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

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Slavery essay

Poetic discovery: Jupiter Hammon, an 18th century slave on Long Island, N.Y., wrote An Essay on Slavery around 1786. Dr. Cedrick May and Julie McCown discovered the poem boxed away at the Manuscripts and Archives at Yale University Library.

Professor, student discover poem written by 18th century slave

Cedrick May, an English associate professor, and doctoral student Julie McCown discovered a never-before published, handwritten manuscript by Jupiter Hammon, an 18th century slave from Long Island, N.Y., who many scholars consider one of the founders of early African-American literature.

The poem is remarkable because it represents a major shift in the ideology that Hammon publicly advocated during his lifetime and perhaps internal conflict over whether slavery was “God’s will” or a “dark and dismal” manmade state.

Dr. May and McCown made the discovery last fall in the Manuscripts and Archives at Yale University Library in New Haven, Conn. Their research is the focus of an article to be published in the June 2013 edition of the journal Early American Literature along with the full text of Hammon’s An Essay on Slavery.

Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, says the discovery “enables us to recover in some measure the voices of people who had been silenced. As an art historian myself, I can attest to how exciting and moving it is to be able to touch the past in this way. I know that many people will be enlightened by this discovery.”

Read more about the discovery of the 18th century poem.


Watch hot hoops action this week; BracketBusters here Feb. 23

Help fill College Park Center when the men’s basketball team takes on Texas State in a Western Athletic Conference game at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 7.

Coach Scott Cross provides an open letter on how large crowds can help the team. Tickets are $6 to $15 and are available online at or at the box office.

Thursday is Military Appreciation Night, and military personnel are admitted free by presenting their military ID at the box office. It is also $1 hot dog night. Halftime includes a military swearing-in ceremony and introduction of the 2013 baseball team.

The Mavericks host UT San Antonio at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Blaze’s Kids Club members receive a UT Arlington bag. Free men’s schedule posters also are available. The Rocking Ropers, a youth jump rope group, perform at halftime.

UT Arlington takes on UC Irvine in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in College Park Center. The 11th annual BracketBusters is a men’s college basketball event pitting potential NCAA championship hopefuls against each other.

Grab tickets for the 2013 WAC Tournament March 12-16 in Las Vegas. All-session tickets, which are good for both men's and women's games, are $165 and are available at, by calling 2-9595, or at the College Park Center box office. All WAC men’s and women’s teams qualify for the postseason event.

Mark Kelly

Rocket man: Mark Kelly, next presenter in the Maverick Speakers Series, is a retired astronaut and author of Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope concerning the challenges his wife faced after an assassination attempt.

Free tickets available online now to see astronaut Mark Kelly

Claim your tickets to see Mark Kelly, astronaut, retired U.S. Navy captain, best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. Tickets are available at

Kelly will discuss "Endeavoring to Build a Better America" in the next Maverick Speakers Series presentation Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Texas Hall. Tickets are free, but required. Preferred seating is $25. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow the lecture.

As an astronaut, Kelly flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, which he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He became the center of international attention after the 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The remaining Maverick Speakers Series presentations for the 2012-13 season feature conservationist Jeff Corwin on Wednesday, March 27, and music legend Aaron Neville on Tuesday, April 2, both at College Park Center.

  Mav Pic Study Abroad Fair

Travel plans

Ariella Chi, right, programming coordinator for International Education, discusses study and travel options with Mia Mays, psychology and Spanish sophomore, at the Study Abroad Fair last week.

Real estate investor to speak at Business Executive Dinner in March

Fort Worth-based real estate investor John Goff is the keynote speaker for the College of Business 2013 Executive Dinner on Wednesday, March 20.

Co-hosted with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Dinner is an annual event during Business Week, March 18-22. The dinner is an opportunity to connect students and the local business community with a master of the business world.

Register for the Executive Dinner.

Three reappointed to professorships

Three current professorship honorees have been reappointed to their positions in the College of Nursing.

Jennifer Gray remains the George E. and Hazel M. Jay Professor in Nursing. She will continue collaborative work with nursing students, clinicians, and leaders in Uganda and Rwanda. The Jay Professorship was the first in the College of Nursing, honoring the couple’s support of nursing education.

Beth Mancini continues as the first Baylor Healthcare Research Professor. Dr. Mancini’s work focuses on patient safety and innovative teaching/learning strategies to improve the quality of health provider education.

Barbara Raudonis continues to hold the Myrna R. Pickard Professorship in Nursing. Dr. Raudonis works with the Center for Rural Health Outreach Program in research in geropalliative care in symptom management and genomic factors in aging and end-of-life experiences. Dr. Pickard served as dean of the School of Nursing for 24 years.

Lot F13 parkers must move by 5:30 today

Vehicles parked in the eastern half of lot F13, east of the Business Building, must be moved by 5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 7. Signs are posted by the UT Arlington Police Department notifying lot users of this necessity.

Mav Pic Jason Whitely

Spreading the news

Jason Whitely, senior news reporter for WFAA Channel 8, discussed investigative reporting at the Society of Professional Journalists meeting Monday in the Fine Arts Building. Based in the Dallas newsroom, Whitely has earned 15 Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, and two dozen other honors from the Associated Press in Tennessee, Illinois, and Texas.


Submit nominations for student awards

Nominate your outstanding student workers for the 2012-13 Student Employee of the Year award.

Student employees must have worked a minimum of six months part time. Find the nomination form at Student Employee of the Year. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

Scholarships are awarded to the top students selected. All nominees will be honored at an awards reception Thursday, April 11.

For more information, contact Mike Taddesse in the Career Center at 2-5141 or

Volunteers needed for spring job fair

The Career Center needs faculty and staff volunteers for the Spring 2013 Job Fair set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Maverick Activities Center.

In addition to helping with the job fair itself, volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, loading dock crew, and staffing the student and employer check-in tables. Shifts are available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

To volunteer, complete the form at Hire a Maverick. Deadline to volunteer is Friday, Feb. 15.

Nominations being accepted for Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This is the highest honor an alumna/alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.

The award criteria and nomination form are online. Submission deadline is Monday, April 1. Awards will be presented at the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 19.

For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.

University Club tasting buffet begins today

A two-part tasting special replaces this month's first-Thursday buffet at the University Club in Davis Hall. The tasting will be today, Thursday, Feb. 7, and Thursday, Feb. 14.

New items—sandwiches, wraps, and salads—will be selected for the menu based on guests’ scores. Choose from 15 food items divided between the two tasting days.

Served buffet style, the tasting is $8 per person. The regular menu will not be available. The University Club hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Benefit Yourself
Advising tuneup

Academic Advising Association Conference

“Advising Tune-Up: Becoming Mechanics for Student Success” is the theme for the 16th annual conference. Keynote speaker is Jennifer Joslin, director of the Office of Academic Advising at the University of Oregon and a member of the National Academic Advising Association board of directors. She is co-author of Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century. 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Academic Advising Association.

Staff Advisory Council

Catch an update from the presidential search committee, hear about a new benefit, and more at the monthly meeting. 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, Student Congress Chambers, E.H. Hereford University Center. Staff Advisory Council.

GIS Workshop

In "Mapping Happiness: Identifying the Happiest Places on Earth," use geographic information systems to create a customized happiness index for each country using environmental sustainability and economic indicators. Free. 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, Room B20, Central Library. Joshua Been, GIS Workshops.

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
  Shannon Reynolds

Indoor double: Shannon Reynolds won the 60- and the 200-meter events at the Varsity Apartments Invitational indoor track meet Saturday in Wichita, Kan.

Women tracksters second at Wichita meet

The women's indoor track team finished second, while the men placed fifth at the Varsity Apartments Invitational on Saturday in Wichita, Kan.

For the women, Shannon Reynolds finished first in the 60- and 200-meter events while Ashly Wright won the 800-meter run. In the men’s division, Craig Lautenslager took first place in the mile.

The Mavericks take this weekend off prior to the Oklahoma Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 16. The tourney is the final tune-up for the Mavs prior to the Western Athletic Conference championships.

Women travel for WAC games this week

The women’s basketball team tries its luck on the road this week with games at Texas State on Thursday, Feb. 7, and at UT San Antonio on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The Mavericks are 1-9 in the Western Athletic Conference after losing at home to Louisiana Tech last Saturday.

Tennis teams open spring season

The men’s tennis team opens its home season with matches against Centenary at 10 a.m. and Cameron at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the UTA Tennis Center. The men dropped a 7-0 decision at TCU in their opener last Friday.

The women’s team lost to Old Dominion 4-1 in its home and season opener on Sunday. The women play at Rice on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Doors open on new baseball, softball indoor facilities

Maverick baseball and softball teams opened new indoor facilities last week.

Players can make up for lost practice time and practice during inclement weather or during times when Allan Saxe Field or Clay Gould Ballpark are not available.

Baseball's 5,940-square-foot facility and softball's 3,500-square-foot digs contain interchangeable batting cages, pitching mounds, and settings to allow for an open practice when necessary.

Movin' Mavs host community tourney

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team will host a community tournament with games Friday-Sunday, Feb. 8-10, in the Maverick Activities Center and Physical Education Building.

Coach Doug Garner says he will use Movin' Mavs bench players against the DFW Freewheelers, Oklahoma State, Houston, and San Antonio.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 7


Opening Reception: self-congratulatory nonsense Opening reception for self-congratulatory nonsense, a solo installation by Joshua Elliott. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Exhibit continues through March 31. Reception 6-8 p.m., Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Military Appreciation Night with military personnel admitted free by presenting military ID at the box office. $1 hot dog night. Halftime includes a military swearing-in ceremony and introduction of the 2013 baseball team. Tickets $6-$15. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Clifton Evans conducts the UTA Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Feb. 8

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Centenary, 10 a.m.; vs. Cameron, 3 p.m. Free. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Movin' Mavs Community Tournament Movin' Mavs B team vs. DFW Freewheelers. Free. 6 p.m., Physical Education Building. Also, Saturday, Feb. 9, vs. Oklahoma State, 9:30 a.m., PEB; vs. Houston, 2 p.m., Maverick Activities Center; vs. San Antonio, 6:30 p.m., PEB. Movin' Mavs.

Friday Night Film: Wreck-It Ralph 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.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Blaze’s Kids Club members receive a UT Arlington bag. Free men’s schedule posters available. The Rocking Ropers, a youth jump rope group, perform at halftime. Tickets $6-$15. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

UTA Wind Symphony Concert Douglas Stotter, conductor, presents concertos for trombones, flute, oboe, and bassoon. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Guest Artist Bassoon Recital Features Carl Rath, associate professor of music at the University of Oklahoma and principal bassoon with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Feb. 11

Voice Division Recital Features performances by UT Arlington vocal students. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Faculty Cello Recital Features John Burton, professor of cello. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Maverick Club Luncheon Hear baseball coach Darin Thomas and softball coach Kristie Fox with lunch provided by Spring Creek Barbeque. $5 for Maverick Club members, $10 for others. Noon, Hospitality Suite, College Park Center. Maverick Club, Athletics.

Yaba Blay

One Drop Project: Fact, Fiction, or Fate Yaba Blay, right, of Drexel University's Africana Studies discusses her One Drop Project. 7 p.m. Red River/Concho rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

Mardi Gras Madness Grab your Mardi Gras beads on Fat Tuesday with a taste of New Orleans cuisine and live zydeco music by the Dennis Cavalier Band, crowning of the Mardi Gras king and queen, mock-tails, free bowling, games, and prizes. Free. 7 p.m., Bowling and Billiards, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, Bowling and Billiards.

Music Honors Recital Features performances by music faculty members and outstanding students in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Maverick Speakers Series Mark Kelly, retired astronaut and naval aviator, discusses "Endeavoring to Build a Better America." Free, but tickets required. Premium seating $25. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.


Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps and how they reflect and shape the history of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Saturday, Feb. 9. Special Collections.

A Legacy Worth Living An art exhibit featuring artwork by and images of famous African Americans. One wall is designated for you to write your own legacy. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Friday, Feb. 15. Black History Month.


Planetarium Take an extraordinary journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures, and rare marine life in Coral: Rekindling Venus. 7 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, Feb. 16. Planetarium.

Flight Deck Showcases public art at Love Field and DFW International Airport. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Fine Arts Building. Through Saturday, Feb. 16. The Gallery at UTA.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. $8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., downtown Arlington. Through Sunday, Feb. 17. Architecture.

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



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