MavWire

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

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Alumni picnic

Saturday's Picnic in the Park features games, music, freebies

Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to the fourth annual Picnic in the Park 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Doug Russell Park, located on the northwest corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. The event is sponsored by the Alumni Association.

The picnic features games, children's activities, music, and giveaways. Plenty of food will be provided. Bring your lawn chairs. The University mascot, Blaze, will be there noon-1 p.m.

Cost is $5 for adults, and children under 12 will be admitted free. The picnic will be held under the big tent in case of rain. Parking will be available in the surrounding business lots on Mitchell Street.

To register or purchase a sponsorship, visit the Alumni Association website. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594 or uta_alumni@uta.edu.

Bob Ray Sanders

Bob Ray Sanders

Columnist to discuss famous photographer Friday at Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting

Bob Ray Sanders, associate editor and senior columnist at the Star-Telegram, will speak at the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, on the sixth floor of the Central Library. The meeting is co-sponsored by the UT Arlington African-American Faculty and Staff Association.

Sanders began his journalism career at the Star-Telegram and worked in public broadcasting at KERA-TV, where he served as reporter, producer, station manager, and vice president.

He will speak about his recently published book, Calvin Littlejohn: Portrait of a Community in Black and White (TCU Press, 2009). Littlejohn came to Fort Worth in 1934 when mainstream newspapers wouldn't publish pictures of black citizens and white photographers wouldn't take pictures in black schools. Littlejohn began what would become a lifelong career of documenting the black community. The book features more than 150 of Littlejohn's photographs.

The meeting is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing follow, with books for sale. Contact Betty Wood at 2-7421 or bwood@uta.edu to RSVP or for more information.

Recycle Mania

RecycleMania wraps up Saturday

UT Arlington's RecycleMania campaign is averaging 6.25 pounds of recycled material per person, but the collegiate competition isn't over yet. The campus community has until Saturday, March 27, to drop plastic, paper, cans, and other recyclable materials in the recycle bins throughout campus.

RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

UT Arlington is ranked 89th out of 346 nationally and fifth out of 21 statewide in the "gorilla" category with 143,178 cumulative recyclable pounds.

To learn more, contact Becky Valentich, University recycling specialist, at becky@uta.edu. Check out the nationwide competition at recyclemaniacs.org.

Glass

World-class glass sale offers beauty, bargains at Studio Arts Center

Paperweights, vases, and other functional items priced at $25 or less, along with dazzling display creations priced at hundreds of dollars, will be available Friday, April 2, at the annual glass art sale. The sale runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Studio Arts Center. Shoppers will have the opportunity to buy professional pieces for a fraction of what they would pay in galleries. Ample free parking is available near the building.

The UT Arlington glass art program is one of the nation's best, attracting top students from across the country. The annual sale has been a major factor in the program's development. For student work, half the proceeds go to the student artists.

Read more about the annual glass art sale.

Mavericks Go Green

Sustainability and its influence on disciplines, research topic of faculty/graduate student discussion

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 today, 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.

  Mav Pic Eric Frierson

Journaling online

Librarian Eric Frierson describes the process of developing an online peer-review journal using free, open-source software called the Open Journal System on Monday at the Central Library. Participants learned how to develop an action plan for starting their own peer-reviewed journals. Frierson also discussed how open-access journaling systems present a valuable opportunity to contribute to academic society.

Annual ACES symposium Thursday showcases students' best work

The best of student research and creativity is displayed at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES, symposium today, Thursday, March 25, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

ACES entries have ranged from gene therapy and pain control to better tools for builders and works of art. Various awards are given, including some for sustainability topics.

Posters are on display from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge. Graduate oral presentations are 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. in the upper level rooms. Undergraduate oral presentations are also 1-4:30 p.m. The symposium concludes with a reception at 5 p.m. and awards at 5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Room B.

To find out more about ACES, go to www.uta.edu/aces, e-mail aces@uta.edu, or call 817-272-2315.

Human organ trafficking is subject of distinguished anthropologist lecture

Lawrence Cohen, medical anthropologist from the University of California at Berkeley who co-founded an organization that documents allegations of sale and theft of human body parts, will deliver the 2010 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture next week.

Dr. Cohen will discuss "The Kidney Comes to India: What Transplant Scandals Teach Us about India and the United States" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Organ trafficking has been denounced by all international medical and human rights groups. Still, with the United Network for Organ Sharing reporting in early March a waiting list of 106,414 in the United States alone, there is an increasing unregulated market. In India, a kidney can bring $1,000 to its donor.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The annual event was established by Drs. Ben and Trudy Termini, Arlington physicians who retired in 2003. They helped bring top lecturers to campus for several years and, to ensure the series would continue, they endowed the lectureship with a gift of $80,000 in 2005.

Sign up now for The Big Event projects

Faculty and staff are invited to join students for a day of community service for The Big Event on Saturday, April 24, as UT Arlington joins the Arlington Alliance for Youth in volunteer projects for Global Youth Day. The projects are small, medium, and large as well as indoor and outdoor tasks so individuals, a group of friends, or an organization can find the right fit.

Go to www.uta.edu/thebigevent and click on a project name for more details. When you've found the right task, click on the volunteer link to sign up.

Vote for the top social work T-shirt design

Faculty, staff, and students have created designs for new School of Social Work T-shirts. Based on your votes the winner of the contest will receive a $50 Visa gift card and will have their design featured on the new shirts. Vote for one of 14 designs.

Benefit Yourself
Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training

Participants in Ally Training will learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the LGBT community. Participants will receive a Safe Zone decal and resources and will be equipped to respond in an appropriate, affirming, and supportive manner to LGBT individuals; know resources or where to find them; and examine personal attitudes, behaviors, and values, and challenge others to do the same. RSVP to Adria Villarreal at adriav@uta.edu and include your name and the class date. Space is limited. 3-6 p.m., Monday, March 29, or Monday, April 12, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center.

PowerPoint 2007

Create presentations based on Word outlines, import slides from other presentations, and design customized shows with this multimedia presentation software. The course includes presentation tips and techniques. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Monday, March 29, Room 324, Architecture Building.

Dealing with Difficult People

This training gives you concrete techniques for dealing with difficult people in the workplace and at home. It provides specific strategies for getting adversaries to cooperate, bullies to back off, wallflowers to open up, and chronic complainers to quiet down. Knowing how to deal with difficult people at work will allow you to approach your job with more enjoyment and your coworkers with greater confidence. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, March 30, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Harassment Issues in Higher Education

The term harassment covers many areas and can occur in many different situations. The person doing the harassing can be a coworker, supervisor, professor, adviser, or student, as well as a sub-contractor, a customer, or visitor to the University. This presentation of Real Issues/Real Talk covers the various forms of harassment and the appropriate steps for resolving the situation. Space is limited. Register online. Lunch included. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. compliance@uta.edu, 2-5100.

Employment information

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 employment@uta.edu. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Blend classroom with experiential learning

Basketballer plays in front of home crowd

Health care bill should not impact campus

"We're teaching them how to manage relationships with suppliers."

"It's a great experience to be able to play basketball on a full-ride scholarship."

"The bill won't really affect what we do here."

— Dr. Edmund Prater, associate professor of information systems and operations management in the College of Business, on combining traditional classroom work with on-the-job learning.
Star-Telegram

— Kasey Stelter, member of the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team, which played in the national tournament in Marshall, Minn., last weekend.
KEYC-TV

— Robert Blum, Health Services Director, on health care legislation recently signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The Shorthorn

Sports Notes
David Wilkes

Repeat performance: David Wilkes earned first team All-American honors for the second straight year with the Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Association.

 

Movin' Mavs finish third at national wheelchair basketball tournament

The Movin' Mavs downed the University of Alabama 63-48 to take third place in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University. The University of Illinois outscored the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 66-59 to win the championship game.

Coach Doug Garner's squad opened the tournament with a 62-42 win over the University of Missouri on Friday but lost in the semifinals Friday night to Wisconsin-Whitewater 64-49. Senior David Wilkes led the Movin' Mavs with 51 points and 27 rebounds in the three games and was named first-team NIWB All-American for the second straight year.

James Patin earned second-team All-American while Aaron Patterson and John McPhail were named to the All-Freshman All-American team. Tim Caldwell was selected to the Academic All-American team.

Bobby Lane Invitational track and field events this weekend at Maverick Stadium

Some of the area's top men's and women's track athletes will participate in the Bobby Lane Invitational Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, at Maverick Stadium. High school events start at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and collegiate competition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Four Mavericks won at the Horned Frog Invitational at TCU last Friday. In women's competition, Caroline Erlingson won the 1500-meter event, Kisha Gaspard took first in the 800, and the 4x400-meter relay team was victorious. Keaton Mata took first in the long jump for the men.

Faculty/staff softball entries due Friday

Entries for faculty/staff intramural softball are due Friday, March 26. Teams should register by e-mail with Drew Barfield at drewb@uta.edu. Play begins Wednesday, March 31.

There is a $20 fee per team. All team members must have valid Campus Recreation memberships.

Sports shorts

The softball team hosts UT San Antonio for a three-game series Saturday-Sunday, March 27-28, at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavericks are 6-5 in the Southland Conference, after losing three games to Nicholls State last weekend. ... The baseball team hits the road for SLC games at Northwestern State this weekend. The Mavericks won two of three at UT San Antonio last weekend to even their conference record at 3-3 and defeated Louisiana-Monroe 13-1 Tuesday night in a non-conference game.

(For more sports news, go to utamavs.com, uta.edu/movinmavs, or uta.edu/campusrec.)

Going Out

Thursday, March 25

Exhibiting Artists' Talk Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse discuss their exhibition Outside Influences at The Gallery at UTA. Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. phealy@uta.edu, 2-5658.

Movie Night: Juarez: The City Where Women Are Disposable Juarez is a feature-length documentary that shows the theories as to why the Mexican government has not thoroughly investigated the brutal murders of more than 450 women in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Part of Women's History Month. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 2-2099.

Friday, March 26

$2 Movie: G Force A specially trained squad of guinea pigs saves the world. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Artists' Reception A reception for artists Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse includes a gallery talk for the exhibit Outside Influences. Free. 6 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. phealy@uta.edu, 2-5658.

Friends of the Library Journalist and author Bob Ray Sanders discusses his book, Calvin Littlejohn: Portrait of a Community in Black and White. A book signing and reception follow the lecture. Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. 2-7421.

Friday-Saturday, March 26-27

Farmers Market

Downtown Farmers Market Features fruits, vegetables, baked goods, spices, dip mixes, olive oil, fresh pasta, beef, chicken, pork, relishes, salsa, tamales, eggs, soaps, and arts and crafts. Fridays and Saturdays. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 215 E. Front St. 817-633-2332.

Bobby Lane Invitational Track and field events. High schools Friday, collegiate teams Saturday. $2 faculty, staff. 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Maverick Stadium. 2‑2261.

Saturday, March 27

Alumni Picnic Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Bring lawn chairs. Register online. $5. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Doug Russell Park, Cooper at Mitchell streets.

Softball UT San Antonio. $2 faculty, staff. 2 and 4 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. 2-2261.

Sunday, March 28

Softball UT-San Antonio. $2 faculty, staff. First 100 fans get free hot dogs. Noon, Allan Saxe Field. 2-2261.

Choir Concert The University Singers and A Cappella Choir perform. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. music@uta.edu, 2-3471.

Monday, March 29

Blood Drive No appointment necessary. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Central Library and E.H. Hereford University Center malls.

Men's Tennis Lamar. Free. 2 p.m. Tennis Center. 2-2261.

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Performances by faculty and students featured. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. music@uta.edu, 2-3471.

Tuesday, March 30

Blood Drive No appointment necessary. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Central Library and E.H. Hereford University Center malls.

Guest Piano Concert Pianist Ian Hobson of the University of Illinois at Champagne Urbana performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. music@uta.edu, 2-3471.

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.

Through April 24

Outside Influences Features works by American artists Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse, along with pieces from their outsider/folk art collections. The Gallery at UTA. Fine Arts Building. 2-5658.

Ongoing

UT Arlington Planetarium programs See the complete Planetarium schedule. $4 faculty, staff. 2-1183, planetarium@uta.edu.

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

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