at halftime. Halftime performance by Willy Brown's Jumpin' Eagles jump rope team. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. 2‑2261.

Through March 6

Prime Perception Visual communication professors and active designers and artists Robert Grame and Robert Hower exhibit their work. Free. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. 2‑5658.

Through March 31

Creativity Test Artists Marilyn Jolly and Maraya Lopez bring a new perspective to paint-by-the-numbers. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2‑5988.


UT Arlington Planetarium programs See the complete Planetarium schedule. $3 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

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