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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rachel Croson

Dr. Rachel Croson

Economist named dean of College of Business

Rachel Croson, a UT Dallas economics professor and the director of the UT Dallas Negotiations Center, has been named dean of the College of Business.

For the past two years, Dr. Croson has served as the National Science Foundation’s division director for Social and Economic Sciences, managing a $100 million annual budget and eight programs.

President James D. Spaniolo says Croson brings a breadth of teaching and interdisciplinary research experience that will further advance the University's mission of becoming a nationally recognized research institution.

“Dean Croson already has accomplished much in her career, and we are pleased that she will lead this dynamic academic division of The University of Texas at Arlington,” Spaniolo says. “Our business programs are outstanding. We will look to her to build upon our successes and propel these critical programs to the next level.”

Croson succeeds Dan Himarios, who recently was named vice provost and executive director of the Center for Global Academic Initiatives. She officially begins her new position Jan. 14, 2013.

Read more about the new College of Business dean.


Homecoming events begin today

The men's basketball home opener with Oklahoma, the women's game with Oral Roberts, a parade, parties, music, reunions, and fireworks are all part of the Homecoming 2012 festivities this week.

Events today, Thursday, Nov. 15, include a residence hall decorating contest, the Homecoming Chili Bracket Bowl, the final home volleyball match, and a big band 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 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

Prepare for street closures, parking changes for Homecoming

Pecan Street, from UTA Boulevard to Mitchell Street, will close at 7 a.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 15, to make preparations for the Party on Pecan and the Homecoming 2012 Parade. The street will reopen Saturday, Nov. 17, at approximately 3 p.m.

Lot 49 will close at 2 p.m. and lots F10 and 52 will close at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, for the Homecoming fireworks show. All remaining vehicles in those lots will be towed at the owner’s expense. See campus map.

Streets and parking lots surrounding the Maverick Activities Center will close Saturday morning for the 5K walk/run.

The roof level of the Park South garage will be closed until Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers here Monday in Maverick Speakers Series

See Saturday Night Live favorite Seth Meyers in the next presentation of the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in College Park Center.

Tickets are free, but required. They 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.

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

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Focus on architecture

Dr. Kathryn Holliday, assistant professor of architecture and director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, discussed how cities grow as part of Focus on Faculty and GIS Day on Wednesday at the Central Library. Her presentation included information about Dallas/Fort Worth architectural history using geographic information systems.


Compliance office relocates

University Compliance Services has moved to the Wetsel Service Center, Room 212F. Telephone numbers and mailing address (box number) remain the same.

Compliance previously was located in the Swift Center.

Night Walk set for Tuesday

Student Congress senators and University officials will survey the campus and note safety concerns during the annual Night Walk program Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Anyone interested in joining the walk should gather at 6 p.m. outside the Starbucks at E.H. Hereford University Center.

For more information, contact Alex Whitaker at

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

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Homecoming barkers

Mujhtuba Baksh, biology freshman, and Edgar Silva, aerospace engineering freshman, drum up business for the Paint Your Ride event at Arlington Hall, where students decorated vehicles for this week's Homecoming festivities.

Charitable campaign ends today

Today is the last chance 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 today, 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

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

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

OIT plans maintenance Sunday

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

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., today, Thursday, Nov. 15, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Fresh Start from Tobacco

A series of four sessions designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. Free. See time schedule. Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 20-21, Room B03, Health Services Center. Human Resources Training Classes.

CPR/Automatic External Defibrillator

Covers first-aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR, and AED use. Participants who successfully complete the class will receive an American Heart Association certification card valid for two years. Register at Maverick Activities Center service and information desk. $40. 1-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

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
Jordan Reves

Grand opening: Senior Jordan Reves grabbed 14 rebounds at Cal State Bakersfield to help the Mavericks win their season opener and will lead the team against Oklahoma in Friday's Homecoming contest.


Mav Men host OU on Friday

After opening the season with a win, the men’s basketball team hosts Oklahoma for Homecoming at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in College Park Center.

Senior Jordan Reves sank a layup and blocked a shot in the closing seconds as the Mavericks edged Cal State Bakersfield 62-60 last Friday. Sophomore transfer Jamel Outler led the UT Arlington scoring with 15 points.

Women open home slate with ORU

Hoping to bounce back from two losses on the road to start the season, the women’s basketball team faces Oral Roberts University in the home opener at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in College Park Center.

The Mavericks lost at George Washington and Michigan State last week. Junior Mailaka Green scored 12 points against Michigan State.

Volleyball closes home season tonight

Needing a win to secure a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament, the volleyball team hosts Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 15, to close out the regular season.

The Mavericks lost both matches last week, falling at Seattle and Idaho. The conference tournament begins Monday, Nov. 19, in San Antonio.

Movin' Mavs open collegiate competition

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team begins this year’s collegiate competition with a tournament Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Coach Doug Garner’s team faces Edinboro, Illinois, and Missouri on Friday before taking on Southwest Minnesota and Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday.

Cross country finishes season at regional

The men’s and women’s cross country teams completed their seasons Friday in the NCAA South Central Regional at Fayetteville, Ark. The men placed 11th, while the women had just two runners compete, and did not figure in the team standings.

For the men, freshman Craig Lautenslager was the top finisher, placing 27th. Freshman Virgilio Martinez, the team's top runner throughout the year, was unable to finish after injuring an ankle in the race.

Freshman Gabriela Alfonzo led the UT Arlington women, placing 49th.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Nov. 15

Homecoming Chili Bowl Bracket Teams will compete within their assigned divisions to win the ultimate prize of HCBB champion, bragging rights, and an awesome trophy. Noon-1 p.m., University Center mall. Homecoming, Student Affairs.

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.


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, 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. 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. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 16-17, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Maverick Theatre Company.

Friday, Nov. 16

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Oral Roberts. Home opener. Free schedule posters. Tickets $6. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Homecoming Party on Pecan Food, music, and games. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Pecan Street. Homecoming.

Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally See the parade glow in the darkness as "Illumination" is the theme. Features floats, golf carts, marching bands, special guests and more, ending in a pep rally in front of College Park Center. 5:30-6:15 p.m., Pecan Street. Homecoming, University Events.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Oklahoma. Home opener. Free schedule posters. Homecoming king and queen crowned at halftime. Tickets $9-$25. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

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.

Homecoming Afterparty A live band rocks the plaza following the men's basketball game. Food provided by College Park District's new restaurants. Fireworks set to music explode around 9:45 p.m. Homecoming.

Saturday, Nov. 17


Homecoming 5K Walk/Run The first Homecoming 5K is a way for UT Arlington supporters to actively tour campus and the surrounding community. Registration 7:30-8:30 a.m., race begins at 9 a.m. at Maverick Activities Center. Homecoming, Campus Recreation.

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.

Homecoming Step Show "Stepping into Awareness" is the theme for the show, hosted by comedian Florida P. Watch fraternity and sorority members step the night away. Tickets $8-$15. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Student Governance and Organizations.

The Bash "Illumina Live" is the theme as DJs, performers, aerialists, dancers, and more add to this Homecoming tradition. Dance, lounge, and enjoy free food, giveaways, and photos. Free. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., College Park Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Monday, Nov. 19

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., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Trombone Choir Concert Features trombone students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Student Art Sale Works by art students. Through Wednesday, Nov. 21. Gallery West, Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis St. Student Art Association.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Clavier Series Piano Recital Features piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Jazz Combos Concert Features performances by UT Arlington Jazz Combos. Free. 7:30 p.m. Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club, 200 N. Mesquite. Brian Mulholland, adjunct instructor in jazz,

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Memphis. Canned food drive night. Half-price tickets for cans or other items donated to the Salvation Army. Frisbee dogs perform. Tickets $6. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Coming up

I'm Not Your Pocahontas Panel discussion. Part of Native American Heritage Month. Free. 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, Room 101, College Hall. Native American Student Association. Multicultural Affairs.

Deck the mall

Deck the Mall A celebration of the winter season as lights are illuminated. Food, activities, and more. Free. 6-10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, Library mall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Lantern Festival Enjoy a lion and dragon dance as you explore a special Silk Road market featuring interactive booths and games. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free. 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Commencement Students who will complete their degree requirements in August or December are invited to participate in December commencement ceremonies. See schedule. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, College Park Center.


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. 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, 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 Caribbean history. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Feb. 9, 2013, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination in Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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