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

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Development website

Invest in bright futures with recently launched giving website

The Office of Development launched a re-envisioned website over the summer that offers opportunities for philanthropic support in areas critical to achieving UT Arlington’s mission of becoming a major national research university.

Through a mix of lively storytelling and donor profiles, the new site emphasizes the impact that financial contributions have on the University and the community. It details how UT Arlington is combating the state’s nursing shortage, stimulating economic growth in North Texas, and investing in clean energy solutions.

The website outlines a variety of ways you can make a gift to the University. Priority giving initiatives include support for outstanding students, life-enhancing research, accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and innovative programs that advance UT Arlington as a world-class educational leader with a global perspective.

You can click on the “Nominate a Maverick Today” link to nominate a person, building, or event that is having a positive impact on the University.

Explore and learn more about how a gift to UT Arlington can change lives and propel the University to new levels of excellence by visiting

NSF grant supports undergraduate research

UT Arlington has received a $222,320 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue supporting undergraduate research activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The UT Arlington share is part of a $1.66 million, two-year award to the UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, which was established in 1995. The overall grant is worth $4 million and covers five years.

Philip Cohen, vice provost of academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, is a co-principal investigator for the grant. The 20 UT Arlington students in the program this year make the program here, directed by mathematics Professor Tuncay Aktosun, the largest in the alliance.

“We believe that this grant helps make attaining an undergraduate degree here very special because of the opportunity for research at that level,” Dr. Cohen says. “Mentored undergraduate research is one aspect of the educational experience that distinguishes the best universities, and our LSAMP program is one of many such opportunities available to our students.”

Read more about the NSF grant.

Vote for UT Arlington rep on Insurance Advisory Committee

Voting is now open for the UT System-Wide Insurance Advisory Committee, and your vote can help select the UT Arlington representative.

Candidates are Eunice Currie, assistant vice president for human resources management and development, and Yvette Rodriguez, human resources specialist. Voting is open until 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

For more information and the ballot, see SWIAC elections.

Mario Romero-Ortega

Innovative technology: Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega received the 2012 Tech Titan award in the Technology Innovator category from the Metroplex Technology Business Council.

Professor receives Tech Titan award

The Metroplex Technology Business Council has named Mario Romero-Ortega, bioengineering associate professor and expert in neural regeneration, a 2012 Tech Titan in the Technology Innovator category.

The council is the largest technology trade association in Texas. It has about 300 member companies, representing about 250,000 employees. The Tech Titans awards are in their 12th year of recognizing outstanding technology companies and North Texas individuals who have made significant contributions to their industries during the past year.

“It is humbling to have our research recognized by the council,” says Dr. Romero-Ortega, who joined UT Arlington in 2008 from UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Of course, this award distinguishes the work of many people, from administrators and colleagues to students who have contributed to this work.”

Romero-Ortega was honored for developing better prosthetic arms that can allow injured military veterans and other amputees greater movement and may restore the sense of touch. The work is funded through a $2.2 million grant from DARPA, the research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Read more about the Tech Titan award.

The Shorthorn

Missing your Shorthorn?

The Shorthorn began a new publication strategy and schedule this semester that provides coverage of UT Arlington in a variety of formats. Among the new features: an iPhone app, a redeveloped website for easy reading on mobile devices, and a daily summary of The Shorthorn content to your email inbox.

The Shorthorn’s expanded print edition includes news, opinion, sports, and life sections, plus Pulse for entertainment. A new print edition is distributed every Wednesday, available at more than 80 racks on and near campus, instead four days a week as in previous years.

This is The Shorthorn’s biggest change since the 1970s and is intended to provide experience for students preparing for careers in media-related professions as well as provide news and information in ways favored by current readers.

Read more information at The Shorthorn.

Friday deadline for University laptop encryption

Friday, Aug. 31, is the last day to have your UT Arlington laptop computers encrypted according to a directive from the UT System.

To have your laptop encrypted, 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.

Find answers to frequently asked questions for details on the process.

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

Mav Pic Activities Fair Day

Burger time

Kelly Davis, right, vice president for business affairs and controller, keeps the burgers moving at the Maverick Cookout featuring the Activities Fair Day on Wednesday. More than 150 campus departments and organizations provided displays as faculty, staff, and students enjoyed food and fun while collecting information about the campus. See more photos.


Job Fair volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the Fall Job Fair Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Maverick Activities Center. The fair, hosted by the Career Center, has shifts available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Faculty and staff are needed most 7-9 a.m. during set up, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m., which will allow a lunch break for the Career Center staff while ensuring the job fair is still supervised. Volunteer duties include set up, clean up, loading dock, and check-in tables.

Organizations also may volunteer. Fill out the Job Fair volunteer form or contact the Career Center at 2-2932 or

MAC offers non-credit classes

Interested in taking a non-credit instructional class? Bootcamp, Walking to a 5K, Women on Weights, weight training, CPR, and more are offered at the Maverick Activities Center this fall. Check the schedule.

Sign up at the MAC services and information desk or contact Jeremy Roden at with questions.

New policy to affect electronic access privileges

Effective Monday, Oct. 1, Mav Express will automatically remove electronic access privileges to campus doors and parking gates based on various conditions that affect a cardholder’s status with the University.

For example, access privileges will be automatically removed 10 days after an employee no longer has an active employment assignment. For students, access privileges will be automatically removed 10 days after the student is no longer enrolled.

While departments will continue to be responsible for immediately requesting removal of electronic access privileges when an individual is no longer eligible, this automatic removal of privileges is an important safeguard to enhance campus safety and security.

See more details and examples. Send questions or concerns to

Encourage students to join Fall Leadership Retreat

Encourage your students to register for the 2012 Fall Leadership Retreat Friday-Sunday, Sept. 14-16, so that they have an opportunity to meet new people across campus, network with faculty and staff, and get exposed to a variety of seminar-based leadership topics throughout the weekend.

The retreat, at the Lakeview Camp and Conference Center near Waxahachie, is open to all students, both undergraduate and graduate, with no previous or current leadership experience needed to attend. Cost is $60. The retreat begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday and concludes at 3 p.m. Sunday. Students are required to stay at the campsite the entire time.

To register, visit retreat registration. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 5.

  Mav Tube Welcome Week 2012Video Extra

Future so bright

Maverick blue shades were the fashionable eyewear at Pajama Jam, part of Welcome Week, which kicked off the fall semester. Click above to see a video and click here to see more photos from Welcome Week.

Mark calendars for Food for Thought lecture series at MAC

The monthly "Food for Thought" lecture series is back, hosted by Campus Recreation and the Division of Student Affairs.

The free program meets noon-1 p.m. on designated Wednesdays in Room 213 of the Maverick Activities Center. Bring a lunch and attend as many classes as you like.

Topics this semester are:

  • Sept. 26—"Managing Your Time and Your Life" with Vickie Goins, coordinator of Outreach Services for Counseling Services
  • Oct. 17—"Exploring the Health Benefits of Massage Therapy" with Tiffany Harper, a licensed massage therapist at the MAC
  • Nov. 14—"Holiday Food Hangovers?" with Becky Garner, clinical assistant professor of kinesiology
  • Dec. 5—"Healthy Lifestyle Goals" with Latoya Oduniyi, health promotions and substance abuse educator with Health Services

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.

Business Continuity Policy information added to Handbook

See new changes in the Responsibilities part of Section 5-306: Business Continuity Policy in the Handbook of Operating Procedures. The new information requires mission critical units to review their plans with their employees and to conduct an annual exercise.

All HOP policies in progress and recently published can be found at The policies are in order of status and can be sorted by clicking on any of the headings.

Offices closed for holiday

Campus offices will be closed and there are no classes Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. MavWire will not be published Monday and will resume Thursday, Sept. 6.

Benefit Yourself

MAC Extravaganza

Try the Maverick Activities Center and the Campus Recreation programs and services free through Thursday, Sept. 6. Included is access to group exercise classes and participation in MAC tours, weight room tours, blood pressure testing, raffles, and more. Get more information at the services and information desk at the MAC. Campus Recreation.

Abstract Acrylic

Abstract Painting in Acrylics

Develop the skills to create abstract painting. Beginners or those with advanced painting skills are welcome and can benefit from this course because the basics of abstract painting include the basics for any painting. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $62.50. 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 9, The Upstairs Gallery. Continuing Education.

Blog Marketing

Discover the publishing system WordPress, a free tool for the do-it-yourselfer. The easy-to-use system allows those without technical expertise to create and easily manage blogs. WordPress can be used as a content management system for a variety of websites. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $99.50. 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Thursday, Sept. 6, Room E200, Continuing Education Workforce Building. 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

FDA clears mobile patient monitoring

Safety concerns linger on F-22 fighter jet

Ecology and evolution show effects on fish

"The way the majority of ambulatory patients in general care hospital settings around the world are monitored today is inadequate and may put patients at risk."

"If you get enough of that, you could certainly pass out."

"There was an overall shift in life history evolution."

— Dr. Beth Mancini, professor and associate dean of nursing, on wireless continuous monitoring of mobile patients.
Sports Techy

— Dr. Paul McDonough, associate professor of kinesiology, about the disorientation and dizziness some pilots reported.

— Dr. Matthew Walsh, assistant professor of biology, on research exploring links between evolution and ecology in a number of different settings.
Science Magazine

Sports Notes
  Shelby Dickson

Jump start: Junior outside hitter Shelby Dickson was named to the Hilton Invitational All-Tournament Team last weekend for the Mavericks.

Mavericks host Labor Day volleyball match

Following a weekend tournament at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Mavericks volleyball team hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, in College Park Center.

The Mavericks take a 2-2 record to the tourney in Chicago as they won two of three in their own Hilton Invitational last weekend before losing to North Texas on Tuesday.

In the UIC Invitational, coach Diane Seymour's squad will face Illinois-Chicago at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. On Saturday Sept. 1, the Mavericks play Eastern Michigan at noon before taking on Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne at 5 p.m.

Following Monday's match, the Mavericks host the Hilton Invitational Friday-Saturday, Sept. 7-8, at College Park Center.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Levitt Pavilion season features homegrown talent


Arlington's own a cappella sensations and winners of NBC's The Sing-Off—Pentatonix—wraps up the opening weekend for Levitt Pavilion's fall season of free concerts in downtown Arlington. The group performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.

Brave Combo, everyone's favorite mosh-pit polka band, kicks off the season Thursday, Aug. 30. Also this week are Ruby Jane on Friday, Aug. 31, with mind-blowing fiddle and haunting vocals, and Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, the master of countrypolitan and alternative country's golden goddess, Saturday, Sept. 1.

Byron Stripling and the UTA Jazz Orchestra perform Sunday, Sept. 23. Other concerts feature reggae, Tex-Mex, alt-pop, island rhythms, and more with artists such as Blaine Gray, Band of Heathens, King Joe Carrasco, The Killdares, The Quebe Sisters Band, and more.

The free concerts start at 7:30 p.m. at Abram and Pecan streets.

Read more about the Levitt Pavilion.

Thursday, Aug. 30

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. Also Friday, Aug. 31. UTA Volunteers, University Events.

Rainbow Reception Kickoff event for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally Program. Remarks by David Mack Henderson ('89 BM), founder of the first university-sanctioned LGBT student organization in Texas. Free refreshments, giveaways, door prizes. Free. 6-7 p.m., Palo Pinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program, Multicultural Affairs, Division of Student Affairs.

Monday, Sept. 3

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Free posters and "Semester of Books" giveaway contest. Tickets $6. 1 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Encouraging Youth Participation in Elections Texas Secretary of State Esperanza "Hope" Andrade is guest speaker as part of her mission to encourage Generation Y to get out the vote during the upcoming general elections. Read more. $25. 12:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. League of Women Voters-Arlington Area, Women's and Gender Studies.

Poster Sale: Beyond the Wall A diverse assortment of stylish options for your walls. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Library Mall. Rainsite is University Center Gallery. Through Friday, Sept. 7. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Explore The Shorthorn's News Frontier Enjoy live music, snacks, and giveaways while learning about The Shorthorn's new publishing strategy and digital options. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., University Center Mall. Student Publications.

Open Mic Coffeehouse with Mike Guinn Share anything on the mic you desire, whether that be a song, a poem, an instrumental piece, or any other unique talent. Sign up for mic time. Enjoy free refreshments. Emcee is alumnus Mike Guinn, a spoken word artist, founder of the Fort Worth Poetry Slam Team, and author. Free. 7:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Linton Powell

Linton Powell Organ and Harpsichord Recital Linton Powell, right, professor of musicology, performs his 37th annual recital to open the season for the Department of Music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building.

Friday, Sept. 7

Distinguished Scholar Series Toni Whited, the Michael and Diane Jones Professor of Business Administration at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, discusses "Testing Dynamic Tradeoff Theory: Evidence from Rebalancing Points." Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room 609, Business Building. Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, College of Business.

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 Toby Mac 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.

The Gallery at UTA: The State of Drawing Group exhibition showcasing drawing. Comprised of artists living and working in Texas. Opens Tuesday, Sept. 4. Opening reception 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Exhibit continues through Saturday, Oct. 6. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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.

Experience the Aurora

Planetarium For seven months in the Arctic Circle, crews captured timelapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high-resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses. The results are spectacular in Experience the Aurora, which opens the fall season at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. Also, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Planetarium.

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



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