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

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Town hall meeting set for Monday at Planetarium

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

Gateway tower

New gateway tower to define north entrance to campus on Cooper Street

A new, landmark gateway welcoming visitors to UT Arlington is rising at UTA Boulevard and South Cooper Street.

The brick and cast stone tower will stand more than 35 feet tall and glow after dark with Maverick blue lighting. The monument was designed by Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. of Arlington, and incorporates materials and architectural themes that will be reflected in key structures within the College Park District.

“This lighted tower will become synonymous with a University on the rise,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “It will be a gateway signaling that students and visitors are welcome on our campus. We expect it to become a recognized icon for our world-class institution.”

The gateway is part of the larger Engineering Research Quadrangle and will stand west of the Engineering Research Building, a 234,000-square-foot, state-of-the art, collaborative research center that opened early this year.

The tower will feature specially treated glass that diffuses light and will create a glow unique in downtown Arlington. Similar glass and light treatments are expected to be featured in College Park Center.

Construction of the tower is scheduled for completion in August.

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Celebrating with a Legend

Grammy Award-winning singer and musician John Legend spoke and sang at Graduation Celebration at the Levitt Pavilion on Friday. President James D. Spaniolo and Kate Aoki, a Master of Architecture graduate, also spoke as an estimated 3,800 attended. Read more, see a video, and view a photo gallery of the event.


New campus facility planned for YWCA Arlington Child Development Center

The University plans to build a new home for the YWCA Arlington Child Development Center on a verdant, tree-lined site at 403 S. Davis Drive, at the northwest corner of the main campus.

The 8,000-square-foot childcare center replaces the provider’s 20-year-old building at 106 W. Sixth St. The new site is near UT Arlington’s new community garden and is considered more visible and accessible to visitors and potential clients. Construction is expected to begin this fall following the design phase. The building is expected to be complete by August 2012.

The proposed lease agreement gives UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students priority use of the childcare center and allows the University to use the center as a learning laboratory for faculty and students.

World No Tobacco Day event May 31

Learn more reasons to quit smoking at the World No Tobacco Day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Find out about dangerous new products leading to new trends in smoking. Check your lung capacity as well as your knowledge of smoking trivia. Read the list of toxins in cigars and cigarettes, and compare the display of healthy lungs with those of a smoker. Representatives of the North Texas Coalition Against Alcohol and Tobacco will be on hand. Sign up for the free Fresh Start From Tobacco classes.

UT Arlington will become a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1 to foster a healthier community for students, employees, and visitors. Current University policy prohibits tobacco use in all campus buildings and facilities, including residence halls, apartments, and houses. Tobacco may not be used within 50 feet of building entrances or air intake vents of campus buildings. Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

To learn more about how to quit tobacco use, contact Latoya Oduniyi at 2-2716 or

Diane Snow

Dr. Diane Snow

Nursing professor named practitioner fellow

Diane Snow, clinical professor in the College of Nursing, will be inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at the national conference June 24 in Las Vegas.

Dr. Snow has been a member of the nursing faculty since 1979. In addition to providing nursing leadership at UT Arlington as the director of the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program, she is nationally known for her expertise in substance abuse. She also serves as co-director of the Center for Psychopharmacology Education and Research.

She has served a term as president of the International Nurses Society on Addictions and is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a certified addictions registered nurse.

Scholarships offered for Mind, Brain, and Education graduate students

Scholarships have been established for the two-year, 36-hour master’s degree program in Mind, Brain, and Education that begins this fall, thanks to the generosity of Steffen and Betsy Palko. Steffen Palko serves on the development board and is a member of the advisory council in the College of Education and Health Professions.

Five scholarships are available and will pay full tuition for the first year. Funding for the second year is available to scholarship recipients who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5; complete a minimum of six hours during each fall, spring, and summer semesters; and prepare a successful student plan for their second year. This competitive scholarship would allow non-resident recipients to pay tuition at the in-state resident rate.

To qualify, a student must apply, gain admission, and enroll for the fall 2011 semester. Candidates will be able to find applications and instructions for the scholarship online at the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education. Deadline to apply is June 15.

For more information, call 2-0526 or email

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Family ties

Jeannie Panton Deakyne, who earned her Master of Arts degree in political science, is hooded by her father, Dr. Don Panton, a retired professor of finance and real estate, in a College of Liberal Arts Commencement ceremony Sunday. See videos and photos from all Commencement ceremonies, which included a record 3,733 degree candidates.


Gatchel receives psychology award

Robert Gatchel, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, has won the 2011 American Psychological Association's Division 38 Award for Outstanding Career Contributions to Health Psychology. Division 38 is the health psychology interest group within the American Psychological Association. Dr. Gatchel is also the Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology.

“Division 38 includes the leading health psychologists in the field today," Gatchel says. "I am honored to be recognized for my contributions to this important and growing area of science by such an illustrious peer group. It is a great sign that I am leaving a great legacy to the field."

Maverick Club golf tourney set for June

The 16th annual Maverick Club Classic Golf Tournament will take place at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie on Friday, June 10.

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

Open registration begins at 6:45 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast. The shotgun-style tournament starts at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m., followed by award presentations.

For more information on the Maverick Club Classic, sponsored by the Department of Athletics, contact Michella Gaiser at 2-7168 or

Steam shutdown starts Monday

The Thermal Energy Plant will shut down steam service to complete inspection and repair requirements of the system components from 1 a.m. Monday, May 23, to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

Some buildings will be without hot water and steam. Electrical power, air conditioning, and cold water service will be available.

If you have questions concerning the buildings or equipment affected by this outage, contact Santiago Pink in the Office of Facilities Management at 2-2049.

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Volunteers needed for Special Olympics

More than 3,000 Special Olympics Texas athletes from across the state arrive on campus Thursday-Sunday, May 26-29, for the 2011 Summer Games. This is the sixth year for the event to be held at UT Arlington and surrounding community venues.

Competition will take place at Maverick Stadium, the Maverick Activities Center, intramural fields, and the tennis center. A motor-skills training program and volunteer meals will be at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Volunteers are needed. Individuals, groups, families, and companies can assist in competitions and special events. Volunteer opportunities and registration are available online.

Special Olympics Texas is a privately funded nonprofit organization providing year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 36,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Texas.

ATM down at Central Library on Wednesday

The ATM at the Central Library will be out of commission Wednesday, May 25. Other ATMs located at the Maverick Activities Center, Davis Hall, and the E.H. Hereford University Center are available for transactions during this time.

Benefit Yourself

Getting Started with Blackboard

Explore basic functions of Blackboard 9.1, including policy/procedure, content management, course layout, assignments, assessments, and the grade center. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, May 24. Get more information on Blackboard Workshops.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, Room 150, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771. Mindful Moments will not meet June 1 and June 8.

Solving Problems/Making Decisions

Bring one in-depth problem to class and discover how to develop strategies for a real solution. Explore the tools for creatively brainstorming and facing obstacles from a new perspective. Uncover how to effectively use a step-by-step process to achieve greater results. Free. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, May 26, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

Hatha Yoga

Relax and re-energize at the end of the day with relaxation techniques, gentle stretching, and breathing exercises. Classes consist of mind-clearing relaxation and centering, pranayama (breathing exercise), and asanas (yoga exercises) followed by a guided relaxation/meditation. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $40. 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, June 1-July 20. Dance Studio, Swift Center. 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

McNair program helps students succeed

As soldiers grow older, injuries increase

Dallas mayoral runoff election stirs voters

"This is one of those programs that makes the university experience very fulfilling for students and does help them develop that confidence for whatever it is they want to do after they graduate."

"They may come in relatively good health, but they are not leaving in good health."

"David Kunkle has a greater challenge than Mr. (Mike) Rawlings."

— Dr. Joan Reinhardt, director of the McNair Scholars Program, on how the program helps students.
WFAA/Channel 8

— Dr. Alexa Smith-Osborne, assistant professor of social work, on older troops and their level of fitness.
Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal

— Dr. Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, on the Dallas mayoral runoff election.
KDFW/Fox 4

Sports Notes
Romain Martin

Power of 10: Sophomore Romain Martin placed first or second in nine of the 10 events to win the decathlon at the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.


Gray, Martin, Putman nab SLC track wins

Senior Cordero Gray won both the 100- and 200-meter events and sophomore Romain Martin finished first in the decathlon as the men’s track team took third place at the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Natchitoches, La.

Gray set school and SLC meet records with a time of 10.12 in the 100 and tied for men's high-point scoring honors. Martin won the decathlon with 7,556 points, the most in the conference meet since 2002.

Junior Lindsey Putman won the women's 1500-meter event, but the Mavericks had to settle for fifth place in the women's division. Stephen F. Austin won both the men's and women's titles.

Next action will be at the NCAA preliminary round May 26-28.

Golfers start NCAA regional play Thursday

The Maverick golf team tees off at the NCAA Regional Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, at the Omni Tucson National Resort Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz.

The Tucson regional is one of six this week and includes 14 teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

Baseball closes out home slate this week

Trying to snap an eight-game Southland Conference losing streak, the Mavericks host Texas State, which already has clinched the regular-season championship, in their final home baseball series Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks are ninth in the SLC standings, and only the top eight teams qualify for the conference tournament May 25-28 at San Marcos.

Tennis loses to Baylor in NCAA

Fifth-ranked Baylor downed UT Arlington 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships last weekend in Waco.

The Mavericks, ranked No. 69 in the nation, finished with a season record of 20-5.

Collom, Collins earn softball all-conference honors

Senior first baseman Rebecca Collom and freshman pitcher Callie Collins both earned first-team All-Southland Conference honors. Collins also was named Pitcher of the Year.

Third-seeded Texas State upended No. 2 seed UT Arlington in the Southland Conference Softball Tournament and went on to win the title last weekend in Huntsville. The Mavericks were eliminated in the second round of the double-elimination tourney by UT San Antonio.

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Going Out

Thursday, May 19

Brian Nephew

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Final home series for the Mavericks. Senior third baseman Brian Nephew, right, leads the team in hitting with a .366 average. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

Friday, May 20

$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. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

Saturday, May 21

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Free with UT Arlington ID. 1 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Rated PG-13. 2:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, May 25

$2 Movie: The Dilemma Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star cast in this story of a man discovering that his best friend's wife is having an affair. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Friday, May 27

$2 Movie: The Dilemma Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Texas Power Summer Concert Series Ambrosia opens the summer music series. Concerts continue through July 3. See schedule. Free. 8 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St.


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.

Planetarium The spring schedule continues through Sunday, June 5. See a preview of the summer schedule. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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

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



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