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

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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.

Tickets available Tuesday 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 will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 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 next Maverick Speakers Series presentation for the 2012-13 season features conservationist Jeff Corwin on Wednesday, March 27, at College Park Center.

Daniel Armstrong

Dr. Daniel W. Armstrong

Focus on Faculty presentation on performance enhancing drugs

Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, discusses "Testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs: The Case of a Chiral Stimulant" in the Focus on Faculty presentation at noon Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. A light dessert reception follows the talk.

He will give an overview of performance-enhancing drug types and effects and a recently banned stimulant that was a component of one of the largest-selling nutritional supplements in the world.

Dr. Armstrong received the UT Arlington 2012 Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity award and has more than 450 publications. He has been named by the Scientific Citation Index as one of the world’s most highly cited scientists and is considered the "father" of micelle and cyclodextrin-based separations.

For more information, contact Maggie Dwyer at 2-5366 or

Railroad crossing map

Plans have been updated for closing of railroad crossings

Plans to close several railroad crossings near UT Arlington have changed this week, and the roads will now be closed on a rolling schedule starting today, Thursday, Jan. 17.

Under the new plan, Union Pacific will close the crossing at Bowen Road for only four hours today. The crossing at Davis Drive will be closed Thursday-Monday, Jan. 21, and crossings at Cooper, Center, and Mesquite streets will be closed Friday, Jan. 18-Tuesday, Jan. 22. The Collins Street and Stadium Drive crossings will be closed Saturday, Jan. 19-Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Available north-south routes within the city limits are Green Oaks Boulevard, Forest Edge Drive, Fielder Road, West Street, and State Highway 360. West Street starts behind the E.H. Hereford University Center and runs north through downtown Arlington, connecting to Division. Fielder, Forest Edge, and Green Oaks are west of campus.

For more information, see the track renewal video, the city of Arlington website, and the webcams.

Flu shot Rx

Don't take risks during flu season; get vaccinated

Avoid influenza this winter by receiving a flu vaccination from a health care provider, pharmacy, or public health clinic.

Flu shots and nasal flu mist are covered 100 percent under the UT Select medical plan when services are received from a participating Blue Cross Blue Shield provider. To find a network physician, call 1-866-882-2034 or go to

BCBS will reimburse the cost of flu shots received at participating Express Scripts pharmacies. To find a retail pharmacy where you can get the vaccine, call Express Scripts, which purchased Medco in 2012, at 1-800-818-0155 or visit Present your UT Select/Express Scripts prescription card for coverage. If you present your UT Select/BCBS medical ID card, the pharmacy will require payment and you can submit a reimbursement claim form.

Tarrant County Public Health offers flu shots for $20 and accepts checks, and debit and credit cards. Arlington Public Health Center is open 8 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 536 W. Randol Mill Road. For more information, call 817-548-3900.

Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to bacterial pneumonia and other life-threatening conditions for people in high-risk categories. Flu symptoms usually start abruptly and include fever, body aches, chills, a dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, and extreme fatigue and can last a week or longer.

Learn more about influenza at, which has information about avoiding the flu, flu symptoms and severity, what to do if you feel ill, and caring for someone who is sick.


Numerous ways to see if University is open

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all faculty, staff, and students should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration begins Friday

Khalil Muhammad, director of New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will deliver the message “What Would Dr. King Do?” at noon Friday, Jan. 18, in Room 108 of University Hall as a prelude to other Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration events.

The annual Arlington MLK Celebration begins with the Sharing the Dream Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tickets to the banquet and "An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry" are available at The slam is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

MLK Celebration events continue through Monday, Jan. 21.

  Mav Pic Moose Johnston

Moose mark

Former Dallas Cowboy turned Fox sports analyst Daryl "Moose" Johnston autographed footballs for fans Monday at Smiling Moose Deli's grand opening. The deli joins other College Park District restaurants, including Pie Five Pizza, Coolberry Frozen Yogurt, Digg's Tacos, and Pho Xpress. Plans are for the GRIP Mediterranean Grill to open next week. Blaze's Sports Grill is expected to arrive in February.

OIT adds new test-grading software

New multiple choice test-grading software is now available through the Office of Information Technology.

The same scanning forms are being used, but the information needed on the key sheet is different. The scanning submittal form has changed and requires more information. Output reports are in a different format, and all reports are sent electronically to the instructor. No paper output will be provided.

Information on how to use the software and what reports will be available can be found at scanning services.

Vulnerabilities reported for Java, Explorer software

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Oracle Java and Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8. To learn about these vulnerabilities and what to do to resolve them, visit the Information Security Office advisory page.

Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Know some helpful advisers? Nominate them for Outstanding Academic Adviser, which has three categories: professional staff adviser, undergraduate faculty adviser, and graduate adviser. Submit nominations online by Monday, Jan. 28.

For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.

Email maintenance set for Jan. 25-26

The University email system for faculty and staff will undergo routine maintenance by the Office of Information Technology from 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, to 4 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

The email system will be unavailable during these hours. All incoming email will be stored and delivered after the maintenance is complete.

Offices closed Monday for holiday

Campus offices will be closed and there are no classes Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MavWire will not be published Monday and will resume Thursday, Jan. 24.

Benefit Yourself

Develop Assertive Communication Skills

Learn about communication styles, non-verbal communication, and additional keys to communication that will educate and empower. Free. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a list of HR training classes.

Strength Training

A women's class and an open class are available. $25 for Campus Rec members. Women's class 9-10 a.m., open class 10-11 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Jan. 28-March 6, Fitness Center, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, 2-3277.


Hatha Yoga: Levels I and II

Re-energize with relaxation techniques, gentle stretching, and breathing exercises. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $50. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 23-March 13, Swift Center. Continuing Education.

Couponing Your Way to Savings

Learn helpful and surprising tips and strategies on where to find coupons and how to save money couponing. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $50. 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 14, Room E200H, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

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
  Karol Gruszecki

Points noted: Karol Gruszecki scored 23 points in the Mavericks' 91-74 win over Texas State on Saturday.

Mav men host Seattle, Idaho this week

After winning games at UT San Antonio and Texas State last week, the men's basketball team hosts Seattle at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and Idaho at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at College Park Center.

The Mavericks are 3-2 in the Western Athletic Conference and 8-6 overall. Karol Gruszecki scored 23 points in the win at Texas State on Saturday.

Movin' Mavs play at College Park Center on Friday

The Movin' Mavs host a college-division wheelchair basketball tournament, facing Alabama at 3 p.m. and Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in their first games at College Park Center.

Coach Doug Garner's team also will play the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Physical Education Building.

The Movin’ Mavs won three games and lost three last weekend at the Pioneer Classic in Birmingham, Ala.

Six Mavs named to WAC All-Academic teams

Volleyball player Amanda Welsh and cross country runners Hance Loyd, Eric Montou, Robert Gribble, Sydney Hampton, and Hannah Nilsson were named to the Western Athletic Conference's All-Academic fall sports teams.

Shot put record falls at indoor track opener

Junior transfer Bozidar Antunovic set a school record in the shot put competing in his first event for the Maverick track and field team at the Texas A&M Indoor Invitational last Saturday.

The Mavericks will compete in the J.D. Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Women travel to Seattle and Idaho

The women's basketball team tries to end a four-game losing skid when it plays at Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 17, and at Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 19, in Western Athletic Conference games this week.

The Mavericks are 1-4 in the WAC following losses at home to UT San Antonio and Texas State last week.

Join campus bowling league

Faculty and staff are invited to join the intramural sports bowling league. Entries are due Friday, Feb. 1. Play begins Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Bowling and Billiards in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Sign up at the services and information desk at the Maverick Activities Center.

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Going Out

Thursday, Jan. 17

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Seattle. UT Arlington Recreational Night features a recreational game at halftime. First 50 fans receive a UT Arlington Frisbee. Tickets $6-$15. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Jan. 18

Pete Carlon

Mavs Book Club "American Stories" is the theme for this month's meeting. Books are selected from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. Open to the UT Arlington community. Free. Noon, Connection Café, E.H. Hereford University Center. Mavs Book Club.

Wheelchair Basketball Movin' Mavs vs. Alabama at 3 p.m. and Illinois at 7 p.m. Free. College Park Center. Also Movin' Mavs vs. Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, Physical Education Building. Movin' Mavs.

Athletics Hall of Honor Pete Carlon, right, Mishael Berger, and the late Clay Gould join the Athletics Hall of Honor along with the 1990 and 1992 Southland Conference champion baseball teams. $50. Reception 6:30 p.m. followed by buffet dinner and induction ceremony. Grand Ballroom, Arlington Hilton, 2401 E. Lamar. Athletics.

Saturday, Jan. 19

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Idaho. Athletics Hall of Honor inductees will be featured. Fathers and sons will be recognized on Father/Son Night. Free men's basketball schedule posters. Tickets $6-$15. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Utah State. Boys and Girls Club Night features a boys and girls' game at halftime. Free women's schedule posters and team photos. Tickets $6. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Jan. 25

The Hot Seat in Arlington State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, and state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-Fort Worth, are featured in this in-depth conversation about the 83rd Legislative Session. The moderator is Evan Smith, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., College Park Center. The Texas Tribune.

Flight Deck Showcases public art at Love Field and DFW International Airport. Reception 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Fine Arts Building. Exhibit continues through Saturday, Feb. 16. The Gallery at UTA.

Friends of the Library J'Nell Pate discusses her book Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth’s Military Legacy. Meetings are open. RSVP. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Friday Night Film: The Perks of Being a Wallflower 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, Jan. 26

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. San Jose State. Blaze's Kids Club Night. Halftime show features Teams of Tomorrow. Tickets $6. 6 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

First Pitch Banquet Hunter Pence, a member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and former Maverick standout, is the featured speaker. Tickets $40-$100. 7 p.m., Diamond Club, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Athletics.


Caribbean map

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

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.

Planetarium Take an adventure along the spectrum and discover the world of color in Cosmic Colors. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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