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

Monday, April 2, 2012

Scott Ryan

Dr. Scott Ryan

Social work dean named ACE fellow

Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work, was named an American Council on Education fellow this week. Dr. Ryan was nominated by President James D. Spaniolo for the program and joins 56 other fellows for the 2012-13 academic year.

“I am honored by President Spaniolo’s nomination and for the invitation from the ACE Fellows Program,” says Ryan, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Social Work. “I especially look forward to spending the next academic year working with the leadership at host universities to learn about issues President Spaniolo and I will identify this summer.”

The ACE Fellows Program was established in 1965 and is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for senior positions in college and university administration.

John Buckwalter, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Education and Health Professions, has been assigned to Texas Christian University this year as an ACE fellow.

Read more about Ryan and the ACE Fellows Program.

Green House

University adds real estate, sustainability master's

A Master of Science in Real Estate/Sustainability is the newest addition to UT Arlington's portfolio of sustainability-focused academic programs.

Classes begin May 12 at The Universities Center in downtown Dallas and in the fall at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center in downtown Fort Worth. Enrollment is currently open.

In 2010 UT Arlington began enrolling students in its Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies/Sustainability track program and a separate minor in environmental and sustainability studies. Both have been popular options.

“The new program will have a stronger commercially driven agenda with an emphasis on making the business case for sustainability,” says Fred Forgey, executive director of the Real Estate Graduate Program. “Commercial real estate professionals will be provided the tools necessary to propose, implement, and analyze sustainable initiatives within the built environment.”

The new degree can be completed in as few as 12 months. It is a 36-hour, non-thesis degree designed for working professionals. Classes will be delivered through online and in-person meetings.

Read more about the sustainability degree or visit the program website.

Mav Pic Quadrangle dedication

Dedicated to research

Celebrating the ribbon cutting for the dedication of the Engineering Research Building courtyard are from left, President James D. Spaniolo, Janet Greene, Mike Greene ('69 BS), and College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet. The courtyard was designated the Janet and Mike Greene Research Quadrangle on Friday in recognition of the Greenes, who created an endowment with a $500,000 gift that over time will equal $1 million through the Maverick Match program.


Walk in Mini-Relay for Life on April 11

This year's Mini-Relay for Life walk is set for 10 a.m-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. The mini-walk starts at the Health Services Center.

Participants can walk alone or with a team, and can make luminaries that will line the mall in front of Health Services. Donations collected will benefit the American Cancer Society. Health Services and the American Cancer Society will have information and registration packets for the Arlington Relay for Life, April 21-22, at the mini-walk.

For more information, contact Health Services at 2-2771.

Submit nominations by Friday for Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2012 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor an alumna or alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.

Award criteria and the nomination form are on the Alumni Association website. Submit nominations by Friday, April 6. Awards will be presented at the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 20.

For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.

Urge students to complete alcohol, drug survey

Faculty and staff are urged to help reach students with the University AOD (alcohol and other drugs) survey, which is issued every two years in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Grant.

The survey asks questions about attitudes and behaviors regarding alcohol and other drugs and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Students should use the UT Arlington code: 18363. The survey is available throughout the month of April.

For more information, contact Health Services.

  Mav Pic Glass show

Glass creations

A large selection of works dazzled patrons at Friday's World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale at the Studio Arts Center. Faculty, students, and visiting artists in the University’s internationally known glass program crafted the items. The show also included glass-blowing demonstrations. See more art show images.

Staff Advisory Council bylaws updated

The bylaws for the Staff Advisory Council have been updated in the Handbook of Operating Procedures.

SAC is an elected group of staff members across UT Arlington who serve as representatives to the University administration.

Apply for sustainability awards

Applications are available for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's 2012 awards, which honors campuses and students in advancing sustainability research and leadership.

The four categories are campus sustainability case studies, faculty sustainability leadership, student sustainability leadership, and student research on campus sustainability.

All University departments and schools are eligible to participate. For more information, contact Meghna Tare at

Sign up for Earth Day celebration

Observe Earth Day at Celebrating People and Planet 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, on the University Center mall.

Departments and organizations that would like to display information at the event should contact Becky Valentich in the Office of Sustainability at

Portion of Davis Drive closed April 2-10

A construction project will result in the closing of Davis Drive from Greek Row to Abram Street Monday, April 2-Tuesday, April 10. Traffic will detour onto Summit Avenue.

Facilities Management is working in conjunction with the City of Arlington to replace a section of the water line that runs under Davis Drive.

Benefit Yourself

Food for Thought: Emotional Eating: The Connection Between Mood and Food

Learn how your stomach communicates directly with your brain and how to combat stress eating. Bring a lunch. Free. Register. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

Mindful Moments

There will be no session this week. Next meeting is Wednesday, April 11. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., 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-Friday, April 2-6

The Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Violence Against Women Display of shirts decorated by survivors of domestic violence. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Student Affairs.

Wednesday, April 4

Homerathon A day-long oral recitation of Homer's rousing epic poem, the Odyssey. Readers/performers are needed; register online. Texts in English translation are available in the office of the Philosophy and Humanities Department, Room 305, Carlisle Hall. Recitation in Greek and other arcane languages is encouraged. Free. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., University Center mall. University Classics Club,, 2-3216.

Zeynep Celik-Butler

Smart Skin Zeynep Celik-Butler, right, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility, describes the work conducted there on "smart skin," a flexible array of microsensors making it possible to mimic bodily senses such as touch and smell. Light breakfast provided. Register. $5 donation. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

'NoBody's Perfect' This Niko von Glasow film follows him as he looks for 11 people who, like him, were born disabled because of the disastrous side effects of Thalidomide, a sedative drug introduced in the late 1950s that was found to cause birth defects. Discussion follows. Refreshments provided. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Department of History, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Architecture Lecture Series Petra Kempf, adjunct associate professor at Columbia University and New York-based architect and urban designer, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Physics Colloquium Features Young-Kee Kim, professor of physics at the University of Chicago and deputy director of Fermilab. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics.

Thursday, April 5

Survivor Speaks Out Domestic violence survivor Demian Pritchard shares her story. She is a member of the Peace Over Violence/Voices Over Violence Speakers Bureau. Free. 7 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Student Affairs.

Monday, April 9

Shimadzu Center Grand Opening Reception and ribbon cutting for the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry. The center houses a suite of state-of-the-art analytical instruments that meet needs for analysis in biochemistry, bioengineering, biology, chemistry, environmental science, food science, forensics, and materials science. Free. 3-5 p.m., ribbon cutting 3:30 p.m., Rooms 119/120, Chemistry and Physics Building. Chemistry.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

International Week features fun, food, fashion

International Week

Approximately 20 different student-led nationality organizations participate in the 35th annual International Week celebration, hosted by the International Student Organization. The festivities include a banner parade led by the UTA Samba Band, a food fair, a fashion show, and a talent show.

At 11:45 a.m. today, Monday, April 2, students carrying banners from more than 130 countries will wind through campus from Nedderman Hall to the Central Library for an opening speech. The groups then head to the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center for refreshments and student performances.

The popular International Food Fair is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, on the University Center mall.

See the International Week schedule for more details.

Monday, April 2

International Week Grand Opening Parade of Banners from Nedderman Hall to the Library mall. Opening ceremony with international performances and refreshments, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Free. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. International Week.

Faculty Voice Recital Features Jing Ling-Tam, professor of vocal studies. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, April 3

International Food Fair Ethnic foods of different nationalities for sale. Part of International Week. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall.

Baseball Mavericks vs. University of Dallas. $5. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Wednesday, April 4

Community Resource Fair Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program.

$2 Movie: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Planetarium.

International Week Fashion Show Traditional and modern clothing from around the world modeled by UT Arlington students. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Week.

Thursday, April 5

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. SMU. Free. 3 p.m.; also vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 11 a.m., Friday, April 6; UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.


Baseball Mavericks vs. Nicholls State. $5. 6:30 p.m.; also 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7; Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

UT Arlington Symphony Concert Conducted by Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras. Elizabeth Morrow, professor of music, is cello soloist. $5. Tickets. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, April 6

International Week Global Extravaganza Talent show provides an array of cultural performances, ranging from song and dance to drama and comedy. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Week.


Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Includes bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

India Unveiled A collection of 35 images by photographer and author Robert Arnett. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Planetarium We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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