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

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jianzhong Su and Jianping Zhu

Math leaders: Jianzhong Su, left, chair of the Mathematics Department, and Jianping Zhu, former chair, helped improve and advance the department, says Dean Pamela Jansma of the College of Science.

Math Department recognized for exemplary Ph.D. program

The American Mathematical Society has named UT Arlington the winner of its 2013 AMS Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. The award honors the department as a model of excellence among the group’s 570 member institutions.

The society recognized the department for doubling the size of its doctoral program in five years and bolstering those ranks with historically underrepresented student groups, including women and minorities.

From 2005 to 2010, the number of doctoral students in the department grew from 23 to 52. Large gains were also made in the number of U.S. citizens or permanent residents pursuing doctoral degrees.

“This is an extraordinary honor and recognition of the achievements of the UT Arlington Department of Mathematics,” says Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our nation needs more leaders who have achieved the highest degrees in math, science, and engineering. We are pleased to see the tremendous work of our math faculty recognized on the national stage.”

Read more about the Math Department honor.

New center to offer support to students in addiction recovery

The Center for Students in Recovery will open in the fall to provide support, resources, and a safe environment for students who are recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction.

The center will offer recovery coaching, programming, sober social activities, and mentorship for students across the campus. Operated under the Division of Student Affairs, the center will be funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the UT System Board of Regents.

“We are pleased to be able to start a student recovery program to meet the wellness needs of our students that present with alcohol and drug concerns,” says Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.

Students, faculty, staff, and community businesses that want to partner with the Center for Students in Recovery are invited to attend a reception 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Read more about the Center for Students in Recovery.

If you See Something Say Something

'See Something, Say Something' awareness campaign promoted by campus police

The bombings at the Boston Marathon remind us that safety and security is a shared responsibility.

You are the most reliable source regarding anything that appears unusual. Be aware of your surroundings. Your effort makes a difference.

Look for these activities near your business, home, or UT Arlington’s campuses and facilities:

• Anyone taking notes, drawings, photos, or videos.

• Anyone attempting to gain information in person, by phone, or by email about operations, specifically about security measures and personnel.

• Anyone conducting surveillance.

• Anyone attempting to gain access to restricted or unauthorized areas.

• Thefts of employee uniforms, badges, or packaging labels.

• Employees changing working behavior or working irregular hours.

• Unattended vehicles illegally parked near your business.

• Unattended items such as backpacks and boxes.

What should you do?

• Keep your work areas secured.

• Be mindful that doors close and secure properly and that nobody “tailgates” through a door behind you.

• Report any suspicious people or behavior to the UT Arlington Police Department.

For an emergency or a crime in progress, use one of the Emergency Assistance Call Boxes on campus or call the UT Arlington Police at 2-3003. For a non-emergency, call 2-3381.

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Last lecture

President James D. Spaniolo shared some parting words before his retirement next month for the Last Lecture Series on Tuesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Taner Ozdil selected as landscape architect CSI Research Fellow

Taner Ozdil, assistant professor of architecture, is among nine faculty Research Fellows selected for the Landscape Architecture Foundation's 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program.

CSI is a research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty and student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects as Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs.

Research Fellows lead the CSI collaboration, work with firms to identify performance benefits of select projects, develop evaluation methods, and oversee the case study production process. These select faculty members receive an honorarium and funding to support a student research assistant.

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival features Maverick info, art, jazz

A lead sponsor of Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival, UT Arlington will inform and entertain today, Thursday, April 18-Sunday, April 21, in downtown Fort Worth. Admission is free.

Stop by the UT Arlington booth for information and a chance to win a beautiful art piece from the Department of Art and Art History.

The UT Arlington Performing Arts Stage on Fifth Street includes music by the UTA Jazz Ensemble and others. Two other stages help feature more than 150 different local, regional, and national musical acts.

Tim Halperin

Tim Halperin

15th annual Block Party adds zip to spring

Add a little zip to the spring semester at the 15th annual Block Party starting at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, April 18, on the University Center mall.

The Human Pretzel and a zip line are among the fun times planned, along with a Velcro wall, an obstacle course, and a dunking booth.

Music headlines the evening with Fort Worth musician and former American Idol contestant Tim Halperin, DJ Avi, and the Battle for the Block winner, The Breakfast Machine.

For dinner, find free hot dogs and food trucks with cuisine for purchase.

University Events, Apartment and Residence Life, and EXCEL Campus Activities host the shindig.

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What an honor

Ann Penson Vreeland, left, honored her mentor, Robert Gatchel, with the Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professorship in Clinical Health Psychology at the endowed chair and professor installation dinner Monday. Vreeland was Dr. Gatchel's first Ph.D. student and established the professorship in honor of her parents. Gatchel is a professor of psychology in the College of Science. See the list of endowed chairs and professorships.

Canon Print Center closed at University Center, open at City Hall

The University’s storefront office with Canon Print Center at the E.H. Hereford University Center has closed.

The main facility on the first floor of Arlington City Hall is available for UT Arlington customers.

For questions regarding your printing needs or current jobs, call the Canon Print Center at 817-575-8264 or email Michael Reeve at

For general questions about the center, contact Julia Cornwell in the Office of Procurement at 2-3002 or

Faculty encouraged to nominate students for peer educator jobs

Nominate outstanding students to become peer educators by Tuesday, April 30, with the University College Learning Center.

Peer educators are needed in paid positions for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders.

Students benefit by studying with someone who has taken the course and successfully passed with an A or B. Peer educators benefit by being paid to help other students and provide study tips and strategies.

Undergraduates and graduate students can apply for these student jobs, which provide flexible hours.

Learn more at

Enjoy Texas Rangers games with special discounted tickets

UT Arlington faculty, staff, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS13 to get your discounted tickets.

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Creative faculty

Jim Lavelle, associate professor of management, checks out a book displayed at the Faculty Creative Works reception Tuesday at the Central Library. The annual event celebrates academic achievement and scholarly activity by faculty members during the previous year. The Office of the Provost and the UT Arlington Library host the event.


Vote early on campus for May elections

UT Arlington is an early voting site for the May 11 joint election. The polling site will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.Tuesday, April 30-Thursday, May 2, in the Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

To vote early on campus, you must be registered to vote in Tarrant County and must present identification such as a voter registration certificate, driver's license, birth certificate, passport, U.S. citizenship papers, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document.

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

Contact Student Congress at 2-0556 with any questions.

Police escort service available any time

The UT Arlington Police Department offers escort service at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 2-3381.

The Green/South shuttle route runs until 10:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and accesses faculty/staff lots 13 and 17.

Register to volunteer for The Big Event

Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 27.

The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.

Discover more about how The Big Event impacts North Texas at Learn how to participate and see a list of project sites.

For questions, call 2-2963 or email

Benefit Yourself

SAC SlimDown

The Staff Advisory Council combines efforts with the University Wellness Committee for the revamped SlimDown this spring. The program includes "Wellness Points," education on what resources are available, weigh-ins at the beginning and end only, and much more. Challenge yourself to live a better lifestyle and get your coworkers involved. Visit for more information.

Maverick Safety Matters' spring edition now online

Get more details about UT System changes to the workers’ compensation program and links to new forms for the IMO provider network in the spring edition of Maverick Safety Matters. Also featured are procedures for faculty, staff, and students who wear a respirator to limit their exposure to airborne contaminants.

SecureDoc Software now supports Apple Macintosh OS X updates

SecureDoc version 6.1 for Apple Macintosh OS X is available. This version supports FileVault2 encryption that allows OS X updates, including version 10.8.3.

Learn more about SecureDoc 6.1, requirements and limitations of the software, and instructions on how to upgrade to this version.

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
  Krista Gerlich

Positive press: New women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich answers reporters' questions at a news conference Tuesday. Read more about Gerlich's goals.

Forty-seven student-athletes honored for academic achievement

The Athletics Department named 47 individuals as Super Scholar-Athletes of the Year and Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Thursday at the Academic Excellence Luncheon.

Twenty-six students were named Super Scholar-Athletes of the Year by earning a 4.0 GPA in one of the last two semesters or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 for two or more semesters, while being enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Read more about the Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Baseball tied for first place in WAC

The Mavericks completed a weekend sweep of Western Athletic Conference opponent San Jose State with a 9-7 win Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

UT Arlington is 20-16 overall and 9-3 in the conference, tied for first with CSU-Bakersfield.

"The fact that we're now tied for first will help a lot as we face Seattle at their place this weekend," head coach Darin Thomas says. "We just need to keep playing."

Tuesday night, a seven-run fourth inning doomed the Mavericks as they fell 11-4 to TCU at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavs return to action Friday, April 19, when they travel to Seattle University for a WAC series.

Track athletes claim firsts at East Texas Invitational

UT Arlington took just a half-dozen athletes to the East Texas Invitational, hosted by Texas A&M-Commerce, but all six came back with first-place finishes at the Saturday meet.

For the men, Brandon Waller recorded the second-best long jump mark in the WAC this season to win the competition. Branko Petrovic won in the shot put, and Bozidar Antunovic took first in the discus.

On the women's side, Gabriela Alfonzo won the 1500 meters, Elin Andersson claimed the 800 meters, and Johanna Nissen Karlsson took the 3000-meter steeplechase.

The Mavericks compete in the Mt. SAC and Long Beach invitationals on the west coast starting today, Thursday, April 18.

40th Annual Metro Golf Tournament set for May 13

The 40th Annual Metro Golf Tournament tees off Monday, May 13, at Bear Creek Golf Club.

Hosted by Campus Recreation and the UT Arlington Alumni Association, the tournament is open to faculty and staff members of area colleges and universities along with UT Arlington alumni and friends.

This year's play includes a custom-fitted golf glove for each player, a commemorative tournament golf polo shirt, and more.

Register by Friday, April 26. Payment can be made at the MAC or by mail.

For more information, contact Chris Muller at or 2-3277.

Softball wins finale over Texas State, heads to San Jose State

UT Arlington ended a nine-game losing streak with a walkoff sacrifice fly by Taylor Zink in the eighth inning to beat Texas State 1-0 Saturday at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks improved to 18-21 overall and 3-9 in the Western Athletic Conference by taking the finale of a three-game series.

The team's next WAC series begins Friday, April 19, at San Jose State.

Tennis prepares for WAC tournament after defeats

The women’s tennis team fell 7-0 to No. 26 Tulsa last Saturday. Sophomore Verena Scott was the only Maverick to win a set as she competed at the No. 6 spot.

The women drop to 7-12 overall, but remain at 6-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. Bad weather caused the cancellation of Sunday's match against No. 28 Memphis.

The men’s tennis team lost its final regular season match 4-3 against Utah State, dropping to 7-13 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

Both teams begin WAC tournament play Thursday, April 25, in Denver.

Golf comes in 12th at Morris Williams Invitational

UT Arlington finished 12th at the Morris Williams Invitational in Austin last weekend. Paul McConnell made the top 20 in the individual standings, tying for 19th.

The Western Athletic Conference Championships are Monday, April 29-Wednesday, May 1, in Las Vegas.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 18

GIS Workshop: Basic Python Scripting for ArcGIS Python is an intuitive scripting language that can be used to automate many geoprocessing functions within ArcGIS. Learn the basics of creating a Python script, become familiar with the native Python environment IDLE, and learn how to call geoprocessing functions into scripts. Some understanding of ArcMap is needed, but no programming knowledge is required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Prince Among Slaves

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Prince Among Slaves The film Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, a prince in his homeland who was forced into bondage and became a slave in Mississippi. After 40 years, he regained his freedom and became a national celebrity. A group discussion will follow the film. Free. 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library, Muslim Student Association.

Block Party An end-of-year celebration with live music, a DJ, and the winner of the Battle for the Block competition. Includes carnival-style treats, games, and activities. Free. 6 p.m., University Center mall. University Events, Apartment and Residence Life.

Spring Jazz Concert A concert featuring the Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Ishii and the Jazz Ensemble directed by Dan Cavanagh. Guest artist is Matt Harris. Tickets $3 students, seniors; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Music.

The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler's award-winning, humorous play about women's bodies. Benefits The Women's Center of Tarrant County. Tickets $5 faculty, staff, students; $10 general public; cash at door. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Also Saturday, April 20. Women's and Gender Studies, Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

Friday, April 19


Friends of the Library Bill Neal, author of Vengeance Is Mine: The Scandalous Love Triangle That Triggered the Boyce-Sneed Feud, is guest speaker. Free. 7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Saturday, April 20

Wind Symphony Concert The Wind Symphony performs with Douglas Stotter as conductor and John Solomons as soloist. Tickets $3 students, seniors; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Sunday, April 21

Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert The UT Arlington Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band are conducted by John Zastoupil. Free. 3:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, April 22

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

TEDxUTA Technology, entertainment, and design bring together video and live speakers. Includes 10 UT Arlington faculty and staff members. Sold out. Registration 1 p.m.; event 2-7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Free live streaming, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. TEDxUTA.

Coming up

WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Mavericks host men’s and women’s teams from the Western Athletic Conference. Free Wednesday and Thursday. $12 Friday and Saturday or $20 for all sessions. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, May 8-11, Maverick Stadium. Western Athletic Conference.

WAC Baseball Tournament Top eight teams from the Western Athletic Conference compete for an NCAA Tournament berth. $12 each day or $30 for tournament pass. Games at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, May 22-25, championship 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie. Western Athletic Conference.

Kansas An American progressive rock band, Kansas is celebrating its 40th anniversary with this year’s concert tour. Tickets $29, $35, $50. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center.


Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington Explore the growth and development of the University and its relationship with the city. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 27. Sixth floor, Central Library, Special Collections.

Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

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



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