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

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dr. Peggy Kulesz

Dr. Peggy Kulesz

Peggy Kulesz to speak about collaboration in distance education

Distance education collaboration is the topic when Peggy Kulesz, senior lecturer of English, speaks for the Focus on Faculty program at noon Wednesday, Nov. 6, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Dr. Kulesz will discuss the ways in which face-to-face teaching and online teaching result in best practices for both learning environments. Her talk, “Not So Distant: Collaboration and Community in Online Education” will include a panel discussion about how collaboration among faculty, distance education professionals, and students have contributed to strengthening online courses and building vibrant scholarly communities.

The director of first-year English, she is a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Distance Education Teaching in 2013 and the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.

Veterans Day Event

Veterans honored Nov. 11

UT Arlington will recognize the service of students, faculty, and staff who have served in the armed forces at "A Celebration of Service" on Monday, Nov. 11.

The Maverick Battalion and Color Guard, plus the UTA Drum Corps, oversee the flag retreat ceremony at 5 p.m. on the Central Library mall. Guest speakers include State Rep. Diane Patrick and UTA President Vistasp Karbhari.

A limited number of tickets are available to veterans to see Anderson Cooper at the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. at College Park Center. Student veterans will receive free T-shirts from the Student Veterans Organization. Pizza on the mall follows the program.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Library Atrium on the sixth floor.

RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 7, to or 2-5300.

University committed to providing safe, secure campus environment

During the past week, four cellphone robberies have been reported on campus. The UTA Police Department and the Arlington Police Department are actively investigating the cases and have increased patrols on campus and nearby areas.

Tips for staying safe on campus include:

Find more information at Safe & Sound in Maverick Country, a site with tips for staying safe while on campus, procedures to follow in the event of an emergency, and important contact information.

Anderson cooper

Standby tickets offered for Anderson Cooper appearance

If you want to see journalist Anderson Cooper and don't have a ticket, claim a free standby ticket.

The CNN journalist and anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° speaks in the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at College Park Center.

Bring your printed standby ticket to be seated, space permitting, 10 minutes before the show starts. Seating is not guaranteed.

Volunteers needed for Homecoming

Volunteers are a vital part of the success of Homecoming 2013, Monday-Sunday, Nov. 11-17.

Assist with set-up and clean-up at each event, such as the 5K run/walk, parade, step show, The BASH, and more. Complete the 2013 Homecoming Volunteer Form.

For more details, call 2-2963.

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Preparing for disaster

Nursing students listen to clinical instructors during a disaster simulation on the lawn by Pickard Hall. Friday's drill taught emergency in-the-field medical skills using manikin "victims."

Plan now for Homecoming fun

It’s Homecoming time in Maverick Country. Join the fun Monday-Sunday, Nov. 11-17.

You'll find a week of fun activities, heart-pounding sports action, and unbridled enthusiasm for all things Maverick. If you’re on campus regularly, you’ll love the chance to make memories that you’ll revisit year after year when Homecoming rolls around. And if you haven’t been to campus in a while ... well, it’s time to come home.

Friday's Homecoming parade will have big lighted floats, marching bands, special guests, and UTA's traditional display of decorated and lighted golf carts. It all winds up with a pep rally in front of College Park Center, where the men's basketball team plays Cleveland State. Saturday is filled with reunions, open houses, and more. 

See the schedules and details for Homecoming 2013.

Political Science Week includes lectures on controversial topics

Contemporary hot button issues will highlight Political Science Week, Monday-Thursday, Nov. 4-7. Faculty members and guests will discuss the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, foreign policy, immigration, and the Texas gubernatorial race.

Start with a mixer 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday in the University Hall lobby. See the Political Science Week schedule for speakers, times, and locations.


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Verify your personal contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington personal contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

Diversity Lecture Series looks at spirituality

Jamie Washington, founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, will speak on "Religious and Spiritual Diversity and Pluralism: The Road Less Traveled" for the Diversity Lecture Series. The program is at noon Friday, Nov. 8, in Room 101 of College Hall.

Dr. Washington has been an educator and administrator in higher education for more than 20 years. He was named one of the nation’s 25 best educators on LGBT issues by Campus Pride in 2010. Washington has written for African American Men in College and Lessons from the Road, an inspirational book on leadership and life. His first book is Reconciliation; Black, Christian and GayThe Journey to Wholeness

 The free program is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, part of the Division of Student Affairs.

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Open dialogue

President Vistasp Karbhari shared lunch, answers, and ideas with students at Pizza with the President on Wednesday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Latest 'Maverick Safety Matters' issue now online

The fall issue of Maverick Safety Matters includes stories on an environmental award, revisions to OSHA’s training for people working with chemicals, Environmental Health and Safety's first Biosafety Manual, and sharing the campus with wildlife neighbors.

Light up Homecoming parade by entering a float, cart, or feet

Maverick pride lights the way for the Blue, White, Light Up the Night Homecoming parade at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, on Spaniolo Drive outside College Park Center. 

Complete the entry form by Thursday, Nov. 7. For questions, call 2-2963.

Workshop explores using videoconference, webinar tools

Faculty members can discover how to use videoconferencing tools and webinars in classes at "Videoconferencing Tools for Teaching," noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Room 324 of the Life Science Building

Jennifer Roye, clinical instructor of nursing, will share her experiences with using videoconferencing for online courses. Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction and recipient of the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, will discuss using webinars and digital mentoring to create a personalized online learning experience.

Bring a mobile device to download the free Blackboard Collaborate mobile app. RSVP to

The free workshop is sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions.


Be aware of Cryptolocker malware

Malicious software, or malware, comes in many forms. A new category called “ransomware” may prevent access to a computer, or the data on it, unless the victim pays the malware creator money.

The Cryptolocker virus is one such ransomware that encrypts files by making them inaccessible. If you fall victim to this virus, you will not be able to unlock your files and must rely on your backups.

UT Arlington’s email system as well as computers that run System Center EndPoint Protection or McAfee software are protected from this malware. Antivirus software for University-owned computers is available on OIT’s download site.

For more information on this malware and tips on how to avoid it, access the Information Security Blog. If you are a victim of this virus, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208.

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Good shot

Jeff Williams, advertising specialist in the Department of Communication, shoots a headshot of Aaron Fennel, communication technology senior, at Comm Day on Wednesday. The free photo was part of the annual communication career day event.

Golden CAN Food Drive continues

The Golden Key International Honour Society’s Third Annual Golden CAN Food Drive is collecting donations through  Monday, Nov. 25. All donations will be given to a local food bank. 

The goal is to collect more than 464 pounds of canned and packaged food. Prizes will go to the department and student organization with the most total weight of goods and the most creatively decorated box.

Bring donations to:

  • Davis Hall, Room 421
  • Central Library, lobby
  • Chemistry and Physics Building, Room 130
  • Fine Arts Building, Room 118
  • Pickard Hall, sixth floor reception desk
  • Dan Dipert University Welcome Center
  • Business Building, Room 535
  • Finance and Administration Annex, Watson Building
  • J.D. Wetsel Service Center, Room 212
  • Ransom Hall, Room 206

Questions? Contact Kevin Schuck at or 2-0102 or Harriet Watkins at or 2-6008.

Extra Credit

Monday, Nov. 4

Deadline: Urban Bus Tour Professor Emeritus Paul Geisel leads a tour of neighborhoods and cultures around downtown Dallas including West Dallas, The Cedars, Lakewood, Oak Cliff, and more. Ages 12 and older. Register online by Monday, Nov. 4. $55, lunch included. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dan Dipert Welcome Center, 600 S. Center St. Arlington, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dallas Housing Authority, 3939 N. Hampton Rd., Dallas. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Architecture Lecture Series Vishaan Chakrabarti of SHoP Architects in New York is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Customer Service 101 Learn the techniques of outstanding customer service including handling difficult customers, making customers the first priority, and improving listening skills. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Safe Zone Training Learn to respond in an appropriate, affirming, and supportive manner to LGBT individuals. Free. 1-4 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Wednesday, Nov. 6

An Overview of the Trinity River Vision Project Matthew Oliver reviews the Trinity River Vision Authority, which plans to create Trinity Uptown, a master-planned, 800-acre area north of downtown Fort Worth that includes rerouting part of the Trinity River. Reservations. Free to students, first-time guests, and ATA members; others $5. 7 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology AssociationEngineering.

Food for Thought Becky Garner, clinical assistant professor of kinesiology, presents "Hardy Habits:  Who is in Control of You?” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Focus on Faculty: Peggy Kulesz Peggy Kulesz, senior lecturer and director of first-year English, discusses how face-to-face teaching and online teaching result in best practices for both learning environments. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

ON-TRAC Learning Community Meeting Harold McNair, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, discusses his career of research, teaching, and mentoring in chemistry. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 305, Science Hall. ON-TRAC.

CAAS Power Hour Lecture Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History at UT Arlington, will discuss using cinema as a social tool to comment on taboo issues and speak to society’s ills in hopes of inspiring change. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Red River/Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies 

Architecture Lecture Series Wendell Burnette, assistant professor at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and Arts, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Veterans Activities Fair Student veterans can learn about on-campus and off-campus programs and services to help veterans succeed. Lunch provided for student veterans. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 133, Maverick Activities Center.

Biology Colloquium Series Kelli Palmer of UT Dallas presents “Selfish Elements and Self-defense in the Enterococci.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, Nov. 8

Diversity Lecture Series Jamie Washington, founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, speaks on "Religious and Spiritual Diversity and Pluralism: The Road Less Traveled." Noon-1 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Multicultural Affairs.

Online Learning Webcast Assess online learning with the Authentic Assessment Strategies for Online Learning webcast. RSVP by Monday, Nov. 4, to Rebecca Lewis at 2-5133 or A light lunch provided. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 315, Nedderman Hall. Division of Digital Teaching and Learning.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Jiong Yang
Department of 
Texas A&M University presents "Synthetic Studies of Bioactive Natural Products." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Rape Aggression Defense For female faculty, staff, and students, the RAD program teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

Pathways to College Access Parent Conference Parents of high school students can lean about the transition from high school to college, why AP and dual credit classes are important, available scholarships, and more. Register by Tuesday, Nov. 5. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Education and Health ProfessionsGO Centers.

Coming up

Veterans' Day HUB Celebration Join forces with 50 historically underutilized businesses to experience the diversity of the HUB program and purchasing opportunities. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Business Affairs.

Human Resources Training Classes Developing Assertive Communication Skills, Tuesday, Nov. 12; Partnering with Your Boss, Wednesday, Nov. 13; Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14; and Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Tuesday, Nov. 19Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m. unless otherwise stated, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

NanoFab Seminar Yogesh B. Gianchandani, director of the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, discusses "Emerging Research in Microsystems: Opportunities and Challenges for Environmental Sensing." RSVP to, 2-1536.Free. 3:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 14, Room 106, Nedderman Hall. Nanofab.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Don't be in the dark about light pollution with Wednesday's 'Save the Night' program

Light Pollution

Discover how to have sufficient outdoor light at night while saving energy at "Save the Night" starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Planetarium.

Cindy Luongo Cassidy, a light pollution consultant, begins the evening with a lighting assessment workshop featuring a walk-around critique of the UTA campus. After the Planetarium show The November Night Sky at 7 p.m.,  she and author Paul Bogard will give a "Save the Night" lecture with a question-and-answer session. Bogard will sign his book, The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.

The program is sponsored by the English Department and the Julia Burgen Lecture Series of the Arlington Conservation Council. RSVP to

Monday, Nov. 4

Voice Division Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, professor of piano, will perform Brahms' Op. 79, Op. 116, Op. 118, and Op. 119. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Nov. 6

2013 Maverick Tip-Off Meet players from the men's and women's Mavericks basketball teams. Get copies of The Shorthorn's season preview section autographed by players. Performances by the Maverick cheer squad and dance team. Food discounts with promotional ad. Free. Noon-2 p.m., Blaze’s Sports Grill. The Shorthorn.

Tail Waggin' Wednesday Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Friday, Nov. 8

Faculty Trumpet Recital Miranda George, adjunct instructor of trumpet, performs the Texas premiere of Associate Professor George Chave's Sonata for Trumpet, Horn and Piano with Associate Professor John Solomons on the piano and Angela Winter, guest artist, on the horn. Also, works by Pakmuthova, Schumann, and Plog. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friends of the Library Authors and UT Arlington librarians Lea Worcester and Evelyn Barker discuss their book Legendary Locals of Arlington. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Friday Night Film: 'We're the Millers' $1; $1.50 at door. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Maverick Spirit Friday Discounts for shoppers wearing UTA logo apparel or royal blue and orange. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The Parks at Arlington. College Town UTA.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Holiday Extravaganza Bring the kids to this winter holiday event for cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and pictures with Santa. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus

Coming up

Concerts Faculty Trombone Recital with Dennis Bubert, Monday, Nov. 11; Honors Recital, Tuesday, Nov. 12; Percussion Ensemble Concert, Thursday, Nov. 14; Faculty Jazz Concert, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center; UTA Jazz Alumni Concert, Sunday, Nov. 17; String Chamber Ensembles Recital. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, unless otherwise noted. Music.Wind Symphony Concert, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Tickets $5 students/seniors, $8 general public. Music.

Maverick Speakers Series Emmy- and Peabody-winning CNN reporter Anderson Cooper presents. See website for stand-by ticket information. 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Samford. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, College Park Center. Also, vs. Howard Payne, Wednesday, Nov. 13. Athletics.

America Recycles Day Bring your electronic waste for recycling. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, southwest corner of Woolf Hall. Sustainability.


Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Thursday, Nov. 7. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

The Gallery at UTA: Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams Sarah Williams' haunting paintings and Amy Blakemore's offbeat photographs provide an introspective view of human activity. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Nov. 16Art and Art HistoryThe Gallery at UTA.

MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.

Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.

The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.

Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and MisconceptionsPink FloydSecret of the Cardboard RocketSpacepark 360, and Stars of the Pharaohs. Public shows Saturday, Nov. 9, are canceled. Planetarium.

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



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