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

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sun Belt Conference

Sun Belt bound: Jim Baker, left, director of intercollegiate athletics, talks about the Mavericks joining the Sun Belt Conference at a news conference Thursday. At right is Samantha Morrow, women's basketball coach.

UT Arlington to join Sun Belt Conference for 2013-14 season

UT Arlington has accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference beginning July 1, 2013, with conference play starting in the 2013-14 academic year.

The Mavericks will play in the Western Athletic Conference for the 2012-13 academic year.

“This move to the Sun Belt will allow us to continue to showcase our athletics program on a national level and create further awareness for our University,” says Jim Baker, director of intercollegiate athletics.

President James D. Spaniolo says the Sun Belt move will advance the University’s goals of becoming a top tier institution.

“We are honored to join the Sun Belt Conference,” Spaniolo says. “Along with the opening of College Park Center just a few short months ago, this move to the Sun Belt is another clear sign of the growth not only of the UT Arlington athletics program but of our entire University.”

Read more about UT Arlington joining the Sun Belt Conference and the Maverick coaches' response.

Anand Puppala

Dr. Anand Puppala

Engineering professor appointed to national transportation research group

The Transportation Research Board, an arm of the National Academies, has named Anand Puppala to its Design and Construction Group.

Dr. Puppala, a distinguished teaching professor of civil engineering and interim associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, joins 16 leading U.S. engineers and scientists who will set the agenda for design and construction practices in transportation-related research.

The Design and Construction Group oversees eight sections including design, pavement management, structures, asphalt materials, concrete materials, geology and properties of earth materials, and soil mechanics as well as 57 national committees and two task forces.

“I look forward to working with the group, which is very important in guiding and shaping research directions in today’s and tomorrow’s transportation-related design and construction issues,” Puppala says. He has served several years as chair of the committee on soils and rock instrumentation of the Transportation Research Board.

Read more about Puppala's appointment.

Liping Tang

Dr. Liping Tang

Tang named fellow of international society

Bioengineering Professor Liping Tang has been named a fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering. This recognition is bestowed upon a select group of biomaterial engineers, totaling 218 fellows worldwide.

“Professor Tang's recognition by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering illustrates the outstanding education and research taking place in the College of Engineering at UT Arlington," says Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering. "He is passionate about bringing science and engineering not only to his students at the University level, but also to high school students through science fairs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.”

Dr. Tang’s research focuses on tissue engineering and regeneration and adult stem cell harvesting. He was named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2011.

Read more about Tang's honor.

World No Tobacco Day

Celebrate World No Tobacco Day

Learn plenty of reasons to avoid smoking at the World No Tobacco Day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Thursday, May 31, in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Find out about dangerous new products leading to new trends in smoking. Check your lung capacity and your knowledge of smoking trivia. Read the list of toxins in cigars and cigarettes, and compare the display of healthy lungs with those of a smoker. Representatives of the North Texas Coalition Against Alcohol and Tobacco will be on hand.

Come for the free refreshments, too. The event is sponsored by Health Services.

To learn more about how to quit tobacco use, contact Latoya Oduniyi at 2-2716 or

Liberal arts faculty to speak on Rembrandt

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

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.

  Mav Pic Davis Hall stairwell

Getting a handle on safety

Dagoberto Gonzalez, left, and Stanton Pechal from Quality Custom Rail and Metal install handrails in the Davis Hall stairwell last week. Replacement of the handrail system and guard rails is expected to be completed this week. The handrails were upgraded to a stainless steel rail with glass inserts to meet fire safety codes.

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.

Celebrate with Staff Advisory Council

All staff members are invited to the Staff Advisory Council End-of-the-Year Celebration 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in Room 102B at the Maverick Activities Center.

The event features gift card prizes, refreshments, and awards for the Slimdown contest winners.

For more information, contact Ami Keller at

University Club reopens Monday

The University Club on the ground floor of Davis Hall reopens Monday, June 4. Summer hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

See the summer hours for other campus dining areas and markets.

High school commencements affect parking, cause street closure

Approximately 25 parking spaces will be reserved all day today, Thursday, May 31, in Lot F13 for use in high school commencement ceremonies at College Park Center. Pecan Street will be closed from UTA Boulevard to Third Street beginning at 2 p.m.

Spaces in F13 will be reserved beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, June 1, with Pecan Street closing at 6 p.m. Ceremonies continue Saturday and Sunday at College Park Center.

Benefit Yourself

Writing Effective Email

Discover the keys to effective emails as well as proper cyber manners and how to avoid email overload. Free. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, June 6. Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete HR training calendar.

Summer Group Exercises

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

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.

Sports Notes
SLC Baseball Champs

Conference champs: The baseball team celebrates after winning the Southland Conference championship last Saturday in San Marcos. The Mavericks begin play in the NCAA Regional at Waco on Friday.


Baseballers begin NCAA play Friday

UT Arlington faces Dallas Baptist in an NCAA Baseball Regional at 1 p.m. Friday, June 1, in Waco.

The Mavericks earned the NCAA berth by downing Southeastern Louisiana 13-4 in the championship game of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament last Saturday in San Marcos. This is the fifth SLC baseball title and NCAA berth for UT Arlington and the first since 2006.

Baylor and Oral Roberts are the other teams in the regional and will meet at 6 p.m. Friday. The winner of the double-elimination tournament advances to an NCAA Super Regional next weekend.

The Mavericks notched wins over McNeese State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and top-seeded Sam Houston State en route to the SLC title game. Travis Sibley was named tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Greg McCall, Michael Guerra, Preston Beck, and Lance Day.

Martin to represent Mavs in NCAA track

Decathlete Romain Martin will be the lone UT Arlington representative at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Mavericks failed to qualify anyone else for the national meet during competition at the NCAA West Preliminary Round last weekend in Austin.

Martin, who ranks third in the nation in the decathlon, had qualified earlier for the national meet.

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.

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Going Out
  UTA Presents

Free outdoor movies start next week

The Lorax

Free outdoor movies are on the summer calendar starting with Dr. Seuss' The Lorax on June 7. See the flicks at 9 p.m. Thursdays on the west lawn of the Maverick Activities Center.

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.

Other movies include Mirror, Mirror, June 14; 21 Jump Street, June 21; Wrath of the Titans, June 28; American Reunion, July 5; The Hunger Games, July 12; Think Like a Man, July 19; The Pirates! Band of Misfits, July 26; and The Avengers, Aug. 2.

EXCEL Campus Activities sponsors the summer films.

Thursday, May 31

World No Tobacco Day Celebrate a day of "no tobacco" around the world. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Promotion and Substance Abuse Prevention, Health Services.

Friday, June 1

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


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. Exhibit ends today, Thursday, May 31. 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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