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Monday, November 16, 2015


Governor Abbott calls for minute of silence to honor victims of Paris terrorist attacks

Consistent with the moment of silence to be held by all 28 nations of the European Union at noon today, Monday, Nov. 16, Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide call for Texans to take part and hold a minute of silence at noon to honor the memory of the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

"Texas' solidarity and longstanding relationship with France is well established," said Gov. Abbott. "When Texas declared its independence from Mexico, France was among the first nations to recognize that independence. We have not forgotten France's commitment to the Lone Star State and Texas will join with other states and nations today to honor the victims and condemn the cowardly terrorist attacks. I urge all Texans to hold a minute of silence at noon today and pray for the victims and families of the despicable attacks that took place in Paris."

Homecoming week wraps up with fun, friends, festivities

Maverick pride filled the streets of the College Park District on Saturday as thousands of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members soaked up the fun and festivities of Homecoming 2015.

Saturday's activities began with the 5K Walk/Run and the Homecoming Golf Tournament. An afternoon street party preceded the Homecoming parade that included floats and UTA's traditional golf cart entries representing numerous campus groups. After the parade passed by on Spaniolo Drive, the crowd joined the pep rally to cheer on the Maverick men's basketball team

Mahesh Biyyala, computer science and engineering graduate student, and Harjot Singh, psychology senior, were crowned Homecoming king and queen in front of fans at halftime of the men's basketball game. The Mavericks won 77-72 against Fordham on Petsche Court in College Park Center.

Homecoming featured a road trip for fans Friday when the women's basketball team headed south to play Baylor in the Women's National Invitational Tournament. A party and pep rally preceded the bus trip to Waco. The Lady Mavs fell to the Bears.

The week also included the Distinguished Alumni Awards, The Bash dance party, the chili cook-off, the step show, and alumni gatherings.

See more photos from Homecoming 2015.

Dr. Traci Freling and Devin Lunt

Personal stories and charitable giving topic of Focus on Faculty

Traci Freling, associate professor of marketing, and Devin Lunt, marketing Ph.D. candidate, will discuss influences on charitable donations at the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, Nov. 18, on the sixth floor of Central Library.

The tendency for people to offer greater aid to a specific, identifiable person who is suffering rather than to a large, abstract group with the same need is called the “identifiable victim effect” (IVE).

Dr. Freling and Lunt will explain how the IVE affects potential donors’ inclination to help those in need. According to their research, the IVE influences giving when the victim is vividly depicted, blameless in the situation, and different from the potential donor. Specific differences such as class, race, age, and other factors can greatly affect donor generosity.

Focus on Faculty is free and open to the public. A reception follows the lecture.

NetIDplus initiative to give a security boost to online accounts

Today, Monday, Nov. 16, UTA will continue the implementation of NetIDplus, which will require two-factor authentication when you access VPN remotely or off-campus.

Faculty and staff that use the .Default group for VPN will instead need to use .Employees to successfully connect. Later, NetIDplus will be expanded to UTShare and additional UTA applications.

You will receive an email from titled NetIDplus Security Enrollment. The enrollment process requires the use of a computer and an authentication device, such as a cell phone or tablet.

To get familiar with NetIDplus, visit For assistance or questions, contact the Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Holiday events feature family-focused fun

UTA prepares for the winter holiday season with two traditional gatherings.

Deck the Mall welcomes the holiday season with music, hot chocolate, and lighting up the library mall starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17EXCEL Campus Activities hosts this traditional start of the holiday season.

Holiday Extravaganza is a family-oriented holiday celebration 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center, courtesy of Freshmen Leaders on Campus. The free event includes arts and crafts representing a variety of winter holidays, hot chocolate, cookie decorating, and chance to meet Santa Claus.

UTA is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27, and for the winter break Thursday, Dec. 24-Friday. Jan. 1, 2016.

Adopt from Angel Tree in Leadership Center

Make a child's holiday wish come true this season through the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Choose an infant to young teen to sponsor by yourself, with friends, or with your department.

Adopt an angel by Tuesday, Nov. 24, in the Leadership Center in Suite B 160 of the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Drop off those gifts 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays by Monday, Nov. 30. For questions, call the Leadership Center at 2-9220.

Temporary electrical outages set for Sunday

Electrical outages are planned at two campus buildings Sunday, Nov. 22.

The Chemistry Research Building outage is 9-11 a.m. for installation of a new emergency electrical generator.

The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Building outage 12:30-2:30 p.m. is for building maintenance.

To prevent any possible damage, Facilities Management recommends the turning off of all electronic equipment in the offices including computers, scanners, and copiers before leaving for the weekend. These devices do not need to be unplugged from electrical outlets.

For questions or special requirements, contact Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

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Distinguished Alumni

UTA honored five exemplary alumni and one outstanding honorary alumnus for their professional achievements, community engagement, and loyalty to their alma mater at the 50th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. From left, Raj Malik ('93), Bonnie K. Petsche ('86), Alan E. Petsche ('80), Lisa Karbhari, President Vistasp Karbhari, Tamara Hext Hilliard ('86), Arnold E. Petsche, honorary alumnus, and Sohrab D. Charna ('76). See more photos.


FabLab has a new website

The new UTA FabLab website at provides details about equipment, software, and tutorials on technology. Videos and upcoming events are also on the site.

ARDC electrical maintenance may affect service Nov. 28-29

The Arlington Regional Data Center will add additional generators and power feeds 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 28-29.

The Office of Information Technology is adding the new generators to ensure the stability of UTA services in the event of a power disruption.

Services may be temporarily interrupted during the upgrade. Check on service on the OIT system status website.

Be part of Orientation Involvement Fairs

University departments and registered student organizations are encouraged to host an information table at New Maverick Orientation's Involvement Fairs. The next fairs are Thursday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Dec. 5.

These sessions are an opportunity to share information about your programs and services with incoming students. There are a limited number of tables available, so register your group in advance.

Visit the Involvement Fair website for details and to register.

Extra Credit

Monday, Nov. 16

Center for Mexican American Studies Lecture Deborah Toner of the University of Leicester, “Alcohol, Citizenship, and Ethnicity in 19th Century Mexico.” 2-3:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Financial Statements and Reconciliation Process Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Navajo WWII Code Talker Samuel Holiday Samuel Holiday, right, Silver Medal of Honor recipient and WWII Navajo code talker. Part of National Native American Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Native American Student Association.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Goolsby Leadership Lecture Mary-Uhl Bien of Texas Christian University, “Leadership in the Workforce.” Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University. Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Anderson Sports Performance Lecture Series James Pollifrone, president of Arlington Orthopedic Associates, “Treating the Whole Patient: Case Studies From the Athletic Arena to the Weekend Warrior.” Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Requisitions Register online. 8:30-11 a.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Managing Projects and Making Decisions Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Disability Studies Lecture Catherine Kudlick, “Disabling Cures: Rescuing History’s ‘Incurables’ from the Clutches of the Present.” Free. 3:30-5 p.m. Room 104, University Hall. Disability Studies.

LINK Lab Lecture Series Catherine Spann, “The Scientific Benefits of Mindfulness.” 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 246, Nedderman Hall. LINK Research Lab.

Genomic Core Facility Info Seminar Learn about next-gen sequencing and how Illumina MiSeq desktop sequencer can enhance your research. Register online. 8:30-11:30 a.m., Room 227, Pickard Hall. Genomics Core Facility, Biology.

Friday, Nov. 20

Payment Vouchers Register online. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

UTARI Lunch and Learn Christopher Ray, associate professor of kinesiology. Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UTA Research Institute.

Peer Observation of Teaching Training Learn about this powerful tool for professional growth, documenting great teaching, and sharing new ideas. Register online. 1-4 p.m., Room 415, Central Library. Also, 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 11Center for Teaching and Learning ExcellenceFaculty Affairs.

Monday, Nov. 30

Question, Persuade, Refer for Suicide Prevention Training Learn the warning signs and clues of people who may be considering suicide and how to intervene with at-risk individuals. Register online. 2-4 p.m. Room 104, Preston Hall. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Coming Up

Human Resources Training Register online. Coaching Skills for Supervisors, 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Dec. 9; Professional Telephone Techniques, 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, Dec. 11; Effective Delegation, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15; Motivating Your Employees, 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17. All in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Arlington Technology Association Chengkai Li, professor of computer science and engineering, describes his team’s achievements in creating ClaimBuster, a process providing near-real-time evaluations of public statements, and his intent to create a completely automated fact-checking machine that detects and verifies or disputes claims. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UTA calendar.)

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Maverick Theatre Co. serves up classic comedy 'The Man Who Came To Dinner'

The Maverick Theatre Company presents a hilarious, classic American comedy from the 1930s for its next production.

The Man Who Came To Dinner by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman revolves around a notorious theatre critic who breaks his leg while on a lecture tour in the Midwest. As a result, he is forced to stay at the home of his host family, ultimately taking over the house with his demands and visiting Broadway luminary friends.

The cast includes student actors, such as Zoe Brantley, left, and Theatre Arts associate professors Dennis Maher and Joe Chapa as the theatre critic and his comedian friend, respectively.

Professor Andrew Gaupp directs the production. Other Theatre Arts faculty and staff crafting the production are Kim Lafontaine, scenic designer; Jared Land, production manager; Laurie Land, costume and make-up designer; D.J. Badon, technical director; Neil Farrell, stage manager; and Lucila Rojas, assistant stage manager.

Showtimes at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 18-21, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Tickets are $7 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors, and $10 general public. Call the Theatre Arts box office at 2-2669.

Monday, Nov. 16

Trumpet Studio Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Clavier Piano Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Deck the Mall Welcome the holiday season with music, hot chocolate, and lighting up the Library mall. Free. 7 p.m., Library mall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Great American Smoke Out 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Guest Wind Recital Stephen F. Austin University wind faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Finn Jones from Transcendence DFW and candlelight vigil. 6-8 p.m., Student Congress Chambers, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Friday, Nov. 20

Apollo’s Flight Live music and visual effects mingle for this original performance. See trailer. Tickets $15 students, up to age 12; $20 general public, call 2-1183. 7 p.m., Planetarium. Also, Saturday, Nov. 21. Planetarium.

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

Friday Night Film: 'Straight Outta Compton' Rated R. Free popcorn. Concessions for sale. $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Nov. 21

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Tickets. $9, $6 students, seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Holiday Extravaganza A family-oriented holiday celebration with arts and crafts representing a variety of winter holidays, cookie decorating, and pictures with Santa. Free. 11 a.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Sunday, Nov. 22

Bassoon Studio Recital Free. 5:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Nov. 23

Voice Division Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Viola Studio Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Seton Hall. Tickets $7-20. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Missouri Valley College, Saturday, Nov. 28, Recover from Black Friday, Post-Game Autographs. Athletics.

Coming Up

Concerts and Recitals Honors Recital, noon, and String Chamber Recital, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30; UTA Jazz Concert, tickets $6-9, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1; UTA Choir Concert, tickets $6-9, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3; Flute Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Free, unless noted. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

World AIDS Day 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Men’s Basketball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Orange Out. Tickets $7-20. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, College Park Center. Also, vs. Bradley, '90s Night/Space Jam, Tuesday, Dec. 8; vs. Sul Ross State, Holiday Hoops, Monday, Dec. 21; vs. Georgia State, Family Night, camper reunion, indoor tailgate, Wednesday, Dec. 30; vs. Georgia Southern, Seniors Day, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Athletics.

Friends of the Library Paul Chaplo, Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Jim Hayes Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Free. All day, Saturday, Dec. 5, Maverick Activities Center, Physical Education Building. Movin' Mavs.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky, Holiday Hoops, Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets $7-20. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Georgia State, Family Night, camper reunion, indoor tailgate, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30; vs. Georgia Southern, Seniors Day, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Athletics.

Commencement Ceremonies Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 17-19, College Park Center. Commencement.


Reunion: XV Faculty Biennial and Invited Alumni Exhibition Concurrent exhibitions feature 35 faculty members and 26 invited art graduates. Hours for both galleries 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Gallery West, Studio Arts Center; and The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Through Nov. 21. Art and Art History.

Ornament and Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109, Fine Arts Building. Through Dec. 9. Art and Art History.

University Center Gallery: Digital Photography Student Exhibit 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 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Jan. 16UTA Libraries Special Collections.

Planetarium Fall shows SOFIA 3-D, Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, From the Earth to the Universe, AstronautPink Floyd, and Spacepark 360: Infinity. Planetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UTA calendar.)


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