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

Monday, April 15, 2013

Kal Penn

Political activist, actor Kal Penn speaks at Graduation Celebration

Actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn will give this year’s keynote address at Graduation Celebration honoring the Class of 2013.

Graduation Celebration is set for Friday, May 10, at the Levitt Pavilion in Founder’s Square, 100 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with live music and free food. The formal program starts at 8 p.m.

The outdoor, end-of-the-year celebration is open to the public. Also on the program are President James D. Spaniolo and Rene Grimes, an education graduate student, who will represent the Class of 2013.

Penn, 35, is well known for his starring roles in House, 24, and the popular Harold & Kumar movie series. But Penn, the son of Indian immigrants, stopped his acting career midstream to work full time in politics.

In 2009 he joined the Obama administration as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused on work related to increasing financial aid for college students and other related initiatives.

In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive.

Read more about Kal Penn and Graduation Celebration.

Michael Ward

Dr. Michael Ward

Focus on Faculty looks at video game violence

Economics Professor Michael R. Ward discusses violence—virtual and actual—at the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, April 17, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. Ward summarizes the existing research methodologies, the results they yield, and the criticisms leveled against each one. In particular, he presents his own research findings on the subject.

A reception follows the talk.

See past Focus on Faculty events on YouTube.

President James D. Spaniolo

President James D. Spaniolo

Last Lecture Series features President Spaniolo

President James D. Spaniolo shares his thoughts for the Last Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Admission is free.

The series is based on inspirational Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He gave his last lecture in 2007, asking students to live life to the fullest and to consider their legacy.

The series came to UT Arlington in 2011 when Alan Saxe, associate professor of political science, gave his “last lecture” followed by Victoria Farrar-Myers, professor of political science, in 2012.

Spaniolo, who retires in May, became UT Arlington’s seventh president in February 2004. His administration is widely credited for dramatically lifting and improving the profile of the University, boosting enrollment, increasing research expenditures, recruiting new faculty, assembling a strong executive team, strengthening the academic profile, leading online and international education programs, and constructing major new facilities.

Krista Gerlich

Krista Gerlich

Women's basketball coach named

Krista Gerlich has been named the head women's basketball coach, Athletics Director Jim Baker announced Thursday. Gerlich spent the last seven seasons as the head coach at West Texas A&M University.

"We're extremely excited to begin a new era of Mavericks' basketball under the leadership of Krista Gerlich," Baker says. "Krista has been a winner every place she's been and at every level. She won a national championship as a player at Texas Tech under legendary coach Marsha Sharp and has continued to win ever since. We are confident in Krista's ability to take our program to the next level."

"I'm very excited and thrilled for this opportunity," Gerlich says. "I'm really looking forward to being part of the UT Arlington family and taking the women's basketball program to new heights and trying to win championships. It's a great university and the city of Arlington is awesome."

Gerlich will be introduced at a press conference at noon Tuesday, April 16, in the hospitality suite at College Park Center.

Read more about Gerlich's appointment.

Earth Day 2013

Celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday

Celebrate People and Planet is a healthy theme for UT Arlington’s Earth Day Celebration 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, on the University Center mall.

Good Karma Kitchen food truck will offer a spicy Asian lettuce wrap and a drink for $2. Free herb plants will be available while they last. Earth Day T-shirts are $10. Vendors will display their environment messages and perform demonstrations.

Drop off your electronic waste at the Techway Services truck. Recyclable electronics include computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers, hard drives, stereos, speakers, cellphones, televisions, toner cartridges, household appliances, VCRs, DVDs, DVRs, and batteries.

The Office of Sustainability hosts the celebration. The office has helped launch several initiatives in recent years including a low-cost car sharing program and water bottle filling stations. The UT Arlington campus has also undergone millions of dollars in energy-efficiency upgrades in recent years and installed electric car charging stations.

Read about the Earth Day Network's project "The Face of Climate Change."

  Mav Pic Outstanding Student Employees 2013

Outstanding honors

Heather Bass, Omar Sandoval, and Phuong Pham received awards and scholarships at the Outstanding Student Employee Awards dinner last week. Bass, biology senior, works for the Biology Department; Sandoval, information systems junior, in Business Affairs; and Pham, biology senior, in Health Services.

Canon Print Center closed at University Center, open at City Hall

The University’s storefront office with Canon Print Center at the E.H. Hereford University Center permanently closed Friday, April 12.

The main facility on the first floor of Arlington City Hall is available for University customers.

For questions regarding your printing needs or current jobs, call the Canon Print Center at 817-575-8264 or email Michael Reeve at

For general questions about the center, contact Julia Cornwell in the Office of Procurement at 2-3002 or

Faculty encouraged to nominate students for peer educator jobs

Nominate outstanding students to become peer educators by Tuesday, April 30, with the University College Learning Center.

Peer educators are needed in paid positions for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders.

Students benefit by studying with someone who has taken the course and successfully passed with an A or B. Peer educators benefit by being paid to help other students and provide study tips and strategies.

Undergraduates and graduate students can apply for these student jobs, which provide flexible hours.

Learn more at

Vengeance Is Mine

Author shares tale of famed feud at Friends meeting

Bill Neal, author of Vengeance is Mine: The Scandalous Love Triangle That Triggered the Boyce-Sneed Feud, shares a tale of love and vengeance for the Friends of the Library meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Neal turned to writing after being a West Texas attorney for 20 years as a prosecutor and 20 as a defense attorney. His book tells "a story of the written laws of Texas struggling to gain ascendency over justice administered by local judges, as well as by the self-help justice condoned by the Honor Code's unwritten laws."

A reception and book signing follow.

For more information, contact or call 2-1413.

Enjoy Texas Rangers games with special discounted tickets

UT Arlington faculty, staff, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS13 to get your discounted tickets.

Mav Pic Nedderman Society 2013

Burger time

Martha Ambrosio, assistant to the College of Business dean, samples the food at the annual Nedderman Society Cookout. Hosted by the Development Office, the event Friday on the Library mall was a thank-you to employees who make donations to the University. The society is named for President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman.


Register to volunteer for The Big Event

Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 27.

The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.

Discover more about how The Big Event impacts North Texas at Learn how to participate and see a list of project sites.

For questions, call 2-2963 or email

Vote early on campus for May elections

UT Arlington is an early voting site for the May 11 joint election. The polling site will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30-Thursday, May 2, in the Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

To vote early on campus, you must be registered to vote in Tarrant County and must present identification such as a voter registration certificate, driver's license, birth certificate, passport, U.S. citizenship papers, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document.

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

Contact Student Congress at 2-0556 with any questions.

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.

Benefit Yourself

Upgrades available to Windows 7

Upgrades to Windows 7 for all Windows XP machines are available from the Office of Information Technology. The upgrade is needed to prepare for when Microsoft ends support and security patching of Windows XP on April 8, 2014.

OIT plans to assist the campus community in upgrading to Windows 7 by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of operating system security.

Contact to schedule your upgrade.

SecureDoc Software now supports Apple Macintosh OS X updates

SecureDoc version 6.1 for Apple Macintosh OS X is available. This version supports FileVault2 encryption that allows OS X updates, including version 10.8.3.

Learn more about SecureDoc 6.1, requirements and limitations of the software, and instructions on how to upgrade to this version.

Outside Employment Service form due today

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 today, Monday, April 15. This information must be provided annually. If you have questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 2-5554.

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation

Manage conflict and improve skills to reduce conflict for win-win results in the workplace and your personal life. Free. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a list of HR training classes.

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, April 15

Bioengineering Seminar Zhengwei Mao of Zhejiang University, China, speaks about" The Physicochemical Properties of Particles Dominate Cellular Uptake and Subsequent Influences on Cell Functions." Free. 3-4 p.m., Room 228, Engineering Research Building. Engineering.

Tuesday, April 16

Nanofab Speaker Series Emanuel Tutuc speaks on "Electron Transport and Strain Mapping in Ge-SixGe1-x Core-Shell Nanowire Heterostructures." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 108, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Faculty Creative Works Reception and Exhibit A reception and exhibit of faculty creative works of the previous calendar year. Faculty, deans, directors, University administrators, and Library staff are invited. 4-6 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Office of the Provost, UT Arlington Library.

Wednesday, April 17

Focus on Faculty Michael Ward, professor of economics, discusses "What Effect Does Video Game Violence Have on Actual Violence?" Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Transatlantic History Speaker Series Alan Gallay of Texas Christian University. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 321, University Hall. History.

Jacqueline Maria Hagan

Physics Colloquium Series Csaba Janaky of the University of Szeged, Hungary, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 116, University Hall. Physics.

CMAS Distinguished Lecture "Migration Miracle: Faith, Hope, and Meaning on the Undocumented Journey" is the topic for Jacqueline Maria Hagan, right, professor of sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Thursday, April 18

Center for Theory Colloquia Robert LaRue, English graduate teaching assistant, speaks on “The Revolutionary Body: A Look at the Occupy Movement.” Free. Noon, Room 432, University Hall. Center for Theory, Liberal Arts.

GIS Workshop: Basic Python Scripting for ArcGIS Python is an intuitive scripting language that can be used to automate many geoprocessing functions within ArcGIS. Learn the basics of creating a Python script, become familiar with the native Python environment IDLE, and learn how to call geoprocessing functions into scripts. Some understanding of ArcMap is needed, but no programming knowledge is required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Prince Among Slaves

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Prince Among Slaves The film Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, a prince in his homeland who was forced into bondage and became a slave in Mississippi. After 40 years, he regained his freedom and became a national celebrity. A group discussion will follow the film. Free. 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library, Muslim Student Association.

Nanofab Speakers Series Donald P. Butler speaks on "Flexible MEMS Sensors." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 108, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminars Silas Cook of Indiana University-Bloomington speaks on "The Search for Efficiency in Synthesis." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Biology Colloquium Series Jeremy Brown speaks on "Models, Genomes, and Trees: Next-Generation Studies of Phylogenetics." Free. 4-5 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, April 19

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Joseph A. Loo of the University of California-Los Angeles speaks on "Applying Native Mass Spectrometry for Defining Protein Interactions Important in Biology and Medicine." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Vassilis Papanicolaou of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, speaks on "The Special Transmission Eigenvalues." Free. 3 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Probability and Statistics Seminar Yang Xie of UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas speaks on "Identify and Validate Gene Expression Markers for Prognosis and Response to Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Lung Cancer Patients." Free. 2 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Vagina Monologues' opens Thursday

Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler's award-winning, humorous, and honest play about women's bodies comes to campus this week to benefit The Women's Center of Tarrant County.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and Saturday, April 20, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Dianna Sites, theatre arts senior, directs with Josh Jacobs as stage manager.

The cast of undergraduate and graduate students includes many theatre arts majors but also chemistry, business, social work, and urban and public affairs students. Cast members are Olivia Aigbogun, Jehnna Alexander, Brittnee Anderson, Anna Marie Boyd, Lindsey Campbell, Ashley Clyde, Tiffany Cromwell, Montana Ford, Toni C. Garner, Courtney Gowdz, Nejay Johnson, Kavya Kartik, Alyse Sefchik, Alexandria Siprian, Kelly Stewart, Jailene Torres, Tran Tran, and Chasity Willis.

This play contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences only.

Tickets $5 faculty, staff, students; $10 general public. Cash at door.

Women's and Gender Studies and Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention sponsor the event.

Monday, April 15

Downtown Arlington Music Monday A lunchtime concert featuring music students. Lunch served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center St. Music.

Student Elections Students vote for Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, as well as Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives. Also Tuesday, April 16. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Governance and Organizations.

Tuesday, April 16

Last Lecture Series President James D. Spaniolo shares his thoughts as this year's guest speaker. After nine years leading UT Arlington, he will retire in May. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Baseball Mavericks vs. TCU. Tickets $6. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Think Fast Game Show Wireless connections make everyone in the audience a contestant in the interactive trivia game. Top prizes are $200, $100, and $50. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Clavier Series Piano Recital A recital featuring piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, April 17

Guest Artists Piano Recital Performance by Alex McDonald of Texas Woman's University and one of the 30 contestants in the upcoming Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, April 18

Block Party An end-of-year celebration with live music, a DJ, and the winner of the Battle for the Block competition. Includes carnival-style treats, games, and activities. Free. 6 p.m., University Center mall. University Events, Apartment and Residence Life.

Friday, April 19

Friends of the Library Bill Neal, author of Vengeance Is Mine: The Scandalous Love Triangle That Triggered The Boyce-Sneed Feud, is guest speaker. Free. 7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Saturday, April 20

Wind Symphony Concert The Wind Symphony performs with Douglas Stotter as conductor and John Solomons as soloist. Tickets $3 students, seniors; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Sunday, April 21

Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert The UT Arlington Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band are conducted by John Zastoupil. Free. 3:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, April 22

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Kansas Kansas concert Saturday, June 1, College Park Center.


Fine Lines: When Contemplating

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.

Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. Shown, When Contemplating the Multiplicity of Nature by Amy Herzel. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

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



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