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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Focus on Faculty

Dr. Ritu Khanduri

Focus on Faculty examines cartoons' influence

Ritu Khanduri, associate professor in sociology and anthropology, will speak on "The Culture of Cartoons" at this year's first Focus on Faculty lecture. The event is at noon Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. Khanduri will explain how Indian newspaper cartoons serve as teaching moments about identity politics and democracy.

Focus on Faculty provides a forum for outstanding faculty to share their research and achievements with the UTA community. Khanduri's talk will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. The event is free and open to all.

UT System to conduct strategic, organizational assessment

Under the leadership of Chancellor William McRaven and with the support of UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, The University of Texas System is currently engaged in a strategic and organizational assessment effort to help address the current and future needs of UTA and all other UT System institutions.

“The overall intent of these assessments is to be better prepared as a public university system to manage today’s rapidly changing environment and the changes in our environment anticipated over the next five to 10 years,” says Chancellor McRaven.

In the next few weeks, online surveys will be distributed and focus group meetings will be scheduled at each institution. Contact UTA’s campus liaison, Salma Adem, special assistant to the president, at for more information or to request participation.

Read a letter about the assessment from Chancellor McRaven.

Mia Farrow poster

Mia Farrow appearance only two weeks away; claim tickets online

Tickets to see actress and activist Mia Farrow for the Maverick Speakers Series are now available online.

Farrow will speak on "What Falls Away: One Woman’s Journey to Fulfillment" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Texas Hall. An audience question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

She is perhaps best known for her role as Rosemary in Rosemary’s Baby and has appeared in more than 50 films, winning numerous awards since her career began in 1964. Her most recent film is 2011’s Dark Horse.

Farrow has worked extensively as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is involved in humanitarian activities in Africa. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.

General admission is free, but tickets are required. Season and preferred ticket packages are available and include reserved seating, parking, and more. For all these ticket options, go to

For VIP packages, contact Mark LaVelle at or 2-5235.

Allan Saxe

50 years of Saxe: Allan Saxe, left, associate professor of political science, received a state proclamation from State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, for his 50 years at UT Arlington. Dr. Saxe received the accolades at a reception Monday with faculty, staff, alumni, and local officials. The educator also received a proclamation from the city, as well as gifts from the Political Science Department, for his half century of service. See more photos from the event.

Allan Saxe marks 50th year at UT Arlington

Faculty, alumni, and students gathered Monday evening to celebrate political science Associate Professor Allan Saxe’s 50 years in the classroom.

UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari praised Dr. Saxe for the profound impact and influence he's had on generations of students.

“When you tell students his classes are full, they still show up even though they can’t get credit," President Karbhari said.

State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, (B.A. sociology ’76, M.A. sociology ’79) a 2001 Distinguished Alumnus, remembered how much Saxe inspired him and classmates who took his courses in the 1970s.

“There was a type of change going on at UT Arlington, and Allan Saxe was right in the middle of it," West said. "He wanted to be sure we knew that what we were taught here at UT Arlington was going to be a part of our foundation and that there were a lot of adventures beyond the doors of this institution.”

The educator received proclamations from the state and city, as well as gifts from the Political Science Department.

Saxe assured those in attendance that he has no plans of retiring and invited everyone to return for his 70th anniversary.

“We’ll see you back here in 20 years," he said.

Town hall meetings open dialogue on campus carry legislation

UT Arlington will host a series of town hall meetings to gather ideas, suggestions, and feedback from the campus community about the implementation of Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), better known as “Campus Carry,” at UTA.

During the 84th Legislative Session, lawmakers passed SB 11, which allows a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on the campus. SB 11 also allows a university to adopt provisions prohibiting handguns in certain buildings, but not a “blanket ban.”

Feedback from the town hall meetings will assist in developing UT Arlington’s campus carry policy to ensure a safe and secure campus environment. John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, chairs the University’s campus carry committee. Three sub-committees focus on security and buildings, legal and conduct issues, and communications and training.

Upcoming meetings are:

  • 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center
  • Undergraduate Assembly, 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, Concho and Red River Rooms, University Center
  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center
  • Graduate Assembly, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, San Saba Room, University Center
  • 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, Room 108, University Hall
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, Rio Grande A, University Center
  • Faculty Senate 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, Student Congress Chambers, University Center
  • 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center
  • Staff Advisory Council, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Student Congress Chambers, University Center

For more information, go to for forum dates and locations, frequently asked questions, information on the legislation, and a survey to complete if you are not able to attend one of the meetings.

UTA Weekend at Levitt

Enjoy sounds, socializing with fellow Mavs at UT Arlington Weekend at the Levitt

UTA is taking over the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington for a weekend of music, food, and friends under the stars Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27. Grab your friends, family, and colleagues and show off your Maverick spirit in the city’s only free live music venue.

The weekend kicks off Friday with burgers and beverages provided by hometown favorite J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill served at the Levitt followed by an 8 p.m. performance by singer and songwriter Luke Wade, a finalist from the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice.

Saturday brings the UT Arlington Wind Symphony to the Levitt stage for a traditional “Pops in the Park” show. The UTA Jazz Orchestra, joined by jazz masters Stefan Karlsson and Magnus Broo, round out the weekend on Sunday evening.

VIP tickets for Friday evening only are $15 each and include dinner and reserved seating near the stage. A cash bar will be available for beer and wine, or you may bring your own. Buy tickets now at

The 8 p.m. concerts Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are free with open seating on the lawn.

Read more about the Levitt Pavilion.

Got a parking permit? Get one before Oct. 5

Faculty and staff members and students who have not yet registered their vehicles through MAVPark, the University’s new decal-free permit system, are asked to do so immediately at

Monitoring and enforcement of vehicles permitted to be parked on campus begins Monday, Oct. 5, following the traditional start-of-the-semester grace period. Owners of unauthorized vehicles are subject to a citation and a $50 fine.

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Nursing excellence

State Sen. Kelly Hancock, left, R-North Richland Hills, presented Anne Bavier, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, with a proclamation in honor of the school’s prestigious recognition as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence. The presentation was at a gathering this week for a briefing on the college’s accomplishments, recognition of outstanding employees, and plans for the future. Dr. Bavier will be installed as president of the National League for Nursing on Friday, Oct. 2, at the organization's national education convention.

Lot F10 set for geotechnical testing

Each morning beginning Monday, Sept. 28, 20-25 spaces in faculty/staff parking lot F10 will be barricaded for geotechnical testing/boring. Lot F10 is located south of University Hall, the Life Science Building, and Pickard Hall.

As soon as the day’s boring has been completed, the barricades will be removed. The test will move to the next 20-25 spaces the next morning. The process will take approximately three weeks.

The testing is in preparation for the new Science, Engineering Innovation and Research Building, which will be built on the site.

For questions or concerns, contact Jeff Johnson at or Perry Eggleston at

Emergency generator test on Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

Buildings involved are Carlisle Hall, Engineering Lab Building, Engineering Research Building, Geoscience Building, Nedderman Hall, E.H. Hereford University Center, 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.

Cast stone repairs continue in College Park District

Cast stone repairs in the College Park District continue through the end of November. Center Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic 9 a.m.-4 p.m. between Abram and First streets.

The sidewalk on the east side of The Lofts will be closed 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to pedestrian traffic. The Lofts’ east-side entrance and exit doors will be closed during construction and only available in an emergency. The ATM on the north side of Texas Trust will not be available.

Direct questions to Don Lange, director of Auxiliary Operations and Logistics, at

MavsArt seeks your creative submissions

Looking to show off your art? Submit items to MavsArt and have your work displayed at the Central Library. MavsArt is a semester-long community art exhibit open to all UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students. All forms of artwork are accepted. Submit the application form by Friday, Sept. 25. For details or questions, email

Reach students at Maverick Major Fair

Tout the benefits of your school, college, or department to students exploring their potential major at the Maverick Major Fair. The fair is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Reserve space online by Friday, Sept. 25.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Sept. 24

Managing Stress in the Workplace Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Financial Statements and the Reconciliation Process Learn how to generate the Financial Statement and how to read the report and understand the information provided in it. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Biology Colloquium Series Volker Rudolf of Rice University presents “Thinking Inside the Box: Community-level Consequences of Stage-structured Populations.” 4 p.m., Room 118, Life Science Building. Also, Andrew Baker of the University of Miami, Oct. 1; TBA, Oct. 8; Colleen Burge of the University of Maryland, Oct. 15; TBA, Oct. 22; Bryan Carsten of Ohio State University, Oct. 29. Biology.

Friday, Sept. 25

Institutional Review Board Mini-Conference Learn about the IRB submission process, how to conduct ethical research studies with human subjects, and more. See the schedule and RSVP. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Regulatory ServicesResearch Administration.

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Statistical Software: SPSS Intro to SPSS training. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 04, University Hall. OIT Statistical Services.

UTARI Lunch and Learn Aditya Das, left, and Vinay Abhyankar, senior researchers for UTARI, discuss their respective division projects. Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Psychology Colloquium Series A. Burcu Bayram, assistant professor of political science, discusses “Due Deference: Cosmopolitan Social Identity and the Psychology of International Legal Obligation." Noon, Room 110, University Hall. Also, Jerry Jellison of the University of Southern California, Oct. 23. Psychology.

Monday, Sept. 28

Texas ACSM Lecture Quincy Almeida of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada speaks on “Learning Motor Control Through Neurodegeneration: A Parkinson’s Perspective.” Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Developing Assertive Communication Skills Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Advanced Supervisory Skills Register online. 9-11:30 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

International Translation Day Renowned translator Marian Schwartz is guest speaker. She has translated more than 60 volumes of Russian classic and contemporary fiction, history, biography, criticism, and fine art. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Palo Pinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Modern Languages, UT Arlington Libraries, English, Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.

lives worth living

Documentary 'Lives Worth Living' A documentary on the disability rights movement and roundtable with Paralympian Abu Yilla and disability studies scholar Richard Scotch. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Disability Studies, Office for Students with Disabilities. 

Architecture Lecture Josep Ricart Ulldemolins presents “Demands and Availabilities.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Latin@ Student Excellence Forum Panel discussion moderated by Stephen Santa-Ramirez, assistant director of Multicultural Affairs. 6-8 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Hispanic Heritage Month.

Coming up

Nilotpal Ghosh

Earth and Environmental Sciences Lectures Nilotpal Ghosh, right, lecturer in earth and environmental sciences, discusses “Evidence of catastrophe across the Permian-Triassic boundary in Spiti Valley, Indian Himalayas.” 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, Room 100, Geoscience Building. Also, Julia Morgan of Rice University, Oct. 8; Thomas Darrah of Ohio State University, Oct. 15; Bob Gregory of Southern Methodist University, Oct. 22; and Bastian Georg of Trent University, Oct. 29. Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Mathematics Colloquium Series Santiago Schnell, president of the Society for Mathematical Biology and professor at the University of Michigan, is guest speaker.. 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, Room 311, Pickard Hall. Also, Weiqiang Wang of the University of Virginia, Oct. 16, and Patrick Shipman of Colorado State University, Nov. 6. Mathematics.

Arlington Technology Association UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari discusses the future of engineering professions and the roles engineers will play in designing and guiding the world’s mechanisms. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

women's lecture

Women's and Gender Studies Lecture Kathryne Beebe, right, assistant professor of history, and Anna Noga of the University of New Mexico discuss “Transported in Spirit: Visionary Travel in the Old World and the New." Free. 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, sixth floor, Central Library. Women’s and Gender Studies.

New Teacher Webinar Series Join the webinar live or watch the video later on YouTube and Slideshare. Webinars Oct. 10, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 26, and April 16. New Teacher Webinar Series, Curriculum and Instruction.

RADS Self-Defense for Women Self-defense course for female faculty, staff, and students. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 17 and Nov. 7, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UT Arlington Police.

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

Sports Notes
  Eric Ojeda

Winning start: Eric Ojeda, left, won the men’s individual title Saturday at the Gerald Richey Invitational in Grand Prairie. Sophomore outside hitter Qiana Canete, right, notched her sixth double-double of the season in Friday's sweep against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Volleyball team opens 2-0 in Sun Belt

UTA improved to 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference action Saturday night with a four-set win against Georgia State at College Park Center. Senior opposite hitter Stacey Koch registered a team-high 14 kills.

On Friday, sophomore outside hitter Qiana Canete notched her sixth double-double of the season as the Mavericks swept Louisiana-Lafayette for their first SBC win of the year.

UTA (11-3) travels to Arkansas for a pair of conference road matches beginning Friday, Sept. 25, against Arkansas State in Jonesboro and concluding Sunday, Sept. 27, at Arkansas-Little Rock.

Cross country men first, women second

The men’s cross country team finished first Saturday at the Gerald Richey Invitational in Grand Prairie while the women’s team placed second.

Eric Ojeda won the men’s individual title, edging teammate Michael Guerrero. Grant Copeland was third and Christopher Mayes fifth. Gabriela Alfonzo paced the UTA women with a third-place finish, with Katelyn Howard earning fifth. Alfonzo was named the Sun Belt Conference women's Co-Student Athlete of the Week

The teams return to action Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station.

Women's doubles team claims Midland tennis title

Angeles de los Rios and Astrid Gehre captured the women’s doubles championship Sunday at the Midland Fall Invitational.

The pair went 5-0 in the tournament, winning the final match 6-3 over Texas Tech. In men’s action, Pablo Colvee reached the Flight 2 consolation finals.

Both teams return to the court Friday, Sept. 25, for the three-day Rice Invitational in Houston.

Sports Shorts

• Golf coach Stuart Deane went 2-2 as a member of the U.S. PGA Cup team last weekend in San Martin, Calif. The U.S. team fell to Great Britain and Ireland in the 27th PGA Cup.

Blaze's Kids Club includes free admission

Blaze's Kids Club offers a range of benefits for the youngest members of the Maverick campus community.

Youth age 12 and younger are eligible for free admission to all UTA home athletic events, an official membership certificate and ID, and a birthday card from Blaze. There’s also an autographed poster, special on-court recognition at Kids Club Night, a UTA lunch box, and a UTA wristband.

Membership is $20, with each sibling only $10. Go to

Intramural sports deadlines

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are flag football and volleyball, Wednesday, Sept. 30; fantasy basketball, Friday, Oct. 16; 4-on-4 basketball, Wednesday, Oct. 21; table tennis, Thursday, Oct. 22; drop-in basketball, Monday, Oct. 26; and Halloween ultimate disc, Friday, Oct. 30.

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

Thursday, Sept. 24

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert The UTA Symphony Orchestra performs, conducted by Clifton Evans. Tickets $9 general admission, $6 students and seniors, 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Sept. 25

Faculty Flute Recital Terry Sanchez, senior lecturer in flute, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Flight 12 Comedy Improv Troupe This 12-student troupe is always outrageous and never stale. Directed by Associate Professor Joe Chapa. Tickets $5. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also Saturday, Sept. 26. Maverick Theatre Company.

Saturday, Sept. 26

UT Arlington at the Levitt UTA Wind Symphony performs. Free. 8 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. Also, UTA Jazz Orchestra with jazz master Stefan Karlsson and Swedish jazz trumpeter Magnus Broo on Sunday, Sept. 27. Levitt Pavilion.

Sunday, Sept. 27

lunar eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse Watch a total lunar eclipse through powerful telescopes. Enjoy free lectures and discount tickets for Planetarium shows. 7 p.m.-midnight; eclipse expected 9:10-10:20 p.m., Planetarium. Planetarium at UT Arlington.

Monday, Sept. 28

World Heart Day/Cyclethon Teams keep stationary bikes in motion for 12 hours. Free blood pressure tests, glucose checks, healthy cooking demos, free snacks, and other fun activities planned. Benefits American Heart Association. Sign up at the Maverick Activities Center. Noon-midnight, MAC. Campus RecreationHealth Services.

Discount Rangers Tickets Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers, Sept. 28-30. Also, vs. Los Angeles Angels, Oct. 1-4. Visit, click on UT Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS to get your discounted tickets.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, associate professor of piano, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Volleyball Tickets $5 per game. Faculty-Staff All-Season Ticket $99, all 2015-16 sports. Mavericks vs. Georgia Southern, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, tailgate, OctoberFest/beer tasting, Pink Night, Greek Out; vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Jersey Day, Blaze's Kids Club, Youth Day, International Frugal Fun Day, post-game autographs. All at College Park Center. Athletics.

Maverick Speakers Series Actress and activist Mia Farrow discusses “What Falls Away: One Woman’s Journey to Fulfillment.” A question-and-answer session follows. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium, season, and VIP ticket packages include reserved seats and parking and more. Tickets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, Texas Hall. Also, Daymond John, Nov. 10; Ron Paul, Feb. 2; Donna Brazile, Feb. 25; and Jane Goodall, March 31. Maverick Speakers Series.

Pride Week: 3rd Annual Drag Show Hosted by DFW drag superstar Kiana Lee. Register online to compete by Wednesday, Sept. 23. Free. 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.


Gallery 76102: Tshuchigama/Earthen Kiln Tshuchigama or “dirt kiln” is recognized by scholars as Japan's earliest high-fire kiln type. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Gallery 76102. Through Oct. 10. Fort Worth Center.

Ornament and Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks Examine the design and style of decorations on African masks from the Dowdey-Campbell and Brodie African Art Collections. Gallery hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Through Dec. 9. Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

University Center Gallery: Digital Photography Student Exhibit Student artwork showcased. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Dec. 12EXCEL Campus Activities.

Special Collections: Ringside: Memories of WCC Wrestling Photos by Cirrus Bonneau of World Class Championship Wrestling at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth in 1982-83. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Jan. 16UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Planetarium Three new shows—SOFIA 3-D, Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, and From the Earth to the Universe—are part of the fall schedule. Also showing are AstronautPink Floyd, and Spacepark 360: Infinity. Planetarium.

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


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