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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hometown Recruiting

Hometown advantage: Introducing the Hometown Recruiting program at Wednesday's press conference were, from left, President Vistasp Karbhari, AISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson, and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck.

UTA partners with AISD, Arlington PD in criminal justice education fast track

High school students considering a law enforcement career can earn credit toward a criminal justice degree and participate in early police training through a new Hometown Recruiting program backed by UT Arlington, the Arlington Police Department, and the Arlington Independent School District.

President Vistasp Karbhari says the program gives high school students who decide early on a college degree plan and a career path new opportunities for a head start.

“Hometown Recruiting will assure that more high-achieving students pursue a law enforcement career and gain an entrée to one of the most respected police departments in the country,” Dr. Karbhari says.

The program further strengthens UT Arlington’s degree program in criminology and criminal justice, which includes more than 800 undergraduate and master’s students with classes on campus, online, and at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center.

APD hires a dozen or more officers each year and has 640 sworn personnel. Two former Arlington police chiefs, Theron Bowman and David Kunkle, are UT Arlington alumni. Bowman is now an Arlington deputy city manager.

Read more about the Hometown Recruiting program.

UTA, Jordan formalize educational, research collaborations

UT Arlington has signed initial agreements with four Jordanian institutions in a first step toward establishing student and scholarly exchanges and research collaborations with a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Participating are the Jordanian Nursing Council, Hashemite University, the Jordanian University of Science and Technology, and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority in Jordan.

The signings were attended by representatives of the four Jordanian institutions and Princess Muna Al Hussein, mother of King Abdullah II of Jordan. 

The agreements lay the foundation for further expanding UT Arlington’s global mission of increasing access and excellence for education and research.

Read more about the UTA-Jordan agreement.

A Continent Divided

New website features rarely seen items from U.S.-Mexico War

Hundreds of newly translated and transcribed documents relating to the U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848) are now available online for the first time in A Continent Divided: The U.S.-Mexico War.

The website promotes awareness of and scholarly activity in the U.S.-Mexico War and presents the conflicts from both sides.

"Almost all of the material written in English focuses on the American experience," says Sam Haynes, director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies. "We digitized and translated 500 Mexican broadsheets that provide a great window into what the war was like for the Mexicans."

A Continent Divided features maps, letters, diaries, broadsides, and photographs. One newly digitized diary recounts the experiences of a man stationed in U.S.-occupied Mexico City dealing with guerrilla warfare after the war.

The site is cosponsored by UTA Libraries and the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies with support from UTA's College of Liberal Arts and the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for teachers, students, and scholars to access original documents and images not available anywhere else," says Rebecca Bichel, dean of UTA Libraries. "A Continent Divided reflects years of work with our collections, and we are committed to continually adding to the site."

Additional materials will go online as additional funding becomes available.


Media mavericks: Sanjay Gupta, left, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, and NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg complete the Maverick Speakers Series lineup for 2013-2014.

Tickets available for Maverick Speakers Series final guests

Claim tickets to the 2013-14 season's final two Maverick Speakers Series events while they last.

Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, presents "Medicine and Media" on Tuesday, March 18, at College Park Center

Dr. Gupta anchors the weekend medical affairs program, Sanjay Gupta MD, on CNN. A practicing neurosurgeon, he is a member of the faculty and staff at Emory University School of Medicine and chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. Forbes Magazine has named him among its 10 Most Influential Celebrities.

Tickets to see Nina Totenberg are available starting today, Thursday, March 6. She will speak on "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Texas Hall.

An NPR correspondent since 1975, Totenberg provides regular reports for the station’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She also appears regularly on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public affairs television program.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at

The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

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Follow your dreams

Princess Muna Al Hussein, mother of King Abdullah II of Jordan, spoke at the College of Nursing's annual Dream Makers Scholarship Luncheon on Monday. The princess helped found the Jordanian Nursing Council and has been honored for her commitment to quality nursing through advancement of practice and education. The luncheon recognizes scholarship donors and the students who have benefited from their generosity.


Hours change for Spring Break

Hours for some campus entities change during Spring Break, Monday-Friday, March 10-14.

Most dining locations will be closed, except for the P.O.D. Market in the E.H. Hereford University Center and the University Club in Davis Hall. See the dining closing hours for Friday, March 7.

Check the Spring Break hours for UT Arlington Libraries, the Planetarium, and the Maverick Activities Center, climbing wall, pool, field complex, and group exercise classes.

Maverick Lens juried photo exhibit seeks colorful submissions

Photographers in the UT Arlington community are invited to submit their work for the Maverick Lens exhibit for the fall semester.

The theme is "The Colors of UT Arlington." Photographers may interpret in any photographic media the colors blue and/or orange that reflect life at UTA. Submissions are due Friday, May 2

Maverick Lens is cosponsored by the UT Arlington Libraries and the Department of Modern Languages.

Applications due for service and service learning awards

The Center for Community Service Learning awards two faculty members and three students—one graduate, two undergraduate—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

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Honored alumni

Terry L. Aaron (’11) and Zachary Thompson (’81) were honored at the 24th Annual African-American Alumni Banquet on Saturday at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Aaron is director of continuing education services for Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, and Thompson is director of Dallas County Health and Human Services. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the African-American Endowed Scholarship Fund.

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, March 9. 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.

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

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Seussical connection

Professor Emeritus Paul Geisel reads a tale at last Saturday's Dr. Seuss Birthday Party. The former School of Urban and Public Affairs professor is the nephew of the writer, poet, and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel. Children enjoyed books read by UTA students and Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, face painting, and puppet shows. The Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers, and Freshmen Leaders on Campus sponsored the event.


Link to College Park restaurants for updates on specials, coupons

Be among the first to find out about events, specials, and receive coupons for the College Park District restaurants. Sign up for the weekly College Park Newsletter.

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 while experiencing the vibrant campus life at UT Arlington. 

See the list of this summer’s camps at

Apple drops Snow Leopard support

Apple Inc. has declined to offer a recent security update for the almost five-year-old operating system Mac OS X 10.6, also known as Snow Leopard.

This leaves one of five Mac users susceptible to attacks due to un-patched vulnerabilities. About 40 computers on campus use Snow Leopard.

Apple continues to run updates for Mavericks and to support Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7), whose users will be offered free upgrades to the Mavericks OS. 

The Office of Information Technology recommends upgrading to a newer, supported operating system or replacing your computer if it cannot be upgraded. Faculty and staff can request an upgrade by contacting the Help Desk at

Monthly buffet offered today at University Club

The University Club's monthly special today, Thursday, March 6, features chicken piccata, vegetable paella with tofu, mixed greens salad, green beans, wild rice, white and wheat rolls, key lime pie, and carrot cake.

Cost is $8 per person. Regular menu items will not be available.

The University Club is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

Benefit Yourself

Add new family member to your UT System benefits

Welcoming a child to the family can be very exciting and overwhelming. This makes it easy to miss some of the less obvious changes you need to make. Learn how to add a child—a baby, a stepchild, or a qualifying grandchild—to your UT Benefits coverage.

Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair

Benefits fair features more than 60 vendors

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.

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. Bring your Mav ID card to enter the raffle for door prizes. Complete the blood drive registration for Carter BloodCare, which will be at the fair.

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, March 6

Webb Lectures 2014

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.

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.

Thursday, March 13

Managing Stress in the Workplace Examine what stress is, how to understand it, and how to identify its sources. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Monday, March 17

David K Pennington

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

Tuesday, March 18

Managing Projects and Making Decisions Develop strategies to successfully manage projects and effectively make decisions. Bring an in-depth problem for the class to discuss. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, March 19

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Rick Lynch

Focus on Faculty: Rick Lynch Rick Lynch, right, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, presents “UTARI: Promoting Advanced Technology to Help Humanity.” Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Focus on Faculty.

Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents "Stretchy Electronics That Can Dissolve in Your Body." Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Coming up

Biology Colloquium Series David Reznick of the University of California at Riverside speaks on “Experimental Studies of the Interaction Between Ecology and Evolution in a Natural Ecosystem.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

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, March 22, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Saturday, April 26. Campus Recreation.

'Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction' Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks is guest speaker for Women's History Month. Her recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was a New York Times best-seller. Free. 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s History Month.

Human Resources Training Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Thursday, March 27; Advanced Supervisory Skills, Wednesday, April 9; Managing Across Generations, Tuesday, April 15; The Art of Listening, Thursday, April 17; Customer Service 101, Tuesday, April 22; and Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, Wednesday, April 23Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also, Welcoming Diversity, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday, March 28Human Resources. 


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
  Reger Dowell

And he scores: Senior Reger Dowell, the leading scorer in the Sun Belt Conference, set a career high with 37 points during Saturday's victory Western Kentucky.

Basketball teams end regular season on road

UT Arlington's basketball teams wrapped up this season's home court play Saturday at College Park Center.

The Maverick men upended Western Kentucky 80-73 to improve to 13-15 overall and 8-8 in conference. The team closes out the regular season Thursday, March 6, at Troy and Saturday, March 8, at South Alabama. The Sun Belt Tournament begins Thursday, March 13, in New Orleans.

The women's basketball team fell 94-70 to Western Kentucky on Saturday at College Park Center. The Mavericks are 4-23 overall and 3-13 in conference action. The team played Troy on Wednesday, and faces South Alabama on Saturday, March 8.

Baseball hosts UTA Hilton Invitational

The baseball team lost 5-4 to Texas A&M Tuesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, the home of the Texas Rangers. 

The Mavericks host the UTA Hilton Invitational starting Friday, March 7, at Clay Gould Ballpark. The team plays Utah at 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Monday, March 10, plus Missouri State at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and Abilene Christian at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9.

The Mavs return to Globe Life Park to play Oklahoma on Tuesday, March 11. Tickets are available online.

Sports shorts

  • The softball team defeated Valparaiso 1-0 at the Wildcat Invitational at the University of Arizona last weekend. The Mavericks fell 4-3 to Longwood and 8-5 to Indiana. The team, 11-8 on the season, plays Friday, March 7, in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic in Lubbock. The Mavs face New Mexico State at 10 a.m. and Northern Colorado at 3 p.m.
  • The men's golf team finished 12th at the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate this week after a third-round 304 to close out the tournament. The Mavericks compete March 14-15 in the Border Olympics in Laredo.
  • The women's tennis team defeated UT San Antonio 4-3 last Thursday at the UTA Tennis Center. The Mavericks face their first Sun Belt Conference opponent Sunday, March 9, at Louisiana-Monroe.

Intramural entries due for sand volleyball, other sports

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include sand volleyball, Wednesday, March 19; NCAA Tournament Pick ‘Em, Thursday, March 20; fantasy baseball, Friday, March 21; March Madness video game tournament, Tuesday, March 25; and NCAA Sweet 16 Bracket Challenge, Thursday, March 27.

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

Wheelchair basketball championships begin with Movin' Mavs in No. 1 spot

NWBA championships

The Movin' Mavs are ranked No. 1 going into the 2014 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which open today, Thursday, March 6.

Preliminary games will be at the Maverick Activities Center. The third place and championship games will be played Saturday, March 8, at College Park Center. Admission is free.

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.

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

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.


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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