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

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Frank Warren and Jon Meacham

Secrets, Obama's first year
topics for November speakers

What's your darkest secret? What about Obama? Two speakers will address both questions on campus in November.

Tickets for lectures by author Frank Warren and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham are available at

Warren is the creator of the blog phenomenon PostSecret, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world. His lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center and is sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. Tickets are $10 for faculty and staff.

Meacham joined Newsweek as a writer in 1995 and rose quickly, becoming managing editor three years later at age 29. He was named editor in 2006. His lecture "War, Healthcare, and the Economy: Reflections on Obama's First Year" is part of the Maverick Speakers Series and is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in Texas Hall. The lecture is free, but tickets are required.

Early voting continues through Friday


Early voting for the Nov. 3 state constitutional amendment election continues through Friday, Oct. 30, at various locations.

The closest early voting site to campus is the Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse, 700 E. Abram St., and the closest to the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center is the Fort Worth Municipal Building, 1000 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth.

Proposition 4 on the ballot relates to Texas' emerging research universities and their possible Tier One status. If voters approve Proposition 4, the balance of the dormant Higher Education Fund—about $500 million—would be transferred to a new National Research University Fund. Those funds would be available as Texas' seven emerging research universities—including UT Arlington—achieve certain criteria outlined in House Bill 51 and identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Funds would be available Sept. 1, 2011, to qualifying institutions.

Learn more about UT Arlington's progress toward becoming a major national research university at

More on the Nov. 3 ballot is available through the Texas Secretary of State office. Local election issues are available online for Tarrant County and Dallas County.

UT Arlington Innocence Network

Partners in freedom: Research by junior Natalie Ellis, center, through the UT Arlington Innocence Network resulted in the exoneration of Christopher Scott, left, and Claude Simmons, who served 12 years in prison for a crime they did not commit. The two men were released Friday, Oct. 23. The three spoke Monday with other students participating in the Innocence Network.

Exoneree services conference scheduled Friday

The School of Social Work and Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts are sponsors of the 2009 Wrongful Conviction and Exoneree Services Conference from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The conference is designed for students, social workers, service providers, policymakers, the legal community and others who are interested in ending wrongful convictions and who provide services to those who have been exonerated.

It will highlight Texas' landmark Tim Cole Act, which took effect Sept. 1. Cole was wrongfully convicted as a young college student. DNA later proved his innocence, but only after he died in prison.

During the morning session, Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work, will give a brief welcome. Assistant Professor Jaimie Page will give an overview of wrongful conviction, exoneration and exonerees' experiences. Select exonerees also will share their stories.

The afternoon session includes a legal/advocacy panel featuring Dr. Page; Cory Session, brother of Tim Cole; Michelle Moore, public defender and exoneration attorney; and Edwin Colfax from the Justice Project of Washington, D.C, a nonpartisan advocacy organization.

Call 2‑3921 to register or for more information.

28 faculty members honored with promotions

Ten faculty members who were promoted from associate professor to full professor and 18 who were promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure were honored Tuesday night in the Carlisle Suite at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Reaching the rank of full professor are Ali Abolmaali, civil engineering; Myrtle Bell, management; Ann Cavallo, curriculum and instruction; Alejandro del Carmen, criminology and criminal justice; Louise Fincher, kinesiology; Benito Huerta, art and art history; Jianling Li, urban and public affairs; Ping Liu, physics; Luis Rosado, curriculum and instruction; and Meng Tao, electrical engineering.

Those promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure include Esther Betran, biology; Alan Cannon, information systems and operations management; Andrew Clark, communication; Atilla Dogan, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Cedric Feschotte, biology; Jean Gao, computer science and engineering; Seong Jin Koh, materials science and engineering; James Lavelle, management; Judy LeFlore, nursing; Yonghe Liu, computer science and engineering; Sung Seek Moon, social work; Allen Repko, urban and public affairs; Michael Roner, biology; Jay Rosenberger, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering; Sanjiv Sabherwal, finance and real estate; Hua Shan, mathematics; Kamesh Subbarao, mechanical and aerospace engineering; Michael Vasilyev, electrical engineering; and Weidong Zhou, electrical engineering.

See photos from the event.

Arlington MLK Celebration

Jazz at Founders Plaza starts Arlington MLK Celebration

Jazz at Founders Plaza offers a chance to kick back and relax for an inspirational beginning to a year-long celebration of the life and teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee presents the celebration from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

The free event will feature acclaimed drummer Adonis Rose, UT Arlington artist in residence, and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, with performances by students from UT Arlington and Arlington Independent School District.

The event also will feature child-friendly games and activities, slam poetry and tap dancing. Food and beverages will be sold by local vendors. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert on the Levitt lawn.

Visit the Web site at or contact Cheryel Carpenter at 817-459-6404 for more details.

Instructional Support Sessions offered for all faculty

The third Instructional Support Session, "Matching Course Assessments to Learning Outcomes," will be from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Room 101 of Trimble Hall.

Faculty will learn that assessment does not always have to be in the form of a test item. The only requirement is that it should match the course learning outcomes it is designed to measure. Assessment can include products, behaviors, papers, solutions, plans, games, designs, portfolios, rubrics, logs and more. This session will increase the repertoire of assessment strategies for faculty. Both full- and part-time faculty are invited to participate.

  MavPic Bryan Trubey

A new game in stadium design

Bryan Trubey, principal architect for Cowboys Stadium, talked about the unique facility Tuesday night in the Architecture Auditorium. He is vice president of HKS Inc., which will design the UT Arlington Special Events Center that will have a spring groundbreaking.

This is the third in a series of sessions offered this fall. They are taught by Mary Lynn Crow, professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, member of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Teachers and recipient of the UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award 2009.

Sessions are free, but faculty are asked to register by contacting Delene Remmers at 2‑2737 or Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.

Show your Maverick pride
on Spirit Fridays

The University's enrollment is at its largest in history, and departments are busier than ever helping students this academic year. Show these students your school pride by participating in Maverick Spirit Fridays.

Human Resources invites departments to make a commitment to Spirit Fridays by agreeing to dress the part with school colors or UT Arlington items. In appreciation, HR will supply special spirit buttons in recognition of your commitment.

To participate, one department representative should contact Linda Snowden at with the number of participants.

The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment will deliver spirit posters promoting Spirit Fridays to interested offices. For posters, contact Carl Esposito at

Campus network upgrade notice

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 activity should last between five and 10 minutes.

Tuesday's One Mic Stand appearance canceled

Because of a scheduling conflict with filming of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation, comedian Retta has canceled her One Mic Stand performance scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Rosebud Theatre.

Benefit Yourself

MavLife: Livin' Like A Maverick: Healthy Living

Learn about healthy living with Aaron Gumm from the Allen Family Wellness Clinic. Dr. Gumm will cover a range of wellness issues, from relaxation to lowering blood pressure to natural pain control to controlling weight to eating healthy. Bring a sack lunch and a note pad. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.


AHA HeartSavers: First Aid with CPR and AED

Would you know what to do if someone around you was having a heart attack? The skills learned in this class could save a life. Participants will receive a CPR certification card. 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 4, Training Room, Environmental Health and Safety Building, 500 Summit Ave. See the complete list of training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Flash CS4

Discover layout and learn some tips to get started using the one of the most powerful design and animation software tools available for the Internet. Using the timeline, you will learn simple animation techniques, key-framing, motion-tweening and how to publish your design for use in a Web page. Basic HTML experience helpful, but not required. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, Room 312, 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
UT Arlington Mavericks

Building blocks: The Mavericks lead the conference, averaging 2.9 blocks per set during SLC play.


Mavericks sweep pair of matches, hit the road this weekend

A pair of victories last week moved UT Arlington into sixth place in the 12-team Southland Conference volleyball standings. The Mavericks improved to 5-0 at home with wins over Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State. The team will now attempt to do something it hasn't done all season—win on the road. Coach Diane Seymour's club will play at McNeese State on Friday night before taking on Stephen F. Austin on Saturday afternoon.

UT Arlington seems poised for a post-season tournament appearance with a 5-4 league record one match past the halfway point in the SLC schedule.

The Mavericks have three home matches coming up, entertaining Texas State on Tuesday, followed by Sam Houston State Nov. 7 and Lamar Nov. 9. See athletics.

Conference cross country championship
Saturday at Corpus Christi

Women's and men's cross county teams will compete in the Southland Conference championship meet at Corpus Christi on Saturday, Oct. 31. Sophomore Jennifer Carey leads the women's team, finishing as the top runner for the Mavericks in four meets this season. Junior Amanda McMahon also has posted some strong finishes.

For the men, freshman Eric Montou and junior Zach Zura lead the way.

Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 29 Maverick Club Tipoff Social Tip off the basketball season with this Maverick Club event featuring food, bowling and introductions of the men's and women's basketball and cross country coaches and teams. $5 buffet. 6 p.m., Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Arlington Highlands.

Friday, Oct. 30 Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organics and unique food products provided by local vendors. The open-air market runs Fridays through Dec. 18, except Nov. 27. 9 a.m. to sellout, 215 E. Front St. 817-303-2800,

Saturday, Oct. 31 Jazz at Founders Plaza Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra perform with UT Arlington and AISD students. Child-friendly games, activities, plus slam poetry and tap dancing are planned. The Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee hosts the event. Free. 3-6 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St.

Monday, Nov. 2-Friday, Nov. 6 Small Paintings, Big Ideas Paintings of senior and advanced art students are exhibited. Purchase by cash or check, and checks should be made payable to the artist. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gallery West, Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Dr. The exhibit will close with a reception and art sale from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 6.

Monday, Nov. 2 Brass Ensembles Recital Faculty and students perform with various brass instruments. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Tuesday, Nov. 3 Volleyball UT Arlington vs. Texas State. Faculty and staff $2. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 3 Music Honors Recital Music faculty and outstanding students perform solo and chamber music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

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 on 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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