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

Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Day: Restore, Fresh, Renews: Celebrating People and Planet

Have compostable lunch, get a free plant Wednesday at Earth Day celebration

"Celebrating People and Planet" is the theme for UT Arlington's 10th annual Earth Day event 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. The outdoor festival, hosted by the Office of Sustainability, promotes environmental education and action to faculty, staff, and students.

This is the 40th anniversary of the nation's first Earth Day celebration in April 1970.

The completely compostable/recyclable lunch consists of baked potato, fruit, and drink for $1. Herb plants and environmentally friendly water bottles are freebies, while they last. Student Winston Triolo will provide music. Buy an Earth Day T-shirt for $10, and visit with vendors about how they are helping the environment.

Contact Becky Valentich, recycling coordinator in the Office of Sustainability, at or 2-0199 for more details.

The League of Philanthropy Superheroes

Superheroes promote importance of philanthropy

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

The "League of Philanthropy" 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 Tuesday, April 20, as an insert in The Shorthorn.

To be eligible to win the iPad, 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

The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done

Professor's book on procrastination is topic for Friends of the UT Arlington Library

Monica Ramirez Basco, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Science, 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. She is the author of three books, numerous research and magazine articles, and has appeared on several radio and television shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show.

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

Convocation highlights Academic Excellence Week

Academic Excellence Week culminates with the President's Convocation for Academic Excellence at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Texas Hall. Tom Luce, chief executive officer of the National Math and Science Initiative, is guest speaker, with music by the Wind Symphony.

Created in 1995-96 as part of the University's Centennial observance, Academic Excellence Week is a campus-wide celebration of the achievements of students and faculty who exemplify the University's commitment to excellence. Individual colleges and schools honor students at various events during the week.

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Addressing immigration

Jorge G. Castañeda, foreign minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003, spoke on immigration issues at the Center for Mexican American Studies Distinguished Lecture Wednesday in the Central Library sixth floor parlor. Castañeda, global distinguished politics professor at New York University, talked about how immigration solutions must include legalizing Mexican residents living in the United States without papers to provide an orderly process for future immigrants.

'My Emperor's New Clothes' concludes Theatre Arts' 2009-2010 season

My Emperor's New Clothes, the classic tale of a self-obsessed emperor and his motley court, concludes the Theatre Arts 2009-10 season this weekend. The musical-comedy is directed by Joe Chapa, associate professor of theatre arts.

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, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

For ticket prices, go to the Theatre Arts website.

The Big Event meets its goal with more than 900 volunteers set to help Saturday

With five days to go, The Big Event has met its volunteer goals for the day of community service on Saturday, April 24.

A total of 929 people registered to lend a helping hand for 977 opportunities at 55 project sites, which easily surpassed the UTA Volunteers' goal of 800. Academic departments, campus offices, student organizations, and community members have joined in the effort.

Volunteers will be assisting at project locations in Arlington, Fort Worth, Dallas, and Mansfield. The last day to sign up was Friday, but anyone interested in being placed on a waiting list should contact Bonnie Rodriguez at 2-2963 or

For its 10th year, The Big Event has joined with the Arlington Alliance for Youth for Global Youth Service Day for the biggest day of community service in North Texas. The Big Event is sponsored by UTA Volunteers, Student Activities, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Go to for more information.

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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.

President James D. Spaniolo will throw the first pitch, and the UT Arlington Symphonic Winds will play the national anthem. The University's color guard will present the flags, and Blaze, the Maverick mascot, will rally the crowd before the game.

Block seating is available for $5 per ticket. Buy tickets at and at the Department of Student Activities in Room B140 of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tickets must be picked up in person by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 26, in the Student Activities office, and will not be available at the ticket windows for purchase on the day of the game.

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21st century engineer

Patricia Galloway, chief executive officer for Pegasus-Global Holdings, talked about "The 21st Century Engineer" in the College of Engineering 50th Anniversary Speaker Series on Wednesday in Nedderman Hall. She stressed the importance of experience outside the classroom and how engineering can no longer remain as it essentially has for the past 40 years.


Campus leaders to be honored at Leadership Recognition Ceremony

Celebrate the outstanding leadership of faculty, staff, and students at the Leadership Recognition Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday April 27, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Jill Darden ('96 BA), publisher of the Fort Worth Black News, will give opening remarks. A reception follows the ceremony. The event is sponsored by the Leadership Center in the Division of Student Affairs.

Metro golf tournament registration deadline is Friday, April 30

The 37th Annual UT Arlington Metro Golf Tournament tees off Monday, May 17, at Waterchase Golf Club. The shotgun starts begins at 8 a.m. for the tournament, hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation.

Registration deadline is Friday, April 30. Last year, $1,200 was raised for student scholarships through team entries. For more information, contact Chris Muller at

Parking not allowed on Doug Russell

Members of the UT Arlington community are reminded not to park along Doug Russell Road on the southeast side of campus, near Lots 49, 50 and 52. The street runs east-west between South Cooper and South Pecan streets, south of West Mitchell Street.

No Parking signs are posted along the north and south side of Doug Russell Road. Violators may be ticketed.

Parking is available in campus lots with a University decal. For more information, visit the Parking Office website at or call 2-3907.

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. The Student Alumni Association sponsors the MavPacks.

Benefit Yourself

Managing Stress in the Workplace

Is stress affecting how you function at work or at home? Stress is normal and sometimes even necessary. How you handle stress makes all the difference in the world. Learn what stress is and how to identify and understand it. Discover how to identify the sources of your stress. 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

The Business Case for Sustainability

Michael Buckley, lecturer and clinical professor in the School of Architecture, is the keynote speaker for a half-day summit on the short-term profit and long-term value of sustainable projects. The Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council Summit Series is co-sponsored by the School of Urban and Public Affairs. Continental breakfast. Register online. $45. 8-11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 29, Energy Auditorium, Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, Fort Worth.

Container gardening

Container Gardening

Even the smallest patio or porch can boast a crop of vegetables or a garden of flowers in containers. Planter boxes, wooden barrels, hanging baskets, and large flowerpots are just some of the containers that can be used. Take this class to discover the variety of enjoyable and creative ways to maintain and experiment with your garden. Register online. $35. 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, May 8, Room E200H, Continuing Education Workforce Center.

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 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 Workforce Center. 2-3140.

Latin Fusion

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 varies each week. 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.

Tuesday, April 20

MOEMS Arrays: They're not just for projectors anymore Rick Oden of the technical staff at Texas Instruments describes the business scope of DLP Products. He emphasizes the technical complications and challenges present when developing an actuator array for rendering visual content at high-definition and standard video rates. Presented by the Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility and the IEEE-EDS Dallas Section. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. 2-1536.

Wednesday, April 21

Student Employee of the Year Award Reception Award recipients are honored. Student Employee of the Year is Shelley Heath from Undergraduate Recruitment. Other awards include distinguished student employees, outstanding student employees, and the award of excellence. Presented by Career and Student Employment Services. 2-4 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2-2895.

Architecture Lecture Series A panel discussion follows a screening of "Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio." 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. 2-2314.

Thursday, April 22

Probabilistic Risk Assessment: An Introduction to Risk Modeling David Loveless, a senior reactor analyst at the Region IV Office of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, speaks on probabilistic risk assessment, which is a technical analysis method used in the nuclear and other industries to systematically answer three questions: what can go wrong, how likely is it to occur, and what will the outcome be? Presented by the College of Engineering. Noon, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. 2-3423.

SiGe Technology: New Research Directions John Cressler, the Ken Byers Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, examines new research directions and emerging applications enabled by SiGe technology, including radar systems, high-frequency wireless communications, and extreme environment electronics. Presented by the Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility and the IEEE-EDS Dallas Section. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. 2-1536.

Biology Colloquium Series James Grover, professor of biology in the College of Science, presents "Aspects of Spatial Theory for Phytoplankton Ecology." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. 2-2872.

Friday, April 23

The Peridynamic Theory: A new approach to model material failure Erdogan Madenci of the University of Arizona challenges current methods of modeling material failure. He introduces the peridynamic theory, which permits time-dependent analysis at multiple length scales. Presented by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. 2-2500.

Marketing Brown Bag Series Sudha Mani, assistant professor of marketing in the College of Business, speaks on "Drivers of Franchise Failure." 1:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building.

Monday, April 26

University Faculty and Associates Spring Meeting Faculty awards are announced for teaching, research, and service with remarks by President James D. Spaniolo. Open to the public. 4 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2-2103.

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 varies each week. This week's session is on BOSU blast. 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

Concerts feature jazz, winds, symphonies

Wind symphony

Enjoy a wealth of musical talent this week offered by the Department of Music.

The Spring Big Band Concert features the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, directed by Tim Ishii, and the UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dan Cavanagh. Guest trombonist is Steve Wiest. 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, Texas Hall.

UTA Bands in Concert features all three concert bands: the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, and Symphonic Band. Conductors are Douglas Stotter, Matthew Luttrell, and Timothy Kaiser. Adam Hanna is the student soloist. 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building.

Admission for these concerts is $5 for adults, faculty, and staff, and $3 for students and seniors.

Upcoming free concerts include the Late Night Jazz Sampler, 8 p.m. today, Monday, April 19, Room 115, Fine Arts Building; Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, Irons Recital Hall; and a faculty voice recital by Professor Jing Ling-Tam, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 25, Irons Recital Hall.

Contact the Department of Music at 2-3471 for more details.

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. Music calendar,, 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.

Wednesday, April 21

$2 Movie: An American in Paris A GI (Gene Kelly) stays in Paris after the war to become an artist, and must choose between the patronage of a rich American woman (Nina Foch) and a French gamine (Leslie Caron) engaged to an older man. 5:30 p.m. Also showing at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Percussion performers and ensembles. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 2-3471.

Through April 23

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition Graduate student Clinton Rawls' film/video exhibit. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 2-5658.

Friday-Sunday, April 23-25

Baseball Central Arkansas. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m. Friday (Enjoy "Free Friday" as the first 100 hot dogs are free at the concession stand.), 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Clay Gould Ballpark., 2-2261.

My Emperor's New Clothes My Emperor's New Clothes, directed by Theatre Arts Associate Professor Joe Chapa, is a delightful comic play suitable for the whole family. Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, this classic tale of a self-obsessed emperor and his motley court is full of fast-paced action and hummable songs. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

Saturday, April 24

Paralympic Military Sport Clinic Disabled veterans, UT Arlington students, and community members with a physical disability participate in track and field, wheelchair tennis, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, and adapted swimming. A fencing demo is noon-1 p.m. in the Physical Education Building gym. Free participation, free admission. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Physical Education Building, Maverick Stadium, UTA Tennis Center.

TRiO: Precollege Programs

TRiO Upward Bound Giant Garage Sale Tools, housewares, toys, children and adult clothing, and baked goods. All proceeds go to graduating senior scholarships. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Parking lot 49 at the corner of Mitchell and Cooper streets. TRiO, 2-2610.

Springfest 2010 This annual outdoor concert celebrates The Big Event volunteers. Music entertainment is by alternative rock band The Bravery, pop-rock/electronics band The Secret Handshake, and Waking Alice, the winner of the EXCEL Campus Activities Battle of the Bands. Food and drinks are free for The Big Event volunteers and only $2 per plate for others. Novelty entertainment items have a “Capture the Moment” theme and provide attendees an opportunity to leave the event with a picture memento to remember the day of service and celebration. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Central Library mall. 2-2963.

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.

Saturday-Sunday, April 24-25

Softball McNeese State. $2 faculty, staff. 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday (Enjoy "Super Sunday" as the first 100 hot dogs are free at the concession stand). Allan Saxe Field., 2-2261.

Through May 31

Timpani: New Works 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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