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

Monday, January 27, 2014

Alusine Jalloh

Global reach: Alusine Jalloh, director of the Africa Program, will review applications for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative.

Jalloh chosen for Young African Leaders fellowship review committee

Alusine Jalloh, associate professor of history and director of the Africa Program, has been selected to serve on the 2014 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders reader committee, which evaluates applications for the fellowship program.

The Washington Fellowship is the new flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Launched in 2010, YALI supports young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

This summer, the Washington Fellowship will bring 500 young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa for fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

Snow on Library Mall

University monitors weather

Texas weather can hit the upper 70s one day and drop below freezing the next. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will business and classes continue?

UT Arlington closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify students, faculty, and staff should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Notices will be posted on UT Arlington's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

New handbook section addresses outside food, beverages at on-campus events

A new section HOP ADM 5-309 has been published in the Handbook of Operating Procedures to reflect current requirements as outlined in the University’s food service agreement with ARAMARK. For questions, contact David Albart, director of University Center Operations, at or 2-2929.

Mav Pic Tailgate/GreekOut

Picture this

Cody Hoffman, management senior, pictures himself bound for New Orleans and the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The Maverick cheerleader enjoyed the SBC's NOLABound Tailgate Tour at Thursday's basketball game against Troy. The men's team won 59-56.


Law in effect concerning false alarms, reports

Since Sept. 1, 2013Section 42.06(b) of the Texas Penal Code mandates that the penalty for the offense of making a false alarm or report involving a public or private institution of higher education is a state jail felony.

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations accepted

The Alumni Association is accepting 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award nominations. This is the highest honor an alumna/alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.

Award criteria and a nomination form are on the Alumni Association website. The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, April 1. Awards will be presented at the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 18.

For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.

Outstanding Academic Adviser nominations due today

Outstanding Academic Adviser nominations are due today Monday, Jan. 27, for undergraduate and graduate faculty adviser and professional adviser. For details, contact Delene Remmers at 2-2737.

Be part of upcoming Maverick Experience for prospective students

Join in for a great Maverick Experience for prospective students Saturday, Feb. 1.

Maverick Experience, formerly called Preview Day, includes an Academic Fair 10:45 a.m.–noon and a Student Life Fair 1-2:30 p.m.

Colleges, schools, and their academic entities should sign up for the Academic Fair. Non-academic departments, support departments, and student organizations are needed for the Student Life Fair.

Sign up online. For questions, contact Rebecca Esposito at

Register now for Social Works' upcoming chili competition

Put your cooking skills to the test by entering the School of Social Work’s second annual Chili Cook Off.

Register for free by Wednesday, Jan. 29. Send an email with the subject “2014 Best Chili” to and note your type of chili (vegetarian, beef, chicken, etc.).

Serve up samples 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Room 107 of Social Work Building B.

Diners pay $5 with drinks provided. Proceeds benefit the Social Work Constituency Council.

  Mav Pic Mentoring

Mentoring moment

Darinisha Turner, nursing freshman, stopped by the UTA-HOSTS! table at Wednesday's Activity Fair to learn about National Mentoring Month from Veronica Guzman-Rendon, the group's adviser and a student development specialist in the Student Activities Office. UTA-HOSTS! (Helping Other Students to Succeed) is a student mentoring program. The fair was in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

W-2 forms available online; note security restrictions

The 2013 W-2 forms are now available on UT Direct.

Note the reporting requirement for W-2s.

To claim and print your W-2 at UT Direct, log on, select the claim tab, review instructions, scroll down and click "Yes! I claim my W-2!," choose the download tab at the top, and click "Download My Tax Form." You may choose to open your W-2 to print or save.

If you have not upgraded your UT EID security level, go to one of the departments listed below and show your driver's license or passport. If you have forgotten your password, email one of the departments from your UT Arlington email address.

  • Payroll Services, Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell, Room 102, 2-5426,
  • Employment and Staff Development, Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell, Room 101, 2-3461,
  • Human Resources, Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell, Room 212, 2-5554,

If you do not claim your 2013 W-2 form on UT Direct by Tuesday, Jan. 28, Payroll Services will print and mail your unclaimed W-2 to your department on campus if you have an active appointment. Otherwise your unclaimed W-2 will be mailed to your home address.

Email should not be used to transmit sensitive data, such as your W-2, the Information Security Office warns.

Note that if the UT EID is not used within 45 days, it must be re-activated by emailing from your UT Arlington email account.

Faculty judges needed for ACES event

Volunteer to be a judge for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) on Wednesday, March 26. The ACES symposium is a university-wide event that showcases the best of our students’ research and creativity.

In evaluating presentations and posters, judges' assessments are guided by a well-established rubric provided that day. The highest rated presentations and posters receive awards that are presented that evening. 

Judges are invited to a breakfast, buffet luncheon, and an afternoon reception. 

Judges can serve 7:30 a.m.-noon, 12:30-5 p.m., or both time slots. More details on the schedule will be announced in early March. 

Register to be an ACES judge. For questions, contact Dana Dunn at

Proposals due Feb. 1 for 'Day One' workshop activities

Proposals are needed for the Day One Workshop 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 28. The Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence in the College of Education and Health Professions sponsors the workshop.

Presentations are needed for activities appropriate for the first day of class. Workshop attendees will participate in these 15-minute hands-on demonstrations. Activities should be short enough for participants to have a simulated student experience within 15 minutes.

Send proposals to Lana Rings at and Mary Lynn Crow at by Saturday, Feb. 1. Use "Day One" in the subject line.

Benefit Yourself
Meal Plans

Commuter meal plans offered to faculty, staff

Dining Services dishes up three meal plans for faculty and staff. All include credit at the Connection Cafe and Dining Dollars to use anywhere on campus. 

The three commuter meal plans range from $345 to $500 plus tax, with 21-70 meals and $100-$215 Dining Dollars. Use your MavID card to redeem meal credits and Dining Dollars.

Sign up at the University Housing Office on the main level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

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, Jan. 27

Cervical and Testicular Cancer Awareness Day Learn more about cervical and testicular cancer and what you can do to prevent it. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Unmanned Systems Consortium Leaders in the unmanned systems field gather to discuss their current work and the future of these advanced technologies. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., UTA Research Institute.

Guitar Lessons for Adults: Level I Examine the concepts of fretting and hand position, open chords, and strum patterns. An acoustic guitar is required for class. Register online. Faculty, staff $50; use code UTHALF. 7-8 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 27-March 3Continuing Education.

Creative Writing: Beginner's Fiction Learn about narration, characterization, dialogue, conflict, plot, and style. Register online. Faculty, staff $89.50; use code UTHALF. 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 27-Feb. 24Continuing Education.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Safe Zone

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., Room 104, Preston Hall. LGBTQA Program.

Powerful Presentation Skills Develop and enhance your public speaking style and create compelling presentations. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Study Abroad Fair Learn about the more than 400 study abroad programs in 62 countries where UTA Mavericks can earn credit toward their degrees while having the adventure of a lifetime. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA Study Abroad.

Eating on the Run Start the semester off with the tools to eat well with limited time and with limited effort on your part. Look at staples to keep; how to whip up fast, nutritious, tasty meals; snacks to take to class or work; and better choices when on the run. $5. 7-8 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Review the new forms and procedures for performance management. Register online. Free. 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30; noon-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10; 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19; 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28; noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11; 11 a.m.-noon Monday, March 24. Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, Jan. 31

Rebecca Ryan

Is the Dallas-Fort Worth Region Future-Ready? Futurist Rebecca Ryan, right, shares four trends that will rock your community in the years to come, why now is the moment for action, and how smart communities are leveraging these trends and forcing disruptive changes to make their communities more engaging, responsive, and attractive to current and future generations. Free, but reservations required. Reception 5:30 p.m., lecture 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Rape Aggression Defense Class Female faculty, staff, and students can learn self-defense. Register. Free for female faculty, staff, and students. Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

Monday, Feb. 3

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.

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.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, Tuesday, Feb. 4; 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.

D. Stefan Dancila

Wind and Ocean Current Energy Harvesting: Potential and Challenges D. Stefan Dancila, right, 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. Wednesday, Feb. 5, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

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. Thursday, Feb. 6. Room B20, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

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 Heman Marion Sweatt, the first African American admitted to the UT School of Law. RSVP to or 2-5300. Free. Noon Friday, Feb. 7, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Art and Art History hosts open house Friday

Art Open House

The Art and Art History Department hosts its first open house Friday, Jan. 31, with tours, exhibits, collections, and demonstrations by students and faculty members.

The open house is 1-5 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building and the Studio Arts Center and concludes with the Faculty Biennial XIV Art and Research Exhibition reception 5:30-8 p.m. at The Gallery at UTA.

At the Studio Arts Center, watch silk screen photo-based printmaking, mixed media painting, illuminated glass and sculpture creation, a sculpture foundry pour, and glass techniques.

In the north section of the Fine Arts Building, experience a drawing workshop, studio tours, lectures, demonstrations of gaming arts, digital photography, and more. 

See the open house schedule for details.

Saturday, Feb. 1

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras, conducts the UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert. Tickets $8 general public, $5 students. 8 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Feb. 3

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

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.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Music Honors Recital Free. 8 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Concerts and Recitals Guest Bassoon Recital, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7; A Cappella Choir, noon-1 p.m., and Trombone Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Jamel Outler

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, noon Thursday, Feb. 6; and vs. Texas State, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Tickets $5. Games at College Park Center. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6; and vs. Texas State, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Tickets $5. Games at College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday Night Films The Hunger Games: Catching FireFeb. 7; and GravityFeb. 21. 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.

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 "An Evening with Anderson Cooper" with moderator Krys Boyd, host of KERA-FM's talk show Think, Monday, Feb. 10, College Park Center; standby tickets only at 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.

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.

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.

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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