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

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jean-Pierre Bardet

Dr. Jean-Pierre Bardet

Engineering dean named to UT System task force

Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet was among those named to the Task Force on Engineering Education for Texas in the 21st Century last week.

UT System Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell and Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa announced the creation of the task force. The goal is to determine the current state of engineering degree programs in Texas, study current and future demand for engineers, and identify strategies for the Texas Legislature and higher education leaders that will foster student success in engineering while supporting economic growth across the state.

“The field of engineering is incredibly important, both to our state and to our nation, and enhances the economic vibrancy in Texas,” Chancellor Cigarroa says. “We need to determine if our higher education system has the capacity, including enough faculty, to prepare our engineering students and produce not only enough engineers but also the right types of engineers to support the increased workforce demands of Texas.”

Read more about the engineering task force.


MavAlert Emergency Notification System test Wednesday; update your contact information

The monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu or log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

During the Wednesday test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “Attention: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. Update your emergency contact information at”

The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

The next test will be Wednesday, Jan. 2.


Holiday reception set for Dec. 12 in College Park Center

Ring in the holiday season with the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. The event will be held in College Park Center for the first time.

President James D. Spaniolo is the host and featured speaker, delivering his Maverick interpretation of a traditional holiday reading. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music.

Holiday refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services.

Environmental case study listed among best in nation

UT Arlington's case study on Environmental Management Systems is included among Campus Ecology’s Best of 2012 resources by the National Wildlife Federation.

The study is one of 112 selected that features the best green projects from colleges and universities across the nation. NWF’s Campus Ecology program works with several hundred campuses nationwide each year on efforts to advance student leadership, reduce carbon pollution, and support career education.

The UT Arlington Campus Sustainability study on Environmental Management Systems is a methodical approach to minimize adverse environmental impacts, maintain regulatory compliance, promote sustainability, and encourage safe work practices.

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Social alliance

Kathy Obear, right, president of Alliance for Change, talks with Molly Alfers, assistant director of Student Governance and Organizations, at the faculty/staff professional development seminar Thursday. Dr. Obear discussed "Creating an Inclusive, Socially Just Campus Community" in her presentation, which was part of the Diversity Lecture Series.

Spend 'An Evening with Authors'

Faculty members Myrtle Bell, Robert Bing, Marvin Dulaney, Cedrick May, and Jason Shelton provide brief narratives of books they have written in An Evening with Authors at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the University Club at Davis Hall.

Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served at the free event.

For more information, contact Carter Bedford, special programs coordinator for the Center for African American Studies, at

Texas Tradition Chorus to perform

The Texas Tradition Chorus, a women's group that sings a cappella four-part barbershop harmony, will perform at the Friends of the Library holiday meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

Friends meetings are free and open to all. The program will be followed by a reception. The holiday meeting fills quickly, so RSVP to 2-1413 or email

For more information, contact Maggie Dwyer at 2-5366 or

In Reach logo

Maverick mentoring is In Reach

The In Reach Maverick Mentor Program is seeking faculty and staff to help students start their college career.

The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.

If you are interested in mentoring a first-year student, apply at Requirements are a monthly 30-minute meeting with your mentee, regular communication throughout the academic year, and attendance at sponsored activities for the In Reach program.

For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at

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Educational leadership

Thomas Bellamy, founding director of the Goodlad Institute for Education Renewal, is greeted by College of Education and Health Professions Dean Jeanne Gerlach, right, and Carol Sue Marshall, retired associate dean for teacher education, before his talk Thursday in the Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series.

ACES symposium accepting abstracts

Faculty are asked to remind students that abstracts are now being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The ACES symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that showcases the best of student research and creativity with cash prizes for winning oral presentations and posters. Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.

ACES 2013 is Wednesday, March 27, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. For details, email or call 2-2315.

HUB Vendor Fair is Thursday

Representatives of historically underutilized businesses will have information available at the HUB Vendor Fair 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Door prizes, snacks, and giveaways are part of the event. For information, contact Jean Carlton, director of the HUB program, at 2-2140 or

Remind students to take online feedback surveys by Wednesday

End-of-term Student Feedback Surveys are being conducted online for all organized sections designated as lecture, seminar, or lab.

Faculty members are asked to contribute to the success of the SFS process by informing and reminding students of the online survey and encouraging them to participate in the process.

Students will receive an email message inviting them to complete an online survey for each course in which they are enrolled. Access to this semester's surveys will end at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

For more information, see Student Feedback Surveys.

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Lions and dragons, oh my!

Lions and dragons entertained students, faculty, and staff during the Lantern Festival on Thursday. The lion and dragon dance was a highlight of the Silk Road market, which featured interactive booths and games. Hosted by the Multicultural Mavericks, the festival was the closing event of Asian Heritage Month.


Help fill the SAC food drive

Bring non-perishable items to the Staff Advisory Council food drive through Friday, Dec. 14.

There are drop-off boxes in Davis Hall, the Central Library, E.H. Hereford University Center, University Hall, the Health Center, the Social Work Complex, Maverick Activities Center, and Arlington Regional Data Center.

The drive benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank. For more information, email

Planetarium hosts toy drive

The Planetarium is collecting toys for Cook Children’s Medical Center. Help make the holidays a little brighter by donating a new, unwrapped toy. Starting Thursday, Dec. 6, bring donations to the Planetarium ticket booth in the Chemistry and Physics Building.

In return, receive a $2 discount on any adult ticket through Sunday, Dec. 30.

Need ideas on what to donate? See the Cook Children’s wish list.

Paws for Finals

Dogs provide therapy in Library

Several registered therapy dogs will be at the Central Library during the stressful final exam period this year. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to visit the dogs at the research desk on the north end of the second floor 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 9.

The Paws for Finals program is sponsored by the UT Arlington Library in partnership with Paws With Partners, a registered therapy dog volunteer group.

Check for daily schedule updates at UT Arlington Library.

Benefit Yourself

Coaching Skills for Supervisors

Provides the essential coaching skills to immediately improve your day-to-day and long-term performance as a manager. Free. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources training classes.

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.

Extra Credit

Monday, Dec. 3

Miguel Quinones

Advanced Manufacturing Symposium Features talks on manufacturing in micro-nano scales, low- to medium-volume manufacturing, and other topics. Free. 1-5 p.m., Jack Newell Auditorium, UT Arlington Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth.

Friday, Dec. 7

Psychology Colloquium Series Miguel Quinones, right, the O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair in Organizational Behavior at the SMU Cox School of Business, discusses “Born to Network? A Longitudinal Examination of Social Capital Development Among MBA Students.” Dr. Quinones is an expert in human resource management as well as organizational development and change. Free. Noon, Room 122, Life Science Building. Psychology.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Concertmaster performs here Tuesday

Juliana Athayde

Appointed concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005 at age 24, Juliana Athayde became the youngest person to hold the position since the orchestra's inception in 1922.

Athayde, associate professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music, brings her talent to Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Prior to joining the Rochester Philharmonic, she was concertmaster of the Canton and Plymouth Symphonies.

She has performed as guest concertmaster with the Houston Symphony and National Arts Center Orchestra, and has performed both nationally and internationally with the Cleveland Orchestra.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music.

Monday, Dec. 3

BFA Exhibit Recent work created by 60 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Through Saturday, Dec. 15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Spa Retreat Learn how to deal with stress in a relaxing spa setting. Food, games, haircuts, and styles. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, Off-Campus Mavericks, Leadership Center.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Get free team photos. Halftime entertainment features a game involving members of the Arlington Boys & Girls Club. Tickets $6. 7 p.m. College Park Center. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, vs. Oklahoma State. Athletics.

Friday, Dec. 7

Happy Holidays Gift Market Meet artisans and collectors while visiting DIY craft tables and shopping. Noon-7 p.m. Also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Maverick Activities Center.

BFA Exhibit Opening Reception Artists' reception and awards ceremony for the graduating seniors exhibiting their work in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Friends of the Library Holiday concert features the Texas Tradition Chorus. RSVP to 2-1413 or Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Coming up


Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception President James D. Spaniolo is the host and featured speaker, delivering his Maverick interpretation of a traditional holiday reading. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music. Holiday refreshments will be served. 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, College Park Center.

Men's Basketball 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, vs. Houston Baptist; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, vs. New Mexico State; 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, vs. Denver. Tickets $6-$15. College Park Center. Athletics.

Commencement December ceremonies. See schedule. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, College Park Center.


African Art Collection Includes works collected by Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, and his wife, Tanya Dowdey. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Room 2109, Visual Resources Commons, Fine Arts Building. Through Friday, Dec. 21. African Art Collection.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 5, 2013, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Special Collections.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands Maps depict Caribbean history. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Feb. 9, 2013, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium The holiday show schedule begins Thursday, Dec. 6, and features Holiday Music Magic and Season of Light. 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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