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

Monday, April 23, 2012

Endowed professors to be recognized at spring meeting Tuesday

Endowed professors will be honored and faculty awards will be presented 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.

Among the 27 endowed chairs and professorships on campus is the Moncrief-O'Donnell Chair for the Automation and Robotics Research Institute, originated in 1990. Frank Lewis, professor of automation and robotics and electrical engineering, holds that title.

Faculty awards presented include Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment to Liping Tang, professor of bioengineering, and Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity to Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry.

Other awards to be presented include the president's and provost's awards for excellence in teaching, distinguished teachers, distance learning, service learning, research, advising, grants, and mentoring. See the list of awards.

Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer will preside over the meeting, and President James D. Spaniolo will provide remarks. The event is open to the public. A reception follows.

Eric Smith

Dr. Eric Smith

Biology professor awarded $725,000 to research new species in Indonesian region

With the help of a three-year, $725,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Eric Smith, assistant professor of biology, will begin a three-year project to explore and catalog new species in the Indonesian portion of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Dr. Smith ('94 MS, '01 PhD) curator/researcher for UT Arlington’s Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, is the lead investigator on the grant. Michael Harvey ('91 MS, '97 PhD), now an associate professor at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is co-principal investigator.

The team will include researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, the Bandung Institute of Technology and Brawijaya University in Indonesia, students from UT Arlington and Broward College in Florida, and researchers from other universities.

Read more about the NSF grant.

Reception to honor professorships, families

Recipients of social work professorships and their benefactors will be honored Friday, April 27, in the University Club at Davis Hall.

A meet-and-greet session starts at 4:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 5 p.m. President James D. Spaniolo will provide remarks.

Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work, receives the Jenkins Garrett Professorship. Other conferees include Catheleen Jordan, Cheryl Milkes Moore Professorship in Mental Health Research; Beverly Black, Jillian Michelle Smith Professorship in Family Violence Research; and Richard Hoefer, professor of social work, Dulak Professorship. All are professors of social work.

  Mav Pic 20 Year Service Awards

Celebrating 20 years

Faculty and staff with 10, 15, and 20 years of service were honored with a reception Wednesday. Jean Hood, vice president for human resources, and President James D. Spaniolo, are pictured with the 20-year group. Front row, from left, Hood; Sandie Idziak, lecturer of communication; Cathy Pritchett, director of programming for Honors College; Raymond Elliott, associate professor of modern languages; and President Spaniolo. Back row, James Epperson, associate professor of mathematics; Tom Lindsey, information services librarian; Rasika Dias, professor of chemistry; and Clayton Beberstein, manager of technical operations in Distance Education.

Outstanding African American students honored at Sunday banquet

Larry Kemp ('80 BBA), vice president of operations at Kemp & Sons General Services Inc. in Fort Worth, is the featured speaker for the third annual African American Faculty Staff Association banquet. The luncheon is at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Provost Ron Elsenbaumer and African American Alumni Association President Timeka Gordon ('01 BA) will offer remarks before the Kente cloth stoles are presented to each outstanding student.

Lunch will be served. RSVP by Wednesday, April 25, to Carter Bedford at For more information, see AAFSA banquet.

'The Vagina Monologues' features women and their experiences

The Vagina Monologues, an award-winning, humorous, and honest play about women’s bodies, pleasures, experiences with violence, and ability to survive, hits the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, in the Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Featuring an all-volunteer cast and crew of faculty, staff, and students, the play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women.

The play, which has won numerous awards, contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $5 for faculty, staff, and students, and $10 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased online at V-Day events or with cash only at the door.

Sponsors are the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Department of Theatre Arts. Proceeds benefit The Women’s Center of Tarrant County and V-Day.

Swift Center Open House features dance demonstrations

Enjoy 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.

Enjoy mud-slinging fun at annual Oozeball tournament Friday afternoon

The dirtiest game on campus is the 22nd annual Oozeball tournament Friday, April 27. Teams compete in mud volleyball until only one team remains. The first game starts at 1 p.m. at the Oozeball lot at the corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street, just south of Greek Row Drive.

Oozeball benefits the Student Alumni Association sophomore scholarship fund and is sponsored by the Alumni Association and Campus Recreation. Spectators are welcome.

The General

Friends of the Library features 'The General'

The final Friends of the Library meeting of the spring features author and rancher Joe Bax at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Bax, who practiced law in Houston for 25 years, will discuss his novel, The General and Monaville, Texas, which won the top honor in the General Trade Book/Fiction category at the North Texas Book Festival in 2010 and was a finalist for the National Best Book Awards in Historical Fiction. The book also received the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction.

The brief annual business meeting includes the election of officers. A reception and book-signing follow the meeting, which is free and open to the public.

All-Sports Banquet recognizes student-athletes

Student-athletes will be honored for a variety of achievements at the All-Sports Banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in College Park Center.

Deloss Dodds, director of athletics at UT Austin, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $10 for adults. Make reservations by contacting Lorraine Palmer in the Athletics Office at or 2-7170.

Order MavPacks, flower bouquets, leis for finals, Commencement

Take part in UT Arlington traditions by ordering MavPacks, flower bouquets, or leis for students as finals and Commencement approach.

Surprise students with a MavPack finals care package loaded with school supplies, spirit items, snacks, and study tips. A UT Arlington T-shirt, a Scantron, and a bluebook are included. Order by Monday, April 30, for delivery the first week of May. Cost is $25. Order from the Alumni Association.

Flowers and leis are available for pre-order through Friday, May 4, and can be purchased before and after each ceremony. Pre-order and your gift will be waiting for you at the ceremony. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 2-2594.

Metro Golf Tournament registration deadline is Friday

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.

Benefit Yourself

UT System Physical Activity Challenge

Sign up to benefit yourself and to compete against other UT System institutions in this fourth annual event. The institution with the greatest participation based on headcount will be awarded the coveted Traveling Trophy. Get registration information at UT Arlington Wellness. If you are participating in SAC Slimdown or plan to compete in The Blazing Race, you can receive credit in the UT System Physical Activity Challenge. Competition runs April 26-May 31. Human Resources, Judy Oslund, 2-5417.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training

Learn about heterosexual privilege, community and campus resources, and how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Register. Free. 1-4 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College.

Leadership Institute

Kerri Ressl, director of the UT Arlington 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.

Mindful Moments

Group stress reduction techniques. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Room 236, Business Building. Health Services, 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

Thursday, April 26

Linda Skrla

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Speaker Series Linda Skrla, right, professor of educational administration at Texas A&M, discusses how K-16 educational policy influences educational equity. Free. Student presentation 4:30 p.m., University community presentation 5:30 p.m. Both open to everyone. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. College of Education and Health Professions, Rhonda McClellan,

Biology Colloquium Series Phil Stewart, director of the Center for Biofilm Engineering and professor of chemical and biological engineering at Montana State University, discusses "Genetic Basis of Antibiotic Tolerance of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa in Bioflims." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Monday, April 30

Invisible Children Learn about the victims of the Lord's Resistance Army, a Christian militant group in central Africa that is accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, abduction, mutilation, sexual slavery, and forcing children to participate in hostilities. Speakers include a woman who grew up during LRA abductions. The film Kony 2012 will be shown. Free. 7 p.m. Rosebud Theatre. UTA Chapter of Invisible Children,

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Spring concerts close out music season


Three concerts bring down the curtain on the spring music program.

The Wind Symphony concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, features a student saxophone solo by Derek Ficken. Douglas Stotter, director of bands, conducts.

The UTA Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Conducted by Clifton Evans, director of orchestras, the program features a piano solo by John Solomons, keyboard area coordinator.

The A Cappella Choir spring concert, conducted by Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities, closes out the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29.

All concerts are in Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, and are available through the Department of Music.

Tuesday, April 24

Open Mic Coffeehouse with Outspoken Bean An open environment to express through spoken word, song, instrumental, or another special ability. Free coffee and refreshments. Poet and comedian Outspoken Bean emcees. 7:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, April 25

Administrative Professionals Day Vendors fair features giveaways and door prizes 9:30-11 a.m., luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Human Resources, Rosa Newman,

$2 Movie: The Muppets Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Planetarium.

Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball Game Free. 6 p.m., indoor basketball courts, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Ambassadors.

Friday, April 27

Softball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. $5. 6 p.m., also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Saturday, April 28

Downtown Front and Center Front Street between Center and Mesquite streets in downtown Arlington transform into a vibrant streetscape, and the adjacent vacant city-owned lot becomes a park for one day. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 28. School of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Architecture. Downtown Front and Center.


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

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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