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

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Islamic forum

Islamic art and culture forum focuses on contribution to American music

The bebop and cool jazz of American music will be explored when the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Architecture welcome back Hussein Rashid, adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University. This discussion, “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Music,” is at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, April 12, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Dr. Rashid, who spoke at the University last year about Islamic influence on popular music, dance architecture, and literature, will explore Islamic impact on the musical and meditative traditions from such greats as John Coltrane to hip-hop’s Mos Def.

“Dr. Rashid is able to reach experts and novices alike and sustain their interest,” says Melia Belli, assistant professor of Asian art history in the Department of Art and Art History. “His work is important for many reasons. For one thing, due to the misrepresentation of Islam in the American media and entertainment, most Americans have a very misinformed, negative view of the faith. He reminds us that the Muslim representation in the U.S. is significant and contributes much.”

Read more about Rashid's discussion.

Spring magazine cover

Spring 'UTArlington Magazine' now available online

Gaming gets serious in the spring 2012 issue of UTArlington Magazine. Read about professors who are using video games to train nurses, battle substance abuse, and treat children with cerebral palsy.

You’ll also find stories on three bioengineering professors whose research shows promise in combating cancer and on historic Brazos House, where numerous married couples began their courtships as students. Watch videos about the opening of College Park Center, the making of the Maverick Wranglers, and the last basketball game at Texas Hall.

Every story includes a link for posting comments. You can “like” the magazine’s Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed, as well as view and post photos on flickr.

UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and is distributed to about 140,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University. Send your comments and story ideas to

Earth Day 2012

Celebrate Earth Day on April 18

Get a compostable lunch, a T-shirt, a plant, and meet vendors at Earth Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, along the E.H. Hereford University Center mall.

The compostable lunch is $1 and includes a baked potato, fruit, and a drink. T-shirts are $10, and herb plants are free. Other giveaways include reusable mugs and collapsible water bottles.

Vendors, including the EPA, City of Arlington, Trinity River Authority, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments, will demonstrate their green efforts.

Bring electronic waste to be recycled by Techway Services. Departments can get rid of old computer components, or you can bring your personal electronics for recycling. Please observe the policies and procedures for disposal of departmental computers through surplus. Printer cartridge collection is being done by Advantage Supply.

Don Davis Auto Group will have a new electric Nissan Leaf on display.

For more information, contact Becky Valentich at

Donate items on campus for tornado disaster relief

The Leadership Center and UTA Volunteers are hosting a tornado disaster relief donation drive in collaboration with Mission Arlington.

Items needed include non-perishable food, bottled water, baby formula, baby wipes, diapers, toiletries, and hygiene items. Collection sites include the Student Affairs Office, Room 350, Davis Hall, and the UTA Volunteers Office, Suite B140, E.H. Hereford University Center.

For more information, contact UTA Volunteers at 2-2963.

Mav Pic Shimadzu Center

Great team chemistry

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments industry, established the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at UT Arlington through an in-kind gift valued at nearly $3 million. Celebrating the opening of center in the Chemistry and Physics Building on Monday were from left, President James D. Spaniolo; Kevin Schug, the Shimadzu Analytical Professor of Chemistry and director of the center; Mayasyuki Nishimura, Shimadzu senior global marketing manager; and Kozo Miseki, Shimadzu general manager of the life science business department.


Students join local businesses for economic development event

Graduate students from the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the School of Architecture are partnering to create a unique economic development opportunity in the heart of downtown Arlington. Downtown Front and Center is a temporary “better block” and park installation inspired by previous projects in Oak Cliff and downtown Dallas.

Front Street between Center and Mesquite streets will be transformed into a vibrant streetscape, and the adjacent vacant city-owned lot will become a park for one day, Saturday, April 28. Local businesses, organizations, and artists are being asked to promote their work.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to take a short survey for the purpose of informing local businesses and political leaders about their needs and desires.

Vote for UT Arlington in 'Where Art Meets The River' competition

Vote for the Maverick art team competing in the Trinity River Vision Authority's outdoor public art contest, Where Art Meets The River.

Artist teams from UT Arlington and Tarrant County College's Trinity River, South, and Northeast campuses created large, vibrant polyurea sculptures that will float on the Trinity River. Polyurea is an environmentally sensitive green medium with an appearance similar to fiberglass.

UT Arlington's team coordinators are Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art and art history, and Mark Mueller, adjunct lecturer of sculpture.

Vote American Idol-style through text, Facebook, and Twitter. Voting for the community choice award will begin on the first day of the Main Street Arts Festival April 19-22 and continue until the end of Mayfest. The winner will be announced May 5 at Mayfest.

Gallery 76102 seeking art for summer

Gallery 76102 at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center is hosting its second annual summer show, 897 Square, which runs June 14-July 31. The 2012 juried competition is open to all artists living or working in Tarrant County.

Artists should submit materials to SlideRoom for consideration by Sunday, April 15. For more information, see 897 Square.

Benefit Yourself

Undergraduate Academic Adviser Training

Provides instruction on registration, reports, curriculum management, Texas Success Initiative, and viewing test scores. Register. Free. 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, April 16, Room E200C, Continuing Education Workforce Building. OIT Training.

Arc GIS Explorer

GIS Workshop: ArcGIS Explorer

See a demonstration of the free ArcGIS application that performs a variety of tasks, including viewing data in 2D and 3D formats, creating presentations, measuring distances, streaming public mapping services, and sharing your geographic data on the web. No registration or GIS experience required. Free. 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, Room B20, Central Library. Library.


Combine the fun of dance with the benefit of fitness. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. No dance experience necessary. All fitness levels welcome. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $62.50. 6:50-7:50 p.m., Tuesdays, April 17-June 19, Maverick Activities Center. Continuing Education.

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

Nursing students learn in 'Second Life'

The H-1B visa debate remains lively

IBM chief hits glass ceiling in Augusta

"People have created games, but the platform allows for the creation of pretty much everything."

"These people who have technical expertise will create more jobs. If we have more technical skills, it will benefit everyone."

"For a conservative, cautious company like [IBM] to pull out would make a profound statement."

— Sarah Jones, information architect in the Library, on Second Life and the virtual world.

— Dr. Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering, on the H-1B visa program.

— Dr. Ben Agger, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Theory, on Augusta National Golf Club membership.
Financial Times

Sports Notes
Maria Martinez-Romero

Net results: Maria Martinez-Romero is 8-1 in the Southland Conference and 13-6 overall this year at the No. 1 singles position for the women's tennis team.


Women's tennis on hot streak

Winning four of five matches over the past two weeks, the women's tennis team heads into the final weekend of Southland Conference play as it hosts Sam Houston State on Saturday, April 14, and Stephen F. Austin on Sunday, April 15. Both matches begin at 11 a.m. at the UTA Tennis Center.

Last week the Mavericks beat perennial power Southern Methodist University 4-3 before improving their SLC record to 7-2 with a 6-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana. On Monday the Mavericks lost to North Texas 5-2.

Tracksters perform well at Northwestern

The men's team won four events and the women one at the Northwestern State Invitational Track and Field meet Friday at Natchitoches, La.

For the men, Jeff Rodriguez won the pole vault, Kemarki Absalom took the high jump, Anthony Hilliman was first in the 800 meters, and Hance Loyd won the 3000-meter steeplechase. On the women's side, Ashly Wright took home the title in the 800 meters.

The Mavericks compete in the Texas Invitational at Austin on Saturday, April 14.

Baseballers top No. 2 A&M, hit the road this weekend

The baseball team downed No. 2-ranked Texas A&M 3-2 Tuesday, and resumes Southland Conference play with a three-game series at UT San Antonio starting Friday, April 13.

The Mavericks took two of three from Nicholls State last weekend and are 8-7 in the SLC. They are 21-13 overall following a 5-1 loss at TCU on Wednesday.

Men's tennis gets SLC wins, hosts Lamar

After posting Southland Conference wins at UT San Antonio and UT Pan American, the men's tennis team hosts Lamar in another SLC match at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, April 12, before taking on Air Force at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14. Both matches are at the UTA Tennis Center.

The pair of victories evened the Mavericks' conference record at 2-2. Soren Goritzka was named Southland Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week.

Softball hosts Northwestern State

The softball team hopes to rebound when it hosts Northwestern State for games at 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Allan Saxe Field.

McNeese State swept two games from the Mavericks 4-0 and 3-2 last weekend at Lake Charles, La.

Golfers 12th in Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate

The golf team finished 12th in the Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate on Tuesday, as Hunter Brown and Paul McConnell tied for 42nd in the individual standings.

The Mavericks seek to defend their title in the Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship April 23-25 at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 12

Novus Ordo Seclorum

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Lamar. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Reception at Gallery 76102 Opening reception for Novus Ordo Seclorum, by Anthony Thompson Shumate, who uses the design, right, that appears on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States in his works. Exhibit continues through May 31. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

'Rationing or Stewardship: An Inquiry on Medical Resource Allocation' Robert L. Fine, clinical director of the Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for the Baylor Health Care System, discusses how we would like to see end-of-life care for our grandparents, our parents, and ourselves. Free. 7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Mavs Got Talent A night full of free laughter and the best of UT Arlington student talent, featuring comic-emcee Kimberly Clark. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

'Paparazza' Explore the dark side of the Hollywood machine in Paparazza, a Theatre Arts production about a young female photographer making her living by capturing images of celebrity scandals. The play is written by Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer of theatre arts and playwright-in-residence, and directed by Dennis Maher, associate professor of theater arts and dramaturg. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m., also 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts. 2-2669.

Friday, April 13

Mavs Book Club The Children's Book by Antonia Susan Byatt is the April selection. The story is about a children's book author who discovers a runaway in the basement of a museum and takes him into the storybook world of her family and friends. The club meets the second Friday of every month. Noon, University Club, Davis Hall. Mavs Book Club.

Opening Reception: MFA Exhibition Artists' reception with the five Master of Fine Arts candidates presenting their degree-culminating exhibition, which continues through Saturday, April 21. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

$2 Movie: Footloose Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Planetarium.

Softball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. $5. 6 p.m., also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Saturday, April 14

Second Life

Therapeutic and Ethical Implications of Genomics for Nursing Practice Online workshop allows nurses and anyone interested to participate. Session one "Pharmacogenetics in Geriatrics and Adult Palliative Care" 9:30-11:30 a.m. Session two “Current Ethical Issues Related to Genomics in Health Care” 12:30-2:30 p.m. Second Life, College of Nursing.

Tennis Men vs. Air Force, 11 a.m. Women vs. Sam Houston, 11 a.m., also Women vs. Stephen F. Austin, 11 a.m. Sunday, April 15. Free. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Monday, April 16

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

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Features percussion performers and ensembles from the Music Department. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, April 17

Clavier Series Piano Recital Features UT Arlington piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, April 18

CMAS Distinguished Lecture Author Neil Foley discusses “Black and Brown in the Southwest: Historical Roots of Inter-ethnic Conflict and Cooperation,” which includes recurring themes from his latest book Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 300, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies.

$2 Movie: The Three Musketeers Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Planetarium.


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-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

India Unveiled A collection of 35 images by photographer and author Robert Arnett. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Planetarium See what it takes to become an Astronaut and the effect space has on the human body. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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