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

Thursday, March 24, 2011

President and provost to host Town Hall meeting tomorrow

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a Town Hall informational meeting hosted by President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt noon-1 p.m. Friday, March 25, in Room 245W of the Business Building.

The president will provide a brief update on the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature and how it is likely to affect the University's budget for the next biennium, but the bulk of the forum will be dedicated to an open question-and-answer session.

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

Graduation Celebration

Grammy winner John Legend to speak at Graduation Celebration

UT Arlington honors the Class of 2011 with a spectacular Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 13, featuring Grammy Award-winning superstar John Legend.

The annual event will be held at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington’s Founders Square, 100 W. Abram St. Festivities begin at 8 p.m.

The year-end bash is open to the public. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo and Kate Aoki, an architecture graduate student representing the Class of 2011, also will speak.

A Texas-sized fireworks show, food, and a special surprise for graduating students are also on the agenda.

Tickets are not required to attend Graduation Celebration, but reserved seating will be available in mid-April for graduates and their families. Dress is casual.

Legend broke onto the national music scene with his 2004 album Get Lifted, which sold 3 million copies and included two Top 30 hits: Used to Love U and Ordinary People, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

The Ohio native has earned nine Grammy Awards, including three this year. In 2007 he received the Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Legend returned in 2009 to give the commencement speech at his alma mater. His message was “Finding Your Truth: Living a Soulful Life.”

In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to Texas Hall.

Community Garden

Community Garden at UT Arlington dedication Saturday morning

The Community Garden at UT Arlington is something everyone can dig, so to speak. The dirt officially turns with a dedication at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at the garden at 406 Summit Ave., just west of the SWEET Center at the corner of UTA Boulevard and Summit Avenue.

On hand for the event will be President James D. Spaniolo, Vice President for Administration and Campus Operations John Hall, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, Councilwoman Lana Wolff, and Laura Miller, commercial horticulture agent for Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Tarrant County. A ceremonial bed planting follows.

The half-acre garden benefits from the UT Arlington compost site and rainwater harvesting. You can adopt a plot and become a gardener or volunteer to help with the harvest. A portion of harvests is donated to a local food bank. The garden is a combined effort of the Office of Sustainability and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.

Light refreshments will be available. For more details on the garden, contact the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at 817-459-5474.

Students to present research at Honors conference; UT Arlington hosts event

Five students from UT Arlington will present research to peers from six states during the Great Plains Honors Council’s annual meeting April 1-3 on campus and at the Arlington Hilton Hotel, 2401 East Lamar Blvd.

Seniors Ali Alam, Houda El Fakir, Kimberly Sams, Neri Sandoval, and sophomore Yayu Hew hope to gain further insight of their work through peer reviews and critiques. They will join honors students from colleges in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma in the exchange of original and scholarly ideas.

Read more about the students' presentations.

Mav Pic Bill Nye

Nye at the roundtable

The Science Guy, Bill Nye, describes the current state of science at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) roundtable Wednesday afternoon at Texas Hall. Nye discussed science and mathematics with faculty members and then took questions from the audience. He also lectured Wednesday night as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.


College of Engineering now at No. 85 in U.S. News & World Report rankings

The College of Engineering graduate program ranks 85th in the latest U.S. News & World Report annual ranking, improving nine places from last year.

U.S. News & World Report issues overall rankings on colleges and universities, individual disciplines, medical, law, and graduate schools. Programs at 198 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed, and 194 responded. All schools are listed in the magazine’s online directory.

Indicators used included peer assessment, recruiter assessment, student selectivity, quantitative scores, acceptance rate, faculty resources, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of faculty in the National Academy of Engineering, doctoral degrees awarded, and research activity.

Picnic in the Park on April 9 features games, music, freebies

The fifth annual Picnic in the Park brings alumni and former students together 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Doug Russell Park, located on the northwest corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. The event is sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to join in games, children's activities, music, and giveaways. Plenty of food will be provided. Come dressed in your best Maverick spirit attire for the Most Spirited Maverick and the Most Spirited Future Maverick (17 and under) competition. Prizes will be awarded.

Cost is $5 for Alumni Association members and $8 for non-members. Children under 7 will be admitted free and will receive a hot dog. Parking will be available in the surrounding business lots on Mitchell Street. In case of rain, the picnic will be held at the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To register or purchase a sponsorship, visit the Alumni Association website. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594 or

Glass art

World-class glass: Choose from a myriad of vases and other glass items on sale Friday, April 1, at the Studio Arts Center.

World-class glass sale offers beautiful objects, bargain prices, silent auction

See the shimmer of radiant glass art at the annual World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale on Friday, April 1, at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis.

Paperweights, vases, and other functional items priced at $25 or less, along with dazzling display creations priced at hundreds of dollars, will be available. The sale runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. as shoppers will have the opportunity to buy professional pieces for a fraction of what they would cost in galleries.

Shoppers can bid on works in a silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The silent auction includes works by program director David Keens, a recipient of the Texas State Artist Award. Keens' work has appeared in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

The UT Arlington glass art program is widely acknowledged to be one of the premier programs in the nation, attracting top students from across the country. The annual sale has been a major factor in the program's development. All proceeds benefit the student artists and the glass program.

See more on the World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale.

Sign up now for The Big Event projects

Registration continues for The Big Event, a day of community service Saturday, April 16.

Choose from The Big Event project list for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including a few that are both. Register by Friday, April 8. Register early to guarantee your free Big Event T-shirt.

Freedom Flyers

Friends of the Library meets Friday

J. Todd Moye discusses his book Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, at the Friends of the Library meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

The book is about the first African-American military pilots. From 1941 to 1945, almost 1,000 African-Americans graduated from the Tuskegee Army Flying School, many of whom distinguished themselves as pilots during World War II.

Moye is an associate professor of history and the director of the Oral History Program at the University of North Texas. From 2000 to 2005, he directed the National Park Service's Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project.

Moye and four other historians conducted 800 interviews with airmen and others who provided support services.

The free meeting is open to the public. To RSVP, contact Betty Wood at or 2-7421.

ACES symposium shows students' best work

The best of student research and creativity is displayed at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium today, Thursday, March 24, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

For a schedule of oral and poster presentations, see the ACES website.

Mav Pic Sustainability

Sustaining the curriculum

Christopher Morris, left, associate professor of history, makes a point during the Sustainability Across the Curriculum Symposium as Douglas Klahr, assistant professor of architecture, looks on. Wednesday's symposium in Nedderman Hall was hosted by the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) and the University Sustainability Committee.


Comedian on campus in April

Comic sensation Anjelah Johnson brings her live stand-up show to campus Tuesday, April 19.

Tickets are available now for the UT Arlington community and will go on sale to the general public Tuesday, March 29. Seats are $10 for faculty, staff, and alumni, $7 for students, and $15 for the general public. Tickets are at

Johnson became an Internet sensation with her viral video “Nail Salon” and later appeared on MADtv as a regular.

She can be seen as a live-action character in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. In 2010 Johnson starred in Our Family Wedding. This year she lent her voice for the animated film Marmaduke.

Win the raffle, help a student

Take a chance on tuition help through the Tuition Raffle sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.

Tickets are $5 for one or $25 for six, available online at Anyone, including faculty, staff, parents, and friends, can buy tickets, but the winners must be full-time UT Arlington students.

First prize is $5,000, second is $1,000, and third is $500. The funds will be deposited into the winners' student account for the 2011-2012 school year. The winners' names will be drawn at SpringFest Saturday, April 16.

Upload your Maverick pride photos to Facebook and win

Show your Maverick pride by wearing your UT Arlington apparel or just blue, orange, and white, then uploading your photos to the Wear Your Maverick Pride Facebook page. Those with the best shots can win $25 gift certificates to the UTA Bookstore each week.

A group winner also will be selected this Friday, March 25, for the month of March. The winner receives a $100 gift card to a restaurant in Arlington of their choice. The February winner was the Office for Students with Disabilities.

Get your entry in by 4 p.m. Friday each week. All faculty, staff, and students can participate. For details, visit the Maverick Pride website.

Benefit Yourself

MavCareers: Informational Session

This overview of the new MavCareers program shows how to use a variety of tools, techniques, and support to explore career development in a self-driven pace. Free. 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Power Point

PowerPoint 2010

Learn to create presentations based on Word outlines, import slides from other presentations, create customized shows, and provide presentation tips and techniques. Free. 9-11 a.m. Thursday, March 31, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on OIT Training.

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
Courtney Enocksen

Powerful swing: Shortstop Courtney Enocksen’s three-run homer boosted the softball Mavericks to a 3-2 win over Central Arkansas on Sunday.


Softball second in SLC, hosts Nicholls State

After winning two of three last weekend at Central Arkansas, the softball team is in second place in the Southland Conference with a 7-2 record.

The Mavericks, who are 20-12 overall, host Nicholls State in an SLC series with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and a single game at noon Sunday, March 27, at Allan Saxe Field.

Baseballers host Northwestern State this weekend

Tied for fourth in the Southland Conference with a 4-2 record, the Maverick baseball team hosts Northwestern State for three games Friday-Sunday, March 25-27. See game times in the Going Out section below.

The Mavericks won two of three from UT San Antonio last weekend before dropping a 5-2 decision to No. 21 Baylor on Tuesday.

A free cookout, face painting, and yard games are planned for Tailgate Tuesday when the Mavericks host Texas A&M on Tuesday, March 29. Tailgating begins at 5 p.m. with game time at 6:30 p.m.

Sports shorts

  • Casey Keeter won the shot put and Ivan Storic was first in the javelin at the Horned Frog Invitational last Friday in Fort Worth as the track team opened its outdoor season. Men's and women's teams compete in the North Texas Classic at Denton on Saturday, March 26.
  • The women’s tennis team is off to a 4-0 start in the Southland Conference and is 9-3 overall. The Mavericks have home SLC matches against Texas State and UT San Antonio at 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27.
  • Winning five of its last six, the men’s tennis team is 8-5. Junior Mindaugas Celedinas leads the Mavericks with a 7-4 record at the No. 1 singles position.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Friday, March 25

Philosophy Lecture Series Joshua Greene, assistant professor of psychology at Harvard, discusses "Beyond Point-and-Shoot Morality: Why Psychology Matters for Ethics." This Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Philosophy and Humanities, and the Philosophy Club. Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Ken Williford,

Windows + Fragments: Selected Works by Richard B. Ferrier, FAIA Opening reception for an exhibit of work by Ferrier, an associate dean and professor of architecture at UT Arlington prior to his death in August 2010. Exhibit continues through April 30. Free. 5:30 p.m. Room 206, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 27. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

Friday-Saturday, March 25-26

Lone Star Diversity Colloquium Encourages under-represented minorities, women, and first-generation college students enrolled at Texas colleges and universities to stay in Texas to complete their graduate education. College-specific activities and events are set for Friday afternoon. Saturday workshops focus on graduate admissions, the importance of undergraduate research, graduate funding opportunities, and other topics relevant to graduate and professional study. Register. See the program. E.H. Hereford University Center. Graduate Studies.

$2 Movie: It's Kind of a Funny Story A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Saturday, March 26

Rick Bogard

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. Texas State. Free. 11 a.m. Also, Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio, 11 a.m. Sunday, March 27. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Softball Mavericks vs. Nicholls State. Free with UT Arlington ID. Doubleheader, 1 p.m. Also single game, noon, Sunday, March 27. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

Faculty Trumpet Recital A trumpet recital with Rick Bogard, right, of the music faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Monday, March 28

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Music faculty and students perform in a 30-minute concert. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Music, 2-3471.

Design Practice Academy Michael J. Love, founder and principal of Atelier Design Associates, presents information about the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Free. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Guest Artists Recital Angela Fuller, violin, and Ann Marie Hudson, viola, of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


Gallery 76102 "A Certain Shade of the Aftermath," an exhibit by Timothy Harding. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

The Gallery at UTA Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of art, and Barbra Riley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi professor of art. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 2. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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. 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 atrium, 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 parlor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Planetarium April is Global Astronomy Month, so watch for special events at the Planetarium. See the Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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



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