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

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Beverly Black

Honored professor: Dr. Beverly Black is the first recipient of the Jillian Michele Smith Professorship in Family Violence Research.

Jillian Smith social work professorship established

The School of Social Work Advisory Council has created a $250,000 endowed professorship focused on issues of family violence in honor of Jillian Smith (’09 BA), an Arlington police officer killed in the line of duty last year.

Advisory council members committed $125,000 to create the Jillian Michele Smith Professorship in Family Violence Research, believed to be the first endowment of its kind from a University advisory group. That sum has been doubled through the Maverick Match program, which pairs natural gas royalties with new endowment commitments to encourage philanthropic gifts.

Social Work Professor Beverly Black, who joined the University in 2008, has been named the professorship’s first recipient. Dr. Black is director of the doctoral social work program and has focused her research on sexual assault, adolescent dating violence, prevention programming, and domestic violence.

“This kind of private support is critical to elevating the research of faculty who have distinguished themselves in the field of family violence prevention and to establishing best practices for resolving conflict before it is too late,” says Scott Ryan, dean and Jenkins Garrett Professor in the School of Social Work.

Read more about the professorship.


Visual effects: Residents of Ciudad Juarez take to the streets to protest the shooting of a student by a federal police officer in this photo by Dominic Bracco II as he documents the violence of that city.

Photojournalist presents view of Ciudad Juarez

Dominic Bracco II discusses documenting the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the border region where he was raised in his talk "The Lost Generation: Globalization, Youth Culture, and Violence in Ciudad Juarez" at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

His lecture is part of a series on "The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border" tied to the photo exhibit "Life and Death in the Northern Pass" in the library's sixth floor parlor.

Bracco ('08 BA), a distinguished photojournalist and former photographer for The Shorthorn, documented the horrors of Mexico's drug war through images of violence and its aftermath, grieving families, and tender scenes of day-to-day urban life.

Chris Conway, exhibit coordinator and an associate professor of modern languages, calls Bracco's work astonishingly brave and illuminating photojournalism.

"Dominic is reporting from the front lines of a devastating war at our doorstep, and his work can help us understand its impact on Mexico and the United States," says Conway, who was one of Bracco's professors. "His photography attests to a phenomenal ability to gain the trust of his subjects, whether they are gang members, children, or the grieving parents of a murder victim."

Bracco's lecture is part of the annual Festival of Ideas, which was founded in 2005 by Mustaque Ahmed ('81).

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

Maverick Speakers Series tickets on sale Oct. 3

Tickets for the first lecture of the Maverick Speakers Series, featuring Emmitt Smith, will be available at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, through

Smith, the National Football League's all-time leading rusher, appears at Texas Hall on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Free general admission tickets will be available, as will a new $25 preferred package while supplies last. The package includes reserved parking, reserved entrance to avoid long lines, reserved seating near the stage, and front-of-the-line access to book signings (participating speakers only).

For more information, call the Texas Hall box office at 2-9595 or see the Maverick Speakers Series website.

Professors emeriti to be honored at fall faculty meeting

President James D. Spaniolo will announce professors emeriti and comment on the state of the University at the Fall Meeting of University Faculty and Associates Monday, Sept. 26.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, the meeting is 4-5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

New faculty and associates will be introduced, and recipients of the 2011 UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards will be acknowledged.

For more information, contact Vice Provost David J. Silva at or 2-2103.

  Mav Pic Friends of the Library

Arlington images

Lea Worcester, left, and Evelyn Barker autograph their book Images of America: Arlington after speaking at the Friends of the Library meeting Friday in the sixth floor atrium at the Central Library. The book includes more than 200 images that provide a unique look at Arlington's colorful past from 1870 to today.

World Heart Day features cyclethon, health education, screenings

Get pumped for World Heart Day activities on Monday, Sept. 26, including health education, screenings, and a cyclethon.

Heart health information and screenings are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. For more information on the screenings, contact Health Services at 2-2771.

The annual cyclethon at the Maverick Activities Center has teams pedaling from noon to midnight. Cost is $25 per team with all money donated to the American Heart Association. For more information on the cyclethon, contact Lindsay Lookingbill at 2-3277 or

Ribbon cutting Wednesday for laptop friendly spaces

Join in the ribbon cutting as the Office of Information Technology celebrates laptop friendly spaces now available around campus to accommodate evolving computer trends. Light refreshments will be available 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, in Room 340 in the Business Building.

The new spaces are wireless and have charging stations, and printers can be accessed by going to the OIT web page and downloading print drivers.

For locations and seating capacity of each space, see laptop friendly spaces.

Register now for 31st Annual Bed Races

Think yabba-dabba-do when signing up for the 31st annual Bed Races. The Flintstones cartoon classic is the theme for this year’s race at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Maverick Stadium.

Teams push beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes at one of the University’s longest-running traditions. The competition is open to faculty and staff, as well as students. Other fun that night includes music, dancing, games, giveaways, and a halftime competition.

Teams must register by Tuesday, Oct. 4, with EXCEL Campus Activities.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers open house is Oct. 6

Experience Weight Watchers with the added convenience and support of meetings in your workplace. Learn more about the Weight Watchers at Work series at an open house 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 6, in Room 401 at Davis Hall.

Registration will be available for the 17-week series. For more information, contact Sandra Golightly at

Benefit Yourself

Rape Aggression Defense System

Learn the 10 basic principles of self-defense, risk avoidance, and more. Free for female faculty, staff, and students. Register. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, Room 135, Maverick Activities Center. UT Arlington Police, Officer Randy Reynolds,

Understanding Your Role as Supervisor

Gain a clear understanding of what it takes to be an effective supervisor. Call 2-2581 to receive faculty/staff discount fee of $99.50. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, Room E200E, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Accessing Census Statistics: Navigating the Confusion

This hands-on workshop covers changes in the Census 2010, how the American Community Survey fits in with demographic research, and how proprietary databases fit within this larger demographic scheme. No GIS or census research experience necessary. Free. 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, Room B20, Central Library. GIS Workshops.

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

Student veterans could benefit from diagnostic brain scan

University already addressing accountability

Vets, families want more than history from military class

"If we can develop this technology, it could be used for veterans at relatively low cost."

"The impact on our campus is pretty straightforward. We simply need to continue our commitment to increasing student success and creating research opportunities for faculty."

"These student veterans and their loved ones were seeking something my class could never provide and that I was not trained to offer."

— Dr. Hanli Liu, professor of bioengineering, on a portable brain scanner used in diagnosing brain trauma or learning issues.
The New York Times

— Dr. Dan Formanowicz, biology professor and a member of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council, on the framework for increasing accountability and improving graduation rates.
The American Independent

— Dr. Joyce Goldberg, associate professor of history, on why she can no longer teach U.S. military history.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Sports Notes
  Emily Shearin

Over the top: Emily Shearin (5) was named to the All-Tournament team along with Amanda Aguilera at the UT Arlington Invitational on Saturday at Texas Hall.

Volleyballers open conference play tonight

The Maverick volleyball team begins Southland Conference play this week as it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 22, and UT San Antonio at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Both matches are in Texas Hall.

The Mavs won two of three matches and finished second at the UT Arlington Invitational last weekend. The team defeated Louisiana-Lafayette and Prairie View A&M before falling to Texas Tech. Seniors Emily Shearin and Amanda Aguilera were named to the All-Tournament team.

Erin Clute has been named acting head coach for the Mavericks, filling in for Diane Seymour, who is on an indefinite leave of absence after being hospitalized last week.

Bees cut Waterchase golf tournament short

Bees won the final round of the UTA/Waterchase Invitational Tuesday at the Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth when the insects invaded the course.

The Maverick golf team finished tied for third when the final round was canceled because of the infestation.

Scores reverted to Monday's completed rounds as juniors Paul McConnell and Hunter Brown led the Mavericks with even-par scores of 144.

Next action for the golfers comes at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 26-27, in Notre Dame, Ind.

Cross country teams finish third at Baylor

Both the women’s and men’s cross country teams placed third at the Baylor Invitational in Waco on Saturday.

Sophomore Emily Koenig led the women's team with a fourth-place finish for the second straight week. Sophomore Maria Sandstroem, a transfer from Sweden, placed 10th.

For the men, sophomore David Rayo was the top performer, finishing 20th.

Next action for the cross country teams is Friday, Sept. 30, at the Grass Roots Invitational in Austin.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Sept. 22

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Southland Conference opener. $6, 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.


UTA Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Clifton Evans, the orchestra performs music by Schumann, Beethoven, and Glazunov, with a saxophone solo by Tim Ishii of the music faculty. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Sept. 23

$2 Movie: Thor A powerful but arrogant warrior's reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Faculty Piano Recital John Solomons, associate professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Volleyball Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio in Southland Conference match. $6, 2 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Sunday, Sept. 25

UTA Jazz Orchestra at Levitt Pavilion Performing with Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Monday, Sept. 26

The People's Voice This Hispanic Heritage Month event includes the Tejano Voices Collection by Jose Angel Guiterrez, professor of political science. Free. 6 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Faculty Cello Recital Performance by Elizabeth Morrow of the music faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


Broken Sugar An exhibition of 22 mixed-media sculptures and two-dimensional works by Melba Northum. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Friday, Sept. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Natural Perceptions Marilyn Jolly, associate professor of art and art history, has work featured in Natural Perceptions, an exhibit at the University of Dallas. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Through Sunday, Oct. 2. Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas.

Silver: 25th Anniversary Exhibition A group show of 25 artists who have shown works from The Gallery at UTA's 1986 beginning as the Center for Research in Contemporary Art to the present. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 15. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, Patricia Healy, 2-5658.

Spacepark 360

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.

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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