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

Monday, April 25, 2011

Town hall meeting set for Tuesday in Maverick Activities Center

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting hosted by President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center.

The president will provide a brief update on the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature and how it will affect the University's budget for the next fiscal year, but the bulk of the forum will be dedicated to a question-and-answer session.

If you're unable to attend the meeting, feel free to submit any questions via email to the president at or to the provost at

Basketball arena

Premium seating is now available for new College Park Center

Courtside and center-court seats are now available for purchase in College Park Center. These premium seats get you as close to the action as possible and come with an array of amenities such as reserved parking, complimentary food and beverages, and access to the Maverick Club Hospitality Suite.

See the premium seats website to learn more and to order your season tickets for men's and women's basketball and volleyball. Your tax-deductible donation through the Maverick Club will benefit scholarships, facilities, and programs that enable student-athletes to realize their dreams of achieving a quality education while competing on a national level.

There are two options for premium seating at College Park Center, which is scheduled to open in December.

  • Courtside Seating: You can't get any closer to the action than this. Hear shoes squeak, coaches yell, and balls bounce from just a few feet away in these cushioned chairs on the court. You can reserve up to four Courtside Seats with a $500 annual donation to the Maverick Club in addition to season tickets, which are $15 per event with approximately 30 scheduled per academic year.
  • Club Seating: These center-court seats combine comfort and close proximity to the court. They offer the perfect vantage point to cheer on the Mavericks. You can reserve up to four Club Seats with a $250 annual donation to the Maverick Club in addition to season tickets, which are $10 per event.

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase the best seats in the house. Reserve yours now at 2-7168 or

Theatre ensemble

One act at a time: Theatrefest ensemble performers include theatre arts majors, front row from left, Wesley Farnsworth, sophomore; and Eliamaria Madrid-Onofre, freshman; back row, Melanie Rickett, junior; Jackie Pickard, senior; and Robert Bell, junior.

Spring TheatreFest features one-act plays Thursday through Sunday

Spring TheatreFest, a festival of one-act plays presented by the Department of Theatre Arts, hits the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Featuring theatre arts faculty and students, this year's festival includes Blind Date by Horton Foote, The Questioning of Nick by Arthur Kopit, Lurker by Don Nigro, The Role of Della by John J. Wooten, and The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley by David Tristram.

Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff, seniors, and students, and $10 for the general public.

For reservations, contact the theatre arts box office at 2-2669.

Ed Whitacre

Ed Whitacre

Tickets available for Business Executive Dinner

Tickets are still available for the College of Business Executive Dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Arlington Sheraton Hotel. A reception and registration begin at 6 p.m.

Ed Whitacre, former chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors and AT&T, will offer “Lessons in Leadership” as the keynote speaker. He led GM during some of its toughest times as chairman July 2009-August 2010 and CEO December 2009-August 2010. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T from 1990 to June 2007 and continues to hold the title of AT&T chairman emeritus.

Tickets are $45. Contact James Sharp at 2-5832 or for ticket information.

For more information, see College of Business Executive Dinner.

  Mav Pic Earth day

Having a ball

Eric Johnson, events manager at the E.H. Hereford University Center, makes a seed ball during Earth Day activities Wednesday on the University Center mall. Earth Day participants traded recyclable items for herb plants, had a compostable lunch, and saw demonstrations on solar cooking and rain barrel building. Approximately 90 trees donated by the city of Arlington were planted around campus by volunteers. See more photos from Earth Day.

Strut your stuff for New Maverick Orientation activities fair

Departments, groups, and organizations are invited to provide information for the 2011 New Maverick Orientation activities fair, which is on the second day of each two-day orientation program this summer. The fair is a great way for incoming freshmen to learn more about campus resources and involvement opportunities.

Activities fair dates are June 10, 14, 17, 24, and 28; July 8, 12, 19, 22, and 29; and Aug. 2, 5, and 12. Groups must be present at all dates. The fairs are 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The deadline to sign up for the activities fair is Friday, May 6. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Space may fill up prior to the deadline. After May 6, space will be allocated only if available.

See more information and register online.

Early voting begins next Monday

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

Voter registration information and links to local election offices are available through the Texas Secretary of State office at

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

Get into the swing with University's annual golf tourney; register by Friday

Registration deadline for the 38th Annual UT Arlington Metro Golf Tournament is Friday, April 29. The tournament Monday, May 16, is open to faculty and staff members of area colleges and universities along with UT Arlington alumni.

The tournament raises money for student scholarships. See tournament information online or contact Chris Muller at

Hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, the tournament is at Mansfield National Golf Club.

Benefit Yourself

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.


Excel 2010

Learn about generating and modifying charts, sorting techniques, and basic functions and formulas. Free. 2-4 p.m. Monday, May 2, Room 123, Hammond Hall. Get more information on OIT training classes.

Food for Thought: Cutting Edge Warm-Ups

Learn how to get more out of your workouts while improving function and fitness by starting your workouts off on the right foot. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Effective Meetings

Learn to prepare for and lead effective meetings. Gain the knowledge to direct focused meetings that keep participants interested and engaged. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $99.50. 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, and Thursday, May 5, Room E200, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

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 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.

Tuesday, April 26


Homerathon This annual day-long oral recitation of Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey," needs enthusiastic readers and performers. Sign up online. Texts in English translation are available in advance in Room 305, Carlisle Hall. Recitation in Greek and other arcane languages is encouraged for those who dare. Free. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., University Center mall. University Classics Club, Charles Chiasson, 2-2764.

Wednesday, April 27

Advising Webinar Academic Advising for Student Retention and Persistence: Strategies for Increasing Advising Effectiveness with Decreasing Resources. Registration is closed, but a webinar is in Room 106, College Hall. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. University Advising Center, Liz Hannabas,

Thursday, April 28

Peggy Semingson

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series Peggy Semingson, right, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, discusses "Sustainability-Focused Literacy Instruction in K-12 Classrooms." The talk focuses on ideas for aligning reading and writing instruction with interdisciplinary and high-interest materials and texts. Free. 9:30 a.m., Room 115, Trimble Hall. Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Jeff Howard, 2-5119.

Entertainment with a Purpose Edgar "ShoBoy" Sotelo, host of the morning show on CBS Radio's Mega 107.5 in Dallas-Fort Worth, speaks on "Empower, Conquer, Educate." Free. 12:30-2:30 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Society of Women Engineers.

Biology Colloquium Series Rick Relyea, professor of biological sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, discusses "How Amphibians Use Phenotypic Plasticity to Handle Stressful Environments." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2872.

Monday, May 2

Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates Faculty awards for teaching, research, and service are announced. President James D. Spaniolo provides remarks. Free and open to the public. A reception follows. 4 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the Provost, 2-2103.

Architecture Lecture Series Sharon Zukin, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, discusses her new book Naked City. Free. 4:30 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture, 2-2801.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Gala at Winspear sets the tone for a musical week

Music collage

Enjoy a wealth of musical talent this week offered by the Department of Music.

The Spring Scholarship Gala at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House gets the week started as it features the A Cappella Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony at 7:30 p.m. today, Monday, April 25. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds go to an endowment for student scholarships.

The remainder of the week's events are in Irons Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

The UTA Choirs Spring Concert features the A Cappella Choir and University Singers, conducted by Karen Kenaston-French, on Tuesday, April 26. The UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert is conducted by Clifton Evans and features a violin concerto by Martha Walvoord on Thursday, April 28. Both events start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5.

Free performances include a faculty voice recital by Soo Hong Kim at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 29, and a bassoon studio recital featuring the students of Scott Pool at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

Concluding the week of music is a free concert by the Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band, both conducted by Matthew Luttrell, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 2-3471.

Monday, April 25

Southland Conference Golf Tournament The three-day, 54-hole event continues through Wednesday. 8 a.m. each day. Waterchase Golf Course, Fort Worth. Athletics, 2-2261.

UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark 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. Discount tickets can be reserved at Use the password rangers. Pre-game festivities begin at 6:45 p.m. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Wednesday, April 27

$2 Movie: Tangled The long-haired Rapunzel is about to discover the world for the first time. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Planetarium, 2-1183.


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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