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

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Nursing students

On and off: A multi-year study will compare the experiences of on-campus and online master’s degree students.

Nursing professor studies online students' stress, sense of belonging

Ronda Mintz-Binder, assistant professor of nursing, received two grants from the Dallas-based education company Academic Partnerships to initiate a multi-year study comparing the experiences of on-campus and online master’s degree students.

She presented the first results from her study last week at a multidisciplinary conference for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences on the Harvard Medical School campus in Boston.

“With their classes condensed from the traditional 15-week schedule to a five-week schedule, online students have very intense expectations to meet," Dr. Mintz-Binder says. "We’re trying to understand what we can do to help them stay in the program once they have committed."

Nursing schools across the country turn away thousands of applicants each year because they lack capacity. More graduate-level nurses also are needed to teach a new generation.

Read more about the online nursing student study.

Kevin Schug

Dr. Kevin Schug

Researchers examine water quality in private wells in North Texas

The North Texas Groundwater Conservation District is teaming with UT Arlington researchers on a groundwater quality-testing program of at least 100 samples from private wells.

Inform Environmental LLC is looking for volunteer landowners with private wells. The testing is free, and results will be made available to participants.

The North Texas Groundwater Conservation District includes Denton, Collin, and Cooke counties.

"Since we first started examining water quality in 2011, our lab has developed comprehensive testing methods that give us the expertise needed to help North Texas citizens become more informed,” says Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry at UT Arlington.

The new tests will be conducted on state-of-the-art instrumentation that is part of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.

Read more about the well water research.

Staff compensation and classification study begins

The Office of Human Resources is initiating a University-wide project this month to review and redesign the Staff Compensation and Classification system. An overview of the project was outlined to vice presidents and deans last week.

“The project will be aligned with the University’s mission, reflective of best practices, easily understood, and fiscally responsible,” says Jean Hood, vice president for human resources.

More information will be available in the coming weeks. Look for periodic updates in MavWire as the project progresses.

  Mav Pic Library Wall DNA

Creative corridor

Ashford Sonii, architecture sophomore, adds his mark to the tunnel to the Central Library's elevators, a temporary shelter from the first floor renovations and construction. The blank walls began evolving when the library staff put out chalk and markers last week along the barriers from the first-floor entrance. Within hours, the walls changed with some colorful creations. A banner proclaiming "Creating, eXploring and Innovating is in our DNA. What's in yours?" hints at what is being built behind the tunnel. The CXI Space, a makerspace, will open by fall 2015.

College Park garages used for area high school graduations

The College Park garages and surrounding surface lots will be used for area high school graduations at College Park Center today, Thursday, June 5. Guests will arrive starting at 1 p.m.

Parking and traffic will be heavily impacted. Plan to use alternate routes to avoid this area.

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

Purchasing year-end deadlines near

The Office of Procurement has implemented procedures to ensure that year-end purchasing is efficient and effective.

The deadlines for submitting the Requisitions and Associated UTAFlow Approval forms to Procurement for purchases that might exceed $5,000 will improve the overall processing for the end of the fiscal year. Deadlines are:

Friday, June 20—Fiscal Year 2014-15 funding for service and maintenance contracts effective Sept. 1.

Friday, July 25—Fiscal Year 2013-14 funding for goods and services

All Requisitions and Associated UTAFlow Approval forms received in the Office of Procurement after 5 p.m. July 25 will be processed against fiscal 2014-15 funds.

Email maintenance set for Friday night

The Office of Information Technology will perform email maintenance from 10 p.m. Friday, June 6, to 8 a.m. Saturday, June 7.

Faculty and staff email will be unavailable during this time.

Clients that use mail on their phones, tablets, and Mac devices may need to accept a new security certificate or in some cases remove and add the account.

Metro Arlington Express

Get your free pass for Dump the Pump Week

Ride The MAX for one week for free during Dump the Pump Week, June 15-21.

North Texas mass transit systems are promoting Dump the Pump Week to encourage everyone to park their vehicle and ride the Metro Arlington Xpress, The T, DART, and Denton County Transit Authority services.  

Faculty and staff can obtain up to four free weekly regional passes at University Communications in Suite 408 of Davis Hall. Passes may be picked up 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday with a valid UTA ID.

Summer camps abound

Send your kids to UT Arlington's array of summer camps for plenty of fun and lots of learning. Many start next week.

Athletic camps feature baseball, basketball, volleyball, wheelchair basketball and tennis, and cheerleading.

Architecture, engineering, and music camps cover a variety of subjects.

Science fans will find camps in biology, microbiology, and materials science, plus a fashion camp using recycled materials and digital design.

The Division of Enterprise Development offers Kids and Teens University with topics such as creative writing, video game boot camp, secret agent camp, cupcake mania, and astronaut camp.

Connection Express quick addition to lunch, dinner

Need a quick meal? Try the new Connection Express located in Connection Café in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Available Monday-Friday, Connection Express has hot and cold entrees for lunch and cold entrees for dinner. Meals include one entree, two sides, and a beverage. Cost is $7.90 for lunch and $8.30 for dinner, plus tax.

See the summer schedule for on-campus dining.

Blood drive planned

Carter Blood Care will be on campus Tuesday-Wednesday, June 17-18, on the Central Library and University Center malls. Donate blood or volunteer in other ways.

Extra Credit

Friday, June 6

Statistical Software: SPSS SPSS training. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 104, University Hall. Also, SAS training, Friday, June 13OIT Statistical Services.

Saturday, June 7


CPR/AED/First Aid Classes This single four-hour class covers the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, and adult CPR and AED use. Sign up at the Services and Information Desk at the Maverick Activities Center. $50. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., MAC. Also, Saturday, July 12Campus Recreation.

Wednesday, June 11

Finding Income in Retirement Years Webinar. Register. Free. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Office of Gift Planning, Department of Development.

Your Professional Image Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, June 12

Partnering with Your Boss Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, June 13

Faculty Mentoring Workshop Hear Piper Professors share strategies that will positively impact your courses. Mary Lynn Crow of the College of Education and Health Professions and Kenneth Roemer of the English Department lead the two-part program. Register. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Also, Starting the Academic Year with a Bang, noon-1 p.m. Friday, July 11, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Faculty Affairs.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Effective Delegation, Tuesday, June 17; Powerful Presentation Skills, Thursday, June 19; Leadership Skills for Supervisors, Tuesday, June 24; and Managing Projects and Making Decisions, Thursday, June 26. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also Management Leadership Tools: Compliance, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 25Human Resources

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

Sports Notes
Clayton Vaughn

NCAA bound: Senior Clayton Vaughn will compete in three events at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Four other Mavericks also qualified for the meet.


Mavericks head to NCAA Championships

Five track Mavericks will compete in the NCAA Championships June 11-15 in Eugene, Ore., after qualifying at the NCAA West Preliminary Round last weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.

Clayton Vaughn qualified in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Emil Blomberg will compete in the steeplechase.

The 4x100 relay squad of Vaughn, Christian Clark, Cameron Newson, and Quentin Butler also will compete.

College Park Center to host 2016 volleyball championships

UT Arlington's College Park Center was selected to host the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Championship. Dates and times will be announced later.

The Sun Belt Championship will be the first postseason volleyball tournament at UT Arlington since the Southland Conference Tournament in 1999 at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks reached the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Championship finals in their first season in the conference.

Summer intramural programs begin in June

The summer faculty/staff intramural softball league needs team entries by June 18 with play starting June 25. The league plays at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays for five weeks.

Register for upcoming intramural sports in sand volleyball, tennis, and racquetball, through June 11; 3-on-3 basketball, June 11-25; billiards tournament, June 26; innertube water polo, June 26-July 17; poker tournament, July 24; and MavStrong competition, July 24-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

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Going Out

Thursday, June 5

Free Movie: 'Little Shop of Horrors' Rated PG-13. Free popcorn. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, Dirt! and Thirst, June 12, and Shakespeare Retold–Macbeth, June 19. UTA Libraries.


Outdoor Movie: 'Divergent' Rated PG-13. Free popcorn. Concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Muppets Most Wanted, June 12, and Bad Words, June 19EXCEL Campus Activities.


Gallery 76102: Second Nature Works by artists Vinh Thi Quang and Anh Ngoc Tran. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Friday, June 6Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

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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