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Keep up with the latest news, events, kudos, and congrats regarding the Division of Student Affairs at UT Arlington.

2/3/16 - The Shorthorn
New office space for the Career Development Center, Leadership Center and Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs are being constructed in the University Center, The Shorthorn reported. The space will feature 50 percent more interview rooms, an employer lounge, a state-of-the-art seminar room, and ‘smart’ conferencing capabilities. The new offices will open in Fall 2016.

1/13/16 - KALB NBC 5 (Alexandria, La.)

A group of UTA students spent much of their break volunteering in Central Louisiana as part of the “Alternative Breaks Program," KALB NBC 5 (Alexandria, La.) reported. "Seeing everyone give their all into this volunteering process is just amazing because back home, being from a big city, you don't get to see that very often." UTA student Madalyn Cooper said.

Former UT Arlington Movin' Mavs players Mikey Paye, Jorge Sanchez and Aaron Gouge as well as Lady Mavs players Rose Hollermann and Abigail Dunkin were selected to play on the USA National Team and to represent the USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil!

11/23/14 - Arlington Citizen-Journal
Morgan Wood is among four UT Arlington students who were awarded the first round of scholarships by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation after the nonprofit partnered with the university’s office for students with disabilities last spring, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website. The foundation, which also recently awarded scholarships at seven other institutions across the nation, committed $131,000 to cover the four UT Arlington students’ tuition, fees, books and supplies for the rest of their undergraduate or graduate degree programs.

11/7/14 -
The Shorthorn, UT Arlington’s student newspaper, was honored as part of the recent Best of Show awards by the American Collegiate Press and the Individual Pinnacle Awards by the College Media Association, the website said. The Shorthorn placed first in the Website Large School category, won for best online advertisement and took home a second place award in the Best Online Infographic category.

11/4/14 - Univision

UT Arlington student Ricardo Lucien was featured in a Univision story about his life as a wheelchair basketball player with the Movin’ Mavs.

11/4/14 - Rehab Management
Four University of Texas at Arlington students who are affected by spinal cord injury have been tapped to receive scholarship monies from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation worth $131,000 to help defray costs for 2014-15 academic year, Rehab Management reported.

10/30/14 - Nerd Wallet
Nerd Wallet quoted Molly Albart, director of student affairs planning, assessment and student success at The University of Texas at Arlington, in its report about things freshmen can do in their first few months on campus to ensure success later. On making time to study and being aware of deadlines, Albart said: “Many students spend the first few weeks of college getting behind in their academics and they don’t even know it. Know what to do before assignments are due.”

9/19/14 - KDAF/CW22
KDAF/CW33 featured a story on UT Arlington’s Oozeball event Friday. The mud volleyball tournament is a messy one but it’s all for a good cause, the report said, noting that proceeds go toward scholarships.

8/22/14 -
Movin' Mavs player Malat Lueth Wei from South Sudan was featured in an article on

3/6/14 - Dallas Culture Map
The Movin' Mavs were featured in an article about the NWBA National Championships on

3/5/14 - KXAS/NBC5

The University of Texas at Arlington will host the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championship this week and the home team Movin’ Mavs could win it all, KXAS/NBC 5 reported. One player told the station: “We’re just hungry. We’re hungry for that championship.”

Fall 2013 - Shriners Hospitals for Children Magazine
UT Arlington Movin' Mavs player Logan Shaw was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Magazine.

9/4/13 - WFAA Channel 8

Linda Wilson, director of UT Arlington's Career Center, discussed methods for getting your resume noticed – including using action verbs and including clear professional accomplishments - on WFAA/ABC 8's Good Morning Texas Wednesday. Even in today’s digital world, “the physical resume is still relevant,” she said. Her tips were also featured on the station’s website

8/28/13 - Fort Worth Star Telegram
Dozens of ill, wounded and injured soldiers from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma are taking part in a fun four-day muster at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Activities include playing wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, wheelchair tennis and fencing. “It’s all about using sports to help transition and reintegrate back into society,” said Doug Garner, coach of UTA’s wheelchair basketball team. The paper also featured a photo gallery of the wounded warriors.

5/12/13 - DVID (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System) Website
Doug Garner, head basketball coach of the UT Arlington Movin' Mavs, was featured in a DVID article about the 2013 Warrior Game's Army team. The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System focused the piece on three soldiers from North Texas who were part of the team. Garner said he tells his athletes, "You’re not here as a disabled person; you’re here as an athlete working to reach your highest potential." The story also featured Anthony Pone, a former UT Arlington Movin' Mavs player.

10/8/12 - WFAA Channel 8 and KVUE Channel 24
WFAA Channel 8
and a sister station, KVUE Channel 24 in Austin, aired a report on UT Arlington's first Gay Pride Week. The week-long event featured Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns as a speaker.

10/8/12 - CBS11 and the Dallas Voice
The LGBTQA program received mentions in the Dallas Voice and KTVT CBS 11 regarding their programming for Gay Pride Week. Some of the highlighted events included a Tuesday night symposium looking at the state of higher education for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.

6/28/12 - The Fort Worth Sentinel
Members of UT Arlington’s Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team recently participated in the annual Paralympic Experience put on by Fort Hood’s Child, Youth and School Services, in conjunction with other local organizations, the Fort Hood Sentinel reported. The team defeated the hometown Harker Heights Hustlers team and shared information about adaptive sports.

6/22/12 - The Temple Daily Telegram and KCEN/NBC 6 (Temple)
The Temple Daily Telegram and KCEN/NBC 6 (Temple) reported on a recent game between wheelchair basketball teams the Harker Heights Hustlers and the Movin’ Mavs of The University of Texas at Arlington. The event was part of U.S. Paralympics Adaptive Sports Experiences Day on Fort Hood.

5/29/12 -
aired a story about two paralympians who are representing the United States in the Paralympics this summer. Jason Nelms, a five-time All-American at UT Arlington, and Darlene Hunter both live in Arlington now and are training for the games. Doug Garner, coach of the Movin' Mavs, UT Arlington's wheelchair basketball team, has known Hunter and Nelms for years. "The coolest thing about Darlene and Jason is, they don't go out and sell themselves. There's not a 'Jason Nelms brand' or a 'Dr. Darlene Hunter brand.' They just love basketball, and they love to help other people enjoy sports." The station's website also ran a story about the Arlington paralympians.

5/25/12 - The Dallas Voice

The new LGBTQA programming initiative was highlighted in an article by the Dallas Voice.

5/21/12 - People Magazine
Movin' Mavs Anthony Pone and Blake McMinn are pictured on page 81 of the current issue of People magazine as they participated in the 2012 Warrior Games. Pone and Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks star Chuck Allen also are pictured on page 4, along with former Movin' Mav player and Per4Max representative Daniel Fik.

5/9/12 - The Dallas Morning News

A Dallas Morning News article about area graduation events mentioned that actor James Franco will speak Friday at Graduation Celebration, a community festival that kicks off graduation weekend at The University of Texas at Arlington. The festival, which includes speakers, music and food, is free and open to the public.

4/30/12 - WFAA/ABC 8

UT Arlington volunteers along with the City of Arlington planted 100 new trees to round the pond outside Rangers Ballpark, WFAA/ABC 8 reported, in an Arbor Day story about the ongoing problem of dead trees in Texas.

4/19/12 - The Red Flag Campaign

RVSP's programmatic efforts for The Red Flag Campaign were highlighted in an article by The Shorthorn, which was featured on the national Red Flag Campaign Facebook page.

3/15/12 -

It wasn’t a bird or a plane flying through the halls of Methodist Children’s Hospital Thursday afternoon, (San Antonio) reported. Superman, Batman, and their superhero friends stopped by to a pay a visit to the patients there. In reality, the visitors are from the Beta Theta Pi fraternity (members of The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life) at UT Arlington, and this is part of their Heroes For Hope Spring Break tour. The group spends their vacation, in costume, going to hospitals throughout Texas and Louisiana.

2/14/12 - The Examiner

UT Arlington’s Multicultural Affairs and African-American Alumni Association celebrated Black History Month with a performance Tuesday night by the acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre, reported.

2/9/12 - KDFW/Fox/4

KDFW/Fox 4
broadcast a video of UT Arlington students participating in the Maverick Homecoming 2012 ‘Paint Your Ride with Maverick Pride’ event. The report noted the homecoming parade, men’s basketball game, and other homecoming activities scheduled for this weekend.

2/8/12 - KTVT/CBS/11

WFAA/Channel 8
reported on efforts by UT Arlington to curb what appears to be a rising trend in college cheating nationwide. The University is hiring an assistant director for academic integrity and intends to ask students to sign new honor codes. “It reminds them to be a student of character and I think that translates into positive ways in our community,” said Frank Lamas, vice president of student affairs.

2/1/12 - KTVT/CBS/11

broadcast its weather report from outside the College Park Center, taking advantage of mild February temperatures. On hand were the cheer squad, spirit squad, dancers, Maverick Wranglers and Blaze, the UT Arlington Mavericks mascot. All had been practicing since 7 a.m. Wednesday for last evening's activities.

1/26/12 - Fort Worth Star Telegram

University leaders including Dr. Frank Lamas, Vice President for Student Affairs say UT Arlington is shedding its commuter school reputation and becoming a destination college. Academic programs, enrollment growth and amenities -- like the $78 million College Park Center, which will open on 2/1/12 -- are all part of the recruiting package, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The Star-Telegram package also featured a video and a photo gallery (featuring the Maverick Wranglers, UT Arlington's newest student spirit section) of the College Park Center.

11/18/11 - Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Arlington Winter Run, now the Don Zetnick Winter Run, will celebrate its 34th year Dec. 3 beginning at the Maverick Activities Center at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Three races offer something for all ages with a 1K Penguin Waddle for kids under 11, a two-mile walk/run certified by USA Track & Field, and a 10K. The course route meanders through beautiful wooded neighborhoods surrounding the campus.

10/30/11 - Fort Worth Star Telegram

The expansion of Native American Heritage Month was highlighted in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The program is overseen by the NASA (Native American Student Association), the Honors College, Department of Linguistics, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and The Division of Student Affairs.

10/24/11 - The Dallas Morning News Education Notes

The Fall Diversity Lecture Series: From the Streets of Havana to the Halls of Capitol Hill featuring keynote Mauricio Claver Carone was highlighted The Dallas Morning News Education Notes.

10/17/11 - KXTA/Channel 21/CBS

UT Arlington students wrote words of encouragement to domestic violence victims, KTXA/Channel 21 reported. The students wrote in chalk on campus sidewalks outside the library for the Chalk it Up event as part of other activities during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Chalk it Up event was sponsored by the RVSP program (Relationship, Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention) and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

10/7/11 -
The Bed Races were featured in a clip in the KXAS/NBC5 news. The Bed Races are overseen by EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation.

9/27/11 - The Dallas Gospel Connection

The Movin' Mavs were featured in a profiling article in the Sports Zone section of the Dallas Gospel Connection.

9/19/11 - KXAS/NBC5

Two former UT Arlington and NFL players spoke with students on Monday night (9/19) about the problem of hazing on college campuses, KXAS/NBC5 reported. The speech was part of a series of events planned at the University as part of National Hazing Prevention Week. Hazing Prevention Week was planned and coordinated by two Divisional offices, the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Office of Community Standards.

8/12/11 - Fort Worth Star Telegram

The New Maverick Orientation program and Associate Director, Brian Joyce were featured in a Fort Worth Star Telegram article on orientation leaders and programs aimed at helping students on a number of fronts, including financial aid, tutoring and counseling and programs aimed at helping students on a number of fronts, including financial aid, tutoring and counseling.

6/23/11 – Fort Worth Star Telegram

The EXCEL Summer Movie Series was listed in the SocialEyes section of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

6/21/11 – The City of Arlington Texas,

 recently posted a listing on the EXCEL Summer Movie Series, which is running for its 32nd year this season. The group is showing all pre-home release titles this summer with the exception of two classics, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Goonies. All screenings are open to all UT Arlington students, faculty, staff and community members.

6/20/11 – Fort Worth Star Telegram

Carter Bedford, UT Arlington director of student governance and organizations, was recently elected as a board member of the Arlington Life Shelter, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

5/25/11 – USA Today, The Boston, Austin American-Statesman, El Paso Times, and Sports Technology & Communications

The Boston Herald.comAustin American-StatesmanEl Paso TimesSports Technology & Communications and several other media outlets carried an Associated Press report about UT Arlington Movin’ Mavs Coach Doug Garner. The report said the coach who has helped the University of Texas at Arlington become a power in wheelchair basketball has helped the Army beat the Marines in a Warrior Games rematch. The Army chose Garner to lead its wheelchair squad on the recommendation of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

5/24/11 – Fort Worth Star Telegram

For the Army, winning the gold medal in wheelchair basketball Saturday night at the Warrior Games fulfilled a yearlong objective, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Since finishing second to the Marines in last year’s inaugural games, the Army had set its sights on assembling a talented team and getting it trained for this year. On the recommendation of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Army picked University of Texas at Arlington Movin’ Mavs coach Doug Garner to lead its squad. In the near future, Time Warner Cable plans a 30-minute special about the Movin’ Mavs/Army partnership, Garner said.

4/25/11 – Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s
 Work Faces column reported that Frank Lamas, The University of Texas at Arlington’s vice president for student affairs, has been elected to the board of NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

4/15/11 – WFAA News 8 – ABC,

Close to 50 UT Arlington students, faculty and staff appeared on the WFAA News 8 Daybreak morning show to promote the 2011 Big Event, which is the University’s largest day of community service. The event itself, which took place on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 registered 901 student, staff, faculty and community volunteers and successfully completed 3,604 hours of community service during the one-day event.

March 2011 – Columbia Scholastic Press Association,

The recently re-vamped Shorthorn website,, was selected as a finalist for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Crown award in March 2011. This is one of the highest awards in college media. The website received a Silver Crown award on March 13th and was named one of the seven best college websites in the country.

December 2011 – NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators),

A program of the department of Multicultural Affairs, Diversity Week: It’s a Maverick World was selected as the silver medal honoree in the International, Multicultural, Cultural, LGBTQ, Spirituality, Disability, and Related category at the NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) awards in December 2010.

December 2011 – NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators),

The Movin’ Mavs Adapted Sports and Recreation program was selected as a silver medal honoree in the Athletics, Recreation, Physical Fitness, Non-Varsity Sports and related category at the NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) awards in December 2010.

October 2010 – College Media Advisers,

Adam Drew, Production Manager for Student Publications received a College Media Advisers Board of Directors Citation in October 2010 for his work on CMR Review, the organization’s magazine, and his technical contributions to college media advisers nationwide. The board’s Citation honoring Adam was announced at the annual National College Media Convention in Louisville. College Media Advisers is the nation’s largest professional organization for people who work with college media.

July 2010 – NBC 5, KXAS

New Maverick Orientation staff and leaders were featured in an NBC 5 spotlight video in July ’10 on the thousands of veterans leaving the military for college with the help of the post 9/11 GI bill. New Maverick Orientation created the Veterans Orientation at UT Arlington in partnership with Veterans Affairs and the President’s Veterans Committee.

Fall 2009 – Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education,

The Division of Student Affairs received the Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education for conducting outstanding work assessing student learning and development in Fall 2009.

2008 – Athletic Business,

The Maverick Activities Center won the 2008 Athletic Business Facilities of Merit Award.

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