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

Monday, April 16, 2012

College Park Center

Good as gold: The 7,000-seat College Park Center, which opened in February, has achieved LEED gold level certification. University and area high school commencement ceremonies will be staged at the center during the next two months.

College Park Center achieves LEED gold level certification

College Park Center has achieved gold level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, part of the U.S. Green Building Council, further affirming the University’s role as a leader in implementing sustainable, cost-effective design.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that promotes sustainable building and development practices through a rating system that recognizes projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

HKS Inc. designed College Park Center, incorporating recycled construction materials, natural light, and many energy-saving features. The company’s application for LEED certification received a perfect score, earning all 42 points for which the firm applied.

“This is wonderful news and recognition that large, public spaces can be articulated in a way that embraces their environment,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “We are pleased to be able to say that our University is helping set the standard for sustainable design.”

Read more about College Park Center's gold level certification.

UTA Starts With U

'UTA Starts With U' campaign begins at annual cookout Friday

Have lunch, win door prizes, and learn more about the UTA Starts With U campaign at the annual cookout for faculty and staff 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Central Library mall.

Faculty and staff who give to any area or program become members of the Nedderman Society, a special recognition organization named for Dr. and Mrs. Wendell Nedderman to honor their spirit and dedication to the University and its students.

You can contribute to UT Arlington by check or cash, credit/debit card at, or payroll deduction. Visit the site to learn more about giving and the difference you can make. Last year, 443 faculty and staff members gave more than $394,000 in support of University programs.

The cookout, presented by the Office of Development, honors society members and provides information for future members. In case of rain, the cookout will be in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Submit feedback on strategic planning, final session Friday

Offer input and feedback on the four planning priorities that have been discussed in campus strategic conversations this semester by using the strategic planning website.

Conversations have been completed on priorities (1) provide a higher quality educational environment; (2) provide an enriching University experience; (3) enhance UT Arlington research, scholarly, and creative capacity and reputation; and (5) improve the effectiveness and efficiency of University operations.

A conversation for Priority 4 on diversity and inclusion is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 20, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

A University-wide strategic planning committee will use input and feedback to develop goals, objectives, and strategies for a new over-arching strategic plan designed to carry the University forward through 2020. Dana Dunn, associate professor of sociology, chairs the committee.

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General dynamics

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott visited with members of the Army Warrior Games and Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball teams Thursday afternoon. UT Arlington hosted a training camp for the Army's team.

Earth Day celebration features lunch, T-shirts, giveaways, demonstrations

It's easy to be green at Earth Day celebration 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, along the University Center mall.

Lunch is $1 and includes a baked potato, fruit, and a drink, all of which can be composted. Herb plants are free while they last, and T-shirts are $10. Other giveaways include reusable mugs and collapsible water bottles.

Vendors demonstrating their green efforts include the Environmental Protection Agency, the city of Arlington, the Trinity River Authority, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

Bring old printer cartridges and electronic waste to be recycled. Departments can get rid of old computer components, or bring your personal electronics from home. Observe the policies and procedures for disposal of departmental computers through surplus.

See a new electric car, the Nissan Leaf, on display.

For more information, contact Becky Valentich at

Register for Administrative Professionals Day luncheon

The annual Administrative Professionals Day vendors fair and luncheon is Wednesday, April 25, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The fair is 9:30-11 a.m. and includes vendors, giveaways, and door prizes. The luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

RSVP to Rosa Newman by 3 p.m. Friday, April 20. Only 200 spaces are available for the luncheon.

Survey on safety and security seeks your feedback

Provide feedback on campus safety and security through an anonymous survey from the University Police Department.

Results of the survey will be used to establish service benchmarks and serve as the basis for crime prevention initiatives on campus.

Grant helps Mathematics Department host event for middle school girls

A grant from the Association for Women in Mathematics and the National Science Foundation is helping the Mathematics Department host Sonia Kovalevsky Day for sixth-eighth grade girls 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Pickard Hall.

The event is to encourage the study of mathematics among young women, especially minorities, and those from low-income families. Kovalevsky was the first major female mathematician.

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Creative side

Alan Davis, associate professor of electrical engineering, examines exhibited material at the Celebration of Faculty Creative Works in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library on Tuesday. The annual reception honors faculty who authored, edited, or compiled books, served on editorial boards, published music, exhibited art, or had patents granted in 2011.


Swift Center Open House is April 27

Move on over to the newly renovated dance studio at the Swift Center Open House 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27.

Watch demonstrations of dance and exercise classes, meet the instructors, and enjoy some refreshments.

Register for a class at the open house to receive a 10 percent discount and enter a drawing for a gift certificate for any Continuing Education course, a $100 value. Faculty and staff receive a 50 percent discount on all dance and exercise classes. The discounts cannot be combined.

Follow Continuing Education on Facebook and Twitter.

Voter registration deadline is April 30

Voter registration applications are available through Monday, April 30, in the Student Congress office, Suite B150, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Voter registration information and links to local election offices are available through the Texas Secretary of State office at

UT Arlington is an early voting polling site 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 21-25 for the May 29 primary elections. The polling site has been moved this year to the Maverick Activities Center.

For more information, contact Alex Whitaker at or 2-0556.

Steam outage planned May 21-23

The Thermal Energy Plant will shut down steam service to the campus May 21-23 to complete annual inspection and repairs.

Buildings served by the plant will be without hot water and steam during that time but will still have electrical power, air conditioning, and cold water service.

For information on buildings or equipment affected by the outage, call Larry Harrison in the Office of Facilities Management at 2-3458.

Benefit Yourself

Medco and Express Scripts merge

The prescription administrator Medco Health Solutions has merged with Express Scripts. You will continue to receive the medications you need without changes to your plan or network. Continue to use the same method to place your prescription orders and payments and the same phone number and address listed on your ID card.

For more information, contact Medco Health Solutions at 800-818-0155.

Safety matters

Maverick Safety Matters

The spring issue of Maverick Safety Matters, Environmental Health and Safety's newsletter, includes a feature on the new Environmental and Regulatory Management System. This system of processes and best practices will enable the University to reduce its environmental impact, ensure compliance, and increase its operating efficiency.

You also can read about the new occupational safety specialist and the dangers of leaving open spaces in ceilings by removing ceiling tiles. Tornado season is here, so don’t forget to brush up on the University’s severe weather procedures.

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

Tuesday, April 17

Micro and Nano-Systems Distinguished Speaker Series Arum Han, associate professor of engineering at Texas A&M, discusses "Microfluidic Platforms for High-Throughput Analysis of Microbial Bioenergy Systems." RSVP to Thanh Bui at Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Nanofab, Engineering.

Wednesday, April 18

Poetry Readings Faculty and students present original works in celebration of National Poetry Month. Free. Noon, Room 108, University Hall. Modern Languages, English.

Arc GIS Explorer

GIS Workshop: ArcGIS Explorer See a demonstration of the free ArcGIS application that performs a variety of tasks, including viewing data in 2D and 3D formats, creating presentations, measuring distances, streaming public mapping services, and sharing your geographic data on the web. No registration or GIS experience required. Free. 3:30 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. Library.

Architecture Lecture Series Agus Rusli, a Dallas architect, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Wolfram Schommers, theoretical physicist and professor at the Research Center of Karlruhe, Germany, presents "The Impact and Development of Nanosystems." Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Lecture 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Management Lecture Series Ed Lawler, distinguished professor of business at the University of Southern California, discusses "Management Reset and the Future of HR." Free. 5 p.m., Room 609, Pickard Hall. Management.

Neil Foley

CMAS Distinguished Lecture Author Neil Foley, right, discusses “Black and Brown in the Southwest: Historical Roots of Inter-ethnic Conflict and Cooperation,” which includes recurring themes from his latest book Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 300, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Thursday, April 19

Adventures in Antiquity Susan Shapiro, associate professor of history and classics at Utah State University, presents "Catullus Politicus: Poems 93, 29, an 11," on the relevance of Catullan poetry to the politics of the late Roman republic. The winner of the Douglas Britt Carvey prize for best student essay in Classical Studies will be announced. Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 2102A, Fine Arts Building. University Classics Club.

Biology Colloquium Series Mikhail Matz, assistant professor of integrative biology at UT Austin, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Saturday, April 21

The Big Event A day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The Big Event.

Blaze Through Reading Festival In collaboration with The Big Event, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their children for a morning of reading, coloring, and science experiments. Free. 9 a.m.-noon., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers, Arlington Public Library.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Spring Theatrefest features one-act plays


Spring Theatrefest is set to showcase the creative talents of students with a festival of one-act plays Thursday April 19-Sunday, April 22.

This year's lineup includes the classic comedy Visitor From Forest Hills by Neil Simon, the eccentric comedy Wasp by Steve Martin, and Two Guys One Vault by Theatre Arts senior Dan Hinckley.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Studio Theatre at the Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors, and $10 for the general public. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Theatre Arts box office at 2-2669.

Monday, April 16

Voice Division Recital Features UT Arlington vocal students. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Features percussion performers and ensembles from the Music Department. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, April 17

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

Wednesday, April 18

$2 Movie: The Three Musketeers A retelling of the classic swashbuckling story of three swordsmen of the disbanded French king's guard plus one young man who dreams to become one of them. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Planetarium.

Thursday, April 19

Jazz Orchestra

Main St. 2012 Fort Worth Arts Festival Stop by the University booth at the downtown Fort Worth festival, which continues through Sunday, April 22. Check the music schedule for the UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra on Saturday. Main St. 2012 Fort Worth Arts Festival.

Block Party Features music, carnival-style treats, games, and activities galore such as an obstacle course, wax hands, video game truck, and photo booth. Free. 6 p.m., University Center mall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Trombone Choir Concert Features trombone students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, April 20

Baseball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. $5. 6:30 p.m.; also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22; Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Spring Jazz Concert Featuring the Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Ishii, and the Jazz Ensemble directed by Dan Cavanagh. $5. Tickets. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Music.

Movie: Man on a Ledge As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion. Rated PG-13. $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


West exhibit

MFA Exhibition Five Master of Fine Arts candidates present their degree-culminating exhibition. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m., Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 21. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West, right, 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-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.

Novus Ordo Seclorum Anthony Thompson Shumate uses the design that appears on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States in his works. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Thursday, May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Planetarium See what it takes to become an Astronaut and the effect space has on the human body. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

(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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