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

Monday, April 29, 2013

Dr. Zhiyong Yang

Dr. Zhiyong Yang

Research shows early parent-child dialogue most effective in deterring teen tobacco, alcohol use

Early, substantive dialogue between parents and their grade-school age children about the ills of tobacco and alcohol use can be more powerful in shaping teen behavior than advertising, marketing, or peer pressure, according to UT Arlington research.

The findings of Zhiyong Yang, associate professor of marketing in College of Business, are published in a recent edition of the Journal of Business Research. Similar findings were part of a 2010 study he published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing of the American Marketing Association.

Dr. Yang’s current work argues that parental influence is a powerful tool in dissuading children from smoking and drinking in their later teen years.

"Our study shows that parental influence is not only profound in its magnitude, but also persistent and long-lasting over the course of a child’s entire life," he says. "Effective parenting plays the critical role as a transition belt to pass normative values of society from one generation to another.”

Read more about Yang's research.

President James D. Spaniolo

President James D. Spaniolo

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.

Police chief candidate open forums this week

Two finalists to become the next UT Arlington police chief will speak this week 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.


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

Urge students to complete feedback surveys

Faculty are asked to encourage students to complete the End-of-Term Student Feedback Surveys. Students will receive an electronic invitation with a link and password for a survey for each enrolled class. The surveys are open until 11 p.m. Friday, May 3, the last day of class for the spring semester.

Mav Pic Take Back The Night

Take Back the Night

Michelle Bushe, journalism sophomore, shields her candle from the wind during Take Back the Night, a stand against violence sponsored by the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program.


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.

SAC's Slimdown weigh-in this week

The revamped Staff Advisory Council’s Slimdown includes "Wellness Points," education on what resources are available, weigh-ins at the beginning and end only, and much more.

Initial weigh-ins are Wedneday-Friday, May 1-3. Visit for details.

UTA Bookstore open late, hosts buyback events

The UTA Bookstore will be open until 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, May 6-9, and until 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 10.

Textbook buyback continues through Wednesday, May 15, at the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center and by the footbridge at Lot 49.

Sign up now to be part of New Maverick Orientation Involvement Fairs

New Maverick Orientation Involvement Fairs let incoming freshmen and transfer students know about the resources and opportunities on campus, such as your department or organization.

Register by Friday, May 10. Separate forms are needed for freshman and transfer fairs and one form per department or organization.

Paws for Finals

Paws for Finals returns for final exams

Faculty, staff, and students who need a break filled with unconditional love can find it through Wednesday, May 8, on the second floor of the Central Library.

Paws With Partners registered therapy dog volunteer group is on campus 10 a.m-noon and 2-4 p.m. weekdays and 2-4 p.m. only on the weekend. Check the daily schedule.

Up/down tournament seeks tennis players

Able body tennis players partner with wheelchair players for a round robin doubles tournament in the wheelchair tennis clinic and up/down tournament for youth and adults.

The clinic is 9-11 a.m. with games noon-6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the UTA Tennis Center. Water, drinks, and lunch are provided for participants.

Register by Saturday, May 4, by contacting Jeff Sale at or 214-538-3139 or Doug Garner at

University Club special features pork tenderloin Thursday

The University Club's monthly special Thursday, May 2, features pork tenderloin, twice-baked potato, risotto, harvest salad, asparagus with julienne vegetables, and an assortment of dessert bars. Cost is $8 per person. Regular menu items will not be available.

The University Club is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

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.

Food for Thought: Health vs. Weight

Becky Garner, clinical assistant professor of kinesiology, discusses the facts to help you make informed decisions regarding weight loss programs and how “quick fix” programs affect your metabolism, mood, and overall health. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

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.

Identity Finder software upgrade available

This week the Office of Information Technology will automatically install or replace existing versions of Identity Finder software version 6.3 Enterprise Edition to all managed Windows and Macintosh computers on campus.

Identity Finder software searches your computer to identify and locate social security numbers and credit card information that inadvertently may be stored. If your computer is not managed by OIT, go to the OIT download page.

If you experience issues with the installation or scan, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208 or

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.

Extra Credit

Thursday-Friday, May 2-3

CAAS event

Critical Issues in Black Studies: Race in Context The Center for African American Studies' inaugural conference profiles progressive research and program development on the diverse conditions of African Americans. Keynote speakers are Ivory Toldson, left, and Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins. Free, but registration required. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Friday, May 3

Psychology Colloquium Sarah Hill of Texas Christian University speaks on “The Impact of Resource Scarcity on Decision-making: Categorization, Consumption, and Beyond.” Free. Noon, Room 10, University Hall. Psychology.

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

Going Out

Tuesday, April 30

John Beck

Lasting Legacy: Farewell Reception for President James D. Spaniolo A celebration to honor President Spaniolo’s enduring legacy. Faculty, staff only. 4-5:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Faculty Senate, Staff Advisory Council.

Baseball; Tailgate Before the Game Mavericks vs. Baylor. Game tickets half-price with code utaalumniassociation. Bring your own picnic or purchase from local restaurants on site. See tailgate guidelines. 5 p.m.; game, 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, Alumni Association.

Lavender Graduation Inaugural ceremony that celebrates and recognizes UT Arlington's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally community. Seating limited. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Coming up

Kal Penn

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, right, 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.

Commencement Degree candidates are presented in seven ceremonies. See commencement schedule. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12, College Park Center.

The Blazing Race Compete in a fun wellness program. Wednesday, May 15. Staff Advisory Council.

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., Saturday, June 1, College Park Center.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Recent work created by 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. Opening reception 5 p.m. Friday, May 3. Exhibit opens today, Monday, April 29, and continues through Saturday, May 11. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

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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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

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