MavWire 2014 Archive » MavWire — Thursday, December 4, 2014


For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, December 4, 2014

bob costas

Bob Costas appearance rescheduled for April 13

The Maverick Speakers Series appearance of NBC sportscaster Bob Costas has been rescheduled for Monday, April 13, 2015.

He will present "Sports in America: Is It Still Only a Game?" at 7:30 p.m. in College Park Center.

Costas's appearance Sept. 25 was postponed due to his network assigning him to call legendary shortstop Derek Jeter’s final home game in Yankee Stadium.

Individuals who held general or preferred tickets to the Sept. 25 lecture will have an opportunity to claim or buy tickets for the new date beginning Monday, March 2. Instructions will be sent via email.

All remaining tickets will become available to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, at

For additional information, contact the UTA Box Office at 2-9595.

Dr. Katherine Sanchez

Dr. Katherine Sanchez

Social Work wins grant to educate Hispanics about depression, reduce treatment barriers

Katherine Sanchez, assistant professor of social work, hopes to dispel myths about depression and its treatment, as well as reduce the stigma associated with receiving mental health care in Hispanic patients.

Dr. Sanchez won a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to screen Hispanic patients for depression and educate them about the disease and the treatment options available.

The Hispanic Health Services Research Grant Program was open to health services/disparities researchers seeking to improve health-related attitudes, knowledge, beliefs, and practices related to chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and mental health among Hispanics.

Read more about Dr. Sanchez's research on Hispanics and depression.

Candidates for College of Science dean to visit campus

Two candidates for dean of the College of Science will meet with administrators, faculty, staff, and students this week.

Remaining candidate sessions are:

  • Wayne Jones, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry at State University of New York at Binghamton, 1-2 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 4, Room 108, University Hall.
  • Richard Kuhn, professor and head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, 1-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, Room 108, University Hall. 

Candidates who visited campus earlier this week were Aloysius Helminck, head of the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University, and Morteza Khaledi, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University.

Feedback surveys on Drs. Helminck, Khaledi, and Jones are available until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. The survey on Dr. Kuhn ends at noon Saturday, Dec. 6.

Visit the Senior Leadership Searches webpage to learn more about the dean search for the College of Science.

Beware of phone scam asking for money

A recent phone scam involves the caller claiming to be from UTA and asking for money, according to the UT Arlington Police Department.

The caller tells people they owe money to the University and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Next, the caller solicits immediate payment for the alleged debts. The telephone number used has been cloned from a legitimate UTA department.

University officials will not contact you in this manner or threaten arrest for non-payment of debts.

If you encounter this or similar scams or have information about them, contact the UTA Police at 2-3381.

holiday reception

Celebrate the season at annual holiday reception for faculty, staff

Ring in the holiday season with the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

President Vistasp Karbhari is the host and will make remarks. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music.

Holiday refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services.

Emergency electrical generator testing Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.

Buildings involved are the Amphibian and Reptile Research Center, Business Building, College Park garages, Hammond Hall, Health Services Center, Pickard Hall, Thermal Energy Plant, and UTA Police building on Davis Drive.

The test will only affect the electrical services tied to each building’s generator, not the entire building. There will be a slight “blip” lasting a half-second as the electrical service transfers to the generator and another as it is transferred back to the normal building service. 

Questions? Call Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

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Whether it's weather, a chemical spill in a lab, or another emergency situation, UT Arlington is committed to keeping you safe. Watch the safety video. Learn more about safety on campus at Safe and Sound in Maverick Country.


Participate in annual emergency response exercise today

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Office of Emergency Management’s annual Clery Act tabletop exercise today, Thursday, Dec. 4. The program is 1-4 p.m. in the back gym of the Maverick Activities Center.

The exercise addresses emergency response and evacuation on a campus-wide scale.

MyMav maintenance planned for Dec. 7

Maintenance is planned for the MyMav system noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, by the Office of Information Technology. During this time, MyMav will be unavailable.

Questions? Contact the Help Desk at 2-2208 or

Monthly buffet today at University Club

The University Club's monthly special today, Thursday, Dec. 4, features prime rib, chicken normandy, lemon crumb asparagus, wild rice medley, mixed greens salad with apple vinaigrette, rolls, and red velvet cake.

Cost is $8 per person. Regular menu items will not be available.

The University Club is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

A continental breakfast is available 7-9 a.m. Breakfast menu items are muffins, danish, fruit, yogurt, juice, and coffee.

Extra Credit

Friday, Dec. 5

Conducting Effective Meetings Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Monday, Dec. 8

Engineering Speakers Series Michael Cho of the University of Illinois at Chicago presents "Functional Biomechanics of Stem Cells: Launch of Single Cell Analysis." Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Managing Stress in the Workplace Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Dec. 10

David Rakowski

Partnering with Your Boss Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Faculty Research Incubator Seminar Series David Rakowski, associate professor of finance and real estate, is guest speaker. Free. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Engineering Speakers Series Fengnian Xia of Yale University discusses "Graphene Photonics and Plasmonics." Free. 3:30-5 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Friday, Dec. 12

The Art of Listening Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Saturday, Dec. 13

2014-15 Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Information sessions and enrollment assistance for the 2014-15 Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplace. Patient navigators who speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese available. Co-sponsors are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the United Way of Tarrant County. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Nursing and Health InnovationRural Health Outreach Program.

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

Sports Notes
  Briana Sharratt

Team spirit: Sophomore Briana Sharratt was named a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference performer after posting 262 kills with a hitting percentage of .419. The Mavericks ended their season with a 25-9 record.

Volleyball team earns most wins since 2006

The volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to top-seeded Arkansas-Little Rock in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinals Friday in San Marcos.

The loss ended the fourth-seeded Mavericks’ season with a 25-9 record, the team’s most wins since 2006. UTA defeated Appalachian State 3-1 on Thursday in the first round of the tournament.

Sophomore Briana Sharratt was named a first-team All-SBC performer after posting 262 kills with a hitting percentage of .419 this season. Freshman Qiana Canete, who recorded a team-high 361 kills, was a second-team selection.

Six players were recognized for their performance in the classroom. Taylor Story was selected to the Commissioner’s List while Sharratt, Caitlyn Cooney, Taylor Gross, Karli Nanny, and Cassidy Wheeler were named to the Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll.

Women's basketball drops first home game

In-state rival UT San Antonio ended the women's basketball team's home unbeaten streak Tuesday night with a 63-55 win at College Park Center. The loss drops the Mavericks to 3-2 on the season and 3-1 at home.

Last Wednesday, UTA cruised to an 80-62 victory over Northern Arizona in College Park Center. Senior guard Chaun Williams led the way with 14 points off the bench. Freshman center Rebekah Van Dijk added 11 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

The Mavericks return to action tonight, Thursday, Dec. 4, at Kansas State.

Men's basketball hangs close at No. 6 Texas

The Mavericks fell to 3-4 after losing 63-53 Tuesday night to sixth-ranked Texas in Austin. UTA led 15-7 early but couldn't maintain the advantage. 

Last week, UTA dropped road games at top-ranked Kentucky and Montana State. Through seven games, senior guards Lonnie McClanahan (11.4) and Jamel Outler (10.1) are the team’s leading scorers. Outler has hit 16 of 38 three-pointers on the season.

The next home game is against Weber State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in College Park Center.

Final intramural event wraps up semester

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include College FB Bowl Pick 'Em, Saturday, Dec. 13.

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

Through Wednesday, Dec. 10

Paws for Finals Therapy dogs help with the stress of final exams. Free. Second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Murder Abroad Murder mystery in German—with English subtitles—by German drama class students. Free. 6:30 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Modern LanguagesGerman.

Friday, Dec. 5

BFA Exhibit Opening Reception The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition showcases works by 47 graduating seniors in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Reception 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. Through Dec. 13Art and Art History.

Friends of the Library Chants Encounters performs holiday music. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Dance Ensemble Concert The UTA Dance Ensemble presents works by Danielle Georgiou, Martin Godoy, and student choreographers. $7 general admission, $5 with student ID. 8 p.m., MainStage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, Saturday, Dec. 6Theatre Arts.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Weber State. Tickets $7. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 11-13

Commencement fall 2014

Commencement Ceremonies Graduating students celebrate their achievements. See the Commencement schedule. College Park Center.

Coming up

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. McMurry. Tickets $7. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. Also, vs. Georgia Southern, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30; vs. South Alabama, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. All at College Park Center. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Howard Payne. Tickets $7.  2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.  Also, vs. Georgia Southern, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30; vs. South Alabama, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. All at College Park Center. Athletics.


Digital Photography Student artwork showcased. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Dec. 12EXCEL Campus Activities.

Max Sullivan Gallery: Statera-Hymns of Balance Paintings by Andrew Kochie. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free. Max Sullivan Gallery, Room 206, Architecture Building. Through Dec. 15Architecture.

Cuba: Histories of the Present Explore daily life in modern Cuba through photographs by David LaFevor, assistant professor of history. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Dec. 22.

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.

season of light

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 The winter schedule through Dec. 21 features Season of Light; Holiday Music Magic; Back to the Moon for Good; Experience the AuroraOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink Floyd; and Spacepark 360 InfinityPlanetarium.

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


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