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

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ice sculpture

Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception features food, music, festivities

Ring in the holiday season at the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

President James D. Spaniolo is the host and featured speaker, delivering his Maverick interpretation of a traditional holiday reading.

Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music.

The buffet line will include sandwiches, veggies, chips and dip, cookies, and assorted cakes. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services. Parking is available in Lot 38.

Monitor weather announcements on home page, 'MavWire'

Texas weather can change drastically in just a few minutes and at the most inconvenient times. In severe weather, such as ice or snow, will classes be held? Will events and activities take place as scheduled? Will offices be open?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts to ensure the safety and security of the campus community. Faculty, staff, and students will be notified as soon as possible should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, business operations, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways for faculty, staff, and students to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University e-mail in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Magnificent Sun

Planetarium premieres NASA-funded show tonight

The Planetarium is using NASA funding to explore the mysteries of Earth’s closest and most important star in Magnificent Sun, an original feature film set to premiere at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 9.

The 45-minute show is the third in a series developed by Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics, and the Planetarium staff during the past three years. Funding for Magnificent Sun came from a $30,000 public outreach supplemental grant from NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Physics program.

Dr. Cuntz’s research, conducted with solar physicist David Hathaway of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., focuses on the structure of the solar surface, particularly convective patterns.

Read more about the UT Arlington-produced Magnificent Sun.

Commencement ceremonies begin Dec. 16, volunteers needed

Fall 2010 commencement ceremonies are Dec. 16-19. Commencement information can be found at

Volunteers are needed to help with the ceremonies. For more information, contact Susann Asebedo at or 2-9234.

Mav Pic Ring Ceremony - December 2010

Making it official

Leticia Martinez, director of Multicultural Affairs, admires Bongani Mlambo's ring at Tuesday's Maverick Ring Ceremony in the Maverick Activities Center. Mlambo is a film/video senior.


Spring break signup deadline is Friday

Staff or faculty have until Friday, Dec. 10, to sign up as advisers for alternative spring break trips planned by UTA Volunteers for March 13-19, 2011. Alternative spring break is an opportunity for students to serve as volunteers for issues such as sustainability, education, and disaster relief.

UTA Volunteers has planned trips to Pensacola, Fla., to aid in Gulf Coast restoration and to New Orleans to volunteer with local Head Start and after-school programs.

Advisers work with groups of 10-15 students. Advisers must be approved to drive a University vehicle or be willing to participate in the process to do so. All trip fees are waived for advisers. Applications are available in the Student Activities office, Room B140 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

For more information, see UTA Volunteers, Community Collaborations, or call Veronica Rendon or PK Kelly at 2-2963.

Campus organizations collecting toys

Help a child or family during the holidays through toy drives.

Toys are being collected for Community Partners of Dallas by Phi Alpha, a national honor society for social work students. New toys for children through age 18 can be dropped off at Social Work Building A through Friday, Dec. 10.

The SAC of Joy toy drive through Friday, Dec. 17, needs help providing toys for children at Cook Children's Medical Center. The drive is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council’s Outreach Committee. For information on donation sites and the Cook Children's Medical Center wish list, see the SAC website.

Bookstore holiday sale Wednesday features 20 percent discount

A faculty and staff holiday appreciation sale is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the UTA Bookstore.

Everything is 20 percent off with the exception of textbooks, computers and software, regalia, and previously discounted items.

  Mav Pic Neiman Marcus window

Holiday help

For the second time, creative directors at Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas have called on TMAC technical staff led by Raul Fernandez to produce the automation infrastructure for the store's spectacular Christmas display creation, this year titled Big Encounters of the Little Kind. The display’s special features include a child-size robot, flat panel displays, and an interactive system in which viewers on the sidewalk can send text messages that initiate changes in the display. The TMAC is located at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth. Dr. Fernandez is a faculty associate and program manager of the Process Automation Group at TMAC.

Discounts tonight for UT Arlington faculty, staff at DSW Shoe Warehouse

Tonight's the night as DSW Shoe Warehouse at The Parks at Arlington mall is offering 20 percent off regular-price items and 10 percent off clearance items during UT Arlington Night 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

Present your UT Arlington ID to receive the discounts at the Parks mall location only. The Maverick Discount Program and Paint the Town Blue partnered to organize the special event.

Electrical outages affect science buildings during break

Electrical outages are scheduled for the Life Science Building and Science Hall during the holiday break.

A new generator will be delivered to the Life Science Building on Saturday, Dec. 18, requiring three hours to connect. Exact time is uncertain, but during the connection the primary electrical system will be operational but without emergency power. Over the holiday break, the contractor will need another three-hour outage to connect the emergency generator.

Also, electrical service to Life Science will be off 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, but all emergency circuits will be operational during that time.

In Science Hall the primary electric service to the building will be off 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, until 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2. The back-up emergency generator will be operational during this time.

Contact Facilities Management by Monday, Dec. 13, to check that your required equipment is on an emergency circuit for either building. The buildings will remain closed to the public, but researchers will be allowed in with a University ID.

Benefit Yourself

Outlook 2007

Cover the basic and advanced features of Microsoft Outlook that uses the Exchange connection to link to the University e-mail system. Learn how to manage e-mails, quota, appointments, and scheduling more effectively. Register. Free. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 13, or 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Training

When a fire breaks out, the most important decision to make is whether to fight the fire or escape. It is important that you know how to operate a fire extinguisher before you attempt to fight a fire. Come to this hands-on course and learn how to use a fire extinguisher to safely put out a small fire when appropriate. Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, Training Room, Environmental Health and Safety Office, 500 Summit Ave. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Employment Information

Check out 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
Shalyn Martin

Team leader: Senior Shalyn Martin leads the women's basketball team in rebounds, steals, and blocked shots.


Maverick women fall to TCU, take break

Suffering through a cold 21 percent shooting night, the women’s basketball team dropped an 81-39 decision to TCU on Wednesday in Fort Worth.

The Mavericks take a break for finals before returning to action at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Sunday, Dec. 19.

Movin' Mavs host clinic, tournament for injured soldiers

About 30 soldiers will hone their wheelchair basketball skills Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11, at the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) workshop and tournament hosted by the Movin' Mavs.

Through the tournament, the soldiers are vying for a place on the Army's national wheelchair basketball team for the WTU Games next summer.

In 2007 the Army created 35 warrior transition units at Army installations to provide critical support to wounded soldiers—who are expected to require six months of rehabilitative care—and their families.

See the soldiers in action 1-10 p.m. Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday. The All-Star game is at 6 p.m., with the WTU All-Stars playing the Movin' Mavs at 8 p.m. All games are in the indoor soccer gymnasium at the Maverick Activities Center.

The Movin' Mavs play in their own tournament Saturday as they face the Dallas Mavericks and Houston wheelchair teams at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the Physical Education Building gym.

Admission is free to all games.

Mav men return to action Saturday against Samford

Following an 11-day break, the men's basketball team returns to action Saturday, Dec. 11, against Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

The Mavericks are 5-2 this season and received votes in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 poll. Following Saturday's game, the men take a break for finals before playing at Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Dec. 18.

Haitian amputee soccer team plays exhibition Friday morning

The Haitian National Amputee Soccer Team will play an exhibition game at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at the indoor soccer gymnasium in the Maverick Activities Center. Admission is free.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Dec. 9

Hotel on Corner of Bitter Sweet

Mavs Book Club This month's book is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. A holiday party and book swap will feature holiday snacks. Bring some books to trade. Free. 5:30 p.m., basement, Central Library. Mavs Book Club, Diane Shepelwich,, 2-7521.

Magnificent Sun Premiere of the third production funded by NASA in conjunction with ongoing solar physics research on campus. Free. 6 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Friday, Dec. 10

Spa Retreat Join the Student Health Advisory Council for a day of relaxation as professional technicians help you unwind. Yoga lessons, massages, snacks. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Opening Reception for BFA Exhibition Reception and awards ceremony honor the graduating seniors whose work is on display in the "Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition." Free. 5 p.m., The Gallery of UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History, 2-3110.

Friends of the Library Author Joyce Gibson Roach discusses her book Texas and Christmas. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Betty Wood,, 2-7421.

Friday, Dec. 10-Saturday, Dec. 11

$2 Movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Friday, Dec. 10-Sunday, Dec. 12


The Nutcracker Faculty, staff, and students receive a 50 percent discount on tickets, which are available at Presented by the Metropolitan Classical Ballet. 1 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Holiday Lights Parade Entertainment starts in Founders Plaza at the Levitt Pavilion at 4 p.m., and the parade begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of Main and Center streets in downtown Arlington. Look for UT Arlington floats. Free. Holiday Lights Parade.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

It's Time: The Incredible Season of the 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers DVD premiere. $40, includes copy of DVD. 6 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.


Planetarium programs Three different Pink Floyd shows are presented this month. Also showing in December are Season of Light, Holiday Music Magic, and Spacepark 360. The $2 movies are Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, A Christmas Carol, and Polar Express. Go online for the complete schedule. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Charting Chartered Companies The exhibition "Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900" focuses on maps and how they shaped the histories of chartered companies. Through Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 2-2179.

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.

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



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