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

Monday, October 15, 2012

Homecoming 2012

Homecoming 2012 packed with basketball, parade, street party

Homecoming returns to the fall this year and features a parade and party on Pecan Street, basketball, volleyball, reunions, and a lecture by Saturday Night Live favorite Seth Meyers.

The volleyball team plays Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, and the women’s basketball team takes on Oral Roberts University at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Both games are at College Park Center.

Other festivities Friday include The Party on Pecan at 4:30 p.m., with the Homecoming 2012 Parade and Pep Rally beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tipoff for the men’s basketball game against the University of Oklahoma is at 7 p.m. at College Park Center.

Reunions and other events are planned Saturday, Nov. 17.

The Maverick Speakers Series lecture by SNL "Weekend Update" anchor Meyers is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at College Park Center. Tickets are free and available beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Preferred seating with reserved parking is available for $25 per person.

Read more about Homecoming events and visit the Homecoming 2012 website.

Grants for doctoral students targeted for areas of national need

Nearly $1.47 million in federal grants will help qualified UT Arlington graduate students earn their doctoral degrees in areas of national need.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, or GAANN, grants of $533,064 to the College of Science’s Department of Mathematics and the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering also received a $399,798 GAANN grant. Each grant can potentially benefit 20 students during the next three years.

Principal investigators include mathematics Professor Tuncay Aktosun, bioengineering chair and Professor Khosrow Behbehani, and Gergely Zaruba, associate professor of computer science and engineering.

Read more about the GAANN grants.

Flo Rida

Tickets still available for Friday's Fall Concert with hip-hop artist Flo Rida

Tickets are still available to see hip-hop artist Flo Rida in the Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at College Park Center.

The 32-year-old Flo Rida—aka Tramar Dillard from Carol City, Fla.—hit No. 1 for 10 weeks in early 2008 with his debut single “Low” featuring T-Pain. The rapper and singer-songwriter’s latest chart-topper, “Whistle,” sits near the top of the iTunes and Billboard Hot 100 singles charts, with global digital sales surpassing 4 million.

As for his embrace of electronic and dance music, Flo Rida says he grew up listening to all kinds of music, including the church songs his seven sisters sang in a local gospel group. “I like to take music from everywhere and put it in my style and let it be accepted,” he told

The Division of Student Affairs brings an annual concert to campus. The Flo Rida performance serves as this year’s Fall Concert. Tickets range from $35-$80 and are available at

Read more about Flo Rida and the concert. For information on upcoming events, see College Park Center.

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Seven distinguished alumni to be honored at Gala on Saturday

Baker Jiang ('12 EMBA) will receive the Distinguished International Alumni 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.

Jiang, one of seven alums to be honored this year, earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree after working with Walmart China for more than 15 years. See the list of 2012 honorees.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1965, is the highest honor given by the University and the Alumni Association. It recognizes individual achievements, contributions to industry or profession, community service, and demonstrated loyalty to UT Arlington. President James D. Spaniolo will receive the Honorary Distinguished Alumni Award.

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

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President Spaniolo's campaign buttons on display

"Presidential Campaigns and Memorabilia," the U.S. presidential button collection of UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, is on display in the first-floor lobby of the Central Library.

The exhibit case houses more than 150 of Spaniolo’s campaign buttons ranging from the 1896 election of William McKinley to the current 2012 campaign. The exhibit continues through Monday, Nov. 12.

An exhibit of political cartoons can be found on the second floor of the Central Library.

GradFest activities set for Wednesday

Anyone considering graduate and professional school should check out GradFest, a free one-day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Other activities are also scheduled for GradFest, which is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.

  Mav Pic Bed races

Bed ridden

Mavericks threw back the covers and hit the ground running Thursday night. Instead of a rush for classes, they pounded the turf for the 32nd annual Bed Races at Maverick Stadium. Watch a slideshow and see who visited the photo booth.

Submit your 'illuminated' Homecoming parade entry by Nov. 7

Light up the night at this fall's Homecoming parade with "illumination" as the theme. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

Faculty, staff, and student groups are invited to light up their floats, golf carts, or walking entries for the parade. Entries are due Wednesday, Nov. 7. There will be prizes of $300, $200, and $100 for the top entries.

For more information, see Homecoming parade or contact University Events at 2-2963.

Campus Sustainability Day provides several 'green' events

A terrarium sale, $1 lunches, and an e-waste education session highlight Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Bicycle tuneups will be available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on the University Center mall with a drawing for gear and accessories. The terrarium sale and a food day event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the UC mall. Lunches that include all compostable items are available while they last 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for $1, also on the UC mall.

Meet Gracie Green and the other glamakins, custom-crafted art pieces in human form that encourage recycling, at the e-waste education session 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall. Bring your lunch, and take a chance to win a refurbished Dell laptop from Techway Services.

Tours of The Green at College Park are also scheduled. A campus food drive runs throughout the week of Oct. 22-26 with drop off boxes at the E.H. Hereford University Center, Library, and Maverick Activities Center. There is also a campus book drive during the week at the Library.

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Raising awareness

Apinan Samermit, right, academic adviser in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL and a breast cancer survivor, answers a question for Brittany Blount, a University Studies senior and Health Education and Substance Abuse Prevention intern, during Breast Cancer Awareness Day, sponsored by Health Services on Thursday.


Nominations needed for Maverick Orientation Leaders

New Maverick Orientation is accepting applications for 2013 Maverick Orientation Leaders.

If you know a student who would be a good role model for incoming students and who would represent the best and brightest of UT Arlington’s student body, send their names and email addresses to David Duvall, director of New Maverick Orientation, at Each student you recommend will receive a letter letting them know of your nomination and inviting them to apply.

Students should have great communication skills, excellent leadership qualities, display Maverick pride, and have a positive attitude. Applicants are required to be a full-time undergraduate student, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and be in good standing with the University. Applications deadline is Saturday, Nov. 3.

Library needs your opinions and ideas

The Library is conducting research to examine better ways for students and faculty to find books, journal articles, and other materials needed for coursework and research.

Sign up to participate in the research. Participants receive a $5 printing card.

For more information, contact Sarah Jones at, Gretchen Trkay at, or Andy Herzog at


There's still time to donate to SECC

Have you contributed to the State Employee Charitable Campaign? Your department representative will be asking if you wish to participate this week. There are plenty of charities looking for your donation.

Payroll deduction is the easiest way to make a contribution. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a difference in our community. The 2012-13 campaign ends Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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

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, Oct. 19, Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver

Explore the tools necessary to use Adobe's powerful web editing software. Learn the basics of HTML, choose a layout, create tables, upload photographs, and insert hyperlinks that allow you to create your space for the web. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Digital Media Studio, Room B29, Central Library.

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. 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.

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Rebecca Deen

Women, Voting, and Presidential Politics A panel discussion of the role of women and women's issues in the 2012 presidential campaign. Speakers include Rebecca Deen, right, associate professor of political science; Stephanie Cole, associate professor of history; and Tonya Presley of the League of Women Voters. Victoria Farrar-Myers, professor of political science, moderates. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Women's and Gender Studies, Political Science.

Thursday, Oct. 18

National Day on Writing Celebration Write a six-to-eight-word story in celebration of the National Day on Writing. Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall, Library mall. Department of English, First Year Writing Program, Writing Center, Library, English Graduate Student Association.

Cyber Security Awareness Lunch and Learn Robert Edamala, chief information security officer, discusses "Security @ UT Arlington." Part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Lunch is provided for faculty and staff who register in advance. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Information Security Office,

Film Screening: The Undetected Rapist Highlights research and work 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., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

Biology Colloquium Series Elena Litchman, associate professor of zoology at Michigan State University, discusses "Trait-based Approaches to Phytoplankton Ecology and Evolution." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

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.

Friday, Oct. 19

Entrepreneurship in the Arts Bri Crum, founder and president of Plan B PR, discusses public relations and marketing and their importance for emerging artists. Free. 1 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Art and Art History.

Thursday, Oct. 25

International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History Keynote speaker for the 13th annual conference is Ian Tyrrell, scientia professor of history at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He discusses "The Spaces and Times of Transatlantic History and Historiography." Panel discussions are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in University Hall and Nedderman Hall. Keynote address is 5-7 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Transatlantic History Student Organization, Phi Alpha Theta, Barksdale Lecture Series, Department of History, Student Congress, College of Liberal Arts.

Service Learning Faculty Seminar Marybeth Lima, renowned speaker, author, and service learning leader, will address the faculty on "Strategies for Successful Service Learning" and "Funding and Scholarship Opportunities." She will discuss examples of creation, implementation, and mastery of community partnerships through service learning. RSVP to Susan Dequeant at to attend the morning (strategies) or afternoon (funding) session. Free. 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Center for Community Service Learning.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Ah, Wilderness!' opens Friday

Ah Wilderness

The Maverick Theatre Company presents Nobel Prize-winner Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy Ah, Wilderness! in its first production of the 2012-13 season.

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. Old loves and new loves, family, and the perils of growing up are all found to be a uniquely singular experience for each character in the classic American comedy.

Characters pictured are front row, from left: Hailey Eakle, theatre arts freshman, as Mildred Miller; Angela Horn, theatre arts senior, as Lily Miller; Jonathan Crawford, theatre arts junior, as Sid Davis; and back, Eugene Chandler, public administration graduate student, as Nat Miller.

Performances are at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20, and Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 25-27, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Admission is $7 for faculty and staff. For tickets or more information, contact the Theatre Arts box office at 2-2669.

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

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

Thursday, Oct. 18

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., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women's and Gender Studies, Lunafest.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. New Mexico State on Dig Pink Night. Help the team fight breast cancer by donating to the Side-Out Foundation. Free pink leis, sponsored by the UTA Bookstore. Come early to meet the women's basketball team. Tickets $6. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Oct. 19

Flo Rida Concert by Flo Rida, an American rapper and singer-songwriter. Tickets $35-$80. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center, 2-9595.

Saturday, Oct. 20

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Denver on Halloween Day and Kids Day. Free candy to all children who dress in Halloween costumes. Prize for best costume. Tickets $6. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

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

Coming up

Steven Weinberg

International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg, right, lectures on "The Standard Model, Higgs Boson, Who Cares?" Open to UT Arlington community. No registration required. Workshop schedule. Free. 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 Come out for the terrarium sale, $1 lunches, bicycle tuneups, 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 2012 Highlights include men's and women's basketball games, a volleyball match, Homecoming parade, street party, reunions, tours, games, after party, a 5K run, and more. See Homecoming schedule. Nov. 12-19, College Park Center and other locations. Student Affairs.


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. Opening reception, 6-8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Opens today, Monday, Oct. 15, and continues 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.

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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