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

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Graduation 2011

To the nth degree: With more than 3,700 degree candidates, UT Arlington will have its largest graduating class ever this spring.

Commencement begins May 12

An air of achievement prevails on campus as graduating students receive their diplomas during Commencement ceremonies Thursday-Sunday, May 12-15, at Texas Hall.

Graduates connect with each other and their families after each ceremony at a reception on the lawn east of Texas Hall.

A celebration of all graduates highlights the end of the semester. Graduation Celebration features nine-time Grammy winner John Legend and fireworks Friday, May 13, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington. The free evening starts at 8 p.m. and is open to the public.

Check the Commencement schedule for details on tickets, parking, protocol, photography, and special accommodations.

Flexible Summer Hours Program available again this year

With summer rapidly approaching, UT Arlington again will offer the Flexible Summer Hours Program, June 6-Aug. 12.

Participating employees work a compressed week of four 10-hour days with one day off during the work week. Employees who wish to participate are required to have their manager's written approval of their flexible schedules before beginning the program. Schedules for non-exempt employees also must include a minimum 30-minute lunch break.

Departments or employees who choose not to participate in the program will continue to work their regular schedules.

If you have questions about the program, contact Eunice Currie at or 2-5554.

  Mav Pic Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Distinguished professors

This year's inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers are, from left, Christopher Conway, associate professor of Spanish; Martha Mann, associate professor of psychology; Jamie Rogers, associate professor of industrial engineering; and Victoria Farrar-Myers, professor of political science. They and others were honored Monday at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates.

Trowbridge to receive athletic training award at national convention

Cindy Trowbridge, associate professor of kinesiology and clinical education coordinator for the athletic training education program, has been chosen to receive the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Athletic Trainer Service award for her contributions to the profession.

Dr. Trowbridge will be recognized in June at the association’s convention in New Orleans. She has served on the board of the NATA Research and Education Foundation. She also organized local athletic trainers’ participation in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Dallas/Fort Worth.

Kinesiology Chair Louise Fincher says Trowbridge has established an "incredible record of service to the athletic training profession."

Friday is deadline to sign up for the New Maverick Orientation activities fair

Give your departments, groups, or organizations some fair exposure at this summer's New Maverick Orientation activities fair, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

Deadline to sign up for the fair is Friday, May 6.

Volunteers still needed for Commencement

Be a volunteer greeter for Commencement 2011 May 12-15, and share your Maverick pride with our graduates' families and guests.

To sign up, contact Susann Asebedo at 2-2963 or

License plate

Creativity can get you a free license plate

The colorful blue and orange Texas license plates for UT Arlington are now available. Your creative plate slogan can help you win back your purchase price. The tags—offered through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles—are an ideal way to show your UT Arlington pride.

The plates are also a great way to support deserving Mavericks. They cost $55 for a one-year commitment, $195 for five years, and $295 for 10 years (that's only $29.50 per year). A percentage of the sale from each plate goes to UT Arlington student scholarships.

For a chance to win back your purchase price, order by June 30 and 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.

Visit the myplates website and order your plate today.

Enjoy free concerts at Levitt Pavilion

About every music genre is represented during the Levitt Pavilion's summer concert series, which begins Friday, May 27, in downtown Arlington.

UT Arlington is a sponsor of the Charlie Daniels Band Benefit Concert on Saturday, June 4.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m., except for the Wednesday Children's Series events, which are at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The concerts are free, except for the benefit event with the Charlie Daniels Band, which is $25 for general admission and $150 for VIP seating.

Tobacco free

Cessation programs help University prepare for tobacco-free campus in August

Health Services offers free tobacco cessation education classes as UT Arlington moves toward becoming a tobacco-free campus in August.

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

The free classes are on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of each month in Room B03 of the Health Services Center. Upcoming classes are Tuesday-Wednesday, May 17-18. Check the schedule for details.

Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

Early voting ends today on campus

Today is your last chance to vote early on campus for the May 14 local elections. The polling site in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, see the Tarrant County early voting website.

University Club monthly special celebrates Cinco de Mayo today

The University Club celebrates Cinco de Mayo with its first Thursday of the month 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Thursday, May 5. Cost is $8 per person plus tax.

On the buffet are chicken and beef taco salads, veggie quesadillas, pita chips, and flat bread with homemade salsa and roasted corn salsa.

The regular menu will not be available Thursday. The University Club is located on the ground level of Davis Hall.

Benefit Yourself
Windows 7

Windows 7 Service Pack 1

The Office of Information Technology will deploy Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to Windows 7 computers on campus Monday, May 9,-Thursday, June 2. The rollout will follow a deployment schedule.

To facilitate the upgrade, it is recommended that at the close of business on the designated date, clients should log off their computers and leave them powered on. The upgrade requires a restart at completion.

If the computer is not left powered on overnight, SP1 will install at log in when the computer is powered up. This upgrade could take up to an hour and multiple reboots to complete.

For more information, contact the OIT Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Home Staging Basics

Homeowners, property rehabilitation specialists, and real estate professionals can learn how staging can improve a house's chance of selling. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $29.50. 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, Room E200, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Macintosh Software and System Upgrades Available

The Office of Information Technology has purchased licensing for the Mac OS X, iLife, and iWork for Macintosh computers as part of UT System's participation in the Apple Education License Program.

Only University-owned computers are eligible to receive this software. Intel-based Mac computers can be upgraded to version 10.6, and PowerPC-based Mac computers can be upgraded to version 10.5.

To arrange for installation or upgrade, contact the OIT Help Desk at or 2-2208.

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

U.S. and Pakistan relationship sticky

Coral reefs being studied on campus

Online students miss campus interaction

"You want to keep a tight grip on those weapons. The Pakistanis keep promising they'll make sure they don't fall into the hands of the bad people."

"Coral reefs are currently in decline. There's a combination of global factors like climate change and ocean certification that are endangering them."

"It's about learning how to interact with people, how to network with people. It's about learning how to live in a world that's constantly changing."

— Dr. Brent Sasley, assistant professor of political science, on Pakistan's nuclear capabilities in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death.
KDFW/Fox 4

— Dr. Laura Mydlarz, assistant professor of biology, as to why coral reefs are dying worldwide.

— Dr. Dan Formanowicz, professor of biology and chair of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council, concerning the campus experience.

Sports Notes
  Women's Tennis-Daiana Negreanu

Woman of the year: Senior Daiana Negreanu was named Southland Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year.

Women win conference tennis title

The top-seeded UT Arlington women’s tennis team captured the program’s sixth Southland Conference championship with a 4-2 win over third-seeded Northwestern State on Sunday in San Antonio.

The Mavericks were undefeated through regular season conference play as they duplicated their 2009 season, winning both regular season and conference tournament crowns.

Senior Daiana Negreanu was named SLC Women's Tennis Player of the Year, and Diego Benitez was selected Coach of the Year.

The Mavericks will face Baylor in the first round of the NCAA regional at Waco on Friday, May 13.

Athletes honored at All-Sports Banquet

Cross country runner Heinz Schwarzkopf and track and field's Brittany Culbertson were named B.G. Wilson male and female scholar-athletes of the year Monday at the All-Sports Banquet.

Softball's Rebecca Collom and baseball's Jesse Payne were selected UTA Athletics Alumni Chapter female and male student-athletes of the year. See more All-Sports Banquet awards and photos.

Softball closes out home slate this weekend

The Mavericks host Southland Conference leader Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, at Allan Saxe Field in their final home games of the year as they close out regular season play. A doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, with a single game at noon Sunday.

The softball team is tied for second in the Southland Conference with an 18-9 record, after losing two of three at McNeese State last weekend. The SLC Tournament begins Thursday, May 12, in Huntsville.

Baseball hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

The Maverick baseball team hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday-Sunday, May 6-8, at Clay Gould Ballpark. Starting times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Mavericks are tied for fourth in the Southland Conference with a 13-11 record. They lost two of three last weekend at Stephen F. Austin.

Sports shorts

Golf—Jay Rees was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year as the Mavericks captured the league title. Seniors Zack Fischer and Wes Worster both earned first-team all-conference. Sophomore Paul McConnell was named the league's Newcomer of the Year.

Cheerleaders—UT Arlington finished second in the Small Coed I Division at the National Cheerleaders Association national championships in April at Daytona Beach, Fla. Stephen F. Austin captured the title after UT Arlington had won it last year.

Men’s track—Freshman Jeff Rodriguez won the pole vault, and senior Cordero Gray (100-meter dash) and the 4x100-meter relay team each finished third last week at the prestigious Drake Relays. The Southland Conference Track and Field Championships begin Friday, May 13, in Natchitoches, La.

Women’s track—The 4x800-meter relay team broke the school record with a time of 8:48.67 as it finished sixth at the Drake Relays. Senior Esther Abuto ran a personal best time of 2:09.93 in the 800-meter run, placing third.

Men’s tennis—The Mavericks lost 4-3 to UT San Antonio in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament on Saturday at San Antonio, ending their season.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, May 5

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series Douglas Klahr, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, discusses "The Walls That Surround You: Sustainable Architecture." Free. 9:30 a.m., Room 115, Trimble Hall. Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Jeff Howard, 2-5119.

Friday, May 6

Opening Reception for BFA Exhibition An awards ceremony honors BFA students during the opening reception for an exhibit of their work. Free. 5-7 p.m. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Softball-Rebecca Collom

$2 Movie: Tron Legacy The son of a virtual world designer looks for his father and ends up inside his dad's digital world. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Athletics, 2-2261.

Saturday, May 7

Softball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Final home games. Senior first baseman Rebecca Collom, right, leads the team in home runs (11) and batting average (.338). Free with UT Arlington ID. Doubleheader 1 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also single game noon, Sunday, May 8. Athletics, 2-2261.


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. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor atrium, Central Library.

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.

Gallery 76102 "Reconsidering Art History," a solo exhibit by Betsy Williamson ('06 BFA), who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-0365.

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 Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium The Planetarium will be closed Sunday, May 8, for electrical upgrades to the building. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 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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