TrailBlazer

For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Welcome to the first issue of TrailBlazer, the e-newsletter for students that features a dynamic mix of news, events and information designed to keep you in the know about the University community. TrailBlazer, the official communications vehicle for all students of The University of Texas at Arlington, replaces MavMail. It is produced by University Communications and will be delivered directly to your UT Arlington e-mail inbox each Tuesday except for holidays. For guidelines and information about submitting news or calendar items to TrailBlazer, click here.

Activities Fair

Get involved: Nearly 200 student organizations will provide information about their groups at the annual Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair on the University Center mall.

Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair
features info on campus groups

Join thousands of your fellow students at the annual Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair Day Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the University Center mall.

Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the event will feature nearly 200 campus organizations as they begin the new academic year by providing information about their groups. Approximately 3,000 students attend the event each year.

Burgers, veggie burgers, chips and drinks can be purchased for $2. Faculty and staff serve as volunteer "flippers and servers." Music will be provided by the UTA Marching Band and "Passing Strangers."

Mavericks are unbranded

Mavericks are unbranded: This 30-second commercial will be prominently featured during events at the new Cowboys Stadium.

Advertising at Cowboys Stadium spotlights UT Arlington

UT Arlington will have a major presence at Dallas Cowboys games this season. A 30-second commercial will run twice during each home game on 2,500 horizontal LCD television screens throughout Cowboys Stadium, including the suites.

"This ad, which is part of our new marketing campaign, presents UT Arlington in an entirely different light," says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications. "I'm not aware of anything even remotely similar to this being done at other institutions around the country."

Additionally, a vertical version of the commercial will run 12 times per game on 300 other screens located on the concourses, and the University will have exposure on the stadium's 360-degree "ribbon" in a stunning 60-second piece that uses this same look. The ribbon ad will run twice at each game (once pregame and once during the game).

This is part of an evolving collaboration between the University and the Cowboys that will continue to grow over the years. "We couldn't be more pleased with our partnership with the Dallas Cowboys organization," Lewis says. "They're a class act in every respect."

Dr. Judy LeFlore

Professor uses gaming application
to teach student nurses

Judy LeFlore, associate professor of nursing, wants to find out if playing games can teach student nurses to save lives.

Dr. LeFlore is developing an undergraduate training program for student nurses to learn about pediatric respiratory disease using a living world gaming application with collaboration and technical support from the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering at UT Dallas. The collaborative work is funded by a $250,000 Transforming Undergraduate Education grant from the UT System Board of Regents.

LeFlore believes the teaching technique will be effective with students born between 1982 and 1991. "They have been called the Net generation. They have never not known computers. Yet most of our teaching methods address a generation that is no longer in school."

She hopes to have the game ready by spring 2010. At the end of the course, the test performance of students taught through the gaming technique will be compared to the performance of students who experienced traditional teaching situations.

For more information, see the news release.

College of Engineering hopes to answer job needs with nuclear engineering minor

Growing demand for nuclear engineers has propelled the College of Engineering to offer a minor in that field for the first time this fall. Bill Carroll, dean of the college, says demand for the courses is being driven by plans for 24 new nuclear energy plants across the country, six of which are slated for Texas.

Student Affairs wins national award

The Division of Student Affairs has been chosen to receive a 2009 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.

  Fresh Pix MavsMeet AfterParty

AfterParty celebration

Students flash the Maverick spirit sign during the AfterParty following MavsMeet Convocation Friday on the Central Library mall. Students participated in activities and games with live music and food. A fireworks display culminated the event.

"I'm very proud of the work we have done, and the division has come a very long way in a rather short time," says Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs. The division will receive a $1,000 cash award at the CAS National Symposium in Washington, D.C., in November.

Get your parking permit

The grace period for student parking lots ends Friday, Aug. 28. All students parking in campus parking lots will need a parking permit by Monday, Aug. 31. The Parking Rules and Regulations booklet is available online and at the University Police Parking Service Office, J.D. Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell St., Suite 112. Call 817-272-3907, e-mail mabry@uta.edu or visit www.uta.edu/parking for more details.

Ride share program saves gas

Fight rising gas prices by signing up for The T's ride sharing program. The T is the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, which works with UT Arlington to match commuters to carpools. Call 817-336-RIDE (7433) and leave your name, address and phone number. Or pick up a postage-paid registration card at the Information Desk at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

H1N1 flu information posted online

UT Arlington is closely monitoring developments related to the H1N1 influenza virus and is asking that members of the University community take precaution to stay healthy heading into the fall flu season. The spread of flu can be stopped through frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, shielding your coughs and sneezes and staying home when you are feeling ill. Click here to read updated information about the H1N1 flu virus and what you can do to stay well.

Check out the blog server

The UT Arlington blog server has been upgraded to the latest version of Word Press Multi user. With this new version comes many new features, including more themes to choose from and greater security. This link will give you information about the upgrade and some of the features.

  Fresh Pix Movin' Mavs action

Movin' Mavs action

Anthony Pone (45) shoots over James Patin during the Movin' Mavs Blue and White wheelchair basketball game Saturday as part of the Welcome Week Maverick Stampede. The Movin' Mavs will host a tournament Nov. 13-14 to open their season.

For help with setting up a blog, contact Scott Massey, training manager in the Center for Distance Education, at 817-272-7003 or scott@distance.uta.edu.

New scanner added to library

A new scanner has been installed in the Central Library for student use. Called the Knowledge Imaging Center (KIC) and located just outside the Circulation area, it is designed to make walk-up scanning as easy as walk up copying. It will provide a green alternative to the copiers that currently reside right around the corner. KIC has a basic set of instructions on top of the cabinet, but the touch screen interface is very intuitive. It has limited editing capability and exports files to either e-mail or a USB flash drive. Feedback has been positive from people who enjoy saving their scanned books or journals to a thumb drive instead of printing them to paper.

The Xerox copy center in the basement of the Central Library has closed. Canon will now supply and maintain copy machines throughout the Library and its branches. Scantrons now can be purchased from a Scantron vending machine in the basement of the Central Library.

Library catalog gets upgrade

The online catalog for the UT Arlington Library has been upgraded, and several new features, customizations and enhancements have been added. Librarians and programmers are always working to streamline functionality and create seamless linkages to search results. Library staff members have been testing a preview version of this program since late July.

The updated catalog is available now. For an overview of the recent changes, click here.

Free Planetarium admission for students this week

Students will be admitted free to shows at The Planetarium through Friday of this week. See the Planetarium Web site for show schedules.

Free "roller coaster rides" will highlight the beginning of each show. The three-minute video is provided by Dome3D productions as a preview to its show, which is currently being developed.

  Fresh Pix Movin' on in

Movin' on in

Members of the women's basketball team help at the Residence Hall Move-In Event Thursday. Various groups and individuals assisted students during the move-in process.

Calabrios Pizza is sponsoring Planetarium movies for Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Aug. 28, and will give away a free slice of pizza to movie attendees. The movie also will be free to students.

Both offers are limited to 150 students.

Choirs seek singers for auditions

The Department of Music invites all interested singers to audition for one of the UT Arlington choirs Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 25-28. The A Cappella Choir and the University Singers are open to all students by audition.

The choirs require course enrollment for a one-hour elective credit. Schedule an audition by contacting Karen Kenaston-French at kenaston@uta.edu or visit www.uta.edu/music/ensembles for more information.

Marching Band to perform
at Cowboys game Saturday

The UT Arlington Marching Band will perform at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys-San Francisco 49ers pre-season game Saturday, Aug. 29. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., with halftime at about 8:30 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Cowboys Stadium employees will use campus lots Saturday

Cowboys Stadium employees will use campus parking lots 47, 49, 50, 51 and 52 Saturday, Aug. 29. Nursing students can park at the north end of lot 47, east of Pickard Hall. Other students, faculty and staff will be redirected to lot F-10 and, if needed, lot F-13.

Check List

Aug. 25-30

Late registration. Go to MyMav.

Monday, Sept. 7

Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Census Date

Monday, Oct. 26

Registration begins for spring 2010 term

Friday, Oct. 30

Last day to drop classes

Grade exclusions, summer grades online

The grade exclusion Web site reopened Aug. 24. Students must be registered at UT Arlington on the census date for the term in which their grade exclusion request is processed. More information on grade exclusion can be found at www3.uta.edu/registrar/gradeExclusion.asp.

Grades for summer sessions are available online. Visit www.uta.edu/mymav, click on Student Center and then click on Grades under Academic History to review grades.

Check your registration

In rare cases, students may have been dropped from a fall class in error. The Office of Records staff members have attempted to correct any errors. Check Student Center in MyMav, and if your fall enrollment is not what you think it should be, contact your academic adviser.

Print your own enrollment verification

If you are currently enrolled, you may print your own enrollment verification after the census date. Log into MyMav and click on Request Enrollment Verification in the Academics section of your Student Center to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse (NSLC) Web site.

Official Enrollment Verifications are only available after the census date of the semester requested. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing any letters of verification and/or any forms that must be filled out by the Registrar's Office.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Welcome Back Movie features "Up" on Friday

Exel movie: Up

Join EXCEL Campus Activities behind the Maverick Activities Center for an outdoor movie to celebrate the beginning of school. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on. We supply the free popcorn. Candy and drinks will be available for purchase. Rated PG for some peril and action. The movie will begin at dusk. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Movie subject to change depending on availability. Free. Approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. West Lawn of Maverick Activities Center. Contact EXCEL at excel@uta.edu or call 817-272-2963.

Tuesday, Aug. 25-Thursday, Aug. 27

Social Work Welcome Week All day. School of Social Work, Building A.

Tuesday, Aug. 25

UTA Volunteers All students welcome. 2:15-3:15 p.m. E.H. Hereford University Center, Student Congress Chambers.

UTA-HOSTS! Welcome Mixer 7-9 p.m. E.H. Hereford University Center, Bowling and Billiards.

Thursday, Aug. 27

Liberal Arts Welcome Noon-2 p.m. Library Mall.

Nursing Floats 'n' Quotes 2:45-4 p.m. Pickard Hall, Room 549.

Honors College Games Night 5-8 p.m. E.H. Hereford University Center, Bowling and Billiards.

Thursday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Sept. 1

Dance Ensemble Auditions Consists of three combinations: ballet, modern and jazz. You do not need to prepare anything; all audition material will be taught the same day. Come ready to dance. 6 p.m. Swift Center Dance Studio.

Thursday, Aug. 27

Panhellenic Council Greek Splash 7 p.m. P.E. Building, Outdoor Pool.

Friday, Aug. 28

TRiO Popsicle Social 11 a.m.-noon. University Center Mall.

Saturday, Aug. 29

Mavs on a Mission Join us for the first volunteer opportunity of the year. Help is needed at Mission Arlington, just a block from campus. There will be free food and T-shirts for the first 100 volunteers. Meet in front of the Mav Express office (across from Starbucks in the University Center) at 8:30 a.m. E-mail utavolunteers@uta.edu with your name, shirt size and contact info to sign up. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Big Howdy Party For information, contact the Office of International Education at 817-272-2355. 6-9 p.m. E.H. Hereford University Center, Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Interfraternity Council Name Your Game Night For information, contact Greek Life at 817-272-2963. 7-10 p.m. E.H. Hereford University Center, Bowling and Billiards.

Monday, Aug. 31-Thursday, Sept. 3

Carter Blood Drive Buses will be outside the Central Library and the E.H. Hereford University Center to collect donations. No appointment is necessary. Bring a photo ID. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Now through Sept. 30

Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 at the Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit that highlights various disciplines in the glass arts, including glassblowing, kiln-formed glass, flameworking, neon sculpture, stained glass, glass mosaic and cast glass. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only. Contact Christina Graves at 817-272-5988.

Ongoing

The Planetarium at UT Arlington logo

UT Arlington Planetarium programs The summer schedule will continue through Sept. 27. Shows include Texas Stargazing, Stars of the Pharaohs, Black Holes, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Bad Astronomy, matinees and $2 movies. Check the Planetarium Web site for upcoming shows. Contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or planetarium@uta.edu for tickets.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)

Learn More

Tuesday, Aug. 25

LibraryCraft Offers Games, Food, Freebies As part of the Maverick Stampede, students are invited to visit the Central Library to learn more about the resources and services available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library's World of LibraryCraft showcases services like the Digital Media Studio, Special Collections, the Paper's Due Drop Inn and Geographic Information Systems as students complete quests. Students who successfully complete six of 12 quests will win a free Quiznos lunch and access to the Game Room.

Also highlighted are the library's extensive electronic resources, popular reading collection and the Texas history collection. Librarians and staff of the library will be available to answer questions and demonstrate the services available throughout the Central Library and the various branches. A hands-on demonstration of paper marbling will be set up on the first floor.

The Game Room includes XBox, Wii, PS3 and computer games provided by Campus Recreation and the Library. For more information or if you need a special accommodation to fully participate, contact Kevin Schuck, Central Library, Information Literacy, at 817-272-3313 or keschuck@uta.edu.

Thursday, Aug. 27

Drop-in Advising and Info Table Learn about all the study abroad options available to you from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Speak with a study abroad adviser and learn more about available study abroad scholarships. Sponsored by the Office of International Education. University Center, First Floor, booth near Starbucks. For information, contact Blake Hart at 817-272-1120 or studyabroad@uta.edu.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)

Sports Notes
  Teena Sobczak

Ready to serve: Teena Sobczak is the only senior on a promising UT Arlington volleyball team.

Volleyball season opens Friday

A year ago, volleyball coach Diane Seymour was forced to throw a handful of freshmen into the fire following the graduation of five starters in 2007. Now, prior to the start of the 2009 season, Seymour and the Mavericks have a much brighter scenario in front of them with nine returning players.

The season opens this weekend at the Illinois State Redbird Classic in Normal, Ill., as the Mavericks face Oral Roberts on Friday night before meeting Illinois State and Gardner-Webb on Saturday. The first home matches are Saturday, Sept. 12 against Arkansas-Little Rock and Oklahoma in the UT Arlington Invitational.

"We definitely want to rebound and have a great season," Seymour says. "We are still going to look really young on paper, but I don't think we are going to play that young because we had a lot of freshmen that were forced into action last year."

Athletics Hall of Honor to induct four new members

Baseball pitcher Jeff Burrow, football standout Mike Barnes, javelin All-American Jenny Hockett and softball player and coach Rayla Allison will be inducted into UT Arlington Department of Athletics Hall of Honor Sept. 12 at the Arlington Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom.

Athletics launches new Web design

There's a new look to the Athletics Department's Web site. Check it out at www.utamavs.com.

In Quotes

Study shows immigrants flock to Houston

Ultraviolet radiation can help and hurt

Saltwater storage may be connected to earthquakes

"The city is world-known as a place that's home to a disproportionate number of immigrants."

"The ultraviolet and cosmic ray environment around a star may very well have 'chosen' what type of life could arise around it."

"What happens is it tends to float the rocks apart."

– Dr. Jason Shelton, assistant professor of sociology, on survey findings in Houston that show attitudes about race and immigration had a distinct influence on reactions to Katrina evacuees, most of whom were African-American. Houston Chronicle.

– Dr. Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics, and his team are examining the damaging and favorable effects of ultraviolet radiation from stars on DNA molecules. Universe Today.

– Dr. Larry Standlee, adjunct assistant professor in earth and environmental sciences in the College of Science, on how underwater saltwater storage used in natural gas drilling could be connected to the recent spate of earthquakes North Texas has experienced. KTVT Channel 11.

TrailBlazer

Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

Web Developer: James Barberousse

Photographers: Beth McHenry,
Robert Crosby

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications:
Jerry Lewis

Published by University Communications

© 2009 The University of Texas at Arlington

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