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

Monday, May 5, 2014


UT Share business system begins today

Today marks a major milestone in the campus implementation of UT Share. Effective today, Monday, May 5, UT Share will serve as the business system of record at UT Arlington.

To access UT Share:

  • Visit or navigate to the UTShare icon on the faculty and staff web page
  • Select The University of Texas at Arlington from the list of institutions
  • Once you have landed on the Shibboleth Identity Provider page, log in with your UTA NetID and password
  • For assistance, contact the UTShare Help Desk at 2-2208 (option #3) 8 a.m.-6 p.m. or

From Monday, May 12, through Aug. 31, DEFINE, UTDirect, PointPlus, and HRMS will remain available in a read-only mode to reference historical data.

For training opportunities or questions, go to or email

Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers

Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers

Farrar-Myers named to the ACE Fellows Program Class of 2014-15

The American Council on Education has selected political science Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers for its 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Program. 

ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities, and advocates on higher education issues in Washington and around the world.

President Vistasp Karbhari nominated Farrar-Myers for the prestigious program, which selected 31 college and university leaders. ACE Fellows spend a semester to a year at a host university honing their leadership skills.

“Dr. Farrar-Myers is a tremendously gifted scholar, and the ACE Fellow opportunity will only strengthen her already distinguishing and innovative leadership skills in the areas of presidential and congressional studies and research,” Dr. Karbhari says.

Farrar-Myers was named a 2013-14 ACE Fellow, but postponed the honor for her 2013-14 Fulbright Distinguished Chair appointment at Flinders University in Australia. Her host institution will be announced at a later date.

Farrar-Myers joined UT Arlington in 1998 and is an expert in the American presidency. A Distinguished Teaching Professor, she is a 2012 recipient of The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and is an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.

Nedderman and Shadow Box

Memorable donation: President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman donated his Navy uniform and memorabilia to the library Special Collections on Friday. Dr. Nedderman was on hand for the Nedderman Society's annual cookout for faculty and staff.

Family donates Nedderman's World War II Navy uniform to library's Special Collections

Before Wendell Nedderman, 92, became the first dean of the College of Engineering at UT Arlington (then Arlington State College) and later UTA president, he was a young engineering officer aboard the Destroyers USS Patterson and USS Charles S. Sperry during World War II.

Seventy years later, the Nedderman family presented Dr. Nedderman’s Navy uniform to the UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections during the annual Nedderman Society Cookout on Friday on the library mall.

Nedderman spent 13 months in the Western Pacific during some of the war’s biggest conflicts including the Battle for Leyte Gulf at the Philippines and Iwo Jima. He witnessed kamikaze strikes on at least 10 ships. His military memories were recorded in a 2013 interview for the Maverick Veteran’s Voices project.

“Dr. Nedderman’s uniform and medals are a perfect fit for the University Archives, especially since we already have his records," library archivist Melissa Gonzales says. 

The Nedderman Society recognizes faculty, staff, and retirees who contribute financially to UT Arlington and is named for President Emeritus Nedderman and his wife, Betty. During his 20-year tenure as president—1972-1992—the University added 21 baccalaureate, 27 master's, and 17 doctoral degree programs, and enrollment increased by more than 10,000 students.

Dr. Daniel Armstrong

Dr. Daniel Armstrong

New research could improve pharmaceuticals testing

Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, renowned for his work in chemical separations, is leading an effort to find a more accurate way to measure water content in pharmaceuticals—a major quality issue for drug manufacturers.

Dr. Armstrong and graduate students Lillian A. Frink and Choyce A. Weatherly wrote about their research in a paper that will be in the June issue of the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. Frink is lead author on the paper, and Weatherly is a co-author.

Water content can affect the stability and shelf life of a drug and, when it is too high, cause microbial growth, according to the paper.

“The analysis for water in many consumer products, including drugs, is one of the most required tests done in the world,” Armstrong says. “Current methods have many shortcomings, including poor sensitivity and reproducibility. They cannot be used for all products and they can be time consuming. I believe our new ‘ionic liquid’ method offers improvements in all these areas.”

Read more about Armstrong's water content research.

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 DFW Airport 40th anniversary symposium

Airport anniversary

President Vistasp Karbhari, above, welcomed guests to Thursday's symposium celebrating the 40th anniversary of DFW International Airport sponsored by UTA and The Dallas Morning News. Below, Rachel Croson, left, dean of the College of Business, participated in a panel on the airport's future with Mabrie Jackson, North Texas Commission CEO. Other panelists included Siamak “Sia” Ardekani, professor of civil engineering; Robert Cluck, Arlington mayor; Lillie Biggins, DFW Airport board chair and UTA Distinguished Alumna; Betsy Price, Fort Worth mayor and UTA Distinguished Alumna; Sean Donohue, DFW International Airport's CEO; Doug Parker, American Airlines' CEO; Bill Meadows, DFW High-speed Rail Commission chair; and many other airport executives and regional leaders.

Library first-floor construction planned for May 10-12

The Central Library's 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.

Dining Services offers catering special

Dining Services' new monthly catering specials provide an on-campus option for lunchtime meetings, day-long conferences, or social gatherings.

For May, the Cinco de Mayo special includes a Mexican chopped salad, chicken enchiladas, salsa verde, and cinnamon tortilla crisps. Beverages and desserts are extra. Orders are $8.99 per person with a 12-person minimum.  

To place a catering order, call 2-2304 of visit

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

Steam service outage May 12-14

The Thermal Energy Plant's annual inspection and repair of the campus steam service is set for next week. A steam service outage is planned from midnight Monday, May 12, to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.

During this outage all buildings served by the Thermal Energy Plant will be without hot water and steam. Electrical power, air conditioning, domestic water/sewer, and chilled water will remain in service.

For questions or concerns, contact Nick Schroeder at or 2-9075.

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.

Mav Pic Nedderman Society Cookout 2014

Served his way

Jason Morgan, intramural sports coordinator for Campus Recreation, grabs a burger Friday at the Nedderman Society Faculty/Staff Cookout. The annual meal honors all employees and recognizes those who contribute financially to the University and is hosted by the Development Office.


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.

The MAX survey seeks your input

Provide your input on the Metro ArlingtonXpress, or The MAX. 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.

Learn more 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.

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.

University Club to close for three weeks

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

Benefit Yourself

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

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.

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, 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.)

Going Out

Through Wednesday, May 7

Paws for Finals Find unconditional love with registered therapy dogs from Paws With Partners. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m., second floor, Central Library. Check the daily schedule. UT Arlington Libraries.

Friday, May 9

Baseball and Taco Tailgate Join the Maverick Club for a taco tailgate meal before watching the Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky. RSVP by Wednesday, May 7. $5 tailgate meal; $5 game. Tailgate 5:30 p.m., first pitch 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, games 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 11Maverick Club.

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.


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

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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