MavWire 2015 Archive » MavWire — Monday, February 23, 2015


For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, February 23, 2015


UTA closed today; check for updates on website, social media

UT Arlington is closed today, Monday, Feb. 23, due to winter weather conditions. The UT Arlington Research Institute in Fort Worth, the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center, and all other UT Arlington locations also are closed.

The closing affects all offices, libraries, events, and classes. The Connection Café in the E.H. Hereford University Center will remain open during normal operating hours to serve campus residents. All other Dining Services facilities are closed.

Please continue to monitor University email and the UT Arlington home page,, for the latest information. Notices also will be distributed to area media outlets and through the official UT Arlington Facebook and Twitter feeds.

The University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913 always has the current status of all operations.

Purnendu 'Sandy' Dasgupta

Dr. Purnendu 'Sandy' Dasgupta

Dasgupta receives American Chemical Society's excellence in education award

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry, has received the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education.

The national award recognizes a scientist who has enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students, developed and published innovative experiments, designed and improved equipment or teaching labs, and published influential textbooks or significant articles on teaching analytical chemistry.

“I am a third generation university teacher, so much of this honor I can credit to my father and grandfather,” Dr. Dasgupta says. "I am merely carrying on that tradition.”

Read more about Dasgupta's honor.

Henry Cisneros

Henry Cisneros

Tickets to see Cisneros available starting Tuesday

Plan to claim tickets this week to see Henry Cisneros for the next Maverick Speakers Series event. Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at

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.

A four-term mayor of San Antonio, Cisneros also served as the 10th secretary of housing and urban development during the Clinton administration. Since leaving public office, he has remained actively involved with housing development and urban revitalization through his business, CityView, and his position as co-chair of the Housing Commission at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Preferred packages and free general admission tickets are available at For VIP tickets, contact Mark LaVelle at or 2-5235.

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.

Dr. Robert McMahon

Dr. Robert McMahon

McMahon receives lifetime achievement award

The National Invasive Species Council will honor Robert McMahon, professor emeritus of biology, with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Washington, D.C., during National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2015. 

Dr. McMahon is widely known for his research on invasive aquatic mollusks, particularly zebra and quagga mussels, Asian clams, and apple snails.

He joined the faculty of the Department of Biology in 1972 and retired in 2009 as a professor of biology and dean of the Honors College.

Read more about McMahon's award.

'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.

The free screening includes free popcorn and beverages. Read more about Beyond Right and Wrong.

Mav Pic Michio Kaku

Looking ahead

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku entertained the audience with his views on physics and the future at the Maverick Speakers Series on Thursday night at a packed Texas Hall.


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.

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

Submit the nomination form by Friday, March 6. For questions, 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.

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.

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.

Sign up to donate at Carter Bloodcare's blood drive at the fair, sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council.

Extra Credit

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. Also, March 11 and 24, April 8 and 22, May 6. Contact Jody Bailey at or Bruce Bower at

Faculty Peer Review Training Become a certified peer reviewer. Register online. 1-5 p.m., Room 115, Central Library. Also, 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.


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.

Sexy Talks: The Art of Consent First of three-part lecture series about healthy sexuality, healthy relationships, and preventing sexual assault. Free. Noon, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relations Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

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

LINK Research Lab Speakers Series Sabrina Habib, 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.

Black History Month Lecture Froswa’ Booker Drew, national community engagement director for World Vision, is guest speaker. Free. Noon, second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Black History MonthAfrican American Faculty and Staff Association.

Saturday, Feb. 28

FabLab Workshop: Arduino Register online. 5-7 p.m.. UTA FabLab, first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Monday, March 2

FabLab Workshop: Oculus Rift Register online. 5-7 p.m., UTA FabLab, first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Homeless LGBTQA Youth Film See a documentary about homelessness and its effect on LGBTQA youth in America. Free. 6 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Wednesday, March 4

Accelerating Profitable Growth Jim Ratchford of TMAC, a business-consulting program of UT Arlington, provides a fast-paced description of the application of technologies in business—ideas to improve people’s lives and expand the Texas economy. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures The 50th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures presents “Beyond Attics and Activists: Rethinking Family in Disability History.” See the schedule. E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, Thursday, March 5HistoryDisability Studies, Office for Student with Disabilities, Women’s and Gender Studies, Movin’ Mavs Adapted Sports and Recreation.

Thursday, March 5

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

Biology Colloquium Series Sanghoon Kang of Baylor University presents “The Response and Reaction of Microbial Community to the Changing Climates.” Free. 4 p.m. Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Coming up

MARK Adviser Training Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program. Register online. Pathways to Persistence, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Cemal Pulak, the Frederick R. Mayer Faculty Professor of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, presents "Excavating the World’s Oldest Shipwreck: Uluburun and Late Bronze Age Trade in the Mediterranean.” Free. 7 p.m., Thursday, April 2, auditorium, Architecture Building. Sociology and Anthropology.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Storybook tales take twist in 'Into The Woods'

Into The Woods

Everyone’s favorite storybook characters are brought together in Into The Woods, an award-winning musical where fantasy worlds collide.

The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. 

Performers are Theatre Arts students, including, from left, Blake Rice as the baker, Elicia Gantverg as Cinderella, and Tyler Moore as Jack.

Into The Woods is directed by Andrew Gaupp, professor of theatre arts, with Anne Healy as associate director and music director, and Clifton Evans, associate professor of music, as music conductor. Elise Lavalee is choreographer.

Tickets are $9 for faculty, staff, students, seniors, and $12 for the general public.

Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 25-28, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. 

Tuesday, Feb. 24

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

Wednesday, Feb. 25

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.

Thursday, Feb. 26

Curator Talk: 'Subject Disability' Stephen Lapthisophon, guest curator and visiting assistant professor of art, discusses works and artists. Free. 12:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.

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.

Opening Reception for 'Subject Disability' Exhibit Free. 5:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.

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.

Basketball Doubleheader: Faculty-Staff Night Mavericks vs. Arkansas-Little Rock. Tickets $5 with promo code college; faculty-staff 2-for-1 promo code staff; regular $7-$50; $3 students. Tickets good for both games. 5 p.m. women’s game, 7:15 p.m. men’s game. College Park Center. TV: ESPN3/Sun Belt. Athletics.

Wednesday, March 4

Health Fair Screenings, information, and more. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.


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.

The Gallery at UTA: 'Subject Disability' Nine artists address disability by illustrating the ways art can challenge and inform our experience of others. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 4The 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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