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

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Find out why UT Arlington could 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, senior associate vice president for student enrollment services, and a panel of faculty, staff, and students will speak.

"This event is a chance to talk with students and staff, explore the benefits of choosing UTA, and find answers to questions about the college search process," Dr. Wasson says. "The opportunity for individual conversation is limited at our large events, and this event will provide easy access."

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

UTeach Arlington

AT&T gift to help address shortage of math and science teachers

A new program committed to bolstering the ranks of math and science teachers has received $150,000 in support from AT&T.

UTeach Arlington began this fall as a joint project of the College of Science and the College of Education and Health Professions. The aim is to address the state’s ongoing shortage of secondary school math and science teachers by recruiting and inspiring science majors interested in earning their teaching certifications.

When they participate in UTeach, students are exposed to education-related courses, classroom experience, and mentoring from area teachers earlier than in past programs. Freshmen and sophomores are offered scholarships of $125 for each of two introductory courses they complete.

Donald Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, praised AT&T’s support for UTeach.

“Community support is essential for innovative programs such as UTeach Arlington to flourish,” Dr. Bobbitt says. “With the help of generous donors and grant funding, UT Arlington professors can inspire students and play a central role in addressing the shortage of math and science teachers in the state.”

Ninety-six freshmen signed up to take UTeach Arlington’s STEP 1 class this fall. In addition to on-campus instruction, the students have been visiting and even presenting lessons in local elementary classrooms over the last two months.

Read more about UTeach Arlington.

Steve Hofstetter

Steve Hofstetter

Humorist Steve Hofstetter performs tonight in Lone Star Auditorium

Steve Hofstetter, one of the top college tour humorists, performs at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. The event is presented by the UT Arlington chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society.'s original columnist, Hofstetter was named one of Two Drink Minimum magazine's best new faces of 2004. He has written for Maxim, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated for Kids. Hofstetter's television appearances include ESPN's Quite Frankly, Showtime's White Boyz in the Hood, VH1's Countdown, and CBS' Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Discount tickets are available for $10 at Use the promo code GOLDENKEY10. Tickets at the door are $17.

For more information, contact Kevin Schuck at

Mentors needed to assist in veterans' transition

Faculty and staff have a chance to serve as mentors for American Corporate Partners, the national non-profit organization dedicated to helping military veterans transition to the private sector. The UT System is a supporter of the program.

Applications will be accepted online through Monday, Nov. 1, at The UT System code is UTACP.

Once individuals apply, they are matched by ACP staff with protégés by city and according to mentoring preferences. ACP encourages mentors and protégés to meet once monthly for at least one year, either in person or over the phone.

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Cast your ballot

President James D. Spaniolo, left, and Student Congress President Aaron Resendez walk to the early voting poll in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Early voting on campus ends at 5 p.m. today. Voters must be registered in Tarrant County and should present a valid driver's license or voter registration card. More about the Nov. 2 ballot is available through the Texas Secretary of State office.

Your chance to contribute to the State Employee Charitable Campaign is now

Did you know that if you skip one fast-food meal per month, you could use that savings to support someone in need? A $2 minimum donation can feed a starving family in America or in a country on the other side of the world. Options for your State Employee Charitable Campaign donations include:

Contribute through payroll deduction and you could provide a warm meal and blanket to someone in need. Talk to your department representative and submit your form by Sunday, Oct. 31. For more information, visit the UT Arlington SECC Webpage or contact Rosa Newman or Jake Allen at 2-5554.

Help keep Facilities Management records updated with space inventory

Are you or your department moving or changing room use or function any time soon? Help keep Facilities Management records updated throughout the year by using the new, simple online space inventory forms.

These forms will keep the Computer-Aided Space Inventory Management (CASIM) System up to date on your department’s space inventory. If you are moving or you have changed the use or function of an existing room, fill out a form.

Utilizing these forms helps Facilities Management maintain an accurate account of the University’s space inventory throughout the year and minimize changes required during the annual space survey. Space inventory management is an integral part of the University’s reporting function on state and national levels.

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 today, 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.

Kip Fulbeck

Comedy with a twist: Author and filmmaker Kip Fulbeck presents a unique comedy routine at the Diversity Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Asian Heritage Month starts with a dance step Monday

Step into Asian Heritage Month with the colorful Lion Dance Parade noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The Cho Chin Woo Lion Dance Academy leads the parade and performance. Play a few games—such as paper stars, ninja, and trivia—and take a chance on a raffle.

Other events for the month include:

  • Diversity Lecture Series, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Kip Fulbeck, an author and filmmaker, presents his unique monologues and multimedia shows, which combine comedy with a politically charged edge, leading audiences to consider "Who Am I?" A book signing follows. This event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at
  • One night in Asia, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Celebrate Asia’s traditions with performances by the Filipino Student Association, Pakistan Student Association, Dallas Kiyari Daiko Japanese war drummers, and Fusion Flow.
  • Most Awesome Extreme Challenge, 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Form a team and compete in an obstacle course, sumo wrestling, and jousting.

More details are available at the Office of Multicultural Affairs at or 2-2099.

Nominate professors for doctoral student mentoring award

The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for this year's Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring. The award is for faculty members who have a strong record of excellence in mentoring graduate students.

A panel of faculty, students, and Graduate Studies leadership will select the winner, who will receive $3,000 and be recognized at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students Awards Ceremony and at the Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates. Winners are asked to serve on the following year's selection committee.

Last year's recipient was Frank Lewis, the Moncrief-O'Donnell Professor of electrical engineering and senior fellow of the Automation and Robotics Research Institute.

Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Nov. 9. For details, contact Lisa Berry at

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Friends indeed

Author John Miller Morris, left, talks about postcards he viewed in the UTA Special Collections with, from left, Sebastian Fuentes, admissions counselor in graduate studies; Richard Browning, vice president of the Friends of the Library; and Gerald Saxon, library dean. Morris, the author of Taming the Land, was guest speaker at the Friends of the Library meeting Friday in the Central Library.


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 must complete this form whether or not they have outside board service or outside employment. Therefore, all employees 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.

Registration for Connect by Hertz club has Sunday deadline

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

To register, go to and click on UT Arlington's name on the lower left hand side. Follow the steps for free registration. Membership options start with a $50 annual membership fee. Go online or call 1-877-654-4400 to reserve a vehicle.

Halloween begins early with casino night in Bluebonnet

Get a head start on Halloween with Halloween Casino Night 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Try some tricks at the casino tables—blackjack, poker, bingo, or roulette—for a few treats, such as an iPad, the evening's grand prize. Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy music, food, dancing, and a variety of games. The night includes costume contests, mocktails, "drunk" goggles games, a mock field sobriety test, other alcohol awareness activities, and more.

The night is free. Sponsors are Campus Recreation, Apartment and Residence Life, Housing and University Center, and EXCEL Campus Activities.

For more details, contact Campus Recreation at 2-3277.

Annual Night Walk scheduled for Nov. 9

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the annual Night Walk at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, to help identify potential safety issues around campus. The walk is sponsored by Student Congress.

Participants should meet outside Starbucks at the E.H. Hereford University Center. For more information, contact Jeff Hazelrigs at or 2-0556.

Benefit Yourself
Rx Pills

Prescription Drug Awareness Day

Learn about prescription drug use and abuse. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

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.

Will Your Smoke Alarm Sound During a Fire?

You have smoke alarms in your home, but are they working? Fire safety is the focus of the Environmental Health & Safety fall newsletter. Meet new Fire Marshal Melissa Jones and get fire prevention tips for work and home. Now you can follow EH&S on Facebook.

Food for Thought: STDs in the City

This awareness seminar will give you a firsthand look into what is really going on in the city and on campus. Educate yourself on the top five diagnosed STDs in Texas and across the states. Presented by Donielle Smith, coordinator of health promotion for Health Services. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

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.

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.

In Quotes

Math, science majors hit local classrooms

Golf team lands nice ride from donors

Hormone disrupters affect whole body

"We want them to get bitten by the teaching bug."

"We are very thankful. The van gives the kids a sense of pride, it's a great recruiting tool and allows us to stretch our budget."

"It's a huge concern because the hormones are a very critical player to life. They control development, disease, everything."

— Dr. Greg Hale, assistant dean of the College of Science and co-director of UTeach Arlington, on giving math and science majors a chance to teach elementary students.

— Jay Rees, head coach for Maverick golf, on the donation of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van to the golf team.
Golf Week

— Dr. Subhrangsu Mandal, an assistant professor in the College of Science's Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, on his research on endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment.

Sports Notes
  Amanda McMahon

Title run: Senior Amanda McMahon and the rest of the Maverick cross country team members compete in Beaumont at today's Southland Conference Cross Country Championships.

Cross country Mavs seek SLC title Thursday

Freshman Emily Koenig and senior Amanda McMahon spearhead the UT Arlington hopes for the women’s title at the Southland Conference Cross Country Championships today, Thursday, Oct. 28, in Beaumont.

Koenig has won three meets this season for the Mavericks and twice earned SLC Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors, while McMahon has a pair of top 10 finishes.

Senior Heinz Schwartzkopf and sophomore Cody Widener have been the leaders for the men’s team this season. Widener was named SLC Cross Country Athlete of the Week on Sept. 14, after finishing 11th in the UT Arlington season opener.

Movin' Mavs to host national tournament in March

UT Arlington will host the National Wheelchair Basketball Association college division national tournament March 10-12, 2011, at Texas Hall.

The nation’s top seven men’s teams and the top four women’s teams will compete in the single elimination tournament. Games will begin the morning of Thursday, March 10, and lead up to the men’s and women’s championship games Saturday, March 12.

UT Arlington, which has won seven national championships, last hosted the tournament in 2005.

The Movin’ Mavs open the regular season Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, with games against Illinois and Alabama at the Physical Education Building.

Volleyball Mavericks win at Northwestern, travel again Saturday

Alicia Shaffer set a career high by notching 37 digs, guiding UT Arlington past Northwestern State for a 3-1 volleyball victory Saturday at Natchitoches, La.

The Mavericks travel to Sam Houston State on Saturday, Oct. 30, before returning home to face Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday, Nov. 4.

SLC commissioner Burnett speaks at Anderson Lecture

Thomas E. Burnett II, commissioner of the Southland Conference, discusses the NCAA conference realignment Monday, Nov. 8, for the 29th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture. The free event is at noon in the Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center.

Burnett will explain how the NCAA's change will affect UT Arlington and the Southland Conference, which includes 11 other member institutions.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Health Professions. For details, call 2-3288.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 28

Rangers logo

World Series Watching Party Watch on the big screen as the Texas Rangers meet the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. Sponsored by E.H. Hereford University Center and University Events. Free. 6:30 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday in Palo Duro Lounge.

Comedy Relief with Steve Hofstetter One of the top college tour humorists performs. Presented by Golden Key International Honour Society. $10 at, code GOLDENKEY10; $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

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 at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29. 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.

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.

Prince of Persia

The Gallery at UTA: Introductions Features 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. Opening reception 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Exhibit open through Nov. 20. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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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