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

Monday, February 3, 2014


Child talk: Researchers Dr. Jodi Tommerdahl, left, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Cynthia Kilpatrick, assistant professor of linguistics, are looking for better language assessments that could lead to timelier treatment for children with language learning difficulties.

Better language samples could lead to earlier diagnosis of impairment

A new study by UT Arlington researchers could lead to better language assessments and timelier treatment for children with language learning difficulties.

Jodi Tommerdahl, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, and Cynthia Kilpatrick, assistant professor of linguistics, found that language concerns among children could be reliably diagnosed by analyzing samples about 100 spoken words at a time rather than evaluating longer samples. The team argues that the shorter samples could speed up the diagnosis process and enable clinicians to help children earlier in life.

“This is key because, at the moment, language impairment is often undiagnosed," Dr. Tommerdahl says. "And when it is diagnosed, it’s diagnosed later than you’d want it to be.”

The new findings are published as “The Reliability of Morphological Analyses in Language Samples” in this month’s Language Testing journal. The report also is available as a podcast.

Read more about Tommerdahl and Kilpatrick’s research.

Marvin Dulaney

Let's celebrate: Dr. Marvin Dulaney, chair and associate professor of history, explains why Black History Month is observed in Texas at noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the University Center.

Black History Month begins

The Sankofa "Black in the Day" Kickoff starts Black History Month with student performances, trivia games, exhibits, and more noon-2 p.m. today, Monday, Feb. 3, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Marvin Dulaney, associate professor of history, discusses “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas: Why We Celebrate Black History Month” at noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the University Center.

Civil rights pioneer and retired physician James Sweatt III discusses his life in “Minorities and Changing Times, One Person’s Experience” at noon Friday, Feb. 7, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center. RSVP required.

See the complete schedule for more programs this month.

Black History Month programs are sponsored by the African American Faculty Staff Association, the Center for African American Studies, and Multicultural Affairs.


The MAX adds stop, late night ride, Dallas link

Metro ArlingtonXpress, or The MAX, continues to make travel an easy option.

A new stop was added in the Entertainment District at Collins and Andrews Streets by Lincoln Square.

The MAX will meet the late Trinity Railway Express' westbound train after weekday events at American Airlines Center in Dallas. If you are planning to catch a concert, basketball, or hockey event at AAC, let the MAX help you get there and back. 

Take The MAX to downtown Dallas and the Bishop Arts District with a transfer to the D-Link. The D-Link connects key tourist and cultural destinations throughout downtown Dallas, Uptown, and Oak Cliff.

For details on routes, times, and tickets, go to

Bookstore hosts sale for art, architecture, engineering supplies

The UTA Bookstore is having a 25 percent sale on in-stock art, architecture, and engineering supplies through Friday, Feb. 14. There's no limit on these in-store only purchases. The sale does not include everyday writing, desk, and supply items, or special orders.

Mav Pic Art Open House

Breaking the mold

Francis Giampietro, right, lecturer of sculpture, and Nicholas Bachelder, sculpture senior, pour bronze into a mold as Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of sculpture, looks on during the Art and Art History Department's open house Friday at the Studio Arts Center. The department's first open house featured lectures, exhibit tours, and demonstrations in art forms from drawing and sculpting to glass making and digital photography. See more photos.


Nominations needed for new Maverick of the Month award

If you know a faculty/staff member or a student who exemplifies The Maverick Way, you can nominate him or her to receive the Maverick of the Month distinction.

Each month the UTA Ambassadors solicit nominations for one faculty/staff member and one student for their commitment to living The Maverick Way.

Nominations for February are due by Monday, Feb. 24. Email Jennifer Fox at for details.

College Park South garage to close for Maverick Speakers Series event

The College Park South garage will be closed to faculty, staff, and student parking on Monday, Feb. 10, for the Anderson Cooper appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series. The garage will reopen to normal use after the event.

Spaces in the south garage for Arlington Hall permits, the Dan Dipert Welcome Center, and College Park District businesses will remain open throughout the day. Access will be through the north entrance to the South Garage.

Parking options include permit spaces in the College Park North and Central garages.

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.


Next MavAlert is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

Faculty, staff, and students should update their emergency contact information through MyMav. You must enter a mobile phone number in your online MyMav record and label it "Mobile" to enable MavAlert emergency notifications via text message.

Volunteers needed for spring Job Fair

The Career Development Center needs 125 volunteers to help make the spring 2014 all-majors Job Fair a success. The Job Fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Choose a 1.5-hour shift during volunteer hours from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean-up, carrying employer materials, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables. Register to volunteer by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

For questions, email Kelsey Lemons at or call 2-2932.

MavsArt exhibit seeks submissions

The UT Arlington Libraries are accepting submissions from UTA students, staff, and faculty for the spring 2014 MavsArt exhibit.

Both 2-D and 3-D submissions are accepted. Applications to display works are accepted through Thursday, Feb. 13. Artwork will be displayed on the first floor of the Central Library through the spring semester starting Thursday, Feb. 20.

MavsArt is a semester-long program that showcases the artistic talents of UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. The first MavsArt exhibit featured cartoons, digital art, photography, Victorian hair mourning, assemblage pieces, and traditional paint on canvas.

For more information, visit the MavsArt page or email

Benefit Yourself

Mark calendars, check list for Employee Service Awards

Through the Service Awards Program, the University honors employees who have made a significant career commitment. The honorees are faculty and staff members reaching milestones of 10 years or more.

On Wednesday, April 2, the University will host a dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center to honor employees with 25 years of service. Included in this celebration will be employees who have 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of service.

On Wednesday, April 9, the University will host a reception at 3 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom to honor employees who have 10, 15, and 20 years of service. 

Employees and departments are encouraged to review the 2014 recipient list for accuracy. Email any changes, additions, or deletions to by Friday, Feb. 14.

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, Feb. 3

Maverick Boot Camps An intense, exciting one-hour workout gets your heart racing and your muscles burning. $25. 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Feb. 3-26, west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. Also, March 24-April 16Campus Recreation.

College of Nursing Dean Candidate Jean D'Meza Leuner, a candidate for dean of the College of Nursing, speaks. She is a professor at the University of Central Florida. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Room 245W, Business Building. Nursing.

Jaime Reed

Anderson Sports Performance Lecture Series Jamie Reed, right, senior director of medical operations for the Texas Rangers, speaks on “Managing the Health of MLB Pitching and the Business Behind It.” He was awarded the 2013 Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers President’s Distinguished Service Award. Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Dealing with Difficult Employees and People Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Italian Conversation: Level I Learn correct pronunciation and conversational Italian, as well as elements of geography, history, culture and cuisine of Italy. Register online. Faculty, staff $69.50; use code UTHALF. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays, Feb. 4-27Continuing Education.

Spanish Total Immersion: Level I Verbal practice and comprehension form a strong, short-term foundation in learning Spanish. Only Spanish will be spoken in this class. Book is required for first class. Register online. Faculty, staff $69.50; use code UTHALF. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays, Feb. 4-March 25Continuing Education.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Wind and Ocean Current Energy Harvesting: Potential and Challenges D. Stefan Dancila, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, addresses the potential and challenges associated with harvesting renewable energy from wind and ocean currents. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Discover how to create a consistent world and believable alien/fantastic characters, how to focus a story that enhances the world rather than being lost in it, and how to balance respect for speculative fiction traditions with originality. Register online. Faculty, staff $69.50; use code UTHALF. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 5-March 5Continuing Education.

Thursday, Feb. 6

GIS Workshop: Mapping Happiness Use geographic information systems (GIS) to create a customized happiness index for each country using environmental sustainability and economic indicators. No GIS experience is required. Free. 5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Friday, Feb. 7

Psychology Colloquium Series David Buss of UT Austin talks on "Strategies of Human Mating." Free, 11 a.m., Room 11, University Hall. Psychology.

Minorities and Changing Times, One Person's Experience Guest speaker is James Sweatt III, the first African American to graduate from the Washington University School of Medicine and serve on the Parkland Memorial Hospital board and as president of the Dallas County Medical Society. He is the nephew of civil rights pioneer Herman Marion Sweatt, the first African American admitted to the UT School of Law. RSVP to or 2-5300. Free. Noon, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

Coming up

Continuing Education Classes Decadent Chocolate Desserts, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 8-22; Life Coaching For Your Success, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11; Advanced Selling on eBay, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, March 13. For faculty, staff discount, use code UTHALF. Continuing Education.

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., Saturday, Feb. 8, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Saturdays, March 22 and April 26. Campus Recreation.

Human Resources Training Coaching Skills for Supervisors, Thursday, Feb. 13; The Art of Listening, Tuesday, Feb. 18; Developing Assertive Communication Skills, Tuesday, Feb. 25; Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, Thursday, Feb. 27Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

In Quotes

Sexual exploitation must be recognized

Should farming come to West Dallas?

High-speed rail not on financial fast track

"Even with the abundance of firsthand accounts in slave narratives, the sexual exploitation of slave women is rarely a topic discussed even today, and it has not been addressed with any depth in popular representations of slavery in film and television."

"It pieced together these various elements: helping at-risk youth and promoting public health, green space, community gardens, a foodie culture, hipster localism."

"There is a strong chance that we could see it within 10 years. However, there is no guarantee ... and I would not like to see any public money committed to an endeavor like this until we see that it really is going to happen."

— Cedrick May, associate professor of English and director of digital humanities research, on sexual abuse of slaves and the film "12 Years A Slave."
The Dallas Morning News

— Don Gatzke, dean of the School of Architecture, on an urban farm in New Orleans that could be replicated in West Dallas.
D Magazine

— Stephen Mattingly, associate professor of civil engineering, on an increasing likelihood of developing a high-speed rail in Texas.

Going Out

Monday, Feb. 3

Black History Month Kickoff Sankofa "Black in the Day" begins Black History Month with exhibits, student performances, trivia games, and more. Free. Noon-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Black History Month.

Guest Chamber Recital The Mount Vernon Chamber Music performs. Free. 8 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Music Honors Recital Outstanding music students and faculty perform. Free. 8 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Junior Bassoon Recital Music student Rich Brownell on bassoon and Kristin Waymel on violin. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Feb. 6

UTA Bassoon Alumni Recital Amber Wyman, a 2013 bassoon graduate, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Tickets $5. Women's game at noon, men's game at 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Texas State, women's 5 p.m., men's 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Athletics

Friday, Feb. 7

Friday Night Film: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Rated PG-13. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, GravityFeb. 21EXCEL Campus Activities.

Guest Bassoon Recital Lynn Hileman, bassoon professor at West Virginia University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

International Bowl More than 500 of the top North American high school- and junior high-aged athletes compete in six football games. Free with faculty/staff ID. Also, Saturday, Feb. 8. Maverick Stadium. International Bowl.

Saturday, Feb. 8


Double Reed Day Recitals Opening recital with Scott Pool, right, assistant professor of bassoon; Rogene Russell, adjunct instructor of oboe; and guest artists Willa Henigman, associate principal oboe with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Lynn Hileman, bassoon professor at West Virginia University. 9 a.m. Closing recital with mass choirs of oboes and bassoons; 3 p.m. Free. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

UTA Wind Symphony Concert Doug Stotter, far right, associate professor of music and director of bands, conducts the UTA Wind Symphony. Tickets $8 general public, $5 students. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Feb. 10

Maverick Speakers Series: Anderson Cooper "An Evening with Anderson Cooper" with moderator Krys Boyd, host of KERA-FM's talk show Think. Standby tickets only at Free. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.


A Cappella Choir UTA A Cappella Choir, directed by Karen Kenaston-French, right, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, will present the program that they will be performing at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Trombone Choir Concert UTA Trombone Choir, directed by Dennis Bubert, far right, will present the program that they will perform at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Spring Concert: Big Sean Hip-hop recording artist. Tickets limited to four per person. General admission tickets $20 faculty/staff, $15 students, $25 general public. VIP student tickets $30 for reserved seating. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Texas Hall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Maverick Speakers Series Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, "Medicine and Media," Tuesday, March 18, College Park Center; tickets available Thursday, Feb. 13. Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," Tuesday, April 8, Texas Hall; tickets available Thursday, March 6Maverick Speakers Series.


The Gallery at UTA: Faculty Biennial XIV This exhibition shows what Department of Art and Art History professors accomplish in their creative endeavors outside the classroom. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 8Art and Art HistoryThe Gallery at UTA.

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. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.

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

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. UT Arlington Library.

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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