Homecoming a big hit with big crowds
Maverick pride filled the streets of the College Park District on Friday as thousands of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members soaked up the fun and festivities of Homecoming 2013.
"Homecoming was a wonderful way to celebrate the energy and spirit that makes UT Arlington such a special place," says Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs. "It was so great to see present and past Mavericks reconnecting and enjoying our traditions and the College Park District."
A Friday afternoon street party preceded the Homecoming parade of 86 entries that included floats and UTA's traditional golf cart entries representing numerous campus groups. After the parade passed by on Spaniolo Drive, the crowd joined the pep rally to cheer on the Maverick men's basketball team.
Navjot Singh and Sarpreet Singh, both psychology seniors and cousins, were crowned Homecoming king and queen in front of 4,000 fans at halftime of the men's basketball game. The Mavericks fell to Cleveland State 83-73 on Petsche Court in College Park Center. Following the game, a fireworks show lit up the November sky.
The week included the traditional chili cook-off and step show, as well as alumni gatherings. Saturday's activities began with the 5K Walk/Run and the Homecoming Golf Tournament followed by open houses, reunions, and The Bash celebration.
Professor uses NSF funds to reveal chemical reactions' inner workings
Rasika Dias, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will use a $450,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop new chemical processes and technologies based on a better understanding of how metals bind with organic compounds for chemical reactions.
The three-year project involves reactions used widely in industry and research laboratories. These reactions can create valuable industrial chemicals such as those used in producing solvents, textiles, detergents, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, and plastics.
“What we are trying to do is to understand how these metals act as catalysts and create a lower energy pathway for these reactions to occur," Dr. Dias says. "If we can understand that, we can control the reaction to obtain better product yields under milder conditions or to eliminate the formation of unnecessary byproducts."
Dias' new grant also will fund outreach and mentoring for high school students and teachers, as well as strengthen collaborative relationships with foreign universities.
Read more about Dias' metal/chemical reactions research.
Fall 'UTArlington Magazine' explores water research
Massive blooms of golden algae have contaminated numerous Texas rivers, killing an estimated 20 million fish and crippling the state’s multibillion-dollar nature tourism industry.
In its cover story, the fall 2013 issue of UTArlington Magazine details how University researchers are battling this toxic invasion, as well as developing wireless sensors to protect our nation’s lakes and examining the effect of climate change on coral reefs
You’ll also find a Q&A with President Vistasp Karbhari, an article about a rediscovered collection of student essays written days after the JFK assassination, and a story about the importance—and allure—of the railroad industry. Every article includes a link for posting comments. You also can “like” the magazine’s Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed.
UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and distributed to about 160,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University.
Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goolsby Academy celebrates 10 years with body language link to power
The Goolsby Leadership Academy celebrates its 10th anniversary by looking at a subtle part of influence: body language.
Caroline Keating, professor of psychology at Colgate University, will present "Also Mightier Than the Sword: The Body Language of Leadership and Power." Her lecture focuses on how the way a leader looks, sounds, and moves can be a powerful weapon.
Through her research, Dr. Keating discovered that humans convey dominance through facial expressions parallel to those of other primates.
The free program starts with a 6 p.m. reception and the lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Programs ask for input on technology for people with disabilities
Two programs explore how to accommodate individuals with disabilities in an educational environment Thursday, Nov. 21.
"Not Just for Students with Disabilities: Using Universal Design" looks at the field of disability studies and the increasingly diverse types of disabilities. Presenters are Sarah Rose, director of the minor in Disability Studies and assistant professor of history; Penny Acrey, director of the Office for Students with Disabilities; and Gina Ceylan, a doctoral student in science education at the University of Missouri.
The program is noon-1 p.m. in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building and is sponsored by the ON-TRAC program of the Office of Graduate Studies.
"Technology Needs Forum" seeks input on technology that would help people with disabilities in academic, work, and personal settings. The forum is 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 153 of the Business Building and hosted by the UTA Research Institute and the Office for Students with Disabilities. Ideas can be shared anonymously via email to email@example.com.
If you need an accommodation based on a disability to fully participate in these events, direct your request to Acrey at 2-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIS Day shows how system is used everywhere
Discover how every UT Arlington department uses geographic information systems (GIS), whether they realize it or not, as a part of the GIS Day 2013 events on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Jianling Li, professor of urban and public affairs, will discuss “GIS at UT Arlington: What It Can Do for Teaching, Learning, Research, and Daily Life,” at noon on the sixth floor of the Central Library.
“GIS is a part of Big Data, social media, mapping, and quantitative analysis,” says Joshua Been, government data librarian. “People can see how electronic mapping technologies are used by everyone.”
GIS Day features Cache, If You Can geocaching, poster presentations on using GIS at 1 p.m., free food, prizes, and a giant GIS Day cake.
For more details, contact Been at email@example.com or 2-5826.
Annual compliance training required by Dec. 13
The UT Arlington Compliance Training Program helps employees understand ethical conduct and compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Complete the annual compliance training requirements by Friday, Dec. 13. Access the University's training website and your training curriculum will appear once you log in.
Questions? Contact University Compliance Services at 2-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovative presentations needed for Advising Association conference
The UTA Advising Association (UTAAA) is accepting proposal submissions for the 17th Annual UTAAA Advising Conference, "Advising CPR: Crisis, Prevention and Recovery."
Needed are interactive, innovative, and engaging presentations that will leave conference attendees ready to aid students through any worse-case scenario and prep them for success.
'Women in Civic Life' discussion features local leaders
Join a diverse group of women who are making a difference in the community at "Power and Influence: Women in Civic Life" at noon Monday, Nov. 18, in Room 116 of University Hall.
The brown-bag session features panelists Mary Tom Curnutt, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2; Cynthia Jensen, Arlington regional director, United Way of Tarrant County; Kecia Mays, AISD Foundation board of directors; Jamie Sullins, vice president, board of trustees, Arlington Independent School District; and Sarah Young, chair, Arlington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance.
Rebecca Deen, chair of the Department of Political Science, will moderate the panel.
State Employee Charitable Campaign deadline extended to Friday
The annual State Employee Charitable Campaign gives UT Arlington employees the opportunity to support this charitable program that is so important to the North Texas community. Contributions may be made through a payroll deduction throughout the year or through a one-time donation.
Adopt a child from Angel Tree in Leadership Center
Make a child's holiday wish come true this season through the Salvation Army Angel Tree sponsored by the UTA Volunteers. Choose an infant to young teen to sponsor by yourself, with friends, or with your department.
To adopt an angel, visit the Leadership Center in Suite B 160N of the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. All gifts are due by Wednesday, Nov. 27. For questions, call the Leadership Center at 2-9220.
Alternative Breaks needs advisers
Alternative Breaks is looking for faculty/staff advisers for the Alternative Spring Break trip to Denver on March 9-14, 2014. Fees are waived for advisers.
Upgrades available for Apple OS 10.6
The Office of Information Technology is offering upgrades to Apple computers running an operating system (OS) lower than 10.8 to prepare for ending local support of Apple OS versions 10.6 or lower. The goal is to upgrade all Apple OS 10.6 or lower computers by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of security. Contact email@example.com to schedule your upgrade.
Read privacy notice for UT System group insurance plan participants
As an employee or retired employee enrolled in the self-funded UT SELECT medical plan, the self-funded UT SELECT DENTAL plan, or one of the UT FLEX flexible spending accounts, you and your covered dependents are entitled to a copy of the UT System "Notice of Privacy Practices."
In 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued interim regulations governing the HIPAA Medical Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules. Earlier this year, HHS issued the final regulations, which became effective Sept. 23, replacing the 2009 interim regulations.
Take a Maverick Ride after dark with police escort service
The UT Arlington Police Department provides escort services at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 2-3381.
Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Monday, Nov. 18
Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Series Guest speaker is Aaron M. Kuntz, right, associate professor of educational studies and coordinator for the Ph.D. in educational research at the University of Alabama. Free. 5:30 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. College of Education and Health Professions.
Psychology Speaker Nancy E. Adler of the University of California, San Francisco speaks on "Psychology and Medicine: Translational Research on Stress, Behavior, and Disease." Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Psychology, Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Aerospace, Aviation Archives Meg Hacker from the National Archives and Records Administration and Patrizia Nava from UT Dallas discuss aerospace and aviation primary sources in their archival repositories. Free. 7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Global Entrepreneurship Week Lee Blaylock of Startup Grind Dallas, Patrick Brandt of Zimbra, and Jeff McGee, associate professor of management, present their successful ideas and experiences in the world of entrepreneurship. Schedule. Free. 6:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Business.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
COEHP Brown Bag Seminar Mohan D. Pant, right, assistant professor of research methodology in curriculum and instruction, presents "On Characterizing an L-Moment Based Generalized Burr Type VII Distribution." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 112, Nedderman Hall. College of Education and Health Professions, Curriculum and Instruction.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Introduction to Concur Online Travel Booking Portal Take a tour of Concur, the University's new online travel booking portal. RSVP to email@example.com. 2-4 p.m., second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Friday, Nov. 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building, and 2-4 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Travel Services.
Great American Smokeout Information and education about tobacco cessation programs. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.
Friday, Nov. 22
Applied Mathematics Seminar Tae Hyun Hwang of UT Southwestern presents "Integrating Human Phenome, Genome, and Interactome Network for Discovering Phenotype-gene Associations." Free. 2 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.
Human Resources Training Classes Time Management, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26; Professionalism in the Workplace, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3; Advanced Supervisory Skills, 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5; Writing Effective Email, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10; Partnering with Your Boss, 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11; and Motivating Your Employees, 2-4, Thursday, Dec. 12. Register online. Free. J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Monday, Nov. 18
String Chamber Ensembles Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
Fall Food Fair Taste food from around the world. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., University Center mall. International Education Week.
'More than Frybread' Mockumentary about native contestants in the fictionalized 1st Annual Frybread Championship. Free. 7 p.m., Room 106, College Hall. Native American Heritage Month.
Clavier Piano Recital Series Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Wednesday, Nov. 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance Transgender question-and-answer panel. Free. 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Palo Pinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, candlelight vigil, 6-7 p.m., Central Library mall. LGBTQA program.
'Danny from North Korea' Documentary of a North Korean who escaped to China and the United States. Discussion to follow led by Liberty in North Korea non-profit advocates. Free. 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Asian Heritage Month.
Trombone Choir Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Thursday, Nov. 21
World Trivia Night 6 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education Week.
UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra Concert Associate Professor Clifton Evans conducts winners of the University's concerto competition. $8 general public; $5 students and seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
'As If In Heaven' A Shaker village falls into confusion when a newcomer claims to receive special “gifts” from above. Tickets $7 for faculty, staff, students, seniors; and $10 general public. 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Theatre Arts.
Friday, Nov. 22
UTA Choir Concert Karen Kenaston-French, associate professor of music, directs the A Cappella Choir and Women's Chorus, and Randy Jordan, lecturer and choral conductor, directs the University Singers. $8 general public; $5 students and seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Friday Night Film: 'Riddick' Rated R. $1 general admission, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Saturday, Nov. 23
Electronics Recycling Free. 8 a.m.-noon, Lot 49, on the southeast corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. Enter the lot from the south on Doug Russell Road. Proof of Arlington residency is required.
Sunday, Nov. 24
UTA Symphonic Band Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Deck the Mall Celebrate the winter season with the lighting of the Library mall. Free treats. Free. 6 :30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, Library mall. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Fall Jazz Concert The Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Ishii features guest saxophonist Randy Hamm of Missouri State University while the Jazz Ensemble is directed by Ken Edwards. Tickets $5 students and seniors; $8 general public. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, Texas Hall. Music.
Concerts Percussion Ensemble Concert, Tuesday, Nov. 26. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.
Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Saturday, Nov. 30. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.
MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.
Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.
The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.
Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.
Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Spacepark 360, and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)