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

Monday, February 22, 2010

Golf cart parade

Cart convoy: The golf cart parade through campus has become a popular part of homecoming festivities after making its debut two years ago.

Homecoming features past and present with variety of events this week

"Homecoming Then and Now" is the theme for this week's homecoming activities.

The "Boom at Noon" pep rally at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24, on the Central Library mall will include the firing of the Carlisle Cannons and will be followed by the golf cart parade.

Faculty and staff are invited to hoop it up Wednesday with a pre-homecoming reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Texas Hall foyer. The Staff Advisory Council and the Department of Athletics will host the reception, which includes food, drinks, a cash bar and free game admission for staff and faculty. The homecoming court will be introduced at halftime of the men's basketball game with Lamar, which begins at 7 p.m.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, a reception for faculty, staff, alumni and invited guests is set for the Carlisle Suite in the E.H. Hereford University Center, and the Homecoming Step Show will start at 7 p.m. in Texas Hall.

Maverick pride shines at Spirit Friday on Friday, Feb. 26, at noon in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center. The Bash starts at 9 p.m. at the University Center.

Reunions and other gatherings mark Saturday, Feb. 27, including the Military Science Hall of Honor induction at 10:30 a.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the University Center.

The Alumni Association will host the homecoming game tailgate party at 2 p.m. in the Trinity House parking lot. For $5, you receive food, two drink tickets and alumni giveaways. Guests also will have access to the annual homecoming chili cook-off. Sign up online.

The women's basketball game against Sam Houston State will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday with the homecoming king and queen announced at halftime.

Check the complete homecoming schedule.


Early voting on campus starts today in Palo Duro Lounge

Cast your ballot on campus in early voting for the March 2 primary election. Campus voters have four days—Monday-Thursday, Feb. 22-25—to choose candidates in primaries for Democratic and Republican parties. Early voting across the state continues through Friday, Feb. 26.

The campus polling station is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center, courtesy of the Student Congress. Find free parking along the 300 block of West First Street.

The spring primaries include candidates running for Texas governor, as well as congressional District 6 and state representative District 94, both of which include the UT Arlington campus.

Learn more about early voting from the Texas Secretary of State's Web site.

Mary Vaccaro

Art focus: Dr. Mary Vaccaro will lecture on Renaissance art in the Focus on Faculty series.

Focus on Faculty talk highlights the use and exchange of drawings in Renaissance art

Mary Vaccaro, associate professor of art and art history, will discuss how drawings record an artist's ideas, map a project's genesis, and even preserve broad patterns of creative exchange at noon Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Her presentation is part of the Focus on Faculty series.

Dr. Vaccaro will survey the use and exchange of drawings in Renaissance art, particularly among draftsmen in Parma, Italy. She received the Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment Award in 2009 and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and renowned facilities.

The free event is sponsored by the Library and Phi Kappa Phi. For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at or 2‑2658.

Groundbreaking for the Special Events Center

Events center to include energy-efficient features

Designed by HKS Inc., the Special Events Center is expected to achieve LEED Silver standards, incorporating many energy-efficient features. Groundbreaking for the center is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 5.

The building will include low-emittance glazed windows, a highly reflective roof that will reduce the solar load on the building and a low-use water system. It will incorporate regional materials and include native landscaping.

The 218,000-square-foot center will open onto a new pedestrian mall on what is now Second Street between Center and Pecan streets. A four-story, mixed-use residence hall and parking garage will be built immediately north of the events center. The University is partnering with the city of Arlington to develop a pedestrian parkway along Center Street and a green space on the building's south side.

Dan Phillips, HKS senior project designer, said his team worked to ensure that the center engages the planned Center Street Green. Patrons will be able to step outside to enjoy the setting at various points along the concourses, he said.

"The building will feel like it is in a park. It will be very welcoming," Phillips says. "With all the glass, at night the building will glow. You'll sense that something is going on inside, and you'll want to be part of it."

Mav Pic African American Experience Panel

Experienced panelists

Members of the African American Experience Panel discussed their own college experiences as minorities Wednesday in the Concho Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. From left are Carter Bedford, associate director of Student Governance and Organizations; Jessica Williams, communication senior; Dr. Ayanna Jackson-Fowler, associate professor of English; Dr. Damon Bryant, visiting assistant professor of psychology; Ricky Irving Jr., finance junior; and Dr. Jason Shelton, assistant professor of sociology. The panel was hosted by Multicultural Mavericks and was part of Black History Month festivities.


Faculty, staff asked to nominate outstanding student leaders

It's time to nominate your students for the Outstanding Student Leader awards. Deadline is today, Monday, Feb. 22.

The Leadership Recognition Program honors the University's outstanding student leaders who have made significant contributions to their organization or the University. One $1,250 award, two $1,000 awards and two $750 awards will be given during a reception honoring the nominees.

Nomination forms and more information are available at the Office of Student Affairs. Contact Susann Asebedo at

Volunteers needed Wednesday for Career Services' job fair

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 lunch breaks to the Career Services staff. 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.

Milestone employees should check recognition list

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of service should make sure their names are on the list of 2010 Service Award Honorees on the Office of Human Resources Web site. Review the list and report any missing names by Wednesday, Feb. 24, to Lara Ellison at 2‑5554, 2‑5118 or

Workers' compensation pharmacy card changes

The UT System has announced that Bridgeway Pharmacy Card for employees injured at work is no longer in effect. Supervisors are advised to complete the MyMatrixx temporary prescription card and give it to their employees who have been injured at work if they seek medical attention.

Benefit Yourself

Forms and procedures training set for Thursday

This staff training session explains the new performance management forms and procedures. 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. RSVP to by Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Take a break with Mindful Moments

Health Services is offering 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, Feb. 22

Transcatheter Valve Intervention for Aortic Valve Degeneration Ali Azadani, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco, describes a novel transcatheter aortic valve design that provides superior hemodynamics. 2:30 p.m., Room 200, Woolf Hall. 2‑2500.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Anderson and Anderson Architecture

Architecture Lecture Series Mark and Peter Anderson, from Anderson and Anderson Architecture in San Francisco, talk on the "Flower Tower of Power." 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. 2‑2314.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Biology Colloquium Series Laura Gough, associate professor of biology, discusses "What I Learned in My Year as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. 2‑2872.

Friday, Feb. 26

Psychology Colloquium Austin Baldwin, assistant professor of psychology at SMU, explains "Perceived Satisfaction with Changes in Health Behaviors: Where Does It Come From and Why Does It Matter." Noon, Room 122, Life Science Building. 2‑2281.

Marketing Brown Bag Series Traci Freling, assistant professor of marketing, speaks on "Is Just-below Pricing Overused? A Theory-Driven Framework for Managerial Decision-Making." 1:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Remembering the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920 This symposium by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies provides an historical overview of the upheaval that lasted more than a decade and transformed the Mexican nation-state. Register. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Dead Man Walking' opens Friday night

Dead Man Walking

"Dead Man Walking," a riveting play written by Tim Robbins and based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean, will be presented by the Department of Theatre Arts in the Mainstage Theatre beginning Friday.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 26-27 and Thursday-Saturday, March 4‑6; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7.

"Dead Man Walking" is the true story of a nun who becomes a spiritual adviser for a convicted murderer, while at the same time sympathizing with the victims' families. The play touches upon the universal themes of revenge and redemption, crime and punishment, and fear and salvation. Directed by Anne Healy, theatre arts lecturer, the play is produced in coordination with the departments of Theatre Arts, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Communication.

Following the Friday, March 5, performance there will be an After Show Talk featuring Healy and Sara Phillips, visiting assistant professor of criminal justice. The After Show Talk is a featured event of the annual Festival of Ideas.

Admission is $10 for the general public and $7 for faculty, staff, students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Theatre Arts Box Office, Room 144, Fine Arts Building. For more information, call the box office at 2‑2669.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

$2 Movie: Terminator Salvation See your favorite movies on the really big screen. 5:30 p.m., Also showing 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26, and 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27. Planetarium. 2‑1183.

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Lamar. Homecoming court introduced at halftime. Halftime performance by Willy Brown's Jumpin' Eagles jump rope team. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. 2‑2261.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Wind Symphony Concert Music from the 17th-19th centuries has been "reimagined" by contemporary composers. Conductor Douglas Stotter shares the podium with guest conductor David Woodley, professor of music from Indiana University. $5 adults, $3 students and seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑2533.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Sam Houston State. Homecoming coronation at halftime. $4 faculty, staff, 4 p.m., Texas Hall. 2‑2261.

Faculty Voice Recital David Grogan, visiting assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471.

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.

Through March 31

Creativity Test Artists Marilyn Jolly and Maraya Lopez bring a new perspective to paint-by-the-numbers. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2‑5988.


UT Arlington Planetarium programs See the complete Planetarium schedule. $3 faculty, staff. 2‑1183,

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



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