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

Thursday, October 11, 2012


College of Nursing honored for increasing bachelor's degrees

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has honored the College of Nursing and Dallas-based Academic Partnerships with a 2012 Star Award for success in the University’s online RN-to-BSN program, which has allowed thousands of registered nurses to complete bachelor’s degrees conveniently and efficiently.

UT Arlington is one of only four colleges and universities in the state to receive the award for partnerships this year. The awards program is part of the statewide board’s Closing the Gaps by 2015 initiative. Winners were announced in Austin last week as part of the 2012 Reinventing Instruction and Learning Conference and the Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference.

Since it began in 2008, the online RN-to-BSN has helped increase enrollment in the College of Nursing from 1,912 students in fall 2008 to a preliminary enrollment of 6,385 students this fall.

To date, 2,355 registered nurses have earned a Bachelor of Science degree through the program and completed their coursework in an average of 18 months. Almost half of Texas nurses who completed an RN-to-BSN degree during academic year 2010-11 did it through UT Arlington.

Read more about the Star Award and the College of Nursing.

Simmons Family Foundation gift boosts School of Social Work

The Simmons Family Foundation has approved a grant of $1 million to a program that could apply academic research intervention ideas from the School of Social Work to Dallas County community agencies.

The Innovative Community Academic Partnership, or iCAP, initiates, supports, and funds research ideas among educators to help social service agencies develop better evidence-informed practices. The aim of iCAP is to leverage the evaluative skills of professors with the frontline knowledge of practitioners to identify gaps in social service delivery, then institute those new practices. The funding will flow through the Simmons Family Foundation Advised Fund of The Dallas Foundation.

President James D. Spaniolo says the gift is a strong endorsement of the School of Social Work, whose enrollment has increased 63 percent during the past five years to 1,500 students this fall.

“We are humbled to receive a gift from such an influential organization,” Spaniolo says. “The foundation has had a significant impact in our world. We’re pleased that they have the confidence in our School of Social Work to invest at this level.”

Read more about the Simmons Family Foundation gift.

Maverick Madness

Maverick Madness erupts Friday night

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

Doors open at 7 p.m. with a full slate of activities scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Contests 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 selected 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.

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

  Mav Pic Retiree luncheon

Retirees recognized

Josie O'Quinn, left, and Wanda Slinkard were officially named to the Retirees Club Roll of Honor at the club's fall luncheon Tuesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Dr. O'Quinn has served as president and treasurer for the Retirees Club. She retired as an associate professor in the College of Nursing in 2005. Slinkard served as vice president for membership and retired as an administrative assistant for SOAR (now Student Support Services) in 2000.

'Ah, Wilderness!' opens theater season

Ah, Wilderness!, Nobel Prize-winner Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy, is the first production of the Maverick Theatre Company’s 2012-13 season. See the season schedule.

Directed by Dennis Maher, associate professor of theatre arts, the play presents a romantic, sentimental tale of youthful indiscretion in a New England town on Independence Day 1906.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Oct. 19-20, Oct. 25-27, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Tickets are available at the box office.

Sixth Annual Fall Festival and Concert is family friendly and free

Bring the family to the Sixth Annual Fall Festival and Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall.

The event is family friendly and includes a petting zoo, pony rides, caricatures, bounce houses, wax hands, magicians, jugglers, pumpkin painting, live music, games, a photo booth, and many more fun activities.

The annual festival coincides with Parent and Family Weekend and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. There is no cost to attend or participate in the festival or concert.

For more information, see Parent and Family Weekend.

Travel grant applications due Monday

Travel Support Grants of up to $500 for one event will be awarded to faculty, staff, or students for conferences, seminars, or workshops taking place Sept. 1-Oct. 15, 2012. Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.

The University Sustainability Committee makes the grants available for events related to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

For more information, see Campus Sustainability or contact Chris Morris at

Dining survey has gift card drawing

Dining Services' fall 2012 Dining Styles Survey includes a drawing for a $150 virtual gift card and three $50 virtual gift cards. Take the survey online. All responses will remain confidential.

Benefit Yourself
Computer Security

Computer Security Information Session

Learn more about the Ethical Hacker Bootcamp and other computer security courses. Free. 4:30-6 p.m., today, 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.

Food for Thought: Exploring the Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Examines the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of massage therapy. Register. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Human Resources training classes.

Film Screening: The Undetected Rapist

Highlights research and work being done in the prevention of sexual violence and acquaintance rape on college campuses. Discussion follows. Learn about prevention efforts and services available. Bring your lunch; refreshments provided. Noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

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
  Ashley Bennett

Going for the kill: Sophomore Ashley Bennett led the Mavericks in kills in both volleyball matches last week.

Volleyball hosts WAC matches

The Mavericks host a pair of Western Athletic Conference volleyball matches this week as they take on the University of Idaho at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 11, and Seattle University at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at College Park Center. Tickets are $6.

Thursday is Salute to Heroes Night as military veterans, police, and fire personnel will be recognized. The first 50 fans receive a UT Arlington rally pom. Fans also can have a picture taken with the cheer/dance team. Saturday is Alumni Day when former volleyball players are honored.

The Mavericks lost on the road last week to Texas State and UT San Antonio. They are 2-5 in the WAC and 6-13 overall.

Baseball sets game at Rangers Ballpark

The 2013 Maverick baseball schedule is highlighted by a game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington against TCU on March 19. It will be the first time that UT Arlington has played at Rangers Ballpark.

The schedule features 11 nonconference games against members of the Big 12 Conference and 27 games in the Western Athletic Conference. The WAC post-season tournament will be played May 22-26 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.

The Mavericks are coming off a 36-25 season that included the Southland Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA regionals.

Two Movin' Mavs invited to junior national tryouts

Senior Jorge Sanchez and sophomore Kris Shannon of the Movin' Mavs have been invited to the USA junior national wheelchair basketball team tryouts Oct. 18-21 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Thirty athletes were invited to the tryouts. The top 12 will be selected for the USA national junior (under age 23) team, which will go to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Junior World Championships in September 2013 in Turkey.

Doug Garner, head coach of the Movin’ Mavs, was selected as first assistant for the team and will work with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association high-performance committee to develop team training standards and protocol for the upcoming year.

Golfers fifth at Notre Dame tournament

The Mavericks finished fifth at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic on Tuesday in Notre Dame, Ind. Senior Hunter Brown tied for second in the individual standings with a even-par 213 in the 54-hole, three-day tournament.

The Mavericks compete in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate Oct. 14-16 at Los Cabos in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Sign up for fantasy basketball

Deadline to sign up for fantasy basketball is Friday, Oct. 19. To join, go to fantasy basketball and click on Join a League. League ID is 24124 and password is uta.

For more information, see Intramural Sports or go to the service and information desk at the Maverick Activities Center.

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Going Out

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.

National Coming Out Day: Pink Door Event Have your photo taken as you walk through a large pink door to symbolize the act of coming out of the closet for National Coming Out Day. Free. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Library mall. LGBTQA Program.

M.K. Raja

Cyber Security Awareness Lunch and Learn M.K. Raja, right, 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,

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

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., Maverick Stadium. Campus Recreation, EXCEL Campus Activities.

Choir Festival Concert The UTA A Cappella Choir and the University Singers perform with guest choirs from Martin High School, Mansfield High School, and Colleyville Heritage High School. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

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.

Maverick Madness Meet the men's, women's, and Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball teams and enjoy contests and performances in the official tipoff of the 2012-13 seasons for each team. Free. 8 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Madness, Athletics.

Saturday, Oct. 13

Reptile and Amphibian Day Features species and displays from the 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. Former volleyball players recognized for Alumni Day. Tickets $6. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Monday, Oct. 15


Downtown Arlington Music Monday A lunchtime concert featuring music students. Free lunch served after the concert. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center St. Music.

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Features performances by faculty and students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Film Screening: Sin By Silence The Clothesline Project raises society’s awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault in the community. Free. 6-9 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention, Clothesline Project.

UT Arlington Symphonic Band Concert Features band classics and new works. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

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.

Gala logo

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.

International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders Features a lecture by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steve Weinberg on "The Standard Model, Higgs Boson, Who Cares?" All events are open to the UT Arlington community, no registration required. Free. Workshop Oct. 22-26, E.H. Hereford University Center and Chemistry and Physics Building. Dr. Weinberg's lecture 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, Texas Hall. Physics, Jaehoon Yu,

Campus Sustainability Day Terrarium sale, $1 compostable lunches, food day event, bicycle tuneups and gear/accessories drawing, e-waste education session, The Green at College Park tours, campus book drive, campus food drive. Various times, Wednesday, Oct. 24, University Center mall and other locations. Campus Sustainability.

Homecoming 5K Run The first Homecoming 5K is a way for UT Arlington supporters to actively tour campus and the surrounding community. Register. Saturday, Nov. 17. Homecoming, Campus Recreation.


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.

The Gallery at UTA: Harry Geffert and Chuck Ramirez Works by Harry Geffert and Chuck Ramirez 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. Opens Monday, Oct. 15, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 17. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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.

Caribbean map

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 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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