For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

President James D. Spaniolo gets a flu shot from Nursing Supervisor Romelee Harris

First in line: President James D. Spaniolo receives the first seasonal flu shot from Romelee Harris, nursing supervisor for Health Services, on Friday, Sept. 4, the first day the vaccine was available to the University community.

Health Services offers
seasonal flu shots

Seasonal flu shots are now available to students, faculty and staff at the Health Services Center. The vaccine is $15. Student health insurance may cover the cost for students who have opted to carry the policy.

The shots address only seasonal flu. A separate vaccine developed to prevent H1N1 influenza has not yet been made available to the public. UT Arlington encourages all students, faculty and staff to receive the influenza vaccine early this fall as one step toward maintaining a healthy community.

Other key steps are simple, yet effective:

  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.

  • Do not attend class or go to work if you are ill or experiencing a fever.

  • If you are a student who becomes ill, arrange a ride home through a friend or relative to minimize your contact with others.

Click here for more information about UT Arlington and preventing the spread of the flu. To reach the Health Services Center, call 817-272-2771 or go to

Research lab

Research gets boost: The University has announced $3.75 million in commitments for research, with about $1.1 million expected to qualify for state matching funds through the Texas Research Incentive Program.

University announces gifts aimed
at enhancing research

UT Arlington has announced $3.75 million in commitments supporting a broad range of research as the University advances in its mission of becoming one of the state's next nationally recognized research institutions. The full value of these gifts is estimated to be about $7 million when paired with available matching funds.

The support includes a $1 million commitment from Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. and additional gifts from Texas Instruments Inc., the Texas Health Research & Education Institute and UT Arlington alumnus Mustaque Ahmed, among others.

About $1.1 million is expected to qualify for state matching funds available through the Texas Research Incentive Program. The program was established earlier this year through House Bill 51 and aims to help UT Arlington and six other institutions leverage private gifts for the enhancement of research productivity and faculty recruitment.

"These gifts represent a growing recognition of UT Arlington's academic excellence. This is a long-term effort to increase the private support of the research mission of the University, and we are gratified by this initial response," President James D. Spaniolo says. "It's not about one day. This is a decade-long effort to build a national research institution."

Click here to read the complete news release.

Deep Economy by Bill McKibben

OneBook program features
three events this month

Lectures and student films begin this year's OneBook program, which aims to foster critical thinking and to promote a sense of togetherness among the entire campus community, especially first-year students.

This year's book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben, argues that the present globalized economy has been detrimental to human happiness, community, food safety and the environment, and that the answer is a smaller, more sustainable economic model of production, consumption and behavior.

John Garrigus, associate professor of history, will speak on "Three Keys to Understanding Deep Economy" at noon Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Arne Winguth, assistant professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences, will talk on "Global Climate Change and its Impact on North Texas" at noon Friday, Sept. 25, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

"Green Screen: Student Films about the Environment" is at noon Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Read more at

Make privacy decision by Wednesday

Students can limit access to the directory information UT Arlington can release at any time. However, the deadline to ensure that your contact information is not listed in the "Maverick Connection" printed student directory is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.

  Fresh Pix Dean Kamen

It's never too early

Inventor Dean Kamen implored students to make a difference while still in the classroom. Kamen, who invented the portable insulin pump and the Segway human transporter, created his first invention while an undergraduate. He spoke as part of the College of Engineering's 50th anniversary celebration, which kicked off Wednesday, Sept. 2. Click here to read more about Engineering's anniversary.

Restricting any aspect of directory information will restrict all information from being released to any public or external source. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Name will not be included in the Commencement program.

  • E-mail address will not be viewable in the address book by other students on the student e-mail system.

  • Name will not be listed in the University's "Find People" Web application.

  • Name will not be listed in the printed campus directory, "Maverick Connection."

  • Name will not be included in a records request from external entities seeking directory information on students.

FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to student educational records. Details on the FERPA policy and navigation to make your elections are at To make changes to your privacy elections, go to

For information on UT Arlington's anti-spam policy that protects your student e-mail address, go to

Career Month features job fairs, workshops

Job fairs, workshops and personalized consultations with career services professionals are part of Career Month for students and alumni.

Upcoming free programs include:

  • Hire A Maverick workshops, Room 216, E.E. Davis Hall: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8; 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9; 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10; and 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Business Building.

  • How to Get a Federal Job, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, Red River/Concho rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center.

  • Internship Workshop, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, San Jacinto/Neches rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center.

  • International Student Workshop, 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, Room 125, Swift Center.

  • Résumé Critiques, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

  • Recruiter's Guide to Getting the Job, noon Monday, Sept. 14, Room 633, Business Building.

Image consultant Kay Smith will speak on "Energy Dressing: the power of non-verbal communication" at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. Cost is $5 for students and $15 for the public. Contact Kimberley Jardine at 817-272-5930 or

Click here for more on Career Month and services offered by Career Services. Call 817-272-2932 or e-mail

Oozeball: Good dirty fun


Get down and dirty at the 20th annual Mudstomp and Oozeball Tournament, all for a good cause. The events benefit the Student Alumni Association's sophomore scholarship fund.

Oozeball is mud volleyball with about 130 teams from campus organizations, fraternities and sororities competing from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, on the five Oozeball courts.

The mess really starts at Mudstomp at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 17, at the Oozeball lot on Summit Avenue between Greek Row Drive and Fourth Street. That's when SAA members mix 143 tons of dirt with water, courtesy of the Arlington Fire Department fire trucks.

Expect free water, free food for contestants, and concessions and event shirts for sale. The Arlington water department will keep the courts wet and participants clean after their games.

Click here for details and to register by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Texas Instruments advances biomedical engineering research

International technology innovator Texas Instruments Inc. has awarded UT Arlington $225,000 in new funds to enhance biomedical research in the College of Engineering in the area of medical diagnostics.

  Fresh Pix Eric Larsen

Fresh blood

Eric Larsen, a senior biology major from Fort Worth, offered up a vein for last week's blood drive for Carter BloodCare, the area's blood bank.

UT Arlington anticipates that this new commitment will be eligible for state matching funds aimed at enhancing university research.

Click here to learn more about TI's gift.

Major gift to endow Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute

The College of Liberal Arts has announced a commitment from alumnus Mustaque Ahmed that establishes the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, which will build upon Ahmed's previous generosity to his alma mater.

The 2009 Festival of Ideas, "Greening English Studies," kicks off at 3 p.m. Oct. 16 with a discussion on "The Public Life of Environmental Literature and Criticism" by Cate Mortimer-Sandilands of York University. More details about this year's festival will be available through the College of Liberal Arts.

Read the news release for more details.

Volunteers needed for Make A Splash

Join campus volunteers for Make A Splash, an environmental awareness event, on Friday, Sept. 11, at the River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington. The annual water science fair is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features creek walks, pond sampling, invertebrate investigations, story time, a toddler's area, fish printing, water music, guest speakers and exhibitors. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Mav Express office in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Sign up in the Student Activities office in the lower level of the University Center. Call 817-272-7963 or e-mail

PR Society hosts golf tourney

Tee off at the Public Relations Student Society of America Golf Tournament Monday, Sept. 21, at the Mansfield National Golf Club. Check-in time is 7 a.m. Cost is $85. Contact PRSSA sponsor Shelley Wigley at for details.

Engineering sponsors trip to the game

College of Engineering students, alumni, faculty and staff are heading to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to reconnect with fellow classmates and watch the Texas Rangers play the Oakland A's Wednesday, Sept. 16. The $10 admission includes a meal coupon good for a hot dog, chips and a soda. And it's Dollar Dog Night, so extra hot dogs are extra affordable. Engineering students should contact their home department or the dean's office for tickets. Maverick Engineering 50th Anniversary T-shirts are available for $5.

Planetarium to add latest technology

In October, the Planetarium at UT Arlington will become the first Texas planetarium to install Digistar 4, the latest in planetarium theater technology. The Planetarium will close from Sept. 28 through Oct. 11 to install the new system and will re-open Monday, Oct. 12, with a new fall schedule. New shows include Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA, Two Small Pieces of Glass, IBEX: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System, and Microcosm. Visit for more.

Check List

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Census Day

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Enrollment verifications available

Drops, withdrawals require instructors' signatures

To drop or withdraw from classes, students must meet with an academic adviser in their major department. The adviser will require completion of an "Undergraduate Course Drop or Withdrawal Request," which will require signatures from all instructors whose classes are being dropped. Click here for a list of advising offices.

For classes dropped or withdrawn on or before Census Date (Wednesday, Sept. 9), no grade will be recorded on the transcript to reflect the drop. Courses dropped by the Census Date will not be counted toward the six-course drop limit that affect students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later or the excessive-hours tuition laws that affect students who have more than 45 hours in excess of the hours required for a degree plan.

Students can print enrollment, degree verification

Enrolled students may print their own Enrollment Verification Certificate. Log into MyMav and click on "Request Enrollment Verification" in the Academics section of the Student Center to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse (NSLC) Web site. Official fall 2009 enrollment verifications will be available after Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Faxing available at Central Library

There is a new system for sending faxes at the Central Library since the Xerox center closed. The new fax unit, called Fax24, is on the first floor, directly across from the circulation desk and next to the water fountain.

The machine takes the major credit cards only, but not cash or the Mav Express Card. It will send only and does not receive faxes. There are easy instructions on the machine and a verification sheet is dispensed once the fax has gone through.

Workshops aim to aid graduate students

Life in graduate school presents many challenges. Beginning this semester, all theses and dissertations must be submitted electronically, and paper documents will no longer be accepted. Research, writing and formatting, plus juggling studies with work and home life, are downright stressful.

Et Cetera, the Office of Graduate Studies Academic and Professional Enrichment Series, offers workshops, lectures and events to support graduate students' academic and career development. Click here for more workshop news or to register.

Upcoming workshops include:

  • Writing in Graduate School: An Introduction, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, Room 411, Central Library.

  • Thesis and Dissertation Prep: Web conference, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Check with Graduate Studies for the link.

Workshops later this semester are Managing Stress: Multiple Roles and Responsibilities of Graduate Students; Word for Thesis and Dissertation; Writing Literature Reviews; and Writing with Clarity and Cohesion.

Graduate research seminars under way

The library offers several graduate research seminars on a variety of subject disciplines early each semester. Graduate research seminars offer database demonstrations, research tips, hands-on learning and an optional 15-minute library tour. Sign up in advance to reserve a research packet. Click here for the seminar schedule.

For subject-specific research assistance, contact the appropriate subject librarian for consultation.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Laughs for free

Darren Carter

Darren Carter kicks off One Mic Stand, a new monthly comedy series that brings up-and-coming comedians to campus. As soon as Darren Carter takes the stage, he unleashes a captivating flurry of impersonations, observations and off-the-wall social commentary that is a comedy experience unlike any other. He has appeared in "Be Cool" with John Travolta, as well as on TV, including Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and BET's "Comic View." Carter can be seen on "Chelsea Lately" on E! and "Comics Without Borders" on Showtime. Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2963,

Tuesday, Sept. 8 - Wednesday, Sept. 9

The Link International Friendship Program International students are matched with an Arlington community member or family who wants to be friends with an international student. Free. 6 p.m. Swift Center. 817-272-2355,

$2 Movie: Ratatouille 6 p.m. Planetarium. 817-272-1183,

Thursday, Sept. 10

Exhibiting Artist Talk by Margo Sawyer Margo Sawyer, professor of sculpture/studio art at UT Austin, gives an illustrated presentation about her work on exhibit. Free. 12:30 p.m. The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 817-272-5658,

Global Grounds International Coffee Hour Enjoy free coffee, masala chai and snacks while getting to know the campus international community. Free. 4 p.m. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2355,

Organ/Harpsichord Recital Music Professor Linton Powell performs in his 34th annual fall recital. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Friday, Sept. 11

International Spouses Club Connect with other spouses of international students and faculty. Free. 1:30 p.m. Swift Center. 817-272-2355,

Opening Reception for Art Exhibition: Tommy Fitzpatrick/Margo Sawyer The reception honors Tommy Fitzpatrick and Margo Sawyer, artists exhibiting work in The Gallery at UT Arlington. Free. 6 p.m. The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 817-272-5658,

$2 Movie: Ratatouille 6 p.m. Planetarium. 817-272-1183,

Friends of the Library: Ebby Halliday/Michael Poss Ebby Halliday, the Dallas realtor, and Michael Poss, author of Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate, will speak about Poss' book. A reception and book signing will follow. Free. 7:30 p.m. Central Library sixth floor parlor. Betty Wood, 817-272-7421,

Saturday, Sept. 12

Gallery Night Gallery 76102 will participate in the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association Fall Gallery Night. Free. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Gallery 76102, UT Arlington Fort Worth Center. Megan Topham, 817-272-5988.

$2 Movie: Ratatouille 2:30 p.m. Planetarium. 817-272-1183,

Monday, Sept. 14

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Music students and faculty perform works by Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Music Honors Recital Music Department's faculty and outstanding students perform solo and chamber music. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Through Sept. 30

Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 The Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit in glass art. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Christina Graves, 817-272-5988.

Through Oct. 10

Art Exhibition: Geometry in Reflection Two internationally recognized artists address architectonic forms and color relationships through their work. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Patricia Healy, 817-272-5658,


The Planetarium at UT Arlington

UT Arlington Planetarium programs The summer schedule will continue through Sept. 27. Shows include Texas Stargazing, Stars of the Pharaohs, Black Holes, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Bad Astronomy, matinees and $2 movies. 817-272-1183,,

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

Learn More

Wednesday, Sept. 9

CPT Seminar International students can about Curricular Practical Training. Free. 2 p.m. Swift Center. Satu Birch, 817-272-2355,

Thursday, Sept. 10

Tragedy, Cinema and Scandal: Modern Receptions of Ancient Greek Myths This workshop/colloquium explores modern interpretations in various media of ancient Greek epic poetry and tragedy. Free. 2 p.m. Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Charles Chiasson, 817-272-3216,

Graduate Research Seminar: Education, Criminology/Criminal Justice, Political Science Graduate students should register in advance for this program on library resources. Free. 4 p.m. Room B20, Central Library. Michelle Buchanan, 817-272-7047,

Friday, Sept. 11

Toward Zero Emission Coal-to-Electric Power Generation Systems Minking K. Chyu of the University of Pittsburgh will examine several technologies under development (coal gasification, advanced turbines, fuel cells, and carbon capture and sequestration) that may allow the continued use of coal. Free. 1:30 p.m. Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Debi Barton, 817-272-2500,

Graduate Research Seminar: History, English, Communications Graduate students should register in advance for this program on library resources. Free. 3 p.m. Room B20, Central Library. Michelle Buchanan, 817-272-7047,

Saturday, Sept. 12

Graduate Research Seminar: Science, Engineering Webinar Graduate students should register in advance for this online program on research resources. Free. 3 p.m. Michelle Buchanan, 817-272-7047,

Sunday, Sept. 13

Graduate Research Seminar: Science, Engineering Webinar Graduate students should register in advance for this online program on research resources. Free. 4 p.m. Michelle Buchanan, 817-272-7047,

Sports Notes
  Raegan Daniel

Setter deluxe: Junior setter Raegan Daniel (18) was named to the all-tournament team last weekend at the Colorado State Hilton Classic.

Mavericks open home volleyball season Saturday

After playing their first seven volleyball matches on the road, the Mavericks will host the UT Arlington Invitational Saturday at Texas Hall.

Coach Diane Seymour's squad will face Arkansas-Little Rock at 11 a.m. before taking on Oklahoma at 7 p.m. UALR and OU will meet at 3 p.m. Students are admitted free with their ID.

UT Arlington (2-5) is led by junior Bianca Sauls, who has 55 kills in seven matches. The Mavericks will host another tournament next weekend as TCU, Texas Southern and Arkansas State come to Texas Hall for the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational.

Hall of Honor to induct four Saturday

Former softball coach Rayla Allison, football standout Mike Barnes, pitcher Jeff Burrow and javelin All-American Jenny Hockett will be inducted into the UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor, Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Arlington Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom. The event begins at 7 p.m., and there is no charge.

Wheelchair tennis returns to campus

The Movin' Mavs are looking for athletes with disabilities who are interested in joining the Wheelchair Tennis Team. Jeff Sale will serve as player/coach for the team. The first tournament will be the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Championships set for Oct. 17-19 in Mobile, Ala. Other local tournaments also will be scheduled. Contact Doug Garner at

Fitness, sports programs at MAC

Maverick Activities Center offers a variety of sports and fitness programs, including fitness classes, intramural sports and sports clubs. Learn more at

In Quotes

Minor added to meet government demand

Women gaining
in employment

Mortgage fraud
affects sales

"It's imperative that we get people trained in the right fields. This helps toward that goal."

"A lot of the jobs being lost are in manufacturing and construction, typically male dominated jobs."

"People couldn't sell their homes. People couldn't get refinancing on their homes."

– Dr. Bill Carroll, dean of the College of Engineering, on how the addition of a minor in nuclear engineering is being driven by plans for about two dozen new nuclear energy plants across the country, four of them in Texas. The Dallas Morning News.

– Dr. Myrtle Bell, professor of management in the College of Business, on a report about how women will soon make up a majority of the workforce. KTVT Channel 11.

– Dr. Gary Lacefield, senior lecturer in marketing in the College of Business, commenting on a story about mortgage fraud. KDFW Channel 4.


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