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

Monday, September 24, 2012

Frank Deford

Sportswriter Frank Deford to open Maverick Speakers Series

Legendary sportswriter and novelist Frank Deford opens the fifth season of the Maverick Speakers Series Tuesday, Sept. 25, with a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Texas Hall.

With a 50-year tenure at Sports Illustrated, Deford is a senior contributing writer. As a commentator, he appears regularly on National Public Radio and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He has authored 17 novels, and his latest is Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.

General admission tickets are free. A premium seating package is available for $25. The package includes a front-of-the-house seat, reserved parking near the venue, front-of-the-line access to book signings, and more. All tickets are available at

Tickets are also available online for ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts, who speaks Thursday, Oct. 4, at Texas Hall.

Second of four business dean candidates makes presentation today

Faculty and staff are invited to attend an open forum for College of Business dean candidate Frank Buckless from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 24, in Room 245W of the Business Building. Dr. Buckless is the KPMG Professor of Accounting and head of the Accounting Department in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.

Forums are also scheduled Monday, Oct. 1, and Thursday, Oct. 4. After each candidate's visit, faculty and staff are invited to complete a feedback survey.


MavAlert Emergency Notification System test Oct. 3; update your contact information

To ensure timely communications in the event of an emergency, UT Arlington plans a system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The MavAlert system is designed to rapidly notify faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency. The system sends emergency notifications via registered email addresses and text message devices when a life-threatening situation arises.

To enable MavAlert text messages, you must add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information. To add or verify your mobile phone, log in to MyMav at, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

During the Oct. 3 test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. In an actual emergency, you would be instructed as to what actions to take.”

The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

Help make the MavAlert system test a success by confirming and updating your information prior to Oct. 3.

Maverick Theatre Company

Theatre Arts: new season, new name

The Department of Theatre Arts announces its 2012-13 season and a new name for its performing arts program. The Maverick Theatre Company will distinguish the department's performances from its academic offerings.

“Our theatergoers will appreciate how much Maverick pride is in each of our performances and how much campus spirit our student theater artists have here at UT Arlington,” says Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer in the Theatre Arts Department.

The season production selections are slated to offer audiences a well-rounded theater experience combining thought-provoking drama, humor, and music. Productions range from the work of contemporary dramatist José Rivera to the Tony Award-winning musical, Fiddler on the Roof.

The season opens with Ah, Wilderness! on Oct. 19. For more information and the remainder of the schedule, see Maverick Theatre Company.

Mav Pic Wright Lassiter

Community learning

Dr. Wright Lassiter, chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, was guest speaker Thursday at the eighth annual Partner Breakfast sponsored by the Center for Community Service Learning. The breakfast brings together faculty, staff, and students with nonprofit directors interested in possible collaborative projects with the University.


Charitable campaign is under way

The annual State Employee Charitable Campaign is under way, as faculty and staff can donate to their favorite charities again this year.

Contact your department's SECC representative to receive a guidebook and pledge form if you choose to make a one-time donation.

For more information, visit the UT Arlington SECC webpage or contact the Human Resources Training team at 2-5554 or at

Access policy goes into effect Oct. 1

Effective Monday, Oct. 1, Mav Express will automatically remove electronic access privileges to campus doors and parking gates based on various conditions that affect a cardholder’s status with the University.

For example, access privileges will be automatically removed 10 days after an employee no longer has an active employment assignment. For students, access privileges will be automatically removed 10 days after the student is no longer enrolled.

While departments will continue to be responsible for immediately requesting removal of electronic access privileges when an individual is no longer eligible, this automatic removal of privileges is an important safeguard to enhance campus safety and security.

See more details and examples. Send questions or concerns to

Faculty regalia available Tuesday

Faculty can purchase or rent commencement regalia 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the UTA Bookstore. For more information, contact Cindy Medlen at 2-2785.

Benefit Yourself
World Heart Day

World Heart Day

Get information from the American Heart Association about cardiovascular diseases and learn how to protect your heart. Activities include a cooking demo and a prize raffle. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

RAD: Women's Self-Defense

Learn the basic principles of self-defense, risk avoidance, and more. Free for female faculty, staff, and students. Register. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Room 102, Maverick Activities Center. Randy Reynolds, 2-3381,

French: Level I

Includes reading and dictation with active participation in the form of multiple exercises to reinforce the lesson of the day. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $64.50. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 2-Nov. 20, Location to be announced. Continuing Education.

Introduction to Stained Glass Mosaics

For the beginner who wants to blend the beauty of stained glass into mosaic art projects. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $99.50. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Saturdays, Oct. 6-27, 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

Monday, Sept. 24

Douglas Klahr

Lambda Arts and Education Series Douglas Klahr, right, associate professor of architecture, discusses “History of Homosexual Persecution in the Holocaust.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally Program, Multicultural Affairs.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Biology Colloquium Series Laura Gough, associate professor of biology, discusses "Top-down and Bottom-up Forces in Terrestrial Arctic Tundra." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Criminology and Criminal Justice Symposium "Everyday Life and Gun Violence Explained" includes a discussion by panel presenters Glen Bucy, an Arlington police officer who survived the Wedgewood Baptist Church shooting in 1999 as a teenager; Tony Love, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice; and Mark Tremayne, assistant professor of communication. A question-and-answer session follows the presentation. Free. 6-8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Friday, Sept. 28

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop Series Michael Roner, associate professor of biology, discusses “The Ethics of Animal Research.” Lunch provided. Register. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Responsible Conduct of Research.

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

Going Out

Monday, Sept. 24

World Heart Day Cyclethon Donate to teams spinning nonstop to raise money for the American Heart Association. Noon-midnight, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Maverick Speakers Series Sportswriter and commentator Frank Deford speaks on “Journalism: Sports and Beyond.” Free, but tickets required. Premium seating $25. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

Young-Hyun Cho 2012

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, right, assistant professor of music, will play Beethoven's Op. 109, Brahms' Op. 119, and pieces from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus by Massiaen. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Carnaval: Dancing with Mavericks Join the masquerade with live stilt-walkers, dancers, and carnaval queens. Stop by interactive booths, create crafts, and enjoy free giveaways. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free. 6:30 p.m., University Center mall. Multicultural Mavericks.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Volleyball Mavericks vs. San Jose State in the first home Western Athletic Conference match. Tickets $6. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Levitt Pavilion Final weekend of fall series. Thursday's concert features the Honey Island Swamp Band. Also Leroy Bell, Friday, Sept. 28; and The Quebe Sisters Band, Saturday, Sept. 29. Free. 7:30 p.m. Abram at Pecan streets, downtown Arlington. Levitt Pavilion.

Friday, Sept. 28

Still Life

International Mystery Book Club Still Life by Canadian author Louise Penney is this month's selection. Faculty and staff members are invited to attend. Free. Noon, Language Lab Lounge, third floor, Trimble Hall. Modern Languages.

'Maverick Spirit Friday' Pep Rally The Parks at Arlington and UT Arlington present Maverick Spirit Fridays every Friday Sept. 28-Nov. 16. Participating mall stores will offer discounts to shoppers wearing UT Arlington blue, orange, or logo gear. To kick off the program, there is a pep rally in the center court area, just below the food court at the Parks. UT Arlington athletes, coaches, cheerleaders, musicians, and mascot Blaze will be on hand for autographs, photos, and giveaways. Free. 7 p.m., The Parks at Arlington. College Town UTA.

Friends of the Library Guest speaker is Jim Bevill, author of The Paper Republic: The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas. Copies of the book will be available for sale during the reception and after the talk. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library., 2-1413.

Friday Night Films: The Amazing Spider-Man Free popcorn with admission. Other concessions available. Admission $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Utah State in a Western Athletic Conference match. Tickets $6. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Fort Worth Music Festival The UT Arlington Jazz Combo, directed by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music, performs at the festival, sponsored in part by UT Arlington. 5-6 p.m., Main Stage, downtown Fort Worth. Fort Worth Music Festival.

Wind Symphony Concert The UT Arlington Wind Symphony, conducted by Douglas Stotter, presents Inspirations. Selections include "Octandre & Ionization" by Edgar Varese, "J.S. Dances" by Donald Grantham, and "Symphonic Metamorphosis" by Paul Hindemith. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Cokie Roberts

Maverick Speakers Series ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts, right, speaks on "An Insider's View of Washington, D.C." Free, but tickets required. Premium seating $25. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

Toby Mac Christian recording artist Toby Mac with special guests Chris August and Jamie Grace, along with the Diverse City Band. Tickets $15-$40. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, College Park Center, 2-9595.

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.


Texas Rangers Baseball Get tickets for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password MAVS12 for designated games through Thursday, Sept. 27.

Gallery 76102: Power Grid Greg Bahr and Josh Fletcher offer critical scrutiny of power structures in their art exhibit. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Through Saturday, Sept. 29. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

The Gallery at UTA: The State of Drawing Group exhibition showcasing drawing by artists living and working in Texas. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 6. 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.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Jan. 5, 2013. Special Collections.

Planetarium Learn how mammoth stars make a black hole and help figure out where they might lead in Black Holes. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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