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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dr. Kimberly van Noort

Dr. Kimberly van Noort

Van Noort named director of University College

Kimberly van Noort has been named associate vice provost for undergraduate studies and director of University College. Her new position begins May 1.

Dr. van Noort has served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts for the past 11 years and is an associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages. She holds a doctoral degree in French literature from Boston University. 

She will be responsible for all aspects of undergraduate curricular development and management, as well as student success programs provided in University College.

"Dr. van Noort's experience with the Committee on Undergraduate Curricula as well as with advancing effective student advising in the College of Liberal Arts has prepared her well for this position," says Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Frank Lu

Dr. Frank Lu

Frank Lu elected vice president of AIAA

Frank Lu, professor of aerospace engineering, has been elected vice president of publications of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Lu, director of the Aerodynamics Research Center, joined UT Arlington in 1987.

He has served as editor-in-chief of AIAA Progress in Aeronautics and Astronautics and as an editorial board member of Shock Waves, Aerospace Science and Technology, and International Journal of Aerospace Innovation; and the book series Shock and High Pressure Phenomena.

AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, with more than 35,000 individual and 100 corporate members from 80 countries.

Dr. Antonio Flores

Dr. Antonio Flores

Hispanics in higher ed topic of CMAS lecture

Antonio Flores, president of the National Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, will discuss Hispanics in higher education for the Center for Mexican American Studies' Distinguished Lecture.

Dr. Flores will speak on “Changing Demographics in Higher Education: The Challenge and the Promise of Hispanic Success” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building.

An expert on minorities in higher education, Flores will review changing demographics during the past decades and their effects on educational policies. Hispanics are now one-fourth of the nation’s K-12 student population, and universities are challenged to help fulfill the educational promise to this burgeoning population.

His talk will address exemplary and promising practices at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs. To be an HSI, a university must have full-time, undergraduate enrollment that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students.

"UTA is transitioning to HSI status, and Dr. Flores’ talk will help us to think of how to best prepare and respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by the growing number of minority students," says Christian Zlolniski, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.

  Mav Tube Nina TotenbergVideo Extra

Supreme stories

NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg shared tales about the Supreme Court and her coverage of the institution at Tuesday's Maverick Speakers Series. Watch the video.

Migrant laborers in East Asia topic of Termini Lecture

Issues surrounding citizenship, reproductive rights, and migrant labor in East Asia will be the focus of the 2014 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture today, Thursday, April 10.

Nicole Constable, director of Asian studies and professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, addresses “Precarious and Privileged Lives: The Politics of Migrant Labor and Motherhood” at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Architecture Building. A reception begins at 6 p.m. in the foyer.

Her lecture focuses on the rights of migrant workers and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.

Dr. Constable is author and editor of several books including Romance on a Global Stage: Pen Pals, Virtual Ethnography and ‘Mail Order’ Marriages, and Maid to Order in Hong Kong: Stories of Migrant Workers. Her newest book, Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor, will be available this spring.

Apply for sustainability faculty fellowships by Tuesday

The University Sustainability Committee offers faculty fellowships on sustainability in the curriculum.

Faculty fellowships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 for one semester support development of modules on sustainability for existing courses, laboratory exercises, service learning exercises, field trips, development of new courses, or development of other curriculum products. Application deadline is Tuesday, April 15.

For more information, see Campus Sustainability or contact Chris Morris at

Discount tickets available for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers

Although tickets have sold out for block seating for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers, you still can see the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners at a discount.

The game is Monday, April 14, at Globe Life Park, formerly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Pre-game festivities start at approximately 6:45 p.m. when a UT Arlington representative throws out the first pitch. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Order discounted tickets online and use the password GOMAVS.

For block seating at UT Arlington Night with the Rangers, print your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center box office and exchange it for actual tickets by noon April 14.

Feedback surveys open to students starting April 17

Students in lectures, seminars, practicums, and labs will soon receive invitations to complete the online Student Feedback Survey. Learn about the survey process, including how to boost your response rates, by visiting and clicking on Faculty.

Surveys for all 15-week spring courses are open Thursday, April 17-Friday, May 2, before the final exam period begins.

Mav Pic Food Fair for International Week 2014

Detailing delicacies

Ram Pandey, left, computer engineering junior, explains Nepal food favorites to Vicki Sorensen, right, associate director of the English Language Institute, at Tuesday's Food Fair for International Week. Guanjana Shakya, finance senior, and Shrada Chaulagain, information systems sophomore, helped serve guests.


Share programs with new Mavericks at upcoming involvement fair

University departments, programs, and student organizations are encouraged to host an information table at New Maverick Orientation's Involvement Fair on Thursday, April 17. The fair is 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The fair is an opportunity to meet incoming students and recruit for your organization or share information about your programs and services. Tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Register online by Tuesday, April 15. For more information, contact Student Activities and Organizations at 2-2963 or

Transition to UT Share begins, training classes continue

The transition to UT Share starts this month with a go-live date of Monday, May 5, for finance and human resources transactions.

To convert data from DEFINE into UT Share, certain monthly due dates are being amended and a temporary hold on some operations will be enacted.

Read more about the cutover plan and blackout dates. The link includes department contacts for your questions about deadlines or your role in the cutover process.

Register for training on the new software application.

Spring on the Green

Bring kids to Spring on The Green

The College Park District invites kids ages 5 and younger to "Spring on The Green" on Wednesday, April 16, at The Green at College Park.

The two-hour event features an Easter egg hunt starting at 10:30 a.m., face painting, bunny-themed crafts, games, and light refreshments. 

Register online. Free parking is reserved in the College Park South garage. Enter the garage from Center Street.

UT Arlington and Downtown Arlington Texas sponsor the event. 

New issue of 'Maverick Safety Matters' online

Brush up on severe weather safety in the spring issue of Maverick Safety Matters, the newsletter of the Environmental Health and Safety Office. Two traditional EH&S trainings are now made available online. Other articles are “Keeping Your Water Safe” and “Things to Know Before Mowing the Lawn.”

Performance reviews due April 28

Annual performance reviews for employees must be completed by Monday, April 28Training on conducting the performance reviews and evaluation forms are online. For questions, email or call 2-5554.

Benefit Yourself

Are you up to the challenge of living well?

Team up with the UT Arlington Wellness Committee for the 2014 UT System Physical Activity Challenge, Living Well, Moving Well, beginning Thursday, May 1.

Register through the Living Well Health Platform by Wednesday, May 7Learn more about how you can get involved, score points for UTA, and receive a free pedometer.

Join the Wellness Committee on National Employee Health and Fitness Day at the Blazing Race on Wednesday, May 21.

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

Thursday, April 10

MOOCs: Connectivism and Coherence Professor George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab, discusses massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. School of Urban and Public Affairs, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Adventures in Antiquity Symposium Andrew Scholtz of Binghamton University explores the impact of Greek fertility god Priapus and his role in fending off “the evil eye of envy” in Roman literature and artwork. Free. 3:30 p.m. Room 2102A, Fine Arts Building; reception follows, Room 305, Carlisle Hall. Classical StudiesPhilosophy and Humanities.

Biology Colloquium Series Lisette Waits of the University of Idaho speaks on “Landscape Genetics and Contributions to Wildlife Ecology and Management.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, April 11

Light Rail Research Monica Deza of UT Dallas and Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato of Stanford University present "Access to Light Rail and Neighborhood Evolution: Capitalization or Agglomeration Effects?" Free. 10 a.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Monday, April 14

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Technology Roundtable: Makerspace Learn about the upcoming makerspace area in the Central Library. RSVP. Free. 10:30-11:30 a.m., Room 111, Trimble Hall. Curriculum and Instruction.

Tuesday, April 15

Rethinking Dyslexia

Managing Across Generations Understand the needs and expectations of different generations and how to relate to other generations without giving up your own generational identity. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, April 16

Documentary: 'The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia' Screening and discussion of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Curriculum and InstructionDisability Studies.

Coming up

Cynthia Ann Parker

Frontier Odyssey Symposium The two-day symposium will explore the interaction between Native Americans and Anglo-Americans in 19th century Texas as well as Texas legends Cynthia Ann Parker, right, and her son, Quanah Parker. Thursday-Friday, April 17-18Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, History, UT Arlington Libraries.

Friends of the Library Pulitzer-Prize winning author and UT Austin Professor Glenn Frankel discusses his bestselling book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, which is loosely based on the life of Cynthia Ann Parker. A reception and book signing follow the meeting. Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Business Speakers Series Yasemin Kor of the University of South Carolina presents "Positive and Negative Synergies Between the CEO's and the Corporate Board's Human and Social Capital: A Study of Biotechnology Firms." Free. 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, Room 153, Business Building. Business.

Human Resources Training The Art of Listening, Thursday, April 17; Customer Service 101, Tuesday, April 22; and Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, Wednesday, April 23Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes
  Hannah Nilsson

Fast times: Hannah Nilsson leads the Sun Belt Conference in the 1500 meters by nearly five full seconds.

Tracksters post league bests in several events

The men’s and women’s track and field teams posted some of the Sun Belt Conference’s top 2014 times and marks Saturday during their participation at the Crimson Tide Invite. The Mavs competed against non-SBC teams from Alabama, Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Penn State.

Ashly Wright was the runner-up in the 800 meters at 2:07.55, clocking the fastest league time by three seconds. Shae Johnson was runner-up in the 200 meters, the third fastest time in the conference this year. Hannah Nilsson claimed third place in the 1500 meters, best in the league by nearly five seconds.

On the men’s side, Roland Sales claimed the SBC's top clearance when he took fourth in the high jump (6-10.75). Philip Critelli ranks second in the league in the 800 meters (1:51.56).

Third-place winners were DeAndrea Smith, 400 meters; Tobi Fawehinmi, long jump; and DeOna Stafford, 100-meter hurdles.

Sports shorts

  • Fifty student-athletes were honored at the Academic Achievement Luncheon on Monday at College Park Center. See the list of honorees.
  • The baseball team won five of its last six league games when it beat Louisiana-Monroe at Clay Gould Ballpark 10-8 Friday and 6-1 Saturday before falling 7-5. The team lost 7-4 to Houston Baptist on Tuesday. The Mavericks are 14-19 for the season and 6-6 in conference play. 
  • The women's tennis team defeated Middle Tennessee 4-2 Friday at the UTA Tennis Center. The Mavericks improved to 11-7 and are on a three-match winning streak. The team plays at home Sunday, April 13, against Texas State.
  • The softball team won its first Sun Belt Conference game 3-1 at Georgia State on Saturday before two defeats, 6-4 later that day and 4-1 Sunday. The Mavs dropped to 15-23 overall and 1-8 in the Sun Belt Conference. The team played Wednesday at Abilene Christian and faces Troy on Saturday-Sunday, April 12-13, at Allan Saxe Field.
  • The 2014 Softball Reunion starts at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 13, at Allan Saxe Field when the Mavericks take on Troy. Alumnae can RSVP by email to or call 2-9613.
  • The men's golf team finished fifth in the team standings in the Jim West Intercollegiate in McKinney on Monday and Tuesday.

Intramural entries due in April

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include badminton doubles, Sunday, April 13; FIFA Video Game Tournament, Wednesday, April 30; and poker tournament, Thursday, May 1

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

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Music performances from Fort Worth to Dallas

Musical notes

Music faculty and students perform from one side of the Metroplex to the other.

UT Arlington sponsors the MAIN Stage at 9th Street at the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival. Performances on Saturday, April 12, include the UTA Jazz Combo, 11 a.m.; UTA Jazz Ensemble, 12:30 p.m., and UTA Jazz Orchestra, 2 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.

On Monday, April 14, the UTA Symphony Orchestra and A Cappella Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. in Dallas. Program pieces scheduled include Dvořák’s Te Deum, Gershwin’s Concerto in F, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Featured music faculty members include soprano Soo Hong Kim, baritone David Grogan, and pianist John Solomons. Tickets are $10.

Head to Texas Hall on Thursday, April 17, to hear the UTA Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music, and Ken Edwards. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 general admission and $6 for students, youth, and seniors.

Thursday, April 10

Zumbathon Part of Red Flag Campaign. $8. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, RVSP Program.

Friday, April 11

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception View art in various media by Master of Fine Arts candidates. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. Exhibit through Saturday, April 19Art and Art History.

Friday Night Film: 'Frozen Sing-A-Long' Rated PG-13. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, April 12

Softball Mavericks vs. Troy. Free. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Guest Artist Recital The Wyeth String Quartet performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, April 14

Downtown Arlington Music Monday Lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center, Arlington. Music

Tuesday, April 15

CAAS Night at Globe Life Park Join the Center for African American Studies to watch the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners. Order tickets by Friday, April 11. Game 7 p.m., Globe Life Park. Center for African American Studies.

Earth Day

Spotlight Entertainment Series: Matthew Broussard Matthew Broussard is a stand-up comedian and author of Monday Punday. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, April 16

Earth Day Meet environmental vendors for energy and waste. Bring your old electronics for recycling. Free herb plants while supplies last. Earth Day T-shirts for $10. Gluten-free and gourmet vegetarian meals. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., University Center mall. Office of Sustainability.

Coming up

Quanah Parker

Exhibit: 'The Story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker' A collection of 45 photographs of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Comanche chief Quanah Parke, right. In conjunction with the Frontier Odyssey Symposium. Free. Monday, April 14-May 30, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, HistoryUT Arlington Libraries.


Special Collections: The U.S.-Mexico War, 1846-1848 Attention on the “forgotten” U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 30UT Arlington LibrariesSpecial Collections

MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for Good, Exoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.

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



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