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

Monday, October 25, 2010

Early voting

Early voting starts today on campus

On-campus early voting for the Nov. 2 election begins today, Monday, Oct. 25, and continues through Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The polling station, sponsored by Student Congress, will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking will be available along the 300 block of West First Street.

Voters must be registered in Tarrant County and should present a valid driver's license or voter registration card. Early voting continues statewide through Friday, Oct. 29.

On the ballot are races for governor, lieutenant governor, state senator and representative, judicial positions, and county officials. Ballots will vary by precinct. See sample ballots.

More about the Nov. 2 ballot is available through the Texas Secretary of State office. Local election issues are available online for Tarrant County and Dallas County.


Could UT Arlington be the place for your college-bound student?

Faculty and staff members are invited to learn why UT Arlington is a destination school for their college-bound students 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the University Club at Davis Hall. The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment hosts the event.

Bring your high school student to hear current students and their parents tell how they ultimately chose UT Arlington. Dale Wasson, associate vice president for Student Enrollment Services will speak and there will be a panel of current faculty, staff, and students.

Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Tandi Knight at by Monday, Nov. 1.

Education summit today features top area educators

State Rep. Diane Patrick will host a discussion about the future of education in Texas, specifically student transition and accountability, when she hosts her Fourth Annual Education Policy Summit at UT Arlington. The event will be held at 4 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 25, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A panel discussion will feature UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, Tarrant County College Southeast President Judith Carrier, and Arlington school district Superintendent Jerry McCullough. Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the UT Arlington College of Education and Health Professions, will moderate the discussion.

Patrick, R-Arlington, a longtime educator and former UT Arlington faculty member, says she hopes the summit will equip people with information about programs that successfully move students through the education system, from pre-school to post-graduation studies.

Attendees will be invited to ask questions during breakout sessions that will follow the panel discussion. The summit is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Ann Morris at

Karen Borta

Karen Borta

Communication Day events begin Wednesday

Karen Borta ('87 BA), anchor for KTVT Channel 11, is the keynote speaker for the second annual Communication Day, which expands to two days, Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 27-28.

Communication Day offers an opportunity for faculty and students to network with top communication professionals and distinguished alumni and to explore the field of communication, including advertising, broadcast, communication studies, communication technology, journalism, and public relations.

This year's theme is "Carpe Opportunity and Communication Diem" and offers two days of expert panels, practical workshops, training sessions, student organization activities, free T-shirts, and one-on-one networking with alumni.

Borta, a broadcast communication major, will deliver the keynote address 9:30 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Wednesday in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Other speakers include many UT Arlington alumni.

The event is presented by the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. For more information, see Communication Day.

Gothic lit specialist explains vampire mania on 'Think'

Rechelle Christie, a gothic literature specialist in the English Department of the College of Liberal Arts, will discuss the popularity of vampires with Krys Boyd at noon Thursday, Oct. 28, on Think on KERA 90.1 FM. Christie and Rick Worland of SMU will discuss why vampires are making a big comeback in current literature, film, and television.

Mav Pic Hub fair

Getting down to business

Melissa Brown, left, an office assistant in payroll, talks with Lynn Meeker from Wilson Project Management at the Super HUB Vendor Fair on Wednesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. The annual fair allowed representatives from more than 40 historically underutilized businesses in the area to show their products to staff and faculty.


Membership for Connect by Hertz club has Sunday deadline

Faculty and staff have until Sunday, Oct. 31, to sign up for a free membership in the Connect by Hertz club. After that, there is a $25 membership fee.

The unique nationwide car-sharing program is provided by the Office of Sustainability and Hertz. Faculty, staff, and students can pay as little as $8 an hour or $62 a day to use one of two cars parked at conveniently located lots on campus. The cost includes gas, insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, GPS navigation, and other features.

After joining, go online at or call 1-877-654-4400 to reserve a time to use a vehicle.

Outreach program concludes this week, flu shots also available at Health Center

Health Services' flu vaccine outreach program concludes this week with stops at the Watson Building and the Arlington Regional Data Center. Immunizations are available on the following dates at these locations.

• 9-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Watson Building (for Watson Building employees only)

• 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, Arlington Regional Data Center, Fort Worth (for OIT employees only)

The all-in-one shot includes vaccines for two type A influenza strains, including H1N1, and one type B influenza, or seasonal flu, says Bob Blum, Health Services director. Cost is $15 for faculty, staff, and students.

Vaccines at the Health Center are offered 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, except for the dates above. No appointment is needed.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 2-2771.

  Mav Pic Faculty promotion

Booking a promotion

Dr. Victoria Chen, right, was one of 10 faculty members recognized by Provost Donald Bobbitt at the Faculty Recognition Dinner on Tuesday in the Carlisle Suite after being promoted to full professor. Nineteen others were promoted to associate professor with tenure. Professor Chen of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering is displaying her favorite book, The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan. Those receiving promotions selected a book that inspired their life or teachings.

Outside board service and outside employment must be reported

Complete your online Request for Outside Board Service and Outside Employment form no later than Friday, Oct. 29.

All full-time employees complete this form whether or not they have outside board service or outside employment. Therefore, you must access the application and indicate yes or no on the first page.

Read more about the Outside Board Service and Outside Employment policy. For questions, contact Lara Ellison or Robert James in the Office of Human Resources at 2-5554.

Halloween office decoration contest is Friday; signup deadline is Tuesday

It's time to come together as an office and show off your Halloween decorating skills. Judging for the Halloween office decoration contest is Friday, Oct. 29.

Signup deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 26. To register your office, contact Lexi Christoules in Campus Recreation at or 2-3277.

All departments will receive a list of judging times Wednesday, Oct. 27. Awards will be given for overall winner, most spooktacular, best pumpkins, creative costumes, and best theme.

Volunteers needed for Halloween Casino Night

Volunteers are needed for Halloween Casino Night at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Help is needed with decorating, volunteer check-in, chip banking, blackjack, bingo, poker, and more. Sign up for Halloween Casino Night.

Campus Recreation, Apartment and Residence Life, Housing and University Center, and EXCEL Campus Activities sponsor the event. For more information, contact Jeremy Roden at

Benefit Yourself

Dealing with Difficult Employees

This class is designed to help supervisors identify and deal with employees who create and stimulate difficult work environments. Participants will be given a variety of information regarding the proper way to discipline as well as alternatives to firing. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Excel 2007

Learn about generating and modifying charts, sorting techniques, and basic functions and formulas. Free. 2-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, or 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

LEED Green

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep

UT Arlington employees can receive a 50 percent discount for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate (GA) Certification Exam Prep course. The GA accreditation is new to LEED and is designed for anyone interested in pursuing a career in fields related to the green building industry who does not necessarily participate in design and construction work. The accreditation is a prerequisite for other LEED specialty exams. $297.50 for faculty and staff. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 2-3. Continuing Education and Workforce Development Center, 140 W. Mitchell St. Continuing Education, 2-2581.

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, Oct. 25

Architecture Lecture Series Mexican architects Alberto Kalach and Emmanuel Ramirez are guest speakers. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture, 2-2801.

Wednesday, Oct. 27

MAE Brown Bag Series Hui Wang speaks on “Sidewall Patterning Skills in Microfabrication.” Free. Noon, Room 402, Woolf Hall. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2-2561.

David Keller

Focus on Faculty Research David Keller, right, assistant professor of kinesiology, speaks on "Dynamic Blood Pressure Regulation in Humans: Rest, Exercise, and Racial Differences" as the Department of Kinesiology launches a new series on faculty research in sports medicine, exercise science, and physical education teaching. Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 2-3288.

Physics Lecture Series Suhuai Wei of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics, 2-2266.

Thursday, Oct. 28

Biology Lecture Series Rick Relyea of the University of Pittsburgh speaks on how amphibians use phenotypic plasticity to handle stressful environments. Free. 3:45 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2871.

Friday, Oct. 29

How E-Waste is Processed Chuck Barcuch from Round 2 in Austin talks about electronic waste and how it is processed. He shows how computer components are dismantled and recycled and why recycling such parts is important. Bring your lunch. Free. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of Sustainability. RSVP to Becky Valentich at

MAE Lecture Series J.N. Reddy, the Oscar S. Wyatt Endowed Chair at Texas A&M University, speaks on “Development in Modeling of Composite Shells and a New Computational Framework.” Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2-2561.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Three art faculty members show works at gallery


"Introductions," the newest exhibit at The Gallery at UTA, introduces the work of three assistant professors of art, Seiji Ikeda, Ya'Ke Smith, and Tore Terrasi, who are also active exhibiting artists, designers, and filmmakers. The exhibit opens today, Monday Oct. 25, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 20.

Ikeda works both in digital prints and the emerging field of web art and continues to research new technologies and the digital age as related to the web, digital ethnography, gaming, and world cultures. His digital print "The Kayan Song" is shown.

Smith is the founder and CEO of Exodus Filmworks and has received worldwide acclaim for his films, which have been screened and won awards at more than 40 film festivals, including The Cannes International Film Festival.

Terrasi draws from motion graphics, digital art, typography, graphic design, photography, sound and music, creative writing, interactive media, and 3D animation, as well as the traditional fine art disciplines.

An opening reception begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, with a brief talk by the artists at 6:30 p.m.

Artist discussions include Terrasi at noon Thursday, Oct. 28, and Smith at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 10, both in The Gallery at UTA. Ikeda speaks at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building.

Read more about "Introductions" and the artists online.

Monday, Oct. 25

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

Tuesday, Oct. 26

'Virginity' Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky shows three young women who have a sought-after commodity—their virginity. Question-and-answer session follows. Part of the Fourth Russian Documentary Showcase in Texas, Images of Russia. Free. 5 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Charles McDowell Center for Critical Languages and the Russian Culture Society, 2-2388.

Wednesday, Oct. 27

'The Day My God Died' This feature-length documentary presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. Proceeds benefit Maiti Nepal, an organization that works to prevent human trafficking. $5. 7:30 p.m. Nepalese Students Association,

Thursday, Oct. 28

Comedy Relief with Steve Hofstetter One of the top college tour humorists performs. Presented by Golden Key International Honour Society. $10 at, $17 at the door. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

UTA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concerts Works of the 20th and 21st centuries performed by music students and faculty. Featured performers are senior Adam Hanna and Professor Elizabeth Morrow. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-2533.

Halloween Casino Night Try some tricks at the casino tables for a few treats, such as an iPad, the evening's grand prize. A costume contest, mocktails, and food are planned. Free. 8 p.m.-midnight, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Campus Recreation, 2-3277.

Friday, Oct. 29

Prescription Drug Awareness Day Learn about prescription drug use and abuse. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Guest Trombonist Recital Brian Hecht, bass trombonist with the U.S. Navy Band, performs. Free. 4 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Sally Ride Science Festival For upper elementary and middle school girls, this street fair is filled with hands-on exhibits, workshops with local scientists, and an appearance by astronaut Barbara Morgan. $20. Online registration ends Wednesday, Oct. 27. 11 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Central Library mall, Texas Hall. Sally Ride Science, Lori Norris,


Charting Chartered Companies: Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900 Exhibit 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.

Nick Wood

Gallery 76102: flats and rounds Artist Nicholas Wood works in hybrid forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Through Nov. 30. Gallery hours 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.

Jay Cantrell Exhibit Drawings and paintings by Dallas architect Jay Cantrell ('97 BS). Through Oct. 29. Gallery, Room 206, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson, 2-2314.

Notations of Beauty and Loss Exhibit of large-format photographic prints features Kenda North, professor of art and art history. Through Nov. 13. Craighead Green Gallery, 1011 Dragon St., Dallas.

Planetarium programs See a movie on the big screen. This week's $2 Movie is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Find a Halloween pumpkin, honey, and much more. 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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