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

Monday, April 18, 2011

Earth Day

Earth Day celebration goes green with plants, demonstrations

Earth Day is sprouting new growth this year. The annual celebration is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, along the E.H. Hereford University Center mall.

Bring a recyclable item and exchange it for a plant; limit one per person. That morning, volunteers will plant 90 trees donated by the city of Arlington around campus.

Enjoy a compostable lunch for $1, apply for the summer bike program, and watch demonstrations on solar cooking and rain barrel building.

Bring electronic waste to be recycled, such as personal electronics or computers.

Be sure to observe the policies and procedures for disposal of departmental computers through surplus. Contact Basil DeMars, surplus property manager, at 2-3012 or

For more information on Earth Day, contact Becky Valentich at

Hussein Rashid

Dr. Hussein Rashid

Islamic scholar to speak at art, culture forum

The Islamic impact on American popular culture is explored in “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Arts,” a forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Guest speaker Hussein Rashid, visiting professor at Virginia Theological Seminary, works with major political figures and institutions, advising them on the history and culture of Muslims.

He has served as an associate editor at Religion Dispatches and appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, Russia Today, and State of Belief-Air America Radio.

The forum is presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Architecture.

Read more about Rashid's forum.

Winspear Opera House

Tickets still available for music scholarship gala at Winspear Opera House

The Department of Music presents the 2011 Spring Scholarship Gala at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25.

The gala will highlight music students from the A Cappella Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to an endowment for student scholarships.

Tickets are available by calling the Music Department at 2-3471 or on the Winspear website.

UT Arlington is the first university to host a concert at the Winspear Opera House, which opened in October 2009. Read more about UT Arlington music at Winspear.

Mav Pic Awards Convocation 2011

Academic Excellence

Faculty and students were honored at the President's Convocation for Academic Excellence on Thursday at Texas Hall. Dr. Jamie Rogers, center, associate professor of industrial engineering, was announced as an inductee to UT Arlington's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Two of her students, twins Nadia (left) and Diana Martinez, both industrial engineering doctoral students, received University Scholar awards.


Engineering professor receives award from Office of Navy Research

David Wetz, assistant professor of electrical engineering, is a recipient of the 2011 Young Investigator Research Award from the Office of Navy Research.

Dr. Wetz's proposal, "Investigation of Aging Phenomena in Electrochemical Storage Devices when Cycled at Elevated Rates," was one of only 21 chosen from a pool of more than 250 applicants.

The award is part of the ONR's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program, worth $170,000 annually for three years.

'Arlington' now available at bookstore

Arlington, co-authored by Evelyn Barker, UT Arlington information literacy librarian, and Lea Worcester, the Special Collections public services librarian, is now available in the UT Arlington Bookstore.

The book includes more than 200 images that provide a unique look at Arlington's colorful past, ranging from 1870 to current day.

ATM down at MAC on Tuesday

The ATM machine at the Maverick Activities Center will be out of commission Tuesday, April 19. ATM machines located at the Central Library, Davis Hall, and the E.H. Hereford University Center are available for transactions during this time.

  Mav Pic ERB crosswalk

Crosswalk redux

Workers remove pavers for renovations on the crosswalk at UTA Boulevard connecting the Engineering Research Building and the Social Work Complex. New lights, signage, and speedbumps should be completed Tuesday, April 19.

UTA Boulevard closed near Pecan, Center streets starting today

UTA Boulevard will close between Pecan and Center streets starting today, Monday, April 18, for approximately 10 days for water line projects.

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, and special appearance by Blaze. Provost Donald R. Bobbitt will throw out the first pitch. Pre-game festivities begin at 6:45 p.m.

Discount tickets can be reserved at Use the password rangers.

Extras needed for Vandergriff movie

Break out your '60s and '70s garb to be an extra in the movie Tom Vandergriff and the Quest for Major League Baseball, produced by Vandergriff Pictures.

Filming will be noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at LaGrave Field in Fort Worth. To participate, send an email to or call 817-277-7104.

For more information, see Tom Vandergriff The Movie on Facebook.

Benefit Yourself

Introduction to Office 2010

Learn what's new in Office 2010. Features an overview of the differences in Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. Free. 2-4 p.m. Monday, April 25, or 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, Room 123, Hammond Hall. Get more information on OIT training classes.


Bike Safety Training

Bikes not needed. Register. Free. Noon-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, Library mall. Office of Sustainability, 2-9299.

Discovering Purpose

What is your purpose? Explore tools to discover your purpose and the keys to putting the purpose into your every action and response. Free. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR 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. 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 email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Monday, April 18

Open Forum: Dean of Engineering Candidate Jean-Pierre Bardet, professor of civil engineering at the University of Southern California. A reception follows in the atrium. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering Dean Search.

Tuesday, April 19

Brent Brown

Introduction to West Dallas: Urban Structure and Guidelines Brent Brown, right, director of the city of Dallas' CityDesign Studio, shows three fundamental objectives for protecting and enhancing a neighborhood and increasing development around Singleton Boulevard. Free. 5 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture, 2-2801.

Wednesday, April 20

Kinesiology Faculty Scholar Lecture Rhonda Prisby, assistant professor of kinesiology, discusses "Vascular Participation in Bone Biology." Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology, 2-3288.

Thursday, April 21

Open Forum: Dean of Engineering Candidate Ted Bergman, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. A reception follows in the atrium. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering Dean Search.

Biology Colloquium Series Jennie McLaren, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology, discusses "The Effects of Plant Identity on Ecosystem Function in a Northern Canadian Grassland." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2872.

David Montejano

CMAS Distinguished Lecture 2011 Award-winning author David Montejano, right, professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley, discusses "After the Fury: On the Question of Leadership and the Chicano Movement." A reception and book signing follow. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies, 2-2933.

Monday, April 25

Open Forum: Dean of Engineering Candidate Craig Benson, chair of geological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A reception follows in the atrium. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering Dean Search.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Exhibit honors long-time architecture professor

Ferrier art

The School of Architecture honors the late Professor Richard Ferrier this month with an exhibit of his work and his life.

The free exhibit "Windows and Fragments" is open 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays or by appointment in Room 206 of the Architecture Building through April 30.

The exhibit includes Ferrier's work featured in the United States Library of Congress as well as his drawing board and desk.

His awards in the exhibit include 10 AIA/Dallas DesignAwards, 48 AIA/Dallas Drawing Awards, 12 Texas Architect Drawing Awards, 12 Competition Awards from the American Society of Architectural Perspectivists, and first prize in the 1990 Compact House National Design Competition.

Ferrier taught at UT Arlington from 1968 to 2010 and served as associate dean from 1985 to 1995. He died in August 2010.

Monday, April 18

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Music faculty and students perform in a 30-minute concert. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Music, 2-3471.

Opera Workshop Performance Students perform songs and scenes from various operas and plays. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, April 19

Baseball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

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

Anjelah Johnson The comic sensation performs her live stand-up show. Sold out. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Wednesday, April 20

Administrative Professionals Day Vendor Fair Over 25 vendors, food, giveaways, and door prizes. Live acoustic guitar music. Come and go at your leisure. Free. 9-11:30 a.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Human Resources, Learning and Development.

$2 Movie: Morning Glory An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show with warring co-hosts. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Food Not Bombs Author, artist, and Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry gives his presentation about the history and principles behind his organization's global campaign. Free. 7 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Sustainability, 2-9299.

Thursday, April 21

RHA Block Party and Springfest Concert Carnival style treats, games, and activities galore. We the Kings is the featured band. Also performing are The Orbans, winner of the Battle of the Bands competition. Free. 6-10:30 p.m., University Center mall. Student Affairs, 2-0487.

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Performances by the ensemble, directed by Michael Varner, and the UTA Samba Band. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, April 22

Softball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Free with UT Arlington ID. 4 p.m. doubleheader, Allan Saxe Field. Also single game 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Athletics, 2-2261.


Gallery 76102 "Reconsidering Art History," a solo exhibit by Betsy Williamson ('06 BFA), who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-0365.

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.

Planetarium The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the forces at work in Violent Universe. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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



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