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

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vistasp Karbhari

Distinguished guest: Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari, the sole finalist for UT Arlington's presidency, shared some of his initial impressions of the University during a town hall meeting Wednesday at Texas Hall.

Presidential finalist speaks at campus town hall meeting

Vistasp M. Karbhari, the sole finalist for UT Arlington’s presidency, got to know the campus and University community when he visited this week, headlining a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon at Texas Hall.

During the two-day visit, Dr. Karbhari met with deans, senior administrators, faculty, student leaders, staff, alumni, and members of the community.

At the Texas Hall meeting, he shared some of his initial impressions of UT Arlington and answered audience questions. Watch a video of the town hall meeting.

The UT System Board of Regents named Karbhari the sole finalist for the presidency Feb. 14. Additional information about Karbhari may be found in the news release issued earlier this month, as well as in his curriculum vitae.

He is the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prior to his current position, he served as professor and vice chairman of the Structural Engineering Department at the University of California-San Diego. He is a noted researcher and scholar and a published author or co-author of more than 200 scientific papers.

Karbhari would succeed President James D. Spaniolo, who announced last June his intention to step down from the top post once a search for a new president is complete. Spaniolo has served as UT Arlington president since February 2004.

Cameron Catlett

Tickets free for Mavs' final slate at College Park Center

Faculty and staff have free admission to the Maverick men's basketball team's final two home games this week and the women's last two games next week. All games are 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 for the Saturday, March 2, men's game are online at Use the promo code UTASTUDENTAFFAIRS.

The men's team hosts San Jose State at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 28, and Utah State at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The last regular-season Western Athletic Conference games are at Denver Thursday, March 7, and at New Mexico State Saturday, March 9. The men are tied for fourth in the WAC with a 9-5 record and are 15-10 overall, winning five of their last six.

The women's team, which has won three of its last five, plays at San Jose State on Thursday and at Utah State on Saturday. They wrap up their season at home against Denver at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, and New Mexico State at 6 p.m. 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.

Jeff Corwin

Tickets available for upcoming Maverick Speakers Series events

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. today, 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.

Mav Pic Military Science Hall of Honor

Military honors

Col. (ret) Archie P. Davis, left, and Al Ellis were inducted into the Military Science Hall of Honor on Sunday. Col. Davis was the first African American to serve as the Cadet Corps commander at UT Arlington. Ellis was a distinguished military graduate and went on to become a lawyer in Dallas.


Project to document oral history of veterans, their families

UT Arlington is highlighting the experiences of veterans and their loved ones through a new digital humanities project called Maverick Veterans’ Voices.

“There isn’t a lot of attention given to veterans’ family members as a primary source of documentation,” says Kimberly van Noort, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and architect of the oral history project. “But if we can get a soldier’s wife, widow, or adult children to talk to us about the challenges they’ve faced, then this can really be something special.”

The Maverick Veterans’ Voices Project launched Sunday at the Military Science Hall of Honor ceremony.

MAVfest is highlight of Diversity Week

Celebrate UT Arlington's melting pot during Diversity Week '13, Monday-Friday, March 4-8.

MAVfest is the annual outdoor diversity festival featuring cultural booths, games, refreshments, music, and performances by student organizations. Look for activities 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, on the University Center mall.

Challenge yourself to complete the Movin’ Mavs' wheelchair obstacle course. Stop by a booth to get a henna tattoo, play the “Bead Who You Are” game with the Leaders Educating About Diversity, or pick up a game of dominoes. Enjoy performances such as traditional African dance, Salsa, fashion show, tango, Filipino dance, and more.

Register your group to participate in MAVfest by noon Friday, March 1.

Elect Her deadline Friday

Nominate a student for Elect Her: UT Arlington Women Win, a free student leadership training program, by Friday, March 1. 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.

  Mav Pic Pow-wow

Fine tuned

Elder Eugene Brown, left, shows ROTC color guard members how to play flutes that he makes at the Native American Student Association Scholarship Pow-wow on Saturday. Cadets are, from left, Chas Wilson, management junior; Rafael Lee, accounting sophomore; Courtland Alexander, criminal justice sophomore; and Christian Beasley, mechanical engineering sophomore.

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.

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.

Extended MyMav maintenance scheduled this weekend

The regular MyMav maintenance schedule will be extended Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3. Maintenance will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and is expected to be completed by 2 p.m. Sunday. Additional information about this maintenance event and the status of maintenance and outages on other systems can be found on the OIT System Status page.

Benefit Yourself

New benefit offers online health help, rewards

The UT System has partnered with Provant Health Solutions, an independent health and wellness company, to provide the new health platform to UT SELECT Medical plan members. UT Arlington's Wellness Committee will start training classes on how to use this tool in March.

The new online program offers a variety of health and wellness resources and assistance programs. Track your nutrition needs, improve your physical fitness, have access to health coaches, and more through the website.

Complete the online health assessment and an annual physical, and you will receive a $25 gift card.

Read more about the new Living Well program. For questions about creating an account, email or call at 1-888-703-2296.

Look for more details at the Benefits Fair on Wednesday, March 13. For questions, contact the Wellness Committee at

Service award recipients should check info

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50 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 today, Thursday, Feb. 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, 45, and 50 years of service.

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

Performance Review Training for Supervisors

Performance Management Forms and Procedures for supervisors is offered 4-5 p.m. today, 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.

Food for Thought: The Impact of Physical Activity on Disease Risk

Discover physical activity's many benefits. Register. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

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,

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
Romain Martin

Record setter: Romain Martin won the heptathlon at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. He now holds the record for both the WAC and the Southland Conference.


Men second, women fifth in WAC track

Romain Martin won the heptathlon and Clayton Vaughn earned High Point honors, taking first place in the 60- and 200-meter events, at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., as the UT Arlington men finished second.

Katelyn Hayward won the mile and earned Freshman of the Year honors as the Maverick women’s team finished fifth.

Softball opens home season this weekend

After posting a 6-4 record in two tournaments, the softball team opens its home season with the UTA/Hilton Classic Friday-Sunday, March 1-3, at Allan Saxe Field. Tulsa, Creighton, and Lamar are included in the field.

The Mavericks picked up wins over Sam Houston State and Texas State while losing to Baylor, North Texas, and Texas Tech in the Texas Shootout at San Marcos last weekend.

Baseball hosts weekend invitational

Illinois and Houston Baptist provide the opposition as the baseball team hosts the UTA/Hilton Invitational Friday-Sunday, March 1-3, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks took two of three from Northeastern over the weekend to improve their season record to 5-2. They host Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.

Movin' Mavs win three at Alabama

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team split with Alabama and posted wins over Wisconsin-Whitewater and Auburn at the Alabama Tournament last weekend.

Coach Doug Garner’s squad earned the top seed for the national tournament March 7-9 in Birmingham, Ala. The Movin' Mavs are 14-2 in the college division and 24-6 overall.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 28

Pink Ribbon Inc.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. San Jose State. Family night with Dorrough performing at halftime. Free. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Utah State, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2, Senior Night. Athletics.

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.

Fiddler on the Roof Maverick Theatre Company teams up with the Department of Music to present the classic tale of tradition, family, and oppression. 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. $9. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts. Box Office, 2-2669.

Friday, March 1

Matt Shortall

Women's tennis Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin. 2 p.m. Also Sunday, March 3, vs. Santa Barbara, 10 a.m. Free. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

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: UTA/Hilton Classic Mavericks vs. Tulsa, 5 p.m.; vs. Creighton, 7 p.m. Also Saturday, March 2, vs. Lamar, 1 p.m., and Sunday, March 3, game times and opponents TBD. Tickets $6. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

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.

UTA Jazz Festival An evening awards concert follows the all-day festival for high school and middle school bands. Guest artists are Mario Cruz on tenor sax and vocalist Gale Cruz. $5. 7:30 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Music.

Saturday, March 2

Blaze Through Reading/Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bring the family for 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. Free. 9 a.m.-noon, Chemistry and Physics Building. Freshmen Leaders on Campus, The Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers.

Monday, March 4


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.

Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert John Zastoupil, associate director of bands, conducts the group's first concert of the spring semester. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 5

Fun in the Sun Health Fair Learn about healthy exposure, giveaways including a tablet, food, temporary tattoos, free screenings, and safe Spring Break information. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

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

Coming Up

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.

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.


Spacepark 360

Planetarium Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer in Spacepark 360. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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.

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



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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

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