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

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Poster

Dr. Elizabeth Poster

Nursing dean to step down, return to teaching

Elizabeth C. Poster, dean of the College of Nursing since 1995, has announced that she will step down from her administrative position this spring and return to her faculty position in 2014.

Dr. Poster, who holds a doctorate in educational psychology, is credited with developing one of the most successful academic nursing programs in the nation though a blend of traditional, campus-based and online degree programs.

“We thank Dean Poster for her remarkable leadership over the past two decades and her unwavering commitment to ensure that our nursing graduates continue to be hired by prestigious health care organizations,” UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo says. “Dean Poster and her team have firmly established our University as a leader in online education and nursing education while helping meet increasing demand for highly educated nurses in the workforce.”

Jennifer Gray, associate dean of nursing and chair of M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs, will serve as interim dean. A national search will be conducted to recruit Poster’s successor.

Read more about Dean Poster and the College of Nursing.

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla remembered on campus for 10th anniversary of Columbia disaster

UT Arlington will remember alumna and Columbia astronaut Kalpana Chawla through events planned for Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, the 10th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia disaster that killed her and six fellow astronauts.

A vigil and storytelling at Kalpana Chawla Hall begins at 6 p.m. today. Each person participating will be given a flameless candle, and there will be a moment of silence. Flags of the United States and India will be displayed to honor Chawla as the first Indian-American woman in space.

At 7:59 a.m. Friday—the time and date NASA Mission Control lost contact with Columbia—white biodegradable balloons will be released outside KC Hall.

In Nedderman Hall, Chawla’s flight suits, several photographs, and historical and biographical information about her and the space program are on permanent display. Also included are a flag flown over Johnson Space Center during the memorial for the fallen Columbia astronauts.

Chawla was one of the University’s most celebrated graduates. She earned her Masters of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1984 before becoming an astronaut.

Leisa Martin

Dr. Leisa Martin

Education professor wins national honor

Leisa Martin, assistant professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, has been recognized as the 2012 recipient of the Outstanding Professor of Middle Level Education from the National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education.

Dr. Martin is one of only two faculty members in the United States to receive the recognition. Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions, praised Martin for distinguishing herself in the area of middle level education.

“Dr. Martin’s work exemplifies the creativity and imaginative curriculum and instruction developing across our college,” says Dr. Gerlach, who is also associate vice president for K-16 Initiatives. “Her advocacy and passion leave a lasting mark on the well-trained teachers who will ultimately shape and mold young minds.”

Read more about Martin's recognition.


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday, Feb. 6

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. 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 or log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

Scott Cross

Scott Cross

Cross named a 'Best Coach for the Money'

Men's basketball coach Scott Cross was named to Forbes Magazine's first ever ranking of the "Best College Basketball Coaches for the Money."

Cross is ranked No. 10 on the list of "Mid-Major" coaches. Under his guidance, the Mavericks reeled off a school-record 17-game winning streak last season, captured the 2012 Southland Conference regular season title, made an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament, and finished with a record of 24-7.

UT Arlington plays in the Western Athletic Conference this year after leaving the Southland Conference. Both are part of the Mid-Major Top 25 conferences.

Cross is in his seventh season at the helm as the team stands 10-8 overall this year with a 5-4 record in the WAC. The Mavericks play at Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Feb. 2, before returning to College Park Center for games with Texas State on Thursday, Feb. 7, and UT San Antonio on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Mark Milliron

Dr. Mark Milliron

Award-winning education leader, author on tap for Monday's Mike Moses speakers series

Mark Milliron, chancellor of WGU Texas, will present “Emerging Insights on Learning and the Road Ahead” at the Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series. The College of Education and Health Professions hosts the event at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

Dr. Milliron previously served as the deputy director for postsecondary improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant well known for exploring leadership development, future trends, learning strategies, and the human side of technology change.

Western Governors University Texas is an innovative nonprofit university established by the state to provide affordable, accredited online degree programs in high-demand fields.

The K-16 Leadership Speaker Series is named for Mike Moses, a prominent Texas educator who served as superintendent of the Dallas school district, deputy chancellor for systems operations at the Texas Tech University System, and commissioner of education for the state of Texas.

The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP to

  Mav Pic Randal Rose - JamesSpaniolo - Pathways To College

Pathway to success

Randal Rose, president of JP Morgan Chase Bank in Arlington, presented a check for $20,000 to President James D. Spaniolo for the Pathways to College and Career Readiness program. Pathways includes parent outreach and GO Centers at 19 area high schools where UT Arlington students serve as mentors for at-risk youth and the summer science immersion camps.

Take a Maverick Ride after dark with police escort service

Be safe when heading home after a night-time class or event on campus by using the UT Arlington Police Department escort service.

Maverick Ride is available to faculty, staff, and students from 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays until 3 a.m. and is operated by students working with the campus police.

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

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

Nominations accepted for Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. This is the highest honor an alumna/alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.

The award criteria and nomination form are online. Submission deadline is Monday, April 1. Awards will be presented at the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 19.

For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.

Citizen Police Academy looking for new class members

The UT Arlington Police Department's Citizen Police Academy provides a look behind the scenes of the police department. For faculty, staff, and students, the free academy meets Mondays, Feb. 18-April 22, except during Spring Break.

The Citizen Police Academy website has information and an application form, due by Monday, Feb. 4. For more details, contact Cpt. Nan Rhodes at 2-3901.

Mav Pic Daniel Armstrong - Kris Swenson

Focused on faculty

Kris Swenson aims a video camera at Professor Daniel Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair of Chemistry, during his Focus on Faculty lecture last Wednesday at the Central Library. Swenson, audio/video specialist at the library, tapes various programs. Look for Armstrong's lecture on performance-enhancing drugs soon on the library's YouTube channel.


Friday deadline to register for campus advising conference

Registration and payment deadline is Friday, Feb. 1, for the 16th annual UT Arlington Academic Advising Association conference. Registration information is online.

The conference, set for Monday, Feb. 11, in the E.H. Hereford University Center, has a theme of “Advising Tune-Up: Becoming Mechanics for Student Success.”

Keynote speaker is Jennifer Joslin, director of the Office of Academic Advising at the University of Oregon and a member of the National Academic Advising Association board of directors. She is co-author of Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century.

ACES symposium abstracts due Feb. 6

Faculty should remind students that abstracts are being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES, until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The ACES symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that showcases the best of student research and creativity with cash prizes for winning oral presentations and posters.

Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.

ACES 2013 is Wednesday, March 27, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. For details, email or call 2-2315.

Benefit Yourself

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed at how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece. Register. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, Digital Media Studio, Room B29, Central Library. Digital Media Studio.

Women Go Red

Women Go Red

Wear your red to kick off the American Heart Association's Women Go Red month. Giveaways, snacks, screenings. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Ally Training

Learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Register. Free. 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. University College.

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
  Trey Hillman-Hunter Pence

Pitchmen: Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Trey Hillman, left, and San Francisco Giants outfielder and World Series champ Hunter Pence recalled their Maverick days at the First Pitch Banquet at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington last Saturday. Preston Beck received the Hitter of the Year Award, and Lance Day was named Pitcher of the Year. Read more about Pence and the First Pitch Banquet.

Movin' Mavs win all four in Missouri

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team posted wins over Southwest Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Missouri Tournament last weekend.

Now 11-1 in collegiate play and 19-5 overall, the Movin’ Mavs host a community division tournament Friday-Sunday, Feb. 8-10.

Mav men continue road dominance

The men's basketball team extended its road winning streak to four in the Western Athletic Conference with victories at Utah State and San Jose State last week.

The Mavericks are now 5-4 in the WAC and 10-8 overall. They travel to Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Three firsts captured in indoor track

Romain Martin won the men’s heptathlon while Shannon Reynolds and Shae Johnson took first place in the 60-meter dash and the triple jump, respectively, at the Bill Bergan Invitational indoor track meet last weekend in Ames, Iowa.

The men's and women's teams will compete in the Varsity Apartments Invitational in Wichita, Kan., on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2.

Women host La. Tech on Saturday

The women's basketball team tries to get back on the winning track when it hosts Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at College Park Center.

The Mavericks are 1-8 in the Western Athletic Conference following losses at home to Utah State and San Jose State last week.

Tennis teams beginning spring season

Old Dominion provides the opposition as the women’s tennis team opens its season at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the UTA Tennis Center.

The men’s team dropped a 7-0 decision at TCU in its opener last Friday. The men return to action with matches against Centenary and Cameron on Friday, Feb. 8, at the UTA Tennis Center.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Friday, Feb. 1

Sarah Frisof

Faculty Flute Recital Sarah Frisof, right, assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana Tech in a Western Athletic Conference game. Tickets $6. 6 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Sunday, Feb. 3

Meet the New Dean Get to know Rachel Croson, new dean of the College of Business. 3 p.m., Room 251, Business Building.

Monday, Feb. 4

Duo Trombone Concert Dennis Bubert, visiting assistant professor of music, and guest artist Dave Begnoche of Texas Christian University perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series Mark Milliron, chancellor of WGU Texas, speaks at the Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series. Free. RSVP to 5:30 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. College of Education and Health Professions.

Coming up

Black History Month Lectures, film screenings, and entertainment are scheduled during February. Living our Legacy, the kickoff celebration, noon, Monday, Feb. 4, University Center Gallery. Black History Month, Multicultural Affairs.

Maverick Speakers Series Mark Kelly, retired astronaut and naval aviator, discusses "Endeavoring to Build a Better America." Free, but tickets required. Premium seating $25. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.


Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps and how they reflect and shape the history of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Saturday, Feb. 9. Special Collections.

Flight Deck Showcases public art at Love Field and DFW International Airport. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Fine Arts Building. Through Saturday, Feb. 16. The Gallery at UTA.

Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit

Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. $8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., downtown Arlington. Through Sunday, Feb. 17. Architecture.

Planetarium Be transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer in Spacepark 360. 2:30 p.m., Sundays. Planetarium.

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



Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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