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

Monday, February 1, 2010

Earvin Magic Johnson and Sally Ride

Magic Ride: Basketball legend, business icon and now author Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr., left, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will be featured this month at Maverick Speakers Series events.

Magic, Sally Ride featured this month in Maverick Speakers Series

Basketball legend and business icon Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. will talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in the Maverick Speakers Series. Both events will be held in Texas Hall.

Signed copies of Johnson's book "32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business" will be available for purchase before and after his lecture.

Johnson is universally known for his 13-year career in the NBA and is now the chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises. MJE provides products and services that particularly focus on ethnically diverse urban communities.

One of America's most-famous and most-beloved astronauts, Dr. Ride will speak on "Leadership and America’s Future in Space."

Ride is now a professor of physics at the University of California at San Diego and is president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, which focuses on getting children, especially girls, interested in science.

As with all Maverick Speakers Series events, the lectures are free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at For more information and for ticketing assistance, call 2-9234.

Black History Month

Black History Month events begin tonight

A Night at the Gallery starts Black History Month at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Monday, Feb. 1, as art, jazz and poetry are featured in the Carlisle Suite at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Also this week, the exhibit "A Crystal Stair: Journey Through Oppression" will provide a perspective on history at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Hosts for the month's events are the Office of Multicultural Affairs, African Student Association, African-American Faculty and Staff Association, Black Student Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

See more on Black History Month.


University helps high school students prepare for SAT math test

High school students preparing to take the SAT can find a helping hand on the fall math test at UT Arlington's Fort Worth Center.

Free SAT math prep classes are from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Feb. 6 and 20; March 27; April 10, 17 and 24; and May 15 and 22.

Tarrant County students may attend prep sessions at the Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Dallas County students may attend sessions at Conrad High School, Fair Oaks Ave., Dallas. No pre-registration is needed.

Each class covers different material, and students may attend as many classes as they wish. Instructions are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

Students should bring a pencil and a graphing calculator if available. A limited number of graphing calculators will be available. Students also may bring snacks or money to purchase snacks on campus.

Other sponsors for classes are UT Dallas, Texas A&M University-Commerce and Midwestern State University. For more information, e-mail

  Mav Pic Kenneth Roemer

Locating Whitehawk

Dr. Kenneth Roemer, professor of English, talked about the Whitehawk Texas Experience as part of the OneBook program Friday in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Roemer's presentation concerned a North Texas eco-friendly community called Whitehawk, which was founded by teachers, artists, coaches, flight attendants, computer scientists and construction workers inspired by an encounter with a white hawk and an engineer's vision of utopia founded upon upside-down cement boats.

Diversity is theme of annual advising conference

"Diversity: Building an Inclusive Campus Culture" is the topic for the UT Arlington Advising Association annual conference Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The opening session and keynote address are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre.

Joe Feagin, the Ella C. McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, will deliver the keynote address, "Backstage Racism among White College Students and What to Do About It." He is a leading researcher in ethnic-racial issues in the United States.

The conference runs from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre foyer. Cost is $40 for UTAAA members and $50 for UT Arlington faculty/staff non-members. Cost includes breakfast, lunch, keynote and all conference sessions. Register online.

Health Services sponsors Go Red Heart Awareness

Go Red Heart Awareness kicks off Heart Disease Awareness Month. Information on this common, and often preventable, disease will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To learn more, contact Health Services at 2-2771 or

Spring job fair seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed for Career Services’ spring job fair on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Maverick Activities Center. Shifts are available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.-4 p.m. If you are available to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Heyerdahl at 2-3267 or

Volunteers are especially needed from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to give the Career Services staff lunch breaks. Volunteers also are needed to help with set-up (morning), clean-up (afternoon), loading dock crew, and staffing the student and employer check-in tables.

Benefit Yourself

Discovering Purpose

Having a clear purpose helps guide your decisions and empowers you to act in a clear and focused manner. This course offers participants the tools for discovering purpose and keys to putting the purpose into your every action and response. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments

Health Services offers mindfulness programs this spring. Mindfulness draws on one’s internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives.

Learn new ways of dealing with stress by registering for the Mindful Awareness Program by Tuesday, Feb. 9. The free program meets weekly for eight weeks and presents a systematic means of cultivating mindfulness. Contact Marie Bannister at 2-2771.

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 235 of the Business Building. The weekly 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, Feb. 1

Faculty/Staff Happy Hour This week's exercise session is Latin Fusion. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m. Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. 2-3277.

Water Management in a PEM Fuel Cell Trung Van Nguyen of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Kansas explores two processes in current fuel cells that lead to anode dehydration and cathode flooding, resulting in poor performance. Free. 11 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. 2-2559.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

College of Engineering 50th Anniversary

Nuclear Engineering at UT Arlington Faculty members Lynn Peterson, Rasool Kenarangui and Ratan Kumar describe why this program is a success and what lies ahead for students in this growing field. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and the Arlington Technology Association. Members, students, first-time guests, free; others $5. Light breakfast provided. Reservations required. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 2‑3682.

Design Rules Axel Paredes, who teaches design studio and digital fabrication courses at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, will give the presentation. 5 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. 2-2314.

Friday, Feb. 5

Extracting Constitutive Parameters: the Virtual Fields Method Fabrice Pierron of the Arts et Metiers ParisTech in Chalons-en-Champagne, France, provides an overview of an original identification method dedicated to full-field measurements called the Virtual Fields Method. Sponsored by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. 2-2500.

Monday, Feb. 8

Faculty/Staff Happy Hour This week's exercise session is Step. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m. Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. 2-3277.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Staff Advisory Council Meetings open to all staff. 3 p.m., Student Congress Chambers, E.H. Hereford University Center. Amber Zuckerman, chair, 2-2211,

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Bassoon Week celebrates the double-reed sound

Trio Arizona

"American Composers, American Rhythms" gets Bassoon Week started at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Monday, Feb. 1, at the Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building, as Scott Pool, assistant professor of music, performs jazz, rock and funk music with a special guest appearing.

Other events this week include a community recital with area students and musicians performing Tuesday, Feb. 2, a student recital featuring junior bassoonists Cristina Meza and Amber Wyman on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and a guest trio concert by Trio Arizona (above) from Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, Feb. 5. All events are free at 7:30 p.m. in the Irons Recital Hall.

Bassoon Week concludes Saturday, Feb. 6, with Double Reed Day as oboists and bassoonists of all ages and levels are invited to attend. Check the Bassoon Week schedule for more information.

Monday, Feb. 1

Movie: Precious Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique star in this Golden Globe-winning flick. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 2-2963.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Men's Basketbal UT Arlington vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Basketball team autographs after the game. AISD elementary and middle school students on the A/B honor roll receive free admission. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall

Thursday, Feb. 4

Creativity Test: Opening Reception Artists Marilyn Jolly and Maraya Lopez bring a new perspective to paint-by-the-numbers. The exhibit runs through March 31. Free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Guest Piano Recital The Canyon Piano Trio from West Texas A&M University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Northwestern State. Mascot soccer game at halftime, featuring mascots from Texas Rangers, Grand Prairie AirHogs, Papa John's Pizza, Sweet Tomatoes, Quizno's and Pluckers Wing Bar. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Monday, Feb. 8

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Music Department faculty and students perform. Lunch served after concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Martha Walvoord, 2-2439,

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. McNeese State. AISD elementary and middle school students on the A/B honor roll receive free admission. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through March 6

Prime Perception Visual communication professors and active designers and artists Robert Grame and Robert Hower exhibit their work. Free. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. 2-5658.


UT Arlington Planetarium programs See the complete Planetarium schedule. 2-1183,,

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



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