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

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Commencement 2014

Fixed-rate tuition plan allows undergraduates to earn rebates

UT Arlington has an innovative offer for full-time students who earn their degree in four years: lock in today’s tuition rate, receive rebates each year, and save $2,000 or more off the cost of an undergraduate degree.

The Guaranteed Tuition Plan is distinct from many other similar plans because it allows undergraduates who meet key benchmarks to earn rewards as they progress toward graduation—$1,000 off tuition in their second and third year, and $2,000 off tuition their senior year.

Texas students also have the potential to earn an additional rebate of up to $1,000 through a separate statewide program.

“We know that many of our students work while attending college, and this is a direct, financial benefit designed to encourage them and enable them to focus more time on their studies,” President Vistasp Karbhari says.

Read more about the Guaranteed Tuition Plan.

High Energy Physics Group

Physics dream team: Members of the High Energy Physics Group are, clockwise from left, Professors Andrew White, Andrew Brandt, Kaushik De, Associate Professor Amir Farbin, and Professor Jaehoon Yu.

Particle physics team awarded a 25 percent funding increase

UTA physicists who have traveled the world to support new scientific discoveries, including the widely publicized Higgs boson, have been awarded a $2.5 million, three-year Department of Energy grant to further their work.

The funding, which begins this month, represents a 25 percent increase from previous Energy Department base award grants to the College of Science’s Center of Excellence in High Energy Physics. 

Kaushik De, director of the center, says news of the increased funding came after university programs and individual researchers were required to undergo an extensive comparative review by federal officials. The purpose was to identify research proposals with the highest “scientific merit, impact, and potential.”

Other members of the group funded in this proposal include Professors Andrew White, Andrew Brandt, and Jaehoon Yu, and Associate Professor Amir Farbin.

“Undergoing the review and preparing our proposal for future research took years of strategic planning, but the result is extraordinary," Dr. De says. "This is indeed a special achievement by our faculty and a good sign for the future of high energy physics at UT Arlington."

Read more about the high energy physics grant.

Construction management degree

New construction management degree answers industry, student needs

Beginning in fall 2014, UT Arlington will offer a Master of Construction Management degree with an option to take courses online to help meet industry demand, especially in the thriving North Texas region.

The degree will focus on management of construction projects in three main categories: heavy, which includes highways, pipelines, and infrastructure; residential and commercial construction; and general construction.

“The UT Arlington College of Engineering is expanding rapidly, and our faculty and students are rising to meet the needs of our region’s dynamic economy,” says Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College of Engineering.

Final approval for the program by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is expected by August 2014 and must be received before students may apply and be admitted.

Read more about the Master of Construction Management degree.

UTA Magazine

Redesigned website elevates online presence of 'UTArlington Magazine'

The spring issue of UTArlington Magazine features a revamped and more robust website to keep readers better informed about the University and its many successes.

The redesigned site places greater emphasis on the feature articles, which include stories about assistive living and 3-D printing technology as well as a photographic essay on a day in the life of UT Arlington. The site is also easier to navigate and more smartphone and tablet friendly.

A global thread connects many of the articles in this issue, including a story about how the University’s growing international student population is invigorating an already rich cultural landscape.

UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and distributed to about 160,000 UT Arlington constituents. “Like” the magazine’s Facebook page and receive updates in your newsfeed.

In Memoriam-Maverick Vets

UT Arlington Libraries honors war casualties on website

To commemorate Memorial Day, the UT Arlington Libraries has added an In Memoriam page to the Maverick Veterans’ Voices website. The page lists all known UTA faculty, staff, and students who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

One such casualty was art Professor Delmar Pachl. A promising printmaker and sculptor, Pachl started teaching at what was then North Texas Agricultural College in the late 1930s. He joined the Army in 1942 and when not busy with military duties, drew cartoons for the Army magazine Yank. Pachl died on Leyte, the Philippines, in 1944. He was the only NTAC faculty member to die in the war. The University dedicated a new dormitory for him in 1949, but Pachl Hall was demolished in 2001.

Submit information for the In Memoriam page to Jeff Downing at

UT Arlington is closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 26.

Early voting through today at MAC

Early voting for primary run-off elections continues through 7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 22, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Find more information at the Tarrant County Elections Office website and at

Mav Pic Blazing Race 2014

Blazing Race

Megan Fauntleroy of the Universal Studies team from University College runs to the finish line during the Blazing Race last Wednesday. The Walkie Talkies from the College of Nursing won for the low-impact teams, and Team Engineering from the Bioengineering Department won in the high-impact category. The 135 competitors covered a total of 159 miles. This year's race was part of the Staff Advisory Council Slimdown program and is sponsored by the UTA Wellness Committee.


Blackboard maintenance this weekend

Maintenance on Blackboard is set for 1 a.m. Saturday, May 24-2 a.m. Sunday, May 25. For questions, contact the Center for Distance Education.

Lots reserved for Special Olympics

Parking spaces in Lot 49 at Cooper and Mitchell streets are reserved Wednesday-Thursday, May 21-22, and Saturday, May 24, for the Special Olympics 2014 Summer Games.

On Friday, May 23, parking spaces in Lots 26 and 27, south and east of Maverick Stadium, will be used by Summer Games attendees.

Faculty, staff, and students should use Lot 33 located north of the Maverick Activities Center. 

Temporary shuttle service from Lot 33 to Lot 26 on Friday will be:

• 6:30-8:45 a.m.—Lot 33 (northwest area) to J.D. Wetsel Service Center. 

• Midday—Facilities Management will provide a van for those wanting to return to Lot 33.

• 3:15-5:30 p.m.—From Wetsel building to Lot 33.

See the parking and shuttle maps for other parking options. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

  Mav Pic John Hall Hall

Hallmark day

John Hall's coworkers unofficially renamed Davis Hall on Wednesday for his birthday. Inside, signs such as "Hall Way" noted the vice president for administration and campus operation's dedication to UTA.

Learn more about Internal Audit

May is International Internal Audit Awareness Month, and the Office of Internal Audit has resources and treats for faculty and staff.

Stop by the office at Suite 246 in Davis Hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, May 27-30, for a treat and inclusion in a prize drawing.

Visit the Internal Audit website to learn more about services and resources offered. 

MavAlert system update set for June 2

The MavAlert system will be inoperable 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 2, for an upgrade of the system.

To ensure timely communication in the event of an emergency during this time, the University’s website and email system will be used to notify the campus community.

Audible announcements will be made using the outdoor warning system and the on-campus building annunciation system.

Be part of orientation Involvement Fairs

The Student Activities and Organizations office coordinates the Involvement Fairs that take place at freshman, transfer, and international orientation sessions. Visit the Involvement Fair website for information about participating. 

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.

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

Sports Notes
Matt Shortall, Ryan Bottger

First picks: Senior designated hitter Matt Shortall, left, and junior outfielder Ryan Bottger were named to the 2014 All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball first team as selected by the league's head coaches. The Mavericks played South Alabama on Wednesday at the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Championship.


Baseball team wins tourney opener

The second-seeded Mavericks defeated No. 7 South Alabama 8-4 Wednesday night in Mobile, Ala., in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Championship.

Senior right-hander Daniel Milliman picked up the win, and junior infielder Travis Sibley drove in four runs. UTA faces No. 6 Troy tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The Mavericks finished the regular season in second place in the SBC standings after winning their final seven conference games.

View live video and live stats of all SBC Championship games at Find links to UTA games at, and listen to audio at For updates and information throughout the tournament, follow UTA on Twitter @UTAMavs.

Shortall, Bottger named All-Sun Belt first team

Senior designated hitter Matt Shortall and junior outfielder Ryan Bottger were named to the 2014 All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball first team as selected by the league's head coaches.

Shortall hit .351 with a UTA single-season record 24 doubles. He is among the nation's leaders in doubles (fourth), total bases (eighth), and hits (12th). Bottger leads the Mavericks with a .367 batting average (third in SBC) and a .465 on-base percentage (second in SBC).

Sophomore second baseman Darien McLemore was named to Sun Belt Conference Leadership Team. 

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out


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. Free. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through May 30Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, HistoryUT Arlington Libraries.

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.

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.

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 runs through Sunday, June 1. The summer schedule begins Tuesday, June 3, with Texas Stargazing; Astronaut; Back to the Moon for Good; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.

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



Editor: Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

Published by University Communications. Photography, video, design, and online services provided by the Department of Communications and Marketing.

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