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

Thursday, February 2, 2012

College Park Center wide

Explosive success: A spectacular pyrotechnic and multimedia show between games got a packed College Park Center off to a rousing start Wednesday night. See more of the evening's festivities.

Extravaganza provides dazzling opening for College Park Center

One of the most anticipated days in UT Arlington history finally arrived Wednesday as College Park Center opened with an extravaganza of events surrounding a basketball doubleheader.

“We’ve been waiting a long time for this day," said President James D. Spaniolo in his remarks between games. "But now it’s here, and tonight it's great to be a Maverick.”

The four-sided Daktronics video display showed him shooting a basketball on the Texas Hall stage. In the video, his shot burst through the wall of Texas Hall, zoomed across campus, crashed through the ceiling of College Park Center, "cutting" a giant blue ribbon amid explosive special effects and cheers from the 6,228 in attendance.

The Maverick Cheerleaders, Dance Team, Drumline, Pep Band, and Wranglers kept the spirit going, along with special guests, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The Maverick ROTC color guard presented the colors as baritone David Grogan, assistant professor of voice, sang the national anthem.

Basketball fans were not disappointed as both Maverick teams were victorious. The women downed UT San Antonio 51-40, while the men hiked their winning streak to a school-record 12 games, topping the Roadrunners 67-66.

CBS 11 broadcast four half-hour newscasts (4, 4:30, 5, and 6 p.m.) live from the center with anchor Karen Borta ('87 BA) and meteorologist Larry Mowry.

College Park Center proved to be a refreshing change for Maverick fans who have watched basketball in Texas Hall for many years.

"This is wonderful for UTA and the city of Arlington," said James Ditto ('61 BS). "We had to do something to get off the stage at Texas Hall and this facility is excellent."

The center will also host an upcoming street fair festival for Homecoming, as well as concerts, speakers, and commencements in the coming months.

Soledad O'Brien

Tickets to see CNN's Soledad O'Brien available online starting Monday

Claim your tickets to see Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at

O'Brien discusses "Diversity in America" in the next Maverick Speakers Series presentation Friday, Feb. 24, at Texas Hall. Tickets are free, but required. Preferred seating can be purchased for $25.

Since joining CNN in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries. She is also part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.”

In 2010 O’Brien released her memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities. Recognition for her work includes awards such as Journalist of the Year and the Edward R. Murrow Award.

Other Maverick Speakers Series presentations during the spring semester include oceanographer Robert Ballard on Tuesday, March 6, at Texas Hall, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday, March 23, at College Park Center.

Ya'Ke Smith

Ya'Ke Smith is not crying 'Wolf' for Focus on Faculty series

Ya'Ke Smith, assistant professor of art and art history, discusses "Wolf: A case study in the making of a feature film" in this month's Focus on Faculty presentation at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Wolf, directed by Smith, tells the story of a family whose son has been molested by their pastor.

Smith shares his experience making the film, shot in the summer of 2011 in San Antonio, as well as what attracted him to the topic. The film is in post-production, and his discussion provides insight into taking a film from the initial idea to final execution.

The Focus on Faculty lecture series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at or 2-2658.

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Homecoming activities offer plenty of options next week

Start the celebration early in the week for Maverick Homecoming Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11.

The Homecoming Facebook page features a social media scavenger hunt. Special gallery presentations can be found at University Center Gallery and The Gallery at UTA, and the University Center is turning its hallways blue.

Your photo may be worth $250 if it wins the Show Your Maverick Pride photo contest. Enter a photo of yourself, family, friends, pets, places, and things in blue, orange, and white Maverick gear. Email your name, phone number, and photo to by midnight Friday, Feb. 10. Three winners will be announced Saturday, Feb. 11, during the Homecoming basketball game at College Park Center. You do not need to be present to win. Email questions to

See more information and a schedule of all Homecoming events.

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Curtains at Texas Hall

The men's and women's basketball teams said good-bye to Texas Hall with their last games on the stage, which has doubled as a sports venue for 47 years. Watch a video on the final games.

Advising conference deadline Friday

Registration deadline for the 15th annual Advising Association conference is Friday, Feb. 3. Conference and registration information are online.

Mark Taylor, a recognized educator dedicated to helping universities better understand and serve students, delivers the keynote address at the conference Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Taylor has worked with more than 250 schools in 43 states and Canada; made presentations at state, regional, and national events; and consulted with business clients such as 20th Century Fox, Wal-Mart, FEMA, and the U.S. Army. He has worked as a college professor and academic administrator, medical administrator, and clinical psychotherapist.

Opening reception for new exhibit at Gallery 76102 set for Feb. 9

An opening reception for "There's No Sun Shining Through," by Corey Gossett is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Gallery 76102 of the Fort Worth Center. A special performance is set for 6:45 p.m.

Gossett ('06 BFA) is pursuing his MFA at UT Arlington. He took first place in the 2011 inaugural juried summer exhibition, 897 Square, at Gallery 76102.

The exhibit, which continues through March 31, explores personal disappointment, fear, dread, and despair.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Find Maverick news through social media

With the opening of College Park Center and an array of spring activities, keep up with the latest news and photos through UT Arlington's social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and more.

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Meet the author

T. Lindsay Baker autographs his book Gangster Tour of Texas for Friends of the Library member Ann Courtney at the Friends monthly meeting last Friday in the Central Library. Baker, the W.K. Gordon Endowed Chair in Texas History at Tarleton State University, discussed his book on organized crime in Texas in the early to mid-1900s.


Volunteers needed for spring job fair

The Career Center needs faculty and staff volunteers for the Spring 2012 Job Fair set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Maverick Activities Center.

In addition to helping with the job fair itself, volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, loading dock crew, and staffing the student and employer check-in tables. Shifts are available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

To volunteer, contact Ayanna Parker at and include your name, department/organization, email address, T-shirt size, and the times you are available. Deadline to volunteer is 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

For questions about the job fair or volunteering, call Parker at 2-1147.

Bike survey seeks your input

Cyclists and non-cyclists are asked to complete an anonymous bicycle survey by Wednesday, Feb. 29.

The survey is part of a student master's professional report for the City and Regional Planning program. The results and final report will be made available to the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, and other relevant departments on campus.

Enjoy the monthly buffet today at the University Club

Enjoy the University Club's monthly lunch buffet today, Thursday, Feb. 2. The University Club is on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

The first Thursday buffet includes grilled marinated chicken breast with chopped broccoli and prosciutto ham, and a light Havarti cheese sauce; Moroccan vegetable stew served on top of herbed couscous; ringed red potatoes, steamed and garnished with fresh parsley; roasted whole green beans and baby carrots; tangy Caesar salad tossed with Caesar dressing and fresh croutons; and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Lunch is served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and is $8 per person plus tax. The regular menu will not be available.

Benefit Yourself
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Go Red for Women

Get informed about your heart health. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Solving Problems/Making Decisions

Bring one in-depth problem for the class to discuss, and discover how to develop strategies to map out the problem and find a real solution. Free. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of 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

Move from Texas Hall to College Park Center

Zebra mussels not threatening area lakes

A look at 11 years of police shootings

"There's been some great memories there, but you can't really be upset about burying Texas Hall when you're walking over here and see this facility."

"The data suggest that mussels and/or mussel larvae ... are not becoming established as a sustainably reproducing mussel population."

"If there were 27 uses of (deadly) force in 11 years, that's impressive. ... It doesn't appear to be a concern."

— Scott Cross, men's basketball coach, on making the move from Texas Hall to College Park Center.
The Washington Post

— Dr. Robert McMahon, professor emeritus of biology, on zebra mussel tests on North Texas lakes.
Dallas Observer

— Dr. Alex del Carmen, professor and chair of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department, on police shootings in Amarillo.
Amarillo Globe-News

Sports Notes
  Briana Walker

Double double: Briana Walker scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Texas State in the final game at Texas Hall last Saturday.

Women host Central Arkansas on Saturday

Trying to keep its hopes alive for a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament after downing UT San Antonio on Wednesday, the women's basketball team hosts Central Arkansas at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in College Park Center.

The Mavericks are also at home against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Tickets for all remaining home games are free and available at

Mav men take winning streak on the road

After winning its 12th straight game over UT San Antonio while opening College Park Center on Wednesday, the men's basketball team travels to Central Arkansas on Saturday, Feb. 4, and to Sam Houston State on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The Mavericks will play at Weber State in ESPN's Sears Bracketbusters event on Saturday, Feb. 18. UT Arlington is ranked 19th in the Mid-Major Top 25 while Weber State is 17th.

Martin captures heptathlon title at Boise State

Romain Martin dominated the heptathlon competition at Boise State's Jacksons Invitational last weekend, winning by nearly 900 points over his nearest competitor.

He totaled 5,796 points and won six of the seven events over the two days, earning a berth in the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

Men's and women's indoor track teams compete in the Varsity Apartments Invitational at Wichita State University Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4.

Women's tennis opens home season this weekend

After splitting a pair of matches on the road last weekend, the women's tennis team hosts Central Oklahoma at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, and Central Arkansas at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the UTA Tennis Center.

The women downed Central Florida 5-2 after losing to Wyoming 6-1 in the season-opening International Tennis Association Kick-off Weekend at Waco last week.

The men’s team lost its season opener to the University of Arkansas 7-0 on Saturday and will return to action Saturday, Feb. 11, with home matches against Cameron and Centenary.

Faculty, staff invited to sign up for bowling leagues

Entries for intramural bowling leagues are due by Friday, Feb. 3, at the Maverick Activities Center services and information desk.

Leagues are open to faculty, staff, and students. For more information, see Campus Recreation.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 2

Guest Artist Piano Recital Krassimira Jordan, artist in residence and professor of piano at Baylor University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Feb. 3

UT Metroplex Day This annual event highlights research opportunities at UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Presents science research conducted at the three UT System institutions. Open to all faculty, post doctoral fellows, students, and research staff and trainees at the sponsoring schools. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom and Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Metroplex Day.

$2 Movie: The Help An aspiring author in the 1960s South writes a book on the African-American maid's point of view. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Elizabeth Morrow

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Central Arkansas. Free. Tickets. 2 p.m., College Park Center, Athletics, 2-2261.

Sunday, Feb. 5

Faculty Cello Recital Features Elizabeth Morrow, right, professor of cello. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Monday, Feb. 6

Faculty-Student Basketball Game Free. 6-7 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. UTA Ambassadors,

The Barbershop Hour Live Radio Broadcast Carter Bedford leads discussions of interest to African Americans for Black History Month. 6:30 p.m. Listen online. Multicultural Affairs.

Faculty Jazz Recital A jazz piano recital featuring Dan Cavanagh, associate professor of music, with bassist Brian Mulholland, adjunct instructor in jazz, and drummer Jaime Reyes, graduate student. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Wind Symphony Concert The Wind Symphony presents a preview of its upcoming performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. Conducted by Douglas Stotter, the Wind Symphony is one of three college/university bands invited to perform at this prestigious event. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


West exhibit

The Medium Is the Message Group show demonstrating a wide variety of painting styles, techniques, and content. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Feb. 11. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West, right, 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, 2-3393.

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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