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

Monday, October 31, 2011


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.

DOJ Thomas Perez

Thomas Perez

Register by Friday for Civil Rights Conference

UT Arlington hosts a Department of Justice Civil Rights Conference 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 DOJ Civil Rights Conference.

Asok Ray

Dr. Asok Ray

Energy safety topic for Focus on Faculty lecture

Alternate energy sources are the topic for physics Professor Asok Ray at the next Focus on Faculty presentation. Dr. Ray speaks at noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

UT Arlington's supercomputing facilities and the Texas Advanced Computing Centre at Austin conduct simulations on the behavoir of uranium, plutonium, and other radioactive materials concerning safe storage or disposal of hazardous radioactive materials. These studies focus on the atomic-level surface interactions and hopefully will guide the decision makers to dispose of dangerous unwanted materials with greater knowledge and safety.

Co-sponsored by the Library and the Leadership Center, the program is free and open to all.

Registration is not required. Light refreshments will be served as a reception follows the lecture. Read more about Focus on Faculty.

Dale Thompson


Dale Thompson talks leadership on Thursday

Management psychologist Dale Thompson brings his message of "Leadership Worth Following" to campus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Lone Star Auditorium of 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.

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.

Mav Pic Halloween Casino Night

In the cards

EXCEL Campus Activities dealt some fun with Halloween Casino Night on Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. See the slideshow.


Volunteers needed for Most Awesome Extreme Challenge

Multicultural Affairs needs some helping hands with the Fourth Annual Most Awesome Extreme Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Volunteers are needed to help monitor activities and check-in teams. Shifts are 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m., and 8-8:45 p.m.

The event includes an inflatable obstacle course, sumo wrestling, and other games for Asian Heritage Month.

To volunteer, email or call 2-2099.

Science Week includes alumnus, faculty discussion, organization fair

Start Science Week with alumnus Robert Lynch, M.D., (Biology '78) detailing the role he played in New Orleans' efforts to bounce back from Hurricane Katrina. Now CEO of Tulane Medical Center, he was head of New Orleans’ Veterans Hospital at the time Katrina struck.

Dr. Lynch speaks at noon today, Monday, Oct. 31, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

A Science Organization Fair is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Chemistry and Physics Building lobby. A free Planetarium show will follow.

Programs on Wednesday, Nov. 2, include a panel discussion by alumni and faculty on medicine and ethics, a physics colloquium and faculty expo, and a Focus on Faculty presentation.

See more details on Science Week events.

Holiday Extravaganza arrives Nov. 12

Crafts, cookie decorating, and Santa Claus are among the presents at the annual Holiday Extravaganza hosted by Freshmen Leaders On Campus.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring their children to the family-friendly event 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Endangered Languages Week features speakers, workshops

Explore verbal arts, writing systems, and grammatical complexity during Endangered Languages Week through Friday, 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.

Breaking Silence

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

Saturday concert, exhibit 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.

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.

Benefit Yourself

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 allow 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.

Extra Credit

Monday, Oct. 31

Taiwan's endangered aboriginal languages Professor Emeritus Jerold A. Edmondson is guest speaker. Free. Noon, Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Endangered Languages Week.

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Verbal Arts in Native American Languages Comanche elder and storyteller Sandra Karty and Choctaw singers celebrate Native American languages. Free. Noon, Room 200, Trimble Hall. Endangered Languages Week, Native American Heritage Month.

Oklahoma Native Languages in the 21st Century Mary Linn of the University of Oklahoma, curator of native languages at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, develops a language resource collection and revitalization programs with Oklahoma tribes. Free. 5 p.m., Room 011, University Hall. Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, Endangered Languages Week, Native American Heritage Month.

Wednesday, Nov. 2


Advances in Nerve Regeneration Mario Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering, describes his investigations in repairing peripheral nerve gap injuries and interfacing amputated nerves with electrode arrays to control robotic prosthetics. Light breakfast provided. Reservations. Free to ATA members, students, and first-time guests. Others $5. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering, Arlington Technology Association. Engineering, 817-924-1850.

Focus on Faculty: Asok Ray Dr. Ray, professor of physics and nanotechnology, is a recipient of the Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity Award. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Focus on Faculty.

Verbal Arts in the World's Languages Nepali performing artists and UT Arlington students Rubi Gurung and Mahesh Thakurathi and a Maori Haka (New Zealand native) war cry dance are featured. Free. Noon, Room 200, Trimble Hall. Endangered Languages Week.

Extreme Literacy: Developing an Orthography for an Unwritten Language Michael Cahill of the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics is guest speaker. Free. 5 p.m., Room 011, University Hall. Endangered Languages Week.

Thursday, Nov. 3

Verbal Arts in the Languages of Africa Student Tsega Getenet reads the Lord's Prayer in Amharic, and alumnus Cécile M. Padayodi tells a story in Kabiye. Free. Noon, Room 200, Trimble Hall. Endangered Languages Hall.

Introduction to Photoshop Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed at how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece. Register online. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Digital Media Studio, Room B29, Central Library. TechnoScholar Workshops.

The Linguist

Biology Colloquium Series Jaclyn Schnurr of Wells College elaborates on biotic and abiotic effects on tree seedling recruitment. Free. 4-5 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-1453.

'The Linguist' A panel discussion follows the 2008 film about two linguists who document languages on the verge of extinction amid institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest. Free. 5 p.m., Room 011, University Hall. Endangered Languages Week.

Leadership Worth Following Guest speaker is Dale Thompson, founder and CEO of Leadership Worth Following, an organizational leadership development consulting firm. Free. 6:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Friday, Nov. 4

Shaul Schwarz

The Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program Chickasaw natives discuss reviving their language. Free. Noon, Room 115, Trimble Hall. Endangered Languages Week.

Making of Narco Culture Shaul Schwarz, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, discusses his experience documenting years of drug-related violence in Mexico. The Time magazine photographer's work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine and Paris Match. Part of the “The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border” exhibit. Free. 7 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. UT Arlington Libraries.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Nanofab Distinquished Speakers Series Ismail Erkin Gonenli, associate professor of electrical engineering, speaks on "Surface Micromachines MEMS Pressure Sensors and Accelerometers on Si and Flexible Polymer Sufrates." Free. 3:30-4:45 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall., 2-1536.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Film, discussion on bioethics part of OneBook

Never Let Me Go

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.

Monday, Oct. 31

Greek Halloween Carnival Family-friendly fun and games for all ages. Free. 5-8 p.m., Greek Row between Davis Street and Summit Avenue. Greek Life.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 1

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

$2 Movie: Captain America 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 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, Nov. 3

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

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 guarded by twin heraldic beasts. Free. 6-7 p.m., auditorium, 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.

Friday, Nov. 4

Iphigenia In Tauris

Iphigenia in Tauris A Greek tragedy by Euripides performed by the Leonidas Loizides Theatrical Group. Tickets $25 general; $15 students. 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 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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