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

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Chase grant for veteran education

Veteran aid: On hand for Tuesday's announcement of Chase's grant for veteran students were, from left, UTA President Vistasp Karbhari; Maureen Casey, the bank's director of military and veterans affairs; Robert Cluck, Arlington mayor; and Roger Staubach, a member of Chase’s military advisory council.

UTA receives grant from JPMorgan Chase to fund programs for student veterans

UT Arlington received a $122,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to fund educational opportunities for military veterans.

Chase's $1 million in education grants will help U.S. colleges build programs for veterans on campus, including orientation and bridge programs, student services, and enhanced classroom experiences with the goal of increasing retention and graduation rates.

The grant will allow the University to expand its successful Student Veteran Project, which offers free, specialized admissions and counseling services to undergraduate veterans who want to return to college.

Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor of social work, is principal investigator of the Student Veteran Project, which developed the program model. She says Chase’s support will make it possible to provide enhanced services to student veterans at the onset of their first academic year based on the model developed by the University’s Center for Clinical Social Work.

“This tested, innovative program model uses the latest evidence in neuroscience and human resilience among military populations to support peak academic performance, on-time graduation, and successful career launch for student veterans,” Dr. Smith-Osborne says.

UT Arlington boasts one of the largest populations of student veterans and active duty military personnel in Texas, Veterans Administration surveys show. The University enrolled about 500 veterans during the 2006-07 academic year. That number more than tripled to 1,564 student veterans in fall 2013.

Sarah Rose

Batter up: Sarah Rose, assistant professor of history, argues that the use of illegal steroids among Major League Baseball players is the result of monetary greed by people at many levels in the industry.

Multibillion-dollar industry fueled steroid abuse, researcher says

The widespread use of illegal steroids among Major League Baseball players has been fueled by an “economy of bodily management,” the free-agent market, and exploding television revenues, Sarah Rose, assistant professor of history, argues in a newly published research paper.

Dr. Rose, a labor and disability historian, says by attacking individual ballplayers’ morality, commentators have obscured the more salient issue.

“Baseball is representative of the fact that Americans increasingly live in an age of biotechnology in which bodily modification for profit has become the norm and, often, an unstated job requirement,” says Rose, who joined the Department of History in 2009 and is director of the Minor in Disability Studies program.

She is the co-author of “Bionic Ballplayers: Risk, Profit, and the Body as Commodity, 1964-2007” published in the journal LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. Her co-author is Joshua A.T. Salzmann, assistant professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University.

Read more about Rose's MLB steroid abuse research.

CAAS 2nd conference

Keynote speakers: Krystal K. Beamon, left, assistant professor of sociology, and Molefi Kete Asante, professor of African American Studies at Temple University, are keynote speakers for the Center for African American Studies' second annual conference.

Conference covers critical issues for black community

The Center for African American Studies' second annual conference "Critical Issues in Black Studies: Race in Context" is Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22, with events at the Maverick Activities Center, E.H. Hereford University Center, and Globe Life Park.

Krystal K. Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, will deliver the keynote speech Friday. A reception and Open Mic Night featuring Derek "Fonzworth Bentley" Watkins follows.

Saturday's events include a luncheon address by Molefi Kete Asante, professor of African American Studies at Temple University, followed by a community research panel. A screening of The Contradictions of Fair Hope starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Globe Life Park with a discussion by the film’s director and co-producer, Rockell Metcalf.

Volunteers needed for national wheelchair basketball championship

Be a part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's collegiate championship games as a volunteer. The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball program plays host Thursday-Friday, March 6-7, at College Park Center and the Physical Education Building.

Volunteers would serve as team contacts and assistants, video camera operators, hospitality room assistants, award ceremony decorators, clean-up crews, and more.

Register to volunteer. For questions, email Catherine Soto, volunteer coordinator.

Mav Pic Dean for a Day

Dean for a Day

Cynthia Rodriguez,  second from left, industrial engineering junior, was Dean for a Day on Tuesday as part of Engineers Week. Advising her were Associate Dean Pranesh Aswath, professor of materials science engineering; Senior Associate Dean Lynn Peterson, professor of computer science engineering; and Associate Dean for Research Anand Puppala, professor of civil engineering. Meanwhile, Dean Khosrow Behbehani took notes for Rodriguez in her industrial engineering simulation class with Associate Professor Brian Huff. 


Coffee & Conversation new quarterly networking event

Faculty and staff hired between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, are invited to attend Coffee & Conversation at 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the University Club in Davis Hall.

This quarterly event for UT Arlington's newest Mavericks offers coffee, networking, and an opportunity to meet with Jean Hood, vice president for Human Resources.

RSVP by Monday, Feb. 24,

Mentors needed for In Reach program

The In Reach Maverick Mentor Program is seeking faculty and staff to help students with their college career. About 40 new mentees need mentors.

The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.

If you are interested in mentoring a student, apply at Requirements are a monthly 30-minute meeting with your mentee, regular communication throughout the academic year, and attendance at sponsored activities for the In Reach program.

For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at

Commencement regalia events set for faculty

Faculty members are encouraged to attend the UTA Bookstore’s regalia events at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The events are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the Neches/Pedernales rooms, and 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the San Saba Room. If you are unable to attend, visit the bookstore to place your order. 

Samples will be available. Gowns are custom ordered and take eight weeks for delivery. If you plan to wear a tam instead of a mortarboard, place your order eight weeks prior to commencement. 

If you are unable to attend during these times, visit the UTA Bookstore at your earliest convenience.

Rentals must be ordered no later than Friday, April 18, to guarantee hood colors. Rentals cannot be ordered after Friday, May 2.

  Mav Pic Heidi Hardt


Heidi Hardt explained how the response time of international aid organizations to war-torn areas can impact future peace at the Focus on Faculty lecture Wednesday at the Central Library. Dr. Hardt, assistant professor of political science, wrote the recently released book, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response.

Fellowships available from University Sustainability Committee

The University Sustainability Committee offers faculty fellowships on sustainability in the curriculum.

Fellowships ranging from $2,000 to $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.

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

Applications accepted for First-Year Experience instructors

The Division of Student Affairs is recruiting instructors to teach the new First-Year Experience course for the fall 2014 semester. 

The FYE course is required for all first-time, full-time freshmen. The course orients students to life on campus and assists in the transition to college. Course content and assignments will help students identify the individual needs and skills that will affect their success, determine what resources are appropriate and available to them, and formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience on the campus.

Informational sessions are 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Student Congress Chambers in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Instructors will receive a $1,500 stipend for each section. Visit the First-Year Experience website and view the Instructor Information page. Applications are due Sunday, March 30.

Send questions to Molly Albart, director of planning, assessment and student success, at

Building, walkway closures set for Sunday morning

Upcoming maintenance work will require two buildings, nearby walkways, streets, and a parking lot to be closed 7-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. The closures will include:

  • the Engineering Lab Building
  • the Geoscience Building
  • Lot F12 at the southeast corner of UTA Boulevard and College Street
  • College Street from UTA Boulevard to West First Street
  • the walkway on the north side of the Engineering Lab Building
  • all walkways between the Engineering Lab Building, the Geoscience Building, Nedderman Hall, and Woolf Hall

These closures will not involve utilities and will not affect electricity. For questions, call Patty Goodloe at 2-9726.

Tickets available for African-American Alumni Banquet

The 24th Annual African-American Alumni Banquet will honor two UTA graduates plus present two students with scholarships. The banquet is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Alumni honorees are Terry L. Aaron (’11), director of continuing education services for Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, and Zachary Thompson (’81), director of Dallas County Health and Human Services. 

Tickets are $50 each. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 21. Proceeds benefit the African-American Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Feb. 20

'Da Conversation' Clarence Grover, CEO of Sankofa Education Services, presents a history of education in America and its implications for educating or not educating African-American students today. Free. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

Biology Colloquium Series Karen Hall of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas speaks on “Navigating New Spaces for Building Social and Ecological Resilience.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Feb. 21

Linguistics Colloquium Anastasia Giannakidou of the University of Chicago presents "Scalar marking without scalar meaning: referentially vague polarity items in Greek and Korean." Free. 2-3 p.m., conference room, Chemistry and Physics Building. Linguistics and TESOL.

Monday, Feb. 24

Documentary: 'The Kids Are All Right' This half-hour documentary follows a renegade Jerry's Kid, Mike Ervin, a Muscular Dystrophy Association poster child in the 1960s and now an outspoken disability rights activist. A discussion about charities follows. Free lunch. For accommodations, email Nichole Sheridan by Thursday, Feb. 20. Free. Noon, Room 108, University Hall. Office for Students with Disabilities, Disability Studies.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Developing Assertive Communication Skills Learn powerful tools for assertiveness to help you deal with conflict at all levels in the organization and discover techniques on how to be an assertive communicator. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

COEHP Brown Bag Seminar Holly Hungerford-Kresser, assistant professor of English education, presents "Intersections of College Readiness and Faculty Development: A Three-Year Pilot Partnership;" and Mary Curtis, visiting assistant professor of curriculum and instruction and director of the Center for Social Science Education, discusses "Geospatial Technology Integration and the Important Role Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Plays." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 111, Nedderman Hall. College of Education and Health ProfessionsCurriculum and Instruction.

Kinesiology Lecture Carl Gabbard of Texas A&M speaks on "Mental Representation for Action in the Elderly: Implications for Movement Efficiency and Injury Risk." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Documentary: 'Long Way Home: The Loving Story' Set during the civil rights era, Long Way Home: The Loving Story is about love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic racial segregation. A discussion on marriage during the civil rights era follows. Free. 6:30 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

Documentary: 'Finding Joe' Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in mythology that he called “the heroes journey.”  Follow the ultimate heroes journey of self-discovery. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success Discover how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter, and discover the benefits of organization. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Biology Colloquium Series Tor Savidge of Baylor College of Medicine speaks on “A Multi-omic Approach to Tackling Clostridium Difficile Infection.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Women's Studies Lecture Series Kim Nielsen of the University of Toledo speaks on "Saints, Sinners, and BFFs: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy." Dr. Nielsen has published three books on Keller and Macy. Her latest book is A Disability History of the United States. She is the founding president of the Disability History Association. Open-captioned. For accommodations, contact Sarah Rose or Desiree Henderson by today, Thursday, Feb. 20Women's History Month.

Friday, Feb. 28

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Review the new forms and procedures for performance management. Register online. Free. 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11; 11 a.m.-noon Monday, March 24. Human Resources.

Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL The 21st annual student-led conference gives graduate students a chance to present their original research. Free. E.H. Hereford University Center. Linguistics and TESOL.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Americans with Disabilities Act in the Workplace, Tuesday, March 4; Motivating Your Employees, Thursday, March 6; Managing Stress in the Workplace, Thursday, March 13; Managing Projects & Making Decisions, Tuesday, March 18; and Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, Wednesday, March 19Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

49th Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures This year's Webb Lectures' theme is "Currents in Transatlantic History: Encounters, Commodities, Identities." Free. Thursday, March 6, E.H. Hereford University Center. History, Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures.

Maverick Speakers Series Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, "Medicine and Media," Tuesday, March 18, College Park Center; tickets at Also, Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," Tuesday, April 8, Texas Hall; tickets available Thursday, March 6. The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Maverick Speakers Series.

TEDxUTA Hear from some of the most innovative minds in technology, entertainment, and design, including six UTA faculty members and two students. Tickets $25 for UTA faculty/staff, $15 for UTA students, and $35 for general public. 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. TEDxUTA.

Women's Home Improvement 102: Wall Repair and Texture This hands-on course will cover the proper drywall, painting, and texturing tools needed for an amazing wall transformation. Basic knowledge of home repair tools needed. Men welcome, too. Register online. Faculty, staff $75; use code UTHALF. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, March 22-April 5Continuing Education.

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

Sports Notes
Lonnie McClanahan

Hang time: Junior guard Lonnie McClanahan soars for two of his 13 points Saturday night in the Mavericks' 69-62 victory over Texas State. The win evens UTA's Sun Belt Conference record at 6-6.


Men's basketball team on road after win

UT Arlington rode an overpowering second half to a 69-62 victory over rival Texas State before 2,663 fans Saturday night at College Park Center.

The Mavericks, now 11-13, evened their Sun Belt Conference record at 6-6. UT Arlington has won its last two league games following a three-game losing streak.

The team travels to Arkansas State today, Thursday, Feb. 20, and to UA-Little Rock on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Watch Movin' Mavs play Alabama on ESPN3

Watch the Movin' Mavs men's wheelchair basketball team play Alabama at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, on ESPN3. The broadcast is closed captioned.

Cross country team named to All-Academic

The women's cross country team has earned 2013 All-Academic Team honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

As a group, the Mavericks secured a cumulative grade-point average of 3.39.

To qualify for the award, teams must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or greater and competed in the NCAA Regionals as a team.

Sports shorts

• The softball team came in second in the UTA Maverick Invitational with 3-0 loss to Missouri State in the championship game Sunday at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavericks dropped to 6-4 for the season. The three-day UTA Hilton Invitational begins today Thursday, Feb. 20, with the Mavs facing Texas Tech at 7 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field.

 The women's tennis team hosts UT San Antonio at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the UTA Tennis Center. The Mavs fell to Wichita State on Monday. The Mavericks are 4-4 overall.

 The women's basketball team lost 54-49 to Texas State on Saturday at College Park Center. The Mavericks are 3-19 on the season and 2-10 in Sun Belt Conference action. The team played Arkansas State on Wednesday.

 The baseball team finished the UTA Invitational with a 4-3 loss to No. 18 Oklahoma State on Sunday. The Mavericks dropped a 5-2 decision Tuesday against Baylor.

Intramural softball entries due next week

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include softball, Wednesday, Feb. 26; and table tennis and MavStrong team competition, Tuesday, March 4. 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

MavsArt opening reception at 6 p.m. today


Enjoy the artistic talents of the UT Arlington community at the MavsArt opening reception at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 20. The event is on the first floor of the Central Library.

The spring exhibition includes a variety of media by 18 artists, including faculty, staff, and students. At right is Constellation.

The exhibit runs through the spring semester.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Softball: UTA Hilton Invitational Mavericks vs. Texas Tech. Free. 7 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, Friday, Feb. 21, vs. Creighton, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22, vs. Creighton 4:30 p.m., vs. UM-Kansas City 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 23, vs. Illinois, 11 a.m., vs. UM-Kansas City, 1 p.m. See scheduleAthletics.

Faculty Duo Recital A duo recital featuring faculty members Martha Walvoord, violin, and Jack Unzicker, bass. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Feb. 21

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Noon, UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

'The Magic Flute' Mozart's opera in two acts. Tickets $9 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors; $12 general public. Lecture 7 p.m., performance 8 p.m., MainStage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, lecture 7 p.m., performance 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; lecture 1:30 p.m., performance 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, March 2Theatre Arts.

Friday Night Film: 'Gravity' 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. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Feb. 22

19th Annual Benefit Pow-wow Listen to elders sharing traditional stories about their tribes and enjoy traditional dances, music, vendors, frybread, cakewalk, raffles, and dance contests. All proceeds benefit scholarships. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Native American Student Association.

Opening Reception for 'Back to the Moon for Good' Kick off the newest planetarium show with a screening, lecture, raffle, and displays of moon artifacts. $6 adults, $4 children. 2:30 p.m., film screening; 4:30 p.m., Moon U. with Ken Murphy, president of the Moon Society; and 5:30 p.m., raffle with a telescope as grand prize. 1:30-5:30 p.m., Planetarium.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Percussion Ensemble Concert UTA Percussion Ensemble performs, directed by Michael Varner. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Feb. 27

UTA Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds Concert UTA Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds performs, directed by John Zastoupil, associate director of bands. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Celebrate the joy of reading and beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. Children can read with UTA students and enjoy Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, and photo opportunities. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers, Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Concerts and Recitals Faculty Percussion Recital with Jim Yakas, Saturday, March 1; Guest Trumpet Recital with John Adler of the University of Northern Colorado, Sunday, March 2; Faculty Bassoon Recital with Scott Pool, Monday, March 3; Music Honors Recital, Tuesday, March 4; Guest Piano Recital with Daniela Mineva of Humboldt State University, Wednesday, March 5; and UTA Choir Concert, Thursday, March 6. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

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.


Bernard Hoelsi: Collages

Bernard Hoelsi: Collages An exhibition of 54 paper collages created by Swiss architect Bernard Hoelsi from 1963 to 1984. Opening reception 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Max W. Sullivan Gallery, Room 206, Architecture Building. Through March 7. Architecture.

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.

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.

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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