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For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Submit comments on Principles of Community for Strategic Plan

As part of UT Arlington’s strategic planning process, President Vistasp Karbhari appointed a task force to examine how to bring the University community together and ground us in our mission of research, teaching, and public service.

The task force of faculty, staff, and students formed in August 2014. After many meetings and discussions, the members drafted the Principles of Community. These principles describe and define UT Arlington, serving as the heart and soul of our engagement with each other and the larger community we serve.

Before finalizing them, the task force and President Karbhari are seeking your input. Please read the Principles of Community draft and fill out the online comment/suggestion form by Friday, March 6.

The task force will gather your feedback to help formalize the document.

Saiful Chowdhury

Dr. Saiful Chowdhury

NIH, UT System funding to assist protein research

Bio-analytical chemist Saiful Chowdhury, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, who is exploring proteins, their structures, and functions, has received an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health.

The $354,749 in funding will help identify host-defense protein interactions networks caused by environmental and external agents.

Dr. Chowdhury is the principal investigator on the project. He is developing a mass spectrometry-based chemical cross-linking technology that will provide information on large-scale protein signaling networks in their natural biological conditions.

Read more about Chowdhury's research.

UTA Magazine spring 2015

Spring 'UTArlington Magazine' spotlights Formula SAE program

Take an in-depth look at UT Arlington’s internationally acclaimed Formula SAE Racing Team in the spring issue of UTArlington Magazine.

You’ll also find stories about the University’s Greek community, programs to help high school students navigate the road to higher education, and expanded opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research.

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

UTA history book

New book illustrates UT Arlington's transformation through time

From the 1895 start of Arlington College and through eight names, UT Arlington has seen plenty of changes, students, leaders, and historic events. Those are the basis for University of Texas at Arlington, a new book of historic photos compiled by UT Arlington librarians Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester.

Images used in the book are from Special Collections, various campus departments, University Communications, and Tarleton State University, with whom UT Arlington shared a spirited sports rivalry in the 1930s.

University of Texas at Arlington will be available Monday, Feb. 23, at local booksellers and through Arcadia Publishing.

Read more about the book on UTA's history.

Michio Kaku and Henry Cisneros

Michio Kaku and Henry Cisneros

Standby only tonight; Cisneros tickets available Tuesday

Standby tickets will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. to see theoretical physicist Michio Kaku for the Maverick Speakers Series event today, Thursday, Feb. 19. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at Texas Hall.

Standby ticket holders will be seated, space permitting, 10 minutes before the show startsAccommodation is anticipated, but not guaranteed.

Dr. Kaku, one of the most widely renowned contemporary figures in science, will discuss "Physics of the Future" and sign autographs after the lecture.   

Tickets to see Henry Cisneros are available starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Cisneros is a former mayor of San Antonio and former Secretary of Health and Human Services. He will speak on "Smart Growth: Developing the Economy, Infrastructure, and a Sustainable Future" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Texas Hall.

'Beyond Right and Wrong' looks at tragedies and forgiveness Tuesday

Listen to both sides of tragedy and forgiveness at a screening of Beyond Right and Wrong at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

This life-changing documentary by director Lekha Singh explores the intersections of justice and forgiveness as survivors heal from these tragedies. From the Rwandan genocide to "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people from different sides of the violence share their stories—their anger, remorse, pain, and paths to recovery.

Read more about Beyond Right and Wrong.

The free screening includes free popcorn and beverages.

Mav Pic pizza with president

Open dialogue

UTA Police Chief Kim Lemaux answered questions about security with President Vistasp Karbhari during Pizza with the President. The lunchtime session for students was on Monday, Presidents Day. 


Submit your nominations for outstanding employees by March 6

Now is the time to nominate a great employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards.

Regular full-time and part-time employees who have been employed for a minimum of two years are eligible for nomination.

Each Outstanding Maverick selected will receive $1,000 and a plaque at a dinner honoring the recipients.

Award categories are professional, para-professional, and technical; administrative support; service and maintenance; administrative and professional; and team with a maximum of 10 members.

The nomination form can be submitted electronically through Friday, March 6.

For questions or concerns, contact Eunice Currie at 2-7091.

Mark calendars, check list for Employee Service Awards

Through the Service Awards Program, the University honors employees who have made a significant career commitment. The honorees are faculty and staff members reaching milestones of 10 years or more.

On Wednesday, April 8, the University will host a dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center to honor employees with 25 years of service. Included in this celebration will be employees who have 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of service.

On Wednesday, April 15, the University will host a reception at 3 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom to honor employees who have 10, 15, and 20 years of service. 

Employees and departments are encouraged to review the 2015 Recipient List for accuracy. Email any changes, additions, or deletions to by Friday, Feb. 27.

  Mav Pic painted horse

Painted pony

Mr. and Ms. UTA—Roy Lydell Rucker Jr., finance junior, and Harjot Singh, psychology junior—check out the new paint job on the Maverick horse by Woolf Hall.

Emergency generator test on Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.

Buildings involved are Carlisle Hall, Engineering Lab Building, Engineering Research Building, Hammond Hall, Central Library, Life Science Building, Nedderman Hall, Trimble Hall, and Woolf Hall.

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. Keep computer work in progress saved during this time to prevent any possible data loss.

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

Powwow marks 20 years of honoring Native American culture

The Native American Student Association's annual Benefit Powwow celebrates 20 years with tributes to veterans, a 16-foot Comanche-style teepee, a native frybread dinner, intertribal dancing, drum circles, and an indigenous language video contest.

The event is set for 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Admission is free.

Volunteers are needed.

Contact Les Riding-in at for more information.

Bookstore sale continues today

The UTA Bookstore offers 25 percent discounts on in-store items during its sale today, Thursday, Feb. 19.

Items on sale include all Champion and Jansport apparel, backpacks, bags, headphones, earbuds, auto accessories, socks, reference and bargain books, writing instruments, and tech accessories.

I bleed blue

Faculty-Staff Night at blue-out basketball games Feb. 28

Wear your best Maverick blue and cheer on the women’s and men’s basketball teams in a "blue-out" doubleheader against Arkansas-Little Rock. Tipoffs are 5 p.m. women's game, 7:15 p.m. men's game, both at College Park Center. 

Stop by the College Town UTA booth for Maverick swag and snap a selfie showing your #iBleedBlue spirit. Register to win a door prize announced at halftime of both games.

Tickets are good for both games and available at Tickets are $5 with promo code college. Faculty and staff can buy one-get another free with the promo code staff. For group tickets, email Bill Lee.

Benefits Fair seeks departments, programs for March 11 event

Share your department's or program's benefits at the 10th annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair on Wednesday, March 11. The event is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

University departments and programs are encouraged to participate. Register online by Wednesday, March 4.

Bring your UTA ID and learn about benefits while enjoying door prizes and free food. The first 300 will receive a spirit item.

The Staff Advisory Council sponsors the fair.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Feb. 19

FYE Instructor Info session Help new students transition to college life as an instructor for MAVS 1000, the First-Year Experience course, for the fall semester. 10 a.m., Room B170F, E.H. Hereford University Center. First-Year Experience.

Qualitative Research Brown Bag Noon-1 p.m., Room 415, Central Library. Register online to present on any facet of qualitative methodologies. Qualitative Research Networking.

MARK Training: QPR for Suicide Prevention Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program is for academic advisers. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL The international conference features student presentations and posters. Keynote speaker Michal Temkin Martínez of Boise State presents "Language Documentation and Resettlement: Collaborations Between New Americans and Linguists," 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, Room 200, Trimble Hall. See the schedule. Free. Pickard Hall and Trimble Hall. Also, Friday, Feb. 20. Linguistics and TESOL.

CMAS Speaker Series Arturo Arias, the Tomas Rivera Regents Professor in Latin American Literature at UT Austin, presents "Central American-Americans in the Second Decade of the 21st Century." Free. 5:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies

Friday, Feb. 20

Faculty Peer Review Training Become a certified peer reviewer. Register online. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 115, Central Library. Also, 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.

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

CAAS conference

CAAS Conference Progressive solutions to social problems and strategies that will drive social change are the focus of "Critical Issues in the Black Community: Race and Social Justice." Speakers are actor and activist David Banner, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe, and the Rev. Bernice King, daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Free. See the schedule. E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Learn how to avoid the most common mistakes on performance management forms and how to support your team. Register online. Noon-1 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

MARK Training: Adviser Toolbox Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

FabLab: 3-D Printer Register online. 5-7 p.m.. UTA FabLab, first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Cancer Support Network at UTA Faculty and staff who have experienced or are in treatment for cancer can be part of private, respectful support group discussions. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Room 314, Central Library. Contact Jody Bailey at or Bruce Bower at


Safe Zone Ally Training Learn to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning individuals, and their allies. Register online. 1-3 p.m., Neches/Pedernales Rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 31, Concho Room, University Center; 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Neches Room, University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Engineering Speaker Series Mary "Missy" Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at Duke University and one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots, presents "Man vs. Machine or Man + Machine?" Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture, 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Thursday, Feb. 26

Professional Telephone Techniques Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

MARK Training: Tier Two: Adviser Self-Awareness Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

Biology Colloquium Series Volker Rudolf of Rice University presents "Thinking Inside the Box: Community-level Consequences of Stage-Structured Populations." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Sciences. Biology.

Friday, Feb. 27

Sabrina Habib

LINK Research Lab Speakers Series Sabrina Habib, right, assistant professor of communication, presents “Qualitative Video Analysis and Video Data Collection.” Free. 1-2 p.m., Room 228, Engineering Research Building. Video on LINK website. LINK Research Lab.

Coming up

FabLab Workshops Register online. Arduino, Saturday, Feb. 28; and Oculus Rift, Monday, March 2. All are 5-7 p.m.. UTA FabLab, first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

MARK Adviser Training Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program. Register online. Adviser Strengths Part 1, 2-4 p.m. Monday, March 2; Adviser Strengths Part 2, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5; Pathways to Persistence, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

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

Sports Notes
Lonnie McClanahan

Air play: Senior guard Lonnie McClanahan led in scoring in two games last week. The Mavericks are at College Park Center for upcoming games against Appalachian State today, Thursday, Feb. 19, and Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 21, which also is the College of Engineering Night.


Mavericks split pair on road

The men’s basketball team defeated Texas State 70-61 last Thursday in San Marcos but dropped a 97-91 decision Saturday to South Alabama in Mobile.

Senior guard Lonnie McClanahan was UTA’s leading scorer in both games, with 18 points against Texas State and 20 against South Alabama. The Mavericks are 14-10 overall and 8-6 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The team returns to College Park Center this week for games against Appalachian State today, Thursday, Feb. 19, and Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Women's basketball runs past South Alabama

A dominating effort at both ends of the court lifted UTA to a 63-46 victory Saturday afternoon over South Alabama in Mobile.

Freshman guard Cierra Johnson led the Mavericks with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. The win, which followed a 65-58 overtime loss last Thursday at Texas State, improved the team’s record to 13-10 overall and 7-7 in Sun Belt Conference play.

Next up are home games against Appalachian State today, Thursday, Feb. 19, and Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Baseball, softball teams host invitationals this weekend

The baseball team dropped a 4-1 decision Tuesday night to top-ranked TCU in Fort Worth.

The Mavericks are 1-3 heading into the UTA Hilton Invitational at Clay Gould Ballpark on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 20-22. They play Southeastern Louisiana, Michigan State, and Houston Baptist.

The softball team sports an 8-2 record. The Mavericks play six games Friday-Sunday, Feb. 20-22, in the UT Arlington Invitational at Allan Saxe Field. Opponents are Texas Tech, DePaul, Missouri-Kansas City, and Prairie View A&M.

Track performers set records

The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams each placed second Saturday at Wichita State’s Herm Wilson Invitational in Wichita, Kan.

Senior Noemie Forget broke the UTA pole vault record, and sophomore Ambria Tisdell broke her own school record in the weight throw.

Competing individually Saturday at the Iowa State Classic, senior Emil Blomberg broke a 29-year-old school record in the indoor mile.

The Mavericks compete in the Sun Belt Conference Championships Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-24, in Birmingham, Ala.

Sports Shorts

 The women’s tennis team downed Texas-Pan American 7-0 on Sunday at the UTA Tennis Center.

 The men’s tennis team defeated UT San Antonio 4-3 on Friday and Southern Miss 4-3 on Saturday at the UTA Tennis Center.

Intramural deadlines include tennis, flag football

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include tennis, Friday, Feb. 20; and 4-on-4 flag football, Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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

Disability subject of new exhibit

subject disability

Nine artists address disability by illustrating the ways art can challenge and inform our experience of others in Subject Disability, the new exhibit at The Gallery at UTA. Works range from painting and drawing to installation and video.

Stephen Lapthisophon, guest curator and visiting assistant professor of art, will discuss the exhibit at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. An opening reception is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Both are in The Gallery at UTA in the Fine Arts Building.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. The exhibit runs through April 4.

Thursday, Feb. 19

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

Game Night Video and board games are sure to cure your boredom. Games available, or bring your own. Free. 6-9 p.m. basement, Central Library. Also, Thursdays, March 19 and April 16UT Arlington Libraries.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Appalachian State. Tickets $7-$50; $3 students. 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Also vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, College of Engineering Night, with T-shirts, door prizes, and $5 tickets with promo code pink 1Athletics.

One Mic Stand Comedy Series Adam Mamawala performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Guest Artist Recital Pianist Cole Burger of Bowling Green State University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Feb. 20

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., Allan Saxe Field. Also, 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. 22Athletics.

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

Monday, Feb. 23

'Our Story' Exhibit See the achievements of African-Americans through history. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Friday, Feb. 27Multicultural AffairsBlack History Month.

science fair

Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair See the scientists and engineers of the future. Psychology Professor Yuan Peng is director of the 2015 fair. Many of the judges are UT Arlington faculty and graduate students. The colleges of Science and Engineering and the Office of University Recruitment provide students with activities and campus tours. Public viewing of entries, 3-7 p.m., College Park Center. Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 24

SAI Alumnae Chapter Recital Music alumnae perform. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Into The Woods

'Into the Woods' Everyone’s favorite storybook characters are brought together in this award-winning musical where fantasy worlds collide. Tickets $9 students, faculty, staff, seniors; $12 for general public. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 26-28; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1Theatre Arts.

Polar Bear Plunge Celebrate National Recreation and Fitness Day with a cool dip in the pool. Register at the Services and Information Desk to receive a “survivor” T-shirt. Free. 7 p.m., outdoor pool, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Abilene Christian. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Friday, Feb. 27

Friday Night Film: 'Interstellar' Rated PG-13. Free, fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

jazz night

Jazz Night Jai Malano, jazz vocalist and UTA alumna, performs. Enjoy live music, mocktails, a photo booth, poker, blackjack tables. Free. 7-9 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University. Multicultural AffairsBlack History Month.

Saturday, Feb. 28

Dr. Seuss's Birthday Celebration Celebrate the beloved children's author Dr. Seuss on his birthday. Children can read with UTA students and enjoy Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, and photo opportunities. Free children's books are available while supplies last. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA VolunteersFreshmen Leaders on CampusArlington Public Library.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Arkansas-Little Rock. Tickets $5 with promo code college; faculty-staff 2-for-1 promo code staff; regular $7-$50; $3 students. 5 p.m., College Park Center. TV: ESPN3/Sun Belt. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Arkansas-Little Rock. Tickets $5 with promo code college; faculty-staff 2-for-1 promo code staff; regular $7-$50; $3 students. 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. TV: ESPN3/Sun Belt. Athletics.


Gallery 76102: The Ties That Bind Artist Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff's work elevates an isolated single object in her personal quest for beauty, calm, and serenity. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through March 28. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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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