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Monday, March 3, 2014

Movin' Mavs championship

Top seed Movin' Mavs host national championships

For the first time in three years, the Movin' Mavs men’s wheelchair basketball team will host the sport’s pinnacle event, the 2014 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

The Movin' Mavs are the No. 1 seed in the eight-team tournament, which opens Thursday, March 6. The third place and championship games will be played Saturday, March 8, at College Park Center. All other games will be played at the Maverick Activities Center. Admission is free.

“We are thrilled to be able to play this type of physical game in front of a home crowd at College Park Center. It’s going to be very exciting,” says Doug Garner, Movin’ Mavs head coach. “We have trained hard this season and overcome many obstacles. The key now is to maintain complete mental focus.”

New this year, UT Arlington women’s team will play in the tournament.

The men’s wheelchair basketball team has won seven national championships, but this will mark the first time the Movin’ Mavs have hosted the event at College Park Center. The team hosted the 2011 championship games at Texas Hall.

Join the Movin' Mavs Pep Rally 12:15-12:45 p.m. today, Monday, March 3, at the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Free food, drinks, and giveaways will be available. 

See the game schedule, program, and video. Read more about the 2014 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Planetarium chosen to premier 'Cosmos'

The Planetarium at UT Arlington is one of 10 sites in the United States selected to host a premiere screening for the new television documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The event is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, before the series begins Sunday, March 9, on U.S. Fox networks, including FOX and National Geographic Channel.

Cosmos is a follow-up to Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan in 1980. 

The free screening will originate from the Cosmos Pavilion at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and will be uplinked via television satellite. Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson, executive producer Seth McFarlane, and others in Los Angeles will take part in a question-and-answer event via satellite after the show.

Fans at the Planetarium can submit questions to the panel. Fans at home can submit questions in advance via the Cosmos Facebook page and Twitter using #cosmoslive. The live Q&A will be streamed on and at 8 p.m.

Seating is limited. RSVP at

Women's History Month

Women's History Month has 'super' theme

The heroism of women in history and fiction takes on a super theme for the 28th Annual Women’s History Month Lecture Series this month, sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Today, 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.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks will address the literary heroines that have influenced her as a writer, as well as her own experience in crafting fictional female heroes in her novels. She will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. A book signing will follow.

Other events include a screening of the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a discussion of comic book superheroines, and a Women’s and Gender Studies student mini-conference.

The free lecture series is co-sponsored by the UT Arlington Libraries and made possible by a grant from the Dallas Women’s Foundation.

See the schedules for Women’s History Month events and lecture series for details.

  Mav Pic Graduate Awareness Fair

Graduate advice

Dr. Ashley Purgason, right, assistant dean for undergraduate research and student advancement in the College of Science, talks with Aubrey Norberg, '06 biology graduate, at the Academic Department Fair for Graduate Awareness Week. Information sessions, application advice, and entrance exam practice tests filled last week, hosted by the Office of University Recruitment.

Diversity Week starts today

For the seventh year, Diversity Week hosts events to educate on issues regarding disability, race, sexual orientation, gender, and religious diversity.

Minnijean Brown Trickey, a member of the Little Rock Nine, speaks on “Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Moment in American Civil Rights and Education” at 7 p.m. today, Monday, March 3, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A screening and discussion of the documentary, The Color of Fear, begins at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Guadalupe Room of the University Center. 

MAVfest diversity festival includes obstacle courses, games, music, dance, and fashion 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, on the University Center mall. If it rains, the fest moves to the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Stephanie Dunn of Morehouse College speaks twice on Wednesday. Her topics are "Scary Sisters: Imagining Tough Black Femininity From Page to Screen" at noon in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library and "Colors of the World Cultural Showcase" at 7 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center.

See the Diversity Week schedule for more details.

Applications due for service and service learning awards

The Center for Community Service Learning awards three students—one graduate, two undergraduate—and two faculty members each spring with a monetary award and a plaque in recognition of commitment to their communities and/or enrichment of their learning experience through service learning. Faculty members who teach service learning courses may pass the student award information to qualifying students.

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 18. For more information, contact Susan Dequeant at 2-2124 or

Mav Pic Small Painting Sale

Petite art

Dinh Vo, art senior, shows her paintings to Rosa Azmar, biology senior, at the annual small painting show and sale last week. The sale allows students to earn money from their talents. 


Registration open for Big Event

Sign up for the Big Event, UTA's annual day of community service, by choosing your volunteer event online.

Faculty, staff, and students can participate as individuals or as a group, a new option this year. Groups must have 10-20 people.

Apply to volunteer by Tuesday, March 25. The Big Event is Saturday, April 12.

Guest housing available on campus

UT Arlington has several fully furnished campus apartments available for departments to use for guests of the University including job candidates, visiting scholars, and guest speakers. These apartments provide the comfort of a hotel environment with the convenience of staying on campus. For more information on amenities, pricing, guidelines, and reservations, visit

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.

  Mav Pic Mavs Got Talent

Repeat performance

Sammie Zonana, film senior, performs "Cherry Pie" for the Mavs Got Talent auditions last week. She came in second place last year and won the competition in 2012. The Mavs Got Talent: Blazin' Your Creativity show is Tuesday, April 1. 

Summer camps taking applications

Beginning in late May and running through early August, UT Arlington hosts more than 50 day and overnight summer programs to educate and inspire participants in a variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular endeavors. Participants have the opportunity to advance their education and make lifelong friends all while experiencing the vibrant campus life at UT Arlington. 

See the list of this summer’s camps at

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.

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

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.

Finding Reliable Health Information Online Find out how to search the Web for accurate, trustworthy health information with John Fullinwider, associate director of Clinical Information Support at Baylor Health Sciences Library. Two sessions offered. Free. Noon-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

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.

DOE Building Technologies Office: Energy Efficiency R&D Patrick Phelan of the Emerging Technologies Program of the Department of Energy speaks on reducing primary energy consumption in U.S. buildings within the next two decades. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Room 129, Engineering Research Building. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

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.

Friday, March 7

Technology Roundtable: Networking and Dialogue Matt Crosslin, instructional designer for the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning, shares ideas on how to create an "Assignment Bank" in Blackboard for both online and face-to-face courses. RSVP to Dana Arrowood or Peggy Semingson. Free. 10-11 a.m., Room 321, Science Hall. Curriculum and Instruction.


Confessions of a Converted Lecturer Eric Mazur, right, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and area dean of applied physics at Harvard University, is guest speaker. Dr. Mazur leads an optical physics research program, one of the largest research groups in the Harvard Physics Department. His book, Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual, is highly regarded by instructors teaching large lecture classes interactively. Free. 3 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Science.

Tuesday, March 11

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Review the new forms and procedures for performance management and learn how to avoid the most common mistakes. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also, 11 a.m.-noon Monday, March 24Human Resources.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Managing Stress in the Workplace, Thursday, March 13; Managing Projects and 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.

Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series David K. Pennington, president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators, offers his perspective on education leadership. Free. 5:30-7 p.m., Monday, March 17, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Education and Health Professions.

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.)

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Baseball team plays Tuesday at Globe Life Park

Keegan Hucul

See Keegan Hucul, right, and other members of the Maverick baseball team play Texas A&M at the home of the Texas Rangers, Globe Life Park.

The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.

Tickets are $6 when purchased online by today, Monday, March 3. Pay $10 at the gate on game day.

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

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

Wheelchair Basketball Lady Mavs vs. Edinboro, 9 a.m.; Movin' Mavs vs. exhibition team, 5 p.m.; Maverick Activities Center. Free. Movin' Mavs.

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

Friday, March 7

Wheelchair Basketball Movin' Mavs vs. Illinois or Missouri. Free. 5 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.


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.

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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