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

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Faculty creative works exhibit today features books, art, music

A reception to honor faculty work is set for 4-5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 1, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. The reception honors faculty who authored, edited, or compiled books, served on editorial boards, published music, exhibited art, or had patents granted in 2009.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the event, which is presented by the Office of the Provost and the UT Arlington Library. For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 or

The fiery process of creating glass art

Fired up: Having their work selected for the annual glass art sale and silent auction is a major honor for students in the nationally recognized glass art program.

Glass art sale Friday offers quality work, bargain prices, silent auction

The annual art glass sale will feature a dazzling display of creations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 2, at the Studio Arts Center. Patrons will have the opportunity to buy professional-quality pieces for a fraction of gallery prices.

A silent auction will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. It includes works by students and by program director David Keens, a recipient of the Texas State Artist Award. Keens' work has appeared in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. View some of Keens' recent works online.

The UT Arlington glass art program is one of the nation's best, attracting top students from across the country. The annual sale has been a major factor in the program's development. For student work, half the proceeds go to the students. The remainder benefits the glass art program and will be used to buy materials and equipment. Faculty and staff build all of the program's state-of-the art equipment.

Read more about the annual glass art sale.

Faculty, staff asked to provide re-identification of ethnicity, race

Changes mandated by the U.S. Department of Education will impact the collection, reporting, and use of ethnicity/race data across campus. The intent of the changes is to provide a wider range of options for self-identification. These changes will affect the University in a variety of ways, including how data on everything from employee records to law enforcement statistics are recorded, stored, and reported. Given the widespread use of race/ethnicity data on campus, faculty and staff are being asked to self-identify using a new two-question format.

Beginning today, Thursday, April 1, faculty and staff may voluntarily re-identify by going to survey and completing the two-question resurvey. Should you not be able to complete the resurvey online, you may use the paper form and submit it to Employee Record Services at the address indicated on the form.

You may access additional information regarding this process at ethnicity and race codes.

International Week

International Week starts with a kick

UT Arlington's International Week celebration kicks off—literally—Saturday, April 3. A soccer tournament starts the observance of the diverse countries and cultures that make up the Maverick student body.

This year's theme of "Global Fusion" features the Parade of Banners led by the UTA Samba Band, a food fair with food from all over the world made by international students, a fashion show, intriguing and intricate cultural exhibits created by the students, and a talent show.

At noon Monday, April 5, at the E.H. Hereford University Center, students bearing banners from more than 130 countries will walk from Nedderman Hall around campus to the Central Library mall, where Provost Donald Bobbitt will deliver opening remarks. The ceremony ends in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center with refreshments and student performances.

Check the International Week schedule, or contact Lauren Cutcher at 2-2355 or for more information.

New mentoring program benefits doctoral, undergrad researchers

A new mentoring program will give doctoral students a chance to teach and serve as a research mentor to junior or senior undergraduate mentees. The I Engage Mentoring program is offered through the Office of Graduate Studies for the 11-week summer semester.

The IM program will provide doctoral and doctoral-bound students who have completed 30 hours of graduate study an opportunity to gain teaching and mentoring experience by serving as a research mentor to an undergraduate.

Undergraduates will enroll in a three-hour research/independent study course during the 11-week summer term. A scholarship will offset the course's tuition. Undergraduates can participate in free workshops designed to help them apply to a graduate program.

Graduate students must complete an application jointly with their undergraduate trainee. The deadline for completed applications is Thursday, April 22.

More information is online at the IM Program website. Contact Lisa Berry at for more details.

  Mav Pic Jim Lewis

Playing catch

Jim Lewis, vice president for development, attempts to catch a water balloon during the fourth annual Picnic in the Park festivities Saturday at Doug Russell Park. The picnic was sponsored by the Alumni Association and featured games, children's activities, music, and giveaways.

Human organ trafficking is subject of Termini anthropologist lecture today

Lawrence Cohen, a medical anthropologist, will deliver the 2010 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 1, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Dr. Cohen will discuss "The Kidney Comes to India: What Transplant Scandals Teach Us about India and the United States." He is with the University of California at Berkeley and co-founded an organization that documents allegations of sale and theft of human body parts.

Organ trafficking has been denounced by all international medical and human rights groups. Still, with the United Network for Organ Sharing reporting in early March a waiting list of 106,414 in the United States alone, there is an increasing unregulated market. In India, a kidney can bring $1,000 to its donor.

CSI: Arlington? Saturday competition tests skills of observation

Forget the TV shows and solve a crime yourself at the Crime Scene Investigation Competition at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Arlington Police Academy, 6000 W. Pioneer Parkway.

The CSI competition is an annual event hosted by the graduate chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Arlington Police Department.

Teams will go through a mock crime scene, gather clues, request evidence, and ultimately come up with a theory on how a crime occurred. They are scored and judged on their performance, and winners receive a prize. Special guests, activities, and refreshments add to the fun.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate. Sign up alone and be assigned to a team, or gather friends and register as a team. Registration is $17.50.

Contact Donna Salazar at or 817-353-6456 for more details.

Chef Vincent goes Southern for University Club monthly special

Southern food prevails at the monthly buffet special at the University Club today, Thursday, April 1.

Meet new Executive Chef Steve Vincent, who'll prepare chicken and okra gumbo, cinnamon roasted pork loin with apple and celery dressing, southern-style fish cake, dirty rice, spicy collard greens, zesty red beans and rice, Mississippi coleslaw, Georgia coconut pecan brownies, and orange juleps (non-alcoholic).

Cost is $8 per person. The University Club hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check for future specials and the regular menu at

Mav Pic Abraham and Jovita Ponce and Bob Ray Sanders

Columnist makes Friends

Abraham and Jovita Ponce visited with author Bob Ray Sanders, right, after he spoke at the UT Arlington Friends of the Library meeting Friday at the Central Library. Sanders is a columnist for the Star-Telegram and author of Calvin Littlejohn: Portrait of a Community in Black and White. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Library and the UT Arlington African-American Faculty and Staff Association.


Lecture looks at Greek sports nudity

"Competition, Violence and Nudity: Sport in Ancient Greek Society" is the topic for Paul Christesen, who will speak as part of the History Department's Barksdale Lecture Series at noon, Monday, April 5, in Room 002 of University Hall.

Dr. Christesen is assistant professor of classics at Dartmouth College and a visiting faculty fellow at the Humanities Center at Rice University. He will discuss the origins and significance of the ancient Greek athletic practice of nudity in the contexts of exercise in the gymnasium and public competitions. Various explanations exist, and the practice was associated with citizenship and social status. Christesen's book Ancient Greek History and Olympic Victor Lists also describes ancient Greek competition.

The lecture series is presented by Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, in collaboration with the Classics Club and the Honors College. For more information, contact Don Kyle at 2-2884 or

Nominate faculty who utilize library resources for UT System award

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit nominations for the UT Library Directors' Award, which is presented for excellence in library resource integration.

The award recognizes instructors who have integrated library resources into their courses in innovative ways. The integration could be accomplished in a variety of methods including a library assignment, presentation by a librarian in class, online tutorial for library resources, and more.

Any faculty member who teaches a course within the UT System is eligible, and self-nominations are encouraged. Deadline to submit is Friday, April 9. Fill out the nomination form online.

The Big Event needs a few good hands for community service day

The Big Event needs you and a few of your friends to meet its goal of 945 volunteers for the annual day of community service.

Almost 500 people have registered to lend a helping hand on Saturday, April 24, through 945 opportunities at 57 sites. Volunteers can be faculty, staff, students, and community residents. Academic departments and campus offices are invited to join in for team efforts.

Go to to find a project that's just right for you and your group.

For its 10th year, The Big Event is joining with the Arlington Alliance for Youth for Global Youth Service Day, making it the biggest day of community service in North Texas this year.

For more details, contact Tiffany Kaminski, The Big Event director, at or call UTA Volunteers at 2-2963.

Benefit Yourself

Services available from the Office of Survey Research

The Office of Survey Research at the Annette Strauss Institute is an important resource for staff, academic departments, faculty, and researchers. OSR has provided survey research services for the UT System since 1986. OSR surveys have been used as part of important research on women's health, transportation, and political participation. Also, OSR has assisted the UT System in collecting data on student and alumni needs and programs.

Administered by an expert staff, the Office of Survey Research is equipped with facilities for focus group and telephone interviewing. OSR can provide any or all of the basic services of survey research, including questionnaire design, sampling, data collection, and statistical analysis for telephone, mail, and Internet surveys. OSR provides complete focus group services, including recruiting, hosting, moderating, and transcription. Bilingual moderators can be provided for Spanish-speaking groups.

For more information on all OSR services, see or contact Veronica Inchauste at 512-471-2101 or

Get fit with Faculty/Staff Happy Hour

Start the evening off right with Happy Hour by joining colleagues and coworkers for this one-of-a-kind group exercise class. The format will vary each week. Like any Happy Hour, you must have a valid ID (faculty/staff) to enter. April 5, cardio country; April 12, total body sculpt; April 19, Latin fusion; April 26, BOSU blast; May 3, Latin fusion. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m., Mondays. Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center., 2-3277.

Harassment Issues in Higher Education

The term harassment covers many areas and can occur in many different situations. The person doing the harassing can be a coworker, supervisor, professor, adviser, or student, as well as a sub-contractor, a customer, or visitor to the University. This presentation of Real Issues/Real Talk covers the various forms of harassment and the appropriate steps for resolving the situation. Space is limited. Register online. Lunch included. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center., 2-5100.


Writing Effective E-Mails

E-mail has become an essential communication tool for most individuals and organizations. Learn the basics of e-mail communication as well as all of the dangers. In this course, participants will learn the keys to effective e-mails as well as proper cyber manners and how to avoid e-mail overload. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, April 13, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Be S.M.A.R.T. with Your PC

This S.M.A.R.T. (Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training) workshop is designed to provide tips and tools that will help you become a more confident and secure computer user. Register to attend. 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, Room 319, Architecture Building. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Employment information

Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at Several new listings are available. 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.

In Quotes

University committed partner in downtown revitalization efforts

Center Street Park brings green to east side of campus

Recycling tips can help save you money

"There's a lot of momentum in the downtown Arlington area now that has not been seen in the past."

"I would liken it to the lawn of the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth."

"This will increase your car mileage considerably over time and could save up to $10 a week on fuel costs."

— John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, commenting on the University partnering with the city and the Downtown Arlington Management Corp.

— Kristin Sullivan, assistant vice president for media relations, concerning a park being constructed near Center and Mitchell streets.

— Becky Valentich, recycling coordinator for the Environmental Health and Safety office, on saving gas by eliminating weight from your car.
The Shorthorn

Sports Notes
  Jason Mitchell

On top of his game: Jason Mitchell leads the Maverick pitching staff with three wins and a 2.35 earned run average.

Mitchell named conference pitcher of the week

Senior pitcher Jason Mitchell was named Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after hurling a complete game Friday in a 3-1 win over Northwestern State. He allowed only five hits while striking out six and walking two. Mitchell leads the SLC and is seventh in the nation with 52 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched. Outfielder Michael Choice leads the SLC with 11 homers this season.

Now 5-4 in the SLC and 12-12 overall, the Mavericks host Nicholls State in a three-game conference series starting today, Thursday, April 1.

Women's tennis unbeaten in conference play

Notching wins at McNeese State and Lamar last weekend, the women's tennis team jumped to 7-0 in Southland Conference play. Maria Martinez-Romer tops the Mavericks with a 7-0 singles record, playing in the No. 4 position.

The Mavericks host Sam Houston State at 1 p.m. Friday, April 2, and Stephen F. Austin at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3, in SLC matches at the Tennis Center.

Gray impresses at track invitational

Junior Cordero Gray finished first among collegiate runners and second overall in the 100-meter dash at the Bobby Lane Invitational on Saturday at Maverick Stadium. Doc Patton, an Olympic medal winner, was first in the race running for Nike.

In women's competition, the Mavericks dominated the 800-meter run, taking the top three places. Kisha Gaspard won the event, followed by Esther Abuto and Jennifer Carey. Both men's and women's teams are competing this week in the Texas Relays, which runs through Saturday, April 3, in Austin.

Sports shorts

Marquez Haynes will participate in the collegiate slam dunk contest as part of Final Four festivities in Indianapolis. The event will be televised on ESPN at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, April 1. ... The softball team, 8-6 in the SLC and 17-15 overall, travels to Northwestern State this weekend for two games Friday and one Saturday after winning two of three from UT San Antonio last weekend. ... After playing a number of tough non-conference matches, the men's tennis team opened SLC play with a 6-1 win over Lamar on Monday. ... The golf team will play in the Shocker Classic in Wichita, Kan., beginning Monday.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 1

Blood Drive No appointment necessary. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Central Library and E.H. Hereford University Center malls.

Baseball Nicholls State. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 2-2261.

29th Annual Bed Races Pajamas and speed mix for this annual event, which includes a massive pillow fight. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium. 2-2963.

Friday, April 2

Glass Art Sale Silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Studio Arts Center. glassartsale, 2-2891.

Women's Tennis Sam Houston State. Free. 1 p.m., Tennis Center., 2-2261.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

$2 Movie: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime kicks some Decepticon cans. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. 2-1183.

Baseball Nicholls State. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 2-2261.

Saturday, April 3

Women's Tennis Stephen F. Austin. Free. 11 a.m. Tennis Center., 2-2261.

Baseball Nicholls State. $2 faculty, staff. 1 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 2-2261.

Men's Tennis DePaul. Free. 2 p.m. Tennis Center., 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime kicks some Decepticon cans. Rated PG-13. 2:30 p.m., Planetarium. 2-1183.

Monday, April 5

Movies Without Borders: City of God (Cidade de Deus) This Russian films tells how two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 2-2963.

Flute for Thought Recital UT Arlington Flute Choir performs. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 2-3471.

Through April 24

Outside Influences Features works by American artists Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse, along with pieces from their outsider/folk art collections. The Gallery at UTA. Fine Arts Building. 2-5658.


Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market has returned with locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts and crafts, and more. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

Planetarium See the complete Planetarium schedule. $4 faculty, staff. 2-1183,

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



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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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