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

Monday, April 11, 2011

Creative Works

Celebration of Faculty Creative Works exhibit features books, art, music

Faculty members receive kudos for their 2010 endeavors at the Celebration of Faculty Creative Works from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

The annual reception honors faculty who authored, edited, or compiled books, served on editorial boards, published music, exhibited art, or had patents granted in 2010. Many of the items or publications will be on exhibit.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the event, which is presented by the Office of the Provost, the Library, and The Friends of the Library.

For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 or

Winspear collage

Music scholarship gala planned for April 25 at Winspear Opera House

One of the crown jewels in the Dallas Arts District welcomes the UT Arlington Department of Music on Monday, April 25, for an enchanting evening of music and academic excellence.

The department presents the 2011 Spring Scholarship Gala at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. in downtown Dallas. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

The gala will highlight UT Arlington music students from the Wind Symphony, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and A Capella Choir. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit an endowment for student scholarships.

“Support for scholarships is now, more than ever, a crucial aspect of the mission of the Department of Music,” says John Burton, department chair. “The economic downturn and decreasing state support can be overcome by increasing the funds available to our students.”

UT Arlington is the first university to host a concert at the Winspear Opera House, which opened in October 2009. To purchase tickets, visit the Department of Music online or call 2-3471. Read more about UT Arlington music at Winspear.

Beth Mancini

Dr. Beth Mancini

College of Nursing shares in nearly $1 million grant aimed at increasing patient safety

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded nearly $1 million to researchers at UT Arlington’s College of Nursing, the Baylor Health Care System, and UT Dallas to study how physicians and nurses can improve their communication skills by participating in engaging, video game-like simulations.

The $969,604, three-year grant is aimed at increasing patient safety by providing a safe, virtual environment for physicians and nurses to learn to communicate effectively and efficiently through role-playing. Initially, the new game will focus on surgeons and nurses caring for post-operative patients. The researchers plan to recruit 120 nurses and 25 physicians on the Baylor medical staff to take part.

“Technologies like the high-fidelity manikins at UT Arlington’s Smart Hospital have made it possible for students to acquire and test their skills in a realistic environment where it is safe to make a mistake and learn from it,” says Beth Mancini, associate dean of the College of Nursing and principal investigator for the study.

Read more about the College of Nursing grant.

Ali Abolmaali

Dr. Ali Abolmaali

Civil engineering professor to test new standard for stronger, more flexible pipe construction

Researchers at UT Arlington are partnering with a Belgian company to test new construction methods for reinforcing concrete pipes with steel fibers to build stronger, more durable pipes at a lower cost.

Civil engineering Professor Ali Abolmaali has been awarded a $155,000 grant through Bekaert, a global leader in drawn steel wire products, for the project for reviews of his design specifications.

The work is expected to lead to new design and construction standards in the United States. Similar construction standards calling for mixing steel fibers in concrete pipes already have been adopted in Europe, Dr. Abolmaali says.

Read more about Abolmaali's grant.

UTA License plate

Maverick license plates available in May

Put your pride where you drive with the new UT Arlington license plate, which is available in May.

The plates—offered through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles—are an additional $30 per year, with $22 going to the Higher Education Coordinating Board's scholarship program for students needing financial assistance.

Sign up now to receive an email notification as soon as the plates are available. Signing up for the advance notification is not an obligation to purchase.

Visit the myplates website today, check out the plate design, and sign up for your email advance notice.

Mav Pic 25 Year Service

Honored for service

A banquet Wednesday night honored University faculty and staff who have achieved 25 years of service. President James D. Spaniolo, top center, presented 25-year awards to, from left, front row, Steven Reinhardt, Wendy Barr, Christine Woodyard, Martha Salinger, and Sheik Imrhan; second row, Wayne Willis, Helen Ann Hough, Mitch Stepanovich, Crystal Livingston, and Chuck Pratt; and back row, Ronald Taylor, Robert Fischer, and Cecil Harris.


Business Week targets responsibility

Guest speakers for Business Week will focus on "Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Leadership" Monday-Friday, April 11-15.

Business Week connects faculty, staff, and students with business and community leaders. Speakers will share their experiences and present case studies from their companies during regular undergraduate and graduate classes. The programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Maverick Discount Program has plenty to offer with discounts added regularly

The new and improved Maverick Discount Program offers a minimum 10 percent discount on products and services categories—from automotive to entertainment, from personal care to restaurants and retail—to faculty, staff, students, and members of the Parent and Family Association.

And it’s as simple as presenting a current Maverick ID to local business participants or using a unique UT Arlington discount code to shop national brands online. Check out the complete list of participants in the Maverick Discount Program.

Discounts are added regularly, so visit the Maverick Discount Program website often for new businesses and limited time offers.

Voter registration deadline is Thursday

Voter registration applications are available through Thursday, April 14, in the Student Congress office, Suite B150, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Voter registration information and links to local election offices are available through the Texas Secretary of State office at

UT Arlington is an early voting polling site 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2-4 for the May 14 local elections. The polling site will be in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center.

For more information, contact Jennifer Fox at or 2-0556.

Socialism book cover

'Socialism Is Great' is selection for Mavs Book Club

Socialism is Great!: A Worker’s Memoir of the New China by Lijia Zhang is this month's selection for the Mavs Book Club, which meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the basement of the Central Library.

The book illuminates the sweeping historical forces at work in China after the Cultural Revolution as the country moved from one of stark repression to a vibrant, capitalist economy.

Mavs Book Club selections will be in stock at the UTA Bookstore with a 20 percent discount available for book club members. The books will have a sticker showing the discount. For more information, call Mary Levesque, general book manager, at 2-7173.

Learn more about the Mavs Book Club selection at

Recycle and receive a plant at Earth Day on April 20

Get a compostable lunch, a T-shirt, a plant, and meet vendors at Earth Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, along the E.H. Hereford University Center mall.

Bring a recyclable item to exchange for a plant. The compostable lunch is $1, T-shirts are $10, and vendors will demonstrate their “green” efforts.

Bring electronic waste to be recycled. Departments can get rid of old computer components, or you can bring your personal electronics for recycling. Please observe the policies and procedures for disposal of departmental computers through surplus.

Vandergriff Chevrolet will have a new electric Volt on display. For more information, contact Becky Valentich at

David Montejano

David Montejano

Author of Latino political movements to speak

Award-winning author David Montejano, professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley, is the speaker for the Center for Mexican American Studies Distinguished Lecture 2011 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. A reception and book signing will follow.

In his newest book, Quixote's Soldiers: A Local History of the Chicano Movement, 1966-1981, Montejano uses a blend of history and sociology to present a vivid description of the making and undoing of the Mexican-American Civil Rights movement. The book won the Texas Historical Society’s T.R. Fehrenbach Award for best book of the year in Texas History, and the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Book of the Year Award.

Montejano’s first book, Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986, won several major awards, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for the best first book in American history in 1988. It has been designated a Texas classic by the University of Texas Press.

For more information, contact Alma Rick at 2-2933.

Tickets available on Ranger website for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark

Tickets are still available for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark when the Texas Rangers play the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, April 25.

Wear your Maverick blue, and come for the pre-game fun featuring the UT Arlington color guard, performance of the national anthem, first pitch, and special appearance by Blaze. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Discount tickets can be reserved at Use the password rangers.

Benefit Yourself

Be a Money Maverick

Attend this financial wellness workshop designed to cover management of income and expenses, led by Sherry Inman of Money Management International. No registration required. Free. 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 13, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Human Resources, Judy Oslund,

Social Security and Medicare Workshop

Discover your options as you near retirement age in this workshop led by Tom Clark of the Social Security Administration and Jessica Jenkins of Medicare. No registration required. Free. Noon, Thursday, April 14, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Human Resources, Judy Oslund,


Maverick Safety Matters

It’s spring cleaning time, so get your area ready for fire and life safety building inspections by following the guidelines in the latest edition of Maverick Safety Matters, the Environmental Health and Safety newsletter. The spring issue also features information about safely disposing of products that contain mercury (left) and tips on preventing slips, trips, and falls. Also, the workers’ compensation staff has a new number, 2-5563.

The Mapping of Violence: Analyzing Crime in Arlington

Learn how Geographic Information Systems can map, explore, and predict crime data. Using actual data provided by the City of Arlington Police Department, instructors examine the distribution of violent crime arrests and attempt to devise a model to explain possible predictors of these crimes. This hands-on workshop requires no GIS or statistical experience. Free. 3-5 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Room B20, Central Library. See more information on Technoscholar workshops.

Jazz Dance

Through a series of technical exercises and progressive jazz skills, dancers learn various combinations and dance routines as well as work on strength, flexibility, rhythm, and coordination. Wear clothes that allow freedom of movement and come dressed to dance for the first class. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $34.50. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Fridays, April 22-June 3, Maverick Activities Center. Continuing Education.

Red Flag Campaign

The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program in the Division of Student Affairs has launched the Red Flag Campaign, a public awareness campaign addressing relationship violence, for Monday-Friday, April 11-15. The red flags and life-sized silhouettes with statistics about sexual assaults can be found in the Library mall. Designed with a “bystander intervention” strategy, the campaign encourages friends and other campus community members to “say something” when they see warning signs (red flags) for dating violence in a friend’s relationship. Unfortunately, dating violence happens in one out of every five intimate relationships in college. Faculty and staff are encouraged to engage students in learning about dating violence and to promote healthy and positive relationships.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Monday, April 11

Open Forum: Dean of Engineering Candidate David Peters, professor of engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, is the first of four dean of engineering candidates to visit campus. A reception follows in the atrium. Free and open to the public. 2-3 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Wednesday, April 13

Wendy Kohrt

English Brown Bag Series Ayanna Jackson-Fowler, a diversity faculty fellow, presents research on the depiction of black Caribbean slaves in the poem, The Sugar-Cane (1764), a work written by the 18th-century doctor, James Grainger. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 211, Preston Hall. English.

American College of Sports Medicine Lecture Wendy Kohrt, right, professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado-Denver, speaks on "Novel Regulators of the Skeletal Response to Exercise" in the 49th UT Arlington/ACSM Lecture. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology, 2-3288.

Architecture Lecture Series Greg Ibanez, principal of Ibanez Architecture in Fort Worth, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture, 2-2314.

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Deborah Nightingale, professor of the practice of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses "Principles of Lean Enterprise Transformation." Free. Register. 5 p.m. reception, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 6 p.m. lecture Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series.

Thursday, April 14

Underage Alcohol Forum An annual regional forum for faculty and staff that provides tools, information, and resources to prevent and reduce underage alcohol use among college students. Free. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Rio Grand Ballroom A, E.H. Hereford University Center. Texans Standing Tall.

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series "Culture, Environment, and the Literary Round-table" is the topic for David Wallace, doctoral student in the Department of English. Environmental literature and eco-critical theory are roundtables where diverse members can discuss broader issues of environmental awareness and sustainable environmental practices. Free. 9:30 a.m., Room 115, Trimble Hall. Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series, Jeff Howard, 2-5119.

Dana Dunn

President's Convocation for Academic Excellence Achievements of students and faculty are celebrated. Dana Dunn, right, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and former provost and vice president for academic affairs, is the guest speaker. A reception will follow on the lawn, east of Texas Hall. Free. 3:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Office of the President and Office of the Provost, 2-2103.

Adventures in Antiquity Niki Holmes ('91 BA), instructor of humanities at the University of South Florida, presents "Pandora and the Decorative Program of the Parthenon" examining the significance of the first mortal woman's creation story as represented in the pedestal of Athena's cult statue in the Parthenon. The winner of the Douglas Carvey Prize for best student essay in Classical Studies will be announced. Reception follows. Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 2102A, Fine Arts Building. University Classics Club, Charles Chiasson, 2-3216.

Biology Colloquium Series Tamar Goulet, associate professor of biology at the University of Mississippi, discusses "The Significance of Host/Symbiont Genotypic Combinations." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Making the Metroplex: Southlake Southlake officials Shana Yelverton, city manager, and Ken Baker, director of planning, discuss the success of new urban planning in Southlake. Free. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Institute of Urban Studies Speaker Series, School of Urban and Public Affairs,

Friday, April 15

UT Arlington on WFAA News 8 Daybreak WFAA Channel 8 has invited the UT Arlington community to appear as an on-air audience as they discuss The Big Event, which is the following day. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are welcome. Wear your best UT Arlington shirt and hat; bling encouraged. Transportation to the studio is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register. If you’re taking the bus, meet at 5 a.m. in front of the Starbucks at the E.H. Hereford University Center or meet at WFAA Victory Park Studio in Dallas by 5:40 a.m.

Sunday, April 17

African-American Faculty and Staff Association Academic and Service Awards Kendall Harris, dean of the College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University, is the keynote speaker as African-American undergraduate scholars who have achieved academic and community service excellence are recognized. Free and open to the public. RSVP by Tuesday, April 12. 2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Debbie Berry, 2-5374 or

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Doubt' questions everything starting Thursday


Set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, Doubt centers on a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of abusing a student. He denies the charges, and much of the play's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and authority.

Written by John Patrick Shanley, Doubt first appeared off-Broadway in 2004. It is directed by Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer in Theatre Arts.

Stephen Tyler Howell plays the role of Father Flynn while Tonya Free is cast as Sister Aloysius.

Performances in the Mainstage Theatre are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday-Saturday, April 14, 15, 16, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors and $10 for the general public. Contact the box office at 2-2669 for reservations.

Tuesday, April 12

Tailgate Tuesday, Baseball Free cookout, yard games. Tailgate 5:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark parking lot. Mavericks vs. Baylor. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Student Affairs, Athletics, 2-2261.

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

Wednesday, April 13

Student Employee Awards Reception Honors 2011 Student Employee Award recipients Adda Mazariegos, New Student Welcome Center, student employee of the year; Agustin Cabrera, University Center Operations, distinguished student employee; Anthony Ybarra, Fort Worth Center, outstanding student employee, along with those who received the Award of Excellence. Free. 2 p.m., Room 216, Davis Hall. The Career Center.

$2 Movie: The Social Network A 2010 drama about the founding of the social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday-Sunday, April 14-17

Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival Visit the UT Arlington booth that includes information about academic programs, the Alumni Association, sustainability, and College Town UTA. UT Arlington also sponsors a performing arts stage. Open at 10 a.m. each day. Downtown Fort Worth. Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival.

Friday, April 15

Opening Reception for MFA Student Exhibition Reception for M.F.A. candidates exhibiting their artwork in The Gallery. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 2-5658.

Baseball Mavericks vs. McNeese State. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

Out the Summerhill Road

Friends of the Library Jane Roberts Wood's new book, Out the Summerhill Road, focuses on a long unsolved murder in an East Texas town and the community's response when the suspect moves home after 34 years. Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. RSVP to Betty Wood at or 2-7421.

Spring Big Band Concert Features the Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Ishii, the Jazz Ensemble directed by Dan Cavanagh, and special guest pianist and composer James Miley. $5. Texas Hall. Music, 2-3471.


Gallery 76102 "Reconsidering Art History," a solo exhibit by Betsy Williamson ('06 BFA), who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Through May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-0365.

Architecture Exhibit: Richard Ferrier The School of Architecture is honoring Professor Richard Ferrier through an exhibit of his work and his life. Ferrier taught at UT Arlington from 1968-2010 and was associate dean from 1985-95. He died in August after a short illness. Part of the exhibit includes his work that is featured in the United States Library of Congress. His old drawing board and desk are featured in the exhibit as well. Free. 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through April 30. Room 206, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world experience of surreal vistas and thrilling amusement park rides. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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



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