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

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Seismic Software

University receives gift of $4.4 million in seismic interpretation software

Global information and analytics provider IHS has granted a software license worth an estimated $4.4 million over three years to UT Arlington’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, giving students and professors access to the latest in petroleum industry technology.

The grant represents the largest in-kind gift ever to the College of Science.

The IHS KINGDOM software is widely used in the petroleum and natural gas industry for seismic interpretation related to exploration and production.

The in-kind agreement for three-year licensing will provide software packages for 25 UT Arlington computers.

Read more about the seismic interpretation software grant.

Kate Holliday

Center director: Kate Holliday, assistant professor of architecture, has been named director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture.

Architecture launches David Dillon Center

The establishment of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, an initiative of the School of Architecture, will honor the legacy of the longtime architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News.

The center will support the research of faculty and students as they investigate how North Texas and its architecture have changed in the past several decades. It also will promote public dialogue about architecture and urbanism in the region and beyond.

Kate Holliday, an architectural historian and assistant professor of architecture, has been named director of the new center, which will debut with “Architecture Criticism Today,” the inaugural David Dillon Symposium April 26-27 at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. The symposium is open to the public, but seating is limited.

“The establishment of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture marks another significant milestone for UT Arlington's transformation to a major research university,” says Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The rich information the center provides will be invaluable to any serious student of Texas architecture.”

Read more about the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture.

Robert Ballard

Oceanographer Robert Ballard to appear Tuesday in Maverick Speakers Series

Oceanographer Robert Ballard discusses "Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration" in the Maverick Speakers Series presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Texas Hall.

Best known for finding the wreck of the Titanic, Dr. Ballard has made startling undersea discoveries in recent years, both natural and man-made.

He has designed deep-diving submersibles, is the pioneer of the JASON Project that allows schoolchildren to virtually explore the oceans, and has written 16 books.

Most recently he discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, indigenous people of the Solomon Islands who saved the PT boat's crew.

Tickets are free, but required, and are available at Preferred seating can be purchased for $25.


MavAlert Emergency Notification System test Wednesday; update your contact information

To ensure timely communications in the event of an emergency, UT Arlington plans a system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

The MavAlert system is designed to rapidly notify students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency. The multi-tiered communications system sends emergency notifications via registered email addresses, telephone numbers, and mobile devices when an urgent situation arises.

To receive a MavAlert text message notification, you must add your cellphone or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information. To ensure that your cellphone is registered, verify your contact information by signing in to MyMav.

During the March 7 test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses, phone numbers, and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: TEST: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. In an actual emergency, you would be instructed as to what actions to take. Thank you.

Since March 7 is the first Wednesday of the month, a routine test of the Outdoor Warning System also will occur at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

Help make the MavAlert system test a success by confirming and updating your information prior to March 7.

Men's Basketball Team

We're No. 1: From left, Kevin Butler, Bradley Gay, Jordan Reves, LaMarcus Reed, and other members of the men's basketball team celebrate after clinching the Southland Conference regular season championship with a 79-70 win over Northwestern State on Saturday.

Mavs point toward SLC tourney

LaMarcus Reed scored 18 points as the men's basketball team rolled to a 78-64 triumph over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at College Park Center on Wednesday.

The Mavericks improved to 23-6, adding to the school record for wins in a season, as coach Scott Cross notched his 102nd career victory. UT Arlington is 15-0 in conference play and has secured the No. 1 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. The Mavericks play at UT San Antonio on Saturday, March 3, in the regular season finale.

Southland Conference Tournament quarterfinal action starts at noon Wednesday, March 7, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The semifinals, which will be televised by the Southland Conference Television Network, are Thursday, March 8, and the championship game tips off at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and will be televised by ESPN2.

Reserved all-tournament passes are $75, while general admission passes are $60. Session and championship game tickets go on sale Monday, March 5. Session tickets are $18 for reserved seats and $13 for general admission. Championship game tickets are $15 for reserved and $10 for general admission. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.

Attend the Maverick Club Luncheon at noon Tuesday, March 6, in the College Park Center hospitality suite to hear comments from coaches and players and give them a proper sendoff as they leave for the conference tournament that afternoon. Cost of the luncheon is $5.

Kasey Stelter

Mavs movin' on up: Kasey Stelter and the Movin' Mavs earned the No. 1 seed for the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament set for March 8-10 in Champaign, Ill.

Movin' Mavs win four, earn top seed

The Movin’ Mavs earned the No. 1 seed in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament after winning all four games at the University of Alabama Tournament last weekend.

The closest game for coach Doug Garner’s team was a 22-point win over Alabama. The Movin’ Mavs also defeated defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater, along with Illinois and Edinboro by big margins.

The seven-time national champions will go for an eighth title at the national tournament March 8-10 in Champaign, Ill.

Attend a sendoff party for the Movin' Mavs at Trinity House at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. The evening includes a cookout with burgers, hot dogs, and drinks along with comments by coaches and players before they leave for the national tournament.

Ride the bus, support the Mavs

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to hitch a ride on the Maverick fan bus as the spirit groups and fans ride to Katy, Texas, Thursday, March 8, and Saturday, March 10, to cheer on the men's basketball team in the Southland Conference Tournament.

Faculty, staff, and alumni must purchase a ticket for $15 to each game, in addition to a $10 fee for the bus ride. Participants will get a meal on the bus for both games, and T-shirts will be available on the Thursday bus ride.

Sign up by noon Tuesday, March 6, at the Maverick Activities Center services and info desk. For more information, call 2-3277.

Pow Wow

Native American Powwow set for Saturday

The UT Arlington Native American Student Association hosts the 17th Annual Honors Scholarship Benefit Powwow on Saturday, March 3, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Returning to the powwow are Albert Old Crow as master of ceremonies and The Fallen Soldier Ceremony by Renegade Nation. Gourd Dancing kicks off at 10 a.m. followed by dancing exhibitions, competitions, and arts and crafts demonstrations. Supper is at 5 p.m., the Grand Entry at 6 p.m., and tiny tots and silverhair contests follow.

Admission and parking is free. All proceeds go to the Native American Student Association's scholarship fund.

For more information, contact Les Riding In at 2-5319 or

Webb lectures reflect on Medieval Mediterranean

The 47th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture series, "Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean" begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, with events in the Central Library and the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The lectures provide an attempt to reflect critically on relations between the three major cultures in the medieval Mediterranean, the movements of people, goods, or ideas within or across the region, and the theoretical concepts that inform our discussions of intercultural communication and relationships in the pre-modern world.

Speakers include Travis Bruce, SUNY Binghamton; Robin Vose, St. Thomas University; and Paul M. Cobb, University of Pennsylvania, who will present the keynote address. See the Webb Memorial Lecture Series schedule.

For more information, contact the History Department at 2-2861 or

  Mav Pic MavFest

Balancing act

Charmaine Thomas, a nursing junior, performs a waterdance during MavFest, an event to showcase Maverick unity, on the University Center mall Wednesday. A total of 23 student organizations participated in the activities, which also included a Movin' Mavs obstacle course. The event was part of the Diversity Week celebration presented by Multicultural Affairs and the Office for Students with Disabilities.

Hermanns Symposium views animals

Hear distinguished scholars discuss animals in history, literature, philosophy, art, and cultural theory at "Animals" in the Hermanns Symposium 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, March 30, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

New art works, including videos and photographs, provide challenges to see nonhuman animals differently. Snakes with female faces, cross-species affinities, and nonhuman animal bodies will provoke significant questions and discussions regarding culture, sympathy, ethics, and biopolitics.

For more information, see the Hermanns Symposium schedule.

Special events to affect parking lots

Special events will affect parking in lots on the east side of campus this week.

• Noon-6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Lots 38 and 39 will be used for valet parking for the 1895 Society event. Arlington Hall turn-around is the drop-off site.

• Until 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, Lot F11 will be used for valet parking for the Development Board Spring Meeting. Reserved spots will not be affected.

• After 5 p.m. Friday, March 2, Lot F13 will be used for Drake concert parking.

Volunteer for the Benefits Fair

Volunteers are needed for the seventh annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair presented by the Staff Advisory Council 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Volunteers are needed during the fair, and to help set up and clean up. Sign up at SAC Benefits Fair. For more information, contact Andy Herzog at

The Big Event 2012

Site leaders needed for The Big Event

Site leaders are needed for The Big Event, a day of community service set for Saturday, April 21.

Applications are available until 5 p.m. Friday, March 9, on The Big Event website.

Additionally, project sites are now viewable on the website. There are currently more than 40 project sites for volunteers to choose from. Volunteer registration opens Monday, March 19.

For more information, email or call 2-2963 and ask to speak with a Big Event planning committee member.

Enjoy the monthly buffet today at the University Club

Enjoy the University Club's monthly lunch buffet today, Thursday, March 1. The University Club is on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

The first Thursday buffet includes roasted pork loin atop fresh rosemary stuffing, topped with burgundy demi-glaze; mixed spring salad served with citrus walnut dressing, topped with dried cranberries and feta cheese; creamy mashed red potatoes with garlic and cheddar cheese; tender risotto rice tossed with edamame and mushrooms (vegetarian); broccoli polonaise (steamed broccoli spears topped with seasoned bread crumbs and cherry tomatoes); and baked cranberry apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

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

Powerful Presentation Skills

Learn how to develop and enhance your public speaking style and create compelling presentations. Free. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

food as flags

Cooking Around the World

Cook up some culture in this course exploring the cuisines of Italy, Japan, the Dominican Republic, and India. Learn proper dining etiquette for different cultures. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $75. 2-5 p.m., Saturdays, March 3-31. 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.

Sports Notes
Callie Collins

On target: Pitcher Callie Collins and the Maverick softball team won the championship in the UT Arlington Classic last weekend.


Softball wins own tournament

Bouncing back from two early losses in the UT Arlington Classic, the softball team downed Houston Baptist 4-1 to win the title Sunday at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks avenged an earlier loss to the Huskies to finish 3-2 for the tournament. They now stand 8-4 overall and travel to Lubbock for the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic this weekend.

Track teams second at SLC meet

Men’s and women’s track teams both finished second at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships last weekend in Norman, Okla.

For the men, Romain Martin won the heptathlon for the second straight year and earned the High Points Award while Clayton Vaughn was first in the 60-meter dash and Jeff Rodriguez captured the pole vault title.

On the women’s side, Shannon Reynolds won both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash events, while DeAndrea Smith was first in the 400 and Emily Koenig took the 3000.

Baseball home for four games this weekend

The Maverick baseball team takes a 6-2 record into games with Houston Baptist and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday-Sunday, March 2-4, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

A victory over Stephen F. Austin finished the Hilton Invitational on a good note Sunday for the Mavericks, who won two of three games in that tournament before pounding No. 16 Oklahoma 10-3 on Wednesday.

Tennis splits conference matches with Nicholls

Women’s and men's tennis teams split Southland Conference matches with Nicholls State on Tuesday as the women won 6-1 while the men lost 4-3.

The women play at McNeese State on Saturday, March 3, and at Lamar on Sunday, March 4, and the men are at Texas A&M on Saturday, March 3.

Women close out season on the road

After dropping a 74-54 decision at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, the women's basketball team closes out the season at UT San Antonio on Saturday, March 3.

Golfers seventh at Desert tournament

The Maverick golf team finished seventh in a field of 24 Sunday in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club Golf Course in Palm Desert, Calif.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, March 1

Colors of Diversity Exhibit Celebrate the unity of cultures. Part of Diversity Week. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Also Friday, March 2, University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Colors of Diversity.

Miss Representation

Exhibiting Artist Talk: Ruben Nieto Ruben Nieto talks about his work in a two-person exhibit. Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.

Screening of 'Miss Representation' Watch this 2011 documentary on the media's representations of women in power. Part of Women’s History Month. Free. 6 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's and Gender Studies.

Woman I Am: Open Mic Night Celebrate the positive impact of women in the world. Features a special performance by jazz songstress Tatiana Mayfield. Part of Diversity Week and Women's History Month. Free. 6:30 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Thursday, March 1- Sunday, March 4

'The Seduction and Deception of Mozart' The departments of Music and Theatre Arts join together for a journey of mistaken identities, surprise revelations, and unlikely interventions. Tickets $9 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $12 public. 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Music, Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Friday, March 2

Jazz Orch

UTA Jazz Festival An all-day competition for middle school and high school jazz bands ends with an evening awards concert. Free. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. The evening concert features Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer, and bandleader Joe McCarthy, the Southlake Carroll High School Jazz Band, the UTA Jazz Orchestra, and the UTA Jazz Ensemble. $5 tickets. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Music.

$2 Movie - 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1' The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the townspeople of Forks. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Planetarium.

Drake Concert Grammy-nominated superstar Drake performs in first concert at College Park Center. Sold out. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. 6:30 p.m., also vs. Houston Baptist, 1 p.m., and vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and vs. Houston Baptist 1 p.m. Sunday, March 4. $5. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Sunday, March 4

UTA Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert Join conductor Matthew Luttrell for a special multimedia concert. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Bangladesher Dhol: Rhythm of Our Heart A showcase of Bangladeshi songs, dances, drama, funny acts, and more. Free. 6-10 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Bangladesh Student Organization.

Monday, March 5

Blood Drive 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Pickard Hall. Arlington Nursing Students' Association.

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center, Arlington. Music.


Gallery UTA

Kana Harada and Ruben Nieto Exhibit Features a site-specific sculptural installation, right, by Harada and oil on canvas paintings by Nieto. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 31. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

There's No Sun Shining Through Exhibit by graduate student Corey Gossett ('06 BFA), whose works explore personal disappointment, fear, dread, and despair. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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 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 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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