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

Thursday, January 21, 2010

David Dewhurst and Chris Harris

Distinguished guests: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, left, and Sen. Chris Harris will hold a news conference today after touring the Smart Hospital.

Legislators make job creation announcement today on campus

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Chris Harris will hold a news conference today, Thursday, Jan. 21, announcing selected interim charges on job creation in Texas, with an emphasis on health care professions.

President James D. Spaniolo and School of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster will welcome visitors at the Smart Hospital before an 11 a.m. tour of the facility. A news conference will follow at 11:45 a.m.

A recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found demand for registered nurses nationwide is projected to grow by more than 581,000 new jobs by 2018 and makes up the greatest job growth projection of any occupation.

Medical Technologies Consortium announces inaugural grants

The Medical Technologies Consortium has awarded seven grants to Dallas-Fort Worth area researchers for development of medical technologies in critical health care areas. The seven awards total $750,000.

The consortium was founded in September 2009 as a collaborative research partnership among UT Arlington, UT Dallas, Texas Instruments and the Texas Health Research & Education Institute, the research and medical education arm of Texas Health Resources.

Areas to be researched include cardiovascular, oncology (breast and prostate cancer), falls reduction, pressure ulcer prevention, obstructive sleep apnea and children's cerebral palsy. Working with the consortium's academic, industry and health care partners, the researchers will develop pilot programs aimed at attracting sustained, follow-on funding from external sources, such as federal, state or private agencies. Each of the projects has a physician, affiliated with Texas Health hospitals, working closely with the research investigator to guide relevance to health care needs.

For information on the winning proposals, see consortium.

James Campbell Quick

Emotional intelligence: Dr. James Campbell Quick, left, is helping students convey emotional leadership skills in a new master's level course.

New management course teaches 'emotional leadership' skills

Equipping tomorrow's business leaders with the tools needed to be successful involves conveying the emotional leadership skills that can be practically applied to all kinds of business situations, management experts say.

James Campbell "Jim" Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor at UT Arlington, is teaming up with Prashant Ranade, a former Siemens senior executive, to teach a new master's level course this semester that aims to provide students with emotional leadership proficiencies. They believe that knowledge of emotional leadership translates into effective leadership.

"It isn't a one-size-fits-all business world," says Dr. Quick, who is using Ranade's Web-based platform and modules to help teach the class. "Future leaders need to be able to adapt. Part of that is becoming a resonant and emotional leader."

Quick and Ranade say the course will graft the best worlds of classroom learning and business experience with Web-based instruction. They also say the course will develop leaders specific to each student's need within their organizations.

For more information, see management course.

  Mav Pic Haiti donations

Helping hand

Nursing student Foluke Okolo accepts a donation from Drew Barfield, assistant director of intramural sports for Campus Recreation, to aid earthquake victims in Haiti. The African Student Organization is selling blue ribbons, which symbolize proactiveness and justice, for $1 each 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Jan. 21-22, on the Central Library and the E.H. Hereford University Center malls. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

Diversity theme of annual advising conference

"Diversity: Building an Inclusive Campus Culture" is the topic for the UT Arlington Advising Association annual conference Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The opening session and keynote address are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre.

Joe Feagin, the Ella C. McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, will deliver the keynote address, "Backstage Racism among White College Students and What to Do About It." He is a leading researcher in ethnic-racial issues in the United States.

The conference runs from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre foyer. Cost is $40 for current UTAAA members and $50 for UT Arlington faculty/staff non-members. Cost includes breakfast, lunch, keynote and all conference sessions. Register online.

Computer Store now open in University Center

The UT Arlington Computer Store has moved and reopened in the former art gallery space in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The store offers a variety of hardware and software.

Ransom Hall, the store's previous location, closed during the winter break for renovation and will reopen in fall 2010 as the home of University College, a full-service center for academic advising, tutoring, counseling and other student support services.

The phone number remains 2-5505. E-mail store staff at

In addition:

  • A new, open computer lounge with 36 desktop PCs opens this week on the second level of the University Center. Printers are available for faculty, staff and student use.
  • A PC lab with 10 desktops has opened in the Web Connection space behind the University Center's Food Court.
  • A new Mac lab with 21 desktop units has opened in Room 411 of the Fine Arts Building. An existing Mac lab with 24 units has been upgraded in Room 404, Fine Arts Building. Printers are available in both labs.

Other computer labs can be found through a new, interactive map.

Outstanding Academic Advisor nominations due Monday

There is still time to submit a nomination for the annual Outstanding Academic Advisor award. Categories are for professional staff advisor, undergraduate faculty advisor and graduate faculty advisor. Nominations can be submitted through Monday, Jan. 25, online at

Contact Delene Remmers at 2-2737 for details.

Deadline for Spirit Day registration is Jan. 31

Departments wishing to sponsor a table for Celebrating Maverick Spirit day should register by Sunday, Jan. 31, on the Staff Advisory Council Web page.

The fifth annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit day is set for 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. It highlights the various benefits staff members receive both from on-campus and off-campus organizations.

Since its inception in 2006, the event has grown to include more than 50 vendors with more than 500 employees attending to learn about the benefits.

There is no cost to participate, however, sponsorships are available at two levels, either Maverick ($50) or Gold ($200). Sponsorships allow departments to have their name displayed on all communication and advertisement for the event. All sponsorship donations will help fund SAC events and community outreach projects.

SAC also is looking for product samples to be distributed at the event, including donated items with a value of less than $50 to be awarded as door prizes.

Contact SAC at or 2-2558 for more information.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Free admission for 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea'

Performances of playwright John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" are free this weekend. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23 and 24, on Stage 143 in the north section of the Fine Arts Building.

"Danny and the Deep Blue Sea," Shanley's first drama, deals with two dysfunctional young people who meet by chance in an extremely rough bar in the Bronx in New York City.

Shanley won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Doubt" and directed the film version starring Meryl Streep. He also wrote the Oscar Award-winning screenplay for "Moonstruck."

Theatre arts seniors Stephen Tyler Howell and Tonya Free play the lead characters. Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer in theater arts, directs with theatre arts senior Casey Hines as stage manager.

Admission is free, and reservations are not accepted. "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" is for adult audiences because of adult language and content.

City seeks input for hike-and-bike plan

Put in your two-cents for the City of Arlington's Hike and Bike System Master Plan. A public open house is set for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.

Benefit Yourself
Get a 'Fresh Start' from tobacco

Food for Thought: Fresh Start from Tobacco

Join the fight against tobacco addiction. Learn how to recognize the clever methods of tobacco industries, and understand addiction and how to cope with withdrawal. Know that there is help for you or a loved one and learn how to get a "Fresh Start" on life. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

RAD: Women's Self-Defense

Learn the 10 basic principles of self-defense, risk avoidance and more. Free for female faculty, staff and students. Register at under Crime Prevention. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Maverick Activities Center. Ron Cook, 2-3902,

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

Brown rebuilds with help of Emmitt Smith

Widen job search beyond the obvious

Genome research is similar to dino digs

"Congo Street was a forgotten place. As an architect, yes, it's old and tired, but still beautiful, and the people who lived there didn't want to move."

"If you're a finance major and banks aren't hiring, school districts, hospitals and many other industries need financial people."

"We can really dig fossils out of the genome and literally put them back together."

— Brent Brown, lecturer in the School of Architecture, on the Congo Street Initiative, a project Brown started. The project rebuilds homes in the Jubilee Park neighborhood in Dallas.
Dallas Observer

— Cheri Butler, assistant director for career services, concerning helping students find a job.
Fort Worth Business Press

— Dr. Cedric Feschotte, associate professor of biology in the College of Science, concerning his commentary in Nature magazine.
The New York Times

Sports Notes
Marques Haynes

Up and over: Marquez Haynes scored a career-high 38 points in a win over UT San Antonio Saturday.


Men's basketball has home games Saturday and Monday

The men's basketball team will host Sam Houston State Saturday, Jan. 23, and Houston Baptist Monday, Jan. 25. Starting time for both games at Texas Hall is 7 p.m.

Guard Marquez Haynes is the nation's fourth-leading scorer with an average of 24.5 points per game. He was named Southland Conference Player of the Week last week for the third time this season.

Women visit Sam Houston Saturday

The women's basketball team will be looking to add to its victory total Saturday when it travels to Sam Houston State. Game time in Huntsville is 2 p.m.

Meghan Nelson scored 34 points in an 86-79 win over Stephen F. Austin Wednesday night as the Mavericks improved to 2-2 in Southland Conference play.

Movin' Mavs at Missouri tourney Friday and Saturday

Coach Doug Garner's Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team will take a 4-1 record into the University of Missouri Tournament this weekend at Columbia, Mo.

The Movin' Mavs will play two games each against both the University of Alabama and the University of Missouri.

Tennis teams open spring season this weekend

TCU will provide the opposition as the men's tennis team opens the season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Tennis Center.

The women's team opens on the road with matches Friday-Saturday, Jan. 22-23, against Texas Tech and New Mexico at Lubbock.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Jan. 21

$2 movie: Angels and Demona 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. Also, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.

Thursday-Friday, Jan. 21-22

Beyond the Wall poster sale Find posters from Picasso to rock legends for decorating residence hall and apartment walls. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Library mall.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Jazz Recital Assistant Professor Dan Cavanagh on the piano and Dave Hagedorn, artist in residence at St. Olaf College, on the vibraphone perform jazz music. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Friday, Jan. 22

Friday Night Movie: Zombieland 5 and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Free.

Historic Texas from the Air

Friends of the UT Arlington Library Library Dean Gerald Saxon and local businessman Jack W. Graves Jr., co-authors of Historic Texas from the Air, are featured speakers. Copies of the book will be sold at the meeting, and the authors will be available for autographs. Open to the public. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. For questions or to RSVP, contact Betty Wood, 2-7421 or

Saturday, Jan. 23

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Sam Houston State, $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Sunday, Jan. 24

Men's Tennis UT Arlington vs. TCU. Free. 2 p.m., Tennis Center.

Monday-Thursday, Jan. 25-28

Blood Drive 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Library mall and E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Also Monday, Jan. 25, at Maverick Activities Center.

Monday, Jan. 25

Design Practice Academy "Risk is Not a Four-Letter Word" is the topic for speaker Ava Abramowitz, author of "The Architect's Essentials of Negotiation." 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building.

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Houston Baptist. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.


UT Arlington Planetarium programs Witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart in "Violent Universe," one of the new features this spring. Planetarium 2-1183,,

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



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