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

Monday, February 7, 2011

Icy fountain

Fountain of ice: The ice just would not go away last week as the conditions canceled classes and closed offices Tuesday through Friday. The frigid fountain at the Cooper Street center bridge created a wintry sculpture.

Icy conditions force rescheduling of events for this week

Some of the events postponed because of the icy weather conditions last week have been rescheduled for this week.

The men's basketball game with Central Arkansas starts at 4 p.m. today, Monday, Feb. 7, in Texas Hall. Admission is free.

The official Census Date is now Tuesday, Feb. 8, giving advisers access to add students to classes. Students who drop courses before close of business tomorrow will not receive a W grade.

The Black History Month kickoff was canceled last week, but other Black History Month events will go on as scheduled, including the film screening of Katrina's Son by director Ya’Ke Smith, assistant professor of film, which shows at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Rosebud Theatre of the University Center.

The forum on concealed handguns on campus is being rescheduled. Student Congress hosts the forum, which covers House Bill 82, a bill filed with the current Texas Legislature that would allow individuals to carry concealed handguns on college and university campuses. Criminology Professors Sarah Phillips, Randy Butler, and Jaya Davis will speak, with Alex del Carmen, chair of criminology and criminal justice, moderating. Contact Student Congress at or at 2-0556 for more info.

A panel discussion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as they are portrayed in film will be rescheduled. Panelists for "The Hurt Locker and Beyond: Hollywood and War Today" include Penelope Ingram, associate professor of English; Rebecca Neilson, director of Graduate Business Services in the College of Business and an Army veteran; and filmmaker Ya'Ke Smith of the Department of Art and Art History. The panel discussion and exhibits are part of the OneBook program. This year's selection is A Journal for Jordan by Dana Canedy.

The Friends of the Library meeting featuring author Joe Bax and The Ultimate Huddle football reunion were canceled, and plans are for both to be rescheduled.

Whenever the University is facing inclement weather, be sure to watch for notices via MavWire EXTRA, the University's home page, local media outlets, Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, up-to-date recorded information is available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913.


University receives silver sustainability rating from STARS report

UT Arlington received a silver rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System report to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community.

"Achieving the silver rating proves that we are successful in our efforts," says Meghna Tare, director of the Office of Sustainability. "Our goal going forward will be to expand the existing programs, adopt new policies and initiatives, and strive to be a leader in campus sustainability."

Six Flags

New library exhibit features memories of Six Flags Over Texas

Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with the free interactive exhibit “What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas” Feb. 14 - May 14 (the exhibit's scheduled opening of Feb. 7 was rescheduled for Feb. 14) in Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

The exhibit, which is co-sponsored by Six Flags Over Texas, includes an original Spee-Lunker in an Abraham Lincoln costume, a carousel horse from the Silver Star, personal memorabilia from former park employees, memory walls where visitors can leave their own recollections, and photos from the historic collections of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Arlington Citizen-Journal.

While the park is a half-century old, the exhibit will focus primarily on the venue’s first 25 years. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Get more information on the Six Flags Over Texas exhibit.

Jon Daniels

Jon Daniels

Rangers general manager to speak at Anderson Sport Performance Lecture on Wednesday

Jon Daniels, general manager for the Texas Rangers, will speak on "Creating a Competitive Advantage" at the 30th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture at noon Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Daniels was named the eighth general manager for the Texas Rangers in 2005. He was named Baseball America’s 2010 Executive of the Year when he was 28 years old, the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history.

The Anderson Sport Performance Lectures are designed to supplement the Department of Kinesiology's educational mission through presentations and interactions with significant professionals from various areas of the sport culture.

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Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Tickets sold out for Cal Ripken Jr. appearance

Cal Ripken Jr.'s appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series is sold out. Ripken will speak on "The Keys to Perseverance" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Texas Hall.

Ripken played 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His Hall-of-Fame career includes being one of only eight players to have 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995 he broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played (2,130), and he voluntarily ended the streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games.

Bill Nye—scientist, educator, engineer, comedian, author, and TV host—is the next guest in the speakers series. "A Night with the Science Guy" is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Texas Hall. Tickets will be available at later this month.

Mav Pic Jerry Jones

Are we there YET?

Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones commented on Youth Education Town on Thursday at the Maverick Activities Center. The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation matched a $1 million donation by NFL Charities to create the center for at-risk youth, which will be located at the Salvation Army at 712 W. Abram St. Jones joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, and other dignitaries for the formal dedication.


University ProCard limit remains same

The University’s ProCard maximum purchase limit has not changed. The single purchase limit is still $2,000, including freight.

For purchases in excess of $2,000, and up to $5,000, departments must use the small order system (PointPlus) in UT Direct.

Questions should be directed to the Procurement office at 2-2194.

Career Month features carnival, job search workshops

Career Month starts with a carnival and ends with a fair. Those and everything in between benefit students and alumni looking for jobs. Career Month is a month-long series of workshops designed to prepare you for the Job Fair, your future job, and internship searches.

Carnival Career Month Kick-Off provides all the information on the month's activities. Find information, food, games, and prizes 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Workshops during the month help students polish their resumes, interview and networking skills, interview attires, and social media pages. Sessions give tips on finding internships and federal jobs. See the career workshop schedule online.

The Job Fair is open to all students and alumni. Bring a stack of resumes and dress professionally 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Maverick Activities Center.

More information is available by e-mailing or calling 2-2932.

Weight Watchers At Work meetings begin Thursday

Faculty and staff who would like to join Weight Watchers At Work are invited to attend the first meeting of a 17-week session at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in Room 401 at Davis Hall.

For more information, contact Sandra Golightly at or 2-9082.

University Club buffet features European flavor Thursday

A Taste of Europe highlights the monthly buffet special Thursday, Feb. 10, at the University Club on the lower level of Davis Hall.

Executive Chef Steve Vincent is preparing baked stuffed chicken breast with broccoli and pepper cheese topped with a zesty orange sauce, individual vegetable lasagna rolls with a tangy arrabiata sauce, Italian stick-cut ratatouille, Venetian roasted garlic and herb-spiced rice, grilled garlic toast, Caesar salad, pasta fagioli, baked flan with strawberry sauce, and crumb-topped cherry cobbler.

Lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and $8 per person plus tax. The regular menu is not available Thursday. Feel free to check out with the host or hostess instead of waiting for the server if you are in a hurry.

Benefit Yourself

Powerful Presentation Skills

Develop and enhance your public speaking style and create compelling presentations. Free. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8. Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.


Learn how to use MavSpace to manage your documents, grant permissions for others to view, update your documents, collaborate with others. Free. 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on OIT training.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed how you can turn a dull photo into a masterpiece by scaling, adding text, saturating it, and more. Register. Free. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Room B29, Central Library.

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 e-mail The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Anderson Sport Performance Lecture Jon Daniels, general manager for the Texas Rangers, speaks on "Creating a Competitive Advantage" at the 30th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture. Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

Printmaking in Texas Panel Discussion Publisher Mark Smith of Flatbed Press in Austin, Fort Worth artist Billy Hassell, and Gallery at UTA director Benito Huerta discuss the collaborative process of making fine art prints. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History, 2-5658.

Sustainability Committee Meeting Speakers include Wes Garwood, Page Southerland Page; Bill Gilmore, Arlington Parks and Recreation; and Alicia Winkelblech, Arlington Community Development and Planning. Free. Open to everyone. 3-5 p.m. Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of Sustainability, 2-9299.

Thursday, Feb. 10

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series Frank Foss, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, surveys sustainability-related developments in modern chemistry in his lecture “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies: Necessity and Opportunity.” Free. 9:30 a.m., Room 115, Trimble Hall. University Sustainability Committee, the School of Urban and Public Affairs, 2-5119.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'The Trouble Begins at 8' opens Saturday

Mark Twain

Dennis Maher, associate professor of theatre arts, brings Mark Twain to life through the author's writings and speeches in "The Trouble Begins at 8."

Performances are Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 12-13, and Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 19-20. Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., and performances are at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The shows are in the Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

This joyous one-man show presents Twain at his finest, most introspective, comic, and philosophical. A "must-see" performance for the Department of Theatre Arts' 2010-11 season.

Admission is $7 for faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens; $10 for the general public. For ticket reservations and information, call 2-2669.

Monday, Feb. 7

Go Red for Women Women's heart health awareness. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Central Arkansas. Free. 4 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Music Honors Recital Music faculty members and outstanding students perform in solo and chamber settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall. Music, 2-3471.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

$2 Movie: Secretariat A precocious stallion sets an unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Katrina's Son Film screening with director Ya'Ke Smith, assistant professor of art and art history. Part of Black History Month. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. $8 Tickets. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.


Planetarium Register for Valentine's Day's Romancing the Stars and Dinner Under the Stars at the Planetarium. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

The Gallery at UTA "John Hitchcock: Epicenter" showing concurrently with "Impressions: Prints Made in Texas." Free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 12. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-5658.

Gallery 76102 "A Certain Shade of the Aftermath," an exhibit by Timothy Harding, deals with U.S. history, corporate infrastructure, heavy metal music, terrorism, and popular culture. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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, 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, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

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



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