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

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham's talk to include
reflections on Obama's first year

Jon Meacham, Newsweek editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak on "War, Healthcare, and the Economy: Reflections on Obama's First Year" as part of the Maverick Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Texas Hall. The event is free but requires tickets, which are available at

Meacham joined Newsweek as a writer in 1995, became managing editor three years later and was named editor in 2006. He is the best-selling author of American Lion, a biography of Andrew Jackson that was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. He is a frequent guest on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, where he offers commentary on politics.

Garrison Keillor

Order tickets by mail soon
for evening with Garrison Keillor

Order tickets by mail for the free evening with A Prairie Home Companion creator Garrison Keillor at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Texas Hall.

Keillor is the popular National Public Broadcasting radio program host and the author of a new novella, A Christmas Blizzard. His appearance is part of the Evening with an Author Series, sponsored by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram with the Katrine Deakins and Helen Littauer Trusts and UT Arlington.

To request two tickets, send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to Garrison Keillor at UTA, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76102, Attn: Melinda Mason.

Classes, book clubs, writers groups and school classes needing more than two tickets should call Melinda Mason at 817-390-7579.

'Book of Days' opens Friday at Mainstage Theatre

Book of Days

"Book of Days," an unpredictable and engaging murder mystery by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in the Mainstage Theatre at the Fine Arts Building. Performances are also scheduled at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

Dennis Maher, associate professor of theatre arts and dramaturge, directs 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

Hispanic nursing center offers research grant

The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health in the School of Nursing is seeking proposals for a $1,500 research grant. Any UT Arlington faculty member or graduate student is eligible to apply for the funds.

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Scientific insight

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

The proposal must have a connection to the health of Hispanic populations. For a mixed ethnic sample, at least 50 percent of the sample must be Hispanic. Researchers can be in any stage of their research.

Completed applications are due Jan. 30, 2010, and the recipient will be announced in March.

If you have questions or would like an application, contact Donelle Barnes at 2‑0108 or

Technology lecture features
Google researcher

Daniel Russell, a research scientist for Google, will speak on search engines' use and their users' patterns for the Focus on Technology lecture at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Russell studies how people do their searches, trying to understand the most common traps and uncover pathways to successful results. He will discuss how figuring out the intentions behind the search queries and tracking users' behavioral patterns help the engines produce the best results. Learn more at Russell's Web site.

Lunch will be served to the first 200 attendees.

Fall Music Festival covers range of styles, genres

The Music Department's annual Fall Music Festival, a week of recitals and concerts, begins Saturday, Nov. 14. All events start 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. The lineup includes:

  • Saturday, Nov. 14 – Faculty Lyric Trio Recital. Free.

  • Sunday, Nov. 15 – Choral Ensembles. $3 faculty, staff.

  • Monday, Nov. 16 – Wind Symphony. $3 faculty, staff.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Symphony Orchestra. $3 faculty, staff.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Percussion Ensembles. Free.

  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Region V UIL All-Region Jazz Band I, Region V UIL All-Region Jazz Band II. $3 faculty, staff.

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

Submit nominations for Outstanding Academic Advisor

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

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Veterans Day salute

Faculty, staff and students attended a Veterans Day candlelight vigil to note the tragedy last week at Fort Hood and to honor veterans Tuesday night on the Central Library mall. Delta Sigma Pi, the Residence Hall Association and the African Student Organization sponsored the event.


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.

UT Arlington receives additional grant for college readiness program

The University has received the additional funding for the UT Arlington and Arlington ISD College Readiness Program to prepare minority first-generation students for postsecondary education.

Carla Amaro-Jiménez, visiting assistant professor of bilingual/ESL education, and Luis Rosado, director of the Center for Bilingual Education, obtained the $68,000 grant from AmeriCorps. The money brings the total program funding to $388,000.

International Education Week looks at global careers

International Education Week will explore the benefits of international education and participating in programs that prepare Americans for the global workplace. The week's events are hosted by the Office of International Education. Faculty from anthropology, architecture, business, engineering, linguistics, nursing and physics will share their experiences of studying abroad.

Check the International Education Week schedule online for more details.

Native American group hosts gallery exhibit

The Native American Students Association and area tribal leaders host an exposé of ethnographical influence on modern American society at the University Center Gallery. The exhibit, "Thousands of Years of Sustainability," will be on display Nov. 17-Dec. 3. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 27, is Native American Heritage Day, and November is National Native American Heritage Month.

'Most Awesome Extreme Challenge' benefits typhoon victims

Two Asian Heritage Month events, "Night at the Market" held Monday and "Most Awesome Extreme Challenge," benefit victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines.

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Dancing with the lion and dragon

"Night at the Market" featured a lion-and-dragon dance during Asian Heritage Month festivities Monday night at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. A fashion show and a martial arts demonstration also were included in the event, hosted by Multicultural Affairs and sponsored by the Vietnamese Student Association and the Filipino Student Association.

The "Most Awesome Extreme Challenge" is similar to the ABC reality TV program, "I Survived a Japanese Game Show." Participants compete in sumo wrestling and other challenges for team points. Winners receive trophies and medals. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Visit for online team registration.

Library creates ResearchCommons,
an electronic repository

The UT Arlington Library has established the ResearchCommons, a new repository to house electronic versions of important University research, including papers, books, images, recordings and other data. UT Arlington is one of 18 Texas universities that have established stable and secure digital environments in which scholars may deposit their completed work.

So far, the new communities in the ResearchCommons include the Department of Linguistics and TESOL, Department of Psychology, Department of Mathematics, School of Architecture and the Library.

Visit to access the ResearchCommons, which is available to the public.

Nursing's HRSA traineeship funding largest in the state

The School of Nursing has received the largest award to date for the Nurse Traineeship Grant since the first award in 1981. The $118,798 grant benefits students in the Master of Science in Nursing programs.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Professional Nurse Traineeship Grant was awarded to 16 Texas schools of nursing.

Certified Nurse Assistant training to utilize Smart Hospital

The Certified Nurse Assistant training program has established a collaboration with the School of Nursing Smart Hospital. The Health Careers Institute in the Division of Enterprise Development uses the facility's state-of-the-science classroom and laboratory skills training site to enhance the learning experience of CNA students.

Alumni Association Gala centerpiece

Alumni Association Gala centerpieces,
wine toppers available

Take a piece of the Distinguished Alumni Gala home for the holidays. The Alumni Association is offering centerpieces and wine toppers from the gala for purchase.

The orange vases are $25 each, with discounts available for multiple purchases. Wine toppers are $3 each. All proceeds benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Program.

Contact Stephanie Thompson at or 2‑2594.

Final Instructional Support Session for faculty set for Nov. 19

The final Instructional Support Session, titled "Rubric Use and Construction," will be 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 101, Trimble Hall. Full- and part-time faculty are invited to participate.

Rubrics are an excellent assessment tool for both student clarity and instructor ease. They provide a hedge against grading complaints while at the same time greatly clarifying course assignments and scoring values. Faculty are invited to bring a copy of an assignment for a project, paper or presentation. They will have a chance to convert it into a scoring rubric during the session.

This is the final in a series of sessions offered this fall. The sessions are taught by Mary Lynn Crow, professor in the College of Education and Health Professions. There is no cost, but faculty are asked to register in advance by contacting Delene Remmers at 2‑2737 or Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.

Murillo receives Norman award for artwork

Michelle Murillo, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History, received one of four Patricia G. Norman awards at the Los Angeles Printmaking Society Biennial's 20th national exhibition. This is her second consecutive award by the biennial exhibit. Murillo specializes in printmaking, painting and installation. Her international exhibitions include an artist-in-residence solo exhibition, Proyecto ACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2007.

Benefit Yourself

Managing Stress in the Workplace

How you handle stress makes all the difference. Learn what stress is, how to identify and understand it, and how to identify the sources of your stress. As the holidays approach, this is a great time take a timeout to learn the tips to help you deal with stress. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of training classes.

Access 2007 Level I: Tables

This introductory course covers databases and the usage of MS Access 2007 to create these databases. You will learn how to create good and efficient databases and how to modify tables. You will also learn how to create relationships between these tables. Register to attend. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, Room 311A, Ransom Hall. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

UT FLEX grace period ends Sunday

Connecting Life and Work

The UT FLEX grace period allows UT FLEX Medical Expense Reimbursement Account participants an additional two and a half months each year (Sept. 1-Nov. 15) to incur eligible expenses at the end of the plan year. By doing so, participants can avoid forfeiting any leftover funds from the 2008-2009 plan year that ended on Aug. 31.

Review your flexible spending account information online at or by contacting PayFlex Customer Service at 866-887-3539. See Insurance Insights for more information.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from the stress of your day with Mindful Moments at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 235 of the Business Building. Free. Health Services, 2‑2626.

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.

Sports Notes
Tamara Simmons

Top notch: Junior Tamara Simmons is a pre-season first-team All-Southland Conference selection.


Women host Rice Friday in opener

Following up last year's appearance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, the women's basketball team will open the season against Rice at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks are picked to finish second in the West Division of the Southland Conference behind Lamar. Junior Tamara Simmons was selected to the pre-season first team, and junior Shalyn Martin was named to the second team.

Mavericks open season Saturday against Dallas Baptist

The men's basketball team will open the season against Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Texas Hall.

Senior Marquez Haynes was named pre-season first-team All-Southland Conference while senior Tommy Moffitt was selected to the second team. The Mavericks are picked to finish fourth in the West Division of the SLC.

Movin' Mavs tournament starts Friday

The Movin' Mavs host a National Wheelchair Basketball Association College Division Tournament with four games Friday-Sunday, Nov. 13-15. The weekend also includes the Second Annual Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament. Admission is free. Check for details at

Volleyballers clinch spot in conference tourney

A berth in the Southland Conference Tournament is secure as the Mavericks won two of three matches last week. UT Arlington is now 7-7 in league play and will close the regular season on the road with matches at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UT San Antonio this weekend. Only the top eight teams in the 12-team conference qualify for the post-season tournament, which will be played Nov. 20-22 in San Antonio.

Fischer wins Carter Plantation golf tourney

Junior Zack Fischer earned his second career victory, and his first of the 2009-10 golf season, as he fired a 5-under-par 67 in the final round last week at the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate in Springdale, La. The Mavericks finished fifth with a score of 875.

(For more sports news, go to

Going Out

Thursday, Nov. 12 Character-based Leadership Thomas Wright of Kansas State University will speak on leadership with character. Dr. Wright is an extensively published authority on the topics of leadership, organizational behavior and business ethics. Faculty and staff are invited, but seating is limited. Free. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, Room 101, College Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 12 Faculty Trumpet Recital Rick Bogard of the music faculty performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., 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,

National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA)

Friday, Nov. 13 National Wheelchair Basketball Association College Division Tournament Movin' Mavs vs. Missouri, 3 p.m., Maverick Activities Center; vs. Illinois men, 8 p.m., Texas Hall.

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

Saturday, Nov. 14 National Wheelchair Basketball Association College Division Tournament Movin' Mavs vs. Alabama, 11 a.m., Maverick Activities Center; vs. Illinois women, 3 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.

Saturday, Nov. 14 Jim Hayes Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Movin' Mavs vs. Dallas Texans. Free. 7 p.m., P.E. Building.

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

Saturday, Nov. 14 Faculty Lyric Trio Recital Featuring John Burton, cello; Martha Walvoord, violin; Young-Hyun Cho, piano. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Sunday, Nov. 15 Choral Ensembles Karen Kenaston-French, conductor. $3 faculty, staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Monday, Nov. 16 Cultural Learning Jennifer Gray, associate dean for the Ph.D. program in the School of Nursing, will describe her own cultural learning as a missionary nurse in West Africa 30 years ago and as a nurse educator/researcher in East Africa recently. 8-9 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m., Room 223, Pickard Hall.

Monday, Nov. 16 Architecture Presentation Tom Lenchek, founding principal of Balance Associates Architects in Seattle, will present "Natural Modern," which combines architectural rigor with livability in a unique and recognizable way. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson, 2‑2314.

Monday, Nov. 16 Immigration Law Seminar Emanuela Prister speaks at the event presented by Student Legal Services. Free pizza served to the first 50 participants. 5 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Keisha Ware, 2‑3771.

Monday, Nov. 16 Innocence Network Fundraiser A portion of food sales go to the UT Arlington Innocence Network at this fundraiser. 6-10 p.m., Olenjack's Grille, Lincoln Square, 770 Road to Six Flags Dr.

Monday, Nov. 16 Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Douglas Stotter conducts the Wind Symphony and Matthew Luttrell the Symphonic Band. $3 faculty, staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

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. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Through Dec. 31 UT Arlington Planetarium programs Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule, which includes Two Small Pieces of Glass. 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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