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

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Benefits fair

For your benefit: Melinda Long, right, an academic adviser in the Department of Communication, receives information from Christine Bunce, a senior benefits analyst for the UT System, at the Annual Enrollment benefits fair Tuesday at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Annual Enrollment under way; second benefits fair July 14

Annual Enrollment for the 2010-11 benefit plan year runs through July and will feature a benefits fair from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom and Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Vendors will attend and provide information on their programs.

More information with Annual Enrollment dates and events is available on the Human Resources website.

During Annual Enrollment, you may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections, and add or remove dependents from coverage. In most cases, the elections will be effective Sept. 1.

If you do not make changes to your coverage, it will continue without change. To continue participating in UT FLEX, you must make that election online each 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

University auto racing teams compete here Saturday

Collegiate auto racing teams from across North America will meet Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11, for the 10th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend to test their skills at driving cars of their own making.

UT Arlington is among 14 universities participating. Racing begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on Lot 49, at the southeast corner of the intersection of Cooper and Mitchell streets. The teams break for lunch, then race from 1 to 5 p.m.

Cars in the event are designed, built, and driven by college students as participants in the Society of Automotive Engineers' Formula SAE program.

"Students learn so much about automotive engineering that you could never teach in a classroom," said Bob Woods, UT Arlington mechanical engineering professor and sponsor of FSAE racing.

The UT Arlington team placed sixth in the spring national competition against 120 teams.

"This event is just for bragging rights," Woods said. "The national engineering competition is held once a year, so this event serves as a place where students can visit with each other and trade rides without the pressure of competition and secrecy."

On Sunday, the competition moves to Bedford in the parking lot of Pennington Field. Events on both days are open to the public with no admission fee.

Brandt and Hamilton

Home run hero: Dr. Andrew Brandt, associate professor of physics in the College of Science, announces the revised distance of Josh Hamilton's home run at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. See video.

Professor's calculations land slugger in Rangers' record book

Physics Professor Andrew Brandt recently helped Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton come away with the longest home run in the 17-year history of the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

"The Rangers contacted the UTA Physics Department asking us to look into the discrepancy between the 468 feet estimated by the Rangers and the 485 feet measured by Hit Tracker," Dr. Brandt says.

Brandt consulted with representatives at Hit Tracker, an independent website, and Professor Alan Nathan, a physics colleague at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"After Alan and I discussed the home run, he was able to get the initial velocity from SportsVision Inc. using cameras that are typically used to measure the incoming pitch location" Brandt says. "This additional constraint allowed further optimization of the trajectory and gave a distance closer to 495 feet."

The team decided to use whatever Brandt said as the official estimate. "After further discussions and taking in account all the uncertainties, I decided to average the distances and obtained 490 feet."

On Saturday, Brandt announced the distance at the ballpark in front of reporters and an appreciative Hamilton.

Green Tree

HUB Fair, Lunch and Launch on Green Wednesday

The Historically Underutilized Business Vendor Fair will combine with the Office of Sustainability for a Mavericks Go Green day from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 14. The HUB fair runs from 9-11 a.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center followed by a Lunch and Launch from 11 a.m.-noon on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

The fair offers faculty and staff a great way to preview firms available to do business on campus. Take time to meet 35-plus hometown HUB teams who compete for your department's business.

Door prizes and giveaways, plus free T-shirts for the first 100 attendees are planned. Offices will receive free Green Team credits for attending.

At the University Sustainability table, register for your Office Green Educational Credit and pick up a free eco-friendly lunch bag.

Contact Jean Carlton at 2-2140 or for more details on the HUB fair.

Afterward, join the Maverick Office Green Team Committee for a free lunch and take part in the Staples/3M Buy One, Plant One Contest on the sixth floor of the Central Library. RSVP by Friday, July 9, to Chris Graves at for the lunch.

  Mav Pic Parade Float

Parade winner

The UT Arlington entry spotlighting the College of Engineering's 50th Anniversary won third place Saturday in the unique noncommercial category at Arlington's 45th Independence Day Parade. The Deakyne family and friends sponsored the float. Other University entries included The Shorthorn, the Formula SAE race cars, Mr. and Ms. UTA with the UTA Ambassadors, and the UTA spirit groups.

Ride share helps you, the environment

Every day the commuting choices you make have an impact on our air. It is our responsibility to ensure the air is safe for all.

Register on to find others at UT Arlington who would like to share a ride for the 2010 Commuter Challenge, sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The Office of Sustainability will track the new registration, number of registrants logging rideshare, number of vehicle trips reduced, number of vehicle miles travel reduced, and an emissions breakdown by vehicle type. Those numbers will be used to calculate the amount of air quality emission reduced and the number of miles saved by faculty and staff.

As an added incentive, sign up before Sept. 1 and your alternative commute choices give you a chance to win a $250 gift card and two round-trip coach tickets to any city, sponsored by American Airlines.

Commuter Challenge winners will be announced at the North Texas Clean Air Coalition Working for Clean Air award events in October.

Lab assistant's test of pavement method adopted nationally

Before he joined the Civil Engineering Department in 2002, technical lab assistant Paul Shover worked for the Texas Department of Transportation, where he conducted a variety of pavement studies. One involved testing procedures for environmentally friendly ways to prevent fresh asphalt from sticking to paving machines and dump truck beds, while still retaining its consistency. These procedures have now been adopted on a national basis by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials.

Movin' Mavs to play Journey of Hope cyclists July 16 at the MAC

UT Arlington student Mohammed Awadalla is participating in PushAmerica/Journey of Hope, which lands on campus Friday, July 16, at the Maverick Activities Center.

The annual fundraising ride is the national philanthropic project of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Fraternity members spend their summer riding bicycles across the United States as a way to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities and the organizations that help them.

The Movin' Mavs will play a demonstration wheelchair basketball game with the Journey of Hope riders at 7 p.m. at the MAC.

Cristie Kibler fourth runner-up at Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant

Social work graduate student and Miss Arlington, Cristie Kibler, was named fourth runner-up in the 75th annual Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant on Friday at Texas Hall. Miss Fort Worth, Ashley Melnick, was crowned Miss Texas.

University College

Moving in: Finishing touches are being applied to Ransom Hall as University College prepares to move in.

University College offices moving into Ransom Hall next week

Departments that make up University College will be closed Wednesday-Thursday, July 14-15, as they move to their new locations in Ransom Hall:

  • Counseling Services, from Davis Hall to Suite 305
  • McNair Scholars program, from Hammond Hall to Suite 202
  • Student Support Services, from Hammond Hall to Suite 206
  • University Advising Center, from Davis Hall to Suite 105
  • University College Programs (formerly Student Success Programs), from University Hall to Suite 301
  • University Studies, from Davis Hall to Suite 101
  • University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction, from Hammond Hall to Suite 205

The Ransom Hall first-floor receptionist will check in students for the University Advising Center and University Studies as well as direct walk-in and phone traffic for the building.

Dawn Remmers, executive director for University College, and Leigh Young, administrative assistant, will be in Suite 102 in Ransom Hall.

All departments will be open for business at 8 a.m. Friday, July 16, in their new locations.

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, Sept. 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.

Benefit Yourself

Time Management: Keys for Everyday Office Success

If your office is a mess and you are drowning in your to-do list, then this class is for you. Participants will learn how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter, and discover the benefits of organization. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver

Explore the tools necessary to use Adobe's powerful web editing software. Learn the basics of what HTML is and how it works. Choose a layout, create tables, upload photographs, and insert hyperlinks that allow you to create your space for the web. Register online. 3-5 p.m. Thursday, July 15, Room B29, Central Library. See a list of OIT classes.

Conference Management Services

The Division of Enterprise Development provides comprehensive event planning services to assist you in your department's conferences, workshops, and symposia. DED's Conference Management Services will supplement your internal meetings and events staff as needed, or provide you with complete turnkey support as your external "meetings department." For more information and pricing, contact Kira Cox at or 2-2581.

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

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. 2-2105

Wednesday, July 21

The Story of Bottled Water Bottled water is a sign of a much larger problem: too much needless consumption, too much unnecessary waste, and too much advertising to convince us we will be happier or better off drinking bottled water. Bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks provided. Registration required. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Becky Valentich,, 2-0199.

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

In Quotes

Physics fixes Rangers' home run estimate

Fall-prevention study a win for senior adults

Consider the kids on free-speech issues

"This was a really cool deal, and I'm glad the Rangers did it."

"We saw some good benefits in preserving function and maintaining independence. That's really a win when you consider that we don't typically see improvements in this age group."

"We live in a society with few limits on self-expression. When kids are involved, it's OK to draw the line."

— Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers slugger, on having Dr. Andrew Brandt, professor of physics in the College of Science, recalculate the distance of his June 27 home run.
The Dallas Morning News

— Dr. Christopher Ray, kinesiology assistant professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, on a fall-prevention study of individuals age 70-90.

— Dr. Ben Agger, a sociology professor in the College of Liberal Arts, on First Amendment protections and a business' right to ask customers to cover up tattoos.

Going Out

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,

Friday-Saturday, July 9-10

$2 Movie: Toy Story Woody, Buzz and the gang. Rated G. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Saturday, July 10

Adonis Rose Scholarship Fundraiser 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, 817-605-8546. To donate, Tim Ishii, 2-3471. 5-7 p.m. Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth.

Wednesday, July 14

$2 Movie: Alice in Wonderland Alice chills with White Rabbit and Mad Hatter. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, July 15

Movie poster for the Back-up Plan

Free Summer Movie: The Back-Up Plan A funny thing happens on the way to life. Rated PG-13. 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,


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. Through July 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010 The personal papers of labor and political activist John "J.W." Jackson, as well as numerous items from the Texas Labor Archives at UT Arlington. Free. Summer hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 7. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 2-7511.

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. Through Aug. 31. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 2-2891.

(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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