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

Monday, March 31, 2014

Rachel Croson

Tax talent: Rachel Croson, dean of the College of Business, says the demand is high for UT Arlington graduates in tax education. The University was named to's Top 10 list for the third year in a row.

Taxation master's degree ranked as No. 8 program in nation

The UT Arlington Master of Science in Taxation program ranks in the top 10 for the third year in a row, according to a national online network for tax professionals. surveyed 143 heads of corporate tax departments across the nation to rank master’s programs for 2014.

UT Arlington finished No. 8 in the nation, one slot higher than last year’s No. 9 finish.

Accounting Department Chairman Chandra Subramaniam says the ranking reflects hard work by College of Business faculty and the students they serve.

“Our tax faculty really deserve a lot of credit in keeping students up to date on the latest changes in tax code and tax filing,” Dr. Subramaniam says. “It is a changing landscape, and we keep up with those changes to keep the program on the cutting edge.”

Rachel Croson, dean of the College of Business, says the demand is high for UT Arlington graduates in tax education.

“Firms recognize that UT Arlington is the go-to place to fuel their workforce,” Dr. Croson says. “We are honored to receive the ranking for the third year in a row.”

TaxTalent’s 2013 rankings came out late last year. The 2014 rankings were released last week.

Benito Huerta at Amon Carter

Artists at Amon: Workers install a painting by art Professor Benito Huerta in the atrium of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Huerta's work finds new home at Amon Carter Museum

Visitors to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth will see a little more of UT Arlington this year.

Work by art Professor Benito Huerta has assumed a focal point in the museum's atrium—a spot previously held by Assistant Professor Sedrick Huckaby—and will hang there until February 2015. Selected works from Huerta, director of The Gallery at UTA, also will be on display beginning in July.

“I’ve always been a proponent of local museums supporting artists in their own backyards. It doesn’t happen often,” Huerta says. “But something like this signifies to the community that the local artists are just as important as those the museums bring in from around the country and around the world.”

The 10-foot by 13-foot oil painting, “Axis Mundi v.2,” is a 1997 reworking of a mural-size painting Huerta created for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the mid-1990s. He says the painting, which features a world map and other icons, depicts three levels of existence: physical, cultural, and psychological.

Read more about Huerta and his art.

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers program created

The UT Arlington Police Department has partnered with the Arlington Police Department to offer the Crime Stoppers program to the UT Arlington community. 

Crime Stoppers allows people to give anonymous tips for information toward the arrest and conviction of felony offenders. 

More information on the Crime Stoppers program can be found at

If you have any information on a felony that has occurred on the UT Arlington campus, contact Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 877-469-TIPS (8477).

Hermann's Lectures 2014

Hermanns Lectures to focus on slave narratives

Slave narratives and current archival research is the central theme for the 2014 Hermanns Lecture Series on Thursday, April 3

Sponsored by the Department of English, “New Directions in African American Studies” will be in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

“African American studies is quickly becoming of interest to digital humanists,” Cedrick May, associate professor of English, says. “More people are talking about slave narratives and slavery. Now researchers are uncovering new authors and documents and designing new methodologies that dovetail into digital humanities."

The Hermanns Lecture Series began almost three decades ago as the Katherine Anne Porter Memorial Lecture Series. Rudolph Hermanns, a local horticultural salesman and German immigrant, left part of his estate to UT Arlington, and the Rudolf Hermanns Endowment for Excellence was founded to enhance academic excellence as well as campus beautification.

Read more about the Hermanns Lectures.

'Wolf' available for download

Wolf, the award-winning drama by Ya’Ke Smith, assistant professor of film, is now available for digital download via iTunes, Vudu, XBox, PlayStation, Amazon, and Google Play. Watch the film's trailer.

  Mav Pic ACES 2014-Nicole Hales

Ace student

Nicole Hales, biology junior, points out details in her poster to judge Trey Fondon, assistant professor of biology, at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students on Wednesday at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Hales' poster was titled "Phylogeography of the Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) in the U.S. and Mexico." See the list of ACES winners.

Complete new conflict of interest form by today

Full-time employees must complete the new UTS180: Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, and Outside Activities form by today, Monday, March 31.

Disclosure of potential conflicts include service on a board or uncompensated activity outside of UTA, significant interest in a business, or gifts received. Approval is not required for immediate family members, but disclosure may be required.

Go to the Outside Activity Portal for activities in the 2013 calendar year by today, Monday, March 31, to make your disclosures. The system will reopen in April for the 2014 calendar year.

Vice presidents, deans, directors, department chairs, and supervisors should log in and out of the system before Tuesday, April 1, to begin receiving online approval requests from employees.

Some data will be posted on a publicly searchable website in accordance with policy. Information regarding family members will not be publicly disclosed.

UT Arlington has revised the Handbook of Operating Procedures, Section 5-508 to reflect this policy.

If you have questions, contact Jennifer Chapman at University Compliance Services at 2-2080 or

Transition begins, training continues for UT Share

The transition to UT Share starts in April with a go-live date of Monday, May 5, for finance and human resources transactions.

To convert data from DEFINE into UT Share, certain monthly due dates are being amended and a temporary hold on some operations will be enacted.

Read more about the cutover plan and blackout dates. The link includes department contacts for your questions about deadlines or your role in the cutover process.

Register for training on the new software application.

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, call 2-2594.

Benefit Yourself

One-day meal plan for limited time at Connection Cafe

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Connection Café for one low price through Wednesday, April 9. Dining Services is offering one-day meal passes for $12.50. Purchase the passes at the Connection Café. For questions, call 2-2791 or email

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

Wednesday, April 2

Regulating Commercial Nuclear Power Plant Operators Mark Haire, a chief of plant support with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, explores the challenges associated with licensing and regulating nuclear plant operators in the 21st century. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

CAAS Power Hour Lecture Kwamena "Aspa" Kwansah-Aidoo, a visiting professor at TCU, will discuss the representation of blacks in the media in Africa, Australia, and the United States. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

Documentary Film: 'Austin Unbound' The story of a deaf, transgender man who identifies as being straight. Captioned and ASL interpreted. Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Disability StudiesLGBTQA Program.

Thursday, April 3

GIS Workshop: Pollutant Sources in Your Watershed Use geographic information systems hydrology tools to measure the watershed around your home and determine which facilities report various toxins and pollutants within this watershed. Free. 3 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Biology Colloquium Series Gary Stacey of the University of Missouri speaks on “Chitin Signaling in Plants: A Comparison of the Role of Chitooligosaccharides in Plant Symbiotic and Pathogen Associations.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

The Science of Speed and NASCAR

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, physics professor at West Virginia University and author of The Physics of NASCAR, will discuss why races can’t be won without getting the math and science right. Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 501; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Saturday, April 5

Rape Aggression Defense For female faculty, staff, and students, the RAD program teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

Monday, April 7

CMAS Speaker Series Marvela Terrazas of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico presents “Key Issues in Mexican-U.S. Relations, 1822-1867.” Free. 10 a.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Coming up

Nina Totenberg

Maverick Speakers Series Nina Totenberg, right, NPR legal affairs correspondent, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," Tuesday, April 8, Texas Hall. Free but tickets required; premium seating $25; The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Maverick Speakers Series.

Focus on Faculty: George Siemens George Siemens, an internationally known expert and theorist in digital learning, has joined UT Arlington to lead a lab exploring the critical demands that new learning technologies place on higher education. Free. Noon, Wednesday, April 9, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Focus on Faculty.

Biology Colloquium Series Lisette Waits of the University of Idaho speaks on “Landscape Genetics and Contributions to Wildlife Ecology and Management.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Cynthia Ann Parker

Frontier Odyssey Symposium The two-day symposium will explore the interaction between Native Americans and Anglo-Americans in 19th century Texas as well as Texas legends Cynthia Ann Parker, right, and her son, Quanah Parker. Thursday-Friday, April 17-18Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, History, UT Arlington Libraries.

Friends of the Library Pulitzer-Prize winning author and UT Austin Professor Glenn Frankel discusses his bestselling book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, which is loosely based on the life of Cynthia Ann Parker. A reception and book signing follow the meeting. Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Human Resources Training 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. Human Resources.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Experience art, take some home with ART/UTA


The coolest art event in town has evolved into something even bigger. UT Arlington’s annual glass art sale now incorporates virtually every medium from the Department of Art and Art History's outstanding trove of talented artists: stunning photography, vibrant paintings, dazzling glass pieces, and more.

ART/UTA 2014 Studio Event and Art Auction on Thursday, April 3, features silent and live auctions of faculty and student works in photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking in addition to glass. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Studio Arts Center with studio demonstrations in painting, sculpture, and glassblowing, and artists' discussions about their creative processes. The live auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Thursday event are $100 per person. Proceeds benefit the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Art and Art History. For more information, email or call 2-5300.

The traditional public glass art sale is set for 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 4, also at the Studio Arts Center.

Tuesday, April 1

String Faculty Chamber Recital String faculty perform in chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Mavs Got Talent: Blazin' Your Creativity Performances by 10 acts selected from live auditions. Emcee is comic and writer Nick Guerra. Free. 7:30 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, April 2

Tail Waggin' Wednesday 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.

Friday, April 4

Baseball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Free. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6Athletics.

'The Vagina Monologues' With humor and grace, this program celebrates women's sexuality and strength. Tickets cash only. $5 with UTA ID, $10 general public. Proceeds benefit Women’s Center of Tarrant County and V-Day. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Also, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5Women’s History Month.

Saturday, April 5

International Week Soccer Tournament Watch different student organizations from countries around the world compete. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., indoor soccer field, Maverick Activities Center. International Week.


US-Mexico War exhibit

Special Collections: The U.S.-Mexico War, 1846-1848 Attention on the “forgotten” U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Tuesday, April 1-Aug. 30UT Arlington LibrariesSpecial Collections

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. 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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