Cadets' 126-mile trek marks 50th anniversary of Long March
More than 40 cadets in UT Arlington's ROTC program will embark on a 126-mile march to Killeen's Fort Hood starting Saturday, March 13, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a similar journey, called the Long March, in 1960 from what would become UT Arlington.
Cadets will start out at 5 a.m. Saturday from Maverick Stadium, making 25-mile legs each day. The march concludes Wednesday, March 17, at Fort Hood's north gate, near Gatesville.
In 1960 a handful of cadets marched to Fort Hood from what was then Arlington State College in a show of support for the school, which was evolving from a two-year institution to a full-fledged, four-year university. That ROTC class would be the first to participate in a collegiate Army training summer camp at Fort Hood in Central Texas.
This year's march will call on the same motivation, participants say.
"It's a pride that's bigger than you," says cadet Erik McCaffrey, who with his fellow cadets has been training with shorter marches for months. "You're doing something for the unit, for ROTC, and for the University. It makes me proud to be from UT Arlington. It also makes me proud that we might share something with that group of 50 years ago once we finish the march."
For more information, see the Long March news release.
Benefits fair mixes Maverick spirit, vendors for information, entertainment, freebies
The first 500 faculty and staff members will receive a Maverick spirit item at the fifth annual Benefits Fair 11 a.m-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Approximately 70 vendors and organizations that provide a service or discount to the UT Arlington community are expected to attend.
"Celebrating Maverick Spirit" is the theme for the event, sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, which features benefits information, door prizes, and free food, bowling, and billiards.
Faculty and staff should bring their Mav Express ID card for express automated check-in and door prize registration.
Also, Carter BloodCare will be on hand for a blood drive. Sign up to donate blood. At last year's event, 25 staff members donated enough blood to save 75 lives.
For more information, go to www.uta.edu/sac/benefitfair.
Toobin final guest for Maverick Speakers Series
CNN senior legal analyst and The New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin wraps up the 2009-10 Maverick Speakers Series on Wednesday, March 24, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.
Toobin's most recent book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, spent more than four months on The New York Times best-seller list and was named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, and the Economist. The Nine also received the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Non-fiction and the Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association.
Toobin joined CNN in 2002 after six years with ABC News. In 2000 he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case.
University honored for community service
For the fourth year in a row, UT Arlington has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Service-learning occurs when students combine course content outcomes and the search to solve community issues that result in deeper content learning, personal growth, and appreciation of others. More than 100 UT Arlington faculty members integrate service-learning into their courses.
UT Arlington students gave 790,516 hours to general community service and 146,376 hours to this year's focus area of youth from disadvantaged circumstances. The students' volunteer efforts included clinical practice, internships, student teaching, as well as service-learning projects, according to the Center for Community Service Learning.
Read more about the President's Community Service Honor Roll online.
Faculty, grad students share their ideas on sustainability, research at symposium
The Sustainability Across the Curriculum Symposium will feature faculty members and graduate students discussing what sustainability means for their discipline and their own research. The symposium is set for 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 25, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
The symposium extends this year's OneBook discussions on the theme of sustainability by providing a range of topics, perspectives, and research projects. It is hosted by the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students and the Curriculum, Research, and Community Engagement Work Group of the University Sustainability Committee.
Read the schedule of events online.
Distinguished Alumni Award nominations now being accepted
The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2010 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award. This is the highest honor an alumna/alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.
Award criteria and a nomination form can be found on the Alumni Association website. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, April 9. Awards will be presented at the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 16. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.
H1N1 vaccine recommended before heading off to Spring Break
Tarrant County Public Health recommends that families who are planning to travel for Spring Break get vaccinated. H1N1 flu is the predominant flu in circulation, and travel carries the risk of exposure to the virus.
The H1N1 vaccine is available at the UT Arlington Health Services Center through the end of March. Health Services has approximately 300 doses remaining.
Donate your cell phones on campus
Help combat domestic violence by donating your old wireless devices, regardless of condition, during the Women Giving Back program, part of Women's History month.
Cell phones, pagers, PDAs, chargers, and similar items can be taken to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Room B150, E.H. Hereford University Center.
Donations collected by the national Call to Protect program will benefit domestic violence shelters nationwide. For details, call Multicultural Affairs at 2-3722.
Planetarium closed during Spring Break
The Planetarium will be closed March 15-18 to complete the upgrade to Digistar 4. This new software will change the way you view the universe.
Be the first to see the complete system when the Planetarium reopens Friday, March 19, with its regular public schedule. The Planetarium at UT Arlington is the largest in the Metroplex and the only planetarium in Texas with Digistar 4.
Essentials of Assertiveness
Learn powerful tools for assertiveness to help you deal with conflict at all levels in the organization, and discover techniques on how to be an assertive communicator. You also will explore the differences between being passive, aggressive, and assertive, and assess your areas of strength and growth in this critical skill. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.
Customer Service 101
How can I best serve my customers? How do I deal with difficult customers? If you're looking for answers to these questions, then this is the class for you. Come learn what it means to deliver knock-your-socks-off customer service. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.
Team Building for Supervisors
As a manager, what kind of relationship would you like to have with your employees? Leader? Friend? Teacher? Mentor? The person who motivates them, guides them, encourages them, and makes them want to win? This team-building seminar is designed to teach powerful employee coaching methods to turn even problem employees into super-productive, motivated winners. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 18, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.
Learn about Word templates, how to work with graphics, inserting watermarks, word art, and working with tables and columns. Also learn basic techniques for managing a large document by inserting page numbers, headers/footers, and creating a table of contents. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Monday, March 22, Room 324, Architecture Building. See the complete list of OIT training classes.
Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Maverick guard Marquez Haynes named conference Player of the Year
Senior guard Marquez Haynes has been selected Southland Conference Player of the Year for men's basketball.
In just two seasons with the Mavericks, Haynes has scored 1,156 points, including a school-record 661 points this season. He has a school record seven 30-point games, including a season-high 38 points against UT San Antonio in January.
The Mavericks' season came to an abrupt end Wednesday when they lost 77-54 to Stephen F. Austin in the first round of the SLC Tournament.
Women face top-seeded Lamar today in semifinals of conference tourney
After downing UT San Antonio 68-63 in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament on Tuesday, the women's basketball team will take on the tournament's top seed, Lamar University, at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, March 11, at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.
All-conference selections were named this week as senior Meghan Nelson earned first team honors while junior Shalyn Martin was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Softballers host 14th-ranked UT Austin
After posting a pair of shutout victories over Southeastern Louisiana in Southland Conference games last weekend, the softball team will host UT Austin at 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, March 11, at Allan Saxe Field.
The Mavericks stand 12-8 on the season while UT Austin, ranked 14th nationally, was 17-3 prior to a Wednesday night doubleheader against UT El Paso. Coach Debbie Hedrick's squad will host Central Arkansas in SLC games this weekend.
Movin' Mavs finish regular season, national tournament March 18-20
With two wins over the UroSport Texans and a narrow loss to the undefeated Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, the Movin' Mavs finished regular season play this past weekend.
Next stop for the Movin' Mavs is the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Championships March 18-20 at Southwest Minnesota State University. The Movin' Mavs are seeded third behind the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Thursday, March 11
Webb Lectures "The Mexican Revolution: Conflict and Consolidation, 1910-1940." Lectures begin at 9:30 a.m. in the sixth floor parlor at the Central Library. Thomas Benjamin of the Department of History is the keynote speaker at 7:30 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Free. See the schedule.
Softball UT Austin. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. 2-2261.
Faculty Composers Concert New works composed by music faculty members Dan Cavanagh, George Chave, Micah Hayes, and Linton Powell are performed. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. uta.edu/music/calendar, 2-3471.
Friday, March 12
Clavier Series Piano Recital UT Arlington piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. email@example.com, 2-3471.
Friday-Saturday, March 12-13
$2 Movie: Little Shop of Horrors A dentist and his plant have a complicated relationship. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Friday-Sunday, March 12-14
Baseball Sam Houston State. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Clay Gould Ballpark. 2-2261.
Saturday, March 13
RAD Self-Defense Course Female faculty, staff, and students learn self-defense. Registration required; go to www.uta.edu/police and scroll down to crime prevention. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Ron Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org, 2-3902.
Saturday-Sunday, March 13-14
Softball Central Arkansas. $2 faculty, staff. 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Allan Saxe Field. 2-2261.
Through March 31
The Mexican Revolution and Beyond A collection of 52 works by renowned photographer Agustin Vicente Casasola. On loan from the Mexican government's General Directorate for Academic and Cultural Co-operation, the exhibit provides a unique and compelling visual chronicle of Mexican life in the early decades of the 20th century. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. 2-3997.
Creativity Test Artists Marilyn Jolly and Maraya Lopez bring a new perspective to paint-by-the-numbers. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-5988.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)