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

Monday, March 5, 2012

Robert Ballard

Oceanographer Robert Ballard here Tuesday for 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.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush tickets available Wednesday

Tickets to see former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be available starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. He will speak Friday, March 23, in College Park Center as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.

General admission tickets are free. Premium seating also is available and includes parking. Tickets may be reserved at

Bush served as Florida’s governor from 1999 to 2007 and has been mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate. He is the son of 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush and the younger brother of 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush.

The 8 p.m. lecture is titled “Achieving Excellence in Education.” Prior to becoming governor, Bush started the Foundation for Florida’s Future, for which he serves as board chairman. The organization’s aim is to increase academic standards and accountability while advocating for school choice.

Bush’s appearance coincides with the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) Symposium and is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and Health Professions, School of Urban and Public Affairs, and the Office of Graduate Studies.

The event closes out the fourth season of the Maverick Speakers Series.

Basketball action

Mavericks ready for SLC tourney

UT Arlington faces Nicholls State in the opening round of the Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas.

The Mavericks are the tournament's top seed, finishing with a 15-1 regular season conference record after losing 97-88 at UT San Antonio on Saturday.

The tournament semifinals, which will be televised by the Southland Conference Television Network, are Thursday, March 8. 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 today, 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. Cost of the luncheon is $5.

Sign up by noon Tuesday, March 6, at the Maverick Activities Center services and information desk to ride the bus to the tournament Thursday, March 8, and Saturday, March 10. Bus tickets are $10 and game tickets are $15. For more information, call 2-3277.

Blake McMinn

Movin' Mavs go for eighth national title

Seeking their eighth national title and first since 2006, the Movin’ Mavs begin play in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 9, at Huff Hall in Champaign, Ill.

The Movin' Mavs, who are 15-3 in intercollegiate play and 29-4 overall, are seeded No. 1 in the tournament and receive a bye into Friday's semifinals. They play the winner of Thursday's game between Illinois and Missouri at 3 p.m. Friday. The championship game is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Games will be streamed at

Attend a sendoff party for the Movin' Mavs at Trinity House 5-6:30 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.

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Center of attention

From left, John David and Leslie Moritz and Alan Petsche were among the donors recognized at the dedication of College Park Center on Thursday. The Moritz family committed $750,000 for Moritz Plaza, a grand space at the main entrance to the center. Alan ('80 BBA) and Bonnie Smith Petsche ('86 BBA) donated $1 million toward the center, and Petsche Court was named in their honor. See more photos of the gala evening celebrating UT Arlington donors.

Central Library closed Friday, March 16, with limited online access

The Central Library will close at midnight Thursday, March 15, and will remain closed Friday, March 16, because of power outage and water drainage correction projects. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, but will close two hours early at 6 p.m.

The library website will be available Friday, March 16, but with limited access to library databases.

There will be no access to the Central Library basement on Saturday and Sunday for replacement of electrical subpanels. Work will be completed during the weekend, and full access to the library resumes Monday, March 19.

The Science and Engineering Library and the Architecture and Fine Arts Library, along with the rest of the University, will be closed Friday, March 16, for Spring Break.

47th annual Webb lecture series reflects 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 reflect on relations between the three major cultures in the medieval Mediterranean; the movements of people, goods, and ideas across the region; and the theoretical concepts of intercultural communication and relationships in the pre-modern world.

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

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

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Focus group

Dr. Judy LeFlore, left, associate professor of nursing, discussed her grant-funded research to develop methods for teaching nursing skills using highly sophisticated games at Focus on Faculty in the Central Library on Wednesday. She worked with co-researcher Dr. Mindi Anderson, right, assistant professor of nursing. Tommie Wingfield, center, founder of the Focus on Faculty program, was honored last week when she retired as assistant to the library dean for marketing and external relations.


Concussion experts team up for safer play with summit this weekend

Brain injury and concussion experts from across the country will be on campus for the first UT Arlington Concussion Summit Friday-Saturday, March 9-10, in the Maverick Activities Center. Keynote speaker is former Dallas Cowboys fullback and current FOX Sports analyst Daryl Johnston.

Presented by the Department of Kinesiology, the event features the latest research on the biomechanics of concussions, testing methods, keys to making safe return-to-play decisions, and the long-term effects of sports-related brain injuries.

Read more information about the concussion summit.

Enjoy humanities, technology camp

All you have to do is show an interest in humanities and technology to attend THATCamp Texas 2012 Friday-Saturday, March 9-10. The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) starts with technology workshops Friday and an "unconference" Saturday at the Central Library.

Topics for the free camp include GIS for humanities, video creation and editing, teaching and using search tools in the classroom, open-source screencasting, XML and text encoding, and e-book creation.

For more details, go to the THATCamp blog or contact Cathy Corder at

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Game ball

Director of Athletics Jim Baker, left, and men's basketball coach Scott Cross, right, gave President James D. Spaniolo a game ball from College Park Center's Feb. 1 opening contest. The presentation was prior to Wednesday's final home game of the season.

Volunteer for the Benefits Fair

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

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

The Big Event is seeking site leaders

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.

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

For more information, email or call 2-2963.

Benefit Yourself

Health Fair

Get health screenings, massages, yoga lessons, and information on vision, blood pressure, diabetes, dental, chiropractic, and nutrition. Also features prizes and giveaways. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, Palo Duro Lounge and Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Developing Assertive Communication Skills

Explore communication styles, non-verbal communication, and keys to communication that will educate and empower. Free. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, 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

Monday, March 5-Friday, March 9

Beauty Across Cultures Exhibit highlighting Women's History Month. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Wednesday, March 7

Erian Armanios

Engineering Structures Are Made of ... Erian Armanios, right, professor and chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, provides an overview of laminated composites and examples of their potential uses. Light breakfast provided. Register. Free to first-time guests, otherwise a $5 donation is requested. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Women's History Month Lecture Series Crista DeLuzio, associate professor of history at Southern Methodist University, presents "New Girls for Old: Psychology, Anthropology, and the Making of the Modern Adolescent Girl." Free. Noon, Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Women's and Gender Studies.

Women: Friends or Frenemies Forum Discussion Part of Women's History Month. Free. Noon, Bluebonnet Ballroom South, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Leadership Center, Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program.

Architecture Lecture Series Sandro Marpillero, founding partner of Marpillero Pollak Architects in New York and adjunct professor in architecture and urban design at Columbia University, is the guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

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

Going Out

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.

Wednesday, March 7


Blood Drive 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Library mall. Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity.

$2 Movie: Cowboys and Aliens A spaceship arrives in 1873 Arizona to take over the earth, starting with the Wild West. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 9, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Planetarium.

Guest Artist Piano Recital Juyeon Kang, an associate professor of music at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, March 9

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas State. $5. 6:30 p.m.; also 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11; Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Softball Mavericks vs. Nicholls State. $5. 6 p.m.; also 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10; Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.


Kana Harada and Ruben Nieto Exhibit A sculptural installation by Harada and oil on canvas paintings by Nieto. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m., Saturdays. Through March 31. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

There's No Sun Shining Through Graduate student Corey Gossett ('06 BFA) explores 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 Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. 7 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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