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

Monday, January 10, 2011

College Park

Building a firm foundation: The College Park District, now under construction on the east edge of the campus, played a big part in UT Arlington being recognized by The Carnegie Foundation.

Carnegie Foundation recognizes community engagement

UT Arlington was selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification, joining 115 U.S. colleges and universities.

"Community engagement" describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities—local, regional/state, national, global—for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

A critical part of that community engagement is taking shape just a few blocks from the heart of campus where the College Park District is being built. Spanning more than 20 acres and totaling more than $160 million, the emerging district comprises three major components. At its hub is College Park Center, a 6,500-seat special events center. To the north is College Park, a mixed-use development that will include a residence hall and apartments, retail shops and restaurants, an 1,800-space parking facility, and a new University welcome center. And to the south is The Green at College Park, an inviting new park for use by the entire community.

“Progress of this magnitude could not happen in a vacuum. Our growth and success are tied inextricably to that of our city, and we couldn’t ask for a stronger partnership or a better model for town-gown relationships,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “Together we are creating a true college town environment that is changing the face of downtown Arlington.”

The Carnegie Foundation encourages colleges and universities to become more deeply engaged, to improve teaching and learning, and to generate socially responsive knowledge to benefit communities.

To learn more about the Community Engagement Classification, visit

MLK witness

Witness from the balcony: The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, who gives his account of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in the film The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306, is the featured speaker at the MLK Sharing the Dream Banquet on Friday.

Sharing the Dream Banquet begins MLK Celebration on Friday

The annual Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration begins with the Sharing the Dream Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Samuel Billy Kyles is the featured speaker at the banquet. The Rev. Kyles, pastor of Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, was an eyewitness to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and is the only person still living who shared the last hour of Dr. King's life with him. His account of this tragic event is captured in the documentary film The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306. Tickets to the banquet are available at

Tickets for An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry also are available at The slam is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

The MLK Celebration continues through Monday. See the schedule of events.

Facilities Management announces efficiency measures

UT Arlington and all state-supported institutions have been asked to plan for reductions in state revenue this spring in response to the projected state budget shortfall. The Office of Facilities Management and Campus Operations is implementing several measures to further trim costs and focus on core campus services.

Effective this month, individual office trash containers will be removed, and employees will be asked to use blue office recyclable containers for all paper and cardboard materials and the larger common area trash containers for non-recyclables (food waste, food containers, wet items, and certain plastics).

If your office suite or hall does not have a common area trash container, contact the Office of Facilities Management service call center at or call 2-2000. Some campus restrooms will be monitored less frequently during the day, given custodial staff reductions. Faculty and staff may request immediate service by contacting the service call center.

Employees are asked to turn off classroom, lab, and office lights when the space is not in use and to close sashes on lab exhaust fans when possible to achieve further cost savings.

For more information on cost-saving measures for spring 2011, visit

College Street reopens, First Street returns to one way

College Street has reopened between UTA Boulevard and First Street, returning it to one-way, southbound traffic. The street was resurfaced and striped to allow for 10 visitor-metered parking spaces and 10 motorcycle spaces.

First Street converts back to one-way traffic traveling eastbound only. Traffic will no longer be allowed to turn right onto First Street from West Street.

Mav Pic Richard Greene

Remembering Tom Vandergriff

Richard Greene, a former Arlington mayor, eulogizes Tom Vandergriff at Friday's memorial service at Texas Hall. Vandergriff served as Arlington mayor, Tarrant County judge, and U.S. congressman and was a key supporter in helping the University achieve four-year status and become part of the UT System. He is credited with bringing General Motors, Six Flags Over Texas, and major league baseball to Arlington. Others participating in the memorial service included singer B.J. Thomas, Texas Ranger announcer Tom Grieve, and former city councilman Wick Alexander. Greene is an adjunct professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs.


Two agencies available to book flights

Book airline flights for University business by using two travel agencies contracted through the UT System.

Corporate Travel Planners (CTP) and Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) can find low fares and make reservations by phone. CTP offers an online booking service, too.

Before calling the travel agencies, secure a Travel Authorization Number. This number is required and is given to the travel agency as authorization to book your ticket.

To book a flight by phone, call Corporate Travel Planners, 866-366-1142 weekdays or 800-441-6512 after hours, or Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 800-231-5051. After-hour services are for emergency reservation requests and will incur additional charges.

Learn more about the University’s contracted travel agencies by reading Procedure 2-81. The site includes details on fees, phone numbers, web addresses, and University travel policies and procedures.

Direct your questions to the Travel Desk staff by calling 2-2194, or e-mailing

Look for weather news in MavWire, on home page, Twitter, Facebook

When the winter weather threatens travel, look for announcements on whether the University will close or stay open.

All announcements will be communicated via University e-mail in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets.

Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Savage Land

Mavs Book Club reviews 'Savage Lands' Thursday

Savage Lands by Clare Clark is this month's selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the Central Library basement. The club is open to faculty, staff, and students.

The historical novel involves a love triangle in the early 1700s in Louisiana.

The club, which is sponsored by the UT Arlington Library, meets the second Thursday of every month with a meet and greet starting at 5 p.m. in the basement of the Central Library. For more information about Mavs Book Club, contact Diane Shepelwich at or 2-7521.

Flu vaccine available at Health Services

Influenza immunizations are still available at Health Services. Cost is $15 for faculty, staff, and students. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 2-2771.

Benefit Yourself
Living Well

Be a wise health care consumer

An illness or injury could be treated at a local walk-in medical clinic or a hospital emergency room. When do you decide which one to use? Read more about making a wise decision in Living Well, the UT System's health newsletter.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments, 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 235 of the Business Building. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. The spring session begins Wednesday, Jan. 12. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

The Building Blocks of Business Writing and Proofreading

Learn basic and next-level skills that will improve your writing and help you achieve the greatest level of effectiveness, from a simple e-mail to a detailed technical report. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Introduction to Office 2010

Learn what's new in Office 2010 with Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

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.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Staff Advisory Council General Meeting All staff members are encouraged to attend and share their ideas. 3 p.m., Student Congress Chambers, E.H. Hereford University Center. Staff Advisory Council.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Improving the Quality of Life for Older Adults Christopher Ray, director of the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity in the Department of Kinesiology, reviews research at the center and some of his findings. Light breakfast provided. Free for students and first-time guests; $5 others. Register online. 7-8 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering and the Arlington Technology Association. 2-3682.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

Sungho Jin

Nanomaterials for Electronic, Energy and Biotech Applications Sungho Jin, right, professor of materials science at the University of California, San Diego, provides unique examples of controlling the structure, geometry, and properties of nanomaterials. Register online. Free. Reception 5-6 p.m., Room 601 Nedderman Hall. Lecture 6-7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering, 2-3679.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

Contracting and Subcontracting Topics discussed during this lunch-and-learn session include establishing a contract or subcontract at UT Arlington, terms and conditions of interest, and special considerations of a state agency. Bring a brown bag lunch. Cookies and beverages provided. Register online. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 215, Arlington Technology Incubator Building, 202 E. Border. Office of Grant and Contract Services, 2-2105.

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

Going Out

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Maverick Club Luncheon Basketball conference preview. $5 includes lunch. Noon. Spring Creek Barbeque, 3608 S. Cooper. Athletics, 2-2261.

Wednesday, Jan. 12

Despicable Me

$2 Movie: Despicable Me In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes sits a black house with a dead lawn. 5:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Tickets $8. 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Thursday, Jan. 13

Mavs Book Club Savage Lands by Clare Clark is this month's selection. 5:30 p.m., Central Library basement. Mavs Book Club, Diane Shepelwich,, 2-7521.

Friday, Jan. 14

$2 Movie: Despicable Me 5:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

MLK Sharing the Dream Banquet Kicks off the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. See the complete schedule of events. Banquet tickets $40. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Saturday, Jan. 15

$2 Movie: Despicable Me 2:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Lamar. Alumni Night. Tickets $8. 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry Part of the MLK Celebration. Tickets $15. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

(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

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