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Monday, February 15, 2016


Dr. Sam Haynes and Ramona Holmes

New digital humanities project to map historic sites of early Native American conflicts in Texas

A team of researchers supported by a new College of Liberal Arts (COLA) Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative is creating a data-driven, digital map of conflicts between Anglo-Americans and Mexicans with Native Americans in Texas to develop a new understanding of the conflicts that will be available online.

Sam Haynes, professor of history and director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, and Ramona Holmes, director of the UTA Libraries Department of Digital Creation, are co-investigators for the project, Border Land: The Struggle for Texas, 1821-1846.

The duo are among the first recipients of a new grant program by COLA to encourage digital humanities. Eleven teams will share $100,000 in the inaugural round of awards.

Read more about the digital mapping project.

Donna Brazile at Texas Hall next week for Maverick Speakers Series

Tickets are still available to see political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile at the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

She will discuss "Politics and Beyond" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Texas Hall. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, and vice chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee. Her work as campaign manager for Al Gore made her the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign. Her many accolades include the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.

General admission is free, but tickets are required. 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.

Tickets for "Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall" will be available Tuesday, March 1. Dr. Goodall will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at College Park Center. Tickets to a private VIP dinner with Dr. Goodall benefit the President’s Fund for Excellence at UTA.

Give input about HR training programs

The Learning and Development team of the Office of Human Resources wants your input about training courses. Take the survey, which is available through Monday, Feb. 22.

Healthcare Professionals Night includes health fair, discount game tickets

Your heart matters at Healthcare Professionals Night with a mini health fair prior to the men’s basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 20.

At 4 p.m., students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation will promote healthy lifestyles and awareness of cardiovascular ailments, such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. February is Heart Health Month.

Use the promotion code CONHI for $5 game tickets.

Volunteers needed for ACES

Lend a hand at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), a University-wide symposium highlighting the best in student research and creativity.

Faculty, staff, and students can serve as volunteers. Shifts for morning or afternoon sessions are available. Register to volunteer.

ACES is Wednesday, March 23, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Maverick Parking Garage closed this weekend

The Maverick Parking Garage will be temporarily closed for maintenance and repairs from 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, until 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.  Maintenance and repairs will include a thorough cleaning along with lighting and signage upgrades.

For questions, call the Parking and Transportation Office at 2-3907.

Be an adviser for Alternative Spring Break

Staff or faculty are needed as advisers for the Alternative Spring Break trip to St. Louis, Mo., for March 13-18. Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity for students to serve as volunteers for issues such as sustainability, education, and disaster relief. They must be licensed to drive a 12-passenger van or be willing to participate in the licensing process.

Contact Susan Dequeant at for more information.

Submit nominations for outstanding employees by Feb. 26

Now is the time to nominate a great employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards. Submit nominations online through Friday, Feb. 26.

For questions or concerns, contact Eunice Currie at 2-7091.

Nominations needed for student employee awards

Nominate your outstanding student employees for recognition and a chance to win cash awards. Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 19.

For questions, contact the Career Development Center at 2-2932.

Volunteers needed for Spring Job Fair

The Career Development Center needs more than 125 volunteers to help make the Spring Job Fair a success. The Job Fair is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Choose a 1.5-hour shift or indicate your availability between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean-up, carrying employer materials, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables.

Register by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24.

For questions, call 2-2932 or email Alissa Anderson at

ARDC maintenance planned for Feb. 27

The Arlington Regional Data Center will undergo maintenance on Saturday, Feb. 27, to continue stabilizing UTA’s services in the event of a power disruption.

As a result, High Performance Computing and High Energy Physics services will be temporarily unavailable. Other services may be temporarily interrupted. In the event of a service interruption, you will be notified through the IT status page.

Subscribe to the IT Status list to receive scheduled maintenance notifications.

Help students achieve first-year success

MAVS 1000 is recruiting dynamic faculty and staff with a passion for helping first-year students succeed for the fall 2016 semester.

The application deadline is Friday, March 11. For more details, visit the First-Year Experience website or email Molly Albart at

Benefit Yourself

Mark calendars, check list for Employee Service Awards

Through the Service Awards Program, the University honors employees who have made a significant career commitment. The honorees are faculty and staff members reaching milestones of 10 years or more.

On Wednesday, April 6, the University will host a dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center to honor employees with 25 years of service. Included in this celebration will be employees who have 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of service and the winners of the Outstanding Maverick Awards.

On Wednesday, April 13, the University will host a reception at 3 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom to honor employees who have 10, 15, and 20 years of service. 

Employees and departments are encouraged to review the service awards list for accuracy. Email any changes, additions, or deletions to by Friday, Feb. 19.

On-the-Go meal plans offered to faculty, staff

Dining Services dishes up three meal plans for faculty and staff. All include credit at the Connection Cafe and Dining Dollars to use anywhere on campus.

The three on-the-go meal plans range from $362 to $525 plus tax, with 21-70 meals and $100-$215 Dining Dollars. Use your MavID card to redeem meal credits and Dining Dollars.

Sign up at the University Housing Office on the main level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tax help available at Central Library

Representatives of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) are available to help with figuring out your taxes. The free service runs through Tuesday, April 12, in Room B20 of the Central Library.

Hours are 5-9 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-6 p.m. Sundays.

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, Feb. 15

Unit Effectiveness Process Refresher Register online. 9-10 a.m., fourth floor conference room, Wade Building. Also, 11 a.m.-noon Monday, Feb. 29;, in Wade Building; and 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 22; 10-10:45 a.m. Monday, March 28; 2-2:45 p.m. Thursday, March 31; 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 5; 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, all in Room E200E, Workforce Development Building. Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting.

Film Screening: 'The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia' Join in a discussion after the film. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Education.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

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

Conducting Effective Meetings Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

K-12 Focused Technology Series Explore online learning in K-12 and higher education. Kayla Parker of Coppell ISD, noon-1 p.m., Room 111, Trimble Hall. Also,  mobile learning and microlearning, Feb. 24; Harrison McCoy, connecting globally with technology, March 1; Makerspaces and UTA FabLab, March 8; and Jim Holland, Google Classroom, Canvas, and anything related to LMS/CMS, March 22 and 29Education.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Writing Effective Performance Reviews Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Building Science Expo “The Growth of North Texas: A Defining Opportunity” includes a building material trade show and is followed by lectures, dinner, and a panel discussion. Register online. Noon-9 p.m., Architecture Building. College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

Payment Vouchers Register online. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Focus on Faculty Krystal Beamon, right, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, discusses her research presented in her book, The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Black History Month Lectures Theron Bowman, Arlington deputy city manager, “Lawz N the Hood,” noon-1 p.m., and attorney Jermaine Watson, “The Anatomy of a Lawsuit,” 1-2 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. Also, Cheryl Wattley, UNT Dallas College of Law, “Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and Her Fight to End Segregation,” noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Room 200, Trimble Hall. History, African American Faculty and Staff Association.

Thursday, Feb. 18

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

Friday, Feb. 19

IRB Mini-Conference Learn about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission process and how to conduct ethical research studies with human subjects. See conference schedule and RSVP. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. Regulatory Services, Research Administration.

Managing Across Generations Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Psychology Colloquium Craig Neumann of the University of North Texas, “Understanding Psychopathy via Variable- and Person-Centered Approaches.” Noon, Room 110, University Hall. Psychology.

Dallas Festival of Ideas Architecture Professor-in-Residence Mark Lamster moderates a panel discussion on “The Physical City.” See the schedule. Free, but registration required. Fair Park, Dallas. Also, Saturday, Feb. 20. Dallas Festival of Ideas, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

Saturday, Feb. 20

CPR/AED/First Aid Class A single, five-hour class covering the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical and environmental emergencies, adult CPR, and AED use. Registration at MAC Services and Information desk. $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 223, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Saturdays, March 5, April 9, May 21. Campus Recreation.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Register online. Noon-1 p.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Partnering with Your Boss Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Introduction to TracDat Register online. 3-4 p.m.. Thursday, Feb. 25, fourth floor conference room, Wade Building. Also, 4-5 p.m.. Friday, March 11; 1:45-2:30.p.m.. Tuesday, March 22; 10:45-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 28; 2:45-3:30 p.m.. Thursday, March 31; 9:45-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5; 4:15-5 p.m.. Wednesday, May 4; all in Room E200E, Workforce Development Building. Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting.

Your Professional Image Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, Feb. 26

UTARI Lunch and Learn Kimon Valavanis, director of the Unmanned Systems Research Institute at the University of Denver, "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Challenges in Design for Autonomy and in Circulation Control Wing Based Aircraft." Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Jazz Festival features renown saxophonist

International jazz performer Denis DiBlasio headlines the annual UTA Jazz Festival this weekend.

DiBlasio is an international clinician and performer, a baritone saxophonist, a flautist, educator, composer, and arranger. He serves as executive director of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz and head of jazz and composition programs at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J.

He will perform with the UTA Jazz Ensemble with Ken Edwards, adjunct instructor of trumpet, directing at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 .

The UTA Jazz Orchestra joins DiBlasio with Tim Ishi directing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Ishi is an associate professor of saxophone and coordinator for the Jazz Studies program.

Both concerts are in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tickets are $9 for the general public and $6 for students and seniors.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

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

Volunteer Fair Faculty, staff, and students can meet with local nonprofit agencies for long-term, short-term, and one-time volunteer events. 11 a.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA Volunteers, Leadership Center.

Thursday, Feb. 18

Basketball Doubleheader Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Tickets $7-20 general public, $3 students. Maverick women's game 11:30 a.m., men's game 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, women 5 p.m., men 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Athletics.

Third Thursday Game Night Free. 6-9 p.m., basement, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Maverick Musical Student teams perform Broadway-style productions to compete for cash awards. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

SAI Alumni Recital Former members of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Feb. 19

Baseball: UTA Tournament Mavericks vs. Oklahoma State, 11 a.m.; vs. Stephen F. Austin, 2:30 p.m. Tickets $5 general public, $3 students. Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, vs. Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and vs. Stephen F. Austin, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Athletics.

Women's Tennis Lady Mavs vs. Missouri State. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Also, vs. Sam Houston State, 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21Athletics.

Softball: Maverick Invitational Mavericks vs. Princeton, 3:30 p.m.; vs. South Dakota State, 6 p.m. Tickets $5-7 general public, $3 students. Allan Saxe Field. Also, vs. Princeton, 11 a.m., and vs. South Dakota State, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20; and vs. Princeton, 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Athletics.

Friday Night Film: 'The Good Dinosaur' Rated PG. Free popcorn. Concessions for sale. $2, $2.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Monday, Feb. 22

Guest Double Bass Recital Jeff Bradetich performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Feb. 26

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Incarnate Word. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Opera Performance of Johann Strauss' 'Die Fledermaus' A joint production of the music and theatre arts departments. Tickets $12 general public, $9 students, seniors, faculty, staff. 8 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Also, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Music.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Celebrate beloved children's author Dr. Seuss and the joy of reading. Children can enjoy stories read by UTA students, Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, and picture opportunities. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders On Campus, Leadership Center.

Women’s Basketball on ESPN3 Mavericks vs. Arkansas. 3:05 p.m., ESPN3. Athletics.

NASA's 21st Annual Powwow Celebration of Native American culture at the scholarship fundraiser. E.H. Hereford University Center. Native American Student Association.

Sunday, Feb. 28

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Oral Roberts. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Monday, Feb. 29

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

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


The Gallery at UTA: 'Whew…That’s a Relief! The Madcap World of John Hernandez' A retrospective exhibition by San Antonio artist John Hernandez that spans four decades. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 30The Gallery at UTA.

Planetarium Explore the secrets of the universe in the new show Dark. The spring schedule includes Astronaut, Cosmic Colors, From the Earth to the Universe, Pink Floyd, and SpacePark 360: Infinity. Through May 29. UTA Planetarium.

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


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