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

Monday, April 28, 2014

Record number of graduates set for Commencement ceremonies

A record 4,561 students are planning to collect their degrees this spring, with more than 3,400 earning undergraduate degrees, more than 1,000 master’s degrees, and about 120 doctorate degrees.

Commencement ceremonies are set for Friday-Sunday, May 9-11, at College Park Center. The Commencement Week schedule is available online. 

An impressive list of speakers at this year’s commencement ceremonies includes:

  • College of Business—John C. Terrell, UT Arlington alumnus, Southlake mayor, and vice president of commercial development at DFW International Airport
  • College of Education and Health Professions—Mark David Milliron, co-founder and chief learning officer of Civitas Learning
  • College of Engineering—Krish Prabhu, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer at AT&T
  • College of Liberal Arts—Gerry Mecca, an alumnus and vice president/chief information officer of Dr Pepper Bottling Co. of Texas
  • College of Nursing—Lori Donovan, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • School of Architecture—Fred Perpall, an alumnus, chief executive officer, and managing director of The Beck Group
  • School of Social Work and School of Urban and Public Affairs—Joel Burns, Fort Worth City Council member

Faculty, associates to be 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.

Performance reviews due today

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

Mav Pic Frank Lamas

Parting thoughts

Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs, shared his thoughts at the fourth annual Last Lecture Series on Thursday at Nedderman Hall. Dr. Lamas will leave the University in May to become vice president for student affairs at California State University, Fresno. 


Early voting for local elections on campus this week

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.

CAAS honors reception Friday

The Center for African American Studies invites faculty, staff, students, and community members to the CAAS Honors Annual Recognition Reception at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

This end-of-the-year celebration recognizes the achievements and contributions of CAAS students, faculty, and community supporters. Presentations from CAAS students, interns, and African American Studies minors will be showcased. Marnese Elder of Parkland Health and Hospital System is the keynote speaker.

RSVP to or 2-9642. 

Donations needed for spring book drive

Golden Key International Honour Society hosts a spring book drive through Friday, May 9.

Bring gently used books from any category to boxes at the Fine Arts Building, Life Science Building, Pickard Hall, and the Central Library. Books will be donated to the Central Library and Better World Books.

For details, contact Kevin Schuck at or 2-0102.

Thirst Project at UTA Bookstore on Wednesday

The Thirst Project will recruit volunteers to spread the word on the water crisis Wednesday, April 30, at the UTA Bookstore.

Learn about the project 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with a video presentation at 5 p.m., and meet Allie Gonino of ABC Family's The Lying Game and The Sundance Channel's upcoming series, The Red Road.

Rebate offered on multi-year UTA license plates

Receive a $50 rebate on any multi-year plate purchase from My Plates through Friday, May 9

Browse through, select a plate with a multi-year term, and enter promo code 50APR14 at checkout. My Plates will mail a check for $50 within four to six weeks of the purchase date.

Benefit Yourself

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.

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 14Register by Thursday, May 8.

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

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.

Thursday, May 1

Managing Stress in the Workplace Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Saturday, May 3

Piloxing Fitness Class Burn calories and improve your cardiovascular health in this fun and energetic workout that combines the muscle sculpting of Pilates and the aerobic intensity of boxing. Register online. Faculty, staff $50; use code UTHALF. 12:15-1:15 p.m., Saturdays, May 3-June 28, Swift Center. Continuing Education.

Tuesday, May 6

Team Building for Supervisors Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, May 8

Social Work Colloquium Flavio Marsiglia of Arizona State University presents “Discover How Innovative Research Can Build, Strengthen, and Empower At-Risk Communities" at the second Colloquium on Community-Based Interdisciplinary Research. RSVP. Free. 1-3 p.m., Room 107, Social Work B. Social Work

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

Going Out

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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