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

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Town hall meeting today in Planetarium includes legislature update

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting hosted by President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt at noon today, Thursday, June 2, at the Planetarium in the Chemistry and Physics Building.

The forum includes an update on the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature and a question-and-answer session.

If you're unable to attend the meeting, feel free to submit questions via email to the president at or to the provost at

Kevin Schug

Dr. Kevin Schug

Chemistry professor to focus study on well water near rural drilling sites in North Texas

Kevin Schug, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will assist in a new study to examine rural well water from areas near natural gas drilling sites. The study aims to provide clear, accurate information about the potential impact of chemicals used to extract gas from rock formations.

Dr. Schug will work with independent researchers with support from Assure Controls, a product development and marketing company in San Diego, Calif. The research team plans to test for contamination in well water samples from more than 100 locations.

“This is an important study for us to undertake because North Texas is so heavily invested in natural gas production,” Schug says. “We want to help figure out if there are valid environmental and health concerns associated with these operations, especially in more rural areas where well water quality is not specifically regulated by the EPA.”

Read more about the research on well water near drilling sites.

Colleen Fitzgerald

Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald

Linguist wins NSF grant to breathe new life into endangered Native American languages

Colleen Fitzgerald, associate professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics and TESOL, is working to save disappearing languages in Native American communities in Oklahoma—a state with the highest Native language diversity in the United States, but very little documentation.

Dr. Fitzgerald has won a National Science Foundation grant along with Mary Linn, an anthropologist at the University of Oklahoma and curator of Native American language at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

The grant will fund research associated with the Oklahoma Breath of Life workshop planned for May 2012 in Norman, Okla.

Read more about the NSF grant for Native American languages.

  Mav Pic World No Tobacco Day

Tobacco free

Staff members and students get information about tobacco at World No Tobacco Day on Tuesday in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services sponsored the fair, which provided information about toxins in cigars and cigarettes and about dangerous new products leading to new trends in smoking. Participants tested their knowledge of smoking trivia and had their lung capacity checked. Representatives of the North Texas Coalition Against Alcohol and Tobacco were on hand. UT Arlington becomes a tobacco-free campus Aug. 1 to foster a healthier community for students, employees, and visitors. See more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

UT Arlington recognized for Community Service Honor Roll

For the fifth year in a row, UT Arlington has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

“Being a Tier One university means committing yourself to making a difference in your community—whether it’s through innovation, teaching, or service-learning,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “This is national recognition that we’re giving back in important ways. That’s what Mavericks do.”

The Honor Roll is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.

“Our students engaged in approximately 400,000 hours of service in the local community, and approximately 100 service-learning classes across the University enhance content knowledge through active learning,” says Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning.

Early voting on campus next week

UT Arlington is an early voting polling site 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, June 7-9, for the June 18 runoff election. The polling site will be in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Voter registration information and links to local election offices are available through the Texas Secretary of State office at For more information, contact Jennifer Fox at or 2-0556.

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games returns to campus this weekend

Round up the family and head to the 25th annual Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games Friday-Sunday, June 3-5, at Maverick Stadium.

Since 1987 the festival has been a regular feature in Arlington, attracting thousands each year to celebrate Scottish music, dance, history, foods, Highland athletics, and more.

Two-for-one tickets are available Friday, June 3, and Sunday, June 5, for UT Arlington faculty and staff showing an ID at the front gate of Maverick Stadium. Regular price is $10 for adults on Friday and Sunday, and $15 on Saturday. Note that the two-for-one discount does not apply on Saturday. Festival hours are 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers hosts open house

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend a Weight Watchers open house at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9, in Room 401 of Davis Hall.

Learn about the Weight Watchers At Work meetings on campus. A 17-week At Work meeting series begins Thursday, June 16. Meetings are held each Thursday at 11 a.m.

For more information, contact Brenda Schumann at

Parking lot gets new stripes

Parking lot F-9 near Davis Hall will be closed Saturday, June 4, for striping. Anyone working on the weekend should park in Lot T next to Trinity House.

File and print services unavailable early Sunday

File and print services will be unavailable 1-7 a.m. Sunday, June 5, for system maintenance, according to the Office of Information Technology. This will affect network printing, student J: drives, faculty/staff K: drives, and MavSpace for all faculty, staff, and students.

Benefit Yourself

AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED

Would you know what to do if someone around you was having a heart attack? The skills you learn here could save a life. Participants will receive a CPR certification card. Free. 9-noon. Thursday, June 9, Training Room, Environmental Health and Safety, 500 Summit Ave. See a complete list of HR training classes.

Women's Alliance: Flights and Bites

Network with female executives, women entrepreneurs, community volunteers, and non-profit leaders. Sample wines paired with savory bites of delectable foods. Presented by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Register. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Sanford House, 506 N. Center St., Arlington.

Leadership Arlington

Inaugural Leadership Institute features presentations by experienced Arlington leaders addressing topics that include leading through adversity, passion and purpose, team development, volunteer recruitment and management, and life coaching. RSVP by Wednesday, June 8, for discount rate of $25. Cost is $35 after June 8. 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 11. AISD Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd., Arlington. Leadership Arlington, 817-888-5372.

Portuguese Level I

This course introduces the fundamental elements of the Portuguese language within a cultural context. Emphasis is on the development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Learn the Portuguese alphabet and basic pronunciation of Brazilian Portuguese. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $64.50. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, June 15-Aug. 3. Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell St. Continuing Education.

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

No end to government debt purchases?

Microrobots could start industrial revolution

Could sonogram law be challenged?

"I don't think there is going to be any choice but for the Fed to continue buying government debt."

"They collect information and then tag them on their clothing with the smaller robots and track them to their secret hideouts."

"The real question will be if this law, and others like it, are challenged."

— Dr. Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the Department of Economics in the College of Business, on the government debt program.
Housing Wire

— Dr. Harry Stephanou, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Automation and Robotics Research Institute, concerning microrobots.

— Dr. Rebecca Deen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts, on a new Texas law that requires women seeking abortions to first have a sonogram.
College Times

Sports Notes
Ivan Storic

Ivan the magnificent: Javelin thrower Ivan Storic is among the qualifiers for next week's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.


Men's tracksters, relay team qualify for nationals

Six individuals and the 4x100-meter relay team recorded NCAA Track and Field qualifying performances at the West Preliminaries last weekend in Eugene, Ore.

Senior Cordero Gray led the way, qualifying in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He finished second in the 100 and third in the 200. Gray also ran with senior Juan Lewis, sophomore Andrew Pettis, and freshman Clayton Vaughn on the relay team that placed 11th.

Vaughn also qualified in the 100-meter event while senior Casey Keeter (shot put), junior Isiah Clements (high jump), freshman Jeff Rodriguez (pole vault), and freshman Ivan Storic (javelin) adding qualifying performances in field events.

Sophomore Romain Martin had qualified earlier in the decathlon, which gives the Mavericks nine entries for the NCAA Championships June 8-11 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Four tennis players earn SLC All-Academic

Four members of the women's and men's tennis teams have been selected to the 2011 Southland Conference All-Academic Team.

Senior and SLC Player of the Year Daiana Negreanu and junior Maria Martinez-Romero were named to the women's first team while junior David Subirats and sophomore Yauheni Yakauleu were listed on the men's first team.

Golf tournament, football reunion on tap next week

The 16th annual Maverick Club Classic Golf Tournament will take place at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie on Friday, June 10, and the Ultimate Huddle Arlington State College/UT Arlington Football Reunion is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Proceeds from the golf tournament benefit the Maverick Education and Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to UT Arlington student-athletes.

Deadline to order tickets for the Ultimate Huddle is Friday, June 3.

Get more information on the Maverick Club Classic and the Ultimate Huddle online.

Intramural softball entries due June 8

Intramural softball entries for faculty and staff teams are due Wednesday, June 8. For more information, see the summer intramural sports calendar.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

897 Square opens next week in Gallery 76102

897 Square

The opening reception for 897 Square, Gallery 76102's inaugural juried exhibition, is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 9. The exhibit runs through Saturday, July 30.

Featuring 25 artists who live and/or work in Tarrant County, as chosen by guest juror Charles Wylie, the Dallas Museum of Art's Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art, the exhibition features contemporary art ranging from 2D and 3D to installation-type work.

The artists include Marianna Alfaro, Jesse Barnett, Angel Cabrales, C.J. Davis, Caleb Dulock, Joshua Elliott, Bryan Florentin, Jessica Fuentes, Jeffrey Gibbons, Corey Gossett, Jennifer Guest, Matthew Heller, Amy Herzel, Hannah Hudson, Leslie Lanzotti, Paul Leicht, Michael Mazurek, Mary Morgan, Chuck Pratt, Jo Rutledge, Helen Schenck, Amy Schultz, Alan Siggers, Catherine Snow, and Eric Villarreal.

Gallery 76102 is located in the Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St. Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Thursday-Sunday, June 2-5

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The Charlie Daniels Band highlights the summer music series Saturday, June 4. Tickets required for Charlie Daniels Band; other concerts are free. See the complete schedule. 8 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Friday-Sunday, June 3-5

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games Scottish music, dance, history, foods, Highland athletics, and more. Two-for-one tickets are available Friday and Sunday for faculty and staff with ID. Regular price for adults is $10 Friday and Sunday and $15 Saturday. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Maverick Stadium.

Saturday, June 4

$2 Movie: Gnomeo & Juliet The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love. Rated G. 2:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, and Friday, June 10; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, June 8

Texas Rangers Discount Tickets Get tickets for the June 8 Texas Rangers game against the Detroit Tigers. Discounts are available for various games through the end of the season. Access the list of games at and use the password rangers.


Flow: Dalton Maroney 1982-2011 Exhibit is composed of 17 sculptures and six works on paper created by Maroney, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Benito Huerta, professor of art, curated the exhibit. Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 17. Free. 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Through July 31. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., Arlington.

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 Aug. 6. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium See a preview of the summer schedule. The Planetarium is closed June 2-3 for electrical upgrades. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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