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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Track Champs

We are the champions: The men's track and field team won its first triple crown Sunday at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Mavericks won the cross country title in November and the indoor championship in February.

Track team wins triple crown, celebration set for Tuesday

The men's track and field team completed its mission, winning the program's first triple crown Sunday night at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Marcos.

The Mavericks previously had won the cross country title in November and the indoor championship in February in the school's inaugural year in the Sun Belt.

UTA finished with 145 points to top its closest competitors, Western Kentucky (138) and South Alabama (132). Senior Clayton Vaughn tied for first in the 100 meters, placed second in the 200, and was a member of the winning 4x100 relay team.

"It's been a team effort all year, from the athletes to the coaches to the staff," coach John Sauerhage says. "We came up with clutch performances across the board. We have a group of seniors who wanted it so badly."

The men's outdoor title was the ninth in school history and the first since 2007 when it claimed the Southland Conference crown. No school had won all three sports in the same season in the SBC since 2008 when Western Kentucky achieved the feat.

Celebrate the team's victory at noon Tuesday, May 13, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Hear from track coach John Sauerhage and athletes. Enjoy pizza, cake, and punch along with music and the Maverick spirit squads.

Read more about the team’s Sun Belt Conference championship.

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones

UT System Regents award student for creative writing

Samantha Jones, English senior, has earned the UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Student Award in Arts and Humanities for her creative writing. 

She and two other students from UT System institutions will be recognized Thursday, May 15, during a reception in Austin. Each student will be awarded $1,500.

Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, says the honor demonstrates not only Jones’ talent but the strength of the Department of English’s program in creative writing.

The UT System Board of Regents established the Regents' Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities in 2012 to recognize student achievement in musical arts, visual arts, and creative writing. In 2015, the Regents will recognize student excellence in the musical arts.

Read more about Jones' award.

  Mav Pic Commencement spring 2014

Commencement spring 2014

UT Arlington conferred a record number of degrees this past weekend at College Park Center. More than 4,500 received their degrees during Commencement ceremonies, including about 3,400 undergraduates, 1,000 master’s candidates, and 120 doctoral students. See more photos.

Flexible Summer Hours program begins next week

UT Arlington again will offer the Flexible Summer Hours Program May 19-Aug. 8.

Participating employees work a compressed week of four 10-hour days with one day off during the work week. Employees who wish to participate must have their manager's written approval of their flexible schedules before beginning the program. Schedules for non-exempt employees must include a minimum 30-minute lunch break.

Departments or employees who choose not to participate in the program will continue to work their regular schedules.

If you have questions about the program, contact Eunice Currie at or 2-7091.

Library closed today, improvements for first floor begin

The Central Library is closed today, Monday, May 12, and will reopen Tuesday, May 13.

The first floor will close for the summer for various improvements, including fire sprinklers, and new flooring and ceiling tiles in the lobby and circulation/reference areas. New turnstiles and glass walls to funnel visitors to the turnstiles will be installed. The old Help Desk space will become a makerspace.

A covered corridor from the entrance doors to the elevator will allow visitors to pass through the first-floor construction zone safely and get to other floors.

Mav Pic Platinum Green Team

Top green team

Scott Ryan, center, dean of the School of Social Work, accepted the Maverick Office Green Team platinum award from John Hall, left, vice president of administration and campus operations, and President Vistasp Karbhari. Social Work is the first to achieve platinum level in the program sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.


Research funding, collaboration program set for Tuesday

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 a training 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.

Steam service outage this week

The Thermal Energy Plant's annual inspection and repair of the campus steam service includes a steam service outage through 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.

  Mav Pic Disability Studies' first grads

First class

Sarah Rose, left, director of the Disability Studies minor program, joined the program's first graduates—Juan Soto, Lindsey Anderson, and Miles Shaffer— at a reception for them last week. The Disability Studies minor is a multidisciplinary program that prepares students for a variety of graduate programs and for careers in law, education, public health, nursing, architecture, urban planning, and social work. The program is based in the Department of History. The Arlington Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities co-sponsored the event.

College Park restaurants offer specials, many on-campus options closed

Business meals at College Park District restaurants are approved for reimbursement. Dine-in and take-out for business functions qualify, according to University guidelines.

Breakfast is available at select locations, and most locations offer catering for your meetings, conferences, or training days.

MavMoney is accepted at Pie Five Pizza and Smiling Moose Deli, with more restaurants expected to join the program this summer. 

Follow College Park’s promotions and specials.

See the schedule for other on-campus dining locations.

The University Club in Davis Hall is closed until Monday, June 2.

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 or visit

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.

Benefit Yourself

Get in shape with SAC's Slimdown, earn points with Blazing Race

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 individuals and teams of six to eight participants and includes Wellness Points, 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. 22.

Earn Wellness Points by entering your team for the Wellness Committee’s Blazing Race on Wednesday, May 14. Each team member will earn one point toward their overall weight loss. Register online.

For more details, contact Athena Seaton at or visit

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

Coming up

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

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

Going Out


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. Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

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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