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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dr. Timothy Quinnan

Dr. Timothy Quinnan

Timothy Quinnan named vice president for student affairs

Timothy Quinnan, an expert in student success and leadership education, has been appointed UT Arlington’s new vice president for student affairs. He will join the University in September.

Dr. Quinnan currently serves as associate vice president for campus life at San Diego State University, a leading public research institution and one of the top universities nationwide in ethnic and racial diversity among students. He previously served in leadership roles in student affairs at the University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati, and Florida State University.

At UT Arlington, Quinnan will direct a wide array of student success and campus life initiatives serving UT Arlington students around the world and will lead a division of 25 departments and programs, 180 employees, and more than 330 student organizations.

“Dr. Quinnan has built an impressive career as a student affairs professional, educator, global thinker, and sought-after expert on student development issues at some of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “His commitment to individual student success, student life, diversity, and excellence in leadership will help guide our University to new heights at a time when we are ready to soar.”

Quinnan says he is focused on collaborating with students, faculty, and senior leaders to advance the University’s mission of being an internationally recognized research institution distinguished by excellence and access.

Read more about Quinnan's appointment.

Lt. Col. LoraRimmer

Lt. Col. Lora Rimmer

Rimmer named top military science professor

The U.S. Army Cadet Command has named Lt. Col. Lora Rimmer, commander of the Army ROTC Maverick Battalion, the nation’s Professor of Military Science of the Year.

Rimmer, professor of military science, was nominated by Col. James Dodson, 5th Brigade Commander. He acknowledged her efforts to increase enrollment in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

“Her effort to recruit STEM majors is phenomenal,” Dodson wrote, noting that 46 of 49 new cadets in 2013-14 are pursuing STEM majors.

In 2011, Rimmer assumed command of UTA’s ROTC unit, part of the Military Science Department in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Read more about Rimmer's honor.

Dr. Heng Huang

Dr. Heng Huang

Big data team wins NSF grant to build interactive gene expression database

Heng Huang, associate professor of computer science and engineering, has won a three-year National Science Foundation grant worth more than $600,000 to develop an interactive database of gene expressions of the fruit fly.

Dr. Huang, an expert in big data and bioinformatics, will lead the project with Chris Ding, professor of computer science and engineering.

The project is expected to yield methods of analyzing data that will aid in biomedical science and engineering, systems biology, clinical pathology, oncology, and pharmaceuticals.

Read more about Huang's fruit fly gene data project.

Ashley Griffith

Rock solid: Using a three-year Army Research Office grant, Dr. W. Ashley Griffith, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, will study technology to better define the energy needed to fracture rock. 

Geophysicist awarded federal funds to study rock dynamics

The Army Research Office has awarded a three-year grant of up to $357,330 to W. Ashley Griffith, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, to research the energy needed to fracture rock at the surface and below ground. 

Dr. Griffith says the research could give the Army information on how to address hardened and deeply buried targets, but the results could also easily be applied to improving civil engineering methods.

He will team with the Advanced Materials and Structures Lab in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. X-ray computed microtomography will create a 3D model of the fracture networks that Griffith's tests produce in a sample. The aim is to develop physics-based models that predict rock fracturing.

Read more about Griffith's research.

Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio

Community honor: Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio, who co-authored a book about the challenges faced by private foundations engaged in community revitalization, has been awarded the Community Development Society’s Current Research Award.

Strategy for community development partnerships with foundations earns award

Maria Martinez-Cosio, who co-authored a book about the challenges faced by private foundations engaged in community revitalization, has been awarded the Community Development Society’s Current Research Award for 2014.

Dr. Martinez-Cosio, associate professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, accepted the award last week at the society’s national conference, along with co-author Mirle Bussell of the University of California, San Diego.

Read more about Martinez-Cosio's honor

Enhanced alumni engagement planned

UT Arlington has outlined initiatives to strengthen the engagement with and support of its 180,000 alumni. These efforts will enhance the University’s relationship with alumni around the world and will emphasize the importance of alumni participation in all aspects of the University. 

The University is searching for a vice president for development and alumni relations. Patti Diou, president of the board of directors of the independent UT Arlington Alumni Association, a 501(c)(3) organization, is serving as a member of the search committee.

The University remains respectful of the discussions and decisions of the UT Arlington Alumni Association as an independent organization.

Read more about UT Arlington's commitment to its alumni.

Benefits logo

Today is last chance for benefit changes during Annual Enrollment

Be sure to complete changes to your benefit elections for the 2014-15 benefit plan year. Annual Enrollment ends today, Thursday, July 31. Enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections, and add or remove dependents from coverage.

For more information regarding Annual Enrollment and UT Arlington benefits for the 2014-15 plan year, see Employee Benefits Services, call 2-5558, or email

Give your input on ride sharing

Share your thoughts about ride sharing—aka carpooling—in a survey for the Office of Sustainability and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the T).

Take the ride-sharing survey

Mav Pic Library heroes

Crime-fighting librarians

Thanks to the keen eyes of three Arlington Public Library employees, UT Arlington police were able to arrest a suspect wanted for burglarizing a campus facility and assaulting a UTA staff member. The trio recognized the man from a warrant bulletin issued by the UTA Police Department. Elizabeth Williams, second from left, Karen Ehrie, and Sara Vallejo received Citizen’s Certificate of Merit awards from UTA Capt. Jay Tillerson, left, and Assistant Chief Rick Gomez, right.


Tell students about Writing Center's various services, workshops

The Writing Center offers consultations and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students.

Faculty members are encouraged to add The Writing Center to their syllabi. Register for a classroom presentation by a center consultant.

The Writing Center is in Room 411 of the Central Library. Fall hours are 9 a.m.-8:15 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, and noon-5:15 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Face-to-face individual meetings are 40 minutes. Quick Hits sessions of five to 10 minutes are on a first-come, first-served basis at the Writer's Studio in Room 413B. Students must register for an appointment.

The Writing Center offers workshops on grammar, for English 1301/1302 students, and for graduate students.

The center is not an editing service, and consultants will not correct grammar or rewrite assignments.

Go to for details on services and guidelines.

Parking permits available Friday

Parking permits for the 2014-2015 academic year will be for sale starting Friday, Aug. 1, through your MyMav account.

The faculty/staff permit is $190 for the year, and the student permit price is $150. Once ordered, the permit will be sent to the mailing address on your account. 

Questions? Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

  Mav Pic food court gutted

Bare bones

Renovations got down to the basics this summer at The Plaza food court in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The remodel was one of numerous upgrades across campus, which included classrooms, sprinkler systems, air conditioning, and more.

Speakers wanted for Focus on Faculty

UT Arlington Libraries is seeking five faculty members for the 2014-2015 Focus on Faculty lecture series.

Focus on Faculty spotlights the work and research of faculty members. The lectures are at noon Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters.

Nominate yourself or a faculty colleague by contacting Evelyn Barker at

Summer clearance sale at bookstore

The UTA Bookstore offers an additional 30 percent off select items for its summer clearance sale, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 3.

Volunteers needed for Maverick Cookout, Activities Fair

Flippers and servers are needed for Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day during Welcome Week. The event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Volunteers will work a 30-minute shift serving soda or flipping hamburgers on the grill. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with colleagues and students as we welcome them back to campus.

Register to volunteer. For questions, email Molly Albart at

Hotel discounts available for campus visitors

The Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau offers special rates at local hotels for campus visitors. Departments can reserve one room or several for groups. See the UTA rates for up to four rooms. For groups of 10 or more rooms, contact David Law at

OIT maintenance planned this weekend

The Office of Information Technology will conduct system maintenance at the Arlington Data Center from 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, to 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.

Services that may be impacted include UT Arlington websites (blog, wiki, and web publishing services), MyMav, Blackboard, authorization and authentication services (NetID self-service), network storage (J and K drives, HomeFS, ResearchFS and DepartmentFS), campus printing, listserv, omega, sharepoint, talk, CS-Gold, ImageNow, and ITSM.

Extra Credit

Saturday, Aug. 2

Summer Webinar Series for Educators: Dyslexia Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of literacy studies, discusses the signs of dyslexia and instructional strategies and tools for teaching students with dyslexia. Free. 1-2 p.m. online. Curriculum and Instruction.

Tuesday, Aug. 5

McNair Scholars

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

Thursday, Aug. 7

McNair Scholars Research Presentations Sixteen students from a variety of disciplines present their summer research projects. Free. 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. McNair Scholars Program.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

Customer Service 101 Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Accounting Continuing Education Event Lectures and workshops for professional credits for CPA license. Register by Friday, Aug. 1. Free to UTA alumni and students; $100 for others. 8:30 a.m.-4:20 p.m. E.H. Hereford University Center. Accounting, Business.

Thursday, Aug. 14

Advanced Supervisory Skills Register 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
  Sun Belt Conference

ESPN3 to air more Sun Belt Conference events

The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN reached an agreement to bring an additional 50 Sun Belt events on ESPN3, ESPN's live multi-screen sports network.

The network will feature the conference’s volleyball championships, several men’s and women’s regular-season basketball games, and the 2015 Sun Belt Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. In the spring, baseball and softball games will be aired including conference championship matchups. 

Read more about the Sun Belt-ESPN agreement.

Summer intramural registration continues

Register for upcoming intramural sports including the MavStrong competition through Aug. 8.

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, July 31

Kings of Pastry

Summer Movie Hullabaloo: 'Kings of Pastry' A look at the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France), a three-day competition that crowns the nation's top pastry chef. Rated PG. Free popcorn. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Outdoor Movie: 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Rated PG-13. Free popcorn. Concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


Gallery 76102: 897 Square Features contemporary art by University faculty, staff, and students, and other Tarrant County artists. The title refers to the U.S. Census Bureau's calculation that Tarrant County has a total area of 897 square miles. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through July 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Exhibit: The Great War: Fort Worth and Arlington During WWI A photo exhibition honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I showcases Fort Worth’s Camp Bowie and UTA predecessors Carlisle Military Academy (1902-1913), Arlington Training School (1913-1916), and Arlington Military Academy (1916-1917). Free. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 2. UT Arlington Libraries.

The Gallery at UTA: MFA Exhibit A juried exhibition displays work by 21 Master of Fine Arts students from the Department of Art and Art History. Gallery hours noon-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Closing reception noon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25. Through Aug. 25. The Gallery at UTAArt and Art History.

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.

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 summer schedule includes Texas StargazingAstronautBack to the Moon for GoodOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink FloydSecret of the Cardboard RocketSpacepark 360; and Stars of the PharaohsPlanetarium.

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



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