For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Tickets for Cal Ripken Jr. available today

Tickets for Cal Ripken Jr.'s appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series are available starting today, Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Ripken will speak on "The Keys to Perseverance" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Texas Hall. The event is free, but tickets are required.

Ripken played 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His Hall-of-Fame career includes being one of only eight players to have 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995 he broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played (2,130), and he voluntarily ended the streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games.

In 2001 he and his family established the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation in memory of the family’s patriarch. The foundation helps teach life lessons through baseball to disadvantaged youth. Most recently, Ripken was named a special envoy for the U.S. State Department, promoting teamwork and cross-cultural communication.

For tickets, go online to For special accommodations, call 817-272-2963.

College Park District

Building a firm foundation: The College Park District, now under construction on the east edge of the campus, played a big part in UT Arlington being recognized by The Carnegie Foundation.

Carnegie Foundation recognizes community engagement

UT Arlington was selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification, joining 115 U.S. colleges and universities.

"Community engagement" describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities—local, regional/state, national, global—for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

A critical part of that community engagement is taking shape just a few blocks from the heart of campus where the College Park District is being built. Spanning more than 20 acres and totaling more than $160 million, the emerging district comprises three major components. At its hub is College Park Center, a 6,500-seat special events center. To the north is College Park, a mixed-use development that will include a residence hall and apartments, retail shops and restaurants, an 1,800-space parking facility, and a new University welcome center. And to the south is The Green at College Park, an inviting new park for use by the entire community.

The Carnegie Foundation encourages colleges and universities to become more deeply engaged, to improve teaching and learning, and to generate socially responsive knowledge to benefit communities.

To learn more about the Community Engagement Classification, visit

Mind Brain Education

Mind boggling: Dr. Marc Schwartz, right, director of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education, will oversee the new master's degree program in Mind, Brain, and Education.

New master's degree program explores mind, brain, education

The process of learning is taking on a new dimension in the College of Education and Health Professions, which this fall will begin offering the first two-year master's degree program in Mind, Brain, and Education in the United States.

"The MBE program promises current, cutting-edge research about how we learn, how we think, and how we survive as human beings,” says Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions.“ This is the kind of information teachers need to have as they work with students at all levels.”

The program is offered through the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education. Marc Schwartz, center director and professor of curriculum and instruction, says professors and students will explore the connections between brain anatomy and physiology, cognitive neuroscience, educational philosophy, learning processes, and specific learning issues, such as dyslexia and attention deficits.

“The program will support new teacher development, influence practices and leadership, train new researchers, and improve mentorship programs,” Dr. Schwartz says.

The MBE program is modeled after Harvard University's one-year Mind, Brain, and Education program, but UT Arlington’s two-year program is designed for the working professional with late afternoon and evening classes. No background in biology or neuroscience is required.

Read more about the Mind, Brain, and Education master's degree.

Fresh Pix Freshman orientation spring 2011

New Maverick

Ashley Stalmach, undeclared freshman, registers during Friday's orientation for first-time freshmen.


Announcements issued if bad weather causes campus delays, closure

Winter weather can change drastically, and the University is prepared to communicate any campus delays or closures.

All announcements will be communicated via University e-mail in TrailBlazer EXTRA (students) and MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff). Notices will be posted on the University's home page, as well as Twitter and Facebook pages. Recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913. Announcements will be sent to local media outlets.

UT Arlington is open and operating on normal schedules unless students, faculty, and staff are notified otherwise.

University College closed one morning each month for planning

University College offices will be closed one morning each month during the spring semester for planning and meetings.

All offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. During this time, offices will not schedule appointments or see students. Offices include the University Advising Center, Counseling Services, University Studies, University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction, the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and University College Programs.

Spring semester closure dates are Mondays, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, and May 9.

Bicycle program, RecycleMania kickoff set for Monday, Jan. 31

Bring your bike and be a part of the rally to kick off the Maverick Bike Program and RecycleMania 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Free bike repair is available for those bringing their own bikes.

Events include Goldsprint racing, a bicycle rollers racing and social event featuring riders on stationary bikes competing against each other in front of spectators. Live music and free food are part of the event.

Participate in RecycleMania by signing a pledge for your office and bring paper, plastic, or cans to recycle. Bins will be provided. Read more about the Green Team Recyclemania competition and how to sign up.

Flu shot

Don't take risks during flu season; get vaccinated

Avoid the flu this winter with these "healthy habits" from the Texas Department of Health.

Better still, get a flu shot at the Health Services Center for only $15.

"We are starting to see a few cases. The number of cases is predicted to increase in next few months," says Megan White, an immunization nurse with Health Services. Cases of influenza A and B have been reported in Tarrant County, according to the department's flu website,

Flu seasons runs from October-May.

Influenza immunizations are available 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 817-272-2771.

Winter Continuing Education catalog features new classes

The Winter 2011 Continuing Education catalog features new classes and programs in creative writing, leadership, sustainability, health care, technology, dance, gardening, and more.

View the catalog online and sign up for classes at

Library website

Library launches new website

See the UT Arlington library in a new way through its new website at

Started more than two years ago, the redesign process included surveying students, faculty, and staff on what they need in a library website. Feedback has been provided through usability testing.

Teams of library staff have worked on designing a new look for the site, revising content, and reorganizing information.

The old site will continue to be available during the spring semester while the transition to the new website continues.

For more information, contact Karen Horsfall at or 817-272-7431.

Landscape architecture students win international design competition

A team of graduate students in landscape architecture shared first place in an international urban design competition sponsored by Kilbourne Group, a design company in Fargo, N.D.

The jury for the Downtown Fargo: an urban-infill competition selected "ebb and flow" by Nakjune Seong and Sarah Kuehn as one of two award-winning teams. Each first-prize winner received a $10,000 cash prize.

The competition challenged designers to envision a multi-use urban solution to address retail, office, residential, parking, and plaza space in downtown Fargo. The competition received 160 international submissions from 23 countries.

UT Arlington's winning project was developed in architecture Assistant Professor Taner Ozdil's graduate design studio.

Nursing video game

More than just a game: Dr. Judy LeFlore and her research team developed a video game that teaches students about in-hospital pediatric care. Watch a video that explains the simulation process.

College of Nursing researcher honored for learning in video game world

A College of Nursing professor’s use of 3D gaming technology to teach students about in-hospital pediatric care has earned her the top spot in a competition sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Judy LeFlore will present her study—which explored whether a specially designed 3D video game worked as well as a lecture in teaching nursing students to respond in a clinical setting—during the Society for Simulation’s 11th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare this month in New Orleans. Her research abstract was selected as first-place winner in the category of Emerging and Innovative Technologies and Methods.

Dr. LeFlore and Mindi Anderson, assistant professor of nursing, worked with Marjorie Zielke, assistant professor of arts and technology at UT Dallas, to develop a game scenario called “iNursingRN: Respiratory Distress.” They then evaluated 93 senior nursing students, half who played the game and “treated” four virtual pediatric patients with respiratory illnesses and half who attended a three-hour lecture on the same topic.

Read more about Nursing's 3D project.

Doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship applications now being accepted

Applications and nominations for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships are due by Friday, Jan. 21.

The fellowships are for a nine-month academic year in which scholars will be engaged full time in research but may elect to teach only one course during that period.

The program is to develop and prepare scholars from under-represented groups for future faculty positions in academia. Candidates who are ABD (all but dissertation) will be considered, but all other doctoral requirements must be met by May 31.

Applicants will be notified of decisions by March 31, and commitments must be made by April 30.

E-mail requests for an application or questions to For more information, see the Equal Opportunity Services website.

Nomination deadline Monday for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser for professional staff, undergraduate faculty, and graduate faculty should be submitted by Monday, Jan. 24.

For 25 years, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. Many advisers have been recognized nationally by the National Academic Advising Association for their commitment to helping students succeed. See the list of award winners.

Submit nominations online. For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.

ACES now accepting abstract submissions

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES)—a university-wide symposium that showcases the best of UT Arlington’s undergraduate and graduate students’ research and creativity—is now accepting proposals for presentations. Winners receive monetary prizes and recognition at the ACES Awards Ceremony and during Academic Excellence Week.

Presentations and posters relevant to sustainability may be eligible to win sustainability awards.

The deadline to submit is Feb. 10. The ACES Research Symposium is March 24.

For more information, visit or e-mail

Body Problems

Sociology professor's new book delves into running and living long in a fast-food society

For many, the holidays led to overeating, exercising less, and feeling the pressure to be perfect.

"People overindulge and make New Year's resolutions to get fit and lose pounds," says Ben Agger, professor of sociology and author of the new book, Body Problems: Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society.

The book analyzes food, health, and body problems sociologically, in non-academic language, and connects this analysis to the practical steps readers can take to live a different life.

"This different life involves uniting body and mind as people view exercise, especially running and walking, not only as a means to an end—weight loss—but as a way of finding meaning in their hurried and often unsatisfying lives," says Dr. Agger, director of the Center for Theory.

Sex, love, and relationships group forming for spring semester

A counseling group for women is forming for the spring semester. The group of eight to 12 women and two professional therapists will explore the role of sex, love, and relationships in their lives.

As a group member, you will be encouraged to reflect on and share personal life experiences. You also will be asked to give and receive interpersonal feedback. The goal of engaging in these activities is to increase self-awareness and build new relational skills.

The group will meet 11:30 a.m-12:50 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 8-April 19.

Space is limited. Contact Claudia Thompson or Amy Zavada at 817-272-3671.

Interpersonal therapy group forms

Let’s Talk: Interpersonal Therapy Group is organizing for the spring semester. This is a small, co-ed group of six to 10 students who will meet weekly to enhance interpersonal skills and general well-being. The group provides opportunities to gain self-awareness, explore personal and relationship issues, give and receive feedback in a safe environment, and practice new skills.

The group will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 8-April 12.

For more information or to schedule a pre-group meeting, contact Bruce Bower at 817-272-3671.

Check List


January 18

First day of classes for spring semester

January 18-23

Late registration

February 2

Census date


Blackboard is the new online learning system

UT Arlington has instituted Blackboard as its new online learning system effective this spring semester. Faculty who used WebCT will now use Blackboard for distribution of online course materials, class communications, assignments, and quizzing.

This new and improved online course tool offers ways to organize academic life: one calendar to reflect all courses’ due dates, a centralized location for course communications, and a place to check grades throughout the semester.

To learn all about it, check out Blackboard Student Resources.

Adding, swapping, dropping, or withdrawing from classes

Students can add and swap classes through the last day of late registration, Sunday, Jan. 23.

If adviser permission is needed to register for the class, you must see an adviser before close of business Friday, Jan. 21.

To drop or withdraw from classes once the term has begun, undergraduate students must meet with an academic adviser in their major department.

A list of advising offices is online.

If you drop or withdraw on or before Census Date, Wednesday, Feb. 2, no grade will be recorded on your transcript to reflect the drop. Courses dropped by Census will not be counted toward the six-course drop limit (which affects students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later) or the excessive hours tuition laws (which affects students who have more than 45 hours in excess of the hours required for a degree plan).

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Two exhibits fill The Gallery at UTA

John Hitchcock exhibit

Two exhibits open the spring semester at The Gallery at UTA in the Fine Arts Building. "John Hitchcock: Epicenter" and "Impressions: Prints Made in Texas" are on display through Feb. 12.

"John Hitchcock: Epicenter" is a multimedia installation of wall-mounted prints, printed cutouts arranged in geometric patterns on the floor, and video that references both political issues and a personal awareness of the fragility of life. Hitchcock, an artist and associate professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earned his MFA in printmaking and photography at Texas Tech University. His work Flatlander, screenprint and ink pen on paper, is shown.

"Impressions: Prints Made in Texas" features 57 works produced by established Texas printmaking studios in collaboration with well-known and emerging artists. Four Texas printmaking studios in the exhibit are Coronado Studio (Austin), Flatbed Press (Austin), Hare and Hound Press (San Antonio), and P.R.I.N.T.—the Print Research Institute of North Texas (Denton).

Hitchcock will discuss his work 12:30-1:20 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building.

An opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at the gallery. Hitchcock will speak at 6:30 p.m.

A panel discussion on printmaking featuring publisher Mark Smith of Flatbed Press, Fort Worth artist Billy Hassell, and The Gallery at UTA Director Benito Huerta starts at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Planetarium program Spring schedule begins with Violent Universe. 6 p.m. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

$2 Movie: The Sorcerer's Apprentice A master sorcerer recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Friday, Jan. 21

Free Movie: Red Based on the DC comic book, a former black-ops CIA agent lives a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. Rated PG-13. Free. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities,, 817-272-2963.

Saturday, Jan. 22

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin. Free with student ID. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

$2 Movie: Twilight Saga: Eclipse Bella is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob. Rated PG-13. Free. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.


Planetarium programs Spring schedule includes Violent Universe, Magnificent Sun, Astronaut, Spacepark 360, Pink Floyd shows, and $2 Movies. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

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

Learn More


Wednesday, Jan. 19

Nanomaterials for Electronic, Energy and Biotech Applications Sungho Jin, professor of materials science at the University of California, San Diego, provides unique examples of controlling the structure, geometry, and properties of nanomaterials. Register online. Free. Reception 5-6 p.m., Room 601 Nedderman Hall. Lecture 6-7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering, 817-272-3679.

Friday, Jan. 21

Architecture Lecture Series Enrique Larranaga, a Venezuelan architect and author of Casa Americana, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. 817-272-2314.

Monday, Jan. 24

Introduction to Office 2010 Learn what's new in Office 2010 with Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. 2-4 p.m., Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

How to Survive a Technical Interview Hosted by Microsoft, this workshop is for computer science and computer engineering students interested in interviewing with a major software company. 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Career Center,, 817-272-5201.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Global Connections Info Session Are you interested in living with someone from another culture? Global Connections pairs international and domestic students to live in the on-campus apartments. Free. 10-11 a.m., Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of International Education and Apartment and Residence Life,

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

Sports Notes
  Bo Ingram

Scoring machine: Bo Ingram led the scoring with 28 points in the win over Sam Houston State last week.

Mav men host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday

Hoping to rebound from a loss to Lamar on Saturday, the men’s basketball team will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a Southland Conference matchup at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Texas Hall.

A late rally fell short as the Mavericks, now 1-2 in the SLC, fell to Lamar 76-72. Bo Ingram had career highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds in a 65-58 win over Sam Houston State earlier last week.

Following the Wednesday contest, the Mavericks are at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Movin' Mavs travel to Illinois for tourney

In their first competition of the new year, the Movin’ Mavs travel to the University of Illinois for a National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament Friday-Sunday, Jan. 21-23.

The Movin’ Mavs face Wisconsin-Whitewater, Southwest Missouri State, and defending national champion Illinois in the three-day event. Coach Doug Garner’s squad split a pair of games with Illinois in a November tournament on the UT Arlington campus.

UT Arlington will host the men’s and women’s NWBA intercollegiate division national championship tournament March 10-12.

Women on the road Wednesday, back home for SFA on Saturday

The women’s basketball team travels to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Jan. 19, before returning home to face Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

The Mavericks are 1-2 in the Southland Conference, losing to Sam Houston State and Lamar after opening league play with a win over Nicholls State.

Volleyball players earn academic honors

Christy Driscoll and Bianca Sauls earned first-team Southland Conference All-Academic Volleyball Team honors, while Alicia Shaffer and Tara Frantz were named to the second team.

Driscoll, an exercise science major, led the Maverick contingent with a 3.95 GPA, while Sauls, a broadcast communication major, has a 3.69 GPA.

Entries for intramural basketball due Jan. 25-26

Intramural entries for pre-season basketball are due Tuesday, Jan. 25, and entries for the basketball regular season are due Wednesday, Jan. 26.

The deadline for bowling entries is Friday, Jan. 28, and sports trivia bowl entries are due Tuesday, Feb. 1.

If you have questions, go to the information desk at the Maverick Activities Center.

Free group exercises at MAC

Students, faculty, and staff can participate in group exercise classes for free through Monday, Jan. 24, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Classes range from pilates, yoga, stretch and relax, and aquatic fitness to cycling, kickboxing, cardio dance, jump and crunch, and step. Check the exercise class schedule for times and locations.

New this semester is A.M. Jolt, a 6:30 a.m. class on Tuesdays that focuses on strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility.

Squash, racquetball players needed for sports club

Ten players are needed for a new squash/racquetball sports club.

Squash is similar to racquetball but more challenging, says Ahmed Ali, the group's organizer, a criminal science major, and No. 4 ranked world junior squash player.

To learn more, e-mail Ali at

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Should companies offer sabbaticals?

Research is pushing nanotechnology

Invasive zebra mussels reach Texas

"We discovered that a sabbatical affords the opportunity to acquire interpersonal and professional skills that you wouldn't have a chance to build otherwise."

"The vision for nanotechnology has not yet materialized widely."

"The best way to avoid introduction is to prevent it from ever getting there in the first place."

— Dr. James Campbell Quick, John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Management in the College of Business, on company sabbaticals.

— Dr. Robert Magnusson, Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and professor of electrical engineering, on the state of nanotechnology.
D Magazine

— Dr. Robert McMahon, professor emeritus of the Department of Biology in the College of Science, on problems caused by zebra mussels.
Boston Herald



Editors: Teresa Newton, Jim Patterson

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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