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

Monday, November 5, 2012

Celebration of Service

A Celebration of Service recognizes veterans Wednesday

The University salutes its more than 1,200 military veterans during a week of special events that includes a celebration featuring retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks ('71 BBA).

All faculty, staff, and student veterans who have served in the U.S. military or are on active duty are invited to attend “A Celebration of Service” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. The event will include presentations, refreshments, a flag ceremony, music, and more.

Franks retired from active duty in 2003 as the commander of the United States Central Command. He was the general leading the attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001. He also led the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein.

President James D. Spaniolo will welcome participants along with Rick Lynch, a retired Army lieutenant general who is the executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute.

Read more about A Celebration of Service.


MavAlert Emergency Notification System test Wednesday; update your contact information

The next system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

During the Wednesday test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “Attention: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. Update your emergency contact information at”

The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also 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.

Submit your feedback on Strategic Planning

A draft University strategic plan and vision statement are available for review and comment by faculty and staff at Strategic Planning.

During the last half of the spring semester, three University planning committees reviewed and gathered input from campus planning forums and the planning website to develop goals and objectives for each planning priority. A draft was created during the summer. Early in the fall semester, academic deans provided feedback that was incorporated into the draft plan.

Review the documents and provide any additional feedback by Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Seth Meyers poster

'An Evening with Seth Meyers' next in Maverick Speakers Series

Saturday Night Live favorite Seth Meyers is featured in the next presentation of the Maverick Speakers Series Monday, Nov. 19, at College Park Center.

General admission tickets are free. A premium seating package for $25 includes a front-of-the-house seat, reserved parking near the venue, and more. Tickets are available through

Meyers is in his sixth season as head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor on Saturday Night Live. This year marks his 11th season as part of the SNL cast. Before “Update,” Meyers was a regular player in SNL sketches and performed numerous characters and impressions.

He has hosted the Webby Awards twice. Most recently, he hosted the 2011 ESPY Awards and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. He co-created The Awesomes with Mike Shoemaker of SNL. The half-hour series was picked up by and will premiere in 2013.

An audience question-and-answer session follows the presentation.

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Voting early

President James D. Spaniolo and Student Congress President Jennifer Fox leave the Maverick Activities Center on Friday after casting their ballots during early voting. More than 2,500 students, faculty, and staff packed the MAC last week preceding Tuesday's general election.


Police Department compliance comment session set for today

The public and the University community can comment on the UT Arlington Police Department's compliance with professional standards 5-7 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 5, in Room 200 at the Wetsel Service Center.

The session is part of an on-site assessment by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The commission requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

The assessment team also will accept comments by telephone at 2-5496 between 1 and 5 p.m. or 2-8601 between 5 and 7 p.m. today. Appearances at the public information session and telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards is available at the police department office, 700 S. Davis Drive. Local contacts are Chief of Police Bob Hayes and Accreditation Manager Melissa Mais.

Submit written comments about the Police Department’s compliance with the standards for accreditation to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155.

Help Hurricane Sandy survivors with your support

Faculty and staff are invited to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy by providing financial support.

Donations are being accepted by the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and the Humane Society of the United States.

You can also text donations. For more information, see Hurricane Sandy: How you can help.

State Employees Charitable Campaign online giving extended through Nov. 15

Online giving for payroll deduction only in the State Employees Charitable Campaign has been extended through Thursday, Nov. 15.

Give online at SECC. Instructions are on the website.

If you prefer to fill out a form, contact your department representative or the Learning and Development team in Human Resources at 2-5554 or

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Words for warriors

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, shown with his wife Sarah, spoke Wednesday to soldiers who were participating in the Army Warrior Games Wheelchair Basketball Camp on campus last week. More than 30 soldiers took part in the camp held by Movin' Mavs coach Doug Garner, who also serves as the Army coach in Warrior Games competition.

Refer outstanding students to serve as peer educators for spring 2013

The University College Learning Center is looking for motivated students to become peer educators for spring 2013.

Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses, with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and have completed at least one semester of coursework at UT Arlington.

All students must have earned an A or B in the course for which they are applying. History indicates that the best applicants come from faculty and staff recommendations.

Positions are open for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders. For more information on these positions, visit Deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 26.

Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Academic Adviser in the following categories: professional staff adviser, undergraduate faculty adviser, and graduate faculty adviser. Nominations should be submitted online by Jan. 28, 2013.

Since 1984, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. Many advisers have been recognized nationally by the National Academic Advising Association for their commitment to helping students succeed. See the complete list of award winners.

For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.

Sign up for Homecoming Golf Tournament

Enjoy 18 holes, prizes, and refreshments at the Homecoming Golf Tournament Saturday, Nov. 17, at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth. Entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 9.

For more information, contact Chris Muller at or 2-3277.

Donate books and magazines to aid underprivileged families

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is holding a magazine and book drive. Needed are gently used children’s books and G-rated magazines. Donations help a Child Care Management Services program that aids underprivileged families.

Drop-off location is Room B29 in the Central Library. The drive continues through Friday, Nov. 16.

For more information or to request office pickup, contact Kevin Schuck at

Benefit Yourself
Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training

Learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the LGBTQA community. Free. 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Personnel Management Webinar

A program for recent graduates and current students on how to find and apply for federal positions. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, Room 216, Davis Hall. Career Center.

R.A.D. Women's Self-Defense

Learn the basic principles of self-defense, risk avoidance, and more. Free for female faculty, staff, and students. Register online. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, Room 102, Maverick Activities Center. UT Arlington Police,

Mindful Moments

Is this going to be the week you take a break from stress with Mindful Moments? Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.

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, Nov. 6

Book signing Local author Jack Duffy signs copies of his book, The Man from 2063, about a lawyer who travels from the future to prevent a conspiracy from killing John F. Kennedy. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., UT Arlington Bookstore.

Lambda Arts and Education Series Gender identity workshop. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Micro and Nano-Systems Distinguished Speaker Series Taher Saif, professor of mechanical science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses "A Micro Scale Swimming Biobot Powered by Synchoronous Beating of Cardiac Cells." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Nanofab,, 2-1536.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Kevin White

Curriculum and Instruction Luncheon Series Evie Malaia, assistant professor in mind, brain, and education, presents "Neural Re-Wiring in Second Language Learning," and Kevin White, right, assistant professor of science education, presents "A Discipline-Specific Approach to Teaching Diversity and Equity in the Classroom." A discussion follows. Bring your lunch. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 333, Science Hall. College of Education and Health Professions, Curriculum and Instruction. Peggy Semingson,

Architecture Lecture Series Speaker is Mack Scogin of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Thursday, Nov. 8

Biology Colloquium Series Michael Udvardi of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation discusses "Functional Genomics of Symbiotic Nitrogren Fixation in Legumes." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Nov. 9

Entrepreneurship in the Arts Nancy Whitenack, owner and founder of Conduit Gallery, discusses her views of the gallery business, the artists she has represented, and her 30 years of experience in the art world. Free. 1 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Marisol' opens stage run Friday


The Maverick Theatre Company presents the Obie Award-winning play Marisol, an apocalyptic urban fantasy written by Jose’ Rivera and directed by Andrew Gaupp, professor of theatre arts.

As a war in heaven turns Earth into its battleground, Marisol must find a way to navigate her world’s changing landscape and hold onto the only things she has left: her friends, her home, and her humanity.

Pictured from left are Rosalinda Olivares, theatre arts junior, as Marisol; Robert Charles Bell, theatre arts senior, as Lenny; and Jennifer Nicole Weber, theatre arts senior, as June.

Due to subject matter and language, Marisol is recommended for adult audiences only.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10, and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Studio Theatre at the Fine Arts Building.

Tickets are $7. Contact the box office for reservations at 2-2669.

Monday, Nov. 5

Veterans Appreciation Week Morning colors, reveille, flag raising by ROTC start the week's observance. Free. 8 a.m., flag poles, Library. Student Veterans Advisory Council.

Downtown Arlington Music Monday A lunchtime concert featuring music students. Free lunch served after the concert. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center St. Music.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Veterans Appreciation Week Discover on-campus resources for veterans. Snacks provided. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Veterans Advisory Council.

One Night in Asia Talent Show Enjoy performances by student organizations including the Asian Student Association, Filipino Student Association, Fine Arts Society of India, and more. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Veterans Appreciation Week Learn about off-campus resources for veterans. Snacks provided. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Veterans Advisory Council.

Veterans Day: A Celebration of Service Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks ('71 BBA) is the keynote speaker. Faculty, staff, and students who have veteran or active military status are invited to a celebration recognizing their dedication and service. Refreshments, presentations, flag ceremony, music, and more. 3:30-5 p.m., program 4 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the President, 2-5300.

SAI Musicale Benefit Concert features soloists and small ensembles performing a variety of music. Benefits men's cancer awareness, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota service organization. Donations accepted. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Nov. 8

Day of Remembrance A rendition of "Taps" will be played, and members of the Student Veterans Advisory Council will sell refreshments to raise funds for the Student Veterans Organization. 12:20 p.m., Library Mall.

Friday, Nov. 9

Guest Artists: Wyeth String Quartet Formerly known as the Fort Worth Symphony String Quartet, the group is comprised of the orchestra's principal string players. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Augusta Reed Thomas

Friday Night Films: Ted Rated R. Free popcorn. Other concessions available. Admission $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Nov. 10

UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert Conductor Douglas Stotter welcomes distinguished guest composer Augusta Reed Thomas, right, to campus for a concert of her music. Special guests include the SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jack Delaney. $5 Tickets. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

International Education Week Includes World Trivia Night, which tests teams on their knowledge of various countries and cultures around the world. Each team is allowed one faculty or staff member. Register by today, Monday, Nov. 5. International Education Week is Nov. 12-16. World Trivia Night is 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education, Study Abroad.

Mav Up for Homecoming Join fellow staff members in learning the alma mater, fight song, spirit motions, and more. Meet Blaze and the Wranglers. Win door prizes and enjoy refreshments. 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, Room 245, Business Building. Staff Advisory Council.

Eusebius Small

Center for African American Studies Lecture Eusebius Small, right, assistant professor of social work, discusses “HIV/AIDS Today: Why it Still Matters.” Free. Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 14, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. African American Studies.

Little by Little/Poco a Poquito: How Latinos Are Making the Internet Work for Them Sara Ines Calderon discusses Latino accomplishments and challenges in high technology. She co-founded the websites NewsTaco and Mas Wired and works for the Latino YouTube network MiTu. Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Homecoming 2012 Highlights include men's and women's basketball games, a volleyball match, Homecoming parade, street party, reunions, tours, games, a 5K run, and more. Signup for the Homecoming Chili Bracket Bowl has been extended until Wednesday, Nov. 7. Parade entries also due Wednesday. See the Homecoming schedule. Nov. 15-17, College Park Center and other locations. Student Affairs.


Presidential Campaigns and Memorabilia More than 150 U.S. presidential buttons, from the 1896 election of William McKinley to the current 2012 campaign, are included in the collection of UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. Free. Through Monday, Nov. 12, first floor lobby, Central Library. An exhibit of political cartoons is on the second floor.

The Gallery at UTA: Harry Geffert and Chuck Ramirez Works feature bronze castings of Texas and plant life and photographs that explore personal identity and consumer culture. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Nov. 17. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.


Gallery 76102: A Study of Water and What Once Was a Forest Loli Kantor's documentary photography and Hiroko Kubo's sculptural exploration are revealed in this exhibit, right. Free. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Friday, Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

African Art Collection Includes works collected by Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, and his wife, Tanya Dowdey. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Room 2109, Visual Resources Commons, Fine Arts Building. Through Friday, Dec. 21. African Art Collection.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 5, 2013, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Special Collections.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands Maps depict not only the geography of the islands but also reflect many of the themes of Caribbean and American history as well as cartographic history. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Feb. 9, 2013, Special Collections, sixth floor, 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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