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

Monday, February 6, 2012


Get ready for Homecoming with many special events this 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. Get more information on the Alumni Association website.

The pace picks up Thursday with a decorating contest and a 7 p.m. Homecoming Step Show at Texas Hall.

Friday's events start with a chili cook-off noon-1 p.m. at the University Center mall. Theatre Arts alumni present the play The Lion in Winter at 8 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre, and The Bash begins at 9 p.m. at College Park Center.

The Homecoming Golf Tournament gets started at 8 a.m. Saturday, with the Military Science Hall of Honor reception, lunch, and ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team alumni game is at 1 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center.

A street festival featuring the Maverick Experience begins at 3:30 p.m. on the College Park Center mall, followed by the Homecoming Parade at 5:20 p.m. Tipoff time for the men's basketball game against Texas State is 7 p.m. with the king and queen coronation at halftime.

Volunteers are needed to help with several events. See Homecoming Volunteers to sign up.

Soledad O'Brien

Tickets available online today to see CNN's Soledad O'Brien

Claim your tickets to see Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent, beginning at 9 a.m. today, 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 political team.

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

Ya'Ke Smith featured in Focus on Faculty

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. The film has been accepted into the SXSW Film Festival in March.

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. 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.

  Mav Tube College Park CenterVideo Extra

Oh, what a night!

A stunning facility, raucous crowd, spectacular entertainment, two basketball victories. It was all there and more as College Park Center opened Wednesday night. See a video of the festivities.

Student Affairs open house Friday

Join the Division of Student Affairs as it unveils the newly remodeled lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center 3-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.

A ribbon cutting and remarks by Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs, begin at 3 p.m. with tour rotations starting at 3:15 p.m.

Walk through the new office and common spaces, mingle with the staff, and enjoy free refreshments and giveaway items. Door prizes include a Kindle Fire, a Kindle Reader, and a UT Arlington hoodie.

For more information, see Student Affairs.

Theatre Arts stages one-act plays

Theatre Arts presents two one-act plays, Mountain Language and Holy Days, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Studio Theatre, Room 137, of the Fine Arts Building.

Mountain Language is a parable about torture and the fate of the Kurdish people. Holy Days is a community’s response to a crisis in 1936 Kansas.

Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. For details, contact Theatre Arts at 2-2669.

Staff advisers needed for Alternative Spring Break trips

Applications are available for staff advisers for Alternative Spring Break trips to New Orleans, Atlanta, and Perryville, Ark., March 10-17.

Any staff, faculty, or graduate students interested in serving as an adviser should fill out the online application and take it the the University Events office in Room B140 on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center by Friday, Feb. 10.

Jon Daniels

Jon Daniels

Rangers general manager to speak at sport lecture

Jon Daniels, general manager of the Texas Rangers, speaks on "Texas Rangers Baseball Operations: Creating a Competitive Advantage" at the 32nd Anderson Sport Performance Lecture at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center. Admission is free.

Daniels was named the eighth general manager of the Texas Rangers in 2005. At the time of his appointment, he was 28 years old, the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history. In 2010 he was named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year.

The Anderson Sport Performance Lectures are designed to supplement the Department of Kinesiology's educational mission through presentations and interactions with significant professionals from various areas of the sport culture.

Submit nominations for Student Employee of the Year

Nominate your outstanding student worker for the 2011-12 Student Employee of the Year award.

Student employees must have worked a minimum of six months part time or three months full time during the selection period. Find the nomination form online. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

Scholarships are awarded to the top students selected, and all nominees will be honored at the Student Employee of the Year awards reception April 12.

For more information, contact Mike Taddesse in the Career Center at 2-5141 or

Benefit Yourself
Living well

Get a Helping Hand With Your Resolutions

From losing weight to stressing less or quitting smoking, there's a good chance you made a New Year's resolution related to your well-being. Fortunately, the Living Well Health Manager, powered by WebMD, can make accomplishing your goals easier. Learn more about these resources in the February newsletter UT System Benefits.

Developing Assertive Communication Skills

Learn to speak clearly and effectively along with communication styles and non-verbal communication. Free. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 236, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Physics Colloquium Series Krishna Venkateswaran, principal scientist at Alcon Research Laboratories, discusses "Adaptive Optics: Science and Applications." Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics.

Building Science Expo "Glass Technology: The Work of James Carpenter Design Associates" is the keynote presentation hosted by the School of Architecture in association with the American Institute of Architects and Construction Specifications Institute chapters. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 10th Annual UTA Building Science Expo.

Monday, Feb. 13

Engineering Speaker Series Cory Doctorow, science fiction novelist, technology activist, and co-editor of the weblog, discusses "What We Talk About When We Talk About Internet Regulation." Free. Reception 6 p.m., second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Lecture 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Engineering.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Wind Symphony concert set for Tuesday


The UT Arlington Wind Symphony presents a preview of its upcoming performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Irons Recital Hall at the Fine Arts Building.

Conducted by Douglas Stotter, the Wind Symphony is one of three college/university bands invited to perform at the TMEA convention Thursday, Feb. 9, in San Antonio.

Tuesday's program is a "family tree" of important composers of band music spanning almost 100 years.

Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst inspired many British composers. Ceremonial was written by Yale professor Bernard Rands in 1993. Rands' student Michael Daugherty composed Lost Vegas in 2011. Daugherty's student Joel Puckett wrote Avelynn's Lullaby last year.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available online through the Department of Music.

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, director of student governance and organizations, leads discussions of interest to African Americans for Black History Month. 6:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Listen online. Multicultural Affairs.

Faculty Jazz Recital Enjoy jazz piano 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

$2 Movie: Crazy, Stupid, Love A middle-aged man's life changes dramatically when his wife asks for a divorce. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Mav-Mazing Race Amazing races and prizes. Free. 6-7:30 p.m., University Center mall. UTA Ambassadors.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Free. Tickets. 7 p.m., College Park Center, Athletics, 2-2261.

One Mic Stand Comedy Series Comedian and actress Amy Anderson performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Thursday, Feb. 9

There's No Sun Shining Through Opening reception for an exhibit by Corey Gossett ('06 BFA), who took first place in the 2011 inaugural juried summer exhibition, 897 Square. Free. 6-9 p.m., special performance 6:45 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.


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 comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Includes bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. 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 Bring your sweetheart to the Planetarium for a Valentine's couples-only show, Romancing the Stars. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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