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

Monday, April 1, 2013

Joe Berrera

Dr. Joe Barrera

Director named for Shimadzu Institute

UT Arlington has hired an accomplished researcher and scientist to serve as director of its new Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, a $25.2 million endeavor fueled by a recent corporate gift.

Joe A. Barrera earned his doctorate in cell and molecular biology from UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2009. Most recently, he served as a postdoctoral fellow in UT Southwestern’s Department of Pediatrics.

In his new position, Dr. Barrera will work closely with the Office of Research Administration and faculty and students across the campus. The Shimadzu Institute will eventually consist of three innovative centers filled with state-of-the-art Shimadzu equipment. The centers are the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, the Center for Imaging, and the Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis.

“UT Arlington has made great strides in increasing research activities and expenditures," Carolyn Cason, vice president for research, says. "We expect an even stronger momentum with the creation of the Shimadzu Institute. Dr. Barrera will be key to that success."

Read more about Barrera's appointment.

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis perform for last Maverick Speakers Series event

Grammy Award-winning musician Aaron Neville brings his inimitable voice and timeless lyrics to College Park Center to wrap up the 2012-2013 Maverick Speakers Series.

Neville will be joined by music legend Ellis Marsalis in "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at College Park Center. The evening features performances and a question-and-answer session.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets may be obtained at

A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Neville has been making music for five decades and released his latest project, My True Story, earlier this month. The selections range from pop to R&B and soul, and he collaborated with music giants such as the Drifters (“Under the Boardwalk”), and the Imperials (“Tears on My Pillow”).

My True Story represents the culmination of Neville’s career, which includes solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers.

Marsalis, also a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, is one of the most respected pianists in jazz. In 2011 he was honored with the opening of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in Musicians’ Village in New Orleans. Each of his four sons is a jazz musician, including noted performers Branford and Wynton Marsalis.


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

  Mav Pic Glass Art Show

Art lovers

Alumni Cindy and Javier Lucio examine some colorful items at the Glass Art Show and Sale's preview event Thursday night. The annual showcase features collector-quality pieces created by faculty and students in the UT Arlington glass program.

International Week starts at noon today with Parade of Banners

The International Student Organization presents the 36th annual International Week this week with approximately 20 different student-led nationality organizations participating in the week-long celebration.

With a theme of “Me Want Coolture,” the week starts at noon today, Monday, April 1, with the Parade of Banners representing 130 countries led by the UTA Samba Band. The parade goes from Nedderman Hall to the Library mall for opening ceremonies. The group then heads to the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center for student peformances and refreshments.

The Food Fair features cuisine from around the world made by international students 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, on the University Center mall. Tickets are 25 cents each, with a meal costing about $5.

An international Fashion Show displays ethnic clothing and costumes 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

A talent show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Cultural exhibits created by the students are on display noon-2 p.m. Monday, and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

African American students in Texas topic of Wednesday lecture

Ifeoma Amah presents on her research "African American Students and Public Education in Texas: The K-12 Context" for the Center for African American Studies' last lecture for the academic year. The program is at noon, Wednesday, April 3, in the Guadalupe Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Amah is a CAAS faculty fellow and an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education and Health Professions.

The lecture will examine trends and issues in education, explore dynamic relationships of race and place, and begin a dialogue about bridging the gap between educational equity, student access, and achievement.

Police escort service available any time

The UT Arlington Police Department offers escort service at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 2-3381.

The Green/South shuttle route runs until 10:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and accesses faculty/staff lots 13 and 17.

Mav Pic Chief Hayes Retirement

Hail to the chief

UT Arlington Police Chief Bob Hayes shows off a gift displaying his service while President James D. Spaniolo looks on. Hayes was honored for his service to the University at a retirement party Thursday at the University Club. Read more about Hayes' career.


Apply for Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in Curriculum

The University Sustainability Committee is accepting applications for Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in the Curriculum for the 2013-14 academic year.

Fellowships range from $2,000 to $5,000 for one semester. Applications are due Monday, April 15.

Read more about the faculty fellowships.

Tickets available for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers

Join the gang for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers when the Texas Rangers play the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, April 8, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Block seating is available for the UT Arlington community at $10 per ticket at Print out your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center box office or the Alumni Association Office at 841 W. Mitchell St. to exchange it for actual tickets by noon April 8.

Pre-game festivities start at approximately 6:45 p.m. when a UT Arlington representative throws out the first pitch. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

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Swap meet

Margaret Ataee, biology junior, trades for a Maverick T-shirt from Roy Rucker, finance junior and a UTA Ambassador, at the last MavSwap of the semester. The Ambassadors donate shirts from other schools to a nonprofit in Fort Worth.

University Club names new menu items; enchiladas on monthly buffet

New menu items at the University Club begin today, Monday, April 1. Last month, guests voted on their favorites during a two-part tasting event to determine the new offerings.

The new menu items are:

  • Bruschetta Grilled Chicken: sliced grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato, and pesto on sliced batard
  • Pesto Portobello: seasoned grilled portobello with basil pesto, and a fresh mixed salad on a baguette
  • Roast Beef with Havarti: seasoned roast beef with Havarti dill cheese, onion, lettuce, and horseradish mayonnaise on a baguette
  • Thai Chicken Lettuce Wrap: minced chicken, shallots, scallion, and cilantro tossed in a Thai vinaigrette
  • Chicken Hummus Melt: sliced grilled chicken, hummus, provolone cheese, arugula, mixed grilled vegetables, and caper mayonnaise sauce on a toasted ciabatta bun
  • Harvest Salad: grilled chicken, fresh sliced pear, halved walnuts, and fresh greens tossed in a cider vinaigrette and topped with crumbled blue cheese
  • Southwest Fiesta Chopped Salad: grilled chicken, jicama, cilantro, romaine lettuce, oranges, and tomatoes tossed in a ranch salsa with a side of tortilla straws
  • Asian Chicken Salad: grilled chicken, red bell peppers, carrots, red cabbage, bean sprouts, and romaine lettuce tossed in a teriyaki vinaigrette

The monthly special Thursday, April 4, features cheese, beef or chicken enchiladas, Mexican jicama salad, Spanish rice, charro beans, and dessert of a cinnamon crisp and sopapillas with honey. Cost is $8 per person. Regular menu items will not be available.

The University Club is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

Benefit Yourself

Chess for Beginners

Cover the basics of chess including how to properly set up a chess set. Learn the point value of the pieces, be introduced to book openings, how each piece moves, and how to read and write chess notation. Call 2-2581 for faculty and staff rates of $50. 9-11 a.m., Saturdays, April 6-27. Continuing Education.

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, April 6, Room 102, Maverick Activities Center. UT Arlington Police.

Outside Employment Service

In accordance with Regents’ Rules and Regulations (Series 30103), all full-time employees must complete the Outside Board Service and Outside Employment form. Human Resources must have a form on file for each full-time employee whether or not you have any outside board service or outside employment. Complete the form by Monday, April 15. This information must be provided annually. If you have questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 2-5554.

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

Wednesday, April 3

The Water Supply for North Texas: Where Does (and Will) It Come From? Alan Plummer Jr. examines regional water resources and the planning process that defines how future needs will be met. He also will discuss the importance of water efficiency practices such as water conservation and water reuse. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Food for Thought: Staying Fit and Well for a Lifetime Discover nutrition and fitness tips to better understand how to keep your body healthy, strong, and physically active from young adulthood to an elderly age. Look at the body in a more scientific way and plan and program exercise and eating habits to achieve a fitness goal safely and in minimal time. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

African American Students & Public Education in Texas: The K-12 Context Ifeoma Amah, assistant professor of education, examines bridging the gap between educational equity, student access, and achievement. Free. Noon, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Good Night, Desdemona/Good Morning, Juliet


The Maverick Theatre Company presents the uproarious comedy, Good Night, Desdemona/Good Morning, Juliet on Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7, at the Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

This hilarious play explores the story of Constance Ledbelly, a young English literature professor who suddenly finds herself in the imaginary world of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, interacting with characters such as Romeo, Juliet, Desdemona, and Othello.

Joe Chapa, associate professor of theatre arts, directs the production. Tiffany Cromwell, theatre arts junior, serves as stage manager.

Above are, from left, sophomores Samantha Fields as Desdemona and Katherine Weekley as Constance with freshman Rachel Glass as Juliet. Other cast members include juniors Travis Fant, Joshua Cummins, and Brendon James Bradley.

Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors and $10 for the general public.

Due to language and content, the production is recommended for adult audiences.

Monday, April 1

International Week Parade of Banners Students begin the Parade of Banners at Nedderman Hall, proceed to the Library mall where the keynote speaker opens International Week, followed by the opening ceremony in the Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Free. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. International Education.

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Idaho. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Alternative Spring Breaks Presentation See what happened during the Alternative Spring Breaks from students who participated in helping others. Free. Noon-2 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Alternative Spring Breaks.

Tuesday, April 2

Maverick Speakers Series Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis present "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends." Free, but tickets required. Premium reserved seating $25. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

International Week Food Fair Try authentic, traditional foods from around the world prepared by international student organizations. Tickets 25 cents each; meal about $5. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall. International Education.

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. North Texas. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Oklahoma Christian. Ticket $6. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark, and 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, Quik Trip Park. Also vs. CSU Bakerfield, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Zumbathon Dance the night away while raising money and awareness for domestic violence. All proceeds benefit Safe Haven of Tarrant County. Zumba-certified instructors lead dances throughout the evening. Giveaways and snacks available. $5 faculty/staff; cash only. Registration 5 p.m.; dance 6-8 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, Relationship Violence Sexual Assault Prevention.

Wednesday, April 3

International Week Fashion Show See traditional and modern clothing from around the world modeled by UTA students. Free. 7-10 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education.

Friday, April 5

Guest Artists Recital Visiting Spanish pianists Carles Lama and Sofia Cabruja perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday Night Movie: D'jango Unchained Free popcorn; other concessions available. $1 cash, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Coming up


Kansas concert Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 4, for the Kansas concert Saturday, June 1, at College Park Center. utatickets.

7th Annual Alumni and Friends Picnic Bring the family for fellowship, a bounce house, food, games, kids’ activities, music, and giveaways. Dress in your best Maverick spirit attire for the Most Spirited Maverick and the Most Spirited Future Maverick (17 and under) competition. Prizes will be awarded. $5 Alumni Association members; $10 non-members; children under 7 free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 6, Doug Russell Park. Rain site E.H. Hereford University Center. Register. Alumni Association.

UT Arlington Night with the Rangers Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, April 8, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Block seating for the UT Arlington community at $10 per ticket at Follow directions on website. Pre-game festivities start about 6:45 p.m. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Nedderman Society Cookout 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, April 12, Library mall. Nedderman Society.

High School Leadership and Legacy Conference For high school students and UT Arlington legacies—children or grandchildren of UT Arlington graduates or former students. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 12, E.H. Hereford University Center. Cost is $25 and includes supplies, meals, and a T-shirt. Register by Friday, April 5. High School Leadership and Legacy Conference, Alumni Association.


Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington Explore the growth and development of the University and its relationship with the city. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 27. Sixth floor, Central Library, Special Collections.

Planetarium The Planetarium will be closed through Wednesday, April 3. Planetarium.

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



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