For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Proposition 4 put to vote today; campus has top early voting site

Vote Texas

Voters can make their voice heard by casting ballots in today's state constitutional amendment election.

Early voting ended Friday, and the campus location was tops among early voting sites in Tarrant County on Oct. 27 with 164 voters. For the two days of early voting on campus, UT Arlington and the Southwest sub-courthouse tied for top honors with 238 voters each.

An analysis of the 11 proposed amendments is available through the Texas Secretary of State's Web site.

Proposition 4, one of the amendments on Tuesday's ballot, would provide about $500 million for a new National Research University Fund that would be available to Texas' seven emerging research universities—including UT Arlington. The money will come from the dormant Higher Education Fund and become available Sept. 1, 2011, to qualifying institutions.

More on the Nov. 3 ballot is available through the Texas Secretary of State office. Local election issues are available online for Tarrant County and Dallas County.

UT Arlington rated among the Top 100 workplaces in North Texas

The University of Texas at Arlington has been named one of the Top 100 Places to Work for 2009 by The Dallas Morning News. The honor will be included in a special section of the newspaper's Nov. 8 edition. UT Arlington also will be included in a video to be posted at

  Fresh Pix Kristine Behrhorst and Evan Moore

Trashy tales

Kristine Behrhorst, left, tells Evan Moore, a chemistry junior, about the horrors of waste Wednesday at the Sustainability Shock Shack. The event aimed to increase awareness of global environmental issues and inform students of the President's Sustainability Committee projects. Behrhorst and three other public relations students planned the free program.

UT Arlington has approximately 3,500 benefits-eligible employees and more than 28,000 students who work hard to make the University one of North Texas' best places to work, says Jean Hood, the University's vice president for human resources.

President James D. Spaniolo praised the University's work force.

"We're proud of our employees, our faculty and our students and their commitment to making this University a force for change in our region," Spaniolo says. "That's why we know that The University of Texas at Arlington is one of the Top 100 Places to Work, and we think it may be the best."

Secrets, Obama's first year
topics for November speakers

What's your darkest secret? What about Obama? Two speakers will address both questions on campus in November.

Get tickets for the lectures by author Frank Warren and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham at

Warren is the creator of the blog phenomenon PostSecret, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world. His lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center and is sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. Tickets are $5 for students.

Meacham joined Newsweek as a writer in 1995 and rose quickly, becoming managing editor three years later at age 29. He was named editor in 2006. His lecture "War, Healthcare, and the Economy: Reflections on Obama's First Year" is part of the Maverick Speakers Series and is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in Texas Hall. The lecture is free, but tickets are required.

Asian Heritage Month celebration includes traditional, modern

Asian Heritage Month showcases the rich heritage and diversity within the Asian/Pacific American/Southeast Asian communities. Hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the celebration started with the Lighting of the Lanterns on Monday. Other events include:

  • Movie Night: Ghandi, 6:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 5, Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center;

  • Asian Arts and Crafts, noon Friday Nov. 6, Student Congress Chambers, E.H. Hereford University Center;

  • Night at the Market-Lion & Dragon Festival, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center; and

  • The Most Awesome Extreme Challenge, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 17, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tuesday's One Mic Stand appearance canceled

Because of a scheduling conflict with filming of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation, comedian Retta has canceled her One Mic Stand performance scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Rosebud Theatre.

Food, Inc.

Film takes unique looks at food,
its production and sustainability

Take a new look at food through the documentary film Food, Inc. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. The film details the often unseen side of food production and the role of food in our lives and communities.

Freshmen Leaders On Campus is hosting the film, which is being shown in conjunction with the OneBook selection of Deep Economy and the theme of sustainability.

Information on topics addressed in the film and the complex issues surrounding food will be available.

Admission is free, but canned good donations for Mission Arlington are encouraged.

Library has a new video

Check out the library's newest video on YouTube.

Jeff Shaara featured at Evening with an Author

Victory by Jeff Shaara

Bestselling author Jeff Shaara shares his insight into writing and war as the featured speaker at the Evening with an Author Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Texas Hall.

Shaara is the author of a World War II trilogy, including No Less Than Victory that will be released this week. The first two books in the trilogy, The Rising Tide and The Steel Wave, were New York Times best sellers. He also has written books on the Civil War and World War I.

Jeff Guinn, former Fort Worth Star-Telegram book editor and a best-selling author, will engage Shaara in an on-stage interview and a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The event is free, and a book signing follows the program.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram with the Katrine Deakins and Helen Littauer Trusts and UT Arlington present the country's most noted authors throughout the year in the Evening with an Author Series.

Grants available from President's Sustainability Committee

The President's Sustainability Committee offers two grants for students, faculty and staff for projects related to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

  Fresh Pix Kristine Behrhorst and Evan Moore

Sobering statistics

Michael Nerney makes a point about your brain on alcohol Thursday in a town hall meeting on the subject. Sponsored by the Tarrant County Challenge program, the forum for students focused on drunken driving and the effects of alcohol on the emerging adult brain. Nerney is a consultant on substance abuse for many federal and state agencies.

Travel Support Grants of up to $500 for one event will be awarded for students, faculty or staff to attend conferences, seminars or workshops.

Sustainability Speaker Grants of up to $500 for one speaker will be awarded to support speakers who address sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Getty Sketchbooks on exhibit
through Nov. 27

Sketches by the six architects and architect teams invited to compete for the Getty Villa renovations are on display through Nov. 27 in Architecture Gallery in the Architecture Building.

"The Getty Sketchbooks" are the 11-by-14-inch bound sketchbooks submitted by the architects who sketched their vision of the Getty Villa renovations and expansion in Malibu.

The traveling exhibition, organized by faculty at the University of Southern California, skillfully and beautifully illustrates concepts and drawings submitted by these prominent architects in their respective sketchbooks.

Flu season update

  • Seasonal flu shots are available through Health Services for $15. A vaccine for the H1N1 influenza is not available at Health Services at this time.

  • Do not go to class or work when you are ill or running a fever.

  • If you experience flu-like symptoms, including a high fever, see a physician as soon as possible. Contact Health Services at 817-272-2771 or go to

  • If you are sick and live on campus and purchased a meal plan, you can have meals delivered to you. Call 817-272-9444 for more information.

Check List

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Vote in state constitutional amendment election

Progress report grades in new location online

On your Student Center in MyMav, the Grades link has moved to the dropdown box Other Academic as the sixth item on that dropdown. Progress report grades are available there if you are in one of the groups that receives them.

Late drop possible, but rarely granted

The last day to drop a class has passed. The UT Arlington Withdrawal and Drop Policy Exception Form is available online. This form should be used when seeking a non-academic drop of a course after the Last Drop Date. The Office of the Provost will determine the final outcome of the appeal. Exception requests are rarely granted.

Deadline for McNair applications is Friday

Applications for the McNair Scholars Program must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 6. Applications can be picked up at SOAR (Students Obtaining Academic Readiness) in Hammond Hall, Room 122, or downloaded at

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare qualified UT Arlington undergraduates for graduate study culminating in doctoral degrees.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Small Paintings, Big Ideas

Small Paintings, Big Ideas

This exhibit showcases the work of senior and advanced painting students. Titled "Small Paintings, Big Ideas." the salon-style exhibit—with many small paintings displayed on the same walls—will be exhibited daily until Friday Nov. 6, in Gallery West at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Drive.

The exhibit will close with a reception and art sale from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday. Purchases can be made with cash or check, and checks should be made payable to the artist.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Volleyball, UT Arlington vs. Texas State 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Free with student ID.

Music Honors Recital Music faculty and outstanding students perform solo and chamber music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Student Alumni T-shirt Day Members of the Student Alumni Association who are caught wearing their SAA T-shirt will receive a special UT Arlington gift. Look out for the SAA Prize Patrol golf cart between class periods. Valentina Anyaehie, 817-272-2594,

Angel Tree Kick-Off Celebration Celebrating the start of the Salvation Army's Christmas Angel Tree season. Adopt an angel to give a less fortunate child a wonderful holiday. Free. 11 a.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2963,

Percussion Recital Music lecturer David Wolf performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Thursday, Nov. 5

Volleyball, UT Arlington vs. Sam Houston State Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Woodwind Quintet Recital The CAT 5 Woodwind Quintet with Danilo Mezzadri, Anna Pennington, Jonathan Holden, Heidi Lucas and Kim Woolly perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Friday, Nov. 6

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organics and unique food products provided by local vendors. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 215 E. Front St. 817-303-2800,

Movie: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Free popcorn. Free with student ID. 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 817-272-2963,

Saturday, Nov. 7

Volleyball, UT Arlington vs. Lamar Free with student ID. 4 p.m., Texas Hall.

Monday, Nov. 9

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays The lunchtime concert features Music Department faculty and students. Free concert and lunch. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. 817-272-2439,

Late Night Jazz Sampler Students and faculty perform. Free. 8 p.m., Room 115, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Women's Basketball, UT Arlington vs. Howard Payne Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Fall 'Cello' Bration Cello studio members perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Evening with an Author: Jeff Shaara This literary series spotlights Jeff Shaara, author of "The Steel Wave," interviewed by Jeff Guinn with a question-and-answer session with the audience. A book signing follows. Free. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Maggie Estes, 817-272-1299,

Post Secret

PostSecret Creator Frank Warren Author Frank Warren created the blog phenomenon PostSecret Project, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the soulful secrets we never voice. Tickets are $5 students, $10 faculty/staff/alumni; $20 general public. Tickets at or Student Activities, B-140, E.H. Hereford University Center. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2963,

Through Nov. 14

Faculty Biennial X This art exhibition showcases recent works created by Department of Art and Art History faculty. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building.

Through Dec. 22

Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Through Dec. 31

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

UT Arlington Planetarium programs The fall schedule features the latest in technology, Digistar 4. New shows include IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System; Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA; Microcosm: The Adventure Within; and Two Small Pieces of Glass. Returning favorites are Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Seven Wonders, Rock Hall of Fame 1 and the $2 Movie. Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule. Contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or for tickets.

Through Jan. 9

Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

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

Learn More

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Fresh Start from Tobacco: Understanding Addiction Free. 11:30 a.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Introduction to Adobe Flash Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. 2 p.m., Ransom Hall.

Fresh Start from Tobacco: Steps to Quitting Free. 3 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Wednesday, Nov. 4


Maintaining NASA's Aircraft Fleet Gary Ash, branch chief of aircraft maintenance at the NASA Johnson Space Center, discusses the JSC fleet of more than 40 unique aircraft, from high altitude research jets to the Boeing 747, that ferries 225,000-pound space shuttles from California to Florida. Ash earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering from UT Arlington. A light breakfast is provided. Reservations required. Free for students. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall.

Fresh Start from Tobacco: How to Cope Free. 10:30 a.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Community Empowerment Along the U.S.-Mexican Border The Center for Mexican-American Studies and OneBook present Laura Trevino, associate regional director of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Colonias Program of the Center for Housing and Urban Development/Texas A&M University. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Roxanna Latifi, 817-272-6107,

Maversity Workshop: Assumptions This multicultural leadership development program hosted by Multicultural Affairs is open to all students. Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. Noon, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2099,

Anthropology Lecture on the Body Christine Labuski is a feminist anthropologist whose work focuses on the bio-cultural body and how bodies articulate with discourses of gender, sexuality and nature. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Free. Noon, Room 09, University Hall. Ritu Khanduri,

Sustainable Fuel and Vehicle Technologies M. Ehsani, professor and director of the Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program at Texas A&M, proposes an integrated approach focusing on fuel production and power train technologies. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Babak Fahimi, 817-272-2667,

What Happened to MLA? This workshop will cover new conventions, such as no more underlining, no more required URLs, new abbreviations and much more. Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. 2 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Fresh Start from Tobacco: There Is Help Free. 3 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

How to Get a Non-Academic Job Learn about transferable skills and how sell yourself to non-academic employers. Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 121, University Hall. Lisa Berry,

Saturday, Nov. 7

Metroplex Linguistics Conference The Department of Linguistics and TESOL hosts the DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference. 8:15 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. Drew Burks, 817-272-3133,

Monday, Nov. 9

What Happened to APA? Long the standard in the social sciences, APA style has changed. Registration required. Free. 2 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Recycling: Don't Stop There Celebrate Texas Recycles Day. City speakers, interactive presentations and vendors who show how to go beyond recycling in your business. Registration required. 8 a.m., ARRI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South, Fort Worth. Dana Weddle, 817-272-5935,

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. 11 a.m., Ransom Hall.

Optical Practical Training Seminar International students learn about Optional Practical Training. Free. 2 p.m., Swift Center. Satu Birch, 817-272-2355,

Firefox: A Better (Web) Surfboard Firefox Web browser allows extensions or add-ons to make surfing the Web more useful and fun. Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. 3 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Focus on Faculty: Pamela Jansma Dr. Jansma is the new dean of the College of Science. A reception follows. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Tommie Wingfield, 817-272-2658,

Graduate Studies Information Session Meet with a representative from the Office of Graduate Studies and learn about graduate opportunities on campus. Free. Noon, San Jacinto/Neches Rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-5286,

Food for Thought: Nutrients Find out about the six essential food nutrients, including why you need them and how much you need. Estimating your energy requirements and tips for healthy food selections will round out this fun, educational session. Free. 1 p.m., Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center.

Sports Notes
  James Patin and Jeff Sale

Double play: James Patin (left) and Jeff Sale won the doubles title at the National Wheelchair Tennis Championships. Patin also won the Tier II singles crown.

Wheelchair tennis team
wins national championship

Jeff Sale and James Patin won the national championship in doubles competition in October at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Mobile, Ala.

Individually, Patin won the national championship in Tier II for novice players, and Sale finished in the top five in Tier I for advanced players.

Women's cross country finishes
third at conference meet

Sophomore Jennifer Carey led the women's cross country team to a third-place finish at the Southland Conference meet Saturday in Corpus Christi. She finished 11th overall in the individual standings.

The men's team finished seventh as junior Zach Zura led the Mavericks, finishing 30th overall.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the women's title while Lamar won the men's division.

Volleyball has three matches at home this week

UT Arlington will close out the home portion of its volleyball schedule with three home matches this week.

The Mavericks will face Texas State tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 3, and Sam Houston State on Thursday, Nov. 5. Both matches start at 7 p.m. The home finale will be against Lamar at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Students are admitted free with ID.

With a goal of raising $3,000, the volleyball team successfully raised $3,263.99 for breast cancer awareness with its "Dig Pink" campaign. See athletics.

Movin' Mavs host tournament Nov. 13-15

The Movin' Mavs host a National Wheelchair Basketball Association College Division Tournament with four games Nov. 13-15. The weekend also includes the Second Annual Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament. Admission is free. Check for details at


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