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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Childbirth image

Rare find: William Nutt, anthropology graduate student, helped to discover a rare ancient image of a woman giving birth.

Graduate student helps to unearth ancient images of childbirth

A graduate student in anthropology has helped to unearth a rare find: ancient images of a woman giving birth. What makes the discovery so unique is that it could be the earliest representation of childbirth in Western art, and the student, William Nutt, is legally blind. The scene was discovered at an Etruscan site in Italy on a small fragment, about 1-3/4 x 1-1/4 inches, from a ceramic vessel that is more than 2,600 years old.

“The image is unique because in the classical world we don’t see a lot of birthing scenes,” says Nutt, who found the image in early July while working on the Poggio Colla excavation site northeast of Florence.

“The real question is if we don’t see these types of birthing scenes anywhere else in classical art, then why is it on this pot? It obviously meant something to the people who were there and who made it,” he says.

Read more about Nutt and his discovery.

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.

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.

Celebrate Halloween with Casino Night, pumpkin carving, family-friendly fun

Halloween starts early with Casino Night 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Volunteers are needed for blackjack, bingo, poker, roulette, and more. The event is sponsored by Campus Recreation, Apartment and Residence Life, Housing and University Center, EXCEL Campus Activities, and Health Services.

On Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, start with pumpkin carving 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the Central Library mall. Carve a pumpkin for the competition; entry is $5 each. Or vote for your favorite pumpkin with cash. The winner receives a cash prize. Entry forms are in Room 217 of Nedderman Hall and online.

Later, head to Greek Row between Davis and Summit for the Greek Halloween Carnival with fun and games for all ages. The free family-friendly event is 5-8 p.m.

Charitable campaign

Many choices for SECC donations

Your chance to contribute to the State Employee Charitable Campaign is now.

Did you know that if you skip one fast food meal per month, you could use that savings to support someone in need? A $2 minimum donation can feed a starving family in America or in a country on the other side of the world.

Charitable groups you can donate to include:

Contribute through payroll deduction and you could provide a warm meal and blanket to someone in need. Talk to your department representative by 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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Change in leadership

Provost Don Bobbitt, left, wrapped up his service to the University at a reception last week attended by colleagues and friends, including his wife, Susan, and Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, right. Dr. Bobbitt is assuming the presidency of the University of Arkansas System. Dr. Elsenbaumer, who was recently named to succeed Dr. Bobbitt as UT Arlington's provost and vice president for academic affairs, joined the University in 1991 as professor and chairman of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and most recently served as vice president for research and federal relations.


Disaster simulation set for Friday

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

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

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Sources of inspiration

Recipients of the Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Awards recognized at a reception Tuesday are from left, front, Charla Markham Shaw, associate professor of communication; Sasha Grant, assistant professor of communication; David Silva, vice provost for academic affairs and professor of linguistics; and, back, Andrew Clark, associate professor of communication; and Michael Varner, associate professor of music. The awards recognize College of Liberal Arts faculty members who inspire students to create work of exceptional merit.

Native American History Month features language, film, mascots

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

Endangered Languages Week, Oct. 31-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 discussed from both sides of the issue 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.

Represent your department at Saturday's Preview Day

Campus departments can sign up to have a table presentation at the Academic and Activities Fair for the next Preview Day on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Preview Day programs give prospective students the opportunity to get a close-up look at what UT Arlington has to offer and to get answers to questions about all aspects of the University.

Register online or contact Sophia Pomaney at

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Violence knows no borders

Sam Haynes, left, director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, talks with John Burnett after the National Public Radio correspondent's discussion on "The War Next Door" Friday at the Central Library. The event was part of "The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border" series tied to the "Life and Death in the Northern Pass" photography exhibit in the library's sixth floor parlor.


Outside board service and outside employment must be reported

All full-time employees must complete the Outside Board Service and Outside Employment form by Friday, Oct. 28. Human Resources must have a form on file for each full-time employee whether or not you have any outside board service or outside employment.

Complete the requested information for each outside board service or outside employment activity for which you request permission. If your situation changes during the year, access the application to update your information.

For details, contact the Office of Human Resources at 2-5554.

Film followed by discussion on bioethics as part of OneBook program

English Senior Lecturer Jonathan Davis-Secord follows a free screening of Never Let Me Go with a discussion about the story's ethical dilemmas as part of this year's OneBook program.

The R-rated film starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

The dramatic romance deals with ethical issues related to cloning and relationships. Three children have been released from their idyllic boarding school. As young adults, they come to terms with their love for each other while preparing for a haunting reality.

This year's OneBook selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

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Family affair

Dad, Mom, and other family members learned what it takes to be a Maverick during Parent and Family Weekend. The event attracted the most attendees ever, with more than 700 people participating throughout the weekend. See the slideshow.

Asian Heritage Month features performances, extreme challenge

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.

Benefit Yourself

Managing Stress in the Workplace

Is stress affecting how you function at work or at home? Stress is normal and sometimes even necessary. How you handle stress makes all the difference. Learn what stress is and how to identify and understand it. In addition, discover how to identify your sources of the stress. Free. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act annual notification

UT Arlington seeks to provide its faculty, staff, and students with a drug-free environment. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to annually notify faculty, staff, and students about:

Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse

University policies related to the illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

Availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems

  • Employees - Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided through UT Arlington’s Office of Human Resources at 1-800-343-3822 or visit
  • Students - Drug and alcohol counseling and referral services are available through UT Arlington Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

Internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

For more information, contact UT Arlington's Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

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
Pink Ribbon Run

In the pink: Mark Francisco, mechanical engineering sophomore, adds miles to a pink treadmill at the Maverick Activities Center for the Pink Ribbon Run. Each mile adds 10 cents to donations by Cybex to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


Movin' Mavs host annual tournament

The Movin’ Mavs host the Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29, featuring some of the top men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams in the nation.

Friday games for the Movin' Mavs include Alabama at 1 p.m. in the Physical Education Building, and Wisconsin-Whitewater at 5 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center.

On Saturday, the Movin' Mavs face the Austin Wreckers at 3 p.m. in the PE Building. At 7:30 p.m., the team takes on Wisconsin-Whitewater in the last game in Texas Hall for the Movin' Mavs, who will play featured games in College Park Center next year.

For more information, see

Jean Driscoll to speak at Wednesday's Anderson Sport Performance Lecture

Jean Driscoll, associate director of development for the College of Applied Health Science at the University of Illinois, discusses “The Ghana Athlete Project” for the 31st Anderson Sport Performance Lecture at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Driscoll is an author, award-winning athlete, and advocate worldwide for persons with disabilities. She has won the Boston Marathon eight times and won silver medals in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine recognized her as one of the top 25 female athletes of the 20th century.

Volleyballers host Dig Pink match

The volleyball Mavericks host the annual Dig Pink match against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 27, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks will wear pink uniforms in cooperation with the Southland Conference to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. Make donations online to the Side-Out Foundation.

The Mavericks close out the home portion of their schedule against Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 29, at Texas Hall.

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

Cross country teams point toward conference meet

Men’s and women’s cross country teams compete in the Southland Conference Meet in Nacogdoches on Monday, Oct. 31.

Sophomore Emily Koenig returns to defend her title in the women's division. Junior Cody Widener was the top finisher for the men's team last year, placing 24th. The women finished fourth last year and the men were seventh.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 27

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Dig Pink Night. Tickets $6. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Halloween Casino Night Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy games, music, food, dancing, and casino games. Free. 8 p.m.-midnight, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Jeremy Roden,

Friday, Oct. 28

$2 Movie: Insidious A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Jim Hayes Memorial Tourney

Opening Reception for The Gallery at UTA Art Exhibition Celebrate the opening of Faculty Biennial XIII exhibit. Free and open to the public. 6-8:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29

Jim Hayes Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Features top men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams. See the schedule. Free. Physical Education Building, Maverick Activities Center, Texas Hall. Student Affairs,

Saturday, Oct. 29

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin. Tickets $6. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras, conducts. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Sunday, Oct. 30

Symphonic Band Concert Conductor Matthew Luttrell, associate director of bands, is joined on the podium by graduate student Chris Sample. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, Music, 2-3471.

Monday, Oct. 31

Guest Cello Recital Features Yuri Anshelevic, associate principal cello of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Greek Halloween Carnival Activities, games for all ages. Free. 5-8 p.m., Greek Row between Davis and Summit. Greek Life.

Tuesday, Nov. 1

OneBook: Never Let Me Go After a childhood in an idyllic English boarding school, three young adults come to terms with love and a haunting reality. Includes ethical issues related to cloning and relationships. Rated R. Free. 7:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. OneBook.

Faculty French Horn Recital Gerald Wood of the music faculty performs with guest artists. Free. 7:30 p.m., 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.

Western art

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 Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination in Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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