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

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dr. Beverly Black

Dr. Beverly Black

Social work professor earns national award

The Council on Social Work Education has chosen Professor Beverly Black to receive its 2013 Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award. The award honors significant and broad contributions to social work education in scholarship, pedagogy, and organizational leadership.

Dr. Black serves as director of the social work doctoral program and holds the Jillian Michelle Smith Professorship in Family Violence Research. She is noted for her energy, commitment, and vision, as well as for her effective and collaborative approach to leadership.

The Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award will be presented in October at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Dallas.

Read more about Black's honor.

Beneath by Bryce Bennett

Going Beneath: Bryce Bennett's photo series Beneath gives the viewer a unique perspective of the highway overpass underworld that is rarely experienced by driver or pedestrian.

UT Regents award student for exceptional work in visual arts

Recent photography graduate Bryce Bennett has received the UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Student Award in Arts and Humanities for his exceptional work in the visual arts.

Bennett was recognized for outstanding two-dimensional work for his photographic series, Beneath and Inside Out. He is a photo lab technician and teaches several photo workshops on behalf of the University.

“My time at UT Arlington has been marked by much growth not only as an artist, but also as an individual,” he says.

Read more about Bennett's award.

Dr. Matthew Fujita and Dr. Todd Castoe

Genome sequence: Drs. Matthew Fujita, left, and Todd Castoe were among 30 co-authors on a recent Genome Biology publication about the genome of a western painted turtle.

Professors assist in turtle genome

Two assistant professors of biology recently completed work on an international effort to sequence the genome of a western painted turtle, only the second reptile species to have its genetic information fully mapped.

Matthew Fujita and Todd Castoe, both of whom joined the College of Science in 2012, were among 30 co-authors on a recent Genome Biology publication that described the work.

Learning more about how common gene networks work in different vertebrates such as the turtle could lead to better understanding of human disease, scientists say.

"We know very little about the genes and genomes of reptiles,” Dr. Castoe says. “To know more about them will help us understand how mammals, including humans, are different from other vertebrates and how we’re the same.”

Read more about Fujita and Castoe's research.

  Mav Tube Commencement videoVideo Extra

New beginnings

Commencement weekend started with inspiring words at Graduation Celebration and ended with students celebrating their achievements as they crossed the stage at College Park Center. Watch the video.

UT Arlington Travel Expo today

Campus travelers and travel arrangers should attend the UT Arlington Travel Expo 9 a.m.-noon today, Thursday, May 16, in the Hospitality Suite of College Park Center.

See demonstrations of the new online travel booking portal, Concur, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Learn about three rental car options. Meet Travel Services staff members.

For details, contact Julia Cornwell at or 2-3002.

New student-response system to be ready for fall semester

The i>clicker system will be the new student-response system standard starting with the fall 2013 semester, according to the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning. A faculty committee chose this vendor after conducting a systematic review of the top products. The i>clicker replaces eInstruction.

The i>clicker is an audience-response system that enables students and instructors to interact through question-and-answer polling in real time. Students use a hand-held clicker device to respond wirelessly to questions with responses collected through a receiver. Question types may include multiple choice, true/false, numeric, ordering, and even short answers.

Faculty who plan to use i>clicker can arrange for training by contacting Crystal Livingston at

Flexible Summer Hours Program available again this summer

UT Arlington again will offer the Flexible Summer Hours Program June 3-Aug. 9.

Participating employees work a compressed week of four 10-hour days with one day off during the work week. Employees who wish to participate must have their manager's written approval of their flexible schedules before beginning the program. Schedules for non-exempt employees also must include a minimum 30-minute lunch break.

Departments or employees who choose not to participate in the program will continue to work their regular schedules.

If you have questions about the program, contact Eunice Currie at or 2-7091.

University Club closed during break

The University Club in Davis Hall is closed until Monday, June 3. This summer's schedule will follow fall and spring hours with the club open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

Mav Pic The Blazing Race

Blazing winners

Members of the Arrested Development team won the Blazing Race fitness competition that wound through campus Wednesday. Team members are, from left, Charity Stutzman, coordinator of violence prevention and student intervention; Stephen Berg, assistant director of Apartment Life; Cheyenne Hernandez, assistant director of residential student conduct; Heather Snow, assistant vice president of Student Affairs; Dan Moore, associate director of academic integrity; and Mari Duncan, director of Residence Life. Health Services and the Staff Advisory Council sponsored the race for faculty and staff.


College Park restaurants approved for business reimbursement

Business meals at College Park District restaurants are approved for reimbursement. Dine-in or take-out for business functions qualify, according to University guidelines.

Breakfast is available at select locations. Enjoy Maverick discounts. MavMoney is accepted at Diggs Taco Shop, Grip Mediterranean Grill, Pie Five Pizza, and Smiling Moose Deli with more restaurants expected to join the program.

Learn more about the College Park District restaurants and menus.

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.

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

Position Management topic of May 22 MyMav II Open Forum

MyMav II Open Forums resume next Wednesday, May 22, with Position Management. Forums are 8:30-10 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Recordings of these sessions are posted online to the MyMavII website a few days after each event.

The forum Sponsored Research, which was originally Friday, May 24, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 26.

Upcoming Open Forums are:

  • Position Management—Wednesday, May 22
  • New Hire Management—Thursday, May 23
  • Manager Self Service—Wednesday, June 12
  • Sponsored Research (Grants Management)—Wednesday, June 26

New program to simplify account creation, deactivation

The implementation date for a new identity management (IDM) solution has been revised to Monday, June 10, to ensure that the service produces minimal disruption to University teaching and business activities. Learn how the automation process will impact email addresses, NetIDs, and network shares (J and K drives) by attending an open forum at 9 a.m. Friday, May 17, in Room 315A of the Central Library or visit the Office of Information Technology website.

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

Friday-Sunday, May 17-19

Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association Conference Keynote speakers include Sandra Chung of the University of California-Santa Cruz, Eric Potsdam of the University of Florida, and Norvin Richards of MIT. The conference schedule features 23 talks. AFLA began in 1994 to promote the study of Austronesian languages from a formal perspective. Free. Room 110, Pickard Hall. Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, Linguistics and TESOL.

Friday, June 7

Introduction to Statistical Software: SPSS An introduction to the software and related resources, as well as hands-on exercises in descriptive statistics, anova, and regression. Free. Introduction to SPSS, 1:30-4 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. Also, Introduction to SAS, Friday, June 14. OIT Statistical Services,

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

Sports Notes
Quentin Butler

Smooth landing: Quentin Butler earned all-conference honors in the long jump last week at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Maverick Stadium.


Women take second, men third at WAC outdoor track, field championships

The women's team placed second and the men's squad took third at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Maverick Stadium.

The women netted 140 points to finish behind Texas State and well ahead of third-place Idaho.

The men, meanwhile, totaled 136 points to wind up behind champion Texas State and Utah State in a tight race.

Senior Shannon Reynolds took home the High Point Performer of the Meet honor. She posted victories in the 100 meters and 200 meters and anchored the relay team to a second-place finish. Hannah Nilsson claimed the championship in the 1500 meters, and Jennifer Brown won the long jump.

For the men, Romain Martin cruised to his third consecutive outdoor conference decathlon championship. Omar Barnes earned a conference title in the triple jump. Bozidar Antunovic won the shot put, and Emil Blomberg took first in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Read more in the final results and team scores. See more photos.

Mavs remain second in WAC, play final conference games this week

The baseball team fell to 27-25 for the year with a 2-1 loss to TCU Tuesday in Fort Worth.

The Mavericks are 15-9 and second in the Western Athletic Conference after winning two of three from Texas State to close out the home season last weekend. CSU Bakersfield continues to lead the WAC with a 17-7 record.

UT Arlington plays a three-game WAC series starting Thursday, May 16, at Sacramento State. The WAC Tournament begins Wednesday, May 22, at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.

Villanueva named to softball All-Tournament team

Sophomore standout Nina Villanueva was named to the Western Athletic Conference Softball All-Tournament Team. The San Diego, Calif., native completed the tournament with a .444 batting average with four hits, one run, and one RBI.

The softball team fell 5-1 to Texas State in its third game in the 2013 WAC Tournament to end the season Friday evening.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

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.

Wednesday-Sunday, May 22-26


Western Athletic Conference Baseball Championship 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, championship 1 p.m. Sunday, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie. Western Athletic Conference.

Coming up

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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