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Accomplishments

FALL 2013

Apartment and Residence Life

  • In November, ARL hosted the annual SWACUHO CHO (Chief Housing Officer) two day workshop.
  • In November, ARL's Training Committee provided in-service training on psychosocial development theories for resident assistants.
  • In December, Apartment and Residence Life distributed a satisfaction survey to all on-campus residents to gather information to improve the residential experience.
  • ARL, along with the University Center, Housing, and Dining, sponsored "Late Night Breakfast" on December 10th attended by hundreds of students to help them gear up for finals!
  • Apartment and Residence Life is currently recruiting resident assistants for the 2014-15 school year! Applications will be accepted until January 31st with interviews and selection to happen in February.ARL will be co-hosting, along with the Housing & Residence Life staff at TCU, the annual SWACUHO Conference to be held February 15-18, 2014 in Fort Worth. 
  • ARL has been working diligently during the fall semester, including several planning meetings with TCU's Housing staff to ensure the success of the conference.

Campus Recreation

  • The Billiards Room has successfully transitioned into the MAC, consistently drawing over 120 users per day.
  • The Homecoming 5K was a great success with 238 runners. The event generated $1,500 for the Center for Students in Recovery.
  • There were 124 teams that participated in the 23rd annual Oozeball mud volleyball tournament and over $3,600 was raised in student scholarships.
  • Halloween Casino Night welcomed over 1,500 participants (the most ever) that dressed up in costumes, enjoyed games, music, food, dancing, casino games, and other alcohol awareness activities.

Health Services

  • The health center laboratory was surveyed by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation on October 16, 2013 and earned reaccreditation through October 16, 2015. No citations were given and the lab was rated substantially compliant on all standards.
  • The health center laboratory also scored 100 on AAFP and API proficiency testing for 2013. Proficiency testing allows laboratories to evaluate their performance and improve the accuracy of the patient results they provide. The lab receives individual laboratories with unknown specimens for testing. Health center lab staff analyze the specimens and return the results to AAFP and API for evaluation. A score of 100 indicates no errors were made during the proficiency testing and is evidence of the high quality of patient care students are receiving from the health center lab.
  • Health Promotion and Substance Abuse Prevention provided health education outreach to 4,579 UT Arlington students through its 30 programs conducted during fall 2013. The annual Fun in the Sun Student Health Fair is scheduled for March 4.
  • Health Services is busy preparing for reaccreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The application for reaccreditation will be submitted this spring and the reaccreditation survey will be conducted in October 2014. 

The Movin' Mavs

  • The Movin' Mavs started their season with a 9-1 record in NWBA Intercollegiate Division play and an 18-2 record overall with the only losses coming to the top teams (out of 300) in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. The team is tied for the top spot in the NWBA Intercollegiate Division. 
  • Jorge Sanchez, Movin' Mavs captain, along with Movin' Mavs alumni Jay Nelms, Paul Schulte, Chris Kommer and Mike Paye, were selected for the USA Men's National Team and played with the team to win the IWBF America's Zone Championships in Bogota, Columbia this fall.    
  • Big news for the 13-14 season is the start of the first ever Lady Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Sport Club Team. The team consists of five players and has started their season 2-2 in the Intercollegiate Division and 3-6 overall. Danielle Hansen, the Movin' Mavs graduate assistant athletic trainer was selected by the NWBA and U.S. Paralympics to serve as the athletic trainer for the USA Women's Under 21 team that won the gold medal at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Argentina!  
  • The Movin' Mavs Wheelchair Tennis Team placed second out of five colleges and universities at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Championships in March. 

The Office of Community Standards

  • Through a partnership between the Office of Community Standards and the College of Business, 45 faculty and staff members completed a 40 hour mediation training certified by the Texas State Bar Association. Those completing the program will continue to volunteer with Mediation Services. The training course will be offered again during the summer of 2014.

The Office for Students with Disabilities

  • The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) co-sponsored "Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington," to celebrate the launch of the new Disability Studies Minor. Faculty provided presentations on various disability topics and lunch was served. The event was well attended by UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the community.
  • OSD also participated in the UT Arlington Veterans Fair on 11/7/13. Resources, both on and off campus, were presented to student veterans. Lunch was provided.
  • Along with Dr. Sarah Rose, Penny Acrey, Director, participated in a panel discussion for the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Coffee Hour. For more information, please visit http://www.cirtl.net.
  • OSD hosted a forum presented by the UT Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) to assess technology needs. Students, faculty, and community members attended.
  • The ice storm presented many challenges for students taking final exams with OSD. Volunteer proctors were utilized, along with OSD Staff and student interns, to provide make up exams for many students. 

Student Publications

  • In November, The Shorthorn hosted the first Mavericks Tip Off event, where the UTA community met the men's and women's basketball teams, got their autographs and had exclusive access to coaches before the season started, at Blaze's Sports Grill. The event also promoted The Shorthorn's Basketball Preview edition. This is the department's first collaborative promotional effort in recent memory involving The Shorthorn, UTA Athletics and a local business.
  • Student Publications produced and delivered the Maverick Connection phone directory in collaboration with Student Governance.
  • Journalism senior Lindsey Juarez was named the Spring 2014 editor in chief of The Shorthorn. She replaces Natalie Webster, who graduated and has accepted an editing job with Scripps News Service in Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, The Shorthorn's five other fall graduates each have secured full-time work within the field of journalism. Three current Shorthorn staffers have earned internships with local media.

University Events

  • Maverick pride filled the streets of the College Park District as thousands of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members soaked up the fun and festivities of Homecoming 2013. The Get in the Game street party preceded the Homecoming parade with over eighty entries that included floats and UTA's traditional golf cart entries representing numerous campus groups. After the parade passed by, the crowd joined the pep rally to cheer on the Maverick men's basketball team. The week included the traditional chili cook-off and step show, as well as alumni gatherings, the 5K Walk/Run, the Homecoming Golf Tournament, Student Leader Alumni Reception and The Bash.

Fall 2012-Spring 2013 

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Welcome Week hosted 46 different events throughout the first two weeks of classes. Highlights are noted below:
  • The MavsMeet Convocation AfterParty hosted 3,000 students on the Green at College Park
  • The After Party featured more efficient food lines, the return of DJ Kick-Mix, a misting tent, and novelties including an obstacle course and a zip-line
  • 625 students, faculty, & staff volunteered for Residence Hall Move-in Event
  • 228 parents attended the Move In Day Residence Hall Parent Orientation
  • Super Service Saturday, sponsored by UTA Volunteers, was attended by over 70 volunteers donating nearly 270 hours of service to the community on that day
  • Waffleopolis, hosted by Apartment and Residence Life, had over 2,600 students in attendance 
  • Welcome Back BBQ, hosted by Apartment Life & Residence Life and Fraternity and Sorority Life, had more than 1,000 students in attendance
  • UTA Ambassadors hosted Ask Me Days during Welcome Week 
  • Greek Splash was coordinated to be part of the Welcome Back Splash in conjunction with Campus Recreation and Student Governance and Organizations. The event attracted a record attendance.
  • The Welcome Back to School Movie, hosted by EXCEL Campus Activities, brought 1,200 out to see The Avengers at the MAC’s West Lawn. This was the highest ever recorded number of patrons at an EXCEL-sponsored movie event.
  • Homecoming moved from the spring to the fall and brought in record attendance of 6,400 at the Homecoming basketball game. Other Homecoming events included the Homecoming Parade with over 85 float entries, the Inaugural 5K run, chili cook-off, step show, Student Leader Alumni Reception, and The Bash. 
  • The Leadership Retreat welcomed a record number of 258 student leaders to the annual Leadership Retreat for a weekend at the Lakeview Camp and Conference Center in Waxahachie, TX.
  • The Division launched the new LGBTQA program dedicated to cultivating a positive campus environment for LGBT students, allies, and other with gender identity issues.
  • A new required Transfer Student Orientation Program was approved by the President and Provost and has begun as of summer 2013.
  • The Division employed 407 student employees during the fall semester. Undergraduate students employed in the Division have an average cumulative GPA of 3.01 compared to the university undergraduate average cumulative GPA of 2.91.
  • The Division of Student Affairs formed two internal task forces which will review the already exceptional programming within The Leadership Center and Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
  • Two departments won NASPA Gold Awards; The Movin’ Mavs for their program entitled “Creating an Inclusive Environment for Sport, Recreation, and Fitness” and the RVSP (Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention) Program for the peer educators’ “Bringing in the Bystander” program. 
  • The Shorthorn received a $10,000 gift from the Hope Charitable Foundation.
  • Wells Fargo is a $30,000 Student Affairs sponsor. 
  • The Movin’ Mavs held a Day of Giving that raised $1,979. 

Apartment and Residence Life

  • Apartment & Residence Life supported the completion and opening of The Lofts at College Park and Vandergriff Hall in College Park District which added a total of 600 students to the on campus population.
  • The Annual Late Night Breakfast event hosted a record number of students with 1,102 on Wednesday night and 855 students on Thursday night.
  • 51 RAs from the residence halls, apartments and Centennial Court took the EDAD 1130 Introduction to Leadership Course during the fall semester. 
  • Apartment and Residence Life, in collaboration with Campus Recreation and Athletics, sold a total of 359 All Sports Passes.
  • Residence Halls maintained an overall occupancy rate of 93.78% for the fall semester.
  • Apartments maintained an overall occupancy of 97.14% for the fall semester.
  • Apartment Life RAs organized 109 total programs with 1,512 in total attendance.
  • Residence Life RAs hosted 146 community programs with 2,891 in total attendance.

Campus Recreation

  • 270,607 patrons entered the MAC during the fall semester. Of those, 15,411 were distinct patrons. 
  • 37 group exercise classes were offered per week and 315 group exercise passes were sold.
  • 5th Annual Cyclethon, World Heart Day was on September 24th. 22 teams and 335 people participated. Approximately $1,600 was raised for the American Heart Association. This is the most raised to date for this event.
  • The LiveWell MavWell Program was launched at the end of the fall semester. 174 students attended the teaser event in December. The program officially launched at the kickoff event on January 14th.
  • 278 teams participated in Intramural Sports through six different team sports.  
  • Sport Club participation increased by 22% since 2011-2012.
  • The aquatics program saw a 12% increase in Aquatic participation from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012.

EXCEL Campus Activities

  • EXCEL sponsored 19 programs and activities during the semester with attendance totaling 15,381.
  • Bed Races had 94 teams registered and approximately 3,000 in attendance. This event is presented in collaboration with Campus Recreation.
  • The Bash, part of Homecoming 2012, dazzled an audience of 4,109 and kept the fun going late into the night. This was the second year for the event to be held in College Park Center with an enormous dance party and light show as the main act.
  • Deck the Mall attracted 750 students, faculty/staff and families to enjoy thousands of holiday mini-lights decorating the Library Mall trees. Dr. Alan Saxe made a donation to the event for the fourth year.
  • Halloween Casino Night drew its largest attendance ever at 1,217. The event was presented in collaboration with Campus Recreation, Housing & University Center, Apartment & Residence Life, Health Services.
  • The Friday Night Film Series was the most extensive movie series offered in recent years with five feature films brought to the Rosebud Theatre screen. Average movie attendance was 348. 

Fraternity and Sorority Life

  • As of December 2012 the F&SL community has 880 members with 32 chapters belonging to four governing councils. The newest chapter is Lambda Phi Epsilon is an Asian interest fraternity and a member of our Multicultural Greek Council.
  • Greek 201, our semester risk management program involved the Bystander Prevention Training facilitated by the RVSP Peer Educators.   
  • F&SL and the Office of Community Standards hosted National Hazing Prevention Week which included banner signing, t-shirt giveaways, and a lunch and learn.
  • The Homecoming Step Show hosted by NPHC and NAACP had over 900 people in attendance.
  • Greek Halloween Carnival co-sponsored with Order of Omega had over 250 participants from the University and community.
  • The All Greek Reunion held during Homecoming Weekend welcomed 200 fraternity and sorority alumni back to the UTA campus. F&SL has received several requests for next year’s date in response to the event this year!

The Leadership Center

  • The Fall Leadership Retreat was attended by a record 258 students representing over 80 different organizations and groups from across campus.
  • The Leadership Center staff and Leadership Center coaches presented a myriad of topics, including True Colors, Mission Statement Writing and Ethics to 957 students, faculty and staff during the fall 2012 semester.
  • The Leadership Honors Program was launched in place of the Leadership Academy this fall. The program used the Leadership Identity Development model, allowing of different entry points based on the student’s leadership ability and involvement, regardless of age or classification. The program had 112 student leaders enrolled, a 27% increase from the previous year.   
  • The first workshop of the Certified Leaders Institute was offered in the fall with 45 students completing the Foundations curriculum.
  • The Leadership Minor and Certificate program doubled its enrollment from last year with a total of 24 students in the program.   

LGBTQA Program

  • The LGBTQA Program was established as a new initiative of the Division of Student Affairs housed in the Multicultural Affairs office in fall 2012. The initiative was unveiled at the Rainbow Reception held in conjunction with the Maverick Stampede welcome events.   
  • The Pride Peers, the student planning team for the LGBTQA program, hosted a total of 12 events in which 643 students, faculty/staff and community members participated. 
  • Approximately 320 students, faculty/staff, and community members participated in the five events hosted as part of the Inaugural Pride Week held at the beginning of October. Featured keynotes were Shane Windmeyer and Joel Burns, Fort Worth City Councilman.

UTA Volunteers

  • Students participated in over 25 service projects and donated over 1,060 hours of service to the local Arlington community.
  • A position on the Arlington Life Shelter’s Board of Directors was created for the UTA Volunteers Health and Homelessness Student Director. This is the first time in the history of Arlington Life Shelter and UTA Volunteers that a student representative has been invited to sit on the agency’s Board of Directors.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree: The Angel Tree program hit record numbers with its largest amount of angels being adopted. 200 angels were adopted and 1,000 gifts were collected.
  • In preparation for the Presidential election, UTA Volunteers MavsACT program, in collaboration with Student Congress, registered 1,500 new voters. The campaign culminated in a watch party collaborating with NAACP and Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society, on election night with over 300 students in attendance.

The Movin Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Team and Adaptive Recreation

  • The wheelchair tennis team took seven athletes to the ITA Wheelchair Tennis National Championships in Mobile, AL. The team came away with four top four finishes plus two top four finishes in the doubles competition. 
  • The wheelchair basketball team finished the semester with a 15-2 record (5-0 in Intercollegiate Division play) and ranked #1 in the NWBA Intercollegiate Division. 
  • The Movin’ Mavs Adapted Sports and Recreation Program continued their work with the Army WTU program by hosting a muster and two adapted sports camps for over 200 injured service veterans and the program was recognized as a NASPA Gold Honoree.

Multicultural Affairs

  • Multicultural Affairs saw an increase in a majority of its flagship programs from fall of 2011. The rates of increase were: 
  • Maverick Stampede Welcome Week Kick Off (66%)
  • Women in Leadership Program cohort (48%)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month-Carnaval Dancing with Mavericks (25%)
  • Asian Heritage Month-One Night in Asia (38%)
  • Maversity social justice workshop series (23%) 
  • The Multicultural Mavericks hosted a total of nine events for Hispanic Heritage Month and Asian Heritage Month. Over 4,200 students, faculty, and staff participated in the events.
  • The WIL Executive Board assumed responsibility for Women’s History Month and established a formal collaboration with the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. 
  • The LEAD (Leaders Educating About Diversity) team facilitated a total of six workshops via the Maversity social justice workshop series. 
  • The Diversity Lecture Series welcomed nationally renowned speakers Dr. Kathy Obear, Founding Faculty of the Social Justice Training Institute, and Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride. 

New Maverick Orientation

  • The program conducted 14 orientation programs for freshmen, seven orientation programs for transfer students, and three orientation programs for veterans.  
  • Orientation served:
  • 2,602 freshmen students and 1,631 guests
  • 1,102 transfer students and 418 guests
  • 50 veteran students and 16 guests
  • 213 students have completed the new online orientation program launched in July 2012. 

Off-Campus Mavericks

  • Hosted four Commuter Breakfasts to promote Off-Campus Mavericks to commuter students. OCM partnered with Student Government and the Office of Sustainability to provide marketing opportunities to commuter students.
  • Partnered with Health Services, the UTA Police Department, and University College to host three Commuter Lunch Series events designed to give commuter students an opportunity to learn about campus services and issues.
  • Added almost 800 students to the newsletter mailing list and received more than 100 new “likes” on Facebook.

The Office for Students with Disabilities

  • A total of 1,497 exams were proctored in the Adaptive Resource Center. 
  • A total of 231 books in alternative format were provided to students by the Adaptive Resource Center during fall 2012.
  • 1,611 letters of accommodation were generated.
  • A new customized database utilizing the MyMav system was launched that allows OSD to leverage student information and OSD data to create more robust reporting on student success and to simplify record keeping in the department.

The Parent and Family Center

  • Provided programming to more than 1,600 parents at New Maverick Orientation during summer 2012.
  • Increased the Maverick Parent & Family Association membership to a new record: 1,492 members.
  • Hosted the largest Parent & Family Weekend to date with 841 registered attendees. Awarded three, $800 Maverick Parent & Family Association scholarships.

The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention (RVSP) Program

  • Provided risk management programming for Fraternity and Sorority Life. The programming included Bringing in the Bystander and national speaker Monika Korra.
  • Presented 15 programs in the residence halls and apartments.
  • The RVSP Program was the NASPA Gold Excellence Award recipient in the Violence Education and Prevention, Crisis Management, Campus Security, and related category this year. The program titled “RVSP Peer Educators: Bringing in the Bystander” highlighted the prevention work being done with Fraternity and Sorority Life, Apartment and Residence Life and the School of Social Work on campus.

Student Conduct

  • Received, processed and closed 451 Student Conduct violations including 208 Academic Infractions.
  • The Behavior Intervention Team responded to 60 referrals this fall.
  • Successfully implemented an Academic Honor Code which is incorporated into course syllabi across campus.

Student Governance and Organizations

  • UT Arlington’s nearly 300 student organizations reported more than 14,135 members and hosted more than 700 campus events. 28 new organizations were established. 
  • Congress registered over 1,700 voters and hosted an early polling site at which over 2,400 ballots were cast.
  • 525 mentors and 1,006 mentees are currently part of the UTA-Hosts! program.
  • More than 425 mentors and mentees attended the Welcome Mixer.
  • SGO hosted programs for mentors of first generation students in conjunction with counseling staff.
  • FLOC adopted the theme of “Well-Being” for 2012. 109 freshmen applied to be part of FLOC. 50 students were accepted into the organization. 
  • Student Congress worked on 20 resolutions.
  • UTA Ambassadors served as hosts for faculty orientation meetings, MavsMeet Convocation, and the ROTC tour program. During Homecoming the Ambassadors conducted the Mav Swap and Homecoming Hunt programs. 
  • The MavOrgs (CollegiateLink) program continues to engage new students, facilitate communication, and streamline processes. Between August 1-December 12, 2012, there were more than 44,000 visits and 409,000 page views.

Student Publications

  • Launched The Shorthorn’s pioneering “digital first” publication strategy, the most extensive change in Shorthorn operation since the 1970s and only the second college newspaper nationally to make this change. 
  • The Shorthorn concluded the fall semester with more than 38,000 subscribers to the online Daily Digest.
  • Launched iPhone and Android apps for The Shorthorn with more than 1,200 users.
  • Continued to be recognized for excellence by national student media organizations. The Shorthorn was a finalist for the Pacemaker award, considered student media’s highest national award, and again is a finalist for the national Gold Crown Award. Assistant Director/Shorthorn Adviser was recognized by College Media Association for contributions to the nation’s largest organization for college media.
  • Continued to provide work and career preparation experience valued by students: 96% of Shorthorn staff members during the fall semester said the experience provided valuable career-preparation experience or aided them in making career choices. (Source: Shorthorn Staff Survey, December 2012)
  • Awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships to Shorthorn staff members.

University Events

  • Thousands of students, staff, faculty, and alumni took part in this year’s Homecoming festivities by attending the men’s basketball game, parading down Spaniolo Drive, running the Homecoming 5K, and dancing the night away at The Bash. This year’s Homecoming successfully transitioned to the fall semester and became the grandest year in its history.
  • University Events continued to work with the President’s Office and the Office of Community Relations on a variety of programs.
  • AT UTA Night on the Town, students, staff, faculty, and alumni gathered to hear live music from Stars Go Dim and learn about downtown merchants including Mellow Mushroom, Smiling Moose Deli and the CD Warehouse. Approximately 1,500 students and community members were in attendance at the event.
  • The Maverick Speakers Series featured sports columnist Frank Deford, political commentator Cokie Roberts and Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers. Over 8,970 tickets were handed out in total for the three performances.
  • To date, the Alternative Spring Break Program has recruited 42 volunteers for this year’s Alternative Spring Break trips. This is an 83% increase from the previous year.
  • The Alternative Breaks program was awarded a Sustainability Travel Grant from the University Sustainability Committee Working Group for Curriculum, Research, and Community Engagement for their proposed project with Plateau restoration in Moab, Utah.
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