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

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Center for Healthy Living

Live long and ...: Exercise study participants Martha Erwin and Royce Hillman play a Wii game for researchers with the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity.

New Center for Healthy Living and Longevity studies seniors' health

Convincing people to make changes in their lifestyle that can lead to healthier, longer lives isn't always easy. Researchers at the new Center for Healthy Living and Longevity think they can help.

The center will be led by the College of Education and Health Professions' Department of Kinesiology. Faculty and graduate researchers from the Department of Kinesiology, the School of Social Work, and the College of Nursing will take part in center activities initially, with more areas likely to be added.

Studies are planned for keeping senior citizens active, reducing childhood obesity, and decreasing incidence of sometimes-deadly conditions such as hypertension.

Read more about the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity.

Garbage the Movie

Film explains how garbage creates a mess in world, our lives

Garbage has a big impact on the world, and one free movie tells how.

"Garbage: The Movie" shows how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time. Writer and director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage they create for three months. Then he takes them on a journey to find out where it all goes and what it's doing to the world.

The flick is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks provided.

The Office of Sustainability hosts the program. Contact Becky Valentich at or 817-272-0199 with questions.

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University welcome

The entry of University College in Ransom Hall welcomes students to a bevy of information, services, and support systems to help them through their first year on campus. Departments moved to Ransom Hall last week.


Fiscal year-end deadlines available

Fiscal year 2009-2010 year-end financial deadlines have been established and can be viewed online. Your efforts in meeting these deadlines ensure that the University's financial position is accurately stated as of Aug. 31.

New book club formed at library

The Mavs Book Club is a monthly book discussion group open to all Mavericks—students, staff, and faculty.

The club meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in the Central Library and is sponsored by the UT Arlington Library.

The book for the Thursday, Aug. 12, meeting is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.

The fall lineup of books has been chosen, but ideas for spring readings are welcome. Send the title, author, description, and reason you are recommending it to Evelyn Barker, Diane Shepelwich, or C.D. Walter.

For more details, go to the Mavs Book Club blog or contact Shepelwich at or 2-7521.

Watch parking video, order fall permits

Watch a new video about UT Arlington Maverick Shuttles, Mavs Ride escort, and security escort offered on campus. The film was made for students, but many of the parking issues also apply to faculty and staff.

Faculty and staff parking permits must be ordered online at by Aug. 31.

Only permits for reserved space owners and upgrades will be issued in person at the Parking Office, 1225 W. Mitchell, Suite 112, in the Wetsel Service Center.

Reduced pricing for remote parking and additional shuttle routes are offered because of construction on campus. Reduced pricing for the remote lots is only available to faculty and staff who work east of Davis Drive.

Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 or e-mail for more details.

All quiet on Library's third floor

The third floor of Central Library is now a quiet study area, like the fifth floor.

Work was completed this summer to remodel some study areas, put in group study rooms, upgrade lighting, install a fire sprinkler system, replace carpeting and vinyl flooring, paint, and put in new furniture.

The fourth and fifth floors received the same renovations during the summer of 2009.

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Science is fun

Bernard Harris shares a laugh with campers during a science experiment Wednesday at the Chemistry and Physics Building. Harris is a physician and former astronaut who was the first African-American to walk in space. This is the third year for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, which is free for low-income and minority students in middle school.

Special orientation session geared toward military veterans

A one-day orientation session specifically geared toward military veterans who have been accepted to attend the University this fall is set for Monday, July 26. Student veterans can register online.

Student veterans will meet with financial aid representatives who will provide detailed information about tuition, housing, and other benefits available through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other veterans' programs. They also will receive information about registering for classes and support services, such as counseling, career placement, and tutoring.

A panel of student veterans will answer questions 1-2 p.m. For more information, call 2-3373 or e-mail

Routine OIT security update set

The Office of Information Technology is preparing to initiate a required security update for Java Runtime Environment. This application exists on almost every office and classroom computer on campus.

The update will take place the night of Monday, July 26, which was selected based on the lowest impact to the campus. You do not need to do anything to prepare for the update other than leave your computer connected to the network overnight.

If you know of any current applications on your computer that require the old version of Java or have any other concerns, contact the HelpDesk at

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Digging it

Construction crews and earth-moving equipment are common sights on the east side of campus while preparing the area for the Special Events Center.


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.

Deadline approaching to enter Caddyshack golf tournament

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to enter the fifth annual Caddyshack Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 2, at Sky Creek Ranch in Keller.

Campus Recreation will host the event alongside UNT Recreational Sports and TCU Campus Recreation. Enter individually or as a team for the two-person scramble format.

The entry fee is $65 per person and includes green fee, cart, range balls, lunch, and door prizes. Entry deadline is Monday, July 26.

Contact Chris Muller at or 2-3277.

Benefit Yourself

Welcoming Diversity

This workshop is an experiential, interactive program designed to promote awareness and increased sensitivity to the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups in our society. Done in an upbeat, hopeful tone, the program focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills in responding to prejudices. Participants will discover how to be more attentive to diversity and racism in the workplace and community. Lunch provided. Casual dress. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

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The Unique Value of UT Benefits

When difficult topics dominate the headlines, it can be a challenge to feel confident about being able to take care of even basic healthcare needs for yourself and your family, let alone being able to deal with an unexpected health crisis. Read more about the unique values of your UT Benefits.

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

Saturday, July 24

Executive MBA Info Session Discover the requirements and opportunities of the Executive MBA program. RSVP required. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St. Jim Ellis,, 214-577-1111.

Saturday, July 31

Engineering Graduate Studies Forum Meet with College of Engineering faculty members and graduate advisers to learn about the requirements and opportunities. Reservations required. Free. 9:45 a.m.-noon, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Lynn Peterson,, 2-0074.

Social Work Graduate Forum An information session for anyone considering a graduate degree in social work. Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, A109 auditorium, Social Work Complex., 2-1078.

Wednesday, Aug. 4

Constructed Wetlands: Application of a Green Treatment Technology Tim Noack of Alan Plummer Associates provides examples of constructed wetlands, which mimic natural systems. They are simple, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly. Free to first-time guests; $5 others. Reservations required. 7-8 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall.

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

In Quotes

Formula SAE racing offers many lessons mixes old school with digital

Exercise through 'burn' not best idea

"What they learn applies to any industry. Working as a team, working on a schedule and a budget applies to any industry."

"We are embracing the new things that come on board. We are trying to stay current. I don't see the Internet going away anytime soon. I think Internet radio in some form is going to be around for a while."

"The body adapts to the stress we put on it, which is good. Soreness is just a sign the body is healing itself."

— Bob Woods, professor of mechanical engineering, on what students learn from Formula SAE racing, such as the Texas Autocross.
The Dallas Morning News

— Lance Liguez, faculty adviser for, on embracing new technologies.

— Christopher Ray, assistant professor of kinesiology, on the body's ability to handle exercise.
The Dallas Morning News

Sports Notes

Movin' Mavs add two sports for 2010-11

The Movin' Mavs are adding tennis and swimming to their list of adaptive sports for students with disabilities.

The wheelchair tennis team, coming off of its 2009 Doubles National Championship, will include grad student Jeff Sale and senior James Patin along with newcomers Blake McMinn, Malcolm Wright, and Ruben Mauricio.

Grad student Tyler Garner and Mauricio will represent the University in swim events during the 2010-2011 school year. Garner, a former National Junior Swim Champion, and Mauricio, who has been swimming for five years since his accident, will train with the local Mid-Cities Arlington Swimming program and compete in designated USA swimming competitions for swimmers with disabilities.

Contact coach Doug Garner at 2-3410, or go to

Trivia, lawn games, and poker line up for summer intramurals

Summer sports come indoors for two of three intramural programs offered by Campus Recreation. Faculty and staff may participate, provided they have a membership at the Maverick Activities Center.

A sports trivia competition is Friday, July 30. Call the MAC at 2-3277 for details.

Backyard/lawn games include horseshoes, washers, and bean bag toss Thursday, Aug. 5, on the outdoor courts. Registration starts at 6 p.m. with the singles and doubles competition at 7 p.m. The games are free and include free burgers and hotdogs.

A poker tournament Tuesday, Aug. 10, gives players 5,000 tournament chips for the no-limit, Texas Hold 'Em play, starting at 7 p.m. in the MAC game lounge. The competition is free. The champion receives a $50 UT Arlington Bookstore gift card and T-shirt, and the runner-up a $25 gift card.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, July 22

How To Train Your Dragon

Free Summer Movie: How to Train Your Dragon Explore the mythical world of burly vikings and wild dragons. 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.

Friday, July 23

Alumni Mixer Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are invited. Limited complimentary appetizers, drinks, and alumni giveaways. There will be a special toast to the class of 2010. Dress is business casual. Parking is available in the Fort Worth Center parking lots. RSVP to 5:30-7:30 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Friday-Saturday, July 23-24

$2 Movie: Where the Wild Things Are Max's imagination goes really wild. Rated PG. Combines live action with animation. 5:30 p.m. Friday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium. 2-1183.

Wednesday, July 28

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

Thursday, July 29

Nightmare On Elm Street

Lemonade Thursdays Join in for lemonade and refreshing conversation, sponsored by the Office of International Education. 3-4:30 p.m., Swift Center. Lauren Cutcher,

Free Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddie Kruger has a 2010 makeover. 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.

Wednesday, Aug. 4

$2 Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs If wishes were fishes, or meatballs. Rated G. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.


New Works: UTA Photography Faculty The work of photography faculty members Kenda North, Andrew Ortiz, Leighton McWilliams, Bryan Florentin, and Scott Hilton. Free. 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.


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 See what it takes to become an astronaut and the effect space has on the human body. 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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