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

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Record numbers: This fall's student enrollment of 32,956 is the largest in UT Arlington history and includes the University's most academically accomplished freshman class.

Fall enrollment sets record with nearly 33,000 students

UT Arlington has announced an all-time record enrollment of 32,956 students this fall and a larger freshman class with a stronger academic profile than ever before.

Preliminary fall census reports show striking growth—enrollment is up 31 percent from fall 2008, when the University was home to 25,085 students. UT Arlington is now the second-largest university in the UT System and the fastest growing among Texas' seven emerging research institutions.

President James D. Spaniolo says the dramatic enrollment numbers demonstrate a growing awareness among students and their families that the University is "a vibrant community where you can earn a first-rate education."

"We've been planning for this growth, and we're adding facilities and faculty to provide for our students," Spaniolo says. "This is a direct result of our extensive efforts to recruit top-quality students and faculty and of our commitment to help more students achieve their dream of a college education."

Read more about UT Arlington's record enrollment.

Learn more about the New Student Welcome Center today

Faculty and staff are invited learn more about changes in the New Student Welcome Center at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.

Over the past year, the campus tour has gone from a typical college visit to a full campus experience. Prospective students and their guests discover what makes our campus come alive for current students, faculty, and staff through an interactive tour and vibrant storytelling from MavElite, campus tour guides.

In addition to a change in the campus visit, the New Student Welcome Center has expanded its tour capabilities and offerings for prospective students, special groups, and others.

For more information, contact Brittney Joyce at

Scott Ryan

Innovative grant: Dr. Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work, says the Amon G. Carter Foundation grant will help program research and effectiveness.

Foundation grant award helps provide for Social Work Innovation Incubator

The Amon G. Carter Foundation of Fort Worth has awarded the School of Social Work $350,000 to link academic research with community partners who meet the needs of people on a daily basis.

The award is the largest gift to the School of Social Work in its 42-year history. It will help establish the Social Work Innovation Incubator, which will conduct research with community partners focused on developing solutions to Tarrant County problems. The project's overall aim is to improve the standard of living for Tarrant County's most vulnerable families.

Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work, says the Carter Foundation award will help align University research with the needs of community partners.

"The goal of the project is two-fold," Dr. Ryan says. "We want to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of social service programs in Tarrant County, and we want to conduct research that produces results of national interest."

Learn more about the grant and the Social Work Innovation Incubator.

Welcome Off Campus Mavericks Center at MAC's birthday party

Welcome the Maverick Activities Center's newest addition while celebrating the MAC's third birthday. The party starts at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 16, at the MAC.

The new Off Campus Mavericks Center gives Mavericks who commute a place to go for a variety of needs. Located in the MAC lobby, the center features wireless Internet, a new refreshment bar with cafe-style seating, a renovated Market, 26 new desktop computers, a large monitor for group projects of up to six people, 49 laptop seating spaces, and a new four-person office suite.

Campus Recreation and the Division of Student Affairs host the shindig, which includes performances by the Dance Team and cheerleaders, along with cake, refreshments, and giveaways.

Studio 301

Surround sound: Micah Hayes, music media/music business area coordinator, works on a recording project in the Music Department's Studio 301.

Recording facilities top notch in Studio 301

Designed as a proving ground for students and a resource for faculty, Studio 301 will celebrate its first anniversary next month.

Installed in the south end of the Fine Arts Building with the help of nearly a half-million dollars in grant money, the fully functional recording studio is a foundational tool for the music media/music business program. Studio 301 has a large inventory of top-flight recording equipment and is versatile enough for any genre of music. It was designed by Mark Genfan of Acoustic Spaces in Austin.

"It's all very quality stuff," says Micah Hayes, music media/music business area coordinator. "Enough that we can do jazz, classical, pop, or rock. Really, any style we can do in the studio."

Studio 301 was converted from two large classrooms and includes a spacious control room as well as a large tracking room. The tracking room houses the studio's Steinway grand piano and movable sound panels and is large enough for the UT Arlington band's horn section. A smaller isolation room—larger enough for a full-size drum kit—and a roomy storage closet round out the facilities. Hayes said the space enables his students to record any musical act of nearly any size.

Learn more about Studio 301.

Emeritus profs to be honored at fall faculty meeting

President James D. Spaniolo will announce emeritus professors and comment on the state of the institution at the Fall Meeting of University Faculty and Associates Monday, Sept. 20.

The meeting is 4-5:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The meeting is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. For more information, contact Vice Provost David J. Silva at or 2-2103.

Mav Pic Cabaret

More than a cabaret

Dr. Thomas Adam, associate professor of history, discusses Germany in the 1920s for the Cabaret lecture series hosted Tuesday by the Department of Theatre Arts. Four lectures cover the time, place, people, and politics that influenced the musical Cabaret, which will be performed Oct. 15-24 in the Mainstage Theatre. Upcoming lectures are Tagging Berlin on Tuesday, Sept. 21, and 1920s Photojournalism in America on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The lectures are at 6 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.


Enterprise Development receives training development grant from OSHA

The Division of Enterprise Development was among 45 organizations to receive Susan Harwood Capacity Building Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The development grant of $220,000 is awarded for one year with the possibility of three additional years of funding. The project is to provide training to high-hazard, long-term care workers and employers on workplace safety and health hazards, worker rights, and employer responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Training will include a worker session, a train-the-trainer course, and webinars. Trainers will receive a tool kit to assist them in training.

Former state historian to discuss Mexican Revolution's influence

Former state historian Jesus F. de la Teja will look at how the Mexican Revolution affected Texas' quest for independence at noon Monday, Sept. 20, in the Central Library's Sixth Floor Parlor.

The event marks the bicentennial of Mexico's war for independence and is sponsored by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies. Dr. De la Teja's presentation, The Mexican War of Independence: Roots of the Texas Revolution, is free and open to the public.

He is chair of the history department at Texas State University and has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas history.

In 2007 Gov. Rick Perry appointed de la Teja to serve as the first the state historian of Texas. The Legislature created the position to enhance Texans' knowledge about the state's history and heritage, encourage the teaching of Texas history in public schools, and consult with top government officials on the promotion of Texas history.

For more information, contact the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies at 2-3997 or

Office 2010 available starting Friday

Microsoft Office 2010 will be available on campus starting Friday, Sept. 17. You are not required to upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Office, but it is available whenever you are ready to upgrade.

If you use Office 2007, you will find the 2010 version is very similar, except that the "ribbon" menu found in other Office programs has been added to Outlook. Read the Office 2010 installation instructions.

  Mav Pic Hispanic Heritage Month fiesta

Fiesta time

Industrial engineering graduate student Diana Cepeda dances Wednesday on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall at the fiesta starting Hispanic Heritage Month activities. A soccer tournament is Saturday at the Sports Complex, and more events continue through Oct. 15. Multicultural Affairs sponsors the month's events.

Enjoy mud-slinging fun at annual Oozeball tournament Friday afternoon

The dirtiest game on campus is the 21st annual Oozeball tournament Friday, Sept. 17. Teams compete in mud volleyball until only one team remains. The first game starts at noon at the Oozeball lot at the corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street, just south of Greek Row Drive.

Oozeball benefits the Student Alumni Association sophomore scholarship fund and is sponsored by the Student Alumni Association and Campus Recreation. Spectators are welcome.

UT System's Office of Survey Research can help your department

The Office of Survey Research at the Annette Strauss Institute is an important resource for staff, departments, faculty, and researchers. OSR has provided survey research services for the UT System since 1986.

OSR is run by an experienced survey research staff and is equipped with facilities specifically designed for focus groups and telephone interviewing. The programming staff specializes in creating complex web interfaces to facilitate data collection for research projects and Internet surveys.

For more information on all OSR services, visit or contact Veronica Inchauste at or 512-471-2101.

Pecan Street closed Friday through Sunday for crane installation

Pecan Street will be closed between Second and Fourth streets Friday, Sept. 17, through Sunday, Sept. 19, for a crane installation at the special events center construction site. It will be the second crane installed at the site.

Check out the special events center's progress on the construction webcam.

Contact Telecommunications if you have phone problems at Science Hall

Cables damaged by flooding at Science Hall have been repaired, but some phone problems continue. Contact the Office of Telecommunications at 2-5011 for assistance.

Benefit Yourself

MyMav Training for Undergraduate Advisers

This training is for academic advisers and staff who need access to the MyMav adviser security role. Register at the MyMav training website. Free. 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Sept. 20, Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Liz Hannabas,, 2-3140.

Identity Theft

Real Issues/Real Talk: Identify Theft

Are you protecting your identity? The primary target for identity theft is the person who thinks it can't happen to them. This presentation will offer two different perspectives—law enforcement and information technology—on ways you can protect and prevent identity theft from happening to you. Rick Gomez from the UT Arlington Police Department and Sean Lanham from the Office of Information Technology will speak. Space is limited. Register. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, Carlisle Room, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Digital Media Studio Workshops

The Digital Media Studio offers introductory multimedia workshops for UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students. Workshops include instruction on Dreamweaver, InDesign, Excel, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Space is limited. Register online. Free.

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

Exercise, lose weight, get class credit

Virtual world provides a 'Second Life'

Pakistani students help home country

"The students who were most in need of weight-management help were probably the students who were most reluctant to come to face-to-face classes."

"Second Life gets people engaged with technology in a fun way, and it provides us with an opportunity for simulation."

"Pakistan really looks for the support from developed countries to help it out."

— Dr. Christopher T. Ray, assistant professor of kinesiology, concerning the exercise and weight management course.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

— Dr. Joy Don Baker, associate clinical professor of nursing, on the classroom in Second Life, a 3D virtual world.
CW 33 TV

— Student Zunaib Yousuf on raising money for flood relief in Pakistan.

Sports Notes

All-tournament: Emily Shearin was named to the All-Tournament volleyball team at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic.


Mavericks host Hilton Volleyball Invitational this weekend

Prairie View A&M, UT El Paso, and North Texas will furnish the opposition as UT Arlington hosts the Hilton Volleyball Invitational on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 17-18, at Texas Hall.

UT Arlington takes on Prairie View at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the Mavericks face UT El Paso at 1:30 p.m. and North Texas at 7:30 p.m. See the full schedule in the Going Out section below.

Senior Raegan Daniel posted the program's first triple-double since 2007 against Portland on Saturday at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic in Laramie, Wyo. She had a career-high 10 kills, along with 28 assists, and 10 digs.

Cross country teams both finish third at home meet

Women's and men's cross country teams both finished third at the UT Arlington Season Opener meet Saturday at Vandergriff Park.

Freshman Emily Koenig led the women with a fifth-place finish while senior Amanda McMahon was 13th. Sophomore Cody Widener was the top finisher for the men, placing 11th, and senior Heinz Schwartzkopf was 15th.

Up next for the Mavericks is the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Splash on Friday, Sept. 24, at Corpus Christi.

Basketball schedules include some of nation's top teams

Men's basketball coach Scott Cross and women's basketball coach Samantha Morrow announced their 2010-11 schedules this week.

Both teams begin Nov. 12, and each schedule includes some of the top teams in the nation before Southland Conference play starts Jan. 8. The men travel to Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon State, and Texas Tech while the women play Arkansas at home and face road games at Oklahoma State, TCU, and Kansas.

Check the Mavericks' basketball schedules.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Sept. 16

Jazz on the Lawn The UT Arlington jazz bands and ensembles perform outdoors. Free. 7-9 p.m., Architecture Building courtyard. Music Department, 2-3471.

MAC Third Birthday and Off Campus Mavericks Center Grand Opening Celebrate the third birthday of the campus' fittest facility and its newest center. Free. 4-5 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Student Affairs, 2-6080.

Friday, Sept. 17

21st Annual Oozeball Tournament Oozeball is a mud volleyball tournament that benefits the Student Alumni Association's sophomore scholarship fund. Free to spectators. Noon-5 p.m., Summit Avenue between Greek Row Drive and Fourth Street. Student Alumni Association, 2-1367.

Volleyball: Hilton Invitational North Texas vs. Prairie View A&M, 4 p.m.; UT Arlington vs. UT El Paso, 7 p.m. $6, Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Private Collections II Opening Reception See some Dallas and Fort Worth art collectors' private treasures. Free. 6 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

J. Frank Dobie

Guest Piano and Vocal Recital Pianist Denise Parr-Scanlin of West Texas A&M University and soprano Kerry Walters of Bradley University perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.

Friends of the Library: Steven Davis on J. Frank Dobie Steven L. Davis, author of J. Frank Dobie, takes a fresh look at Dobie, whose intellectual journey culminated in fighting for labor, free speech, and civil rights before they became acceptable for most Anglo Texans. Copies will be available. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Betty Wood,, 2-7421.

Saturday, Sept. 18

Soccer Tournament Part of Hispanic Heritage Month festivities, this event's team entry fees benefit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Campus Recreation Fields Complex, near Mitchell Street and Fielder Road. Multicultural Affairs. 2-2099.


Ecofest Arlington This family-oriented day is about community and environmental awareness, green products, and do-it-yourself solutions for your home. Games and education classes are available for children. The UTA Marching Band will perform at 5:30 p.m. Free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion, downtown Arlington. Ecofest.

Volleyball: Hilton Invitational North Texas vs. UT El Paso, 11 a.m.; UT Arlington vs. Prairie View A&M, 1:30 p.m.; UT El Paso vs. Prairie View A&M, 5 p.m.; UT Arlington vs. North Texas, 7:30 p.m. $6, Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Monday, Sept. 20

Fall Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates President James D. Spaniolo will make remarks on the state of the institution and announce emeritus professors. 4-5:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the President/Office of the Provost, Vice Provost David J. Silva,, 2-2103.

Dance With Your Hands: Yoruba Music of Nigeria Michael Varner, associate professor of the music, uses lecture, pictures, video, and live performance to present the Yoruba Music of Nigeria, a culture long renowned for its unique approach to music. The DunDun ensemble, or talking drum, is featured, as well as the Sakere ensemble and the Sakara frame drum. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Clavier Series Piano Recital A recital by UT Arlington piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Stars, Stripes, and Sousa The UTA Wind Symphony presents a concert in the style of the Sousa Band from early in the 20th century, with soloists, overtures, and great Sousa marches. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.

Poetry Slam Jam Poet and author Michael Guinn ('01 MSW) and friends bring their award-winning performances to campus. The first five groups to register will be invited to perform. A book signing follows. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Helen Hilson at Free. 6-9 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. African American Faculty and Staff Association.

Friday, Sept. 24

Ken Burns

Maverick Speakers Series: Ken Burns Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is interviewed by Kris Boyd of KERA. Free, but tickets required. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

Faculty Recital John Solomons of the music faculty performs an all-Chopin program. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.


Fort Worth Abstract Fort Worth artists Jane Helslander, Winter Rusiloski, and Cecil Touchon display their abstracts with various media, including paint, collage, and photographs. 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.

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The free concert series continues featuring Rattletree Marimba, Telegraph Canyon, Katsuk, Guy Forsyth, and Bobby Duncan this week. The 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 Sky, One World: 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.

Private Collections II See some Dallas and Fort Worth art collectors' private treasures. Free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Oct. 16. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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



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