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

Monday, November 16, 2009

Special Events Center

Final design approved
for special events center

The final design for a $78 million special events center emphasizes energy efficiency, natural light and materials, and flexible seating in a new venue for convocations, concerts and athletics that will define the University's eastern edge.

The UT System Board of Regents gave final approval to the design Thursday during the board's regular meeting in Austin.

Groundbreaking is scheduled in spring 2010, and the center is expected to open in early 2012.

With seating for up to 6,500, the center will serve as the home court for Mavericks basketball and volleyball teams, commencement and other community events. Designed by HKS Inc., the center mixes brick and stone exteriors with windows that stretch nearly the full height of the 50-foot building and bathe its concourses in natural light.

HKS designed the 218,000-square-foot center to meet LEED Silver standards, incorporating many energy-efficient features, including low-emittance glazed windows, a highly reflective roof that will reduce the solar load on the building and a low-use water system. The building will incorporate regional materials and include native landscaping.

"This events center will be an instant landmark on the UT Arlington campus," says John Hall, the University's vice president for administration and campus operations. "It will provide a strong connection to the redevelopment of downtown Arlington and the University."

Read more about the special events center online.

Jon Meacham

Newsweek editor to reflect tonight
on Obama's first year in office

Tickets are still available for Jon Meacham, Newsweek editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who 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. tonight, Monday, Nov. 16, at Texas Hall. The event is free but requires tickets, which are available at

Meacham joined Newsweek in 1995 and was named editor in 2006. He is the best-selling author of American Lion, a biography of Andrew Jackson, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. He wrote Franklin and Winston and American Gospel, and edited Voice in Our Blood, a chronicle against Jim Crow laws.

Daniel Russell

Google researcher seeks to understand searching needs at Focus on Technology

How do you Google and why? Those are a couple of topics Daniel Russell, a research scientist for the Internet search engine company Google, will address in his 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.

The program is free. Lunch will be served to the first 200 attendees.

Geography, data mingle at GIS Day workshops, showcase


Spatial analysis and vampires are topics covered during GIS Day Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. The programs on global information systems are part of the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 15-21.

A GIS Research Showcase features how the geographic information system is used around campus. The showcase is set for 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m.

Darren Hayunga, an assistant professor in finance and real estate, will explain GIS use for spatial statistics, spatial econometrics and statistics in research. His talk begins at noon.

Josh Been, GIS librarian, leads the whimsical, hands-on workshop "Vampires in North America: Map Settlements and Migration Patterns" from 3-5 p.m. in B-20/21 of the Central Library. The workshop uses the "Twilight" books for data.

Participants can play games, win prizes and partake of the giant GIS Day cake.

GIS Day is free and open to the public. Register to attend.

Southern Ute algae biofuel project focus of talk Wednesday

Algae—aka pond scum— may be the future of biofuel as explained at noon Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Room 121 in Science Hall. The event, marking Native American Heritage Month, is free and open to the public.

Bruce Valdez, executive director of the Colorado-based Southern Ute Growth Fund, and Rebecca Kauffman of the Southern Ute Alternative Energy Department, will discuss how the Ute biofuel project involves growing algae and converting it into biofuel. Algae, like other plants, use photosynthesis to convert solar energy into chemical energy. This energy is stored in the form of oils, carbohydrates and proteins.

Valdez also will discuss the business ventures of the Southern Utes, one of the most successful Native American tribes at economic development.

"The business community, people interested in sustainability and those who believe that traditional native values and high-tech science can be combined will be interested in this program," says English Professor Kenneth Roemer, adviser to the Native American Student Association.

Contact Dr. Roemer at for more information.

Compliance training must be completed by Dec. 4

UT Arlington is committed to ethical conduct and compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures. As part of this commitment, the Compliance Training Program has been established. Completing the annual compliance training requirement is important for all faculty and staff. Access the University's training Web site at

  MavPic Kelly Labs and Cedric James

Telling war stories

Author Jeff Shaara talked about his writings as part of the Star-Telegram Evening with an Author Series Wednesday night in Texas Hall. Shaara has written nine books that have appeared on the New York Times best-seller list, including his latest work, No Less Than Victory. He said his passion is writing about war and letting the characters tell their stories. His writings include books about the Civil War and World War II.

The deadline for completing the training is Friday, Dec. 4. Contact Jennifer Chapman at 2‑2080 for more information about the University's Compliance Training Program.

International Education Week
looks at global careers

International Education Week, Nov. 16-20, 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.

Final Instructional Support Session
for faculty set for Nov. 19

The final Instructional Support Session, "Rubric Use and Construction," will be 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 101, Trimble Hall.

Rubrics are an excellent assessment tool for both student clarity and instructor ease. They provide a hedge against grading complaints while greatly clarifying course assignments and scoring values.

Faculty can bring a copy of an assignment for a project, paper or presentation and 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. The class is free, but register in advance by contacting Delene Remmers at 2‑2737 or Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.

Garrison Keillor event sold out

Tickets are sold out for the evening with A Prairie Home Companion creator Garrison Keillor at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Texas Hall. Any unfilled seats will be available at 6:50 p.m. The program is free and part of the Evening with an Author Series, sponsored by the Star-Telegram and UT Arlington.

Athletics announces annual food drive, free tickets

The Athletics Department has begun its annual food drive for Mission Arlington. Canned and other non-perishable food items will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Drop off items in Room 110 at the Gilstrap Building. Donations can be made in the name of a Maverick athletic team.

Bring four canned foods to receive a free ticket to three basketball games: Tuesday, Nov. 17 (women vs. Houston), Wednesday, Nov. 18 (men vs. North Texas) and Saturday, Nov. 21 (men vs. Eastern Washington). All games start at 7 p.m. at Texas Hall.

Contact Cassie Thompson, 2‑0215 or for details.

Benefit Yourself

Controversial Issues Workshop

Interested in essential skills related to dealing with tough interpersonal and intergroup conflicts? This incredible class demonstrates a method for helping diverse groups work together even in tough, emotionally charged conflicts. Prerequisite: Welcoming Diversity Workshop. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of training classes.

Adobe Photoshop

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS4

Learn how to maneuver through Photoshop's layout. Bring an image into Photoshop and turn a dull photo into a masterpiece. Register to attend. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, Room 311A, Ransom Hall. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

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.

Extra Credit

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

Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 16-17; Thursday-Friday, Nov. 19-20 Blood Drive No appointment necessary. Bring a photo ID. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Central Library and the E.H. Hereford University Center. 2‑2963.

Monday, Nov. 16 Architecture Presentation Tom Lenchek, founding principal of Balance Associates Architects in Seattle, presents "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 on immigration law with a question-and-answer session to follow. 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,

Tuesday, Nov. 17 Accidental Branding for the Purposeful Entrepreneur David Vinjamuri, a marketing professor and author of Accidental Branding, discusses the success of people who created well-known consumer brands, such as Craigslist, Burt's Bees and Baby Einstein, without marketing experience. A question-and-answer session follows. Free with free pizza. 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 North Texas: Wide Open for Sustainability and Growth Business owners and entrepreneurs can learn new skills, ideas and examples to grow profitable, sustainable businesses. Registration required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Automation & Robotics Research Institute auditorium, 7300 Jack Newell Boulevard, S., Fort Worth.

College of Engineering 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, Nov. 18 Engineering Speaker Series Chris Greer, assistant director of information technology for the White House Office of Science and Technology, speaks on "Engineering and Science in Five Dimensions." Dr. Greer's talk will focus on the digital dimension and how it is recasting many aspects of human activity worldwide. Free. Register online. 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture, Room 100, Nedderman Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 19 Art in Argentina Patrick Frank, author of two books on Latin American modern art, discusses "Destroying the Figure in Order to Save It: Sixties Art in Argentina." Frank wrote Posada's Broadsheets: Mexican Popular Imagery and Los Artistas del Pueblo: Prints and Workers' Culture in Buenos Aires. Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building.

Friday, Nov. 20 Linguistics Colloquium Christopher Stewart, assistant professor of modern languages, speaks on "The Sociolinguistics of Parisian French: Language Attitudes and Speech Perception." 2 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. Drew Burks, 2‑3133,

Friday, Nov. 20 Approaches to Sustainability This OneBook poster session displays original research presented in poster form. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 11:30 a.m. poster judging, 12:30 p.m. awards announcement, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Book of Days' continues this week

Book of Days

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

Dennis Maher, dramaturge and associate professor of theatre arts, directs the play, a wickedly comic drama based in a small rural community in the heartland, where the mysterious death of a local wealthy cheese factory owner triggers great suspicion, turmoil and confusion among his family, the local church and fellow residents.

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

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

Monday, Nov. 16 Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band $5 faculty, staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Tuesday, Nov. 17-Thursday, Dec. 3 Growing with Tradition The Native American Student Association and area tribal leaders host an exposé of ethnographical influence on modern American society. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 17 Most Awesome Extreme Challenge Participants complete in sumo wrestling and other challenges in this Asian Heritage Month event. Proceeds benefit typhoon victims. Free. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 17 Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Houston. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 17 Symphony Orchestra Clifton Evans, conductor. $5 faculty, staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Wednesday, Nov. 18 Blaze's Birthday Party Celebrate the second birthday of Blaze, UT Arlington's mascot. Special appearances, giveaways. Noon, Central Library mall.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. North Texas. White-Out Night: wear a white T‑shirt. Tailgating begins at 5:30 p.m. Free pizza. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 Percussion Ensembles David Wolf, director. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Thursday, Nov. 19 Jazz Concert $5 faculty, staff. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. 2‑3471,

Through Friday, Nov. 20 RecycleMania scrapbooks Scrapbooks by students who participated in RecycleMania in spring 2009 are displayed along with books on recycling. First and second floors, Central Library.

Friday, Nov. 20 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. 20 Maroon 5 Concert Grammy Award-winning band performs. Concert is sold out. 8:30 p.m., Texas Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 21 Holiday Extravaganza An event for children of faculty, staff and students. Music, crafts and a visitor from the North Pole. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2‑2293.

Monday, Nov. 23 An Evening with Clive Cussler Fiction author Clive Cussler discusses his 40th book, The Wrecker. Free, but tickets required. For two tickets, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Clive Cussler, c/o Star-Telegram, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Worth TX 76101. Presented by the Katrine Deakins Trust, the Helen Littauer Trust and UT Arlington. 7 p.m., Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Melinda Mason, 817-390-7579.

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

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.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Through Dec. 31 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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