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

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Joy Don Baker

Joy Don Baker

National nursing association honors professor

A national organization of operating room nurses has recognized Joy Don Baker, clinical associate professor of nursing, for Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Academic Nursing Education.

The Association of Operating Room Nurses, a national organization of 40,000 members committed to improving patient safety in the surgical setting, honored Dr. Baker for her use of technology in nursing education. She will receive the award during the organization's March conference in Philadelphia.

Elizabeth Poster, dean of the College of Nursing, praised Baker’s efforts to improve clinical nursing education with advanced simulation software.

“As new technology continually becomes available for teaching, she has applied her knowledge to assist our faculty in implementing best teaching practices,” Dr. Poster says. “Our students value their online connections to the faculty and one another as well as our full range of state-of-the-science learning media.”

Baker, the director of distance education for the College of Nursing, has been instrumental in using Second Life, a 3D virtual world, for teaching. The software allows students to engage in technology in a captivating way and provides nursing students with an opportunity to learn through simulation. She also has authored chapters and journal articles on perioperative practice and continues to contribute both through personal and professional avenues.

Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles

Samuel Billy Kyles

MLK Celebration begins Friday on campus

Two events honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are on campus this weekend. The Sharing the Dream Awards Banquet is Friday, Jan. 14, and a poetry slam is Saturday, Jan. 15.

The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, longtime pastor of the Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., is the keynote speaker for this year's awards banquet, which honors individuals and groups that are making a difference in the community. Kyles, a humanitarian and resource on the civil rights movement, is the last living person to share the last hour of King’s life with him April 4, 1968.

The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Delta Sigma Theta sorority hosts the awards banquet. Tickets are $40.

Poetry enthusiasts can enjoy "An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, also at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is $15.

Tickets for both events are available at More events for the Arlington MLK Celebration continue through Monday.

W-2 forms available online

The 2010 W-2 forms are now available on UTDirect. Access and print your W-2 from the Web.

If you have not upgraded your UT EID security level, go to one of the following departments and show your driver's license or passport:

  • DEFINE Education, Accounting/Business Services, 219 W. Main, 2-2138
  • Employment and Staff Development, Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell, Room B200, 2-3461
  • Human Resources, Wetsel Building, 1225 W. Mitchell, Room 213, 2-5554
  • Payroll Services, Wetsel Building, 1225 W. Mitchell, Room 207, 2-5426

If you do not claim your 2010 W-2 form on UTDirect by Jan. 27, Payroll Services will print and mail a copy to your home address. Contact Payroll Services at for more information.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Tickets for Cal Ripken Jr. available Tuesday

Tickets for Cal Ripken Jr.'s appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series are available starting Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Ripken will speak on "The Keys to Perseverance" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Texas Hall. The event is free, but tickets are required.

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.

In 2001 he and his family established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of the family’s patriarch. The foundation helps teach life lessons through baseball to disadvantaged youth. Most recently, Ripken was named a special envoy for the U.S. State Department, promoting teamwork and cross-cultural communication.

For tickets, go online to For special accommodations, call 2-2963.

Blackboard has many new features

Blackboard, UT Arlington’s new learning system, has replaced WebCT. Faculty and students will experience many new features in Blackboard, along with a new academic community system that enables users to expand beyond the classroom into organizations dedicated to special interests or department-specific groups.

Other important additions include an anti-plagiarism tool for grading assignments and an option to automatically transfer final grades from Blackboard’s grade book to MyMav.

The Center for Distance Education has launched a Blackboard Faculty Resources website to inform faculty and staff of the new application. The site offers many resources for product information, workshops, and new semester procedures for both faculty and administrative staff members responsible for departmental class scheduling.

Faculty access to Blackboard hinges upon teaching assignments in MyMav, so spread the word to the appropriate colleagues in your area.


Bike program, RecycleMania kickoff set for Monday, Jan. 31

Bring your bike and be a part of the rally to kick off the Maverick Bike Program and RecycleMania 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Free bike repair is available for those bringing their own bikes.

Events include Goldsprint racing, a bicycle rollers racing and social event featuring riders on stationary bikes competing against each other in front of spectators. Live music and free food are part of the event.

Participate in RecycleMania by signing a pledge for your office and bring paper, plastic, or cans to recycle. Bins will be provided. Read more about the Green Team Recyclemania competition and how to sign up.

Nomination deadline nearing for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser for professional staff, undergraduate faculty, and graduate faculty should be submitted by Monday, Jan. 24.

For 25 years, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. Many advisers have been recognized nationally by the National Academic Advising Association for their commitment to helping students succeed. See the list of award winners.

Submit nominations online. For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.

Savage Lands

Mavs Book Club reviews 'Savage Lands' today

Savage Lands by Clare Clark is this month's selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at 5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 13, in the Central Library basement. The club is open to faculty, staff, and students.

The historical novel involves a love triangle in the early 1700s in Louisiana.

The club, which is sponsored by the UT Arlington Library, meets the second Thursday of every month with a meet and greet starting at 5 p.m. in the basement of the Central Library. For more information about Mavs Book Club, contact Diane Shepelwich at or 2-7521.

OIT performing system maintenance Sunday

The Office of Information Technology will perform scheduled system maintenance from 2 to 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16.

The following services may be impacted: servers (civil engineering and IRP), mailing lists (listserv), MavSpace, Ad Astra, print servers, and web servers (www, wweb, blog, and wiki).

Announcements issued if bad weather causes delays, closure

Winter weather can change drastically, and the University is prepared to communicate any campus delays or closures.

All announcements will be communicated via University e-mail in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students). Notices will be posted on the University's home page, as well as Twitter and Facebook pages. Recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913. Announcements will be sent to local media outlets.

UT Arlington is open and operating on normal schedules unless faculty, staff, and students are notified otherwise.

Don't take risks during flu season; get vaccinated

Avoid the flu this winter with these "healthy habits" from the Texas Department of Health.

Better still, get a flu shot. Cases of influenza A and B have been reported in Tarrant County, according to the department's flu website,

Influenza immunizations cost $15 for faculty, staff, and students. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 2-2771.

MavWire returns next Thursday

In recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, there will be no MavWire Monday, Jan. 17. Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 18. MavWire returns Thursday, Jan. 20.

Benefit Yourself

Professional Telephone Techniques

Learn to develop and utilize listening and speaking skills for better communication with your customers. Discover what to do and say when a phone call becomes difficult. 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Beginning Cake Decorating

Learn the unique art of figure piping, lovely drop flowers, and the ever-popular rose. Printing and writing are included in this four-lesson course to add the finishing touch to your stunning cake. Fee includes required text. Supplies are in addition to course fee. Register online. $99. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 21-Feb. 11, Room E200, Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell.

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

Incentives offered at some universities to cut costs

Research is pushing the future of nanotechnology

Flight attendant contract talks continuing

"Most states have horrific budget problems, and they haven't dealt with the kinds of cuts in higher education that are going to be necessary."

"The vision for nanotechnology has not yet materialized widely."

"In this recessionary time, all contract talks are going on much longer than in the boon times."

— Dr. Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the Department of Economics in the College of Business, on tenure and buyouts.
Bloomberg Businessweek

— Dr. Robert Magnusson, Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and professor of electrical engineering, on the state of nanotechnology.
D Magazine

— Dr. Janice Baldwin, lecturer in the Department of Management in the College of Business, on flight attendant contract negotiations.
KXAS/Channel 5

Sports Notes
  Brandon Edwards

Top rebounder: Brandon Edwards (35) leads the men's basketball team in rebounding, snaring 10 or more four times this season.

Mav men host Lamar on Saturday

Coming off a road victory at Sam Houston State, the men's basketball team will host Lamar at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks opened conference play with a loss at Nicholls State last week, but rebounded with a 65-58 win over Sam Houston State last night at Huntsville.

LaMarcus Reed leads the scoring for the Mavericks with a 13.8 average, while Brandon Edwards is the leading rebounder with 6.4 per game.

Women go on the road after split in first two SLC games

After splitting their first two Southland Conference games at home, the women's basketball team travels to Lamar on Saturday, Jan. 15.

The Mavericks were victorious over Nicholls State 69-62 on Saturday, but lost 67-53 to Sam Houston State last night at Texas Hall.

Tamara Simmons leads the scoring for the Mavericks with a 16.2 average, while Shalyn Martin is the leading rebounder with 7.2 per game.

Indoor track season opens this weekend at A&M

The women's and men's indoor track teams open the season Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Texas A&M Invitational at College Station.

The indoor track schedule features competition at Norman, Okla.; Houston; Wichita, Kan.; and Ames, Iowa, leading up to the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 25-26 at Norman.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Jan. 13

Mavs Book Club Savage Lands by Clare Clark is this month's selection. 5:30 p.m., Central Library basement. Mavs Book Club, Diane Shepelwich,, 2-7521.

Friday, Jan. 14

$2 Movie: Despicable Me In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes sits a black house with a dead lawn. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15. Planetarium, 2-1183.

MLK Sharing the Dream Banquet Kicks off the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which runs through Monday. Banquet tickets $40. 6:30 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Saturday, Jan. 15

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

An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry Part of the MLK Celebration. Tickets $15. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Art Exhibition: The Gallery at UTA "John Hitchcock: Epicenter" showing concurrently with "Impressions: Prints Made in Texas." Hitchcock is a Wisconsin-based artist whose work depicts personal, social, and political views through a blend of printmaking, digital imaging, video, and installation. "Impressions" is a survey of works produced at four Texas printmaking studios: Coronado Studio (Austin), Flatbed Press (Austin), Hare and Hound Press (San Antonio), and PRINT—the Print Research Institute of North Texas (Denton). Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 pm. Monday through Friday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Jan. 18-Feb. 12. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building, 2-5658.

Violent Universe

Free Group Exercise Week All classes are free Jan. 18-24. See schedule. Campus Recreation, Maverick Activities Center, 2-3277.

Planetarium Spring schedule begins with Violent Universe. 6 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

$2 Movie: The Sorcerer's Apprentice A master sorcerer recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Tickets $8. 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

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



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