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

Monday, February 25, 2013

Jeff Corwin

Tickets available this week to see Jeff Corwin, Aaron Neville

Tickets become available this week to see the last two installments of the 2012-13 Maverick Speakers Series.

Tickets for conservationist Jeff Corwin's appearance are available starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Those to see music legend Aaron Neville with Ellis Marsalis are available at 11 a.m. Friday, March 1.

Go to to reserve your seat.

Corwin, Emmy-winning star of The Jeff Corwin Experience, will speak on "100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at College Park Center. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow the lecture.

Neville and Marsalis appear in "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at College Park Center. A question-and-answer session follows their performance.

Learn more about the programs at the Maverick Speakers Series website.


Free tickets to remaining Mavs' games at College Park Center

Need another reason to cheer on the Maverick basketball teams? Faculty, staff, and students receive free admission to the last four home games at College Park Center.

Tickets are limited to two per person and can be picked up at the College Park Center box office or at the services and information desk in the Maverick Activities Center. Tickets are available for the Saturday, March 2, men's game online at

The men's team is home this week, facing San Jose State Thursday, Feb. 28, and Utah State Saturday, March 2. The last scheduled conference games are at Denver Thursday, March 7, and at New Mexico State Saturday, March 9.

The women's team plays at San Jose State on Thursday and at Utah State on Saturday. They wrap up their season at home against Denver Thursday, March 7, and New Mexico State Saturday, March 9.

Get 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.

Fuqiang Liu

Dr. Fuqiang Liu

Engineer's research employs semiconductors to better store, use solar energy

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $400,000 Early Career Development grant to Fuqiang Liu, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, to improve the way solar energy is captured, stored, and transmitted for use.

Dr. Liu’s process uses semiconductors in an artificial photosynthesis process to capture solar energy. Current methods use hydrogen and oxygen to harness power from the sun.

Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering, says Liu’s work holds great promise for the field of sustainable energy.

“When we determine better ways to use energy that is readily available, we are helping everyone,” Dr. Bardet says. “We appreciate the NSF’s support for Dr. Liu’s work.”

Liu notes that the world’s energy consumption doubles every 14 years.

Read more about Liu's solar energy research.


'Wolf' campus premiere on Tuesday

Ya'ke Smith, assistant professor of film and the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor, talks about his powerful feature film, Wolf, after its campus premiere at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Planetarium. The screening is part of Black History Month.

Wolf tells the story of how a family is shaken to the core when the parents discover their son has been molested by someone who he loves deeply. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads toward a total mental collapse, while his abuser attempts to exorcise his own past demons.

After the screening, Smith and cast members will share their insights and experiences in making the movie.

Smith, who wrote and directed the film, recently won the award for Best Director, First Feature at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival, the sixth award for Wolf. He has received more than 30 awards at film festivals, including the Cannes International Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival.

Tim Ishii

Tim Ishii

Focus on Faculty tunes in to jazz Wednesday

Music Associate Professor Tim Ishii talks about the International Jazz and Youth Exchange and "Jazz: The Perfect Cultural Exchange Model" for the Focus on Faculty lecture series.

He and Dan Cavanagh, associate professor of jazz studies, will perform jazz classics.

Ishii is also director of jazz studies and associate chair of the Music Department.

The free program is noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

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Life savers

Five School of Social Work students who helped save the life of Constance Burdick, wearing red, received the Community Hero Award from MedStar. Burdick, an adjunct assistant professor of social work, had a heart attack Dec. 19 outside the Fort Worth Center. The students performed CPR and assisted emergency personnel in caring for Burdick. From left are Jennifer Helms, Lisannia Williams, Dante Bryant, Charnei Smith, and Leslee Matthews. Read The Shorthorn story about the heroes.

Women's History Month looks at health

Start Women's History Month this week with a controversial film that looks at pink ribbon events for breast cancer.

Pink Ribbons, Inc. starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Room 108 of University Hall. The documentary is sponsored in part by the Dallas Women's Foundation.

Women's health is the theme for Women's History Month, sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies and Multicultural Affairs.

A panel discussion on Texas women's health runs noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Ken Lambrecht, COO of Planned Parenthood Texas Region, and three prominent figures from the North Texas health care and public policy fields discuss recent changes in health care legislation and provision.

Other events include a lecture on HIV and incarcerated women Wednesday, March 20, a student symposium Wednesday, March 27, a talk on the evolution of medicine and women's health Thursday, March 28, and The Vagina Monologues in April.

Read more about Women's History Month.

Elect Her deadline Friday

Applications are due Friday, March 1, for the free student leadership training, Elect Her: UT Arlington Women Win. The program is 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Concho Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Elect Her encourages and trains young women to run for student government on campus, but men are welcome to apply.

Dr. Seuss Birthday

Dr. Seuss birthday party celebrates reading

Observe Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a Blaze Through Reading event to celebrate the importance of reading and education in conjunction with Read Across America.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to bring their families. Activities will include reading books to children, crafts, a showing of the Dr. Seuss film The Sneetches, a puppet show, cupcake decorating, a photo booth, and a library card application table.

The fun runs 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 2, in the Chemistry and Physics Building.

Freshmen Leaders on Campus, the Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers, and the Arlington Public Library host the celebration. For more information, contact Molly Alfers at 2-2293 or the Leadership Center at 2-9220.

Ramp replacement set for Davis Hall

The accessible ramp at the south basement entrance of Davis Hall will be replaced next month. The south entrance to the building will be closed Saturday, March 9-Friday, March 22.

All other building entry and exit points will remain open. Temporary signage will direct visitors to the north entrances of the building.

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Laptop lounge

The new student collaboration lounge opened last Thursday in Room 231 in Nedderman Hall, thanks to the Office of Information Technology. A food-friendly place for students, the lounge includes Media Scape collaboration stations that have high-definition displays for multiple laptop connections so students can share documents. The basics at the lounge include high-speed, wireless Internet and a black-and-white printer. Performing ribbon-cutting duties were, from left, Brandon Gunnip, OIT specialist; Tom McElwee, OIT director of client services; Maurice Leatherbury, vice president for Information Technology and CIO; Student Congress President Jennifer Fox; and Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students.

Volunteer for Health Fair

Volunteers are needed for the Health Fair on Tuesday, March 5, in the Palo Duro Lounge and Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Health Services sponsors the fair, which runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes screenings, vendors, and more.

Volunteers are needed for one-hour increments starting at 7 a.m. Tasks range from setting up and taking down booths to decorating and handing out brochures.

Complete the volunteer form and fax it to 2-0492 or drop it off in the Health Services Center.

Campus network upgrade due March 10

The Office of Information Technology will conduct maintenance on network equipment connecting the main UTA campus and the Arlington Regional Data Center (ARDC) between 2-7 a.m. Sunday, March 10.

Any service interruption should last between five and 15 minutes. Campus Internet connections and student email will not be impacted.

Connectivity to resources housed at ARDC—MyMav, access to campus web pages, faculty/staff exchange email, and file servers—will be affected.

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, including faculty/staff lots 13 and 17.

Benefit Yourself

Change to voluntary life insurance plan benefits

Based on a recent determination, effective Feb. 1, The University of Texas Plan Document has been updated to remove voluntary group term life insurance from the premium redirection. Learn more about this change and what to expect if you are enrolled in voluntary life insurance coverage.


LOK-IT encrypted USB drives now available

Lock up your confidential data with the LOK-IT encrypted USB drives provided free to executive management, faculty, and staff.

Drives are protected by a 7-15 digit numerical PIN that the user creates and must input before it is plugged into a computer. The total capacity is 4 GB.

The LOK-IT drive should not be used as primary storage for any content. Your original documents must exist elsewhere.

Eligible employees can receive one while supplies last. To request a drive or for more details, visit

Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair

Connect with local businesses and organizations, plus learn about discounts available to faculty and staff. Free lunch for first 500 attendees and door prizes. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Afra Sumeir-Zmolek, 2-1350,

Service award recipients should check info

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service should make sure their names are on the list of 2013 Service Award Honorees. Department supervisors and employees should review the list and report any missing names by Thursday, February 28.

The University will host a dinner Thursday, April 4, to honor employees with 25 years of service. Included in this celebration are employees who have 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service.

On Wednesday, April 10, the University will honor employees who have 10, 15, and 20 years of service.

Professionalism in the Workplace

Identify and develop the skills needed for projecting and maintaining professional work relationships, a winning attitude, and confidence in the workplace. Free. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a list of HR training classes.

CPR/AED certification

A four-hour class, covering the American Heart Association’s first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR, and AED use. A two-year American Heart Association certification card on completion. $40. 1-5 p.m., Friday, March 1, Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Performance Review Training for Supervisors

Performance Management Forms and Procedures for supervisors is offered 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28; noon-1 p.m. Monday, March 4; and 10-11 a.m. Monday, March 25. All classes are in Room 200 of the Wetsel Service Center. Annual performance reviews for all employees—except faculty, GTAs, and GRAs—must be completed by Friday, March 29. Evaluation forms can be accessed online. For questions, call 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, Feb. 27

Holly Hungerford-Kresser - Marc Schwartz

Education Brown Bag Series Holly Hungerford-Kresser, assistant professor of English education in the College of Education and Health Professions, speaks on "Creating College Ready Classrooms with Pre-service Teachers: An Action-Research Project." Professor Marc Schwartz, director of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education, talks on "Creating Collaborative Environments: The Mind, Brain and Education Research Schools Network." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 332, Science Hall. Education and Health Professions.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Intro to InDesign Register. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room B29, Central Library. Digital Media Studio.

Pink Ribbon Inc.

Pink Ribbons, Inc. Screening of the controversial film about the pink ribbon campaign against breast cancer. Free. 7-9 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Women’s and Gender Studies, Women's History Month.

Biology Colloquium Rance Berg of University of North Texas Health Science Center speaks on “Regulation of Neutrophil Recruitment and Function during Infection with Listeria monocytogenes.” Free. 4-5 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Architecture Lecture Series Patrik Shumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects and Innsbruck University is guest speaker. Free. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Friday, March 1


Cultural Constructions Symposium "21st Century Pedagogies" are featured in the 5th biannual symposium, which includes a presentation and discussion of the documentary Maestra, a film that follows stories of transformation through the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign. Documentary is at noon. Symposium is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Room 200, Trimble Hall. Modern Languages.

Monday, March 4

Successful Online Courses John Boyer of Virginia Tech tells how his online courses are some of the most popular and successful on campus. Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Wednesday, March 6

Food for Thought: The Impact of Physical Activity on Disease Risk Discover physical activity's many benefits. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Thursday, March 7

Adobe Illustrator: DrawingTools Register. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Room B29, Central Library. Digital Media Studio.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Fiddler on the Roof' a musical favorite

Fiddler on the Roof

The classic tale of tradition, family, and oppression comes to the stage when the Maverick Theatre Company teams up with the Department of Music to present Fiddler on the Roof.

The musical production is directed by Anne Healy, senior lecturer of theatre arts. Musical direction is by Soo Hong Kim, associate professor of music, with Clifton Evans, associate professor of music and director of orchestras, as conductor.

The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion in the story of Tevye, a poor dairyman with five daughters. The celebrated score features beloved  songs "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man," and "Matchmaker."

Shown are Jonathan Crawford, theatre arts junior, as Tevye and Kimber Carter, music junior, as his wife, Golde.

Appearing as Natalia is Myke Holt, director of development for the College of Liberal Arts.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 27-March 2, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, on the Mainstage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

Ticket prices are $9 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors, and $12 for the general public.

For tickets, reservations, group rates, or more information, contact the Theatre Arts Box Office at 2-2669.

Monday, Feb. 25

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

Fort Worth Regional Science/Engineering Fair Students in grades 6-12 from 10 counties participate in the study of science, mathematics, and engineering. The colleges of Science and Engineering provide learning activities for participants. Free. Project viewing 3-7 p.m., College Park Center. Fort Worth Regional Science/Engineering Fair, Engineering, Science.

Percussion Ensemble Concert Features percussion performers and ensembles. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

'Wolf' screening Award-winning feature film by Ya'ke Smith, assistant professor of film. Free. 7 p.m., Planetarium. Black History Month.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Focus on Faculty Tim Ishii, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies, discusses "Jazz: The Perfect Cultural Exchange Model." Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Focus on Faculty.

Exploring Our Legacy Explore the African diaspora through dance and music with Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. San Jose State. Free. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Utah State, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2. Athletics.

Friday, March 1

Opening Reception: Kim Cadmus Owens/Allison V. Smith Artists Kim Cadmus Owens and Allison V. Smith talk about their work. Free. 5:30-8 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Baseball: UTA/Hilton Invitational Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist, 3 p.m. Also Saturday, March 2, vs Illinois, 3 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, vs Illinois, 11 a.m., and Houston Baptist, 3 p.m. Tickets $6. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Softball: UT Arlington Tournament Mavericks vs. Tulsa, 5 p.m.; vs. Creighton, 7 p.m. Also Saturday, March 2, vs. Lamar, 1 p.m. Tickets $6. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Women's tennis Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Coming Up

Women's basketball Mavericks vs. Denver, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Also vs. New Mexico State, 6 p.m., Saturday, March 9. Free. College Park Center. Athletics.

Business Dean Meet-and-Greet Meet College of Business Dean Rachel Croson. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, first floor lobby, Business Building. Business.


Allison V. Smith

Exhibit: Kim Cadmus Owens/Allison V. Smith Dallas-based artists Kim Cadmus Owens and Allison V. Smith portray vividly colored landscapes in paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Closed for Spring Break. Through Saturday, March 30. Art and Art History.

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. Through Saturday, March 30. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

Planetarium Visit the classic Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque to discover how the Maya aligned their temples to watch their sky gods and used interlocking calendars to record the past and predict the future in Mayan Prophecies. 6 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

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