Anderson Cooper highlights sixth season of Maverick Speakers Series
If you’re looking for entertainment that’s enjoyable and enriching, the 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series promises to deliver both. The lineup includes a popular CNN anchor, a legendary entrepreneur, a world-famous neurosurgeon, and lauded journalists.
"This season promises to be our most successful one yet," says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications. "We have an incredible lineup of speakers who not only have star power but who also have powerful messages to share with the University community."
The fall slate begins with Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with more than a decade at some of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers and magazines. Since revealing his status as an undocumented immigrant in a New York Times Magazine essay, Vargas has become the public face for immigration reform. He will share his experiences Tuesday, Sept. 24, from the Texas Hall stage.
ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen will detail the all-sports network’s beginnings and its rise to prominence Thursday, Oct. 24, at Texas Hall. He started the company with $9,000 and has seen it grow to a $66.5 billion empire.
Rounding out the fall semester is Anderson Cooper, CNN reporter and host of Anderson Cooper 360. From covering breaking news in war-torn countries to reporting on the devastation of natural disasters, Cooper has been a respected network news figure for more than a decade. He’ll speak Monday, Nov. 11, at College Park Center.
Spring 2014 lectures will feature Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, and Nina Totenberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning legal affairs correspondent for NPR. Gupta has won Emmy awards for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Totenberg’s reports air on NPR’s news magazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.
Gupta appears March 18 at College Park Center, and Totenberg will speak April 8 in Texas Hall.
Now in its sixth season, the Maverick Speakers Series has attracted more than 40,000 people to hear some of today’s brightest minds address current events and timely issues.
Lectures begin at 7:30 and feature audience question-and-answer sessions. When applicable, the events include book or autograph signings.
The lectures are free, but tickets are required. Preferred Packages are available for purchase and include reserved seating at the front of the venue and reserved parking.
Tickets for the Vargas lecture will be available at utatickets.com starting Monday, Aug. 26.
Attend MavsMeet Convocation to kick off academic year
Celebrate the start of the academic year with the MavsMeet Convocation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at College Park Center.
The event includes a performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band and a lineup of faculty, staff, and student speakers. Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, will give the featured presentation. President Vistasp Karbhari will offer a special welcome to students. Other speakers include Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, Student Congress President Varun Mallipaddi, and Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.
Following the convocation, faculty and staff can mingle with students at the AfterParty on The Green at College Park for music, food, and fun. Activities include "big chair" photos, bungee, a zipline, and caricature drawings.
Welcome Week goes beyond seven days with informational and social events for academic departments, student organizations, and more stretching into September. See the Welcome Week schedule for these and more events.
Free rides on The MAX in August
Ride for free on the Metro Arlington Xpress—The MAX—with a Trinity Railway Express (TRE) ID card. Passes are good through Friday, Aug. 30, on The MAX, TRE, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA).
Be on hand to celebrate a ribbon-cutting and the first ride on The MAX at 9 a.m. today at the southeast corner of Center Street and UTA Boulevard, directly across from the new MAX bus stop in the College Park District. A ceremony is followed by the first ride on The MAX to CentrePort Station on Trinity Boulevard and back to campus.
Free passes, one per person, are available 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 5-8 p.m. Sundays at the Information Desk in the E.H. Hereford University Center and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. in the One Start Information Center on the second floor of City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.
After August, faculty and staff can ride The MAX and all connecting trains and buses for $5.
Reduced Regional Passes are available for college and high school students, senior citizens (65+), and the disabled. You must have a Medicare card or a DART- or The T-issued photo ID to use the Reduced Regional Pass.
The T will be on campus to create photo IDs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the University Center. Or obtain one at The T’s information kiosk at the Intermodal Transportation Center at 1001 Jones St., near the Fort Worth Center, or at The T’s administration office, 1600 E. Lancaster Ave.
The MAX will run 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays between the College Park District and the CentrePoint Station.
Update your contact information for MavAlert system
The next system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Verify your emergency contact information at uta.edu/mymav.
The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.
To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.
During the Wednesday test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “Attention: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. Update your emergency contact information at uta.edu/mymav.”
The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.
Faculty, staff invited to late-night shopping
Wrap up today's busy schedule with some late-night shopping when the UT Arlington community takes over Target at 1600 W. Arbrook Blvd. Faculty and staff are invited to join students for sales and socializing 11 p.m.-1 a.m. today, Monday, Aug. 19.
Door prizes include a 32-inch TV, Kuerig coffee maker, a Nook, headphones, and more.
Shuttle service is offered from the Maverick Activities Center and College Park Center.
Six Flags Over Texas tickets still available for $27.50
Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Six Flags Over Texas.
Discount tickets are $27.50 for faculty and staff. The price includes one ticket for all-day admission to Six Flags Over Texas and parking, plus one Splash Back ticket to Hurricane Harbor valid for one weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 15. A $10 meal voucher is available for purchase.
Limit 10 tickets per person. Order tickets at utatickets.com or the College Park Center Box Office, which is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are available through UT Arlington and not at Six Flags Over Texas main gate.
Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick Pride.
The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.
Plan for parking permit, garage passes for fall semester
Be prepared to park when classes start Thursday, Aug. 22, with a 2013-14 permit or a Maverick Parking Garage pass.
Order your permit online through MyMav. Current reserve permit holders can pick up their new reserve permit at the Parking Office, 1225 W. Mitchell, Suite 112, in the J.D. Wetsel Service Center.
Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Passes for the Maverick Parking Garage are available at the garage, 708 S. West St., next to the Business Building. For more details, call 2-2370 or email email@example.com or visit the website at MavGarage.com.
Sunrise pep rally planned for Aug. 30 during WBAP live broadcast
Join the MavBrass Band, spirit squads, Wranglers, and Blaze for a loud and proud, on-air, sunrise pep rally when WBAP News/Talk 96.7 FM and 820 AM broadcasts its morning show live Friday, Aug. 30, from the College Park District.
The pep rally starts at 7 a.m. on Moritz Plaza in front of College Park Center. WBAP will broadcast 5-9 a.m., and UTA Radio is planning a concurrent live broadcast.
The pep rally is sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, College Town UTA, and the Division of Student Affairs.
New law concerns false alarms, reports
Effective Sunday, Sept. 1, Section 42.06(b) of the Texas Penal Code mandates that the penalty for the offense of making a false alarm or report involving a public or private institution of higher education is a state jail felony.
New security software available
Look for new security software to be automatically installed soon on your campus computer.
The Office of Information Technology and the Information Security Office provide the software to protect University data from unauthorized usage, damage, or loss in compliance with standards set by the UT System.
Automatic installation is for OIT-managed computers. For non-managed computers, the software will be on the OIT software website within the next month.
The new software includes:
Sensitive Data Detection
Automated Configuration Management
Questions? Contact Tom McElwee, OIT director of customer services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-5239.
Windows XP computers need update
Upgrades for Windows 7 for all Windows XP computers are necessary to prepare for Microsoft ending support and security patching of Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The Office of Information Technology plans to upgrade to Windows 7 by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of operating system security. Contact email@example.com to schedule your upgrade.
Social media outlets keep you connected
Departments and individuals across UT Arlington continue to use social networking platforms—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr—as a way to connect with specific interest groups of faculty, staff, students, alumni, sports fans, neighbors, prospective students, and friends.
UT Arlington has three main channels on Facebook and Twitter that provide the University's top news, events, and conversations: the official UT Arlington fan page, College Town UTA, and UTArlington Magazine.
The UT Arlington Official Facebook fan page and its Twitter counterpart provide subscribers with news, achievements, and information relevant to the University's ascent to national research university status.
To see a list of some University-hosted social media pages and groups—including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr—and to learn more about how your department, program, or campus organization can utilize social networking platforms, see UT Arlington’s social media index and social media guidelines.
University Club takes a break
The University Club is closed for a summer break. The restaurant in Davis Hall will reopen at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.
Take health assessment to receive gift card
It only takes a few minutes to complete a health assessment to earn your $25 gift card. The deadline is Saturday, Aug. 31, to complete your health assessment and have an annual preventive exam. Learn more.
First Dance as Bride and Groom
Learn a mini-routine for your special dance. Class covers foxtrot, waltz, and swing, or bring your own music. $49. 8-9 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 26-Sept. 23; no class Sept. 2. Continuing Education.
Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Friday, Aug. 30
Statistical Software: IBM SPSS An introduction to the software and related resources, as well as hands-on exercises in descriptive statistics, anova, and regression. Free. Introduction to IBM SPSS, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. Also, Introduction to SAS, Friday, Sept. 6. OIT Statistical Services, email@example.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
Science Speaker Series Luis F. Parada, professor of biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, discusses "New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Research." Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also A.R. Ravishankara, senior scientist at NOAA, "Keeping Cool with HFCs: Science Behind Their Present and Future Use," 3-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, Room 114, Chemistry Research Building; Richard Eisenberg, "Fuel from Water: The Light-Driven Generation of Hydrogen," 3-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Room 114, Chemistry Research Building; and Nancy E. Adler, "Psychology and Medicine: Translational Research on Stress, Behavior and Disease," noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses, College of Science.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Tuesday, Aug. 20
Drink, Drive, Go to Jail Learn the consequences of drunk driving. Free. 10 a.m., Library mall. Texas Department of Transportation, Health Services.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
Religious/Spiritual Organizations Fair Find information on the religious groups and institutions that are part of the UT Arlington and Arlington communities. Free. 4:30-6 p.m., University Center mall. Student Affairs.
Thursday, Aug. 22
Movin' Mavs Back-to-School Game The Movin' Mavs have split the roster into blue vs. white with alumni coaching the game. Free. 3:30-6 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.
Welcome Back Movie: Star Trek: Into Darkness Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends. Free popcorn. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Saturday, Aug. 24
The Art of Yoga Bring your own mat to this monthly class for all levels. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.
Volunteer: Maverick Cookout Grill masters, soda servers, and ticket takers are needed for the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the University Center mall. Volunteer registration includes a free Welcome Week T-shirt.
Communities Against Crime 5K Join the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. The $20 registration fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments. Register online. See the event on Facebook.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)