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

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sustainability master's degree offered in fall at Fort Worth Center

UT Arlington is offering North Texas professionals the opportunity for advanced education in sustainability issues with a new master's degree that debuts this fall.

The Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies-Sustainability Track will be offered at the University's Fort Worth Center. The 36-hour, non-thesis program can be completed in one year. Classes will meet Tuesday nights and Saturdays.

The new initiative is unique among master's level programs in North Texas because it addresses sustainability across a variety of academic and professional disciplines. Some courses will focus on core sustainability concepts like the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program, the Energy Star program, and High Density Development. Others will examine the cost and regulatory issues involved with "going green."

An interactive, online information forum is set for 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 15.

Read more about the master's degree sustainability track and its program description.

Carolyn Cason

Research on patient room design brings international recognition for nursing professor

Recent research by the College of Nursing and Dallas-based architectural firm HKS Inc. could influence the future of hospital room design.

The study, "An Empirical Examination of Patient Room Handedness in Acute Medical-Surgical Settings," won the Best International Research Project award at the 2010 Design & Health International Academy Awards at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Adjoining hospital rooms traditionally have been designed as mirror images of each other to make the most efficient use of electrical wiring, says Professor Carolyn Cason, associate dean for research in the College of Nursing. But in the past decade, health care safety advocates have suggested that a higher level of standardization could be needed to prevent accidents.

Dr. Cason and co-investigators from HKS Clinical Solutions & Research, a part of the architecture firm, tested the safety advocates' ideas at the Smart Hospital, which allowed them to easily manipulate room design, plus monitor and record the results.

The work was funded through a $15,000 grant from the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation and a $10,000 grant from Herman Miller Inc., a worldwide distributor of furniture systems.

Read more about the hospital room design research.

Ali Abolmaali

Professor's research may prevent future underground infrastructure failures

"Water main break causes major damage."

It's a headline that's becoming more common as an aging infrastructure begins to reveal its weaknesses and failures. Civil engineering Professor Ali Abolmaali is investigating methods he believes will lead to design standards that will prevent failures in future underground installations.

Dr. Abolmaali received a $100,000 research gift and $50,000 from the Texas Research Incentive Program to develop formulas that will determine the structural behavior of several types of underground pipes and culverts.

"Older designs were based on two-dimensional representations," he says. "These provided only approximations of real conditions and behaviors, so not all possible factors were considered."

Learn more about Abolmaali's research on underground infrastructures.

U.S. Flag

Saturday's Independence Day Parade features five UT Arlington entries

Five UT Arlington entries are included in Arlington's 45th annual Independence Day Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 3, in the downtown area.

The UT Arlington float celebrates the College of Engineering's 50th anniversary and is sponsored by the College of Engineering and long-time University supporters Jeannie and Will Deakyne, who have sponsored the University's parade float since 2003. Other UT Arlington entries include Dean Bill Carroll of the College of Engineering, the University's Formula SAE race car, Mr. and Ms. UTA with the UTA Ambassadors, and the UTA spirit groups.

Anyone from the University community can participate and walk with the parade float. Contact Seth Ressl at

The parade begins at West and Mitchell streets, turning north on Pecan Street, west on UTA Boulevard, north on West Street, then east on Abram Street. The route will turn south at Center Street, west on Mitchell Street to Pecan Street and conclude near Doug Russell Road. The parade route will be closed to all other traffic at 7:30 a.m.

Spectators will not be allowed to set up chairs or stand on the east side of Pecan Street adjacent to the construction fence. One parking lot east of Pecan Street has been closed. Do not park at apartment complexes in the area, and check for any signs alerting you that the private business will tow illegally parked vehicles.

Got a question? Submit it by Tuesday for Wednesday's forum

Submit your questions by Tuesday, July 6, for the Staff Advisory Council's annual Staff Forum. Questions can be submitted to or until 11:45 a.m. at the forum.

Senior administrators will be available to answer questions 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Lunch will be provided for the first 200 employees in attendance. Doors will open at 11:15 a.m., and presentations begin at noon.

Go to for more details.

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Retirees honored

Sherry Grower, right, receives a retiree award from Jean Hood, vice president for human resources, at the Annual Retirees Dinner on Saturday night in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Grower was a special programs coordinator in the Office of Asset Management and Receiving, retiring after 30 years of service to the University. She was one of 46 retirees from the past year.

Annual Enrollment meeting Tuesday

The first Annual Enrollment meeting for this month is 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. More information with Annual Enrollment dates and events is available on the Human Resources website.

The Office of Human Resources hosts Annual Enrollment meetings and provides presentations to answer your questions and to help you and your family make well-informed choices regarding your insurance plan selections for the upcoming plan year.

For more information regarding Annual Enrollment and UT Arlington benefits for the 2010-11 plan year, contact Employee Benefits Services at 2-5558 or

Art professor assists with exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mary Vaccaro, professor of art history in the College of Liberal Arts, collaborated on the exhibition and catalog "An Italian Journey: Drawings from the Tobey Collection, Correggio to Tiepolo" on view through Aug. 15 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Dr. Vaccaro is the only person outside of the Metropolitan Museum staff invited to participate in this exhibition and its catalog.

Two students among contestants vying for Miss Texas crown

Social work graduate student Cristie Kibler, Miss Arlington, and journalism senior Ashley Simien, Miss Duncanville, are among 33 contestants seeking the title of Miss Texas this week at Texas Hall. Final competition in the Miss Texas and Miss Teen Texas pageants begins at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2.

This is the pageant's 75th anniversary and includes appearances by Texas' Miss Americas, Phyllis George (1971) and Shirley Cothran (1975).

Tickets and information on contestants and the 75th anniversary are available online at

Event raises funds for new Adonis Rose Scholarship

A fundraising event for the new Adonis Rose Scholarship will be held 5-7 p.m., Saturday July 10, at the Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W. Fourth St., in Fort Worth. Join state Sen. Wendy Davis and state Rep. Marc Veasey in providing support for UT Arlington music students while enjoying jazz performances.

Rose is a Grammy-winning jazz drummer and artist-in-residence at UT Arlington.

To RSVP call 817-605-8546. To make donations to the scholarship, contact Professor Tim Ishii in the Department of Music at 2-3471.

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Alumni reception

New Alumni Association Executive Director Lora Malone, center, visits with alumni board members Jennifer Cathcart, left, and James Ditto at a reception last Thursday at the Alumni Association Office.


Volunteers for Maverick Cookout should sign up by Friday, July 16

Join the fun of the annual Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair Day by volunteering. Sign up online by Friday, July 16, as a hamburger flipper, soda server, or other needed position.

The cookout and activities fair are 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. The event draws more than 3,000 students and allows faculty and staff a chance to interact with them.

More details are available from Molly Albart at or 2-1104.

Discounted tickets offered for July 17 ballet performance at Texas Hall

Half-price tickets are available for faculty and staff to The Metropolitan Classical Ballet's "A Summer Repertory" at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 17, in Texas Hall. The mixed repertory program consists of four works, one of which is a world premiere. UT Arlington co-sponsors the event.

Tickets are available at

Mav Mover changes schedule to accommodate parade

The Mav Mover Shuttle Service, which provides transportation to the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Saturday mornings, will pick up riders at the Maverick Activities Center from 8 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, July 3. The Planetarium stop will be unavailable because of the Independence Day Parade.

Stops at the Planetarium location will resume at 1:40 p.m. Saturday for transportation to the Parks Mall. For more information, contact the UT Arlington Police Department at 2-3381.

Benefit Yourself

Human Resources training classes deal with disabilities, orientation, attitude

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) in the Workplace The 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act has greatly impacted the workplace and the work force. This workshop introduces proven principles and common sense ideas on how to best support and work with disabled individuals. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

Maverick 101: New Employee Orientation If you are new to UT Arlington or if you are an existing employee looking to reconnect with the pulse of the University, then this is the class for you. Learn about the exciting happenings here at UT Arlington and hear from key departments that want to make your work and life easier and more fulfilling. 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, July 7, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

Attitude: It Colors Everything Maintaining a positive attitude in the face of difficulty as well as success makes a world of difference in how you function in your workplace and how people interact with you. This class is designed to help you explore the tools necessary to having and maintaining the right attitude and how to deal with those whose attitude is difficult to tolerate. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, July 8, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

See a complete list of HR training classes.

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

Wednesday, July 7

Blue Horizons: Capabilities and Technologies for the Air Force in 2030 Col. Ted Hailes, USAF (retired), former associate dean of the Air War College, discusses the Air Force's Blue Horizons research program, a multiyear study to provide a vision for what the Air Force must start doing today to be prepared for the challenges of 2030 and beyond. Light breakfast provided. Free to members of the Arlington Technology Association, students, and first-time guests. $5 for others. Reservations required. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 2-3682.

Landfills to Wildlife Habitats Greta Calvery of Waste Management outlines the basic requirements of developing a certified Wildlife Habitat Council project and the responsibilities associated with the project. Bring a brown bag lunch; dessert and drinks provided. Registration required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Becky Valentich,, 2-1099.

Tuesday, July 13

Managing Your Sponsored Project Award at UT Arlington Grant and Contract Services hosts the second in a series of Lunch and Learn presentations geared toward administrative staff and faculty. Topics include post-award functions, budget changes, expense transfers, continuations, no-cost extensions, and award closeout. Free. Register online. Bring a brown bag lunch; cookies and beverages are provided. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 223, Pickard Hall.

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

In Quotes

Manufacturers want their cut first

Fame may be harmful to young artists

Education is about more than money

"The probability that a Zales or a Jostens will hook up with an individual home-based designer is small ... you won't be paid until the rings sell."

"Today's celebrity is short-lived."

"The higher your education, the better your ability to give back to the community."

— Drew Casani, director of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center in the Automation & Robotics Research Institute at UT Arlington, on finding a manufacturer.
Bloomberg Businessweek

— Dr. Ben Agger, professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, on child performers coping with celebrity status.
The Christian Science Monitor

— Amber Bermudez ('07 BA), on the value of a college education.
The Dallas Morning News

Sports Notes
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Six named to SLC All-Academic softball team

UT Arlington led the Southland Conference with six selections to the All-Academic softball team.

Senior pitcher Cara Hulme, senior catcher Samantha Chumchal, and junior first baseman Rebecca Collom represented the Mavericks on the first team. Senior designated hitter Heather Fortenberry, sophomore second baseman Courtney Zink, and sophomore utility player Kelsey Kaiser were named to the second team.

Hulme was named to the team for the third time while Chumchal and Fortenberry earned a spot for the second time.

Baseball has four named to conference All-Academic team

Four players from the Maverick baseball team were named to the Southland Conference All-Academic team.

Senior pitcher Jason Mitchell and junior pitcher Rett Varner were first-team selections while sophomore first baseman Jordan Vaughn and junior pitcher Mark Picca were second-team members.

Conference honor roll includes 83 Mavericks

UT Arlington had 83 athletes named to the Capital One Bank/Southland Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for spring 2010.

The spring honor roll of 932 student-athletes is the largest in Southland Conference history and boasts nine student-athletes of the year, seven players of the year, and 124 students who earned 4.0 grade-point averages.

The honor roll includes student-athletes who participated in baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Archivist offers tour of labor exhibit today


Archivist Claire Galloway leads a tour of the exhibit "For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010" at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, July 1, in Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

The exhibit features the personal papers of labor and political activist John "J.W." Jackson, as well as numerous items from the library's Texas Labor Archives. Jackson's generous donations of labor archive records and personal papers explain the labor movement through Jackson's life and its impact on Texas history.

The exhibit, open through Aug. 7, is free and open to the public. Summer hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 2-7511 for more information.

Thursday, July 1

Free Summer Movie: The Last Song Rated PG. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concession for drinks, candy. Free popcorn. Free. 8:45 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities,

Saturday, July 3

Independence Day Parade See the College of Engineering float and the Formula SAE race car, just two of the 100-plus floats and groups participating in this Arlington tradition. The parade route is in and around downtown Arlington. Free. 9 a.m.-noon, downtown Arlington, Center, Abram, and Pecan streets.

Through July 3

Summer Concert Series All concerts are free. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram., 817-543-4301.

Leading Ladies Anne Healy, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, directs this comedy. The show includes work from alumni Chase Mitchell ('09 BFA), Casey Hines ('10 BFA), and Jack Hardaway ('76 BA), plus students Stephen Howell and Miguel Marin. Thursday-Saturday, Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St.

Thursday, July 8

Free Movie: Kick-Ass Rated R. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concession for drinks, candy. Free popcorn. Free. 8:45 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Through July 31

New Works: UTA Photography Faculty The work of photography faculty members Kenda North, Andrew Ortiz, Leighton McWilliams, Bryan Florentin, and Scott Hilton. Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Through Aug. 31

MFA Summer Exhibition The third annual summer exhibition by 16 Master of Fine Arts students represents the Department of Art and Art History graduate program in intermedia studio, glass, visual communication, and film and video. Free. Summer hours 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 2-2891.



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.

Planetarium programs "Fly Me to the Moon" is this week's $2 movie. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Texas Rangers Baseball The Texas Rangers offer discounted tickets to selected games for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password rangers to purchase tickets for designated games through Oct. 3.

(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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