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

Monday, November 21, 2011

David Keller

Dr. David Keller

Kinesiology researcher finds differences in blood pressure regulation for African Americans

Kinesiology Assistant Professor David Keller's recent work may hold clues as to why hypertension is more severe and strikes earlier in the African-American population.

Dr. Keller, associate director of the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity, has found differences in the way African Americans and Caucasians respond to simulated hypertension. When tested, African-American men in his study showed a blunted ability to reflexively adjust their heart rates in response to short-term hypertension.

Keller is studying arterial baroreflex function in African Americans at rest and during exercise as part of a project funded by the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Results of the first phase of his work recently were published in an article in the American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology.

“While some lifestyle factors are known predictors, there remains much that we must understand about the way in which the disease develops and factors that contribute to its development,” says Carolyn Cason, interim vice president for research. “Research like that being done by Dr. Keller is key to establishing the scientific foundation upon which new, successful treatments can be built."

Read more about Keller's research.

Health Services

At your service: Jan Holtberg, left, nurse practitioner for Health Services, provides information for nursing major Braulio Cruz-Ortiz during National Nurse Practitioner Week festivities Wednesday.

Health Services achieves ambulatory accreditation

UT Arlington Health Services has achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Status as an accredited organization means Health Services has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. Health Services now joins the list of only nine accredited student health centers in Texas.

“Our patients deserve the best,” says Robert Blum, Health Services director. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means that our organization cares enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Read more about the Health Services accreditation.

New students required to get meningitis vaccination

As of Jan. 1, 2012, incoming Texas college students under 30 years old must be immunized against bacterial meningitis before they enroll in an institution of higher education.

The new law mandates that first-time college students, students transferring from another institution, and students who are re-enrolling following a break of at least one fall or spring semester be inoculated against the illness. SB 1107 passed during the 82nd Legislative Session expands a previous requirement that applied only to college students new to campus housing.

It is imperative that new UT Arlington students who plan to enroll for spring 2012 be vaccinated as soon as possible. Under the law, new college students must have received the vaccine within the past five years. Proof of inoculation is required by Jan. 7, 2012, 10 days before the Jan. 17 start of the spring semester as the vaccine is considered effective several days after it is administered. Limited exemptions are specified in state law.

Students will not be allowed to enroll or move in to campus housing without submitting timely proof that they have complied with the meningitis vaccination law.

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Getting the scoop

Ben Cohen, left, and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., discussed "Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy" as part of the Maverick Speakers Series on Thursday at Texas Hall. The ice cream magnates gave free cold treats to everyone in attendance.

Remember to complete compliance training; deadline is Wednesday

Complete your compliance training online by the end of the day Wednesday, Nov. 23. You must complete all of the training modules listed in order to receive credit. After the deadline, the names of faculty and staff who have not completed their training will be forwarded to their immediate supervisors.

Access the University's training website and insert your Net ID and password. Your training curriculum will appear after you log in. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the compliance help line at 2-5100 or

Faculty Profile System seeks feedback

Help to improve the Faculty Profile System by answering a few questions in an online survey. The goal is to increase the system's usability and acceptance.

Participating in the Profile System survey is voluntary. The survey, which takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, is available until Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Sustainability recognized for educating campus about clean air

The Office of Sustainability was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Advertising by Air North Texas.

Information about Air North Texas, the regional clean air public awareness campaign, was included in campus communications and used in the classroom as students wrote, filmed, and produced 30-second public service announcements about air quality, including one in Spanish.

Donations help Tarrant Area Food Bank and Mission Arlington

Donate non-perishable food items and help those in need through the Tarrant Area Food Bank and Mission Arlington.

Collection boxes are located in the Central Library, Davis Hall, E.H. Hereford University Center, Engineering Research Building, Fort Worth Center, Health Center, Maverick Activities Center, University Hall, Watson Building, Wetsel Service Center, and Arlington Regional Data Center.

The food drive runs through Monday, Nov. 28, and is coordinated by the Staff Advisory Council and Golden Key International Honour Society. For more information, contact Angela Ezell at or 2-5667.

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Giving back

Stephen Mattingly, associate professor and graduate adviser in civil engineering, recycles electronic items Wednesday during America Recycles Day activities, sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.


AAFSA reception set for Nov. 29; register by Tuesday

The African American Faculty and Staff Association’s annual reception is 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the University Club at Davis Hall, with remarks at 6 p.m.

RSVP to Cindy Francis at special or 2-5300 by Tuesday, Nov. 22.

For more information, contact Eddie Freeman at

Help students by ordering a MavPack

Order a MavPack for your favorite students and give them a boost prior to final exams.

The newly-designed MavPacks are packed with school supplies, spirit items, and study tips. The packs are $25 and should be ordered by Sunday, Nov. 27, at Upgrade the MavPack for a graduating senior for $50 to include a one-year membership in the Alumni Association and an alumni T-shirt.

A portion of the proceeds benefits Apartment and Residence Life community events and the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

For more information, contact the Student Alumni Association at or call at 2-2594.

Volunteers needed for work day in Community Garden

Volunteers are needed for a work day in the Community Garden 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

Help is needed in clearing beds of plant material, spreading mulch and crushed granite, updating bed numbers, and general cleanup. Gloves and lunch will be provided.

To volunteer, contact Becky Valentich in the Sustainability Office at

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Discussing diversity

Andy Nguyen, Tarrant County Precinct 2 commissioner, talked about community involvement with faculty, staff, and students at a forum on diversity last week.

Brighten holidays with Angel Tree

Help a child from infant to 14 years old have a brighter holiday season through the annual Angel Tree drive.

Angels are available at the Leadership Center office in Room B160 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Interested participants will be given age, gender, size information, and wish list for a child in need.

After getting your angel information, purchased items should be returned to the Leadership Center office by Friday, Dec. 2.

Volunteer for Reading with Mavericks

Help Arlington elementary and middle school students experience the wonder of stepping onto a college campus at the Reading with Mavericks on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Volunteers will interact and read with children while encouraging lifelong reading and academic achievement. Shifts are 8-11:30 a.m. Register at

The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers, and Score a Goal in the Classroom School Incentive Program. For more information, contact the Leadership Center at 2-9220 or email

Benefit Yourself

Mavericks Against Child Abuse

Stop by to pick up your ribbon when the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program presents Blue Ribbon Day in honor of the survivors of child sexual abuse. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. RVSP Program,

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece. Free. Register. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, Digital Media Studio, Central Library. Technoscholar Workshops.


Art of Candy Making

Learn about chocolate melting techniques, filled candies, clusters, layered candy, marbelizing, dipped fruit, and more. It's a whole new way to add excitement to parties and create gifts that everyone will love. Call 2-2581 to receive a faculty/staff discount fee of $50. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Room A101, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Discovering Purpose

Having a clear purpose helps guide your decisions and empowers you to act in a clear and focused manner. This class offers participants the tools for discovering purpose and keys to putting the purpose into your every action and response. Free. Register. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

Mindful Moments

Mindful Moments will not meet Wednesday, Nov. 23. Meetings resume Wednesday, Nov. 30. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 236, 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.

Extra Credit

Monday, Nov. 21

Sports Medicine Lecture Series Scott Galloway, head athletic trainer at DeSoto High School, discusses "The Care and Management of Athletes with Sickle Cell Trait." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Athletic Training Education Program, Kinesiology.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Architecture Lecture Series Ganit Mayslits-Kassif discusses her work with Mayslits-Kassif Architects and utilizing landscape. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

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

Sports Notes
Kevin Butler

Up and in: Junior Kevin Butler scored 17 points and collected eight rebounds in Saturday's win over Louisiana Tech.


Men's basketball hosts North Texas

Looking for its third straight win, the men's basketball team hosts North Texas at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Texas Hall. Tickets are available at

The Mavericks face Baylor on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in Waco and return home to meet Samford on Saturday, Nov. 26, and UT Pan American on Monday, Nov. 28, in Texas Hall. All games start at 7 p.m.

Saturday's game is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day with free admission for all faculty and staff, and members of their families. There will be family fun games and face painting for the kids.

Coach Scott Cross's team downed Louisiana Tech 68-61 on Saturday as junior Kevin Butler led the scoring with 17 points while junior Jordan Reves topped the rebounding with 13.

McMurry next for women's basketball

Seeking to turn things around after losses in the first three games, the women’s basketball team hosts McMurry at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, in Texas Hall. Get tickets at

The Mavericks then play Memphis on the road at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.

Shaffer, Frantz earn volleyball honors

Senior Alicia Shaffer was named Southland Conference Libero of the Year last week prior to the conference volleyball tournament in Conway, Ark. She and fellow senior Tara Frantz were named first-team all-conference while senior Amanda Aguilera earned honorable mention.

The volleyball season ended Friday as the Mavericks lost 3-2 to Sam Houston State in the first round of the conference tournament.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Monday, Nov. 21

Jazz Orch

Voice Division Recital Features performances by UT Arlington vocal students. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Fall Jazz Concert Arrangements by Radiohead performed by the Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Ishii, the Jazz Ensemble directed by Dan Cavanagh, and guest artist Chris McGuire on saxophone. Tickets $5, 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Nov. 22

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Tickets $8. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Guest Piano Recital Features Andrew Le of Hope College in Michigan. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. McMurry. Tickets $8. 6:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Saturday, Nov. 26

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Samford. Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day with free admission for all faculty and staff, and their families. Family fun games and face painting for the kids. Free for family with UTA ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Monday, Nov. 28

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Tickets $8. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Symphonic Band Concert A concert of classic band works, conducted by graduate student Chris Sample. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Interfraternity Council Social Greek advisers and Greek faculty and staff members are invited to a holiday extravaganza with dinner and Santa. After dinner are a white elephant gift exchange and a tacky sweater contest. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 133, Maverick Activities Center. Interfraternity Council, Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Silk Road

Silk Road Wind through interactive booths hosted by student organizations. Pick up a passport for a drawing for a free iPod. Enjoy live shows by local performers highlighting Asian music, dance, and culture. Closing extravaganza for Asian Heritage Month. Free. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Mavericks, Multicultural Affairs, Student Affairs.


Planetarium The holiday schedule begins Tuesday, Nov. 29, and includes Season of Light, Holiday Music Magic, and One World, One Sky. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Searching from Memory Photography exhibit features artists Caleb Dulock and Jessica Fuentes. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Wednesday, Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Life and Death in the Northern Pass Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through Jan. 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

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



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