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

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Erin Gonzales

Erin Gonzales

Gonzales receives national advising award

Erin Gonzales has been named an Outstanding Advising Award recipient by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students. The category includes individuals whose primary role is the direct delivery of advising services to students. See the complete list of NACADA winners.

Gonzales was named UTA's Outstanding Professional Adviser in April. She is an adviser for UTeach in the College of Science.

NACADA represents academic advising in higher education and includes more than 10,000 faculty, professional advisers, administrators, counselors, and others in academic and student affairs.


Transition to UT Share set for Monday

The transition to UT Share will go live Monday, May 5, for finance and human resources transactions.

The UT Share project transitions the Human Resources and Financial Management systems to the PeopleSoft system. UTA, The University of Texas System, and five other UT System institutions are moving to the PeopleSoft platform.

Although open forum training sessions are complete, session videos and presentations are online. Self-paced basic training also is online.

Questions? Contact Connie James at or 2-2138.

Early voting for local elections continues today

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

Help desk moves to second floor of library for renovations

The Office of Information Technology help desk has moved from the first floor in the Central Library to the second.

The move is in preparation for renovations on the library's first floor during the summer. The first floor will be closed Saturday-Monday, May 10-12, for construction and reopen Tuesday, May 13. A covered corridor from the entrance doors to the elevator will allow visitors to pass through the construction zone safely and get to other floors.

Also, Starbucks in the Central Library will close for the summer.

Mav Pic Faculty Meeting awards

Tops in teaching

Frank Foss and Judy LeFlore received the President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching at Tuesday's Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates. Dr. Foss is an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Dr. LeFlore, a professor of nursing, also was named to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Read the faculty awards and honors.


First Disability Studies grads honored

Congratulate the first three graduates of the Disability Studies minor program along with the Arlington Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities.

Miles Shaffer, Lindsey Anderson, and Juan Soto will be honored at a reception 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in Room 108 of University Hall.

RSVP by Monday, May 5, to Sarah Rose at

Questions or need a disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event? Contact Dr. Rose at

Website shares Faculty Creative Works

You can see online the academic achievements and scholarly activities during the previous year by UT Arlington's faculty members. The works were showcased at a reception April 21 at the Central Library.

See the Faculty Creative Works. Click on the image for colleges and schools, then choose a department on the right-hand side of the page. Each department will show faculty members who had works in the past academic year.

Extended hours, canine therapists help with finals

More time to prepare for finals, grab a bite, or de-stress are important to faculty and staff as well as students.

The Central Library will remain open continuously through 8 p.m. Friday, May 9. UTA ID is needed to enter the library between midnight and 7 a.m. Other UTA libraries will maintain regular hours during finals.

The Central Library Café is open 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, May 2; noon-2 a.m. Saturday, May 3; 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday, May 4; and 6:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday, May 5.

The E.H. Hereford University Center is open continuously for finals from 7 a.m. Sunday, May 4, to 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 7.

Find unconditional love on the second floor of the Central Library with the Paws for Finals registered therapy dogs through Wednesday, May 7. Studies have shown that petting a friendly dog offers numerous health benefits. Paws With Partners registered therapy dogs are available 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. weekdays and 2-4 p.m. only on the weekend. Max is on hand 6-8 p.m. today Thursday, May 1Check the daily schedule.

Pivot training connects your research with funding, fellow scholars

Learn how the Pivot system intuitively connects your research interests with funding opportunities, simply by opening a web page.

Faculty, staff, and students can attend the event 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May 13, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building.

Pivot focuses on identifying and connecting with funding opportunities and connecting you with other researchers locally and globally. The program combines a comprehensive database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion and 3 million scholar profiles. 

Research Administration hosts the event.

  Mav Pic Cupcake fundraiser

Decadent decorating

Monica MacDonald, business marketing sophomore, decorates a cupcake Tuesday on the library mall. The sweet treats were part of a fundraiser for breast cancer research hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

Share info about department, program at Involvement Fairs

Departments and programs can host a table at New Maverick Orientation Involvement Fairs during the summer. Visit the Involvement Fair web page for more information and to register. Deadline to sign up is Thursday, May 8.

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. 

Lot 49 reserved for Arlington Area Car Show on Sunday

Parking spaces in Lot 49 at Cooper and Mitchell streets will be reserved Sunday, May 4, for the Arlington Area Car Show. The lot will close at midnight Saturday, May 3.

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

Encourage students to complete feedback surveys

Faculty are asked to encourage students to complete the End-of-Term Student Feedback Surveys. Students will receive an electronic invitation with a link and password for a survey for each enrolled class. The surveys are open until 11 p.m. Friday, May 2, the last day of class for the spring semester.

Mav Pic Day Without Shoes

Foot proof

Karina Velasquez, kinesiology freshman, used her footprint as her signature to promise she would go without shoes Monday. The Day Without Shoes promotes awareness of the importance of shoes for health throughout the world. UTA Volunteers kept her shoes until later that day.


The MAX survey seeks your input

Provide your input on the Metro ArlingtonXpress. Faculty, staff, and students are asked to complete a confidential and anonymous survey regarding the new MAX service—whether you’re a regular rider, haven’t ridden it yet, or are just now hearing about it. Take the survey.

The Metro ArlingtonXpress, or The MAX for short, is a two-year pilot express bus service that runs daily between the CentrePort TRE rail station and UTA. Ride The MAX for just $5 per day, $2.50 for students with a reduced-fare ID. If you already have a TRE or DART train ticket, you ride The MAX for free. Once you have your MAX ticket, you ride the TRE or DART for free.

Learn more about The MAX at

Enjoy Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS to get your discounted tickets.

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.

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.

locked computer

Take precautions against Cryptolocker malware

A variant of Cryptolocker has been identified, and UTA’s email system as well as computers that run System Center EndPoint Protection or McAfee anti-malware software currently do not protect against it.

Do not open any attachments you are not expecting or that look suspicious. The malware is primarily delivered via email.

If you fall victim to this virus, you will not be able to unlock your files and must rely on your backups. The malware can be aggressive. Variants are known to encrypt files on local hard drives, external drives, and potentially your file shares, such as K: and J: drives.

OIT has made CrashPlan available for backups. Find the correct version for your computer by going to the OIT download page and scrolling down to the subhead Code 42.

For updates on Cryptolocker and tips on how to avoid it, go to the Information Security Blog.

If you need help on how to use CrashPlan or if you are a victim of this virus, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208.

University Club monthly special today

The University Club's monthly special Thursday, May 1, features parmesan-crusted chicken, eggplant parmesan, herb-roasted new potatoes, harvest salad, broccoli, rolls, and bread pudding for dessert.

Cost is $8 per person. Regular menu items will not be available. The club is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

The University Club will close at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, and reopen at 11 a.m. Monday, June 2.

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 today, 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 with SAC's Slimdown

The Staff Advisory Council has partnered with the University Wellness Committee for the SAC Slimdown, a fun and active approach to losing weight.

The Slimdown is for teams and individuals with "Wellness Points" and features weigh-ins at the beginning and end only, free temporary passes to the Maverick Activities Center, and much more. Keep up with notices on the Slimdown Sharepoint site

Initial weigh-ins are Monday-Wednesday, May 12-14, at the MAC and Health Services Center. Closing weigh-ins are Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 6-8. There are giveaways for all participants and awards will be presented at the end-of-the-program reception Friday, Aug. 15, at the MAC.

For more details, contact Athena Seaton at or visit

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

Thursday, May 1

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

Friday, May 2

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Traian Dumitrica of the University of Minnesota speaks on "Mechanics at the Nanoscale: From the Breakdown of Continuum Plate Mechanics in Graphene to the Phase Transition Plasticity of Silicon Nano-spheres." Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Materials Science and Engineering.

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.

Wednesday, May 7

The Value of Program Accreditation Jamie Rogers, president-elect of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, describes the value of accreditation and how faculty members can become ABET program evaluators. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

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.)

Sports Notes
  Eric Ojeda

On the run: Eric Ojeda took second in the steeplechase at the Bobcat Classic in San Marcos.

Track team continues to win on way to SBC Championships

The outdoor track teams warmed up for the Sun Belt Conference Championships with strong performances Saturday at the Bobcat Classic in San Marcos.

For the men, Clayton Vaughn won the 100 meters and was runner-up in the 200 meters. Second place also went to Renan Palma in the 110-meter hurdles, Grant Copeland in the 1500 meters, and Eric Ojeda in the steeplechase. Other runners-up were Brandon Waller in the long jump and Roland Sales in the high jump.

In women's action, Katelyn Hayward took the 3000-meter steeplechase, Noemie Forget won the pole vault, and the women’s 4x400 relay team crossed first. Ashley Burris was the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles. Third-place winners included Tamerah Gorham in the 800 meters and Shae Johnson in the triple jump.

The teams are off until the Sun Belt Conference Championships from Friday-Sunday, May 9-11, in San Marcos.

Sports shorts

  • The baseball team scored a 6-5 win over Troy on Sunday, the second win in the three-game series. The team played two nonconference games at Clay Gould Ballpark, an 11-3 win over Texas Wesleyan on Tuesday and a 16-3 win against Arlington Baptist on Wednesday. Sun Belt play resumes Friday, May 2, with a three-game series at Arkansas-Little Rock. The Mavs are 22-24 overall and 11-10 in conference. 
  • The softball team lost its final home game of the season against No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette 8-0 Sunday afternoon at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavericks dropped to 20-29 overall and 4-13 in Sun Belt play. The team continues Sun Belt action at Texas State with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and a single game at noon Sunday, May 4, to conclude the regular season.
  • The golf team finished third at the Sun Belt Conference Championship last week in Saucier, Miss. 

Intramural entries for poker tourney due today

Deadline for the intramural poker tournament is today, 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

Friday, May 2

BFA Exhibit Opening Reception Opening reception for exhibit of works by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History showcasing in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Exhibit continues through Saturday, May 10. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Friday-Sunday, May 2-4

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games The 28th anniversary of Arlington's celebration of everything Scottish. See the schedule, ticket prices. Maverick Stadium.

Friday-Sunday, May 9-11

Commencement ceremonies Degree candidates are presented in seven ceremonies. See the Commencement schedule. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. College Park Center. Commencement.


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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