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

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spaniolo scholarship

New scholarship honoring President Spaniolo will assist first-generation students

A new endowed scholarship honoring President James D. Spaniolo, who will retire this summer, guarantees that his influence on the UT Arlington campus will continue for decades to come. The scholarship was announced at last week's 1895 Society dinner, which paid tribute to Spaniolo.

The James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship Endowment will provide support for students who are the first in their families to attend college. First-generation students comprise more than half of UT Arlington’s student population.

Under Spaniolo's leadership, student enrollment has increased dramatically as has the quality of incoming students. Philanthropic commitments and funded research have soared to new heights. New buildings have risen as have the expectations from students and faculty members to reach even greater success. As president, Spaniolo has set the University on the path to being a Tier One research university.

Commitments to the fund are near $200,000. These gifts will be matched through the University’s Maverick Match program to create an endowed fund of nearly $400,000.

If you would like to make a donation, go to the James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship Endowment website.

For questions, contact Mark LaVelle at 2-5235 or

Benefits Fair brings businesses, information to you Wednesday

Connect with local businesses and campus organizations that provide services to the UT Arlington community at the Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Learn about discounts, win door prizes, find giveaways, and enjoy free bowling and billiards. The first 500 attendees receive a free lunch.

Carter BloodCare will be on site for blood donations. Schedule a donation appointment.

To help with the event, which is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, contact Afra Sumeir-Zmolek at

PeopleSoft Open Forums begin this Thursday

This fall, PeopleSoft will become the new University-wide Human Resources and Financial Management system, replacing DEFINE, HRMS, PointPlus, and UTDirect.

In anticipation of the upcoming conversion to PeopleSoft, a number of pre-training online resources and live open forum sessions have been developed to allow users to become more familiar with the new features, functionality, and terminology. Following these introductory sessions, more in-depth and formal group training will be scheduled and conducted across campus. Training is anticipated to begin in June.

A good place for current users to begin learning about the new system is with the online training module that provides an overview and introduction to the basics of the PeopleSoft environment.

Additionally, a new series of open forum sessions have been developed to provide users with an opportunity to hear directly from PeopleSoft team experts in an live group setting. During the next three months, these experts will present a variety of key topics related to the new system. Each forum will include a question and answer session. There are eight different sessions, and users may attend all or only the ones of particular interest. Open forum sessions will be available online on the PeopleSoft website following each event.

The first open forum session is 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center. In this session, users will be introduced to the new Chart of Accounts design structure in PeopleSoft.

A complete list of all upcoming open forum sessions topics, times, and locations is available online.

Davis Hall south entrance closed until March 22

Davis Hall's south entrance is being revamped with a new accessible ramp through Friday, March 22.

The entrance is by the parking lot, so employees and visitors have two options for entering the building. The north entrance at the front of Texas Hall leads to the first floor. On the northwest side, the entrance accesses the ground level and is beside the loading dock.

Volunteer for teen job shadowing

The Boys & Girls Club of Arlington seeks faculty and staff members who will allow a teenager to shadow them for part of a day. The job-shadow project can expose the teens to the college experience.

If interested, contact Mike Taddesse at for more information.

Mav Pic MavFest 2013

Hammer time

Joshua Rivera, information systems junior, slams the hammer on the target to ring a bell at MavFest last Wednesday. The event was part of Diversity Week.


Java, Chrome issues reported

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Oracle Java and Google Chrome. Evernote also has experienced a security incident requiring password resets on its website.

To learn about these issues and what to do to resolve them, visit the Information Security Office Advisory website.

Community Partner Breakfast connects faculty, staff with nonprofits

Faculty and staff can connect with nonprofit directors interested in collaborative projects at the spring Community Partner Breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Many faculty members have begun incorporating community service and service learning as a result of these breakfast events.

Keynote speaker is Dana Dunn, associate professor of sociology and a member of the Community Service Learning Advisory Board. Dr. Dunn teaches courses and conducts research on gender issues and social inequality.

The Center for Community Service Learning hosts the breakfast.

Register online by Tuesday, March 19. For questions, call 2-2124 or email

Apply for Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in Curriculum

The University Sustainability Committee is accepting applications for Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in the Curriculum for the 2013-14 academic year.

Fellowships range from $2,000 to $5,000 for one semester. Applications are due Monday, April 15.

Read more about the faculty fellowships.

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.

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

Benefit Yourself

Secure your data with free LOK-IT encrypted USB drives

Lock up your confidential data with the LOK-IT encrypted USB drives provided free to executive management, faculty, and staff.

Drives are protected by a 7-15 digit numerical PIN that the user creates and must input before it is plugged into a computer. The total capacity is 4 GB.

The LOK-IT drive should not be used as primary storage for any content. Your original documents must exist elsewhere.

Eligible employees can receive one while supplies last. To request a drive or for more details, visit

Performance Review Training for Supervisors

Performance Management Forms and Procedures for supervisors is offered 10-11 a.m. Monday, March 25, in Room 200 of the Wetsel Service Center. Annual performance reviews for all employees—except faculty, GTAs, and GRAs—must be completed by Friday, March 29. Evaluation forms can be accessed online. For questions, call 2-5554.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.

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.

Going Out

Wednesday, March 13

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Radford. Free. 11 a.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Friday, March 15

Baseball Mavericks vs. McNeese State. 6:30 p.m. Also, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Tickets $6. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Saturday, March 16

FIRST Tech Challenge Southwest Championship Watch head-to-head robotic competition by teams of up to 10 high school students. Maverick Activities Center. FIRST Tech Challenge, Engineering.

Coming up

women's history month

Baseball Mavericks vs. TCU. Tickets $6 in advance. $10 at the gate. 7 p.m., Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Athletics.

Women's History Month Becky White, clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, presents "The Impact of Incarceration on Women and HIV." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's and Gender Studies, Women in Leadership, Multicultural Affairs.

College of Business Executive Dinner John Goff, a Fort Worth-based real estate investor, is the keynote speaker for the annual event, which is part of Business Week. Tickets $35-$45. 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University. Business.

ACES Symposium Ashanti Johnson, executive director of the Institute for Broadening Participation, is the keynote speaker for the symposium, which showcases undergraduate and graduate students' research and creativity. Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, E.H. Hereford University Center. Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES).

Maverick Speakers Series Conservationist Jeff Corwin speaks on "100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, College Park Center. Also Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis, "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, College Park Center. Free, but tickets required. Premium reserved seating $25. Maverick Speakers Series.

Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Wenda Trevathan, professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, presents "Redefining the Normal in Women's Health: The View from Evolutionary Medicine." Free. 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28, Room 204, Architecture Building. Anthropology.

Glass Art Show

Glass Art Show and Sale Intricately crafted works of glass art go on sale to the public. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, March 29, Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis. Glass Art, Art and Art History.


Exhibit: Kim Cadmus Owens/Allison V. Smith Dallas-based artists Kim Cadmus Owens and Allison V. Smith portray vividly colored landscapes in paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Closed for Spring Break. Through Saturday, March 30. Art and Art History.

Self-congratulatory Nonsense A solo installation by Joshua Elliott. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Saturday, March 30. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

Planetarium More shows have been added during Spring Break. Tuesday-Friday, March 12-15. See the schedule.

(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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