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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ken Roemer

Dr. Kenneth Roemer

Roemer named to UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Kenneth Roemer, a celebrated UT Arlington English professor, is one of five faculty members who will be inducted this year into The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Dr. Roemer is an expert in American Indian and Utopian literatures who was honored in 2011 with the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and previously has been honored as a UT Arlington Distinguished Scholar Professor and a Distinguished Teaching Professor.

He will be recognized during a ceremony in Austin next week for his leadership and commitment to improving teaching and fostering instructional innovation.

Read more about Roemer's honor.

UTA earns status as Hispanic-Serving Institution

UT Arlington has met U.S. Department of Education requirements to be considered a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a status that makes it eligible for federal grants supporting and strengthening institutions with large numbers of Hispanic students.

UT Arlington becomes the highest-profile public research university in North Texas to receive the designation and one of about 300 nationally.

“This designation is aligned with the mission of our University, which is to be an internationally recognized research university distinguished by excellence in every regard and by the access we provide to students from all backgrounds,” President Vistasp Karbhari says.

Read more about the Hispanic-Serving Institution rating.

CASE awards

Top honors: The UTA homepage was one of seven gold award winners produced by Marketing Communications in the 2014 CASE District IV competition. The department received 13 total awards, including one silver, four bronze, and one honorable mention.

UTA comes up golden in CASE awards competition

The office of Marketing Communications received 13 awards in the 2014 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV competition. The recognition featured seven highly coveted gold awards—more top honors than any institution in the district.

Gold awards included the Web category for the UTA homepage, the design-viewbook category for Unbranded, the online magazine category for Inquiry magazine, and the Web-mobile application category for the UTA online campus map.

The full suite of Maverick Speakers Series communications won the top honor as a publication design series. Rounding out the first-place winners were photographs in the color photography people and portraits category and in the color photography series category.

“I’m so proud of the level of overall excellence that the Marketing Communications team always achieves,” says David Johnson, associate vice president for marketing and communications in University Communications. “These awards highlight just a few of the many quality communications produced annually and also demonstrate the University’s ongoing commitment and support for being a top institution in all areas.”

In addition to the seven gold awards, the department also received one silver and four bronze awards, as well as one honorable mention.

CASE District IV represents more than 200 institutions in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and the Republic of Mexico. The 2014 competition drew nearly 1,300 entries in 75 categories. See the complete list of winners.

Dr. Frank Lamas

Dr. Frank Lamas

Lamas guest of Last Lecture program

Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs, shares his thoughts as guest speaker in the fourth annual Last Lecture Series.

The free lecture is at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

The series is based on inspirational Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He gave his last lecture in 2007, asking students to live life to the fullest and to consider their legacy.

Dr. Lamas will leave the University in May to become vice president for student affairs at California State University, Fresno. During his tenure at UT Arlington, Lamas has led a transformation of the student experience through a period of unprecedented enrollment growth and campus expansion. Most notably, he has led the student affairs effort and developed student-centered programs during the University’s rapid transition to a residential campus.

The lecture is sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honors society and the Leadership Center.

Real estate contest winners

Real winners: Real estate graduate students who won the Texas Shoot-Out celebrate with their adviser. From left are Chris Tejeda, Jason Morrison, faculty member Megan Topham, Cody Bowden, Jeremy Lott, and Daniel Smith

UTA wins Texas Shoot-Out Real Estate competition for second year in a row

For the second consecutive year, graduate students in the Master of Science in Real Estate program won the Texas Shoot-Out Real Estate competition sponsored by NAIOP North Texas, a commercial real estate development association.

Teams developed a highest- and best-use case for a four-acre site on West Commerce Street in the West Dallas submarket. Judges said UTA’s students clearly demonstrated a thorough understanding of real-world commercial development projects.

Also competing were teams from UT Austin, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and SMU.

The real estate program is part of the Department of Finance and Real Estate in the College of Business.

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Here's to excellence

Provost Ron Elsenbaumer, right, toasts faculty members for their accomplishments at the Faculty Creative Works reception Monday at the Central Library. The annual event showcases the academic achievement and scholarly activity of faculty members during the previous year.

PLC mini-conference Friday

The Professional e-Learning Community (PLC) invites faculty and staff to its second annual Connections mini-conference 12:30-3 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

The afternoon features presentations, demonstrations, and networking and includes light refreshments. Planned are a review of PLC's spring projects and current topics in higher education, such as engaging students through technology, personalization of feedback, simulation experiences, and flipped and blended courses.

PLC is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning and facilitated by the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab.

RSVP to Laurel Mayo at

Early voting next week for local elections

Cast your ballot for city and school district elections 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, April 29-May 1, at the Maverick Activities Center. Learn more at the Tarrant County Election Center website.

'The Shorthorn' earns top honors

The Shorthorn earned 47 awards from the 2013 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association's state convention, including Best of Show and Reporter of the Year. 

The student newspaper received five first-place, five second-place, and 16 third-place awards. Read the list of winners.

Download UTA Mobile for Maverick discounts

Find discounts and bargains for Mavericks by downloading the iOS UTA Mobile app or accessing it through your Android Internet browser.

Use the app to search for businesses participating in the Maverick Discount Program.

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Military matters

Army Surgeon General Patricia Horoho, center, visited with ROTC cadet Paul Wilkerson, left, and recruit Mitchell Garrison on Monday. The Army's first female and first nurse surgeon general spoke about military medicine at the Rosebud Theatre. The College of Nursing and the UTA Research Institute sponsored Lt. Gen. Horoho's lecture.


Stuffed toy drive benefits young victims

Teddy bears and other stuffed animals are needed for children who are accident or crime victims, witnesses to crime, or who have experienced a traumatic event.

Bring donations of new stuffed animals to Rooms 223 or 362 in University Hall or the lobby of the Central Library through Friday, April 25.

Donations go to victim services of the Arlington Police Department. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program sponsor the drive.

Faculty, associates honored at annual spring meeting Tuesday

President's and provost's awards are just a few of the accolades to be distributed at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Awards will be announced for teaching, research, mentoring, advising, service learning, grants, and distance education, with remarks by President Vistasp Karbhari. The event is open to the public. A reception follows.

Lot 49 reserved for Special Olympics event on Saturday

Parking spaces in Lot 49 at Cooper and Mitchell streets will be reserved Saturday, April 26, for a Special Olympics cycling event. The lot will close at midnight Friday, April 25.

Parking options include permit spaces in the surrounding parking lots. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

System maintenance this weekend

The Office of Information Technology will conduct system maintenance at the Arlington Data Center 2-7 a.m. Sunday, April 27.

Services that may be impacted include UTA websites, blogs, wikis, and web publishing services; MyMav; Blackboard; authorization and authentication services; NetID self-service; network storage; J and K drives; ResearchFS and DepartmentFS; campus printing; listserv; Omega; Sharepoint; Talk; CS-Gold; ImageNow; Echo360; and ITSM.

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

Get in shape for Blazing Race on May 14

Join the Wellness Committee on National Employee Health and Fitness Day at the Blazing Race on Wednesday, May 14.

Register by Thursday, May 8.

Sign up now for Living Well, Moving Well challenge

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 7.

Learn more about how you can get involved, score points for UTA, and receive a free pedometer.

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 24

Psychology Department Colloquium Ronald Riggio of Claremont McKenna College speaks on organizational and transformational leadership. Free. 4 p.m., Planetarium. Psychology.

Earth/Environmental Science Lecture Feng He of the University of Wisconsin-Madison discusses “Transient simulation of the last deglaciation with coupled global climate models.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Earth and Environmental Science.

Biology Colloquium Series Virginia Weis of Oregon State University speaks on “The Regulation of Coral-dinoflagellate Symbioses: The Role of Innate Immunity.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Take Back the Night This international campaign seeks to end all forms of relationship and sexual violence and to create safe communities. Free. 6-8 p.m., Library mall. RVSP.

Friday, April 25

Chemistry/Biochemistry Speaker Series William A. Maio of New Mexico State University presents "Synthetic Studies en Route to the First Total Synthesis of Taumycin A.” Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Saturday, April 26

CPR/AED Training Hands-on skills training prepares participants to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies and the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Seven Steps to Self-Publishing Author and publisher Grace LaJoy reviews the tools to copyrighting and publishing your own book, as well as valuable book marketing techniques. Register online. Faculty, staff $75; use code UTHALF. 9-10:30 a.m. Continuing Education.

Tuesday, April 29

One Day Without Shoes Take off your shoes to raise global awareness for children's health and education. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall. Leadership Center.

Developing Assertive Communication Skills Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Managing Stress in the Workplace, Thursday, May 1; and Team Building for Supervisors, Tuesday, May 6Register 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

Tennis players named to All-Conference teams

Six Maverick tennis players earned spots on the All-Conference teams at the Sun Belt Conference Championships this past weekend.

Sophomore Elizabeth Thoms was named to the All-Conference Singles First Team, while freshman Angeles de los Rios was named to the All-Conference Singles Second Team.

Sophomore Carlos Arbiza was named to the All-Conference Singles First Team and the All-Conference Doubles First Team with senior Javier Perez. Freshman Daniel Armengol was named to the All-Conference Singles Second Team and paired with sophomore Austin Robles to earn All-Conference Doubles Second Team.

The women's team suffered a 4-3 loss to South Alabama in the semifinals Saturday. The Mavericks finished the year with a 12-8 overall record.

The men's team lost 4-1 to Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. The Mavericks completed their season 8-13 overall.

Sports shorts

  • The baseball team defeated Oklahoma 6-5 Tuesday night in Norman, notching its third victory over a Big 12 program this season. On Sunday, the Mavericks rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to avoid a three-game Sun Belt Conference sweep and beat No. 2 Louisiana-Lafayette 5-4 at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks are 18-23 overall and 9-9 in conference action. They return to Sun Belt play Friday, April 25, at Troy.
  • The softball team defeated Louisiana-Monroe 4-3 Saturday at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavericks improved to 19-26 overall and 4-10 in Sun Belt action. The Mavs played Abilene Christian on Wednesday at Allan Saxe Field.
  • The men’s and women’s track teams earned honors Saturday at the Michael Johnson Dr Pepper Classic in Waco. The UTA men won the 4x100 relay, and Roland Sales won the high jump. The teams compete in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday-Saturday, April 24-26
  • The golf team surrendered a late final-round lead Wednesday and slipped to third place in the Sun Belt Conference Championship at Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier, Miss. Joss Gosling led the Mavericks individually by finishing eighth at 1-under-par. He was one spot ahead of teammate Brad Mason, who shot a 2-under 70 in Round 3 to end the tournament at even par.

Register for 41st annual Metro Golf Tournament

The 41st Annual Metro Golf Tournament will be Monday, May 19, at the Iron Horse Golf Course in North Richland Hills. The tournament is open to faculty and staff members of area colleges and universities along with UT Arlington alumni. 

Register by Friday, May 2. For more details, contact Chris Muller at or 2-3277.

Intramural entries for FIFA, poker tourneys due soon

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include 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

Thursday, April 24

MavPlays MainStage Series No Lifeguard on Duty and Gruesome Playground Injuries. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 general admission. 8 p.m., Room 131, Fine Arts Building north. Also, Saturday, April 26Theatre Arts.

UTA Bands Concerts Performances by the UTA Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds, under the direction of John Zastoupil. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, April 25

MavPlays Lunch Box Matinee HomeFree! Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 general admission. Noon, Room 131, Fine Arts Building north. Theatre Arts.

Faculty Violin Recital Martha Walvoord, associate professor of violin, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

MavPlays Studio Series Waiting for FortyKingdom of the SpiderAbsent Minded, and Leaving Tampa. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 general admission. 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building north. Also, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27Theatre Arts.

Saturday, April 26

Faculty Double Bass Recital A double bass recital featuring music faculty member Jack Unzicker. Free. 1:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Softball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Free. 1 and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27Athletics.

UTA Wind Symphony Concert A concert featuring the UTA Wind Symphony under the direction of Doug Stotter, director of bands. Tickets $9 adults; $6 students, senior citizens. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, April 29

Faculty Jazz Piano Recital A jazz piano recital featuring Dan Cavanagh, associate professor and associate director of jazz studies. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Exhibit: 'The Story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker' A collection of 45 photographs of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Comanche chief Quanah Parker. In conjunction with the Frontier Odyssey Symposium. Free. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through May 30Center 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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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

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