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

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rebecca Bichel

Rebecca Bichel

Rebecca Bichel named dean of libraries

Rebecca Bichel, a senior Florida State University library administrator with expertise in academic services, organizational redesign, and facility development, has been appointed dean of libraries. She joins UT Arlington on July 16 after serving as FSU’s associate dean for public services since 2005.

“Rebecca Bichel’s extensive record of library experience and leadership at top-tier institutions has prepared her well as the new dean,” says Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She is the right person at the right time to advance our library and information services to the highest levels for our students, faculty, and community scholars.”

Before her appointment at FSU, Bichel served in multiple roles at Pennsylvania State University, including social sciences and information literacy librarian. She also held various positions at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and at the University of Hawaii.

Read more about the new dean of libraries.

Early voting

Early voting continues on campus

There are two more days of early voting at UT Arlington Thursday-Friday, May 24-25, for the Tuesday, May 29, primary elections.

The polling site is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Maverick Activities Center, just inside the entrance. Parking is available on the north side of the MAC in lots F6 and 33.

The University also will serve as an early voting site July 24-26 for the July 31 primary runoff and Oct. 29-Nov. 2 for the Nov. 6 general election.

For more information on early voting and the elections overall, see and Tarrant County elections.

Dan Cavanagh

Dan Cavanagh

Dan Cavanagh Trio releases CD

Dan Cavanagh, associate professor of music and associate director of jazz studies, has released Heart of the Geyser, a CD by the Dan Cavanagh Trio.

The group features Cavanagh on piano, Linda Oh on bass, and Joe McCarthy on drums.

The set of seven Cavanagh originals and three covers opens with the pianist's "Josephine," an ode to his daughter that features a craggy, Mehldau-like rhythmic thread, playful and fluid trio interplay, and an endearing melodic simplicity-abstraction dynamic, says Dan McClenaghan, who reviewed the CD for All About Jazz.

There is a sense of a high level of improvisation within the frameworks of these tunes, says McClenaghan, who adds that Cavanagh's exquisite touch is on display on "Square One," a song given bounce and pop by McCarthy and Oh's ringing notes.

This is the second CD for Cavanagh, who released Pulse in 2008 under the name of the Jazz Emporium Big Band.

  Mav Pic Blazing Race

Blazin' along

Wanda Stafford, administrative assistant in the Department of History, leads her team to the next check-in station during the Blazing Race last week on campus. Women's and Gender Studies won the high-impact race while University Advising finished first in the low-impact race. Twelve teams and 60 participants took part in the competition, sponsored by the Wellness Committee.

Make it an audit afternoon

In recognition of International Internal Audit Awareness Month, the Internal Audit Department invites faculty and staff to see its new office 2-4 p.m. today, Thursday, May 24, in Room 246 of Davis Hall.

Discover more about the auditors, internal controls, University policies and procedures, what Internal Audit does, and the services it can provide. Attendees can try their luck with the putting green and bowling, and enjoy cookies and punch.

For more information, contact or call 2-0150.

Modern Languages hosts book club

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.

Input needed on transportation survey

Provide feedback on how you get around campus through a transportation survey from the Office of Sustainability.

For more information, contact Becky Valentich at

Discount tickets available for selected Texas Rangers' home games

To claim discount tickets for selected Texas Rangers' home games, visit, click on The University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS12.

Benefit Yourself

Summer and Fall Professional Development Classes

Are you looking for new, exciting, and free professional development classes? Then check out the Human Resources Learning and Development Department's training calendar. All summer and fall classes have been added to the calendar and are ready for you to sign up. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Department at

Summer Group Exercises

Sign up now for summer group exercises, including bootcamp, zumba, pilates, and more at the Maverick Activities Center. Click and scroll down to see the summer schedule. Classes begin Monday, June 4. Campus Recreation.

Kids and Teens University

Kids and Teens University: Register Online

Reading, mosaics, math games, and photography are among the week-long summer youth programs available for children entering grades 1-6. Register online with coupon code 12UTAKID and receive the faculty/staff rate of $125 per camp, except for "So You Want to See the Stars" camp, which is 10 percent off with coupon code. Continuing Education.

Intellectual Property Education Seminar Series

The first installment of the series features David Risley, a patent attorney who will answer questions about intellectual property. Snacks and beverages provided. Free. 1-4 p.m., today Thursday, May 24, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Office of Technology Management.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments. 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.

In Quotes

Economists warn of student loan bubble

Superflares erupt on some sun-like stars

Facebook, Twitter help officers solve crimes

"The ones that concern me are the people who always come in, always take the very maximum amount they can get. I'm not sure they're really understanding the consequences."

"It [rotation of the sun] probably happened quite often when the sun was quite young."

"If you're going to use it to just post information, then I don't think it will be too effective. The real powerful thing is the two-way communication."

— Karen Krause, executive director for Financial Aid, on the mounting student loan debt that college students face.
KDFW/Fox 4

— Dr. Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics and director of the Astromony Program, on a scientific survey of the sun and the stars.

— Dr. Chyng-Yang Jang, associate professor of communication, on area law enforcement agencies embracing social media.

Sports Notes
Baseball-Preston Beck

Diamond leader: Junior outfielder Preston Beck was named first team All-Southland Conference. He led the SLC in home runs (11) and runs batted in (60) while batting .337 during the regular season.


Baseballers win tournament opener

Michael Guerra had four hits and drove in three runs as the No. 4-seeded Mavericks opened the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament with a 6-2 win over fifth-seeded McNeese State on Wednesday in San Marcos.

The Mavericks face eighth-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, May 24, in the double-elimination tournament, which concludes Saturday with the winner earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Junior outfielder Preston Beck earned first-team All-Southland Conference honors while senior pitcher Lance Day and sophomore shortstop Ryan Walker were named to the second team. Guerra, a senior second baseman, and senior outfielder Preston Morrow received honorable mention.

The Mavericks earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament by sweeping their final three regular-season games from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Mavericks compete in NCAA track prelims

Seven UT Arlington men earned the opportunity to compete in nine events, and six women qualified for five events—four individual races and one relay—at the NCAA West Track and Field Preliminary Round Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26, in Austin.

The top 12 finishers in each event will qualify for the NCAA Championships held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Read more about the preliminary round for track and field.

Golfers finish 12th at NCAA Regional

The men's golf team had its season end last Saturday with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Regional, hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

Paul McConnell paced the Maverick contingent with a three-round, two-over-par score of 215 as he tied for 15th in the individual standings. He shot a one-over-par 72 Saturday in the final round.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Friday, May 25

$2 Movie: Puss in Boots Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Planetarium.

Wednesday, May 30

World No Tobacco Day

$2 Movie: Happy Feet 2 Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Planetarium.

Thursday, May 31

World No Tobacco Day Celebrate a day of "no tobacco" around the world. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of the Health Services Center. Health Promotion and Substance Abuse Prevention. Health Services.


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 Saturday, May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Novus Ordo Seclorum In his works, Anthony Thompson Shumate uses the design that appears on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Thursday, May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Planetarium Summer schedule begins Friday, June 1, and features Two Small Pieces of Glass and Stars of the Pharaohs. 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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