TrailBlazer

For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Early voting on campus Oct. 26-27

Your Vote Counts

Early voting for the Nov. 3 state constitutional amendment election is available on campus Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 26-27, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Students who are registered to vote in Tarrant County can cast their early ballots on campus. Identification, such as a driver’s license, is needed to vote.

The polling station, sponsored by Student Congress, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking will be available along the 300 block of West First Street.

Proposition 4 on the ballot relates to Texas' emerging research universities and their possible Tier One status. If voters approve Proposition 4, the balance of the dormant Higher Education Fund—about $500 million—would be transferred to a new National Research University Fund. Those funds would be available as Texas' seven emerging research universities—including UT Arlington—achieve certain criteria outlined in House Bill 51 and identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Those funds would be available Sept. 1, 2011, to qualifying institutions.

Early voting runs from Oct. 19-30. The closest early voting site to campus is the Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse, 700 E. Abram St., and the closest to the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center, is the Fort Worth Municipal Building, 1000 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth.

Learn more about UT Arlington's progress toward becoming a national research university at www.uta.edu/president/tierone. More about the Nov. 3 ballot is available through the Texas Secretary of State office. Local election issues are available for Tarrant County and Dallas County.

Parents, families get to be Mavericks this weekend

Parents and other family members can see what makes UT Arlington special during Parents and Family Weekend, set for Friday-Saturday, Oct. 23-24.

  Fresh Pix Marquez Haynes

Madness a slam dunk

Senior Marquez Haynes won the slam dunk contest at Maverick Madness, the celebration of the first official night of basketball practice, Friday night in Texas Hall. The evening featured the introduction of the men's, women's and wheelchair basketball teams, three-point shooting and slam dunk contests, and a step show.

Friday evening includes a reception in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Saturday's activities start with breakfast with Provost Donald Bobbitt and Vice President of Student Affairs Frank Lamas. The day features open houses and tours at various colleges, schools and residence halls; Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball and Maverick volleyball games; a glass-blowing demonstration; the president's dinner; and a fall festival and concert.

The Maverick Parent and Family Association meets from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Red River Room of the University Center.

See www.uta.edu/parentsweekend for the schedule and more details.

Maverick ring sales this week

Get your Maverick on this week with a UT Arlington ring. Sales of the official Maverick ring are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 21-22, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The Maverick ring is reserved exclusively for alumni, qualified undergraduates who have completed 60 credit hours and graduate students who have completed 15 hours. Alumni who already own a UT Arlington class ring can exchange their ring for the new official Maverick ring free. Exchanges that are not carat-to-carat weight or any upgrades will result in extra charges.

Contact the Alumni Association at 817-272-2594 or uta_alumni@uta.edu for more details.

Author talks about moving from New York to the ranch

Doug Fine recounts how he left city life for a sustainable, green adventure at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The lecture, "Petroleum Free in One Year," is by the author of Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living.

Fine's appearance, which is free and open to the public, is in conjunction with the OneBook program, which adopted Bill McKibben's Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future for 2009-10.

Other OneBook programs are listed online.

Tobacco cessation program starts this week

Four sessions on tobacco cessation for students are today and Wednesday, Oct. 20-21, facilitated by Health Services.

  Fresh Pix Erma Johnson, James D. Spaniolo and Melody Johnson

Meeting the Nash Challenge

Tarrant County College interim Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, left, UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo and Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Melody Johnson announce a new partnership at Nash Elementary School in Fort Worth on Friday. About 75 percent of Nash's 250 students are considered economically disadvantaged, but it is one of the district's 12 exemplary elementary schools. Nash students who graduate from a Fort Worth school district high school and meet the Nash Challenge guidelines will earn a full tuition scholarship, including books, from Tarrant County College. Nash students who earn an associate's degree from TCC and who qualify for a Pell grant will then earn free tuition and fees from UT Arlington.

Student classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the first and third week of each month. For locations and to register for classes, contact Health Services at 817-272-2771. You must register for all four sessions separately.

Today's classes are Understanding Addiction at 11:30 a.m. and Steps to Quitting at 3 p.m. Wednesday's sessions are How to Cope at 10:30 a.m. and There Is Help at 3 p.m. Learn more at www.uta.edu/tobaccofree.

Are you ready for some Spirit Friday?

Spirit Fridays will challenge student organizations to show their Maverick pride and how well they know UT Arlington. The UT Arlington Ambassadors host this new spin on Spirit Friday, beginning this Friday, Oct. 23.

From noon to 1 p.m. on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall, student organizations will vie for bragging rights. The groups will be judged on the most spirited apparel, UT Arlington trivia, the UT Arlington Fight Song and the loudest Mavericks.

Mark your calendar for these Spirit Fridays:

  • Oct. 23, mall, Central Library

  • Nov. 20, lawn, Maverick Activities Center

  • Feb. 26, 2010, Arlington Hall

  • March 12, 2010, mall, Engineering Building

  • April 30, 2010, mall, Central Library

New medical technologies research funding program announced

Proposals are being sought for research to develop medical technologies in critical healthcare areas through a new collaborative effort supported by Texas Instruments, the Texas Health Research and Education Institute, UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, Nov. 6. Details are posted at Collaborative Research Funding Program in Medical Technologies.

Funding priorities for the medical technologies program include healthcare information technology, community health and welfare, and oncology. Each proposal must include at least one research investigator from both UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

Successful proposals are expected to be announced in January 2010. The maximum award for each project is $100,000 for one year. An initial $600,000 is available through the program to support medical technology research. The four sponsoring entities have each contributed $150,000 to the program.

Safe Zone Ally Training set for Thursday

Participants in Ally Training will learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Participants have the option to display a Safe Zone symbol as a signal to the campus community and LGBT individuals that they maintain a safe and affirming environment.

Space is limited. Contact Adria Villarreal at 817-272-3671 or adriav@uta.edu with questions, or to reserve your spot. For more information, see Safe Zone. 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, Room 223, Pickard Hall.

Sign up to help plan heritage celebrations

Students are encouraged to help plan Asian Heritage Month and Black History Month with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Asian Heritage Month planning meetings are at noon Wednesdays, Oct. 21 and 28, and Monday, Oct. 26, in B-150 of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

  Fresh Pix Jenny Rios and Brandon Pugh

Mavericks go dancing

Jenny Rios and Brandon Pugh display their dancing skills in the Dancing with Mavericks competition Thursday night at the Maverick Activities Center. It was the final event of Hispanic Heritage Month sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. More than 60 dancers competed, and more than 300 attended the event. The team of Dance Ensemble and UTA HOSTS took first place. Rios and Pugh were on the second-place team of Latin American Students Organization and Black Student Association.

Black History Month planners meet at 12:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 20, in B-150 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Other meetings are noon Wednesdays, Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. More information is at www.uta.edu/multicultural.

Protect yourself from the flu

Stay healthy during flu season. Here are a few tips.

  • Seasonal flu shots are available through Health Services for $15. A vaccine for the H1N1 influenza is not available at Health Services at this time.

  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer, which is located around campus.

  • Do not go to work or class when you are ill or running a fever.

  • Anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, including a high fever, is encouraged to see a physician as soon as possible. Contact Health Services at 817-272-2771 or go to www.uta.edu/healthservices.

  • Students who are sick and who live on campus and purchased a meal plan can have meals delivered to them. Call 817-272-9444 for more information.

Three Maversity workshops remain for semester

Maversity, a multicultural leadership development program for all students, has three workshops left for this semester. These fun and interactive workshops provide a safe space to probe hot topics like gender, race, stereotypes, prejudice, privilege, personal identity, socio-economic class and social justice issues. Upcoming workshops are in the E.H. Hereford University Center and include 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Guadalupe Room; noon Wednesday, Nov. 4, Concho Room; and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Guadalupe Room. Space is limited to 25 students, and a free lunch will be served. More details are at www.uta.edu/multicultural.

Feedback needed for dining survey

Dining Services is conducting a survey to better understand the University community's dining preferences and satisfaction. The survey takes about five minutes, and all responses will remain confidential. Participants will be able to enter a drawing to win one of three Best Buy gift cards: the grand prize is for $250, and the others are for $25 each. The survey will end Friday, Oct. 23.

Check List

Oct. 22-25

MyMav offline, unavailable

Oct. 26

Registration begins for winter intercession and spring 2010

Oct. 30

Last day to drop classes

Be prepared for MyMav downtime starting Thursday

MyMav

Students will not have access to MyMav from noon Thursday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 25, because of a scheduled upgrade. They will not be able to see the schedule of classes or any of their student or financial records that they may use to plan for the next term.

During this time, advisers will not be able to clear advising holds, access the schedule of classes, give class permissions or drop students from classes. Most advising offices will be severely limited in their ability to help students.

Students who plan to register for winter intercession or spring 2010 during the week of Oct. 26 should plan ahead and access the needed information before Thursday. Also, the Bursar's and Parking offices will close at noon Thursday.

MyMav will return to 24/7 availability at 8 a.m. Oct. 26. Additional information can be found at Admissions, Financial Aid, Graduate Studies and International Education.

Priority registration begins Monday

Class schedules for winter intersession and spring are accessible at www.uta.edu/mymav, with priority registration beginning Monday, Oct. 26. Check your MyMav portal page at www.uta.edu/mymav to determine if you need to see an adviser. Log in and then click Student Center. Find the section on the right called Holds, then click the Detail link for specifics on your holds. If your academic department requires that you be advised, you will see an academic department service indicator (DEP hold).

A list of advising offices and the registration timetable for winter intersession and spring 2010 are online. Students who have registration dates early in the week of Oct. 26 are encouraged to meet with their advisers prior to Friday, Oct. 23.

To drop or not to drop? Decide by Oct. 30

The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. After this date, students may not drop a course except with special permission. All students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit to drop one or more courses or to withdraw (resign) from all courses.

A list of advising offices is online. Advisers will be unable to assist with drops from noon Thursday, Oct. 22, through Friday, Oct. 23.

Impact of dropping

  • Freshmen and sophomores: Undergraduate students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 or after are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. Learn more about the state law on dropped classes.

  • Financial aid recipients: Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to see how dropping will affect their financial aid package. For details, call 817-272-3561 or go to Room 252 in Davis Hall. Federal regulations are outlined online.

Grade exclusion request site closes after drop date

Grade exclusion requests submitted online will be processed by 5 p.m. on the last drop day—Friday, Oct. 30—as part of the grading and academic standing process for the fall 2009 term. The grade exclusion site will be unavailable Oct. 31 through Jan. 19, 2010. It will re-open on the first day of classes for the spring term and be available through last drop date. For a grade to be excluded, students must be registered at UT Arlington on the census date for the term in which their grade exclusion request is processed.

Fall progress reports available soon

Mid-term progress report grades are being entered by faculty. Students who will receive progress report grades online are freshmen with less than 30 semester credit hours, undeclared students regardless of the number of semester credit hours, undergraduate students whose UT Arlington grade-point average is less than 2.25, new transfer students and student athletes. As soon as the grade is entered, you can view it. Check your Student Center in MyMav regularly. Select Progress Report Grades under Grades.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Student Alumni Association turns 20

Student Alumni Association

Celebrate 20 years of the Student Alumni Association/Student Foundation with a light lunch and a memorabilia display from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the University Club in E.E. Davis Hall. You must have reservations to attend the free party. Contact the Alumni Association for reservations or more details at 817-272-2594 or saa@uta.edu.

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Clavier Series Piano Recital UT Arlington piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471, music@uta.edu.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Volleyball UT Arlington hosts Southeastern Louisiana. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. 817-272-2239, www.utamavs.com.

Choir Concert The University Singers and A Cappella Choir perform along with guest violinist Martha Walvoord. $3 with student ID. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471, music@uta.edu.

Noises Off A farce in three fast-paced acts. Reservations recommended. $7 with student ID. 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, Room 174, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-2669.

Maverick Speakers Series: David Gergen Commentator, author and former presidential adviser David Gergen will share his insight on leadership to a sold-out audience as part of the Maverick Speakers Series. 8 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Friday, Oct. 23

Solomons Faculty Piano Recital John Solomons, associate professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471, music@uta.edu.

Friends of UT Arlington Library Jeff Guinn, author of Go Down Together: The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde, speaks at the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Betty Wood, 817-272-7421, bwood@uta.edu.

Noises Off A farce in three fast-paced acts. Reservations recommended. $7 with student ID. 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, Room 174, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-2669.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball UT Arlington vs. Dallas Mavericks wheelchair team. Free. 1 p.m., Texas Hall. www.utamovinmavs.com.

Volleyball UT Arlington hosts Nicholls State. Free with student ID. 3 p.m., Texas Hall. 817-272-2239, www.utamavs.com.

Noises Off A farce in three fast-paced acts. Reservations recommended. $7 with student ID. 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, Room 174, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-2669.

Sunday, Oct. 25

Noises Off A farce in three fast-paced acts. Reservations recommended. $7 with student ID. 2:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, Room 174, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-2669.

Through Nov. 14

Faculty Biennial X This art exhibition showcases recent work created by Department of Art and Art History faculty. The 2009 exhibition features works of more than 30 faculty members in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, video, digital imaging and visual communication. Examples of recent publications are on display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building.

Through Dec. 22

Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Featured artists are Marianna Alfaro, Lucille Oppermann, Gloria Sepp, Dolly Valdez and Soon Warren. The exhibition runs through Dec. 22. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. www.uta.edu/fortworth.

Through Dec. 31

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

UT Arlington Planetarium programs The fall schedule features the latest in technology, Digistar 4. New shows include IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System; Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA; Microcosm: The Adventure Within; and Two Small Pieces of Glass. Returning favorites are Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Seven Wonders, Rock Hall of Fame 1 and the $2 Movie. Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule. Contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or planetarium@uta.edu for tickets.

Through Jan. 9

Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

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

Learn More

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Fresh Start from Tobacco: Understanding Addiction Free. 11:30 a.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716, nekimab@uta.edu.

Fresh Start from Tobacco: Steps to Quitting Free. 3 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716, nekimab@uta.edu.

Managing Stress: Multiple Roles and Responsibilities of Students Address self-expectations as well as expectations of others (professors, family members, supervisors); realistic goal setting; maintaining physical health; identify self-care behaviors/stress management techniques. 4:30 p.m., Room 216, E.E. Davis Hall. Lisa Berry, lberry@uta.edu.

The Revolution That Wasn't Screening of the documentary includes a lecture and questions with Russian filmmakers Aliona Polunina and Andrey Shemyakin. Set in 2007, the film examines the political climate in Russia from the perspective of members of a banned political organization. Free. 5 p.m., Room 121, University Hall. Lonny Harrison, 817-272-2388, lonnyharrison@uta.edu.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Fresh Start from Tobacco: How to Cope Free. 10:30 a.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716, nekimab@uta.edu.

Food For Thought: Do You Get Enough Zzzs? Getting an adequate amount of sleep can significantly improve the mind, body and health. Find out how much is enough, how difficult it is to get this amount and tips to overcome this challenge. Bring a notepad and lunch. Noon-1 p.m., Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center.

Twitter

Academic Uses for Twitter This TechnoScholar workshop explains how to set up a Twitter account, track information about conferences and other organizations, expand conversations within classes as well as among departments and campuses. Sign up online. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Fresh Start from Tobacco: There Is Help Free. 3 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716, nekimab@uta.edu.

Monday, Oct. 26

Research, Knowledge and Evidence-Based Design This panel discussion focuses on an important emerging aspect of design. Free. 6-8 p.m., Architecture Auditorium, Architecture Building.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

OneBook: Dallas Cowboys Stadium Brian Trubey of HKS, Inc., architect for Cowboys Stadium, speaks on the extraordinary facility along with Architecture Dean Donald Gatzke and H. Ralph Hawkins, HKS president. Free. 7 p.m. Room 204, Architecture Building. 817-272-2658. wingfield@uta.edu.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

American College of Sports Medicine Lecture Mindy Millard-Stafford, president of the American College of Sports Medicine and professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, lectures on "Physiology of Endurance Performance: What Do We Really Know?" Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. www.uta.edu/coed/kinesiology/events/acsm.

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver See TechnoScholar Workshops. Free. 2 p.m., Ransom Hall.

Effective Use of Charts and Figures in Academic Writing Graduate students can learn what material to present in charts or figures, how to present that material most effectively and how to follow guidelines for the use in various academic disciplines. Bring data to incorporate into charts and figures and your own charts and figures for review and critique. 4:30 p.m. Writer's Studio, Room 411, Central Library. Lisa Berry, lberry@uta.edu.

Sports Notes
Bianca Sauls

Kill and kill again: Junior Bianca Sauls leads the Mavericks in kills with 151 through 19 matches.

 

Volleyballers host two conference matches this week

After losing to Southland Conference volleyball leader Central Arkansas on Friday, the Mavericks return home this week to host Southeastern Louisiana (7 p.m. Thursday) and Nicholls State (3 p.m. Saturday) at Texas Hall. Students are admitted free with their MavID.

The Mavericks are 3-4 in conference play and need to finish among the top eight teams to qualify for the conference tournament. Southeastern Louisiana comes to town with a 2-4 league record while Nicholls State is 3-4 prior to a match at Texas State on Thursday. See athletics.

Intramural basketball entries due Wednesday

Entries for intramural 3-on-3 basketball are due Wednesday, Oct. 21, and can be turned in at the managers' meeting at 6 p.m. in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.

Entry fee is $20 per team, and each team must have a representative at the managers' meeting.

Leagues are available for men, women, co-rec, IFC, PHC and freshmen. Play begins Wednesday, Oct. 28.

In Quotes

Students express
Post-it opinions

Has the recession ended?

New show gives
sense of flying

"When people above you are making decisions that affect you, it's important that they get your feedback and how you feel about it."

"Individual parts of the country may still be going down, but overall things are not getting worse."

"One of the missions of the Planetarium is really getting the average Joe interested in astronomy."

– Liberal Arts senator Abigail Snow, on opinion boards that have been placed around campus by Student Congress.
The Shorthorn

– Dr. Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the Department of Economics in the College of Business, on the recession.
Dallas Business Journal

– Dr. Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics in the College of Science, on the Planetarium upgrades and new shows.
Star-Telegram

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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

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