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Monday, November 30, 2015


Powerhouse: Junior guard Jalen Jones and fellow teammates are getting noticed nationally after high-profile wins.

Mavs on a run; pack College Park for UNT game Thursday

The Maverick men’s team is off to its best start in years, and now it’s time to cheer them on against regional rival North Texas 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at College Park Center.

After a season-starting win over Fordham followed by a loss to Louisiana Tech, the team followed with four high-profile wins: 73-68 over Ohio State, 68-64 over Memphis, 73-40 over Grambling State, and 92-74 over Rice.

UTA takes on Texas at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Austin. The Longhorn Network is televising with the radio broadcast airing on KKGM 1630 AM. For fans unable to make the trip, Grease Monkey is hosting UTA's official watch party with food and drink specials.

In an interview with KERA News, head coach Scott Cross says team developed chemistry in the preseason.

"You could see bonds being built during that time. They were singing ‘Lean On Me’ as a team together, they were hanging out all week long with each other," Cross says. "You could just see that they liked each other off the court, and I think you’re seeing that on the court."

Thursday's game at College Park Center features Maverick and Texas Trust Credit Union T-shirt giveaways and team autographs after the game.

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

The team heads to UT El Paso for an 8 p.m. game Saturday, Dec. 5, then plays Bradley at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 8.

The Lady Mavs basketball team approached all-time records in its 96-30 win over Missouri Valley College on Saturday at College Park Center. The team is 2-3 for the season. The women are on the road against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Kansas State on Thursday, Dec. 3. They play Western Kentucky at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at College Park Center.

Follow Maverick athletics at

Dr. Frank Lewis

Dr. Frank Lewis

Frank Lewis honored with 2016 Intelligent Systems Award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will honor professor Frank Lewis, head of the UTA’s Advanced Controls and Sensors Group, with the society’s 2016 Intelligent Systems Award in recognition of his work to advance the capabilities of autonomous aircraft systems.

The award specifically recognizes Dr. Lewis’ contributions to intelligent neural-adaptive controls that mimic the neural networks in the brain, incorporating feedback mechanisms that improve the capacity of autopilots and ensure that autonomous aircraft follow prescribed trajectories.

Lewis, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and IEEE, also will be honored for his influential textbooks used by universities around the world during the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition scheduled Jan. 4-8 in San Diego, Calif.

Read more about Lewis' honor.

It's a Go: UTA students and staff operate GO Centers in high schools throughout nine regional school districts to provide assistance and encouragement to prospective college students.

Pathways to College Access Program named finalist for THECB Star Award

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board named UTA’s Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness Program one of seven finalists for its Star Awards in recognition of the program’s efforts to help meet the state’s Closing the Gaps by 2015 goals.

The program was selected from 48 nominations and 42 applications for this year’s Star Awards program. The award recognizes efforts to increase student participation and success in higher education, excellence in programs and services, and research development and expansion.

Read more about the THECB Star Award.

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.

Complete the survey by today, Monday, Nov. 30.

Secure your mobile devices

The Information Security Office has published Security Standards and Guidelines on how to secure your University-assigned or your personal mobile device.

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.

Return gifts for Angel Tree today

Drop off those gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree by 4 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 30, in the Leadership Center in Suite B 160 of the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. For questions, call the Leadership Center at 2-9220.

Be part of 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.

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.

Benefit Yourself

File your UT FLEX claims for 2014-15

Submit PayFlext claims for reimbursement for 2014-15 by today, Monday, Nov. 30. 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 yearRead more about the UT Flex deadlines.

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.)

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Take 360-degree look at Planetarium's laser shows

The holiday season starts Wedneday, Dec. 2, with four programs using a full-color, 360-degree laser projector at The Planetarium at UTA.

Enjoy music mixed with laser lights in Laser Country, Laser Holidays, Laser Pink Floyd, and Laser Zeppelin.

Other holiday favorites featured this month are Holiday Music Magic and Season of Light as well as One World/One Sky, Cosmic Colors, Spacepark 360: Infinity, and Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.

See the schedule.

The Planetarium will be closed Fridays, Dec. 24 and 30.

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. Athletics.

Monday, Nov. 30

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

UTA Bookstore Open House Faculty and staff. 25 percent off select items. Monday-Friday, Nov. 30-Dec. 4; refreshments 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. UTA Bookstore.

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.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Orange Out. Tickets $7-20. 7 p.m., 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, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Athletics.

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

Holiday Lights Parade Entertainment starts in Founders Plaza at the Levitt Pavilion at 2 p.m., and the parade begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of Main and Center streets in downtown Arlington. Look for UTA floats. Free. Holiday Lights Parade.

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

Friday, Dec. 11

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., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, Saturday, Dec. 12. Theatre Arts.

Sunday, Dec. 13

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky. Holiday Hoops. Tickets $3 with student ID; $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, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Athletics.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 17-19

Commencement Ceremonies 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.

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


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