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Monday, November 23, 2015


New 'Inquiry' magazine delves into mysteries of universe

After helping discover the long-elusive “God particle,” researchers in UTA’s Center of Excellence in High Energy Physics are now tackling new challenges like dark matter and proving the Big Bang.

Get all the exciting details in the latest issue of Inquiry, UTA’s research magazine.

You also can read about how civil engineers are devising cost-effective ways to preserve highways and bridges and how researchers are using the body’s own protective abilities to repair damaged arteries, treat osteoarthritis, and make prosthetics more comfortable.

The fall 2015 issue includes stories about a new study on the harmful effects of after-hours work emails, UTA’s collaboration with NASA to send a human to Mars, and how record companies are inducing panic about music piracy to exploit artists.

Smooth moves: Basketball fans will find freebies, entertainment, and action by junior guard Drew Charles and other Mavericks at College Park Center during the holidays.

Hoop it up for the holidays at Maverick basketball games

Enjoy some court action during the holiday season with basketball games and giveaways at College Park Center.

Bring a donation for a canned food drive at the Lady Mavs' game Tuesday, Nov. 24, against Seton Hall and the men's game Wednesday, Nov. 25, against Grambling State.

Also at Tuesday's game, the first 250 fans receive a free MavCity shirt and bucket drummer Peter Rabbit performs at halftime.

Team autographs are available after the Lady Mavs' game against Missouri Vally on Saturday, Nov. 28, and the men's game against North Texas on Thursday, Dec. 3. The men's game also includes a Texas Trust Credit Union T-shirt giveaway.

Have your smartphone ready for social media contests throughout the game Wednesday, Dec. 8, when the men's team takes on Bradley. The first 250 fans garner #MavCity shirts.

Be among the first 200 fans to nab a UTA stocking for Santa to fill with goodies when the Lady Mavs face Western Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 13, and Maverick men take on Sul Ross on Monday, Dec. 21.

All games include a Marverick basketball T-shirt toss.

Single game tickets are $7-20. Take advantage of the Faculty/Staff All-Sports Pass for $99 and catch all home athletic competitions. For these and other ticket options, go to

Campus closed for Thanksgiving holiday

E.H. Hereford University CenterThe center will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday and open 2-11 p.m. Sunday.

Campus Recreation—For the Maverick Activities Center and pool hours, see the Campus Recreation schedule online.

Libraries—Libraries are closed on Thursday. Check the library schedule for hours on other days.

Planetarium—Go online for the Planetarium schedule.

Metro Arlington XpressThe MAX will not run Thursday-Friday.

All faculty, staff are encouraged to take survey on campus climate

All UTA faculty and staff are encouraged to take the Campus Climate Survey. Responses are anonymous.

The survey is sponsored by the UTA Campus Climate Task Force to better understand issues related to the climate and quality of work-life for female faculty and staff on campus.

Please complete the survey by Monday, Nov. 30.

Adopt from Angel Tree by Tuesday

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.

Take bookstore survey

UTA Bookstore and Follett would like input from faculty, administrators, and students about products, services, and more. Complete the survey by Sunday, Nov. 29.

UTA Bookstore hosts reception for faculty, staff

Enjoy refreshments and savings at the UTA Bookstore 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. The faculty and staff appreciation event includes 25 percent off select items Monday-Friday, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

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 fair is Saturday, Dec. 5. Visit the Involvement Fair website for details and to register.

MavWire will return after Thanksgiving

Today's MavWire is the last issue until after Thanksgiving. The next issue is Monday, Nov. 30.

Send your stories or photos for MavWire to to be considered for publication.

Find previous issues in the MavWire archives.

Benefit Yourself

Use your UT FLEX funds and file your claims for 2014-15

Submit PayFlext claims for reimbursement for 2014-15 by Monday, Nov. 20. PayFlex must receive your claims by this date.

If you have a UT FLEX Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) with PayFlex, the HCRA has a use-it-or-lose-it rule. This means you will forfeit any funds left in your account at the end of the plan year.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 2

Arlington Technology Association Chengkai Li, right, 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., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Graduate Business Forum Learn about graduate degree programs in the College of Business. Register online. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Room 147, Business Building. Business.

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.

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

Sports Notes

Reach for it: Junior forward Faith Pope aims for a basket at the Mavericks game against Fordham at College Park Center. The men's basketball team returns home after a three-game road trip. The Mavericks play Grambling State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at College Park Center.

Sports Shorts

Watch the Maverick men’s basketball team take on Memphis on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 23. The men won 73-68 against Ohio State on Friday.

UTA's women's basketball team hosted the first consolation round for the Women's National Invitational Tournament on Friday-Saturday at College Park Center. The Lady Mavs won a close 56-54 over Jacksonville on Friday but fell 63-57 to McNeese State on Saturday. The team plays Seton Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at College Park Center.

 The volleyball team, ranked fourth seed going into the Sun Belt Conference Championships, lost 3-0 to fifth-seed Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday. Senior hitter Stacey Koch was named to the All Sun Belt Conference second team.

The softball program announced a highly competitive 2016 schedule highlighted by home games against Arizona and Texas at Allan Saxe Field.

All-Sports Pass a bargain for faculty, staff at only $99

The Faculty/Staff All-Sports Pass gives you access to more than 100 on-campus Maverick athletic events.

For only $99, you can watch the action for volleyball and basketball at College Park Center, baseball at Clay Gould Ballpark, and softball at Allan Saxe Field. Individual tickets for these games are $5-$7 each.

To purchase the Faculty/Staff All-Sports Pass, go to

Intramural deadline for 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, Tuesday, Dec. 8; college football bowl pick 'em, Sunday, Dec. 13; badminton, Sunday, Dec. 20; billiards, Wednesday, Jan. 6; racquetball, Tuesday, Jan. 12; and table tennis, Thursday, Jan. 14.

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

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; vs. Western Kentucky, Holiday Hoops, Sunday, Dec. 13. Athletics.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Grambling State. Tickets $7-20. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. North Texas. Orange Out, Thursday, Dec. 3; vs. Bradley, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. Athletics.

Monday, Nov. 30

Honors Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

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

UTA Jazz Concert Tickets 6-9. 7:30 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Music.

Thursday, Dec. 3

UTA Choir Concert Tickets $6-9. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Dec. 4

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

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

Saturday, Dec. 5

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

Coming Up

Maverick Dance Company: Via Dance A collection of progressive dance works by faculty, guest, and student choreographers. Tickets $7 students, faculty, staff, seniors; $10 general public. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, Saturday, Dec. 12. Theatre Arts.

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

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.


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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