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

Monday, March 29, 2010


World-class glass sale offers beautiful objects, bargain prices, silent auction

Paperweights, vases, and other functional items priced at $25 or less, along with dazzling display creations priced at hundreds of dollars, will be available Friday, April 2, at the annual glass art sale at the Studio Arts Center. The sale runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. as patrons will have the opportunity to buy professional-quality pieces for a fraction of gallery prices.

Patrons can bid on works in a silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The silent auction includes works by program director David Keens, a recipient of the Texas State Artist Award. Keens' work has appeared in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. View some of Keens' recent works online.

The UT Arlington glass art program is one of the nation's best, attracting top students from across the country. The annual sale has been a major factor in the program's development. For student work, half the proceeds go to the students. The remainder of the sales proceeds benefits the glass art program and will be used to buy materials and equipment. Faculty and staff build all of the program's state-of-the art equipment.

Read more about the annual glass art sale.

Faculty creative works reception, exhibit Thursday in library

A reception to honor faculty work is set for 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. The reception honors faculty who authored, edited, or compiled books, served on editorial boards, published music, exhibited art, or had patents granted in 2009.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the event, which is presented by the Office of the Provost and the UT Arlington Library. For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 or

Kenya Safari Acrobats

Kenya Safari Acrobats bring stunts, comedy routine to campus next week

Death-defying stunts, comedy, audience participation, and heart-pounding music combine to create a production that will have all ages on the edge of their seats as the Kenya Safari Acrobats perform "Lost in Africa" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Texas Hall.

The story begins with a tourist visiting Africa. After being separated from his group, he stumbles upon an abandoned native village, where he begins to play the drums, which startles the natives. The tourist has nothing to defend himself with and pushes the blame to the audience.

Audience members will be part of the plot and brought to stage throughout the show in this exciting and entertaining African romp. Danger will always be prevalent as the natives figure out different ways to finish off the tourist. Each major production number is tied together with the tourists buying time by creating games with the items the natives are using against them. For example, instead of allowing the natives to hang them with a rope, the tourists teach them to jump rope. The more the natives are entertained, the longer the tourists have to live and hopefully survive.

The event is presented by UT Arlington EXCEL Campus Activities. Cost is $7 for faculty and staff. Tickets are available at

Bruce Tanner

Business Week to feature Lockheed CFO

Bruce Tanner ('90 MBA), chief financial officer at Lockheed Martin, will be the keynote speaker at the Executive Dinner to highlight Business Week, April 12-16. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tanner was appointed to Lockheed Martin's top financial position in 2007. He has served in a number of executive positions with the company since 1982.

The theme for Business Week 2010 is "Innovations Transforming Business in North Texas and Beyond." Guest speakers will provide insight on the business case for nanotechnology and its applications in various product and service markets, including transportation and logistics, construction, medicine and health care, energy, and sports and entertainment.

Business Week is co-hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the College of Business.

Tickets and table sponsorships for the dinner are available at

  Mav Pic Jeffrey Toobin

Holding court

Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and a staff writer for The New Yorker, gave his audience a closer look into the Supreme Court as he spoke Wednesday before a sold-out crowd at the Maverick Speakers Series in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. Toobin's most recent book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, draws on exclusive interviews with the Supreme Court justices and other insiders to give a behind-the-scenes look at the powerful, often secretive world of the Supreme Court. Toobin's lecture was part of the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students.

Recycling training available Tuesday

Learn how to help reduce waste at UT Arlington at the recycling training by the Office of Sustainability 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the San Saba Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The University is an award-winning leader in recycling and composting. UT Arlington's broad commitment to recycling accommodates paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, printer cartridges, ink jet cartridges, scrap metal, oil, oil filters, fluorescent lamps, ballasts, batteries, technotrash, and more.

Members of the Maverick Office Green Team should mention the name of their supervisor or manager in their registration/e-mail. Copies of the sign-in sheets will be sent to the supervisors or managers. Cookies and lemonade will be served.

For more information, go to the sustainability website.

Human organ trafficking is subject of Termini anthropologist lecture

Lawrence Cohen, a medical anthropologist, will deliver the 2010 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building

Dr. Cohen will discuss "The Kidney Comes to India: What Transplant Scandals Teach Us about India and the United States." He is with the University of California at Berkeley and co-founded an organization that documents allegations of sale and theft of human body parts

Organ trafficking has been denounced by all international medical and human rights groups. Still, with the United Network for Organ Sharing reporting in early March a waiting list of 106,414 in the United States alone, there is an increasing unregulated market. In India, a kidney can bring $1,000 to its donor.

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations now being accepted

The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2010 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award. This is the highest honor an alumna/alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.

Award criteria and a nomination form can be found on the Alumni Association website. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, April 9. Awards will be presented at the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 16. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.

Mav Pic Michael Noland

Outside influences

Artists Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse talked about their exhibit Outside Influences Thursday in the Fine Arts Building. Noland, shown here with his piece, The Warrior King, has an affinity for heightened states. Stonehouse incorporates haunting portrait heads with antique motifs. The exhibit is on display through April 24 at The Gallery at UTA.


Faculty, staff invited to open house for city's Hike-and-Bike Master Plan

The City of Arlington is creating a city-wide Hike-and-Bike System Master Plan, and your input is needed. Join other faculty and staff and Arlington citizens for an open house from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram. The open house will be in the council briefing room on the third floor.

Participants can review results from the first public workshop and comment on preliminary recommendations. See more information on the project online.

Nominate faculty who utilize library resources for UT System award

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit nominations for the UT Library Directors' Award, which is presented for excellence in library resource integration.

The award recognizes instructors who have integrated library resources into their courses in innovative ways. The integration could be accomplished in a variety of methods including a library assignment, presentation by a librarian in class, online tutorial for library resources, and more.

Any faculty who teaches a course within the UT System is eligible, and self-nominations are encouraged. Deadline to submit is Friday, April 9. Fill out the nomination form online.

The award will be given at the Innovations in Online Learning Conference Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 27, in Austin. For more information, contact Melanie Cofield at or visit

University partnering with Fort Worth for greener arts festival

The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival is partnering with UT Arlington to take the already environmentally conscious event to an even greener level. The festival is scheduled for April 8-11 on downtown Fort Worth's Main Street.

Visit the UT Arlington exhibitor booth, designed by UT Arlington interior design students to incorporate and feature sustainable materials.

Contact Maggie Estes at to volunteer or for more information.

Dial-in service to be retired May 31

Dial-in modems to the campus network will be retired as of May 31, according to the Office of Information Technology.

Consistent usage decline over the past five years no longer justifies the cost of the modem pool. Both dial-up and higher speed Internet connections are available from other service providers. For more information, go to or contact the Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Benefit Yourself

Dealing with Difficult People

This training gives you concrete techniques for dealing with difficult people in the workplace and at home. It provides specific strategies for getting adversaries to cooperate, bullies to back off, wallflowers to open up, and chronic complainers to quiet down. Knowing how to deal with difficult people at work will allow you to approach your job with more enjoyment and your coworkers with greater confidence. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, March 30, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Harassment Issues in Higher Education

The term harassment covers many areas and can occur in many different situations. The person doing the harassing can be a coworker, supervisor, professor, adviser, or student, as well as a sub-contractor, a customer, or visitor to the University. This presentation of Real Issues/Real Talk covers the various forms of harassment and the appropriate steps for resolving the situation. Space is limited. Register online. Lunch included. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center., 2-5100.

Advanced Pastries

This lecture and tasting will expose you to a variety of desserts that you can actually make for your next dinner party. Sampling of pastries will teach you different flavor profiles in order to begin thinking like pastry chefs. $99. 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, location TBA. Continuing Education.

Mindful moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments

Health Services offers 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 Several new listings are available. 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, March 29

Bodily Natures: The Environmental Activism of the Posthuman Stacy Alaimo, professor of English and an eco-criticism theorist, explores how new forms of environmental activism emphasize how we humans are literally part of the world that we destroy. Alaimo discusses how new forms of environmentalism challenge our assumptions about what it is to be human in today's world. Her presentation is part of the OneBook program. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Design Practice Academy "Leadership" is the topic as local leaders in the design and construction industries discuss the challenges of leadership in their fields. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building.

Wednesday, March 31

Repetition, Revision, and Appropriation: The Influence of Early Black Writers Ayanna Jackson-Fowler, a diversity faculty fellowship recipient and associate professor of English, will present research on 18th century black writers and their influence on white writers of the Romantic period. The presentation is a part of the English Department's Brown Bag Colloquia series. Noon, Room 211, Preston Hall.

Barbara Jordan and the Paradox of Female Ambition Mary Ellen Curtin, adjunct professor of women's history at American University, speaks as part of the Women's History Month lecture series. Sponsored by the Women's Studies program. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis of Electric Machines Hamid Toliyat, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University, examines the commonly used industry approaches to monitor the health of electric machines. 1:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall.

OMG! What happened to APA?! Long the standard in the social sciences, APA style has a new bible: the sixth edition of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Attend this workshop to discover answers to old questions ("Is 'the elderly' acceptable use?" "How do I cite a personal interview?") or to address new ones ("What is a digital object identifier and why should I care?"). Sign up. 2 p.m., Room B20, Central Library.

Thursday, April 1

Biology Colloquium Series William Murphy, associate professor of veterinary integrative biosciences at Texas A&M, speaks on "Genomic Approaches to Speciation Genetics and Biodiversity Discovery." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building.

Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Lawrence Cohen of the University of California, Berkeley presents "The Kidney Comes to India: What Transplant Scandals Teach Us about India and the United States." 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Renowned pianist to perform Tuesday

Ian Hobson

Internationally known pianist and conductor Ian Hobson will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Irons Recital Hall at the Fine Arts Building.

Born in England, Hobson earned a bachelor of arts from the Royal Academy of Music, a master of music degree from Cambridge, and a doctorate at Yale School of Music. In 1997 Hobson served on the jury for the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, screening the auditions of all 150 contestants.

Major orchestras of the world have featured Hobson in concert. In recent seasons, he has performed on the Great Performers at Lincoln Center series, at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra, and at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as at the Bard Music Festival.

Hobson's performances encompass a cross-section of works. He also performs contemporary works written for him. His catalog of recordings features more than 20 titles on the Arabesque label, as well as recordings on other labels.

Monday, March 29-Thursday, April 1

Blood Drive No appointment necessary. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Central Library and E.H. Hereford University Center malls.

Monday, March 29

Men's Tennis Lamar. Free. 2 p.m. Tennis Center., 2-2261.

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Performances by faculty and students featured. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 2-3471.

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's General Directorate for Academic and Cultural Co-operation, the exhibit 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.

Thursday, April 1

29th annual Bed Races Pajamas and speed mix for this annual event, which includes a massive pillow fight. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium. 2-2963.

Baseball Nicholls State. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 2-2261.

Friday, April 2

Women's Tennis Sam Houston State. Free. 1 p.m. Tennis Center., 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime kicks some Decepticon cans. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3.

Baseball Nicholls State. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 2-2261.

Through April 24

Outside Influences Features works by American artists Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse, along with pieces from their outsider/folk art collections. The Gallery at UTA. Fine Arts Building. 2-5658.


Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market has returned with locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts and crafts, and more. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

UT Arlington Planetarium programs See the complete Planetarium schedule. $4 faculty, staff. 2-1183,

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



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