MavWire

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

Monday, January 24, 2011

John Maresca

Peace in education: John J. Maresca, rector of the University for Peace, speaks Feb. 15 on "Education for the World of Tomorrow."

Distinguished diplomat, humanitarian lectures on education in February

Distinguished educator, diplomat, and humanitarian John J. Maresca shares his thoughts on "Education for the World of Tomorrow" next month on the UT Arlington campus.

He will visit classes on Tuesday, Feb. 15, before his 7 p.m. lecture in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since 2007, Maresca has served as rector of the University for Peace, a United Nations-mandated institution based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The university’s mission is the education of worldwide peace and conflict studies, and its ultimate goal is to reduce prejudice, hatred, and terrorism.

Maresca previously served as president of the Business Humanitarian Forum, a worldwide nonprofit association based in Geneva that encourages private sector support for humanitarian work in post-conflict and very poor countries of Asia, Africa, and southeastern Europe.

“We are thrilled that we shall be able to host John Maresca,” says Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Our strength in international relations and research made it possible for us to have him give an address."

Identity Theft

Scan your computer by Jan. 31 to protect confidential information

If you have not scanned your computer with Identify Finder, you should do so by Monday, Jan. 31. All computers should be scanned and individuals assigned to more than one computer must scan all their computers.

UT Arlington is committed to the protection of sensitive and confidential information and compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. As part of this commitment, the Information Security Office has provided software to all faculty and staff members to assist in the prevention of data disclosure.

This software package, called Identity Finder, allows users to search for any potentially sensitive or confidential information such as Social Security numbers and credit card information that is located on their computer or in their e-mail.

All faculty and staff members are responsible for preventing the disclosure of sensitive or confidential information and, therefore, are requested to use Identity Finder as soon as possible to locate possible sensitive or confidential information.

The Office of Information Technology has deployed the software to all managed Windows computers on campus. For instructions on how to access the software and scan a PC or Mac computer, review the information on the Identity Finder webpage.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact the OIT Help Desk at 2-2208 or e-mail helpdesk@uta.edu.

Don Asher

Motivated adviser: Author Don Asher will focus on the role of advisers as motivators at the Academic Advising Association conference Feb. 15.

Motivation, retention hot topics at academic advising conference Feb. 15

Don Asher, a nationally known speaker and writer on careers and higher education, delivers the keynote address at the Academic Advising Association conference Tuesday, Feb. 15. Asher's talk on "Motivation and Retention: The Practitioner's Role" is at 8:45 a.m. at the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Asher—known as “America’s Job Search Guru”—is the author of 12 books, including The Overnight Resume, How to Get Any Job, Who Gets Promoted, and the recently released Cracking the Hidden Job Market. His guides related to higher education are Graduate Admissions Essays and The Best Scholarships for the Best Students. He has written for MSN, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and the National Association of Colleges and Employers Journal.

Conference and registration information are available at uta.edu/utaaa. Payment deadline is Monday, Feb. 7.

Flu vaccine outreach Thursday in Palo Duro

Be a flu fighter this year by washing your hands and getting a flu vaccination.

There will be a flu vaccine outreach from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, January 27, in the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Influenza immunizations cost $15 for faculty, staff, and students.

Can’t make it to the outreach? Come to the Health Center any time during the hours of 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 2-2771.

Mav Pic Sungho Jin

Nano talk

Dr. Sungho Jin, left, professor of materials science at the University of California, San Diego, chats with College of Engineering Dean Bill Carroll during a reception prior to Jin's lecture Wednesday in Nedderman Hall. He spoke on controlling the structure, geometry, and properties of nanomaterials for the College of Engineering's Distinguished Speaker Series.

 

Grant funds scholarships in science, engineering, environmental science

The National Science Foundation has awarded UT Arlington a five-year, $600,000 grant to encourage undergraduates to earn a degree in science or engineering, complete a master’s degree in earth and environmental science, and enter the workforce or pursue doctoral study.

The project will provide scholarships to academically talented undergraduates who are economically disadvantaged and who would like to earn a master’s degree in geology or environmental and earth science. The grant is designed to help 22 students cover tuition and fees their senior year and for two years of graduate study.

“Our goal is to encourage more students to pursue graduate study and a career in the geosciences,” says Andrew Hunt, assistant professor in earth and environmental sciences and principal investigator for the grant. “We hope some of these students also will go on to earn a Ph.D. in our earth and environmental science doctoral program.”

The College of Science’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Department and the Office of Graduate Studies jointly proposed the project and will manage the grant together.

Co-principal investigators for the grant are Graduate School Dean Phil Cohen; Joe Jackson, associate dean of the Graduate School; John Wickham, chair and professor of earth and environmental sciences; and John Holbrook, professor of earth and environmental sciences.

See more about the NSF grant.

Announcements issued if bad weather causes 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 MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students). 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 faculty, staff, and students are notified otherwise.

Nomination deadline today for Outstanding Academic Adviser

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

Sign up for SAC Slimdown by Tuesday

Need a little motivation to help you meet those exercise goals after the holidays? Commit to a healthy lifestyle and join the Staff Advisory Council’s SAC Slimdown Feb. 1-May 16.

For challenge rules, registration, and additional tips on jump-starting your lifestyle changes, see slimdown. Registration ends Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Winners will be recognized for greatest percentage of weight loss, greatest number of pounds lost, and other achievements.

For more information, contact staff_advisory_council@uta.edu.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers At Work plans campus open house Thursday

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend a Weight Watchers open house at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Room 401 in Davis Hall.

Learn about the Weight Watchers At Work meetings on campus. The At Work meeting series will begin once 20 people have committed to attend. The 17-week series is projected to begin Thursday, Feb. 10.

For more information, contact Sandra Golightly at sgolightly@uta.edu or 2-9082.

Spirit Friday competitions begin Feb. 4

Show your Maverick pride, wear your UT Arlington apparel, and take advantage of some great contests on Spirit Fridays, Feb. 4-April 28.

Faculty and staff groups can participate along with student organizations during contests Feb. 4, March 4 and April 15. Wear your most spirited blue and orange apparel, sing the fight song in the most creative way, and win prizes. Contact the UTA Ambassadors at 2-2293 to register your group.

Say "Mavs" for the Blaze's Most Spirited Maverick Photo Contest. Upload a photo of you or your group in your Maverick gear to Blaze's Facebook page every Friday in February, March, and April. The most spirited winner chosen at the end of each Friday receives a special prize.

Visit Maverick Spirit for more information and to receive a 10 percent off coupon to the UT Arlington Bookstore. Or shop online for UT Arlington gear.

OIT survey needs your input on service satisfaction

The Office of Information Technology is conducting a study to ascertain user satisfaction with OIT services. Submit your feedback by completing the client satisfaction survey at uta.edu/oit/survey.

MAC closed on Super Sunday

The Maverick Activities Center will be closed Sunday, Feb. 6, for a special event.

Benefit Yourself
Blackboard

Sign Up for Blackboard learning resources now

New to Blackboard, the new learning management system? The Center for Distance Education offers a variety of ways to learn Blackboard. Traditional classroom workshops, weekly webinars, video on demand, and how-to manuals offer flexibility for learning at your convenience.

The traditional classroom workshops are organized as Essentials or Comprehensive. Essentials allow you to choose sessions that cover tools that meet your specific needs, while Comprehensive is a four-day course that covers the basics.

Weekly webinars at 2:30 p.m. Thursdays allow you to network with your colleagues who are using Blackboard, and to learn about spotlighted topics such as:

  • Jan. 27: Introducing Blackboard to Your Students

  • Feb. 3: SafeAssign—Monitoring Plagiarism in Blackboard

  • Feb. 10: Managing Blackboard E-mail—Creating Rules in Outlook

  • Feb. 17: Using Organizations

  • Feb. 24: Grade Extract—Sending Grades from Blackboard into MyMav

Need another option? Blackboard on demand offers video and text-based instructions for using different features you might need to learn on the fly. Don’t forget the center’s how-to manuals to learn important UT Arlington-specific information along with the semester checklist, required reading for any instructor about how to start using Blackboard at UT Arlington.

Log in to Blackboard with your NetID and take a look around.

Cigarettes

Fresh Start from Tobacco

Health Services offers free tobacco cessation education classes for all faculty and staff to support its tobacco-free campus initiatives as UT Arlington moves toward becoming a tobacco-free campus in August.

The Fresh Start from Tobacco program is four one-hour classes to educate and assist individuals ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. These seminars will cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions.

Classes are on the fourth Tuesday and Wednesday of each month and are in Room B03 of the Health Services Center.

Upcoming programs are:

  •  Session 1: Understanding Addiction, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25

  •  Session 2: Steps to Quitting, 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25

  •  Session 3: How to Cope, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26

  •  Session 4: There Is Hope, 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26

See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Introduction to Office 2010

Learn what's new in Office 2010 with Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. 9-11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 28, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information about OIT training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 235, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

Employment Information

Check out 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.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Jan. 25

Contracting and Subcontracting Topics discussed during this lunch-and-learn session include establishing a contract or subcontract at UT Arlington, terms and conditions of interest, and special considerations of a state agency. Bring a brown bag lunch. Cookies and beverages provided. Register online. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 215, Arlington Technology Incubator Building, 202 E. Border. Grant and Contract Services, 2-2105.

Friday, Jan. 28

Green Team Early Spring Education Session Tom Kemper, president of Dallas-based Dolphin Blue, supplier of recycled office supplies and related environmentally responsible products, speaks on his involvement in environmental and sustainable issues. Green Team bronze and silver winners announced. Refreshments served. RSVP to becky@uta.edu by today, Monday, Jan. 24. Free. 2 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of Sustainability.

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

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.

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, 2-1183.

Activity Fair Day Learn what student activities and organizations are available at this interactive student life fair. 10 a.m.-noon. Division of Student Affairs, 2-2293.

Thursday, Jan. 27

Gallery 76102 Opening Reception "A Certain Shade of the Aftermath," an exhibit by Timothy Harding, deals with U.S. history, corporate infrastructure, heavy metal music, terrorism, and popular culture. Free. Exhibit continues through March 31. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Flute Day Recitals Performances devoted to the flute. Free. 10:15 a.m., 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $8. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Monday, Jan. 31

Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington veterans includes photographs, printed materials, and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Opens today, Jan. 31; continues through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library. Library and OneBook program.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Opens today, Jan. 31; continues through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library. Library and the OneBook program.

Maverick Bike Program Rally Bring your bike and be a part of the rally to kick off the Maverick Bike Program and RecycleMania. 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. Free. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Campus Sustainability, 2-9299.

Faculty Percussion Recital Features Michael Varner, associate professor of percussion. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, Music, 2-3471.

Ongoing

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

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

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