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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Homecoming 2012 collage

Men's basketball game with Oklahoma highlights Homecoming activities

Tickets are still available for the men's basketball home opener with Oklahoma on Friday, Nov. 16. The game highlights Homecoming, which has been moved to the fall this year.

Volunteers are needed to work behind the scenes. Sign up to help with the Homecoming Chili Bracket Bowl, the Party on Pecan, the Homecoming 2012 Parade and Pep Rally, the Afterparty, the 5K walk/run, and other events at Homecoming Volunteers.

Homecoming events include a residence hall decorating contest, the chili cook-off, volleyball, and a jazz concert on Thursday, Nov. 15.

On Friday, Nov. 16, the men's basketball game against Oklahoma at 7 p.m. in College Park Center highlights the day's activities. The women’s basketball team plays at 2 p.m. followed by the Party on Pecan at 4:30 p.m., and the Homecoming 2012 Parade and Pep Rally at 5:30 p.m. Homecoming king and queen coronation is at halftime of the men's game, and the Afterparty follows.

Events on Saturday, Nov. 17, include a golf tournament, a 5K walk/run, reunions, and tours, along with evening events that include a step show, a symphony concert, and The Bash.

Read more and find registration information at Homecoming 2012. Get tickets at

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.

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Veterans recognition

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks ('71 BBA) spoke to faculty, staff, and student veterans at A Celebration of Service on Wednesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. The event honored veterans and featured presentations, a flag ceremony, and more. President James D. Spaniolo and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch also provided remarks.


Nominate professors for doctoral student mentoring award

The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for this year's Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring.

The award is for faculty members with a strong record of excellence in mentoring graduate students. Effective mentoring is a crucial determinant of the academic and professional success of a graduate student. This award provides the UT Arlington community the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and reward outstanding mentors.

A panel of faculty, students, and Graduate Studies leadership will select the winner. The person chosen will receive $3,000 and will be recognized at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students Awards Ceremony and at the Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates.

See the call for nominations and the nomination form. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 30. For details, contact Lisa Berry at

Provide aid with Angel Tree

Help a child or senior citizen have a special holiday season this year by giving to the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree, hosted by UTA Volunteers and the Leadership Center.

Angels are available for adoption through Monday, Dec. 3. To pick up an Angel, stop by the Leadership Center, Suite B160, on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Gifts must be returned to the Leadership Center by Wednesday, Dec. 5.

For more information, call 2-9220 or contact Loretta Pequeño-Griffin at

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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

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.

OIT plans maintenance Sunday, Nov. 18

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance 2-7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Users can expect to experience outages in service intermittently during this period.

Benefit Yourself
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Lighten your favorite foods during the holidays

No matter the family history, culture, heritage, or country, each special season and holiday throughout the year comes with traditional favorite foods—and they're often high in calories and fat. Learn how you can make changes to time-honored recipes to help keep traditions alive and allow you to eat lighter and healthier in the November issue of the UT System Health Newsletter.

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., today, 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,

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
  Kevin Butler

High hopes: Kevin Butler is the top returning scorer for the men’s basketball team, which posted a 24-9 record last season.

Basketball teams open season on road this week

Men’s and women’s basketball teams open the 2012-13 season with road games on opposite coasts Friday, Nov. 9, as the men play at Cal State Bakersfield while the women play George Washington in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Butler, Jordan Reves, and Shaquille White-Miller are the top returnees for the men’s team, which won the Southland Conference regular season title and played in the National Invitation Tournament last year.

The women’s team returns every starter but one as it seeks to improve this season with the teams moving into the Western Athletic Conference. The women play at Michigan State on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Both teams open the home season with games Friday, Nov. 16, at College Park Center during Homecoming weekend. The featured game has the men playing Oklahoma at 7 p.m. after the women meet Oral Roberts at 2 p.m.

Cross country at NCAA regional Friday

Men’s and women’s cross country teams compete in the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday, Nov. 9, in Fayetteville, Ark.

The men will be trying to add to their Western Athletic Conference championship, which they captured last month.

Top teams and individuals in the regional advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday, Nov. 19, in Louisville, Ky.

Volleyball seeks to clinch spot in WAC tournament

The volleyball team will be trying to earn a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with matches at Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 8, and Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The Mavericks are currently eighth in the standings and only the top eight teams advance to the WAC Tournament Nov. 19-21 in San Antonio.

Last week, the team suffered home losses to UT San Antonio and Texas State. The regular season finale is against Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in College Park Center.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

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.

Film: Choctaw Code Talkers Screening of film that honors veterans. Part of Native American Heritage Month. Free. 4 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Native American Student Association, Multicultural Affairs.

Friday, Nov. 9

Mavs Book Club This month's selection is The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, by Terry Ryan. The group will discuss the book and the movie of the same name. All faculty and staff are welcome. Noon, University Club, ground floor, Davis Hall. Mavs Book Club.

Marisol actress

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.

Maverick Theatre Company: Marisol The Obie Award-winning play is an apocalyptic urban fantasy written by Jose’ Rivera and directed by Andrew Gaupp, professor of theatre arts. Rosalinda Olivares, right, theatre arts junior, plays the lead role. Due to subject matter and language, Marisol is recommended for adult audiences only. $7. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Maverick Theatre Company.

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 to campus for a concert of her music. Special guests include the SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jack Delaney. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Nov. 12

Homecoming: Paint Your Ride Have your car painted with Maverick pride for Homecoming. Removable car decals also are available. Noon-2 p.m., Arlington Hall. Freshman Leaders on Campus.

Comedy sketch: 1491s Group satire on Christopher Columbus' trip west. Free. 7 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Native American Student Association, Multicultural Affairs.

Fall Percussion Recital A concert featuring percussion performers and ensembles. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

International Food Fair Taste delicious food from around the world prepared by student nationality organizations. Part of International Education Week. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., University Center Mall. International Education.

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. If 50 or more attend, door prizes will include VIP tickets to the Maverick Speakers Series, featuring Seth Meyers. 3-4 p.m., Room 245, Business Building. Staff Advisory Council.

Film: Vincent Who? Viewing of director Curtis Chin's short documentary about a gruesome, racially charged murder. A discussion by Chin follows. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free. 6:30 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Music Honors Recital 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.

Coming up

Texas Recycles Day E-Waste Collection A truck is available for electronic waste disposal. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, University Center mall near Woolf Hall. Sustainability.

GIS Day 2012 Global event to educate people about the variety of uses for geographic information systems. Free. Noon-5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, sixth floor parlor and library mall, Central Library. GIS Day 2012.

Kathryn Holliday

Center for African American Studies Lecture Eusebius Small, 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.

Focus on Faculty Kathryn Holliday, right, assistant professor of architecture, discusses "How Cities Grow." Part of GIS Day activities. Free. Noon, Wednesday, Nov. 14, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Focus on Faculty.

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. See the Homecoming schedule. Nov. 15-17, College Park Center and other locations. Student Affairs.

Grand Opening: College Park District Ribbon-cutting and reception honors donors, City of Arlington, First Baptist Church-Arlington, community partners, and friends. 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, rooftop, Park South garage, College Park District.

Maverick Speakers Series Features Saturday Night Live favorite Seth Meyers. Free, but tickets required. Premium seating package also available for $25. 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.


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.

African Art

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 like the face mask with braided fiber headdress, right, 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 Experience the Aurora with time-lapse images of the Aurora Borealis captured with high-resolution cameras during seven months in the Arctic Circle. 6 p.m. Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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