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

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Enrollment for fall semester reflects sustained growth, appeal

More than 33,300 students call UT Arlington their academic home this fall, enrollment that demonstrates a period of sustained growth for the University, preliminary census figures show.

Enrollment was up slightly from fall 2012 but consistent with dramatic gains this decade. Overall, UT Arlington has grown more than 57 percent from 2001, when enrollment stood at 21,180.

Last month, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as No. 7 on the news organization’s list of the nation’s fastest-growing public research institutions.

“Strong, sustained enrollments demonstrate that UT Arlington has become an institution of first choice for students and scholars who are shaping the future,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “Our University has a unique set of core strengths that have positioned us as a model, 21st century, urban institution. Our faculty members are second to none, as evidenced by their many recent honors and awards.”

Read more about fall enrollment.

Diversity students

'U.S. News' ranks UT Arlington fifth most diverse university

Arlington is one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the United States, according to rankings of national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Also, UT Arlington’s undergraduate business program jumped to No. 119 among 388 similar programs, up from 141 on U.S. News’ 2013 list.

UT Arlington’s “diversity index” ranked fifth among national universities – a measure of where college students seeking diversity are “most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own,” the news organization said. The University moved up from seventh place in the 2013 rankings.

"It is no surprise that UT Arlington would be recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity and for ensuring that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to earn their education and become citizens of the global community. This is who we are and what we do every day," President Vistasp Karbhari says.

Read more about UT Arlington's diversity.

Hossain and Sattler

Trash talk: Sahadat Hossain, left, and Melanie Sattler, associate professors of civil engineering, conduct research at the city of Denton landfill.

Engineers to generate energy from landfills in Ghana

Sahadat Hossain and Melanie Sattler, associate professors of civil engineering, are adapting a sensor system they have developed to boost methane production in landfills to create an alternative energy source in Ghana.

The engineers have received a $100,000 grant through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Global Methane Initiative to study the feasibility of landfill gas to energy in Ghana, a western Africa country of about 24 million people.

“This development has the potential to take the project and technology worldwide,” Dr. Hossain says of the EPA-funded project. “We already know the system works. We just have to show the EPA and Ghana officials that it’s feasible in that country.”

Hossain helped the city of Denton successfully implement the first Enhanced Leachate Recirculation landfill in Texas. Denton’s landfill generates enough energy to power about 3,000 households.

The UT Arlington team also recently was awarded a $300,000 contract with the Dallas-based CP&Y engineering firm to help boost methane production in the Corpus Christi landfill system.

Read more about Hossain and Sattler's landfill energy projects.

Center for Students in Recovery invites faculty, staff to Monday info session

The new Center for Students in Recovery will host an informational session for faculty and staff who are interested in being involved in collaborative programming and mentorships. The session is noon-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Learn more at

Mav Pic Rankin Society Luncheon

Giving nature

New Edward E. Rankin Legacy Society members Jessica and Stephen "Bear" Lunce visit with President Vistasp Karbhari at the society's luncheon Wednesday. Jessica is the special programs coordinator for the College of Education and Health Professions. Stephen is the assistant director of auxiliary services for the E.H. Hereford University Center. Established in 2010, the Rankin Society recognizes faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and retirees who have established an estate gift for the benefit of UT Arlington or a college, school, department, or program. The society is named for the business and civic leader who was the driving force behind Arlington College, from which UT Arlington traces its beginnings. See the list of new donors.


Lactation room location correction

The new lactation room in University Hall is Room 132. For questions about the lactation rooms, contact Eunice Currie at 2-5554 or

Alliance Contract Vendor Fair brings variety of vendors to campus Tuesday

Bring your department's shopping list to the first Alliance Contract Vendor Fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in College Park Center’s Hospitality Suite.

Vendors will showcase everything from equipment, supplies, and IT peripherals to maintenance and repair items, and office supplies. Door prizes, giveaways, light refreshments, and more are planned.

The UT Arlington Procurement Office and the UT System Supply Chain Alliance sponsor the fair. The Supply Chain Alliance is a strategic sourcing team that contracts on behalf of UT System institutions.

UTA Bookstore offers rebate program

The UTA Bookstore's Stock Up & Cash In program offers rebates through Sunday, Sept. 15.

Spend $100 to receive $10 off your next in-store purchase. Spend $150 for $20 off next time, or $300 to save $50. The program is valid for in-store and online purchases with in-store pickup and excludes previous purchases, computer hardware, software, and gift cards.

The bookstore is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The MAX tickets go mobile with GoPass app

The GoPass will make buying tickets for The MAX even more convenient. Download the app to buy tickets right from your phone. Read about the GoPass amenities, such as buy now, use later; digital ticket recognition; and trip planning.

The Metro Arlington Xpress provides bus service between the College Park District and Trinity Railway Express' CentrePort Station. The service is 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. A ticket for The MAX and TRE is $5 with discounts for students, seniors, and those with a disability.

Facebook Like Button

'Like' Research Administration on Facebook for chance at grant workshop tuition

UT Arlington faculty who "like" the UT Arlington Research Administration on Facebook and the post announcing this giveaway before Friday, Sept. 13, will be entered to win a free registration to a grant development workshop.

Tuition to the Professional Grant Development Workshop on Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-25, at UT Dallas is $595. Register online for the workshop or the webinar, which is $195.

Cyclethon teams needed to pump up World Heart Day

Get pumped for World Heart Day and the annual Cyclethon on Monday, Sept. 23.

The annual challenge has teams pedaling from noon to midnight at the Maverick Activities Center. A team member must pedal the stationary bike at all times during the 12-hour contest.

Register by Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Services and Info Desk at the MAC. Cost is $30 per team; late registration is $35. All money goes to the American Heart Association.

Greek Row Drive closed Sunday morning

Greek Row Drive will be closed between West Nedderman and Davis drives 7 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 15, for the North Texas Kids Triathlon. Mitchell Street between Davis Drive and Fielder Road also will be closed.

Residents and visitors parked in Trinity Lot and Lot 30, south of the UTA Tennis Center, should move their vehicles from these two lots by 7 a.m. Sunday.

The Link

The Link International Friendship Program seeks to partner faculty, students with community members

International students and faculty members can link up with Arlington community members through The Link’s friendship program, sponsored by the Office of International Education.

Online applications for international students and faculty and for community friends are due by Friday, Sept. 20.

Beware of phishing messages

Phishing is when criminals send specially crafted email messages in order to get users to give up their usernames and passwords, or other personal information. Their goal is to obtain access to your accounts, often to send spam from compromised email accounts, but also to acquire access to bank accounts or information useful for identity theft.

Learn more at UT Arlington’s anti-phishing website for guidance on how to recognize a phishing message, what to do if you if you’ve received a suspicious message or if you’ve fallen victim to one.

Follow these tips for online safety:

Don’t click on links sent to you by individuals you do not know.

Never divulge your password to anyone, and pay close attention to the web address of any website requesting you to log in.

Don’t use the same password for all of your online accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Amazon, bank, UT, etc.), particularly those providing access to funds or confidential information.

Extra Credit

Friday, Sept. 13

Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Inderjit S. Dhillon, professor of computer science at UT Austin. Free. 3 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Bruce Palfey
the University of Michigan Medical School speaks on "Old and New Mechanisms in Old and New Jobs: Flavin Enzymology Never Gets Boring." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Customer Service 101 Learn the techniques of outstanding customer service. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Conducting Effective Meetings Explore the basic keys to conducting effective meetings that will help your team get the right information and then get the job done. Learn insights and tools for virtual meetings. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

NORML Documentary Film Series "In Pot We Trust" is the second of five documentary films. $2. 6 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. NORML.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Dealing with Difficult Employees and People Discover concrete techniques for dealing with difficult people in the workplace and at home. Participants will learn the proper way to discipline and alternatives to firing. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Texas Medical Research Collaborative Project Showcase Event Grant recipients from 2012 will present updates, including eight UT Arlington researchers. Free, but registration is required. 1-4:30 p.m., Texas Health Resources, 612 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington. Texas Medical Research Collaborative Project.

Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-25

Professional Development Grant Writing This intensive three-day grant proposal workshop is geared to strengthen grant writing skills and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals from various funding agencies. Register online or call 866-704-7268 or 571-257-8864. $595; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. UT Dallas, Richardson. Also "Fundamentals of Proposal Writing" webinar; $191; 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. UT Dallas.

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

Sports Notes
Hannah Nilsson

Taking the lead: Junior Hannah Nilsson is among the returning Mavericks for the women's cross country team. Sun Belt Conference coaches picked the Mav men to win the Sun Belt title and the women to place third.


Cross country to host UTA Season Opener Saturday

The men's and women's cross country teams kick off their seasons this weekend by hosting the UTA Season Opener/Gerald Richey High School Invitational at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. Admission is free.

The women will run at 8 a.m., followed by the men about 20 minutes later. The men's teams scheduled to run are UALR, Louisiana-Monroe, and North Texas. The women face Baylor, SMU, UALR, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, and Midwestern State. High school boys and girls races follow the college contests.

The Maverick men are the favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference in the school's first year in the league, while the women are picked third.

Volleyball hosts Hilton Maverick Classic this weekend

The Mavericks volleyball team returns home to host the Hilton Maverick Classic Friday-Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at College Park Center. The team plays UTSA at 7 p.m. Friday, and Mississippi Valley State 1:30 p.m. and TAMU-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

After losing to Mississippi State on Friday, UT Arlington opened the second day of the Baylor Classic with a 3-1 win over the Lady Bears on Saturday morning at the Ferrell Center. The Mavs later fell to Tulsa in a close three sets. Charmaine Whitmore was named All-Defensive Player of the tournament, and Taylor Gross was named to the All-Tournament team.

Sports shorts

A rough final round dropped the golf team into a tie for 10th at the Northern Intercollegiate. The Mavericks return to the links Monday, Sept. 23, at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic in Sound Bend, Ind.

An adapted wheelchair sports division is available with advanced request for racquetball, Monday, Sept. 16; billiards, Saturday, Sept. 21; badminton, Wednesday, Oct. 2; and table tennis, Saturday, Nov. 16. Contact for details.

See the men's basketball schedule and women's basketball schedule. Both teams open Friday, Nov. 8, with the men playing at Boise State and the women at Houston Baptist.

Premium seat tickets for men's and women's basketball games are now on sale. To upgrade or change seats, contact Brian Lukas at 2-6319 or

For volleyball season tickets go online, call 2-9595, or visit the College Park Center Box Office.

Intramural entries due for racquetball, flag football

Deadlines for individual/dual intramural sports are: racquetball, Friday, Sept. 13; and billiards tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Entry deadlines for team intramural sports are pre-season flag football tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 17; and flag football, Wednesday, Sept. 18. If you don't have a team, sign up as a free agent.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

Food, nutrition topic of two fitness classes

Plan your week for fitness with group exercise and instructional classes at the Maverick Activities Center.

Eating on the Run—Discover the tools to eat well with limited time and with limited effort on your part, plus what the better choices are when eating out instead of at home. $20. 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 17-24, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center.

The Real Scoop on Nutrition—Examine the basics of nutrition so you can make informed choices about what you eat. $40. 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 9, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center.

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Going Out
  UTA Presents

The Maverick Lens looks at Central Library

Maverick Lens

The Central Library takes center stage in a new juried photo exhibit The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library.

The Maverick Lens is an annual photo exhibit designed to reflect the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. Views from the Library is the theme of this year's exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UT Arlington Library.

Olivia Themudo won first place for Untitled Self Portrait #5, above. Other winners include Jeremy Schack, Shadows, second place; Cristina Paz, Untitled 1, third place, and Untitled 2, honorable mention.

The exhibit is sponsored by the UT Arlington Library and the Department of Modern Languages.

See the exhibit online or in the sixth floor parlor at the Central Library through April 5, 2014.

Thursday, Sept. 12

Linton Powell Organ Recital Music Professor Linton Powell performs his 38th annual organ recital. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Sept. 13

Volleyball Hilton Maverick Classic Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Tickets $5. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m., vs. Mississippi Valley State; 7 p.m., vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi. See the Hilton Maverick Classic schedule. Athletics.

Friends of the Library: Carmen Goldthwaite Author Carmen Goldthwaite discusses her new book Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Volunteer: Fall Job Fair Choose a one-hour shift or more than one shift 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean up, carrying employer cases, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables. Register to volunteer by Friday, Sept. 13. Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Maverick Activities Center. Career Center.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Wind Symphony Concert The UT Arlington Wind Symphony, Douglas Stotter conducting, honors the great American composers of the 20th century including Bernstein, Copland, and Ives. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Sept. 16

Ven Conmigo a La Gria Latina: Come with Me to the Latin Tour Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.

Guest Artist Recital: Spirit Wind A trio with Terry Ewell on the bassoon, Doris DeLoach on the oboe, and Laurel Ewell on the flute will perform Vivaldi, Gabaye, and Terry Ewell's "Paradise Lost." Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Community Partner Breakfast Faculty and staff can meet nonprofit directors interested in collaborative projects at the breakfast. Keynote speaker is Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs. Register online by Tuesday, Sept. 17. Free. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for Community Service Learning.

Maverick Speakers Series Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas speaks on ”Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.“ Question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.


The Gallery at UTA: Materials & Identity Photo-based works by Seattle-area artists Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, along with Dallas artist Paho Mann, address individual and collective identity as reflected in what we consume, discard, and recycle. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 5. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.

Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Thursday, Nov. 7. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

JFK exhibit

Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.

Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Tail Waggin' Wednesdays Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.

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



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