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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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.

CSE degree signing

Degree merger: President James D. Spaniolo, left, and Frank Yang, vice president and professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommuni- cations, signed a formal agreement on the joint master's degree in computer science and engineering on Tuesday at Davis Hall.

University, Beijing school form joint software degree program

UT Arlington has established a joint master’s degree in computer science and engineering with a focus on software engineering with the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, one of the top universities in China.

Fillia Makedon, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and chair of the department, says the partnership will bring 15 to 20 Chinese students a year to UT Arlington beginning in fall 2013. BUPT will select top students for the program from a pool of hundreds of applicants.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to build partnerships not only with these students but also with Beijing University and China in general,” Dr. Makedon says. “Software engineering is a global field impacting everything and driving innovation. The joint degree will give us the ability to seek other collaborations in the future with BUPT, a leader in the field of software engineering.”

Read more about the UT Arlington/BUPT joint degree program.

Final strategic planning session Friday; submit your feedback

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

Offer input and feedback on this and the other four planning priorities that have been discussed in 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 University-wide strategic planning committee will use 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.

Ya'Ke Smith

Ya'Ke Smith

Film prof named distinguished professor

Ya’Ke Smith, assistant professor of art and art history whose work has been nominated for an Academy Award and recognized by numerous film festivals, has been named the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor in the College of Liberal Arts. The appointment takes effect Sept. 1.

Smith teaches film writing, directing, and editing. He has received critical praise for his short films, which have screened at dozens of film festivals across the country. His first full-length feature, Wolf, premiered last month at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin.

Woodward, a Distinguished Alumnus and longtime Hollywood actor, established the professorship in 2010 with a gift that doubled in value through the University’s Maverick Match program.

Read more about Smith's appointment.

Faculty and associates to be honored at annual spring meeting Tuesday

President's and provost's awards are just a few of the accolades to be distributed at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Awards will be announced for teaching, research, mentoring, advising, service learning, grants, and distance education, with remarks by President James D. Spaniolo. The event is open to the public. A reception follows.

  Mav Pic Student employee

Hard work

Kevin Pace, left, receives a Student Employee of the Year plaque from Senior Vice Provost Michael Moore at a luncheon last week. Other winners included Tierra Chatmon, Distinguished Student Employee, and Cody Paul and Chase Wilson, Outstanding Student Employees, plus 24 others who received awards of excellence. Dr. Moore is also dean of undergraduate studies and an associate professor of political science.

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies speaker series April 26

Linda Skrla, professor of educational administration at Texas A&M, discusses how K-16 educational policy influences educational equity in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies speaker series on Thursday, April 26, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Skrla will make a student presentation and discuss how she conceptualizes her research at 4:30 p.m., followed by a University community presentation at 5:30 p.m. Both are free and open to everyone.

For more information, contact Rhonda McClellan, associate professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, 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.

Rolf Acklin

Rolf Acklin

Mavs claim spots in national competitions

Mavericks took one first and two third place titles in national championships this past weekend.

Rolf Acklin won the gold medal in the wheelchair division of the National Collegiate Table Tennis championships Saturday in Plano. Juan Soto finished third to take the bronze medal.

The Maverick cheer squad placed third in the small coed division of the National Cheerleader Association Collegiate Championship at Daytona Beach, Fla. The University of Central Arkansas took first place and Georgia State University was second. UT Arlington finished first in 2010 and second last year.

Metro Golf Tournament registration deadline is April 27

Registration deadline for the 39th Annual UT Arlington Metro Golf Tournament is Friday, April 27. The tournament, Monday, May 14, is open to faculty and staff members of area colleges and universities along with UT Arlington alumni.

The tournament raises money for student scholarships. See tournament information online or contact Chris Muller at

Hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, the tournament is at Bear Creek Golf Club.

Mav Pic Earth Day 2012

Planting for the future

Emily Cunningham, administrative assistant in the Center for Community Service Learning, hands a rosemary plant to Ivette Gonzalez, an international business junior, during Earth Day activities Wednesday on the University Center mall. Earth Day participants had a healthy lunch and received herb plants and other giveaways from various environmental groups.


Sign up by Friday for faculty/staff vs. students basketball game

Sign up now for the faculty/staff vs. students basketball game set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the indoor basketball courts in the Maverick Activities Center.

The first 10 to sign up for each team receive free T-shirts. Register at UTA Ambassadors by 5 p.m. Friday, April 20.

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.

Feedback needed on safety survey

Provide feedback in a campus safety and security survey for the University Police Department. All responses are anonymous.

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

Student Policies revisions published

Revisions have been published in all six chapters of the Student Policies section of the Handbook of Operating Procedures.

For more information, contact Jeff Sorensen, assistant vice president in the Division of Student Affairs, at

Benefit Yourself

Retirement for ORP Participants: Are You Thinking About It?

Geared toward participants in the optional retirement program. Learn more about the University retirement process and UT System retiree insurance benefits. Review your financial considerations as you approach retirement including distribution options and required minimum distributions. Free. Register. Noon-1 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Human Resources, Judy Oslund, 2-5417.

Leadership Institute

Kerri Ressl, director of the Leadership Center, is among the speakers at the second annual Leadership Institute, which includes training seminars, leader connections, and discussion about leadership in an increasingly globalized environment. Register by Tuesday, April 24, for discount rate of $25. Cost is $35 starting Wednesday, April 25. 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 28. AISD Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd., Arlington. Leadership Arlington, 817-543-0000.

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.

Sports Notes
Jeff Rodriguez

Over the top: Jeff Rodriguez's first-place finish in the pole vault at the Texas Invitational on Saturday was his fourth outdoor win in the event this season. He owns the school record at 17 feet, 8 inches.


Rodriguez vaults to victory

Jeff Rodriguez soared to his fourth pole vault win of the outdoor track and field season at the Texas Invitational in Austin on Saturday.

Hance Loyd picked up another win for the men’s team as he was first in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Isiah Clements was second in the high jump.

For the women, Samantha Little was third in the discus competition, while both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams also finished third.

The Mavericks compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., this weekend.

Baseballers ranked 24th, host Northwestern

Locked in a four-way tie for third place in the Southland Conference with a 10-8 record, the Maverick baseball team hosts Northwestern State in a three-game series this weekend. Starting times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks, 23-14 overall, are ranked 24th in the College Baseball Daily mid-major poll this week. Coach Darin Thomas's squad won two of three at UT San Antonio last weekend.

Tennis teams finish strong, SLC next

Both the women’s and men’s tennis teams finished the regular season with Southland Conference wins last week as they prepare for the SLC championships Thursday, April 26-Saturday, April 28, at Nacogdoches.

The women posted victories over Sam Houston State and regular season champion Stephen F. Austin during the weekend while the men downed Lamar on Thursday for their third straight SLC win. The men also added a non-conference win over Air Force before losing at Rice.

Golfers seek second straight SLC title

The Mavericks seek to defend their title in the Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship Monday, April 23-Wednesday, April 25, at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney.

Paul McConnell leads the team with a 73.8 average in five tournaments this spring.

Softball splits with Northwestern State

Hillary Steed hit a walk-off grand slam to give the softball team a 6-2 win over Northwestern State last Friday, but the Mavericks lost 2-0 on Saturday in a Southland Conference series at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks, now 3-7 in the SLC, play at UT San Antonio this weekend.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 19

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, such as an obstacle course, wax hands, video games, and photo booth. Free. 6 p.m., University Center mall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Trombone Choir Concert The program includes several jazz standards and a set of traditional spirituals arranged for trombone choir. Directed by Dennis Bubert, visiting assistant professor of music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Spring Theatrefest One-act plays include 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. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m., also 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Friday, April 20

$2 Movie: The Three Musketeers Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Planetarium.

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 Features the Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Ishii, associate professor of saxophone and jazz area studies coordinator, and the Jazz Ensemble directed by Dan Cavanagh, associate professor of music and associate director of jazz studies. $5. Tickets. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Music.

Movie: Man on a Ledge Rated PG-13. $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, April 21

The Big Event

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.

Sunday, April 22

Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds Concert A combined concert by the Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds, conducted by Matthew Luttrell, associate director of bands. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


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 Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. 7 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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