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

Monday, October 7, 2013

Forward Thinking

Forward Thinking: Join the Conversation

The University has launched a new website, Forward Thinking, that will serve as the communications hub for the strategic planning process currently under way. The site is being used to gather broad input into the strategic planning process and will eventually post emerging themes and priorities as a result of campus-wide feedback.

In President Vistasp Karbhari’s Dialogue message to faculty and staff on Thursday, he posed several important questions and invited everyone to share their thoughts and opinions regarding the future of the University.

“Your ideas and input are welcome, and your participation is essential—now and always,” Karbhari says. “The institution we continue to build will be built together.”

There has been tremendous response so far. If you haven’t done so already, please visit the Forward Thinking ideas and comments page and share your thoughts. If you’d like to reply directly to President Karbhari, you may email him at

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Global reach

Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, seated left, president of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, and President Vistasp Karbhari signed an agreement Friday between UT Arlington and the United Arab Emirates university. Behind them are, from left, Renford Brevett, director of research at AURAK; Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College of Engineering; Rachel Croson, dean of the College of Business; and Provost Ron Elsenbaumer.


Workshops series to help improve research presentations

Develop your presentation skills with four workshops on conducting research and submitting proposals, hosted by the UTA Advising Association.

Develop appropriate research protocols, hypotheses, and methodology, and present your findings at a conference break-out session.

The workshops will be at noon Wednesdays in Room 108 of University Hall. They are:

• Oct. 16—Develop a Research Question and Begin a Proposal

• Oct. 23—Doing a Literature Review; Submit a Research Protocol

• Nov. 6—Research Methods; Develop a Survey or Questionnaire

• Nov. 20—Writing Your Conclusion, Submitting Your Proposal to UTAAA

Participants may present their findings at the UTAAA Conference on Feb. 18, 2014. Deadline for proposals is Monday, Dec. 9.

Disability studies hosts mini-conference

Faculty, staff, students, and the public can attend the first conference hosted by the new disability studies minor program.

"Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington" is a half-day conference of exploring the new field of disability studies. Scholars from history, kinesiology, art, management, and interior design will offer brief presentations. An open discussion is planned on ways to strengthen the new undergraduate minor.

The conference, a Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute event, is 12:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Register by Monday, Oct. 14. RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 10, to attend the lunch.

For more information, contact Sarah Rose, director of disability studies, at

Professors emeriti, new faculty feted at Fall Meeting of Faculty

Join in honoring new professors emeriti and welcoming new faculty members at the Fall Meeting of the Faculty and Associates today, Monday, Oct. 7.

President Vistasp Karbhari will offer remarks, and Provost Ron Elsenbaumer presides over the event.

The meeting starts at 4 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Lots closed for special events

Faculty/staff lot 11, north of the E.H. Hereford University Center, will be partially closed Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Lots 34 and 35 will be closed until 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

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Winning awareness

Madison Bennett, kinesiology sophomore, watches as Randy Velazques, business freshman, spins to win a prize while learning about domestic violence. Alpha Chi Omega hosted a booth last week on the University Center mall to raise awareness.

Data breach reported at Adobe; take action to ensure account security

The Information Security Office received notice of a security breach reported at the software company Adobe.

The breach resulted in attackers gaining access to Adobe's detailed customer information, such as customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to orders.

Only those who have made direct purchases from Adobe may be affected.

If you believe you are affected, change your Adobe account passwords, monitor financial accounts—ProCard or personal credit card—used to purchase Adobe products for fraudulent activity. Ensure all Adobe products are supported versions and apply all available security updates, as appropriate.

For additional details, visit the Information Security Office's advisory website.

Volunteer for Halloween Casino Night

Register to volunteer to be a dealer, banker, decorator, or other helper for the Halloween Casino Night on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

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Sweetie pie

Alex Martin, marketing freshman, gets creamed Wednesday at Pie A Chi, a fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research on the Library mall.


Sustainability fellowships, grants available for projects, speakers, travel

The University Sustainability Committee offers faculty fellowships on sustainability in the curriculum along with two grants for faculty, staff, and student projects related to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Faculty fellowships of $2,000-$5,000 for one semester, travel support grants up to $500, and sustainability speaker grants up to $500 are available.

For more information, see Campus Sustainability or contact Chris Morris at

Nominations needed for Homecoming king/queen, other student positions

Encourage your students to run for Homecoming king and queen, Student Congress senators, and UTA Ambassadors, or nominate one yourself.

Send nominations to Jennifer Fox at Students must file by 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Office of Student Activities and Organizations, Suite B120, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Upgrades available for Apple OS 10.6

The Office of Information Technology is offering upgrades to Apple computers running an operating system (OS) lower than 10.8 to prepare for ending local support of Apple OS versions 10.6 or lower. The goal is to upgrade all Apple OS 10.6 or lower computers by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of security. Contact to schedule your upgrade.

Benefit Yourself
Understanding Health Care

Learn about the Affordable Care Act Marketplace and your health coverage

The new Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a primary component of federal health care reform. On Oct. 1, the first enrollment period began for the Marketplace, also known as the Exchange, which is a way for uninsured or other individuals to explore health care options and shop for medical insurance.

The UT SELECT Medical plan is still offered to all benefits-eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents. Your coverage is not changing, and no action is required to continue your enrollment in the UT SELECT Medical plan.

Full-time benefits-eligible employees and all retirees pay no monthly premium for the member-only portion of the UT SELECT Medical plan. Part-time employees pay a reduced premium. However, should you decide to drop UT SELECT coverage to purchase health insurance through the Marketplace, you will no longer be eligible for employer contributions (premium sharing) while covered through the Marketplace.

Read more about the Affordable Care Act section of the UT System Office of Employee Benefits.

More information about the Marketplace is at

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

Monday, Oct. 7

Deadline: Workers' Compensation Workshop Registration For faculty or staff involved in injury reporting. UT System personnel will discuss injury reporting, required medical networks, and prescription drug companies as they apply to faculty, staff, or student workers who incur a work-related injury. To register, call 2-5563. Free. 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m., or 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Room 200 of the J.D. Wetsel Service Center.

Architecture Lecture Series Jennifer Yoos of VJAA in Minneapolis is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success Explore how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter, and all the benefits of organization. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Solving Problems/Making Decisions Bring one in-depth problem for the class to discuss and discover how to develop strategies to map out the problem and discover a solution. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Breast Cancer Awareness 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

35th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture C. Paul Rogers III, former president of the Southwest Conference, presents “The Winner-Take-All Syndrome in Sports and Society.” Rogers is a professor of law at SMU and SMU's NCAA faculty athletic representative. Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Architecture Lecture Series Russell Buchanan of Buchanan Architecture in Dallas is guest speaker. Free. 3 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

NORML Documentary Film Series "American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny" is the third of five documentary films. $2. 6 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. NORML.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Coaching Skills for Supervisors Discover the essential coaching skills to immediately improve your day-to-day and long-term performance as a manager. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Biology Colloquium Series Sula Vanderplank of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas speaks on "Fog, Flowering Times, and Plant Endemism along the Coast of Mediterranean Baja California." 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 11

Mathematics/Statistics Colloquium David Pengelley of New Mexico State University speaks on "So You Think You Understand Fractions? A Mathematician's Secret from Euclid to Today." Free, 3 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Barbara Mahler of the U.S. Geological Survey
 Texas Water Science Center presents "From Barton Springs to North America: Unraveling the Mystery of PAH Contamination and the Link to Coal-Tar-based Pavement Sealant." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

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. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Documentary Film: 'The Dream Is Now' Explore the difficulties faced by undocumented students within higher education. Free. 6-8:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Also vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, Friday, Oct. 11, and Arkansas State, Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets $5. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Bed Races

33rd annual Bed Races Teams compete in racing beds on wheels. Costumes are encouraged. Register by noon Tuesday, Oct. 8. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium. 33rd annual Bed Races.

Friday, Oct. 11

National Coming Out Day Noon-2 p.m., Central Library mall. LGBTQA Program.

Maverick Spirit Friday at The Parks at Arlington 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.

Friday Night Film: 'The Conjuring' Rated R. Free popcorn; other concessions for sale. $1; $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Oct. 12

International Observe the Moon Night See our nearest celestial neighbor through telescopes while Ken Murphy, president of the Moon Society, tells you more about the moon. Free. 6-7 p.m., Planetarium. Planetarium.

Coming up

Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Maverick Speakers Series Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, speaks on "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story." Question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, Texas Hall. Also, Anderson Cooper, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Parent and Family Weekend Parents and families spend a weekend on campus visiting their students’ residence halls and classrooms, listening to faculty presentations, and participating in a variety of fun activities. Schedule. Register online. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27. Parent and Family Center.


Standing Proud Exhibit Displays of respectable and notable LGBTQA community members who made positive strides. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Sunday, Oct. 13. LGBTQA Program.

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.

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.

Tail Waggin'

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.

Tail Waggin' Wednesdays 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.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Spacepark 360, and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.

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



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