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

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Peggy Semingson-Pete Smith

Going the distance: Peggy Semingson, left, and Samuel H. “Pete” Smith received top awards from the United States Distance Learning Association.

Two honored with national distance learning awards

The United States Distance Learning Association has honored two UT Arlington professors for their efforts to promote the development and application of distance education.

Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, received the organization’s platinum level Best Practices Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching.

Samuel H. “Pete” Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning, received the Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning Award.

“We are proud of Dr. Semingson and Dr. Smith for the critical leadership that they have provided in the area of distance education,” says Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Their dedication, expertise, and innovative teaching styles, combined with advanced technologies, offer UT Arlington distance education students an unparalleled learning experience.”

The USDLA previously recognized UT Arlington for its distance education efforts, but this is the first time the University has received a platinum award, the organization’s highest honor.

Read more about the USDLA awards.

  Mav Pic Farewell reception for President James D. Spaniolo

It's been fun

President James D. Spaniolo, center, laughs at jokes about him at his retirement reception Tuesday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. His wife, Sue Spaniolo, left, and his mother, Eleanor Spaniolo, also enjoyed the good-natured ribbing. See more photos.

Urge students to complete surveys

Faculty are asked to encourage students to complete the End-of-Term Student Feedback Surveys. Students will receive an electronic invitation with a link and password for a survey for each enrolled class. The surveys are open until 11 p.m. Friday, May 3, the last day of class for the spring semester.

Service-learning class offered to graduate students

Graduate students can discover how to use service learning in research, teaching, and leadership with an 11-week summer course offered by the Center for Community Service Learning.

Obtain first-hand experience by developing your own service-learning project that enhances your research agenda, as well as important policy and ethical issues.

"Leadership Development in Service Learning" (EDAD 6390.014) meets 5:30-8:20 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4-Aug. 6.

For questions, contact Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning, at 2-2124 or

Today last chance to cast early ballot

UT Arlington is an early voting site for the Saturday, May 11, joint election. The polling site will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 2, in the Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

To vote early on campus, you must be registered to vote in Tarrant County and must present identification such as a voter registration certificate, driver's license, birth certificate, passport, U.S. citizenship papers, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document.

For more information on early voting, see and Tarrant County elections.

SAC's Slimdown weigh-in this week

The revamped Staff Advisory Council’s Slimdown includes "Wellness Points," education on what resources are available, weigh-ins at the beginning and end only, and much more.

Initial weigh-ins continue through Friday, May 3. Visit for details.

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Helping Hands

Alumnus Carlos Alanis ('12 Marketing) scrapes paint off a building for the Arlington Historical Society during The Big Event on Saturday. The community service day offered assistance from volunteers, including students, staff, alumni, and others. See more photos.


Sign up now to be part of New Mav Orientation Involvement Fairs

New Maverick Orientation Involvement Fairs let incoming freshmen and transfer students know about the resources and opportunities on campus, such as your department or organization.

Register by Friday, May 10. Separate forms are needed for freshman and transfer fairs and one form per department or organization.

Jigsaw puzzles at library on trial basis

The Central Library is providing two jigsaw puzzle locations for use on a trial basis.

One is on the second floor near the newspapers, and the other is outside the Digital Media Studio in the basement. Anyone may work on the puzzles, and completed puzzles will be replaced by another one. The puzzles are on loan from the library staff's puzzle collection.

For more information, contact Heather Scalf at or 2-7436.

UTA Bookstore stays open late, hosts buyback events at two sites

The UTA Bookstore will be open until 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, May 6-9, and until 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 10.

Remote textbook buyback is Monday-Friday, May 6-10 at two locations: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. by the footbridge at Lot 49.

My Plates giving away free license plates

Sign up for free UT Arlington license plates at starting Monday, May 6. Be one of the first 1,000 to register at

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Double distinction

Diana Martinez Cepeda, left, and her twin sister, Nadia, both industrial engineering graduate students, were honored at the annual Leadership Recognition Ceremony, hosted last week by the Division of Student Affairs. They were named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. See the program list of honorees.

Paws for Finals returns for final exams

Faculty, staff, and students who need a break filled with unconditional love can find it through Wednesday, May 8, on the second floor of the Central Library.

Paws With Partners registered therapy dog volunteer group is on campus 10 a.m-noon and 2-4 p.m. weekdays and 2-4 p.m. only on the weekend. Check the daily schedule.

North bridge elevators out for summer

Elevators for the north bridge over Cooper Street will be out of service Monday, May 13-Aug. 5, for an upgrade. The elevators on the south bridge will be accessible during this time.

Up/down tourney seeks tennis players

Able body tennis players partner with wheelchair players for a round robin doubles tournament in the wheelchair tennis clinic and up/down tournament for youth and adults.

The clinic is 9-11 a.m. with games noon-6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the UTA Tennis Center. Water, drinks, and lunch are provided for participants.

Register by Saturday, May 4, by contacting Jeff Sale at or 214-538-3139 or Doug Garner at

Steam outage planned May 13-15

The Thermal Energy Plant will shut down steam service to the campus Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15, to complete annual inspection and repairs.

Buildings served by the plant will be without hot water and steam during that time but will still have electrical power, air conditioning, and cold water service.

For information on buildings or equipment affected by the outage, contact Nick Schroeder in the Office of Facilities Management at or 2-9075.

University Club special features pork tenderloin today

The University Club's monthly special today, Thursday, May 2, features pork tenderloin, twice-baked potato, risotto, harvest salad, asparagus with julienne vegetables, and an assortment of dessert bars. Cost is $8 per person. Regular menu items will not be available.

The University Club is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

Benefit Yourself

The Blazing Race takes off May 15

Join UT Arlington's faculty and staff in the Blazing Race at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, and receive credit in the UT System Physical Activity Challenge. Participants can walk or run either a low- or high-impact campus adventure course. The UT Arlington Wellness Committee hosts the free event. Find details and registration information online or email

LIving Well

Know facts before borrowing from your UTSaver account

The UTSaver 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) and UTSaver 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan both allow participants to borrow against their accounts. But is that a good idea for you? Learn more about what you should know before you borrow from your retirement savings.

See this and other topics in this month's issue of A Matter of Health: Connecting Work & Life.

Workforce administration is topic for MyMav II Open Forum on Tuesday

Workforce Administration (HRMS–Position Management) is the MyMav II Open Forum topic for Tuesday, May 7. The session is 8:30-10 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Open Forum sessions provide users with a chance to hear from PeopleSoft team experts in a group setting on a variety of key topics. Each forum will include a question-and-answer session. Attend one or all forums or review them online.

Onboarding (gathering information for a new hire) is Wednesday, May 22. See the schedule for upcoming Open Forums. Previous sessions are online.

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
  Paul McConnell

Conference champ: Paul McConnell won the individual title in the Western Athletic Conference men's golf championship as the Mavericks finished second in the team standings.

McConnell wins individual title as golfers finish second in WAC

UT Arlington's Paul McConnell shot a three-under-par 69 in the final round to take top individual honors while the Mavericks finished second in the team standings at the Western Athletic Conference men's golf championship Wednesday in Henderson, Nev.

McConnell finished with a 54-hole score of 218 to win the individual title by two strokes. The Mavericks' Hunter Brown tied for fifth with a score of 223. New Mexico State won the team title with a six-stroke advantage over the Mavericks.

Mavs tied for first in WAC; host Dallas Baptist this weekend

UT Arlington's baseball team hosts Dallas Baptist in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Clay Gould Ballpark starting Friday after moving into a tie for first by winning two of three last weekend at New Mexico State.

The Mavericks are 12-6 in the WAC and tied for the lead with CSU Bakersfield. They are 24-21 overall following a 6-4 loss to Baylor on Tuesday.

Lyles, Mungwari receive Athlete of the Year awards

Softball's Teri Lyles and track's Lionel Mungwari were named female and male student-athletes of the year at the UT Arlington All-Sports Banquet on Monday. President James D. Spaniolo was honored with the Faculty/Staff Loyalty Award.

See a list of the awards.

Softball sweeps Utah State, seeks tourney berth at UTSA

The softball team swept Utah State with three straight, 1-0 walk-off wins last weekend, improving to 6-12 in the Western Athletic Conference. They dropped an 8-7 non-conference decision at North Texas on Tuesday and stand 22-25 overall.

The Mavericks need to sweep a three-game series at UT San Antonio this weekend to gain a berth in the WAC tournament, which begins Wednesday, May 8, in Ruston, La.

Records set at Track-It Buster

A pair of Maverick tracksters picked up individual wins Saturday at the Track-It Buster Invitational in Wichita, Kan.

Ashly Wright set a meet record in the women's 800 meters at 2:07.33, the third-fastest time in school history and the fastest mark in the WAC this season. Heath Skelton picked up his first career victory in the men's discus.

The Mavericks host men’s and women’s teams for the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday-Saturday, May 8-11, at Maverick Stadium. Admission is free Wednesday and Thursday and $12 Friday and Saturday or $20 for all sessions.

Tennis teams lose in first round of WAC tournament

Both the women's and men's tennis teams were eliminated in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament last week in Denver.

The women lost to Idaho 4-2 on Thursday, and the men fell to UT San Antonio 4-1 on Friday.

Elizabeth Thoms was named first team All-WAC singles at the No. 4 position. On the men’s side, Carlos Arbiza and Yauheni Yakauleu earned second team All-WAC doubles.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Friday, May 3

Baseball Mavericks vs. Dallas Baptist. Tickets $6. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Also vs. Texas State, Friday-Sunday, May 10-12 Athletics.

BFA Exhibit Opening Reception Opening reception for exhibit of works by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History showcasing in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Exhibit continues through Saturday, May 11. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Free. 5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Tuesday, May 7


Underexposed Film Festival The Student Film/Video Organization presents short films produced by students in the past year. The works will showcase production skills through various film genres such as narrative, documentary, and animation. Tickets $5 one night, $7 both. 7-10 p.m.; also Wednesday, May 8; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Art and Art History.

Wednesday, May 8

WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Mavericks host men’s and women’s teams from the Western Athletic Conference. Free Wednesday and Thursday. $12 Friday and Saturday or $20 for all sessions. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, May 8-11, Maverick Stadium. Western Athletic Conference.

Coming up

Graduation Celebration Actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn gives the keynote address. Live music, free food. Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, Levitt Pavilion, Founder’s Square, 100 W. Abram St. Graduation Celebration.


Commencement Degree candidates are presented in seven ceremonies. See commencement schedule. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12, College Park Center.

The Blazing Race Compete in a fun wellness program. Wednesday, May 15. Staff Advisory Council.

WAC Baseball Tournament Top eight teams from the Western Athletic Conference compete for an NCAA Tournament berth. $12 each day or $30 for tournament pass. Games at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, May 22-25, championship 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie. Western Athletic Conference.

Kansas An American progressive rock band, Kansas is celebrating its 40th anniversary with this year’s concert tour. Tickets $29, $35, $50. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 1, College Park Center.


Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

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



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