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

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Symphonic sounds: The UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra performs in concert tonight at Irons Recital Hall. Four other musical performances also are scheduled this week.

Symphony concert tonight begins four days of musical enjoyment at Irons Recital Hall

Enjoy a wealth of musical talent this week offered by the Department of Music. All events are in the Irons Recital Hall at the Fine Arts Building.

Clifton Evans directs the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, as Scott Pool and Sarah Frisof perform for the premiere of George Chave's "Scherzo for Flute, Bassoon, and Orchestra." Admission is $5 for faculty and staff.

An opera workshop performance features students performing songs and scenes from various operas and plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1. Also on Saturday, a Bassoon Studio Recital will feature the students of music Professor Scott Pool at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for all Friday and Saturday events.

Closing out the spring music season is a Choir Concert by the University Singers and A Cappella Choir at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2. Admission is $5 for faculty and staff.

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

Maverick Celebration

Fireworks, bands add to fun for grads at Maverick Celebration at Levitt Pavilion

UT Arlington honors the Class of 2010 and its achievements during Maverick Celebration, the end-of-year bash formerly called Graduation Celebration, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 7. The event will be held for the first time at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.

The festivities will be highlighted by a fireworks display. Faculty, staff, students, friends, and family are invited to stay and dance under the stars with Texas alt-country band Micky and the Motorcars, the UT Arlington Festival Band, and others. No tickets are needed for this free event, which includes free food and drinks, at the pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to Texas Hall.

Dallas Morning News columnist William McKenzie, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing, will deliver the keynote address. Speakers include President James D. Spaniolo and student Wendy Okolo, who will graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering.

Mexico map

UT System warns faculty, staff, students of travel in northern Mexican states

The UT System has issued a travel warning for northern Mexico because of security concerns issued by the U.S. Department of State.

UT System officials directed institutions to recall faculty, staff, and students participating in university-sponsored programs within seven Mexican states, effective immediately. The recall applies to the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Baja California, and Durango.

No UT Arlington faculty, staff, or students were traveling in these areas at the time of the announcement. Faculty and staff should contact Dan Risik at 2-2608 for details on the new rules for traveling to Mexico or other countries.

Read more about the UT System travel warning. Information on travel warnings for other countries is on the U.S. State Department website.

Mav Pic Faculty awards

Distinguished professors

This year's inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers are, from left, Carl Lovely, professor of chemistry; Stacy Alaimo, associate professor of English; Don Granvold, professor of social work; Charles Chiasson, associate professor and director of the Classical Studies Program; and Bill Corley, professor of industrial engineering. They were honored along with others receiving faculty awards at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates on Monday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom.


Ethics Hotline has new name, number

Effective immediately, the EthicsLine has a new name and a new phone number. The new name is Ethics Hotline, and the new number is 1-877-507-7314.

The hotline can be used to report suspected fraud, theft, and other unethical behavior. The Ethics Hotline continues to be answered by The Network in Atlanta, Ga.

For more information, contact University Compliance Services at 2-2080.

Did space race begin in 19th century? Engineering lecture explains how

"Boomers, Bloomers, and Zoomers: A Personal Perspective on the Space Race" is the topic for David A. Peters in the Engineering Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 5. A reception begins at 5 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6 p.m. in Room 100 at Nedderman Hall.

Dr. Peters, McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, presents the story of how the people of the United States, the U.S. aerospace industry, and American universities forged a partnership that began in 19th-century agricultural America and ended in the placement of a man on the moon.

It is the story of how the space race molded the culture of an entire generation of Americans in terms of how they were educated, where they worked, and how they viewed technology and engineering.

The lecture, presented by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is free, but attendees are asked to register online.

Volunteers needed to welcome Maverick families to Commencement

Staff, faculty, and student volunteers are needed to assist with Commencement exercises May 13-17. Volunteers greet guests, give directions, and help guests with special needs.

To volunteer, send your name, department, phone number, e-mail address, polo shirt size (S-XXXL), and your choice of ceremony (choose more than one if you like) to Susann Asebedo by Friday, April 30.

  Mav Pic Monica Ramirez Basco

Signing for Friends

Monica Ramirez Basco, left, signs a copy of her book The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done for Joan Duke, a member of the Friends of the UT Arlington Library. Dr. Basco, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Science, spoke at the Friends' meeting Friday.

Register by Friday for golf tourney

Registration deadline for the 37th Annual UT Arlington Metro Golf Tournament is Friday, April 30. The tournament Monday, May 17, is open to faculty and staff members of area colleges and universities along with UT Arlington alumni.

Last year team entries raised $1,200 for student scholarships. More tournament information is online, or contact Chris Muller at for details.

The tournament, hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, is at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth.

See Planetarium's $2 movies in May

Now is the time to enjoy a bargain on the big screen. The Planetarium's $2 movies are shown at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) is showing Friday and Saturday this week, followed by The Princess and the Frog (G) May 5 and 7-8. Other films are Dream Girls (PG-13) May 12 and 14-15; Planet 51 (PG) May 19 and 21-22; and Astro Boy (PG) May 26 and 28-29.

For details or a list of other Planetarium shows, call 2-1183 or go online to

Benefit Yourself

Environmental Health and Safety newsletter has new title

The spring issue of the Environmental Health and Safety newsletter boasts a new title with an updated design. Maverick Safety Matters features articles on the new Chemical Environmental Management System for inventory of chemicals on campus, the new authorized driver training and tracking system, and increasing fire drills for UT Arlington housing residents.

Shopping Texas Style: EG Hamilton, Omniplan, and NorthPark Center

Discover how architecture and retail go together in this symposium presented by the UT Arlington Oral History of Texas Architecture Project and the Dallas Architecture Forum. Donald Gatzke, dean of the School of Architecture, and Kathryn Holliday, assistant professor of architecture, serve as moderators. Michael Buckley, lecturer and clinical professor of architecture, is a speaker for the afternoon session. See more information and register online. $50 symposium only, $60 symposium and reception. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday, April 30. Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas.


Introduction to Digital Photography

This course covers the basics of digital photography, giving you the knowledge and control over your camera to create the photographs that you want. Covers the following topics: exposure control, white balance, using the camera's light meter, lenses, and composition. Camera requirements are a digital camera capable of full manual operation. Bring a digital single-lens reflex, zoom-lens reflex, or advanced rangefinder digital camera. Register online. $149. 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays, May 4-June 15. Also includes field trip to Botanical Gardens, 1-3 p.m., Sunday, June 6. Room E200F, Continuing Education Workforce Center.

Food for Thought: Finding and Maintaining the Motivation to Exercise

Do you have a hard time finding a reason to exercise? Are you waiting for the right day or time to start? Is your motivation waning or lacking? Don't let the answers to these questions keep you from achieving your health and fitness goals. Come learn techniques to motivate yourself to exercise and start living the healthy lifestyle that you deserve. Bring a sack lunch and a notepad. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Employment information

See 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
  Daiana Negreanu

Nets first team: Junior Daiana Negreanu finished her season 12-3 overall and earned a spot on the All-Southland Conference first team.

Tennis teams finish second in conference tourney; Negreanu named to All-SLC first team

The women's and men's tennis teams both came up one match short of winning the Southland Conference Tournament on Sunday in Corpus Christi. The women dropped a 4-3 decision to Northwestern State in the finals while the men lost 4-0 to UT San Antonio in the title match.

The women finished their season with a 13-7 overall record while the men closed at 9-12. Daiana Negreanu, a junior on the women's team, earned first team All-Southland Conference recognition.

Home runs lift Mavericks to baseball sweep

Michael Choice tied the school career record for home runs as the Mavericks swept a three-game Southland Conference series from Central Arkansas last weekend at Clay Gould Ballpark. Chad Comer also homered Sunday as the Mavericks moved into a tie for fourth in the SLC standings.

Choice hit his 13th home run of the season in the eighth inning of Sunday's game to equal the school career mark of 31 set by Matt Mize in 1998-99. The Mavericks return to conference action this weekend at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Sports shorts

McNeese State swept a three-game softball series from the Mavericks last weekend. Despite the losses, UT Arlington remains in third place in the Southland Conference with a 15-10 record. The team plays at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend. ... Cordero Gray placed fifth in the 100-meter dash at the prestigious Drake Relays on Saturday. The men's and women's track teams will compete in the Northwestern State Invitational on Saturday, May 1, at Natchitoches, La. ... The golf team finished fifth in the Southland Conference Tournament on Wednesday in Springfield, La. ... All-Sports Banquet will honor student-athletes for 2009-10 on Monday, May 3, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. For tickets, contact Debbie Garcia at 2-2047.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Sesame Street friends explore the night sky

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Elmo, Big Bird, and their new friend Hu Hu Zhu discover the night sky together in One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure in May at the Planetarium.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Together, they locate the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the moon in the night sky. Use your imagination to explore the moon. Return to Earth and discover that even though we live far away, we all live under the same sky.

Show times are 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays in May.

Tickets are $4 for faculty, staff, alumni, youth 18 and younger, and seniors 65 and older; $3 with student ID; $6 for adults.

For more details, contact the Planetarium at or 2-1183.

Thursday, April 29

Symphony Orchestra Concert Clifton Evans conducts the spring concert for the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra, featuring Scott Pool and Sarah Frisof performing the premiere of George Chave's "Scherzo for Flute, Bassoon, and Orchestra." $5 faculty, staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, April 30

$2 Movie: Sherlock Holmes The original detective story retold. 5:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Opera Workshop Performance Students performing songs and scenes from various operas and plays. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, May 1

Bassoon Studio Recital The bassoon students of music Professor Scott Pool perform. 2:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

$2 Movie: Sherlock Holmes The original detective story retold. 2:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Opera Workshop Performance Students performing songs and scenes from various operas and plays. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Sunday, May 2

Choir Concert The University Singers and A Cappella Choir perform. $5 faculty, staff. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Four Seasons Choral Society Concert The 17th annual performance features Chinese folk songs accompanied by Chinese Orchestra. Free. 3 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Terry Wang,, 817-274-7094.

Monday, May 3

All-Sports Banquet Awards presented to student-athletes from all Maverick athletic teams. $15 faculty, staff. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center., 2-2047.

May 3-15

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition BFA graduating students show their works. Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 7. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 2-5658,

Tuesday, May 4

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

Through May 31

Timpani: New Works Artists Carol Benson, Susan Harrington, and Chris Powell use disparate media 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.)



Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

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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