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

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Groundbreaking for special events center

Special Events Center begins with groundbreaking ceremony Friday

Groundbreaking for the Special Events Center is set for Friday, March 5, on the eastern edge of the campus. A reception is at 2 p.m. with the groundbreaking program at 2:30 p.m.

With seating for up to 6,500, the center will serve as home court for UT Arlington Mavericks basketball and volleyball teams, commencement, concerts, speakers, touring shows, and other community events. The center is expected to open by December 2011.

Karen Borta ('87 BA), CBS 11 news anchor, will provide the welcome for the groundbreaking. Speakers include Robert Cluck, mayor of Arlington, and Marquez Haynes, a senior on the men's basketball team. President James D. Spaniolo will provide remarks before leading members of the platform party in the groundbreaking ceremony.

Music will be provided by jazz artist-in-residence Adonis Rose, the Krewe of Swing, and the UT Arlington pep band under the direction of Professor Matthew Luttrell.

On Friday, the intersections of Pecan Street at UTA Boulevard and Third Street will be closed 12:30-5 p.m. Traffic will be diverted to Center Street. Parking lots 42 and 43 are closed today and will remain closed through 5 p.m. Friday.

The 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, parking garage, and retail center will be built immediately north of the events center. UT Arlington is partnering with the city of Arlington to develop a pedestrian trail along Center Street and a green space on the building's south side.

Engineering 50th anniversary

Engineering speaker attempts to fill in the blank

"The World Is _________" is the topic for John A. White's talk at the College of Engineering 50th Anniversary Speaker Series Monday, March 8, in Room 100, Nedderman Hall. A reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m.

Dr. White, a distinguished professor of industrial engineering and chancellor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, presents science and engineering issues and challenges along with their implications for engineering educators.

The globalization of science and engineering and the worldwide economic crisis are presenting engineering educators with new opportunities. How they react will have long-range implications for the nation. Several ideas are shared regarding appropriate reactions.

Register online to attend.

Bill McKibben

OneBook author discusses 'Deep Economy'

Bill McKibben, the author of this year's OneBook selection, will discuss his book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and Our Durable Future asserts that what we eat, what we drive, where we live, and what we feel are all related to how we use or misuse the earth's resources. He shows how our globalized economy has become addicted to the ideas of limitless economic growth and endless consumption of goods.

The lecture is sponsored by the UT Arlington OneBook program, a common reading experience for incoming freshmen.

McKibben, an environmental activist, led two of the largest protests against global warming in 2006 and 2007. He also founded, a website designed to pressure the U.S. government toward more sustainable policies on carbon emissions.

Success: A Woman's Leadership Conference

Fort Worth Center presents women's conference

The Institute for Professional Development at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center will host "Success: A Woman's Leadership Conference," a one-day event Thursday, March 11, in downtown Fort Worth.

The conference is an initiative of the center and is dedicated to helping women enhance their leadership skills, both professionally and personally. The conference will highlight career, educational, and social issues affecting all women.

Registration is $95 per person with a 10 percent discount for University employees. Events will be at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa.

Go to or call 2-5988 to register or for more information.

  Mav Pic Tissa Hami

Diverse comedy

Muslim-American comedian Tissa Hami brought a diversity of humor to her performance Monday night at the Rosebud Theatre as part of Diversity Week on campus. She started her act in hijab attire, but soon discarded the traditional dress. Diversity Week activities continue today with Safe Zone Ally Training and 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, and conclude Friday with the Maversity lecture "Disability Is Part of Diversity."

Webb Lectures show how revolution changed more than just Mexico

More than any other event, the Mexican Revolution was responsible for creating the modern Mexican nation-state, leading to broader democratization, land reform, anticlericalism, and sweeping changes in Mexican business practices.

To commemorate the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, the Department of History and the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography have organized the 45th annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures titled "The Mexican Revolution: Conflict and Consolidation, 1910-1940."

Lectures will be Wednesday-Thursday, March 10-11, at the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Read the schedule.

Participate in Dining Services survey

Dining Services wants your feedback on its spring 2010 DiningStyles Survey. Visit, and click on the second banner on the left. By taking the survey, you can participate in a drawing for Best Buy gift cards: one worth $250 and two worth $25. You also can withhold your personal information to remain anonymous.

Benefit Yourself

Attitude: It Colors Everything

Maintaining a positive attitude in the face of difficulty as well as success makes a world of difference in how you function in the workplace and how people interact with you. This class is designed to help you explore the tools necessary to having and maintaining the right attitude. You'll also learn how to deal with difficult attitudes. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 9, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Welcoming Diversity

This workshop is an experiential, interactive program designed to promote awareness and increased sensitivity to the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups in our society. Done in an upbeat, hopeful tone, the program focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills in responding to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Participants also will discover how to be more attentive to diversity and racism in the workplace and community. Lunch will be provided. Register online. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, 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

Minorities had big role in settling the West

Manufacturers retool for polished image

Reactions different during disasters

"Once the shooting began, racial boundaries tended to snap taut very quickly."

"The advanced manufacturing of today is different."

"On the Titanic, there was clearly a predetermined perception that it was unsinkable."

— Dr. Sam Haynes, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and the History of Cartography, on how minorities played a major part in settling the West.

— Deborreh M. Wallace, customer relations manager for the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center at the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Riverbend campus, on manufacturing as a career choice.
Fort Worth Business Press

— Dr. Robert J. Gatchel, chair and professor of psychology in the College of Science, on how people act during a disaster.
Bloomberg Business Week

Sports Notes
Jasmine Walls

Top performer: Jasmine Walls was named Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year for her performance last week.


Women finish second in conference indoor track

Jasmine Walls won the 60-meter and 200-meter events for the second straight year at the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday in Norman, Okla., as the UT Arlington women's team finished second behind Stephen F. Austin. Antonia Hopkins won the 400-meter event.

The men's team finished fourth and had three individual champions: Adolphus Jones in the heptathlon, Wade Hayes in the pole vault, and Dwight Robinson in the 800-meter run.

UT Arlington will host the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 14-16 at Maverick Stadium.

Basketball teams play final home games this week

The women's basketball team plays its final home game at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Texas Hall. The men play at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. In games Wednesday night, the women won 87-78 in overtime at Nicholls State while the men lost their final home game 73-64 to Nicholls State.

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team will close out its home season Saturday, March 6, with games against the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks at noon and URO Sport Texas at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. All games will be played in the Physical Education Building.

Both men's and women's teams have clinched a berth in the Southland Conference Tournament, which begins next week in Katy, Texas. The Movin' Mavs will play in the national intercollegiate tournament March 19-20 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Faculty/staff intramural softball entries due March 26

Entries for faculty/staff intramural softball are due Friday, March 26. Teams should register by e-mail with Drew Barfield at Play begins Wednesday, March 31.

There is a $20 fee per team. All team members must have valid Campus Recreation memberships.

Sports shorts

Jason Mitchell was named National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and National Pitcher of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after striking out a school- and Southland Conference-record 18 batters last Friday against Missouri State. The Mavericks host Brigham Young for a three-game series starting today, Thursday, March 4. ... Cara Hulme pitched a perfect game to lead the softball team past Prairie View A&M in the UTA Invitational Saturday. ... The women's tennis team opened SLC play with wins over Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State last weekend.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, March 4

Baseball UT Arlington vs. Brigham Young. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. 2-2261.

Symphony Orchestra Concert The UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra performs. $5 adults, $3 students and seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471.

Thursday-Sunday, March 4-7

Poster-Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking A play based on Sister Helen Prejean's novel is part of the national Death Penalty Play Project and a collaboration of the departments of criminology and criminal justice, political science, art and art history, communication, and theatre arts. An after-show talk follows the Friday performance. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. 2-2669.

Friday, March 5

Faculty Flute Recital Featuring Sarah Frisof of the UT Arlington music faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471.

Baseball UT Arlington vs. Brigham Young. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. 2-2261.

Friday Night Movie: The Princess and the Frog A modern twist on a classic tale set in the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Rated G. Free. 8 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

Saturday, March 6

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Senior day. Volleyball team recognized at halftime. UT Arlington Dance Team will perform. $4 faculty, staff. 1 p.m., Texas Hall. 2-2261.

Baseball UT Arlington vs. Brigham Young. $2 faculty, staff. 1 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. 2-2261.

Softball UT Arlington vs. Southeastern Louisiana. $2 faculty, staff. 2 and 4 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. 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.

Sunday, March 7

Softball UT Arlington vs. Southeastern Louisiana. $2 faculty, staff. Noon, Allan Saxe Field. 2-2261.

Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert of both classics and new works for winds. Conductor Matthew Luttrell will be joined by graduate assistant conductor Timothy Kaiser and the combined choirs under the direction of Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities. Free. 3 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-2533.

Monday, March 8

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A 30-minute lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students is followed by a free lunch. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Martha Walvoord, 2-2439.

Vocal Division Recital A recital with UT Arlington vocal students. Free. 4:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471.

Faculty Cello Recital Elizabeth Morrow of the music faculty performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471.

Loni Love

One Mic Stand Comedy Loni Love, named among the Top 10 Comics to Watch by Variety and Comedy Central, performs. Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. Free. 7:30 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Through March 31

The Mexican Revolution and Beyond A collection of 52 works by renowned photographer Agustin Vicente Casasola, on loan from the Mexican government, provides a unique and compelling visual chronicle of Mexican life in the early decades of the 20th century. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. 2-3997.

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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