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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Track champs

Men's track wins conference title

The men’s indoor track and field team delivered a record-setting performance in winning the Sun Belt Conference Championships this week in Birmingham, Ala.

The Mavericks amassed 185 points, breaking a 20-year-old conference record, to easily outpace two-time defending champion Western Kentucky by 36 points.

Junior Emil Blomberg took home high-point honors with 28 points by posting victories in the mile run and the 3,000 meters and finishing second in the 5,000 meters to teammate Ryan Tilotta.

Other winners included Clayton Vaughn in the 60-meter dash, Philip Critelli in the 800 meters, and Omar Barnes in the triple jump.

The women’s team finished sixth, with Tamerah Gorham (800 meters) and Hannah Nilsson (mile run) capturing individual titles.

early voting

Early voters: Student Congress Vice President Loan Ho, UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, and Lisa Karbhari took advantage of early voting on campus Monday.

Early primary voting on campus continues through Thursday

Cast your ballot on campus in early voting for the March 4 primary election. Campus voters have through Thursday, Feb. 27, to choose candidates in primaries for Democratic and Republican parties.

The campus polling station is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center, courtesy of Student Congress.

Voter information and links to local election offices are available through the Texas Secretary of State office at For more information, see the Tarrant County early voting website.

Webinar shows how to build a digital community

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction presents "Building Digital Community" for the next open-access UT Arlington Webinar Series for New Teachers. The webinar is 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

Mark Conley, professor of literacy at the University of Memphis, speaks on "Personalizing while Differentiating." Dr. Conley specializes in human and technology-based tutoring and assessment in literacy, mathematics, and science. He designed the Memphis Literacy Corps, the largest literacy tutoring effort implemented in the United States.

The program is free and open to all educators. For questions, email Peggy Semingson

Archived recordings from previous sessions are online on YouTubeMixCloud, and the UTA New Teacher Blog.

Joel Rivera

Officer Joel Rivera

Rivera named UT System Officer of the Month

Officer Joel Rivera was selected as UT System Police Officer of the Month for February for his off-duty actions. Last November, he responded to a neighbor's plea and stopped a sexual assault of a child and captured the offender. Rivera received additional honors from the UT System and the Arlington Police Department for his handling of that incident.

Diversity Week, Women's History Month begin

March begins with the celebration of Diversity Week and Women’s History Month on campus.

On Monday, March 3, the “League of Extraordinary Women” exhibit opens in the University Center Gallery of the E.H. Hereford University Center. A reception is 3:30-5 p.m. with Minnijean Brown Trickey, a member of the Little Rock Nine. Trickey is guest speaker at 7 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the University Center.

The week also includes the film The Color of Fear on Tuesday, March 4, and the MavFest diversity festival and two lectures by Stephanie Dunn of Morehouse College on Wednesday, March 5.

See the schedules for Diversity Week and Women’s History Month events and WHM lectures for details.

Mav Pic Powwow

Cultural exchange

Arena director Harold Rogers, left, broadcast communication junior, visits with powwow dancer David Hoskins at the 19th Annual UTA Benefit Powwow on Saturday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Rogers is a co-host of "Beyond Bows and Arrows" radio show on KNON 89.3 FM.


UTA hosts regional History Day

The Honors College and History Department host the Region 21 History Day competition Saturday, March 1, at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Approximately 300 students in the sixth through 12th grades from Tarrant County are expected to participate.

Exhibits will be open to the public 1:30-3 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge. The awards ceremony is at 5 p.m in the Rosebud Theatre.

Graduate Awareness Week continues

Graduate Awareness Week is a week-long event to showcase UT Arlington graduate programs, and answer questions about applying to graduate school, funding graduate school, and preparing for the GRE and GMAT exams. 

A graduate application boot camp is Friday, Feb. 28. Free workshops and practice tests for graduate admission tests will be hosted by Kaplan Test Prep. See the schedule for details.

Register for Graduate Awareness Week, hosted by the Office of University Recruitment.

Commencement regalia event set for faculty

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

The event is 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.

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

Spring health fair needs volunteers

Health Services is seeking volunteers for its annual Fun in the Sun Health Fair at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Register to volunteer for a shift between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Movin' Mavs

Volunteers needed for national wheelchair basketball championship next week

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-Saturday, March 6-8, at College Park Center and the Maverick Activities Center.

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.

OIT general maintenance set for early Sunday

The normal maintenance period for OIT servers and the campus network occurs 2-7 a.m. Sundays. During normal maintenance, you may experience a temporary delay or inability to access a service.

To receive immediate notification any time IT detects a system problem or schedules maintenance that could impact your access to IT resources, join the IT_Status listserv.

Student email password issues addressed

Some students have reported problems accessing email after resetting their passwords. The problem only affects students who have reset their passwords since Tuesday morning. Students should use their previous password instead. If problems continue, contact the help desk at 2-2208.

Benefit Yourself

Benefits fair mixes Maverick spirit, vendors, freebies

Connect with local businesses and campus organizations at the Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Learn about discounts, win door prizes, and find giveaways. More than 60 vendors and organizations that provide a service or discount to the UT Arlington community are expected to attend. The first 500 attendees will receive a free lunch. 

Carter BloodCare will be on site for blood donations. To help with the event, which is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, complete volunteer registration.

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

Thursday, Feb. 27

Helen Keller-Annie Sullivan

Saints, Sinners, and BFFs: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy 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. Free. 5:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's History Month.

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.

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success Find out 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.

Friday, Feb. 28

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.

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.

Psychology Lecture Series Andrea Meltzer of Southern Methodist University discusses "‪Healthy living and healthy loving: The bidirectional association between weight and relational functioning." Free. Noon, Room 10, University Hall. Psychology.

Management Research Presentation Albert A. Cannella of Arizona State presents "Family- versus Lone-Founder-Controlled Public Corporations: Social Identity Theory and Boards of Directors." Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Monday, March 3

CMAS Speakers Series Patricia de los Rios of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico discusses “The Role of Culture in Mexico-U.S. Bilateral Relations, 1950-2010.” Free. 11 a.m., Room 11, University Hall. Center for Mexican American Studies.


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., San Jacinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Social Work Brown Bag Lecture Rita McWaters and Mary McCoy of the Project People present “Disseminating Community Based Research” on reporting project results to non-profits and for foundation grants. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 107, Social Work Building B. Social Work.

Tuesday, March 4

Americans with Disabilities Act in the Workplace Review the basic principles and core concepts of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Fun in the Sun Health Fair Free health information, resources, and screenings. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Wednesday, March 5

Pranesh Aswath

ATA: Advances in Osteoporosis Research Pranesh Aswath, right, professor of materials science and engineering, provides an overview of the causes of osteoporosis and describes his current research in the mechanism of bone remodeling. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Veterans Resource Fair A panel presentation on veteran educational benefits, scholarships, student loans, financial literacy, affordable housing, and more. Individual sessions will be available. Lunch provided for student veterans. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Veterans Assistance Center (former SWEET Center). Veterans Connection Committee.

Thursday, March 6

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

Motivating Your Employees Learn how to motivate employees to a higher state of productivity and create a work environment that helps get the job done. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

GIS Workshop: Recent Healthcare Legislation and its Impact on Rural Texas Use geographic information systems to learn about recent healthcare policies and their impact on rural communities in Texas. No data or GIS experience is required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UTA Libraries, GIS Workshops.

Biology Colloquium Series Marnie Rout of the UNT Health Science Center speaks on “The Role of the Plant Microbiome in Invasion Ecology: A Case Study.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Documentary: 'Inequality for All' An award-winning documentary on the widening economic gap in America featuring Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor. Free. 6 p.m., auditorium, Social Work Building A. Social Work.

Coming up

Sanjay Gupta

Human Resources Training 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.

Maverick Speakers Series Sanjay Gupta, right, 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
Darien Mclemore

One for the records: Darien McLemore's sacrifice fly drove in Derek Miller with the winning run in the top of the 19th inning Friday night as the Mavericks defeated McNeese State 9-8. It was the longest game in school history.


Baseball Mavs beat TCU after last week's record-breaking game

The baseball team beat No. 12 TCU 10-2 on Tuesday in Fort Worth following the longest game in school history, a 19-inning, 9-8 win over McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.

During Friday's McNeese game, Justin Copeland set a new UTA mark and tied the NCAA Division I record with 10 at-bats. Matt Shortall's four doubles are the most at UTA and tied a Sun Belt Conference record. The nine doubles as a team tied a school mark set in 1993 against TCU. Derek Miller was hit by a pitch four times, tying for second all-time in Division I. The 144 total at-bats for both teams tied for the sixth most in Division I history.

The Mavericks play a four-game series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 2, all at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Movin' Mavs No. 1 seed for national tournament at UTA

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team is the No. 1 seed going into the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's Intercollegiate Division National Championships set for Thursday-Saturday, March 6-8, at UT Arlington.

The team is 20-1 for the season after a tournament at the University of Alabama this past weekend. The Movin' Mavs defeated Missouri 70-35, archrival Wisconsin-Whitewater 79-69, Illinois 74-49, and defending national champion Alabama 71-53.  

The Movin’ Mavs and Lady Mavs teams will play for the national title at the Maverick Activities Center leading into the championship games on Saturday at College Park Center.

Sports shorts

  • The softball team split the final day of the UTA Hilton Invitational, falling to Illinois 4-2 before rebounding to defeat UMKC 8-0 Sunday at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavericks wrapped up the tournament with a 4-2 record and are 10-6 on the season. The team plays in the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., Friday-Sunday, Feb. 28-March 2, against Longwood, Indiana, Arizona, Iowa, and Valparaiso.
  • Golf senior Brad Mason tied for 10th to lead the Mavericks to a ninth-place finish in the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate. The Mavericks play in the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate beginning Sunday, March 2.
  • Coming off last Thursday's 83-60 loss at Arkansas State, the men’s basketball team won 75-71 Saturday at UA Little Rock. The Mavericks return to College Park Center to face conference-leading Georgia State at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 27, and Western Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
  • The women's basketball team surrendered an 11-point lead in Saturday evening's 69-60 loss to UA Little Rock. The Mavericks dropped to 3-22 overall and 2-12 in Sun Belt action. The team played Georgia State on Wednesday and faces Western Kentucky at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at College Park Center.
  • The men's tennis team fell 6-1 Sunday afternoon to No. 6 Texas in Austin and 4-3 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday.The Mavericks dropped to 3-6 on the season.

Intramural table tennis, MavStrong entries due Tuesday

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include 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

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Big Sean tickets still available

Big Sean

Tickets are still available online to see hip-hop recording artist Big Sean at the spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in Texas Hall.

Local disc jockey DJ Swerve, aka broadcast junior Thomas Hervey, opens the show, which includes singer and songwriter Sevyn Streeter.

General admission tickets are $20 for faculty and staff, $15 for students, and $25 for the general public. VIP student tickets are $30 for reserved seating in the first fours rows of sections B, C, and D. Tickets are limited to four per person.

Go to or call 2-9595.

Thursday, Feb. 27

Small Paintings, Big Ideas exhibit The work of senior and advanced painting students is showcased in a salon-style exhibit. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, Feb. 28, Gallery West at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Drive. Art and Art History.

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

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Georgia State. Tickets $5-$25. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Feb. 28

Baseball Mavericks vs. TAMU-Corpus Christi. Tickets $5. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 2. 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 1:30 p.m., performance 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2Theatre Arts.

UTA Jazz Festival Concert Day-long middle school and high school bands competition. Evening awards concert featuring the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra with guest saxophonist Shelley Carol. Free school performances 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Awards concert tickets $6 with student ID, seniors; $9 general public. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center. Music.

Saturday, March 1

Dr. Suess Birthday

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., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Leadership CenterUTA VolunteersFreshmen Leaders on Campus.

Women's History Month Health Walk Put on your walking shoes for Women's History Month. Free. 4 p.m., College Park Center. Multicultural AffairsWomen in Leadership.

Basketball Doubleheader Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky. Tickets for both games $5-$25 adults, $3 students and youth. Women's game 5 p.m., men's game 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Faculty Percussion Recital Percussion instructor Jim Yakas performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, March 3

Guest Trumpet Recital Guest artist is John Adler of the University of Northern Colorado. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 4

Baseball at Globe Life Park Mavericks vs. Texas A&M. Tickets $6 by March 3; $10 at game. 7 p.m., Globe Life Park (formerly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington). Athletics.

Music Honors Recital Outstanding students perform along with music faculty members. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 5

Tail-Waggin' Wednesdays Paws with Partners brings a lovable collection of registered therapy dogs for unconditional love for students, faculty, and staff. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Guest Piano Recital Guest artist is Daniela Mineva of Humboldt State University. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, March 6

UTA Choir Concert The University Singers and Women's Chorus perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


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.

Bernard Hoelsi: Collages An exhibition of 54 paper collages created by Swiss architect Bernard Hoelsi from 1963 to 1984. Max W. Sullivan Gallery, Room 206, Architecture Building. Through March 7. Architecture.

Gallery 76102: Abstraction on the Edge Exhibit of paintings and works on paper by Arlington artist Bill Barter. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through March 31Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

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. New day. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Back to the moon For Good

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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