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

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Benefits Fair

Reaping benefits: Barbara Smith, left, administrative assistant in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, meets with representatives from Pecan Park Dental during last year's benefits fair.

Benefits fair Wednesday includes vendors, blood drive, lunch

More than 60 vendors will be on hand for the sixth annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Off-campus vendors include medical facilities, financial groups, and retail businesses while on-campus facilitators include office, health, and recreational departments.

The first 500 faculty and staff members to attend will receive a free UT Arlington T-shirt, with a corn dog and chips lunch for all. Carter BloodCare will be on site for blood donations. Set up a donation appointment.

The fair is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council. To volunteer to help with the fair, contact Christina Jones-Barnes at or 2-3099.

Spring Break travelers urged to use caution

Faculty, staff, and students are urged to use caution concerning international travel during Spring Break, whether for fun or academic interests, says UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa.

Ongoing unrest in the Middle East, North Africa, and Mexico should be considered when making Spring Break plans, Dr. Cigarroa says. Those traveling on University-sponsored trips should contact Jay Horn with UT Arlington's International Office and International Oversight Committee at or 2-2355 and register with the UT System's International SOS program.

Webb Lectures

Webb Lectures provide perspectives on Soviet Bloc

"Transnational Perspectives on the Soviet Bloc, 1944-1991" is the theme for the 46th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures today, Thursday, March 10, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The goal of the day-long conference, sponsored by the Department of History, is to reflect critically on the need and opportunities for studying flows of people, objects, and ideas across the Soviet Bloc during the Cold War.

The lecture series is named for Webb (1888-1963), a 20th century U.S. historian and author noted for his groundbreaking historical work on the American West. A UT Austin history professor, Webb was a longtime supporter of UT Arlington in its early days.

See more information and the lecture schedule.

The Big Event needs site leaders; sign up by Friday

Site leaders are needed for The Big Event, the big day of community service Saturday, April 16.

Applications for site leaders are due Friday, March 11, and should be returned to Bonnie Rodriguez in the Student Activities office in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Faculty, staff, and students can check The Big Event project list for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including a few that are both. The annual day of community service and outreach is coordinated by UTA Volunteers.

Frank Lu

Dr. Frank Lu

Frank Lu elected fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society

Frank Lu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Aerodynamics Research Center, was elected fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

This accolade recognizes Dr. Lu’s innovative research and international eminence within the aerospace community. He has been a member of the College of Engineering faculty since 1987. In 2002 he co-authored Advanced Hypersonic Facilities.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is an exclusive association founded in 1866. The organization was established for the general advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering, and promoting the species of knowledge which distinguishes the profession of aeronautics.

Dream Makers raise more than $100,000 for nursing education

Student scholarship recipients met their donors Monday at the 10th annual Dream Makers Scholarship Lunch to celebrate more than $1.4 million raised for scholarships since 2002. This year $117,000 was contributed to support nursing education through scholarships.

Dream Makers celebrates individual and corporate support for scholarships that have impacted the lives of thousands of nursing students. With more than 6,000 students enrolled, the College of Nursing is the largest program in Texas and one of the largest in the country. Quality is evident with the undergraduate program receiving a "high performer" designation from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for graduation and licensure rates.

  Mav Pic Fun in the Sun

Heart wheel

Ashley Gordon, right, social work graduate student, spins the American Heart Association wheel as Vincy Alex of the AHA looks on at the Fun in the Sun Health Fair on Tuesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Health Services and the Student Health Advisory Committee hosted the fair.

Tickets still available for Bill Nye appearance at ACES Roundtable

Tickets are still available for the Bill Nye "the Science Guy" appearance at the ACES Roundtable at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Texas Hall.

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.

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 There is a limit of two tickets per person.

Volunteers, performers needed for African-American celebration

The African American Faculty and Staff Association will celebrate the achievements and success of graduating African-American students at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Volunteers are needed for set-up, sign-in, greeters, and breakdown. Singers and performers are also needed. To showcase your talent or to volunteer, contact Kapreta Johnson at or 2-3461 by Wednesday, March 16.

Video provides insight to Engineering Research Building

If you weren't able to see the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Engineering Research Building or weren't able to take one of the tours Friday, or if you would just like to see it all again, watch this video.

OIT plans maintenance for next two Sundays

The Office of Information Technology will conduct system maintenance at the Arlington Data Center 2-7 a.m. Sunday, March 13, and Sunday, March 20.

The following services may be impacted during these maintenance periods: UT Arlington websites (including blog, wiki, and web publishing services), room scheduling, DSpace, authorization and authentication services (including NetID self-service), Listserv, lab printing, password changes, network storage (J: Drive, MavSpace) ARRI file services, Civil Engineering web and database, Social Work file server, and College of Education web applications.

Friday is last chance for library survey

LibQual+ is a standardized survey of library service quality to help the library serve you better. This survey should take five minutes to complete and includes a text box for comments. Complete the survey and enter a drawing to win one of four Best Buy gift cards. The survey runs through Friday, March 11.

Spring Break schedule

Campus Recreation—Check the Campus Recreation schedule online for hours.

  • Maverick Activities Center and Physical Education Building—Closed Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13, and Saturday, March 19. Open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 14-18, and noon-midnight, Sunday, March 20.
  • Field Complex—Closed Friday, March 11-Saturday, March 19. Open 6-11 p.m. Sunday, March 20.
  • Indoor Pool—Open noon-1:20 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, March 14; Wednesday, March 16; and Friday, March 18.

Health Services Center—The center is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 14-18.

Libraries—Libraries will be open. Check the library schedule online for hours.

Planetarium—The Planetarium is open. Go online for the Planetarium schedule.

E.H. Hereford University Center—Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, March 14-16, and Friday, March 18; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, March 17; closed Saturday, March 19. Regular hours resume Sunday, March 20.

Dining Services

  • Monday-Wednesday, March 14-16—All locations closed.
  • Thursday-Friday, March 17-18—Starbucks and the Maverick Market are open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Other locations closed.
  • Saturday, March 19—All locations closed.
Benefit Yourself

Team Building for Supervisors

This team-building seminar teaches powerful employee-coaching methods to turn even problem employees into super productive, motivated winners. Free. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Professionalism in the Workplace

Identify and develop skills for projecting and maintaining professional work relationships, a winning attitude, and confidence in the workplace. Free. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 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.

Sports Notes
  Wheelchair basketball

Tourney time: David Wilkes (00) is the leading scorer for the Movin' Mavs as they begin national tournament play today in Texas Hall.

National tournament begins today at Texas Hall

Seven men's and four women's wheelchair basketball teams vie for top honors at the 2011 National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate National Championships Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12, at Texas Hall. Admission is free.

Competition starts at 9 a.m. today. UT Arlington's Movin' Mavs are seeded third in the men's division, and their first game is at 5 p.m. today against Southwest Minnesota State. All tournament games will be streamed online at

Semifinals are Friday, with the championship and consolation games set for Saturday. See the tournament schedule for details.

Martin competes in NCAA heptathlon this week, Mavericks garner SLC track honors

Romain Martin represents UT Arlington in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday-Saturday, March 11-12, at College Station. He won the heptathlon at the Southland Conference meet in February.

Martin and Pamela Vinson, both freshmen, were named the SLC indoor track and field athletes of the year last week. Martin set a conference record in the heptathlon. Vinson won the 60- and 200-meter dash events and was also named women's outstanding runner and women's freshman of the year.

Other honors received by UT Arlington performers included Cordero Gray, men's outstanding runner; Clayton Vaughn, men's freshman of the year; and Lindsey Putman, women's newcomer of the year.

Baseball opens conference play this weekend

After facing four nationally ranked opponents over a span of eight days, the Maverick baseball team opens Southland Conference play Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, at Sam Houston State.

UT Arlington, 6-6, notched a pair a wins over 19th-ranked Wichita State in the past week and lost narrow decisions to No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 7 TCU. The Mavericks host TCU at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15.

Softball starts fast in Southland Conference

A three-game sweep of Texas State got the Maverick softball team off to a good start in the Southland Conference last week. The Mavericks continue SLC action at Southeastern Louisiana Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13.

Coach Debbie Hedrick’s squad is 14-9 overall after winning three of five in the North Texas Courtyard Classic last weekend.

Sports shorts

  • Shalyn Martin was named women's basketball Defensive Player of the Year, and Bo Ingram was selected men's basketball Newcomer of the Year in the Southland Conference. Women’s and men’s basketball teams both lost their final regular season games Saturday and did not qualify for the SLC Tournament.
  • The women’s tennis team, off to a 2-0 start in the Southland Conference, hosts McNeese State at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, and Lamar at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 13, in SLC matches at the UTA Tennis Center.
  • The men's tennis team travels to Sacramento, Calif., this weekend for matches with Sacramento State, Montana State, St. Mary's (Calif.), and Nevada.
  • The golf team plays in the San Diego Intercollegiate Classic Monday-Tuesday, March 14-15.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, March 10


Mavs Book Club Members discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. Free. Everyone welcome. 5 p.m. reception, 5:30 p.m. meeting, basement, Central Library. Mavs Book Club.

Making the Metroplex: Fort Worth John Robinson of the Amon G. Carter Foundation explains how Fort Worth has emerged as a city of influence in culture and planning, yet still retains and promotes its Western heritage. Part of the Institute of Urban Studies Speaker Series. Free. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. School of Urban and Public Affairs, 2-3301.

Sexversations Women's History Month discussions on sexual assault prevention and sexual well-being. Free. 6:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs and Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program.

Mozart Requiem UTA A Cappella Choir, University Singers, and the Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra perform. Karen Kenaston-French conducts with soloists Natalie Arduino, mezzo-soprano; Kwan Kyun Joo, tenor; and David Grogan, baritone. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, March 11

$2 Movie: Dinner for Schmucks Steve Carell and Paul Rudd star in an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Saturday, March 12

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. McNeese State. Free. 11 a.m. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Sunday, March 13

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. Lamar. Free. 10 a.m. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Tuesday, March 15

Baseball Mavericks vs. TCU. Free with UTA ID. 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.


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.

The Gallery at UTA Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of art, displays paintings, and Barbra Riley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi professor of art, provides digital photographs. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 2. Closed during Spring Break. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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." Free. 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 atrium, 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 parlor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Planetarium The Planetarium is open during Spring Break. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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



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