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

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Field Houses

Field of dreams: A $5.5 million softball/baseball expansion and renovation will allow UTA to compete at the highest levels. The work is expected to be completed by early 2015.

$5.5 million upgrade planned for softball, baseball complexes

Softball and baseball players will have clubhouses and training facilities worthy of a world-class collegiate program by January 2015 as a result of a $5.5 million softball/baseball complex expansion and renovation plan.

The project will add field houses to Allan Saxe Field, home of the softball team, and Clay Gould Ballpark, home of the baseball team. The work also will include field improvements and upgrades to the sound systems and bleachers at the complex, off Fielder Road and West Park Row.

“Our softball and baseball programs have a rich tradition of success, and our student-athletes have a strong track record,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “This investment will provide our teams the support they need to train and compete at the highest levels. It is a signal to the brightest talent that they belong at UT Arlington.”

The fields currently do not have on-site locker rooms or training facilities. Players share space at Maverick Stadium with track-and-field students, driving between the stadium and fields to change, shower, or be treated for injury. New indoor baseball and softball practice facilities opened early this year.

Construction is expected to begin following the spring 2014 season and be completed by early 2015.

Read more about the baseball and softball expansion.

Dr. Qilian Liang

Dr. Qilian Liang

Big data topic of Focus on Faculty

Qilian Liang, professor of electrical engineering, will discuss "big data" in the first 2013-14 Focus on Faculty lecture, sponsored by the UTA Library. The program is noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Dr. Liang’s talk, "Engineering Big Data in Wireless Sensor Networks: An Art or Science?," looks at real-world applications for engineering big data in wireless sensor networks. Big data is the massive amounts of data generated by today’s electronic devices such as email, videos, sensors, and Web browsers.

Liang received the 2013 UTA Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment Award, the 2012 College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, and the 2005 College of Engineering Outstanding Young Faculty Award.

His research interests include radar sensor networks, wireless sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, wireless communications and networks, information theory, fuzzy logic systems, and signal processing for communications. He has published more than 200 journal and conference papers, six book chapters, and has six U.S. patents pending.

For more information, contact Evelyn Barker at 2-6064 or

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Immigration topic of Maverick Speakers Series event Tuesday at Texas Hall

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas opens the 2013-14 season of the Maverick Speakers Series on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Vargas will speak on "Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" at 7:30 p.m. at Texas Hall.

For more than a decade, Vargas has written for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. He earned a Pulitzer Prize for his work as part of a team covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. Born in the Philippines, he revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay for New York Times Magazine. Today he runs Define American, a nonprofit that focuses on immigration issues.

The evening features question-and-answer and autograph sessions.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at

Michael Varner

Dr. Michael Varner

'Talking drum' research helps music professor bridge cultures, language

For centuries, the Nigerian dundun, or “talking drum,” has captivated drummers around the world for the distinctive way it captures the pitch and rhythms of native language. Now, Michael Varner, associate professor of music and director of percussion studies, is using his research to raise its profile in the United States.

Dr. Varner took faculty leave to study the dundun in West Africa four years ago. He collected more than a thousand photos, video, and audio of dundun performances and language examples. His research and reflections were published in the journal Percussive Notes.

“There is no other culture on the planet where the drum actually is a surrogate for speech,” Varner says.

Varner will discuss his studies and debut a new composition for the talking drum and bassoon, “Skin that Speaks: The Dundun Talking Drums of Nigeria,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building. Admission is free.

Read more about Varner and the talking drums.

  Mav Pic Job Fair 2013

Career builders

Justin Thomas, business graduate student, talks with Lesa Wilkerson of National Talent Acquisition at the Fall Job Fair on Wednesday at the Maverick Activities Center. More than 160 employers were on hand to meet with students and alumni.

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 support development of modules on sustainability for existing courses, laboratory exercises, service learning exercises, field trips, development of new courses, or development of other curriculum products. Application deadline is April 15, 2014.

Travel Support Grants up to $500 for one event will be awarded to faculty, staff, or students for conferences, seminars, or workshops that take place through Aug. 31, 2014. Application deadline is Friday, Oct. 18.

Sustainability Speaker Grants up to $500 support speakers who address sustainability and environmental stewardship. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the event.

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

Spirit Friday, other discount programs available to UTA community

Take advantage of bargains and discounts offered to UT Arlington faculty, staff, students, alumni, and fans.

Spirit Friday at The Parks at Arlington means discounts from dozens of shops for anyone wearing UTA colors or logo apparel Fridays, Sept. 28-Nov. 16.

Experience Arlington has launched a listing of hotels with discounted rates for UT Arlington. Departments can refer out-of-town guests to the site.

Find more bargains on the Maverick Discount Program website.

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

Keep current on your vaccinations

Many adults may assume the vaccines they received as children were the only ones they needed, but you never outgrow the need for immunizations. You may not have received certain vaccines as a child and may benefit from them as an adult. Some vaccines are meant to be given regularly, such as the flu shot. Read more about adult vaccinations.

Workers' comp workshop set for Oct. 14

A program on Workers' Compensation Insurance is set for three one-hour sessions Monday, Oct. 14, in Room 200 of the J.D. Wetsel Service Center. The program is for faculty, supervisors, administrative assistants, and anyone 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.

The sessions are 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m., and 2:30-3:30 p.m. To register, call Caron Miller or Tracy Gardner at 2-5563 by Monday, Oct. 7.

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

Thursday, Sept. 19

Texas Medical Research Collaborative Project Showcase Event Grant recipients from 2012 will present updates, including eight UT Arlington researchers. Free, but registration is required. 1-4:30 p.m., Texas Health Resources, 612 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington. Texas Medical Research Collaborative Project.

Jose Rodrigues

Biology Colloquium Series Jorge Rodrigues, right, assistant professor of biology, discusses "A guide on how to disrupt the spatial structure of microbial communities." Free. 4-5 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series President Vistasp Karbhari is guest speaker. Free. 5:30 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. College of Education and Health Professions.

Friday, Sept. 20

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Mike DeGrandpre of the University of Montana discusses "Carbon cycle research in aquatic ecosystems: putting chemical analyzers under water." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

MSE/UTARI Seminar Rutledge Ellis-Behnke of MIT and Mannheim
 University speaks on “Nanomedicine and New Molecular Medical Devices.” Free. 11 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Materials Science and Engineering, UTA Research Institute.

Michael T Manry

Electrical Engineering Seminar M.T. Manry, professor of electrical engineering, examines “Silicon Defect Recognition," Free. 11 a.m., Room 111, Nedderman Hall. Electrical Engineering.

Computer Science and Engineering Seminar Yan Wan of UNT presents “Decision-Making in Large-Scale Dynamical Networks: Modeling, Evaluation, Estimation and Control.” Free. 11:30 a.m. Room 103, Engineering Research Building. Computer Science and Engineering.

Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-25

Professional Development Grant Writing This intensive three-day grant proposal workshop is geared to strengthen grant writing skills and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals from various funding agencies. Register online or call 866-704-7268 or 571-257-8864. $595;. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. UT Dallas, Richardson. Also "Fundamentals of Proposal Writing" webinar; $191; 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. UT Dallas.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Developing Assertive Communication Skills Develop the skills to empower you to speak clearly and effectively. Learn about communication styles, non-verbal communication. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Sept. 25


COEHP Brown Bag Seminar Peggy Semingson, right, assistant professor of education and recent recipient of the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, examines “21st Century Teacher Education: Toward an Open Participatory and Networked Culture of Learning.” Also, Marc Schwartz, far right, director of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education, discusses "Online Education: Can MBE Meaningfully Inform the Conversation?" Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 112, Nedderman Hall. College of Education and Health Professions.

Powerful Presentation Skills Develop and enhance your public speaking style and create compelling presentations. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, Sept. 26

Leadership Skills for Supervisors Explore different leadership styles to bring out the best leader in you. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Extracting Gas from the Barnett Shale: A GIS Exploration Learn where to access drilling and extraction data, how to format the data for use within geographic information systems software (ArcGIS), and how to geographically explore the data. No data or GIS experience required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. GIS Workshops.

Coming up

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., Saturday, Oct. 5, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

The Ability Ally Project Karen A. Myers, director of the international disability education project, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, discusses creating a safe, inclusive classroom environment for students with disabilities and the benefits of universal design in instruction. Free. 1:30-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LQBTQA Program.

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

Sports Notes
Women's cross country

Moving up: The UTA women's cross country team jumped to No. 8 in regional rankings.


Women's cross country races in rankings

Following an impressive performance at the UTA Season Opener, the women's cross country team has vaulted into the top 10 in the South Central Regional Rankings, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced.

The women, who were unranked in the preseason poll, moved to No. 8 in the inaugural regular season rankings. UTA's move tied for the largest jump by any team in the nation this week. As a result, the Mavs are now the top-ranked Sun Belt Conference team, ahead of No. 14 Texas State.

At its home meet on Saturday, the UTA women finished second behind only SMU, who is ranked fourth regionally. Sophomore Gabriela Alfonzo, who placed fifth, paced a group of five Mavericks that finished among the top 10.

On the men's side, the Mavericks dropped four spots to 13th in today's poll. Sun Belt foes UALR (No. 9) and Louisiana-Monroe (No. 12) also are ranked in the South Central Region.

The women's and men's teams compete Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.

Volleyball Mavs 5-5 after Hilton Maverick Classic

UT Arlington volleyball opened the Hilton Maverick Classic with a 3-1 loss to UTSA on Friday night. On Saturday, the team posted a 3-0 win over Mississippi Valley State and a 3-0 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

The Mavericks, who are 5-5 for the season, are back in action Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21, at the Black and Gold Challenge hosted by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C.

Mavs tennis teams start season at Midland tournament

The men's and women's tennis teams completed play last weekend at the season-opening Racquet Club Invitational in Midland.

On the men's side, Carlos Arbiza went 2-1 with wins over OSU and ACU. Marek Pesicka and Daniel Echeverry notched wins against Texas Tech and ACU, respectively. In doubles, Arbiza and Pesicka defeated Rice.

For the women's team, Astrid Gehre was 2-1 with wins over Kansas and TCU.

McLemore and Nack on Baseball America's top prospect list

Two UT Arlington players were named to Baseball America's top prospects lists for 21 college summer leagues and team USA.

Sophomore second baseman Darien McLemore was tabbed the second-best prospect in the Jayhawk League, while junior pitcher Chad Nack checked in at 10th. Nack also made the Jayhawk list last year. McLemore and Nack both played for Liberal.

Turnout strong for 14th annual Chip-N-Classic

The 14th annual Chip-N-Classic saw play from 31 teams Monday at Texas Star Golf Course. The five-man scramble raises money for the men's golf program.

The first-place team consisted of UTA's Chris Lovell, Bob Burch, Tim Lovell, Shad Muth, and Chris Young. Evan Dill of Enterprise Rental Car won $25,000 for a hole in one on No. 16.

Blaze's Kids Club makes Maverick sports a family event

Enjoy Maverick sports with your children by enrolling them in Blaze’s Kids Club.

With membership, kids to age 12 get in free to most Maverick sporting events and receive a T-shirt and other benefits. Cost is $20 for one child and $10 for each sibling. Membership is valid through May 2014.

For more information, email or call 817-272-0694.

Intramural indoor soccer, volleyball entries due next month

Entries for indoor soccer are due Wednesday, Oct. 2. Volleyball entries begin Wednesday, Sept. 25, and are due Wednesday, Oct. 9.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

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Going Out
  UTA Presents

UTA Jazz Orchestra performs with Grammy winner Joe McCarthy on Sunday evening

Joe McCarthy

The UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra joins Grammy-winning drummer, producer, and bandleader Joe McCarthy for a free concert in downtown Arlington. The music starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram.

McCarthy's career ranges from symphony orchestra and Big Band, to Afro Cuban, Bebop, and beyond. The leader and founder of Afro Bop Alliance, an Afro Cuban Jazz Ensemble, he received the 2008 Latin Grammy for Latin Jazz Album of the Year for the band's 2011 release, UNA MÁS, and was nominated for the 51st Grammy Awards in the same category.

The UTA Jazz Orchestra has performed invitational concerts, such as the Montreux International Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, and international tours to Canada, the Philippines, and People's Republic of China. The band has appeared as guest artists for national, state, and local conventions as well as for public school jazz festivals. Each year the band performs numerous campus concerts in Texas Hall.

The band's graduates have joined such noted organizations as the Buddy Rich Big Band, the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and performed with artists including Clark Terry, Ed Shaughnessy, Mary Fettig, and others.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Faculty Cello Recital John Burton, professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Deadline: Cyclethon Entries Register by Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Services and Info Desk at the MAC for the annual Cyclethon event on Monday, Sept. 23. Cost is $30 per team; late registration is $35. All money goes to the American Heart Association.

Friday, Sept. 20

Faculty Flute Recital Terri Sanchez, visiting assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Ecofest Learn how to be good to the environment and eco-friendly DIY tips. Free classes on water conservation, native plants, gardening, composting, and more. Rain barrel class, $10; to register, email Dustan Compton or call 817-459-6628. Music at Levitt Pavilion. Games and activities for kids. Free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Ecofest.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Maverick Speakers Series Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas speaks on "Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant." 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., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Deadline: MavsArt Submissions Share your 2-D or 3-D art on the theme "What does UTA mean to you?" MavsArt exhibit,

Thursday, Sept. 26


Skin that Speaks: The Dundun Talking Drums of Nigeria Michael Varner, associate professor of music and director of percussion studies, talks about the Nigerian dundun, or “talking drum, and debuts a new composition for the talking drum and bassoon. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, Festival of Ideas.

Friday, Sept. 27

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $5. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Faculty and staff can receive up to six free tickets to the game by showing their ID at the College Park Center Box Office that evening. Military Appreciation Night gives free admission to service members and their families with valid military ID. Also $1 Hot Dog night. Also vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, College Park Center. Athletics.


The Gallery at UTA: Materials & Identity Photo-based works by Seattle-area artists Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, along with Dallas artist Paho Mann, address individual and collective identity as reflected in what we consume, discard, and recycle. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 5. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.

Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar, right, 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.

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.

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.

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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