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

Thursday, November 3, 2011

College Park Welcome Center

Welcome to Maverick Country: The Dan Dipert University Welcome Center, which will open in summer 2012, will be a 7,000-square-foot, high-tech facility at South Center and East Second streets in the College Park District.

Dan Dipert lends name to new welcome center

A new University welcome center that will greet prospective students, their families, and visitors will be named for an icon in the North Texas travel industry.

Dan Dipert, chief executive officer of Arlington-based Dan Dipert Travel & Transportation Ltd., and his wife, Linda, have committed $400,000 toward construction of the University’s first, free-standing visitors center. The 7,000-square-foot, high-tech center will open in summer 2012 at South Center and East Second streets in the College Park District, UT Arlington’s new residential and retail development that includes the world-class College Park Center.

The Dan Dipert University Welcome Center will feature a 40-seat, circular theater with retractable glass walls that can be closed for special events or opened for presentations. It will have a 360-degree imaging board for electronic displays as well as state-of-the-art electronic displays and exhibits. Other amenities include a coffee bar, tour guide stations, and a shared courtyard with the adjacent Tom J. Vandergriff Hall, a residential hall for students.

Read more about the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center.

Thomas Perez

Thomas Perez

Civil Rights Conference focuses on hate crimes

A Department of Justice Civil Rights Conference focused on the landmark 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The event is geared toward law enforcement professionals, but is open to the public. Seating is limited. Register online by Friday, Nov. 4.

The agenda features an address by Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C.

The event is a “unique opportunity for both practitioners and academics to come together and discuss different aspects of the civil rights issue in a unique academic setting,” says Alex del Carmen, chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Read more about the DOJ Civil Rights Conference.

Dale Thompson

Dale Thompson

'Leadership Worth Following' features management psychologist today

Management psychologist Dale Thompson brings his message of "Leadership Worth Following" to campus at 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center. The free lecture is sponsored by the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Dr. Thompson is founder and CEO of Leadership Worth Following, an organizational leadership development consulting firm. His nearly 30 years of business, consulting, and leadership experience have focused on helping individual leaders, groups, teams, and organizations address critical talent-related issues including top leadership selection, development, team effectiveness, and creating sustainable leadership systems. His clients have included Boeing, Mattel, Texas Instruments, Wal-Mart, Neiman-Marcus, PetSmart, and Valero Energy.

Thompson is a licensed psychologist and a past president of the Society of Psychologists in Management. He is a founding member of the Goolsby Leadership Academy advisory board.

Mav Alert

Emergency notification system test conducted

A test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System was conducted Wednesday. The system began delivering test notifications to students, faculty, and staff with contact information in University records within three minutes of the message being launched. An analysis of test results will be used to improve emergency communications for the UT Arlington community.

The MavAlert system is designed to quickly deliver notifications in the event of a life-threatening emergency. Text messages are the fastest delivery channel for emergency notifications; voice mail and email messages follow. UT Arlington conducts periodic tests of the MavAlert system to ensure that operations in an actual emergency flow smoothly.

If you did not receive a MavAlert test notification via text message Wednesday, please verify and update your emergency contact information in MyMav. Students, faculty, and staff must register their mobile phone numbers through MyMav to enable MavAlert text message notifications.

Outstanding Maverick Awards

Submit your nominations for outstanding employees by Friday

This is your last chance to nominate an employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards as the deadline is Friday, Nov. 4.

Regular full-time and part-time employees who have been employed for a minimum of two years are eligible for nomination. Each Outstanding Maverick selected will receive $1,000 and a plaque at a dinner honoring the recipients.

"It is important to nominate employees who you feel have made extraordinary contributions to the University," says Eunice Currie, assistant vice president for Human Resources Management and Development.

Award categories include (1) professional, para-professional, and technical; (2) administrative support; (3) service and maintenance; (4) administrative and professional; and (5) team with a maximum of 10 members.

The nomination form can be submitted electronically, faxed to 2-3361, or mailed to the Office of Human Resources, Box 19176.

For questions or concerns, contact Currie at 2-7091.

Islamic art expert discusses royal symbols today

Michael Barry, lecturer in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, shares the significance of royal symbols at the Islamic Art and Culture Forum, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 3, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Barry will discuss the importance of crowns, scepters, and thrones guarded by twin heraldic beasts, such as lions and dragons, across several time periods.

A recognized expert in Islamic art, Barry recently conceived the reorganization of the New York Metropolitan Museum’s Galleries of Islamic Art, which is scheduled to reopen this fall.

The Islamic Art and Culture Forum is presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas.

Asian Heritage Month

Dance to the beat: Cultural music and dances highlight tonight's One Night in Asia as part of Asian Heritage Month.

Asian Heritage Month events begin today

Jump into Asian Heritage Month with the second annual One Night in Asia at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Cultural dances, fashion shows, and talent are part of the free evening.

Register to compete in the popular Most Awesome Extreme Challenge. This unique competitive event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Sign up by noon Monday, Nov. 7.

"Thoughts of Now and Then" is an open forum to discuss Asian traditions and identity at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

The Silk Road comes to life at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom, with interactive booths hosted by student organizations. Enjoy local performers who highlight Asian music, dance, and culture.

Check the calendar for Asian Heritage Month, which is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs.

Breaking Silence

Seeing red: Silhouettes representing different witnesses of domestic violence are part of the Breaking Silence event.

Saturday concert, exhibit focuses on domestic violence

“Breaking Silence: A Stage for the Courageous” features a benefit concert, a silent auction, and an art exhibit to educate participants about domestic violence and demonstrate the techniques available to prevent it Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The art exhibit "You Call This Love" opens at 5:30 p.m., followed by a fajita dinner and concessions at 6 p.m.

The 8 p.m. concert features Vocal Trash, Arielle Nicole, and JC All Stars. The event is hosted by the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Tickets are available at

The event benefits SOS at Zac’s Ridge, a local non-profit organization.

Shaul Schwarz

Shaul Schwarz

Photographers' lectures look at border issues

Two renowned photographers share their experiences on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the lecture series “The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border."

Shaul Schwarz, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, discusses his experience documenting years of drug-related violence in Mexico in "The Making of Narco Culture" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Room 108 of University Hall. His work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and Paris Match.

David Taylor lectures on “Working the Line: Physical, Social and Political Topography of the U.S.-Mexico Border” at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building. A professor in photography at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Taylor recently completed commissioned artwork installed in the U.S. border patrol station in Van Horn, Texas, and the federal courthouse in Las Cruces.

Schwarz's appearance is sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies. Taylor's lecture is hosted by the Department of Art and Art History.


Star power: This image of a supernova, which is the explosion of an aging star, will be included in the 2012 calendar for the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Physics research image featured on calendar

An image of the remnants of a supernova based on the research of Sangwook Park, assistant professor of physics, will be featured in a 2012 calendar of images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Chandra is NASA's flagship mission for X-ray astronomy and is one of the "Great Observatories" similar to the Hubble Telescope.

Dr. Park and graduate student Seth Post are studying the G299.2-2.9 supernova remnant, the remains of Type 1a supernova about 16,000 light years from Earth. Scientists use Type 1a supernovas to judge distances in space. So finding out more about those supernovas and the white dwarf stars that created them can help astrophysicists know more about the expansion of the universe, says Park.

His work on the G299.2-2.9 remnant is funded by a two-year, $157,372 grant from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Language, film, mascots highlight Native American History Month

Discover efforts to save endangered languages, film portrayals, and mascot images during Native American History Month in November.

Endangered Languages Week, which runs through Friday, Nov. 4, features the plight of languages in danger of extinction from nearby Oklahoma to the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean. Enter to win a T-shirt designed by a Chickasaw artist, or attend a screening of The Linguists followed by a panel discussion. The week is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and TESOL.

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond will screen his film Reel Injun at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 101 of College Hall. The film is illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of native people in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors, and film historians.

A discussion on American Indian images as mascots is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 101 of College Hall. Peggy Larney, a distinguished native elder, leads the discussion. The free program is open to the public.

Sponsors include the Native American Student Association, Honors College, Department of Linguistics, Multicultural Affairs, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Mav Pic Asok Ray

Focus on energy

Physics Professor Asok Ray discussed alternate energy sources during his Focus on Faculty presentation Wednesday at the Central Library. Dr. Ray talked about how UT Arlington's supercomputing facilities and the Texas Advanced Computing Center at Austin conduct simulations concerning safe storage or disposal of hazardous radioactive materials. The presentation was co-sponsored by the Library and the Leadership Center.


Wednesday's HUB fair promotes underutilized businesses

Representatives of historically underutilized businesses compete for your department's business at the HUB Vendor Fair, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Representatives from more than 45 companies are participating. Door prizes, snacks, and giveaways are part of the event.

For information, contact Jean Carlton, director of the HUB program, at 2-2140 or

Veterans Activities Fair set for Nov. 10

Learn about the programs and services designed to help veterans succeed at UT Arlington at the annual Veterans Activities Fair 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Room 133 at the Maverick Activities Center.

The Student Veterans Advisory Council sponsors the fair. For more details, contact the Veterans Benefits Office in Room 252 of Davis Hall, call 2-3373, or email

LunaFest film festival looks at women's issues by female filmmakers

The Women’s and Gender Studies program will host LunaFest, a national touring film festival dedicated to raising awareness of women’s issues and highlighting female filmmakers.

The festival, sponsored by Luna nutrition bars, features nine short films and opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Maverick Activities Center’s Lone Star Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at

Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund and the UT Arlington Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Read more about LunaFest. For trailers, visit

recycling symbol

Recycle electronic items at two events on campus

Two electronic recycling events are coming to campus this month.

The University and the city of Arlington host Texas Recycles Day 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 12, in Lot 49. Enter the lot from the south on Doug Russell Road. Documents shredding is offered, but will be done at Greenstar Recycling's facility in Fort Worth. Proof of Arlington residency is required.

The Office of Sustainability hosts recycling 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in conjunction with America Recycles Day. A truck will collect items near the southwest corner of Woolf Hall. Departments will be responsible for bringing their items for recycling. Items with a UT Arlington sticker will not be accepted.

Bring computers/CPUs, monitors, computer peripherals, printers, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers, televisions, VCRs, microwaves, stereos, home and office phones, cellphones, consumer electronics, printer cartridges, and rechargeable alkaline batteries.

To recycle large household appliances, call 817-317-2000.

For more information, contact Becky Valentich at becky or 2-0199.

GIS Day 2011

Display your work at GIS Day

Showcase your geographic information systems research at GIS Day 2011 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

GIS Day is a global event to educate millions of people about the variety of GIS uses.

Andrew Milson, professor of curriculum and instruction and geography, will speak noon-1 p.m. on using GIS in secondary education. Participate in an ArchGIS hands-on workshop at 2:30 p.m., or try your hand at geocaching at 4 p.m. on the Central Library mall. See examples of spatial analysis and maps, and enjoy prizes, food, and a giant GIS Day cake 1-2:15 p.m.

Register online, or for more information, contact Joshua Been at 2-5826.

Enjoy University Club monthly buffet special today

Enjoy the monthly University Club lunch special today, Thursday, Nov. 3. The University Club is on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

The special first Thursday lunch includes smoky butternut squash soup, cranberry walnut stuffed turkey breast, fresh baked sweet potatoes, vegetable barley ragout, acorn squash baked in tarragon butter, and baked apple gingerbread mini bundt cake.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $8 per person plus tax. The regular menu will not be available.

Angel Tree

Adopt an angel during the holiday season

Help a child from infant to 14 years old have a brighter Christmas through the annual Angel Tree drive.

Angels are available at the Leadership Center office in Room B160 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Interested participants will be given age, gender, size information, and wish list for a child in need.

Bring purchased items to the Leadership Center by Friday, Dec. 2.

Linguistics and TESOL Department moving

The Linguistics and TESOL Department's administrative office and related faculty offices on the fourth floor of Hammond Hall are relocating to the first floor Wednesday, Nov. 9.

File and print services unavailable early Sunday, Nov. 13

File and print services will be unavailable 2-7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, due to system maintenance, according to the Office of Information Technology.

This will affect network printing, student J: drives, faculty/staff K: drives as well as MavSpace for all faculty, staff, and students.

Benefit Yourself
Living well logo

Detailed Plan Information Available Online

Details about your UT System group insurance benefits and the provisions of the insurance plans can be found in the UT System Benefits Guides. For your convenience, the Benefits Guides are available online 24/7 with updated information. Read more about UT System Benefits.

The Art of Listening

Discover the basics of good listening as well as tips on how to get the most out of a face-to-face conversation. Free. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Real Issues/Real Talk: Disability

This interactive presentation gives an overview of the services provided to students who have disabilities and allows faculty and staff to ask questions. Lunch included. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, Room 125, Swift Center. Office for Students with Disabilities,, 2-5100.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Project deals with lead contamination in soil

Landmark study of youth concussions

Know what mutual funds are doing

"There's lots of lead in the soils in New Orleans, and that is a problem for young children. It can affect neuronal development and impact their IQ."

"[We test] in regards to their memory, reaction time, the way they process new information, with the neuro-psych testing."

"The people managing your money may sometimes be managing it more to benefit themselves than to benefit you."

— Dr. Andrew Hunt, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, on soil contamination.
WWL TV - New Orleans

— Dr. Jacob Resch, assistant professor of kinesiology, on a youth concussion study at UT Arlington.
KHOU TV - Houston

— Dr. John Adams, assistant professor of finance, on mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.
Smart Money

Sports Notes
Jorge Sanchez

Nice wheels: Jorge Sanchez directs traffic during the Movin’ Mavs win over Wisconsin-Whitewater at the Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament on Saturday in Texas Hall.


Movin' Mavs beat defending champs twice

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team defeated defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater twice in the Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament last weekend after losing an opening game to Alabama.

Junior Jorge Sanchez scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds and six assists in Saturday night’s 64-60 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater. This was the final Movin’ Mavs game at Texas Hall; the team plays in College Park Center next year.

Next tournament for the Movin’ Mavs is Dec. 2-3 at the University of Missouri.

Basketball season tickets now available

Tickets are on sale for the final season of men's and women's basketball in Texas Hall.

Season tickets are available for only $75 for all men's and women's games played in the home of UT Arlington hoops since 1965.

First regular season home game for the women's squad is Friday, Nov. 11, vs. North Texas. The men open the home schedule Monday, Nov. 14, against East Texas Baptist.

Both teams are expected to move into the new College Park Center in February. Ticket information for games that will be played in the 7,000-seat, state-of-the-art arena will be announced closer to the building's opening.

To order, see For more information, see season tickets.

Volleyball closes home schedule with win

Senior Tara Frantz’s 22 kills led UT Arlington to a 3-1 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the final volleyball match at Texas Hall on Saturday.

The Mavericks, who move to College Park Center next season, also defeated Sam Houston State 3-1 on Thursday and have won three straight.

Frantz and fellow senior Alicia Shaffer were named Southland Conference Volleyball Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.

Coach Diane Seymour’s squad has four matches on the road before the Southland Conference Tournament Nov. 18-20 in Conway, Ark.

Cross country teams fifth, seventh at SLC meet

The UT Arlington women finished fifth and the men were seventh at their final Southland Conference Cross Country Championships on Monday in Nacogdoches as the Mavericks move to the Western Athletic Conference next year.

Sophomore Emily Koenig led the Maverick women with a 12th-place finish while sophomore David Rayo paced the men's team, finishing 33rd.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Nov. 3

Islamic Art and Culture Forum: Royal Symbols Michael Barry, lecturer in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, shares the significance of royal symbols including crowns, scepters, and thrones. Free. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Provost's Office, College of Liberal Arts.

One Night in Asia Cultural dances and fashion and talent shows for Asian Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

UTA Wind Symphony Concert Contemporary and classical music. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Nov. 4

$2 Movie: Captain America - The First Avenger After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into a superhero. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Iphigenia In Tauris

Iphigenia in Tauris A Greek tragedy by Euripides performed by the Leonidas Loizides Theatrical Group. Tickets $25. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Honors College, Theatre Arts, Hellenic Student Association.

Faculty Bassoon Recital Scott Pool of the music faculty performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Breaking Silence: A Stage for the Courageous A benefit concert, silent auction, dinner, and art exhibit to educate about domestic violence. Tickets $20-$60. 5:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity.


Faculty Biennial XIII A showcase for recent work created by the Department of Art and Art History faculty. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Nov. 19. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Searching from Memory Photography exhibit features artists Caleb Dulock and Jessica Fuentes. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Life and Death in the Northern Pass Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through Jan. 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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