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

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Photovoltaic panels

Producing energy: Photovoltaic panels atop the north and central garages in the College Park District generate large amounts of electricity.

Website tracks University's energy savings through solar panels

Want to know what’s going on with the 1,638 photovoltaic panels atop UT Arlington’s Park North and Park Central parking garages? A new website has the answer.

The site provides real-time data about the energy produced by the panels and graphics that explain the process. As of Wednesday, for example, the panels had generated more than 473,000-kilowatt hours of electricity since they began operating Sept. 27, 2011. That’s enough to power 2,704 60-watt light bulbs eight hours a day for a year, according to the site.

Software provider Deck Monitoring runs the site, with cooperation from UT Arlington and Meridian Solar, the contractor on the solar project. View the parking garage's energy production and savings.

Read more about the solar panels.

Student Veteran

University helping military veterans with transition to college life

UT Arlington is taking significant steps to address the mental and academic needs of military veterans who will make the transition into college life this school year.

The initiatives include new School of Social Work courses for people who want to serve military veterans with mental health care needs and a workshop series that helps student veterans better handle the challenges of the classroom. On Wednesday, a special Military Muster provided some 200 wounded veterans information about adaptive sports and recreation.

A new report says as more American troops return from the Middle East, a record 590,000 veterans will use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for higher education. Eligible veterans earn tuition and other benefits to cover expenses related to attending college for four years.

UT Arlington expects about 1,000 veterans to be enrolled in fall 2012 courses.

Read more about programs available to student veterans.

Mav Pic College Park walkway 2

Making the connection

A covered walkway connects the central and south divisions of the College Park District and extends over First Street. Students are moving into the The Lofts apartments, and other sections will be opening within the coming weeks.


Faculty, staff reception to follow MavsMeet Convocation

A reception for faculty and staff follows the MavsMeet Convocation at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the College Park Center hospitality suite. Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and door prizes will be available.

The MavsMeet Convocation starts at 4 p.m. in College Park Center. Speakers include President James D. Spaniolo, Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Lamas, and Student Congress President Jennifer Fox.

The kickoff ceremony also includes a spirited performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band.

Doctoral student receives prestigious social work fellowship

Tracey Barnett, social work doctoral student, was awarded a prestigious national fellowship to study how negative coping strategies from traumatic events in African-American active duty military members, veterans, civilians, and their families can place them at risk for developing obesity and cardiovascular disease.

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship was awarded through the Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program. The award goes to less than a dozen students nationally.

Barnett will begin the second year of her doctoral program this fall. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama in 2011 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in 2008.

Volunteers needed for Move-In Event

Lend a hand when students arrive on campus at the annual Residence Hall Move-In Event. Volunteers are needed for shifts 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

Apartment and Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs anticipates 2,183 residents will move in to six residence hall communities, including the new Vandergriff Hall at College Park.

Complete the Move-In volunteer form. For questions and details, contact Mari Duncan, director of residence life, at

Six Flags

Get tickets for UT Arlington's own Six Flags Day

Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Six Flags Over Texas.

Discount tickets for faculty and staff are $27.50 each with a limit of 10 tickets per person. Get tickets at After purchasing tickets online, print out a copy of your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center Box Office to pick up your actual tickets and parking pass. This must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. No refunds will be given. The CPC Box Office hours are 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick Pride.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. It is valid through UT Arlington only and not valid at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

Answers to FAQs explain why laptops must be encrypted

All UT Arlington laptop computers must be encrypted by Friday, Aug. 31, according to a directive from the UT System. Answers to frequently asked questions explain the necessity of the process.

To have your laptop encrypted, you may drop it off at the Office of Information Technology lab in Room 231 of Nedderman Hall. Drop-off hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Normal processing time is 24 hours. Contact the OIT Help Desk if alternate drop-off and pickup arrangements are necessary.

If you have questions regarding this directive, contact Maurice Leatherbury, vice president for information technology, at, or 2-5602.

SharePoint maintenance set for Friday evening

SharePoint will be shut down for maintenance at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, according to the Office of Information Technology. The outage could last for up to two hours.

Benefit Yourself

Writing Effective Email

Explore the keys to effective emails as well as proper cyber manners and how to avoid email overload. Free. Register. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a list of HR training classes.

Group Exercises

Includes classes in cardio kickboxing, pilates, group strength, yoga, cycle and strength, and step and sculpt. See the schedule (scroll down for August Break Schedule). Monday, Aug. 13-Wednesday, Aug. 22, Maverick Activities Center. Register at the services and information desk. Campus Recreation.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.

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.

In Quotes

Professor's film debut brilliant, if troubling

Gut feelings have scientific basis

Gore Vidal was author among other things

"There's a lack of narrative films that really tackle this because people just don't want to deal with it, they think it's too taboo."

"(My father) told me to flip a coin and pay close attention to my immediate gut reaction to the outcome. If I'm happy with the way the coin toss came out, I go with that. If I'm disappointed with the way the coin toss came out, I ignore its outcome and choose the other alternative."

"He will be remembered as much for his stints on Johnny Carson as for his writings. He realized that this is not a nation of readers, and perhaps he didn't take academic pedigree seriously because of this."

— Ya'Ke Smith, assistant professor of art and art history, on his film "Wolf."
San Antonio Express-News

— Dr. William Ickes, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, about whether gut feelings, or the so-called sixth sense, have scientific basis when it comes to making decisions.
Fargo (N.D.)

— Dr. Ben Agger, sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory, about the death of author Gore Vidal.
The Christian Science Monitor

Going Out

Thursday, Aug. 9

Gallery 76102 Opening reception for the "Power Grid" exhibition. Exhibit runs through Sept. 29. Free. 6-9 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Friday, Aug. 10

Mavs Book Club Book schedule for the fall will be discussed. The theme is books that have been made into movies. Send suggestions to Diane Shepelwich at Everyone is welcome to attend. Noon, University Club, Davis Hall. Mavs Book Club.

Through Sunday, Aug. 12


UT Arlington Week at the Arlington Museum of Art Rembrandt: An Evolution of Etchings showcases some of the artist's most celebrated etchings as well as some of his lesser known and rarely exhibited pieces. $5 with UT Arlington ID. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. College Town UTA, Arlington Museum of Art.

Friday, Aug. 17

International Mystery Book Club The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas is this month's selection. Noon. Mellow Mushroom, 200 N. Center St. International Mystery Book Club, Modern Languages,

Monday, Aug. 20

Welcome Week The Move-In Event highlights the beginning of Welcome Week as administrators, faculty, staff, and returning students help new students move in to residence halls. Student Affairs.


Texas "Identity" Politics: 1900-Present Focuses on the ways in which politics have become intertwined with our identities. Shows groups, right, advocating for their civil rights in relation to various aspects of their identities, such as worker, mother, or citizen. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Saturday, Aug. 11. Special Collections.

MFA Summer Exhibition Works from a diverse group of artists. Free. 1-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and by request. Through Friday, Aug. 17. Art and Art History. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-2891.

Texas Rangers Baseball Get tickets for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password MAVS12 for designated games through Wednesday, Sept. 26.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Jan. 5, 2013. Special Collections.

Planetarium Follow two students as they interact with an astronomer at a local star party in Two Small Pieces of Glass. 1:30 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Planetarium.

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



Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

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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