The University of Texas at Arlington
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
MavLink Newsletter - September 2013
UT Arlington's 8th President assumes leadership role
Dr. Vistasp M. Karbhari is the new president of The University of Texas at Arlington and assumed the presidency of UT Arlington on June 1, 2013.
Dr. Karbhari has replaced President James D. Spaniolo, who announced last June his intention to step down from the top post once his successor was in place. Spaniolo has served as UT Arlington president since 2004.
Dr. Karbhari was the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prior to that, he served as professor and vice chairman of the structural engineering department at The University of California-San Diego.
“UT Arlington is an incredible institution, and I am committed to advancing UTA toward Tier One status, while maintaining and strengthening excellence in both research and education and ensuring the success of our undergraduate and graduate students,” Karbhari said.
Karbhari is a noted researcher and scholar and is a published author or co-author of more than 200 scientific papers. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Poona in India and his doctorate from The University of Delaware.
Princeton Review names UT Arlington as one of Best in the West
UT Arlington is one of the best colleges in the West, according to The Princeton Review, the nationally known education services company.
The University was selected as one of 124 institutions in the website feature “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The 643 colleges named to the region-by-region list constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
“UT Arlington is establishing itself as a model 21st-century urban university, thanks to the hard work of faculty, staff and students,” says President Vistasp Karbhari. “Recognition like this reaffirms our national reputation for excellence.”
The Princeton Review, widely known for its test prep programs and college guides, used institutional data and student surveys to rate schools in six categories. Those categories are: academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life, and green.
The 124 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the West" list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Maverick Speakers Series to kick of on September 24th
UT Arlington recently announced five distinguished guests whom will form UT Arlington’s 2013-2014 Maverick Speaker series.
The series will begin with immigration rights activist Jose Vargas on September 24th at 7:30 p.m. in Texas Hall.
The series will also bring entrepreneur and ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen on October 24th, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on November 11th, Neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta on March 18th and NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg on April 8th.
Maverick Speakers Series events are open to the public and tickets are free. Tickets can be reserved online at www.utatickets.com.
Live video presentations connect students to UT Arlington virtually
University Recruitment will be hosting a series of live online presentations, as an alternative way of interacting with students and high school classes.
Our live presentations allow students to connect to the admission counselor with full video and audio capabilities.
Students who inquire or apply to UT Arlington will be invited to online chats throughout the fall and spring. High School counselors and teachers can request customized presentations about college admissions, financial aid, or other topics delivered virtually, right to their classrooms.
We hope this new tool will provide a way for more students to connect with our admissions staff and the UT Arlington campus.
Contact your admission counselor for more information about setting up a presentation for your school.
9/6 - 11/ 22 Friday Night Film Series
EXCEL Campus Activities screens selected movies onFriday Nights throughout fall semester. See the schedule here: http://www.uta.edu/excel/events/friday-night-films.php.
9/24 - Maverick Speaker Series presents Jose Antonio Vargas
For more than a decade, Jose Antonio Vargas has written for some for the most prestigious news organizations in the country. He earned a Pulitzer Prize for his work as part of a team covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. Vargas, who was born in the Philippines, revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay for New York Times Magazine. Today he runs Define American, a nonprofit that focuses on immigration issues. Visit http://www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers/ for more information.
10/4 - Oozeball Tournament
A mud volleyball tournament hosted annually by the Maverick Marauders and Campus Recreation. It's voted the best campus tradition every year. Learn more at http://utaalumni.org/oozeball.
10/10 - Bed Races
Students race beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes at the University's "longest running" tradition since 1980. Visit http://www.uta.edu/excel/events/bed-races/index.php for more information.
10/24 - Maverick Speaker Series presents Bill Rasmussen
Bill Rasmussen, along with his son, founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network, calling itself “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” began broadcasting a year later. For ESPN, Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010. Visit http://www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers/ for more information.
11/2 - Maverick Experience
UT Arlington's Maverick Experience Preview Day programs give students the opportunity to get a close-up look at what UT Arlington has to offer, and to get answers to questions about all aspects of the University. Learn more at www.uta.edu/maverick-experience.