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

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Goolsby Leadership Academy

Business leaders: Goolsby Leadership Academy scholars engage with executives both in the classroom and the real world through internships, exploratory study, and special projects.

BNSF gift provides expansion for Goolsby Leadership Academy

A commitment from BNSF Railway's foundation will allow for expansion of the Goolsby Leadership Academy and thus enroll promising freshmen and sophomores to participate in the select College of Business program.

Fort Worth-based BNSF, a longtime supporter of the academy, has made a commitment of $300,000 toward the academy’s endowment. The funds are doubled through UT Arlington’s Maverick Match program, which uses natural gas royalties to leverage new endowed gifts.

The College of Business has committed an additional $300,000 in revenue generated by the University’s Executive MBA program in China for a total new endowment of $900,000.

Daniel Himarios, dean of the College of Business, expressed gratitude for BNSF’s new and ongoing support of the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

“The business community recognizes the value of the Goolsby Leadership Academy,” Dr. Himarios says. “It is a marketable brand for the University and the College of Business. But, more importantly, the academy is a junction that connects us with leading corporate entities in this region.”

The Goolsby Leadership Academy was established in 2003 as a leadership development program for highly qualified undergraduate business majors through an anonymous $2 million gift made in honor of Judy and John Goolsby (’64 BBA), retired president and chief executive officer of the Howard Hughes Corp.

Read more about the BNSF gift.

Alumni gala

Veteran legislator among seven honorees at Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday

A veteran Texas legislator is among seven who will be honored at the 46th Distinguished Alumni Gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Rep. Lon Burnam (’79 MCRP), a 15-year member of the Texas Legislature, has hired 27 interns from the School of Social Work since taking office and has worked with the Center for Mexican American Studies on issues protecting community interests. The director of the Dallas Peace Center for 10 years, Burnam is now a nonprofit consultant to civil rights and religious pluralism organizations. Last year the Peace Center created the Lon Burnam Environmental Justice Fund.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1965, is the highest honor given by the University and the Alumni Association. The award honors individual achievements, contributions to industry or profession, community service, and demonstrated loyalty to UT Arlington.

See the full list of 2011 honorees and more about The Gala.

Liberal arts faculty honored with Smotherman awards

Five College of Liberal Arts faculty members will be honored Tuesday, Oct. 25, as recipients of the Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Awards for their recent work with students.

This year's honorees are David Silva, vice provost for academic affairs and professor of linguistics; Michael Varner, associate professor of music; Charla Markham Shaw, associate professor of communication; Andrew Clark, associate professor of communication; and Sasha Grant, assistant professor of communication.

The Smotherman Faculty Awards, established in 2007 by Thad and Alicia Smotherman, recognize faculty within the College of Liberal Arts whose expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create work of exceptional merit.

Read more about the Smotherman Faculty Awards.

Charitable campaign

Get SECC info online or at fair Tuesday

Are you a champion for our environment? Do you have a passion of helping children in need? You can help protect and support both through the State Employee Charitable Campaign. When you make a donation to a charity of your choice, you could be preserving our environment and children’s lives for the future. Here are some charitable groups to which you can donate:

More than 20 health, education, and animal-service charities will offer information, referrals, and prizes to employees at the SECC Charity Fair 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Your SECC representative will contact you soon. If you have not received a pledge form and want to donate or need more information, visit the UT Arlington SECC webpage or contact Rosa Newman or Jake Allen in Human Resources at 2-5554.

Friday deadline to nominate students for Who's Who

Deadline to nominate undergraduate and graduate students who meet the criteria for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges is Friday, Oct. 14.

Who's Who Among Students is one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation. Criteria information and nomination forms can be found on the Student Affairs website.

For more information, contact Cathy Souders at

Mav Pic Friends-Robinson

Baseball friends

Eddie Robinson, left, and C. Paul Rogers III, co-authors of Lucky Me: My 65 Years in Baseball, autograph baseballs and copies of the book at the Friends of the Library meeting Friday. Robinson was a minor league and major league player, as well as a scout, coach, farm director, general manager, and consultant during his baseball career.


Get ready for the annual Halloween office decoration contest

It’s time to come together as an office and show off your Halloween decorating skills.

Judging is set for Friday, Oct. 28. Awards will be presented for overall winner, most "spooktacular," best pumpkin, creative costumes, and best theme.

Signup deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. To register, contact Lindsay Lookingbill in Campus Recreation at

Fifth Annual Fall Festival and Concert is family friendly and free

Bring the family to the Fifth Annual Fall Festival and Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, on the University Center mall.

The event is family friendly and includes a petting zoo, pony rides, caricatures, bounce houses, wax hands, magicians, jugglers, pumpkin painting, live music, games, a photo booth, and many more fun activities.

The annual festival coincides with Parent and Family Weekend and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. There is no cost to attend or participate in the festival or concert.

For more information, see Parent and Family Weekend.

OIT schedules routine maintenance Oct. 23

The Office of Information Technology is performing routine system maintenance 2-7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Systems may experience intermittent outages during that time.

The following services may be impacted: departmental shared drives, student drives and websites, departmental application servers, mailing lists, MavSpace, Sharepoint, Ad Astra, print servers, and web servers.

Dining survey includes prize drawing

Dining Services needs your feedback for its fall DiningStyles Survey. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and responses are confidential.

At the end of the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing for one of four prizes: one $150 Ticketmaster gift card grand prize or one of three $50 VISA gift cards.

Benefit Yourself

National Save for Retirement Week: Oct. 16-22

There’s no better time to learn about shaping up your retirement plan. Examine your options at "Is TRS Enough?" 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, "My Retirement Outlook" 11 a.m.-noon and "Retirement: Staying the Course" 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, and "Avoid Identity Theft" 9-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Free. Register. Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Judy Oslund, Human Resources, 2-5417.

Creative Writing: Non Fiction

Learn techniques such as narration, style, voice, and tone to highlight your story in the hopes of publication. Call 2-2581 to receive a faculty/staff discount fee of $98. 7-9 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 17-Nov. 14. Continuing Education.

Real Issues/Real Talk: Do I Know Harassment When I See It?

Learn what constitutes harassment, how to know if it is illegal, and some scenarios that could be considered harassment. Lunch will be served. Register. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center., 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.

Sports Notes
  Mav madness

Mav moves: Lamarcus Reed III, senior forward on the men's basketball team, slam dunks at last year's Maverick Madness.

Get ready for Maverick Madness

The Maverick women's, men's, and Movin’ Mavs basketball teams take to the court during the annual Maverick Madness at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Maverick Activities Center. Admission is free.

The first basketball practice of the season includes introduction of the three teams’ players and coaches, as well as contests and giveaways.

Golfers finish seventh at Brickyard

The golf team saved its best round of the Brickyard Collegiate Championship for last on Sunday as it finished the tournament in seventh place in a 15-team field in Macon, Ga.

Against the toughest competition of the season, the Mavericks shot 292 to move up two spots and finish ahead of teams such as Oklahoma, Mississippi, and two-time defending national champion Augusta State.

Junior Hunter Brown was the top Maverick in the field as he finished in a tie for 12th at one-over-par 217 after shooting 73 Sunday. Junior Paul McConnell was just one shot behind his teammate after shooting one-under-par 71 Sunday.

The golfers close out the fall schedule at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 16-18.

Volleyballers play at Sam Houston, SFA this week

After dropping a pair of matches last week, the Maverick volleyball team travels to Sam Houston State today, Thursday, Oct. 13, and visits Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Mavericks are 3-3 in Southland Conference play following losses to Texas State and Central Arkansas.

Cross country set for Chile Pepper Festival

The women's and men's cross country teams head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The women placed 19th out of 56 teams at last year's meet, while the men were 35th. Sophomore Emily Koenig finished 23rd for the women.

"It's a national caliber meet, and it will be a difficult challenge for us," coach John Sauerhage says. "But we've been working really hard and we're looking forward to going."

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Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 13

Social Networking Second in a series for National Cyber Security Awareness Month lunch and learn for faculty and staff. Free. Register for lunch. Noon, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Information Security Office,

Cutting for Stone

Panel Discussion: From CRCA to The Gallery at UTA-25 Years Two former directors—Jeff Kelley (1986-90) and Al Harris-Fernandez (1991-1994)—join gallery Director Benito Huerta (1997-present) in a panel discussion illuminating their curatorial process while recalling the 25-year history of The Gallery at UTA, formerly known as the Center for Research in Contemporary Art. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. The Gallery at UTA, 2-5658.

Mavs Book Club Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is the October selection. The club meets the second Thursday of every month. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Free. 5 p.m., Starbucks, E.H. Hereford University Center. Mavs Book Club.

'Searching from Memory' Opening Reception Photography exhibit features artists Caleb Dulock and Jessica Fuentes. Exhibit continues through Nov. 30. Free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Choir Festival Concert The A Cappella Choir and University Singers join guest choirs from Arlington, Trinity, and Flower Mound high schools. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Oct. 14

Friday Night Movie: Friends with Benefits Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis test their relationship boundaries. Rated R. Free. 7 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Alumni and Friends Recital Features solo and ensemble performances. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Maverick Madness Meet the men's, women's, and Movin' Mavs basketball teams. Free. 9 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Athletics, Student Affairs, 2-6080.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15

$2 Movie: The Addams Family Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

The Mousetrap A blinding snowstorm traps a group of eccentric travelers in a boarding house outside London in the Agatha Christie mystery. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Saturday, Oct. 15

The Gallery at UTA 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration Artists, curators, and directors who have contributed to The Gallery at UTA are honored. Free. 7-10:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-5658.

Monday, Oct. 17

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A concert featuring UT Arlington music students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., sanctuary, First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center. Music, 2-3471.


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.

Spacepark 360

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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