MavWire 2014 Archive » MavWire — Monday, November 10, 2014


For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, November 10, 2014

Distinguished Alumni 2014

Six graduates to be honored at 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Six outstanding alumni will be recognized for their professional achievements, community engagement, and loyalty to their alma mater at the 49th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards event at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Honorees are Baron Concors, '93 BA, chief digital officer for Pizza Hut; Serena Simmons Connelly, '95 MSW, director of philanthropy for the Harold Simmons Foundation; Jim Greer, '84 BS, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Oncor Electric Delivery; Fred Perpall, '96 BS and '98 MArch, chief executive officer of The Beck Group; Bruce Tanner, '90 MBA, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Lockheed Martin Corporation; and Vicki Tanner, '79 BBA, an elementary school teacher and former financial analyst.

Tickets are available at Table sponsorships also are available at several levels. For more information, contact Julie Barfield at 2-0040 or

Read more about the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day events honor those who served

UT Arlington veterans will be honored on campus Tuesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

Reveille begins the event at 7 a.m. in the courtyard of College Hall followed by a wreath-laying ceremony and acknowledgements of veteran graduates.

A breakfast for UTA veterans is 8-9 a.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. A resource fair is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with information about programs for veterans and their families.

Enjoy music, food, and activities 5-7 p.m. on the Library mall, hosted by the Student Veterans Organization.

Pick up an "I Love UTA Veterans" or "UTA Veteran" button at the opening ceremony, breakfast, or resource fair.

Donate a pair of socks for the "Socks for Service" project, which benefits homeless veterans. Drop-off boxes are in front of College Hall, the Veterans Assistance Center, and the Central Library and in the Palo Duro Lounge.

The Veterans Day activities are sponsored by the Office of the President, Department of Military Science, Student Veterans Organization, and the Veterans Connection Committee. For details on resources for student veterans, go to the Veteran Services website.

Dr. Ann Healy

Dr. Anne Healy

Focus on Faculty examines program in musical theatre

Anne Healy, assistant professor of theatre arts, discusses the new Bachelor of Fine Arts program in musical theatre for the Focus on Faculty speakers series.

"Musical Theatre: The Fabric of Our Lives" is free at noon Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Theatre arts students created a musical theatre show from scratch on Sept. 13 and performed it Sept. 14. "The Musical Theatre Project 2014" included students from the musical theatre, theatre technology, and music composition programs with members of the theatrical rock band The Kilbanes. A video excerpt and brief live performance are planned.

Dr. Healy, a professional actress and musical theatre performer, teaches directing, acting, and singing and dancing for the actor.

UT Arlington Libraries sponsors Focus on Faculty.

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James Stavridis

Take another look at James Stavridis' visit last Tuesday for the Maverick Speakers Series. Watch the video.


Policies updated for travel to, from Ebola regions

UT Arlington has updated rules concerning travel to countries affected by Ebola Virus Disease that also includes new faculty, staff, and students from those regions.

Faculty and staff members traveling from affected regions should not come directly to campus following their arrival in the U.S. Faculty and staff members should go to their residence or other place designated by health officials, notify their supervisor, and arrange for a copy of the federal quarantine guidance to be delivered to their supervisor.

As long as faculty and staff members are healthy and exhibiting no Ebola-related symptoms, they will be expected to complete work-related duties and will receive their regular pay. Faculty and staff members who become ill should follow University sick leave policies.

Students traveling from affected regions should not come directly to campus. Students should call the Health Services Center at 2-2771 to obtain specific information about where to check in and how to receive support. 

Read more about UTA's travel policy.

College of Nursing changes name

The College of Nursing will now be called the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

The UT System Board of Regents approved the change last week. The new name reflects the addition of the Department of Kinesiology to the college. 

The College of Education and Health Professions will now be called the College of Education.

Native American immersion school program today

Members of the Seminole nation of Oklahoma explain how they are revitalizing the Seminole (Creek) language through an immersion school.

The Creek language is highly endangered, with mostly speakers age 50 and older. To revitalize their language, the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma has opened an immersion school, with children as young as 2 in the classroom with an expert fluent speaker of the language as their teacher.

The free program is noon-1 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 10, in Room 115 of University Hall. 

The event is sponsored by the Native American Languages Lab and the Native American Student Association.

  Mav Pic Theron Bowman

Lessons in leadership

Dr. Theron Bowman shared his views on accomplishment at the Goolsby Leadership Academy event last Wednesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Bowman, who earned three degrees at UT Arlington, is the city of Arlington's deputy city manager and former police chief.

McNair Scholars Program extends deadline

The UTA McNair Scholars Program has extended its application period through Nov. 17. Faculty are asked to encourage students to apply for the program that helps eligible undergraduates prepare for the Ph.D. and careers in university research and teaching.

Applications are available in 202 Ransom Hall and online. For more details, email or call 2-3715.

Recruit for your program at transfer New Maverick Orientation

During the fall and winter months, Involvement Fairs take place at orientation sessions for students transferring to the University in the upcoming spring term.

University departments and registered student organizations may host a table to provide information about their programs to incoming students.

Upcoming sessions are Thursday, Nov. 13; Dec. 6; Dec. 10; Jan. 12; and Jan. 14.

Learn more and register online.

Celebrate UT System Day on Friday

Wear your Maverick attire when celebrating UT System Day 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, on the Library mall. The second annual event includes popcorn and commemorative cups.

Departments can join the celebration with a table to distribute promotional materials.

UT System Day is sponsored by the Office of the President, Administration and Campus Operations, Staff Advisory Council, the UT System Employee Advisory Council, and the Office of Human Resources.

See more information on UTA's UT System Day website.

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Angel Tree

Kimberly Martinez, Spanish senior, fills out a form for the Salvation Army Angel Tree with some directions from Loretta Pequeno-Griffin, associate director of the Leadership Center. Adopt an "angel" and learn how you can help families in need during the holidays at the Leadership Center office in Suite B160 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.


State Employee Charitable Campaign extended to Saturday

The deadline for State Employee Charitable Campaign gifts has been extended until Saturday, Nov. 15.

Your department representative has pledge forms and a listing of agencies and organizations that benefit from your gift. Fill out that form and return it to your SECC representative.

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.

Questions? Contact Chris Muller at

College Park Center's West Corridor unveiled at reception Nov. 19

Faculty and staff are invited to a reception showcasing the newly branded West Corridor on the College Park Center concourse. The corridor reflects the partnership between UTA Athletics and Texas Trust Credit Union.

The event is 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the West Corridor. RSVP to Amanda Keomanivong at 972-595-1765 or


Homecoming 5K needs runners, walkers

Sign up for the Homecoming 5K, which takes off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, from the Maverick Activities Center for a scenic route through the UT Arlington campus.

Team registration is due today, Monday, Nov. 10.

Online registration is accepted through Thursday, Nov. 20, at or at

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Center for Students in Recovery.

Benefit Yourself

UT Flex filing deadline, grace period ends Saturday

The use-it-or-lose-it rule applies to all UT FLEX reimbursement accounts. The grace period for your 2013-2014 UT FLEX Health Care Reimbursement Account will end on Saturday, Nov. 15.

All UT FLEX claims for the 2013-2014 plan year must be submitted no later than Sunday, Nov. 30, to be eligible for reimbursement.

For questions regarding your UT FLEX account, visit or contact PayFlex Customer Service at 866-887-3539.

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

Monday, Nov. 10

Engineering Speaker Series Michael Hay of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission presents "2011 Tsunami Impacts to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan." Free. Noon-1 p.m. Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Architecture Speaker Series Hector Loli of Nomena in Lima, Peru, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

How to Commercialize Your Research Tools with KeraFast KeraFast facilitates the availability of research materials from institutions around the world in an online platform. KeraFast is committed to reinvesting in research by providing royalty payments to scientists and their institutions when their materials are purchased. For details, email otm@uta.eduRSVP required. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Technology Management, Research Administration.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Developing Assertive Communication Skills Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Safe Zone Ally Training Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Blanco Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Customer Service 101 Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, Nov. 13

LINK Research Lab Speakers Series Tom Reeves of the University of Georgia presents "Inquiry with Impact: The Promise of Educational Design Research" and a workshop on educational design research. RSVP to both. Lecture, 11 a.m.-noon; workshop 12:30-4:30 p.m.; both Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. LINK Research Lab, Education.

Change the Name: R-word Panel Discussion Yolonda Bluehorse and Peggy Larney discuss the derogatory significance of the NFL's Washington team name. Bluehorse organized a protest at a recent Dallas-Washington game in Arlington. Larney lobbies to have American Indian Heritage Day recognized as a holiday in Texas. Free. 7-8:30 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Native American Student Organization.

Friday, Nov. 14

EMBA Info Session Experience a class session with current EMBA students and network with the class members, faculty, and EMBA alumni. Register online. Free. 5 p.m., The Fort Worth Club, 306 W. 7th St., Fort Worth. Fort Worth Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Financial Investments: The Rules of the Road Joseph Way, financial adviser with Edward Jones, will discuss 10 principles for sound investing and how to identify the most common investment mistakes. Free. Noon, sixth floor atrium, Central Library. African American Faculty and Staff Association, Faculty Affairs.

Coming up

Engineering Speaker Series Ali Erdemir of Argonne National Laboratory discusses "Facing the Hard Truth about Friction and Its Impact on Global Energy Consumption." Free. 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Human Resources Training Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19; and Welcoming Diversity, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21Register online. Free. J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Management Lecture Series Daniel Armanios of Stanford University presents “Is Policy Enough? Understanding the Government Sector in the Midst of Reform.” Free. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, Room 609, Business Building. Business, Management.

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

Going Out

Monday, Nov. 10

Blood Drive Carter Blood Care will have mobile units on the Library and University Center malls. Through Thursday, Nov. 13University Events.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Music Honors Recital Performances by music faculty members and outstanding students in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Cultural Extravaganza Enjoy a Chinese lion dance, a Bharata Natyam performance, games, calligraphy, henna booths, and prizes. Free. 6:30-9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural AffairsAsian Heritage Month.

Friday, Nov. 14

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Missouri Valley College. Tickets $5. 5 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Saturday, Nov. 15

International Games Day Celebrate the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games. Game stations available. Free. 1-4 p.m., first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Holiday Extravaganza Attend the annual family-oriented holiday celebration with arts and crafts representing a variety of winter holidays, cookie decorating, and pictures with Santa. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Documentary: 'Endless Abilities' From rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes, see how sports are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field. A discussion with local Paralympians and international and national team members. The film is subtitled and the discussion is real-time captioned. For disability-related accommodation, contact Sarah Rose at or 2-2861. Part of the Jim Hayes Memorial Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Free. 6:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.  Movin' Mavs Adapted Sports and RecreationDisability Studies MinorOffice for Students with Disabilities.

UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert The UT Arlington Wind Symphony, Douglas Stotter conductor, presents a concert in celebration of the music of guest composer William Bolcom. National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner Bolcom will be in residence at UTA for the week leading up to the concert. Also performing is the SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble, Jack Delaney conductor. Tickets $9 adults; $5 students, seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Sunday, Nov.16

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Georgia State. Tickets $5. Noon, College Park Center. Athletics.

UT Arlington Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert The UT Arlington Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band, John Zastoupil conductor, present their final concert of the semester. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Tickets $5. 3 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.


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. 3UT Arlington LibrariesMavsArt.

Special Collections: The Price of Manifest Destiny Discover how maps and war interlock in the 19th century in a new exhibit. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 7, 2015UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Visual Commons 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 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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