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

Thursday, September 2, 2010

University College Indoors

A look inside: The main lobby of newly remodeled Ransom Hall gives a futuristic look to University College.

University College dedication features a newly remodeled Ransom Hall

At the center of campus sits UT Arlington’s oldest building. Built in 1919, the newly remodeled Ransom Hall is now home to University College, which brings academic advising, tutoring, supplemental instruction, and a range of counseling services under one roof.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa is the guest speaker for the dedication ceremony for University College at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 2, at the north entrance to Ransom Hall.

President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt will provide the welcome and offer remarks about University College prior to the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Following the ribbon cutting, refreshments and self-guided tours will be available. Staff and students from University College will be at stations around the building with information.

University College serves as a focal point for campus programming that helps first-year students successfully transition to college life and meet the academic challenges set by faculty. While University College focuses on assisting freshmen as they transition to college, the programs and services are available to all students who seek academic support during their careers at UT Arlington.

In case of rain, the dedication will be held in the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Sandy Dasgupta

Dr. Sandy Dasgupta

Professor wins top chemistry award for research

Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry, is being honored by the world's largest scientific society for pioneering advances in the field of chromatography, a process used in water quality studies, air pollution monitoring, drug development, and more.

The American Chemical Society this week named Dr. Dasgupta the recipient of its 2011 Award for Chromatography. Winners are chosen based on nominations from peers and expert reviewers in their field. Dasgupta will receive a cash reward along with the chromatography award, which is sponsored by Supelco Inc.

His work has greatly strengthened methods of ion chromatography, which is the process of separating and detecting ions—molecules bearing a net electrical charge—for analysis.

"The American Chemical Society's national awards are among the most respected in the worldwide scientific community. We are delighted that Dr. Dasgupta is being recognized to receive this high honor," said Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "His dedication and innovative approaches to improve complex chemical processes benefit not only the students fortunate enough to work with him, but also society at-large."

"I've never really thought of myself as a chromatographer, so I'm really just tickled and honored by this award," Dasgupta says. "My attitude has always been to look at a problem and see what solution you can bring to that problem."

See more information on the ACS award.

Adonis Rose

Adonis Rose

Renowned jazz musician Adonis Rose to perform for scholarship fundraiser

Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Adonis Rose will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday Sept. 9, at the Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center to raise money for two scholarship funds at the University, including one that bears his name.

Rose, an artist-in-residence at UT Arlington, is a third-generation drummer who began touring at age 17 and has performed with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, and others. New Orleans magazine named him a "Contemporary Jazz All-Star." Rose played on a New Orleans Jazz Orchestra album that won a 2010 Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

He moved to North Texas from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and established the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra.

The Sept. 9 concert, where Rose will perform with the Adonis Rose Quintet, is hosted by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 300 at UT Arlington. Proceeds will benefit the honor society's scholarship fund and the Adonis Rose Scholarship, which supports music students. Rose is also the Phi Kappa Phi chapter's first honorary member.

The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at Donations also may be made at that site.

Suggested donations for this special scholarship fundraiser are $50 per guest and $15 for students. Donations in amounts other than $50 or $15 increments may be made by visiting

Mav Pic Cookout Activities Fair

Eat, Drink, Be Maverick

Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning, serves up buns for burgers Wednesday at the Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. The annual cookout and fair provided food, drinks, and information about various campus departments and organizations.


University Club monthly special today features barbecue chicken, ribs

The University Club's first monthly special for the fall is today, Thursday, Sept. 2. A new special will be available the first Thursday of each month.

Executive Chef Steve Vincent will prepare barbecue chicken with Texas-style, mesquite-flavored sauce, braised beef short ribs topped with a sherry brown sauce, baked squash and tomato casserole, sweet and spicy baked pinto beans, roasted corn on the cob, cilantro cabbage salad, cucumber and tomato salad, sweet and tart mixed berry crumb cobbler with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream, and lime gelatin parfait salad.

Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $8 per person plus tax. The regular menu, which is new this fall, will not be available Thursday. Feel free to check out with the host or hostess instead of waiting for the server if you are in a hurry.

Wear your college apparel this week

Show your Maverick pride by dressing the part for College Colors Day on Friday, Sept. 3.

Wear your favorite UT Arlington blue or orange T-shirt, hat, colors, and other collegiate gear. College Colors Day encourages faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, siblings, fans, and friends to unite to support their favorite university. Find gear at the Bookstore or shop online.

Volunteers needed for job fair

Volunteers are needed for the Fall 2010 Job Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The fair, hosted by the Career Center, will be held at the Maverick Activities Center. Shifts are available in one-hour increments from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Faculty and staff are needed most between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This will allow a lunch break for the Career Center staff, while ensuring the job fair is still supervised. Volunteer duties include set up, clean up, loading dock, and check-in tables.

Organizations may volunteer, also. To volunteer, contact Elizabeth Heyerdahl at 2-3267 or

A Journal for Jordan

'A Journal for Jordan' is monthly book club selection

A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor, this year's OneBook choice, is the Mavs Book Club selection for this month. The club, sponsored by the UT Arlington Library, meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in the basement of the Central Library. Meet and greet begins at 5 p.m.

For more information about the book, visit the J4J reader's guide and the J4J LibGuide, with many library resources, including videos of author Dana Canedy discussing the book. Also, see the Mavs Book Club blog.

Mavs Book Club is open to all faculty, staff, and students. It meets the second Thursday of every month. For more information, contact Diane Shepelwich, or 2-7521.

Peggy Kulesz, professor of English, provides an overview the book at noon Friday, Sept. 3, in the Rosebud Theatre as part of the OneBook series.

File and print services unavailable early Sunday, Sept. 12

File and print services will be unavailable from 1-7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, due to system maintenance. This will affect network printing, Student J: drives, Faculty/Staff K: drives, as well as MavSpace for all faculty, staff, and students.

MAC celebrates third birthday, grand opening of Off Campus Mavericks Center

As one center for student life turns three years old, we welcome the birth of another. Join Campus Recreation and the Division of Student Affairs for the third birthday celebration of the Maverick Activities Center and the grand opening of the new Off Campus Mavericks Center at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the MAC.

The MAC has become a UT Arlington landmark, welcoming 3,000-3,500 students per day. The new Off Campus Mavericks Center will be located in the lobby of the MAC and feature wireless Internet, a new refreshment bar with cafe-style seating, a renovated Market, 26 new desktop computers, a large monitor servicing group projects of up to six people, 49 laptop seating spaces, and a new four-person office suite.

The celebration includes remarks by Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs, along with cake, refreshments, giveaways, and a performance by the Dance Team.

Benefit Yourself

Solving Problems/Making Decisions

Participants are invited to bring one in-depth problem for the class to discuss. This seminar is designed to explore real problems and discover how to develop strategies to map out the problem and discover a real solution. You will explore the tools for creatively brainstorming solutions and facing obstacles from a whole new perspective. In addition, you will uncover how to effectively use a step-by-step process to achieve greater results. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED

Would you know what to do if someone around you were having a heart attack? The skills you learn in this class could save a life. Participants will receive a CPR certification card. 9 a.m.-noon. Wednesday, Sept. 15, Training Room, Environmental Health and Safety Building, 500 Summit Ave. See a complete listing 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.

In Quotes

Longevity center takes collaborative approach

Perry may be better off without debate

Sorority members just want to be accepted

"Social work doesn't work on its own. Part of its core is being able to work with anyone, working with people in their environment."

"The rule of thumb is the leader doesn't have much to win by debating and everything to lose."

"Everyone wants to feel accepted, and they want to feel valued, and it's just a part of life."

— Dr. Peter Lehmann, associate professor of social work, on how the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity is intended to use cooperation from various professionals across the University to benefit research, students, and the community.
Fort Worth Business Press

— Dr. Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, on a possible gubernatorial debate between incumbent Rick Perry and Democratic challenger Bill White.

— Vivian Ta, junior Delta Delta Delta member, on a study that said women who joined a sorority were more likely to judge their appearance harshly.
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Sports Notes
  Tara Frantz

Kill leader: Tara Frantz was named to the all-tournament team in the Nike Invitational, recording a team-high 30 kills.

Volleyball Mavs open home season Friday at Texas Hall

Five schools are entered in the UT Arlington Maverick Invitational volleyball tournament that begins Friday, Sept. 3, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks square off against Arkansas-Little Rock at 1 p.m. Friday. Louisiana Tech, UT Pan American, and Mississippi State round out the field. See the Going Out section below for the complete schedule, as the tournament continues through Saturday.

UT Arlington opened the season last weekend at the Nike Invitational at Norman, Okla. After taking a two-set lead against Miami, the Mavericks lost in five sets and then dropped matches to Oklahoma and Wichita State.

Cross country teams open season today at Wichita Falls

Maverick women's and men's teams open the season today, Thursday, Sept. 2, in the Midwestern State University Cross Country Stampede at Wichita Falls.

The women return eight runners from last year's team, which finished third in the Southland Conference. The men had a young team last year and return 14 from the squad that finished seventh in the SLC.

The Mavericks will be at home next week, hosting the UT Arlington Season Opener Cross Country Meet on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Vandergriff Park.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Sept. 2

University College Dedication Ceremony Open to everyone. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center. 2 p.m. Ransom Hall. University College.

Friday, Sept. 3

Volleyball: UT Arlington Maverick Classic UT Pan American vs. Louisiana Tech, 10 a.m.; UT Arlington vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, 1 p.m.; Mississippi State vs. UT Pan American, 4 p.m.; UT Arlington vs. Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m.,, $6. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

The Blind Side

$2 Movie: The Blind Side A true story of love, acceptance, and football. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Saturday, Sept. 4

Volleyball: UT Arlington Maverick Classic Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Louisiana Tech, 10 a.m.; UT Arlington vs. UT Pan American, noon; Mississippi State vs. Louisiana Tech, 2:30 p.m.; Arkansas-Little Rock vs. UT Pan American, 5 p.m.; UT Arlington vs. Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m.,, $6. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Monday, Sept. 6

Labor Day No classes, and offices will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

Guest Artist Recital Pianist Ana Benavides performs. She is a leading interpreter of Spanish music and a piano professor at the Joaquin Turina Conservatory in Madrid. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.

Wednesday, Sept. 8

College of Engineering Welcome Bash Cookout The College of Engineering's annual cookout is for current Engineering faculty, advisers, and students. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Engineering mall. Tracey Kocher, 2-3679.

Clash of the Titans

$2 Movie: Clash of the Titans Zeus' mortal son tries to stop the underworld and its minions. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, Sept. 9

Jazz and Poetry Music associate professors Dan Cavanagh and Tim Ishii will provide accompaniment for "The Jazz Ecstatic: A Performance of Jazz and Poetry," which features Minnesota-based, award-winning poet Timothy Young. Cavanagh is a composer and jazz pianist, and Ishii is a composer, jazz saxophonist, and director of jazz studies. $15. 7:30 p.m. Turner House Salon Series, Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, 401 N. Rosemont, Dallas.

Linton Powell Organ and Harpsichord Recital Linton Powell, professor of music, will perform compositions on the organ and harpsichord for his 35th annual fall recital. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.

An Evening with Adonis Rose The Adonis Rose Quintet performs a benefit for the Adonis Rose Scholarship Endowments and Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Free; suggested donations $15 for students, $50 general public. Online donations accepted. Tickets required. 7:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.


Brave Combo

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The fall Levitt Pavilion Arlington concert series begins today, Thursday, Sept. 2, featuring Brave Combo (pictured at right), a nuclear, mosh-pit polka band. Ray Wylie Hubbard, the legendary Texas troubadour and master storyteller, will perform Saturday, Sept. 4. The month-long series continues each Thursday through Sunday through Oct. 2. Free. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Planetarium programs This month see Stars of the Pharaohs; Wonders of the Universe; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame; and the $2 Movie. Spacepark 360 is coming in October. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Fort Worth Abstract Fort Worth artists Jane Helslander, Winter Rusiloski, and Cecil Touchon display their abstracts with various media, including paint, collage, photographs, and found images. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through Sept. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.

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.

(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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