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

Monday, September 27, 2010

Leadership Summit

Special donation: President James D. Spaniolo, center, welcomes Carrizo Oil & Gas Chairman of the Board Steven A. Webster, left, and President and Chief Executive Officer S.P. "Chip" Johnson IV following the announcement Friday of a $5 million gift toward completion of the special events center at the annual Leadership Summit on campus.

Carrizo makes historic gift to support special events center

UT Arlington has received the largest single cash commitment in the University's philanthropic history, a $5 million gift toward completion of the special events center from Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.

The gift follows Carrizo's generous $1 million contribution announced in fall 2009 that established a graduate research fellowship program to attract top scholars and researchers to the University.

The Houston-based, independent energy company has been developing the University's natural gas resources since 2007. Carrizo has demonstrated a commitment to bringing its wealth of knowledge, experience, safety, and reliability to its relationships with the University, the City of Arlington, and the North Texas community.

S.P. "Chip" Johnson IV, Carrizo's president and chief executive officer, described his company's relationship with UT Arlington as "strong and mutually beneficial." The natural gas program has generated more than $5 million in royalties for the University since campus wells went into production in late 2008.

Natural gas royalties are being used to encourage University supporters to leverage major gifts that boost UT Arlington's academic and research missions through the Maverick Match. The program allows philanthropic partners who make endowment gifts of $25,000 or more to see their contribution doubled through natural gas royalty matching funds.

"We are fortunate to have six new doctoral fellows this fall who have brought their talent to UT Arlington through our partnership with Carrizo," President James D. Spaniolo says. "This new commitment to our special events center is transformational for UT Arlington and, we believe, signals many great things to come."

Construction on the $78 million special events center continues east of Pecan Street, between Second and Fourth streets. A real-time webcam is capturing work on the center, which is expected to be complete in late 2011.

Read more about Carrizo's gift.

Senator Hutchison

Moving ideas to market: U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison stressed her support for TechComm, a joint venture of UT Arlington and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, at the chamber gala Thursday.

Sen. Hutchison unveils tech transfer initiative of Chamber of Commerce, UT Arlington

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison unveiled a model for economic development centered on transferring federal technology to the marketplace Thursday during the Arlington Chamber of Commerce's annual Gala and Awards Banquet.

Hutchison worked with chamber leaders to secure funding for TechComm (Technology Commercialization and Manufacturing), a new partnership between UT Arlington and the Arlington Chamber, which celebrated its 65th year during the gala at the Arlington Convention Center.

TechComm is a technology transfer arm of the Center for Innovation at Arlington, a cooperative high-tech business accelerator operated jointly by the Arlington Chamber and UT Arlington. TechComm's mission is moving ideas and technologies from concept to market across an eight-state region.

"The Arlington Chamber of Commerce's technology transfer partnership is an important and forward-looking initiative that helps create jobs and stimulate the economy while addressing some of the nation's pressing challenges," Hutchison says. "TechComm's collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense is a prime example of this partnership at work, and it is particularly important during this time of war. I believe it's critical to move defense technology research from the lab to the market and ultimately to the field to support our troops."

UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo says TechComm provides incentives to further enhance University research.

"Strong research programs are part of what makes a great university, and this partnership certainly will provide even more opportunity to strengthen UT Arlington's research profile," Spaniolo says. "World-class faculty and their graduate students are creating and refining technologies that will fuel the economy for generations to come. TechComm will be an important link in moving those innovations to the marketplace."

Read more on the TechComm initiative.

Liberal Arts faculty honored with Smotherman Awards

Four faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts will be honored Saturday, Oct. 9, as recipients of the Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Awards for their recent work with University students.

This year's honorees are:

  • Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer in theatre arts, for her work with an undergraduate student whose play was competitively chosen to be produced by a professional Equity theater. Gaupp served as the play's director.
  • Seiji Ikeda, assistant professor of art, who worked with a graduate student on a project on visual communication in interactive gesture. The project incorporated a web camera and computer software and was given national exposure as a major presentation at the New Media Consortium annual meeting last summer.
  • Gerald Saxon, dean of libraries and associate professor of history, guided a blind graduate student's oral history project relating to interviews with a Gulf War veteran that resulted in a 75-page seminar paper incorporating social history into military history.
  • Jason Shelton, assistant professor of sociology, mentored an undergraduate student and his McNair research project on race and perceptions of poverty, including a survey of 400 students.

The Smotherman Faculty Awards, established in 2007 by Thad and Alicia Smotherman, recognize faculty in the College of Liberal Arts whose expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create work of exceptional merit. The awards connect outstanding research and teaching and showcase the achievements of University professors, says Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Tickets available starting today for celebrity chef appearance in Maverick Speakers Series

Tickets for "An Evening with a Celebrity Chef" featuring Rick Bayless are available starting today, Monday, Sept. 27. Bayless will appear as part of the Maverick Speakers Series on Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Tickets are free at, but a ticket is required for admission to the event.

Bayless has won two James Beard Awards, including the organization's "International Humanitarian of the Year" award. He introduced Americans to authentic Mexican cuisine and changed the image of Mexican food in America. Bayless has written many best-selling cookbooks, including Mexico: One Plate at a Time, which inspired the PBS series now in its fifth season.

He owns and operates two Chicago restaurants, Frontera Grill and Topolombampo, and recently opened a new restaurant called XOCO. He is the face behind the Frontera food brand in supermarkets.

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College Park Center

The special events center will now be called College Park Center, President James D. Spaniolo announced Friday. Now under construction, the facility will anchor the College Park District. The University will seek approval from the UT System Board of Regents to rename the center, which is expected to be completed by December 2011.


Flu shots start today at Health Services

Influenza immunizations are available at Health Services beginning today, Monday, Sept. 27. Cost is $15 for faculty, staff, and students.

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.

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

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

Health Services hosts World Heart Day today, open house Wednesday

Nutrition and education on maintaining a healthy heart are part of World Heart Day, along with handouts, snacks, and giveaways from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 27, in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A Cyclethon is also scheduled today in the Maverick Activities Center as part of World Heart Day. Teams of five to 25 must keep a bike pedaling from noon to midnight. Teams that complete the task receive World Heart Day T-shirts. Individuals are welcome to sign up, too. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Registration packets are at the MAC services and information desk.

Meet Health Services staff, tour the Health Center, and learn about services at the Health Services Open House from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. Giveaways, snacks, health info, and a drawing for a $100 Wal-Mart gift card are planned.

For more information, contact Donielle Smith at Health Services, 2-2771.

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Documented success

Ken Burns, right, reflected on 30 years of documentary filmmaking with moderator Krys Boyd in this year's opening Maverick Speakers Series presentation Friday at Texas Hall. Burns said he vowed never to do a sequel, but so much has happened since his 1994 film Baseball, such as the increase in the number of Latin and Asian players and the use of steroids. His latest film, The Tenth Inning, will be shown on KERA TV at 7 p.m. in a two-part series Tuesday and Wednesday.

Workshop on how to challenge gifted students offered for all faculty

"Challenging Your Academically Gifted Students" is the topic of the Instructional Support Session open to all faculty 1:30-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, in Room 101 at Trimble Hall.

What should faculty do with the top 5 percent of students who are academically gifted? Based on research, universities in general are not challenging these students sufficiently to allow them to maximize their academic potential. Attend this session and learn how to better assist these students.

The session is taught by Mary Lynn Crow, professor in the College of Education and Health Professions. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.The program is free, but register by contacting Delene Remmers at 2-2737 or

Encourage students to register to vote

Faculty and staff are urged to encourage students to register to vote. Students living on campus, in a residence hall or apartment, can register at their campus address.

Voter registration applications are available through Monday, Oct. 4, in the Student Congress office, Suite B150, on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

UT Arlington is an early voting polling site 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 25-28 in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center.

For more information, contact Jennifer Fox, Student Congress external relations director, at

Tonight is UT Arlington Night at the Rangers

President James D. Spaniolo will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at UT Arlington Night at the Rangers tonight Monday, Sept. 27, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Game time is 7:05 p.m. as the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners.

Tickets are no longer available at, but you can purchase them at, using the password rangers. If you ordered tickets from, they must be picked up by noon today in the Department of Student Activities, Suite B140 on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Benefit Yourself

Mav Talk: Mind/Emotion Wellness Day

Screenings are available for stress, anxiety, depression, eating and sleeping problems, ADHD, and alcohol and relationship concerns. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Counseling Services, Mental Health Services.

Identity Theft

Real Issues/Real Talk: Identify Theft

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. Speakers are Rick Gomez of the UT Arlington Police Department and Sean Lanham of the Office of Information Technology. Space is limited. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, Carlisle Room, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 235, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Next Generation Nuclear Plants and Related Material Issues Uner Colak, professor of nuclear engineering at Hacettepe University in Ankara, discusses existing reactor technologies and introduces the need and expectations for future nuclear power technologies. Free. 2 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Rasool Kenarangui,, 2-3423.


'Cabaret' Lecture Series: 1920s Photojournalism in America Erika Pribanic-Smith, assistant professor of communication, discusses Another Perspective: 1920s Photojournalism in America. Free. 6 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, Natalie Gaupp,

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Architecture Lecture Series Dallas architect Ron Wommack is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson,, 2-2314.

Friday, Oct. 1

Marketing Brown Bag Series Jin-Woo Kim, doctoral student in marketing, and Traci Freling, assistant professor of marketing, discuss "Is Super Bowl advertising worth the expense? An event study analysis." Free. 12:30-2 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Marketing Brown Bag Series. Ritesh Saini,, 2-0221.

Through Saturday, Oct. 2

Banned Book Week

Banned Book Week In celebration of Banned Book Week, the staff at UT Arlington libraries encourages you to check out a banned book. Need some suggestions? See the display at the Central Library or the Banned Book Week slideshow showing the Maverick librarians reading their favorite banned books.

Monday, Oct. 4

Architecture Lecture Series Phoenix architect Will Bruder is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson,, 2-2314.

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Vocabulary + Identity Visiting Artist Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who completed two important public commissions: The Park of the Laments for the Indianapolis Museum of Art and The Geometry of Conscience, located next to the new Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile. Presented by the School of Architecture, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Art and Art History. Free. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building., 2-2891.

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

Going Out

Monday, Sept. 27-Friday, Oct. 1

Prince of Persia

Semana de Cultura Works by Andrew Ortiz, professor of photography, displayed as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Featured lecture and reception, noon-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. Free. E.H. Hereford University Center Gallery. Multicultural Affairs.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

$2 Movie: Prince of Persia Prince, princess, villain, special dagger, magic sand, time travel. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Planetarium. 2-1183.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

$2 Movie: Robin Hood Russell Crowe in tights. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Planetarium. 2-1183.

Volleyball Mavericks face Texas State in a Southland Conference match. $6. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics. 2-2261.


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 concludes this weekend with Incendio, Big Sam's Funky Nation, and Asleep at the Wheel. 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Planetarium Programs 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. 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.)



Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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