For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, November 9, 2009

Veterans Day

Candlelight vigil, info fair commemorate Veterans Day

Those who have served their country through the armed forces will be honored with two Veterans Day programs on campus this week.

A candlelight vigil to note the tragedy last week at Fort Hood and to honor veterans is set for 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, on the Central Library mall. Delta Sigma Pi, the Residence Hall Association and the African Student Organization sponsor the free event, which is open to the public.

The third annual Veterans Day Activities Fair runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, on the second floor of the Maverick Activities Center. Free pizza and drinks will be served to veterans.

The fair is for faculty and staff who are veterans as well as for student veterans. It will provide information on veteran services and opportunities on campus. Programs and offices at the fair include:

  • Veterans Affairs Office

  • Veterans Alliance of UTA

  • Student Veteran Project/School of Social Work

  • ROTC/Military Science Department

  • Counseling Services

  • Career Services

  • Health Services

  • Office for Students with Disabilities

  • SOAR (Students Obtaining Academic Readiness)

  • Tarrant County Veterans Services

The Student Veterans Advisory Council will have a survey for veterans to fill out. The survey will help UT Arlington understand what veterans want and how the University can become an even more veteran-friendly institution.

Contact the Veterans Affairs Office at 2‑3373 for more details on the fair and veteran benefits.

Focus on Faculty series features Pamela Jansma

Pamela Jansma

College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma will discuss her research on microplate tectonics, strain partitioning and using the global positioning system to measure plate motions in the Focus on Faculty series at noon Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the sixth floor parlor at the Central Library.

Dr. Jansma became dean of the College of Science in August and was previously dean of New Mexico State University's College of Arts and Sciences. She plans to teach and work as an active researcher and scientist in addition to her administrative duties. The event is sponsored by the UT Arlington Library and Phi Kappa Phi.

The program is free and open to the public. Contact Tommie Wingfield at 2‑2658 or for more details.

Jeff Shaara to share war stories Wednesday

Jeff Shaara

Best-selling author Jeff Shaara offers insights into writing and war as the featured speaker at the Evening with an Author Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Texas Hall.

Shaara is the author of a World War II trilogy, including the recently released No Less Than Victory. He also has written books on the Civil War and World War I.

Jeff Guinn, an author and former Fort Worth Star-Telegram book editor, will engage Shaara in an on-stage interview and a question-and-answer session with the audience. A book signing follows.

The Star-Telegram with the Katrine Deakins and Helen Littauer Trusts and UT Arlington present the Evening with an Author Series featuring the country's most noted authors throughout the year.

Advance tickets were available by mail through the Star-Telegram. Individuals without advance tickets will be admitted at 6:50 p.m.

PostSecret creator Frank Warren to speak in Bluebonnet

Post Secret

Author Frank Warren, creator of the blog phenomenon PostSecret, will share a few secrets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets are $10 for faculty and staff and are available at

PostSecret, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displays the soulful secrets never voiced. The idea originated from a community art project based on a simple concept: asking people to anonymously send a secret on a decorated postcard.

Warren's books based on the project include PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God, which was released in October.

A question-and-answer session and book signing are planned.

Book of Days

Murder mystery next on Theatre Arts schedule

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson's unpredictable and engaging murder mystery, "Book of Days," is the next production from the Department of Theatre Arts. Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Mainstage Theatre at the Fine Arts Building.

Dennis Maher, associate professor and dramaturge, will direct the play about a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church and a community theater. The three combine after a death for both comedy and drama.

Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff. Call 2‑2669 for reservations and group rates.

Author shares insight on 'Godfather of Poker'

Writer Mike Cochran tells tales of a great Texas gambler when he addresses the Friends of the UT Arlington Library at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

His latest book, The Godfather of Poker, chronicles the life of Doyle Brunson, the legendary "Babe Ruth of Poker," and considered by many to be the greatest gambler and poker player ever.

Cochran spent four decades with the Associated Press in Texas, interviewing unique individuals and reporting everything from crime to entertainment. He has written six books, including And Deliver Us From Evil, a trilogy of true-crime stories, and Claytie, about Texas rancher/politician Clayton Williams.

RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 12, to 2‑7421 or

Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Advisor

Know academic advisors who really make a difference? Nominate them for the annual Outstanding Academic Advisor award.

Categories are for professional staff advisor, undergraduate faculty advisor and graduate faculty advisor. Nominations can be submitted by Jan. 25, 2010, online at

For 25 years, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisors who have made a difference in the lives of their students. In 1984, Edward C. Bock was the first academic advisor to receive recognition for his work with students. See award winners for the complete list.

  MavPic Kelly Labs and Cedric James

Super Bowl smile

Kelly Labs, left, support specialist for Health Services, has her photo taken with former NFL football player Cedric James by Julia Cornwell at the Historically Underutilized Business vendor fair Thursday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Cornwell, director of Procurement Services, which sponsored the event, estimates that she took more than 70 photographs at the two-hour fair.

Contact Delene Remmers at 2‑2737 for questions about the nomination process.

Health Services needs survey input
on H1N1 vaccine

The Health Services Center is working to assess interest in the H1N1 vaccine to help prepare for distribution when the University receives doses for the campus community. Faculty, staff and students are being asked to answer a simple, two-question survey to indicate their interest in receiving an H1N1 vaccine through the Health Services Center.

The survey can be done via e-mail or a Web page. The survey will be available through Saturday, Nov. 14.

Bring your cans for food drive

The Golden Key international honor society seeks your help in the CANstruction Food Drive to aid the hungry in North Texas. During November, provide a box for your office donations and urge co-workers to bring canned food items. Donations will be picked up Wednesday, Nov. 25. Contact Kevin Schuck at 2‑3313 or with donation location information.

Benefit Yourself

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Food for Thought: Nutrients

Find out about the six essential food nutrients, including why you need them and how much you need. Estimating your energy requirements and tips for healthy food selections will round out this fun, educational session. Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 11, Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center. See the complete list of training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS4

Maneuver through Photoshop's layout by using the tool bar, file menu and color palettes. Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed at how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece by scaling, adding text, saturating and more. Register to attend. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, Room 311A, Ransom Hall. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Recycling workshop provides tips to 'Go Green'


Learn practical solutions to going green at work and to stimulate environmental awareness. Topics include recycling, marketing your green efforts, green office practices and green landscaping. Meet vendors who make it their business to improve the environment and will help you do the same. Bring your e-waste—cell phones, printers, VCRs, TVs— for recycling. Free. Registration required. 8 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Nov. 10, ARRI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd S., Fort Worth.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from the stress of your day with Mindful Moments on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in Room 235 of the Business Building. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and practice being present in each moment of our lives. Free.

Employment information

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

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Nov. 10 Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver Explore the tools necessary to use Adobe's powerful Web editing software. Learn the basics of what HTML is and how it works. Registration required. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 311A, Ransom Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 Capable Millirobots through Folding and Gripping Ronald Fearing of the University of California, Berkeley describes a fabrication process using laser micromachining of composites combined with folding operations to rapidly prototype light-weight mobile systems. Free. 1:30 p.m., ARRI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. Harry Stephanou, 2‑5900,

Tuesday, Nov. 10 Sustainable Fuel and Vehicle Technologies Merhdad Ehsani, director of the Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program at Texas A&M University, discusses new technology trends of the present and near future, leading to viable automobile and fuel technologies that are sustainable. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Babak Fahimi, 2‑2667,

Firefox Web browser

Tuesday, Nov. 10 A Better (Web) Surfboard: Firefox This Web browser offers some unique features, including LibX, which can access library resources in one click, and Zotero, which can make bibliographies in a snap. Sign up. Free. 3-4 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 RF MEMS Switch Technology Brandon Pillans, RF MEMS technical lead for Raytheon Systems in Dallas, covers radio frequency microelectromechanical system basics and shows the latest packaged circuits demonstrated at Raytheon. Reservations required. Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Thanh Bui, 2‑1536,

Thursday, Nov. 12 Biology Colloquium Series Dan Voytas from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Transposon Research at the University of Minnesota speaks on "Chromatin, transposable elements and genome organization." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Linda Taylor, 2‑2872,

Friday, Nov. 13 Mechanically Strong, Lightweight Polymer Nanoencapsulated Aerogels Hongbing Lu of the University of North Texas describes the superior mechanical properties of polymer nanoencapsulated aerogels and explores their potential applications. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Debi Barton, 2‑2500,

Saturday, Nov. 14 Women's RAD-Self Defense Course This course for female students, faculty and staff covers self defense, risk awareness, risk avoidance and more. Registration required. Free. 9 a.m., Maverick Activities Center. Ron Cook, 2‑3902,

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Fall Music Festival

Fall Music Festival

The Music Department's annual Fall Music Festival, a week of recitals and concerts, begins Saturday, Nov. 14, and continues through Thursday, Nov. 19. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. in Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, except for the Nov. 19 jazz program, which will be in Texas Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 14
Faculty Lyric Trio Recital – John Burton, cello; Martha Walvoord, violin; Young-Hyun Cho, piano. Free.

Sunday, Nov. 15
Choral Ensembles – Karen Kenaston-French, conductor. $3 faculty, staff.

Monday, Nov. 16
Wind Symphony – Douglas Stotter, conductor; Symphonic Band – Matthew Luttrell, conductor. $3 faculty, staff.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Symphony Orchestra – Clifton Evans, conductor. $3 faculty, staff.

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Percussion Ensembles – David Wolf, director. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 19
Jazz Orchestra – Tim Ishii, conductor; Jazz Ensemble – Dan Cavanagh, conductor; Region V UIL All Region Jazz Band I – Bill Snodgrass, conductor; Region V UIL All Region Jazz Band II – Ken Edwards, conductor. $3 faculty, staff.

Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 2‑3471.

Monday, Nov. 9 Downtown Arlington Music Mondays The lunchtime concert features Music Department faculty and students. Free concert and lunch. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. 2‑2439,

Monday, Nov. 9 Late Night Jazz Sampler Students and faculty perform. Free. 8 p.m., Room 115, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Monday, Nov. 9 Night at the Market: Lion and Dragon Festival This Asian Heritage Month event includes a lion and dragon dance, dancing, fashion, martial arts, food and festivities. Free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 Food, Inc. This documentary film addresses the complex issues surrounding food. Admission is free, but canned good donations for Mission Arlington are encouraged. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Howard Payne, exhibition game. Free. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 Fall 'Cello' Bration Cello studio members perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Thursday, Nov. 12 Faculty Trumpet Recital Rick Bogard of the music faculty performs. Free. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Friday, Nov. 13 Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organics and unique food products provided by local vendors. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 215 E. Front St. 817-303-2800,

Friday, Nov. 13 Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Rice. $4 faculty, staff. 6 p.m., Texas Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 14 Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Dallas Baptist. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through Nov. 14 Faculty Biennial X This art exhibition showcases recent work created by Department of Art and Art History faculty. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building.

Through Nov. 27 The Getty Sketchbooks Internationally acclaimed architects' sketchbooks for the Getty Villa/Museum renovations. Free. Architecture Gallery, Architecture Building.

Everything Is Interrelated

Through Dec. 22 Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays.

Through Dec. 31 Planetarium programs The fall schedule includes new shows IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System; Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA; Microcosm: The Adventure Within; and Two Small Pieces of Glass. Returning favorites are Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Seven Wonders, Rock Hall of Fame 1 and the $2 movie. Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule. Contact the Planetarium at 2‑1183 or for tickets.

Through Jan. 9 Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)


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