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

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Outstanding employee

Outstanding Employee Award nomination deadline Friday

Don't miss the opportunity to turn in that Outstanding Employee Award nomination as the deadline is midnight tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 23.

Two awards will be presented in each of four categories: Professional, Para-Professional and Technical; Administrative Support; Service and Maintenance; and Administrative and Professional.

Each outstanding employee selected will receive $1,000 and a plaque at a dinner honoring the recipients. Regular full-time and part-time UT Arlington employees who have been employed for a minimum of two years are eligible for nomination.

Use either the print nomination form (mail to Box 19176 or fax to 2-3361) or the electronic nomination form.

Contact Linda Snowden in Human Resources at 2-7091 for more details.

Doug Fine

Author talks about ditching
city strife for a greener life

Doug Fine recounts how he left city life for a sustainable green adventure at 3:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The lecture, "Petroleum Free in One Year," by the author of Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living is free and open to the public.

Fine's appearance is in conjunction with the OneBook program, which adopted Bill McKibben's Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future for 2009-10.

Other OneBook programs are listed online.

Go Down Together: The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guin

'Bonnie and Clyde' author
gets down to true story

Jeff Guinn, author of Go Down Together: The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde, sorts out fact from fiction about the infamous pair at the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting. The talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Guinn is the former books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the author of several books. He will sign copies of the book, which will be for sale.

RSVP to Betty Wood at 2-7421 or

Hear HKS architect Bryan Trubey discuss Cowboys Stadium

Bryan Trubey, vice president of HKS, Inc., the firm that designed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, will discuss the extraordinary facility as part of the One Book, One Arlington program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Room 204 in the Architecture Building.

  MavPic Jim Nelson, Vicky Teherani, Allan Garonzik and John Lanigan

Distinguished company

Among those honored at the Distinguished Alumni Gala at the Bluebonnet Ballroom Saturday night were, from left, Jim Nelson ('72 BBA), Vicky Teherani ('79 BBA, '81 MBA), Allan Garonzik ('67 BBA) and John Lanigan, who received the Distinguished Alumni Honorary Award. Read details about these and other Distinguished Alumni online. The gala not only honors exceptional alumni, but also generates significant scholarship funds for students each year.

Architecture Dean Don Gatzke and HKS President H. Ralph Hawkins ('73 BS) will be special guests. HKS is designing the UT Arlington Special Events Center. Presented by the UT Arlington Library, the School of Architecture and the Arlington Public Library, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Learn Web conferencing and win prizes

In an effort to help your office Go Green, the President's Sustainability Committee invites you to participate in "Web Conferencing" at noon Friday, Oct. 23. An equipment test is available at 11:30 a.m. By participating at your desk, you will help reduce emissions, spend less on travel and save time and you'll learn more about Web conferencing.

See additional information regarding the Web Conferencing session and follow these steps to participate: register and download tip sheet.

Following the training session, a drawing will be held for silver and bronze level Maverick Office Green Team prizes. Silver level members can win lunch, and bronze level members can win a continental breakfast.

Attend the Fall Festival during
Parent and Family Weekend

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their families to the Fall Festival from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. The annual festival is during Parent and Family Weekend and will feature live music, carnival style games and events, magic and other fun activities. The festival is free for faculty, staff and their families. Contact or 2-2128 for more information.

Be prepared for MyMav downtime starting today

The MyMav system will be upgraded from noon today, Thursday, Oct. 22, to 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Please note the following:

  • The Bursar's and Parking offices will close at noon today.

  • MyMav will be unavailable for faculty and students beginning at noon today.

  • MyMav will be unavailable for staff beginning at 6 p.m. today.

MyMav will return to 24/7 availability at 8 a.m. today. Additional information can be found at Admissions, Financial Aid, Graduate Studies and International Education. For questions or concerns, contact the OIT Help Desk at 2-2208.

Planetarium offers free shows to celebrate Astronomy Day

The Planetarium is teaming up with the Texas Astronomical Society in Dallas and the National Space Society of North Texas for a free Astronomy Day event from 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

  MavPic Douglas Rushkoff

Signing in for technology

Douglas Rushkoff, professor of media studies at the New School University in New York, signs one of his books prior to his Focus on Technology lecture Wednesday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Rushkoff spoke on "From Sputnik to MySpace," illustrating that it is no longer enough to teach students to use today's technologies. Instead students need to be capable of engineering digital infrastructure beyond most of our imaginations. The lecture was presented by the UT Arlington Library.

There will be free planetarium shows, science- and space-related demonstrations, and displays and discussions throughout the day.

Weather permitting, a telescope will be available to view the sun, moon and planets. Visit for more information.

Nominations being accepted
for doctoral student mentoring award

The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for this year's Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring. The award is for faculty members who have a strong record of excellence in mentoring graduate students.

A panel of students, faculty and Graduate Services leadership will select one graduate faculty member who excels as a mentor to graduate students. Nomination forms are due by Monday, Nov. 9. Contact Lisa Berry at or Joslyn Krismer at for more details.

Campus network upgrade Oct. 30

The Office of Information Technology will conduct maintenance on the network between UT Arlington and the outside world such as Internet, Internet2 and National Lambda Rail from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 30. Any outage caused by this maintenance should last between five and 10 minutes.

Feedback needed for dining survey

Dining Services is conducting a survey to better understand the University community's dining preferences and satisfaction. The survey takes about five minutes, and all responses will remain confidential. Participants will be able to enter a drawing to win one of three Best Buy gift cards: the grand prize is for $250, and the others are for $25 each. The survey will end Friday, Oct. 23.

Benefit Yourself

Four healthy habits that cut disease risk

A study shows people who follow these four habits sharply reduce risk of serious disease.

  In the Spotlight
Dominique Anderson and Dee Dee Freeman

Telly tales: Dominique Anderson, left, and Dee Dee Freeman with this year's Telly Awards.

The Learning Resource Center for the School of Nursing recently won two bronze Telly Awards. The Tellys, a national award, honor the best video and film productions, Web productions and local, regional and cable television commercials and programs. Dee Dee Freeman, LRC director, and Dominique Anderson are the center's video production crew. MavWire talked with Freeman about the awards and the LRC.

Q: What won the Telly Awards this year?
A: We won two awards for the video "What is a Nurse Scientist?" in editing and art direction. Those were done by Dominique Anderson, my staff videographer. She's been with me for two years, and in two years she's been responsible for us winning five Tellys.

We've won 10, all in different areas: public relations, social issues, cinematography, videography, videoediting and art direction. We've won these awards for the technical aspect and the content. We won one silver, which is the highest award, and the rest are bronze. The silver and one bronze were for "The Smart Hospital Orientation."

Q: How do the videos come about?
A: Some are educational, faculty driven, and some are student driven. Students come to us with an idea, then they are graded on the content, not the technical side. Ones like "I'm a Breast Cancer Survivor" and "Mommy, I Want to be a Nurse" have turned into amazing recruiting tools.

Q: How long has nursing had its own video production?
A: It started 10 years ago when some faculty had some ideas. Chris Simpson was a part-time student with a background in video. He was the first videographer I hired.

Q: What else does the LRC provide?
A: Video production is fitted among our other services. LRC has five staff members who work on nursing's internal OIT, distance education, broadcast courses and classroom support. We're all-round MacGyvers. We can fix it, rig it, hang it. We try to do it all. I am certain I have the "funest" job on campus.

  • Don't smoke

  • Get off the sofa and take a walk

  • Stay away from junk food

  • Watch your waistline

You may have heard the advice before. But did you know that if you follow all four of these healthy habits, you could decrease your chances of developing some of the most common and deadly chronic diseases by nearly 80 percent? Learn how to take charge of your health today and begin living up to your potential.

Flu season update

To stay healthy during flu season, here are a few tips.

  • Seasonal flu shots are available through Health Services for $15. A vaccine for the H1N1 influenza is not yet available at Health Services.

  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, which is located around campus.

  • Do not go to work when you are ill or running a fever.

  • If you experience flu-like symptoms, including a high fever, see a physician as soon as possible. Contact Health Services at 2‑2771 or go to

Safe Zone Ally Training session tonight

Participants in Ally Training will learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At the conclusion of training, participants have the option to display a Safe Zone symbol as a signal to the campus community and LGBT individuals that they maintain a safe and affirming environment.

Space is limited. Contact Adria Villarreal at 2-3671 or with questions or to reserve your spot. For more information, see Safe Zone. 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, Room 223, Pickard Hall.

Welcoming Diversity

This workshop is an experiential, interactive program designed to promote awareness and increased sensitivity to the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups in our society. Done in an upbeat, hopeful tone, the program focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes and learning skills in responding to prejudicial jokes, remarks and slurs. Participants will discover how to be more attentive to diversity and racism in the workplace and community. Lunch will be provided. Dress in comfortable/casual attire. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of training classes.

Introduction to Mac OS

This class will teach you some Mac basics and usage information in the University's Windows-dominated environment. Yes, you can survive with your Mac. 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, Room 216, Ransom Hall. Register to attend. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

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
Bianca Sauls

Killer effort: Junior Bianca Sauls leads the Mavericks in kills with 151 through 19 matches.


Tonight is Dig Pink Night for volleyball

Dig Pink Night

It's Dig Pink Night as the Mavericks host Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Oct. 22, at Texas Hall. Admission is $2 for faculty and staff.

Dig Pink Night is an annual event to raise money for the Side-Out Foundation, which directly supports breast cancer. Donors will receive a free gift.

The Mavericks host Nicholls State at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in another conference match at Texas Hall. See athletics.

Golfers fifth at Lone Star Invitational

The Mavericks finished fifth in a 12-team field Monday in the Lone Star Invitational at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio.

For the fourth consecutive tournament this fall, junior Zack Fischer was the top Maverick golfer. He finished eighth overall with a 3-under-par 213.

The Mavericks complete the fall portion of the golf schedule at the Southland Preview Nov. 2-3 in Springfield, La.

Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 22 Volleyball UT Arlington hosts Southeastern Louisiana. $2 faculty and staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. 2-2239,

Thursday, Oct. 22 Choir Concert The University Singers and A Cappella Choir perform along with guest violinist Martha Walvoord. $3 faculty and staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Thursday, Oct. 22 Maverick Speakers Series: David Gergen Commentator, author and former presidential adviser David Gergen will share his insight on leadership to a sold-out audience as part of the Maverick Speakers Series. A book signing will follow the lecture. 8 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Noises Off

Thursday, Oct. 22-Sunday, Oct. 25 Noises Off A farce in three fast-paced acts. Reservations recommended. $7 faculty and staff. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Mainstage Theatre, Room 174, Fine Arts Building. 2-2669.

Friday, Oct. 23 Komen on the Go Look for the large pink trailer on the Central Library mall and join the fight against breast cancer. Take a virtual interactive tour in the lounge on the trailer. Information and freebies will be available. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Central Library mall. Sponsored by Health Services.

Friday, Oct. 23 Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organics and unique food products provided by local vendors. The open-air market runs each Friday (except the day after Thanksgiving) through Dec. 18. Presented by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation. Sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services, the City of Arlington, Home Depot and Innovative Sign and Design Group. 9 a.m. to sellout, 215 E. Front St., between Mesquite and Elm streets.

Friday, Oct. 23 Solomons Faculty Piano Recital John Solomons, associate professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Saturday, Oct. 24 Student Alumni Association Celebration Celebrate 20 years of the Student Alumni Association/Student Foundation with a light lunch and a memorabilia display. Reservations required. Free. Noon-2 p.m., University Club, Davis Hall. 2-2594.

Saturday, Oct. 24 Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball UT Arlington vs. Dallas Mavericks wheelchair team. Free. 1 p.m., Texas Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 24 Volleyball UT Arlington hosts Nicholls State. $2 faculty and staff. 3 p.m., Texas Hall. 2-2239,

Tuesday, Oct. 27 Communicators Lecture Series Faculty and staff are invited to Communication Day 2009. Business Week columnist Ed Wallace will discuss "Back to the Future of Communication: It Is Not What You Think" at 10 a.m. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2-2163,

Thursday, Oct. 29 Teaching Today's Learners This presentation by Mark Taylor helps faculty better understand students from Generation NeXt to more effectively teach and reach them and other students. Free. Registration required. See Active Learning for more information. Three different sessions. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library.

Through Nov. 14 Faculty Biennial X This art exhibition showcases recent work created by Department of Art and Art History faculty. The 2009 exhibition features works of more than 30 faculty members in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, video, digital imaging and visual communication. Examples of recent publications are display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building.

Everything Is Interrelated

Through Dec. 22 Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Featured artists are Marianna Alfaro, Lucille Oppermann, Gloria Sepp, Dolly Valdez and Soon Warren. The exhibition runs through Dec. 22. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2‑6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Through Dec. 31 UT Arlington 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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