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

Monday, October 8, 2012

Outstanding Maverick Awards

Submit your nominations for outstanding employees by Nov. 2

Now is the time to nominate a great employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards.

Regular full-time and part-time employees who have been employed for a minimum of two years are eligible for nomination. Each Outstanding Maverick selected will receive $1,000 and a plaque at a dinner honoring the recipients.

"It is important to nominate employees who you feel have made extraordinary contributions to the University," says Eunice Currie, assistant vice president for Human Resources Management and Development.

Award categories are (1) professional, para-professional, and technical; (2) administrative support; (3) service and maintenance; (4) administrative and professional; and (5) team with a maximum of 10 members.

The nomination form can be submitted electronically, faxed to 2-3361, or mailed to the Office of Human Resources, Box 19176. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 2.

For questions or concerns, contact Currie at 2-7091.

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Seven distinguished alumni to be honored at Gala on Oct. 20

Dale Martin ('78 BA) will receive the service award at the 47th annual Distinguished Alumni Gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Martin, a pediatric dentist, is one of seven alums who will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award. President James D. Spaniolo will receive an honorary award. See the list of 2012 honorees.

The award, established in 1965, is the highest honor given by the University and the Alumni Association. The award recognizes individual achievements, contributions to industry or profession, community service, and demonstrated loyalty to UT Arlington.

The Gala generates significant scholarship funds. See more about The Gala.

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Inside politics

Cokie Roberts, political commentator for ABC News and a contributing senior news analyst for NPR, presented "An Insider's View of Washington, D.C." in the Maverick Speakers Series at Texas Hall on Thursday. Roberts discussed the political landscape leading up to the presidential election, as well as the challenges of covering politics in the nation's capital. The next speaker in the series is actor and comedian Seth Meyers on Nov. 19 at College Park Center.


Chemistry prof receives Kerr Medal

Zoltan Schelly, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, has been awarded the 2012 Kerr Medal for his seminal contributions to the field of electro-optics. The honor was announced at the 13th International Symposium on Colloidal and Molecular Electro-optics in Ghent, Belguim, in September.

Dr. Schelly joined the faculty of UT Arlington in 1977 and became director of the University’s Center for Colloidal and Interfacial Dynamics in 1982.

The Kerr Medal, named for Scottish physicist John Kerr, has been awarded only eight times in the past 38 years.

Sign up for communication cruise for nursing, health professionals

The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health in the College of Nursing offers an educational cruise for professional nurses, health professionals, and others who wish to refine professional writing skills and explore cultural influences on communication.

The Caribbean cruise focuses on “Enhancing Your Nursing Practice and Patient Outcomes Through Written and Culturally Based Communication."

Initial deposits are due Wednesday, Oct. 31, for the cruise, which is June 16-23, 2013. Contact Mary Lou Bond at for more details.

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday; forms available at University Center

Voter registration application forms must be postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 9, to vote in the general election, set for Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Forms are available in the Student Congress office, Suite B150 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

UT Arlington is an early voting polling site, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, in the Maverick Activities Center.

For more information, contact Jennifer Fox, Student Congress president, at See more details at the Texas voter website.


Use payroll deduction for charitable campaign

Have you ever made a contribution to the State Employee Charitable Campaign? For $2 per pay period through payroll deduction, you can save a life. Your department representative for the SECC will bring you a pledge form and charity guidebook. Charitable groups such as the ones below can benefit Texas families now.

If you haven’t received a pledge form and want to donate or receive more information, visit the UT Arlington SECC webpage or contact the Human Resources Learning and Development Team at or 2-5554.

Benefit Yourself

Computer Security Information Session

Learn more about the Ethical Hacker Bootcamp and other computer security courses. Free. 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, Room E200, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Creative Writing: Beginner's Fiction

Covers narration, characterization, dialogue, conflict, plot, and style. Taught by author Candace Havens. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $97.50. 7-9 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 15-Nov. 12, Room F200L, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

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, Oct. 9

Faculty/Staff Professional Development Shane Windmeyer, author and executive director of Campus Pride, discusses "State of Higher Ed for LGBTQA People." The program surveys stereotypes, understanding, and coming out as visible allies and leaders for all people. Part of Pride Week activities and the Diversity Lecture Series. Free. 1:30-3 p.m., Room 133, Maverick Activities Center. Windmeyer also presents "What's Your Gay Point Average," 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Staff Advisory Council Organizational meeting. All staff members are invited. 3 p.m., Student Congress chambers, lower level, E.H. Hereford University Center. Staff Advisory Council.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Joel Burns

Pride Week: Lambda Arts and Education Series Joel Burns, right, Fort Worth city councilman, discusses "It Gets Better!" concerning the importance of bullying prevention in creating inclusive and safe school environments. Free. Noon, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Gay Straight Alliance, Multicultural Affairs.

Architecture Lecture Series Features Robert Gurney, an architect of high-end, single-family houses in the Washington, D.C., area. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Breast Cancer Awareness Day Support the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink. Discover why screenings are important from area health representatives. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Cyber Security Awareness Lunch and Learn M.K. Raja, professor of information systems, discusses "Social Engineering." Part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Lunch is provided for faculty and staff who register in advance. Free. Noon, Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Information Security Office,

Biology Colloquium Series John Malone, postdoctoral researcher in the Moriarty Lemmon Lab at Florida State University, discusses "Autosomal Dosage Compensation in Drosophila Melanogaster." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Decoding the Presidential Management Fellows Application Process This student-focused webinar teaches your graduate students how to submit a strong application, shows them how the program has changed with the implementation of the Pathways Programs, and provides insight into what happens after their application is submitted. New fellows and agency PMF recruiters expose your students to the best ways to execute the PMF application process. Free. 3-4 p.m., Room 140, Business Building. Career Center.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Questions for Flat Ethics Levi Bryant, professor of philosophy at Collin College, addresses ethical questions that arise from object-oriented ontologies. He is the author of The Democracy of Objects and has written and co-edited other books. See his blog, Larval Subjects. Free. 6 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Department of English, Department of Philosophy and Humanities.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Maverick Madness spotlights basketball and more

Maverick Madness

Maverick Madness, the official tipoff to the 2012-13 basketball season, moves to College Park Center this year. Meet the men's, women's, and Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball teams and enjoy contests and performances Friday, Oct. 12.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with a full slate of activities scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Contests for the general public include chances to win season tickets or tickets to the men's basketball home opener against Oklahoma, and the opportunity to travel with the team to a select road game.

Activities include a slam-dunk contest and a three-point shootout. Dallas-born rapper Dorrough performs, and a step-off competition between Omega Psi Phi and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternities ensues.

Admission is free. Tailgating begins at 4 p.m. on The Green at College Park.

Monday, Oct. 8

Pride Week: Gay Bingo Night Part of Pride Week. Free. 6 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Guest Artist Piano Recital Features David Forbat, associate professor of piano at the University of Central Oklahoma. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Music Honors Recital Features 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.

Thursday, Oct. 11

32nd annual Bed Races One of the University's longest-running traditions has teams of students pushing beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes. Free admission. 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, Maverick Stadium. Campus Recreation, EXCEL Campus Activities.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Idaho in a Western Athletic Conference match. Military veterans, police, and fire personnel will be recognized on Salute to Heroes Night. First 50 fans receive a UT Arlington rally pom. Get your picture taken with the cheer/dance team. Tickets $6. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Oct. 12

Mavs Book Club Discuss The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, along with the film by the same name. New members welcome. Free. Noon, University Club, Davis Hall. Mavs Book Club.

Movie Night and House Party Be part of a nationwide network of house parties viewing the documentary Precious Knowledge: Ethnic Studies Under Attack, a film about revolutionary education. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Pizza, salad, and drinks provided. Free. 4 p.m., Room 225, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Reptile and Amphibian Day Features species and displays from Dallas-Fort Worth Herpetological Society and UT Arlington's Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center. $10 adults, $7 children. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. DFW Herpetological Society.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Seattle in a Western Athletic Conference match. Ex-volleyball players will be recognized during Alumni Day. Tickets $6. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Coming up

Flo Rida

Lunafest Festival of short films by, for, and about women. The nine films celebrate the unique roles of women in local, national, and international communities. Tickets $10. 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women's and Gender Studies, Lunafest.

Flo Rida Tramar Dillard, better known by his stage name Flo Rida, is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. Tickets $35-$80; four ticket limit. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, College Park Center, 2-9595.

Distinguished Alumni Gala The 47th annual gala honors distinguished alums. See a list of 2012 honorees. Tickets $125, sponsorship packages. 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Alumni Association.


Art of Sport A collection of Movin' Mavs photography by Jeremy Schack and Movin' Mavs athletes. Exhibit open through Friday, Oct. 12, with closing reception 6-8 p.m., Oct. 12. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., University Center Art Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Movin' Mavs.

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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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

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