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

Thursday, February 25, 2010

UT Arlington homecoming pep rally

Getting pepped up: Faculty, staff and students cheer at the homecoming pep rally Wednesday on the Library mall.

Homecoming reception tonight; Saturday's events include tailgate party, basketball and coronation

"Homecoming Then and Now" is the theme for homecoming activities that began earlier this week and continue through Saturday.

At 5 p.m. today, 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 coronation at halftime.

Check the complete homecoming schedule.

GPS unit on a car's windshield

Protect your property: GPS units like this have been targets for burglaries on campus.

Campus police advise caution after recent vehicle burglaries

University police are asking faculty, staff and students who park vehicles on campus to take valuables with them, put them in the trunk or locked glove compartment, or simply leave them at home after several daytime vehicle burglaries in parking lots east of Pecan Street.

Windshield-mounted GPS units have recently been stolen between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"Simply throwing a coat over an item is not enough to deter thieves," Assistant Chief Rick Gomez of the UT Arlington Police Department says.

Also, SUVs and pickups don't have a trunk to hold valuables, so thieves check unlocked glove compartments, behind seats and under seats.

Chief Gomez offers these tips:

  • Close all vehicle doors and windows.
  • Lock doors.
  • Remove valuables or place them in the trunk.
  • Don't leave any sign of hidden valuables, such as docking stations or connector cables. Even loose coins or a CD can be attractive to a thief.
  • Remove pull-out style radio face plates.
  • Use a car alarm.
  • Even if a car is locked and alarmed, a thief may target your vehicle because valuables are in sight.
  • Dark tinted windows will not hide valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through tint.
  • Don't use hide-a-key boxes. Thieves know all the hiding places.

If you are a victim of a vehicle burglary—Do not touch or adjust anything in, on or around the car. Do not confront anyone. Call the police to report the incident as soon as possible.

Assistance call boxes—More than 60 outdoor assistance call boxes around campus provide a direct connection with the UTA Police Department and automatically pinpoint the caller's location.

Report suspicious activity—Contact the UTA Police Department for suspicious activities such as:

  • people walking up and down aisles of parking lots looking into cars or trying door handles
  • vehicles cruising parking lots at very slow speeds for extended periods while observing parked cars. While this is not unusual as students, faculty and staff hunt for parking spaces, there should be other indicators of apparent ill intent.
  • people making any kind of mark or placing anything on parked vehicles
  • people sitting in running parked cars for protracted periods, and vehicles dropping one person off while continuing to cruise the same area

Report a crime in progress—Call 817-272-3003 or 911.

Non-emergency reports—Call 817-272-3381. Add this number to your cell phone contact list.

Dead Man Walking poster

'Dead Man Walking' production part of national project on death penalty

An upcoming production of "Dead Man Walking," which opens Friday, Feb. 26, is part of the national Death Penalty Play Project and a first-ever collaboration among the departments of criminology and criminal justice, political science, art and art history, communication and theatre arts.

"Dead Man Walking" will be presented at the Mainstage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 26, 27 and March 4, 5 and 6, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee March 7. Related student art will be on exhibit in the breezeway outside of Mainstage Theatre one hour before the March 5 performance.

Following the March 5 performance, audience members can listen to an After-Show Talk featuring Sara Phillips, visiting professor of criminology and criminal justice, and show director Anne Healy, an adjunct theatre arts lecturer.

Read more about "Dead Man Walking" at UT Arlington.

NIMS - National Incident Management System

University adopts management system standards for emergency response

UT Arlington has adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Activities for Schools and Higher Education Institutions as the basis for the University's overall and ongoing emergency management planning efforts.

By adopting the NIMS standards, UT Arlington will implement an all hazards preparedness approach, clear communication and information management, resource management, on-going exercises, credentialing and compliance of emergency responders, and incident command structure, implementation and training.

For additional information, contact Cindy Mohat, emergency management coordinator, at 2‑0117 or or visit the NIMS Web site.

Today is the last day for early voting on campus

You can still cast your ballot on campus in early voting for the March 2 primary election. Today, Thursday, Feb. 25, is the last day on campus 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. Learn more about early voting from the Texas Secretary of State's Web site.

Mav Pic Matthew Wright and Gauri Vakde

Pie the Professor

Matthew Wright, assistant professor of computer science engineering, takes one for the team during Engineers' Week. Pie the Professor, a College of Engineering tradition, raised $356 for Red Cross relief work in Haiti. Students voted with cash for which of 10 professors would receive the creamy assault, with Dr. Wright in first place with $92. Gauri Vakde, shown with Dr. Wright, had the winning bid to deliver the shot to her thesis adviser. She graduated in December with a master's in computer science engineering.


Tuition raffle could provide winning student with a year's free tuition

Tickets are still on sale for the eighth annual Tuition Raffle, sponsored by the Student Alumni Association. The winner receives one year of free tuition up to $5,000 for the 2010-11 school year. Second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $500.

Tickets are $5 each or six for $25. Proceeds go toward scholarships. All UT Arlington students are eligible, as well as incoming students. Anyone can purchase tickets in a student's name.

Winners' names will be drawn during the Bash, a homecoming party for students, Friday, Feb. 26, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Buy tickets from Student Alumni Association members at the University Center booth near the Computer Store, at the Alumni Association at 841 W. Mitchell St. or online at Call 2‑1367 for more information.

Arlington Archosaur Site featured on Discovery Channel on Sunday

The Arlington Archosaur Site, a prolific fossil site in North Arlington, will be featured on the show "Prehistoric Dallas" on The Discovery Channel at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.

The disassembled skull of a crocodile with two-and-a-half-inch-long teeth that lived nearly 100 million years ago was unearthed there last year.

Read about discoveries at the Arlington Archosaur Site in the current issue of UT Arlington Magazine or dig deeper at

Diversity Week begins with laughs, features lectures, MavFest, challenges

Start off Diversity Week with a few laughs on Comedy Night as Muslim comedienne Tissa Hami performs at 7 p.m. Monday, March 1, at the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Move on to a challenge at MavFest outdoor festival with the Movin' Mavs obstacle course Wednesday. Fill in the rest of the week with lectures, workshops, 3-on-3 basketball and a dance performance.

Learn to relax, screen for anxiety and more at Mind/Emotion Wellness Day

Mav Talk: Mind/Emotion Wellness Day lets faculty, staff and students take part in activities to support their emotional health and wellness. The free event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Participate in a relaxation exercise, create your own stress ball and learn about campus and community resources. Complete anonymous screenings for stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcohol, relationship concerns, and eating and sleeping problems.

Counseling Services and Mental Health Services host the event.

Volunteers needed for health fair next week

Volunteers are needed for the Health Fair sponsored by Health Services from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Some events also will be held at the E.H. Hereford University Center and Central Library malls.

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the form online and return it to Health Services. Volunteers are needed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and those working the entire event will receive a free T-shirt.

Benefit Yourself

Professionalism in the Workplace

No matter what your title reads, you are an essential element in the success of your organization. To fulfill the responsibilities of your role, you must be able to present yourself and your ideas with professionalism. This course is designed to help you identify and develop those needed skills for projecting and maintaining professional work relationships and confidence in the workplace. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Maverick 101 for new employees

Maverick 101: New Employee Orientation

If you are new to UT Arlington or if you are an existing employee looking to reconnect with the pulse of the University, then this is the class for you. Come learn about the exciting happenings on campus and hear from key departments that want to make your work and life easier and more fulfilling. 8 a.m.-noon. Wednesday, March 3, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

Performance Management Forms and Procedures

Join us for an overview of the forms and procedures for Performance Management as well as tips and techniques for effective reviews. Forms can be found online. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 4, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

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.

In Quotes

Professor touts power controller

Use of coal can cut cost of fuel

Stealth computer virus brings more concern

"I see the IPC as the energy equivalent of the TiVo. We store our music and videos for the time when we need them. The IPC will make it possible to do the same thing with energy, helping out both our pocketbooks and the environment."

"We started off some time ago at an uneconomical $17,000 a barrel. Today, we're at a cost of $28.84 a barrel."

"I think it's very likely there are additional businesses that are affected, and they don't know about it."

— Dr. Babak Fahimi, associate professor of electrical engineering in the College of Engineering, on his multi-patented device, which will soon be manufactured.
Fort Worth Business Press

— Dr. Rick Billo, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, about the University's lignite coal-to-fuel research program.
Toronto Sun

— Dr. Matthew Wright, assistant professor of computer science engineering in the College of Engineering, on the Kneber botnet, which could affect 2,500 organizations worldwide.
San Francisco Business Times

Sports Notes
Marquez Haynes

Scoring machine: Marquez Haynes ranks as the nation's third leading scorer, averaging 23.4 points per game.


Men's basketball continues hot streak; women upended

Marquez Haynes scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half as the men's basketball team came from behind to win its eighth game in nine tries 75-69 over Lamar on Wednesday night at Texas Hall. The Mavericks are now 8-5 in the Southland Conference and will play league-leading Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in Huntsville.

Lamar handed the women's basketball team its second straight loss, downing the Mavericks 79-73 Wednesday night in Beaumont. Now 7-6 in SLC play, the women return home Saturday, Feb. 27, to face Sam Houston State in a 4 p.m. homecoming contest.

Movin' Mavs win three at Illinois tournament

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team finished 3-2 at the University of Illinois tournament last weekend, as they defeated the Illinois women, Edinboro and Southwest Minnesota, but lost to the Illinois men and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Now 12-4, the Movin' Mavs will take a break from collegiate competition when they host the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks and the URO Sport Texans on Saturday, March 6, in the Physical Education Building.

Sports shorts

After winning three of five in the Baylor Tournament last weekend and improving its overall record to 7-3, the softball team will open its home season this weekend in the UTA Invitational against Texas Tech, Wichita State, Texas Southern and Prairie View A&M. … Cordero Gray won the 60-yard dash at the Sooner Open indoor track meet last weekend. For the women, Jerono Patrober won the 3000-meter run. The Mavericks will compete in the Southland Conference indoor championships this weekend at Norman, Okla. … Zack Fischer shot 71-73–144 to place second in the individual standings as the golf team finished fifth at the J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate at New Braunfels. … After dropping its first three games to Dallas Baptist last weekend, the baseball team will host Missouri State for a three-game series starting Friday. … The women's tennis team will open its home season with conference matches against Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State this weekend.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 25

Wind Symphony Concert Music from the 17th-19th centuries has been "reimagined" by contemporary composers. Guest conductor is David Woodley of 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.

Monday, March 1

Hunger Banquet

Oxfam Hunger Banquet This free meal will either fill you up or leave you wanting more while learning about worldwide hunger. Pre-registration is required and will close 48 hours prior to the event. 6-9 p.m. 2‑2963,, UTA Volunteers.

Movies Without Borders: Pan's Labyrinth A fairy tale set in 1940s Spain. Free admission, free popcorn. Rated R. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 2‑2963.

Tuesday, March 2

Percussion Ensemble Recital UT Arlington Percussion Ensemble performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471.

Wednesday, March 3

Fun in the Sun Health Fair Health Services is sponsoring a day of fun, food, prizes and education on the effects of the sun on our skin. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center mall, Library mall. 2‑2716.

$2 Movie: Casablanca Bogie, Bergman and the Resistance. 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. 2‑1183.

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Nicholls State. Track team honored at halftime, while the UT Arlington Dance Team and Hooters' halfcourt shot will be featured. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. 2‑2261.

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.)



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

Published by University Communications. Photography, video, design, and online services provided by the Department of Communications and Marketing.

© 2010 The University of Texas at Arlington


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