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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Daniel Armstrong

Separation success: Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, has received another award from the American Chemical Society for his landmark contributions to the field of analytical separations.

Armstrong recognized again by American Chemical Society

Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, will receive another national award from the American Chemical Society honoring his landmark contributions to the field of analytical separations.

The ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology recognizes “the development of novel applications with major impacts and/or the practical implementations of modern advancements in the field of separation science and technology."

“Throughout his career, Dr. Armstrong has worked to increase our understanding of the world around us through development of new instruments and analytical methods,” says Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "His international reputation has elevated the College of Science and the University overall, and we are pleased to see this recognition of his contributions.”

Armstrong has developed more than 30 different types of columns used in chromatography, the science of separating molecules in gas or liquid for analysis. The commercial applications of his inventions include use by the drug development, petrochemical, and environmental monitoring communities.

Read more about Armstrong's honor.

Sanjay Gupta

Tickets available today for next Maverick Speakers Series

Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, is the next  Maverick Speakers Series guest when he presents "Medicine and Media" on Tuesday, March 18, at College Park Center. Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 13.

The Emmy-winning physician anchors the weekend medical affairs program, Sanjay Gupta MD, on CNN. A practicing neurosurgeon, he is a member of the faculty and staff at Emory University School of Medicine and chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. Forbes Magazine named him among its 10 Most Influential Celebrities.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets may be obtained at

 Dr. Gupta's appearance is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

PeopleSoft "go live" date extended to May 5

UT Arlington has made significant progress in the UTShare project, which will transition the Human Resources and Financial Management systems to the PeopleSoft system. UTA, The University of Texas System, and five other UT System institutions are being transitioned to the PeopleSoft platform.

Considerable progress has been made since the last update, but due to the complexity of a project of this scale—which is being managed and run by the UT System—UT System representatives decided that a more appropriate go live date would be Monday, May 5. This additional time will ensure that all critical issues are resolved and that campus-specific activities to support the implementation are complete.

Open Forums will continue for discussions on the functionality and capabilities of the PeopleSoft system. Revisions will be made to the training calendar as needed. Additionally, the timing of the cutover dates from DEFINE to UTShare will be extended. Look for additional updates in the coming weeks.

Please send questions about the transition to Kelly Davis, vice president for Business Affairs and controller, or Jean Hood, vice president for Human Resources.

Find more information about the Open Forums and other topics at the UTShare page.

  Mav Tube Anderson CooperVideo Extra

An evening with Anderson

Anderson Cooper enthralled the Maverick Speakers Series audience with his humility, humor, and sincerity Monday night at College Park Center. The CNN journalist stressed the importance of being genuine. "Don’t pretend to know things you don’t know or to be someone you aren’t," Cooper said. He added the best advice he ever received was to out-hustle everyone around you no matter the job. Krys Boyd of KERA-FM's Think talk show moderated the program.

Planetarium hosts Valentine's 'Romancing the Stars'

Bring your sweetheart to the Planetarium this Valentine's Day for a special couples-only event, Romancing the Stars, 5-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The program takes a lighthearted look at the night sky and tells stories of love and devotion that can be found there.

Tickets are $15 per couple. Call 2-1183 or email

Happiness workshop rescheduled

Happiness returns after being postponed by bad weather last week. The geographic information systems (GIS) workshop "Mapping Happiness" is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Room 315A of the Central Library.

Learn how to create a customized happiness index for each country using environmental sustainability and economic indicators. No GIS experience is required to participate in the free program.

Faculty mentoring workshop set

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, president and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, is guest speaker for a faculty mentoring workshop. The program is 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The Division of Faculty Affairs hosts the workshop for deans, associate deans, department chairs, academic program directors, the chairs of departmental and college/school committees, and faculty mentors.

Register online by 5 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 13.

Visit the faculty mentoring page to learn about upcoming events.

Applications accepted for First-Year Experience instructors

The Division is Student Affairs is recruiting instructors to teach the new First-Year Experience course for the fall 2014 semester. 

The FYE course is required for all first-time, full-time freshmen. The course orients students to life on campus and assists in the transition to college. Course content and assignments will help students identify their individual needs and skills that will affect their success, determine what resources are appropriate and available to them, and formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience on the campus.

Informational sessions are 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Student Congress Chambers in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Instructors will receive a $1,500 stipend for each section. Visit the First-Year Experience website and view the Instructor Information page. Applications are due Sunday, March 30.

Send questions to Molly Albart, director of planning, assessment and student success at

Tickets available for African-American Alumni Banquet

The 24th Annual African-American Alumni Banquet will honor two UTA graduates plus present two students with scholarships. The banquet is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Alumni honorees are Terry L. Aaron (’11), director of continuing education services for Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, and Zachary Thompson (’81), director of Dallas County Health and Human Services. 

Tickets are $50 each. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 21. Proceeds benefit the African-American Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Today is deadline to enter works for MavsArt exhibit

The UT Arlington Libraries are accepting submissions from UTA students, staff, and faculty for the spring 2014 MavsArt exhibit through Thursday, Feb. 13.

Both 2-D and 3-D submissions are accepted. The exhibit will be on the first floor of the Central Library starting Thursday, Feb. 20, through the spring semester.

For more information, visit the MavsArt page or email

Mav Pic Blood pressure machine

Healthy choice

Members of the UTA Wellness Committee check out the new blood pressure machine in the Maverick Activities Center. The machine was purchased with a grant from the Wellness Tobacco Fund, which supports campus health and wellness initiatives through the Tobacco Premium Program (TPP). The TPP collects a monthly premium from tobacco users enrolled in the UT SELECT medical plan. From left are Lea Velez, social work; Donielle Smith, health services; Jeremy Roden, campus recreation; Connie Lorick, University College; and Ashley Smith, internal audit.


Bookstore hosts sale for art, architecture, engineering supplies

The UTA Bookstore is having a 25 percent off sale on in-stock art, architecture, and engineering supplies through Friday, Feb. 14. There's no limit on these in-store only purchases. The sale does not include everyday writing, desk, and supply items, or special orders.

Volunteer by Friday for Job Fair

Volunteer for a 1.5-hour shift for the spring 2014 all-majors Job Fair. Register to volunteer by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The Job Fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, email Kelsey Lemons at or call 2-2932.

Submit nominations for Student Employee of the Year award

Nominate your outstanding student workers for the 2013-14 Student Employee of the Year award.

Student employees must have worked a minimum of six months part time and be in good academic standing. Graduate research assistants and teaching assistants are not eligible. Find the nomination form at Student Employee of the Year. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Scholarships are awarded to the top students selected, who will advance to the regional competition.

For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 2-2932 or

Benefit Yourself
  In the Spotlight

Emergency Management Director Cindy Mohat

Cindy Mohat

UT Arlington’s emergency management director, Cindy Mohat, oversees plans to keep the University operating during a crisis or disaster. She recently earned a Level II Master Professional Continuity Practitioner certification from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

What is involved in earning this certification?

In Level I you take courses such as continuity of operations, communication, planning for a pandemic, and overviews of the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework. Level II concentrates on improvement planning, leadership, devolution planning, building design for Homeland Security, and teaching concepts. 

Why is this training important?

I desire to be the best at what I do so I can be a “Tier One” continuity planner.

How does this help you in your job?

When you have a goal and then you learn how best to implement it, your job seems easier and you have a clear picture of how to do it.

What's next?

The challenges will be to take the textbook information and implement it into the academic side of continuity planning.

Tips for 2013 tax returns

No matter what your income level it’s wise to start preparing early for the April 15 tax-filing deadline. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare your 2013 return:

  • Contribute to a UTSaver retirement savings account to reduce your taxable income.
  • Take advantage of time-savers.
  • Use your 2013 tax return to start planning your 2014 tax strategy.

Read more about these tax time tips.

Friday last date to make change for Employee Service Awards

Through the Service Awards Program, the University honors employees who have made a significant career commitment. The honorees are faculty and staff members reaching milestones of 10 years or more.

On Wednesday, April 2, the University will host a dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center to honor employees with 25 years of service. Included in this celebration will be employees who have 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of service.

On Wednesday, April 9, the University will host a reception at 3 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom to honor employees who have 10, 15, and 20 years of service.

Employees and departments are encouraged to review the 2014 recipient list for accuracy. Send any changes, additions, or deletions by email to by Friday, Feb. 14.

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, Feb. 13

From Rebels to Mavericks: The Desegregation of UT Arlington Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, discusses UTA's desegregation. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. African American Faculty and Staff Association, Black History Month.

Visiting Writer Series Marilyn Chin, an award-winning poet and the author, reads from her works. A book-signing follows. Free. 7 p.m., Room 100 Nedderman Hall. English.

Coaching Skills for Supervisors Discover the essential coaching skills to immediately improve your day-to-day and long-term performance as a manager. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, Feb. 14

Electrical Engineering Seminar Adarsh Radadia of Louisiana Tech discusses “Designing the Optimum Bio-Materials Interface for Infectious Disease Diagnostics.“ Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Room 111, Nedderman Hall. Electrical Engineering.

Computer Science and Engineering Seminar Robert D. Gregg IV of UT Dallas presents "Translational Control Design for Lower-Limb Prosthetics: Lessons from Robot Locomotion." Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 103, Engineering Research Building. Computer Science and Engineering.

Material Science Engineering Seminar Xiao Ma of UT Southwestern discusses “Electrostatic Actuation Based Modulation on Binding and Force Interaction between Rhrombin and DNA Aptamer." Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Room 228, Engineering Research Building. Material Science Engineering.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

The Art of Listening Learn the basics of good listening as well as tips for identifying listening style and how get the most out of a face-to-face conversation. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Focus on Faculty: Heidi Hardt Political science Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt reviews the response times of four international organizations during conflicts where delay could have life or death consequences in her book, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response. Free. Noon, sixth flood parlor, Central Library. Focus on Faculty.

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series James McLurkin of Rice University discusses "The Future of Robotics is Swarms: Why a Thousand Robots are Better Than One." Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

The Myths of Nutrition Explore popular diets and what evidence exists to support their claims. $5. 7-8 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Coming up

Biology Colloquium Series Karen Hall of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas speaks on “Navigating New Spaces for Building Social and Ecological Resilience.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Human Resources Training Developing Assertive Communication Skills, Tuesday, Feb. 25; Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, Thursday, Feb. 27Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Maverick Speakers Series Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, "Medicine and Media," Tuesday, March 18, College Park Center; tickets available Thursday, Feb. 13. Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," Tuesday, April 8, Texas Hall; tickets available Thursday, March 6Maverick Speakers Series.

TEDxUTA Hear from some of the most innovative minds in technology, entertainment, and design, including six UTA faculty members and two students. Tickets $25 for UTA faculty/staff, $15 for UTA students, and $35 for general public. 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. TEDxUTA.

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

Sports Notes
Clayton Vaughn

Third fastest: Clayton Vaughn came back from a season-ending leg injury last March to record the NCAA's third fastest time in the 60 meters on Saturday.


Vaughn nation's third fastest in 60 meters

Senior sprinter Clayton Vaughn logged the fastest 60-meter time in the NCAA this season—a blistering 6.55—Saturday afternoon at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.

Vaughn's time ranks as the third fastest in the United States and the eighth in the world this season.

The native of Sulphur Springs was named the Men's Most Valuable Performer of the meet, his third meet back since he suffered a season-ending leg injury last March.

UTA heads to the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 24-25, in Birmingham, Ala.

Shortall, Vachon earn kudos; Mavs' first game Friday

The Maverick baseball team starts its first year in the Sun Belt Conference this week with two players garnering preseason SBC accolades.

Seniors Matt Shortall and Brad Vachon earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors from College Sports Madness. Shortall, a senior outfielder, was named to the first team and SBC Field Player of the Year. Vachon, a senior right-handed pitcher, earned second-team preseason honors.

UT Arlington heads into its first season in the Sun Belt after back-to-back conference championships. The Mavericks won the Southland Conference Tournament title in 2012 and a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title in 2013.  

The baseball Mavs play Stephen F. Austin on Friday, Feb. 14; Incarnate Word on Saturday, Feb. 15; and Oklahoma State on Sunday, Feb. 16., all at 3 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark. 

The team is on the road against Baylor on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and McNeese State on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22.

Softball wins at Red Desert Classic, hosts Maverick Invitational this weekend

The softball team hosts back-to-back tournaments after a winning start to its first season in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mavericks defeated Utah Valley 6-0 Sunday, finishing the Red Desert Classic with a 3-2 record.

The softball team hosts the UTA Mavericks Invitational this weekend, Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16, at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavs play South Dakota State at 1 p.m. and Missouri State at 3 p.m. Friday and Central Michigan at 1 p.m. Saturday. Semifinal games are at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday with the consolation and championship games on Sunday, at 10 a.m. and noon respectively.  

More home action follows with the UTA Hilton Invitational Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 20-23. The Mavs face Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday, Creighton at 6 p.m. Friday, Creighton at 4:30 p.m. and Missouri-Kansas City at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Illinois at 11 a.m. and UMKC at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Basketball teams play at home Saturday after UL-Monroe games

The men's and women's basketball teams face Louisiana-Monroe this week before playing on their home court Saturday.

The women fell 70-65 Wednesday in Monroe, and the men are in action at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 13.

The Mavericks play Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 15, at College Park Center. The women's team plays at 5 p.m., and the men's team at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $3 when ordered online with the code CollegeTownUTA

The teams travel to Arkansas State for the women's game Wednesday, Feb. 19, and the men's game Thursday, Feb. 20.

Sports shorts

 The women’s tennis team claimed victories over Dallas Baptist and Stephen F. Austin at the UTA Tennis Center on Saturday but fell to McNeese State on Sunday. The Mavs play TAMU-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 13, at the UTA Tennis Center. The team is on the road for matches against Wichita State on Saturday, Feb. 15, and Kansas on Sunday, Feb. 16.

 The men's tennis team lost its first Sun Belt Conference match of the season 5-2 to UL Lafayette on Sunday. The Mavericks host TCU at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, and UT Pan American at noon Friday, Feb. 21, at the UTA Tennis Center.

 The golf team competes in the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22, in Palm Springs, Calif.

Tennis entry deadline Friday this week

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Going Out

Saturday, Feb. 15

Slam Dunk

Basketball Doubleheader Mavericks vs. Texas State. Why I Love UTA Night. Stop by the College Town UTA table and enter to win a Maverick gift basket, visit the custom photo backdrop, and grab a free can of Orange Crush while supplies last. Tickets $3 with online promo code CollegeTownUTA. Women's game at 5 p.m., men's game at 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Clavier Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.              

Spotlight Entertainment Series: McVicar the Trickster A high-energy magic performance filled with outrageous one-liners, goofy humor, and amazing tricks. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Coming up

Spring Concert: Big Sean Hip-hop recording artist. Tickets limited to four per person. General admission tickets $20 faculty/staff, $15 students, $25 general public. VIP student tickets $30 for reserved seating. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Texas Hall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday Night Film: 'Gravity' Rated PG-13. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m. Feb. 21, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


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

The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5. UT Arlington Library.

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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