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

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Theatrefest 2010 showcases one-act plays

Theatrefest 2010 includes a showcase of comic and dramatic one-act plays written, directed, and performed by Department of Theatre Arts students or faculty.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16, and at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. They include:

  • Lots of Greed and Avarice Going Down directed by senior Nick Irion and written by Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp;
  • Sometimes I Wake Up in the Middle of the Night directed by junior Natasia Ingersoll;
  • Overtones directed by Adjunct Lecturer Brandi Andrade; and
  • The Universal Language directed by senior Krystal Love.

The season will conclude the following weekend as the family-friendly production of the musical comedy My Emperor's New Clothes, 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.

For ticket prices, go to the Theatre Arts website.

Superheroes promote importance of philanthropy

A lucky faculty/staff member or student could win an Apple iPad through a new giving campaign offered by the Office of Development.

Called the "League of Philanthropy," the initiative is a comic book-style multimedia program that educates faculty, staff, and students about the importance of providing financial support to UT Arlington. The "League of Philanthropy" comic book will arrive on campus newsstands Friday, April 16 as an insert in The Shorthorn.

To be eligible to win the iPad, you must fill out an entry form and solve a secret message. The drawing will be held Friday, April 23. For entry forms, contest rules, and more information, visit

Robert Fairbanks

Trinity tribute: Dr. Robert Fairbanks comments on the history of the Trinity River on KERA-TV and online.

History chair featured in public TV series

Robert Fairbanks, professor and chair of the Department of History, is featured in the original documentary Living with the Trinity, which airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, on KERA-TV and statewide on public television stations throughout April.

The documentary also is online at, where it includes interactive maps and videos about the geography, ecology, and cultural history of the river. Dr. Fairbanks' comments are featured in videos in the "Explore" and "Voices" sections of the website.

The documentary explores the conflict that developed in the early 1970s over plans to transform the entire length of the Trinity River into a barge canal. The plan was to link Dallas and Fort Worth with the Gulf of Mexico.

The film is shown in connection with the 40th anniversary of the nation's first Earth Day celebration in April 1970.

Faculty, staff to receive service awards today

An Employee Recognition Ceremony will honor faculty and staff members who have achieved 10, 15, and 20 years of service with the University today, Thursday, April 15, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. A reception begins at 3 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Cheer champs

Cheerleaders claim national championship

UT Arlington's cheer squad won the national title for its division at the National Collegiate Cheerleading Association's competition April 7-11 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

The squad came in first out of 12 teams in Division I for small coed schools. Stephen F. Austin was second and Long Beach State was third. In preliminary competition, the Maverick team wrangled the No. 1 spot for crowd involvement.

Will Strother, spirit groups coordinator and head coach, says the 18-member cheer squad has steadily improved to claim the top title. The team came in second last year and fifth the year before.

Squad tryouts are May 22-23.

The Big Event

The Big Event needs 100+ more volunteers for record event

Volunteer this week for community service and receive a Big Event free stadium cup or pen. UTA Volunteers will be at various campus locations during the week to register volunteers for the biggest day of community service in North Texas.

Faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to be part of The Big Event on Saturday, April 24. For its 10th year, The Big Event has joined with the Arlington Alliance for Youth for Global Youth Service Day.

Registration times and locations are:

  • 1-5 p.m., today, Thursday, April 15, Palo Duro Lounge, University Center
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, April 16, Central Library mall

Look for The Big Event sidewalk chalk artists 2-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Fine Arts; and Friday, Maverick Activities Center main entrance.

More than 800 people have registered to lend a helping hand for 970 opportunities at 55 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.

Business reps answer food questions for Freshmen Leaders event

Faculty and staff are invited to hear area business representatives 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.

Mav Pic Bruce Tanner

Big Business

Bruce Tanner ('90 MBA), executive vice president and chief financial officer for Lockheed Martin Corp., speaks to a sold-out audience at the 2010 Business Week Executive Dinner on Tuesday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Tanner discussed how the United States needs to keep pace with technological advancements and maintain the country's integrity with increasing knowledge. Business Week, which continues through Friday, is co-hosted by the College of Business and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.


Wind Symphony performs tonight for All-American Tax Day Concert

Relax on Tax Day with some premiere music by the Wind Symphony. The All-American Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 15, in Irons Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

The music of composer-in-residence Joel Puckett is featured along with works by American composers Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, and Aaron Copland. The Wind Symphony will present a premiere performance of Puckett's newest work, "The Shadow of Sirius" for flute and wind symphony. Puckett serves on the composition faculty of the Peabody Conservatory.

Soloist is assistant professor of flute Sarah Frisof, and Douglas Stotter conducts the symphony.

Admission is $5 for faculty and staff.

Professor's book on procrastination topic for library Friends

Monica Ramirez Basco, assistant professor of psychology, presents "Overcoming Procrastination" at the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Dr. Basco, author of The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done, is an internationally recognized expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy, a clinical psychologist, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

The free meeting is open to the public. A book signing follows the lecture. RSVP to Betty Wood at 2-7421 or

ARAMARK named one of the world's most admired and ethical companies

The dining service provider for UT Arlington, ARAMARK, has been ranked No. 1 in its industry on Fortune magazine's list of World's Most Admired Companies for 2010. This marks the third straight year in which ARAMARK has ranked No. 1 and the sixth time in the past nine years.

The Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank, named ARAMARK as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies.

Also in the past year, ARAMARK has been named among the country's Best Places to Launch a Career by BusinessWeek magazine; the Global Outsourcing 100, which recognizes companies that provide the best service worldwide; and America's largest private companies by both Forbes and Fortune magazines.

Glass wagon

Glass wagon: Shannon Brunskill's award-winning piece is a creation of cracked, crystal-clear glass within the frame of a discarded child-sized wagon.

Art student wins international award

A student in the two-year-old Master of Fine Arts program has won an award in the major international kiln-formed glass competition for emerging artists, e-merge 2010.

Shannon Brunskill took third place for "Things We Collect." Her work was among more than 1,200 pieces submitted for the sixth biennial competition. Forty pieces by artists from 12 countries were chosen as finalists. The finalists' work will be on display at Bullseye Gallery in Portland, Ore., through June 18.

Brunskill's winning piece is a technically complex creation of cracked, crystal-clear glass within the frame of a discarded child-sized wagon.

The work is an exceptional personal narrative and social commentary on the fragility of childhood and the aftermath of child neglect, says Professor David Keens, who heads the UT Arlington glass art program.

Read more about Brunskill's work.

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.

Summer camps, courses available for youth

A wide variety of camps and programs for youth will be available on campus this summer. Some are free while others charge a fee. Day and residential camps are offered.

Summer camps and courses on campus include athletics, adaptive sports, engineering, music, nursing, SAT prep, science, and spirit/cheer. See more information about summer camps.

Order MavPacks for finals

MavPack Finals Goody Bags are back. Order one for your favorite student by Friday, April 23, at The kits, $25 each, are packed with office and school supplies, spirit items, snacks, and study tips.

Benefit Yourself

Spring clean your diet

Fresh fruits and vegetables abound during the spring, so make room for these nutritional powerhouses. ‘Tis the perfect season to “spring clean” your diet, so out with the heavy fall and winter fare and in with springtime fruits and veggies. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value, so here's a list of spring produce likely available at the grocery store or the local farmers market.

Sell That Junk!

Garage sales will bring a lot of people to your door on any given weekend, but offering your items on eBay brings the world to you. Learn how to register as a seller, open a Paypal account, research your items, write a great title and description, take photos that will catch buyers' attention, pack and ship your items like a pro, and much more. Register. $115. 9 a.m.-noon. Two sessions, Saturdays, April 24 and May 1, Room E200C, Continuing Education Workforce Center.

Customer Service 101

How can I best serve my customers? How do I deal with difficult customers? If you're looking for answers to these questions, then this is the class for you. Come learn what it means to deliver knock-your-socks-off customer service. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

The Art of Listening

Although most people believe they are good listeners, they only really listen to a small portion of a conversation. Participants in this course will learn the basics of good listening as well as tips for identifying listening style and how to get the most out of a face-to-face conversation. 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors/Managers

If you are a first-time supervisor/manager looking for the key tools for success in your new role or a longtime supervisor/manager, then you don't want to miss this opportunity to learn and grow. This course deals with the essential skills and knowledge for all supervisors and managers. Participants will learn best practices for communication, coaching, dealing with difficult employees, and performance enhancement. 9-11 a.m., Thursday, April 22, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

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.

In Quotes

New graduate nursing program will provide courses online

Student loan program doesn't need banks

UT System announces changes to online course offerings

"This program is an ideal opportunity for health care managers and professionals that are in complex environments and dealing with a changing system."

"The more money we can put into grants, the less money students have to borrow."

"You don't need as much technical expertise to build an online course today as you did then. And the campuses now have more resources perhaps to support their own initiatives."

— Dr. Jennifer Gray, associate dean in the College of Nursing, on the University's new Executive Master of Science in Nursing Administration program.
The Shorthorn

— Karen Krause, executive director of financial aid and scholarships, on a law that goes into effect July 1 that will free up money for student grants.

— Michael K. Moore, senior vice provost, on the decision to cease operation of the UT System central distance-education arm.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sports Notes
Teri Lyles

No score: Teri Lyles pitched two shutouts in the series with Stephen F. Austin and was named Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week.


Shutouts provide softball sweep against Ladyjacks

Maverick pitchers did not allow a run in three games, sweeping the Southland Conference softball series from league-leading Stephen F. Austin last weekend. Freshman Teri Lyles hurled two shutouts, and senior Cara Hulme pitched the other as the Mavericks improved to 13-7 in conference play.

Now in a virtual tie with Nicholls State for third place in the conference, UT Arlington will travel to Sam Houston State for three games this weekend.

Golfers win tournament at Victoria; SLC meet next

The golf team won the Jim West Intercollegiate by 22 strokes over second-place Sam Houston State on Tuesday at the Victoria Country Club.

Senior Bryce Easton took individual medalist honors as he won his first collegiate tournament with a seven-under par 209. Senior Bobby Massa tied for second at 214.

Next up for the Mavericks is the Southland Conference Championship April 26-28 at Carter Plantation Golf Course in Springfield, La.

Tracksters excel, break record at North Texas Classic

Women's and men's track teams won seven events and broke a meet record last Saturday at the North Texas Classic in Denton.

For the women, first-place finishers were Kisha Gaspard in the 800, Jerono Patrober in the 1500, Kimberly Strong in the heptathlon, and the 4x100-meter relay team.

Heinz Schwarzkopf set a meet record for the men in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Cordero Gray in the 200 and Isiah Clements in the high jump were also winners.

The latest NCAA rankings list Gray with the third best time in the West Region in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 10.28, which is also eighth best in the nation. The Mavericks will compete in the John Jacobs Invitational on Saturday at Norman, Okla.

Winning streak ends for women's tennis in loss to Northwestern State

Northwestern State downed the Mavericks 6-1 last Saturday in a battle of Southland Conference women's tennis unbeatens. The Lady Demons finished the conference season with an 11-0 mark while UT Arlington closed at 10-1. Final regular season match for the women is Wednesday, April 21, at Baylor.

The men's tennis team will close out its conference season Friday, April 16, against Nicholls State at the UTA Tennis Center. The men will also host Air Force in a non-conference match Saturday, April 17. Sophomore Mindaugas Celedinas was named the Southland Conference's men's tennis Player of the Week.

The conference tournament for both women's and men's teams begins Friday, April 23, in Corpus Christi.

Baseballers travel to McNeese this weekend

The baseball team, now 8-7 in Southland Conference action, will play a three-game SLC series at McNeese State this weekend. 

Outfielder Michael Choice has been named a mid-season All-American by Baseball America. One of only three outfielders selected to the 11-man national squad, Choice is batting .400 with 11 homers and 31 runs batted in.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 15

All-American Tax Day Concert An All-American concert for those who have already filed their tax form features composer-in-residence Joel Puckett and soloist Sarah Frisof, assistant professor of flute. Douglas Stotter conducts the UT Arlington Wind Symphony. $5 faculty, staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 2-3471.

Friday, April 16

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

Twilight Saga: New Moon

$2 Movie: Twilight Saga: New Moon Team Edward or Team Jacob? 5:30 p.m., Planetarium., 2‑1183.

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.

Theatrefest 2010 A showcase of comic and dramatic one-act plays written, directed, and performed by Department of Theatre Arts students or faculty. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Saturday, April 17

Men's Tennis Air Force. Free. 10 a.m., UTA Tennis Center., 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Twilight Saga: New Moon Team Edward or Team Jacob? 2:30 p.m., Planetarium., 2‑1183.

Theatrefest 2010 A showcase of comic and dramatic one-act plays written, directed, and performed by Department of Theatre Arts students or faculty. $7 faculty, staff. 2:30 and 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Sunday, April 18

Faculty Violin Recital Martha Walvoord of the music faculty performs. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 2-3471.

Monday, April 19

Guest Pianist Concert Hee-Kyung Juhn, director of keyboard studies at Henderson State University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 2-3471.

Late Night Jazz Sampler Music students and faculty perform in a late night jazz concert. Free. 8 p.m., Room 115, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar,, 2-3471.

Through April 23

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition Iris Bechtol's intermedia works are on display through Friday, 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.


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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