MavWire 2015 Archive » MavWire — Thursday, January 15, 2015


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Drs. Daisha Cipher, Judy LeFlore, Beth Mancini

Drs. Daisha Cipher, Judy LeFlore, Beth Mancini

UT Arlington to lead study on nursing competency standards

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to lead a multi-institution study of clinical experience requirements for nursing school graduates.

The research will involve more than 1,700 students in 30 months. The results will lead to a better understanding of the amount and nature of clinical experiences, or “clinical hours,” needed for competency upon graduation.

Currently, there is no state requirement addressing clinical experience for nursing students. Individual schools’ standards vary from less than 500 to more than 1,100 hours, says Beth Mancini, associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and a lead investigator on the new grant. 

Daisha Cipher, clinical associate professor, is another principal investigator, and Judy LeFlore, associate dean for simulation and technology, will be the project manager.

Read more about the nursing clinical experience study.

Colleges of Education, Nursing recognized by U.S. News for online graduate degrees

UT Arlington is among the top 50 universities in the nation for earning a master’s degree in education or nursing online, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Programs rankings for 2015.

The College of Education's online program ranked No. 30 among 252 schools surveyed, up from its 166th position last year when 238 schools were surveyed.

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation's online program ranked No. 31 among 133 schools surveyed, up 34 spots from last year.

Read more about the top 50 online degree honors.

Dr. Michio Kaku

Dr. Michio Kaku

Kaku next for Maverick Speakers Series; tickets available beginning Tuesday

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku presents his thoughts on "Physics of the Future" for the next Maverick Speakers Series event. His lecture is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Texas Hall. An autograph signing will follow the lecture.

Tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at For VIP tickets, contact Mark LaVelle at or 2-5235.

Dr. Kaku is one of the most widely renowned contemporary figures in science. His particular area of specialty is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Kaku is attempting to complete. He is also known for his work in predicting trends that affect business, commerce, and finance. The Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York, Kaku has written several best-selling books and is the public face of the Science Channel.

Upcoming speakers are former San Antonio mayor and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros on March 26 and sports broadcaster Bob Costas on April 13.

Betty Nedderman

Betty Nedderman

In memoriam: Betty Nedderman

Services for former UT Arlington first lady Betty Nedderman are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the First Christian Church, 910 S. Collins St. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis Dr.

Mrs. Nedderman, wife of President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman, died Monday, Jan. 12.

She attended many UT Arlington events after her husband's retirement in 1992, including the annual Nedderman Society Cookout. In 1992, she was named a Distinguished Honorary Alumna. She also was active in campus organizations promoting education, fine arts, and athletics.

Electronic W-2 consent needed by Friday

Want to receive your W-2 electronically? If so, give consent by Friday, Jan. 16, for your paperless W-2 wage and tax statement.

Go to Select UT Arlington from the list, log in with your Net ID and password. Then go to Payroll & Compensation on the left, click Online W-2 Consent, and choose the consent button. You will receive an email confirming your consent.

When your W-2 is available at a later date, you will receive an email notification is ready for you to download.

railway tracks

Railroad track renewal project starts Friday

Union Pacific will undertake a major railway improvement project between Dallas and Fort Worth this month. As a result, Arlington drivers will encounter some periodic road detours and closures for a week starting Friday, Jan. 16.

Crews will replace the 13-mile stretch of the south mainline rail that runs parallel to Division Street and old wooden crossties and ballast. Concrete panels at each crossing will be renewed for a smoother approach for vehicles.

Crews will work 7 p.m.-4 a.m. Train horns will sound during this time for the safety of the track workers, even in the quiet zones.

Only two railroad crossings will be closed at a time. See the list of crossings.

Mav Pic orientation

Lay of the land

Meighan Burke, assistant director for student orientation, gives directions to Micah Stewart, journalism sophomore, at an orientation for transfer students earlier this week.


MLK Day celebration includes banquet, day of service

UT Arlington will pay tribute this month to Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate those who have shared the late civil rights leader’s dream of equality and justice.

The annual Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The banquet honors recipients of the first MLK Living Legend Awards and presents scholarships. Banquet tickets are $45 at

An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry Slam is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is $15 at The winner receives $1,000.

"Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off" is the theme for the annual MLK day of service Monday, Jan. 19. Gather at 9 a.m. at the Maverick Activities Center for breakfast and assignments. The first 150 volunteers will receive T-shirts. For details, call 817-472-7963.

See more MLK Day events at

Offices closed for MLK holiday

Campus offices will be closed and there are no classes Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MavWire will not be published Monday and will resume Thursday, Jan. 22.

  Mav Pic Alternative Winter Break 2014-15

Give me a break

Many students spent their winter break helping others for the Alternative Winter Break program. Top, from left, Niyousha Pavachi, physics sophomore; Devin Nguyen, English senior; and Laura Deluna, nursing sophomore, carry a barrel of debris while helping a man clean his land near Conway, Ark. Bottom, from left, Rocky Sonemangkhara, nursing senior; Novella Landau, mechanical engineering senior; Fernando Navarro-Lopez, biology sophomore; and Miriam Guerrero, criminology sophomore, sort through items donated to a church food pantry in Mayflower, Ark. The Alternative Breaks program will take volunteers to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi during spring break.

Open house set for new CTLE, Faculty Affairs offices

Faculty are invited to an open house for the new offices for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Division of Faculty Affairs. The event is noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Suite 415 of the Central Library. RSVP.

Tour the two new conference rooms, one of which will be available for faculty use after hours.

Sign up for a table at Activity Fair Day

University departments, programs, and student organizations are encouraged to host an information table at the spring Activity Fair Day on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Register online.

Advising conference registration continues

Register online for the UT Arlington Advising Association's 18th annual advising conference, "Academic Marvels: Unleashing Your Advising Super Powers." The conference is Tuesday, Feb. 17.

ACES symposium now accepting abstract submissions

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), a University-wide symposium highlighting the best in student research and creativity. Submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 6.

To be featured at ACES, undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. ACES 2015 is Wednesday, March 25, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Email questions to

Plaza Food Court banners available to promote your program

Twelve banner display cases are available in the renovated Plaza Food Court in the E.H. Hereford University Center. University departments and student organizations can reserve banner space for two weeks at a time for up to three times per semester.

For details, visit the Student Organizations desk in Room B120 of the University Center or call 2-2293.

Guest housing available on campus

UT Arlington has several fully furnished campus apartments available for departments to use for guests of the University including job candidates, visiting scholars, and guest speakers. These apartments provide the comfort of a hotel environment with the convenience of staying on campus.

Reservations are being accepted for the spring semester. For more information on amenities, pricing, guidelines, and reservations, visit

Be part of upcoming Preview Days

The Office of University Recruitment wants your academic department or student organization to be represented at Maverick Experience Preview Days. Register online for upcoming events Saturday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, April 18. For questions, email

Benefit Yourself

Review benefits, update information

The beginning of the new year is a good time to review your UT Benefits and be sure you are up to date and up to speed with your coverage and how it works. Read some benefit tips.

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, Jan. 15

Faculty Peer Observation of Teaching Info Sessions Information sessions for faculty and academic administrators. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall, and 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Center for Teaching and Learning ExcellenceFaculty Affairs.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Managing Projects and Making Decisions Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, Jan. 22

Engineering Speakers Series Karen C. Kabbes, president of Kabbes Engineering, presents "Water Resources: Sustaining Quality and Quantity or What Will Be the State of Our Water Resources When Today's Students Rule the World?" 5-7 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Writing/Designing NSF Proposals Workshop A one-day comprehensive workshop on how to submit winning research proposals to the National Science Foundation with interactive exercises, writing examples, lectures, and discussions. Space limited. Register online. $375. Houston Marriott Medical Center, Houston. Details, call 866-704-7268.

Dealing with Difficult Employees and People Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, Jan. 30

Motivating Your Employees Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes

Annual First Pitch Fundraiser set for Friday night

Tickets are on sale for the First Pitch Fundraiser benefiting the UT Arlington baseball and softball programs. The program is 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in College Park Center's Hospitality Suite.

Coaches Darin Thomas and Kristie Fox will look at the 2014 season and preview their 2015 squads. Members of the 2015 baseball and softball teams and former players will attend.

Tickets are $25 and available at

Hall of Honor banquet reservations due by Wednesday

Two-time World Series champion Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants is among the inductees in the 2015 UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor class. The Hall of Honor ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The 2015 Hall of Honor inductees are Pence (baseball), Elston Cawley (men's track and field), Valeria Whitfield (women's volleyball), Mike Stamps (football), and the 1996-2000 men's track and field teams.

Individual tickets are available for $50 at Reservations are due by Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Contact Kimberley Jardine at or call 2-0694 for questions or to reserve a table near an inductee.

Intramural deadlines include poker

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include poker, Thursday, Jan. 15; dodgeball, Wednesday, Jan. 28; billiards, Thursday, Jan. 29; pre-season basketball, Tuesday, Feb. 3; basketball, Wednesday, Feb. 4; rock climbing, Tuesday, Feb. 10; and racquetball, Friday, Feb. 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
  UTA Presents

Shared space exhibit opens at The Gallery at UTA

Homeless in Chelsea by Sylvia Plachy

Two Hungarian-born artists share space in both the literal and metaphysical sense in Sharing Space: Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy at The Gallery at UTA. The exhibit runs Tuesday, Jan. 20-Saturday, Feb. 14.

Longtime friends, Beck and Plachy collaborated with their individual works that demonstrate a shared poetic approach. Shown is Plachy's Homeless in Chelsea.

Beck, a visiting senior lecturer in the Art and Art History Department, creates films and photo-based works by digitally combining and reworking imagery, and experimenting with printing techniques and surfaces to convey his thoughtful, meditative vision. 

Plachy, an award-winning photographer based in New York, captures humanistic vignettes that express her unique viewpoint through subtle choices of subject and focus.

Plachy gives an artist's talk 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. An opening reception is 5-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. Both are in the gallery in the Fine Arts Building.

Friday, Jan. 16

Faculty Flute Recital with Terry Sanchez Performance by Terry Sanchez, visiting assistant professor of flute. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Tessitura Trio Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Guest Flute Recital with Christina Jennings Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Jan. 19

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $7. 5 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Georgia State, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, and vs. Troy, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $7. 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Georgia State, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, and vs. Troy, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31Athletics.

Thursday, Jan. 22

Faculty Bass Recital with Jack Unzicker  Jack Unzicker, assistant professor of double bass, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Art of Peace Concert An international expression of music and dance. Performances by mariachi and marimba bands, Japanese drummers, crane dancers, and more. Proceeds benefit Rotary Club educational and humanitarian programs. Tickets $25 general admission. VIP tickets $75 include designated seating and reception after concert. For tickets, contact Dan Morales at 817-994-7575 or 6:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Rotaract Club of UTA.

Monday, Jan. 26

Guest Violin Recital Alessandra Jennings Flanagan of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Activity Fair Day Student organizations, departments, and community agencies share info with students. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Activities and Organizations.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Free. Through Monday, Feb. 2. Physical Education Building and Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.


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

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th- to 20th-century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Spacepark 360: Infinity

Planetarium The spring schedule features Black Holes, Dynamic Earth, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, and Spacepark 360: InfinityPlanetarium.

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


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