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

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Alumni Gala

Eight to receive Distinguished Alumni Award at Saturday's 45th annual Gala

James C. Ditto, who has served on many UT Arlington boards, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Service Award at the 45th Distinguished Alumni Gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. He is one of eight to receive awards. See the full list of 2010 honorees.

Ditto attended UT Arlington when it was known as North Texas Agricultural College and Arlington State College. He was a systems engineer on projects in Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and other countries, before retiring. At UT Arlington, he served on the Development Board, Alumni Association Board, Maverick Athletic 2020 Advisory Board as chair of the Athletic Facility Group, the Athletic Council, and more. He is a lifetime Alumni Association member.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1965, is the highest honor given by the University and the Alumni Association. It recognizes individual achievements, contributions to industry or profession, community service, and demonstrated loyalty to UT Arlington.

The Gala generates significant scholarship funds. In 2010 almost $50,000 in scholarships was awarded to deserving students. Read more about the Distinguished Alumni Gala.

Naomi Cleghorn

Neanderthal theory: Dr. Naomi Cleghorn has teamed with Russian anthropologists on a theory concerning Neanderthal extinction.

Anthropology professor works with Russian researchers to unravel Neanderthal extinction

Anthropology Assistant Professor Naomi Cleghorn is gaining national recognition for a theory that climate change following massive volcanic eruptions drove Neanderthals to extinction and cleared the way for modern humans to thrive in Europe and Asia.

Dr. Cleghorn co-authored a paper in the October issue of Current Anthropology, which focused on a research team led by Liubov Vitaliena Golovanova and Vladimir Borisovich Doronichev of the ANO Laboratory of Prehistory in St. Petersburg, Russia. Stories about the research recently have appeared in The New York Times and on the USA Today and National Geographic News websites.

The theory that climate change led to the Neanderthals' extinction has been around for several years. The problem with that theory, however, is that the Neanderthals had survived several oscillations in environmental conditions in the past, Cleghorn says. Linking their extinction with a massive volcanic eruption makes more sense than tying it to a gradual climate change, the team believes.

"A volcanic event has a very rapid impact on the landscape," Cleghorn says. "The environment literally crashed at that point." She says her interest in the work stems from a desire to understand how these close cousins of modern humans could be wiped out.

Read more about the Neanderthal extinction.

Barbara Morgan

Down to Earth: Astronaut Barbara Morgan is the keynote speaker for the Sally Ride Science Festival.

Sally Ride group invites girls to explore hands-on science at festival

A street fair filled with hands-on exhibits, workshops with local scientists, and an appearance by astronaut Barbara Morgan are all part of the Sally Ride Science Festival Saturday, Oct. 30. The street fair is on the Central Library mall beginning at 11 a.m. Morgan's keynote address is in Texas Hall at 1 p.m.

The event, presented by ExxonMobil and Sally Ride Science, is one of several held each year across the country to bring science to life and inspire upper elementary and middle school girls to think about the vast range of careers in science.

"We are extremely excited and pleased that the Sally Ride Science Festival has chosen to partner with The University of Texas at Arlington," says Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science. "The opportunity to generate interest in science among girls is always important, and we're proud to be part of that effort."

Read more about the Sally Ride Science Festival at UT Arlington, including registration details. To volunteer for the event, contact Lori Norris at

Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless' lecture tonight is sold out, but hopefuls can stand by for possible vacant seats

An Evening with a Celebrity Chef with Rick Bayless is at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. His appearance is part of the Maverick Speakers Series.

The free event is sold out. Those without tickets who come to the auditorium by 7:20 p.m. will be accommodated as space permits.

Bayless has won two James Beard Awards, which is the culinary version of the Oscars, and received the organization's International Humanitarian of the Year award. He has written many best-selling cookbooks, including Mexico: One Plate at a Time, which inspired the PBS series now in its fifth season.

Bill White

Bill White

Telemundo to tape news program with gubernatorial candidate Bill White tonight at Rosebud Theatre

Bill White, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate, will be interviewed by Telemundo television network during a live taping on campus today, Thursday, Oct. 14. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The UT Arlington student chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens is the campus sponsor of the event.

The former Houston mayor is expected to answer questions about education, creating jobs, and border security, among other topics. Telemundo is taping its interview with White for airing at a later date in advance of the Nov. 2 election. Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, also has been invited by Telemundo to participate in a similar program but has not accepted.

The taping of this news program is open to the public, and attendees will be invited to submit questions. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early; no late admissions will be allowed during the taping.

Faculty workshop addresses research, mentoring

A faculty workshop on "Building a Successful Research Program and Mentoring Graduate Students" is 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in Room 100 at Nedderman Hall. The workshop is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Engineering.

Presenters will discuss philosophies and methods for building a successful career in academic research through mentoring of graduate students. Presenters also share their tips and expertise about the tenure process, doing productive research, and building a successful research program. Topics will include mentoring graduate students, tenure and promotion, and research and publishing.

Lunch is provided. For more information and to RSVP, contact Joslyn Krismer at

Mav Tube GroundbreakingVideo Extra

Digging in

Tossing dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the College Park District on Monday are, from left, Dennis Wiles, senior pastor at First Baptist Church-Arlington; Robert Cluck, Arlington mayor; and UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. "Whenever you have a bad day, think of this place two years from now," Spaniolo told the crowd. The new 20-acre district, which ties the University with downtown Arlington, includes a mixed-use development with residential housing, retail businesses, and an 1,800-space parking garage; the 6,500-seat College Park Center, which is under construction; and The Green at College Park, an outdoor urban oasis that should be complete this fall. Click on the photo to see more on the groundbreaking.


Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health sponsors health care lecture

The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health, part of the College of Nursing, hosts two health care leaders' discussions on "Diversity: The Cornerstone of Health" on Friday, Oct. 15.

Beverly Malone, chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing, is the keynote speaker for the Center's Endowed Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Arlington. Eduardo J. Sanchez, vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, also speaks. A reception will follow at 6 p.m.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Sigma Theta Tau's International Leadership Summit on Nursing Leadership, Collaboration, and Diversity.

Maverick Madness fires up fans for three teams' basketball seasons

Contests, giveaways, and food are part of Maverick Madness, the first official night of basketball practice featuring the introduction of the men's, women's, and Movin' Mavs teams. The fun starts at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Maverick Activities Center.

The three teams will be introduced and will then scrimmage. Head coaches Samantha Morrow, Scott Cross, and Doug Garner will talk about their teams.

The evening will be capped off with a pair of 3-point and slam dunk contests between UTA students and team members. Students who wish to participate in either contest can try out at 8 p.m. at the MAC. Winners will perform later in the evening.

The Maverick women's basketball team, which reached the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament last year, returns two of its top three scorers in Tamara Simmons and Shalyn Martin. The men's team, 16-14 last season, has four lettermen returning, but overall will have a new look with five transfers and six freshmen added to the roster. The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team will be a veteran squad with five seniors as they compete for the National Wheelchair Basketball Associations' intercollegiate championship, which will be played on the UT Arlington campus in March.

Super HUB Vendor Fair set for Oct. 20

Faculty and staff will get a chance to meet with representatives of historically underutilized businesses at the Super HUB Vendor Fair, from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Take time to meet more than 40 local businesses that compete for your department's business. Door prizes, giveaways, and a former NFL player are part of the event.

For information, contact Jean Carlton of Office of Procurement Services at or 2-2140.

  Mav Pic Smotherman awards

First-rate faculty

Recipients of the Smotherman Faculty Awards were honored Saturday at a reception at the Smotherman home. From left are Seiji Ikeda, assistant professor of art; Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Alicia and Thad Smotherman; and Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer in theatre arts. The awards, established in 2007 by the Smothermans, recognize faculty in the College of Liberal Arts whose expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create exceptional work. Also receiving awards but unable to attend were Gerald Saxon, dean of libraries and associate professor of history, and Jason Shelton, assistant professor of sociology.

Partner Breakfast brings faculty, community together for service

Faculty members are invited to meet directors of nonprofit community organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex interested in forming partnerships with faculty and students at the Partner Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

Tahita Fulkerson, president of the Tarrant County Community College Trinity River Campus, will speak on "Service Learning: Bridging Theory and Practice." The Center for Community Service Learning presents the complimentary breakfast.

The attending community partners have indicated that they wish to partner with faculty members for service or service-learning opportunities. Community partners will participate in a poster session and conversations on their organizations' needs and missions 9:15-10:30 a.m. Come ready to select the agency that best fits the needs of your students' learning outcomes and content areas.

To attend, RSVP by Monday, Oct. 18, to Sharon Hughlett at or 2-2124.

Nominate professors for doctoral student mentoring award

The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for this year's Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring.

The award is for faculty members who have a strong record of excellence in mentoring graduate students. Effective mentoring is a crucial determinant of the academic and professional success of a graduate student. This award provides the UT Arlington community the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and reward outstanding mentors.

A panel of faculty, students, and Graduate Studies leadership will select the winner. The selected individual will receive $3,000 and will be recognized at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students Awards Ceremony and at the Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates. Winners are asked to serve on the following year's selection committee.

Last year's recipient was Frank Lewis, the Moncrief-O'Donnell Professor of electrical engineering and senior fellow of the Automation and Robotics Research Institute.

Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Nov. 9. For details, contact Lisa Berry at

Fourth Annual Fall Festival is family friendly and free

Faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to bring their families to the Fourth Annual Fall Festival and concert from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall.

The event will be family friendly and will include a petting zoo, caricatures, bounce houses, wax hands, magicians, jugglers, face painting, a pumpkin patch, live music, games, a photo booth, cotton candy, and many more fun activities.

The annual festival coincides with Parent and Family Weekend and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. There is no cost to attend or participate. For more information, contact

Halloween office decoration contest has Oct. 26 signup deadline

It's that spooktacular time of year again. Time to come together as an office and show off your Halloween decorating skills. Judging for the Halloween office decoration contest is Friday, Oct. 29.

Signup deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 26. To register your office, contact Lexi Christoules in Campus Recreation at or 2-3277.

All departments will receive a list of judging times Wednesday, Oct. 27. Awards will be given for overall winner, most spooktacular, best pumpkins, creative costumes, and best theme.

Steve Hofstetter

Class clown: Humorist Steve Hofstetter performs Oct. 28 in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Top college humorist to perform Oct. 28 on campus

Steve Hofstetter, one of the top college tour humorists, performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. The event is presented by the UT Arlington chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society.'s original columnist, Hofstetter was named one of Two Drink Minimum magazine's best new faces of 2004. He has written for Maxim, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated for Kids, and was a weekly columnist for Sports Illustrated. Hofstetter's television appearances include ESPN's Quite Frankly, Showtime's White Boyz in the Hood, VH1's Countdown, and CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Discount tickets are available for $10 at Use the promo code GOLDENKEY10. Tickets at the door are $17.

For more information, contact Kevin Schuck at

Volunteers needed for Halloween Casino Night

Volunteers are needed for Halloween Casino Night at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Help is needed with decorating, volunteer check-in, chip banking, blackjack, bingo, poker, and more. Sign up for Halloween Casino Night.

Student Affairs, Health Services, and officials from Tarrant County Public Health sponsor the event. For more information, contact Jeremy Roden at in the Department of Campus Recreation.


Flu vaccine continues outreach program

Health Services' flu vaccine outreach program continues next week with stops at the Wetsel Service Center and Davis Hall. Immunizations are available on the following dates at these locations.

  • 9-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, Human Resources, Wetsel Service Center
  • 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, Bursar lobby, Davis Hall
  • 9-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Watson Building (for Watson Building employees only)
  • 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, OIT Building, Fort Worth (for OIT employees only)

The all-in-one shot includes vaccines for two type A influenza strains, including H1N1, and one type B influenza, or seasonal flu, says Bob Blum, Health Services director. Cost is $15 for faculty, staff, and students.

Vaccines at the Health Center are offered 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, except for the dates above. No appointment is needed.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 2-2771.

Your charitable campaign donation can help Texas families

Your department representative for the State Employee Charitable Campaign will be bringing you a pledge form and charity guidebook. Charitable groups such as those below can benefit Texas families now.

Have you made a contribution to the SECC before? For $2 per pay period through payroll deduction, you can save a life. For more information, visit the UT Arlington SECC Webpage or contact Rosa Newman or Jake Allen at 2-5554.

Benefit Yourself

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act annual notification

UT Arlington seeks to provide its faculty, staff, and students with a drug-free environment. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to annually notify faculty, staff, and students about:

Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse

University policies related to the illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

Availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems

  • Drug and alcohol counseling and referral services are available through UT Arlington Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

Internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, or distribution of drugs or alcohol.

For more information, contact UT Arlington's Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

The Building Blocks of Business Writing

Taking the time to communicate effectively in writing is a key to your workplace success. Learn skills to make your writing more effective. Free. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Publisher 2007

Develop the skills needed to create brochures, flyers, and newsletters. Free. 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, and 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT 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.

Sports Notes
  Dig Pink

Dig Pink as volleyball hosts Stephen F. Austin tonight

Think pink for the volleyball team's game against Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 14, at Texas Hall. The Mavericks will wear pink jerseys for Dig Pink Night for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Team members warm up in pink T-shirts, which are available for $20. Proceeds go to the Side-Out Foundation, which supports breast cancer awareness. Donations can be made at the game or online.

The Mavericks are at home Saturday as they take on Sam Houston State at 4 p.m. Last week, UT Arlington downed Texas State 3-2, but lost to Central Arkansas 3-1.

Koenig leads Mavs to victory at McNeese State Cowboy Stampede

Freshman Emily Koenig won her third cross country race of the season as the UT Arlington women finished first at the McNeese State Cowboy Stampede on Saturday at Lake Charles, La.

Senior Amanda McMahon earned a sixth-place finish while junior Jennifer Carey was seventh. The men placed fourth as sophomore Cody Widener finished ninth.

The Maverick teams are back in action Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Chili Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

Fischer finishes tied for third at Brickyard Collegiate

Senior Zack Fischer fired a five-under-par 211 to finish in a tie for third place at the Brickyard Collegiate, which completed a three-day run Sunday in Macon, Ga.

The Mavericks finished ninth in the field of 15, including six teams that rank among the nation's Top 50.

Next action for the golfers will be at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio on Sunday, Oct. 17, and Monday, Oct. 18.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 14

Mavs Book Club The Known World by Edward P. Jones is the Mavs Book Club selection of the month. 5:30 p.m., basement, Central Library. Diane Shepelwich,

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin. Dig Pink Night to raise money for breast cancer research. $6, 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Choir Concert The University Singers and A Cappella Choir perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Oct. 15

Free Movie: Despicable Me Criminal genius mixes minions and orphans. Rated PG. Free. 5 and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Guest Clarinet Recital Michael Dean of Southeast Missouri State University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 15-16

Theatre Arts-Cabaret

Cabaret Doomed romances and personal identity in a changing world take center stage in this Tony Award-winning musical in the first production of the 2010-11 season by the Department of Theatre Arts. Performances also Oct. 21-24. $8 faculty, staff. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building.

Saturday, Oct. 16

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. $6, 4 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Sunday, Oct. 17

Jazz Alumni Concert The Alumni Big Band and the UTA Jazz Orchestra perform their fifth annual Jazz Scholarship Fundraising Concert. The alumni band is comprised of former students of the UTA Jazz Orchestra from 1955 through 2008. The 20-piece ensemble is directed by Professor Emeritus Bill Snodgrass, director of jazz studies, 1976-2004. Admission is a donation in any amount. A reception follows. 7 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Tim Ishii, Music, 2-3471.

Monday, Oct. 18

McNair Scholars Program Open House Faculty and staff are invited to learn more about McNair Scholars, whose recruitment runs through Nov. 5. Refreshments will be served. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 202, Ransom Hall. Joan Reinhardt, 2-3715.

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays This lunchtime concert features UT Arlington music faculty and students. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church-Arlington, 300 S. Center St. Music, 2-3471.

Fall Concert Hip-hop artist B.o.B. (aka Bobby Ray Simmons) performs along with Cali Swag District. Faculty, staff $15, 6:30 p.m., Texas Hall.

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho of the music faculty is the featured performer. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


Spacepark 360

Gallery 76102: flats and rounds Artist Nicholas Wood works in hybrid forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture. 6-8 p.m. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.

Planetarium programs See the newest show, Spacepark 360, featuring the most thrilling amusement park rides in the solar system. Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Find a Halloween pumpkin, honey, and much more. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

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



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Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

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