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

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ya'Ke Smith

Top filmmaker: Ya'Ke Smith, assistant professor of film, has won several awards for his work and is now passing along his expertise to students.

Film professor's work has received worldwide recognition

Widely regarded as one of today's most promising young film directors, Ya'Ke Smith has already notched some glittering achievements in his budding career, one that has now brought him to UT Arlington, where he’s been teaching film for the past year. The founder and CEO of Exodus Filmworks is now an assistant professor in the film program in the Department of Art and Art History.

Smith's films have received worldwide acclaim, screening and winning awards at more than 40 film festivals, including The Cannes International Film Festival and The American Black Film Festival. His films have screened on HBO, Showtime, and BET J.

"Ya'Ke's films have compelling stories that take an unvarnished look at today's issues," says Robert Hower, chair of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts.

Smith's short film, Hope's War, received the 2005 Director's Guild of America Student Film Award and was broadcast nationally on Showtime Television's Black Filmmaker Showcase in 2006. The film also was a finalist of BET J's The Best Shorts Film Competition in 2008.

Another of his films, The Second Coming, was nominated for a Student Academy Award and also won the HBO Short Film Award at the 2007 American Black Film Festival. The film was selected to screen at the 12th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in New York in 2008. His short film Change, was selected as one of three finalists in the 2009 American Black Film Festival.

"The film program here is growing rapidly," says Smith, a visiting professor at UT Arlington during the 2009-10 school year. "I really like the fact that it gives young, aspiring filmmakers the chance to get hands-on experience."

Wellness website

Wellness committee launches programs website

The UT Arlington wellness committee launched a wellness programs website last week, providing resources on the many aspects of health and wellness.

Presented by the Office of Human Resources, the site is the one-stop place for faculty and staff to find wellness resources and programs, campus wellness news, campus events, and campus facilities.

UT Arlington offers many diverse resources and programs that support and encourage employee health and wellness. The wellness committee invites you to send your comments, suggestions, and ideas to

Learn more about the New Student Welcome Center

Faculty and staff are invited learn more about changes in the New Student Welcome Center at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.

Over the past year, the campus tour has gone from a typical college visit to a full campus experience. Prospective students and their guests discover what makes our campus come alive for current students, faculty, and staff through an interactive tour and vibrant storytelling from MavElite, campus tour guides.

In addition to a change in the campus visit, the New Student Welcome Center has expanded its tour capabilities and offerings for prospective students, special groups, and others.

For more information, contact Brittney Joyce at

Ken Burns

Ken Burns

Tickets going fast for Ken Burns' Maverick Speakers Series appearance

Tickets are still available to see filmmaker Ken Burns in the first segment of the 2010-11 Maverick Speakers Series on Friday, Sept. 24, in Texas Hall, but they are going fast. Tickets can obtained at The tickets are free, but required for admission.

Burns is a noted historian whose documentaries have won seven Emmy awards and have been nominated for two Academy Awards. His latest film is The Tenth Inning, a two-part continuation of the baseball series that aired in 1994 to an audience of 48 million. The Tenth Inning is scheduled to air on PBS stations Sept. 28-29.

Among Burns' other noted works are The Civil War, Jazz, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, The War, and National Parks: America's Best Idea, which recently won an Emmy.

For more information, see Maverick Speakers Series.

MAC celebrates third birthday, opens Off Campus Mavericks Center

Join Campus Recreation and the Division of Student Affairs for the third birthday celebration of the Maverick Activities Center and the grand opening of the new Off Campus Mavericks Center at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the MAC.

The new Off Campus Mavericks Center is located in the lobby of the MAC and features wireless Internet, a new refreshment bar with cafe-style seating, a renovated Market, 26 new desktop computers, a large monitor for group projects of up to six people, 49 laptop seating spaces, and a new four-person office suite.

"The center provides a location for Mavericks who commute to campus to know they are welcomed and appreciated and they have a place to go that meets their needs or points them to who can," says Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs.

The celebration includes performances by the Dance Team and Cheerleaders, along with cake, refreshments, and giveaways.

Mav Pic Adonis Rose Concert

All that jazz

The Adonis Rose Quintet performed a benefit concert Thursday at the Lone Star Auditorium to raise donations for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi scholarship fund and the Adonis Rose Scholarship. Rose, an artist-in-residence at UT Arlington, is a Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer.


Volunteers needed for Ecofest

Volunteers are needed for the second annual Ecofest Arlington, a free, family-oriented event that helps build a sense of community, stimulates environmental awareness, and promotes stewardship. The event is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.

Opportunities to volunteer include supervising at the children's play area bounce houses, assisting with arts and crafts in the children's area, assisting with the educational classes inside City Hall, and serving as an "educator" at waste stations to help people realize the difference between garbage, recycling, and compost. Information and training will be provided.

Volunteers are also needed in other areas. Contact Jennifer Chadwell at 817-459-5477 or UT Arlington is a co-sponsor of Ecofest Arlington.

Heart day features 12-hour bike ride

Get ready to ride in this event like no other. Together with your teammates, you must keep your bike pedaling at the Maverick Activities Center from noon to midnight for World Heart Day on Monday, Sept. 27.

Get a team of 5 or 20, just make sure someone is riding the entire 12 hours. If your team completes the task, everyone will receive a World Heart Day T-shirt.

Don't have a team? Sign up as a free agent. Cost is $25 per team, and all money will be donated to the American Heart Association. For more information, contact Lindsay Lookingbill at 2-3277 or

Staff Advisory Council meets Tuesday, seeks representatives for open seats

The Staff Advisory Council will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Student Congress chambers of the E.H. Hereford University Center. All staff members are welcome.

SAC needs staff members to fill open district seats for the remainder of the 2009-2011 term. To see which buildings have openings for positions on the council and to learn more about SAC, review bylaws, or to learn who your district representative is, visit

If you are interested in serving on the council, e-mail for more information.

Benefit Yourself

Instructional support sessions offered for faculty

All faculty are invited to participate in the first Instructional Support Session for fall 2010, The Matrix as a Teaching Tool, from 1-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, in Room 101 in Trimble Hall.

Each session features different teaching techniques, and faculty are invited to participate in the demonstrations. The sessions, hosted by the Office of the Provost, are taught by Mary Lynn Crow, professor in the College of Education and Health Professions. Handouts and light refreshments are provided.

The program is free, but registration is required. Contact Delene Remmers at 2-2737 or

Mindful Moments

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.

The fall session continues through Dec. 15. 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

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Cabaret lectures

Recycling Training Want to know what happens to UT Arlington's materials to be recycled? Come hear Becky Valentich, recycling coordinator, discuss the recycling program and how materials are processed. Free and open to faculty, staff, and students. To sign up for this event, contact or call 2-0199. 1:30-3 p.m., San Saba Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Campus Sustainability.

'Cabaret' Lecture: Germany in the 1920s In conjunction with the Department of Theatre Arts upcoming production of the musical, Cabaret, Thomas Adam, associate professor of history, gives an overview of the major political, economic, and social events from the founding of the first German republic at the end of World War I to the end of democracy in 1933. Free. 6 p.m., Studio Theatre, Room 137, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, Natalie Gaupp,

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Institute of Urban Studies Speaker Series Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square Management Co. L.P., talks about the successful downtown Fort Worth revival that includes a mix of corporations, fine arts, dining, and residential living. The Institute of Urban Studies is part of the School of Urban and Public Affairs. Free. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Marjorie Dick, 2-3301,

Friday, Sept. 17

Energy in the 21st Century David Levy, an affiliate finance manager with ExxonMobil, tackles many of the hot-button issues on the minds of people across the globe. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Room 109, Nedderman Hall. Materials Science and Engineering, 2-2398.

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

Going Out

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Music Honors Recital Music faculty and outstanding students perform in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Fiesta Celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Noon-1 p.m. E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Multicultural Affairs.

$2 Movie: Invictus Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African president, enlists the national rugby team to unite the apartheid-torn country. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, Sept. 16

Jazz on the Lawn An outdoor performance of UTA jazz bands and ensembles. 7-9 p.m., Architecture Building courtyard. Music Department, 2-3471.

Friday, Sept. 17


21st Annual Oozeball Tournament Oozeball is a mud volleyball tournament that benefits the Student Alumni Association's Sophomore Scholarship Fund. Free to spectators. Noon-5 p.m., Summit Avenue between Greek Row Drive and Fourth Street. Student Alumni Association, 2-1367.

Volleyball Hilton Invitational - North Texas vs. Prairie View A&M, 4 p.m.; UT Arlington vs. UT El Paso, 7 p.m. $6, Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Guest Piano and Vocal Recital Pianist Denise Parr-Scanlin of West Texas A&M University and soprano Kerry Walters of Bradley University perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.

J. Frank Dobie

Friends of the Library: Steven Davis on J. Frank Dobie Steven L. Davis, author of J. Frank Dobie, takes a fresh look at Dobie, whose intellectual journey culminated in fighting for labor, free speech, and civil rights before they became acceptable for most Anglo Texans. Copies will be available. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Betty Wood,, 2-7421.

Saturday, Sept. 18

Ecofest Arlington There will be classes on do-it-yourself projects to reduce consumption of natural resources as well as discussions to enlighten North Texans on different environmental issues and what can be done to help reduce, repair, and prevent these problems in the future. Demonstrations will be given throughout the day. There will be fun, games, and educational classes for children to enjoy during this time, and food and drinks will be available as well. Free. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion in Downtown Arlington.

Volleyball Hilton Invitational - North Texas vs. UT El Paso, 11 a.m.; UT Arlington vs. Prairie View A&M, 1:30 p.m.; UT El Paso vs. Prairie View A&M, 5 p.m.; UT Arlington vs. North Texas, 7:30 p.m. $6, Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.


Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The fall Levitt Pavilion Arlington concert series continues featuring Rattletree Marimba, Telegraph Canyon, Katsuk, Guy Forsyth, and Bobby Duncan this week. The series continues each Thursday through Sunday through Oct. 2. Free. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Fort Worth Abstract Fort Worth artists Jane Helslander, Winter Rusiloski, and Cecil Touchon display their abstracts with various media, including paint, collage, photographs, and found images. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through Sept. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.

Private Collections II See some Dallas and Fort Worth art collectors' private treasures. Opening reception is 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Oct. 16. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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



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