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

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kathleen Tice

Excellence in teaching: Dr. Kathleen Tice, assistant professor of education, is one of seven UT Arlington faculty members to receive the Outstanding Teaching Award from the UT System Board of Regents.

UT System honors seven top faculty for teaching success

Seven faculty members from UT Arlington are among the 65 educators who have been honored this year by the UT System Board of Regents with Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ronald L. Elsenbaumer says the honorees were selected based on recommendations from department chairs, deans, and committees.

“They are successful in the classroom because they challenge students and cultivate the quest for learning,” Dr. Elsenbaumer says. “They set their students on a path to success.”

The UT Arlington honorees are Elisabeth Cawthon, associate professor of history; Christopher Conway, associate professor of modern languages; Jonathan Davis-Secord, senior lecturer of English; Victoria Farrar-Myers, professor of political science; Jamie Rogers, associate professor of engineering; Kathleen Tice, assistant professor of education; and Nilakshi Veerabathina, lecturer of physics.

In its fourth year, the program rewards faculty members who deliver the highest quality of undergraduate instruction through a demonstrated commitment to teaching. Awardees also are recognized for showing a promising future of excellence in all aspects of instruction. They were honored Wednesday at a special ceremony in Austin.

Read more about the Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Presidential search advisory committee named

Members of a presidential search advisory committee charged with identifying candidates for president of UT Arlington were named Tuesday by UT System Regents’ Chairman Gene Powell.

The advisory committee will recommend a list of potential candidates—unranked—for the Board of Regents to consider. The next president of the University will succeed President James D. Spaniolo, who announced in June his intention to retire from the top post once his successor is in place.

Read more about the advisory committee.

David Silva

Celebrating the new year: Guest faculty speaker Dr. David Silva enlightened new and returning students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday in the first MavsMeet Convocation in College Park Center. See more photos from the event, which kicked off the fall semester. Classes begin today.

MavsMeet starts new semester

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs David Silva compared college experiences to reality TV and superheroes as he encouraged new and returning students at the MavsMeet Convocation on Wednesday in College Park Center.

"In the end, where reality TV has only one winner or one survivor, in college everyone out there has the same chance to succeed," said Dr. Silva, a professor of linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts. "In life, you will not be defined by the obstacles you face, but by how you respond to those obstacles."

Silva was the guest faculty speaker for the event, which also included remarks from President James D. Spaniolo, Vice President for Academic Affairs Frank Lamas, and Student Congress President Jennifer Fox. Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science, served as emcee.

The eighth year for the MavsMeet Convocation was the first in College Park Center, with the UT Arlington Marching Band and the UT Arlington World Percussion Ensemble providing music and entertainment.

Faculty and staff were treated to a reception in the hospitality suite following the convocation while students attended an afterparty on The Green at College Park.

Maxine Adegbola

Dr. Maxine Adegbola

Nursing professor receives national honor

The National League for Nursing has selected Maxine Adegbola, assistant professor of nursing, as one of 32 Academy of Nursing Education Fellows for 2012 for her leadership in the health care education field.

“It’s an honor to be recognized nationally and to be chosen as a nurse leader,” Dr. Adegbola says. “I want to continue to find ways to help disadvantaged students become successful in nursing, promote student engagement, and integrate technology into the learning process.”

She has been a professor in the College of Nursing since 2008. Her areas of expertise include sickle cell disease, chronic pain, genomics, and health disparities. She recently completed a two-year, National Institutes of Health-funded training program on pain and associated symptoms at the University of Iowa.

Read more about the National League for Nursing honor.

  Mav Pic Move In Event

Movin' on up

Campus walkways filled with family, friends, boxes, and belongings as students moved into residence halls Monday for the Move-In Event. About 500 volunteers—including UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck—lent a hand to help Mavericks settle into their new homes. See more photos.

Parking permits available online, reserved permits at Parking Office

Order your permit online at All faculty and staff need a permit to park on campus and must order their permits by today, Thursday, Aug. 23.

Sign on to MyMav, and click on the Main Menu drop-down menu on the upper left, then Self Service, then Parking Request.

Only reserved space permits and upgrades, exchanges, and motorcycle permits will be issued at the Parking Office, Suite 112, Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell. Reserved permits are not offered online.

Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 or email for more details.

Laptop encryption due by Aug. 31

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.

There are no exceptions to this mandate. If you have questions, contact Maurice Leatherbury, vice president for information technology, at, or 2-5602.

Dining services offers meal plans for faculty, staff

Dining Services is offering three new commuter meal plans for faculty, staff, and students.

The meal plans offer cost savings and convenience for those who frequently eat in the Connection Café, the all-you-care-to-eat dining hall in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The Connection Café offers home-style entrees, a full salad bar, vegetarian selections, freshly made wraps and sandwiches, and more.

A meal plan consists of two parts: meal card swipes in the Connection Café, and Dining Dollars that are used like a debit system at any dining location on campus, including the University Club in Davis Hall. Only one meal card swipe may be used per meal period (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in the Connection Café.

To sign up for a meal plan, visit the Housing Office in the University Center.

Survey invites sustainability feedback

Want to have a say in UT Arlington’s sustainability efforts? Take a brief, nine-question sustainability survey and provide feedback on economic, cultural, and environmental topics.

Portion of Greek Row closed Friday afternoon

Greek Row Drive, from Kerby Street to Summit Avenue, will be closed from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.

Benefit Yourself

MAC Extravaganza

Check out what Campus Recreation has to offer this semester at the MAC Extravaganza Thursday, Aug. 23-Thursday, Sept. 6. During this time faculty and staff can try for free the Maverick Activities Center and the Campus Recreation programs and services. This includes access to group exercise classes and participation in MAC tours, weight room tours, blood pressure testing, raffles, and more. Summer locker rentals have been extended until Thursday, Sept. 6. Get more information at the services and information desk at the MAC. Campus Recreation.

Jiu Jitsu

Learn the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu as popularized in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Learn techniques, as well as live grappling in both the Gi (traditional martial arts uniform) and No-Gi (shorts and shirt) format. Males and females of all skill levels are welcome. $300. 12:30-2 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Aug. 27-Dec. 14, Room 133, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Vegetable Gardening for the Fall

Learn to grow vegetables all year. Many successful home gardeners grow vegetables in the spring, fall, and winter. Learn site selection, soil preparation, planning the home vegetable garden, mulching, fertilizing, and watering. $35. 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, Room E200, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Register online or at 2-2581. Continuing Education.

Young at Heart Basic Mouse and Keyboard

Would you like to learn how to use a computer, but don't know how to get started? This class is designed especially for you. During this complimentary class, you will learn how to turn on a computer and learn basic keyboard and mouse skills. Free. 8:30-11:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 27, Room E200D, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Register online or at 2-2581. Continuing Education.

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

Special collections can help researchers

'Smart Care' helps elderly at home

Phones as babysitters can be a problem

"Tier 1 is all about scholarship and recognition by your peers from around the world for the great and wonderful research that you do. And special collections bring that uniqueness to your university. Having those unique, scholarly activities going on that distinguish you, that's important."

"Rather than going to a doctor's office for a physical, it allows your environment to take your physical every single day. If there is something unusual, it will provide that information to the doctor."

"Kids get immediate gratification from screens, and they learn to switch from thing to thing to thing. This want for immediate gratification is likely to lead to problems in attention span and behavior. The more time they are spending with those techy things means less time spent communicating with others and less time spent exercising."

— Dr. Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, on how special collections can provide a boost for the University.
The New York Times

— Dr. Manfred Huber, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, on a technology called Smart Care.

— Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl, an associate professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, on the impacts of using a smartphone as a babysitter.

Sports Notes
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Volleyball opens play Friday at College Park Center

The Mavericks open their first volleyball season in College Park Center with the Hilton Invitational Friday, Aug. 24.

The first match for UT Arlington is against Savannah State at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Mavericks face UT Pan American at 1:30 p.m. and Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m.

See the tournament schedule. Tickets are $6 Friday and $4 Saturday.

The Mavericks host North Texas at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Former Movin' Mavs compete in Paralympic Games

Ten former Movin’ Mavs athletes will be participating in the Paralympic Games Aug. 29-Sept. 9 in London.

Competing in wheelchair basketball for the USA are Paul Schulte and Jason Nelms while Danny Fik and Mike Paye are alternates. Also in wheelchair basketball, Jaco Velloen is on the South Africa team, David Eng is playing for Canada, and John McPhail is an alternate for Australia.

Steve Welch and Jon Rydberg are on the USA wheelchair tennis team, while Brent Lakatos is competing for Canada in wheelchair track.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Aug. 23

Movin' Mavs

Movin' Mavs Back-to-School Game Blue vs. White intrasquad wheelchair basketball game. Movin' Mavs alumni will coach. Free. 3:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.

Friday, Aug. 24

Outdoor Movie: The Avengers Rated PG-13. Enjoy free popcorn or buy soft drinks and snacks at the concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for the lawn seating. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Aug. 24- Saturday, Aug. 25

Hilton Invitational Volleyball season-opening tournament for the Mavericks. Friday, vs. Savannah State, 7 p.m.; Saturday, vs. UT Pan American, 1:30 p.m., and vs. Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m. See full tournament schedule. Tickets $6. Saturday tickets at the door discounted to $4 for adults and $2 for UT Arlington students and children. First 100 attendees for each Maverick match Saturday receive a UT Arlington Mavs frisbee. Sponsored by Staff Advisory Council. College Park Center, Athletics.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Professional Lecture Series for Evaluating Sustainability Guest speaker is Susie Marshall, executive director of The Gleaning Network of Texas and president of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Register, seating is limited. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Fort Worth Center Sustainability Institute, University Sustainability Committee.

Sunday, Aug. 26

Six Flags

UT Arlington Day at Six Flags 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 your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center Box Office to pick up your tickets and parking pass. This must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. No refunds will be given. Tickets are valid through UT Arlington only and not at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate. 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. The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

Monday, Aug. 27

Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Donor Program Donate blood to the Carter BloodCare center or register to become a possible bone marrow donor. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Library Mall, University Center Mall, Maverick Activities Center. Through Friday, Aug. 31. UTA Volunteers, University Events.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Volleyball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Tickets $6. 6 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Cookout 2011

Maverick Cookout featuring the Activities Fair Day Learn what UT Arlington's student organizations and campus departments have to offer and enjoy a $3 hamburger or vegetarian lunch. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Center mall. Campus Recreation, Student Governance and Organizations.

Coming up

Passion Pit An American electropop band. Tickets $21.50-$29.50. 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, College Park Center, 2-9595.

Toby Mac Christian recording artist with special guests Chris August and Jamie Grace, along with the Diverse City Band. Tickets $15-$40. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, College Park Center, 2-9595.


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.

Gallery 76102: Power Grid Greg Bahr and Josh Fletcher offer critical scrutiny of power structures in their art exhibit. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Gallery 76012. Through Saturday, Sept. 29. Fort Worth Center.

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 Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Be transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sundays. The fall schedule begins Friday, Aug. 31. Planetarium.

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



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