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

Monday, November 12, 2012


University receives grant to launch Veterans Upward Bound

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded UT Arlington a $1.25 million grant to fund a Veterans Upward Bound program for five years.

Veterans Upward Bound serves veterans who are low-income or the first in their families to attend college. The grant allows for 135 participants and will provide free counseling, mentoring, pre-college academic instruction, tutoring, and other support.

The UT Arlington program launched this fall and is one of 51 nationwide to receive the federal support.

“We are committed to helping our veterans, many of whom are fresh out of combat and need extra support and confidence to achieve their educational goals,” says Lisa Thompson, director of TRiO Pre-College Programs, which developed the grant proposal along with the University’s Student Veterans Advisory Council.

The federal funding also will allow the program to hire a program coordinator, adviser, and other staff and to recruit military veterans from Dallas and Tarrant counties who want to pursue a college education.

Read more about the Veterans Upward Bound program.

Feedback on strategic planning due Tuesday

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.

Kathryn Holliday

Dr. Kathryn Holliday

Focus on Faculty combines with GIS Day

How cities grow is the topic of the Focus on Faculty lecture with Kathryn Holliday, assistant professor of architecture, at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Her lecture is part of GIS Day 2012.

An architecture historian, Dr. Holliday is the author of the recently released book Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century and director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture in the School of Architecture.

She will discuss a project on georeferencing maps of the Dallas-Fort Worth area from the Library's Special Collections using ArcGIS software. By overlaying these georeferenced maps, researchers can piece together the architectural and broader history of the region. The maps then are converted into Google Earth format. UCLA's Hypercities Project has begun to use the DFW maps.

GIS Day 2012 includes examples of spatial analysis and maps, prizes, and a giant GIS Day cake. The day concludes with a geocaching event at 4 p.m. on the Library mall.

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Remembering those who served

Chris Torres, right, was among the veterans honored during the Day of Remembrance on Thursday at the Library mall where he received a flag and bracelet from Cliff Garinn, chair of the Student Veterans Advisory Council. Torres, a social work graduate student, is a Navy veteran. Garinn, coordinator of career services in the Career Center, is a Marine veteran. Funds donated at the event benefited the Student Veterans Organization.

University receives clean air award

UT Arlington received the award for Best Community Impact in the Working for Clean Air Awards presented by the North Texas Commission last week at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas.

In its eighth year, the awards program recognizes organizations in the region that demonstrate outstanding efforts to improve local air quality. UT Arlington was one of 15 North Texas organizations receiving awards.

For more information about clean air and the environment, see Campus Sustainability.

Recycle electronic items Wednesday

Recycle those old electronic items 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, near the southwest corner of Woolf Hall for America Recycles Day.

Departments will be responsible for bringing their items for recycling. Items with a UT Arlington sticker will not be accepted.

Bring computers/CPUs, monitors, computer peripherals, printers, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers, televisions, VCRs, microwaves, stereos, home and office phones, cellphones, consumer electronics, printer cartridges, and rechargeable alkaline batteries.

Campus Sustainability hosts the event. For more information, contact Becky Valentich at or 2-0199.

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.

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State Employees Charitable Campaign ends Thursday

This week is your last opportunity for online giving through payroll deduction in the State Employees Charitable Campaign.

Give online at SECC. Instructions are on the website. Deadline for donations is Thursday, Nov. 15.

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

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

Note parking and street closings

The roof level of the Park South garage will be closed to parking from 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, until Tuesday, Nov. 20. Those affected should park in other areas of the Park South garage or in the Park Central garage.

Pecan Street, from UTA Boulevard to Mitchell Street, will close at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The street will reopen Saturday, Nov. 17, at approximately 3 p.m.

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

Food for Thought: Holiday Food Hangovers

Diet, stress, and meal tips for a healthier holiday season are presented in a fun and entertaining manner. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Human Resources Training Classes.

Nurse Practitioners Day

Meet the nurse practitioners from Health Services, and enjoy snacks and educational information. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Great American Smokeout

Great American Smokeout

Make the pledge to stay smoke free along with your friends and family. Education information and carbon dioxide screenings available. Free snacks and giveaways. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Mindful Moments

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. 13

Micro and Nano-Systems Distinguished Speaker Series Herbert Bennett, executive adviser of the physical measurement laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, discusses "Perspectives from Developers of Technology Roadmaps and Standards." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Nanofab,, 2-1536.

Financial Literacy Program Representatives from Fannie Mae and Operation HOPE discuss budgeting and banking. Free. 1-3 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

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

Architecture Lecture Series Featured speaker is Hansy Better Barraza, associate professor of architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and co-founder and a principal partner at Studio Luz Architects in Boston. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Thursday, Nov. 15


Little by Little/Poco a Poquito: How Latinos Are Making the Internet Work for Them Sara Ines Calderon, right, 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., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Micro and Nano-Systems Distinguished Speaker Series Haiying Huang, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, discusses "Microwave Patch Antennas for Battery-less Wiring Sensing." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Nanofab,, 2-1536.

Biology Colloquium Series Eric Hansen, professor of microbiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, discusses "Inhibition of Phagocytosis by the Haemophilus ducreyi LspA1 and LspA2 Proteins." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

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

Going Out
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Basketball openers highlight Homecoming


The men's basketball home opener with Oklahoma and the women's game with Oral Roberts highlight the Homecoming 2012 festivities this week.

Things start today, Monday, Nov. 12, with Paint Your Ride. Events Thursday, Nov. 15, include a residence hall decorating contest, the chili cook-off, volleyball, and a jazz concert.

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 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 basketball game, and the Afterparty and fireworks follow the game.

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.

For more information, see Homecoming 2012. Get tickets at

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 Ensemble Concert Features performers from the Department of Music. 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.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Guest Artist Piano Recital Features Brian Marks, associate professor of piano at Baylor University. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Nov. 15

World Trivia Night Teams test their knowledge of various countries and cultures around the world. Part of International Education Week. Free. 6 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education, Study Abroad.

Tim Ishii

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Louisiana Tech. White Out Night so wear white. Tickets $6. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Fall Jazz Big Band Concert Features the Jazz Orchestra, directed by Tim Ishii, right, and the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ken Edwards. Guest artists include Jim Riggs, saxophone, and Dan Haerle, piano. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. 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. Due to subject matter and language, Marisol is recommended for adult audiences only. $7. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Maverick Theatre Company.

Friday, Nov. 16

Friends of the Library Elzie D. Odom, former Arlington mayor, shares stories of his great-great-great-grandfather, who escaped slavery in Mississippi to move to Texas. He also discusses other recollections from his book Counting My Blessings. Reception and book signing follow. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Saturday, Nov. 17

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Conducted by Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music. Features the winners of the Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Seth Meyers

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 today, 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 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.

Violent Universe

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands Maps depict Caribbean history. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Feb. 9, 2013, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe in Violent Universe. 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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



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