MavWire

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

Thursday, November 19, 2009

H1N1 flu vaccine

H1N1 flu shots available in Arlington

Anyone age 24 and younger may receive a free vaccine against H1N1 influenza at several upcoming clinics announced this week by Tarrant County Public Health.

The shots will be available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, while supplies last at:

  • Arlington Public Health Center, 536 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington

  • Northeast Public Health Center, 813 Brown Trail, Bedford

TCPH will hold a one-day vaccination event 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way.

The H1N1 vaccine is being made available to target groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The groups include:

  • pregnant women,

  • household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months old,

  • health-care and emergency medical services personnel,

  • anyone age 6 months to 24 years old, and

  • anyone age 25 to 64 with health conditions associated with a higher risk of medical complications from influenza.

For more information, call 2-1-1 or check the Tarrant County Public Health Web site at health.tarrantcounty.com.

Google

Google researcher seeks to understand
searching needs at Focus on Technology

How do you Google and why? Those are a couple of topics Daniel Russell, a research scientist for the Internet search engine company Google, will address in his Focus on Technology lecture at 12:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The program is free. Lunch will be served to the first 200 attendees.

'Book of Days' concludes this weekend

Book of Days

"Book of Days," an unpredictable and engaging murder mystery by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, concludes its two-week run at the Mainstage Theater with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

Dennis Maher, associate professor of theatre arts, directs the play about a small town dominated by a cheese plant, fundamentalist church and community theater. The three combine after a death for both comedic and dramatic effect.

Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff. Call 2‑2669 for reservations and group rates.

Give MavPack finals kits to students

MavPack finals kits are packed with office and school supplies, spirit items, snacks and study tips. The Student Alumni Association offers the kits, which can be sent to a favorite student with a personalized message.

  MavClip Jon Meacham

Critiquing Obama's first year

Newsweek editor Jon Meacham spoke about President Obama's first year in office as part of the Maverick Speakers Series Monday night in Texas Hall. He acknowledged that Obama's 52 percent approval rating was lower than it should be, but added that Americans are becoming more conservative. Meacham is the author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion.

The kit includes test-taking hints, sticky notes, popcorn, granola bars, noodles, cookies, chips, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, hot chocolate, spiced apple cider, animal crackers, gum, pens, Scantrons, pencils, a drawstring backpack and a UT Arlington T-shirt.

Order online by Monday, Nov. 23. Contact Jasmine Stewart at 2‑2594 or jasmine@uta.edu for more information.

Compliance training must be
completed by Dec. 4

UT Arlington is committed to ethical conduct and compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures. As part of this commitment, the Compliance Training Program has been established. Completing the annual compliance training requirement is important for all faculty and staff. Access the University's training Web site at www.uta.edu/training.

The deadline for completing the training is Friday, Dec. 4. Contact Jennifer Chapman at 2‑2080 for more information about the University's Compliance Training Program.

Graduate Studies offering seed grants to graduate faculty

The Office of Graduate Studies offers seed grants to graduate faculty for the spring/summer 2010 semesters.

Intellectual Engagement Seed Grants will be awarded to support the development of a graduate course that includes an intellectual engagement component, the addition of an intellectual engagement component to an existing graduate course, or an improvement upon an intellectual engagement component that already exists within a graduate course. Up to $4,500 will be awarded with a maximum individual award of $1,500.

A proposal template and cover page are online. Submission deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 25. Contact Joslyn Krismer at 2‑0298 or krismer@uta.edu for details.

Hispanic nursing center offers research grant

The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health in the School of Nursing is seeking proposals for a $1,500 research grant. Any UT Arlington faculty member or graduate student is eligible to apply for the funds.

  MavPic Ashley Hobbs demonstrates CPR

Setting the CPR record

Nursing student Ashley Hobbs, right, demonstrates CPR for one of 4,626 Arlington eighth-graders Tuesday at Cowboys Stadium. The group established a new mark for Guinness World Records with the largest number of people receiving CPR training at one time. The previous record was set in Oslo, Norway. UT Arlington nursing faculty, staff and students assisted with the project, which is part of the "CPaRlington" initiative, designed to teach CPR to 10 percent (36,000) of the Arlington population in five years.

The proposal must have a connection to the health of Hispanic populations. For a mixed ethnic sample, at least 50 percent of the sample must be Hispanic. Researchers can be in any stage of their research.

Completed applications are due Jan. 30, 2010, and the recipient will be announced in March.

If you have questions or would like an application, contact Donelle Barnes at 2‑0108 or donelle@uta.edu.

Jazz performances conclude
Fall Music Festival tonight

The Music Department's annual Fall Music Festival concludes tonight, Thursday, Nov. 19, as the Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band perform, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Texas Hall.

Admission price is $5 for faculty and staff. Tickets will be available at the door. Call 2‑3471 for more information.

Submit nominations for
Outstanding Academic Advisor

Know academic advisors who really make a difference? Nominate them for the annual Outstanding Academic Advisor award. Categories are for professional staff advisor, undergraduate faculty advisor and graduate faculty advisor. Nominations can be submitted by Jan. 25, 2010, online at www.uta.edu/outstandingadvisor. See the award winners from past years.

International Education Week
wraps up global talks today

Two speakers conclude International Education Week today, Thursday, Nov. 19. The week's events are hosted by the Office of International Education.

Fred Forgey, visiting associate professor of real estate, will speak on "Australia and New Zealand Study Abroad" at noon in Room 609 of the Business Building. David Silva, associate vice provost, will speak on "The Dried Anchovies Have Eyes: My Experiences as an International Student in Korea" at 12:30 p.m. in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

New information for HRMS document creators and final approvers

To facilitate payroll processing, Human Resources Management System documents that affect payroll processes (generate appointments) cannot be final approved after 5 p.m. on days when there is a payroll pull. This will begin with the payroll pull occurring today, Thursday, Nov. 19.

The disruption should only last a few hours until the payroll pull completes, and documents can be final approved the next business day. This process will recur with each payroll pull (three times each month; dates are varied). During its occurrence a message will be posted to the HRMS home page.

For more information, contact Human Resources at 2‑5554 or PositionManagement@uta.edu.

Gala wine toppers centerpiece

Alumni Association Gala wine toppers,
centerpieces available

The Alumni Association is offering wine toppers and centerpieces from the Distinguished Alumni Gala for purchase. Wine toppers are $3 each. The orange vases are $25 each, with discounts available for multiple purchases. All proceeds benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Program. Contact Stephanie Thompson at sathompson@uta.edu or 2‑2594.

Campus Rec posts Thanksgiving break hours

Maverick Activities Center

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27, closed.

  • Saturday, Nov. 28, regular hours resume, noon-8 p.m.

Fields Complex

  • Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 26-28, closed.

  • Sunday, Nov. 29, 7-11 p.m.

Pool

  • Wednesday, Nov. 25, lap swim, noon -1:20 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.

  • Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 26-28, closed.

Group Exercise classes

  • Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 25-29, no classes.

Planetarium closed for Thanksgiving

The Planetarium will be closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27, for Thanksgiving and will reopen for regular public shows Saturday, Nov. 28. See the Planetarium Web site for a complete schedule of shows.

Holiday Music Magic, which starts in December, features a variety of holiday songs from Mannheim Steamroller and Burl Ives to Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor. The soundtrack is visually choreographed with 3-D artistic animation, real-time performance elements and all-dome scenery. Look for the schedule after Thanksgiving.

Benefit Yourself

Access 2007 Level III: Forms

This course expands on the previous Access training courses. Learn to create and modify forms. Register to attend. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, Room 212, Ransom Hall. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Food for Thought: Wellness Wheel

Explore the six dimensions of life that, when balanced, lead to overall well-being: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, occupational and intellectual. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Online, virtual meetings save energy, money

Mavericks go green

Conserve on fuel and travel dollars by utilizing online and virtual meeting tools.

Audio and/or video meetings can be done by computer with a microphone and speakers, or a headset with a microphone. Webcams are useful, too. This type of meeting can be held with these tools:

Skype provides real-time communication for one-on-one or small group meetings. The Center for Distance Education supports free Skype-to-Skype calling, text chat, two-way video with Webcams and conference calling for up to 24 participants. For a meeting with five or more participants, Web conferencing software, such as WebEX, is recommended.

WebEX allows up to 100 participants to have a live Web conference. One option is the "raise your hand" button, which limits who can speak at one time, while another allows all participants to speak at once. WebEX supports audio, presentation sharing, desktop sharing, Web browsing, whiteboarding and multiple video streams. You also can use it to conduct polls for voting in meetings. Those without audio input can use text chat.

For details, contact Scott Massey at smassey@uta.edu or 2‑5727 at the Center for Distance Education.

Employment information

Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at www.uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2‑3461 or TDD 2‑8139, or e-mail employment@uta.edu. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Hutchison decides
to remain in Senate

Calendar forecasts doomsday in 2012

Politicians using Facebook, Twitter

"Given the situation it was probably the best decision
she could make."

"For the Maya, time was a
sacred thing."

"It's a heck of a lot cheaper than advertising on television."

– Dr. Michael Moore, senior vice provost and associate professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts, commenting about Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's decision to not resign her U.S. Senate seat until after the Texas Republican primary.
KDFW Channel 4

– Dr. Michael Callaghan, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts, concerning a story about people saying the end of the world is possibly coming in 2012.
KTVT Channel 11

– Dr. Ben Agger, professor of sociology and humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, concerning how Florida politicians are using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
St. Petersburg Times

Sports Notes
  Marquez Haynes

Up and over: Marquez Haynes soars for two of his 30 points Saturday against Dallas Baptist.

Volleyballers open with Lamar in conference tourney

The Mavericks are seeded fifth in the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament, which begins Friday, Nov. 20, at the UT San Antonio Convocation Center.

Their first-round opponent will be defending champion Lamar University, which is ranked fourth. The single-elimination tournament continues through Sunday, Nov. 22.

Eastern Washington here Saturday for men's basketball

After starting the season with a 1-1 record, the men's basketball team takes on Eastern Washington University at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks opened the season Saturday with an 88-84 win over Dallas Baptist before losing to North Texas 101-99 in two overtimes Wednesday.

Women split in first two games, UMKC next

After opening the season Friday with an 81-64 win over Rice, the women's basketball team dropped a 78-74 decision to Houston Tuesday to even their season record at 1-1.

The Mavericks return to action at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the University of Missouri-Kansas City at Texas Hall.

Movin' Mavs win four in home tournament

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team won four out of five games in the second Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament last weekend. The Mavs defeated Missouri, Alabama, the Illinois women's team and the Dallas Uro‑Med Texans while losing only to the Illinois men's team.

Their next action will be Dec. 11-13 when the Movin' Mavs host a Community Division Tournament in the Physical Education Building gym.

(For more sports news, go to www.utamavs.com)

Going Out

Thursday, Nov. 19 Great American Smoke Out and Wipeout Obstacle Course From 10 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. come by the Palo Duro Lounge for a cold turkey sandwich and information on quitting smoking. You also can turn in a pack of cigarettes for a free T-shirt. From 5-6:30 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center, wipe out smoking by running the Wipeout Obstacle Course. The first 100 participants will receive a free T-shirt. Health Services, dnsmith@uta.edu.

Thursday, Nov. 19 Art in Argentina Patrick Frank, author of two books on Latin American modern art, discusses "Destroying the Figure in Order to Save It: Sixties Art in Argentina." 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building.

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 19-20 Blood Drive No appointment necessary to donate. Bring a photo ID. 10 a.m., Central Library mall and E.H. Hereford University Center mall. 2‑2963, pk@uta.edu.

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 19-20 RecycleMania scrapbooks Scrapbooks by students who participated in RecycleMania in spring 2009 are displayed along with books on recycling. First and second floors, Central Library.

Friday, Nov. 20 Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organics and unique food products provided by local vendors. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 215 E. Front St. 817-303-2800, info@downtownarlington.org.

Friday, Nov. 20 Maroon 5 Concert Grammy Award-winning band performs. Concert is sold out. 8:30 p.m., Texas Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 21 Holiday Extravaganza An event for children of faculty, staff and students. Music, crafts and a visitor from the North Pole. Presented by Freshmen Leaders on Campus. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2‑2293.

Monday, Nov. 23 Academic Integrity Series View a movie and join the discussion on academic integrity. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Andrea Barefield, 2‑2354, barefield@uta.edu.

The Wrecker by Clive Cussler

Monday, Nov. 23 An Evening with Clive Cussler Fiction author discusses his latest book, The Wrecker. Free, but tickets required. For two tickets, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Clive Cussler, c/o Star-Telegram, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington. 7 p.m., Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Melinda Mason, 817-390-7579.

Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 23-24 Food/Clothing Drive Collection boxes will be available for donations of food and clothing. All materials collected will be donated to Mission Arlington. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association and UTA Radio. Noon-1 p.m. Central Library mall. Michelle Leverett, 2‑1214, amy.leverett@mavs.uta.edu.

Through Nov. 27 The Getty Sketchbooks Internationally acclaimed architects' sketchbooks for the Getty Villa/Museum renovations. Free. Architecture Gallery, Architecture Building.

Through Dec. 3 Growing with Tradition The Native American Student Association and area tribal leaders host an exposé of ethnographical influence on modern American society. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Through Dec. 22 Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Through Dec. 31 UT Arlington Planetarium programs Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule, which includes Two Small Pieces of Glass. Contact the Planetarium at 2‑1183 or planetarium@uta.edu for tickets.

Through Jan. 9 Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

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

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