For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Special Events Center

Final design approved
for special events center

The final design for a $78 million special events center emphasizes energy efficiency, natural light and materials, and flexible seating in a new venue for convocations, concerts and athletics that will define the University's eastern edge.

The UT System Board of Regents gave final approval to the design Thursday during the board's regular meeting in Austin.

Groundbreaking is scheduled in spring 2010, and the center is expected to open in early 2012.

With seating for up to 6,500, the center will serve as the home court for Mavericks basketball and volleyball teams, commencement and other community events. Designed by HKS Inc., the venue mixes brick and stone exteriors with windows that stretch nearly the full height of the 50-foot building and bathe its concourses in natural light.

HKS designed the 218,000-square-foot center to meet LEED Silver standards, incorporating many energy-efficient features, including low-emittance glazed windows, a highly reflective roof that will reduce the solar load on the building and a low-use water system. The building will incorporate regional materials and include native landscaping.

"This events center will be an instant landmark on the UT Arlington campus," says John Hall, the University's vice president for administration and campus operations. "It will provide a strong connection to the redevelopment of downtown Arlington and the University."

Read more about the special events center online.

H1N1 flu shots available in Arlington

Anyone age 24 and younger may receive a free vaccine against H1N1 influenza at several upcoming clinics announced this week by Tarrant County Public Health.

The shots will be available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, while supplies last at:

  • Arlington Public Health Center, 536 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington

  • Northeast Public Health Center, 813 Brown Trail, Bedford

TCPH will hold a one-day vaccination event from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way.

The H1N1 vaccine is being made available to target groups identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The groups include:

  • pregnant women

  • household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months old

  • health-care and emergency medical services personnel

  • anyone age 6 months to 24 years old

  • anyone age 25 to 64 with health conditions associated with a higher risk of medical complications from influenza

For more information, call 2-1-1 or check the Tarrant County Public Health Web site at

Homelessness Awareness includes a night on the mall

  Fresh Pix Veterans Day candlelight vigil

Happy Birthday, Blaze

That positive pony and Maverick mascot, Blaze, celebrates his second birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Join the party at noon on the Central Library mall. Special appearances and giveaways are planned.

Students can live the life of a homeless person for one night during Homelessness Awareness Week.

The annual One Night without a Home begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, on the Central Library mall. Speakers will educate students about the lifestyle and hardships of homeless individuals. Overnight accommodations are whatever the student brings, such as a pillow, blanket, sleeping bag, a cardboard box and any needed sleeping essential. Participants are encouraged to donate blankets, pillows and sleeping bags for the Arlington Life Shelter.

Through Friday, Nov. 20, UT Arlington Volunteers will collect money for food to donate to local shelters. Donations are accepted 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Central Library mall.

The Homeless Home Movie is a documentary about the lives of homeless individuals. The film starts at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Room 101 of College Hall. A coordinator for the Salvation Army will share her experiences working with homeless people. Refreshments will be served.

To learn more about homelessness or to volunteer, contact the UT Arlington Volunteers at or 817-272-2963.

CANstruction challenge
makes food drive fun

Teams will compete to create a structure from nonperishable food items in the CANstruction food drive from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 17, on the Central Library mall. Winners receive prizes, and all cans and food items will be donated to a local food bank. Contact Kevin Schuck at 817-272-3313 or

Daniel Russell

Google researcher seeks to understand searching needs at Focus on Technology

How do you Google and why? Those are a couple of topics Daniel Russell, a research scientist for the Internet search engine company Google, will address in his Focus on Technology lecture at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Russell studies how people do their searches, trying to understand the most common traps and uncover pathways to successful results. He will discuss how figuring out the intentions behind the search queries and tracking users' behavioral patterns help the engines produce the best results. Learn more at Russell's Web site.

The program is free. Lunch will be served to the first 200 attendees.

Geography, data mingle at GIS Day workshops, showcase


Spatial analysis and vampires are topics covered during GIS Day Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. The programs on global information systems are part of the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 15-21.

A GIS Research Showcase features how the geographic information system is used around campus. The showcase is set for 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m.

Darren Hayunga, an assistant professor in finance and real estate, will explain GIS use for spatial statistics, spatial econometrics and statistics in research. His talk begins at noon.

Josh Been, GIS librarian, leads the whimsical, hands-on workshop "Vampires in North America: Map Settlements and Migration Patterns" from 3-5 p.m. in B-20/21 of the Central Library. The workshop uses the "Twilight" books for data.

Participants can play games, win prizes and partake of the giant GIS Day cake.

GIS Day is free and open to the public. Register to attend.

Southern Ute algae biofuel project focus of talk Wednesday

Algae—aka pond scum—may be the future of biofuel as explained at noon Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Room 121 in Science Hall. The event, marking Native American Heritage Month, is free and open to the public.

  Fresh Pix Veterans Day candlelight vigil

Veterans Day salute

Students, faculty and staff attended a Veterans Day candlelight vigil to note the recent tragedy at Fort Hood and to honor veterans last week on the Central Library mall. Delta Sigma Pi, the Residence Hall Association and the African Student Organization sponsored the event.

Bruce Valdez, executive director of the Colorado-based Southern Ute Growth Fund, and Rebecca Kauffman of the Southern Ute Alternative Energy Department, will discuss how the Ute biofuel project involves growing algae and converting it into biofuel.

Valdez also will discuss the business ventures of the Southern Utes, one of the most successful Native American tribes at economic development.

Contact Kenneth Roemer at for more information.

Garrison Keillor event sold out

Tickets are sold out for the evening with A Prairie Home Companion creator Garrison Keillor at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Texas Hall. The program is part of the Evening with an Author Series, sponsored by the Star-Telegram and UT Arlington.

Athletics announces annual food drive, free tickets

The Athletics Department has begun its annual food drive for Mission Arlington. Canned and other non-perishable food items will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Drop off items in Room 110 at the Gilstrap Building. Donations can be made in the name of a Maverick athletic team.

Bring four canned foods to Texas Hall for a free ticket for any of the following games: Tuesday, Nov. 17 (women vs. Houston), Wednesday, Nov. 18 (men vs. North Texas), and Saturday, Nov. 21 (men vs. Eastern Washington). All games start at 7 p.m. at Texas Hall.

Contact Cassie Thompson, 817-272-0215 or for details.

Fire up for Spirit Friday this week

  Fresh Pix Night at the Market

Dancing with the lion and dragon

"Night at the Market" featured a lion-and-dragon dance during Asian Heritage Month festivities last week at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. A fashion show and a martial arts demonstration also were included in the event, hosted by Multicultural Affairs and sponsored by the Vietnamese Student Association and the Filipino Student Association.

Get in the spirit for the last Spirit Friday of the semester noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Spirit Friday challenges student organizations to show their Maverick pride and how well they know UT Arlington. The groups will be judged on the most spirited apparel, UT Arlington trivia, the UT Arlington Fight Song and the loudest Mavericks.

International Education Week
looks at global careers

International Education Week, Nov. 16-20, will explore the benefits of international education and participating in programs that prepare Americans for the global workplace. The week's events are hosted by the Office of International Education. Faculty from anthropology, architecture, business, engineering, linguistics, nursing and physics will share their experiences of studying abroad.

Check the International Education Week schedule online for more details.

Your UT Arlington story
could be worth $100

Your personal story could be included in a textbook for the new freshman seminar that gives students a unique perspective of UT Arlington. Nine students will be highlighted in each of the book's chapters. Those selected will receive a $100 gift certificate to the UT Arlington Bookstore. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 30. More details are online at or contact 817-272-3277 or

Check List

Thursday, Nov. 26

start of Thanksgiving break

Monday, Nov. 30

classes resume

Friday, Dec. 4

last day of classes

MavPack finals kits include tips, treats, T-shirt

MavPack Finals Kits are packed with office and school supplies, spirit items, snacks and study tips. The Student Alumni Association offers the kits, which can be sent to a favorite student with a personalized message.

The kit includes test-taking hints, sticky notes, popcorn, granola bars, noodles, cookies, chips, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, hot chocolate, spiced apple cider, animal crackers, gum, pens, Scantrons, pencils, drawstring backpack and a UT Arlington T-shirt.

Order online by Monday, Nov. 23.

Contact Jasmine Stewart at 817-272-2594 or for more information.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Most Awesome Extreme Challenge is just that

Most Awesome Extreme Challenge

Most Awesome Extreme Challenge participants compete in sumo wrestling and other challenges in this Asian Heritage Month event that benefits typhoon victims.

Similar to the ABC reality television program "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," the challenge includes plenty of wacky competition. Winners will receive trophies and medals.

The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Thursday-Friday, Nov. 19-20

Blood Drive No appointment necessary to donate. Bring a photo ID. 10 a.m., Central Library mall and E.H. Hereford University Center mall. 817-272-2963,

Tuesday, Nov. 17

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

Symphony Orchestra Clifton Evans, conductor. $3 students. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. North Texas. White-Out Night: wear a white T-shirt. Tailgating begins at 5:30 p.m. Free pizza. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

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

Thursday, Nov. 19

Jazz Concert $3 students. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. 817-272-3471,

Book of Days

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 19-22

Book of Days Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson's unpredictable and engaging murder mystery. $7 students. Reservations recommended. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-2669.

Friday, Nov. 20

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 215 E. Front St. 817-303-2800,

Maroon 5 concert Sold out. 8:30 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through Friday, Nov. 20

RecycleMania scrapbooks Scrapbooks by students who participated in RecycleMania in spring 2009 are displayed along with books on recycling. First and second floors, Central Library.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Holiday Extravaganza An event for children of students, faculty and staff. Music, crafts and a visitor from the North Pole. Presented by Freshmen Leaders on Campus. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2293.

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Eastern Washington. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

The Wrecker by Clive Cussler

Monday, Nov. 23

An Evening with Clive Cussler Fiction author Clive Cussler discusses his 40th book, The Wrecker. Free, but tickets required. For two tickets, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Clive Cussler, c/o Star-Telegram, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101. Presented by the Katrine Deakins Trust, the Helen Littauer Trust and UT Arlington. 7 p.m., Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Melinda Mason, 817-390-7579.

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Missouri-Kansas City. Free with student ID. 4 p.m., Texas Hall.

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. UT Permian Basin. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through Nov. 27

The Getty Sketchbooks Internationally acclaimed architects' sketchbooks for the Getty Villa/Museum renovations. Free. Architecture Gallery, Architecture Building.

Through Dec. 3

Growing with Tradition The Native American Student Association and area tribal leaders host an exposé of ethnographical influence on modern American society. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center.

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

UT Arlington Planetarium programs 700 Planetarium Place. 817-272-1183,,

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. 17

Accidental Branding for the Purposeful Entrepreneur David Vinjamuri, a marketing professor and author, discusses the success of people who created well-known consumer brands, such as Craigslist, Burt's Bees and Baby Einstein, without marketing experience. A question-and-answer session follows. Free with free pizza. 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

North Texas: Wide Open for Sustainability and Growth Business owners and entrepreneurs can learn new skills, ideas and examples to grow profitable, sustainable businesses. Registration required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Automation & Robotics Research Institute auditorium, 7300 Jack Newell Boulevard, S., Fort Worth.

College of Engineering 50th Anniversary

Engineering Speaker Series Chris Greer, assistant director of information technology for the White House Office of Science and Technology, speaks on "Engineering and Science in Five Dimensions." Register online. 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture, Room 100, Nedderman Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 19

Great American Smoke Out Learn about the benefits of quitting smoking. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services,

Art in Argentina Patrick Frank, author of two books on Latin American modern art, discusses "Destroying the Figure in Order to Save It: Sixties Art in Argentina." Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building.

Friday, Nov. 20

Linguistics Colloquium Christopher Stewart, assistant professor of modern languages, speaks on "The Sociolinguistics of Parisian French: Language Attitudes and Speech Perception." 2 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. Drew Burks, 817-272-3133,

Approaches to Sustainability This OneBook poster session displays original research presented in poster form. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 11:30 a.m. poster judging, 12:30 p.m. awards announcement, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Monday, Nov. 23

Academic Integrity Series A movie and discussion on academic integrity. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Andrea Barefield, 817-272-2354,

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

Sports Notes
  Marquez Haynes

Up and over: Marquez Haynes soars for two of his 30 points Saturday.

Women entertain University of Houston tonight

After opening the season Friday with an 81-64 win over Rice, the women's basketball team will host the University of Houston at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Texas Hall.

Four players scored in double figures against Rice, led by senior guard Kiarra Shofner with 17. Junior forward Shalyn Martin had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Wednesday is 'white-out night' as men host North Texas

Fans are encouraged to wear white T-shirts for "white-out night" as the men's basketball team takes on the University of North Texas at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks opened the season Saturday with an 88-84 win over Dallas Baptist. Senior guard Marquez Haynes scored 30 points while senior forward Tommy Moffitt collected 15 rebounds.

Volleyballers open with Lamar in conference tourney

The Mavericks are seeded fifth in the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament, which begins Friday, Nov. 20, at the UT San Antonio Convocation Center.

Their first-round opponent will be defending champion Lamar University, which is seeded fourth. The single-elimination tournament continues through Sunday, Nov. 22.

Movin' Mavs win four in home tournament

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team won four out of five games last weekend in the second Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament. The Mavs defeated Missouri, Alabama, the Illinois women's team and the Dallas Uro-Med Texans while losing only to the Illinois men's team.

Next action will be Dec. 11-13 when the Movin' Mavs host a Community Division Tournament in the Physical Education Building gym.

In Quotes

Special events center boost for community

Choosing a major difficult in this economy

Rebounding key
to win over Rice

"The fact that it can serve more than just the university makes it more of an accomplishment."

"I just got really lucky. Everything fell into place."

"Getting the big rebounds and getting offensive boards helped get us back into the game and take the lead."

– President James D. Spaniolo concerning the UT System Board of Regents design approval of the special events center.

– Jorge Callado, who graduated in May, on preparing for his career after college.

– Tamara Simmons, junior guard on the women's basketball team, on keys to the win over Rice in the season opener Friday.


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