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

Monday, September 26, 2011

CPC court

Petsche Court: The University is honoring a $1 million gift by naming the College Park Center basketball court for alums Alan and Bonnie Smith Petsche.

Gifts totaling $1.75 million provide boost for College Park Center

The families of two distinguished business leaders have committed $1.75 million in new gifts in support of the 7,000-seat College Park Center, the events venue set to open on campus early next year.

Alan Petsche ('80 BBA) and his wife, Bonnie Smith Petsche ('86 BBA), both alumni of the College of Business, have committed $1 million to College Park Center. The University will honor the couple by naming the new basketball court Petsche Court. The couple’s commitment is the second-largest gift in support of the $78 million events center.

The Moritz family, of the Moritz Dealerships, has committed $750,000 to College Park Center. The family’s gift will be recognized with Moritz Plaza, a grand space at the northwest corner of South Pecan and East Second streets that will serve as the main entrance to College Park Center. Moritz Plaza will connect the events center and the mixed-use retail and residential development spanning three blocks to the north.

President James D. Spaniolo says the new gifts are tangible evidence of the community’s willingness to invest in the University’s mission of becoming a top-tier institution.

“College Park Center will be a jewel among North Texas events venues for generations to come,” Spaniolo says. “We are honored that these business and community leaders have taken a leadership role in helping shape the future of our University and our city through their generous contributions.”

Read more about the College Park Center gifts and Petsche Court.


Endowed distinguished professorship will attract physics optics innovator

An endowed distinguished professorship will honor Fort Worth physicist and businessman Richard N. Claytor while strengthening the University’s cutting edge optics-related research.

The professorship will be funded by a $500,000 endowment recently established through a philanthropic gift from Nelson E. Claytor, Richard Claytor’s son.

Richard Claytor founded Fresnel Technologies Inc., a leading manufacturer of molded plastic lenses and related optical components based in Fort Worth. He is the company's vice president.

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, vice president for research and federal relations, calls Nelson Claytor’s gift “a prime example of the role that private investment plays in furthering university research.” The gift will help UT Arlington recruit a world-class faculty member to lead optics research within the College of Science.

"This investment will have a significant, direct impact on the future of the optics industry and economic development in North Texas for generations to come,” Dr. Elsenbaumer says.

Nelson Claytor and Fresnel Technologies committed $250,000 to create the distinguished professorship in the Physics Department. That sum will be matched by the Maverick Match program, which leverages the University’s natural gas royalties to encourage philanthropy and bolster the University's endowment.

Read more about the Richard N. Claytor endowment.

New professors emeriti honored at today's fall faculty meeting

President James D. Spaniolo will announce 17 professors emeriti and comment on the state of the University at the Fall Meeting of University Faculty and Associates today, Monday, Sept. 26.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, the meeting is 4-5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

New faculty and associates will be introduced, and recipients of the 2011 UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards will be acknowledged.

For more information, contact Vice Provost David J. Silva at or 2-2103.

Dominic Bracco

Dominic Bracco II

Photojournalist presents view of Ciudad Juarez

Dominic Bracco II discusses documenting the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the border region where he was raised in his talk "The Lost Generation: Globalization, Youth Culture, and Violence in Ciudad Juarez" at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

His lecture is part of a series on "The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border" tied to the photo exhibit "Life and Death in the Northern Pass" in the library's sixth floor parlor.

Bracco ('08 BA), a distinguished photojournalist and former photographer for The Shorthorn, documented the horrors of Mexico's drug war through images of violence and its aftermath, grieving families, and tender scenes of day-to-day urban life.

The Mousetrap

'The Mousetrap' opens Theatre Arts season

The Agatha Christie classic, The Mousetrap, opens the 2011-12 season for the Department of Theatre Arts.

“This season promises to feature some of our most innovative performances to date, and is definitely not to be missed,” says Kim LaFontaine, chair of the department.

The Mousetrap opens Oct. 14 and is followed by The School for Scandal in November. Spring productions include The Seduction and Deception of Mozart, Paparazza, and Spring Theatrefest.

All productions are in the Mainstage Theatre except Theatrefest, which will be in the Studio Theatre. Both theaters are in the Fine Arts Building.

For more information, see Theatre Arts schedule.

Know the difference between grievance procedures and ethics hotline

There is a difference between the staff and faculty grievance procedures and the University’s Ethics Hotline.

Staff members with a complaint concerning wages, work hours, working conditions, and other issues should follow the University’s Employee Grievance Procedures.

Faculty members should use the Faculty Grievance Procedure.

Use the Ethics Hotline if you suspect ethical abuses, non-compliance, or fraud in the workplace. The Ethics Hotline is answered by an independent company in Atlanta, Ga. Reach the hotline at 1-877-507-7314 or online.

For more information, go to the Compliance website or contact Jennifer Chapman at 2-3089 or

Mav Pic Job Fair

Job seekers

About 1,800 students and alumni handed out resumes and met with 136 employers at the Fall Job Fair on Wednesday at the Maverick Activities Center. The Career Center hosted the fair. See the slideshow.


Today's World Heart Day features health education, screenings, cyclethon

Get pumped for World Heart Day activities today, Monday, Sept. 26, including health education, screenings, and a 12-hour cyclethon.

Heart health information and screenings are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. For more information on the screenings, contact Health Services at 2-2771.

The annual Cyclethon at the Maverick Activities Center has teams pedaling from noon to midnight. Support your favorite team as all money donated goes to the American Heart Association. For more information on the cyclethon, contact Lindsay Lookingbill at 2-3277 or

Laptop-friendly spaces arrive with ribbon cutting Wednesday

Join in the ribbon cutting as the Office of Information Technology celebrates nine new laptop-friendly spaces around campus to accommodate evolving computer trends. The celebration is 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, in Room 340 in the Business Building.

The wireless spaces have charging stations. To access a printer, download print drivers at the OIT web page.

Find the laptop-friendly spaces on campus.

OIT waiting to test Mac's Lion system

The Lion will have to wait this fall, as the Office of Information Technology is delaying further testing on the new Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" desktop operating system until the next upgrade. OIT expects it to be released and all fixes verified by Oct. 31.

OIT does not recommend installing or upgrading to Lion until testing is complete. For more information about the status of Lion support at UT Arlington, see the OIT website.

Volunteers needed for Health Services events

Volunteers are needed for presentations on breast cancer awareness 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Arlington Hall mall, and prescription drug awareness 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Health Services at 2-2771.

Benefit Yourself

Cooking Around the World

Cook up some culture by exploring the cuisines of Hawaii, Brazil, France, and Thailand. Learn some basic vocabulary words and dining etiquette as you enjoy eating a representative meal of your own creation. Call 2-2581 to receive a faculty/staff discount fee of $75. 1:15-4:15 p.m., Saturdays, Oct. 1-22, Room A101, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.


Getting Started with Blackboard 9.1

Blackboard is a Web-based learning management system designed to support fully online courses or provide a space for face-to-face course supplementation. Free. See schedule at Distance Education Workshops.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments. 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, Sept. 26

Jose Gutierrez

Voces de la Raza: The People's Voices Jose Angel Gutierrez, right, professor of political science, discusses the Chicano perspectives of public leadership, gender inequalities, and coalition politics in the 21st century. His "Tejano Voices" collection consists of interviews that emphasize the personal stories and struggles of Tejano leaders, many of whom are the first individuals of Mexican descent in government office. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month 2011. Reception follows. Free. 6 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Mavericks, Student Affairs.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Development of Ultrasound-mediated Optical Imaging Techniques Baohong Yuan, assistant professor of bioengineering, discusses how ultrasonic and optical imaging techniques are promising tools for cancer diagnosis and treatment follow-up. Free. 9:30 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Electrical Engineering, Samir Iqbal, 2-0228.

Thursday, Sept. 29

Biology Colloquium Series Shawn Christensen, assistant professor of biology, presents "Targeting Target-primed Reserve Transcription: The Structure and Function of Site Specific Retrotransposons." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2872.

Through Friday, Sept. 30

Banned Books Week In celebration of Banned Books Week, the staff at UT Arlington libraries encourages you to check out a banned book and participate in the virtual read-out. Need some suggestions? See the display at the Central Library or the Banned Books Week slideshow showing the Maverick librarians reading their favorite banned books.

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

Going Out

Monday, Sept. 26

Faculty Cello Recital Performance by Elizabeth Morrow of the music faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Wizard of Oz

Clavier Series Piano Recital Features UT Arlington piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

$2 Movie: The Wizard of Oz Classic 1939 tale of Dorothy's journey to the Emerald City. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, Sept. 29

Volleyball Mavericks vs. McNeese State. $6, 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Wind Symphony Concert Features faculty guest soloists Martha Walvoord, violin; David Grogan, baritone; and Soo Hong Kim, soprano. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Oct. 1

Fort Worth Music Festival UT Arlington Jazz Combo performs at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. See schedule. Advance tickets $5. Gate price $10. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth.

Saturday, Oct. 1

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Lamar. $6, 2 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.


Broken Sugar An exhibition of 22 mixed-media sculptures and two-dimensional works by Melba Northum. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Friday, Sept. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The fall Levitt Pavilion Arlington series concludes this weekend with concerts Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Free. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Natural Perceptions Marilyn Jolly, associate professor of art and art history, has work featured in Natural Perceptions, an exhibit at the University of Dallas. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Through Sunday, Oct. 2. Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas.

Silver: 25th Anniversary Exhibition A group show of 25 artists who have shown works from The Gallery at UTA's 1986 beginning as the Center for Research in Contemporary Art to the present. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 15. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, Patricia Healy, 2-5658.

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.

Planetarium Join two children on a magical journey through the solar system in Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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