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

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dr. Frank Lamas

Dr. Frank Lamas

Lamas guest of Last Lecture program

Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs, shares his thoughts as guest speaker in the fourth annual Last Lecture Series.

The free lecture is at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

The series is based on inspirational Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He gave his last lecture in 2007, asking students to live life to the fullest and to consider their legacy.

Dr. Lamas will leave the University in May to become vice president for student affairs at California State University, Fresno. During his tenure at UT Arlington, Lamas has led a transformation of the student experience through a period of unprecedented enrollment growth and campus expansion. Most notably, he has led the student affairs effort and developed student-centered programs during the University’s rapid transition to a residential campus.

The lecture is sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honors society and the Leadership Center.

LEAP Texas

UTA part of LEAP national initiative

UT Arlington and more than 60 other colleges and universities in Texas have become part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities LEAP initiative. LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) is a national advocacy, campus action, and research initiative that promotes a 21st-century liberal education.

The mission of LEAP Texas is to provide a structure through which Texas public and private institutions of higher education can communicate, organize, and develop plans and policy recommendations that address their common interests of student success and the improvement of higher education in Texas.

Loraine Phillips, assistant vice provost of institutional effectiveness and reporting, is chair of LEAP Texas.

“I am excited about the state’s new emphasis on delivering essential learning outcomes through the new core curriculum," Dr. Phillips says. "I look forward to working with faculty and others across the state in carefully considering the quality of student learning and attainment for higher education in Texas.”

LEAP Texas initially will focus on three key areas: leveraging the newly designed Texas Core Curriculum for Higher Education for improvement in undergraduate education; creating a capacity for large-scale, inter-institutional collaboration in robust and authentic assessment; and embedding high-impact practices in the undergraduate curriculum.

Lt. Gen Patricia Horoho

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho

Army surgeon general speaks today

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, surgeon general of the U.S. Army, will speak noon-1 p.m. today, Monday, April 21, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

She will discuss Army medicine and the “performance triad” of sleep, activity, and nutrition. 

Horoho is the Army's first female surgeon general and the first nurse in that position. She is responsible for all aspects of Army medicine from health care and training to research and development.

She became the 43rd Army surgeon general in December 2011. Her previous positions include deputy surgeon general; chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; commander of several medical centers and networks; and special assistant to the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan.

The event is free is open to the public and sponsored by the College of Nursing and the UT Arlington Research Institute.

Creative Faculty Works reception today at Central Library

Celebrate the creativity and hard work of faculty members at the annual Creative Faculty Works reception 4-6 p.m. today, Monday, April 21, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

The event recognizes academic achievement and scholarly activity by faculty members during the previous year. On display will be publications and other examples of UTA's faculty excellence.

Be on hand at 
5 p.m. for comments from Rebecca Bichel, dean of the library, and David Silva, vice provost for faculty affairs, and a champagne toast by Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The Office of the Provost and the UT Arlington Library host the event.

  Mav Pic Alumni Picnic

Take me out ...

Former Mavericks enjoyed food, fellowship, and baseball at the annual Alumni Picnic. This year's event at Clay Gould Ballpark also included an Easter egg hunt for youngsters.

PLC mini-conference Friday

The Professional e-Learning Community (PLC) invites faculty and staff to its second annual Connections mini-conference 12:30-3 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

The afternoon features presentations, demonstrations, and networking and includes light refreshments. Planned are a review of PLC's spring projects and current topics in higher education, such as engaging students through technology, personalization of feedback, simulation experiences, and flipped and blended courses.

PLC is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning and facilitated by the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab.

RSVP to Laurel Mayo at

Faculty, associates honored at annual spring meeting April 29

President's and provost's awards are just a few of the accolades to be distributed at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Awards will be announced for teaching, research, mentoring, advising, service learning, grants, and distance education, with remarks by President Vistasp Karbhari. The event is open to the public. A reception follows.

Readers needed for Homerathon

The University Classics Club needs readers and performers for its annual Homerathon 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, on the University Center mall.

Homer's epic poem The Odyssey is presented in 15-minute readings. Scripts are available in the Philosophy and Humanities Office in Room 305 of Carlisle Hall. Register online.

Contact Charles Chiasson, director of classical studies, at 2-2764 or

Early voting next week for local elections

Cast your ballot for city and school district elections 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, April 29-May 1, at the Maverick Activities Center. Learn more at the Tarrant County Election Center website.

Mav Pic Block Party 2014

Fishin' for fun

Tossing the "fish" into the fish bowl was one of the games at the 16th annual Block Party, which provided a last chance for fun and games for students, faculty, and staff before final exams and the end of the school year. The event Thursday evening included live music, carnival-style treats, a photo booth, airbrush tattoos, and an obstacle course. See more photos.


Lot 49 reserved for Special Olympics event on April 26

Parking spaces in Lot 49 at Cooper and Mitchell streets will be reserved Saturday, April 26, for a Special Olympics Cycling event. The lot will close at midnight Friday, April 25.

Parking options include permit spaces in the surrounding parking lots. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Deadline extended for Business Executive Dinner

The deadline for the College of Business' annual Executive Dinner has been extended to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, both at College Park Center.

Tickets are $45 for the general public and $35 for UTA business alumni. Register online.

Maintenance for Arlington Data Center delayed

The Office of Information Technology has changed the system maintenance at the Arlington Data Center to 2-7 a.m. Sunday, April 27.

Services that may be impacted include UTA websites, blogs, wikis, and web publishing services; MyMav; Blackboard; authorization and authentication services; NetID self-service; network storage; J and K drives; ResearchFS and DepartmentFS; campus printing; listserv; Omega; Sharepoint; Talk; CS-Gold; ImageNow; Echo360; and ITSM.

Performance reviews due April 28

Annual performance reviews for employees must be completed by Monday, April 28Training on conducting the performance reviews and evaluation forms are online. For questions, email or call 2-5554.

Benefit Yourself

Sign up now for Living Well, Moving Well challenge

Team up with the UT Arlington Wellness Committee for the 2014 UT System Physical Activity Challenge, Living Well, Moving Well, beginning Thursday, May 1.

Register through the Living Well Health Platform by Wednesday, May 7.

Learn more about how you can get involved, score points for UTA, and receive a free pedometer.

Join the Wellness Committee on National Employee Health and Fitness Day at the Blazing Race on Wednesday, May 21.

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

Tuesday, April 22

Customer Service 101 Learn the techniques of outstanding customer service. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, April 23

Dealing with Difficult Employees and People Discover concrete techniques for dealing with difficult people in the workplace and at home. Participants will learn the proper way to discipline and alternatives to firing. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

COEHP Brown Bag Seminar Leisa Martin assistant professor of social studies education, presents "Teaching with Training Wheels: The Impact of Junior Achievement on Teacher Education." Also Amber Brown, Denise Collins, and Joyce Myers, all of elementary education, discuss "Quality of Mentor Teacher Feedback and its Relationship to Mentor Teacher Efficacy and Student Teachers' Perceptions of Mentor Teacher Effectiveness." Free. Noon, Room 111, Nedderman Hall. Curriculum and Instruction.

Miguel Alvarez

CMAS Speaker Series Filmmaker Miguel Alvarez discusses “Explorations of Loss: Three Short Films.” Free. 2 p.m., Room 121, University Hall. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Thursday, April 24

Psychology Department Colloquium Ronald Riggio of Claremont McKenna College speaks on organizational and transformational leadership. Free. 4 p.m., Planetarium. Psychology.

Earth/Environmental Science Lecture Feng He of the University of Wisconsin-Madison discusses “Transient simulation of the last deglaciation with coupled global climate models.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Earth and Environmental Science.

Biology Colloquium Series Virginia Weis of Oregon State University speaks on “The Regulation of Coral-dinoflagellate Symbioses: The Role of Innate Immunity.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Take Back the Night This international campaign seeks to end all forms of relationship and sexual violence and to create safe communities. Free. 6-8 p.m., Library mall. RVSP.

Friday, April 25

Chemistry/Biochemistry Speaker Series William A. Maio of New Mexico State University presents "Synthetic Studies en Route to the First Total Synthesis of Taumycin A.” Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Saturday, April 26

CPR/AED Training Hands-on skills training prepares participants to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies and the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Developing Assertive Communication Skills, Tuesday, April 29; Managing Stress in the Workplace, Thursday, May 1; and Team Building for Supervisors, Tuesday, May 6Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out

Tuesday, April 22

MavPlays Readers Series A Morning in Manhattan. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 general admission. 8 p.m., Room 137, Fine Arts Building north. Theatre Arts.

Softball Mavericks vs. Abilene Christian. Free. 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27Athletics.

Spring Percussion "Bash" Featured performers include music faculty members Michael Varner, percussion; Scott Pool, bassoon; John Solomons, piano; Young-Hyun Cho, piano; James Yakas, percussion; plus the UTA Percussion Ensemble; and the UTA World Ensemble. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, April 23

MavPlays Lunchbox Matinee HomeFree! Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 general admission. Noon, Room 131, Fine Arts Building north. Also, Friday, April 25Theatre Arts.

Thursday, April 24

MavPlays MainStage Series No Lifeguard on Duty and Gruesome Playground Injuries. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 general admission. Noon, Room 131, Fine Arts Building north. Also, Saturday, April 26Theatre Arts.

UTA Bands Concerts Performances by the UTA Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds, under the direction of John Zastoupil. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, April 25

Faculty Violin Recital Martha Walvoord, associate professor of violin, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

MavPlays Studio Series Waiting for FortyKingdom of the SpiderAbsent Minded, and Leaving Tampa. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 general admission. 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building north. Also, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27Theatre Arts.

Saturday, April 26

Faculty Double Bass Recital A double bass recital featuring music faculty member Jack Unzicker. Free. 1:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

UTA Wind Symphony Concert A concert featuring the UTA Wind Symphony under the direction of Doug Stotter, director of bands. Tickets $9 adults; $6 students, senior citizens. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Exhibit: 'The Story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker' A collection of 45 photographs of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Comanche chief Quanah Parker. In conjunction with the Frontier Odyssey Symposium. Free. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through May 30Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, HistoryUT Arlington Libraries.

Special Collections: The U.S.-Mexico War, 1846-1848 Attention on the “forgotten” U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 30UT Arlington LibrariesSpecial Collections.

MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for Good, Exoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.

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



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