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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez,

Poetry prize: Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez, associate professor of Spanish, won the Ninth Annual Luis Cardoza y Aragón Poetry Prize for his book Notas manuscripts llenas de incógnitas, or Manuscript Notes Full of Questions.

Ruiz-Perez earns prestigious international poetry award

A book of poetry by Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez, associate professor of Spanish, has claimed a coveted international award.

Notas manuscripts llenas de incógnitas—or Manuscript Notes Full of Questions—won the Ninth Annual Luis Cardoza y Aragón Poetry Prize, an award sponsored by the Mexican Embassy in Guatemala, the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture, and Fondo de Cultura Económica, a major Mexican publishing house.

“This prize celebrates one of the most important writers in Spanish-language literature, so it’s an immense honor to receive it,” says Dr. Ruiz-Pérez, who joined the Department of Modern Languages in 2005.

In addition to his scholarly work in the field of Mexican literature, Ruiz-Pérez is a critically acclaimed poet in Mexico. There, he has won numerous national and regional poetry prizes and published three books of poetry with two more to be published later this year.

Read more about Ruiz-Perez's poetry award.

Mary Vaccaro

Renaissance woman: Art history Professor Mary Vaccaro has been named a visiting professor at The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Vaccaro named visiting professor at Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

Art history Professor Mary Vaccaro has been appointed to serve as visiting professor at The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Italy for the spring 2015 semester.

The center is the foremost research institution in the world for Italian Renaissance art, history, literature, and music. 

Dr. Vaccaro is returning to Villa I Tatti, where she held one of the 15 post-doctoral fellowships in 1998-99.

Read more about Vaccaro's appointment.

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.

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Healthy advice

Rachel Stehlik, biology sophomore, listens to health tips from LaToya Oduniyi, student development specialist with Health Services, during Cervical and Testicular Cancer Awareness Day on Monday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Save dates for Black History Month

Black History Month on campus focuses on leadership, legacy, and more.

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

Upcoming programs include:

 “Deep in the Heart of Black Texas: Why We Celebrate Black History Month” with Marvin Dulaney, associate professor of history, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.

 “Minorities and Changing Times, One Person’s Experience” with James Sweatt III on Friday, Feb. 7RSVP required.

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

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.

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

Restaurants open Saturday

Three campus dining spots will be open Saturday, Feb. 1, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Chick-fil-A opens at 7:30 a.m., Pizza Hut at 11 a.m., and Starbucks at 8:30 a.m. All close at 1:30 p.m. The trio is open for the Maverick Experience, formerly known as Preview Day for prospective students. 

Proposals due 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.

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Travel plans

Kimberly Van Noort, right, associate dean of liberal arts, points out locations on a map for the upcoming Honors College's study abroad trip to France to Trent Murray, computer science freshman, at Wednesday's Study Abroad Fair in the University Center.

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

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

International Bowl comes to Maverick Stadium

Wear your red, white, and blue to support future U.S. college football stars as they take on Team Canada at the 2014 International Bowl on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8, at Maverick Stadium.

Six games are set between U.S. national teams and teams of Football Canada, featuring more than 500 of the top North American high school- and junior high-aged athletes.

For times and age groups, visit

Admission is free for faculty, staff, and students. Show your Maverick ID at the Box Office at Maverick Stadium for a ticket good for both days.

Benefit Yourself

Mark calendars, check list for Employee Service Awards

Through the Service Awards Program, the University honors those 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 also 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

Thursday, Jan. 30

College of Nursing Dean Candidate Lisa Ann Plowfield, a candidate for dean of the College of Nursing, speaks. She is a professor at Pennsylvania State University. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Room 245W, Business Building. Nursing.

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Review the new forms and procedures for performance management. Register online. Free. 10-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also, 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. 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

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.

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.

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.

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 Heman 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

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.)

Sports Notes
  Brandon Edwards, Anthony Walker

Grab bag: Senior forward Brandon Edwards, 35, grabs for the ball with junior forward Anthony Walker, 44, as backup in Saturday's game with South Alabama. Edwards is 26th nationally and third in the SBC in rebounding at 9.6 per game.

Men's basketball game at Western Kentucky today on ESPN3

After consecutive wins last week at College Park Center, the men's basketball team plays at Western Kentucky today, Thursday, Jan. 30. The game is televised on ESPN Full Court/ESPN3. Listen to the game on 1630 AM and follow stats on the Athletics website.

The Mavericks' 59-56 victory over Troy last Thursday was followed by a 73-65 win over South Alabama on Saturday. The team is 9-10 overall and 4-3 in Sun Belt Conference play. The team faces Georgia State on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The women's team lost 59-46 Wednesday at Western Kentucky and faces Georgia State on Saturday. The Mavs dropped a 73-72 heartbreaker in overtime to South Alabama on Saturday at College Park Center. The team lost 86-62 to Troy last Wednesday.

Track teams take third, individual firsts at Nebraska meet

The men's and women's indoor track and field teams each placed third at Nebraska's Mark Colligan Memorial on Saturday.

For the men, Clayton Vaughn, first in the 60 meters and third in the 200 meters; Quentin Butler, third in the 60 meters and long jump; Ryan Tilotta, third in the mile and the 3000 meters; and Anthony Hilliman, third in the 800 meters and fourth in the mile.

In the women’s meet, Ashly Wright won first in the 800 meters; Sydney Hampton won the mile with Hannah Nilsson second and Gabriela Alfonzo third; and Tamerah Gorham was third in the 800 meters.

Next is the Varsity Apartments Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 1, in Wichita, Kan.

Sports shorts

 The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team plays Friday-Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, in Wichita, Kan.

 The women's tennis team is at home against Midwestern State and Tarleton State on Saturday, Feb. 1; Dallas Baptist and Stephen F. Austin on Feb. 8; and Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Feb. 13.

 The men's tennis team plays Lamar at Beaumont on Monday, Feb. 3, followed by home matches against Louisiana-Lafayette, Feb. 9; Cameron, Feb. 15; TCU, Feb. 16; and UT Pan American, Feb. 21.

Rock climbing, racquetball entries due next week

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include rock climbing, Tuesday, Feb. 4; racquetball, Friday, Feb. 7; wheelchair football, Tuesday, Feb. 11; outdoor soccer and foosball, Wednesday, Feb. 12; and table tennis, Friday, Feb. 14.

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

Music fills February with concerts, recitals

Clifton Edwards

The first week of February is filled with music from UTA's orchestras, choirs, students, faculty, and guest performers. Bassoon Week concludes with a day of workshops for bassoonists and oboists of all ages.

All performances are in the Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building. The concerts are:

• Saturday, Feb. 1—UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert with Clifton Evans, shown, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras, conducting. Tickets $8 general public, $5 students. 8 p.m.

• Monday, Feb. 3—Guest Chamber Recital featuring the Mount Vernon Chamber Music. Free. 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, Feb. 4—Music Honors Recital with outstanding music students and faculty. Free. 8 p.m.

• Wednesday, Feb. 5—Junior Bassoon Recital with music student Rich Brownell on bassoon and Kristin Waymel on violin. Free. 7:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Feb. 6—UTA Bassoon Alumni Recital featuring Amber Wyman, a 2013 graduate. Free. 7:30 p.m.

• Friday, Feb. 7—Bassoon Recital with guest artist Lynn Hileman, bassoon professor at West Virginia University. Free. 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Feb. 8—Double Reed Day Opening Recital with guest artists Willa Henigman, associate principal oboe with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Hileman; Scott Pool, assistant professor of bassoon; and Rogene Russell, adjunct instructor of oboe. Free. 9 a.m.

Double Reed Day Closing Recital featuring all participants of Double Reed Day in mass choirs of oboes and bassoons. Free. 3 p.m. 

UTA Wind Symphony Concert is conducted by Doug Stotter, associate professor of music and director of bands. Tickets $9 general public, $6 students. 7:30 p.m.

• Monday, Feb. 10—A Cappella Choir. Free. noon.

Trombone Choir Concert. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31

Art and Art History Open House Tours, exhibits, collections, and demonstrations by students and faculty members. Open House 1-5 p.m., Fine Arts Building and the Studio Arts Center. Reception 5:30 p.m. for the Faculty Biennial XIV Art and Research Exhibition, The Gallery at UTA. Open house schedule. Art and Art History.

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.

Thursday, Feb. 6

Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Tickets $5. Women's game at noon, men's game at 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics

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.

Coming up

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Tickets $5. Games at College Park Center. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Tickets $5. Games at College Park Center. Athletics.

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.

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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