For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

David Gergen

CNN analyst to speak at UT Arlington,
location changed to Bluebonnet Ballroom

David Gergen, a CNN political analyst and former adviser to four presidents, is the next lecturer in the Maverick Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Note that this is a change from the previously announced location. Tickets are required and can be obtained free at

Gergen has been an observer, analyst and participant in American politics for more than 30 years. Though perhaps best known for his CNN commentary, he formerly served as President Reagan's communications director and held positions in the Nixon and Ford administrations. He counseled President Bill Clinton on foreign policy and domestic affairs and was special international adviser to the president and Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Gergen also is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report. He is the author of the best-selling Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

Camo and US flag

University to participate
in national military veteran mentoring program

UT Arlington will participate in a national mentoring program dedicated to helping military veterans make the transition from the battlefield to the business world.

American Corporate Partners joins military men and women with corporate and higher education mentors. The partnership, which was announced Thursday by President James D. Spaniolo, also includes IBM, Campbell Soup, General Electric, The Home Depot, URS Corp., Verizon Communications and the University of Oklahoma.

The program will have about 20 UT Arlington mentors who will be communicator, coach, navigator, developer and adviser to their veteran protégés.

The program targets all veterans who have served on active duty since 2001, including those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Spouses of severely wounded or deceased veterans may also apply as protégés.

The initiative is part of UT Arlington's commitment to aiding military men and women returning to college. Military veteran enrollment is up more than 20 percent since fall 2008. The University's Veterans Benefits Office works daily to assist veterans as they transition to college life.

More information on the UT Arlington veteran mentor program is available online.

To participate as mentor, visit The mentor application is located under the Corporate Mentor tab. Contact Emily Taron at or 212-752-0700 for more information.

GradFest '09 answers questions for potential graduate students

The Office of Graduate Studies is hosting GradFest '09, a graduate school information fair, Wednesday, Oct. 14, that will match undergraduates, professionals and job-seekers with more than 30 colleges and universities.

  Fresh Pix Happy Birthday, UTA!

University celebrates birthday

Students sign a giant card celebrating the 114th birthday for the University at the Founder's Day celebration last week. UT Arlington was founded in 1895 as Arlington College. Founder's Day activities were sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.

The one-day event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Admission is free.

GradFest '09 is designed for those considering graduate and professional school and new graduate students, particularly those considering advanced academic training to boost their careers or job prospects. The event begins with a graduate and professional school fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Palo Duro Lounge. Participants may engage in roundtable discussions with admissions, financial aid and test-preparation representatives from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Alumni and graduate student panel discussions will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. and from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Visit and click on "students" for more information or to register.

University announces deadline for Honors Distinction Scholarship

First-time freshmen have until Feb. 15, 2010, to apply for the most generous award offered to undergraduate students.

The Honors Distinction Scholarship provides $20,000 per year for up to four consecutive years for education-related expenses to a limited number of outstanding first-time freshmen entering the University in the fall 2010 semester. This is the second year for the highly competitive, merit-based scholarship program.

"The establishment of this generous award underscores the seriousness of UT Arlington's efforts to attract the most capable and talented students to the institution," says Karl M. Petruso, dean of the Honors College and professor of anthropology.

Eligible students in all majors (as well as those who have not declared a major at the time of application) are encouraged to apply. At least five students will receive the scholarship award. The Honors Distinction Scholarship application and more information are online. E-mail questions to

2009 Campus Safety Report available

The 2009 Campus Safety Report includes crime statistics for the previous three years. These crimes occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UT Arlington, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies about campus security.

A copy of the report is available by contacting Melissa Mais, UT Arlington Police Department, 700 S. Davis, Arlington, TX 76019 or via e-mail at

The report is accessible online at

Goolsby Leadership Academy meets $3 million challenge

Goolsby Leadership Academy

Lockheed Martin Corp. has helped UT Arlington complete a $3 million challenge that will prepare future business leaders and fund faculty support for the College of Business' Goolsby Leadership Academy.

The Goolsby Leadership Academy was established in 2003 as a leadership development program for select undergraduate business majors through an anonymous $2 million gift made in honor of former Howard Hughes Corp. CEO John Goolsby (BBA '64) and his wife, Judy.

Half of the initial $2 million gift was designated to support scholarships; the other half was designated for faculty support. The donor required the College of Business to raise an additional $2 million for scholarships and an additional $1 million for faculty support.

Lockheed Martin enabled the college to meet the goal with Thursday's $40,000 gift, which establishes the Lockheed Martin-Goolsby Endowed Scholarship and Program Support to benefit the academy.

"The Goolsby Leadership Academy is a step beyond the conventional business educational experience," says Daniel Himarios, dean of the College of Business. "It's a special program that cultivates the unique leadership qualities of some of our most promising students. We are grateful for Lockheed Martin's investment in the academy."

Digistar 4 at The Planetarium

Planetarium re-opens with new Digistar 4 system

The stars at night are bigger and brighter—even during the daytime—thanks to upgrades and the new Digistar 4 technology at The Planetarium, which re-opened Monday.

Digistar 4 is the newest planetarium software and allows audiences to see the far side of the moon, a distant star, the surface of the sun and various programs in 3-D. The Planetarium has the only such system in Texas.

The two-week renovation also included new signs on the Chemistry and Physics Building, brighter and more efficient projectors, and seating and lighting repairs.

The fall schedule will include four new shows. See the complete schedule at

Parents/Family Weekend set for Oct. 23-24

Mom, Dad, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles can experience college life on Parents and Family Weekend, set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24.

  Fresh Pix B.J. Clark

Slippin' and slidin' for charity

B.J. Clark, a senior majoring in political science, slides during the slip-and-slide event presented by Alpha Tau Omega last week on the Central Library mall. The fraternity was accepting donations of cash and candy to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth.

Friday evening includes a reception in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Saturday's activities start with breakfast with Provost Donald Bobbitt and Vice President of Student Affairs Frank Lamas. The day features open houses and tours at various colleges, schools and residence halls; Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball and Maverick volleyball games; a glass-blowing demonstration; the President's dinner; and a fall festival and concert.

The Maverick Parent and Family Association meets from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Red River Room of the University Center.

Go to for the schedule and more details.

Feedback needed for two surveys

  • Dining Services is conducting a survey to better understand the University community's dining preferences and satisfaction. The survey takes about five minutes, and all responses will remain confidential. Participants will be able to enter a drawing to win one of three Best Buy gift cards: the grand prize is for $250, and the others are for $25 each. The survey will end Friday, Oct. 23.

  • A survey on parking, saving money and going green needs student input. The survey is for the master plan and development work group of the President's Sustainability Committee.

Nominations being accepted for doctoral student mentoring award

The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for this year's Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring. The award is intended for faculty members who have a strong record of excellence in mentoring graduate students.

A panel of students, faculty and Graduate Services leadership will select one graduate faculty member who excels as a mentor to graduate students.

Nominations forms are due by Monday, Nov. 9.

Contact Lisa Berry at or Joslyn Krismer at for more details.

Bed Races 2009 postponed again

Inclement weather caused EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation to once again postpone the 29th Annual Bed Races. No makeup date has been announced.

Flu season update

  Fresh Pix Candlelight vigil

Marching for the troops

A march of silence with flameless candles Wednesday honored armed forces personnel. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta sorority, the "Go Yellow for Our Troops" vigil featured students marching from the University Center mall to the Central Library mall, where they heard inspirational speeches.

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

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

  • Anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, including a high fever, is encouraged to see a physician as soon as possible. Contact Health Services at 817-272-2771 or go to

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

Tobacco program provides 'fresh start'

UT Arlington offers tobacco cessation education classes that are free for all students.

The Fresh Start From Tobacco program consists of four one-hour seminars designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use.

Facilitated by Health Services, the sessions cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions. In addition, all participants are eligible for a limited supply of nicotine replacement therapy patches and gum.

Student classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the first and third week of each month. For location and to register for classes, contact Health Services at 817-272-2771. You must register for all four sessions separately.

The session schedule is:

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Understanding Addiction

11:30 a.m.

Steps to Quitting

3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

How to Cope

10:30 a.m.

There Is Help

3 p.m.

Learn more at

Check List

Oct. 23-25

MyMav offline, unavailable

Oct 26

Registration begins for spring 2010

Oct 30

Last day to drop classes

Fall progress reports available soon

Mid-term progress report grades are being entered by faculty. Students who will receive progress report grades online are freshmen with less than 30 semester credit hours, undeclared students regardless of the number of semester credit hours, undergraduate students whose UT Arlington grade point average is less than 2.25, new transfer students and student athletes. As soon as the grade is entered, you can view it. Check your Student Center in MyMav regularly. Select Progress Report Grades under Grades.

Advising open for winter intersession, spring 2010

Academic advisers are available to release your advising service indicator now. Class schedules for winter intersession and spring are accessible at, with priority registration beginning Monday, Oct. 26.

Check your MyMav portal page at to see if you need to see an adviser. Log in and then click Student Center. Find the section on the right called Holds, then click Detail link for specifics on your holds. If your academic department requires that you be advised, you will see an academic department service indicator (DEP hold).

A list of advising offices and the registration timetable for winter intersession and spring 2010 are online.

MyMav will be unavailable starting at noon Oct. 22

The MyMav system will be upgraded beginning Thursday, Oct. 22, and continuing through 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Please note the following:

  • The Bursar's and Parking offices will close at noon Oct. 22.

  • MyMav will be unavailable for faculty and students beginning at noon Oct. 22.

MyMav will return to 24/7 availability at 8 a.m. Oct. 26. For questions or concerns, contact the Help Desk at 817-272-2208.

Slides available from sustainability lecture

Slides from Sustainability and Crisis of Expertise, a Focus on Faculty lecture by Jeff Howard on Oct. 7, are available online.

Dr. Howard, an assistant professor of urban and public affairs, illustrated his talk with slides that include useful charts and references. Log on to MavSpace and go to the Sustainability @ UT Arlington blog to access the slides.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Theatre Arts presents 'Noises Off'

Noises Off

Controlled chaos: From left, Stephen T. Howell, Shelly Ohmes, Porter Gandy and Leslie Jones star in "Noises Off", the Theatre Arts Department's season opener.

The Department of Theatre Arts opens its 2009-10 season this weekend with "Noises Off" by Michael Frayn.

The farce features a zany troupe of British actors stumbling from riotous rehearsals to a wild and crazy opening night and is touted as pure fun in three fast-paced acts. Professor Andrew Gaupp directs with theatre arts major Jacqueline Pettit as stage manager.

The cast features Shelley Ohmes, Ryan Cole, Stephen T. Howell, Leslie Jones, Kathryn Ivey, Robert Bell, Ericka Hernandez, Wesley Farnsworth and Porter Gandy. The understudy ensemble includes Bethany Ham, Abel Ramos, Brooke Thibodeaux, Britney Hudgins, Kadrea Wade, Trae Adair and Travis Cook.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Mainstage Theatre, Room 174, Fine Arts Building. Reservations are recommended.

Tickets are $7 for students with ID, faculty, staff and seniors and $10 for the general public. Group rates are available.

Contact the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at 817-272-2669 for reservations.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Coaching the Best Out of Yourself and Others Alumnus Mike Hawkins ('83 BSME), an executive coach and self-improvement expert, will speak on his book Activating Your Ambition: A Guide to Coaching the Best Out of Yourself and Others. A book signing follows. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., UT Arlington Bookstore.

National Night Out Join in for a crime-free campus, food, prizes and entertainment. Free. 6 p.m., mall, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-3902,

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

Wednesday, Oct. 14

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

$2 Movie: Ghostbusters 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. 817-272-1183,,

Thursday, Oct. 15

Dancing with Mavericks An annual event hosted by Multicultural Affairs where organizations compete for the title. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month 2009. Free. 6:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.

Guest Vocal Recital Rebecca Wascoe, voice professor at Mississippi State University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Friday, Oct. 16

Movie: The Hangover Free admission and popcorn. Concessions on sale. 5:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 817-272-2963,

$2 Movie: Ghostbusters 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. 817-272-1183,,

Symphony Orchestra Concert Symphony Orchestra features viola soloist Zheng Yuan and guest conductor Dongxiao Xu. $3 students and seniors, $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Saturday, Oct. 17

$2 Movie: Ghostbusters 2:30 p.m., Planetarium. 817-272-1183,,

Sunday, Oct. 18

Jazz Alumni Scholarship Concert A concert benefiting jazz students that features Ken Edwards on trumpet and the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra. Admission is a donation to the scholarship fund. 7 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Tuesday, Oct. 20

The Revolution that Wasn't Screening of the documentary includes a lecture and questions with Russian filmmakers Aliona Polunina and Andrey Shemyakin. Set in 2007, the film examines the political climate in Russia from the perspective of members of a banned political organization. Free. 5 p.m., Room 121, University Hall. Lonny Harrison, 817-272-2388,

Clavier Series Piano Recital UT Arlington piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Through Dec. 22

Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Featured artists are Marianna Alfaro, Lucille Oppermann, Gloria Sepp, Dolly Valdez and Soon Warren. The exhibition runs through Dec. 22. 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 The fall schedule begins today highlighted by 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, Oct. 13

TechnoScholar: Demystifying the Search for Scholarly Impact Find out what journals to target for your writing, how to assess the relevance of a journal and how to discover who is citing your work and what your impact factor is. See TechnoScholar Workshops. Free. 2 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

GradFest '09 10 a.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2688,

Wednesday, Oct. 14-Saturday, Oct. 17

Hermanns Lecture Series The English Department's Hermanns Lecture Series presents "Greening English" this year as it brings nationally and internationally known scholars to campus. All lectures are free and open to the public. See the schedule for details.

Thursday, Oct. 15

TechnoScholar: GIS Workshop: Happiness Learn how to map world happiness by country and investigate possible causes of this happiness. The data used in this workshop are the same as those used in this year's OneBook, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. Free. 3 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library, Joshua Been at 2-5816 or This is a TechnoScholar event.

Biology Colloquium Series Juan E. Gonzalez of UT Dallas discusses "The Role of Quorum Sensing in the Sinorhizobium meliloti-Alfalfa Symbiosis." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building.

Friday, Oct. 16

Challenges in Wind Energy Technology Carsten Westergaard, director of global technology for Vestas Technology, discusses the challenges of economically producing, transmitting and distributing wind-generated power. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall.

Studies of Polythiophenes and Bi- and Terthiophene Model Compounds Professor Martin Pomerantz lectures. Free. 2:30 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building.

TechnoScholar: RefWorks II features for writers Learn how Microsoft Word and RefWork's "Write-N-Cite" software work together to create a polished paper with minimal effort. Registration required. Free. 3 p.m., Room 136, Business Building.

TechnoScholar: Word for Dissertations and Theses Learn advanced features in Word 2007 used to write longer documents that will make meeting the Graduate School formatting requirements less arduous. Registration required. Free. 4 p.m., Room 211A, Ransom Hall. Lisa Berry,

Saturday, Oct. 17

TechnoScholar: Word for Dissertations and Theses Registration required. Free. 9 a.m., Room 211A, Ransom Hall. Lisa Berry,

Monday, Oct. 19

Academic Integrity Series Students can speak with resource-related departments on campus regarding academic integrity. After completing the tour, participants will be entered in a drawing for an iPod. Must be present at 1:30 p.m. drawing to win. Free. 11 a.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Andrea Barefield, 817-272-2354,

Tuesday, Oct. 20

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

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

Managing Stress: Multiple Roles and Responsibilities of Students Address self-expectations as well as expectations of others (professors, family members, supervisors); realistic goal setting; maintaining physical health; identify self-care behaviors/stress management techniques. 4:30 p.m., Room 216, E.E. Davis Hall. Lisa Berry,

Wednesday, Oct. 21

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

Transnationalism, Domestic Violence and Cultural Politics of Health Care in Vietnam Lynn Kwiatkowski of Colorado State University focuses on medical anthropology, gender and critical studies of development in the Philippines, Vietnam and Vietnamese communities in the U.S. Free. Noon, Room 09, University Hall. Ritu G. Khanduri, 817-272-5815,

TechnoScholar: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop See TechnoScholar Workshops. Free. 2 p.m., Ransom Hall.

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

Transitional biophotonics technology Xingde Li, associate professor of bioengineering at Johns Hopkins University, discusses his research on the development of transitional biophotonic technologies that bridge basic engineering research and medical diagnosis/therapy. Free. 6 p.m., Nedderman Hall. Amber DeGelia, 817-272-0074,

Sports Notes
Marquez Haynes

Hoops hysteria: Senior Marquez Haynes is the top returning scorer for the men's basketball team, averaging 16.5 points last season.


Maverick Madness set for Friday night

Maverick Madness, the annual celebration on the first official night of basketball practice, will feature the introduction of men's and women's basketball teams starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Texas Hall.

Madness events also include a step show, free T-shirts, a three-point contest, a slam dunk contest and giveaways. The event is free and open to the public. Don't forget to sign up for the Rewards Program to win lots of free prizes. See athletics.

Volleyballers host Northwestern State on Wednesday

Returning home after a three-game road trip, UT Arlington will host Northwestern State in a Southland Conference volleyball match at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Texas Hall. Students are admitted free with MavID.

The Mavericks are 2-3 in conference play, winning their first two at home before dropping three straight on the road. Northwestern State comes in with an 0-6 conference record.

Adaptive sports clinics open to students, community

Two adaptive sports programs are planned this fall for athletes with disabilities.

A Paralympic sports clinic for tennis, table tennis and basketball is set for Saturday, Oct. 17, for individuals with any mobility impairment. The free clinic will be taught by members and alumni of the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team as well as local Paralympic gold medalists.

An intramural 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball tournament is set for Thursday, Nov. 19. Any student can register, but all players will use adaptive equipment. Sign up at the Maverick Activities Center.

Learn more about the adaptive sports opportunities by contacting coach Doug Garner at or go online to

In Quotes

GI Bill provides
boost to veterans

College Town, UTA brings changes

Fees rising
in local cities

"There's really no reason not to come back to school."

"We have to be regarded differently than we have been in the past."

"For many cities, fees and permits are the easiest items to increase for revenue."

– Joel Chaverri, student in the School of Social Work, on how the new GI Bill that went into effect Aug. 1 has helped him following his duty as a Marine in Iraq.
Fox News

– President James D. Spaniolo, on the atmosphere around campus and in the surrounding community regarding the mission for College Town, UTA.

– Dr. Rod Hissong, associate dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, on Tarrant County cities raising fees.


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