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

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Annual Enrollment ends this week; all changes due by Saturday

Make changes to your employee benefits by Saturday, July 31, for the 2010-11 benefit plan Annual Enrollment.

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 or see

Chiao and Peng

Researchers team up to alleviate pain with wireless stimulators

An interdisciplinary study involving faculty members in the colleges of Engineering and Science could lead to implantable wireless stimulators that provide full-time pain blockage automatically and optimally.

Electrical Engineering Professor J.C. Chiao is working with Yuan Bo Peng, an associate professor of psychology in the College of Science, on the pain management systems. Dr. Chiao has developed wireless sensors to monitor gastroesophageal reflux and foresees new uses for wireless implantable devices, especially through collaborations with Dr. Peng, whose expertise is in the neurophysiological mechanisms of sensory transmission, mainly pain.

They are studying pain signal paths and pain inhibition efficacy using implantable wireless neurostimulators integrated with an automatic feedback mechanism that optimize stimulation according to a patient's own physiological conditions.

The project is funded by a two-year grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Read more about Chiao's and Peng's research.

  Mav Pic Minute games

Where's the joker?

Chris Muller, associate director of Campus Recreation, attempts to keep from blowing the joker out of a deck of cards at the Win It in a Minute games Tuesday on the library mall. His attempt at the mid-summer fun was futile. The games were presented by EXCEL Campus Activities.

Volunteer to welcome, help students at annual Residence Hall Move-in Event

Remember when you moved into a dorm or helped your children do so? Probably had to do it all yourself.

Now you can show your Maverick pride and volunteer for the 11th annual Residence Hall Move-in Event 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, and help others get situated.

The Move-in Event is a campus-wide initiative to help residence hall students move into their new homes. More than 500 faculty, staff, and student volunteers are on hand throughout the day to welcome students and parents.

The event is sponsored by Apartment and Residence Life and is part of Maverick Stampede Welcome Week.

Expect detours for West Street closing

West Street will be closed from Mitchell Street to Nedderman Drive from 9 a.m. Thursday, July 29, through late afternoon Saturday, July 31.

ADA ramps will be installed, and the concrete drainage valley will be replaced.

Faculty and staff who want to park in Lot F-10 should go east on Nedderman Drive and turn right (south) onto West Street to the parking lot entrance. Students parking in Lot 47 should use Nedderman Drive or Fourth Street during this period.

For more information, see Blazin' Construction.

File and print services unavailable early Sunday

File and print services will be unavailable 2-7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, because of system maintenance, according to the Office of Information Technology. This will affect network printing and the J: and K: drives as well as MavSpace for all faculty, staff, and students.

Learn how to host a summer camp

More and more University departments, programs, and centers are offering summer camps, conferences, and programs. The Office of Summer Conferences offers many resources, ideas, and tools to help ensure success.

An informational meeting on summer camps is at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Guadalupe Room in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The program is for departments planning to host summer camps in 2011 as well as those wanting to learn more about how to offer summer camps and conferences.

The summer camp guide, housing reservation requests, and form updates for 2011 will be available, as will the opportunity to learn about new marketing tools to promote your camp. Presenters will answer questions you may have about hosting a camp.

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Lauren Miller at or 2-6576.

Mav Pic Land job

Land rover

Carl Land, grounds maintenance leader with Facilities Management, checks the sprinkler system near Science Hall.


Project Success needs clothing donations for student interview attire

Give that extra suit, slacks, shoes, or other business attire a new home through Project Success. The new student organization helps students and alumni who need proper business attire for job interviews.

Students or alumni earn the clothing by volunteering to staff the clothes closet and help categorize the clothing.

Donations are needed for both men and women in all sizes, says Cheri Butler, the group's adviser and associate director of Career Services. Donations should be appropriate for a professional job interview, not casual attire.

The closet is located in the Career Services suite in Room 216 of Davis Hall.

To donate clothing, contact Butler at 2‑2942 or

Save the date - Aug. 25 - for MavsMeet Convocation

Celebrate the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year with the annual MavsMeet Convocation. The event will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, in Texas Hall.

This year's guest faculty speaker is physics Professor Kaushik De. Other speakers include President James D. Spaniolo, Provost Donald R. Bobbitt, School of Architecture Dean Donald F. Gatzke, and Vice President for Student Affairs Frank R. Lamas.

Benefit Yourself
Listen button

The Art of Listening

Although most people believe they are good listeners, they only really listen to a small portion of a conversation. If you want to become a good listener, then this course is for you. Participants will learn the basics of good listening as well as tips for identifying listening style and how to get the most out of a face-to-face conversation. 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Young at Heart Computing: Basic

This hands-on course is designed especially and exclusively for computer users 55 years and older. It is intended to provide a laid-back, fun, and easy-to-navigate program for better interaction with today's technology and useful hands-on computer training. Topics will include basics of Windows, keyboarding, word processing with Word, surfing the Internet, and managing electronic mail. $115. Register online. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, and Wednesday, Aug. 4, Room E200C, Continuing Education Workforce Center, 140 W. Mitchell. See more about Continuing Education, including the fall catalog.

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

Friday, July 30

LSAMP Presentations Twenty-one undergraduate scholars make their presentations for the summer Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. Free. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room 304, Pickard Hall. Tuncay Aktosun,, 2-1545.

Saturday, July 31

Engineering Graduate Studies Forum Meet with College of Engineering faculty members and graduate advisers to learn about the requirements and opportunities. Register online. 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. Free. 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.

Garbage: The Movie

Garbage: The Movie 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. Bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks provided. The Office of Sustainability hosts the program. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Becky Valentich,, 2-0199.

Saturday, Aug. 7

MBA and Graduate Business Information Forum If you are considering pursuing a master's degree in business, you will want to attend the forum for MBA and graduate business programs. Register online. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Room 147, Business Building., 2-3005.

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

In Quotes

Master's program studies 'green'

Judge's ruling doesn't bother cheerleaders

Incorrect words can gain acceptance

"We'll look at new products and how customers really care about where they came from, what they're made of, and what will happen after they use it. It's changing how companies are marketing products and where they are getting their supply."

"We're still going to go to the games. We're still going to go to our competitions. But as long as they continue to allow us to do that, I don't see it as a problem being called a sport or not as a sport."

"The word ... doesn't necessarily add any additional meaning beyond what is found in other individual words. But the new term is evocative as a blend because it resonates with 'repudiate,' 'refute' and 'refuse' mingled together."

— Dr. Mike West, executive director of the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center, on the new master's program in sustainability.
Fort Worth Business Press

— Jessica Bollum, Maverick cheerleader, on whether cheerleading is a sport after a judge ruled it is not according to Title IX guidelines.
NBC Channel 5

— Dr. Laurel Smith Stvan, associate professor of linguistics, on the malapropism "refudiate" used by Sarah Palin.

Sports Notes
  UT Arlington Athletics logo

Volleyball team receives academic award

The UT Arlington volleyball team was one of 94 NCAA Division I programs that earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Team of the Year Award for the 2009-2010 season.

The AVCA Team Academic Award honors athletes with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale during the full academic year.

Ten Maverick volleyball student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 GPA in both the fall and spring semesters. Six recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs. UT Arlington had a 3.411 team GPA for the spring semester and a 3.353 team GPA in the fall semester.

Under the direction of head coach Diane Seymour, the Mavericks have tallied at least a 3.0 team GPA in 12 consecutive semesters, dating to Seymour's first season as head coach in 2004.

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

There's still time to sign up for 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 begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 30 at J. Gilligan's Bar and Grill in Arlington. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Each team may have up to three players.

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 hot dogs.

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.

Sports shorts

Michael Choice signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. He was drafted by the A's in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June. Choice will report to the Athletics spring training facility in Phoenix, Ariz., today, and will eventually start playing with Oakland's short-season single-A affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians. ... Marquez Haynes signed to play for a professional basketball team in France after playing for the Detroit Pistons summer league team earlier this month.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, July 29

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.

Friday-Saturday, July 30-31

Toy Story

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

Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 3-6

Texas Cello Academy and Festival Directed by cello Professor Elizabeth Morrow, the festival features four evenings of concerts: Tuesday, faculty concert; Wednesday, 440 Alliance; Thursday, student small ensembles; and Friday, student solo performers and the Festival Cello Orchestra, which features the 64 students, ages 9-19. Free 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Department of Music, 2-3471.

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.

Thursday, Aug. 5

Willy Wonka

Free Drive-in Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory The 1972 classic stars Gene Wilder. Rated G. Pull up your car to the parking lot northwest of the MAC. Concession for drinks, candy. Free popcorn. Free. 8:45 p.m., parking Lot 33, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 7-8

Vintage Computer Festival First showing in the southern U.S. of the Vintage Computer Festival, an international event celebrating the history of computing. See early models of computers and experience the technologies, people, and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and the Museum of Information Technology at Arlington. $10 adults; free age 17 and younger. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Gil Carrick,, 817-994-9213.


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 Choose from a selection of T-shirts, baby clothes, accessories, and telescopes at the Star Store Gift Shop. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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