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For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, April 4, 2016


Heart to heart: Ironman and heart transplant recipient Elmar Sprink, left, and sports cardiologist Dr. André La Gerche, top right, are speakers at the Inaugural Moritz Speaker Series next week. Dr. Mark Haykowsky is UTA's Moritz Chair of Geriatric Nursing Research in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Ironman heart transplant recipient, renowned sports cardiologist duo to kick off Moritz Speaker Series

Two internationally known figures in sports cardiology will be speakers at the Inaugural Moritz Speaker Series 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Elmar Sprink of Germany returned to triathlon competition—running, cycling, and swimming—after a heart transplant in 2012. He has been called the fittest heart transplant patient in the world.

Sports cardiologist Dr. André La Gerche of Australia is credited with developing a novel cardiac MRI test that can examine the function of the left and right ventriculars—the main pumping chambers of the heart—of athletes and cardiac patients while they are performing maximal cycle exercise.

The series supported in part by a generous gift from the Moritz family to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The gift established the college’s first endowed faculty chair, held by Mark Haykowsky, an exercise physiology and rehabilitation medicine researcher, who joined the college last fall.

Read more about the Moritz Speaker Series.

Dr. Paul Fadel

NIH awards $1.7 million to UTA professor to fight chronic kidney disease

Kinesiology Professor Paul Fadel has received a $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to find a solution for thwarting cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Dr. Fadel, director of clinical translational science for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, will use the four-year grant to try to develop a treatment to lower sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure in patients with chronic kidney disease. High sympathetic nerve activity contributes to hypertension and other deleterious consequences, Fadel said.

More than 26 million American adults have kidney disease, and about 47,000 Americans died of kidney disease in 2013, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

Read more about Fadel's kidney disease research.

Students, other volunteers prep for The Big Event day of service

More than 1,300 UTA students, faculty, and staff will give their time and energy to Arlington and surrounding cities during the 16th annual The Big Event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 9Register to volunteer for the few remaining projects.

The day is designed for people wanting to make a difference in the community through various volunteer opportunities.

Community-based and nonprofit organizations and agencies, as well as local residents, will benefit from the volunteer efforts, including those that provide services to children, senior citizens, and families in low-income neighborhoods.

Read more about the Big Event 2016.

Education leaders meet for 60x30TX conference Tuesday at CPC

North Texas' education leaders are gathering for the first regional conference on the state's 60x30TX goals 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at College Park Center.

60x30TX: Access, Success, Texas is hosted by UTA and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Speakers include Raymund Paredes, Texas higher education commissioner; Kati Haycock, CEO of The Education Trust; and UTA President Vistasp Karbhari.

60x30TX strives for 60 percent of the 25- to 34-year-old Texas population to hold a certificate or degree by 2030. The plan seeks to increase student success through the combined expertise and resources of many stakeholders. Because of these collaborative efforts, Texas institutions of higher education will have more opportunities to grow, which will enrich students and the state.

Read more about the 60x30TX Conference.

Alliance Research Contract Portfolio Show brings variety of vendors to campus

Bring your department's shopping list to the Alliance Research Contract Portfolio Show 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the San Jacinto, Neches, and Pedernales rooms of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Vendors will showcase everything from equipment, supplies, and IT peripherals to maintenance items, repair items, and office supplies.

Representatives from suppliers, the UT System Supply Chain team, and the UTA Contract Management Office will be on hand to answer questions about the vendors, products, and services, and how to utilize the contracts. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

The UTA Procurement Office and the UT System Supply Chain Alliance sponsor the show. The Supply Chain Alliance is a strategic sourcing team that contracts on behalf of UT System institutions.

Art exhibit part of Celebration of Faculty Creative Works; RSVP by Tuesday

A two-week art exhibit has been added to the annual Celebration of Faculty Creative Works.

The annual reception that honors faculty and staff for their creative accomplishments in 2015 is at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, on the sixth floor of Central Library. Works include books, articles, artwork, music, plays, patents, and more.

RSVP online by Tuesday, April 5.

Artwork by faculty of the Art and Art History Department will be displayed Monday, April 11-Monday, April 25, on the sixth floor of Central Library. All pieces were featured during 2015 in either solo or group exhibitions across the United States and internationally.

The exhibit also includes posters, playbills, and a model set design by Theatre Arts faculty from their 2015 productions.

At the reception, Interim Provost Linda Johnsrud will offer remarks at 4:30 p.m., followed by a toast from President Vistasp Karbhari.

The event is sponsored by the UTA Libraries. For more information, contact Jody Bailey at

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Jane Goodall

Primatologist Jane Goodall shared her experiences of living among primates and conservation efforts at the last Maverick Speakers Series event of the year.

Performance reviews due today

Annual performance reviews for employees must be completed by today, Monday, April 4. The reviews do not include faculty members and graduate assistants. For questions, email or call 2-5554.

Give your input on bike share program

Complete a bike share survey for the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact.

A bike share program would allow students, faculty, and staff to check out a bicycle from one or more locations and return the bike at a later date. This will reduce congestion in parking lots, improve public health, reduce emissions, and create a cleaner, healthier, and more environmentally sustainable campus.

Develop your executive presence at workshop

Do you have the communication skills to be heard, the gravitas to gain respect, and an appearance that garners positive professional interest?

Improve those skills at the workshop "Executive Presence: Powerful Actions, Communication, and Appearance" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Teri Bump of American Campus Communities in Austin will demonstrate how communication, gravitas, and appearance can drive your career advancement.

Register online for the program, sponsored by New Maverick Orientation.

UT Press hosts online book sale April 11-15

The University of Texas Press is holding a spring online book sale for all campuses in the UT System. The sale will run from 8 a.m. Monday, April 11, through midnight Friday, April 15, on the UT Press website.

All titles on the site already are 33 percent off. Faculty, staff, and students will receive a discount of 45 percent off the full retail price. To receive 55 percent off, use the code UTPS16. Sales tax and shipping apply.

Learn about Interdisciplinary Research Program at info sessions

UTA's new Interdisciplinary Research Program supports faculty research teams representing different disciplines.

Duane Dimos, vice president for research, will host an information session 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 14-15, in Room 327 in Davis Hall. For details, contact Jon Weidanz at

Requests for proposal (RFP) submissions are accepted through 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 15.

Evening at Six Flags to benefit Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Enjoy an evening at Six Flags Over Texas with discount tickets that help Arlington schools. The theme park hosts Education Celebration 6-11 p.m. Friday, April 15, benefiting UTA and AISD through the AISD Education Foundation.

Tickets are only $20 plus tax. Advanced tickets are limited. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Special discounted parking is $10 per car at the gate.

With each ticket, $5 goes directly to the UTA Student Emergency Assistance Fund. See the gift codes on the website. Use the code UTA.

Represent your department at next Orientation Involvement Fair, Block Party

University departments and student organizations can share info on programs and services at the Orientation Involvement Fair and the annual Block Party.

The next Involvement Fair is at the New Maverick Orientation for transfer students Thursday, April 14. Visit to register and for details.

The Block Party is set for 6-10 p.m. Thursday, April 28, on Spaniolo Drive by College Park Center. Register for a booth by Friday, April 8. Also, register to volunteer.

Meet candidates for parking director at forums

Faculty and staff can meet candidates for director of Parking and Transportation Services at upcoming forums. The next meetings are 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, and Thursday, April 14, in Room 609 of the Business Building.

Maverick Service Excellence program includes manager session

Learn the key points of the Maverick Service Excellence: The Total Service Experience program, a strategic, University-wide initiative of President Vistasp Karbhari.

Manager Overview will include an interactive environment where you can ask questions and provide feedback. The session is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

Register online. Seating is limited.

Input needed on proposed certificate in sustainability

The program will use a multidisciplinary approach to integrate business, society, and sustainability into a coherent program of study and engagement. The certificate would offer working professionals an opportunity to learn how to integrate the principles and values of sustainable practices.

See the new website for UTA's Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact.

Benefit Yourself

Holiday schedule for 2016-17 includes 13 dates

The holiday schedule for 2016-17 includes 13 days off for faculty and staff. Anyone who wishes to observe a religious holiday may do so in lieu of any holiday for which the employee serves as a member of the skeleton workforce required by statute or by taking a vacation day.

The holiday schedule is

  • Labor Day—Monday, Sept. 5
  • Thanksgiving Holiday—Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25
  • Christmas Holiday—Friday, Dec. 23
  • Christmas Holiday—Monday-Friday, Dec. 26-30
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day—Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
  • Spring Break—Friday, March 17, 2017
  • Memorial Day—Monday, May 29, 2017
  • Independence Day—Monday, July 4, 2017

Airrosti presentation Wednesday part of Living Well program

Learn about the Airrosti health care group’s approach to identifying the root cause of chronic pain. Patients often are relived of pain in as little as three visits.

Register online for the program noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in Room 200 of the Wetsel Service Center. Lunch is included.

Airrosti is part of the UT System Living Well program.

SilverSneakers new benefit for retirees

The newest benefit for UT System retirees, including working retirees, is SilverSneakers. The new no out-of-pocket cost program is for retirees and eligible spouses and surviving spouses over the age of 50.

SilverSneakers is a comprehensive program that helps older adults take greater control of their health through physical activity, education, and social interaction. This program is available at no extra cost to the retiree or spouse and includes the following:

  • Group fitness classes;
  • A fitness membership with access to 13,000-plus fitness locations nationwide;
  • SilverSneakers FLEX Community Fitness Classes such as tai chi, yoga, and Latin dance;
  • Health education seminars and social events;
  • A program adviser for guidance and assistance; and
  • A member website with detailed information, resources, and inspiration.

To find fitness locations, request your SilverSneakers ID number, enroll in FLEX classes, or get additional details, visit or call 888-423-4632 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

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, April 4

Film Screening: 'Escalation' A 90-minute film-based workshop that educates about relationship violence and empowers you to work for change. A discussion follows. Resources, activities, snacks, and drinks provided; T-shirt giveaways. 7:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

Tuesday, April 5

ProCard Register online. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Room E200C, Enterprise Development Building, 140 W. Mitchell. Business Affairs.

Wednesday, April 6

Arlington Technology Association Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, right, describes areas he believes are prime collaborative opportunities that would be beneficial to both the city and UTA. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Diabetes Prevention: A Game Plan Register online. Noon-1 p.m., second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center.

Managing Department Funds Register online. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room E200C, Enterprise Development Building, 140 W. Mitchell. Business Affairs.

Wellness: What is Airrosti? Learn about Airrosti’s approach on identifying the root cause of chronic pain. Average results in three visits. Part of the UT System Living Well program. Lunch included. Register online. Noon-1 p.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, April 7

Question, Persuade, Refer: Ask A Question, Save A Life Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Requisitions Register online. 1:30-4 p.m., Room E200C, Enterprise Development Building, 140 W. Mitchell. Business Affairs.

Technology Startup Seminar Silicon Valley investment group Artiman Ventures brainstorms with faculty, students, and local entrepreneurs on how to help move new technologies to the marketplace. 2-5 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Also, small group meetings and follow-up sessions, Friday, April 8, StartUp Lounge. Read more. Research Administration.

Friday, April 8

Dealing with Difficult Employees and People Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Saturday, April 9

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, Saturday, May 21. Campus Recreation.

RAD Self Defense Class Self-defense course for female faculty, staff, and students. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

Coming Up

Business Affairs Training Register online. Timekeeper, 8:30-11 a.m., Tuesday, April 12; Timekeeper Lab, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13; Payment Vouchers, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 14; Position and Workforce Management, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, April 18; Human Resources Lab, 2-4 p.m.  Tuesday, April 19; Travel and Expenses, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 21; Financial Statements and the Reconciliation Process, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26; Finance Lab, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28. All in Room E200C, Enterprise Development Building, 140 W. Mitchell. Business Affairs.

Human Resources Training Register online. Powerful Presentation Skills, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12; Manager Overview—Maverick Service Excellence: The Total Service Experience, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, Room 601, Nedderman Hall; Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 14; Managing Projects and Making Decisions, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19; Question, Persuade, Refer: Ask A Question, Save A Life, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, Room 601, Nedderman Hall; Welcoming Diversity, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20; Coaching Skills for Supervisors, 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 21; Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontations, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26; Effective Delegation, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 27. All in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center, unless noted. Human Resources.

Art Lecture Mohamed Keshavjee of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, author of Into That Heaven of Freedom: The Impact of Apartheid on an Indian Family’s Diasporic History. 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, auditorium, Architecture Building. Art and Art History.

Social Work Colloquium Joanne Sobeck, associate dean and director of the Center for Social Work Research, “Building Research Capacity.” RSVP to 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, Room B107, Social Work Complex B. Research and Professional DevelopmentSocial Work.

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

Going Out

Monday, April 4

International Week: Parade of Banners Traditional parade of banners from E.H. Hereford University Center to the library mall for speakers and activities. 12:15-1 p.m. Office of International Education.

Tuesday, April 5

International Week: Food Fair A delicious International Week tradition. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., University Center mall. Office of International Education.

Wednesday, April 6

Tail Waggin' Wednesday Students, faculty, and staff can take a break filled with unconditional love from registered therapy dogs. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

International Week: Fashion Show Free. 7-9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of International Education.

Friday, April 8

International Week: Global Extravaganza An international talent show. Free. 7-9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of International Education.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $5, $3 students. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9; 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Athletics.

Coming Up

Earth Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, University Center mall. Institute of Sustainability and Global Impact.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12; vs. Georgia Southern, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and noon, Sunday, April 17; vs. Dallas Baptist. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19; and vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 29. Tickets $5, $3 students. All at Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Homerathon A public reading of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Text in English available in Room 305 of Carlisle Hall. Recitation in Greek and other arcane languages is encouraged. Homerathon T-shirts and coffee mugs for sale. Register to participate. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, University Center mall. Philosophy and Humanities.

Softball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $5-7, $3 students. 1 and 3 p.m., Saturday, April 16, noon, Sunday, April 17 vs. Troy. 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. All at Allan Saxe Field.  Athletics.

Adventures in Antiquity Symposium Christopher Fuhrmann of the University of North Texas, Police Brutality in the Roman World. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, Room 2102A, Fine Arts Building. Philosophy and Humanities.

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Midwestern State. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Maverick Film Festival The competition features four-minute films by students. 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Art and Art History.

Administrative Professionals Day A luncheon for UTA's administrative professionals. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 25, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Human Resources.


UTA Libraries: 'Score' Using Special Collections photos, the exhibit showcases the early days of baseball, basketball, and track; the end of Maverick football; and Olympians and Paralympians from UTA. Through April 30. Also, Academic Evolution: The University of Texas at Arlington runs through Aug. 31. Sixth floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Planetarium Explore the secrets of the universe in the new show Dark. The spring schedule includes AstronautCosmic ColorsFrom the Earth to the UniversePink Floyd, and SpacePark 360: Infinity. Through May 29UTA Planetarium.

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


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