Friday, April 08, 2005

Upcoming Events

UTA’s annual volunteer event will be held Saturday, April 16. “The Big Event” is being held as part of the UT System “United to Serve” project. Students, administrators, faculty and staff can sign up to volunteer either with Arlington Parks and Recreation, AISD Roquemore Elementary AANGELS, Arlington Boys & Girls Club Southeast Branch, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society of North Texas, Salvation Army of Arlington, SPCA of Texas, YMCA of Arlington, Arlington Public Library, Mission Arlington Metroplex and Texas Trees Foundation. To sign up online, go to, or call Seth Ressl at (817) 272-2963.

The Honors College is pleased to announce that up to 15 paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships are available for the Summer 2005 semester. The assistantships are available to Honors students in all disciplines. For more details, visit the honors website:, or go directly to the on-line form: The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Friday, April 15. For more information, contact Honors adviser James Jones at (817) 272-5319, or at

Tuesday, April 12

College of Education Teacher Career Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center, 301 W. First St. Open to all UTA students, alumni and the public, participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from more than 50 school districts who will provide information on current openings in entry-level positions. For more information, contact Dr. Frank Gault at (817) 272-3259, or

Wednesday, April 13

UTA Homerathon, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., University Center Mall, 300 W. First St. Readers/performers are needed for a day-long oral recitation of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. Texts in English translation will be provided. Free and open to the public. To sign up, go to For more information, contact Dr. Charles Chiasson at (817) 272-3216.

Thursday, April 14

H.R. Forum: Interviewing Skills - Hiring Good People, 9-10:30 a.m., Continuing Education and Workforce Development Center, 140 W. Mitchell St. Need to brush up on your interviewing technique? This class will teach you the skills needed to conduct a smart, thoughtful, and legal job interview. Register online at or call (817) 272-3461.

Adventures in Antiquity Symposium, 3 p.m., sixth-floor parlor, Central Library, 702 College St. Featured speaker Dr. Kim Shelton will present an illustrated talk titled “The Greeks and Their Gifts: Truth and the Trojan War.” The winner of the Douglas Carvey Prize for best student essay in Classical Studies will also be announced. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Charles Chiasson at (817) 272-3216.


Congratulations to Honors student Megan Wellspring for receiving Outstanding Honors College Council Member recognition!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Ice cream social

HCC meeting 12 noon Monday, come early for free pizza!

Mav-O-Palooza debriefing at 12.30, ice cream social included!

Both events in Carolyn A. Barros Reading Room, Honors College Suite 100

ACES Friday April 1

See Mindy Hutchison at 1.45 p.m. Friday April 1st in the University Center San Saba room for a 12 minute power point presentation on her Honors thesis,

Title: Occupational Sex Discrimination
Student: Mindy Hutchison
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Allen Repko
Department: Interdisciplinary Studies

Although the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964 guaranteed equal pay and status based on sex, progress in its intended aim has been limited.Complaints of occupational sex discrimination continue, and many women are still not receiving equal pay and status
An interdisciplinary approach using research from women’s studies, political science, and anthropology was employed to revisit and analyze women’s pay and status using statistical analysis with time as a variable. It was found that although women have increasing representation, they still do not hold equal leadership positions in many fields. The legislation has been altered to benefit women, but they still felt they were being discriminated against at their jobs.
It may be concluded that public policy changes in the U.S. may not be sufficient to address imbedded socialization and other factors preventing women from succeeding in the workplace. Any future progress to provide equal opportunities may require something greater than legislative law, such as a change in culture. While some still rely on biological explanations to claim that women are inferior in certain aspects, it is important to rectify the exact meaning of inferior. Even with more protection under the law, without a change in perception and behavior, women will still feel discriminated against.
Further research could address variables and other disciplines in an attempt to rectify the problem of sex discrimination including attitudes toward differing leadership styles in women and men, the problem of biology, and women prioritizing family life over public success.

Interesting links:

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Free screening of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ on Friday night

Free screening of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ on Friday night The University Democrats is sponsoring Black History Month Film Night with the Academy Award-nominated Hotel Rwanda at 6:30 p.m. Friday in 148 Fine Arts Building. The event is free.The film stars Don Cheadle in the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who provided shelter for thousands of Tutsis refugees throughout their conflict with Rwandan Hutus.Donations will be taken at the door for the Arlington Life Shelter. For information, call 817-272-2907.— Tristan Vawters

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

meetings 12 Wednesday

The Smart Hospital and Health System (SHHS)
Wednesday, February 23, 200512:05-1:15 pm Central Library Parlor
Elizabeth C. Poster, RN., Ph.D., FAAN Dean, UTA School of NursingEditor, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing

UT Arlington has integrated the use of "simulated" patients (SMART Manikins/high fidelity human patient simulators) to overcome the current "patient bound" restrictions on student education and the development of essential competencies. Plans are to build a Smart Hospital and Health System (SHHS), a virtual multi-specialty health care setting that will permit the UTA School of Nursing and its multidisciplinary partners to develop and test new models and methods for increasing workforce capacity, reducing health care costs, and enhancing safety for health care consumers.
The SHHS will serve as a model training facility for acute, trauma and primary care in an environment that supports implementation and evaluation of best educational practices. It will offer a learning environment in which educational preparation of health care workers can be streamlined, made more efficient and effective, and performance standards objectively verified. The SHHS will also support the design and testing of emergency preparedness models, health care technology innovations, and the design and implementation of workforce capacity building demonstration projects.

Also available
Philosophy Club meeting 12 noon Carlisle Hall 3rd floor

Monday, February 14, 2005

Honors College student makes BIG


Alumna Normalinda Gonzalez, UTA Honors College graduate, (BA in Broadcast Communications and Public Relations, 1999) made her acting debut on NBC's Law & Order on Wednesday, February 9th playing an assistant attorney. Normalinda recently moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting and is currently enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute.


The independent documentary film Border Bandits, which premiered at the Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth and showed at the Dallas Museum of Art before a tour of Texas, including sold-out screenings in San Antonio and Austin, will have its encore Dallas-Fort Worth screening at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 26, in the Rosebud Theater, E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. This special screening is sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, departments of history and political science and the History Student Organization. It is free and open to the public. Border Bandits is based on a story that producer-director Kirby Warnock’s grandfather, Roland Warnock, told to him. In 1915, the elder Warnock was a cowboy working on the Guadalupe Ranch near present-day Edinburgh, when he witnessed a group of Texas Rangers shoot two unarmed men in the back and leave their bodies by the side of a cow trail. Kirby Warnock spent nearly five years tracking down the descendants of the dead men, poring over Ranger reports and interviewing historians to find out what actually happened. The resulting film tells of a turbulent time in Texas history when 3,000-5,000 Mexican-Americans were killed in the lower Rio Grande Valley. The film will feature a panel discussion afterwards by the filmmaker and Associate Professor of Political Science Jose Angel Gutierrez, a founding member of La Raza Unida, who arranged the screening on the UT-Arlington campus. For more information, visit or phone (817) 272-2011. E-mail queries may be sent to

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Let's make this events center special

Original article available here!

I have a crush on an incredibly good-looking ex-football player, so I can see the appeal of bringing football to UTA. While some expect an infusion of school spirit from the games, I’m sure more athletic eye-candy on campus could greatly lift morale for the ladies. Although I want UTA to have great sports teams, I’ve never attended a game and don’t plan to.

For the average student, like me, attending a sporting event is number at the bottom of my pressing “things to do” list. Observing athletes run back and forth in pursuit of a win would be about as stimulating and exciting for me as watching me read a book or draw would be for an athlete. Although it’s great to cheer teams on, it’s not necessarily the best use of time: that’s why in the sports referendum, 2,114 voted and the other 23,000 were probably in class, working, or studying – or maybe in practice for one of our other highly successful sports teams.

One student complained that the special events center is “out of deep left field” even though the proposed center was announced last April. While still in planning stages then, it had been on the UTA master plan since 1999. I’m no baseball expert, but at least six years of prior knowledge isn’t exactly deep left field.

And why are students complaining anyway? Did they hope they could play?

If some students are really great football players, they can join the intramural teams or get a scholarship to another school. If a student wanted to go pro, he could have applied somewhere else. If students are thoroughly convinced football will resolve UTA’s school spirit deficit, not just looking for a way to kill time before they graduate, they can put money where their mouths are and offer to donate to the program in 5 years as alumni.

Last April President Spaniolo said the special events center was the university’s “most pressing facility need.” According to interviews I conducted last year with athletics director Pete Carlon and music officials, we ought to improve sports we have before we fund new ones. Our teams are playing in a theatre! Fans have complained they can’t see the action - and the orchestra and music department have to fight for Texas Hall. So do a few students or a 1972 alum really know better than these officials who deal with scheduling all the time?

One alum pointed out that the administration ignores student referendums. I’m sure many other fun resolutions would be highly popular with students like the “everyone gets an A in math 1302” resolution, “free beer Friday” or “everyone gets a free semester on me - really!” But even if something gets passed, it doesn’t mean student desires are necessarily feasible, practical or affordable.

But why whine about Spaniolo? He didn’t say no, after all. If things go well, we probably will get football – we just have to wait awhile. Our president has to take on a paternalistic role and make the final decisions. Sorry to dash some hopes, but even if it had been approved, the team wouldn’t be playing for five years.

Not only do we not have the startup costs, we don’t have the resources to provide competitive scholarships to get good players to come here. I doubt any great player wants to pay tuition to play football – just to be at UTA. If a football program got millions of dollars, how would basketball players feel while they’re still playing in Texas Hall?

Call me crazy, but shouldn’t learning be the priority, not entertainment? I know some people are here just to party, drink, and have fun before going out into the “real world” but shouldn’t we focus more on academics? As an Honors College student, I feel I’m here not just to have a great, fun experience but to increase my knowledge and abilities to make myself valuable in the marketplace. I can do without a few drunken tailgate memories.

Even if we could pull $14 million out of a hat for football, and give scholarships to athletes who might be lucky to pull a 2.8 GPA, think how we would look in the community. With football in lieu of a special events center, we’d still have our winning basketball teams playing in a theatre. I don’t think that’s the way we want to put UTA on the map. We need to focus on providing successful credentials for our graduates – and I don’t think experience in tailgating is the best way to impress future employers.

New news

Archer City trip February 26th, sign up by this Friday, February 11 in College Hall or call 817 272 7215.

Chess tournament
Friday, February 18th in the UC Palo Duro Lounge.

Mindy Hutchison's article on football and the special events center in The Shorthorn

Nick Cornor interviewed for SC committe in The Shorthorn

Dallas Observer: Young Conservative group makes a fuss

...They called it "Capture the Illegal Immigrant" and decided to make a game of it. Spread throughout campus would be members of the Young Conservatives of Texas wearing bright orange T-shirts that read "Illegal Immigrant" in big black text. YCT officers, in blue T-shirts and stationed at their booth near the Student Union, would call to passing students--with a bullhorn if necessary--telling them they could "help secure the economy" by finding their orange-shirted compatriots. Once captured, the "immigrant" would inform the capturer of President Bush's flawed work program, the one that could allow illegal immigrants to gain a documented "temporary worker status" in the United States...see more

Thursday, February 03, 2005

From Keith's Blog

Peter Geach on Drunkenness

If drinking alcohol is wrong, the reason is not that it makes you less alert than you might possibly be, but that it makes you less alert than you then and there ought to be; and the degree to which you ought to be alert varies very much. An extreme degree of alertness is rightly to be demanded of a railway signalman or of a car driver in heavy traffic. On the other hand, while I cannot answer for the efficacy as a cure for colds or influenza of hot toddy self-administered in bed till you pass out unconscious, if the medical theory is right the moral objection to drunkenness vanishes; a man safe tucked up in bed has no duty for even the lowest degree of alertness, for he could lawfully just go to sleep. There are many intermediate cases, into the casuistry of which I will not enter.
(Peter Geach, The Virtues: The Stanton Lectures 1973-4 [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977], 134)

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