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

Thursday, February 17, 2011


More Mavericks: Spring enrollment peaked at 33,788, an all-time high for UT Arlington.

UT Arlington spring 2011 enrollment hits record high

Enrollment for the spring 2011 semester has hit an all-time high, with 33,788 students attending UT Arlington—a record driven by improved recruiting and retention, and expansion of online degree programs.

Spring semester enrollment has traditionally dipped from fall enrollment, but the College of Nursing and College of Education and Health Professions have bucked that trend for four consecutive semesters since fall 2009.

President James D. Spaniolo says he expects the growth to continue in the foreseeable future as the University recruits more high-achieving applicants and raises its research profile. More undergraduates are continuing their studies and are on track to earn their college degree, another positive indicator, he notes.

“More students and families are aware of UT Arlington’s reputation as a comprehensive university with a strong research program, a vibrant campus life, and an exceptional education at a reasonable price,” Spaniolo says. “We remain committed to improving the quality of our academic programs, both in traditional classroom settings and through an array of online courses designed to deliver education where people live and work.”

Read more about spring 2011 enrollment.

Fillia Makedon

Dr. Fillia Makedon

NSF grants benefit development of gaming system to aid cerebral palsy assessments, treatment

A College of Engineering team has received two National Science Foundation grants worth a combined $802,000 to develop an adaptive, game-driven system to improve physical and mental assessments of children with cerebral palsy.

The disorder affects movement, muscle tone, or posture and is caused by injury or abnormal development in the immature brain, most often before birth, according to the National Institutes of Health. Some 800,000 children and adults in the United States live with cerebral palsy, and about 10,000 babies born each year in the U.S. develop the disease.

Fillia Makedon, chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is principal investigator for the project, which will focus on children ages 5 to 8.

Read more about the cerebral palsy game system.

Ellen Pritham

Dr. Ellen Pritham

Biology team maps first crustacean genome

A UT Arlington biologist and her team have helped precisely map the DNA code of the water flea, Daphnia pulex, the first crustacean genome to be sequenced.

Daphnia is a model organism for the new field of environmental genomics where researchers aim to better understand how genes and the environment interact.

Ellen Pritham, assistant professor of biology, says more genes were found in the Daphnia pulex genome than any other animal ever sequenced. The Daphnia genome has about 31,000 genes compared to about 20,000 in humans.

Dr. Pritham’s work with an international team is reported this month’s edition of Science magazine and has been featured in Nature magazine.

Read more about the water flea DNA research.


Spirit, pride, tradition anchor Homecoming next week

Homecoming brings out the Maverick spirit, pride, and tradition with a variety of activities Feb. 24-26.

Mav Swap has become a new tradition, allowing faculty, staff, and students to trade collegiate apparel from other schools for UT Arlington gear. The swap is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, on the Central Library mall. The Homecoming Step Show highlights the evening activities at 7 p.m. at Texas Hall.

The Boom at Noon firing of the Carlisle Cannons signals the start of the annual Golf Cart Parade at noon Friday, Feb. 25, as it runs from the E.H. Hereford University Center mall to the Central Library mall. A Homecoming Pep Rally at the library mall follows the parade. Friday's festivities conclude with The Bash from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the University Center.

The Military Science Hall of Honor reception, luncheon, and ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

Enter the annual Chili Cook Off, which starts at noon Saturday in the Trinity House parking lot. Register by Friday, Feb. 18. A tailgate party also begins at noon and precedes the women's basketball game, which starts at 2 p.m. in Texas Hall. The Homecoming King and Queen are crowned at halftime.

Saturday's activities continue with the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball Alumni Game at 4:30 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center. A reception follows in the Physical Education Building.

Check the complete Homecoming schedule.

Engineers Week

Engineers construct week-long celebration

Join in the celebration of Engineers Week, Feb. 20-26, a week-long showcase of achievements and activities by faculty and students.

Marshall Brain, creator of, is the featured speaker at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall. His talk on “Your Spare Time is Your Most Important Time, and Other Thoughts on Making a Million Dollars” will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m. in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. The lecture is part of the College of Engineering's Distinguished Speaker Series.

Other highlights include a career fair, displays, industry tours, lectures, and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. Engineer. For fun, a pie-eating contest is scheduled Friday. The week concludes with the Engineering Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

See the complete schedule of events.

University recognized for supporting administrative professionals

UT Arlington has been honored with the Award for Excellence from the International Association of Administrative Professionals as an employer with policies and programs to encourage and support the advancement and effectiveness of administrative professionals.

The University was nominated by the Arlington Golden Circle Chapter of IAAP.

The award will be given at the IAAP annual meeting July 27 in Montreal, Quebec.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Stand-by tickets possible for Cal Ripken Jr. appearance

Cal Ripken Jr.'s appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series is sold out, but non-ticketed patrons will be seated as space permits. Ripken will speak on "The Keys to Perseverance" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Texas Hall.

Ripken played 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His Hall-of-Fame career includes being one of only eight players to have 400 home runs and 3,000 hits, and he played in a record 2,632 consecutive games.

Bill Nye—scientist, educator, engineer, comedian, author, and TV host—is the next guest in the speakers series. "A Night with the Science Guy" is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Texas Hall. Tickets will be available at starting Friday, Feb. 18.

Arlington the book

Librarians author book on Arlington's colorful past

Imagine a bustling downtown complete with a blacksmith and general store, a speakeasy with a brothel and plentiful gambling, and a horse racetrack with world-famous personalities dotting the crowd. Arlington had all of these things and more in the North Texas town's journey to become a premier tourist destination.

The historical image is the focus of Arlington, a book is co-authored by Evelyn Barker, information literacy librarian, and Lea Worcester, the Special Collections public services librarian. Their book includes more than 200 images ranging from 1870 to current day.

The book also shows Arlington within the context of national history, the Great Depression, and the development of the highway system.

Arlington will be available in late March at local booksellers and through Arcadia Publishing.

Mav Pic Basketball game

We've got spirit...

Senior Vice Provost Michael Moore collides with biology junior Renee Iwu during the faculty/staff vs. students basketball game Tuesday at the Maverick Activities Center. The game was part of Spirit Week leading up to next week's Homecoming festivities and was presented by the UTA Ambassadors. The students defeated the faculty/staff team 32-28.


Take library survey, submit comments

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in LibQual+®, a standardized survey of library service quality. This survey should take five minutes to complete and includes an open-text box for comments.

The survey runs through Friday, March 11. Find more information about the library at

Milestone employees should check recognition list for their names

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service should make sure their names are on the list of 2011 Service Award Honorees on the Office of Human Resources website. Review the list and report any missing names by Thursday, Feb. 24, to Lara Ellison at 2‑5554, 2‑5118, or

Friday is deadline to nominate outstanding student leaders

The Leadership Recognition Program honors UT Arlington's outstanding student leaders who have made significant contributions to their organizations or the University.

All faculty and staff can nominate deserving students for the four awards by Friday, Feb. 18. Read the Outstanding Student Leader award descriptions and the nomination form and letter online.

The awards are sponsored by the Office of the President, Student Affairs, and the Alumni Association.

Sample and vote on University Club proposed menu items today

Try some new food items from Executive Chef Steve Vincent at the University Club in Davis Hall, and vote on which to add to the spring menu. Taste a variety of entrees 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.

The sampling is free for guests who purchase lunch that day. For those who wish to attend the event only, the cost is $2.50, tax included.

Benefit Yourself

Undergraduate Academic Adviser

This course provides instruction to address the training needs of an undergraduate academic adviser. Register. Free. 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Feb. 21, Room E200D, Continuing Education Workforce Building. See more information on OIT training.


Writing Effective E-mail

Explore the keys to effective e-mails as well as proper cyber manners and how to avoid e-mail overload. Free. 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Learn the basic differences and advantages of creating with Adobe Illustrator, and create eye-popping graphics. Register. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Thursday, Feb. 24, Room B29, Central Library.

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.

Sports Notes
  Romain Martin

Hep Mav: Romain Martin set school and Southland Conference records for the heptathlon in the Iowa State Classic.

Martin top collegian in Iowa State heptathlon

Freshman Romain Martin finished as the top collegiate athlete in the heptathlon at the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, last weekend.

Martin finished behind only two unattached performers as he was the top collegian in the long jump, high jump, and 60-meter hurdles in the seven-event heptathlon.

Cordero Gray posted the best time in the 200-meter dash at 21.08. It was the final tuneup for the men’s and women’s teams as they point toward the Southland Confererence Indoor Track and Field Championships in Norman, Okla., on Feb. 25-26.

Women at home for SE Louisiana on Saturday

Hoping to stay in the chase for a Southland Conference Tournament berth, the women’s basketball team hosts Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks are 4-7 in the SLC, following a 68-67 loss at Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday. The top eight teams qualify for the post-season tourney.

Mav men halt losing skid, travel this weekend

Following a 66-65 overtime victory over Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday, the men’s basketball team travels to Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, Feb. 19.

The Mavericks halted a two-game losing streak and are now 6-5 in the Southland Conference, as they battle for a berth in the post-season tournament.

Weather stops Movin' Mavs

Because of bad weather in Missouri, the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team had its scheduled tournament trip canceled last weekend.

The Movin’ Mavs will host a non-collegiate tournament, along with their annual homecoming alumni game, Feb. 26-27. Go to for the schedule.

Spring sports briefs

  • Baseball—season opens Friday, Feb. 18, with three-game series at the University of Houston.
  • Softball—finished 2-3 in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tournament last weekend, play in Aggie Classic at College Station beginning Friday, Feb. 18.
  • Men’s Tennis—improved to 2-1 with wins over Centenary and Cameron last Friday, travel to Wichita State on Friday, Feb. 18.
  • Women’s Tennis—Split season-opening road matches last weekend, downing Old Dominion after losing to Virginia Commonwealth. Next match is Friday, Feb. 25, at the University of Kansas.
  • Golf—finished 12th in the Battle at the Beach at Newport Coast, Calif. Senior Zack Fischer and freshman Carson Kallis led the team as each had a 54-hole score of 219.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 17


MAVmazing Race Like TV's Amazing Race, starts at the University Center Gallery and goes all through campus. 6 p.m. UTA Ambassadors, 2-2293.

Evolution of Hip-Hop Discover the ever-changing hip-hop world through a fashion show, rap battle, and a presentation of different hip-hop elements, as well as old school and new school hip-hop beats. Part of Black History Month. 7 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, 2-2099.

Wind Symphony Concert The UT Arlington Wind Symphony presents three iconic works for winds. $3 students, seniors; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Feb. 18

Free Movie: Due Date Things go awry for an expectant first-time father as he tries to get home in time for the birth. Rated R. Free. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

$2 Movie: Easy A A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Guest Strings Recital The Aspen Trio with David Perry, violin; Victoria Chiang, viola; and Michael Mermagen, cello, perform Beethoven, Schubert, and Mozart. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, Feb. 19

Dennis Maher as Mark Twain

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Southeastern Louisiana. $8 tickets. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

The Trouble Begins at 8 Dennis Maher, right, assistant professor of theatre arts, presents the writings and speeches of the legendary storyteller, Mark Twain, a.k.a. Samuel Clemens. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building, Department of Theatre Arts. 2-2669.

Monday, Feb. 21

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A 30-minute lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students. Followed by free lunch. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 300 S. Center. Music, 2-3471.


Gallery 76102 "A Certain Shade of the Aftermath," an exhibit by Timothy Harding, deals with U.S. history, corporate infrastructure, heavy metal music, terrorism, and popular culture. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with the free interactive exhibit "What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas." 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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, 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, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Planetarium Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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



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