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

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vandergriff Hall

Vandergriff Hall: The residence hall under construction at College Park will be named in honor of the late Tom J. Vandergriff, former Arlington mayor, Tarrant County judge, and U.S. congressman. College Park is scheduled to open in August 2012.

Vandergriff Hall name approved for College Park

The UT System Board of Regents has approved an honorific naming of the new residence hall under construction at College Park for former Arlington mayor, congressman, and Tarrant County judge, the late Tom J. Vandergriff.

Vandergriff died in December 2010. He played a pivotal role in moving the former Arlington State College from a two-year institution to the comprehensive four-year, research University that UT Arlington is today.

President James D. Spaniolo says the naming of Tom J. Vandergriff Hall will recognize the historic contributions of the civic leader who launched UT Arlington on its path toward becoming a nationally recognized research institution.

“Vandergriff Hall will be a fitting tribute to a man who gave a lifetime of service to the University and to the city of Arlington,” Spaniolo says.

Read more about Vandergriff and Vandergriff Hall.

Erian Armanios and Julie Alexander

Armanios, Alexander named to fill interim dean positions

Erian Armanios will serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering, and Julie Alexander has been named interim dean of the Library.

Dr. Armanios, chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will serve as interim dean Sept. 1-Dec. 31 until newly named Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet arrives on campus in January 2012.

"Dr. Armanios is an experienced administrator with an exceptional record as a teacher and scholar," says Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Alexander has worked in the UT Arlington Library since 1978 and has served as an associate director since 1995.

“Julie’s years of executive experience will be a valuable benefit for the University’s administration,” Dr. Bobbitt says.

Armanios and Alexander replace Bill Carroll and Gerald Saxon, respectively, who will step down from their dean's positions Aug. 31 and return to faculty positions.

University makes Princeton Review's 'Best of the West' list

The Princeton Review has chosen UT Arlington as one of 121 schools featured in the “Best of the West” section of its “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

College ratings are based on academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, and quality of life factors. The service also surveys students online and by mail.

The Best Regional Colleges section of The Princeton Review’s website features 629 colleges divided into four geographic areas. The chosen schools represent 25 percent of the four-year colleges in the U.S. The site says the schools “stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning.”

The review lists biology, business administration, and nursing as some of the most popular majors at UT Arlington. The site features a “Students Say” section that lauds the University’s diversity and says, “it would be hard not to find some group you would fit into.”

For more information about the rankings, visit

  Mav Pic Oncor incentive check

Energy savings

An energy-efficient lighting system in the new Engineering Research Building already has paid off, with a $22,817 incentive check from Oncor’s Educational Facilities Program. From left are Phil Lanier, CLEAResult senior program consultant; Nick Schroeder, University facilities engineer; Bill Poole, assistant vice president for facilities management; and Mark Bringhurst, Oncor's director of Fort Worth Region Business Operations. The more than 213,000 kilowatt-hours saved annually is equal to the emissions of about 16,500 gallons of gasoline, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Parking options expand this fall

A new garage on the east side of campus and a reduced-priced remote site on the west side provide numerous options to park this fall.

More than 1,000 spaces are available in the new College Park garage at UTA Boulevard between Pecan and Center streets. A free electric vehicle charging station is part of the new garage.

Reduced pricing on remote parking is available. Faculty and staff can park at Maverick Stadium and ride the University shuttles to all parts of the campus.

All faculty and staff must have their permits no later than Thursday, Aug. 25, the first day of fall classes. Order your parking permit for the 2011-12 academic year online by signing in on the MyMav page, then click on Order Permits Now for Fall 2011, indicated by the big blue-and-white P.

Reserved space permits and permit upgrades are available at the Parking Office in the Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell. Reserved permits are not offered online.

Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 for more details.

Faculty, staff reception to follow MavsMeet Convocation

A reception for faculty and staff follows the MavsMeet Convocation at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the University Club. Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and door prizes will be available.

The MavsMeet Convocation starts at 4 p.m. in Texas Hall. This year's guest faculty speaker is art Assistant Professor Ya'Ke Smith. Other speakers include Provost Donald Bobbitt, Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Lamas, and Student Congress President Jennifer Fox. College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma serves as emcee.

The kickoff ceremony also includes a spirited performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band and a musical offering from the 440 Alliance, a strings ensemble of UT Arlington alumni.

For more information, call 2-6080.

Mav Pic Watermelon Wednesday

A soak in one

A putt by Lisa Thompson, director of TRiO Pre-College Programs, is about to result in a soaking for Jeff Hazelrigs, Student Congress vice president, as Scott Sorensen looks on. The game was part of Watermelon Wednesday, a wet fest hosted last week by EXCEL Campus Activities on the Central Library mall.


Maverick Stampede begins Aug. 22

See what’s new on campus during the Maverick Stampede, which begins Monday, Aug. 22, and continues through Saturday, Sept. 10.

The lineup includes campus traditions like MavsMeet Convocation; Activities Fair Day; Welcome Back Splash; Wings, Wieners and Water; and more. Check for a schedule of all events.

Take trash to common area containers

Faculty and staff are reminded to take their trash to common area containers daily. Do not leave trash in offices and do not deposit food or food wrappers in recycle containers. Failure to follow procedures is causing pest control problems.

The procedures are part of cost-savings measures. The staff reductions in Custodial Services helped UT Arlington absorb two state-mandated revenue reductions during the current fiscal year.

If your office has a party that may have pizza or cake boxes or a large amount of trash, contact the Facilities Management service call center at 2-2000, and the custodial team will come and empty the trash.

For more information, contact Don Lange, director of auxiliary operations and logistics for Facilities Management, at

Move-in Event needs more volunteers

Volunteers are still needed for the Residence Hall Move-in Event 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. The Move-in Event is a campus-wide initiative to assist more than 1,500 residence hall students who will be living on campus this fall.

Use the volunteer registration online for two-hour shifts.

The event is sponsored by Apartment and Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs. For more information, contact Mari Duncan, director of Residence Life, at

Renew your Campus Rec membership

Faculty and staff can renew or sign up for new Campus Recreation memberships for the 2011-12 academic year using payroll deduction.

Current payroll deduction memberships expire Wednesday, Aug. 31. Visit the Services and Information Desk at the Maverick Activities Center to sign up.

For more information, contact Blair Schuyler at or see

Trust established for Trini Ta-Do children

President James D. Spaniolo has joined with Arlington civic leaders to establish a trust fund for the children of Trini Ta-Do, a UT Arlington research associate who died last month.

Ta-Do ('04 BS) and her sister Michelle Ta ('08 BS), who also died, both worked at TMAC (formerly the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center) at UT Arlington's Automation & Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth.

“The UT Arlington family grieves the loss of these two valued employees,” Spaniolo says. “We support their families and friends as they establish a trust fund to benefit the surviving children.”

Contributions can be made at any Chase Bank location to “The Paul and Anna Do Trust.”

Exchange ProCards at downtown office

There's still time to exchange your JP Morgan Chase ProCard for the new CitiBank card.

To receive your CitiBank ProCard, go to the Finance and Administration Annex, 219 W. Main St., in downtown Arlington. Cardholders must bring their Chase cards for the exchange.

For more information, call the Office of Procurement Services at 2-2194.

Fiscal year-end deadlines listed online

Fiscal year 2010-2011 year-end financial deadlines have been established and can be viewed online. Many deadlines are before the end of the month. Your efforts in meeting these deadlines ensure that the University's financial position is accurately stated as of Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The transition from JP Morgan Chase to CitiBank will result in additional VP7 document processing in August and September. See the schedule below for deadlines for these additional VP7 documents.

  Cycle Begins        Cycle Ends
VP7 Production 
Citibank  Thursday, Aug. 4 Wednesday, Aug. 17  Friday, Aug. 19 Friday, Aug. 26
  Thursday, Aug. 18 
Friday, Sept. 2 Tuesday, Sept. 6 Thursday, Sept. 8

JP Morgan Chase  Saturday, Aug. 6 Wednesday, Aug. 17 Friday, Aug. 19 Friday, Aug. 26
  Thursday, Aug. 18 Monday, Sept. 5 Wednesday, Sept. 7 Thursday, Sept. 8

* Departmental approval by 5 p.m.

This is a very short review period for VP7s compared to normal review time. The brief review period for CitiBank and JP Morgan Chase is required because of end-of-fiscal-year deadlines.

For more information, contact Paul Goyne at or 2-3404.

Benefit Yourself

Fresh Start from Tobacco

Four one-hour sessions are designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. The program addresses tobacco addiction and cessation topics. Sessions cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions. Free. See the schedule for times. Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 16-17, Room B03, Health Center. Health Services.

Living well logo

Free Preventive Care and Services

With the implementation of health care reform beginning Sept. 1, certain additional preventive care and services will be available through UT Select. Most will have no copayment or coinsurance as long as you see a network provider. Learn more and make your preventive care screening appointment today. UT System Benefits.

Basic Floral Design

This hands-on class introduces you to the key concepts of floral design—balance, color, proportion, and shape. Create beautiful arrangements with fresh flowers while focusing on materials, mechanics, and design standards. The instructor will provide some supplies, but participants should bring their own flowers, containers, and basic tools for later sessions. Call 2-2581 for faculty/staff discount of $79.50. 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Aug. 16-30, Room F200D, Continuing Education and Workforce Building. See the Continuing Education fall catalog.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 150, 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 email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Development has hot and not-so-hot zones

Reflecting on Canadian foreign policy

Tobacco-free campus provides healthy walk

"I fully expect that Museum Place will be able to get a good mix of retailers and bars and restaurants once they get their apartment projects completed."

"Put simply, Jews have had a much longer history of acclimatization into the Canadian economic, social, and political environment."

"I applaud the university for this healthy initiative and for joining the other smoke-free campuses across the country."

— Dr. Fred Forgey, executive director of the graduate program in real estate in the College of Business, on the West 7th development in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Weekly

— Dr. Brent Sasley, assistant professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts, on Jewish and Arab lobbying groups in Canada.
Tablet Magazine

— Pam Hancock, social work doctoral student from Dallas, on the University's tobacco-free initiative.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Drug violence on border focus on exhibit, lectures

The War Next Door

Alumnus Dominic Bracco II (BA '08) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juárez in his exhibit “Life and Death in The Northern Passage,” part of a fall semester program on “The War Next Door: Narco-Violence on the U.S./Mexico Border."

The exhibit, presented by Special Collections, opens Monday, Aug. 15, on the sixth floor of the Central Library and runs through Jan. 14, 2012.

Bracco, who earned degrees in journalism and Spanish literature, is a photojournalist based in Mexico City. He has worked for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

The photojournalist will speak at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library. His topic is “The Lost Generation: Globalization, Youth Culture, and Violence in Ciudad Juárez."

John Burnett of National Public Radio speaks on “The War Next Door” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the atrium.

Photographer David Taylor talks about “Working the Line: Physical, Social, and Political Topography of the U.S./Mexico Border” at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in room 148 of the Fine Arts Building.

Thursday, Aug. 11

Mavs Book Club The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel is the August selection. The club meets the second Thursday of every month. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Free. 5 p.m., Starbucks, E.H. Hereford University Center. Mavs Book Club.

Broken Sugar Reception An exhibition of 22 mixed-media sculpture and two-dimensional works by Melba Northum begins with a reception. Free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Free Movie: Thor A powerful but arrogant warrior's reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Rated PG-13. Final presentation of the summer series. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Aug. 12

$2 Movie: Tron: Legacy The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, Aug. 17

$2 Movie: Mars Needs Moms A young boy gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians take her away. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Planetarium, 2-1183.


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

Ice Worlds

Influence Exhibit Three members of the Department of Art and Art History faculty—Marilyn Jolly, Sedrick Huckaby, and Carlos Donjuan—have combined their talents for this painting exhibit. 3-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Through Friday, Sept. 9. Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas.

Planetarium See the effect of ice in our own ecosystem, and travel to distant worlds to see how ice shapes the landscape and natural systems there in Ice Worlds. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. See the summer schedule. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Texas Rangers Baseball Get tickets for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password rangers for designated games through Wednesday, Sept. 14.

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



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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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