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

Monday, January 30, 2012

CPC opening graphic

Show Maverick pride Wednesday for College Park Center opening

UT Arlington fans are urged to wear blue and orange and claim the home court advantage Wednesday, Feb. 1, with the debut of men’s and women’s basketball at College Park Center.

The celebration will feature a spectacular show including special effects and surprises; multi-media entertainment to showcase the 7,000-seat events center and its high-tech, Daktronics video boards; special guests; and nationally recognized entertainers.

Doors open at 5 p.m. in advance of the 6 p.m. women’s game vs. UT San Antonio. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting extravaganza begins immediately following the women's game. The men play UT San Antonio at approximately 8 p.m., with special entertainment at halftime.

Tickets for the inaugural events are sold out. After 8 p.m., unscanned tickets will be released, and fans without tickets may be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the box office for availability.

Read more about the College Park Center opening.

Daniel Himarios

Dr. Daniel Himarios

Himarios takes Global Initiatives position

Daniel Himarios, dean of the College of Business for the past 12 years, is moving into a new role as vice provost and executive director of the Center for Global Initiatives in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“In this new position, Dr. Himarios will focus on an area of tremendous opportunity for UT Arlington,” says Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He is uniquely qualified to develop and execute initiatives that will enhance the University’s international presence and profile.”

During Himarios’ tenure as dean, the College of Business has experienced significant growth in enrollment and quality, established innovative academic programs, developed an outstanding faculty, and expanded its graduate programs to Fort Worth, Frisco, and beyond.

Perhaps his most enduring accomplishment is the result of his drive to build and perpetuate a major Executive MBA Program in China—the largest and most successful such program operated by any foreign university in that country.

The change becomes effective at the end of May. David Gray, associate dean of the College of Business, will become interim dean effective June 1. A national search for a new dean will begin immediately.

Lot F13 and CPC

Plan for parking during center's opening

The UT Arlington campus will be a busy place Wednesday, Feb. 1, as the University prepares for grand opening festivities and the debut of men’s and women’s basketball at College Park Center that evening.

Most faculty and staff lots will be open throughout the day. Faculty and staff are encouraged to arrive on campus early and consider taking University shuttle buses if parking is not available near their destination. Shuttle service will be extended through the evening to assist those returning to their vehicles after dark.

UT Arlington police will close Lot F13 east of the Business Building at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Faculty may park in F13 before 10 a.m. Those who leave the lot after 10 a.m. will be routed to Lot F10 south of the Life Science Building when they return. Faculty and staff may use their UT Arlington ID card to access F10.

For visitors, campus police will direct traffic first to the College Park garages, then to lots on South Cooper Street, south of Mitchell Street.

A drop-off and pick-up zone will be designated off Pecan Street at the southwest corner of College Park Center.

Unauthorized vehicles parked at private apartment complexes adjacent to campus may be towed.

For more details about parking at UT Arlington, visit

Green at College Park

University among first to receive sustainability certification for landscape

The Sustainable Sites Initiative, a new rating system for sustainable design in landscape and site development, has named The Green at College Park one of the first three projects in the world to be certified according to the organization’s rigorous benchmarks.

The announcement acknowledges UT Arlington’s commitment to sustainability as an integral part of the College Park District, an entertainment, living, and shopping development spanning more than 20 acres that is helping revitalize downtown Arlington.

“This designation shows that UT Arlington is on the cutting edge of sustainable practices, not just in our buildings, but all across campus,” says Meghna Tare, director of sustainability. “The Green is a place to enjoy nature and to learn about how to preserve the natural environment.”

The Sustainable Sites Initiative, also known as SITES, is a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at UT Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden. The goal is to provide a ratings system for landscape design that is similar to the popular U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED designation.

Read more about the SITES certification.

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Golf, chili, parade deadlines nearing for Homecoming

Plan now for the many activities during Homecoming Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11.

Registration deadline is today, Monday, Jan. 30, for the Homecoming Golf Tournament, which swings into action at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Mansfield National Golf Club. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to participate.

Entries are due Friday, Feb. 3, for the Chili Bracket Bowl, which is set for noon-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, on the University Center mall.

Register your entry in the Homecoming Parade by Wednesday, Feb. 1. The parade begins at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

Reunions for the classes of 1962 and 1987 are planned along with a Mr. and Ms. UTA reunion. Find more information on the Alumni Association website.

See a schedule of all Homecoming events.

Enter your photo in Maverick pride contest

Your photo may be worth $250 if it wins the Show Your Maverick Pride photo contest. Enter a photo of yourself, family, friends, pets, places, and things in blue, orange, and white Maverick gear.

Email your name, phone number, and photo to Wednesday, Feb. 1-midnight Friday, Feb. 10. Three winners will be announced Saturday, Feb. 11, during the Homecoming basketball game at College Park Center. You do not need to be present to win. Email questions to

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Special recognition

UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, left, shakes hands with Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck last week after the City Council proclaimed Wednesday, Feb. 1, as UT Arlington Day.


Valentine shows, dinner at Planetarium

Bring your sweetheart to the Planetarium on Saturday, Feb. 11, or Tuesday, Feb. 14, for a special couples-only show or for dinner under the stars.

Details are on the Planetarium website. Reservations are required. To reserve your tickets, contact the Planetarium office at 2-1183 or

Theatre Arts stages one-act plays

Two one-act plays, Mountain Language and Holy Days, will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Studio Theatre, Room 137, of the Fine Arts Building.

Mountain Language is a parable about torture and the fate of the Kurdish people. Holy Days is a community’s response to a crisis in 1936 Kansas.

Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. For details, contact Theatre Arts at 2-2669.

Student Affairs open house next week

Join the Division of Student Affairs as it unveils the newly remodeled lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center 3-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.

Faculty, staff, students, and friends are invited to walk through the new office and common spaces, mingle with staff, enjoy free refreshments, and pick up giveaway items along the way.

A ribbon cutting and remarks by Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs, begin at 3 p.m. with tour rotations starting at 3:15 p.m.

Door prizes include a Kindle Fire, a Kindle Reader, and a UT Arlington hoodie.

For more information, see Student Affairs.

Benefit Yourself

Women Go Red

Get informed about your heart health. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.


Professional Telephone Techniques

Learn to develop and utilize listening and speaking skills for better communication. Free. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

Creative Writing: Beginner's Fiction

This class covers the basic steps to fiction writing including narration, characterization, dialogue, conflict, plot, and style. Learn the difference between literary and commercial fiction, and find which one is right for you. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $98. 7-9 p.m., Mondays, Feb. 6-March 5, Room F200L, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Become Your Own Geek Squad

Learn to correct computer problems such as systems running slower than usual, keystroke lagging, adware pop-ups, spyware, random lock-ups, installed programs you never knew existed, and a host of others. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $97.50. 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 8-15, Room E200, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 236, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 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.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Earthquakes: Where and Why Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science, and Glen Mattioli, professor of earth and environmental sciences, examine what causes earthquakes, where they occur, predictions, and preparations. Light breakfast provided. Reservations. Arlington Technology Association members, students, and first-time guests free. Others $5. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering, 817-924-1850.

Physics Colloquium Allen Mills, professor of physics at the University of California, Riverside, is guest speaker. Light refreshments provided. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics.

Friday, Feb. 3

UT Metroplex Day This annual event highlights research opportunities at UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Presents science research conducted at the three UT System institutions. Open to all faculty, post doctoral fellows, students, and research staff and trainees at the sponsoring schools. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom and Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Metroplex Day.

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

Going Out

Wednesday, Feb. 1

College Park Center opening Basketball, Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio, women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m. Opening celebration and ribbon cutting between games. College Park Center.

Krassimira Jordan

$2 Movie: The Help An aspiring author in the 1960s South writes a book on the African-American maid's point of view. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Guest Artist Piano Recital Krassimira Jordan, right, artist in residence and professor of piano at Baylor University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, Music, 2-3471.


The Medium Is the Message Group show demonstrating a wide variety of painting styles, techniques, and content. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Feb. 11. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, 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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