MavWire 2015 Archive » MavWire — Thursday, March 5, 2015


For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, March 5, 2015


UT Arlington closed for winter weather today

The University of Texas at Arlington will be closed today, Thursday, March 5, due to overnight accumulations of snow and sleet and icy road conditions.

The closure affects all offices, libraries, events, and classes, as well as the UT Arlington Research Institute in Fort Worth, the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center, and all other UT Arlington locations.

The Connection Café in the E.H. Hereford University Center will remain open during normal operating hours to serve campus residents. All other Dining Service facilities will be closed.

The University will continue to monitor the weather and area road conditions. Please continue to watch University email, the UT Arlington home page,, and the official UT Arlington Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest information.

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

Dr. Marcus Butts

Dr. Marcus Butts

Study shows employees get angry about after-hours e-correspondence

People who receive electronic correspondence from work after hours become angry more often than not and that can interfere with their personal lives, according to a new study led by Marcus Butts, associate professor of marketing. The study was published recently in the Academy of Management Journal.

Dr. Butts and fellow researchers surveyed 341 working adults during a seven-day period to track their feelings when they opened a work email away from the office. The three authors used Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter contacts to build their sample pool.

Read more about the after-hours business study.

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. Imre Demhardt

Dr. Imre Demhardt

Cartography expert named to prestigious fellowship

Professor Imre Demhardt, the Virginia and Jenkins Garrett Endowed Chair in the History of Cartography, has been named the new S.T. Lee Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.

The School of Advanced Study is the United Kingdom’s national center for the promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities and social sciences. The invitation-only, five-month fellowship is one of the few programs offering a structured postgraduate degree in the history of cartography. 

While with the SAS, Dr. Demhardt will conduct a series of free public lectures at the universities of Edinburgh, London, and Oxford.

Read more about Demhardt's cartography fellowship.

Dr. Xinbao Yu

Dr. Xinbao Yu

Civil engineer to test California bridge foundations

A UT Arlington researcher’s project will show whether California bridge foundations are safe and up to standards set by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Xinbao Yu, assistant professor of civil engineering, has been awarded a two-year, $220,000 research grant from the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, to analyze and evaluate whether its bridge foundations are in accordance with the federal AASHTO standards.

Read more about the Caltrans bridge study.

Hours change for Spring Break

Hours for some campus entities change during Spring Break, Monday-Friday, March 9-13.

The campus is closed Friday, March 13, as an official holiday.

Most dining locations will be closed that week, except for the P.O.D. Market in the E.H. Hereford University Center and the University Club in Davis Hall.

Check the Spring Break hours for UT Arlington Libraries, the Planetarium, and the Maverick Activities Center, climbing wall, pool, field complex, and group exercise classes.

  Mav Pic Health Fair

Fairly well

Karen McAlister, left, graduate assistant in the Center for Students in Recovery, shares program details with Steven Lopez, business sophomore, and Sergio Lopez, mechanical engineering junior, at Wednesday's health fair in the Palo Duro Lounge. Health Services hosted the event to tell students about programs and how to have a safe Spring Break.

Submit your nominations for outstanding employees by Friday

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.

Lot 49 closed for Spring Break; F12 set for restriping next weekend

Parking spaces in Lot 49 between Cooper and West streets and north of Mitchell Street will be closed for repairs Saturday, March 7-Saturday, March 14.

The lot will close at midnight Saturday, March 7. Remaining vehicles may be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Parking options include permit spaces in the lots surrounding Lot 49.

Parking spaces in Lot F12 between College and West streets will be closed for restriping Friday-Saturday, March 13-14. The lot will close at midnight Friday. Remaining vehicles may be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Parking options include permit spaces in Lot F11.

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair

Attend Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair on March 11

Learn about the perks of working at UT Arlington 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.

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

Register to volunteer at the benefits fair, sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council.

Sign up to donate at Carter Bloodcare's blood drive at the fair.

Change to Identity Management System begins next week

The Office of Information Technology will begin a four-day transition to a new Identity Management System (IDM) beginning Thursday, March 12. IDM is a tool used to manage NetID’s and email accounts.

The system will automate account creation 48 hours after appointments for new employees are made in UT Share and eliminate time-consuming account request forms. The Identity Management System also will update the global address book based on changes to employee records in UT Share.

All new NetID and email accounts requested after 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, will not be processed until the completion of the upgrade. Within 48 hours after the approximate four-day transition period, the Identity Management System will automatically process NetIDs and email accounts for new employees appointed in UT Share.

To learn more, visit the Identity Management website. For questions, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208 or


TEDxUTA returns March 28

Be among the 100 audience members when TEDxUTA brings unique speakers and presentations to campus Saturday, March 28. The conference is 1-5 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Hear from some of the most innovative minds in technology, entertainment, and design, including UTA faculty members and students.

Only 100 tickets are available. Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for faculty and staff, and $30 for the general public at

Follow TEDxUTA on Facebook and Twitter for updates on speakers.

Performance reviews due March 31

Annual performance reviews for employees must be completed by Tuesday, March 31. The reviews do not include faculty members and graduate assistants.

Performance Management Forms and Procedures for supervisors is offered 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 20, and 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, both in Room 200 of the J.D. Wetsel Service Center.

Evaluation forms are online.

For questions, email or call 2-5554.

the big event

Volunteer for The Big Event

Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 11.

The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and nonprofit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.

Discover more about how The Big Event impacts North Texas at

Learn how to participate and see a list of project sites.

For questions, call 2-2963 or email

Plan now for youth summer camps

Summer may seem far away with recent winter weather, but plan now to reserve a spot for your child in UTA's summer camps for grades 1-12.

Youth can learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. These may be areas that many students don't consider relevant to their lives until they see how they can use a cellphone to make a robotic elephant walk or have a glimpse of the combustion engine of the future.

Call 2-2581 for faculty and staff rates, which expire in April. Register your children on the Kids and Teens University website.

Extra Credit

Friday, March 6

Managing Stress in the Workplace Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Tuesday, March 10

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Coming up

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 24April 8 and 22May 6. Contact Jody Bailey at or Bruce Bower at

Colleen Fitzgerald

Focus on Faculty: Colleen Fitzgerald Colleen Fitzgerald, right, professor of linguistics, discusses efforts to preserve Native American languages. Free. Noon Wednesday, March 18, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington LibrariesFocus on Faculty.

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

Human Resources Training Team Building for Supervisors, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 18; Performance Management Forms and Procedures, 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 20; Developing Assertive Communication Skills, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 24; Performance Management Forms and Procedures, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25; The Art of Listening, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, March 27Register online. Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wine Appreciation Explore the history of wine in a four-course food and wine pairing. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $80. 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, March 31Continuing Education.

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.)

Sports Notes
  Kaelon Wilson

Up and away: Freshman reserve guard Kaelon Wilson scored 12 points in Saturday's 82-73 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock at College Park Center.

Men's basketball victorious on Senior Night

Senior guard Lonnie McClanahan scored 18 points in his final home game, leading UTA to an 82-73 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday night at College Park Center.

The Mavericks snapped a two-game losing streak in improving to 16-12 overall and 10-8 in the Sun Belt Conference. The win clinched a spot in the Sun Belt Championship beginning Thursday, March 12, in New Orleans.

UTA also sent its four seniors—McClanahan, guard Jamel Outler, forward Greg Gainey, and center Anthony Walker—out on a high note on Senior Night.

The Mavericks wrap up regular season play with games at Georgia Southern today, Thursday, March 5, and at Appalachian State on Saturday, March 7.

Maverick women drop low-scoring contest

In a matchup of the Sun Belt Conference's top two defensive teams, Arkansas-Little Rock defeated UTA 48-38 on Saturday night at College Park Center.

On Senior Night, it was freshmen who led the team. Center Rebekah Van Dijk earned her 14th double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow freshman Cierra Johnson scored a team-high 11 points. Senior Chaun Williams scored four points and reached 2,000 minutes played for her career.

The women travel to Georgia Southern today, Thursday, March 5, and Appalachian State on Saturday, March 7.

Baseball, softball teams return to action

The baseball team lost 12-9 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Friday in Corpus Christi. The scheduled four-game series was reduced to one game because of rain.

The Mavericks begin Sun Belt Conference play Saturday, March 7, against Arkansas State in Jackson, Miss., in the first of a three-game series. Wednesday's game against Abilene Christian was postponed.

The softball team won two of five games over the weekend at the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The Mavericks defeated Bryant and UTEP before falling to Arizona, UC Riverside, and Colorado State.

They compete Friday-Sunday, March 6-8, in the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock.

Sports shorts

• Upcoming home tennis matches include the men against Sacramento State at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7; the women against Wichita State at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 8; and both teams against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10

 The men’s golf team plays in the Border Olympics on Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, in Laredo.

Intramural deadlines include NCAA Tournament Pick 'Em

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include MavStrong, Thursday, March 5; NCAA Tournament Pick 'Em, Thursday, March 19; fantasy baseball, Friday, March 20; sand volleyball, Wednesday, March 25; and NCAA Sweet Sixteen Bracket Challenge, Thursday, March 26.

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

Planetarium fills Spring Break with extra shows

The Planetarium offers an extended show schedule during Spring Break, Monday-Sunday, March 9-15.

The schedule includes two shows Monday-Wednesday and three Thursday-Friday. The Saturday-Sunday schedules remain the same.

See the Spring Break schedule.

Friday-Saturday, March 6-7

African-American Alumni Weekend Campus tours, an evening of jazz, and the annual scholarship endowment banquet are among the events. Register online. African-American Alumni Chapter.


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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