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

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ice sculpture

Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception features food, music, festivities

Ring in the holiday season by joining your UT Arlington family at the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

President James D. Spaniolo is the host and featured speaker, delivering his Maverick interpretation of a traditional holiday reading.

Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music.

Holiday refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services.

Snow Day 2010

Is the University open today?

Texas weather can change drastically in just a few minutes and at the most inconvenient times. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will classes continue?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all students, faculty, and staff should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways for faculty, staff, and students to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.


New students need proof of meningitis vaccine

As of Jan. 1, 2012, incoming Texas college students under 30 years old must be immunized against bacterial meningitis before they enroll in an institution of higher education.

UT Arlington asks students to submit proof of vaccination by Jan. 2, 2012, to ensure that their documents are processed in time to comply with the law. Students will not be allowed to enroll or move in to campus housing without submitting timely proof that they have complied with the new law.

The new law mandates that first-time college students, students transferring from another institution, and students who are re-enrolling following a break of at least one fall or spring semester be inoculated against the illness. SB 1107 passed during the 82nd Legislative Session expands a previous requirement that applied only to college students new to campus housing.

Learn about bacterial meningitis and find answers to other frequently asked questions online.

Passing Strange

Mavs Book Club reviews 'Passing Strange' on Thursday

Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line by Martha A. Sandweiss is the monthly selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Starbucks in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The author describes an engaging portrait of a man who defied social conventions but could not face up to the potential ruin of an interracial marriage. During America’s Gilded Age, Clarence King was a famous geologist, and a friend of wealthy, famous, and powerful men. He was a larger-than-life character whose intellect and wanderlust pushed him to survey far-flung regions of the western U.S. and South America and develop an abiding appreciation of non-Western culture and people. What his family and wealthy friends did not know was that for 17 years, King lived secretly as James Todd, a black Pullman porter with a black wife and mixed-race children residing in Brooklyn.

The club meets the second Thursday of every month. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Shepelwich at

Nursing commencement ceremonies divided

Because of a large number of degree candidates, the College of Nursing will have separate undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies. Both will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, with the undergraduate ceremony in Texas Hall and the graduate ceremony for MSN, DNP, and Ph.D. candidates in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Commencement for all schools and colleges is set for Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 15-18.

SAC of Joy

SAC of Joy drive seeks toys and clothing

Bring children's toys and books, packaged children's socks and underwear, new/lightly used winter clothing, new/lightly used pillows, blankets, and twin sheets to the SAC of Joy toy and clothing drive through Friday, Dec. 16.

There are drop-off boxes in Davis Hall, the Central Library, E.H. Hereford University Center, and other locations around campus.

The drive, sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, benefits Arlington Charities, Arlington Life Shelter, and Friends of the Family Women's Shelter.

Email maintenance set for this weekend

The University email system for faculty and staff will undergo routine maintenance by the Office of Information Technology from 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, to 4 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

The email system will be unavailable during these times. Emails received during the maintenance period will be stored and delivered immediately after the email system is returned to service.

If you have questions or if your email is unavailable for more than 24 hours, contact the OIT Help Desk at 2-2208 or


Flowers and leis available for grads

Take part in one of UT Arlington’s traditions by giving a graduate a flower bouquet or lei during Commencement Dec. 15-18.

Flowers and leis are available for pre-order through Friday, Dec. 9, and can be purchased at the tents outside Texas Hall before and after each ceremony. Pre-order and your gift will be waiting for you at the ceremony. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 2-2594.

Benefit Yourself

Rape Aggression Defense System

Learn the 10 basic principles of self-defense, risk avoidance, and more. Free for female students, faculty, and staff. Free. Register. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, Room 135, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police, Officer Randy Reynolds,

Coaching Skills for Supervisors

Discover the essential coaching skills to immediately improve your day-to-day and long-term performance as a manager. Free. Register. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

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 236, 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, Dec. 5

'The Dallas Myth' Presentation Harvey Graff, the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and professor of English and history at Ohio State University, discusses his book The Dallas Myth: The Making and Unmaking of an American City. Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Urban and Public Affairs, 2-3071.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

'The Dallas Myth' Roundtable Discussion Harvey Graff leads a roundtable discussion on his book The Dallas Myth: The Making and Unmaking of an American City. Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Urban and Public Affairs, 2-3071.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Biology Colloquium Series Brian Fontenot, affiliated researcher in the Department of Biology, discusses using bioluminescent dinoflagellates to assess potential toxicity in private wells near Barnett Shale fracking sites. Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2871.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Planetarium adds holiday shows to schedule

Holiday Music Magic

Light up your holiday entertainment with seasonal shows at the Planetarium.

Season of Light tells the stories of the Celtic, Nordic, Irish, Mexican, Hopi, Christian, and Jewish winter solstice traditions and the astronomical possibilities for the Christmas Star. Showtimes are 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Holiday Music Magic features a variety of holiday songs from Mannheim Steamroller and Burl Ives to Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor. See the show at 6 p.m. Thursdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays.

Other shows this month are One World, One Sky; Pink Floyd; and Spacepark 360.

Find holiday themes at the $2 Movies in December. Showtimes are 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. The movies and dates are:

     • A Christmas Carol, Dec. 7, 9, and 10
     • The Polar Express, Dec. 14, 16, and 17
     • The Santa Clause 3, Dec. 21 and 23 (no Saturday show)
     • A Christmas Story, Dec. 28, 30, and 31

See the Planetarium website for more details.

Monday, Dec. 5-Saturday, Dec. 17

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Showcase of work by 40 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History includes painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-5658.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

$2 Movie: A Christmas Carol Jim Carrey is Ebeneezer Scrooge in this animated version of the holiday classic. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Friday, Dec. 9

SHAC Spa Retreat Join the Student Health Advisory Council for a day free of stress and anxiety in a relaxing spa setting. Haircuts, styles, food, and games. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, Off Campus Mavericks, Leadership Center.

Opening Reception for BFA Exhibition Reception and awards ceremony honors the graduating seniors whose work is on display in the "Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition." Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-5658.

Friday, Dec. 9-Saturday, Dec. 10

Handmade Holidays Vendors display handmade arts and crafts. Free admission. Noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Maverick Activities Center. Etsy 817, Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Life and Death in the Northern Pass Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through Jan. 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

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



Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

Published by University Communications. Photography, video, design, and online services provided by the Department of Communications and Marketing.

© 2011 The University of Texas at Arlington


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