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

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Graduation Celebration

Celebrating Commencement: Friday's Graduation Celebration featuring John Legend highlights Commencement week for more than 3,700 degree candidates.

Friday's Graduation Celebration highlights Commencement activities

Graduation Celebration highlights Commencement weekend on Friday, May 13, with speakers, music, fireworks, and food at Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington. The free event, which is open to everyone, begins at 8 p.m.

John Legend, Grammy Award-winning singer and musician, is the keynote speaker. President James D. Spaniolo and Kate Aoki, who will earn her master's degree in architecture this month, also are scheduled to give remarks.

Commencement ceremonies are scheduled Thursday-Sunday, May 12-15, at Texas Hall and include several traditions.

The College of Nursing will hold two pinning ceremonies Thursday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Nursing graduates choose a friend, family member, significant other, or nursing mentor to pin them with the UT Arlington nursing emblem. The ceremony for Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates is at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony for RN-to-BSN graduates is at 2 p.m.

Military Science graduates become U.S. Army officers during their commissioning ceremony scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. After graduation, they will enter the Basic Officer Leadership Course at installations across the country.

The College of Engineering's procession of graduates starts at Nedderman Hall and ends at Texas Hall. The ceremonial parade begins 10 minutes before the ceremonies scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

In what is expected to be the largest class ever, more than 3,700 students are set to earn degrees. That total includes 2,600 undergraduates, 1,059 master’s candidates, and 74 doctoral scholars.

The UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra performs at all Commencement ceremonies.

Town hall meeting set for Monday, May 23

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting hosted by President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the Planetarium in the Chemistry and Physics Building.

The president will provide a brief update on the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature, but the bulk of the forum will be dedicated to 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

Chemistry team

Teamwork reaps reward: Members of the chemistry and biochemistry team who submitted the winning proposal for the new microplate reader are, from left, Kayunta Johnson-Winters, Kevin Schug, Frank Foss, Brad Pierce, Subhrangsu Mandal, and Roshan Perera.

Chemistry professors win ultra-fast microplate reader

A group of chemistry and biochemistry faculty members has been awarded a new high-tech lab instrument, an ultra-fast microplate reader that will help them in numerous research and education initiatives.

The group of assistant professors—Kevin Schug, Frank Foss, Roshan Perera, Kayunta Johnson-Winters, Subhrangsu Mandal, and Brad Pierce—will receive one of five SPECTROstar Nano instruments awarded by BMG LABTECH, a developer and global manufacturer of microplate reader instrumentations.

“We have a significant number of junior faculty who are pursuing new and innovative research and teaching approaches,” Dr. Schug says. “The award of a SPECTROstar Nano system gives us many new capabilities, which we previously lacked."

The instrument, valued at over $16,000, will be delivered in the next few weeks and will be housed in the Chemistry and Physics Building.

Read more about the microplate reader.

Deadlines outlined for fiscal year-end purchasing

The Office of Procurement has implemented procedures to ensure that year-end purchasing is efficient and effective. The following deadlines for the submission of requests to purchase will improve the overall processing of procurements for fiscal year-end 2010-11.

June 1: For Facilities Management, Housing, University Center, and OIT only:

  • Yearly service agreements and contracts for fiscal year 2011-12 exceeding $5,000

June 15: For all other University departments:

  • Service agreements and contracts for fiscal year 2011-12 exceeding $5,000 for the entire fiscal year
  • Equipment rentals for fiscal year 2010-11

Note that many of the state contract copier rentals will expire Aug. 31. If this includes your department’s copier, look for an email regarding actions to replace it.

July 29: For all departments:

  • All requisitions to be encumbered/paid from 2010-11 funds

All requests to purchase received in the Office of Procurement after close of business July 29 will be processed and encumbered against fiscal year 2011-12 funds.

All service/maintenance costs of $2,000 or less for the entire fiscal year should be secured/purchased using the ProCard. All other order amounts will be processed according to established procedures.

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Going green with Volt

President James D. Spaniolo is presented the keys to a new Chevrolet Volt on Monday by Craig Eppling, General Motors regional communications manager. The Volt, GM's hybrid electric car, operates on a lithium-ion battery and plugs into a garage outlet. Spaniolo received use of the car for one week courtesy of former GM Chair Ed Whitacre, who spoke in April at the College of Business Executive Dinner.

Monday deadline for Blazing Race 2

Individual and team registration for the Blazing Race 2 ends Monday, May 16. The race Wednesday, May 18, celebrates National Employee Health and Fitness Day.

Participants can walk or run a campus adventure course and receive prizes and giveaways. Take your choice of starting times at 11 a.m. or noon. The UT Arlington Wellness Committee hosts the free event.

Find details and registration information online or email

Blackboard maintenance due Saturday

Blackboard will be unavailable 5:30 a.m.-11:40 p.m. Saturday, May 14, for system maintenance. Existing course content and grades will not be affected.

Plan to log off Blackboard prior to 5:30 a.m. Saturday. All current course content and grades will be intact and available on Sunday after the maintenance is complete.

For more information, contact

Printer cartridge recycling reminder

Printer cartridges are no longer being recycled on campus. Office supply stores have various recycling programs. For more information, see the printer cartridges section on the Campus Sustainability's recycling website.

Summer schedule begins next week for MavWire

MavWire moves to a summer schedule after this week. Keep up with campus activities throughout the summer on Thursdays. Monday editions resume Aug. 22 for the fall semester.

Benefit Yourself

Undergraduate Academic Adviser

Provides instruction to address the training needs of an undergraduate academic adviser for UT Arlington faculty and staff. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. Monday, May 16, Room E200D, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Register. Get more information on OIT training.

Floral design

Basic Floral Design

Create beautiful arrangements with fresh flowers while focusing on the use of proper materials, mechanics, and design standards. Learn to make a traditional or contemporary arrangement that will be a reflection of your personal style. The instructor will provide some supplies during class, but participants need to supply their own flowers, containers, and basic tools for the second and third session. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $59.50. 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, May 17, 24, and 31, Room C100A, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments, which moves to a new location Wednesday, May 18. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, now in Room 150, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

Project Management

This course introduces participants to project management, along with essentials skills and techniques necessary for planning and executing projects on time, on budget, and with maximum efficiency and productivity. Free. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, May 19, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

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.

Sports Notes
Cordero Gray

Shades of Gray: Senior Cordero Gray has always been a contender in the Southland Conference sprint events, finishing third in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at last year's outdoor meet after winning the 100 and finishing second in the 200 as a sophomore. He also won the 60-meter dash at the SLC indoor earlier this year.


Women netters face Baylor in NCAA opener

After winning the Southland Conference title, the women’s tennis team moves on to the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Baylor at noon Saturday, May 14, in Waco.

Baylor (25-3) is ranked No. 5 in the nation while the Mavericks (20-4) are No. 69. Oklahoma (18-6), ranked 24th, and No. 38 Cal Poly (16-6) meet in the other semifinal match. The winners play at 2 p.m. Sunday for a chance to advance to the Round of 16 the following weekend.

Track teams shoot for conference titles

Men’s and women’s track teams hope to better their indoor finish when they compete in the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, at Natchitoches, La.

Both Maverick teams finished second at the SLC indoor in February.

Softball finishes second, begins tourney today

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the Southland Conference regular season softball title by downing UT Arlington 2-0 on Sunday, but the Mavericks get a chance for revenge at the SLC Tournament Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, in Huntsville.

The Mavericks won two from TAMU-CC on Saturday but fell short in the final game Sunday. They earned the No. 2 seed and get a first-round bye in the conference tourney, taking the field at 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, May 12, against the winner of the Texas State-Northwestern State game.

Golfers headed to regional in Arizona

After winning its first Southland Conference title since 2005, the Maverick golf team continues its season at the NCAA Regional Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, in Tucson, Ariz. This will be the Mavericks’ fifth regional appearance in the last seven years and the eighth in school history.

Seeded 12th in the 14-team regional, the Mavericks are joined, in order of seeding, by Texas A&M, San Diego State, Texas Tech, California, Liberty, Washington, Pepperdine, Oregon State, Purdue, UC Davis, Arizona, Loyola (Maryland), and Army.

Baseball falls to TAMU-Corpus Christi; travels to Lamar next

After losing three straight to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend, the Maverick baseball team slipped into a tie for sixth in the Southland Conference.

The Mavericks face Lamar University Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, in Beaumont, then play at Texas A&M Tuesday, May 17, before closing out the home season against Texas State Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, May 12

Peaceful Warrior

Mavs Book Club Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman is this month's selection. Free. 5:30 p.m., basement, Central Library. Mavs Book Club.

Friday, May 13

$2 Movie: Burlesque A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Sunday, May 15

Scholarship Benefit Concert Pianist Eduardo Rojas performs, with donations benefiting scholarships for three female students. Free with donations accepted. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Sigma Alpha Iota Alumni Chapter.

Wednesday, May 18

$2 Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three highly powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, May 19

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Last home games of the season. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m. Also 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Showcase for recent work created by the graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History. Features the work of 52 students demonstrating painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Through Saturday, May 14. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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 Saturday, May 21. Sixth floor atrium, 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, Fridays. Through Tuesday, May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-0365.

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

Planetarium Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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



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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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