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

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dana Canedy

Dana Canedy

OneBook author reviews 'Journal' tonight

Dana Canedy, author of this year's OneBook selection—A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor—brings her personal story of love, sacrifice, duty, and parenthood to campus at 7 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 15, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A Pulitzer prize-winning senior editor at The New York Times, Canedy wrote the story of her relationship with Charles Monroe King, who died in Iraq in October 2006 when a bomb exploded under his humvee. King's journal—and Canedy's memories—are the gift they pass on to their son, Jordan.

After "A Conversation with Dana Canedy," the author will sign books. The event is free and open to the public. A limited number of free copies of Canedy's book are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

OneBook was created to foster critical thinking and to promote a sense of community among first-year students and the entire campus. Each year the OneBook program selects a book for all incoming freshmen to explore in their English Composition classes. A theme, taken from the book, serves as an anchor for a broad array of interdisciplinary events and exchanges, titled "Conversations," that are open to the entire community.

Outstanding Maverick Awards

Outstanding Maverick Awards seek nominations of top employees

Nominate a great employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards, formerly known as the Outstanding Employee Awards.

While eligibility and award amounts remain the same, this year's nominations and awards are based on criteria representative of the University’s mission and reflect characteristics of outstanding service and performance by individuals and teams.

Regular full-time and part-time employees who have been employed for a minimum of two years are eligible for nomination. Each Outstanding Maverick selected will receive $1,000 and a plaque at a dinner honoring the recipients.

More information, frequently asked questions, and the nomination criteria are on the Outstanding Maverick Awards website, as well as a nomination form.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, Dec. 6. The form may be submitted electronically, mailed to Box 19176, or faxed to 2-3361.

For questions or comments, call Linda Snowden or Ligia Munoz in Human Resources at 2-7091 or e-mail

Editors discuss Mexican independence, revolution influence on literature, culture, and new book at Wednesday colloquium

Co-editors of Mexico’s independence and revolution in literature and culture discuss their new book Independences, Revolutions and Revelations in a colloquium at 2 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 17, in Room 200 at Trimble Hall.

Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez and Alicia Rueda-Acedo, assistant professors of modern languages in the College of Liberal Arts, along with Rodolfo Rosendo Mendoza of the University of Veracrus, co-edited the project. UT Arlington and the University of Veracruz in Mexico sponsored the book, along with the University of California Mexicanistas, an international association for the study of Mexican literature and culture.

The book contains chapters by experts in Mexican literary and cultural studies on both the bicentennial of Mexican Independence (1810-2010) and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution (1910-2010).

A panel discussion on Mexican Independence and Revolution in literature and culture starts at 3 p.m. Panel members include Christopher Conway, associate professor of modern languages; Wendy Faris, professor of English and comparative literature; Dr. Rueda-Acedo; and Dr. Ruiz-Pérez.

The 1936 Mexican film Let’s Go with Pancho Villa shows at 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 18, also in Room 200 of Trimble Hall. The events are free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages.

Lisa Ling

Get your Lisa Ling tickets now

Tickets are moving steadily for the appearance of international journalist and TV show host Lisa Ling for the Maverick Speakers Series lecture Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Texas Hall. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by a book signing.

Ling's message is about positive social change as she discusses "Open Heart, Open Mind." She has covered timely topics around the world as a host for the National Geographic Explorer series. The former co-host of The View is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood, and Somewhere Inside.

Tickets are free and required. Download tickets from

Ritu Khanduri

Dr. Ritu Khanduri

Anthropology prof named Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow

A look at newspaper cartoons and their socio-political impact has earned an anthropology professor high praise and a prestigious fellowship.

Ritu Khanduri, assistant professor of anthropology, was awarded the Richard Carley Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. The highly competitive grant was issued based on the professor’s research into newspaper cartoons and the formation of social knowledge in colonial and postcolonial India.

“This is a major accomplishment for Dr. Khanduri,” says Shelley Smith, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts. “It is a testament to the significance and excellent quality of her research that Ritu’s proposal was one of the select few to be funded. It’s a reflection of the strength of our program.”

Khanduri says the fellowship will support her book, Caricaturing Culture. India has one of the largest newspaper readerships in the world, and cartoons have historically played an important political role.

Read more about the Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship.

American Veteranos

Documentary filmmaker answers questions on contributions of Mexican-American veterans

San Antonio-based filmmaker Laura Varela shows her documentary As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies, includes a question-and-answer session with Valera, moderated by William Arce, assistant professor of English.

The film looks at the contribution Mexican Americans made during the Vietnam War through archival footage and three veteran profiles. The film also explores the role art plays in the sorting of memories, post-traumatic stress disorder, activism, and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Join mini-walk for Great American Smokeout on Thursday

Tobacco use, cancer, and how to quit smoking or dipping are covered in the Great American Smokeout 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A Relay for Life mini-walk starts at 2 p.m. at the Health Services Center. To sign up, contact Donielle Smith at or 2-2619.

Following the walk, a candlelight vigil honors cancer survivors and the memory of lost loved ones.

In preparation for the UT Arlington campus to become smoke-free in August 2011, smoking cessation classes are offered to faculty and staff. Look for the Fresh Start From Tobacco classes through the HR training website.

  Mav Pic Night in Asia

Dancing queen

Sneha Ganesh Iyer, aerospace engineering graduate student, skips across the stage during an Indian folk dance at One Night in Asia on Wednesday night at the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event, part of Asian Heritage Month, showcased Asian music, dancing, fashion, and martial arts.

Final Instructional Support Session addresses HOT strategy

The final Instructional Support Session this fall for faculty is “The Newest HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Strategy: Problem-Based Learning” 1-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in Room 101 of Trimble Hall.

The workshop is in direct response to faculty interest. Participants will design a problem-based learning activity for their courses. This is the newest active-learning strategy available at the university level to stimulate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. All faculty, both full and part time, are invited to participate.

Register by contacting Delene Remmers at or 2-2737. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.

Decorators' challenge: departments, groups urged to brighten trees

Trim your own tree for the University Center Tree Lounge, a holiday tradition Nov. 30-Dec. 21 in the Palo Duro Loung of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Departments or groups can purchase a potted artificial 6-foot pre-lit tree for $105. The trees will be stored by the University Center and available to reuse every year at no additional charge.

Decorate the tree to represent your group or department or UT Arlington in general. Ask staff members to make ornaments or contribute store-bought ones. Show your Maverick pride with spirit items, or make a Blaze tree topper.

The trees will be ready to decorate Tuesday, Nov. 23, and the official tree lighting is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30.

To participate, contact Lauren Miller at Submit requests by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, so trees can be ordered in time.

Health Services survey continues through Friday

Take a few moments to complete the quick and anonymous patient satisfaction survey for Health Services through Friday, Nov. 19. Health Services is committed to meeting and exceeding your expectations. Feedback on your impressions of the facility and experiences of care, service, and staff are important and encouraged.

Mav Pic Mav Swap

She's true blue

Amanda Davia, nursing junior, ditches the mean green for true blue at the MavSwap on Wednesday at the Central Library mall. The event—which allowed faculty, staff, and students to swap another school's attire for a Maverick shirt—was part of a basketball pep rally for the start of season play for the men's, women's, and Movin' Mavs teams.


Adopt an angel, deck the mall, and have very merry Holiday Extravaganza

This week's campus holiday celebration forecast includes lights, followed by cookies, karaoke, and Kris Kringle.

Deck the Mall lights the way at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, on the Central Library mall. Join carolers in songs and indulge in free hot chocolate and treats while Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, lights the Christmas tree. Sing more holiday tunes with karaoke. EXCEL Campus Activities sponsors the event.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to bring their children to the annual Holiday Extravaganza for crafts, cookie decorating, and a visit from Santa Claus. The event is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshman Leaders On Campus provides the day's fun.

See which angels have already been chosen on the Angel Tree in the Palo Duro Lounge. The Salvation Army Angel Tree project seeks individuals and families to provide holiday gifts to children in need. About 70 angels remain to be claimed in the Student Activities office in the lower level of the University Center. Gifts should be returned on Thursday, Dec. 2, to the UTA Volunteers office in Student Activities. For more information, contact Bonnie Rodriguez at or 2-2963.

MyMav system outage scheduled for Nov. 23

MyMav will be unavailable Tuesday, Nov. 23, for a system upgrade. Plan to take care of all business that requires access to MyMav on days other than Nov. 23.

Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser for professional staff, undergraduate faculty, and graduate faculty should be submitted online by Jan. 24, 2011.

For 25 years, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. Many advisers have been recognized nationally by the National Academic Advising Association for their commitment to helping students succeed. See the complete list of award winners.

For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.

Benefit Yourself

Donors and Partners: Why Give to UT Arlington

UT Arlington relies on the generous support of alumni, friends, corporate partners, and foundations to help meet the needs of a growing student population. Numerous opportunities are available that support students, faculty, and programs. Learn about current initiatives, giving opportunities, and how you can show your support. Lunch will be served. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center., 2-5100.


AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED

Would you know what to do if someone around you were having a heart attack? The skills you learn in this class could save a life. Participants will receive a CPR certification card. 9 a.m.-noon. Wednesday, Dec. 8, Training Room, Environmental Health and Safety Building, 500 Summit Ave. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Access 2007 Level II: Forms/Reports

Create forms and reports inside the Access database started in the Tables/Queries class. Free. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22, or 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 235, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

Employment Information

Check out 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, Nov. 15

American College of Sports Medicine Lecture Scott A. Smith, associate professor in the departments of physical therapy and internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, presents the lecture "Exercise in Hypertension: Do Skeletal Muscle Reflexes Make This a Risky Proposition?" Free. Noon. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology, 2-3288.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Engineering Lecture Series J.C. Chiao, professor of electrical engineering, discusses several research projects involving MEMS devices for diagnosis and therapeutic treatment. Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Nanotechnology Research & Teaching Facility, 2-1536.

Wednesday, Nov. 17


GIS Day Ardeshir Anjomani, geographic information systems certificate program coordinator, highlights GIS Day. The hands-on workshop that requires no GIS experience is open to the public. Register online. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., workshop 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library.

Architecture Lecture Series Gabriel Smith of New York is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson,, 2-2314.

Engineering Lecture Series Anath Dodabalapur of the Microelectronics Research Center at UT Austin reviews the relationship between materials properties and charge transport in field-effect transistors with organic, polymeric, and oxide thin-film semiconductors. Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Nanotechnology Research & Teaching Facility, 2-1536.

Thursday, Nov. 18

Holiday Lunch and Learn UT Arlington Police Department presents crime prevention tips for holiday shopping, and preparing your residence before you leave. Video and a question-and-answer session. Refreshments provided. Free. Noon, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Kris Ramirez,, 2-0026.

Great American Smokeout Take the first step to a healthier lifestyle. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.


Biology Lecture Series Keith A. Maggert of Texas A&M speaks on "Genomic Buffering: Does Volatile DNA Contribute to Genetic Diversity?" Free. 3:45 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2871.

Architecture Design Practice Academy Michael Buckley, right, clinical professor of architecture and director of the Property Repositioning and Turnaround Strategies program, speaks on “The Architect in Real Estate Development.” Free. 4 p.m. Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture, Robert Rummel-Hudson, 2-2314.

Friday, Nov. 19

OneBook Student Poster Exhibit The second annual student poster competition showcases creativity on the theme of remembrance. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. One Book.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

International Education Week

International Education

A faculty study-abroad workshop kicks off "Education Abroad: The World Is Your Classroom" for the 11th annual International Education Week, Nov. 15-19.

The workshop starts the week at 10 a.m. today, Monday, in Room 200 of Trimble Hall. Contact Blake Hart at or 2-1120 for details.

Three lectures Tuesday in the Red River Room of the E.H. University Center feature Victoria Farrar-Myers
 of political science
; Dolores Aguilar
 of nursing; and Carla Amaro-Jiménez of bilingual/ESL education.

Wednesday at the University Center, a Passport Fair is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. near Starbucks while a study abroad info session is noon-1 p.m. in the Sabine Room. Passport details and fees are online.

Taste the world's flavors at the International Food Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday on the University Center mall.

Learn about the Peace Corps 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday by Starbucks in the University Center and during an information session 1-2 p.m. in the Concho Room.

Entries for the study abroad photo contest are on display all week in The Gallery at the University Center.

The Office of International Education hosts the celebration, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Monday, Nov. 15

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays This lunchtime concert features music faculty and students. Lunch follows. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Music, 2-3471.

Faculty Trombone Recital Dennis Bubert of the music faculty performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT Tyler. $8, 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Wednesday, Nov. 17

Alumni Mixer Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the University are invited to mix and mingle. Appetizers and alumni giveaways available. Wear Maverick gear and bring a friend. Register online. $5 members, $10 nonmembers. 6 p.m., BlackFinn American Saloon, Arlington Highlands. UT Arlington Alumni Association.

Most Awesome Extreme Challenge Sumo wrestling, an inflatable obstacle course, and tag-team joust. Proceeds benefit Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free for spectators. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, 2-2099.

This Is Not a Costume Learn the significance of tribal regalia for Native American Heritage Month. Hosted by Dennis Wahkinney. Free, 7 p.m., Room 106, College Hall. Native American Student Association, 2-5319.

'As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos' Filmmaker Laura Varela discusses her film after screening. Free. 7 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for Mexican American Studies. 2-2933.

Thursday, Nov. 18

Fall Jazz Concert A night of jazz by the Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble with guest artist Brian Mulholland on bass. $5. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Music, 2-3471.

Exhibiting Artist Talk: Seiji Ikeda Seiji Ikeda discusses his work on exhibit at The Gallery at UTA. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History, 2-5658.

Thursday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 21

'Tragedy: a tragedy' This lively play satires modern American life as seen through television news. Faculty, staff $7. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.



The Gallery at UTA: Introductions Features the work of assistant professors of art Seiji Ikeda, Ya'Ke Smith, and Tore Terrasi, who are active exhibiting artists, designers, and filmmakers. Through Nov. 20. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Gallery 76102: flats and rounds Nicholas Wood, associate professor of clay in the Department of Art and Art History, works in hybrid forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Through Nov. 30. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.

Charting Chartered Companies The exhibition "Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900" focuses on maps and how they shaped the histories of chartered companies. Through Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 2-2179.

Planetarium programs Get the latest news about the Planetarium in The Starry Messenger. Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

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



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