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

Monday, November 26, 2012

Deck the Mall

Deck the Mall lights up campus Tuesday

The official start of the campus holiday season begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, with the fourth annual Deck the Mall lighting ceremony on the Library mall.

Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, will make a presentation before flipping the switch to illuminate 30,000 lights. The lights will continue to brighten the campus until the beginning of the new year.

Free cookies, hot chocolate, apple cider, and crafts to make and take home will be available at the event, which is sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities.

Kathy Obear

Dr. Kathy Obear

Diversity seminar features social justice speaker

Kathy Obear, president of Alliance for Change, discusses "Creating an Inclusive, Socially Just Campus Community" at the faculty/staff professional development seminar 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Obear has more than 25 years experience as a trainer and organization development consultant. She has presented to top leaders at hundreds of colleges across the country.

A founding faculty member of the Social Justice Institute, an intensive professional development program for social justice educators, she has received the American College Personnel Association Diamond Honoree award for significant contribution to higher education and student affairs work.

The seminar is part of the Diversity Lecture Series, as Obear speaks in a public lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Bluebonnet. Hosted by Multicultural Affairs and Student Affairs, the events are free for all faculty and staff.

Mav Pic College Park District dedication

First-class district

President James D. Spaniolo, right, celebrates the dedication of the College Park District with Dennis Wiles, left, senior pastor of First Baptist Church-Arlington, and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck at a ceremony last Monday. The festivities included a virtual ribbon cutting and virtual tour of the district. See more photos.


UT Arlington partners with EPA to reduce food waste

UT Arlington is among seven universities partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce food waste as part of the national Food Recovery Challenge.

The goals of this voluntary program are to limit the 34 million tons of food wasted nationwide annually by reducing unnecessary consumption and increasing composting and donations to charity. By joining the Food Recovery Challenge, participating schools pledge to reduce food waste by five percent in one year.

The Office of Campus Sustainability set up the partnership with the EPA. Read more at reducing food waste.

Research Institute hosts Advanced Manufacturing Symposium on Dec. 3

Faculty are invited to the Advanced Manufacturing Symposium on Monday, Dec. 3, at the UT Arlington Research Institute.

Learn more about flexible and adaptive manufacturing, low to medium volume manufacturing, manufacturing in micro-nano scales, and the national network for manufacturing.

A welcome and presentations will be provided by retired Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, Research Institute executive director, along with representatives from Lockheed Martin, Zyvex Labs, and National Instruments.

HUB fair in December promotes underutilized businesses

Representatives of historically underutilized businesses compete for your department's business at the HUB Vendor Fair 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Door prizes, snacks, and giveaways are part of the event. For information, contact Jean Carlton, director of the HUB program, at 2-2140 or

  Mav Pic Seth Meyers

Live, it's Seth Meyers!

Seth Meyers not only brought his Saturday Night Live comedy act to College Park Center last week, but he also invited students onto the stage during his performance, which drew the largest crowd of any Maverick Speakers Series event. See more photos.

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

Adopt an angel for the holiday season

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

Use Maverick discounts to save money

Watch your budget this holiday season by taking advantage of the Maverick Discount Program.

Students, faculty, staff, and parents can utilize the discounts by simply showing their Maverick ID to local business participants or by using a unique UT Arlington discount code to shop online. Participating businesses provide a minimum 10 percent discount.

Review, evaluation information updated in handbook

UT Arlington’s Handbook of Operating Procedures ADM 6-725 “Annual Review and Comprehensive Periodic Evaluation of Tenured Faculty” has been updated to reflect UT System Regents’ Rule 31102.

For more information, contact David Silva, vice provost for academic affairs, at 2-5734 or

Feedback Surveys

Remind students to take 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.

Holiday tradition changes to spring

The Freshmen Leaders On Campus (FLOC) Holiday Extravaganza had become a tradition on the UT Arlington campus. This year the event is being “repurposed.”

On Saturday, March 2, 2013, FLOC will host a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. Save the date for this fun-filled event.

First Street closed until Dec. 15

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

Benefit Yourself

De-Stress with Yoga During the Holidays

Learn various ways to relax and calm your breathing while doing gentle yoga poses to increase your energy level and help you get through the holidays. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $50. 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 28-Dec. 12 and Jan. 2-9, Swift Center. Continuing Education.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed at how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece. Register. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, Digital Media Studio, Room B29, Central Library. Digital Media Studio.

Food for Thought: Healthy Lifestyle Goals

Merge the seven goals developed by the American Heart Association into your lifestyle. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Human Resources training classes.

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

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Diversity Lecture Series Kathy Obear, president of Alliance for Change, discusses "Creating an Inclusive, Socially Just Campus Community." Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Thursday, Nov. 29

World AIDS Day Educational information and snacks. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Lynda Delph

Faculty/Staff Professional Development Seminar Kathy Obear, 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.

Biology Colloquium Series Lynda Delph, right, 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.

Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series Thomas Bellamy, professor of education and founding director at the Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal, discusses "Bottom-Up Innovation or Policy-Driven Reform: Changing." Free. 5:30 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Education and Health Professions.

Friday, Nov. 30

Marketing Brown Bag Series Narayan Janakiraman, assistant professor of marketing, is guest speaker. Free. 12:30-2 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

International Mystery Book Club Wife of the Gods by Ghana author Kwei Quarty is this month's selection. Faculty and staff members are invited to attend. Free. Noon, Language Lab Lounge, third floor, Trimble Hall. Modern Languages.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Evening with Authors Faculty members Myrtle Bell, Robert Bing, Marvin Dulaney, Cedrick May, and Jason Shelton provide brief narratives of books they have written. Books available for purchase. Refreshments served. Free. 5 p.m., University Club, Davis Hall. Center for African American Studies.

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

Going Out

Monday, Nov. 26


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

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Deck the Mall A celebration of the winter season as lights are illuminated. Food, activities, and more. Free. 6:30 p.m., 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., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

Education Holiday Reception Join the College of Education and Health Professions for a holiday reception featuring the Holiday Heights Elementary School Choir, the Husky Harmonics. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Education and Health Professions.

Thursday, Nov. 29

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.

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., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Nov. 30


Friday Night Movie: Elf Free popcorn; concessions available. Free. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Movin' Mavs Basketball Tournament Wheelchair basketball community tournament, Maverick Activities Center and Physical Education Building. Free. Movin' Mavs vs. Dallas, 7:45 p.m., PEB. Also Saturday, Dec. 1, vs. San Antonio, 11:30 a.m., MAC; vs. Austin, 4:45 p.m., MAC; vs. Dallas, 8 p.m., PEB. Movin' Mavs.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Holiday Lights Parade Watch the holiday pageantry that ends with the lighting of the tree at City Hall. Look for the UT Arlington entries in the parade. Take a photo with Santa and enjoy caroling after the parade at the Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St. 6 p.m., Downtown Arlington. Arlington Holiday Lights Parade.

Coming up

Basketball Women, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 vs. UT Pan American; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 vs. Oklahoma State. Men, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, vs. Houston Baptist; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, vs. New Mexico State; 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, vs. Denver. Tickets. College Park Center. Athletics.

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.

Caribbean map

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, right. 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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Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

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