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

Monday, May 6, 2013

Graduation Celebration

Fireworks, music, speakers add fun for grads at Graduation Celebration

Graduation Celebration, a free community festival featuring fireworks and remarks by actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn, highlights Commencement weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Graduates, their families and friends, and supporters are encouraged to attend along with faculty, staff, and alumni.

The University’s outdoor, end-of-the-year celebration is free and open to the public. Also on the Friday evening program are President James D. Spaniolo and Rene Grimes, a graduate student from the College of Education and Health Professions, who will speak on behalf of the Class of 2013.

Penn, 35, is well known for his starring roles in House, 24, and the popular Harold and Kumar movie series. He stopped his acting career midstream to work full time in politics. In 2009 he joined the Obama administration as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused on work related to increasing financial aid for college students and other related initiatives.

In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration moves to College Park Center.

Read more about Graduation Celebration.

Class of '13 is largest in UT Arlington history

UT Arlington will confer more than 4,500 degrees this spring, a 14 percent increase compared with the spring 2012 semester, during Commencement Week 2013.

A schedule of Commencement Week activities is available online. Commencement ceremonies are Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12, at College Park Center.

UTArlington Magazine

Spring 'UTArlington Magazine' highlights national security research

Incredibly sensitive nanotech sensors fly about in drones, are implanted in high-traffic bridges, and journey aboard robots into environments no humans could survive.

The spring 2013 issue of UTArlington Magazine details these futuristic national security measures in its cover story about a new research center aimed at protecting the country using nanotechnology innovations.

You’ll also find an article about how the University has helped transform downtown Arlington into a hot spot for eclectic dining, live music, and vibrant nightlife. Other stories examine researchers’ efforts to tame North Texas traffic and profile alumni whose UT Arlington degrees prepared them to successfully switch careers.

Every article includes a link for posting comments. You also can “like” the magazine’s Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed.

UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and distributed to about 150,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University.

Send comments to

WAC track

Maverick Stadium site of WAC track and field championships this week

­The 2013 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships play out at Maverick Stadium starting Wednesday, May 8.

"We are tremendously honored to be hosting the WAC Championships," says John Sauerhage, UT Arlington head track coach. "Our department has put a lot of effort into the planning of this event, and our student-athletes are extremely excited to be able to compete for a championship right in our backyard. It will be a fun week for all of us."

The Mavericks have numerous top contenders in various competitions.

Admission is free to the multi-events on Wednesday and Thursday. Competition begins at 10 a.m. each day and will end in the mid-afternoon both days.

All-session Friday and Saturday tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for seniors (65 and older) and youth (18 and under). Single-day (Friday or Saturday) tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and youth. Students at WAC colleges are free with a current student ID.

On Friday, the first field event begins at 11 a.m., while the running events start at 4 p.m. Saturday's field competitions also kick off at 11 a.m., while the finals of the running events are slated to begin at 5 p.m.

Read more about the Mavericks and the WAC track and field championships.

Kim Lemaux, left, and Lisa Sprague

Chief candidates: Campus police chief candidates Kim Lemaux, left, and Lisa Sprague spoke on campus last week.

Complete survey on police chief candidates

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to share their thoughts about the two finalists for UT Arlington police chief. Complete the online survey by Wednesday, May 8.

Kim Lemaux and Lisa Sprague shared their views and answered questions at open forums last week. See their resumes on the Police Department website.

Canines offer comfort through Wednesday

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 available 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Check the daily schedule.

  Mav Pic Ring Ceremony-Spring 2013

With this ring

George Anaya, business management senior, shows off his ring at the Official Maverick Ring Ceremony Thursday. He graduates this coming weekend.

Library renovations close sixth floor

The sixth floor of the Central Library will close for renovations Monday, May 13-Friday, Aug. 2. The floor will be inaccessible during construction time.

During construction, the administration staff will move to Suite 516.

Special Collections will close Friday, May 10. The Special Collections staff will relocate to various parts of the library. Exhibits and other materials will not be available during this time.

The Center for Southwestern Studies will move to the History Department in University Hall.

Library staff will use Study Room 414A, which will not be available for the summer.

Bookstore open late, hosts buyback

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.

Sign up now to be part of New Maverick 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.

license plates

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

Get in shape for Blazing Race on May 15

Step up to the challenge of the Blazing Race by joining UT Arlington's faculty and staff 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

Renew MAC locker rental, check out summer classes

Renew your locker rental at the Maverick Activities Center for the summer now through Friday, May 24. Lockers will be available for the summer semester beginning Wednesday, June 3.

Find a summer fitness class that fits your style and schedule. See the instructional class schedule.

For questions, email or visit for more Campus Recreation services and programs.

Mav Pic Fonzworth Bentley

Swagger advocate

Fonzworth Bentley, aka Derek Watkins, spoke on "Advance Your Swagger" at the inaugural conference for the Center for African American Studies on Thursday in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The conference focused on "Critical Issues in Black Studies: Race in Context." Bentley, an author and artist, encouraged students to aim for achievement and success.


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.

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.

Enjoy Texas Rangers games with special discounted tickets

UT Arlington faculty, staff, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS13 to get your discounted tickets.

Power upgrade set for ERB network

The Office of Information Technology will install a new component in the power system for the Engineering Research Building that will interrupt the network in the ERB and the Wade Building from 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, until 2 a.m. Saturday, May 25.

The network outage will impact only these two locations. Power systems for the rest of the buildings are not affected. Services housed in the Arlington Regional Data Center and network services for the rest of the campus will not be affected.

Benefit Yourself

Upgrades available for Apple OS 10.6

OIT is offering upgrades to Apple computers running an operating system (OS) lower than 10.8 in order to prepare for ending our local support of Apple OS versions 10.6 or lower. The goal is to upgrade all Apple OS 10.6 or less computers by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of security. Contact to schedule your upgrade.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Notification

UT Arlington seeks to provide its faculty, staff, and students with a drug-free environment. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to notify faculty, staff, and students each semester about:

Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse

University policies related to the illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

Availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems

Employees—Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided through UT Arlington’s Office of Human Resources at 1-800-343-3822 or visit

Students—Drug and alcohol counseling and referral services are available through UT Arlington Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

Internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

For more information, contact UT Arlington's Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

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

Tuesday, May 7

Underexposed Film Festival

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., through Saturday, May 11, Maverick Stadium. Western Athletic Conference.

Friday, May 10

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

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $6. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Athletics.

Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12

Commencement Degree candidates are presented in seven ceremonies. See Commencement schedule. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. College Park Center.

Coming up


The Blazing Race Compete in a fun wellness program. Registration. 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.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Recent work created by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Through Saturday, May 11. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

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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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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