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

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Meghna Tare

Meghna Tare

Environmental expert named sustainability director

Meghna Tare has been named the first director of sustainability for UT Arlington. Her appointment began Monday.

Tare holds a master's degree in environmental studies from San Jose State University and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of San Francisco. She was an environmental manager with the City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality for the past three years and has taught environmental studies at California State University at Hayward. She also worked at Stanford University with the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy.

"Tare has a very broad range of knowledge, experience and success in leading and implementing sustainability programs and initiatives," says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations.

UT Arlington is committed to environmental stewardship, addressing energy and water conservation, construction, transportation and recycling, Hall said. The University was the first educational entity to partner with Air North Texas, a regional clean air campaign initiated by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

See more about the new sustainability director.

Christina Million and Amy Schultz

Christina Million to leave Alumni Association job

Christina Million, executive director of the Alumni Association, will leave the University at the end of January to become assistant vice president for the Georgia State University Alumni Association in Atlanta.

"Christina has done a remarkable job of managing the UT Arlington Alumni Association during a pivotal time in its development," says President James D. Spaniolo. "We are grateful for all that she has done to improve our alumni relations program during the past five years, and we wish her all the best as she takes on this next exciting challenge."

Million joined UT Arlington in 2004. Under her leadership the Alumni Association developed numerous award-winning programs and achieved an unprecedented 400 percent increase in membership. Million is credited with stabilizing the Alumni Association’s budget and guiding the purchase and payoff of the building that now houses the first Alumni Center in the University’s history. She also initiated new programs including the Official Maverick Class Ring, the Alumni Online Merchandise Store, the Out of the Blue e-newsletter, the Student Alumni Association and the Circle of Pride fundraising program.

"The past five years have been very rewarding, and I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work with such an amazing organization," Million said. "I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most incredible people during my five years at UT Arlington, especially those individuals at the Alumni Association, who will always be my family."

Amy Schultz, associate vice president for communications and community relations at UT Arlington, has been named interim executive director of the Alumni Association. Schultz will serve in that role until the search for a new executive director has concluded. She will continue to oversee all community relations activities, including the recently launched College Town initiative.

A search committee is being assembled, and the search for a new executive director will commence immediately.

  Mav Pic The Office of Continuing Education

Holiday insiders

The Office of Continuing Education was the overall winner in the Holiday Office Decorating Contest. Other awards went to School of Nursing, best theme; Research Administration, top tree; Department of Communication, most holiday spirit; and Distance Education, evergreen award. The contest was sponsored by Campus Recreation.

UT Arlington to offer accelerated bachelor's degree program

The University will launch a new online program in fall 2010 to provide former college students with an accelerated path to a bachelor's degree.

The Bachelor's Accelerated Completion program will target students who have completed roughly 60 semester credit hours or more. UT TeleCampus will administer the program.

Courses will be six to seven weeks long. The course offerings have not been announced, but students in and outside of Texas will be eligible for admission. After successful completion, students will be awarded a bachelor's degree in UT Arlington's University Studies program.

Michael Moore, senior vice provost, says the online program targets students who have started college but could not complete their coursework due to work constraints or changes in their personal life.

"Not everybody can be 18, leave high school and go to college for four years and graduate," Dr. Moore says. "We believe that offering this degree will dramatically increase the options for these students."

See more on the BAC program.

Governor Rick Perry signing tier one legislation

Historic signing: President James D. Spaniolo joined area lawmakers and other academic leaders as Gov. Rick Perry signed the Tier One bill in June.

House bill tops University news stories for 2009

The signing of House Bill 51 tops the list of UT Arlington news stories in 2009. The bill was lauded by Gov. Rick Perry as a historic moment in the effort to create more Texas national research universities, often referred to as "Tier One" universities.

Perry signed the bill June 17. More than $680 million can now be allocated to seven emerging state research institutions, including UT Arlington.

Other highlights making the list include the record-breaking fall enrollment of 28,085 and the final design approval for the new $78 million Special Events Center.

See the list of top UT Arlington news stories in 2009.


Faculty, staff can receive emergency alerts via cell phone

All faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in the MavAlert system through their work phone numbers and e-mail addresses. But employees must register cell phone numbers and alternative e-mail addresses to receive the broadest reach of emergency alerts.

The MavAlert emergency notification system keeps faculty, staff and students informed in the event of a campus emergency. MavAlert is designed to send all current faculty, staff and students early warning text and voice messages to phones, e-mail accounts and other registered communications devices.

It is important that you update your contact information periodically. Only urgent emergency and security messages will be sent via MavAlert. All contact information maintained through the MavAlert system is kept confidential.

Update information at

Four face charges in connection with robberies

Charges are pending against a fourth area teen in connection with a series of November cell phone robberies in which students were approached, asked for their cell phones and then assaulted.

The robberies and thefts occurred between Nov. 5 and Nov. 25. No similar incidents have been reported since by UT Arlington police.

See more about arrests.

Benefit Yourself

Hatha Yoga: Levels I and II

Re-energize with relaxation techniques, gentle stretching and breathing exercises. Designed to promote better sleep, lessen tensions and improve stamina. Yoga sticky mat required. $80. 6 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 20-March 10, 8 sessions, Swift Center. Continuing Education, 2‑2581,

Enroll now in HR training classes

Among the classes coming up this month are "Customer Service 101," 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, and "Fresh Start from Tobacco: Understanding Addiction and Steps to Quitting," 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Jan. 14. Classes are in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of training classes and events provided by the Office of Human Resources.

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

Construction thriving on campus

Textbook rental termed a success

Will consumers be as cautious in 2010?

"We're in the midst of an exceptional five-year period"

"It went well. Everybody's happy with it."

"Conspicuous consumption isn't really in vogue right now."

— Dr. Donald Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, concerning the construction of new buildings on campus.

— Bill Coulter, director at the UT Arlington Bookstore, on the popularity of the textbook rental program.
The Dallas Morning News

— Dr. Elten Briggs, assistant professor of marketing in the College of Business, looking back at North Texas business in 2009 and what's ahead in 2010.

Sports Notes
  Marquez Haynes

Score and score again: Senior guard Marquez Haynes ranks fifth among NCAA scorers with 24 points per game and is third in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 50.9 percent.

Saturday basketball game time moved to 1 p.m.

Game time for Saturday's men's basketball Southland Conference opener against Texas State at Texas Hall has been moved to 1 p.m. to accommodate on-campus parking for Cowboys Stadium employees and to alleviate traffic concerns.

The Mavericks have won their last two games and have a 7-5 record going into the league opener. Guard Marquez Haynes has twice been named Southland Conference player of the week.

Women's basketball travels to Texas State

The women's basketball team will open Southland Conference play on the road Saturday against Texas State. Game time is 4 p.m. in San Marcos. The Mavericks next home game will be Wednesday, Jan. 13, against Lamar.

Coach Samantha Morrow's squad is 5-8 against a rugged pre-conference slate that has included UT Austin, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Senior Meghan Nelson leads the team scoring with a 15.6 average while junior Shalyn Martin is the top rebounder with 8.1 per game.

Volleyball places three on all-academic team

The volleyball program was well represented on the Southland Conference All-Academic Team as sophomore Tara Frantz was selected to the first team while sophomore Christy Driscoll and junior Bianca Sauls were named to the second team.

Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Saturday, Jan. 9

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Texas State. $4 faculty, staff. 1 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through Jan. 9

Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Lamar. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Friday, Jan. 15-Monday, Jan. 18

MLK Celebration Friday's "Sharing the Dream" awards banquet and Saturday's "Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry" are in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. See the entire MLK Celebration schedule.

Through Jan. 17

Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

UT Arlington Planetarium programs Star gazers can get an advance look at NASA's new Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which will begin operations later this year, through the UT Arlington Planetarium original production, "Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA." Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule. Contact the Planetarium at 2‑1183 or for tickets.

(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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