Anne Bavier named College of Nursing dean
Anne Bavier, a nationally recognized health care leader who has held posts at top-ranked universities and at the National Institutes of Health, has been named the new dean of the College of Nursing.
Dr. Bavier previously served as dean of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing in Storrs, Conn., and also served as dean of nursing at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She is president-elect of the National League for Nursing, which includes more than 39,000 members.
"Dr. Bavier will lead us into a new era of national recognition and influence as we work together to improve health and the human condition across Texas and around the world," President Vistasp Karbhari says.
Bavier joins the University on Aug. 1. She will oversee the merger of the Department of Kinesiology into the College of Nursing during the 2014-2015 academic year. The combined college will include nearly 350 faculty members.
"Dr. Bavier has a history of supporting faculty to achieve their best in the classroom and in their research fields," says Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs."Her list of accomplishments and her role on the national stage bring a level of prestige to the UT Arlington College of Nursing that will help it reach new heights."
Read more about the new College of Nursing dean.
Tickets still available for Maverick Speakers Series
Tickets are still available to see award-winning National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg at the last event for the 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series. She will speak on "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Texas Hall.
An NPR reporter since 1975, Totenberg provides regular reports for the station’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She also appears regularly on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public affairs television program.
She has earned numerous honors throughout her career, including a Peabody Award for NPR and many other awards for excellence in journalism and investigative reporting.
General admission tickets are free but required. The premium seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at utatickets.com and the College Park Center box office.
The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.
Focus on Faculty to address technology in higher education
LINK lab Executive Director George Siemens discusses the future of technology in education at the Focus on Faculty lecture Wednesday, April 9. "Coherence in a climate of fragmentation: The future structure of higher education" begins at noon in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.
The program is free.
An expert and theorist in digital learning, Dr. Siemens oversees UTA's Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) research lab, an intellectual and social springboard to engage faculty, doctoral, and post-doctoral students in advancing their field of study through research, development, and application to practice.
The LINK lab explores emerging pedagogies such as self-organization in open learning and competency-based learning; interaction in distributed networks; wearable and embedded computing; and learning analytics.
Siemens' research looks at how people interact with information through technology and social methods and the types of knowledge institutions that are required to assist that process.
He also will speak on "MOOCs: Connectivism and Coherence" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.
Discover the core of UTA
See what is being accomplished in Maverick country at UTA/DNA, a content-rich website that highlights the concentrated efforts and shared experiences that help define UT Arlington.
The site features 12 themes that reflect the depth, breadth, and diversity of all the University has to offer. The themes provide opportunities for each college, school, and administrative unit to spotlight events, programs, news, and activities that will connect in meaningful ways.
The site promotes a broad spectrum of news and events that bring each of the themes to life and helps make them accessible to all audiences. Information is pushed to the site through a variety of feeds and tags from the University’s online calendar, News Center, and numerous UTA websites.
Share your events and initiatives through the UTA/DNA website. To submit an item, go to the bottom of the UTA DNA homepage and click on Recommend an Event. For the social media component, use the hashtag #UTAdna to connect and promote your department's news and events.
Multidisciplinary team takes first place in global health competition
Michael Stringer, mechanical engineering senior, represented UT Arlington on a multidisciplinary team that recently won first place in the Global Health competition at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Other team members were students at UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
The North Texas team’s first year to compete resulted in the top award and a $6,000 prize. The worldwide competition drew students from 24 universities across the United States, Australia, Canada, and Sweden.
Teams have two days to brainstorm on solutions to a case question and formulate a presentation. This year the teams were asked to develop organizational strategies for the World Health Organization to ensure it successfully meets emerging 21st century health challenges.
Raul Fernandez, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and team sponsor, says two of the suggestions the team created involved establishing WHO regional centers and quality control measures for WHO vendors and contractors.
Trinity South spaces reserved for Maverick Speakers Series event
The parking spaces in the Trinity South parking lot will be reserved Tuesday, April 8, for the Maverick Speakers Series. The lot will reopen to normal use after the event.
The parking lot's faculty, staff, and student areas will be closed for event guests after 5 p.m. Other parking options include permit spaces in the surrounding lots.
Contact Parking and Transportation Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-3907.
Tickets now available for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers
Join the gang for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers when the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners on Monday, April 14, at Globe Life Park, formerly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Block seating is available for the UT Arlington community at $10 per ticket at utatickets.com. Print out your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center box office and exchange them for actual tickets by noon April 14.
Pre-game festivities start at approximately 6:45 p.m. when a UT Arlington representative throws out the first pitch. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Enjoy more Rangers' games with discounted tickets all season. Use the password GOMAVS.
Migrant laborers topic of Termini Lecture
Issues surrounding citizenship, reproductive rights, and migrant labor in East Asia will be the focus of the 2014 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture on Thursday, April 10.
Nicole Constable, director of Asian studies and professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, addresses “Precarious and Privileged Lives: The Politics of Migrant Labor and Motherhood” at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Architecture Building. A reception begins at 6 p.m. in the foyer.
Her lecture focuses on the rights of migrant workers and asylum seekers in Hong Kong.
Dr. Constable is author and editor of several books including Romance on a Global Stage: Pen Pals, Virtual Ethnography and ‘Mail Order’ Marriages, and Maid to Order in Hong Kong: Stories of Migrant Workers. Her newest book, Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor, will be available this spring.
Feedback surveys open to students starting April 17
Students in lectures, seminars, practicums, and labs will soon receive invitations to complete the online Student Feedback Survey. Learn about the survey process, including how to boost your response rates, by visiting uta.edu/sfs and clicking on Faculty.
Surveys for all 15-week spring courses are open Thursday, April 17-Friday, May 2, before the final exam period begins.
Music fundraiser at Dallas City Performance Hall
UT Arlington’s Symphony Orchestra and A Cappella Choir will perform in a special fundraising concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. in Dallas
The concert, hosted by the Department of Music, will help raise funds for scholarships and programs within the department.
Program pieces scheduled include Dvořák’s Te Deum, Gershwin’s Concerto in F, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Featured performers include music faculty members soprano Soo Hong Kim, baritone David Grogan, and pianist John Solomons.
Tickets are $10 and available at utatickets.com or by calling 2-9595.
Grant guest speaker at Business Executive Dinner
Joseph "Jody" Grant, co-founder of BankCap Partners and director and chairman emeritus of Texas Capital Bancshares Inc., is the guest speaker for the Business Executive Dinner on Wednesday, April 23, hosted by the College of Business.
Dr. Grant served as chairman and CEO of TCBI, which he started in 1998. At the time, TCBI was believed to be the largest start-up in banking history. His book, The Great Texas Banking Crash—An Insider’s Account, documents the struggles during his time as chairman and CEO at Texas American and the demise of banks in Texas in the late 1980s.
A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m., both at College Park Center.
Tickets are $45 for the general public and $35 for UTA business alumni. Registration is due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 16.
Fellowships available from University Sustainability Committee
The University Sustainability Committee offers faculty fellowships on sustainability in the curriculum.
Faculty fellowships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 for one semester support development of modules on sustainability for existing courses, laboratory exercises, service learning exercises, field trips, development of new courses, or development of other curriculum products. Application deadline is Tuesday, April 15.
Performance reviews due April 28
Annual performance reviews for employees must be completed by Monday, April 28. Training on conducting the performance reviews and evaluation forms are online. For questions, email email@example.com or call 2-5554.
Bookstore flash sale set for Tuesday
Be aware of new version of Cryptolocker malware
A potentially new variant of Cryptolocker has been identified, and UTA’s email system as well as computers that run System Center EndPoint Protection or McAfee anti-malware software currently do not protect against it.
Do not open any attachments you are not expecting or that look suspicious. The malware is primarily delivered via email.
If you fall victim to this virus, you will not be able to unlock your files and must rely on your backups. The malware can be aggressive. Variants are known to encrypt files on local hard drives, external drives, and potentially your file shares, such as K: and J: drives.
OIT has made CrashPlan available for backups. Find the correct version for your computer by going to the OIT download page and scrolling down to the subhead Code 42.
For updates on Cryptolocker and tips on how to avoid it, go to the Information Security Blog.
If you need help on how to use CrashPlan or if you are a victim of this virus, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208.
Maintenance planned for Arlington Data Center
The Office of Information Technology will conduct system maintenance at the Arlington Data Center 2-7 a.m. Sunday, April 20.
Services that may be impacted include UTA websites, blogs, wikis, and web publishing services; MyMav; Blackboard; authorization and authentication services; NetID self-service; network storage; J and K drives, ResearchFS and DepartmentFS; campus printing; listserv; Omega; Sharepoint; Talk; CS-Gold; ImageNow; Echo360; and ITSM.
Are you up to the challenge of living well?
Team up with the UT Arlington Wellness Committee for the 2014 UT System Physical Activity Challenge, Living Well, Moving Well, beginning Thursday, May 1.
Join the Wellness Committee on National Employee Health and Fitness Day at the Blazing Race on Wednesday, May 21.
One-day meal plan for limited time at Connection Cafe
Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Connection Café for one low price through Wednesday, April 9. Dining Services is offering one-day meal passes for $12.50. Purchase the passes at the Connection Café. For questions, call 2-2791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email email@example.com. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Monday, April 7
CMAS Speaker Series Marvela Terrazas of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico presents “Key Issues in Mexican-U.S. Relations, 1822-1867.” Free. 10 a.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies.
Tuesday, April 8
Open Educational Resources Overview David Wiley of Lumen Learning discusses quality, inexpensive materials for courses. Free. 12:30-1:50 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Faculty Affairs, UTA Libraries, Digital Teaching and Learning.
Wednesday, April 9
Advanced Supervisory Skills Participants will revisit the four points of supervision learned in the Fundamental Skills for Supervisors class and use role-play and dialogue to explore each point at a deeper level. Fundamental Skills for Supervisors is not a prerequisite. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
Thursday, April 10
MOOCS: Connectivism and Coherence Professor George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab, discusses Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCS. Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. School of Urban and Public Affairs, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.
Adventures in Antiquity Symposium Andrew Scholtz of Binghamton University explore the impact of Greek fertility god Priapus and his role in fending off “the evil eye of envy” in Roman literature and artwork. Free. 3:30 p.m. Room 2102A, Fine Arts Building; reception follows, Room 305, Carlisle Hall. Classical Studies, Philosophy and Humanities.
Biology Colloquium Series Lisette Waits of the University of Idaho speaks on “Landscape Genetics and Contributions to Wildlife Ecology and Management.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.
Safe Zone Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m. Monday, April 14, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.
Frontier Odyssey Symposium The two-day symposium will explore the interaction between Native Americans and Anglo-Americans in 19th century Texas as well as Texas legends Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Quanah Parker, right. Thursday-Friday, April 17-18. Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, History, UT Arlington Libraries.
Friends of the Library Pulitzer-Prize winning author and UT Austin Professor Glenn Frankel discusses his bestselling book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, which is loosely based on the life of Cynthia Ann Parker. A reception and book signing follow the meeting. Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.
Human Resources Training Managing Across Generations, Tuesday, April 15; The Art of Listening, Thursday, April 17; Customer Service 101, Tuesday, April 22; and Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, Wednesday, April 23. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Tuesday, April 8
Maverick Club Luncheon Track, tennis, and golf roundup. $5 members; $10 guests. Noon, Hospitality Suite, College Park Center. Maverick Club.
Music Honors Recital Music faculty and outstanding students in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Wednesday, April 9
Guest Artist Recital Virginia Broffitt, assistant professor of flute at Oklahoma State University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Thursday, April 10
Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival UT Arlington sponsors the MAIN Stage at 9th Street. Performances Saturday, April 12, include the UTA Jazz Combo, 11 a.m.; UTA Jazz Ensemble, 12:30 p.m., and UTA Jazz Orchestra, 2 p.m. Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival.
Friday, April 11
Master of Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception View art in various media by Master of Fine Arts candidates. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. Exhibit through Saturday, April 19. Art and Art History.
Friday Night Film: 'Frozen Sing-A-Long' Rated PG-13. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Saturday, April 12
Softball Mavericks vs. Troy. Free. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.
Guest Artist Recital The Wyeth String Quartet performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Special Collections: The U.S.-Mexico War, 1846-1848 Attention on the “forgotten” U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 30. UT Arlington Libraries, Special Collections
MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.
Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.
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.
Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for Good, Exoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)