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

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bill Nye

Second chance: Bill Nye will make a second appearance March 23 as part of the ACES Roundtable. Tickets for his appearance in the Maverick Speakers Series sold out in four hours.

Second Bill Nye event open to UT Arlington community; tickets available Wednesday

Because of the incredible response for tickets to Bill Nye’s Maverick Speakers Series lecture Wednesday, March 23, another event featuring Nye is being offered in Texas Hall that same day.

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) Roundtable will feature Nye, along with members of the UT Arlington faculty, in a moderated discussion about the current state of science. This event is part of the ACES 2011 schedule and will be open only to UT Arlington faculty, staff, students, and members of the Alumni Association.

The roundtable discussion begins at 3:30 p.m. March 23 in Texas Hall. Tickets are free but required. Doors open at 3 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served. Nye’s Maverick Speakers Series lecture later that evening is sold out.

Because the ACES event is exclusively for the UT Arlington community, tickets must be claimed using a UT Arlington log-in. To reserve your free tickets for the ACES Roundtable, visit beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 2. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

For a group or class to attend or for more information, contact Joslyn Krismer in the Office of Graduate Studies at 2-0298 or, or Sharon Carey at Texas Hall at 2-3331 or Alumni Association members who don’t have a UT Arlington log-in should contact Rita Schlabach at 2-2594 or

Joining Nye on the panel will be Minerva Cordero, associate professor of mathematics; Greg Hale, director of the Science and Education Career Center; Ramon Lopez, professor of physics; and Kevin Schug, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science, will moderate the discussion.

ACES is a yearly celebration of outstanding research conducted and presented by UT Arlington students. For more information, visit the ACES website.

Blue fountain

Fountain blue: In celebration of Homecoming week, members of the Student Alumni Association turned the campus fountains blue.

Mav Swap, step show, start Homecoming festivities today

Homecoming activities begin today, Thursday Feb. 24, with the Mav Swap, a new tradition where faculty, staff, and students can trade collegiate apparel for UT Arlington gear. The swap is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Central Library mall. Later, the Homecoming Step Show stomps in at 7 p.m. at Texas Hall.

The Boom at Noon firing of the Carlisle Cannons signals the start of the annual Golf Cart Parade at noon Friday, Feb. 25, as it runs from the E.H. Hereford University Center mall to the Central Library mall. A Homecoming Pep Rally at the library mall follows the parade. Friday's festivities conclude with The Bash, a party for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the University Center.

The Military Science Hall of Honor reception, luncheon, and ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

The annual Chili Cook-Off and the Tailgate Party start at noon Saturday in the Trinity House parking lot, followed by the women's basketball game, at 2 p.m. in Texas Hall. The Homecoming King and Queen are crowned at halftime.

Saturday's activities continue with the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball Alumni Game at 4:30 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center. A reception follows in the Physical Education Building.

Check the complete Homecoming schedule.

Mary Vaccaro

International draw: Dr. Mary Vaccaro's search for Old Master drawings takes her to France this summer.

Art professor begins quest to bring Old Master drawings to North Texas

This summer, art history Professor Mary Vaccaro will travel to France to begin work on a project that may bring rare Old Master drawings to North Texas.

Dr. Vaccaro recently was awarded a grant from the Texas Fund for Curatorial Research. The money will enable her to conduct onsite research of Italian drawings from 14th to 16th century artists.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Vaccaro says. “I get to go into these collections and look at their holdings. It will be a great opportunity to bring these drawings to North Texas.”

Her research will focus on collections housed with the French Regional and American Museum Exchange (FRAME) members. Founded in 1999, FRAME is a formal collaboration of museums in France, the United States, and Canada. Vaccaro hopes the works she uncovers eventually will fill a future exhibition at a local museum.

Read more about the Old Master project.

Ya'Ke Smith

Oscar hopeful: Filmmaker Ya'Ke Smith is eligible to submit his film Katrina's Son in the short film category for the 2012 Academy Awards.

2012 Oscars could be golden moment for film professor

Ya’Ke Smith, director and assistant professor of film/video/screenwriting in the College of Liberal Arts, recently won the 2011 Black Reel Award for Best Indie Short for his film, Katrina’s Son.

The film tells the story of a young boy who loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina and travels to San Antonio in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier. The film will be shown at 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Texas Black Film Festival in Dallas.

Katrina’s Son has won several major film festivals accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Such an accomplishment makes Smith eligible to submit his film in the short film category for the 2012 Oscars.

Read more about Smith's Katrina's Son.

Diversity Week includes perspectives on religion, relationships, myths

Celebrate what makes us different and what we have in common during Diversity Week, Monday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 5, hosted by the offices of Multicultural Affairs and Students with Disabilities.

The week starts with a program on religious diversity on Monday and another on "The 10 Myths of Social Justice" on Tuesday. Wednesday offers MAVfest, featuring the Movin' Mavs obstacle course, while an advocacy forum features local disability rights activists. A discussion on race and ethnicity is set for Thursday, "Disability is Part of Diversity" is discussed Friday, and the 16th Annual Pow-Wow is Saturday.

Throughout the week an interactive exhibit on interracial relationships is on display at the University Center Gallery. Friends, colleagues, or sweethearts can take their photo and add it to the exhibit.

For complete details, go to

Mav Pic Six Flags

Making the cut

Joining in the ribbon cutting for the Six Flags Over Texas exhibit in Special Collections at the Central Library last Friday are, from left, Evelyn Barker, librarian and exhibit co-curator; Steve Martindale ('81 BBA), Six Flags Over Texas president; James D. Spaniolo, UT Arlington president; Lea Worcester, librarian and exhibit co-curator; and Gerald Saxon, dean of the Library. The exhibit, "What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas," celebrates the 50th anniversary of the park and continues through May 14.


Upload your Maverick pride photos to Facebook and win gift certificates

Show your Maverick pride by wearing your UT Arlington apparel or just blue, orange, and white, then uploading your photos to the Wear Your Maverick Pride Facebook page. Those with the best shots can win gift certificates to the UTA Bookstore and local Arlington restaurants.

Get your entry in by 4 p.m. Friday each week. All faculty, staff, and students can participate. For details, visit the Maverick Pride website.

Ripken 'perseveres' with video

If you didn't make it to see Cal Ripken Jr.'s "The Keys to Perseverance" last Thursday, or if you just want to see him again, watch a condensed video of his speech.

Take library survey, submit comments

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in LibQual+, a standardized survey of library service quality. This survey should take five minutes to complete and includes a text box for comments.

The survey runs through Friday, March 11. Find more information about the library at

Deadline today to report missing names

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service should make sure their names are on the list of 2011 Service Award Honorees on the Office of Human Resources website. Review the list and report any missing names by today, Thursday, Feb. 24, to Lara Ellison at 2‑5554, 2‑5118, or

Distance Ed changes e-mail address

The Center for Distance Education has a new e-mail address at It replaces

Girl University shows what it takes to go to college

Girl University, a one-day conference for girls in the eighth through 12th grades, begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, on the UT Arlington campus. Registration closes Friday, Feb. 25.

Benefit Yourself

Access 2010

Level I: Tables/Queries shows you how to make tables, import data, and execute queries. 2-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28. Level II: Forms/Reports explains how to create forms and reports inside the Access database. 9-11 a.m. Thursday, March 3. Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on OIT Training.

Solving Problems/Making Decisions

Explore real problems and how to develop strategies to map out the problem and discover a real solution. Bring one in-depth problem for the class to discuss. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

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

Waves of diversity affect Tarrant County

Tips to make the taxing season less so

Recovery act winding down, eliminating jobs

"One sees this as a very positive indicator that we have made significant progress as a society, where different ethnic groups don't have to be afraid to move into a town or neighborhood where they are not the dominant ethnic group."

"I think a person can do it on their own. There's a lot of help out there."

"They threw a bunch of federal money at a problem that they didn't solve, and now the bill is coming due at the state level."

— Dr. Barbara Becker, dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, on ethnic groups moving to different areas.

— John Repsis, accounting lecturer in the College of Business, on preparing your own taxes.
American Chronicle

— Dr. Roger Meiners, economics professor in the College of Business, on how the stimulus act affects jobs.
Texas Watchdog

Sports Notes
  Rebecca Collom

Hitting leader: Senior first baseman Rebecca Collom leads the softball team with three home runs and a .444 batting average as the Mavericks are off to a 5-5 start.

Tracksters seek conference titles this weekend

Men’s and women’s track teams compete in the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26, in Norman, Okla.

For the men, Cordero Gray enters the meet with the top times this season in both the 60- and 200-meter dash events, while Dwight Robinson has the top time in the 800, and Romain Martin is the leader in the heptathlon.

For the women, Pamela Vinson sports the top time in the 200 and is second in the 60. Other No. 1 times are Lindsay Putman in the 800 and the women’s distance medley relay team.

See the Southland Conference best times this season.

Softball tournament begins Friday

Centenary, Creighton, and Tulsa provide the opposition as the Mavericks open the home softball season with the UT Arlington Classic beginning Friday, Feb. 25, at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks play Centenary at 3 p.m. and Tulsa at 5 p.m. Friday before taking on Creighton at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. The tourney concludes Sunday.

Coach Debbie Hedrick's squad will open Southland Conference play with a doubleheader against Texas State starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, followed by a single game at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.

Baseball home opener today

The Mavericks open the home baseball season and begin a four-game homestand when they meet Dallas Baptist at 3 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 24, at Clay Gould Ballpark as part of the UTA Invitational.

The homestand continues with games against South Dakota State, Friday, Feb. 25; Missouri State, Saturday, Feb. 26; and the University of Oklahoma, Tuesday, March 1. All games start at 3 p.m.

Other UTA Invitational games involving South Dakota State, Missouri State, and Dallas Baptist are slated for 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. See schedule.

Mav men fall to McNeese, go on the road this weekend

The men’s basketball team dropped an 81-72 decision to McNeese State on Wednesday at Texas Hall, ending its modest two-game winning streak.

The Mavericks, who are 7-6 in the West Division of the Southland Conference, travel to Northwestern State on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Women host Northwestern State in Homecoming game

The women’s basketball team hosts Northwestern State in the annual Homecoming game at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks lost to McNeese State 60-51 Wednesday and are 4-9 in the Southland Conference standings as they try to stay in the race for an SLC tournament berth. Only the teams with the top eight regular season records qualify for the tournament.

Movin' Mavs host alumni game, tournament

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team hosts teams from Austin, Houston, and Dallas this weekend in connection with its homecoming alumni game.

Games start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Physical Education Building. The alumni game is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Maverick Activities Center. See the complete schedule at

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 24

Baseball UTA Invitational. Mavericks vs. Dallas Baptist. Free with UTA ID. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

Concealed Handgun Bill Forum Learn more about how proposed state legislation allowing concealed handguns on college and university campuses might affect Texas institutions. Panelists are criminology professors Sarah Phillips, Randy Butler, and Jaya Davis, with Alex del Carmen, chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as moderator. Free. 6 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Congress,, 2-0556.

Clifton Evans

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Clifton Evans, right, assistant professor of music, conducts performances of Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and Copland with piano soloist Kyung-Hwa Cho. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Feb. 25

Softball UT Arlington Classic. 11 a.m. Creighton vs. Centenary; 1 p.m. Tulsa vs. Creighton; 3 p.m. Mavericks vs. Centenary; 5 p.m. Mavericks vs. Tulsa. Free with UTA ID. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

Baseball UTA Invitational. 11 a.m. Dallas Baptist vs. Missouri State; 3 p.m. Mavericks vs. South Dakota State. Free with UTA ID. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Legend of the Guardians Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with a fantasy family adventure. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Sedrick Huckaby

Opening Reception for The Gallery at UTA Exhibit Reception honors Sedrick Huckaby, right, visiting assistant professor of art, and Barbra Riley of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the artists showing their work in The Gallery at UTA. A brief gallery talk begins at 6:30 p.m. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Bassoon Week Recital Maria Wildhaber of Bulgaria performs for the start of Bassoon Week, Feb. 25-March 2. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

The Adding Machine A hapless worker who spends 25 years dedicated to his job is replaced by a machine. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Bassoon Week Recitals UT Arlington music faculty members perform. Free. 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Movin' Mavs Basketball Tournament begins at 9 a.m., Physical Education Building. Alumni game, 4:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Tournament continues Sunday. Movin' Mavs.

Softball UT Arlington Classic. 11 a.m. Tulsa vs. Centenary; 1 p.m. Mavericks vs. Creighton; 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Semifinal games. Free with UTA ID. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

Baseball UTA Invitational. 11 a.m. Dallas Baptist vs. South Dakota State; 3 p.m. Mavericks vs. Missouri State. Also 11 a.m. Sunday, South Dakota State vs. Missouri State. Free with UTA ID. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Homecoming King and Queen coronation during halftime. $8 Tickets. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Sunday, Feb. 27

Softball UT Arlington Classic. 10 a.m. Consolation final, Noon Championship game. Free with UTA ID. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

Monday, Feb. 28

Platanos and Collard Greens

Platanos and Collard Greens A romantic comedy about an African-American man and a Latino woman who confront and overcome cultural and racial prejudices while defending their bond. Part of Black History Month. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, 2-2099.

Bassoon Week Recital Cristina Meza performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


Flashback Exhibit A pictorial history of UT Arlington, dating to 1895. Through Feb. 26. E.H. Hereford University Center Gallery. UTA Ambassadors.

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.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit 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." 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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.

Spacepark 360

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.

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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



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