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

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jason Shelton Book

By the book: In his book, Blacks and Whites in Christian America, Dr. Jason Shelton, assistant professor of sociology, has found significant differences in races and religion.

Sociology professor examines race and religion in America

The beliefs of black and white Christians may appear similar, but sociology Assistant Professor Jason Shelton has found significant differences among the races in everything from how frequently people pray or attend church to whether they believe in heaven or hell.

In his book, Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions, Dr. Shelton reports on survey data from 2006, and interviews and focus groups conducted in 2008. He co-authored the book with Michael Emerson, sociology professor and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

“We were inspired to write this book because the subject of race relations among Christians has not received much attention from scholars,” says Shelton, who joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 2008. “This topic sheds much-needed light on who we are as a nation and the role that faith plays in determining whether groups get along with one another.”

Read more about Shelton's book.

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President Spaniolo among those honored at Gala on Saturday

The 47th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala will honor the achievements of seven alumni at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. See the list of 2012 honorees.

The Alumni Association also will recognize the achievements of University President James D. Spaniolo with the Honorary Distinguished Alumni Award. Spaniolo announced last summer that he will retire once the UT System Board of Regents identifies a successor.

The Gala recognizes outstanding alumni for their individual achievements, contributions to their industries or professions, service to their community, and demonstrated loyalty to the University. The event also generates significant scholarship funds for students.

For information about Gala tickets or sponsorships, contact the Alumni Association at 2-2594 or

Read more about The Gala.

Saundra McGuire

Dr. Saundra McGuire

Workshop on active learning Friday

Novice and experienced educators can discover that they don't need to be an expert when using manageable active learning techniques at the Active Learning for Critical Thinking workshop Friday, Oct. 19, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Saundra McGuire, assistant vice chancellor and professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University, will speak on “Metacognition: The Key to Active and Engaged Learning." Dr. McGuire served as the director of LSU’s nationally recognized campus-wide learning center, the Center for Academic Success, from 1999 to 2009.

The free workshop is 8:45 a.m.-3:20 p.m. and is open to all faculty and staff. McGuire's talk begins at 1 p.m., followed by a discussion at 2:45 p.m. See the conference program.

For more information, contact David Silva in the Office of the Provost at 2-2103.

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UTARI open house set for Oct. 29

The UT Arlington Research Institute will host an open house for faculty and staff 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29. The research facility has undergone a major physical and reorganizational transformation at its east Fort Worth location at 7300 Jack Newell Boulevard South in the Riverbend Business Park.

UTARI Executive Director Rick Lynch, former U.S. Army lieutenant general (retired), provides the welcome along with Research Institute staff, researchers, and affiliated faculty. Provost Ronald L. Elsenbaumer will provide remarks.

Director of Research Eileen Clements and researchers will offer an in-depth look into how the Research Institute is paving the way for the future of technology through research. Guests can learn more about targeted research in the fields of advanced manufacturing, applied robotics, medical technologies, and energy, water, and environment.

For more information, call 2-5900 or visit

Outstanding Maverick Awards

Submit your nominations for great employees, teams

There is still time to nominate a great employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 2.

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.

For more information, contact Currie at 2-7091.

  Mav Pic Faculty promotions

Promoting excellence

Michaela Vancliff, left, was one of nine faculty members promoted to full professor who were recognized at the Faculty Recognition Dinner on Tuesday in the Carlisle Suite. They and 25 others promoted to associate professor with tenure were recognized by Provost Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, right. Dr. Vancliff teaches in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science. See a list of faculty promotions.

Last chance for tickets to 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. There will be an opening performance by Dorrough.

Tickets range from $35-$80 and are available at The Flo Rida performance serves as this year’s Fall Concert, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

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

Early voting on campus Oct. 29-Nov. 2

UT Arlington is an early voting site 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

The polling site is just inside the entrance at the Maverick Activities Center. To vote early on campus, you must be registered to vote in Tarrant County and must present either your voter registration card or driver's license.

For more information on early voting, see and Tarrant County elections.

SECC online giving now active

Faculty and staff wishing to contribute through payroll deduction to the State Employee Charitable Campaign can now do so online.

If you have already turned in a form, there is no need to do anything online. Those pledges have been recorded.

For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team in the Department of Human Resources at 2-5554 or

Lot closures scheduled this weekend

Lot F-13 will be blocked off after 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, for the Flo Rida concert. Lot 30 will be closed at 5 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday, Oct. 20, for the Buddy Walk.

Lot F-11 and two rows in F-12 will be blocked off for the Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday.

Lots 28 and 31 and west Lot 33 will be blocked off for the YWCA Dedication and Open House on Monday, Oct. 22.

See campus map for location of parking lots.

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

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., today, Thursday, Oct. 18, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Information Security Office,

Marybeth Lima

Service Learning Faculty Seminar

Marybeth Lima, right, renowned speaker, author, and service learning leader, addresses the faculty on "Strategies for Successful Service Learning" and "Funding and Scholarship Opportunities." She gives examples of creation, implementation, and mastery of community partnerships through service learning. RSVP to for the morning (strategies) or afternoon (funding) session. Free. 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Center for Community Service Learning.

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver

Explore the tools necessary to use Adobe's powerful web-editing software. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, Digital Media Studio, Room B29, Central Library.

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

Home again: The Maverick volleyball team hosts matches Thursday and Saturday this week after splitting a pair last week at College Park Center.


Volleyball hosts Dig Pink Night

The Mavericks continue a four-match homestand as they take on New Mexico State at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 18, and the University of Denver at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in College Park Center. Get tickets at

Thursday is Dig Pink Night. You can help the team fight breast cancer by donating to the Side-Out Foundation and receive free pink leis, sponsored by the UTA Bookstore. Come early to meet the women's basketball team.

Saturday is Halloween Day and Kids Day. All children who dress in Halloween costumes receive free candy, and there will be prizes for the best costumes.

The Mavericks split a pair of home matches last week, losing to Idaho 3-1 before downing Seattle 3-0.

Men's cross country finishes sixth

The men's cross country team placed sixth, while the women's team took 17th at the prestigious Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., last Saturday.

Sophomore Ryan Tilotta led the Maverick men as he placed 40th in a field that included 34 teams and more than 300 runners.

Sophomore Hannah Nilsson was the top women’s finisher for the Mavs for the fourth straight meet. She was 49th.

Next competition is the Western Athletic Conference championships Saturday, Oct. 27, in Ruston, La.

Fantasy basketball deadline Friday

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.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 18

I Love Writing

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.

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.

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. Free. 6 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Department of English, Department of Philosophy and Humanities.


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

Faculty Piano Recital Features John Solomons, associate professor of music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, Music.

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

'Ah Wilderness!' The Maverick Theatre Company presents Nobel Prize-winner Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy Ah, Wilderness!. $7. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 25-27, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

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.

Monday, Oct. 22

Political buttons

YWCA Open House The YWCA Arlington Child Development Center has moved into its new home on the west side of campus. Featured speaker is Carrizo Oil & Gas President S.P. “Chip” Johnson. Free. 2-4 p.m. with remarks at approximately 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, YWCA, 1120 UTA Blvd.

Debate Watch 2012: Final Round Enjoy the presidential debate on the jumbo screen with live text polling and text surveys. Free refreshments. 7:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Honors College Council, The Shorthorn.

Coming up

International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg 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.

Parent and Family Weekend Annual fall tradition bringing parents and families of students to campus. Features Fall Festival, which is open to everyone, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Parent and Family Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28, E.H. Hereford University Center and other locations. Parent and Family Center.

Astronomy Day at Planetarium Meet members of the National Space Society of North Texas, the Texas Astronomical Society, and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up to look at the sun, moon, and other celestial objects throughout the day. The regular Saturday schedule will be replaced with a special discounted show schedule. Free demonstrations, handouts, lectures, raffles, and more. 4:30-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, Planetarium.

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.


Presidential Campaigns and Memorabilia More than 150 U.S. presidential buttons, from the 1896 election of William McKinley to the current 2012 campaign, are included in the collection of UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. Free. Through Monday, Nov. 12, first floor lobby, Central Library. An exhibit of political cartoons can be found on the second floor.


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. At right is Geffer's Switchback. 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. 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.

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



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