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

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards 2013

Classroom innovators: Recipients of the 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are, from left, top, Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, Rebecca Deen, Susanna Khavul; middle, Frank Lewis, Beth Mancini, Dan Popa; bottom, Peggy Semingson, Seiichiro Tanizaki, and Yvette Weatherton.

Nine honored with 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

Nine UT Arlington faculty members are among 63 educators recognized by The University of Texas System Board of Regents for excellence in the classroom.

The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards recognize faculty members at UT System academic institutions who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level. With a monetary award of $25,000, the Regents' awards are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance. The professors were recognized Wednesday, Aug. 21, during a ceremony in Austin.

“A great university has great teachers, and we are proud to have some of the very best,” UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari says. “Our faculty members serve one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies, and they are committed to ensuring student success not just for those who enter UT Arlington at the top of their high school class, but rather for all who are committed to a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.”

The UT Arlington honorees are:

  • Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, adjunct assistant professor of sociology and anthropology
  • Rebecca Deen, chair and associate professor of political science
  • Susanna Khavul, associate professor of management
  • Frank Lewis, professor of electrical engineering and the Moncrief-O’Donnell Endowed Chair, UT Arlington Research Institute
  • Beth Mancini, professor of nursing and associate dean for undergraduate studies for the College of Nursing
  • Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering
  • Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction
  • Seiichiro Tanizaki, lecturer, chemistry and biochemistry
  • Yvette Weatherton, senior lecturer, civil engineering

Since the awards program began five years ago, UT Arlington has totaled 41 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards recipients. See a complete list of 2013 and past winners.

Read more about the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards.

President Karbhari-Kathryn Wilemon

Talking transportation: President Vistasp Karbhari and Kathryn Wilemon, Arlington City Council member, discuss The MAX at the new bus service's ribbon cutting Monday morning at the College Park District. The Metro Arlington Xpress offers free rides in August.

The MAX hits the road; free rides in August

The Metro Arlington Xpress—The MAX—rolled out public transportation between the College Park District and the Trinity Railway Express on Monday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the new convenience for commuters, who can ride the TRE to the CentrePort Station on Trinity Boulevard, then catch The MAX bus to UT Arlington. The new MAX bus stop is on the southwest corner of Center Street and UTA Boulevard in the College Park District.

Ride for free this month with a Trinity Railway Express (TRE) ID card. Passes are good through Friday, Aug. 30, on The MAX, TRE, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA). Free passes, one per person, are available 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 5-8 p.m. Sundays at the Information Desk in the E.H. Hereford University Center and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. in the One Start Information Center on the second floor of City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.

After August, faculty and staff can ride The MAX and all connecting trains and buses for $5. Weekly and monthly passes are available, plus a discounted fare for seniors and those with disabilities.

TRE-issued photo IDs are available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the University Center. Or obtain one at The T’s information kiosk at the Intermodal Transportation Center at 1001 Jones St., near the Fort Worth Center, or at The T’s administration office, 1600 E. Lancaster Ave.

Stay connected with free Wi-Fi during your ride.

The MAX runs 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays between the College Park District and the CentrePort Station. See more details at and the RideTheMax Facebook page.

Dr. Frank Harrison

Dr. Frank Harrison

In Memoriam: Former President Frank Harrison

Frank Harrison, who served as UT Arlington president from 1968-1972, died Aug. 9 in Dallas. He was 99.

Dr. Harrison joined the University in 1965 to establish graduate programs while teaching at what is now UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. After establishing six graduate departments, he became acting president in 1968 and president in 1969. He left in 1972 to become the first president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He retired in 1985.

During Harrison's tenure, UT Arlington added its first Ph.D. program and conferred its first doctoral degrees. The University added several new buildings, including Davis, University, Carlisle, Hammond, and Trimble halls. Also, the Life Science Building opened, and work on the Fine Arts Building began.

Memorials may be made to UT Southwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, Texas 75391.

Volunteers important to Job Fair success

The Career Center needs your help to make the Fall Job Fair a success. The fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Choose a one-hour shift or more than one shift 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean up, carrying employer cases, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables. Register to volunteer by Friday, Sept. 13.

For questions, call 2-2932 or email

  Mav Pic MavsMeet 2013-Krystal Beamon

Words of wisdom

Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, shared advice on success to an audience of nearly 3,000 at the MavsMeet Convocation on Tuesday at College Park Center. The annual event was followed by music, games, food, and fun on The Green at College Park. See more photos.

Mediation training offered

Become part of part of the University’s volunteer mediator pool with a free mediation training program offered by the Division of Student Affairs.

This 40-hour training is an alternative dispute-resolution course sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. Participants will engage in 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of role play over a 10-week period and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. Participants may receive continuing education credit for completing this course.

Training is free to UT Arlington faculty and staff members who commit to conducting five student mediations over the next 24 months.

The course is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Sep. 13-Nov. 15. Register by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Learn more about mediation training.

MAC, Campus Rec programs offered free for two weeks

See what Campus Recreation has to offer during the two-week MAC Extravaganza, which runs today, Thursday, Aug. 22-Thursday, Sept. 5.

Faculty and staff can try out programs and services offered by Campus Recreation and the Maverick Activities Center for free. Enjoy access to group exercise classes, MAC tours, massages, sport club fairs, and more.

Summer locker rentals have been extended until Tuesday, Sept. 3. Lockers must be renewed or cleared out by Friday, Sept. 6. New lockers will be available Monday, Sept. 9.

For more information on the programs and services offered through Campus Recreation, visit or email us at


Update your contact information for MavAlert system

The next system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students 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.

During the Wednesday test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “Attention: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. Update your emergency contact information at”

The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

  Mav Pic AfterParty 2013

Party like a Maverick

Blue and orange filled the lawn on The Green at College Park for the AfterParty following the MavsMeet Convocation on Tuesday. Faculty and staff joined students for music, games, food, and fun. Students painted the Maverick horse, and Blaze mingled among the crowd of nearly 3,000. See more photos.

SmartMeters use debit, credit cards

Parking at a meter is as easy as a card swipe during a pilot program that started this week.

UT Arlington police are working on a smart meter test on campus. The meters have a card reader that allows users to add time in 15-minute increments. Coins are still a payment option.

Look for the SmartMeters along West Street by Pickard Hall, on Oak Street by the Business Building, and on College Street east of the Engineering Research Building.

Sunrise pep rally planned for Aug. 30 during WBAP live broadcast

Join the MavBrass Band, spirit squads, Wranglers, and Blaze for a loud and proud, on-air, sunrise pep rally when WBAP News/Talk 96.7 FM and 820 AM broadcasts its morning show live Friday, Aug. 30, from the College Park District.

The pep rally starts at 7 a.m. on Moritz Plaza in front of College Park Center. WBAP will broadcast 5-9 a.m., and UTA Radio is planning a concurrent live broadcast.

The pep rally is sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, College Town UTA, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Mav Pic Move-in Event

Movin' on up

Student volunteers carried the load for new Mavericks at residence halls during the annual Move-In Event on Monday morning. See more photos.


UTA Bookstore open late

The UTA Bookstore will stay open late to accommodate early semester shoppers.

Closing times for the fall semester rush are 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 22; 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23; 9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 26-27; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Weekend hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. The Bookstore opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays.

Regular hours, which return Thursday, Aug. 29, are 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

New law concerns false alarms, reports

Effective Sunday, Sept. 1, Section 42.06(b) of the Texas Penal Code mandates that the penalty for the offense of making a false alarm or report involving a public or private institution of higher education is a state jail felony.

Improvements, upgrades planned for IT Help Self-Service site

The IT Help Self-Service portal for reporting email, software, or desktop issues and placing service requests is being updated by the Office of Information Technology. Users will be required to select incident or request when submitting on the site. The services, categories, and subcategories will more accurately represent IT services.

Learn more about requesting IT assistance.

UTA Facebook

Social media outlets keep you connected

Departments and individuals across UT Arlington continue to use social networking platforms—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr—as a way to connect with specific interest groups of faculty, staff, students, alumni, sports fans, neighbors, prospective students, and friends.

UT Arlington has three main channels on Facebook and Twitter that provide the University's top news, events, and conversations: the official UT Arlington fan page, College Town UTA, and UTArlington Magazine.

The UT Arlington Official Facebook fan page and its Twitter counterpart provide subscribers with news, achievements, and information relevant to the University's ascent to national research university status.

To see a list of some University-hosted social media pages and groups—including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr—and to learn more about how your department, program, or campus organization can utilize social networking platforms, see UT Arlington’s social media index and social media guidelines.

Benefit Yourself

Take health assessment to receive gift card

It only takes a few minutes to complete a health assessment to earn your $25 gift card. The deadline is Saturday, Aug. 31, to complete your health assessment and have an annual preventive exam. Learn more.

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

Friday, Aug. 30

Statistical Software: IBM SPSS An introduction to the software and related resources, as well as hands-on exercises in descriptive statistics, anova, and regression. Free. Introduction to IBM SPSS, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. OIT Statistical Services,

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Science Speaker Series Luis F. Parada, professor of biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, discusses "New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Research." Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses, College of Science.

Friday, Sept. 6

Statistical Software: Introduction to SAS Learn about Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and analyzing repeated measures using profile, discriminant, and factor analysis, and logistic regression. Free. 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. OIT Statistical Services,

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

Sports Notes
Letter jackets

Wearing their Maverick pride: Golfers Riley Fleming, left, sophomore, and Brad Mason, senior, were among the 156 student-athletes to receive jackets during the inaugural UTA Letterwinner Association's presentation Tuesday.


New Letterwinner Association awards jackets to 156 student-athletes

UT Arlington celebrated the achievements of current and former athletes Tuesday by awarding 156 student-athletes their letter jackets at the inaugural UTA Letterwinner Association presentation at College Park Center.

Student-athletes that met the criteria based on competing in a certain percentage in their respective team's events and finished the year in good academic standing were eligible to receive their letter jacket.

"It's building a tradition and culture to build the pride with our kids," Director of Athletics Jim Baker says. "I want them to look back with great memories and be proud, wherever they end up, that they graduated from UT Arlington."

Heading UTA's Letterwinner Association, former women's basketball assistant coach Kris Wood says the four-year plan allows student-athletes to receive a UT Arlington blanket in the second year, a watch the third year, and a letterwinner ring after graduation. Other traditions planned include a reception for letterwinners at Homecoming and each sport hosting a reunion around games or matches.

Lynn Creek Park to serve as new home for cross country

The men's and women's cross country teams have a new home this fall at Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake. The site will be used for all UT Arlington cross country meets.

The inaugural event and season opener is the Gerald Richey Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie. The annual meet features collegiate and high school races for both men and women.

UT Arlington will host the UIL Region II cross country meet Saturday, Nov. 2.

Sports shorts

See the men's basketball schedule and women's basketball schedule. Both teams open Friday, Nov. 8, with the men playing at Boise State and the women at Houston Baptist.

Play in the 14th annual UT Arlington Chip-N-Classic Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 16, at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. Register at For title and hole sponsorships, contact Craig Shaver at or 2-9608 or head golf coach Jay Rees at or 2-5038.

Premium seat tickets for men's and women's basketball games are now on sale. To upgrade or change seats, contact Brian Lukas at 2-6319 or

For volleyball season tickets go online, call 2-9595, or visit the College Park Center Box Office.

Intramural registration opens for basketball, softball teams

Intramural entries open Thursday, Aug. 22, for outdoor basketball, 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, and softball. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

Group exercise, fitness class schedules online

Plan your week for fitness with group exercise classes this fall at the Maverick Activities Center.

Instructional classes such as Maverick boot camp, weight and strength training, and CPR/AED are set for fall. Weight and Strength Training, a six-week basic strength training class for men and women, costs $50. Classes are 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting Monday, Aug. 26.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Six Flags Over Texas tickets available for $27.50

UTA Day at Six Flags

Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Six Flags Over Texas.

Discount tickets are $27.50 for faulty and staff. The price includes one ticket for all-day admission to Six Flags Over Texas and parking, plus one Splash Back ticket to Hurricane Harbor valid for one weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 15. A $10 meal voucher is available for purchase.

Limit 10 tickets per person. Order tickets at or the College Park Center Box Office, which is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are available through UT Arlington and not at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick Pride.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Movin' Mavs Back-to-School Game The Movin' Mavs have split the roster into blue vs. white with alumni coaching the game. Free. 3:30-6 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.

Welcome Back Movie: Star Trek: Into Darkness Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends. Free popcorn. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Super Service Saturday A day of community service. Choose your event. 8 a.m.-noon, meet at Bluebonnet Ballroom foyer, E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA Volunteers.

The Art of Yoga Bring your own mat to this monthly class for all levels. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Maverick Cookout featuring the Activities Fair Day More than 150 student organizations and campus departments share information. $3 hamburger lunch with vegetarian option available. Register to volunteer as a grill master, soda server, and ticket taker. Free. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Center mall. Welcome Week.

Coming up

Communities Against Crime 5K Join the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. The $20 registration fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments. Register online. See the event on Facebook.

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



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