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

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Commencement ceremonies begin today at Texas Hall

Approximately 2,000 bachelor's, 978 master's, and 61 doctoral degrees will be conferred during fall Commencement ceremonies Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 16-19, at Texas Hall. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to

All guest tickets must be claimed and printed in advance. No tickets will be available at Texas Hall, and no UT Arlington IDs will be accepted in place of a ticket for admittance.

Doors open and guest seating begins one hour prior to the start of each ceremony. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure proper seating. Guests arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be seated.

Thursday, Dec. 16 - College of Science, 4 p.m.; College of Nursing, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 17 - School of Social Work, University College, 1 p.m.; School of Architecture, 4 p.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 18 - College of Engineering, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 4 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 19 - College of Business, 1 and 4 p.m.; School of Urban and Public Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies, 7 p.m.

Electrical outages to affect buildings during break

Electrical outages are scheduled for several buildings during the holiday break.

The primary electrical service will be off 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, in the Central Library, Davis Hall, Fine Arts Building, Life Science Building, Physical Education Building, Preston Hall, Smart Hospital, Texas Hall, Trinity House, and University Hall. All emergency circuits will be operational during that time.

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

See more information on electrical outages.

Connect by Hertz offers discount for winter break

Connect by Hertz is rolling out a new deal for winter break. School may not be in session, but the cars are available for use.

From Dec. 17 to Jan. 17, rent any vehicle on campus for only $5 per hour. No promotion code is necessary.

Call 877-654-4400 or click to rent a car.

Mav Pic Parade of Lights 2010

Peanuts gallery

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang joined faculty, staff, and their family members on the UT Arlington float in the city's Parade of Lights. The parade wound through downtown Arlington on Saturday.


Look for weather news on home page, Twitter, Facebook, 'MavWire'

When the winter weather threatens travel, look for announcements on whether the University will stay open or close.

All announcements will be communicated via University e-mail in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

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.

Doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship applications now being accepted

Applications and nominations are being accepted for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, in support of the University’s continuing commitment to advance scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education.

The purpose of the program is to develop and prepare scholars from underrepresented groups for future faculty positions in academia.

Candidates who are ABD (all but dissertation) will be considered, but all other doctoral requirements must be met by May 31, 2011.

The fellowships are for a nine-month academic year in which scholars will be engaged full time in research but may elect to teach only one course during that period.

For more information, see the Equal Opportunity Services website.

SAC of Joy

SAC toy drive continues through Friday

The SAC of Joy toy drive continues through Friday, Dec. 17, 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.

Campus Cat Coalition relies on donations

Have you ever noticed the cats on campus rustling from one bush to another? The Campus Cat Coalition provides care and management of the feral cats through a method known as TNR (trap, neuter, release).

Donations to help with TNR are accepted at the Campus Cat Coalition website through PayPal, or you can send a donation to Angie Barolet at Box 19120.

There are nine feeding stations on campus attended by faculty, staff, and other volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Barolet at 2-7524 or

Mav Pic Friends of Library - Dec 2010

Talkin' about Texas

Author Joyce Gibson Roach, left, signs copies of her book Texas and Christmas for history Professor George Green and for LaVerne Knezek, a Friends of the UTA Library board member, at the Friends' meeting Friday.


Get tickets online for Arlington's New Year's Eve Super Party

Tickets are still available for the More Than a Game New Year's Eve Super Party at the Arlington Museum of Art, located at 201 W. Main.

UT Arlington co-sponsors the event, which is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Seating is limited. For tickets, go to

Live music is provided by FM, and the event is catered by A Sophisticated Affair.

Get flu vaccine before holidays

Influenza immunizations are still available at Health Services. Cost is $15 for faculty, staff, and students.

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 2-2771.

Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser for professional staff, undergraduate faculty, and graduate faculty should be submitted online by Monday, Jan. 24.

For 25 years, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. Many advisers have been recognized nationally by the National Academic Advising Association for their commitment to helping students succeed. See the complete list of award winners.

For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.

Benefit Yourself

Healthy Recipes for the Holidays

Eating well during the holiday season is a bit like walking up a down escalator while everyone else is going down the right way—and they're gorging on delicious-looking bonbons at the same time. You're already struggling just to stay on track, and now you have to contend with all those happy faces, bound for even more treats that you can't have. Learn how to prepare these healthy and quick meals.


Last chance to convert from WebCT to Blackboard

If you missed the Nov. 5 deadline to request conversion of your WebCT courses to Blackboard, you can be put on a waiting list by filling out the Course Conversion Form.

You can choose to convert your entire WebCT course or only specific materials, such as course content and quizzes. Explore Blackboard first and decide which transition path to take.

If you choose to have your entire WebCT course converted, transfer files for each course section to My Files, where they can be reorganized for use in the future. My Files is where you will find personal storage space in a folder named with your NetID. This space will remain accessible for linking single copies of files to current and future courses, rather than needless reproduction of course materials. Read more about the transfer process.

Your request will be completed in the order it is received. There is no guarantee late requests will be ready for the first day of spring classes.

Learn more about Blackboard and sign up for training online. If you have questions, e-mail

Office 2011 for Mac coming to campus

Microsoft has released Office 2011, the newest version of Office for the Mac, which has replaced Entourage with Outlook.

The Office of Information Technology will make Office 2011 available to Mac users for initial testing. OIT will fully support this product in summer 2011, at which time it will be added to OIT lab Mac computers.

If you would like to have Office 2011 for Mac installed on your computer, contact the Help Desk at

Winter break group exercise classes offered at MAC

Classes are available during the winter break at the Maverick Activities Center.

Stay in shape with step, yoga, Latin fusion, cycle, pilates, group strength, and triple threat. Participants must have an activated ID and will only be granted access to class up to five minutes after the posted class time. Participation is limited to space and equipment availability. All classes must have a minimum of two participants.

The classes are now through Wednesday, Dec. 22, and Monday, Jan. 3, to Friday, Jan. 14. See the winter break group exercise schedule.

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

Mav men travel to Louisiana Tech on Saturday

Hoping to halt a two-game losing streak, the men's basketball team travels to Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Dec. 18.

The Mavericks dropped a 68-60 decision at Samford last Saturday and are now 5-3 for the season.

Following games at Kansas on Wednesday, Dec. 29, and at Arkansas on Friday, Dec. 31, the men return home to face Houston Baptist on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Maverick women at Las Vegas Classic this weekend

Following an 11-day break for final exams, the women’s basketball team returns to action in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Sunday, Dec. 19.

The Mavericks will face California on Sunday before meeting Pittsburgh on Monday, Dec. 20.

Following a trip to Kansas on Thursday, Dec. 30, the women return home to open Southland Conference play against Nicholls State on Saturday, Jan. 8.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Dec. 16

Office decorating holiday reception Awards for the Holiday Office Decoration Contest will be announced, including overall winner, top tree, best theme, most creative, tastiest treats, and best residence hall. Slide presentation of all the offices. Light refreshments. 3:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.

Friday, Dec. 17-Saturday, Dec. 18

$2 Movie: A Christmas Carol The holiday classic's 2009 version. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium. 2-1183.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Showcase for recent work created by the graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History. The fall 2010 exhibition features the work of 50 students demonstrating a wide variety of concentrations including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication. Through Saturday, Dec. 18. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History, 2-3110.

Holiday Music Magic

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. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 17-18, are the last scheduled dates for the winter season. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

Planetarium programs Showing this month are Season of Light, Holiday Music Magic, Spacepark 360, and Pink Floyd. The $2 movies are 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 Saturday, Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 2-2179.

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



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