MavWire 2015 Archive » MavWire — Monday, February 9, 2015


For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, February 9, 2015

Dr. David Narrett

Dr. David Narrett

Coastal conflict topic of next Focus on Faculty lecture

David Narrett, professor of history, will discuss the British-Spanish land conflicts that helped shape America at the Focus on Faculty lecture Wednesday, Feb. 11.

"Adventurism and Empire: The Struggle for Mastery in the Louisiana-Florida Borderlands, 1762-1803" begins at noon in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. His book of the same name was published by the University of North Carolina Press in December 2014.

Dr. Narrett will discuss how British-Spanish warfare in the Mississippi Valley and along the Gulf Coast had a profound impact on the continental balance of power during and after the American Revolutionary War. In this multiethnic conflict, native people such as the Chickasaws, Choctaws, and Creeks were directly involved. Spanish victories over the British shaped the future of U.S.-Spanish rivalry in the region.

Focus on Faculty is sponsored by the UT Arlington Libraries.


Verify phone call about debts before paying

Always verify phone calls about debts, fines, or violations before making payments, the UT Arlington Police Department warns.

A new scam using a cloned phone number involves the caller directing the victim to purchase a debit or gift card for money owed or a warrant will be issued for the victim's arrest. The caller says he is with the University, a police department, or government agency.

Never make an immediate payment for this type of call. UT Arlington officials will not contact you in this manner or threaten arrest for non-payment of debts.

If you receive a call like this, find a published number for the agency mentioned and contact it to determine whether the request for payment is legitimate. Many law enforcement and government agencies do make phone calls or use a collection agency to collect fines. Failure to make payment on a legitimate fine or debt could result in a warrant for your arrest.

Call the UT Arlington Police Department at 2-3381 if you encounter or have been a victim of this type of scam, if you are unable to verity the legitimacy of such a call, or if you have information about the people committing this scam.


Your vote counts in race for security grant

UT Arlington is in second place in the competition for the Stanley Security Together for Safer Schools grant. The grand prize is $200,000 in security equipment with a runner-up prize of $75,000.

Vote daily through Friday to help UTA claim first place.

Vote every day, but only one vote per email address, phone number, or Twitter account. Vote from all your email addresses and cellphone numbers. Ask family, friends, and UTA fans to vote, too.

Go online to vote at, text utaedu to 334455, or tweet using hashtags ‪#‎stanleysecurity and ‪#‎utaedu.

Voting ends at midnight Friday, Feb. 13. See official rules at

Advising super powers topic of annual conference

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.

Faculty regalia sales, rentals this week

Order your faculty Commencement regalia at the UTA Bookstore during its sales event 9-10 a.m. Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 9-10, and 11-noon Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 11-12.

Packages include a tam or deluxe cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Purchase a doctoral package for $465.85 or a master’s for $328.25 during the sale.

Rental orders also can be placed.

For details, call 2-2785.

Mav Pic black history month

Role models

Essence Watkins, psychology freshman, checks out posters of Black History Month's outstanding individuals. See the schedule of events and exhibits.


Student organization advisers needed

Student Activities and Organizations is looking for faculty and staff who have an interest in advising a registered student organization.

New groups are continually being formed by students and are required to have an on-campus adviser. Building a mentor relationship with students engaged in on-campus activities can be a fulfilling role for faculty and staff.

Complete the Adviser Interest Form. The form is not a commitment. For more information, email or call 2-2293.

Institutional Review Board mini-conference set for Friday

Faculty, staff, and students can learn the basics of regulations and more at the Institutional Review Board Mini-Conference 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in Room 215 of the Center for Innovation, 202 E. Border St.

Sessions include the IRB review process, how to prepare a protocol for submission, a mock IRB board meeting, and a panel discussion. One session can earn you credit for human subject training requirements.

See the conference schedule. RSVP to

Regulatory Services and Research Administration sponsor the conference.

Nominations needed for student employee awards

Nominate your outstanding student employee for a chance to win $1,000 or $500 in financial awards. All nominations are due by Monday, Feb. 16.

For questions, contact the Career Development Center at 2-2932.

Nominate a Maverick of the Month

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

Each month the UTA Ambassadors solicit nominations for the Maverick of the Month. One faculty or staff member and one student are selected for the award.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, Feb. 25. Contact Jennifer Fox at for more information.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Coaching Skills for Supervisors Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 202, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Cancer Support Network at UTA For faculty and staff who have experienced or are in treatment for cancer. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Room 314, Central Library. For more information, contact Jody Bailey at or Bruce Bower at

Faculty Promotion and Tenure Info Sessions Review the process and forms, and learn more about advancing your teaching career. 1-2 p.m., Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor; 2-3 p.m. Promotion to Professor. Room 154, Business Building. Faculty Affairs.

Coming up

Faculty Peer Observation Training Become a certified peer reviewer. Register online. 1-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, Room 115, Central Library. Also, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 20; 1-5 p.m. Friday, March 27; 1-5 p.m. Monday, April 6Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Human Resource Training Register online. Managing Across Generations, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17; Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 20; Professional Telephone Techniques, 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. All at Room 202, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Cuba exhibit continues

cuba exhibit

Photographer David LaFevor and his photography exhibit Cuba: Histories of the Present were featured on Huffington Post last week.

Dr. LaFevor, assistant professor of Latin American history and digital humanities, first traveled to Cuba as a student at the University of Havana in 2001. Since then, he has returned several times to conduct historical research.

His photographs examine daily life in modern Cuba between 2006 and 2014. Above, youths dive on the malecón (sea front drive) in front of the 16th century fort, El Morro, in Havana.

The exhibit is in the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies on the sixth floor of the Central Library. See some images on Huffington Post.

Monday, Feb. 9

FAFCO Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Honors Recital Outstanding music students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Spring Concert Grammy nominees Jessie J and Luke James will perform. Tickets $20 UTA faculty and staff, $15 students; $25 general admission. 8 p.m., Texas Hall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Thursday, Feb. 12

Innovative Community Academic Partnership Reception Join the start of the Innovative Community Academic Partnership, a program of the School of Social Work that focuses on the well-being of children and families in the Dallas and Tarrant counties area. 10 a.m.-noon, second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Social Work.

Softball Maverick Invitational. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Incarnate Word, 7 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, vs. Incarnate Word, 5 p.m., vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13; vs. Ohio State. 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14; vs. Sam Houston State, 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15Athletics.

Friday, Feb. 13

Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Movin’ Mavs vs. Univ. of Alabama, 2 p.m., P.E. Building; Lady Movin’ Mavs vs. Univ. of Alabama, 4 p.m., P.E. Building; Lady Movin’ Mavs vs. Denver, 8 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Also, Movin’ Mavs vs. San Diego Wolfpack, 4:45 p.m., and vs. Lakeshore Lakers, 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, P.E. Building; Lady Movin’ Mavs vs. Dallas Lady Mavericks, 8 a.m., and vs. Univ. of Arizona, 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, Maverick Activities Center. Movin’ Mavs. 

Coming up

Concerts and Recitals Voice Division Recital, noon, Monday, Feb. 16; Clavier Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17; guest artist Shawn Seguin, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Women's Basketball Tickets $7-$50; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Appalachian State, 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19; vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; College Park Center. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Tickets $7-$50; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Appalachian State, 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19; vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; College Park Center. Athletics.

Softball UT Arlington Invitational. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Prairie View A&M, 11:30 a.m. and vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; vs. Missouri-KC, 10 a.m. and vs. DePaul, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; vs. Missouri-KC. 10 a.m. and vs. Prairie View A&M, noon Sunday, Feb. 22; Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Baseball UTA Hilton Invitational. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20; vs. Michigan State, 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21; vs. Houston Baptist, 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22; Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Into the Woods Everyone’s favorite storybook characters are brought together in this award-winning musical where fantasy worlds collide. Tickets $9 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $12 for general public. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 25-28; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1; Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.


The Gallery at UTA: Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy Two Hungarian-born artists share space in both the literal and metaphysical sense. Through Feb. 14. The Gallery at UTA.

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.

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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