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

Monday, March 25, 2013

Jansma-Farrar Myers

Pamela Jansma and Victoria Farrar-Myers

Educators named ACE Fellows

Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science, and Victoria Farrar-Myers, professor of political science, have been named American Council on Education Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.

President James D. Spaniolo nominated both educators for the prestigious program, which selected 50 college and university senior faculty and administrators after a rigorous application process.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for senior positions in college and university administration.

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says Dr. Jansma and Dr. Farrar-Myers represent the best of UT Arlington faculty.

“Dean Jansma and Dr. Farrar-Myers are distinguished by their commitment to teaching and research excellence, and they each have had a significant impact on the colleges they represent,” Dr. Elsenbaumer says. “Both of these UT Arlington leaders have unlimited potential in their careers, and we are fortunate to count them as our colleagues.”

ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, and advocates on higher-education issues in Washington and around the world.

Read more about the ACE Fellows.

Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin here Wednesday for Maverick Speakers Series

Tickets are still available to see the last two installments of the 2012-13 Maverick Speakers Series. Go to to reserve your seat.

Jeff Corwin, Emmy-winning star of The Jeff Corwin Experience, will speak on "100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at College Park Center. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow the lecture.

Corwin has worked for the protection of endangered species and ecosystems around the world for nearly three decades. For his conservation efforts, he was named ambassador of climate change and endangered species on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, a prominent conservation organization. Corwin’s well-reviewed book, “100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species,” was published in 2010.

General admission tickets are required but free to both lectures. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat, reserved parking near the venue, and front-of-line access to book signings. Tickets may be obtained at

Music legends Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis appear in "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at College Park Center. The evening features performances and a question-and-answer session.


ACES symposium displays student research, talent

Students show their research and creativity at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. The approved abstracts are then turned into oral presentations or posters to be presented at the symposium.

Past winners have presented research on gene therapy, business relations, military recruiting, pain control, better tools for builders, history, philosophy, biochemistry, engineering. ACES is an interdisciplinary event in which any student from any program can participate.

Keynote speaker is Ashanti Johnson, faculty research associate in Earth and Environmental Sciences and and executive director of the Institute for Broadening Participation, is the keynote speaker.

SharePoint User Group hosts first meeting

The newly formed UTA SharePoint User Group (SPUG) invites faculty and staff to attend its first meeting 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, March 29, in Room 223 of Pickard Hall.

SPUG was created to help users share ideas about how to use SharePoint to streamline common departmental/committee tasks and processes. During SPUG meetings, users are invited to highlight their sites and solutions or ask how a particular process might be improved using SharePoint. SPUG is also intended as a means of communication with departmental site owners.

Users new to SharePoint are encouraged to log in to learn more about SharePoint and the training opportunities available within

For more details, go to the SPUG website.

Mav Pic Softball alumn

Coming home

Softball alumnae Angela Perry, Karen Owen Schmidt, and Lisa Verheul Swan were on hand for Saturday's game and grand opening of the new indoor facility at Allan Saxe Field. Perry played for the Mavs 1996-99 and served as assistant coach for 13 years. Schmidt, a player 1977-79, coached the team 1993-97. Swan took to the field 1996-2000.


Tickets available for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers

Join the gang for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers when the Texas Rangers play the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, April 8, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Block seating is available for the UT Arlington community at $10 per ticket at Print out your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center box office or the Alumni Association Office at 841 W. Mitchell St. to exchange it for actual tickets by noon April 8.

Pre-game festivities start at approximately 6:45 p.m. when a UT Arlington representative throws out the first pitch. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Read more about UT Arlington Night with the Rangers.

Tuition raffle tickets available

Take a chance for your favorite student in the Alumni Association Tuition Drawing. Grand prize is $2,500 for tuition.

To be eligible for the drawing, students must be enrolled as a full-time student at UT Arlington for spring 2013.

Tickets are $5 each or six for $25 for the chance to win $2,500, $1,500, or $500 for tuition. Proceeds benefit the UT Arlington Alumni Association scholarship fund. Buy tickets by Monday, April 15.

Winners will be drawn at the SpringFest/Block Party on Thursday, April 18.

Contact the Alumni Association at 2-2594.

Golf for a good cause on April 22

Tee off for the UT Arlington Athletics Department and Special Olympics, beneficiaries of the JWA/GPPD Spring Classic 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, April 22.

The tournament is in conjunction with the JWA/GPPD Spring Classic Police Motorcycle Skills Competition that attracts police personnel from the Southwest.

The cost is $125 per player or $400 per team. Register by Friday, April 5. Discounts are available for police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics. Entry fee includes a lunch prior and an awards dinner after play. Awards include men's and women's longest drive, closest to the pin, and a putting challenge.

The scramble format has a shotgun start at 2 p.m. at Iron Horse Golf Course in North Richland Hills.

The event is sponsored by John Wright Associates and the Grand Prairie Police Department.

Volunteer registration open for The Big Event

Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 27.

The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.

Discover more about how The Big Event impacts North Texas at Learn how to participate and see a list of project sites.

For questions, call 2-2963 or email

Benefit Yourself

Outside Employment Service

In accordance with Regents’ Rules and Regulations (Series 30103), all full-time employees must complete the Outside Board Service and Outside Employment form. Human Resources must have a form on file for each full-time employee whether or not you have any outside board service or outside employment. Complete the form by Monday, April 15. This information must be provided annually. If you have questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 2-5554.

Women Health Fair

Informative booths provide information about women’s health, such as cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, healthy eating, mental health, exercise, and much more. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, University Center mall. Health Services, Multicultural Affairs.

High School Leadership and Legacy Conference

High school students and UT Arlington legacies—children or grandchildren of UT Arlington graduates or former students—are invited to "Saddle Up and Get Ready to Lead" at the High School Leadership & Legacy Conference 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The day-long conference helps prepare students for the college experience and provides leadership skills. Cost is $25 and includes all supplies, meals, and a T-shirt. Register by Friday, April 5. Alumni Association at 2-2594.

MyMav II Open Forums

Users of DEFINE, HRMS, PointPlus, and UTDirect can prepare for the upcoming switch to PeopleSoft software by trying the online pre-training module and attending upcoming open forum sessions for the MyMav II Implementation.

The online program allows users to become familiar with the training modules. Each open forum includes 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 MyMav II Implementation website following each event.

More in-depth and formal group training starts in June.

The open forums are 8:30-10 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The next forums are:

  • Thursday, March 28—eProcurement
  • Tuesday, April 9—Vouchering

Use LOK-IT encrypted USB drives to secure data

LOK-IT encrypted USB drives are provided free to executive management, faculty, and staff. Drives are protected by a PIN that the user creates and must input before it is plugged into a computer. The total capacity is 4 GB. To request a drive or for more details, visit

Last session today for Performance Review Training for Supervisors

Performance Management Forms and Procedures for supervisors is offered 10-11 a.m. today, 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.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, March 27

Curriculum and Instruction Brown Bag Seminar Ann Cavallo, professor of science education, and Andy Milson, professor of social studies education and geography, discuss “Examining Relationships among Students' Learning Approaches.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 332, Science Hall. Curriculum and Instruction.

Thursday, March 28

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., Room 204, Architecture Building. Anthropology.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Room B29, Central Library. See the list of Digital Media Studio Workshops.

GIS Workshop: Food Deserts A food desert is a district in an urban or rural setting with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. Explore how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can identify food deserts. No GIS experience is required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. GIS Workshops.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Exhibit looks at UT Arlington from 1895 to today

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The newest Special Collections exhibition explores the growth and development of the University and its relationship with the city of Arlington.

Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington follows the college from a first graduating class of eight young men to a today's diverse student body of more than 33,000.

The school started in 1895 when local businessman and civil leader Edward Rankin approached Lee Hammond and William Trimble about starting a private school. Arlington College's 75 students attended classes in a two-story wood frame building where the E.H. Hereford University Center now stands.

See Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington in Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Central Library and runs through Saturday, April 27. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Admission is free.

Monday, March 25

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert A chamber orchestra concert featuring performances by both students and faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 26

Mavs Got Talent: Blazin' to Fame A student talent show for individuals or group acts judged on talent ability, stage presence, originality, and crowd appeal. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Clavier Series Piano Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 27

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., E.H. Hereford University Center. Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES).

String Chamber Ensemble Recital Free. 5:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, March 29

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., Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis. Glass Art, Art and Art History.

Tuesday, April 2

Maverick Speakers Series Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis present "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends." Free, but tickets required. Premium reserved seating $25. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Coming up

Kansas concert Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 4, for the Kansas concert Saturday, June 1, at College Park Center. utatickets.


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. Through Saturday, March 30. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington This exhibit explores the growth and development of the University under its various presidents. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 27. Sixth floor, Central Library, Special Collections.

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.)



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