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

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ping Lui

Physical fellow: Physics Professor J. Ping Liu is the third faculty member of the College of Science to be named an American Physical Society fellow.

Physics professor named fellow by American Physical Society

J. Ping Liu, a professor of physics who is developing stronger magnets for sustainable energy applications, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society.  

Dr. Liu joined the College of Science in 2002 and researches the development of advanced nanocomposite magnets that have high performance while containing fewer expensive rare-earth materials. 

A citation accompanying the honor noted his “pioneering work in research on advanced permanent-magnet materials, including innovative work on bottom-up approaches to fabrication of nanocomposite magnets with reduced rare-earth content via novel techniques."

Liu is the third APS fellow in the College of Science. The others are Andrew White, professor of physics, and Roy West, a retired professor and former Physics Department chair.

Read more about Liu's honor.

Jose Angel Gutierrez

Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez

Professor chronicles Chicanos, Texas higher ed

The civil rights crusade and the activism of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education of the 1960s are chronicled in the new book, Images of America: The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, by José Angel Gutiérrez, professor of political science.

“This project was a labor of love,” says Dr. Gutiérrez, who co-authored the photo-laden political book with his wife, Natalia Verjat Gutiérrez, a professor of languages at Tarrant County College.

The 128-page book contains nearly 200 photographs, maps, and images from the archives at UT Austin. They range from a poster promoting a documentary about the banning of the Mexican American Studies program at an Arizona college to photos of high-ranking Mexican Americans in higher education such as Raymund Paredes, Texas Higher Education commissioner, and Francisco Cigarroa, UT System chancellor.

The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education was founded in 1975 by a group of junior faculty at UT Austin determined to improve opportunity in higher education for Americans of Mexican origin.

Read more about Gutiérrez's book.

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Commencement ceremonies begin Friday at College Park Center

Fall Commencement ceremonies are Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15, at College Park Center. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to

Graduating students whose final exams have been rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 16, due to inclement weather may still participate in Commencement ceremonies.

Friday, Dec. 13—College of Nursing, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14—College of Business, 10 a.m.; College of Engineering, 2:30 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15—School of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Social Work, and University College, 11:30 a.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 3:30 p.m.; College of Science and School of Architecture, 7 p.m.

Bookstore hosts finals hours, buy-back events

The UTA Bookstore announced its end-of-semester hours and three remote buy-back events.

The bookstore is open 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 12; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

Buy-back events through Friday are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. by the footbridge at Lot 49, and 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the lobby of the Maverick Activities Center.

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What an honor

Graduating students of the Honors College were recognized at a dinner last week. From left are Tony Nguyen, biochemistry; Ayomide Longe, electrical engineering, Sara Wadud, biology; Maureen Edobor, political science; Ilse Gonzalez Castillo, nursing; Norma Ghanem, mathematics; and Stephanie Quirino, nursing.


Final exam, grade deadlines extended

Exams that were scheduled for Monday, Dec. 9, have been rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 16, at the same times and locations.  

The reporting of grades for classes with exams Monday, Dec. 16, will be due by 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20. This revised due date is only for classes with final exams scheduled on Monday. Grades for all other classes remain due Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Residence halls, libraries, the University Center, and some dining facilities will remain open through Tuesday, Dec. 17, to serve and accommodate students with exams on Monday. 

As a result of some exams being rescheduled for Monday, the first day of the winter intersession will be delayed by one day and will now begin Tuesday, Dec. 17, to ensure classroom availability. Instructors will work with their individual classes to identify ways to make up for the lost day of class for the intersession.

Renew your locker at MAC

Renew your locker at the Maverick Activities Center by Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, to save the space for the spring semester. If you choose not to renew, please clean out the locker by that date.

For details, email Blair Schuyler or call 2-0207. Visit the Campus Recreation website for MAC programs and services. 

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It's official

Jamie Rogers shows off her class ring after the Official Maverick Ring Ceremony last Tuesday. The teacher at Ousley Middle School in Arlington is scheduled to graduate this weekend with a master's degree in education.

Dining sites wind down for winter

The University Club will be closed for winter break after Friday, Dec. 13.

Connection Café will open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Other hours are:

Friday, Dec. 13

The Plaza, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Chick-fil-a and Pizza Hut, close at 3 p.m.

Starbucks, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Einstein Bros. Bagels, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Central Library Café, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

P.O.D. Market, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

P.O.D. Express Market in ERB, closed

The Market at the MAC, closed

Saturday, Dec. 14

Starbucks, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

P.O.D. Market, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday-Friday, Dec. 16-20

P.O.D. Market, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Use Maverick discounts to save money

Watch your budget this holiday season by taking advantage of the Maverick Discount Program.

Faculty, staff, and students can utilize the discounts by simply showing their Maverick ID to local business participants or by using a unique UT Arlington discount code to shop online. Participating businesses provide a minimum 10 percent discount.


Beware of holiday cyber criminals

The Information Security Office (ISO) encourages you to be aware of seasonal scams, phishing, and malicious software distribution campaigns.

Cyber criminals send personal messages that appear to be legitimate websites that look real with logos, email, or web templates.

These phishing and malware campaigns include fake shipping/courier notifications; electronic greeting cards or links to holiday screensavers; requests for charitable contributions that appear to be from the real organization; and credit card or gift card applications or enticing discounts that lead to unfamiliar websites.

Look for signs that an email or website is not legitimate:

• Sender’s address or website address does not match the organization listed in the content of the message.

• Grammar in the message or website is poor.

• Format of the email or website is poor or inconsistent with what you’ve seen from the organization.

• Hovering your mouse over the links reveals web addresses inconsistent with the content of the message.

Never click on links in emails that you’re not expecting, open attachments in emails that you’re not expecting, nor provide personal information in an email or on a website unless you are confident of the source.

If you do receive suspicious email messages, contact the Information Security Office at

Read about more online security tips on the ISO blog.

IRA charitable rollover to end Dec. 31

The IRA charitable rollover option allowed by Congress ends Tuesday, Dec. 31, unless it is extended.

The provision allows for individuals at least 70.5 in age to have the custodian of their IRA send a distribution of up to $100,000 directly to charity, such as a university. A qualified distribution is not taxable, and there is no charitable deduction. Such distributions can be distributed outright or to an endowment and can qualify toward an annual required minimum distribution.

For more information, contact Jeff Steed at 2-9682.

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Manage holiday stress

The holidays are usually filled with lots of great activities. They also can be stressful with everything that needs to be done. Learn how to keep stress in check during the holiday season.

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, Dec. 12

Motivating Your Employees Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Coming up

Statistical Training: SPSS/SAS SPSS training, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014; SAS training, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014; 10 a.m.-noon, Room 04, University Hall. Statistical Services, Information Technology.

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

Going Out

Coming up

Maverick Wranglers

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; vs. Arkansas State, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014; vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014; and vs. Louisiana-Monroe, noon Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014Tickets $5. All at College Park Center. Athletics.

Women's Basketball Mavericks  vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; vs. Arkansas State, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014; vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014Tickets $5. All at College Park Center. Athletics.


BFA Exhibition Work by 40 students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program features painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Through Saturday, Dec. 14The Gallery at UTA.

Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.

The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.

Back to the Moon for Good

Planetarium The holiday schedule runs through Sunday, Dec. 22, with Season of LightHoliday Music Magic; Back to the Moon for Good; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; and Spacepark 360Planetarium.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

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



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