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

Monday, March 19, 2012


White House conference on LGBT on campus Tuesday

The White House LGBT conference on safe schools and communities is 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event will feature remarks from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

The conference is one of a series of events the White House is coordinating this year to raise awareness of issues of interest to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited.

“UT Arlington is pleased to be a partner in presenting this important conference focused on what educators, law enforcement officials, and others can do to curb bullying, harassment, and violence in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “These issues relate to critical research and academic studies under way within our University, and we look forward to the awareness this event will help foster.”

The conference is in partnership with the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, a division of the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Education and Health Professions.

Read more about the White House conference.

Jeb Bush

Maverick Speakers Series features Jeb Bush

Tickets are still available to see former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 8 p.m. 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

The 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.

Diverse group of restaurants announced for College Park District

Five restaurants will be among the first retail tenants in the 20-acre College Park District development, scheduled for completion this summer.

The restaurants reflect the diversity of UT Arlington as they include a pizza franchise, a Vietnamese-style noodle house, a Mediterranean grill, and a frozen yogurt shop. Work on the retail space will continue through the spring and additional tenant announcements are expected soon. A grand opening is set for Sept. 1.

College Park restaurants will include:

MAVS Sports Grill is a new, sports-themed concept that will occupy about 4,500 square feet on the north side of Moritz Plaza, directly across from the College Park Center entrance.

Pho Xpress, also owned by the MAVS Sports Grill group, will occupy an adjacent 3,500 square feet just west of the new Dan Dipert University Welcome Center.

GRIP Mediterranean Grill, a new, fast casual concept from the owners of Terra Mediterranean Grill and Ali Baba restaurants, offers pita sandwiches, salads, and sides. GRIP will occupy 2,000 square feet at 115 W. Second St.

Pie Five Pizza Co., a concept from Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., specializes in personal-size pizzas assembled in front of the customer, baked, and ready to eat in less than five minutes. The outlet will operate from 2,200 square feet at 501 S. Pecan St.

Coolberry Frozen Yogurt, offers more than 90 flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 20 smoothie varieties. The franchise will occupy 1,600 square feet at 439 S. Pecan St.

Read more about the College Park District development.

Sustainable 16

University qualifies for Sustainable 16

UT Arlington has been selected as a finalist of the Sustainable 16, a group of colleges and universities that demonstrate excellence in environmental and sustainability academics.

“As centers of change, innovation, and progress, universities and colleges are well-poised to take the lead on sustainability,” says Meghna Tare, director of the Office of Sustainability. “By adopting good environmental practices, not only can campuses reduce their own environmental impact, but also serve as role models for their larger communities.”

The first-ever national tournament for environmental and sustainability academic excellence is sponsored by Enviance Inc., a global provider of environmental solutions; and Environmental Leader, a daily trade publication for energy, environmental, and sustainability news.

The winning schools were selected by a group of distinguished environmental science professionals who will determine 2012’s National Environmental Studies Champion on Monday, April 2.

Read more about the Sustainable 16.

Record-setting basketball season comes to a close

The Mavericks record-setting men's basketball season is over, but not without a fight. The team lost 82-72 to Washington in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday in Seattle.

The score was tied at halftime and UT Arlington trailed by three points with 7:14 left to play when Washington went on a 9-0 run to put the game away.

Setting a school record for wins in a season and most consecutive wins, the Mavericks finished 24-9, highlighted by a mid-season string of 16 straight victories and winning the Southland Conference regular season title.

Read more about the Mavericks in the NIT.

  Mav Pic Benefits fair

Zoom, zoom

Stacey McKendry, assistant director at Trinity House, tries out the Vectrix electric scooter that was being raffled off during the Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair on Wednesday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. More than 65 vendors and organizations displayed their wares at the Staff Advisory Council-sponsored fair, which was attended by nearly 500 staff members.

Hear presentations from library dean candidates today and Wednesday

Faculty and staff are invited to attend open forums for library dean candidates this week.

Sohair Wastawy, dean of university libraries at Illinois State University, makes her presentation 9:30-10:30 a.m. today, Monday, March 19, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Hear Jesus Lau, adviser to the academic provost at Universidad Veracruzana, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Room 204 of Pickard Hall.

Rebecca Bichel, associate director for public services at Florida State University, and Grace Agnew, associate university librarian at Rutgers University, made presentations prior to Spring Break.

Volunteer to help victims at SafeHaven

Join Staff Advisory Council volunteers in helping victims of domestic violence at SafeHaven in Arlington 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31. SafeHaven assists adults and children by providing support and educational programs. Volunteers will lead a children’s activity at the shelter, then serve lunch to residents.

To volunteer, participants must submit a completed background release form by Friday, March 23. Access the form at For more information, contact Joanna Ng at

Register for The Big Event projects

Registration opens today, Monday, March 19, for The Big Event, a day of community service set for Saturday, April 21.

Faculty, staff, students, and community members can choose from The Big Event project list for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including a few that are both.

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

Parking lots closed for campus events

Lots F-11, 38, and 39 will be closed Tuesday, March 20, for the White House conference on campus.

On Friday, March 23, Lot F-13 will close at 5 p.m. for Maverick Speakers Series parking.

Benefit Yourself

Performance Management Forms and Procedures

An overview of the new forms and procedures for Performance Management. This is the last class offered prior to the March 30 deadline for performance reviews. Free. 2-3 p.m., Friday, March 23, 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.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, March 20

'Envisioning the Future of North Texas and Its Metroplex' Wes Jurey, president and CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, moderates a panel discussion on the College of Engineering's strategic planning process. Free. 3 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Engineering.

Wednesday, March 21

Women's and Gender Studies Mini-Conference A mini-conference of student scholarship related to women's and gender studies topics will be held in conjunction with the 2012 ACES conference. The first Women's and Gender Studies Student Excellence Awards will be presented. Part of Women's History Month. Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's and Gender Studies.


'Culture of Silence: Stalking Awareness' This film offers a realistic exploration of the common misconceptions about stalking and a way to respond to the crime. A panel discussion after the film is hosted by Counseling Services, the UT Arlington Police Department, and Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention. Brown bag lunch. Refreshments provided. Free. Noon, Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. RVSP, Professional Development Committee, Student Affairs,

Architecture Lecture Series Features Victoria Meyers, founding partner at Hanrahan Meyers Architects, New York. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Thursday, March 22

ACES Symposium The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students symposium showcases research and creativity. Oral presentations 8:20-11:40 a.m. and 1-4 p.m., upper level rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Posters 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge. Reception and awards ceremony 5 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom. ACES.

Friday, March 23

ACES Roundtable with Faculty Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joins members of the faculty in a roundtable discussion of current events and issues affecting higher education. Free. 3 p.m., Carlisle Suite, Academy Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. ACES.

Monday, March 26

Foreign Affairs Ronald K. McMullen, diplomat-in-residence at UT Austin, discusses his recent service as U.S. Ambassador to the state of Eritrea in eastern Africa along with other foreign services. Free. Noon, Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Anthropology.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Glass artists to present works at annual sale

Glass show

Beautifully crafted works of glass art will go on sale to the public Friday, March 30, at UT Arlington’s annual World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Drive.

The event includes collector art pieces, vases, paperweights, platters, bowls, small sculptures, and other items for sale. Graduate students, faculty, and staff in UT Arlington’s renowned glass art program craft most of the work. A number of pieces have been donated by visiting glass artists who have lectured and blown glass in the campus studio during the past year.

The sale runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with silent auction bids accepted 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Glass blowing demonstrations will be part of the show.

Half of the proceeds from student work go to the student artists. The rest benefits the glass art program and will be used to purchase or build equipment and to repair existing equipment. Faculty and staff build and maintain all of the program’s state-of-the art equipment.

For more information, contact the Studio Arts Center at 2-2891.

Monday, March 19

Softball Mavericks vs. Nicholls State, two games. $5. Noon, Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Drake. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Guest Artists: Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse World-renowned horn quartet group entertains with a unique sense of humor and technique. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 20

Music Honors Recital Features performances by music faculty members and outstanding students in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 21

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. Wichita State. Free. 3 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

$2 Movie: Moneyball Nominated for six Academy Awards. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 23, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Planetarium.

Tracey Ashley: One Mic Stand Comedy From her stories of growing up in the South to the weird happenings of her life, Tracey Ashley will keep you laughing. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, March 23

Softball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. $5. 6 p.m.; also 2 p.m. Saturday March 24, Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Friends of the Library Joe Bax discusses his book, The General and Monaville, Texas. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Faculty Voice Recital Features baritone David Grogan, assistant professor of voice. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Saturday, March 24


Track and Field Bobby Lane Invitational, men's and women's competition. $5. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Maverick Stadium. Athletics.

Wind Symphony Concert Features the premiere performance of world-renowned composer David Maslanka's epic new Symphony No. 9. The entire concert will be devoted to the presentation of this monumental work for winds and percussion. $5. Tickets. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Planetarium Take an adventure along the spectrum in Cosmic Colors. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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



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