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

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Arnold Petsche

Arnold Petsche

Center for automotive engineering established

Arnold Petsche, founder of A.E. Petsche Co., has made a $1 million commitment to the College of Engineering to establish the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering, pending UT System Board of Regents approval. His gift will double in value through the University’s Maverick Match program to create a $2 million endowment for the center. The Maverick Match leverages natural gas royalties to attract new philanthropic commitments.

The center will promote engineering education, innovation, and entrepreneurship, especially through student participation in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers program. Each year, participating students design an FSAE car from the tires up and then race their vehicles against collegiate teams across the country.

The center will allow students to earn a new Certificate in Automotive Engineering and a Certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship. It also will promote other automotive engineering initiatives, especially in cost-effective manufacturing of composites and other advanced materials.

Read more about the Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering.

Fourth business dean candidate makes presentation today

Faculty and staff are invited to attend an open forum for College of Business dean candidate Jarjisu “Jay” Sa-Aadu 2-3:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 4, in Room 245W of the Business Building. Dr. Sa-Aadu is the Chester A. Phillips Professor of Finance and Real Estate and associate dean of the Henry B. Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa.

This is the fourth and final forum. Faculty and staff are invited to complete a feedback survey.


Online committee listing includes administration, faculty, staff

A list of University committee representatives for 2012-13 is now available online.

Committees are appointed upon the advice and counsel of the Committee on Committees or are elected through the Rules and Elections Committee.

If a chair is not designated, the first named committee member will be responsible for convening the committee to choose a permanent chair. Notify Connie Frazier at when a permanent chair has been selected. Minutes of meetings should be submitted to the administrative officer to whom the committee reports.

Many appointments involve a rotation system, with term expiration at the end of the summer session of the year designated in parentheses. Committee members serving in an ex officio capacity do not have term appointments.

Students are members of several committees, and those names have been forwarded to committee chairs.

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts brings 'Insider's View' to Maverick Speakers Series today

Tickets are still available as ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts presents an "Insider's View of Washington, D.C." in the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 4, in Texas Hall. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow the lecture.

Roberts provides analysis for all network news programming at ABC. She also serves as a contributing senior news analyst for NPR and a regular roundtable analyst for This Week With George Stephanopoulos. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and American Women in Radio and Television has cited her as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

General admission tickets are free. A premium seating package is available for $25. The package includes a front-of-the-house seat, reserved parking near the venue, front-of-the-line access to the book signing, and more. All tickets are available at

Study cites University's $13.6 billion impact on Texas

UT Arlington has a $13.6 billion total annual impact on Texas and fuels 131,200 jobs a year, according to a new assessment of the University’s operations, research, and workforce enhancement effects on business activity by The Perryman Group.

UT Arlington’s impact reflects about 4 percent of the North Texas economy, the study found. Economic activity associated with the University also leads to incremental tax receipts of about $310 million a year to local governments and $639 million to the state, the study said.

Read more about UT Arlington's economic impact.

Philanthropic support for UT Arlington reaches record level

Philanthropic support for UT Arlington has reached a record high with $23.3 million in gifts and commitments for the 2011-12 fiscal year, an increase of more than 55 percent from the previous year and the largest ever year-end total.

The success was fueled in large part by gifts to boost innovation and technology in the College of Science. UT Arlington also benefited from philanthropists who established endowments to support faculty and research in the College of Engineering and School of Architecture and to support student scholarships.

Read more about the philanthropic support.

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Fantastic faculty

Three of the University's longest-tenured professors were among 13 to be honored as professors emeriti at Tuesday's Fall Meeting of the Faculty and Associates. From left are Thomas Watts, social work; Martin Price, architecture; and Larry Heath, mathematics. Others receiving the professor emeritus honor were Joseph Bastien and Raymond Eve, sociology and anthropology; Bill Boswell and Raymond Guy, architecture; Doug Richmond and Robert Trevino, history; Joan Rycraft and Richard Schoech, social work; Ronald Carter, electrical engineering; and Peggy Swanson, finance and real estate.


Voter registration deadline is Oct. 9; forms available at University Center

Faculty and staff are urged to encourage students to register to vote. And if you haven't registered yourself, now is your chance. Forms are available in the Student Congress office, Suite B150 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Voter registration applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 9, to vote in the general election, set for Tuesday, Nov. 6.

UT Arlington is an early voting polling site, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, in the Maverick Activities Center.

For more information, contact Jennifer Fox, Student Congress president, at See more details at the Texas voter website.

AT&T gift boosts GO Centers

AT&T has awarded a $300,000 gift to UT Arlington to strengthen its high school-based college readiness offices called GO Centers.

The funds are part of the AT&T Aspire program, a $350 million initiative to help students graduate from high school ready for college or a career.

The program recently expanded from 14 to 19 centers in the Arlington, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Everman, and Fort Worth school districts. The contribution allows UT Arlington to boost staffing and administration for the centers.

Read more about the GO Centers.


Help others with SECC donations

Are you a champion for our environment? Do you have a passion for helping children in need? You can help protect and support both through the State Employee Charitable Campaign. When you make a donation to a charity of your choice, you could be preserving our environment and children’s lives for the future. Below are some of the charitable groups that need your donations.

Your SECC representative will contact you soon. For a pledge form, to donate, or to get more information, visit the UT Arlington SECC webpage or contact the Human Resources Learning and Development Team at or 2-5554.

Today's University Club special features comfort foods

Enjoy the monthly University Club lunch buffet special today, Thursday, Oct 4.

The special first Thursday lunch includes beef stroganoff, buttered eggs noodles, sautéed green beans, creamy potato leek soup, roasted vegetable quiche, and warm bread pudding.

The University Club is on the ground floor in Davis Hall. Lunch is $8 and is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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National Night Out

Cynthia Bing, right, director of Counseling Services, helps Sa Huynh, English/biology junior, during National Night Out on Tuesday on the University Center mall. The UT Arlington Police and other campus departments provided information on crime, drug, and violence prevention during the annual event.


Lunch and learn about cyber security at awareness lecture series

Matthew Wright, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, discusses "Security Exploits: Favorite Avenues of Attack" at noon today, Thursday, Oct. 4, in the first of a series of National Cyber Security Awareness Month lunch-and-learn presentations by the Information Security Office.

The event will be held in the Concho Room in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Lunch is provided for faculty and staff who register in advance.

M.K. Raja, professor of information systems, discusses "Social Engineering" on Thursday, Oct. 11, and Robert Edamala, chief information security officer, talks about "Security @ UT Arlington" on Thursday, Oct. 18.

For more information, contact the Information Security Office at

'The Shorthorn' offers new apps

Read The Shorthorn on your iPhone or Android. Apps are available through Apple and Android. However, the campus newspaper's content is available in formats optimized for all mobile devices with no apps needed.

Sign up to receive The Daily Digest, an email summary of daily news with links to the full stories.

If you encounter problems with any of The Shorthorn's digital products, email Adam Drew at

Share your thoughts about the new publication schedule with The Shorthorn editor Dustin Dangli at

Travel grant application deadline is Oct. 15

Travel Support Grants of up to $500 for one event will be awarded to faculty, staff, or students for conferences, seminars, or workshops taking place Sept. 1-Oct. 15, 2012. Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.

The University Sustainability Committee makes the grants available for events related to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

For more information, see Campus Sustainability or contact Chris Morris at

Parking lot partially closed today

Faculty parking lot 13 will be partially closed today, Thursday, Oct. 4, for the Toby Mac concert.

Benefit Yourself
Living well

Confirm your Annual Enrollment elections

Check your benefits on your Oct. 1 paystub or earnings statement to ensure that your Annual Enrollment elections are accurate. If the coverages listed on your earnings or billing statement do not reflect the elections you made during Annual Enrollment, contact Human Resources immediately. See the October issue of the UT System Health Newsletter.

Dealing with Difficult Employees and People

This training gives you concrete techniques for dealing with difficult people in the workplace and at home. Register. Free. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, Room 200, Wetsel Service 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.

Sports Notes
  Cross country

Highly rated: The men's cross country team is ranked seventh in the South Central Region, winning two meets before finishing second in the Notre Dame Invitational.

Men second, women fifth at Notre Dame

The UT Arlington men’s team finished second and the women were fifth at the Notre Dame Invitational Cross Country meet last Friday in Notre Dame, Ind.

Freshman Virgilio Martinez led the Maverick men with a fifth-place individual finish while sophomore Hannah Nilsson paced the women, finishing eighth overall.

The Mavericks compete in the Chile Pepper Festival at the University of Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Volleyball splits pair of WAC matches

The Maverick volleyball team downed San Jose State last Thursday before losing to Utah State on Saturday in Western Athletic Conference matches at College Park Center.

Now 2-3 in the WAC and 6-11 overall, the Mavericks travel to Texas State today, Thursday, Oct. 4, before visiting UT San Antonio on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Individual basketball game tickets now on sale

Individual game tickets for men's and women's basketball are now on sale at

Men's tickets are $6 to $10, except for the Oklahoma game Friday, Nov. 16, which are $9 to $15. Tickets are $6 for women's games.

Season tickets with premium seating are also still on sale for men's games. To purchase premium seating, contact Brian Lukas at or 2-6319.

Golfers at Fighting Irish Classic

The Maverick golf team competes in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 7-9, at the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.

Senior Paul McConnell finished first in the tournament last year as the Mavericks placed third in the team scoring.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Through Saturday, Oct. 6

Banned Books Week Exhibits focus on books suppressed/banned in other countries, comic books, and more. Read an excerpt from your favorite challenged or banned book 10 a.m.-4 p.m. by the Welcome Desk. Exhibits, first and second floors, Central Library. UT Arlington Library, Friends of the Library. Banned Books Week.

Thursday, Oct. 4

David Grogan

Maverick Speakers Series ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts speaks on "An Insider's View of Washington, D.C." Free, but tickets required. Premium seating $25. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Features music of Dvorak and solo by baritone David Grogan, right, assistant professor of voice. Conductor is Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Toby Mac Christian recording artist Toby Mac with special guests Chris August and Jamie Grace, along with the Diverse City Band. Tickets $15-$40. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center, 2-9595.

Friday, Oct. 5-Saturday, Oct. 6

Garrett Lectures, Texas Map Society “Pearls of the Antilles: Maps of Caribbean Islands” is the theme for the Eighth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography and the accompanying exhibit in the Central Library’s Special Collections. The Friday, Oct. 5, event focuses on how maps shaped the histories of Caribbean islands. Also, the Texas Map Society’s fall meeting, Saturday, Oct. 6. Register. $100 each day. Lectures 9:30 a.m. both days, sixth floor atrium, Central Library.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Hispanic Heritage Soccer Tournament Soccer action as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free admission. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Recreation Fields Complex. Multicultural Mavericks.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Jazz Alumni Concert An evening of jazz music featuring past and present UT Arlington jazz musicians. Free. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Oct. 8

Pride Week: Gay Bingo Night Part of Pride Week. Free. 6 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Guest Artist Piano Recital Features David Forbat, associate professor of piano at the University of Central Oklahoma. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Oct. 9


Faculty/Staff Professional Development Shane Windmeyer, right, author and executive director of Campus Pride, discusses "State of Higher Ed for LGBTQA People." The program surveys stereotypes, understanding, and coming out as visible allies and leaders for all people. Part of Pride Week activities and the Diversity Lecture Series. Free. 1:30-3 p.m., Room 133, Maverick Activities Center. Windmeyer also presents "What's Your Gay Point Average," 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Music Honors Recital Features performances by music faculty members and outstanding students in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

32nd annual Bed Races One of the University's longest-running traditions has teams of students pushing beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes. Free admission. 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, Maverick Stadium. Campus Recreation, EXCEL Campus Activities.

Maverick Madness The official tipoff to the 2012-13 season lets fans meet the men's, women's and Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball teams. There will be contests to win season tickets and the opportunity to travel to a select road game. Free. 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, College Park Center. Maverick Madness.


Lunafest Festival of short films by, for, and about women. The nine films celebrate the unique roles of women in local, national, and international communities. Tickets $10. 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women's and Gender Studies, Lunafest.

Flo Rida Tramar Dillard, better known by his stage name Flo Rida, is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. Tickets $35-$80; four ticket limit. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, College Park Center, 2-9595.

Distinguished Alumni Gala The 47th annual gala honors distinguished alums. See a list of 2012 honorees. Tickets $125, sponsorship packages. 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Alumni Association.


Art of Sport

The Gallery at UTA: The State of Drawing Group exhibition showcasing drawing by artists living and working in Texas. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 6. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Art of Sport A collection of Movin' Mavs photography by Jeremy Schack and Movin' Mavs athletes. Exhibit open through Friday, Oct. 12, with closing reception 6-8 p.m., Oct. 12. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., University Center Art Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Movin' Mavs.

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 not only the geography of the islands but also reflect many of the themes of Caribbean and American history as well as cartographic history. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Feb. 9, 2013, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. 7 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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