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

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Beth Mancini

Dr. Beth Mancini

Nursing associate dean recognized by academy

College of Nursing Associate Dean Beth Mancini is one of a dozen educators from across the nation who will be inducted later this year as a fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.

Dr. Mancini, chair of undergraduate nursing programs, is an internationally recognized expert in resuscitation education for health care personnel and the community. Already a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she is president-elect of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and has led the way in using academic partnerships to rapidly increase UT Arlington’s enrollment in response to the state’s nursing shortage.

“Dr. Mancini is viewed as a leader not only for her successful innovations in education but also for her willingness to question ritual and tradition in order to create a vision for the future,” College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster wrote in support of Mancini’s induction.

Read more about Mancini and the NLN.

Benito Huerta

Retro art: Benito Huerta's works are on exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

Curator, artist celebrated with exhibit on Mexican art

A love of pop art and contemporary issues, combined with a flair for the unusual, led to a retrospective art exhibition by Professor Benito Huerta at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

The exhibit showcases Huerta’s abstract paintings and other work from the past 20 years as part of the museum’s efforts to showcase the talents of Mexican Americans on a national stage. The exhibit runs through Aug. 28.

“More of my figurative work is included, but there are some pieces that have an overlapping of imagery,” Huerta says. “It’s a nice transition of my work over time.”

The recognition and celebration may seem unusual for Huerta, who spends most of his time behind the scenes as director and curator of The Gallery at UTA. For 14 years, he has been reviewing the work of others—students and masters—and pulling together public exhibitions at UT Arlington and other galleries across the country. Before that, he was an artist in Houston, San Francisco, North Carolina, and New Mexico.

Read more on Huerta's Mexican art exhibit.

Tobacco free

Preparation important to tobacco cessation

Once a person decides to quit using tobacco, he or she may be unsure of what to do next. Prepare now with these five steps for a fresh start:

  • Take part in the Fresh Start from Tobacco program offered to faculty and staff by Health Services.
  • Set a date to quit.
  • Tell family, friends, and coworkers that you plan to quit.
  • Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.
  • Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.

The Fresh Start program has four one-hour classes designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. The seminars cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions.

Health Services offers the free classes, with this month's sessions set for Tuesday-Wednesday, June 21-22. The classes are on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of each month in Room B03 of the Health Services Center. Check the schedule for details. Register online.

UT Arlington becomes a tobacco-free campus Monday, Aug. 1. Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

Parking permit fee increase is first since 2007

A price increase for University parking permits was approved last month by the UT System Board of Regents, the first increase since fall 2007.

Compared to other universities in Texas, UT Arlington fees remain lower than most even with the increase. The change offsets rising costs to maintain existing parking lots and to fund operational costs with the partial completion of the College Park Garage.

The 2011-12 faculty/staff parking fee is $175 for an annual permit, $120 for the spring semester, or $65 for the summer semester. Remote parking is $70 annually, $48 for spring, or $26 for summer. An annual reserved permit is $500.

  Mav Pic 1895 Society

Party like it's 1895

Getting together at the 1895 Society All-Star Reception last week were, from left, Dr. Woody Wright, Linda Simmons ('77 BA), Tom Simmons ('72 BS), and Dr. Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. The event was held in the Diamond Club at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Membership in the 1895 Society reached an all-time high this year. Named for the year UT Arlington was founded, the society recognizes donors who make an annual contribution of $1,000 or more to any University program during the fiscal year.

HR chapter receives merit award

The Society for Human Resource Management student chapter in the College of Business received the 2010-11 Superior Merit Award designation from the national organization for providing opportunities for growth and development to its student chapter members.

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management at UT Arlington is the only master’s program of its kind in North Texas, preparing students for advanced careers as human resource managers in corporate and industrial firms, as well as government and nonprofit organizations.

Read more about SHRM’s student chapter merit award program.

Monday deadline for SAC nominations

Nominations for representatives on the Staff Advisory Council are being accepted through Monday, June 20. Make nominations at

Email for more information.

Weight Watchers begins next week

There is still time to join the Weight Watchers At Work program, which begins a 17-week session at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, in Room 401 of Davis Hall. There will be no meeting today.

For more information, contact Sandra Golightly at or 2-9082.

License plate

Creativity can get you a free license plate

You still have a couple of weeks to win a free license plate with the UT Arlington design. Order a personalized plate by Thursday, June 30, and you will automatically be entered into the competition.

The Alumni Association will select the most creative personalized message, and the winner will receive a check for reimbursement of the plate purchase fee from My Plates.

The colorful blue and orange tags—offered through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles—are an ideal way to show your Maverick pride. A percentage of the sale from each plate goes to UT Arlington student scholarships.

Visit the myplates website and order your plate today.

OIT performing maintenance next weekend

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on the faculty and staff email system from 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 25.

The email system will be unavailable during this time. Emails received during the maintenance period will be stored and delivered immediately after the system is returned to service.

OIT will perform maintenance on the department shared storage (K: drives), printing, student home directories (J: drives), and some faculty and staff home directories (J: drives) 2-7 a.m. Sunday, June 26.

If you have questions or if your email is unavailable for more than 24 hours, contact the HelpDesk at or 2-2208.

Benefit Yourself

Maximizing Your Employee Benefits

Many people believe their benefits stop at health insurance coverage. See if there are additional benefits you can utilize. Registration requested but not required. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources, Judy Oslund, 2-5417. See a complete list of HR training classes.

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.

In Quotes

Keeping an eye on reports about jobs

'Artificial leaf' moves closer to reality

Former Maverick hurler boosts Mets

"The debate in Texas is whether or not the world needs more research universities."

"It is likely that the solar photon-to-hydrogen technology will ultimately see the light of day-for transportation applications-with the hydrogen internal combustion engine."

"That's just always what I've been taught growing up. Just work fast, hit your spots and let the game go from there."

— Dr. Robert Fairbanks, chair of the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts, on legislating research.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

— Dr. Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished university professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Science, on solar energy.
R&D Magazine

— Former UT Arlington pitcher Dillon Gee on his success with the New York Mets.
The Wall Street Journal

Sports Notes
Ultimate Huddle

Huddle up: Jim Garrett ('55 AA), left, and David Webster ('63 BA) visited with President James D. Spaniolo at the Ultimate Huddle Football Reunion on Saturday. The gathering brought together former coaches and players from UT Arlington and Arlington State College teams. Read more about the Ultimate Huddle Football Reunion and check out the photo gallery.


Two baseball Mavs drafted, one honored

Catcher Chad Comer and pitcher Mark Picca were selected last week in the Major League Baseball draft, while Ryan Walker was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team.

Comer, a senior, was selected in the 29th round by the Atlanta Braves, while Picca, a senior lefthander, was chosen in the 41st round by the New York Mets.

Walker, who split time between left field and second base, was named to the freshman team by Collegiate Baseball.

Mavericks receive All-America honors at NCAA track championships

Seven men's track and field athletes earned second-team All-America honors for their performances at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, last week.

Sophomore Romain Martin placed 11th in the decathlon, recording his best performance in the javelin where he finished fourth.

Freshman Clayton Vaughn was ninth in the 100-meter dash semifinals with a personal best time of 10.36 while senior Cordero Gray was 11th in the 100 semis and 17th in the 200-meter semis. The 400-meter relay team finished 13th in the semifinals with Vaughn and Gray joined by senior Juan Lewis and sophomore Andrew Pettis.

Sophomore Jeff Rodriguez cleared a career-high 17-2 3/4 in the pole vault and finished 14th. Junior Isiah Clements recorded a personal best of 7-0 1/4 in the high jump, placing 15th.

Movin' Mavs alums selected to USA team

Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball alums Paul Schulte ('05 BS), Jay Nelms ('07 BA), Danny Fik ('08 BA), and Mike Paye ('09 BA) were among 18 players selected this week to the 2011-12 USA Men's National Paralympic Team.

The 18 athletes will train throughout the summer and compete in tournaments in Canada and North Carolina. Twelve of the 18 will represent the USA during the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in November and in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, June 16

Ferris Bueller

Free Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off John Hughes' magical comedy about how playing hooky for a single day can produce a lifetime's worth of adventure. Rated PG-13. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. After dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Thursday-Sunday, June 16-19

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series Performing this week are The Orbans, Thursday; Terri Hendrix, Friday; Rick Trevino, Saturday; and Blame Sally, Sunday. Free. See the concert schedule. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Friday, June 17

$2 Movie: Despicable Me When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Flow: Dalton Maroney 1982-2011 Reception for exhibit by Maroney, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Free. 6-9 p.m. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., Arlington.

Wednesday, June 22

$2 Movie: Yogi Bear Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday-Sunday, June 22-26

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The lineup includes Aaron Nigel Smith, Wednesday; Katsuk, Thursday; Josh Weathers and the True Endeavors, Friday; Sonny Burgess, Saturday; and The Lee Boys, Sunday. Free. See the concert schedule. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Thursday, June 23

Free Movie: Limitless A designer pharmaceutical makes an out-of-work writer laser focused with everything he’s ever read, heard, or seen. Rated PG-13. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Tuesday-Friday, June 28-July 1


Miss Texas Pageant See the schedule for preliminaries and finals as Miss Texas 2011 and Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2011 are crowned. Texas Hall.

Thursday, June 30

Bowling's U.S. Women's Open The top five women bowlers compete for the title. Discount tickets $5. Free parking. 7 p.m. Cowboys Stadium. College Town UTA, Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.


Tangents and Adjustments Drawings and sculptural objects by Nicholas Wood, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 25. Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth.

897 Square Features contemporary art ranging from 2D and 3D to installation-type work. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through July 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Free. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Texas Rangers Discount Tickets Available for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password rangers to purchase tickets for designated games through Sept. 14.

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. See the summer schedule. 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

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