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

Monday, April 30, 2012

Judy LeFlore

Dr. Judy LeFlore

LeFlore earns Computerworld honors

Nursing Professor Judy LeFlore has earned national recognition from the 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate program for her work using 3D gaming technology to teach students about in-hospital pediatric care.

Dr. LeFlore's project "Can Game Play Teach Student Nurses How to Save Lives?" explored whether a 3D video game could teach nursing students how to respond to patients in a clinical setting. She and Assistant Professor Mindi Anderson worked with Marjorie Zielke, assistant professor of arts and technology at UT Dallas, to develop a game scenario called “iNursingRN: Respiratory Distress.”

The work was backed by $250,000 in funding from the UT System’s Transforming Undergraduate Education grant program. Dr. Zielke and LeFlore will receive the award in June in Washington, D.C.

Read more about LeFlore's award.


College Park Center set to host Commencement ceremonies

An air of achievement prevails on campus as graduating students receive their diplomas during Commencement ceremonies Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, in the first ceremonies at College Park Center.

"Commencement is such a special time for our graduating students, their families, and the entire University community," President James D. Spaniolo says. "Having the ceremonies in our beautiful new College Park Center will elevate the pomp and circumstance to entirely new heights."

All colleges and schools will hold ceremonies in College Park Center except the School of Architecture, which will use Texas Hall.

A celebration of all graduates highlights the end of the semester. Graduation Celebration features actor James Franco and fireworks Friday, May 11, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington. The free evening starts at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Check the Commencement schedule for details on tickets, parking, protocol, photography, and special accommodations.

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Holding court

Zack Kulesz, assistant director for membership and marketing in the Alumni Association office, drives by Jeremy Smith, mechanical engineering sophomore, during the annual faculty/staff-student basketball game Thursday at the Maverick Activities Center.


Voter registration ends today

Voter registration applications are available in the Student Congress office, Suite B150, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Applications must be postmarked by today, Monday, April 30, for you to be eligible to vote in the May 29 primary elections.

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. The polling site has been moved this year to the Maverick Activities Center.

Join Blazing Race for wellness walk

Step up to the challenge of the Blazing Race. Join UT Arlington's faculty and staff at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, and get credit in the UT System Physical Activity Challenge.

Participants can walk or run either a low or high impact campus adventure course. The UT Arlington Wellness Committee hosts the free event.

Find details and registration information online or email

Survey invites feedback on MavWire

Three years ago, MavWire launched as the official University-wide electronic newsletter for faculty and staff. The MavWire staff wants to hear your thoughts about the publication. Complete the MavWire survey, which is anonymous and should take only about five minutes. Your responses will help us continue to create a high-quality, effective communication product for the UT Arlington community.

Feedback needed on safety, sustainability, drug surveys

Three campus surveys seek anonymous input.

The safety and security survey will be used by the University Police Department to establish service benchmarks and serve as the basis for crime prevention initiatives on campus.

The sustainability survey will help with better campus recycling.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to ask students to take the University AOD (alcohol and other drugs) survey with the code 18363 to start the survey. The deadline has been extended through May 12.

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A fair shake

Brenda Fisher, an accounting clerk in Facilities Management, talks with Brandon Moody of Chiro One Wellness Centers during the Administrative Assistants Day vendor's fair Wednesday. Administrative assistants attended a luncheon following the fair.

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 today, 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.

UTA Bookstore extends hours

Remind students that book rentals are due at the UTA Bookstore, which has extended hours during the week of final exams.

Extended hours are 7:30 a.m-8 p.m., Monday, May 7–Thursday, May 10, and 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Rental books can also be turned in 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Parking Lot 49 footbridge. Rentals are due by Tuesday, May 15.

Discount tickets available for Texas Rangers' home games

To claim discount tickets for Texas Rangers' home games, visit, click on The University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS12.

Benefit Yourself

Food for Thought: Super Foods

Get a grasp on specific foods that pack a powerful nutrition punch. Free. Register. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Human Resources Training Classes.

Mindful Moments

Group stress reduction techniques. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, 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.

Going Out

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,

Tuesday, May 1

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

Wednesday, May 2

Ghost Protocol

The Future of the College of Engineering Dean of Engineering Jean-Pierre Bardet shares plans to continue the growth and enhance the reputation of the college's research and teaching efforts. Light breakfast provided. Register. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

$2 Movie: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Planetarium.

Thursday, May 3

All-Sports Banquet UT Arlington student-athletes will be honored for a variety of achievements. Guest speaker is DeLoss Dodds, director of athletics at UT Austin. 6 p.m., College Park Center. Tickets $15. Order at or 2-7170 by noon today, Monday, April 30. Athletics.

Friday, May 4

Opening Reception: BFA Exhibition Recent work by 59 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased, demonstrating concentrations in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Tickets $5. 6:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.


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 Take an adventure along the spectrum and discover the world of color in Cosmic Colors. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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



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