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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CPC apex

Tickets are going fast for first games in College Park Center

Maverick fans are claiming tickets quickly for games at the new 7,000-seat College Park Center, which opens Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The sold-out opening night includes the women's and men's basketball teams playing UT San Antonio. A ceremonial ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration is planned at 8 p.m.

Tickets are still available for the Homecoming game as the men play Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 11. The men have two other games at College Park Center in February while the women have four. Free tickets are available at

The women’s team plays the final game in Texas Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, against Texas State. Tickets are $8 and are available at


Masking the pain: An illustration shows what the biomask might look like once UT Arlington engineers build it.

Engineering mask to aid soldiers recovering from facial burns

UT Arlington engineers working with Army surgeons are developing a pliable, polymer mask embedded with electrical, mechanical, and biological components that can speed healing from disfiguring facial burns and help rebuild the faces of injured soldiers.

The biomask project is led by Eileen Moss, an electrical engineer and research scientist based at the Automation & Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth. Project partners include the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and Northwestern University in Chicago. The work is funded through a $700,000 research grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

“This gives our wounded warriors hope,” says Col. Robert G. Hale, commander of the U.S. Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment in San Antonio, which is part of the Institute of Surgical Research.

Read more about the biomask project.

CPC staff

Center of command: College Park Center's staff includes, from left, Jeff Davis, Sharon Carey, Keith Schobert, Joe Fletcher, Will Choyce Jr., and Mark Massey. Not pictured is Jamie Webb.

Center's staff focused on success

A dedicated staff provides the key to success for a place as grand as College Park Center as it moves toward next week's opening celebration.

Sharon Carey, director of special event facilities, heads up the team responsible for the center's management.

Jeff Davis handles the day-to-day operations as associate director of College Park Center.

Keith Schobert makes sure things run smoothly through his job as assistant director of events and guest services.

Jamie Webb keeps up with ticketing events as box office manager.

Mark Massey, technical services manager, oversees the center's array of audio-visual and high-tech equipment and services.

Joe Fletcher takes care of the rest as the center's facilities worker crew leader.

Will Choyce Jr. is the administrative assistant who manages paperwork, deadlines, and a multitude of other tasks.

Contact the College Park Center staff at 2-5584 or For more contact info or to book an event, go to

  Mav Pic Coach Morrow at CPC

New ball room

Women's basketball coach Samantha Morrow, left, gives sophomore criminal justice major Hailee Rhymes some pointers at one of the first workouts in the new practice facilities at College Park Center. Women and men both have their own practice gyms adjacent to Petsche Court in the center.

Theatre Arts alumni add drama to Homecoming activities

Plan now for the many activities during Homecoming Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11.

Theatre Arts alumni present The Lion in Winter, a historical drama, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The 2012 Homecoming Golf Tournament swings into action at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Mansfield National Golf Club. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to participate. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 30.

William Roe ('63 BS), Mark Stevens ('72 BS), and Barbara Williams Vogl ('62 BA), are being inducted into the Military Science Hall of Honor as a luncheon and reception continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center.

Reunions for the classes of 1962 and 1987 are planned along with a Mr. and Ms. UTA reunion. Find more information on the Alumni Association website.

See a schedule of all Homecoming events.

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

Watch history professor on C-SPAN

David Narrett, associate professor of history, will appear on C-SPAN’s American History TV series this month. A production crew filmed Dr. Narrett’s class and lecture on the Seven Years’ War last fall.

Narrett’s lecture on precolonial America is slated to air at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and at noon Sunday, Jan. 29. The American History TV series airs every weekend on C-SPAN3 and features professors and writers lecturing about the people and events that make up the American story.

Jon Daniels

Jon Daniels

Rangers general manager to speak at sport lecture

Jon Daniels, general manager for 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.

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.

Benefit Yourself
Cervical cancer awareness ribbon

Cervical Cancer Awareness

Learn about this important health topic with personnel from Baylor All Saints Medical Center. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Portuguese Level I

Learn the Portuguese alphabet and basic pronunciation of Brazilian Portuguese. Call 2-2581 for faculty/staff discount rate of $64.50. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 30-March 26, Room F200H, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Home Staging Basics

Homeowners, property rehabilitation specialists, and real estate professionals can learn to set the stage for a profitable sale. Call 2-2581 for faculty/staff discount rate of $50. 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, Room E200H, Continuing Education Workforce Building. 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

'Space hurricane' could wreak havoc

College Park Center a world-class act

Teachers prepare for bilingual students

"A space hurricane is giving us sort of a glancing blow."

"I call it the Taj Mahal of 7,000-seat arenas."

"We want to make sure we're creating teachers who are experts ... at serving children who are different than they are."

— Dr. Ramon Lopez, professor of physics, on the inclement space weather that has the potential to scramble cellphones and satellites.
The Dallas Morning News

— Scott Cross, men's basketball head coach, on College Park Center.

— Dr. Carla Amaro-Jimenez, assistant professor of bilingual/ESL education, on preparing teachers for bilingual education.

Sports Notes
  Texas Hall

Hall of memories: The men's basketball team played its final game at Texas Hall last Saturday, and the women play their final game there at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

Women host final Texas Hall game Saturday afternoon

After securing its first Southland Conference win last week, the women’s basketball team plays its final game in Texas Hall at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, against Texas State.

Sabreena DeNure scored 19 points in a 69-61 win at Stephen F. Austin last Saturday as the Mavericks improved to 1-4 in the SLC before losing 60-52 to Nebraska-Omaha in a non-conference matchup Tuesday.

Mav men win 10th in a row

Hiking its winning streak to a school-record 10 straight games, the men’s basketball team downed Houston Baptist 79-74 Tuesday after topping Stephen F. Austin 63-54 in its final game at Texas Hall on Saturday.

The Mavericks stand 6-0 in the Southland Conference and 14-5 overall, and play at Texas State on Saturday, Jan. 28. In this week's Mid-Major Top 25, UT Arlington climbed six spots to No. 19 in the nation.

Indoor track team wins eight events at OU meet

Women’s sprinter DeAndrea Smith and men’s athlete Isiah Clements each won a pair of indoor track events in the J.D. Martin Invitational at Norman, Okla., on Saturday.

Smith won the 200- and 400-meter events and then anchored the 4x440-yard relay team to victory. Clements won the high jump and the 200-meter dash.

Also for the men, Jeff Rodriguez won the pole vault for the second straight week, while Brandon Waller was first in the long jump and Omar Barnes won the triple jump.

Next action is the Wichita State Quadrangular at Wichita, Kan., Feb. 3-4.

Movin' Mavs win four at Illinois tourney

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team won four out of five games at the University of Illinois tournament in Champaign, Ill., last weekend.

After losing to Wisconsin-Whitewater in their opening game, the Movin’ Mavs recorded wins over Missouri, Southwest Minnesota State, Edinboro, and Illinois to boost their record to 11-3 in intercollegiate play and 21-4 overall.

Tennis teams begin action this weekend

The defending Southland Conference champion women’s tennis team begins its season at the International Tennis Association Kick-off Weekend at Waco with matches against Wyoming on Saturday, Jan. 28, and Central Florida and Baylor on Sunday, Jan. 29.

A trip to the University of Arkansas opens the season for the men’s tennis team Saturday, Jan. 28.

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

Friday, Jan. 27

Gangster Tour of Texas

$2 Movie: Fast Five Dominic's crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Friends of the Library T. Lindsay Baker discusses his book, Gangster Tour of Texas. Dr. Baker holds the W. K. Gordon Endowed Chair in Texas History at Tarleton State University. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library, Tommie Wingfield, 2-2658.

Saturday, Jan. 28

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State in the final game at Texas Hall. Tickets $8. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Basketball at College Park Center Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Women 6 p.m.; men 8 p.m. Opening celebration between games. College Park Center.


The Medium Is the Message Group show demonstrating a wide variety of painting styles, techniques, and content. Artist John Holt Smith speaks at 12:30 today, Thursday, Jan. 26, in Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Opening reception 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in The Gallery at UTA. Exhibit runs 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. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Extended through Saturday, April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

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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