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

Thursday, February 10, 2011

President, provost to hold informational Town Hall meeting Friday

In his recent message to the University, President James D. Spaniolo conveyed the ongoing budget challenges facing the University during the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature, and pledged to maintain clear and regular communications with the University Community on this issue.

As part of this dialogue, faculty and staff are invited to attend an informational Town Hall meeting hosted by the president and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt. The session is intended to provide an open forum to hear concerns, answer questions, and reaffirm the University’s ongoing commitment to our long-term institutional priorities.

The meeting will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

If you're unable to attend, please feel free to submit any questions by e-mail directly to the president or to the provost at

Frisco Banner

University to launch Frisco-based MBA for working professionals

UT Arlington is now recruiting students for a two-year, fully accredited Master of Business Administration degree program that will be offered in Frisco beginning in fall 2011.

All classes will be held at the North Texas Enterprise Center for Technology near the North Dallas Tollway and Eldorado Parkway. Information sessions about the new MBA program are scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 10, 17, and 24, and Monday, Feb. 28, at the NTEC building. Classes begin Aug. 25.

“People who live and work here tend to be highly educated, but they face a marketplace that is more competitive than ever," says Dan Himarios, dean of the College of Business. "The MBA Professional Cohort at Frisco can provide the means to an important competitive edge for future business leaders in the area."

The program will cover all key elements of the traditional MBA but with a focus on business development and entrepreneurship. Additional courses focusing on global business, leadership and management, and the implementation of new technologies will prepare graduates for successful careers across the full spectrum of the marketplace.

For more information about the program or to RSVP for an informational session, visit or contact the College of Business at 2-2881.

John J. Maresca

John J. Maresca

Diplomat lectures on education Tuesday

Distinguished educator, diplomat, and humanitarian John J. Maresca shares his thoughts on "Education for the World of Tomorrow" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Maresca is rector of the University for Peace, a United Nations-mandated institution based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The university’s mission is the education of worldwide peace and conflict studies, and its ultimate goal is to reduce prejudice, hatred, and terrorism.

Maresca previously served as president of the Business Humanitarian Forum, a worldwide nonprofit association based in Geneva that encourages private sector support for humanitarian work in post-conflict and very poor countries of Asia, Africa, and southeastern Europe.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Maresca will visit classes prior to the lecture.

Living Well

Building Financial Wellness workshop provides financial planning help

A wellness workshop, “Retirement and Financial Planning for Women,” is scheduled 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Register online for the workshop.

The Wellness Committee and the Office of Human Resources have developed a Building Financial Wellness program to assist faculty and staff with matters of personal financial wellness.

The program includes web-based education, recurring live seminars/workshops, and one-on-one onsite financial coaching to accommodate varied financial issues, learning styles, and levels of employee commitment. Additional program details and resources can be found on the Wellness Program webpage.

Send your comments, suggestions, and ideas to the Wellness Committee at

Faculty, staff invited to nominate outstanding student leaders

For more than 30 years, UT Arlington has recognized student contributions to the University. The Leadership Recognition Program honors the University's outstanding student leaders who have made significant contributions to their organizations or the University.

All faculty and staff can nominate deserving students for the four awards by Friday, Feb. 18. Read the Outstanding Student Leader award descriptions and the nomination form and letter online.

The awards are sponsored by the Office of the President, Student Affairs, and Alumni Association.

  Mav Pic Bikes

Wheel deal

Jose Zaldivas, left, aerospace engineering freshman, and Emmanuela Mujica, biology lab manager, check out orange bikes given to 25 students to ride this semester for the Maverick Bike Program. The bike rally Jan. 26 included a raffle for the two-wheelers as well as games, bike repairs, and information on RecycleMania.

Volunteers needed for spring job fair

The Career Center needs volunteers for the Spring 2011 Job Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Maverick Activities Center. Shifts are available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.–4 p.m.

Faculty and staff volunteers are especially needed 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to allow lunch breaks for the Career Center staff. In addition, volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, loading dock crew, and staffing the student and employer check-in tables.

Faculty, staff, and student clubs and organizations are encouraged to volunteer.

To volunteer, contact Ayanna Parker at and include your name, department/organization, e-mail address, phone number, box number, T-shirt size, and the time you would like to volunteer.

For questions about the job fair or volunteering, call Parker at 2-1147.

University College opens late Monday

University College offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. During this time, offices will not schedule appointments or see students.

Offices include the Advising Center, Counseling Services, University Studies, Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction, the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, Testing Services, and University College programs.

University College offices will open late one morning each month during the spring semester for planning and meetings. Future spring semester Monday morning closure dates are March 14, April 11, and May 9.

Mav Pic College Park Center construction

Going up

College Park Center is taking shape on the east side of campus. Drive by the site between Center and Pecan streets or watch the construction webcam to see the latest progress.


Golden Key needs your new socks

The Golden Key International Honour Society is collecting new socks for Mission Arlington. Donations can be dropped off in Room B29 of the Central Library through Friday, Feb. 18. For donation pick up or more information, contact Kevin Schuck at or 2-3313.

Submit feedback in OIT survey

The Office of Information Technology is conducting a study to ascertain user satisfaction with OIT services. Submit your feedback by completing the client satisfaction survey at

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.

ERB field office becomes a parking lot once again

The temporary construction field offices used by Engineering Research Building workers is being dismantled this week. The office is located at the corner of Nedderman Drive and UTA Boulevard.

After the units are removed and repairs made to the site, the area will be striped for parking. Cooper Chase and Forest Glenn apartment occupants should use only the south entrance/exit Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 17-20.

Depending upon the weather, the parking lot should be available for use Monday, Feb. 21.

Bookstore to close for annual inventory

Plan ahead for your school supply and Maverick gear shopping. The UT Arlington Bookstore will be closed Saturday, Feb. 12, for annual inventory.

Benefit Yourself

Outlook 2010

Explore how to manage your e-mails, quota, appointments, and the scheduling more effectively using Outlook 2010. Free. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on OIT training.

Powerful Presentation Skills

Gain strengths for project management, along with essential skills and techniques necessary for planning and executing projects on time, on budget, and with maximum efficiency and productivity. Free. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training

Learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the LGBT community. After completion of the training, participants will receive a Safe Zone decal and will be equipped with the tools necessary to respond in an appropriate, affirming, and supportive manner to LGBT individuals; know resources and where to find them; and examine their own attitudes, behaviors, and values. Space is limited. RSVP to Adria Villarreal at with the training date. Free. 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16; 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 4; and 2-5 p.m. Friday, April 15. Room 303, Ransom Hall.

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver

Explore the tools necessary to use Adobe's powerful web editing software. Learn the basics of what HTML is and how it works. Choose a layout, create tables, upload photographs, and insert hyperlinks that allow you to create your space for the web. Register. Free. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. Room B29, Central Library.

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.

In Quotes

Why did we need rolling blackouts?

Super Bowl still entices big biz ads

Mental health vital to college experience

"The market itself is supposed to take care of the problem of supplying enough power."

"In recent years there were a lot of companies hesitant to spend because spending was taboo."

"Students need to be in a good place to pursue their education."

— Dr. Wei-Jen Lee, professor of electrical engineering, on energy deregulation.
The Dallas Morning News

— Dr. Elten Briggs, assistant professor of marketing in the College of Business, on companies willing to spend money on Super Bowl advertising.
The Guardian

— Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president of Student Affairs, on a student's psychological and emotional state of mind.

Sports Notes
  Shaquille White-Miller

Floor general: Shaquille White-Miller leads the men's basketball team in assists with 3.2 per game.

Mav men slip out of first in SLC

The men’s basketball team dropped a 78-74 decision to Sam Houston State on Wednesday to drop out of first place in the West Division of the Southland Conference.

The Mavericks, winners of four of their last five prior to last night's loss, are 5-4 in the SLC.

Coach Scott Cross' club is at Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 12, before returning home to face Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Track teams running strong, compete in Iowa this week

Men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will compete in the Iowa State Classic Thursday-Saturday Feb. 10-12, at Ames, Iowa.

Pamela Vinson tied the women's school mark for the 55-meter dash last weekend at Wichita, Kan., while DeAndrea Smith won the 400-meter dash.

The men's team had four winners, including Casey Keeter, shot put; Gabriel Hilliard, triple jump; Dwight Robinson, 800 meters; and Cody Widener, 3000 meters.

Movin' Mavs travel to Missouri, games streamed live

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team travels to the University of Missouri for an intercollegiate tournament this weekend.

Watch games live online at as the Movin' Mavs play Friday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. against Edinboro; 4 p.m. Missouri; and 7 p.m. Wisconsin-Whitewater; and Saturday, Feb. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Southwest Minnesota; and 1:30 p.m. Illinois.

The Movin' Mavs downed Alabama, but lost to Illinois and Wisconsin-Whitewater in a tournament at the University of Alabama last weekend.

Women's game at Sam Houston State rescheduled for today

The women's basketball game with Sam Houston State has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 10, at Huntsville. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, the contest was postponed due to winter weather conditions.

The Mavericks, 3-5 in Southland Conference play, host Texas State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Texas Hall.

Softball team opens season at Corpus Christi

The softball team opens the season this weekend in the Best Western Marina Grand Invitational at Corpus Christi.

The Mavericks face Cleveland State on Thursday, Feb. 10, and will play Loyola of Chicago and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday, Feb. 11, before continuing with bracket play Saturday, Feb. 12.

First home games are scheduled for the UT Arlington Classic Feb. 25-27 at Allan Saxe Field.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 10

Mavs Book Club Mavs Book Club members discuss Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue. Club selections are in stock at the UTA Bookstore with a 20 percent discount. Free. 5:30 p.m., basement, Central Library. Mavs Book Club.

JD Granger

Trinity River Vision: How a River Transforms Fort Worth J.D. Granger, right, executive director of the Trinity River Vision Authority, discusses the TRV project and how it will transform Fort Worth and Tarrant County in the Institute of Urban Studies Speakers Series. Free. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Friday, Feb.11

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. University of Dallas, 10 a.m.; vs. Cameron, 2 p.m. Free. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Thomas Metzinger

Body Representation and Self-Consciousness Thomas Metzinger, right, professor of philosophy at Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz in Germany, discusses "Body Representation and Self-Consciousness: From Embodiment to Minimal Phenomenal Selfhood." He draws on recent research focusing on out-of-body experiences and full-body illusions. Free. 3:30 p.m. Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Department of Philosophy and Humanities, 2-0505.

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

Saturday, Feb. 12

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State. $8 Tickets. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

The Trouble Begins at 8 Dennis Maher, associate professor of theatre arts, brings Mark Twain to life through the author's writings and speeches. This one-man show presents Twain at his finest, most introspective, comic, and philosophical. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 and 20, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building, Department of Theatre Arts. 2-2669.

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Don Asher

14th Annual Advising Conference Donald Asher, right, an internationally recognized author and speaker on the topics of careers and higher education, is the keynote speaker. Conference program. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. E.H. Hereford University Center. Advising Association.

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


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 Saturday, 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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