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

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Victoria Farrar-Myers

Scholarly honor: Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers, professor of political science, will spend spring 2014 in Australia as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science.

Farrar-Myers named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Australia

Political science Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers has been named the 2013-2014 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She will be in residence during spring 2014.

Dr. Farrar-Myers, an expert on the American presidency, will conduct research on executive foreign policy-making with a particular emphasis on the Pacific Rim, take part in graduate and undergraduate seminars, and deliver public lectures on a speaking tour throughout Australia.

“I am honored and humbled to have such a tremendous opportunity to help increase mutual understanding,” says Farrar-Myers, a Distinguished Teaching Professor. “We can learn much from each other about how past commitments, institutional structures, and current political contexts affect foreign policies and relationships between countries.”

Read more about Farrar-Myers' honor.

Jiyoon Yoon

Cyber study: Research by Jiyoon Yoon, associate professor of education, indicates social media and electronic communications are outlets for cyberbullying targeting college students.

Cyberbullying on college campuses brings new ethical and legal issues, researcher reports

Cyberbullying in the college environment can pose serious consequences for students’ living and learning environments, including physical endangerment, according to newly published research by a UT Arlington associate education professor.

Jiyoon Yoon, director of the Early Childhood–Grade 6 Program for the College of Education and Health Professions, co-authored the paper "Cyberbullying Presence, Extent, and Forms in a Midwestern Post-secondary Institution," which appears in the June 2013 issue of Information Systems Education Journal.

The researchers found that most respondents considered cyberbullying to be more prevalent at the secondary school level. However, respondents said harassment via social media, text message, or other electronic communications can be pernicious in the college environment and merited official response from administrators.

“There are very few academic studies examining cyberbullying at the college level even though it can seriously impact every aspect of a student’s life,” says Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. “We eagerly await her findings as she further investigates this issue in education.”

Read more about Dr. Yoon's cyberbullying research.


Annual Enrollment starts Monday, Benefits Fair set for Wednesday

Annual Enrollment for the 2013-14 benefit plan year runs Monday, July 15-Wednesday, July 31. During Annual Enrollment, you may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections, and add or remove dependents from coverage.

Faculty and staff can gather more information at the Benefits Fair 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, in Room 133 and the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Both insurance and retirement plan providers will be available to answer questions as well as conduct presentations throughout the day. Representatives from the Office of Employee Benefits with the UT System also will be at the fair.

For more information regarding Annual Enrollment and UT Arlington benefits for the 2013-14 plan year, see Employee Benefits Services, call 2-5558, or email

Dr. Jennifer Gray

Dr. Jennifer Gray

Nursing interim dean named a national fellow

The American Academy of Nursing has named Jennifer Gray, interim dean of the College of Nursing, as one of 172 nursing leaders from across the United States to be inducted into its 2013 Class of Fellows.

The award honors nurses whose careers have “influenced health policies and the heath and well-being of all,” according to the academy, which has more than 2,000 members.

“Dr. Gray has distinguished herself through her work as an educator, a researcher, and by her passion for improving health for people around the world through nursing initiatives,” says President Vistasp Karbhari. “We are pleased to see her receive this well-deserved recognition by such a prestigious national organization.”

Gray holds the George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professorship in Nursing and was named interim dean of the nearly 8,000-student College of Nursing this spring.

Read more about Gray's honor.

Register for post-traumatic stress disorder symposium by Friday

Veterans and military service members share their experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder with researchers at A Symposium on Post-Traumatic Stress: From Prevention to Treatment 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the UT Arlington Research Institute.

Register for the free program by Friday, July 12, by calling 2-5900 or emailing

Keynote speaker and filmmaker Jake Rademacher will examine Brothers at War, a documentary that chronicles his brothers' experiences in the Iraq war.

UT Arlington speakers are Fenghua Tian, a research associate in bioengineering, who will address neuroimaging and the PTSD diagnosis, and Robert Gatchel, professor of psychology, who will discuss exposure therapies.

Other speakers include:

  • Lorree Sutton, a retired brigadier general and founder of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Carol North, the Nancy and Ray L. Hunt Chair in Crisis Psychiatry and professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and director of trauma and disaster at the VA North Texas Health Care System
  • Alina Surris, chief of psychology at the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas and an associate professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern
Mav Pic UTARI Open House

3-D visionaries

Corwin Lester, computer engineering senior, shows a fused deposition modeling made with a 3-D printer to Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer at the UT Arlington Research Institute's one-year anniversary open house June 28.


Prepare for planned electrical outages this weekend and next

A two-hour electrical outage is set for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, for Davis Hall, Central Library, Life Science Building, P.E. Building, Preston Hall, Science Hall, the Smart Hospital, Texas Hall, Trinity House (only for 30 minutes), and University Hall.

To complete repairs, a 10-hour electrical outage is planned 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20-4 a.m. Sunday, July 21, for Davis Hall and University Hall. Police Dispatch in Davis Hall operates on the building’s emergency generator and should not be affected by this outage.

Please turn off computers, printers, and copiers prior to the outages to prevent the loss of information or damage to the equipment.

Direct questions or concerns to Jeff Johnson, director of facilities management, at 2-3232 or 2-3571.

Central Library hours change

The Central Library has changed its hours for summer through Saturday, Aug. 17. Summer hours are:

  • Sundays: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Mondays-Thursdays: 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Fridays: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

The library's 24-hour schedule will resume Sunday, Aug. 18.

See other campus libraries' hours.

  Mav Pic interviews President

Presidential quiz

Senior broadcast major Omar Castillon of interviews President Vistasp Karbhari about his vision for UT Arlington, rowing, and music. Listen to the interview.

Texas Autocross on fast track in Lot 49 next weekend

Race cars will fill Lot 49 along Cooper Street between Mitchell Street and Doug Russell Road next weekend for the Texas Autocross Weekend. The lot will be closed to campus parking Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21.

Look for UT Arlington's hybrid Formula SAE race car. Bring lawn chairs, food, and beverages to the free event.

South bridge elevator out this weekend

The south bridge over Cooper Street will be without elevator services Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14. Interior upgrades will be made.

The north bridge elevators remain out of service while being modernized.

Elections start Monday for SAC representatives

Elections for the Staff Advisory Council representatives for districts 1-7 are set for Monday, July 15-Friday, July 26. Only SAC members may vote. Winners start their two-year terms Sept. 1. Visit the SAC website or email for more details.

Mav Pic Fourth of July Parade 2013

Riding in style

President Vistasp Karbhari and his wife, Lisa, led Arlington's annual Fourth of July Parade as grand marshals along with Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and Tarrant County College Southeast President Bill Coppola. See the parade slideshow.


Wireless signal study starts July 22

Tests for a detailed wireless network signal strength study will help the Office of Information Technology estimate what is needed to optimize coverage across campus. The study is set for Monday-Friday, July 22-26.

Three teams of wireless network consultants, escorted by OIT staff members, will take a measurement every few feet in offices, mechanical, classroom, and common spaces in the Business Building, Central Library, Engineering Research Building, Fine Arts Building, Geosciences Building, E.H. Hereford University Center, Life Science Building, Nedderman Hall, Pickard Hall, Texas Hall, Trimble Hall, and University Hall.

Each measurement is done quickly, and no network services are affected by the study. With the measurement results, OIT can estimate what is needed to optimize the wireless network coverage across campus.

Police escort service available any time

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

Benefit Yourself

Improvements set 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. Additionally, the services, categories, and subcategories will more accurately represent IT services. Learn more about requesting IT assistance.

Living Well

Availability of Summary Health Information

The health benefits available to you represent a significant component of your compensation package. They also provide important protection for you and your family in case of illness or injury. Read about how to obtain a free copy of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage for your UT SELECT Medical plan.

Zumba: Dance the Weight Off

Burn calories with Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves. No dance experience necessary. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $62.50. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, July 16-Sept. 17, Swift Center. Continuing Education.

Meet deadlines for fiscal year-ending forms

Meeting the deadlines for submitting the Request to Purchase form to the Office of Procurement for purchases exceeding $5,000 will improve the overall processing for the end of the fiscal year. The deadlines for all departments are:

  • Friday, July 26—Fiscal year 2012-13 funding for all departments

All Request to Purchase forms received in the Office of Procurement after the close of business July 26 will be processed and encumbered against fiscal year 2013-14 funds.

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

Tuesday, July 30

Safe Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQA Program.

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

Sports Notes
Riley Fleming

Sweet swings: Riley Fleming showed his Maverick pride while playing in the Alberta Open on June 27. The sophomore is the first amateur to win the tournament in eight years. (Photo courtesy of Calgary Herald.)


Riley Fleming wins Alberta Open

Nothing like winning a professional tournament to make your summer vacation worthwhile. UT Arlington sophomore Riley Fleming did just that, claiming the 2013 Alberta Open on June 27.

Fleming, 19, won the rain-shortened two-day event, shooting 70-68 to go 6-under par at the RedTail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton. Fleming, a native of Airdrie, Alberta, is the first amateur to win the Alberta Open in eight years.

Decked out in UT Arlington gear, Fleming birdied the last three holes and four of the last five on his way to a three-shot victory over Darryl James.

Fleming had a successful freshman season with the Mavericks, placing third on the team in scoring average (74.42) and with five top-20 finishes. His best finish was fifth in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.

Fifty-seven Maverick student-athletes earn WAC All-Academic honors

UT Arlington had 57 student-athletes named to the Western Athletic Conference's All-Academic honor roll. The Maverick honorees represented baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and outdoor track and field teams.

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.

See the list of WAC All-Academic honorees.

Intramural entry deadlines approaching

Entries for the poker tournament are available starting Wednesday, July 10, and are due Thursday, July 25. Battleship team entries are available starting Wednesday, July 24, with a Tuesday, Aug. 6, deadline.

Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

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Going Out

Thursday, July 11

Summer Movies Series: 'GI Joe: Retaliation' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: The Croods, July 18; Big Wedding, July 25; Iron Man 3, Aug. 1; and Scary Movie V, Aug. 8. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21

Texas Autocross Weekend Indulge your need for speed by watching 12 Formula SAE teams with 30 cars compete in race and open course style. Look for UT Arlington's hybrid race car. Bring lawn chairs, food, and beverages. Free. Lot 49, Cooper Street between Mitchell Street and Doug Russell Road. Engineering.

Tuesday, July 23

Movie Matinee Getaway: 'Sin Nombre' Sin Nombre (Honduras, rated R) is the third of four foreign films this summer that include free admission, popcorn, and water. The last film is In the Mood for Love (China, rated PG), Wednesday, Aug. 7. 5:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library.

Coming up

UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas Enjoy the rides and thrills Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets $27.50 for faculty and staff; $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. Limit 10 tickets per person. Includes admission and parking, plus one ticket to Hurricane Harbor for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Tickets at or the College Park Center Box Office. Box office hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.



Arlington Museum of Art Discount admission for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Parent and Family Association members. Summer exhibitions include Smithsonian exhibition William H. Johnson: An American Modern and The Harlem Renaissance: A Celebration of Art and Culture. Museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. $5 with UTA ID; regularly $8. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. Through Sunday, July 14.

897 Square Juried art exhibit featuring 15 artists who live or work in Tarrant County. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Free. Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Wednesday, July 31. Gallery 76102.

Planetarium The summer schedule includes a lineup of family-friendly shows. Planetarium.

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



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