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

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Enhanced online program helps former students complete degrees

As more working adults seek avenues to earn bachelor’s degrees, UT Arlington is offering a rebranded, innovative program to aid students who have earned college credit and want to complete their degrees.

Finish@UT—previously known as the Bachelor’s Accelerated Completion degree or BAC program—offers a selection of online courses coordinated by the UT System for former students in Texas who have earned at least 60 credit hours toward an undergraduate degree.

“UT Arlington has a longstanding, quality record in distance education,” says Pete Smith, associate vice president for academic affairs and director of the Center for Distance Education. “What makes us so successful is that we invest in our center, which works with faculty to help them design their courses. We also work with our college and school deans to support their high-quality faculty as they teach courses and offer programs online.”

UT Arlington and two other institutions are participating in Finish@UT, with each offering a different degree program. Students may earn a Bachelor of Science in University Studies through UT Arlington. UT El Paso offers a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies degree, while UT Permian Basin offers a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree.

Read more about the Finish@UT program.

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Get in gear for Engineers Week

Join in the celebration of Engineers Week, Monday-Friday, Feb. 20-24, which includes a showcase of achievements and activities by faculty and students.

The crowning of Mr. and Ms. Engineer gets the festivities started at noon Monday in the Nedderman Hall atrium.

The Glow-in-the-Dark Ping Pong Pallooza at 9 p.m. Tuesday in the atrium is a special feature. Registration is $10 per person and includes a glow-in-the-dark T-shirt.

Other highlights during the week include a career fair, a puzzle challenge, displays, industry tours, lectures, and a movie. For fun, pie-the-professor and pie-eating contests and a carnival are scheduled Friday.

See more Engineers Week events.

Canon Print Center

New Canon Print Center to open soon

The new Canon Print Center begins full operation Monday, Feb. 27, and offers a variety of digital printing and copying needs for the entire University community.

A collaboration among the University, the City of Arlington, and Canon Corporation, the center offers competitive pricing and convenient local access for ordering print services.

The center is located at 101 West Abram Street at the City Hall building in downtown Arlington. University customers also can access print center services through an online digital storefront or at the new on-campus walk-up storefront on the first floor of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Another resource for faculty, staff, and students, the center can produce a variety of projects such as University letterhead and business cards, classroom materials, cards, folders, brochures, and more.

The Canon Print Center services include:

  • Dedicated UT Arlington account managers
  • Web-based job submission and reordering processes
  • Ability to schedule and check the status of a job online
  • Online cost estimating
  • The option to have completed work delivered directly or through the UT Arlington mailroom

If you would like to receive user training for the online digital storefront portal, sessions will be held 9-10:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall. Contact Erin Cavazos at 2-0583 or to register, as space is limited.

For more information, contact the Canon Print Center directly at 817-575-8264 or If you have general questions about using the center, contact Julia Cornwell in the Office of Procurement at 2-3002 or

Parking map

Be aware of parking lot closings for College Park Center events

Events at College Park Center will result in partial closings for some parking lots this month.

Today, Thursday, Feb. 16, the partial closure of Lot 39—on Pecan Street near the UTA Bookstore—begins at 7 a.m., and starting at 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Lot 39 will be open only for event parking.

Beginning at noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Wednesday, Feb. 29, one-third of Lot 47—east of Pickard Hall and south of the Business Building—will close for event parking. One-third of Lot F13, west of College Park Center, also will close at noon on those dates.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the same partial closures of Lot 47 and Lot F13 will begin at 8 a.m. for event parking.

Campus police encourage visitors and members of the UT Arlington community to park in the Park North and Park Central garages at Center Street and UTA Boulevard or in the large lots south of Mitchell Street and east of South Cooper Street.

An additional 700 spaces will open in the southern College Park garage this summer to help accommodate event traffic.

Sustainability Speaker Grants available

Sustainability Speaker Grants are available to faculty, staff, and students working to enhance environmental and sustainability studies and programs.

Grants of up to $500 for one speaker will be awarded by the University Sustainability Committee to support engagement of speakers addressing sustainability and environmental stewardship. Priority will be given to events for large and diverse audiences.

Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the proposed event. Application forms are available from Christopher Morris at

For more information, see Sustainability Speaker Grants.

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Mavericks around the world

The Office of International Education got into the Maverick spirit for Homecoming activities last week. See a slideshow of Homecoming events.

Submit nominations for outstanding student employees, leaders

Nominate your outstanding students for the 2011-12 Student Employee of the Year award and for Outstanding Student Leader awards.

Student employees must have worked a minimum of six months part time or three months full time during the selection period. Download the nomination form to your computer, and enter the required information. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 17.

For more information, contact Mike Taddesse in the Career Center at 2-5141 or

Nomination forms and award descriptions for Outstanding Student Leader awards are on the Leadership Center home page.

Deadline to submit nominations for student leaders is Monday, Feb. 20.

Volunteers needed for spring job fair

The Career Center needs faculty and staff volunteers for the Spring 2012 Job Fair set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Maverick Activities Center.

In addition to helping with the job fair itself, volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, loading dock crew, and staffing the student and employer check-in tables. Shifts are available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

To volunteer, contact Ayanna Parker at and include your name, department/organization, email address, T-shirt size, and the times you are available. Deadline to volunteer is 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 16.

Bike survey seeks your input

Cyclists and non-cyclists are asked to complete an anonymous bicycle survey by Wednesday, Feb. 29.

The survey is part of a student master's professional report for the City and Regional Planning program. The results and final report will be made available to the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, and other relevant departments on campus.

Bookstore to close Saturday for annual inventory

Plan ahead for your school supply and Maverick gear shopping. The UT Arlington Bookstore will be closed Saturday, Feb. 18, for annual inventory.

Benefit Yourself

Rape Aggression Defense Program

Learn awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance while progressing to the basics of hands-on self-defense training. Free for female faculty, staff, and students. Register. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, Room 135, Maverick Activities Center. UT Arlington Police.

Citizen Police Academy

Understand the everyday operation of the UT Arlington Police Department as a member of the Citizen Police Academy. This is the second year for the academy. Applications. Registration closes Friday, Feb. 17. Free. 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 21-April 24, Maverick Stadium. Citizen Police Academy.

Sex Monologues and Domestic Violence Forum

Become aware and be a part of the solution. 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 16, Rio Grande A, E.H. Hereford University Center. National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Health Promotion and Substance Abuse, 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.

In Quotes

No-cheat pledges not an issue for students

Rise and fall of area shopping malls

Commercial trucks getting heavier

"It reminds them to be a student of character and I think that translates into positive ways in our community."

"Malls are generally at major intersections and then what happens is a better intersection emerges."

"It means that the road that is designed to last 20 years, it will last probably 18 years. So you are looking at an increase in maintenance and rehabilitation costs probably around 10 to 25 percent at least."

— Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs, on college cheating.
WFAA/Channel 8

— Dr. Paul Geisel, professor emeritus in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, on shopping malls in North Texas.

— Dr. Stefan Romanoschi, associate professor of civil engineering, on trucks carrying heavier loads.
KDAF/Channel 33

Sports Notes
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Butler does it: Kevin Butler scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Mavericks outscored Texas State 73-53 Saturday.

Mav men win 16th straight

The school-record winning streak for the men's basketball team is up to 16 games after the Mavericks slipped past Stephen F. Austin 51-47 Wednesday. It is the nation's second-longest winning streak, behind No. 1-ranked Kentucky's 17 consecutive wins.

The Mavs, who defeated Texas State 73-53 at College Park Center last Saturday, play at Weber State during Sears Bracketbusters weekend, Saturday, Feb. 18. Coach Scott Cross's team is 20-5 overall and 12-0 in the Southland Conference.

Six former Movin' Mavs named to all-star teams

Six former Movin' Mavs players have been named to the all-star teams for the 14th annual NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic set for 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Orlando, Fla., during the NBA All-Star Jam Session.

Jason Van Beek ('95 BA), Paul Schulte ('05 BS), and Jeremy Day are members of the Orlando Magic Wheels and will play for the East team. Jay Nelms ('07 BA), Danny Fik ('08 BA), and David Wilkes are members of the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks and will play for the West team.

Women topple Texas State, fall to SFA

The women's basketball team lost to Stephen F. Austin 59-54 Wednesday at College Park Center after outscoring Texas State 61-46 Saturday at San Marcos.

The Mavericks, now 3-8 in the Southland Conference, travel to Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, Feb. 18, before closing out the home schedule against McNeese State on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at College Park Center.

Sports Briefs

Softball—won three and lost two in season-opening tournament at Baylor. Play in tournament at Texas State this weekend.

Baseball—opens season with three-game series at Louisiana Tech beginning Friday, Feb. 17, and plays at UT Austin on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Men's Tennis—defeated Centenary and Cameron last Friday before losing to Baylor on Tuesday. Hosts Wichita State at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, and TCU at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at UTA Tennis Center.

Track and Field—men's and women's teams participate in the Oklahoma Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Norman, Okla.

Movin' Mavs—won four out of five games during Homecoming weekend. Play in tournament at Alabama Feb. 24-25.

Women's Tennis—lost to Kansas State and Tulsa last weekend. Next match is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, against Nicholls State at the UTA Tennis Center.

Golf—finished 11th at San Diego Intercollegiate on Tuesday in opening spring competition. Next tournament is Feb. 25-26 at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Springs, Calif.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 16

Symphony Orchestra Concert Conducted by Clifton Evans, the UTA Symphony Orchestra performs. Winners of the UTA concerto competition featured. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Feb. 17

$2 Movie: Valentine's Day Intertwining couples and singles feel the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Friday, Feb. 17-Wednesday, Feb. 22

Darryl Scriven

Bassoon Week Guest artist Saxton Rose, professor of music at the University of North Carolina and principal bassoonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony, opens Bassoon Week with a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. See the music calendar for the week's schedule. Free. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Monday, Feb. 20

State of the Black College Student A seminar for faculty and staff led by Darryl Scriven, right, professor of philosophy at Tuskegee University. Free. 2-4 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Film and Q&A session 6:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium. Part of Black History Month. Multicultural Affairs.


There's No Sun Shining Through Exhibit by graduate student Corey Gossett ('06 BFA), whose works explore personal disappointment, fear, dread, and despair. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Includes bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

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 May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library, 2-3393.

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer. 2:30 p.m., Sundays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

(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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