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

Monday, May 13, 2013

Commencement Spring 2013

Congratulations, Class of '13: In seven commencement ceremonies in two days, the Class of '13 relished in the pomp and circumstance that recognized its accomplishments and new adventures. See more photos.

Commencement weekend sets records, graduates celebrate

The Class of 2013 rewrote history Saturday and Sunday when a record number of graduates crossed the College Park Center stage.

The 3,310 spring undergraduate candidates—which is a new record by itself—along with 1,143 master's and 55 doctoral candidates make the Class of 2013 the largest in UT Arlington history.

Festivities began Friday night, with the Graduation Celebration, a free event at College Park Center for the graduation candidates’ families, friends, and supporters. The night featured the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, free food, and remarks by actor, producer, and former White House aide Kal Penn.

“I hope you travel and fail and succeed,” said Penn, who hinted at his acting and political career. "Go to work for a doctor. Work for the president. Make some babies. Turn off the mainstream news and find some happiness."

Student speaker Rene Grimes, who received her master’s degree in the new field of Mind, Brain and Education, shared thoughts on her education, which was interrupted by life 30 years ago.

“There isn't a right path. There is the path you choose," she told fellow graduates. "Life is about choices. Learn from them."

President James D. Spaniolo told graduates the way to achievement isn't easy, "but that's what Mavericks do."

Associate Professor Andrew Makeev shows Faculty Research Associate Yuri Nikishkov

Aerospace dynamics: Associate Professor Andrew Makeev shows faculty research associate Yuri Nikishkov manufacturing defects in the fatigue-tested area of a composite.

Aerospace engineering research to aid testing for aircraft

An aerospace engineer is developing diagnostic and predictive tools that can aid aircraft manufacturers in analyzing composite structures used to make aircraft safer, faster, and more reliable.

Andrew Makeev, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is studying how to improve and integrate design and manufacturing processes to advance the performance of composite materials used in aircraft structures. The work is funded by a $559,427 grant from the Office of Naval Research.

"When a single yoke for a helicopter can cost upward of $100,000, it’s important to be able to predict its performance, in other words do most of the testing on a computer before taking it out into the field,” says Dr. Makeev, who joined UT Arlington in 2011 and previously served as the principal engineer for risk analysis at Delta Airlines.

Makeev directs the Advanced Materials and Structures Lab and represents UT Arlington in the Vertical Lift Consortium, a national organization composed of U.S. rotorcraft industry and academic institutions involved in the vertical lift aircraft research with the common goal of providing long-term advancement of rotorcraft.

Read more about Makeev's research.

Dr. Michael Vasilyev

Dr. Michael Vasilyev

Electrical engineer using quantum nature of light to boost Internet security, distance

Michael Vasilyev’s research goals are simply stated: Increase by tenfold the amount of information that can be securely transmitted via the Internet and the distance over which that data can be transmitted.

Dr. Vasilyev, an associate professor of electrical engineering, is participating in an $8 million research project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency that enlists five universities and three companies to study advanced quantum communications.

Conventional or classical communication transmits information by “bits” that take values of either one or zero. In contrast, quantum communication uses quantum bits, or “qubits,” which, in addition to being one or zero can also be in a "superposition" state, which is both one and zero simultaneously.

Read more about Vasilyev's research.

Mav Pic Graduation Celebration 2013

Penn pal

Actor, producer, and former White House aide Kal Penn inspired graduates to take risks at Graduation Celebration. Inclement weather moved the Friday night festivities to College Park Center. See more photos.


Dining options available during intersession

Dining on campus is available but limited during the rest of May.

For summer intersession, or Maymester, May 13-31, P.O.D. Market is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

During Memorial Day weekend and Special Olympics Texas, the Connection Cafe is open 6-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, and 6-8 a.m. only Sunday, May 26.

The University Club in Davis Hall is closed until Monday, June 3. Summer hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

Register for Wednesday's Blazing Race

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

Library renovations close sixth floor

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

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

Special Collections is closed for the summer. The Special Collections staff will relocate to various parts of the library.

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

Steam outage starts today

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.

Summer schedule begins next week for 'MavWire'

MavWire moves to a summer schedule after this week. Keep up with campus activities throughout the summer on Thursdays. Monday editions return Aug. 19 for the fall semester.

Benefit Yourself
Stop Workplace Violence

OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Seminar

Learn the best practices to prevent workplace violence and strategies to protect yourself and fellow coworkers when there is an active shooter. Register. Free. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Online webcast available. Web participants will be sent login information prior to the start of the seminar. Enterprise Development.

HR training website unavailable Tuesday

The Human Resources Training website will not be available Tuesday, May 14, because of maintenance. Check back for upcoming programs such as Customer Service 101, Professionalism in the Workplace, and Team Building for Supervisors.

Postcards from the Future: A Woman's Guide to Financially Ever After

Learn what you can do to make your retirement dream come true on schedule, from identifying your retirement vision and how much you'll need and when to the difference between 403(b), IRAs, and annuities and which work best for you. Door prizes, refreshments. Register. Free. 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Human Resources, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association–College Retirement Equities Fund.

New program to simplify account creation, deactivation

Beginning Monday, May 20, NetIDs, email addresses, and network share access will automatically be created and deactivated based upon updates made to the employee's or student's records. Learn how the automation process will impact email addresses, NetIDs, and network shares (J and K drives) at open forums at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, and 9 a.m. Friday, May 17, in Room 315A of the Central Library. Visit the Office of Information Technology website for more details.

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, May 15

Jeff Balke

The Blazing Race Compete in a fun wellness program. Register. Staff Advisory Council.

Monday, May 20

Comic Colorist Jeff Balke Award-winning colorist Jeff Balke explains the process for special effects and coloring for comic books and other art. Register. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room E200F, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, 140 W. Mitchell St. Enterprise Development.

Coming up

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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