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

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sia Ardekani

Dr. Sia Ardekani

Corridor management plan will aid motorists

UT Arlington civil engineers are developing an expansive computer data network that will be the backbone of the Integrated Corridor Management project to help motorists navigate U.S. 75 and its major neighboring arterials from downtown Dallas to Texas 121.

Their work is part of a regional effort to fuse massive amounts of transportation data collected through road sensors, traffic signals, toll tag readers, and fixed roadway cameras, among other sources. The system is scheduled to go live in April 2013 with a goal of providing motorists better, real-time information about road congestion, accidents, and alternative routes.

“Mobility is one of the dominant issues in our region, and we have access to comprehensive data that can help motorists and traffic engineers improve the way we navigate major travel corridors,” says Sia Ardekani, a civil engineering professor who is spearheading the data collection network.

Dr. Ardekani and Steve Mattingly, an associate professor of civil engineering, are leading UT Arlington’s involvement in the regional team, which includes Southern Methodist, Texas A&M, and Texas Southern universities.

Read more about the Integrated Corridor Management project.

UTShare launch date moved from April to September

Launch date for UTShare, an enterprise-wide software solutions project that will replace the DEFINE/HRMS systems, has been changed from April 1, 2013, to Sept. 1, 2013.

UT Arlington is partnering with five other UT System institutions and the UT System administration to implement PeopleSoft's Finance and Human Resource modules. The presidents of UT Arlington, UT El Paso, and UT San Antonio, in consultation with the UT System, adopted the revised launch date after it became evident that the April date was not realistic.

The later date will ensure much-needed time in an aggressive implementation schedule. In addition to ensuring adequate time for the training phase, the revised date will coincide with the beginning of a new fiscal year.

Thomas Bellamy

Dr. Thomas Bellamy

Education speaker series features noted leader

Thomas Bellamy, founding director of the Goodlad Institute for Education Renewal at the University of Washington Bothell, is the next speaker in the College of Education and Health Professions’ Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series.

The lecture starts at 5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 29, in the sixth floor atrium at the Central Library. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bellamy leads a number of national efforts to support simultaneous renewal in schools and the education of educators. His experience includes public teaching, university positions as a teacher and principal educator, dean of education, and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

He also has served as a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s Senior Executive Service, including as the director of the federal Office of Special Education Programs.

Read more about the Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series.


Holiday reception set for Dec. 12 in College Park Center

Ring in the holiday season with the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at College Park Center.

President James D. Spaniolo is the host and featured speaker, delivering his Maverick interpretation of a traditional holiday reading. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music.

Holiday refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services.

Landscape architecture program climbs in national rankings

The landscape architecture program in the School of Architecture moved up two spots to 13th in the nation for 2013, according to Design Intelligence. The program previously was ranked 15th in 2011.

Tied with UT Arlington for 13th were Auburn University, UT Austin, and the University of Washington. To be ranked, all schools must be accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accredited Board (LAAB.) UT Arlington received its fifth consecutive re-accreditation in 2011 with its next review scheduled for 2017.

The program is one of four accredited in Texas and one of 48 graduate programs in the nation. Read more about landscape architecture.

Diversity seminar today features social justice speaker

Kathy Obear, president of Alliance for Change, discusses "Creating an Inclusive, Socially Just Campus Community" at the faculty/staff professional development seminar 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Obear is a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Institute, an intensive professional development program for social justice educators. She has received the American College Personnel Association Diamond Honoree award for significant contribution to higher education and student affairs work.

The seminar is part of the Diversity Lecture Series. Hosted by Multicultural Affairs and Student Affairs, the event is free to all faculty and staff.

  Mav Pic Holiday lights

Night lights

Holiday lights illuminated the campus at the fourth annual Deck the Mall celebration Tuesday night on the Library mall. Approximately 30,000 lights will continue to brighten the campus until the beginning of the new year.

Spend 'An Evening with Authors'

Faculty members Myrtle Bell, Robert Bing, Marvin Dulaney, Cedrick May, and Jason Shelton provide brief narratives of books they have written in An Evening with Authors at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the University Club at Davis Hall.

Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served at the free event.

For more information, see the Center for African American Studies.

Research Institute hosts Advanced Manufacturing Symposium on Monday

Faculty are invited to the Advanced Manufacturing Symposium Monday, Dec. 3, at the UT Arlington Research Institute.

The program runs 1-5 p.m. and features talks on manufacturing in micro-nano scales, low- to medium-volume manufacturing, and other topics.

A welcome and presentations will be provided by retired Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, executive director of the Research Institute, along with representatives from Lockheed Martin, Zyvex Labs, and National Instruments.

OIT to add new test-grading software

New multiple choice test-grading software will be available at the beginning of the spring semester through the Office of Information Technology.

The same scanning forms will be used, but the information needed on the key sheet will be different. Output reports will be in a different format, and all reports will be sent electronically to the instructor. No paper output will be provided.

More information on how to use the software and what reports will be available will be provided in the near future.

Toy drive includes Planetarium discount

The Planetarium is collecting toys for Cook Children’s Medical Center. Help make the holidays a little brighter by donating a new, unwrapped toy. Starting Thursday, Dec. 6, bring donations to the Planetarium ticket booth in the Chemistry and Physics Building.

In return, receive a $2 discount on any adult ticket through Sunday, Dec. 30.

Need ideas on what to donate? See the Cook Children’s wish list.

Feedback Surveys

Remind students to take online feedback surveys

End-of-term Student Feedback Surveys are being conducted online for all organized sections designated as lecture, seminar, or lab.

Faculty members are asked to contribute to the success of the SFS process by informing and reminding students of the online survey and encouraging them to participate in the process.

Students will receive an email message inviting them to complete an online survey for each course in which they are enrolled. Access to this semester's surveys will end at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

For more information, see Student Feedback Surveys.

Benefit Yourself

Partnering With Your Boss

Learn goal setting, prioritizing, planning, decision making, relationship building, and listening. Free. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources training classes.

Food for Thought: Healthy Lifestyle Goals

Merge the seven goals developed by the American Heart Association into your lifestyle. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Human Resources training classes.

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

Laws could affect drug cartel business

'Fiscal cliff' unclear for small businesses

Earlier openings ease shopping frenzy

"You look at what we've done on the border by adding more agents, by being able to improve our technological devices. And the cartel has always managed to get drugs to the U.S. in spite of our efforts."

"We have no real net growth. The economy is just flat. I don't see where we are today as any different than where we've been for the past several years."

"Typically, people make it up by buying more. Their budgets do not change."

— Dr. Alex del Carmen, professor and chair of criminology and criminal justice, on states that recently voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use and what that could mean for Mexican drug cartels.
Fox News

— Dr. Roger Meiners, the John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics and Law and chair of the Economics Department, on the so-called "fiscal cliff."
Fort Worth Business Press

— Dr. Ritesh Saini, assistant professor of marketing, on how shoppers don't pocket the savings on Black Friday sales.

Sports Notes
  Jorge Sanchez

Community involvement: Co-captain Jorge Sanchez leads the Movin' Mavs in a community division tournament this weekend. Games will be played in the Physical Education Building and Maverick Activities Center. Admission is free.

Movin' Mavs host tournament this weekend

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team hosts a community division tournament Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, with games in the Physical Education Building and Maverick Activities Center.

The Movin’ Mavs play Dallas at 7:45 p.m. Friday in the PEB. On Saturday, coach Doug Garner’s squad faces San Antonio at 11:30 a.m. and Austin at 4:45 p.m. in the MAC.

After winning five straight in the collegiate tournament at Wisconsin-Whitewater earlier this month, the Movin’ Mavs are 9-0.

Mav men at UT Austin on Saturday

After notching its third win of the season Wednesday, the men’s basketball team visits UT Austin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Mavericks are 3-1 following a 72-59 win at North Texas last night. Karol Gruszecki led UT Arlington with 17 points while Jordan Reves had 13 rebounds.

Following a game at UT Pan American on Monday, Dec. 3, the Mavericks take a break for final exams before facing Houston Baptist on Thursday, Dec. 13, at College Park Center.

Women get first win, continue road trip

With its first win of the season this week, the women’s basketball team travels to Nebraska-Omaha on Friday, Nov. 30, and Fresno State on Sunday, Dec. 2.

The Mavericks are 1-4 following a 77-71 win at Houston Baptist on Tuesday behind 19 points from Laila Suleiman. Coach Samantha Morrow's team returns home to face UT Pan American at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Gross earns All-WAC volleyball honor

Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Gross was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference second team.

The volleyball team lost to Utah State in the first round of the WAC tournament last week and finished the season with a record of 5-13 in the conference and 9-22 overall. There were no seniors on the squad. The Mavericks make the transition to the Sun Belt Conference next season.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Nov. 29

World AIDS Day Educational information helps raise awareness against HIV prejudice. Snacks provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Lantern Festival Enjoy a lion and dragon dance as you explore a special Silk Road market featuring interactive booths and games. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free. 4 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

UTA Choirs in Concert The A Cappella Choir, conducted by Karen Kenaston-French, and the University Singers, conducted by Randy Jordan, present choral music from the triumphant to the tender, including Sanctus from Frank Martin's Mass for Double Chorus, Britten's Flower Songs, winter-themed pieces, and more. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Nov. 30

International Mystery Book Club Wife of the Gods by Ghana author Kwei Quarty is this month's selection. Faculty and staff members are invited to attend. Free. Noon, Language Lab Lounge, third floor, Trimble Hall. Modern Languages.

Friday Night Movie: Elf Free popcorn; other concessions available. Free. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Movin' Mavs Basketball Tournament Wheelchair basketball community tournament, Physical Education Building and Maverick Activities Center. Free. Movin' Mavs vs. Dallas, 7:45 p.m., PEB. Also Saturday, Dec. 1, vs. San Antonio, 11:30 a.m., MAC; vs. Austin, 4:45 p.m., MAC. Movin' Mavs.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Holiday Lights Parade Watch the holiday pageantry that ends with the lighting of the tree at City Hall. Look for the UT Arlington entries in the parade. Take a photo with Santa and enjoy caroling after the parade at the Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St. 6 p.m., Downtown Arlington. Arlington Holiday Lights Parade.

Sunday, Dec. 2


UT Arlington Day at Christkindl Market German cuisine, beverages, arts, crafts, and gifts for sale. Pick up Christkindl Cash, good for shopping and dining discounts, at the UT Arlington College Town booth. The UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble performs 3-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Located at Road to Six Flags and Ballpark Way. Arlington Christkindl Market.

Faculty Percussion Recital Features Jim Yakas, percussion instructor. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Dec. 3

BFA Exhibit Recent work created by 60 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Through Saturday, Dec. 15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Spa Retreat Learn how to deal with stress in a relaxing spa setting. Food, games, haircuts, and styles. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, Off-Campus Mavericks, Leadership Center.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Get free team photos. Halftime entertainment features a game involving members of the Arlington Boys & Girls Club. Tickets $6. 7 p.m. College Park Center. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, vs. Oklahoma State. Athletics.

Guest Artist Violin Recital Features Juliana Athayde, associate professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Happy Holidays Gift Market Meet artisans and collectors while visiting DIY craft tables and shopping. Noon-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; Maverick Activities Center.

BFA Exhibit Opening Reception Artists' reception and awards ceremony for the graduating seniors exhibiting their work in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit. Free. 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Friends of the Library Holiday concert features the Texas Tradition Chorus. RSVP to 2-1413 or Free. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Men's Basketball 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, vs. Houston Baptist; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, vs. New Mexico State; 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, vs. Denver. Tickets $6-$15. College Park Center. Athletics.

Commencement December ceremonies. See schedule. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, College Park Center.


African art

Gallery 76102: A Study of Water and What Once Was a Forest Loli Kantor's documentary photography and Hiroko Kubo's sculptural exploration are revealed in this exhibit. Free. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Friday, Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

African Art Collection Includes works like the face mask with braided fiber headdress, right, collected by Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, and his wife, Tanya Dowdey. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Room 2109, Visual Resources Commons, Fine Arts Building. Through Friday, Dec. 21. African Art Collection.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 5, 2013, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Special Collections.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands Maps depict Caribbean history, right. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Feb. 9, 2013, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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.

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



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