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

Monday, August 22, 2011

Maverick Speakers art

Emmitt Smith kicks off Maverick Speakers Series in October

The fourth season of the Maverick Speakers Series will include a football hall-of famer, entrepreneurs, a CNN anchor, an oceanographer, and a former governor and education activist.

The 2011-12 season kicks off Oct. 20 with Emmitt Smith, the National Football League's all-time leading rusher. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. The events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required and may be obtained at at a date to be announced.

Smith, who spent 12 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. He is a majority partner and co-chairman of ESmith Legacy, Inc., a Dallas-based commercial real estate company focused on delivering real estate solutions and services for general and minority marketing development.

The Maverick Speakers Series also includes:

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked about and least conventional success stories in American business. Founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., they built a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by harnessing the power of social responsibility and creative management. Nov. 17 in Texas Hall.

Soledad O’Brien is an anchor and special correspondent for CNN. Since joining the network in 2003, she has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning, record-breaking, and critically acclaimed documentaries. She is also part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.” Feb. 7 in Texas Hall.

Robert Ballard has made some of the most startling undersea discoveries in recent years, both natural and man-made. He is best known as the man who found the wreck of the Titanic and has led or participated in more than 65 underwater expeditions, some of them involving deep-diving submersibles he has designed. March 6 in Texas Hall.

Jeb Bush was the 43rd governor of Florida (1998-2007). He is the son of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, and brother of the 43rd president, George W. Bush. He now heads the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and his ideas on education reform are garnering national interest. March 23 in College Park Center.

For more information, see Maverick Speakers Series.

New website

University's redesigned website goes live with new features

The University’s central website has been redesigned and is now live. The rollout, which is the result of a comprehensive planning and development process spearheaded by the Office of Communications and Marketing, began Friday and continued through the weekend.

The redesigned site reflects major changes to navigation and site architecture, as well as numerous new features and functionality that make full use of the University’s content management system. The site makes use of a lively and robust editorial style, as well as a significant amount of compelling new photos and videos which are now being utilized and integrated strategically throughout the site.

The home page, which is primarily targeted to important external audiences such as prospective students and parents, has undergone a complete overhaul and now features a dynamic virtual tour that incorporates real-time Google Maps technology as a way to serve up information about events, research, and campus facts. Other new key areas include a robust new “about” section, and resource portal areas for faculty and staff, students, and visitors.

“This is a huge step forward for the University,” says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications. “Every decision we have made was predicated on the quality of the user experience. Navigation is much easier and more intuitive, information is much better organized, and visitors no longer have to navigate pages and pages of links to find relevant content. This is a Tier One effort through and through.”

If you encounter a problem with the site, contact Andrew Leverenz, director of online communication, at

Ya'Ke Smith

Featured speaker: Ya'Ke Smith, guest faculty speaker at the MavsMeet Convocation on Wednesday, won the 2011 Black Reel Award for his film Katrina's Son.

Mavs Meet followed by faculty, staff reception on Wednesday

Join the MavsMeet Convocation at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Texas Hall and hear guest faculty speaker Ya'Ke Smith, assistant professor in art and art history.

Smith, a noted filmmaker, is followed by remarks from Provost Donald R. Bobbitt, Vice President for Student Affairs Frank R. Lamas, and Student Congress President Jennifer Fox. College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma serves as emcee.

The UT Arlington Marching Band and 440 Alliance, a strings ensemble of UT Arlington alumni, offer musical entertainment.

A reception for faculty and staff follows at 5 p.m. in the University Club, with refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and door prizes.

Nursing student

Blazing a path: The Professional Nursing Pathways Program helps community college students who plan to continue at UT Arlington.

Nursing creates seamless path for RNs to earn bachelor's degree

A new partnership between the College of Nursing and more than a dozen Texas community colleges will give nursing students graduating with an associate degree a seamless path to earning a bachelor’s degree.

The new Professional Nursing Pathways Program provides community college nursing students access to course plans modeled for quick entry into UT Arlington’s RN-to-BSN program. By following the courses outlined, students will be able to begin the program about 60 days after graduating from participating community colleges.

Studies show that just 18 percent of nursing graduates with associate degrees pursue more advanced degrees. The pathways program can change that, says College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster.

“We wanted to take away the barriers that keep these new nurses from completing bachelor’s degrees,” she says. “This program creates an accessible and affordable seamless transition, and it begins while students are still at the community college.”

UT Arlington’s popular online RN-to-BSN program can be completed in as few as 13 months.

Read more about the pathways program online.

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High-tech class

Dr. Eric Bolsterli, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a senior lecturer in history, demonstrates the interactive whiteboard in the recently updated Room 108 in University Hall. A large screen connects to the whiteboard and document projector as well as the lecturer's computer or iPad. The 250-seat lecture room includes a theater-style sound system, wi-fi capability, padded seating, electrical outlets on some tables, and more. Geoscience Room 100 will be equipped with similar amenities by January.

Order parking permit by Thursday

Order your parking permit for the 2011-12 academic year no later than Thursday, Aug. 25, the first day of fall classes.

All faculty and staff parking on campus must have a permit. Order from the MyMav page by clicking on the blue P at Order Permits Now for Fall 2011. Print the confirmation page of your order and place it on the dashboard of your vehicle until you receive your permit in the mail.

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.

The new 1,100-space College Park garage, which opens today, Monday, Aug. 22, has entrances on both UTA Boulevard and Center Street.

For more information, call the Parking Office at 2-3907.

Job Fair volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the Fall Job Fair Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Maverick Activities Center. The fair, hosted by the Career Center, has shifts available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Faculty and staff are needed most 11 a.m.-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, visit the Career Center in Room 216 of Davis Hall and fill out a form or contact the Career Center at 2-2932 or

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

Benefit Yourself

Writing Effective Email

Learn the keys to effective emails as well as proper cyber manners and how to avoid email overload. Free. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate (GA) Certification Exam Prep course is designed for anyone interested in a career in the green building industry, but who does not want to work in design and construction. The accreditation is a prerequisite for other LEED specialty exams. Call 2-2581 for faculty/staff discount fee of $297.50. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 24-25, Continuing Education and Workforce Development Center, 140 W. Mitchell St. Division for Enterprise Development, Continuing Education.


Blackboard Support and Training Webinar for Faculty, Staff: Discover Blackboard's Potential

Blackboard is a valuable tool for online and in-class courses. Utilize Blackboard to supplement your fall courses. Join an online discussion about the features of Blackboard and how you might use it within your class to get more information to your students, to keep students updated, to give access to course documents, and more. Staff will be on hand to answer your Blackboard questions. The webinar is in Adobe Connect, and speakers are needed. Free. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, Blackboard webinar.

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.

Extra Credit

Friday, Aug. 26

CEO: James D. Spaniolo UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo discusses current challenges facing both students and administrators in higher education with host Lee Cullum. 7 p.m., KERA TV.

Monday, Aug. 29-Friday, Sept. 2

Carter BloodCare Drive Donate to the Carter BloodCare center. Central Library mall and E.H. Hereford University Center mall. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. UTA Volunteers, 2-2963.

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

Going Out

Wednesday, Aug. 24

MavsMeet Convocation Celebrate the start of the new academic year. Free. 4 p.m., Texas Hall. MavsMeet Convocation.

Source Code

MavsMeet Faculty/Staff Reception Join fellow faculty and staff members for a reception with refreshments and music after the convocation. Free. 5 p.m., University Club.

$2 Movie: Source Code A soldier wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find a commuter train bomber. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Movin' Mavs Blue/White Game Movin' Mavs alumni will coach the Blue/White instrasquad wheelchair basketball game. Jerseys will be thrown to the crowd. Free. 1 p.m., Texas Hall.


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 Sept. 9. Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas.

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

Broken Sugar An exhibition of 22 mixed-media sculptures and two-dimensional works by Melba Northum. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Sept. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Life and Death in the Northern Passage Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Planetarium Summer schedule continues through Sunday, Aug. 28. Fall schedule begins Tuesday, Aug. 30. Planetarium, 2-1183.

(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

Published by University Communications. Photography, video, design, and online services provided by the Department of Communications and Marketing.

© 2011 The University of Texas at Arlington


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