For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sally Ride

Ticket to Ride: Sally Ride, the first American woman astronaut in space, will speak next Monday at Texas Hall.

Tickets remain for Sally Ride next Monday; Thursday's Magic Johnson lecture sold out

Tickets are still available for astronaut Sally Ride, who will talk at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Texas Hall as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.

A sold-out lecture by basketball legend and business icon Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Texas Hall.

One of America's most famous and most beloved astronauts, Dr. Ride will speak on "Leadership and America's Future in Space." Her lecture is part of the College of Engineering's 50th Anniversary celebration.

Ride is now a professor of physics at the University of California at San Diego and is president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, which focuses on getting children, especially girls, interested in science.

As with all Maverick Speakers Series events, the lectures are free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at For more information and for ticketing assistance, call 817-272-9234.

Online nursing

Online nursing master's program added

Registered nurses who want to move into nursing management have a new online preparation option through the College of Nursing.

Applications for the first cohort in the new Master of Science in Nursing Administration program are due Monday, Feb. 15, with classes beginning March 1.

The Academic Partnership program, delivered on a state-of-the-science distance education platform, allows graduate nursing students to earn a master's degree in 18 months on a flexible schedule geared toward the working professional.

More information on the MSNA program is online. Or call 866-489-2810 for details.

Official Maverick ring

Plan to order official Maverick Ring next week

Place your order for an official Maverick Ring 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Feb, 17-18, in the E.H. University Center.

This unique ring is reserved exclusively for qualified undergraduates who have completed 60 credit hours and graduate students who have completed 15 hours, as well as alumni. Rings will be presented by President James D. Spaniolo at the Official Maverick Ring Ceremony in April, and recipients will have the opportunity to sign the Official Maverick Ring Registry.

Read about the ring design.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 817-272-2594 or

  Fresh Pix Gita Christy and Tiffany Howard

Portion control

Gita Christy, a junior finance major, left, and Tiffany Howard, interdisciplinary studies freshman, try their hand at estimating a healthy serving portion of snacks at the Red Heart Awareness Day last week. Health Services provided hands-on ways to learn about heart health at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Submit research for ACES symposium

Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 11 for students to submit proposals for presentations to the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, a university-wide symposium that showcases the best of UT Arlington's undergraduate and graduate students' research and creativity.

Abstracts can be submitted online at

The Link connects international students with community members

Tonight's The Link information session matches international students with fellow students and community members so both groups can learn about each other's culture.  The Link partners may celebrate birthdays, holidays or various outings together.

Specific details about what to expect as a participant are explained starting at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Room 114 of the Swift Center. Contact Lauren Cutcher at 817-272-2355 or

Dana Davis and Adrian Davis

Alumna on Amazing Race

Maverick alumna Dana Davis and her husband, Adrian, globe-trot on CBS's The Amazing Race, which begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, on KTVT/Channel 11. The Arlington couple will compete against 10 other two-person teams for a $1 million grand prize.

Davis earned a master's degree in professional accounting in 2000. The high school sweethearts have three children.

Blog on to Blazin' Construction

The Office of Facilities Management has created a blog called Blazin' Construction, which includes updates on campus construction projects.

The blog came about in response to a Student Congress resolution calling on University administrators to do more to update the campus community about ongoing projects.


  Fresh Pix Barbara Peet, Career Services director

Carnival atmosphere

Barbara Peet, Career Services director, center, served as ringmaster for the Career Carnival at the E.H. Hereford University Center, where she advised accounting juniors Caleb Warner, left, and Juman Haddad. Last week's carnival was a prelude to the Career Services spring job fair Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Learn to be a student leader

The Leadership Academy will show students how to get involved in campus leadership with two programs open to all students.

Getting Involved on Campus: What Does it Take to be a Leader? starts at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Student Congress Chambers, lower level, E.H. Hereford University Center. The discussion will include requirements for certain positions, dates of student leader openings and qualities needed in student leaders. Open to all students on campus who wish to become involved.

Shadow a Student Leader Week, Feb. 15-19, allows students to see firsthand what leadership positions require. Sign up through Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Leadership Center, lower level, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Contact Loretta Pequeno-Griffin at 817-272-9220 or

Donald Reaser

Campus memorial service for Donald Reaser Feb. 18

A memorial service and scholarship will honor geology Professor Emeritus Donald Reaser, who passed away Dec. 29 following a brief illness during the winter break. He was 78.

The service starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Planetarium. A reception follows in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Donald F. Reaser Scholarship, UT Arlington, P.O. Box 19047, Arlington, TX 76019. Contact Lori Norris at or 817-272-3494 for more information.

Dr. Yue Deng, left, and Dr. Amir Farbin

Energy boost: Physics assistant professors Dr. Yue Deng, left, and Dr. Amir Farbin received early career grants for their research.

Physicists awarded grants to study magnetosphere, space

Yue Deng and Amir Farbin, assistant professors of physics in the College of Science, have received early career grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, respectively.

Dr. Deng's five-year, $462,000 grant is for her study of energy output from the magnetosphere—space around the earth controlled by the earth's magnetic field—and its impact on the earth's upper atmosphere.

Dr. Farbin's award is one of only three granted to university researchers working with the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland.

Read more about Deng's and Farbin's awards and research.

Fort Worth Center stages women's leadership conference next month

The Institute for Professional Development at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center will host "Success: A Woman's Leadership Conference," a one-day event Thursday, March 11, in downtown Fort Worth.

The conference is an initiative of the center and is dedicated to helping women enhance their leadership skills, both professionally and personally. The conference will highlight career, educational and social issues affecting all women.

Registration is $95 per person with a 10 percent discount for University employees. Events will be at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa.

Go to or call 817-272-5988 to register or for more information.

Check List


Monday, Feb. 15

Last day to file for graduate degree graduation

Cost may remain for classes dropped

Students may drop classes through the last drop date (April 2) and a grade of "W" will appear on your transcript.

If a class is dropped after Feb. 3 and you remain enrolled, you are financially responsible for the full cost of the course. If you drop all classes, you are responsible for the pro-rata share of tuition, fees and charges.

Students must meet with their academic advisor or designated representative in the major academic unit in order to drop one or more classes. Check the list of all advising offices.

Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to determine how dropping will affect their financial aid package. Financial Aid is in Room 252 of E.E. Davis Hall or call 817-272-3561.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Laugh a little at One Mic Comedy Series

Whitney Cummings

Comedienne and actress Whitney Cummings takes the stage for the One Mic Comedy Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A former cast member of MTV's Punk'd, Cummings has performed on HBO's Down and Dirty with Jim Norton and NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly Comics Unleashed. Her standup comedy program Live! Nude! Comedy! premiered on Showtime in July. She also has appeared on Chelsea Lately on E!

Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. For more details, call 817-272-2963 or e-mail

Wednesday, Feb.10

Allan Saxe Party Free ice cream will be served to the first 1,000 Mavericks at a celebration of Allan Saxe's birthday and his recent gift of a garden at the traffic circle near the entrance of the Planetarium. Free. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. atrium, Chemistry and Physics Building. 817-272-3494.

$2 movie: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. McNeese State. AISD elementary and middle school students on the A/B honor roll receive free admission. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Guest Pianist Henning Vauth of Auburn University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471.

Friday, Feb. 12

Friday Night Movie: The Twilight Saga: New Moon The second flick in the Twilight tale. Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. Rated PG-13. Free. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 817-272-2963.

Saturday, Feb. 13

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. UT San Antonio. Mavericks will wear pink jerseys, and fans are encouraged to wear pink for breast cancer research. Donations go to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Free with student ID.  2 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through March 6

Prime Perception Visual communication professors and active designers and artists Robert Grame and Robert Hower exhibit their work. Free. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-5658.

Through March 31

Creativity Test Artists Marilyn Jolly and Maraya Lopez bring a new perspective to paint-by-the-numbers. Free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.


UT Arlington Planetarium programs See the complete Planetarium schedule. 817-272-1183,

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

Learn More


Tuesday, Feb. 9

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

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

Wednesday, Feb. 10

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

Graduate Admissions and Financial Resources Workshop Meet with representatives from the Office of Graduate Studies about graduate opportunities at UT Arlington. Learn about how to apply, the admission process, ways to seek financial assistance, and available graduate student services. Free. Noon-1 p.m., San Jacinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-5286,

How to Get a Federal Job Learn from federal agency representatives on how to get jobs in the many different types of government agencies, as well as how to write a federal resume. Free. 12:30-2:30 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Services, 817-272-2932,

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

Writing with Clarity and Cohesion This workshop will help graduate students learn to make their academic writing clearer and more cohesive. Participants should bring a sample of their academic writing, preferably an assignment in progress in one of their courses or a part of a thesis or dissertation. 4:30 p.m., Writer's Studio, Room 411, Central Library. Lisa Berry,

Thursday, Feb. 11

A Bio-Micro/Nano Robotic Manipulation System Dr. Masahiro Nakajima of the Center for Micro/Nano Mechatronics at Nagoya University describes the technical challenges and applications of a micro/nano robotic system developed for single cell analysis. Free. 11 a.m., ARRI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd, S., Fort Worth. Theresa Culver, 817-272-5991,

Internship Workshop Hear from recruiters on their amazing internship programs and how you can benefit from them. Free. 1-2 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Services, 817-272-2932,

Managing the Time Trap: Organizational Skills Learn effective time management strategies that you can implement right away and instantly increase your productivity. 1-3 p.m., online via Webex. Michael Saenz,

Transportation 2.0: Enabling Cleaner, Greener Electric Vehicles Ali Emadi of the Illinois Institute of Technology describes recent advances in hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and how these fit into an economically viable transportation program. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. 817-272-2667.

Frontiers in Science College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma presents her research on "The Haiti Earthquake: What science told us and what we're doing next." Free. 4 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall.

Biology Colloquium Series Laura Gough, associate professor of biology in the College of Science, presents "What I learned in my year as a program officer at the National Science Foundation." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. 817-272-2872.

Friday, Feb. 12

Bodily Natures: The Environmental Activism of the Posthuman This OneBook program and brown bag lecture features Stacy Alaimo of the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Alaimo's presentation explores how new forms of environmental activism emphasize how humans are literally part of the world that we destroy. Free. Noon, Palo Pinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-6107.

A Place at the Table for Minority Students at Traditionally White Institutions Dr. Kimberly L. King-Jupiter of Lewis University is guest speaker for Black History Month. Noon, sixth floor, Central Library. 817-272-2009.

Career Services International Student Workshop International students learn how to prepare for the Job Fair, write resumes and prepare for job interviews. Jessica Kulkarni, a human resources attorney specializing in H1 visas, talks about the employment process for international students. Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Swift Center. Career Services, 817-272-2932,

Saturday, Feb. 13

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 a less arduous process. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 315A, Central Library. Lisa Berry,

Monday, Feb. 15

Resume Critiques No appointment needed. Stop by to get the help you need to make your resume shine. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Services, 817-272-2932,

Recruiter's Guide to Getting the Job Find out what potential employers are looking for in your resume, during your interview, and when talking to your references. Free. 12:30 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Services, 817-272-2932,

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Resume Critiques No appointment needed. Stop by to get the help you need to make your resume shine. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Services, 817-272-2932,

How to be Successful at the Job Fair Get resume tips, advice on what to wear, and other great information for having a successful experience at the Feb. 24 Job Fair. Free. 1:30-3 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Services, 817-272-2932,

Wednesday, Feb. 17

African-American Experience Panel Faculty and students continue the dialogue started by Dr. King-Jupiter on Friday. Part of Black History Month. Noon, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center.

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

Sports Notes
  Cordero Gray

Gray matter: Cordero Gray, shown here in outdoor competition last year, is off to a great start in this year's indoor track season.

Gray comes in third at weekend New Balance invitational

Sprinter Cordero Gray finished third in the 60-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter event at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational indoor track and field competition in New York last weekend.

Gray faced some of the nation's top sprinters in the meet. Jasmine Walls competed for the Mavericks in the women's 60 and 200, but did not qualify for the finals.

Basketball teams continue winning ways

Marquez Haynes scored 32 points, and his basket in the final seconds gave the men's basketball team its fourth straight win, an 81-80 triumph over Northwestern State, Saturday night at Texas Hall. The women's team has won two of its last three after taking an 86-82 decision at Northwestern State on Saturday.

The women return home to face McNeese State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Texas Hall, while the men will be on the road at McNeese State the same night. Both teams are now 4-4 in the Southland Conference as they seek to finish among top eight teams to earn a berth in the conference tournament in March.

Softball season begins Friday with tourney at San Marcos

The softball team opens the season this weekend in the CenturyLink Classic at San Marcos as the Mavericks will face Oklahoma State and New Mexico on Friday, followed by two games with Northern Illinois on Saturday and one game with Texas State on Sunday.

For more sports news, see

Deadlines to sign up for intramural sports nearing

Several intramural sports have entry deadlines in February, including billiards, racquetball, flag football, foosball, rock climbing, tennis, NBA Video Game tournament, and outdoor soccer.

Entries are due today, Tuesday, Feb. 9, for the billiards tournament. Entries must be turned in between 6 and 6:50 p.m. in Bowling and Billiards at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Competition begins at 7 p.m.

Flag football and racquetball entries are due Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Maverick Activities Center services and information desk. See intramural sports for other entry deadlines.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Tuition increases affect UT System

Toyota can take notes from Tylenol snafu

Raising capital difficult for small businesses

"I think we're all facing the same challenges, which is the impact of the recession finally hitting Texas."

"Think of your corporate reputation as a bank account."

"For small-business owners, personal wealth has historically been the biggest source of capital."

— President James D. Spaniolo, on proposed tuition increases.
The Dallas Morning News

— Dr. Robert Rogers, a senior lecturer in the Department of Marketing in the College of Business and director of the Master of Science in Marketing Research program, on how Toyota can rebuild its reputation.
Dallas Business Journal

— Dr. Colleen Casey, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, on minorities' access to capital.
The Dallas Morning News



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