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

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ken Burns

Ken Burns

Limited number of tickets available for Maverick Speakers Series Friday

Noted filmmaker Ken Burns launches the 2010-11 Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in a conversation moderated by Krys Boyd, host of KERA's Think talk show.

A limited number of tickets are available for "An Evening with Ken Burns," which will be held at Texas Hall. The Burns event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They may be reserved online at The lecture will conclude with a book and DVD signing at 8:30 p.m.

Burns has made documentaries for more than 30 years. His films have won seven Emmy awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards.

Burns' latest film is The Tenth Inning, a two-part continuation of the Baseball series that aired in 1994 to an audience of 48 million. It is scheduled to air on PBS stations, including local affiliate KERA Channel 13, Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 28-29, just before the Major League Baseball playoffs begin.

Other works by Burns include The Civil War, Jazz, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, The War, and The National Parks.

Boyd has been host and managing editor of KERA-90.1 FM's flagship midday talk show since 2006 and host of a weekly television edition of Think since 2007.

See more about the Maverick Speakers Series.

Jesus F. de la Teja

Jesus F. "Frank" de la Teja

Former state historian to discuss Mexican Independence's influence on Texas

Former state historian Jesus F. "Frank" de la Teja will look at how the Mexican war of independence from Spain affected Texas' quest for independence at noon today, Monday, Sept. 20, in the Central Library's sixth floor parlor.

The event marks the bicentennial of Mexico's fight for independence and is sponsored by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies. Dr. De la Teja's presentation, The Mexican War of Independence: Roots of the Texas Revolution, is free and open to the public.

He is chair of the history department at Texas State University and has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas history.

In 2007 Gov. Rick Perry appointed de la Teja to serve as the first the state historian. The Legislature created the position to enhance Texans' knowledge about the state's history and heritage, encourage the teaching of Texas history in public schools, and consult with top government officials on the promotion of Texas history.

For more information, contact the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies at 2-3997 or

Emeritus professors to be announced at today's fall faculty meeting

President James D. Spaniolo will announce emeritus professors and comment on the state of the institution at the Fall Meeting of University Faculty and Associates today, Monday, Sept. 20.

The meeting is 4-5:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The meeting is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. For more information, contact Vice Provost David J. Silva at or 2-2103.

  Mav Pic Off Campus Mavericks Center

Cutting up

The grand opening ribbon drops after being cut at the new Off Campus Mavericks Center at the Maverick Activities Center. Thursday's ribbon cutting honors went to mascot Blaze; Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs; Annie Liu, Student Congress vice president; and Brian Joyce, associate director for New Maverick Orientation. The Off Campus Mavericks Center provides computers and a lounge area for students, an improved Market at the MAC, and offices for New Maverick Orientation. The grand opening coincided with the third birthday party for the Maverick Activities Center.

Bobadilla to receive Ultimate Latina award from Hispanic chamber

Michele Bobadilla, assistant provost for Hispanic Student Success, is one of nine women from across the country to be recognized as an Ultimate Latina in education at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce national convention Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

Bobadilla, who also serves as senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement, was nominated by the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for making higher education attainable through access and equity.

Bobadilla and other women will be honored at the Ultimate Latina Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday during the 31st annual USHCC national convention and business expo.

Volunteers needed for Job Fair

Volunteers are needed for the Fall 2010 Job Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The fair, hosted by the Career Center, will be held at the Maverick Activities Center. Shifts are available in one-hour increments from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Faculty and staff are needed most between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This will allow a lunch break for the Career Center staff while ensuring the job fair is still supervised. Volunteer duties include set up, clean up, loading dock, and check-in tables.

Organizations may volunteer, also. To volunteer, contact Elizabeth Heyerdahl at 2-3267 or

The Job Fair, which runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. is for seniors, graduate students, and alumni seeking full-time positions, as well as underclassmen exploring future career possibilities through internships, part-time jobs, and field placements. For more information, contact the Career Center at 2-2932.

Move over WebCT, make way for Blackboard this spring

Blackboard Learn will replace WebCT this spring at UT Arlington. All WebCT online courses can be migrated to Blackboard by request, or faculty can build a new one from scratch. The Center for Distance Education and the Office of Information Technology are supporting this major campus transition. Blackboard training is available, along with many other useful online resources and a live, weekly webinar.

Need help deciding whether to convert from WebCT or start from scratch using many powerful new features found in Blackboard? Visit the Blackboard Faculty Support website to learn about what Blackboard has to offer.

Learn more about Blackboard Spring 2011.

Ballpark art

Take me out to the ballgame for UT Arlington Night

Batter up, Mavericks! On Monday, Sept. 27, you, your friends, and family are invited to UT Arlington Night at the Rangers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. as the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Get tickets at for only $6 (a $30 value) and sit in the UT Arlington block, or you can also use your UT Arlington discount and buy tickets online at (use the password rangers). Sponsored by the Office of the President, University Events, and EXCEL.

Flu immunizations available starting Sept. 27

Flu immunizations are available at Health Services beginning Monday, Sept. 27. Cost is $15 for faculty, staff, and students.

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.

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

Immunizations are available on the following dates at these locations.

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, Central Library mall
  • 9-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, Human Resources, Wetsel Service Building
  • 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, Bursar lobby, Davis Hall
  • 9-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Watson Building (for Watson Building employees only)
  • 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, OIT Building, Fort Worth (for OIT employees only)

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

Health Services hosts Heart Day and Open House next week

Nutrition and education on maintaining a healthy heart are part of World Heart Day, along with hand-outs, snacks and giveaways from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Meet Health Services staff, tour the Health Center, and learn about services at the Health Services Open House from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. Giveaways, snacks, health info, and a drawing for a $100 Wal-Mart gift card are planned.

For more information, contact Donielle Smith at Health Services, 2-2771.

Benefit Yourself

Food for Thought: Fad Diets

Atkins? Blood Type? South Beach? Sort out all the confusion and get in-the-know with this talk about Fad Diets. Learn which ones are and which ones aren't. Presented by Brie Woods, a local registered dietitian who provides nutrition consultation services to the University community. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 22, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

GIS Workshop: Consumer Data, Geographics, and GIS

Learn about geographic information systems (GIS) and the various types of socioeconomic data available. This hands-on workshop requires no GIS experience. 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, Room B20, Central Library. Joshua Been, GIS Librarian,, 2-5826. See a list of other GIS workshops.

Power Point

Microsoft Power Point

Learn about customizing presentations, importing content from another source, rehearsing and setting slide timings, and tips to use while presenting. 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, or 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on 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, Sept. 20

The Mexican War of Independence: Roots of the Texas Revolution Former state historian Jesus F. de la Teja will look at how the Mexican war of independence from Spain affected Texas’ quest for independence. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Greater Southwestern Studies.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Berlin Wall

Wireless: Revolution and Evolution Princeton University's H. Vincent Poor and Michael Henry Strater discuss the technological landscape, history, societal implications, emerging developments, and recent research advances in wireless communications. Reservations required. Free. 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering.

'Cabaret' Lecture Series: Tagging Berlin Carolyn Guertin, assistant professor of English, explores how Berlin is being taken over, rewritten, remapped, flattened, divided, and reinvented by digital media artists. Free. 6 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, Natalie Gaupp,

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Job Fair Seniors, graduate students, and alumni can seek full-time positions, and underclassmen can explore future career possibilities through internships, part-time jobs, and field placements. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Career Center, 2-2932.

Focus on Faculty School of Social Work Dean Scott Ryan discusses "Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents" and will how legislatures in several states have debated prohibiting adoptions by same-sex couples, while joint adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted in many states. Sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi. Free. Noon-1 p.m., followed by reception 1-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Tommie Wingfield, 2-2658.

Gallery Talk: Private Collections II Art historian Benjamin Lima leads a gallery tour and discussion of the artworks in Private Collections II. Included in the exhibition are pieces by well-known modern and contemporary artists such as Diane Arbus, Louise Bourgeois, Jim Dine, Robert Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. Free. Noon-1 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 2-5658.

Architecture Fall Lecture Series Marjan Colletti, lecturer at Bartlett School of Architecture in London and co-principal of marcosandmarjan design limited, is guest lecturer. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson,

Friday, Sept. 24

Insights into Motor and Brain Changes after Stroke Michelle Johnson of the Medical College of Wisconsin provides insights from case studies with stroke survivors that help explain motor and brain changes after stroke. Free. 10 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Computer Science and Engineering, Sherri Gotcher,, 2-3605.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Wind Symphony gets its Sousa on Thursday night


The UTA Wind Symphony presents a concert in the style of the Sousa Band from early in the 20th century at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

Like Sousa's concerts, the UTA band will feature soloists, overtures, and, of course, great Sousa marches. Douglas Stotter, director of bands and associate professor of music, conducts the symphony. Matthew Luttrell, associate director of bands and assistant professor of music, serves as guest conductor.

Featured faculty soloists include Rick Bogard, associate professor of music, playing Herbert L. Clarke's famous cornet solo, "Sounds from the Hudson," and David Grogan, assistant professor of music, singing Jerome Kern's "Old Man River" from the musical Show Boat.

Tickets are online at $5 for adults and $3 for students with ID.

Monday, Sept. 20

Fall Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates President James D. Spaniolo will make remarks on the state of the institution and announce emeritus professors. 4-5:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the President/Office of the Provost, Vice Provost David J. Silva,, 2-2103.

Dance With Your Hands: Yoruba Music of Nigeria Michael Varner, associate professor of music, uses lecture, pictures, video, and live performance to present the Yoruba Music of Nigeria, a culture long renowned for its unique approach to music. The DunDun ensemble, or talking drum, is featured, as well as the Sakere ensemble and the Sakara frame drum. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

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

Thursday, Sept. 23

Poetry Slam Jam Poet and author Michael Guinn ('01 MSW) and friends bring their award-winning performances to campus. A book signing follows. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Helen Hilson at Free. 6-9 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. African American Faculty and Staff Association.

Friday, Sept. 24

Maverick Speakers Series: Ken Burns Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is interviewed by Krys Boyd of KERA. Free, but tickets required. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

Faculty Recital John Solomons of the music faculty performs an all-Chopin program. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, 2-3471.


Fort Worth Abstract Fort Worth artists Jane Helslander, Winter Rusiloski, and Cecil Touchon display their abstracts with various media, including paint, collage, and photographs. 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.

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The free concert series features Bob Mintzer and the UTA Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Also performing this week are Spoonfed Tribe, Marcia Ball, and Cadillac Sky. The series continues through Oct. 2. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Planetarium Programs This month see Stars of the Pharaohs; Wonders of the Universe; One Sky, One World: Big Bird's Adventure; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame; and the $2 Movie. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Private Collections II See some Dallas and Fort Worth art collectors' private treasures. 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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