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

Thursday, June 7, 2012

William Blair

Preserving history: William Blair Jr. followed his career with the Negro Baseball League with one as a Dallas civic and business leader and founder of the Elite News. UT Arlington's Special Collections Library will hold his extensive collection of newspapers, photos, and personal memorabilia.

Special Collections to acquire donations from Negro League ballplayer, Dallas publisher

The Special Collections Library has been named the repository of an extensive collection of newspapers, photos, and personal memorabilia from William “Bill” Blair Jr., a former Negro League baseball pitcher, a Dallas civic and business leader, and founder of the Elite News.

Blair, who is 90, signed the deed of gift Tuesday at the Central Library.

Ann Hodges, special collections program coordinator, negotiated acquisition of the William Blair Collection with W. Marvin Dulaney, chair of the Department of History, and Brenda McClurkin, the library’s historical manuscripts archivist. The records hold particular importance for the North Texas region, Hodges says.

“The acquisition of the William Blair Collection greatly enhances Special Collections’ holdings of African-American archival materials,” she says. “This collection will allow us to preserve the story of a living legend in the African-American community for generations to come.”

Dr. Dulaney says the acquisition is another signal that the University intends to be a focal point for African-American studies. He helped plan the new UT Arlington Center for African American Studies, which officially launches this fall.

“We want to be a repository for major African-American items and let people know this is where items of importance should go,” Dulaney says. “The Blair Collection fits into UT Arlington’s mission to promote African-American history, studies, and research about issues of significance to all African Americans.”

Read more about the William Blair Jr. Collection.

Nursing programs receive 10-year accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has awarded a 10-year accreditation to two key College of Nursing degree programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing programs were reaccredited, and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program has received a five-year accreditation from the commission, the longest available because it is the first time the program was evaluated.

Enrollment in the College of Nursing has soared from 1,912 students in fall 2008 to 7,562 students for spring 2012.

Read more about the College of Nursing accreditation.

Glen Mattioli

Dr. Glen Mattioli

Professor to spend year as program director for UNAVCO national consortium

Glen Mattioli, a professor of earth and environmental sciences, will spend the next year as program director for geodetic infrastructure at UNAVCO, a National Science Foundation and NASA-funded organization based in Boulder, Colo.

UNAVCO is a nonprofit, university-governed consortium with more than 100 academic members committed to furthering research and education through geodesy, the branch of earth sciences that deals with measurements and representations of the earth.

Among the consortium’s numerous projects are the Plate Boundary Observatory, which has given scientists vast information about plate boundary deformation in the Western U.S., and a new endeavor called COCONet, which will increase GPS monitoring of earthquake and hurricane activity in Haiti and surrounding countries.

“This is a great opportunity to work with a superb technical staff and senior management team to maintain UNAVCO’s global leadership in operating and maintaining large-scale geodetic arrays and extending UNAVCO’s reach into new areas like seafloor geodesy,” Dr. Mattioli says.

Read more about Mattioli's assignment.


Team chemistry: Daniel Armstrong, left, and Kevin Schug organized the 24th International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination next week in Fort Worth.

Professors organize international conference in Fort Worth

Two chemistry professor are organizing the 24th International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination, a conference that will bring more than 500 international scientists to Fort Worth Sunday-Wednesday, June 10-13.

The event is the foremost conference for all sciences associated with chirality, one aspect of which is vital to drug development and other processes. Chiral compounds—such as amino acids and sugars—are molecules referred to as enantiomers, compounds that differ only by being non-superimposable mirror images of each other.

Daniel Armstrong, a professor and internationally known chemist who holds the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, has organized Chirality 2012 along with Kevin Schug, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry.

“We are bringing some of the best organic chemists, analytical chemists, pharmaceutical scientists, physical scientists, theoretical scientists, and many others together to talk about their latest research,” Dr. Armstrong says. “This is a very broad conference because chirality encompasses so many areas of science.”

Read more about Chirality 2012.

  Mav Pic College Park District construction

Going up

Workers put finishing touches on lower levels of construction in the College Park District. Watch the progress in action on the construction webcam.

UTShare implementation forum planned

Faculty and staff are invited to attend an open forum for the UTShare (PeopleSoft) Implementation Project, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in Room 245E of the Business Building.

Members from the Project Executive Committee and Project Team will be on hand to give an update on the project status and answer questions.

For more information, contact Jeannie Deakyne, manager of learning and development in Human Resources, at 2-5569 or

New book club begins Friday

The Department of Modern Languages will host the International Mystery Book Club beginning Friday, June 8. All faculty and staff are invited to join the group at noon at the Mellow Mushroom, 200 N. Center St., Arlington.

All mysteries discussed this summer will be by non-U.S. authors. Detective Inspector Huss by the Swedish author Helen Tursten is the club's first book.

For a full schedule and more information, see the International Mystery Book Club.

Liberal arts faculty to speak on Rembrandt at local exhibit

Beth Wright and Nancy Palmeri will present lectures as part of the Rembrandt: An Evolution of Etchings exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art in June.

Dr. Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of art history, lectures on "Rembrandt the Dutch Master" Thursday, June 14, and Palmeri, associate professor of printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History, lectures on "What Is an Etching?" Thursday, June 21. Both lectures begin at 6 p.m.

The exhibit runs June 9-Aug. 12 at the museum, 201 W. Main St., Arlington.

Campus Internet/network outage June 22

The Office of Information Technology will replace critical security hardware that will require the campus network to be shut down 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, June 22. The outage will affect all network communications outside of the campus. Efforts will be made to limit the down time to minimize disruption.

Special served up for UT Arlington license plates

A buy-one-get-one-free deal is available for the official UT Arlington license plate. The bargain is offered through June 30.

Go to With your purchase, use the promotional code GET1 and receive a $55 free plate card that can be used toward a future purchase.

For assistance, call 888-7MY-PLATES.

MyMav system unavailable this weekend

All MyMav systems will be shut down for system maintenance from 5 p.m. Friday, June 8, until noon Sunday, June 10. This includes Campus Solutions, CRM, and the MyMav Portal. Anyone trying to access these systems will get the “page not found” error message.

Mavericks Go Green

Green Team has many rewards, including recognition, mountain bike

Form a Green Team in your office and start reducing, reusing, and recycling. Meet certain environmental initiatives and your team can earn recognition.

Complete a self-audit by July 31 and be entered to win a chance for a new mountain bike. The winning department will hold a drawing, and one lucky individual in the office will go home with the bike, courtesy of Pepsi.

Sign up and find details at or email Becky Valentich, recycling coordinator, at

Benefit Yourself

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success

Is your office is a mess? Are you drowning in to-do lists? Learn how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter, and the benefits of organization. Free. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, June 13. Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete HR training calendar.

Mindful Moments

Mindful Moments takes a break June 13 and 20 from its weekly meeting. The Wednesday program returns June 27. Free. 12:15-12:45, 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.

Sports Notes
Romain Martin discus

Catch this: Romain Martin bids for the decathlon title today at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.


Martin eighth after first day of decathlon

Romain Martin is eighth in the decathlon after Wednesday’s first day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Martin, who won the Southland Conference decathlon for the second straight year, finished in the top 10 in three of Wednesday’s five events, including a tie for first in the high jump. The remaining decathlon events are today, Thursday, June 7.

Martin, who finished 11th in the decathlon last year, is the lone UT Arlington representative at the NCAA meet, which concludes Saturday, June 9.

Baseball season ends at NCAA Regional

Losses to Dallas Baptist and Baylor eliminated the Maverick baseball team from the NCAA Regional last weekend in Waco.

The Mavericks lost 10-0 to Dallas Baptist on Friday and led Baylor before falling 11-6 on Saturday in the double-elimination tournament.

This was the first NCAA post-season berth since 2006 for the Mavericks.

The 36-25 record this year was the best since the team went 37-25 in 2003.

Summer golf league for faculty/staff begins June 14

A UT Arlington Faculty/Staff Summer Golf League is set to begin Thursday, June 14.

The league, sponsored by Campus Recreation, will take place on Thursdays at the Mansfield National Golf Course. Other play dates include June 28, July 12, and July 26. Tee times will begin at 4 p.m. The cost is $27.06 payable at the course, and includes cart fee, green fee, GPS in cart, and range balls.

If you are interested in playing one, some, or all of the dates, contact Chris Muller at to be placed on the league email distribution list. Golfers will register via email for individual play dates by noon on the Friday before play.

Summer intramurals include softball, sand volleyball, tennis

Entries are open for summer intramurals in softball, sand volleyball, and tennis. Last day for entries is Wednesday, June 13.

Entry fee for softball and sand volleyball teams is $20. Tennis is free.

See intramural sports for more information.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, June 7

Outdoor Movie: Dr. Suess' The Lorax 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, June 8

International Mystery Book Club Detective Inspector Huss by Helen Tursten is the first book for this new club. Noon. Mellow Mushroom, 200 N. Center St. International Mystery Book Club.

Thursday, June 14


Rembrandt Lecture Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of art history, lectures on "Rembrandt the Dutch Master" as part of the Rembrandt: An Evolution of Etchings exhibit. 6 p.m., Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St.

Gallery 76102 Opening reception for the annual juried competition, 897 Square. Features 25 artists who live and/or work in Tarrant County. Free. 6-9 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.


Planetarium Molecularium is a magical, musical adventure into the world of atoms and molecules. 3:30 p.m. Sundays, during June only. Planetarium.

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



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