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

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bruce Tanner

Nanotechnology part of Business Week focus; Lockheed CFO to speak at Executive Dinner

Business Week, today through Friday, brings a business who's who to campus for insight on this year's theme, "Innovations Transforming Business in North Texas and Beyond." Guest speakers will discuss the business case for nanotechnology and its applications in various product and service markets, including transportation and logistics, construction, medicine and health care, energy, and sports and entertainment.

Bruce Tanner ('90 MBA), chief financial officer at Lockheed Martin, will be the keynote speaker at the Executive Dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets for the dinner are available at

Business Week is co-hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the College of Business.

Resources available for Voluntary Separation Incentive Program

Last week, the University announced the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program for administrative, professional, and classified staff.

Eligible employees were mailed information packets to their home addresses on Friday. They are encouraged to contact a representative in the Employee Benefits Office at 2-5554 to discuss details of the program.

Employees who are eligible or who may be considering retirement also may contact the Teacher Retirement System or their Optional Retirement Program provider for more information. Call 2-5554 for appropriate contact information.

Additional information is available in this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Ex Mex From Migrants to Immigrants

Former Mexico foreign minister to address immigration issues at Wednesday talk

Immigration solutions must include legalizing Mexican residents living in the United States without papers and providing an orderly process for future immigrants, according to Jorge G. Castañeda, foreign minister of the Republic of Mexico from 2000 to 2003.

Dr. Castañeda is the Center for Mexican American Studies Distinguished Lecture 2010 speaker. The free event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants is Castañeda's topic and the title of his book, which draws on his experience as foreign minister and as a well-known scholar on immigration issues. The author reveals the intricate negotiations between Mexico and the United States in 2001-02 as only an insider could do.

"Ensuring an orderly process in the future secures the American economy," says Castañeda, who teaches fall courses at New York University.

Read more about Castañeda online. Contact the Center for Mexican American Studies at 2-2933 or for more information.

Patricia Galloway

21st century engineers must adapt to social, cultural challenges, says speaker

In the 21st century, an ever-increasing need will emerge for a holistic breed of engineer—one who can work across borders, cultural boundaries, and social contexts and who can work effectively with nonengineers.

Patricia Galloway, chief executive officer of Pegasus Global-Holdings, will talk about "The 21st Century Engineer" as part of the College of Engineering 50th Anniversary Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall. A reception will start at 5 p.m. Register to attend.

As the trend toward a more global and more knowledge-based society continues, the practice of engineering must be changed, Dr. Galloway says, and this change must be accomplished through engineering education reform. The engineering curriculum can no longer remain as it has for essentially the past 40 years.

Galloway will discuss how the subjects of globalization, diversity, world cultures and languages, communication, leadership, and ethics must constitute a core component of the overall engineering education just as physics and math do.

The Big Event

Be a big part of The Big Event and help set a record for community service

Blitz Week for The Big Event starts today to encourage students, faculty, staff, and community members to set a record for the most people in community services in one day—Saturday, April 24. 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.

Sign up at information booths on the malls of the Central Library and the E.H. Hereford University Center. Members of UTA Volunteers will hand out flyers, answer questions, and register people via laptops online at the UTA Volunteers website as they attempt to set a record for community service participants.

More than 700 people have registered to lend a helping hand for 962 opportunities at 54 sites. Academic departments, campus offices, and student organizations are invited to join in for team efforts.

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

For more details, contact Tiffany Kaminski, The Big Event director, at or call UTA Volunteers at 2-2963. The Big Event is sponsored by UTA Volunteers, Student Activities, and the Division of Student Affairs.

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Service with a smile

A banquet Wednesday night honored University employees who have achieved 25 years of service. Receiving the 25-year awards were, from left, front row, Lana Rings, Betty Scammell, Cindy Wilder-Graves, and Mary Milam Whiteside; second row, Jane Himarios, Sandra Elliott, Carol Byrne, Debra Carter, and Barbara Peet; and back row, Marty Menefee, Cheng-Jen Chuong, Opheila Jackson, and Catheleen Jordan.

Business reps answer food questions for Freshmen Leaders event

Area business representatives will discuss "Why We Do What We Do!" concerning food sustainability at noon Friday, April 16, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The discussion is the final event of the Freshmen Leaders on Campus yearlong campaign on food sustainability. Each of the businesses involved relate to themes of local, organic, and community. These themes run through this year's OneBook, Deep Economy by Bill McKibben, the basis of the FLOC Food Sustainability Project.

A display on food and food-related issues runs through April 16 in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center. Topics include the benefits of eating local and organic foods, food borne illness, nutrition labels, healthy choices for college students, and the dubious distinction that Arlington was named by Mens' Health as America's Fast Food Capital. The display also includes "Frenchie," the french fries-covered mannequin conveying the message that food, as well as exercise, is important.

Data drive: Classification process must be completed by Thursday

All members of the University community are required to participate in the data classification process if they are the owner of any data that is considered sensitive according to the UT System definition. If you are an owner of sensitive digital data, go online to complete the data classification process. The data classification must be completed by Thursday, April 15.

For assistance or more information, review UT Arlington's data classification standard.

Department info needed for Friday's student job expo

The Division of Student Affairs and SnapJobs is hosting a student job expo where students can learn about student employment opportunities available within the UT Arlington community.

Campus departments are encouraged to provide an information table at the expo from 2:30-4 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Maverick Activities Center. To register for a table, complete the form on the Campus Recreation site. For more information or for questions, contact Chris Muller at

Health Services seeks input for patient satisfaction survey through Friday

Health Services is conducting a patient satisfaction survey through Friday, April 16. If you have been treated at the Health Center, take a moment to complete the Patient Satisfaction Survey. Your responses will help improve the delivery of health services. Comments and suggestions also are encouraged. Contact Health Services at 2-2771.

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Take me out to the ballgame for UT Arlington Night

Batter up, Mavericks! On Monday, April 26, you, your friends, and family are invited to UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark. Game time is 7:05 p.m. as the Texas Rangers play the Detroit Tigers at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Come early and watch the UT Arlington pre-game presentation, national anthem, color guard, and the first pitch by President James D. Spaniolo.

Get tickets at Tickets are subject to availability, must be purchased in advance, and will not be available at the ticket windows for purchase on the day of the game. Orders placed after Monday, April 19, will be left at the West Box Office's Will-Call window at the Ballpark.

Benefit Yourself

How to Write a Winning NSF CAREER Proposal: A Webinar for Faculty

The Office of Grant and Contract Services will host a webinar for faculty on how to write a successful National Science Foundation CAREER proposal. The webinar covers topics such as how to position yourself and your research to be competitive for a CAREER grant. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and registration is required. 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, Room 327, Davis Hall.

Food for Thought: Organics: Is it healthier? Is it worth it?

Explore the truth about organic food and organic products with Brie Woods, a registered dietitian at the Maverick Activities Center. Bring a sack lunch and a notepad. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, Room 101B, Maverick Activities 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.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments

Health Services offers a break from stress with Mindful Moments at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday in Room 235 of the Business Building. The program is free.

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, April 12

English Brown Bag Lecture Christy Tidwell ('03 MA), graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English, speaks on "Science, Gender, and Power: Utopian Science in Feminist Science Fiction." Noon, Room 211, Preston Hall. 2-1329.

Faculty/Staff Fitness 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. This week's session is on total body sculpt. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m., Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center., 2-3277.

Tuesday, April 13

Staff Advisory Council Meetings open to all staff. 3 p.m., Student Congress Chambers, E.H. Hereford University Center. Amber Zuckerman, 2-2211,

Preventing Violence Against Women:

Protecting Lives: For Women Only "Preventing Violence Against Women" covers who is a predator, signals to watch for in strangers or new acquaintances, dating relationships, risk factors of a violent personal assault, and drug/alcohol facilitated sexual assaults. RSVP at Women only. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Officer Randy Reynolds,, 2-3381.

Thursday, April 15

Adventures in Antiquity Symposium Featured speaker Janet Spittler, assistant professor of religion at Texas Christian University, lectures on "Credulity and Credibility: Miraculous Anecdotes in Paradoxography and Early Christian Literature." The winner of the Douglas Carvey Prize for best student essay in classical studies also will be announced. 3 p.m. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Charles Chiasson,, 2-3216.

Art and Art History Lecture An internationally recognized artist and critical writer, Buzz Spector, dean of the College and Graduate School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, will make a presentation. Spector works in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, photography, printmaking, book arts, and installation. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building.

Biology Colloquium Series Oscar Flores-Villela, investigator for Museo de Zoologia, and Alfonso L. Herrera, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, present a seminar on "The Making of a National Herpetofauna: The Herpetofauna of Mexico." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. 2-2872.

Friday, April 16

Roles of Nanoscale Phenomena in the Mechanics of Nano/Bio Material Ashfaq Adnan of Northwestern University shows how nanoscale phenomena can dramatically impact the physical and mechanical properties of materials at the nanoscale. 2:30 p.m., Room 208, Woolf Hall. 2-2500.

Saturday, April 17

Workshop: Is Entrepreneurship for You? The Center for Innovation at Arlington and the College of Business presents an interactive workshop for people exploring the opportunity of entrepreneurship. Register. $25. 8 a.m.-noon. Arlington Chamber of Commerce, 505 E. Border. Sergio Bento,, 817-543-4295.

RAD: Ladies Self-Defense Class The RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class is open to all female faculty, staff, and students. UT Arlington Police Department certified RAD instructors lead class participants in such topics as self-defense and the law, risk awareness, risk avoidance, the decision to resist, and the 10 basic principles of self-defense. Register. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 135, Maverick Activities Center. Ron Cook,, 2-3902.

Monday, April 19

MyMav Training for Undergraduate Advisers Training for academic advisers and those staff who need access to the MyMav adviser security role. Register at MyMav Training. 9 a.m.-noon, Room E200D, Continuing Education Building. 2-3140.

Faculty/Staff Fitness 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. This week's session is on Latin fusion. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m., Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center., 2-3277.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Theatrefest 2010 will showcase one-act plays


Theatrefest 2010 includes a showcase of comic and dramatic one-act plays this weekend in the Studio Theatre at the Fine Arts Building. The work of faculty and students of the Department of Theatre Arts is featured.

Plays to be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16, and at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, are: "Lots of Greed and Avarice Going Down" written by theatre arts senior lecturer Natalie Gaupp, directed by theatre arts senior Nick Irion; "Sometimes I Wake Up in the Middle of the Night" written by students of the Walden Theatre Conservatory, directed by theatre arts junior Natasia Ingersoll; "Overtones" written by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by theatre arts adjunct lecturer Brandi Andrade; and "The Universal Language" written by David Ives, directed by theatre arts senior Krystal Love.

Ticket prices are $7 for faculty and staff with university ID. For reservations, group rates, and more information, call the box office at 2-2669.

The season will conclude the following weekend as the family-friendly production of the musical comedy “My Emperor’s New Clothes,” adapted by playwright Larry Shue from Hans Christian Andersen’s story, and directed by Joe Chapa, associate professor of theatre arts, will be performed in the Mainstage Theatre. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25.

Monday, April 12

Downtown Arlington Music Monday A 30-minute lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students is followed by a free lunch. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Martha Walvoord,, 2-2439.

Softball New Mexico State. $2 faculty, staff. 1:30 p.m., Allan Saxe Field., 2-2261.

Tuesday, April 13

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

One Mic Stand Comedy Series: Eric O'Shea Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center., 2-2963.

Music Honors Recital Music faculty members and outstanding students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar, 2-3471.

Wednesday, April 14

$2 Movie: Twilight Saga: New Moon Team Edward or Team Jacob? Planetarium. 2-1183, Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17.

Duo-Piano Recital John Solomons of the music faculty performs with Harold Martina of TCU. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar, 2-3471.

Thursday, April 15

Wind Symphony Concert An All-American concert features a performance by award-winning Peabody Conservatory composer Joel Puckett, who is in residence on campus this week. Sarah Frisof, assistant professor of flute, is soloist. $5 faculty, staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Douglas Stotter, 2-2533.

Friday, April 16

Men's Tennis Nicholls State. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center., 2-2261.

Friday Night Movie: The Book of Eli A warrior by necessity, Eli seeks only peace. Free. 8 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center., 2-2963.

Through April 23

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition Iris Bechtol's intermedia works are April 12-16, with Clinton Rawls' film/video exhibit April 19-23. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 2-5658.

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.

Through May 31

Timpani: New Works Consider the sound of a timpani, emerging from the silence and building from a faint rumble to a rich riot of sound. "Timpani" artists Carol Benson, Susan Harrington, and Chris Powell use disparate media but approach inspiration in a similar manner by allowing ideas to rise intuitively to conscious form in this art exhibit. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-5988.


Arlington downtown farmers market

Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. 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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