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

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mav Alert

MavAlert Emergency Notification System test Nov. 2; update your contact information

To ensure timely communications in the event of an emergency, UT Arlington plans a system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.

The MavAlert system is designed to rapidly notify students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency. The multi-tiered communications system sends emergency notifications via registered email addresses, telephone numbers, and mobile devices when an urgent situation arises.

To receive a MavAlert text message notification, you must add your cellphone or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information. To ensure that your cellphone is registered, verify your contact information by signing in to MyMav.

During the Nov. 2 test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses, phone numbers, and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “TEST: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. In an actual emergency, you would be instructed as to what actions to take. Thank you.”

Since Nov. 2 is the first Wednesday of the month, a routine test of the Outdoor Warning System also will occur at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

Help make the MavAlert system test a success by confirming and updating your information prior to Nov. 2.

University hosting Civil Rights Conference in November

UT Arlington is hosting a major Civil Rights Conference next month focused on the landmark 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

The conference 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 Civil Rights Conference.

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith kicks off Maverick Speakers Series with 'A Championship Vision'

Football hall-of-famer Emmitt Smith launches the 2011-12 Maverick Speakers Series with "A Championship Vision" at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 20, at Texas Hall.

Smith, the National Football League’s all-time leading rusher, amassed 18,355 yards during his 14 seasons, 12 of which were with the Dallas Cowboys. He was also the 2006 winner of the popular ABC television show, Dancing With the Stars.

Smith is majority partner and co-chairman of ESmith Legacy, Inc., a Dallas-based commercial real estate company focused on real estate solutions and services for general and minority marketing development.

Although tickets are sold out, guests without tickets will be seated as space permits. Arrive at Texas Hall by 6:30 p.m. and check in at the Guest Relations window.

See more about the Maverick Speakers Series.

Outstanding Maverick Awards

Submit your nominations for outstanding employees by Nov. 4

The deadline to nominate a great employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards has been extended to 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.

Charitable campaign

Many choices for SECC donations

Have you contributed to the State Employee Charitable Campaign? Your department representative will provide you with the SECC mini-directory of charities this week and ask if you wish to participate. There are plenty of local and independent charities looking for your donation.

Payroll deduction is the easiest way to make a contribution. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference for the community and the world.

The 2011-12 campaign ends Monday, Oct. 31. If you haven’t 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 at 2-5554.

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Maverick spirit

Six former students and a longtime professor were honored at the Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday by the UT Arlington Alumni Association. From left are Mustaque Ahmed, Lon Burnam, Karin McCallum, Harry Dombroski, Al Ellis, Jane Avila, and Keith Weiss. Read more about these outstanding individuals.


Disaster simulation set for next week

A disaster simulation is set for 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, on the Campus Recreation Fields Complex between West Park Row Drive and West Mitchell Street behind Swift Elementary School on South Fielder Road.

The simulation includes approximately 102 senior nursing students, Arlington police and fire departments, emergency medical services, special weapons and tactics armored vehicle, medical helicopter, decontamination tent, and triage.

For more information, contact Susan Cherry, clinical instructor in the College of Nursing, at

Diversity Lecture Series features director of Cuba Democracy Advocates

Mauricio Claver-Carone, executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates in Washington, D.C., discusses U.S.-Cuba policy in the Diversity Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Carlisle Suite at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Claver-Carone also served as an attorney-adviser for the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to his work in government, he served on the full-time faculty of The Catholic University of America's School of Law and as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University's National Law Center.

The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For more information, see Multicultural Affairs.

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First chair

The first of 7,000 seats at College Park Center was installed last week in the upper level of the arena. The larger, padded premium seats will be installed last, in about three to six weeks. To reserve a premium seat, call 2-5706. When the center opens, admission will be free for everyone for all spring 2012 basketball games at College Park Center.

Ben & Jerry tickets on sale Monday

Tickets to see the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., in the second installment of the Maverick Speakers Series, go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked about and least conventional success stories in American business. They built a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by harnessing the power of social responsibility and creative management.

Their presentation is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Texas Hall.

Endangered Languages Week features speakers, workshops

Explore verbal arts, writing systems, and grammatical complexity during Endangered Languages Week Oct. 31-Nov. 4, presented by the Department of Linguistics and TESOL.

The week highlights 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.

See the schedule at Endangered Languages Week.

Concert, silent auction, art exhibit seek to educate about 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., and a concert at 8 p.m. 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.

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Making a difference

Jeff Jones, right, manager of learning and development in the Office of Human Resources, helps Charlotte Duncan, development assistant in the School of Social Work, during the State Employee Charitable Campaign Fair on Tuesday in the Palo Duro Lounge. If you would like to make a contribution, see more information at the UT Arlington SECC webpage.


Greek tragedy performance Nov. 4

Iphigenia in Tauris, a Greek tragedy by Euripides, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets are $25.

The play is performed by the Leonidas Loizides Theatrical Group, whose adaptations of ancient dramas have won many awards, most recently from the United Nations. The Honors College, the Department of Theatre Arts, and the Hellenic Student Association sponsor the production.

A reception follows the performance. For ticket information, contact

Get creative for annual Halloween office decoration contest

Have some fun this year by entering the Halloween office decoration contest. Signup deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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

To register, contact Lindsay Lookingbill in Campus Recreation at

OIT schedules routine maintenance Sunday

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.

Services that may be impacted are departmental shared drives, student drives and websites, departmental application servers, mailing lists, MavSpace, Sharepoint, Ad Astra, print servers, and web servers.

Benefit Yourself

National Save for Retirement Week

If you're already saving, now is the perfect time to review and evaluate your retirement plan. If you plan to start saving, here is some information to help.

  • Learn to use online tools that allow you to predict what you can expect to receive and what it will take to get there. "My Retirement Outlook" 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 20.
  • Explore information and options to help you stay focused and see what alternatives can help you work toward your retirement objectives. "Retirement: Staying the Course" 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.
  • Discover simple ways to reduce your exposure to identity theft. "Avoid Identity Theft: Deter, Detect, Defend" 9-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

Free. Register. Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Judy Oslund, Human Resources, 2-5417.

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.

Maverick Safety Matters

The fall newsletter of Maverick Safety Matters, from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, includes "Guidelines for Decorative Displays." Read all about them and take the fire prevention quiz. Environmental Health and Safety, 2-2185.

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

Crossroads provides road map for students

War declared on salt, but how about iodine

Optogenics may stop multiple eye disorders

"It's about creating a whole different mindset, creating a different culture, and being able to serve as a catalyst for change for many generations to come."

"The problem would all go away if we instituted universal salt iodization."

"In [the] future, with synthesis of new opsins sensitive to green and red (and near-IR) wavelengths and with microLED-array-based prosthetics, we hope that true (high-resolution and color) vision can be restored."

— Michelle Bobadilla, senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement and assistant provost for Hispanic student success, on University Crossroads, a Dallas college information and admissions center.
CBS 11

— Dr. Sandy Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, on iodine deficiency.
MSN Health

— Dr. Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, on fighting the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa.

Sports Notes
Mav Madness

Meet the Mavs: Blaze and basketball fans met the three Maverick teams—men's, women's, and Movin' Mavs—at the first night of practice Friday. See some Maverick Madness photos.


Movin' Mavs host Dallas on Saturday

The Movin’ Mavs open the basketball season against the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Next week, the Movin’ Mavs host a tournament Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29, featuring teams from the University of Alabama and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Volleyballers return home Saturday

The volleyball Mavericks return home to face Northwestern State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks suffered losses in road matches at Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin last week.

Home games for the volleyball team are broadcast on and Time Warner Channel 99.

Golfers seventh at Lone Star Invite

The UT Arlington golf team finished seventh among 15 teams in the Lone Star Invite at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio. Junior Paul McConnell tied for 12th in the individual standings, shooting two-over-par 218.

This concludes the fall season for the Mavericks, who return to the links Feb. 13-14 at the San Diego Intercollegiate.

Cross country teams 21st at Chile Pepper Festival

Both the men’s and women’s teams finished 21st in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival at Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday as 32 teams competed in the men’s field and 35 in the women’s division.

The next competition for the cross country teams is at the Southland Conference Meet in Nacogdoches on Monday, Oct. 31.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 20

Sustainability Open Forum Share your ideas about sustainability issues and what efforts you would like to see on campus. Free. 2-4 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Campus Sustainability, 2-9299.

Duo Piano Recital Features Gustavo Romero of the University of North Texas. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 20-23


The Mousetrap A blinding snowstorm traps a group of eccentric travelers, right, in a boarding house outside London in the Agatha Christie mystery. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Friday, Oct. 21

$2 Movie: Corpse Bride A shy groom practices his wedding vows, and a deceased young woman rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

The War Next Door John Burnett, an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist for National Public Radio, speaks as part of “The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S. Mexico Border.” Free. 7 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Southwestern Studies, 2-3997.

Saturday, Oct. 22

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Tickets $6. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Astronomy Day Telescope viewing, presentations, a free movie, and kid prices for shows. 2-10 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Movin' Mavs Basketball Movin' Mavs open the season against the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks. Free. 4 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs,

Fall Festival and Concert 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. Part of Parent and Family Weekend. Free. 7 p.m., University Center mall. Parent and Family Center, 2-2128.

Sunday, Oct. 23

Jazz Alumni Concert Features the Alumni Jazz Band, directed by Ken Edwards, and the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, directed by Tim Ishii. Tickets $5. 7 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Monday, Oct. 24

Voice Division Recital Features UT Arlington vocal students. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


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.

We Are Astronomers

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 We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 1:30 p.m. Sundays, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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