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

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bill Rasmussen

ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen at next Maverick Speakers Series

Learn the story of how ESPN grew from a small sports network to the broadcast giant it is today at the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

Bill Rasmussen will present "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Texas Hall.

Rasmussen and his son founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network, which nevertheless called itself “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” began broadcasting a year later. For ESPN, Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010.

The evening will feature 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

Colleen Fitzgerald

Preserving the past: Colleen Fitzgerald is principal investigator on three separate NSF grant projects, two of which involve documenting and revitalizing Native American languages.

Fitzgerald's work adds to UTA's reputation in language revitalization

Two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants recently awarded to Colleen Fitzgerald, professor of Linguistics and TESOL, are elevating UT Arlington’s growing reputation and expertise in Native American language documentation and revitalization.

Fitzgerald is principal investigator on three separate NSF grant projects totaling more than $270,000: the 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research, which will be held at UT Arlington next summer; Oklahoma Breath of Life workshops with Mary Linn, associate professor of anthropology and associate curator at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma; and a Chickasaw verb documentation and analysis project with Joshua Hinson, director of the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program.

“Language is living culture,” Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, says. “Dr. Fitzgerald’s research is allowing us to help preserve knowledge of the life and culture of indigenous populations for current generations—who at times have been stripped of their native language—and for generations to come.”

The Institute on Collaborative Language Research is scheduled for June 16-July 25, 2014. Fitzgerald will direct the biennial training workshop that will address documentation, revitalization, teaching, ethics, and community collaboration. A number of events will be open to the public.

Read more about Fitzgerald's language projects.

Karabi Bezboruah

Improving health care: Karabi Bezboruah, assistant professor of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, analyzed six nonprofits, a public health office, and a lead community organizer during the study. She discovered that collaboration among stakeholders could create more holistic and sustainable solutions.

Study of affluent community indicates unserved, underserved in health care

Karabi Bezboruah, an assistant professor of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, spent two years studying how community-based organizations promoted health care in an affluent Texas county. She found that a lack of coordination and collaboration among agencies actually hindered their ability to serve the public.

Dr. Bezboruah also discovered that nonprofit organizations and health care agencies could improve health care services by using grassroots efforts to identify problems, collaborating to develop solutions, and using community resources to educate the public about such issues.

“This study shows that health care deficiencies have stretched beyond the inner city,” says Bezboruah, whose paper, “Community Organizing for Health Care: An Analysis of the Process," recently was published in the Journal of Community Practice. “This is additional evidence that poverty has moved to the suburbs and that policymakers are ill-prepared to address the related issues. It also shows public apathy to deal with this issue.”

Read more about Bezboruah's health care study.


E-cigarettes are included in UT Arlington's tobacco-free campus policy

UT Arlington’s tobacco-free campus policy prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, along with cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, and other tobacco products on campus.

The policy applies to all outside property or grounds of UT Arlington and its affiliated campuses and all campus buildings.

The University began the tobacco-free policy on Aug. 1, 2011, and has been smoke-free in campus facilities since 1991. Read UT Arlington's tobacco-free campus policy, which includes FAQs, smoking cessation resources and support, and other helpful information.

Nominations needed for Homecoming king/queen, other student leader positions

Encourage your students to run in student elections. Open positions include Homecoming king and queen, Student Congress senators, and UTA Ambassadors.

Individuals wishing to run for any of the above positions must file by 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Office of Student Activities and Organizations, Suite B120, E.H. Hereford University Center. Voting is Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 28-29, in the University Center.

To nominate a student for any of the open positions, email Jennifer Fox at with the student’s name and email address.

Voting is Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 28-29, in the University Center. For more information, call 817-272-2293 or visit


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2. 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.

Sign up by Friday to help with annual Golden CAN Food Drive

Respond by Friday, Oct. 4, if your department would like to participate in the Golden Key International Honour Society’s 3rd Annual Golden CAN Food Drive.

Provide a box for your office donations and urge co-workers to bring nonperishable food items. 
Donations will be picked up Monday, Nov. 25. Awards will be given for the most total weight of goods and most creatively decorated box.

If you would like to participate, contact Kevin Schuck at or 2-3313 or Harriet Watkins at or 2-6008 with the location of your box.

Fright Fest

Discount tickets available for Six Flags' annual Fright Fest, Holiday in the Parks

Discounted tickets are available to the UT Arlington community to two holiday events at Six Flags: Fright Fest, Sept. 21-Oct. 27, and Holiday in the Park, Nov. 23-Jan. 5, 2014.

Tickets for one adult are $20 for faculty, staff, and students.

For more details, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 2-6080 or visit the UTA/Six Flags ticket website.

2013 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report provides annual crime statistics

The 2013 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report, which includes crime statistics for the previous three years, is available from the UT Arlington Police Department.

The report includes crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UT Arlington, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies about campus security.

Fire data for the past three years from the Environmental Health and Safety office is also part of the report.

The 2013 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report is available online or by emailing

Benefit Yourself
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State Employee Charitable Campaign kickoff breakfast Thursday

Join your colleagues for a morning meal and learn how you can help the 2013 State Employee Charitable Campaign. Learn about charities that have benefited from UTA employees' generosity and how you can be a department representative.

Breakfast will be 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Guadalupe Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Donation forms will be online again this year, simplifying the roles of departmental contacts.

For more details, contact Mike Knox, UT Arlington's State Employee Charitable Campaign coordinator, at 2-2203 or

Order office supplies from exclusive contractor

As of Tuesday, Oct. 1, UT Arlington’s exclusive office supply provider is Today’s Business Solutions (TBS), an OfficeMax partner and certified HUB vendor.

All UT Arlington departments can order supplies for desktop delivery directly from the TBS website. Complete the username or password request under Quick Links to receive University pricing. Click on the FAQ brochure for tips on creating an account, ordering a paper catalog, and finding the username and password to browse the online catalog.

TBS has a wide variety of office products and services available to meet the administrative needs of your department.

UT Arlington will participate in a contract with TBS through the UT System Supply Chain Alliance. This new agreement will provide the University with significant savings on all office supplies with remarkable deals on copy paper and toner cartridges. TBS and the alliance have negotiated pricing directly with Hewlett Packard on OEM toner cartridges.

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, Sept. 30

Karen Myers

Professional Development: 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.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Learn how to diffuse conflict in the workplace and in your personal life. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Food for Thought Series Lisa Nesta, a licensed dietitian, presents “All Foods Fit! Challenging the Idea of ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Foods.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Research Incubator Seminar Series Qing "Grace" Hao, associate professor of finance, presents “Short Selling Around the Expiration of IPO Share Lockups.” Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Thursday, Oct. 3

Brad Pierce

Chemistry/Biochemistry Lecture Series Brad Pierce
, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, discusses "Beyond the First Coordination Sphere in Non-heme Iron Enzymes: How Outer-Sphere Interactions Influence O2-Activation, Substrate Specificity, and Coupling Efficiency." 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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. LGBTQA Program.

Advanced Supervisory Skills Participants will revisit the four points of supervision learned in the Fundamental Skills for Supervisors class and use role-play and dialogue to explore each point at a deeper level. Fundamental Skills for Supervisors is not a prerequisite. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Biology Colloquium Series John Bruno of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examines "Coral Reef Conservation: What Are the Goals and How Do We Know What Works?" 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 4

The Power of Philanthropy and Entertainment Horace Madison of Madison Financial Group and Christal M. Jackson of Head and Heart Philanthropy speak on the roles of business, media, and entertainment in community-building. Free. 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Center for African American Studies.

Saturday, Oct. 5

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.

Coming up

Tim Management

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. Tuesday, Oct. 8, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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 Wednesday, Oct. 9, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

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. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Monday, Sept. 30

Pride Week

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

Pride Week Celebrate with informational programs on domestic violence and safe sex, plus fun and games including karaoke, a drag show, and more. See the schedule. Through Friday, Oct. 4. LGBTQA Program.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

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

MavsArt Opening Reception Enjoy the artistic talents found in the UT Arlington community. Free. 6-7 p.m., first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

National Night Out Join the UTA Police Department for the annual National Night Out event. Free food, prizes, information, and more. Free. 6-7:30 p.m., University Center mall (rain site is Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center). UTA Police.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Guest Artist Recital: Silver Keys Trio Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Oct. 3


UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Tickets $8 general public, $5 students/seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Oct. 4

24th Annual Oozeball Tournament Mud volleyball. 1 p.m., Summit Avenue at Fourth Street, one block south of Greek Row Drive. 24th Annual Oozeball Tournament.

Sunday, Oct. 6

Symphonic Band Concert Free, 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

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. Maverick Speakers Series.

The Dream is Now

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


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 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. 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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