TrailBlazer

For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Freshman chemistry

Quality and quantity: A record 28,084 students enrolled at UT Arlington this fall. About 25 percent of the nearly 4,300 freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

University sees huge surge
in enrollment figures for fall

A record-breaking fall enrollment of 28,084 reflects the University's intense focus on students and increasing diversity of academic programs.

Enrollment is up almost 12 percent from fall 2008, when 25,100 undergraduate and graduate students were enrolled. Gains are most prominent in the critical areas of nursing, education and science—fields in which aggressive recruiting and retention efforts are showing results.

"These numbers are evidence of what we see on campus every day," President James D. Spaniolo says. "UT Arlington is a dynamic university that is improving by every measure. Students are choosing this university because they see an institution that is on the rise, one that is gaining momentum toward becoming a major national research institution."

Read the news release for more information.

New $2 million NSF grant to boost freshman
science, engineering retention rates

The National Science Foundation has given nearly $2 million to the Colleges of Engineering and Science to develop an interdisciplinary program to aid retention efforts for first- and second-year students.

The program is expected to boost retention rates for engineering and science majors by 15 percent during the five-year exploratory effort.

First-year students in those fields often are unprepared for the rigor of these courses and drop out of these programs at a higher rate than other disciplines.

Read the news release for more information.

Oozeball

Your name is mud
at Oozeball tourney

Mudslinging goes beyond politics at the 20th annual Oozeball Tournament from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street. About 130 teams compete in mud volleyball to benefit the Student Alumni Association's sophomore scholarship fund.

Mudstomp prepares the five courts starting at 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 17, when volunteers mix 143 tons of dirt with water.

On Friday, expect mud (of course), free water, free food for contestants, and concessions and event shirts for sale. The Arlington water department will keep the courts wet and participants clean after their games.

Register by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, to play. See Oozeball.

Maverick Activities Center

MAC celebrates second birthday

Celebrate the Maverick Activities Center's second birthday with cake and refreshments at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the MAC. The center serves more than 2,000 people daily with more than 940,000 guests having entered the MAC.

The facility opened in September 2007, with Phase II opening in March 2008. Recent additions include a climbing wall, an outdoor canopy, 168 more lockers and a combative room. Additional exercise machines include the Expresso exercise bikes that allow two people to race each other.

Learn more about the MAC at www.uta.edu/mac.

Adaptive sports clinics open to students, community

Students with disabilities can try various sports at adaptive sports clinics and intramural programs on campus this fall.

  Fresh Pix US flags

Flags honor fallen

A total of 2,997 American flags were placed near the Central Library mall Friday for the memorial service honoring those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001. The event, "We Will Never Forget," was sponsored by the College Republicans at UT Arlington and featured State Rep. Diane Patrick and Lt. Sam Cary, a Grand Prairie firefighter who traveled to New York after 9/11.

All mobility-impaired individuals can attend the free clinics, said Doug Garner, head coach of the Movin' Mavs, who are seven-time national wheelchair basketball champions. Veterans and youth are especially encouraged to attend, he said.

The first clinic is Saturday, Sept. 19, at the P.E. Building for track and field, swimming, indoor wheelchair soccer and wheelchair tennis. Tennis will be taught by Steve Welch, a Paralympic gold medalist and former Movin' Mav.

Power wheelchairs are included in indoor wheelchair soccer, a new sport. Every team must have two people in power chairs and three people in manual chairs.

Read the news release for more details.

Learn more about the clinics by contacting Garner at dgarner@uta.edu or go to www.utamovinmavs.com.

Career month features
job fairs, workshops

This year's Career Fair will include workshops and personalized consultations with career services professionals for students and alumni.

The Career Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Maverick Activities Center. This is the first year for the fair to be at the MAC. The fair is for seniors, graduate students and alumni, as well as underclassmen exploring internships and part-time jobs. More than 100 employers are expected to attend.

Upcoming free programs are listed in Learn More below and at Career Services. Call 817-272-2932 or e-mail careers@uta.edu for details.

Hispanic Heritage Month features forums, art

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 15 with a variety of cultural events such as:

  • Semana de Cultura: Works by Hispanic Art Students, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21-25, UT Arlington Gallery West in the Studio Arts Center.

  • Hispanic Issues Forum, noon Sept. 23, San Saba/Palo Pinto rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center.

A complete list is at www.uta.edu/multicultural.

National Hazing Prevention Week brings awareness events

Break Down the Walls is the theme of National Hazing Prevention Week, Sept. 21-25. A film and role-playing activities provide students a chance to understand the negative impact of hazing. Events are:

  Fresh Pix Christopher Conway (left), John Garrigus (center) and Lonny Harrison (right)

Three keys of economy

John Garrigus (center), associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts, spoke on "Three Keys to Understanding Deep Economy" Wednesday in Nedderman Hall, referring to big economies, big countries and big China as the keys. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben is the University's OneBook selection for this year. With Dr. Garrigus are Christopher Conway (left), OneBook co-chair and associate professor of modern languages, and Lonny Harrison, visiting assistant professor of modern languages. Read more at www.uta.edu/onebook.

  • Haze, the Movie This film centers on the death of Gordie Bailey, a University of Colorado student who died during an initiation activity that involved alcohol. Free. 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 817-272-2354, Andrea Barefield, barefield@uta.edu, Robert-Thomas Jones, rtjones@uta.edu

  • Trail of Haze See the various ways hazing can appear on campus. Participants will walk through skits that depict hazing activities as they relate to different campus organizations and activities. Free. 11 a.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 22-23, mall, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2354, Andrea Barefield, barefield@uta.edu, Robert-Thomas Jones, rtjones@uta.edu

Mindfulness programs offered
by Health Services

Health Services offers mindfulness programs. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives.

"Mindful Moments" provides a break from stress at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in Room 235 of the Business Building. No registration needed for the free program.

"Mindful Awareness Program," or MAP, meets each Thursday for six weeks and presents a systematic means of cultivating mindfulness. Contact Marie Bannister at 817-272-2771 or bannister@uta.edu.

Check List

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Enrollment verifications available

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Career Fair

Get vaccine, avoid the flu

Seasonal flu immunization shots are available to students for $15 at the campus health center, 605 S. West St. Student health insurance may cover the cost for students who have that policy.

The vaccination addresses only seasonal flu. A separate vaccine for H1N1 influenza is not yet available.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer, which is placed throughout the campus.

  • Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow, not your hands.

  • Do not attend class or go to work if you are ill or have a fever.

  • If you become ill while on campus, arrange a ride home through a friend or relative to minimize your contact with others.

Read more about UT Arlington, seasonal flu and H1N1. Call the Health Services center at 817-272-2771 or go to www.uta.edu/healthservices.

Drops, withdrawals require instructors' signatures

To drop or withdraw from classes, students must meet with an academic adviser in their major department. The adviser will require completion of an "Undergraduate Course Drop or Withdrawal Request," which will require signatures from all instructors whose classes are being dropped. To withdraw from all classes, students must meet with their academic adviser.

The add and drop policies are available at Student Success, and a list of advising offices is available at Academic Advising.

Learn about library on YouTube

UT Arlington's Library has a few videos on YouTube to explain how librarians can help students and to dispel myths about library services. See videos at YouTube.

Environmental Science undergrad degree program announced

A new Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Earth Science degree has been added to the University's sustainability curriculum. The degree plan is designed to prepare students for environmental challenges. Coursework is split between biology and geology, with a significant component of math and chemistry.

Students will be able to become majors starting in October, when the degree plan will be posted and included in MyMav.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Made in Italy opens Saturday

Made in Italy

Photography by UT Arlington students and faculty who studied in Italy in June will be on exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art starting Saturday, Sept. 19.

Undergraduate and graduate students studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art under the direction of Kenda North, professor of photography in Art and Art History. This is the fifth AMA exhibit from students and faculty studying at the Santa Reparata International School of Art.

Participating artists are North, Ashley Allen, Jesse Barnett, Kimberly Bell, Justin Bolle, Annie Donovan, Casey Kopecky, Erica Martinez, Katie Nixon, Amber Lea Taylor, Jenny Todd, Daniel Gutierrez and Laurie Ward.

An opening reception is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The exhibit closes Oct. 18.

The Arlington Museum of Art is located at 201 W. Main St. and is open from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Contact the museum at 817-275-4600 or Professor North at kenda@uta.edu for more information.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Music Honors Recital Music Department's faculty and outstanding students perform solo and chamber music. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471, music@uta.edu.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Focus on Faculty: Mysterious Matter Kaushik De, an associate professor of physics, will explain matter and other parts of the universe at the year's first Focus on Faculty program. Free. Noon. sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Tommie Wingfield, 2-2658, wingfield@uta.edu.

Mindful Moments Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. Offered by Health Services. 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 235, Business Building. Marie Bannister, bannister@uta.edu, 817-272-2771.

Thursday, Sept. 17

MAC's Second Birthday Celebrate the MAC's second birthday with cake and refreshments. The MAC serves more than 2,000 people daily. 3 p.m. Maverick Activities Center.

TechnoScholar: GIS Workshop Map election data in your neighborhood with the Geographic Information Systems. No prior GIS experience required. Free. 3 p.m. Room B-20, Central Library. Josh Been, 2-5826, been@uta.edu.

Jazz on the Lawn This outdoor concert features performances by the Music Department's jazz groups. In case of rain, the concert will be held in Room 115 of the Fine Arts Building. Free. 7:30 p.m. courtyard, Architecture Building. 817-272-3471, music@uta.edu.

Friday, Sept. 18

Oozeball Tournament Campus Recreation and the Student Alumni Association host the 20th annual Oozeball Tournament. Money raised helps fund the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship. Pepsi-Cola will provide free water, and Chipotle will provide free chips and guacamole for participants. SAA will sell concessions and event shirts. Noon-5 p.m. corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street. www.uta.edu/alumni/saa/saa_oozeball.

Thermal Science in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Tae-Youl Choi, assistant professor of mechanical and energy engineering at the University of North Texas, introduces two approaches in small scale thermal science and engineering. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Debi Barton, 817-272-2561, dbarton@uta.edu.

Movie: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen PG-13. Free admission and popcorn. 8 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

Saturday, Sept. 19

EcoFest Arlington Hear local bands, get do-it-yourself tips for reducing consumption, check out the latest green products and watch the humorous documentary called "Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home." Free. 2 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, Abram at Center streets.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

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

Through Sept. 27

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

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. 817-272-1183, planetarium@uta.edu, www.utaplanetarium.com.

Through Sept. 30

Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 The Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit in glass art. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Christina Graves, 817-272-5988.

Through Oct. 10

Art Exhibition: Geometry in Reflection Two internationally recognized artists address architectonic forms and color relationships through their work. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Patricia Healy, 817-272-5658, phealy@uta.edu.

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

Learn More

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Résumé Critiques Have your résumé critiqued before the job fair. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2932, careers@uta.edu.

Coping with Stress Reduce the negative impact of stress and learn relaxation techniques. Noon Room 216, E.E. Davis Hall. 817-272-3671.

How to be Successful at a Job Fair Learn how to network a job fair, get résumé tips, advice on what to wear and other great information. Free. 1:30 p.m. second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. 817-272-2932, careers@uta.edu.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Résumé Critiques Have your résumé critiqued before the job fair. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor atrium, Nedderman Hall. 817-272-2932, careers@uta.edu.

Career Exploration Session Learn more about the career decision-making process and how to take the online career assessments. 11 a.m. Room 216, E.E. Davis Hall. 817-272-3671.

How to be Successful at a Job Fair for Graduate Students This workshop will provide tips for job fair success. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Rooms 610/633, Business Building. 817-272-2932, careers@uta.edu, careers.uta.edu.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Résumé Critiques Have your résumé critiqued before the job fair. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor lobby, University Hall. 817-272-2932, careers@uta.edu.

Effective Learning Strategies Learn effective study skills and improve your academic performance. 1 p.m. Room 216, E.E. Davis Hall. 817-272-3671.

Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Learn the Graduate School requirements for formatting and submitting a document electronically. Bring a section of your thesis or dissertation if you have specific formatting questions. 4-6 p.m. Room 311A, Ransom Hall.

Speed Networking Learn from real company recruiters how to put your best foot forward. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. University Club, E.E. Davis Hall. 817-272-2932, careers@uta.edu.

Friday, Sept. 18

Résumé Critiques Have your résumé critiqued before the job fair. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first floor foyer, Business Building. 817-272-2932, careers@uta.edu.

Career Exploration Session Learn more about the career decision-making process and how to take the online career assessments. 2 p.m. Room 216, E.E. Davis Hall. 817-272-3671.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Learn the Graduate School requirements for formatting and submitting a document electronically. Bring a section of your thesis or dissertation if you have specific formatting questions. 9-11 a.m. Room 311A, Ransom Hall.

EcoFest Arlington Hear local bands, learn how to reduce consumption, check out the latest green products and watch the humorous documentary called "Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home." Free. 2 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, corner of Abram and Center streets.

Monday, Sept. 21

How to be Successful at a Job Fair Learn how to network a job fair, get résumé tips, advice on what to wear and other great information. Free. 11 a.m. Room 633, Business Building. 817-272-2932, careers@uta.edu.

Sports Notes
Samantha Morrow

Women open with Rice: Coach Samantha Morrow's women's basketball team, which went to the Women's National Invitational Tournament last year, will open the season Nov. 13 against Rice in Texas Hall.

 

Basketball schedules include Oklahoma, Michigan State

The 2009-10 basketball schedules for the women's and men's teams were released last week and features trips to Oklahoma for the women and Michigan State for the men.

Coach Samantha Morrow's women will open the season at home Nov. 13 against Rice followed by a Nov. 17 home game against Houston.

Coach Scott Cross's men will open the season with home games against Dallas Baptist Nov. 14 and North Texas Nov. 18. The Mavericks will play at Baylor and Michigan State in December. See www.utamavs.com.

Volleyball team hosts Hilton Invitational

Hoping to rebound from a narrow loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, Coach Diane Seymour's volleyball team will host the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational Friday and Saturday at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks will face Arkansas State at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by matches with Texas Southern (12:30) and TCU (7:30) on Saturday. Students are admitted free with ID.

Former Maverick called up to Mariners

Former UT Arlington catcher Adam Moore was called up to the major leagues by the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. He batted .287 with 12 home runs and 56 runs batted in during play in the minor leagues this season.

Moore helped lead the Mavericks to the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2006, posting a .350 batting average.

In Quotes

Compensation helps exonerees, but fails system

Students to get paid
for education course

Perseverance pays off in job market

"While the compensation is fair, it robs the system of ferreting out bad practices."

"We want to attract the very best students into teaching."

"The thing about AT&T is if you do well one place, they'll give you an opportunity someplace else."

– Dr. John Stickels, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice in the College of Liberal Arts, on payments from the state of Texas to exonerees recently cleared of wrongdoing through DNA evidence. KDAF/CW 33.

– Dr. Greg Hale, assistant dean of science, on students getting paid to take an introductory teaching course as part of a regional effort to entice undergraduates to become secondary math and science teachers. Star-Telegram.

– Wayne Watts, a UT Arlington graduate ('76 BBA) and current senior executive vice president and general counsel at AT&T, on what hard work will do to help you climb the corporate ladder. The Dallas Morning News.

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