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

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Tickets still available for music scholarship gala at Winspear Opera House

The Department of Music presents the 2011 Spring Scholarship Gala at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25.

The gala will highlight music students from the A Cappella Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to an endowment for student scholarships. Tickets are available by calling the Music Department at 2-3471 or on the Winspear website.

UT Arlington is the first university to host a concert at the Winspear Opera House, which opened in October 2009. Read more about UT Arlington music at Winspear.

Town hall meeting set for Tuesday

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting hosted by President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center.

The president will provide a brief update on the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature and how it will affect the University's budget for the next fiscal year, but the bulk of the forum will be dedicated to an open question-and-answer session.

If you're unable to attend the meeting, feel free to submit any questions you may have via email to the president at or to the provost at

Ed Whitacre

Ed Whitacre

Former General Motors, AT&T leader headlines College of Business Executive Dinner

Ed Whitacre, former chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors and AT&T, will offer “Lessons in Leadership” as the keynote speaker for the 2011 Executive Dinner hosted by the College of Business.

Whitacre joined GM as chairman in July 2009 and held that position until the end of December 2010. He also served as chief executive officer from December 2009 through August 2010. Whitacre served as chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T from 1990 to June 2007 and continues to hold the title of AT&T chairman emeritus.

The Executive Dinner begins with a 6 p.m. reception and registration Wednesday, April 27, at the Arlington Sheraton Hotel, 1500 Convention Center Drive. Dinner is at 7 p.m. with alumni awards and recognition scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 each. For more information, see College of Business Executive Dinner. featured at national conference’s experience in creating and running a 24-hour Internet radio station was featured at the 2011 Broadcast Education Association conference earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nev.

More than 70 visitors attended the session “Internet Radio: It’s Here, It’s Digital and It’s Growing Stronger.” The featured speakers from UT Arlington’s Department of Communication included Joe Carter, manager of tech operations for the department; Lance Liguez, broadcast lecturer; Tom Ingram, associate professor of advertising; and Tom Christie, associate professor of public relations. Andrew Clark, associate professor of broadcast communication, moderated the discussion. is a student-run Internet radio station that serves the University—and the world—with its eclectic mix of alternative/indie rock, sports, and student-produced entertainment.

  Mav Pic 20-year service award

Celebrating 20 years

Faculty and staff with 10, 15, and 20 years of service were honored with a reception Tuesday in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. President James D. Spaniolo, top center, shown here with the 20-year group, praised the honorees' dedication and commitment.

Graduate Studies wins office Recyclemania competition

The Office of Graduate Studies was honored as the first-place winner in the Green Team Recyclemania Contest at a reception Tuesday in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Second place went to University Center Operations while Facilities Management was third. Altogether 13 offices recycled over 8,000 pounds of materials during the 10 weeks of competition. All were honored at the reception.

NSF exhibit at Planetarium examines search for gravitational waves

The Planetarium at UT Arlington is hosting a National Science Foundation-funded exhibit about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory or LIGO. “Astronomy's New Messengers: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves” will be on display in the Chemistry and Physics Building through July 29.

LIGO is a unique effort to detect and monitor ripples in the fabric of space and time produced by violent events like the collision of black holes. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of “gravitational waves” in his 1916 general theory of relativity. LIGO, which has a detection station in Louisiana and one in the state of Washington, was developed by scientists from the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics and director of UT Arlington’s astronomy program, says the exhibit is a good example of the NSF and UT Arlington’s commitment to bringing science to the general public.

“Black holes are just one of those terms that catch the imagination of many people, and this exhibit has the potential to engage young students who may one day pursue a career in science,” Dr. Cuntz says.

Contact Levent Gurdemir, Planetarium director, at 2-1183 for more information about the free exhibit.

License plate

Reserve your UT Arlington license plate

Add a splash of blue and orange to your vehicle with UT Arlington's new Texas license plate. The colorful tags—offered through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles—are an ideal way to show your UT Arlington pride.

They’re also a great way to support deserving Mavericks. The plates cost $55 for a one-year commitment, $195 for five years, and $295 for 10 years (that's only $29.50 per year), and a percentage of the sale from each plate goes to UT Arlington student scholarships.

Sign up now to receive email information about the plates and advance notification when they become available in early May. Signing up for the advance notification is not an obligation to purchase.

Visit the myplates website, check out the plate design, and sign up today.

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The Big Event

Volunteers with Saturday's Big Event carry bags of debris while cleaning the yard of a local resident. The annual day of service totaled 1,071 volunteers working on 37 projects. See more images from The Big Event.


Metro Golf Tournament registration deadline is Friday, April 29

Registration deadline for the 38th Annual UT Arlington Metro Golf Tournament is Friday, April 29. The tournament Monday, May 16, is open to faculty and staff members of area colleges and universities along with UT Arlington alumni.

The tournament raises money for student scholarships. See information online or contact Chris Muller at

Hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, the tournament is at Mansfield National Golf Club.

Volunteers needed for Commencement

Be a volunteer greeter for Commencement 2011 May 12-15, and share your Maverick pride with our graduates' families and guests.

To sign up, contact Susann Asebedo at 2-2963 or

Health Services, Library seek information through surveys

Take a few moments to complete the quick and anonymous patient satisfaction Health Services' survey through Friday, April 29. Health Services is committed to meeting and exceeding your expectations. Feedback on your impressions of the facility and experiences of care, service, and staff are important and encouraged.

Take the Library's survey and give your thoughts, suggestions, and insight into how the new website is working for you. At the end of the survey, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a drawing. The survey and drawing run through Saturday, April 30, with prizes awarded in the last week of the spring semester.

Benefit Yourself

How to Make Your Own Organic Cleaning Supplies

Tired of the high cost and environmental impact of commercial cleaning supplies? Learn to make your own using organic plant oils and scrubbing ingredients that are often gentle enough to eat, then take home a basket with the essentials for cleaning every room of your house. In this class you will make: all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant soap, glass cleaner, bathroom scrub, and carpet sprinkle. Supplies and required text are included in course fee. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $69. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 23, Room A101, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.


Writing Effective Email

Email has become an essential communication tool for most individuals and organizations. It is essential that you identify and learn all of the basics of email communication as well as all of the dangers of email communication. In this course, participants will learn the keys to effective emails as well as proper cyber manners and how to avoid email overload. Free. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Learn the basic differences and advantages of creating with Adobe Illustrator instead of using other bitmap graphic programs. Recognize the basics of the Toolbox, Canvas, Swatches, Layers, Lines, and Fills. Create an eye-popping advertisement that can be printed at any size to the highest quality. Free. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, Room B29, Central Library. Get more information at Technoscholar workshops.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Campus life changed after VT shootings

Assessing Colorado's renewable energy

Royal consorts must walk fine line

"Something kind of foundational changed in American academic life. We realized that colleges and universities are beset with the same kind of human and social problems we find outside."

"Making electricity more costly or unavailable has serious consequences. About half of our energy is used in producing food, medicines, and other consumer goods."

"The consort is more defined by what he or she is not supposed to do than by what he or she can do."

— Dr. Ben Agger, professor of sociology, concerning the fourth anniversary of the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech University.
St. Petersburg Times

— Dr. Roger Meiners, chair of the Department of Economics, on the Colorado Renewable Energy Standard.
Daily Camera

— Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon, associate professor of history, concerning Kate Middleton becoming a royal consort.
Postmedia News (Canada)

Sports Notes
  Linda Aqvist

Undefeated: Freshman Linda Aqvist was named Southland Conference women's tennis player of the week. She is one of three UT Arlington players to post a 10-0 singles record in conference matches this season.

Women win regular season tennis title

The women's tennis team captured its second Southland Conference regular season title in the last three years, finishing undefeated in league play with wins at Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State last weekend.

Now 17-4 overall, the Mavericks are the top seed in the SLC Tournament April 29-May 1 in San Antonio.

Mavericks host SLC Golf Tournament next week

The Mavericks host the Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship Monday-Wednesday, April 25-27, at Waterchase Golf Course in Fort Worth.

Southeastern Louisiana won the team title last year. UT Arlington's last championship came in 2005. Lamar has dominated the tournament through the years, winning 23 titles.

Softball team climbs back into lead

Winning two of three at Stephen F. Austin last weekend, the Maverick softball team moved back into first place in the Southland Conference with a 16-5 league record.

The Mavericks, 29-17 overall, lost to UT Austin in a non-conference game Tuesday. They return to SLC action, hosting Sam Houston State in an SLC series Friday-Saturday, April 22-23.

Baseball Mavs travel to Central Arkansas

Tied for fourth in the Southland Conference, the baseball team travels to Central Arkansas for games Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23.

The Mavericks are 21-17 overall after downing Houston Baptist on Tuesday and winning two of three from McNeese State in an SLC series last weekend.

Sports shorts

• The women’s 4x400-meter relay team set a meet record at the Northwestern State Invitational with a time of 3:43.21 last weekend. The Maverick women’s and men’s track teams compete in the Baylor Invitational in Waco on Saturday, April 23.

• Men’s tennis finished 3-2 in the Southland Conference and earned a trip to the SLC Tournament. The Mavericks defeated Nicholls State and Lamar in SLC matches last weekend and will begin conference tournament play Saturday, April 30, in San Antonio.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 21

Open Forum: Dean of Engineering Candidate Ted Bergman, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. A reception follows in the atrium. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering Dean Search.

Hussein Rashid

Islamic Art and Culture Forum Hussein Rashid, right, visiting professor at Virginia Theological Seminary, discusses “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Arts,” in a forum concerning the history and culture of Muslims. Free. 6 p.m. Room 204, Architecture Building. College of Liberal Arts, School of Architecture.

RHA Block Party and Springfest Concert Carnival style treats, games, and activities galore. We the Kings is the featured band, along with The Orbans, winner of the Battle of the Bands competition. Free. 6-10:30 p.m., University Center mall. Student Affairs, 2-0487.

CMAS Distinguished Lecture 2011 Award-winning author David Montejano, professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley, discusses "After the Fury: On the Question of Leadership and the Chicano Movement." A reception and book signing follow. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies, 2-2933.

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Performances by the ensemble, directed by Michael Varner, and the UTA Samba Band. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday-Saturday, April 22-23

Softball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Free with UT Arlington ID. Doubleheader 4 p.m. Friday, single game 1 p.m. Saturday. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Morning Glory An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show with warring co-hosts. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Monday, April 25

Southland Conference Golf Tournament The three-day, 54-hole event continues through Wednesday. 8 a.m. each day. Waterchase Golf Course, Fort Worth. Athletics, 2-2261.

Open Forum: Dean of Engineering Candidate Craig Benson, chair of geological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A reception follows in the atrium. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering Dean Search.

UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark Wear your Maverick blue and come for the pre-game fun featuring the UT Arlington color guard, performance of the national anthem, and special appearance by Blaze. Provost Donald R. Bobbitt will throw out the first pitch. Discount tickets can be reserved at Use the password rangers. Pre-game festivities begin at 6:45 p.m. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.


Richard Ferrier

Architecture Exhibit: Richard Ferrier The School of Architecture honors the late Professor Richard Ferrier, right, through an exhibit of his work and his life. Ferrier taught at UT Arlington from 1968-2010 and was associate dean from 1985-95. He died in August 2010. Part of the exhibit includes his work featured in the United States Library of Congress. Free. 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through April 30. Room 206, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Reconsidering Art History An exhibit by Betsy Williamson ('06 BFA), who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-0365.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium Discover the Magnificent Sun in this UT Arlington original show. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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



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