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

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Top teachers Mary Lynn Crow and David Silva

Top teachers: Mary Lynn Crow, left, and David Silva are inaugural members of the new University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Two faculty members named to new UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Two faculty members have been inducted as inaugural members of the new University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Mary Lynn Crow, professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, and David Silva, vice provost for faculty affairs and a linguistics professor in the College of Liberal Arts, were recognized for their leadership and for their commitment to improving teaching and fostering instructional innovation.

Both Drs. Crow and Silva were honored in 2009 with UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards.

UT System created the Academy of Distinguished Teachers to recognize outstanding educators across the nine UT System academic institutions. Members will serve as the System-level advocacy group dedicated to enhancing teaching, fostering innovation in the classroom, and promoting interdisciplinary perspectives on education.

Read more about the Crow and Silva honors.

CAAS Conference

CAAS conference: Political analyst and editor Ivory Toldson, left, and musician and actor Derek Watkins, aka “Fonzworth Bentley,” will speak at the Center for African American Studies' first conference.

First CAAS conference looks at 'Critical Issues in Black Studies'

The Center for African American Studies' inaugural conference profiles progressive research and program development on the diverse conditions of African Americans.

The two-day conference "Critical Issues in Black Studies: Race in Context" is Thursday-Friday, May 2-3, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Keynote speakers are Derek Watkins, also known as Fonzworth Bentley, and Ivory Toldson. Watkins is an actor, singer, record producer, TV host, and fashion designer. Dr. Toldson is an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education.

The programs are free, but registration is requested.

See the CAAS conference schedule.

Kim Lemaux-Lisa Sprague

Chief candidates: Kim Lemaux, left, and Lisa Sprague, finalists for UT Arlington police chief, will meet the campus community at open forums next week.

Location changed for Monday's police chief candidate open forum

Two finalists to become the next UT Arlington police chief will speak at open forums with faculty, staff, and students.

Kim Lemaux and Lisa Sprague will share their views about the campus police operations and accept questions from the audience. See their resumes on the Police Department website.

Lemaux's forum is 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in Room 245 of the Business Building. Sprague's is 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Jaya Davis

Jaya Davis

Criminology students partner to fight truancy

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is partnering with the Arlington Independent School District to try to better understand and reduce the district’s teenage truancy rates.

Jaya Davis, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and 10 of her students are spending two to four hours a week with a school district attendance officer and assisting in home visits with truant students and their families, court preparation, and data analysis.

Under state law, a student is considered truant after missing more than three days of school within a four-week period or 10 or more days during a six-month period of the same school year. Truancy can lead to suspension, expulsion, dropping out of school, delinquency, poor self-esteem, and even legal consequences.

Read more about the truancy project.

Farewell reception honors Spaniolo's legacy

Faculty and staff are invited to a farewell reception for President James D. Spaniolo 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Remarks begin at 4:30 p.m.

UT Arlington has enjoyed unparalleled progress during Spaniolo’s nine-year administration. By emphasizing teamwork and collaboration, he has boosted the University’s profile, enhanced educational excellence, and forged strategic public and private partnerships.

The Faculty Senate and the Staff Advisory Council host the celebration to honor President Spaniolo’s enduring legacy. The event is limited to the campus community.

  Mav Pic Spring Faculty meeting

Head of the class

Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer presented Darlene Campbell, lecturer in mathematics, with the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching during the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates on Monday. Timothy Wunder, clinical assistant professor of economics, also received the award. Other faculty members and associates were honored for research, teaching, mentoring, advising, service learning, grants, and distance education. See the list of awards.

UT Arlington recognized in EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge

A UT Arlington design aimed at solving the campus’ stormwater runoff problems while defining an attractive campus edge earned an honorable mention at the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Landscape architecture graduate students Kent Elliott and Blake Samper competed against 217 other student teams from 42 states in the challenge. The competition encouraged teams to develop innovative green infrastructure systems that lessen the impacts of urban stormwater while supporting sustainable communities.

“The entries were unique and they communicated campus landscape and stormwater issues in a way that the public can understand and appreciate,” says Taner Özdil, faculty adviser and assistant professor of architecture.

Read more about the Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Empowerment series offers women financial planning advice

Women can plan for their future with two workshops in the Financial Essentials: A Woman to Woman Empowerment Series.

The workshops are "She’s Got It: A Woman’s Guide to Saving and Investing” today, Thursday, April 25, and "Postcards from the Future: A Woman’s Guide to Financially Ever After” Wednesday, May 15.

Both programs are 10-11:30 a.m. in the Red River Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Door prizes and refreshments are included at the free events.

The Office of Human Resources and the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association–College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) sponsor the programs.

Register on the HR Learning and Development calendar. For questions, call 2-5558.

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Talking it up

Catherine Gruebbel, right, a support specialist in mechanical and aerospace engineering, talks with Eunice Currie, assistant vice president for human resources, about the upcoming Blazing Race during the Administrative Professionals Day reception Wednesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The race, a fitness event, is May 15.


New Media, Poetry, and Art Festival sparks creativity today

A National Poetry Month event provides poetry readings and discussions and art screenings 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Thursday, April 25, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

The free event is part of the College of Liberal Arts' Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute.

A panel discussion on new media includes Ashley Miller, assistant professor of English, and Zenas Ikeda, Benjamin Lima, and Tore Terrasi, all assistant professors of art. Toni Holland, lecturer of English, will moderate the panel.

See the schedule of readings and screenings.

Vote early on campus for May elections

UT Arlington is an early voting site for the Saturday, 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.

The Big Event needs you Saturday

Only a few positions remain for community service during The Big Event on Saturday, April 27. Check the project sites' list to register for duty for the Cardboard Regatta cleanup and Swift Elementary School courtyard cleanup in Arlington or the Walk Stroll Roll event in Addison.

For questions, call 2-2963 or email

Benefit Yourself

Travel is topic for MyMav II Open Forum on Tuesday

Travel authorization and expense reports is the MyMav II Open Forum topic for Tuesday, April 30. The session is 8:30-10 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Open Forum sessions provide users with a chance to hear from PeopleSoft team experts in a group setting on a variety of key topics. Each forum will include a question-and-answer session. Attend one or all forums or review them online.

Workforce Administration (HRMS–Position Management) is Tuesday, May 7. See the schedule for upcoming Open Forums. Previous sessions are online.

Kids and Teens Summer Camps

Sign up your youth and teens for summer camps offered through Continuing Education. The early bird special of up to $25 savings per camp ends Wednesday, May 1. Register. Continuing Education.

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
Desherra Nwanguma

Academic scorer: Desherra Nwanguma was one of 16 Maverick athletes named to the Academic All-WAC teams for winter sports.


Mavs make Academic All-WAC teams

Sixteen Maverick athletes were named to the 2012-13 Academic All-WAC teams for winter sports. UT Arlington's honorees are:

Women's basketball—Desherra Nwanguma

Men's indoor track and field—Brandon Blanchard, Jacob Critelli, John Frnka, Robert Gribble, Hance Loyd, Lionel Mungwari, and Branko Petrovic

Women's indoor track and field—Elin Andersson, Kailey Bostic, Julianne Burch, Sydney Hampton, Shae Johnson, Raquel Kilgore, Samantha Little, and Hannah Nilsson

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA, and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

Baseball slips to second in WAC

Losing two of three games against Seattle University last weekend, UT Arlington's baseball team slipped to second place in the Western Athletic Conference, one game behind CSU Bakersfield.

The Mavericks are 10-5 in the league and 22-19 overall following a loss to Sam Houston State on Tuesday and a 5-4 walkoff win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday in nonconference games.

WAC action resumes with a three-game series starting Friday, April 26, at New Mexico State. The Mavericks return home to face Baylor at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Track teams place at Mt. SAC Relays, Beach Invitational

UT Arlington men's and women's track and field teams gave strong performances at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Beach Invitational in California.

For the Mt. SAC Relays, Quentin Butler was fifth in the 200 meters, and the women were fifth in the 4x100 relay. At the Beach Invitational, Emil Blomberg came in second in 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The teams head to the Track-It Buster Invitational on Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, in Wichita, Kan.

The Mavericks host men’s and women’s teams for the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday-Saturday, May 8-11, at Maverick Stadium. Admission is free Wednesday and Thursday and $12 Friday and Saturday or $20 for all sessions.

Softball Mavs close out home slate

After getting swept in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at San Jose State, UT Arlington gained some momentum Wednesday by edging nonconference rival North Texas 2-1.

A three-game WAC series against Utah State finishes the home season for the Mavericks. It begins with a doubleheader at 4 and 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Allan Saxe Field.

Women seeded fourth, men sixth in WAC tennis

Fourth-seeded UT Arlington faces fifth-seeded Idaho at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, April 25, in the opening round of the Western Athletic Conference women’s tennis tournament at Denver.

Women’s semifinals are Friday, April 26, with the championship match set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

In the men’s tournament, UT Arlington is seeded sixth and faces third-seeded UT San Antonio at 10 a.m. Friday at Denver. Semifinals are Saturday with the championship match set for 10 a.m. Sunday, April 28.

Tournament winners advance to the NCAA championships.

Golfers begin conference tournament play next week

UT Arlington's golfers head to the Western Athletic Conference men’s golf championship Monday, April 29-Wednesday, May 1, at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.

San Jose State is the defending champion. UT Arlington finished third in the Southland Conference last year after winning the league title in 2011.

The WAC champion earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 25

New Media, Poetry, and Art Festival A National Poetry Month event provides poetry readings and discussions and art screenings. See the schedule. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. English, Honors College.

Take Back the Night A stand against violence with a march around campus, candle lighting, posters, and more. 7 p.m., Central Library mall. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

MavPlays Four original plays written and directed by and starring theatre arts students and faculty. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 general public. 8 p.m., Studio Theater, Fine Arts Building. Also 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Box Office, 2-2669. Theatre Arts.

Friday, April 26

Silver Lining Playbook

Small Painting Sale Art by advanced painting students. 4-7 p.m., Room 121, Studio Arts Center. Art and Art History.

Softball Mavericks vs. Utah State. Tickets $6. Doubleheader, 4 p.m. Also 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Friday Night Movie: Silver Linings Playbook Free popcorn; other concessions available. $1 cash, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Maverick Drum Jam Bring your favorite acoustic instruments to play and a chair. Dancing encouraged; belly dancing, Zumba, step, twirling, poi, and more. Donate items to SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Or bring donations to the Central Library, Maverick Activities Center, Health Services, or E.H. Hereford University Center. Free. 8-10 p.m., The Green at College Park. UT Arlington Library.

UTA Symphony Orchestra and Choir Concert A combined performance featuring the UTA Combined Choirs and the UTA Symphony Orchestra performing Schubert's G major Mass and Holst's The Planets with Clifton Evans conducting. Tickets $3 students, seniors; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Also Saturday, April 27. Music.

Saturday, April 27

The Big Event A day of community service. Volunteer for a project. The Big Event, UTA Volunteers.

Sunday, April 28

Double Reed Studio Recital A recital featuring chamber music from the oboe and bassoon studios of Rogene Russell and Scott Pool, professors of music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, April 30

Baseball; Tailgate Before the Game Mavericks vs. Baylor. Game tickets $6. Tailgate with food from local restaurants, 5 p.m.; game, 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, Alumni Association.

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.

Graduation Celebration Actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn gives the keynote address. Live music, free food. Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, Levitt Pavilion, Founder’s Square, 100 W. Abram St. Graduation Celebration.

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 40th

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., Saturday, June 1, 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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