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

Monday, September 23, 2013

Kelly Bowman

Serving others: Kelly Bowman, right, a 2003 graduate of the College of Nursing who served nine years active duty in the Navy, was deployed in Iraq and other areas of the Middle East.

UT Arlington wins federal funds to help veterans become nurses

The College of Nursing will help veterans turn their military experience into nursing careers with a $300,000 federal grant that focuses on increasing enrollment and graduation rates for veterans.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced funding awards for the Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. UT Arlington’s agreement with Health and Human Services is one of only nine in the nation. Recommended funding for the University in the next four years totals more than $1 million.

The grant will allow UT Arlington to expand and adapt its popular online BSN program to educate pre-licensure nurses with military backgrounds that included medical training. Students in that program do their clinical rotations in local hospitals.

“The new grant will allow us to tailor our existing programs to the unique needs of our veterans and, where appropriate, allow them to gain credit for the training and experience they already have,” says Beth Mancini, associate dean of the College of Nursing and principal investigator for the funding agreement.

UT Arlington has about 2,600 military veterans among its 33,300 students this fall.

Read more about the VBSN grant and program.

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Maverick Speakers Series starts Tuesday with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

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.

He 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

Dr. Qilian Liang

Dr. Qilian Liang

Liang examines big data at 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

Mav Pic Community Service Breakfast


Robyn Morgan, left, of Tarrant County Food Bank listens to Julian Rodriguez, lecturer of broadcast communications, at the Community Service Breakfast on Wednesday. The annual event links faculty with nonprofit leaders for community service learning opportunities.


Take a Maverick Ride after dark with police escort service

Be safe when heading home after a nighttime class or event on campus by using the UT Arlington Police Department escort service.

Maverick Ride is available to faculty, staff, and students from 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays until 3 a.m. and is operated by students working with the campus police.

UT Arlington Police provide escort service at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 2-3381.

The Green/South shuttle route runs through 10:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, including faculty/staff lots 13 and 17.

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.

  Mav Pic Dr. Karbhari

Lessons on learning

President Vistasp Karbhari spoke at the Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series on Thursday at the Central Library. The Center for K-16 Education Policy and Research and the College of Education and Health Professions sponsor the series.

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

Windows XP computers need update

Upgrades for Windows 7 for all Windows XP computers are necessary to prepare for Microsoft ending support and security patching of Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The Office of Information Technology plans to upgrade to Windows 7 by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of operating system security.

Contact to schedule your upgrade.

Benefit Yourself

Use online resources to maximize benefits

Stay on top of your benefit details by using the online resources for the UT insurance, retirement, and wellness vendors. Learn about your benefits by viewing short educational videos on the Educate Me page, create online accounts through the vendor websites that enable you to view your insurance explanation of benefits (EOB), price medications, download claim forms, and even upload your UT FLEX claims. Find these and more tools by visiting the complete list of UT Benefits Online resources.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Notification

UT Arlington seeks to provide its faculty, staff, and students with a drug-free environment. In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to notify faculty, staff, and students each semester about:

Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse

University policies related to the illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

Availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems

Employees - Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided through UT Arlington’s Office of Human Resources at 1-800-343-3822 or visit

Students - Drug and alcohol counseling and referral services are available through UT Arlington Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

Internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

For more information, contact UT Arlington's Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

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-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.

German Innovation Seminar Examine sustainable building technologies from Germany. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

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.

Friday, Sept. 27

Frank Foss

Anthropology Brown Bag Joseph Bastien, professor of anthropology, presents an analysis of the cultural practices of Chipayans. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 104, University Hall. Anthropology.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Lecture Series Frank Foss, right, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, addresses “Bioinspired Aerobic Organocatalytic Oxidations and the Molecular Investigation of Bacterial Targets.” Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Monday, Sept. 30

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., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Coming up

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. Thursday, Oct. 3, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

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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.

Workers' Compensation Workshop 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. 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. To register, call Caron Miller or Tracy Gardner at 2-5563 by Monday, Oct. 7.

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

Going Out

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,

Wednesday, Sept. 25

World Heart Day Heart health education, blood pressure screenings, nutrition/fitness info, free snacks, and heart healthy games. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Artist Talk: Materiality and Identity Paho Mann will speak about his photography on display in the exhibit "Materiality and Identity." Free. 12:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.

Thursday, Sept. 26

Varner Drum

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 composition for the talking drum and bassoon. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital 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.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29

South Street Art Festival

South Street Art Festival A free three-day art festival featuring up to 75 artists from across the country, and local bands and vendors. Enjoy music, food, culture, and shopping. Free. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 300 E. South Street, one block south of Abram Street between Mesquite and East streets. South Street Art Festival.

Saturday, Sept. 28

The Art of Yoga Bring mat and additional props if needed. For all levels, no experience necessary. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Monday, Sept. 30

Voice Division Recital Performances by vocal students. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Panho Mann

Wyeth String Quartet Concert An ensemble made up of principal players from the Fort Worth Symphony. Free. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


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.

Pink Floyd

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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