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

Monday, December 12, 2011

Luis Rosado and Carla Amaro-Jimenez

Education professors receive grant for nearly $1.9 million

The U.S. Department of Education and the Office of English Language Acquisition have awarded two bilingual education professors nearly $1.9 million to improve preparation for teachers who serve English learners.

Luis Rosado, director of the College of Education and Health Professions Center for Bilingual Education, along with Carla Amaro-Jimenez, assistant professor of bilingual/ESL education, worked to obtain the grant.

Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, says the funds will strengthen the University’s expertise in a critical area of education research and instruction.

“Our bilingual program is recognized as one of the best in the state and in the nation,” Dr. Gerlach says. “This grant is significant as it helps support our efforts to engage teachers and students through language immersion programs.”

Read more about the bilingual education grant.

Moritz family creates $1 million endowed nursing chair

A $1 million endowment to support a new chair of geriatric nursing research has been created through a generous gift by the Moritz family.

The gift establishes the first endowed faculty chair in the College of Nursing, which has more than tripled its enrollment in the past three years to about 6,000 students this fall to make it the largest nursing program in Texas.

The commitment from the Moritz family, namesakes of Moritz Dealerships, honors achievements of the college and will enable the University to advance research in the critical field of elder care. The Moritz family’s $500,000 commitment will double through the Maverick Match program to create the $1 million endowment.

“This is a phenomenal commitment,” says Elizabeth C. Poster, dean of the College of Nursing. “This gift will help us attract the kind of prominent scholar who can help move our research agenda forward and help inspire our students to see themselves as scientists and scholars for the future.”

Read more about the $1 million endowment.

Kytai Nguyen

Kytai Nguyen

Grant aids study of heart disease at cellular level

Kytai Nguyen, an associate professor of bioengineering, has been awarded a $140,000 American Heart Association grant to study how physical and biological factors influence the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells, a condition that can lead to heart disease.

Dr. Nguyen says a better understanding of how smooth muscle cells respond to changes in their environment could lead to advancements in how vascular disease develops.

Collaborating with her are bioengineering Professor Charles Chuong and J.-C. Chiao, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Read more about the American Heart Association grant.


Commencement ceremonies begin Thursday at Texas Hall

Fall Commencement ceremonies for graduating students are Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 15-18, at Texas Hall. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to

If you are interested in attending Commencement exercises, contact the individual colleges or schools for tickets. No tickets will be available at Texas Hall.

Thursday, Dec. 15 - College of Science, 12:30 p.m.; School of Architecture, 4 p.m.; College of Nursing (undergraduate in Texas Hall, graduate in Bluebonnet Ballroom), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 16 - School of Social Work, University College, 12:30 p.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 17 - College of Engineering, 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 18 - College of Business, 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.; School of Urban and Public Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies, 7:30 p.m.

Second energy efficiency project will save money in 2012

UT Arlington will start 2012 saving money and decreasing energy use after this month’s completion of a $9.9 million package of efficiency-boosting facility upgrades.

Dallas-based TDIndustries Inc. carried out the yearlong project, which will guarantee that UT Arlington saves about $1.1 million each year in energy and maintenance costs and reduces its energy usage by 9.8 million kilowatt hours annually. An initial evaluation of energy bills from March 2011 through September 2011 showed the University already has saved more than $488,000.

Read more about the energy efficiency project.

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Holiday fun

President James D. Spaniolo, top, welcomes everyone to the Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception in the Bluebonnet Ballroom on Thursday. Among those enjoying the festivities are clockwise from lower left, Bonnie Rodriguez, Susann Asebedo, Regina Lattimore, Veronica Rendon, Loretta Pequeno-Griffin, and Mike Taddesse. The UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, provided music for the event, which was sponsored in part by Dining Services.


Bookstore open house Wednesday features 20 percent discount

Faculty and staff are invited to the annual Holiday Open House 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the UTA Bookstore.

Selected items of apparel, gifts, and general books will be discounted 20 percent. Refreshments will be served 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

TRiO seeking school supplies

Donate school supplies to assist low-income youth in grades 7-12 as part of the TRiO pre-college programs.

Notebook paper, pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, note cards, backpacks, calculators, and three-ring binders are needed.

Donations will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 22, at the TRiO office in Room 706 of Carlisle Hall.

For more information about the TRiO pre-college programs, visit the websites at,, and

SAC of Joy drive seeks toys, clothing

Bring children's toys and books, packaged children's socks and underwear, new/lightly used winter clothing, new/lightly used pillows, blankets, and sheets to the SAC of Joy toy and clothing drive through Friday, Dec. 16.

Drop-off boxes are in Davis Hall, the Central Library, E.H. Hereford University Center, Maverick Activities Center, and other locations around campus.

The drive benefits Arlington Charities, Arlington Life Shelter, and Friends of the Family Women's Shelter and is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council.

Dallas Stars discount tickets available

Discount tickets are available for faculty, staff, students, and friends of UT Arlington to see the Dallas Stars this month.

Order tickets online and use the code stars to order your choice of five games Dec. 19-31 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Benefit Yourself
Living well

Using UT Select While You Are Away from Home

During the holiday season, your thoughts may not be on medical services while away from home. Medical needs sometimes come up when we least expect them. For more information on using your UT Select medical and prescription coverage, see tips for domestic and international travel.

Winter Break Group Exercise

Classes are available in step, yoga, cycle, pilates, group strength, kickboxing, and triple threat. Participants must have an activated ID. Participation is limited to space and equipment availability. All classes must have a minimum of two participants. Through Wednesday, Dec. 21, and Monday, Jan. 2-Monday, Jan. 16. See the schedule. Maverick Activities Center, Campus Recreation, 2-3277.

Mindful Moments

There will be no session this week. Next meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 21. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Room 236, 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.

Going Out

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Polar Express

$2 Movie: The Polar Express On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Planetarium, 2-1183.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Showcase of work by 40 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History includes painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Free. Through Saturday, Dec. 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-5658.

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

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through Saturday, Jan. 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

Planetarium Discover winter solstice traditions of the Celtic, Nordic, Irish, Mexican, Hopi, Christian, and Jewish in Season of Light. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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