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

Monday, November 28, 2011

College Park Center

Celebrate College Park: A new era on campus is about to begin

In February 2012, one of the most anticipated chapters in UT Arlington history will unfold with the opening of College Park Center, the University’s new $78 million, 218,000-square-foot events showpiece. A series of activities will celebrate the occasion.

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, a basketball doubleheader will highlight the evening, as both the women’s and men’s squads play their first games on the University’s new home court. The festivities start at 5 p.m., when the doors to the center officially open. Between basketball games against UT San Antonio there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring fireworks, video shows, and more. Admission to the games is free. Tickets are required and will be available starting Monday, Jan. 2, at Spirit garb, face paint, and wildly enthusiastic cheering are encouraged.

Forge new traditions during Homecoming Weekend. The festivities kick off Thursday, Feb. 9, with a Step Show, followed Friday, Feb. 10, by the Homecoming Bash, featuring a nightclub theme inside the arena. On Saturday, Feb. 11, get ready for a Festival on the Plaza featuring live music, DJs, food, beverages, and the new and improved Golf Cart Parade. The weekend culminates Saturday night with a basketball game at 7 p.m., when the Maverick men take on Texas State.

If you enjoyed seeing superstars such as Rihanna, Maroon 5, Ludacris, B.o.B, and others at Texas Hall, just wait until you hear them in the new arena. An impressive slate of musical acts will soon take their turn testing out College Park Center’s acoustics. The building can accommodate up to 6,750 guests for a concert, making for a truly rocking show. Look for an announcement of the center’s first performer soon.


Holiday reception features food, music, festivities on Dec. 8

Ring in the holiday season with the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

President James D. Spaniolo is the host and featured speaker, delivering his Maverick interpretation of a traditional holiday reading. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music.

Holiday refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services.

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Blue Ribbon Day

Marilyn Goff, an administrative assistant for Student Governance and Organizations, received her ribbon during Blue Ribbon Day last Monday. Members of the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program passed out ribbons and provided information about helping survivors of child sexual abuse. Read more about the RVSP Program, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs.

Faculty Profile System seeks feedback

Help to improve the Faculty Profile System by answering a few questions in an online survey. The goal is to increase the system's usability and acceptance.

Participating in the Profile System survey is voluntary. The survey, which takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, is available until Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Faculty urged to submit community service information by Friday

Faculty members should submit data for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by Friday, Dec. 2.

The honor roll increases the public's awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation. Community service data should be from projects completed between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011.

Submit projects via the Community Engagement section in each faculty member’s Research Online Profile. This new system takes 5-10 minutes and will allow faculty to simply update the community engagement data each year.

For more information, contact Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning, at 2-2124 or

Refer outstanding students to serve as peer educators for spring 2012

The University College Learning Center is hiring peer educators for spring 2012. Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses, with at least a 3.0 GPA, and have successfully completed at least one semester of coursework at UT Arlington.

All students must have earned an A or B in the course for which they are applying. History indicates that the best applicants come from faculty and staff recommendations.

Positions are open for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders. For more information on these positions, visit or email

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One for the book

Gloria Van Zandt ('70 BA), left, receives a signed copy of The Shooting Salvationist from author David Stokes at the Friends of the Library meeting last week. Stokes discussed the book, which details the 1920s murder trial of J. Frank Norris, a Fort Worth minister.


Plenty of volunteer opportunities available Friday and Saturday

If you like gardening, reading, or just helping with an event, there is a volunteer opportunity for you this week.

Volunteers are needed for a work day in the Community Garden 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Help is needed in clearing beds of plant material, spreading mulch and crushed granite, updating bed numbers, and general cleanup. Gloves and lunch will be provided. To volunteer, contact Becky Valentich in the Sustainability Office at

You can help Arlington elementary and middle school students experience the wonder of stepping onto a college campus at Reading with Mavericks on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Volunteers will interact and read with children while encouraging lifelong reading and academic achievement. Sponsored by the Leadership Center, shifts are 8-11:30 a.m. Register at

Volunteers are needed to assist with the First Lego League qualifying event, sponsored by the College of Engineering, from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Nedderman Hall atrium. Elementary and middle school students compete in Lego construction. Volunteer opportunities include registration, judging team projects, and general activities. Food and T-shirts are provided to volunteers. Contact Carter Tiernan at

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Safety first

Alex Whitaker, mechanical engineering junior and external relations director for Student Congress, checks one of the call boxes on campus during Tuesday's Night Walk. University police and administrators also take part in the annual walk to identify possible safety issues around campus.

Brighten holidays with Angel Tree

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

For more information, contact Susann Asebedo in the Leadership Center office in Room B160 of the E.H. Hereford University Center or at

MavPack ordering deadline extended

The deadline for ordering MavPacks has been extended to Friday, Dec. 2.

The packs include school supplies, spirit items, and study tips and are $25. Order them at for your favorite students and give them a boost prior to final exams.

Use Maverick discounts to save money

Watch your budget this holiday season by taking advantage of the Maverick Discount Program.

Faculty, staff, and students can utilize the discounts by simply showing their Maverick ID to local business participants or by using a unique UT Arlington discount code to shop online. Participating businesses provide a minimum 10 percent discount.

ERB market offers snacks, coffee

Stop by the Engineering Research Building to grab a snack at the P.O.D. Express Market. Located on the ground floor, the market features a variety of snacks and beverages, including granola bars, crackers, sodas, sandwiches, and sushi, as well as a full self-serve coffee bar.

Hours for the market, operated by UT Arlington Dining Services, are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Benefit Yourself

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece. Free. Register. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, Digital Media Studio, Central Library. Technoscholar Workshops.

Discovering Purpose

Having a clear purpose helps guide your decisions and empowers you to act in a clear and focused manner. This class offers participants the tools for discovering purpose and keys to putting the purpose into your every action and response. Free. Register. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

Mindful Moments

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 236, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

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.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Architecture Lecture Series Ganit Mayslits-Kassif discusses her work with Mayslits-Kassif Architects and utilizing landscape. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Gurol Suel

World AIDS Day Educational information and snacks. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Biology Colloquium Series Gurol Suel, right, assistant professor of pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, discusses "Extracting principles of cellular decision-making from population and single cell dynamics." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2872.

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

Going Out
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Fill your calendar with holiday entertainment

Deck the Mall

Get in the mood for the holidays with concerts, a parade with Santa, and some unique shopping.

Enjoy musical talent by faculty, students, and guests at concerts in Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building:

• Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Free.

• UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Tickets.

• UTA Wind Symphony Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets.

• UTA Choirs Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets.

Look for UT Arlington entries in the annual Holiday Lights Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 in downtown Arlington. The pageantry ends with the lighting of the tree at City Hall. Take a picture with Santa and enjoy caroling at the Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St.

Do some holiday shopping at the first Christkindl Market, north of Rangers Ballpark at Arlington, or at Etsy's Handmade Holidays marketplace at the Maverick Activities Center.

Find more holiday happenings online.

Monday, Nov. 28

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

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Interfraternity Council Social Greek advisers and Greek faculty and staff members are invited to a holiday extravaganza with dinner and Santa. After dinner are a white elephant gift exchange and a tacky sweater contest. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 133, Maverick Activities Center. Interfraternity Council, Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Silk Road Follow the winding road through interactive booths hosted by student organizations. Pick up a passport for a drawing for a free iPod. Enjoy live shows by local performers highlighting Asian music, dance, and culture. Closing extravaganza for Asian Heritage Month. Free. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Mavericks, Multicultural Affairs, Student Affairs.

Thursday, Dec. 1

North Pole Follies Benefits Department of Theatre Arts scholarships. Suggested donation $5 adults, $1 children. 7 p.m. Also 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

Friday, Dec. 2

$2 Movie: Shrek the Halls Features the Shrek characters putting their own spin on holiday traditions. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Friends of the Library Folk singer Jed Marum performs. His album Cross Over The River: A Confederate Collection won the Traditional/Folk Album of the Year Award in 2009. CD signing and reception will follow. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Tommie Wingfield, 2-2658.


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 Wednesday, 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 December $2 movies include Shrek the Halls, A Christmas Carol, Polar Express, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, and A Christmas Story. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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© 2011 The University of Texas at Arlington


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