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

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Texas portal map

UT Arlington, UNT libraries partner to place historic maps online

More than 5,000 historically significant and rare maps will be available online through a cooperative project between UT Arlington and the University of North Texas libraries.

Many of the maps from UT Arlington’s Cartographic History Library will be placed on the Portal to Texas History site for the new “Mapping the Southwest” project.

The project is funded by a three-year, $314,688 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and will provide online access to many of the maps, which are part of the UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections. The maps date from as early as 1665 to 1907.

The maps that will be digitized by the UNT Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit and placed on the portal particularly emphasize the Gulf Coast and the region of the Greater Southwest.

About 250 maps in the UT Arlington collection are already on the portal, with the rest scheduled to be online by April 2013.

“This is the second time that we have collaborated with UNT to include our maps in the Portal to Texas History,” says Julie Alexander, interim dean of the UT Arlington Library. “When we learned that the grant had been approved, it just reinforced the strength of the partnership between the two North Texas institutions, combining our collection with their high-end technology and equipment.”

Read more about the Mapping the Southwest project.

Mauricio Claver-Carone

Mauricio Claver-Carone

Diversity Lecture Series features director of Cuba Democracy Advocates

Mauricio Claver-Carone, a U.S. Treasury Department attorney adviser, discusses U.S.-Cuba policy in the Diversity Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Claver-Carone is the executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates in Washington, D.C. The non-partisan organization is dedicated to the promotion of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Cuba.

He is co-founder and director of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC (Political Action Committee), the largest single foreign-policy political committee in the United States and the largest Hispanic political committee in history.

Prior to his work in government, he served as a faculty member of The Catholic University of America's School of Law and at The George Washington University's National Law Center. Poder magazine has recognized him as one of the 20 leaders under 40.

The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Sponsors are Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, and College Town UTA.

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

Maverick Speakers Series tickets on sale Monday

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.

  Mav Pic Professors emeriti

Professors emeriti

Three of the longest-tenured professors were among 17 to become professors emeriti at Monday's Fall Meeting of the Faculty and Associates. From left with their appointment year are Danny Dyer, mathematics, 1963; Truman Black, physics, 1965; and George Green, history, 1966. Santos Hernandez, social work, 1998, was honored as dean emeritus and professor emeritus. Others receiving the professor emeritus honor were Kenneth Philp, history, 1968; Roy Rubins, physics, 1969; James Cornehls, urban and public affairs, 1970; Al Potvin, electrical engineering, 1971; Kenneth Price, management, 1973; John Matthys, civil engineering, 1974; Martin Pomerantz, chemistry and biochemistry, 1976; Zoltan Schelly, chemistry and biochemistry, 1977; Larry Wiley, music, 1977; Jerold Edmondson, linguistics and TESOL, 1981; Laurin Porter, English, 1986; Andy Anderson, art and art history, 1991; and Carol Sue Marshall, curriculum and instruction, 1995.

Help qualifying students apply for McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is looking for sophomores, juniors, and seniors for future graduate study leading to the Ph.D. and a life of research and teaching. Recruitment is Oct. 1-Nov. 4.

Qualifications include being a first-generation college student from a low-income household or an African-American, Hispanic, or Native American. Participants must have a GPA of at least 2.9 and U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

The program is open to all fields with special emphasis on math, science, and engineering.

McNair offers one summer of faculty-mentored research with a stipend, a summer scholarship related to research hours, GRE prep, informative seminars, guidance with graduate school application, and the opportunity to attend conferences and visit graduate programs.

Applications are available in Room 202 of Ransom Hall, at McNair Scholars Program online, and may be requested at 2-3715.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to an open house 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the McNair office.

Still time to read a banned book

Check out a banned book and participate in the virtual read-out for Banned Books Week through Friday, Sept. 30. The read-out is at the Central Library.

Participants can read a two-minute excerpt from their favorite book, which will be recorded and uploaded to the library’s YouTube channel and to the ALA Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel.

Need some suggestions? See the display at the Central Library or the Banned Books Week slideshow showing the Maverick librarians reading their favorite banned books.

Weight Watchers open house previews fall series

Learn about the Weight Watchers at Work series at an open house 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 6, in Room 401 at Davis Hall.

The 17-week series begins Thursday, Oct. 20. You can experience Weight Watchers with the added convenience and support of meetings in your workplace.

For more information, contact Sandra Golightly at

Bookstore hosting Graduation Finale Oct. 17-20

The UT Arlington Bookstore is featuring the Maverick ring, commencement regalia, graduation frames, announcements, and invitations during Graduation Finale in October.

Jostens and the Alumni Association will both be on site 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 17-18, and 3-7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 19-20.

Benefit Yourself

Confirm Your Annual Enrollment Elections

Check your first earnings statement of the new academic year—Sept. 22 for hourly employees and Oct. 1 for monthly employees—to ensure your Annual Enrollment elections are accurate. If there is an error in your benefit elections, contact the Benefits Office within 31 days of receipt of the first paycheck that contains the error in coverage. Call 2-5558 or email Review your benefits year-round at MyUTBenefits.

Boot Camp

Boot Camp Fall 2011

This indoor/outdoor class incorporates cardiovascular and strength training. Fitness assessments are performed at the beginning and end of the six-week program to gauge each person's strength and speed improvement. Register by Sunday, Oct. 9. $30. 6:15-7:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 11-Nov. 17, Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, 2-3277.

Free Vacations and Make Money Traveling

Learn more than 40 ways to make your vacations free in this fun, practical, and information-packed class. Call 2-2581 to receive a faculty/staff discount fee of $35. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, Room E220F, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Project Management

Learn how to execute projects on time, on budget, and with maximum efficiency and productivity. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list HR training classes.

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

Lockheed layoffs impact local economy

Study abroad programs push culture

Does America really need more 'reality'?

"Industries that are dependent on federal government expenditures are going to suffer serious cuts over the next few years."

"I always ask them, 'Did you make some friends (in the host country)?' Most have, but they always say it was hard to break free of the Americans."

"Amateurs like you and me want to be stars, even celebrities, but the culture industry, including the music business, ensures that access to celebrity status and stardom is restricted to those with a track record, an agent, and the right contacts."

— Dr. Bill Crowder, professor of economics in the College of Business, on announced layoffs at Lockheed Martin.

— Kelsi Cavazos, study abroad adviser in the Office of International Education, on students abroad getting out of "bubbles."
Boston Globe

— Dr. Ben Agger, professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, on reality TV.
The Christian Science Monitor

Sports Notes
  Paul McConnell

Irish champ: Paul McConnell's victory in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic was his second as a collegian. He won the San Diego Intercollegiate in the spring.

McConnell wins Fighting Irish title

Junior Paul McConnell held onto the lead in the final round of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind., to win by one stroke Tuesday.

McConnell finished at even-par 210 for the three rounds as the Mavericks tied for third in the team scoring.

Next tournament for the Mavericks is at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9, in Macon, Ga.

Maverick netters win consolation titles

UT Arlington tennis players won titles at two different tournaments last weekend.

Junior Yauheni Yakauleu won the men’s singles consolation championship at the Baylor Invitational in Waco, while sophomore Giana D'Ortono captured the women's singles consolation title at the Fall Invitational in Austin.

Both men's and women's teams play at the ITA/All-American Tennis Championships starting this weekend, as the men go to Tulsa, Okla., while the women's competition is in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Volleyballers host conference matches

After splitting its first two Southland Conference matches last week, the Maverick volleyball team hosts McNeese State at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 29, and Lamar at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Both matches are at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks opened conference play with a victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last Thursday, but lost to UT San Antonio on Saturday.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Special Collections exhibit looks at the West

Impressions of the West

The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints in the latest exhibit by UT Arlington Library's Special Collections.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections looks at how artists interpreted the land and peoples of the southwest and west. Focusing on artists who worked during the 20th century, the exhibit explores whether western art is a truthful recording of a bygone era, an idealized version of history, or merely kitsch created for the popular market.

Featured works are by such greats as Frederic Remington and Charles Marion Russell, who epitomize western art, as well as Bert Phillips, one of the founding members of the Taos School. Works by other well-known western artists such as Olaf Wieghorst and Fremont Ellis also are on display.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 14, 2012. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 2-3393.

Thursday, Sept. 29

Volleyball Mavericks vs. McNeese State. $6, 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Wind Symphony Concert Features faculty guest soloists Martha Walvoord, violin; David Grogan, baritone; and Soo Hong Kim, soprano. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Oct. 1

$2 Movie: The Wizard of Oz Classic 1939 tale of Dorothy's journey to the Emerald City. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Fort Worth Music Festival UT Arlington Jazz Combo performs at 6:15 p.m. Saturday. See schedule. Advance tickets $5. Gate price $10. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth.

Saturday, Oct. 1

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Lamar. $6, 2 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Monday, Oct. 3

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

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Features performances by faculty and students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Cathy Leslie, president of Engineers Without Borders-USA, discusses "EWB-USA's Commitment to Equity, Economy, and Ecology." She has more than 20 years experience overseeing both domestic and international corporate engineering projects. EWB-USA supports community development programs worldwide through participating in the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects. Free. 6-7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering, Distinguished Speaker Series.

UTA Celebrates National Night Out Join in the 28th Annual National Night Out event for free food and crime prevention information. Learn about free women's self-defense classes, emergency situation information, bicycle patrols, security escort services, and more. Free. 6-8 p.m., University Center mall. UT Arlington Police, 2-3904.


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.

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The fall Levitt Pavilion Arlington series concludes this weekend with concerts Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Free. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Gallery at UTA 25th

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. At right is "La Sirena (The Siren)," a 1997 Lambda digital print by Celia Alvarez Munoz. 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.

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 Enjoy a '60s-style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. 7 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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