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For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Debra Woody-social work

Helping the helpers: Dr. Debra Woody, director of the Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies, is principal investigator for a grant to increase the number of mental health and substance abuse case workers. She also is associate dean of the School of Social Work.

$1.4 million grant to combat shortage of mental health, substance abuse case workers

UT Arlington has received a $1.4 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to help increase the number of mental health and substance abuse case workers in the United States.

The funding from the agency’s Health Resources and Services Administration will support stipends for School of Social Work students who are eligible to intern and receive specialized training at MHMR of Tarrant County and Metrocare Dallas. 

“People are interested in helping those in need, but mental health and substance abuse work requires long hours. It can be frustrating and difficult work. It can also be very rewarding work,” says Debra Woody, associate dean of the School of Social Work, director of the Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies, and principal investigator on the grant.

Read more about the social work grant.

Central Library

UT Arlington Libraries launches free textbook lending program

The UT Arlington Libraries has launched an on-site textbook-lending pilot program.

The Textbook Project currently includes 60 books needed for courses such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, English literature, history, political science, and trigonometry.

Librarians selected the books based on 1000- and 2000-level classes that have a high drop, fail, or withdrawal rate. 

Students may check out the textbooks for up to two hours. Before now, UT Arlington allowed students to check out textbooks, but it has been policy not to offer current textbooks.

Read more about the Textbook Project and available books.

Mary Matalin and James Carville

Mary Matalin and James Carville

Few tickets remain for Monday's Carville-Matalin appearance for Maverick Speakers Series

Only a few tickets are still available to see husband-and-wife political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin in the Maverick Speakers Series.

The duo will present "All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Texas Hall. An autograph signing follows the lecture.

James Carville, a prominent figure in the Democratic Party, and Mary Matalin, a consultant for the Republican Party, are known for their stimulating, candid, and entertaining take on politics from both sides of the political aisle. They are co-authors of Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home.

Candidates for founding dean to visit campus

Candidates for founding dean of the new College of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs will meet with administrators, faculty, staff, and students next week.

The name of each candidate will be released 24 hours in advance of his or her campus visit.

Sessions with faculty and staff are:

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in Room 401 of the Architecture Building;
  • 11 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building; and
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

The new college integrates the existing School of Architecture and the School of Urban and Public Affairs. The college is expected to become a center for excellence in collaborative research and learning in the built environment, with particular focus on issues of metropolitan growth and change.

Visit the Senior Leadership Searches webpage to learn more about the dean search for the College of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs.

UTA Magazine fall 2014

Fall 'UTArlington Magazine' spotlights rising film program

Fearless, unrelenting, and passionate, UTA professor and filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith has emerged as a major force in independent cinema.

In its cover story, the fall 2014 issue of UTArlington Magazine examines Smith’s evolution as an artist and the success of the UTA film program.

You’ll also find a look at the many Mavericks playing Major League Baseball, the University’s groundbreaking Asian EMBA, and the potentially life-saving research of Daniel Armstrong, Robert Magnusson, and Kytai Nguyen.

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

Travel requests to West Africa examined

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department have released statements advising against non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola virus outbreak in those countries. Read more about CDC travel alerts.

UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students requesting to travel to the listed countries or surrounding West African countries should submit a Request to Travel to Restricted Regions to the Office of International Education, per the University’s standard policies. The International Oversight Committee will review all requests on a case-by-case basis. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 2-2355 or visit

Read more about UTA's Ebola health advisory.

  Mav Pic Lekha Singh

Poignant scenes

Director and executive producer Lekha Singh discussed her film Beyond Right and Wrong to more than 100 students, staff, and faculty at a screening of the documentary Wednesday in Nedderman Hall. The film explores justice and forgiveness as people from different sides of violence share their stories of the Rwandan genocide, "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Singh said she wants the movie to start conversations about forgiveness and moving forward. The film is shown nationwide on college campuses and is used for marriage counseling, in prisons, and by the military in dealing with PTSD.

Attend SECC Charity Fair today

Learn about organizations that need your help through the State Employee Charitable Campaign, which runs through Oct. 31. UT Arlington's goal is $80,000.

The SECC Charity Fair is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom South of the E.H. Hereford University Center. 

Look for a pledge form from your department representative soon. A listing of agencies and organizations will show which groups benefit from your gift. Fill out that form and return it to your SECC representative.

Or pledge online at by clicking Pledge Online, then select University of Texas Arlington, register, and create your pledge.

Make a one-time gift or pledge monthly. Donations may be made to one or more organizations.

Trinity South spaces reserved for Maverick Speakers Series event

The Trinity South parking lot will be reserved Monday, Oct. 20, for the James Carville and Mary Matalin appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series.

The parking lot will remain open until 5 p.m. after which the lot will be closed for event guests.  

Parking options include permit spaces in the surrounding parking lots. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Mav Pic Faculty recognition

Faculty recognition

Dr. Alan Bowling, right, of mechanical and aerospace engineering commemorated his promotion to associate professor with tenure by selecting a book for the UT Arlington Libraries. Rebecca Bichel, dean of libraries, accepted book selections—a tradition of faculty promotions—from Bowling and others recognized at the faculty recognition dinner Tuesday night. Read about the faculty promotions and tenure.


Nominate a Maverick of the Month

Do you know a student or faculty/staff member who exemplifies The Maverick Way? Nominate him or her to receive the Maverick of the Month distinction.

Nominations for October are due by Wednesday, Oct. 22. Contact Jennifer Fox at for more information.

Travel, speaker grants available from sustainability committee

The University Sustainability Committee offers travel and speaker grants.

Travel support grants up to $500 for one event will be awarded to faculty, staff, or students for conferences, seminars, or workshops that take place Sept. 1, 2014-Aug. 31, 2015. Application deadline is Friday, Oct. 17.

Sustainability speaker grants up to $500 support speakers who address sustainability and environmental stewardship. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the event.

For more information or an application form, contact Christopher Morris at

Nominations needed for student leaders, Homecoming king and queen

Encourage your students to run in student elections. Open positions include Homecoming king and queen, Student Congress senators, and UTA Ambassadors.

Individuals must file by 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Student Organizations Office, Suite B120, E.H. Hereford University Center.

To nominate a student for any of the open positions, email Jennifer Fox at with the student’s name and email address.

Voting is Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 3-4, in the University Center. For more information, call 2-2293 or visit

Benefit Yourself

Detailed insurance plan information available online

Details about your UT System group insurance plans can be found in the UT System Plan Guides. The guides for the self-funded insurance plans have been updated for 2014-2015 and are available on the Office of Employee Benefits website.

Employment information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Oct. 16

Joe Barrera

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Biology Colloquium Series Joe Barrera, right, director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technology, speaks on "Quantification of Trace Estrogens in Serum by Bulk Derivatization and Direct Cation Exchange Trap-and-Elute LC/MS/MS." 4 p.m. Room 118, Life Science Building. Biology.

Engineering Speaker Series Chris Singer, director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, speaks on "Engine of Possibility: Exploration." Free. 5-7 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 16-17

Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography "The Price of Manifest Destiny: War and American Expansion, 1800-1865." See scheduleRegister online. Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Friday, Oct. 17

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series Man-Jong Lee of the Konkuk University, Seoul Korea, discusses ”Sensitized Solar Cells: An Overview and the Current Studies.” Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 229, Nedderman Hall. Materials Science and Engineering.

Professional Development: Creating Community in a Diverse Environment Lee Mun Wah, award-winning filmmaker and diversity trainer, is guest speaker. Free. 1-4 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

MARK Adviser Training: Adviser Strengths Part 1 Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. Also, Adviser Strengths Part 2, Thursday, Oct. 23; Pathways to Persistence, Thursday, Oct. 30Academic Advising Center.

Saturday, Oct. 18

First Aid/CPR/AED Workshop Cover the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR and AED use. Register at the MAC Services and Information Desk. $50. Noon-5 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Your Professional Image Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Chris Copeland

Protecting Yourself from Cyber Crimes Chris Copeland, right, senior lecturer of criminology and criminal justice
, discusses cyber crimes. Register. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 241, Business Building. Information Security Office.

Brown Bag: Green Office, Ride Share Programs Hear about the new Maverick Green Office Program (formerly Maverick Office Green Team) and a new ride share program. Light snacks available. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 17, to; include your home zip code. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Sustainability.

Thursday, Oct. 23

Leadership Skills for Supervisors Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Secure Coding and Software Development A free hands-on training for campus web application developers, architects, or IT practitioners with software experience. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., DED Technical Training Center, Room 118, 106 W. Sixth St. Information Security Office

Faculty Research Enhancement, Development Leave Info Session Learn about grants of up to $10,000 through the Research Enhancement Program and the faculty development leave program. 2-3 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Faculty Affairs.

Coming up

International Exchange Brown Bag Discover the opportunities and funding offered by the 100,000 Strong in the Americas program. RSVP to Noon-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, Room 315A, Central Library. Faculty Affairs, International Education.

Secure Electronic Media Destruction Week The Information Security Office covers the costs of secure destruction of University-owned hard drives and media. Oct. 27-31Information Security

Innovation Symposium and National Academy of Inventors Chapter Launch A TED-style symposium highlights research by UTA nominees of National Academy of Inventors Fellows. A poster session features research of faculty inventors. Afterward, a ceremony inducting UTA's inaugural class of the National Academy of Inventors. Register. Free; open to public. Innovation Symposium, 1-4 p.m.; NAI chapter launch, 4:45-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, College Park Center. Innovation Symposium.

Maverick Speakers Series James Stavridis, retired Navy admiral, presents "Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security." Autograph signing follows. Tickets; for VIP tickets, contact Mark LaVelle at or 2-5235. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

gregorios alexandrakis

Improving Brain-injury Rehabilitation Through Infrared Imaging Georgios Alexandrakis, right, professor of bioengineering, describes using near-infrared light imaging to monitor traumatic brain injury as well as guide the treatment-mediated brain rewiring in children with cerebral palsy and adult stroke patients. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Human Resources Training Team Building for Supervisors, Tuesday, Oct. 28; Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, Friday, Oct. 31Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes
  Austan Pierce

Tennis champs: Austan Pierce stretches for the ball during the ITA/USTA Intercollegiate Wheelchair Tennis National Team Championships last weekend at the UTA Tennis Center. The Movin' Mavs team won the national championship.

Movin' Mavs win national wheelchair tennis championship

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair tennis team won the 2014 ITA/USTA Intercollegiate Wheelchair Tennis National Team Championships last weekend. The team hosted the competition at the UTA Tennis Center. Competing were teams from the University of Alabama and the University of Arizona.

Andreas Kraft took the Tier 2 championship in singles. In doubles, 
Jeff Sale and Ricardo Lucien took third while 
Kraft and Juan Soto were fourth. 

Academic All-American honorees were 
Soto, Jeff Sale, John Watson, Austan Pierce, and Malcolm Wright. Other team members were Josie Aslakson, Morgan Wood, and Rose Hollermann.

Mavs play Arkansas State on Friday, seek fourth win in a row

The volleyball team seeks its fourth win in a row when it faces Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at College Park Center. A victory also would be the ninth straight win on the home court.

The Mavericks claimed 3-0 wins over South Alabama on the road Friday and over Appalachian State at home Sunday.

Sunday was also UTA's alumni match, with members of the 1989 Final Four volleyball team honored at intermission.

Sports shorts

  • Senior guards Lonnie McClanahan and Jamel Outler were named to the College Sports Madness/Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Men's Basketball Team. McClanahan is a second-team selection. Outler was named to the third team. 
  • The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named UT Arlington softball sophomore Marisa Datko and former pitcher Callie Collins 2013-14 NFCA All-American Scholar Athletes.
  • The men’s golf team finished in 12th place in the weather-shortened Miramont Invitational in Bryan. Fall play closes with the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas starting Monday, Oct. 27.
  • The men's and women's cross country teams compete at the Pre National Meet on Saturday, Oct. 18, in Terre Haute, Ind. The postseason play includes the Sun Belt Conference Championships, Sunday, Nov. 2, in Mobile, Ala., and the NCAA South Central Regional, Friday, Nov. 14, in Fayetteville, Ark.
  • The women’s tennis team competes in the ITA Texas Regionals in Waco on Thursday-Monday, Oct. 16-20, followed by the Wild West Shootout in Denton on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • The men’s tennis team plays in the ITA Texas Regionals in College Station on Saturday-Monday, Oct. 18-20, then in the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Intramural entries due for fantasy basketball

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include fantasy basketball, Friday, Oct. 17; table tennis, Wednesday, Oct. 22; and badminton, Sunday, Nov. 2.     

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 16


LunaFest Film Festival Films directed and produced by and for women. A short-short film, Rubies, by alumna Lizette Barrera, BFA '13, included. Tickets $5 students, $10 others; $10 at door. 7-9 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Women's and Gender Studies.

Comic Potential

Student Films on 'Frame of Mind' Three short films by UT Arlington students Jean-Patrick Mahoney, Julie Gould, and Gabriel Duran are featured on "Frame of Mind." 10 p.m., KERA TV.

Comic Potential A romantic comedy that raises questions about the nature and purpose of comedy, the necessity of love, and what it means to be truly human. Right, Emily Burgardt, C.C. Weatherly, and Michael Carver-Simmons. Tickets. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 17-18, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19Theatre Arts.

Friday, Oct. 17

UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert The UT Arlington Wind Symphony, conducted by Douglas Stotter, presents a concert of band classics. Tickets $9; $6 students. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Arkansas State. Tickets $5. 6:30 p.m. College Park Center. Also, vs. Georgia Southern, Friday, Oct. 24. Athletics.

Monday, Oct. 20

National Day on Writing Create an eight-word story that starts "I am UTA because …” and add it to the story wall. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Library mall. UT Arlington LibrariesWriting CenterEnglish.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

International Food Fair Taste fare from around the world for International Education Week. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall. International Education.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Ross Mathews

The Big Event Fundraiser UTA's annual community service program receives 25 percent of proceeds. 5-9 p.m., Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop, 1301 S. Cooper St. The Big Event.

Thursday, Oct. 23

One Mic Stand Comedy: Ross Matthews Ross Mathews, right, presents "Straight Talk: LOL's and Advice from Your Gay BFF." Tickets $7 students, limit two; $15 others. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Coming up

Friday Night Film: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Rated PG. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

American Jazz Composers Orchestra Concert Hear the music of The Rolling Stones performed by Dallas/Fort Worth's top jazz musicians. Dan Cavanagh, associate director of jazz studies and associate professor of music, serves as artistic director. $10; call Box Office at 2-2669. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, MainStage Theatre, Fine Arts Building North. Theatre Arts.


University Center Gallery: Wings of Life Exhibit features works by Jeremy Schack, Janet Morrow, and Kourtney St. Clair. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Friday, Oct. 17Movin' Mavs Adapted Sports and RecreationDisability Studies Minor.

The Gallery at UTA: Philip Van Keuren and Liz Ward Philip Van Keuren presents atmospheric black and white photogravures. Liz Ward's work includes colorful watercolors and meticulous silverpoint drawings. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Artist talk with Ward, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building North. Through Nov. 15The Gallery at UTA.

Special Collections: The Price of Manifest Destiny Discover how maps and war interlock in the 19th century in a new exhibit. In conjunction with the Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of CartographyThursday-Friday, Oct. 16-17. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Gallery 76102: Above & Beyond Kalee Appleton's series is inspired by time and time’s tendency to both transform and preserve. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Nov. 30Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

MavsArt The semi-annual UTA community art show features 67 works by 25 artists who are UTA students, faculty, and staff. Through Dec. 3. UT Arlington Libraries, MavsArt.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The 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 Open House Night free shows each Tuesday: TimeSpace, Oct. 21Stars of the Pharaohs, Oct. 28. The fall schedule includes AstronautOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink FloydSpacepark 360 InfinityTwo Small Pieces of Glass; and We Are AstronomersPlanetarium.

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


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