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

Monday, November 19, 2012


Festive celebration: The UT Arlington Marching Band and the Maverick Cheer Squad energize the crowd in front of College Park Center during a pep rally following the Homecoming Parade on Friday. See more photos.

Homecoming's return to fall semester is huge success

Mavericks showed their pride as Homecoming festivities returned to the fall semester last week.

"The fall Homecoming was a spectacular array of new and enhanced activities and events," said Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs. "It was great to see our community come together and enjoy our beautiful campus and a wonderful opportunity to show our love for UT Arlington and our Maverick spirit and pride."

The Party on Pecan featured live music, food, midway-type games, and barkers who energized the crowd.

The party preceded the expanded Homecoming Parade, which included 85 entries. An opening number in the parade featured the Maverick Dance Team, the marching band color guard, and the Wranglers spirit group.

Garrett Jones, business management senior, and Melisa Gonzalez, interdisciplinary studies junior, were crowned Homecoming king and queen at halftime of the men's basketball game, which drew a record crowd of 6,421 and saw the Mavericks lose a close one to the Oklahoma Sooners 63-59 on Petsche Court in College Park Center. The Maverick volleyball team clinched a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with a victory over Louisiana Tech, and the women's basketball team lost to Oral Roberts.

An Arlington State College Reunion and an All-Greek Reunion were highlights for the alumni. New events included an Afterparty with fireworks, a 5K Walk/Run, and the Homecoming Golf Tournament. Among the old favorites were the step show, chili cook-off, concerts, and The Bash celebration.

Wei Chen

Nano power: Dr. Wei Chen and his team have created a hybrid nanomaterial that can be used to convert light and thermal energy into electrical current.

Physics team demonstrates new power generation technique

Wei Chen, associate professor of physics, has helped create a hybrid nanomaterial that can be used to convert light and thermal energy into electrical current, surpassing earlier methods that used either light or thermal energy, but not both.

Dr. Chen and his team synthesized a combination of copper sulfide nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanotubes and used the nanomaterial to build a prototype thermoelectric generator that they hope can eventually produce milliwatts of power.

Paired with microchips, the technology could be used in devices such as self-powering sensors, low-power electronic devices, and implantable biomedical micro-devices, Chen says.

“If we can convert both light and heat to electricity, the potential is huge for energy production,” he says. “By increasing the number of the micro-devices on a chip, this technology might offer a new and efficient platform to complement or even replace current solar cell technology.”

Read more about the new power generation technique.

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers here tonight for Maverick Speakers Series

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

Tickets are free, but required. A limited number of 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.

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

Mav Pic Spaniolo Drive

Spaniolo Drive

President James D. Spaniolo, left, was in for a big surprise at the beginning of Friday's Homecoming Parade. Mayor Robert Cluck unveiled a new sign signaling that Pecan Street—from UTA Boulevard to Mitchell Street—has been renamed Spaniolo Drive in honor of the president.


Remind students to participate in online feedback surveys

End-of-term Student Feedback Surveys are being conducted online for all organized sections designated as lecture, seminar, or lab.

Faculty members are asked to contribute to the success of the SFS process by informing and reminding students of the online survey and encouraging them to participate in the process.

Students will receive an email message inviting them to complete an online survey for each course in which they are enrolled. Access to this semester's surveys will end at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

For more information, see Student Feedback Surveys.

Join the group for Night Walk

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 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

For more information, contact Alex Whitaker at

In Reach logo

Maverick mentoring is In Reach

The new In Reach Maverick Mentor Program is seeking faculty and staff to help students get their college career started.

The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.

If you are interested in mentoring a first-year student, apply at All that's required is a monthly 30-minute meeting with your mentee, regular communication throughout the academic year, and attendance at sponsored activities for the In Reach program.

For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at

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.


Enjoy UT Arlington Day at Christkindl

Do some holiday shopping at the second annual Arlington Christkindl Market on UT Arlington Day, Sunday, Dec. 2.

The market follows in the tradition of German markets during the holiday season with German cuisine, beverages, entertainment, arts, crafts, and gifts for sale. The market is open Nov. 29-Dec. 15 and is located at Road to Six Flags and Ballpark Way.

Pick up Christkindl (Kris-kin-dill) Cash, good for shopping and dining discounts, at the UT Arlington College Town booth.

The UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble performs 3-5 p.m. Dec. 2, and University emcees will appear on stage throughout the day. Admission and parking are free.

Psychology survey seeks your feedback

Faculty or staff members employed for six months or more are eligible to participate in a corporate social responsibility survey.

The data collected will be used to determine which items are most appropriate for a corporate social responsibility scale. Upon completing the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes gift card.

For more information, contact Shannon Scielzo, assistant professor of psychology, at

First Street closed beginning Nov. 26

East First Street, from Mesquite Street to Center Street, will be closed for reconstruction from Monday, Nov. 26, to Saturday, Dec. 15.

Benefit Yourself

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.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Architecture Lecture Series Featured speaker is James Williamson from Cornell University. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Monday, Nov. 26

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

Tuesday, Nov. 27

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

Thursday, Nov. 29

Kathy Obear

Faculty/Staff Professional Development Seminar Kathy Obear, right, president of Alliance for Change, discusses "Creating an Inclusive, Socially Just Campus Community." Part of Diversity Lecture Series. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Student Affairs.

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., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Biology Colloquium Series Lynda Delph, professor of biology at Indiana University, discusses "Sexual Selection and Sexual Dimorphism in a Dioecious Plant: An Ecological and Quantitative Genetic Perspective." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

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

Going Out

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 Drive. 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

Voice Division Recital Features vocal students. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

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.

Symphonic Band Concert Conducted by John Zastoupil, associate director of bands. Guest conductor is Jason Baker, graduate teaching assistant. Free. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

UTA Choirs in Concert The A Cappella Choir, conducted by Karen Kenaston-French, and the University Singers, conducted by Randy Jordan, present choral music from the triumphant to the tender, including Sanctus from Frank Martin's Mass for Double Chorus, Britten's Flower Songs, winter-themed pieces, and more. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Commencement December ceremonies. See schedule. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, College Park Center.


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 Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer in Spacepark 360. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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



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