Computer Store, labs open in University Center
The UT Arlington Computer Store has moved and reopened in the former art gallery space in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The store offers a variety of hardware and software.
The phone number remains 817-272-5505. E-mail store staff at email@example.com.
Ransom Hall, the store's previous location, closed over the winter break for renovation and will reopen in fall 2010 as the home of University College, a full-service center for academic advising, tutoring, counseling and other student support services.
The Office of Information Technology has made it easy to find other computer labs on campus through a new, interactive map.
Accelerated bachelor's degree program to attract former students
The University will launch a new online program in fall 2010 to provide former college students with an accelerated path to a bachelor's degree.
The Bachelor's Accelerated Completion program will target students who have completed roughly 60 semester credit hours or more. UT TeleCampus will administer the program.
Courses will be six to seven weeks long. The course offerings have not been announced, but students in and outside of Texas will be eligible for admission. After successful completion, students will be awarded a bachelor's degree in UT Arlington's University Studies program.
Michael Moore, senior vice provost at UT Arlington, said the online program targets students who have started college but could not complete their coursework due to work constraints or changes in their personal life.
"Not everybody can be 18, leave high school and go to college for four years and graduate," Dr. Moore says. "We believe that offering this degree will dramatically increase the options for these students."
See more on the BAC program.
Free H1N1 flu vaccinations
The Health Services Center offers the H1N1 flu vaccine free to students, faculty and staff at the campus clinic, 605 S. West St.
The immunization clinic hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. weekdays. No appointment is needed.
Tarrant and Dallas county health officials also have free H1N1 vaccinations available at area public health clinics. The Arlington Public Health Center, 536 W. Randol Mill Road, near North Cooper Street, is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A storefront clinic at 5415 S. Cooper St., Suite 125, south of campus, is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
More information is available at www.uta.edu/flu.
Ribbon sale to benefit Haitian earthquake victims
The African Student Organization is raising money this week to benefit victims of the Jan. 10 earthquake in Haiti. Blue ribbons, which symbolize pro-activeness and justice, will be sold for $1 each 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday on the Central Library and the E.H. Hereford University Center malls. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.
Greek delayed recruitment ready for fall's freshmen
The Greek community on campus is gearing up for new members in its first year of delayed recruitment.
Students must have accumulated nine credit hours at UT Arlington before they could join a Greek organization. That meant incoming freshmen in the fall semester could not pledge a social sorority or fraternity at that time.
To participate in Greek recruitment, students also must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average.
UT Arlington has 32 Greek chapters on campus through four councils, including the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Council.
This year's recruitment period starts with a new tradition: a "Bond" fire. A campfire, rather than a large bonfire, is the focal point for what aims to help Greeks and those interested in Greek organizations to bond during this social event.
Recruitment schedules are:
Environmental expert named sustainability director
Meghna Tare has been named the first director of sustainability for UT Arlington. Her appointment began Jan. 4.
Tare holds a master's degree in environmental studies from San Jose State University and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of San Francisco. She was an environmental manager with the City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality for the past three years and has taught environmental studies at California State University at Hayward. She also worked at Stanford University with the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy.
"Tare has a very broad range of knowledge, experience and success in leading and implementing sustainability programs and initiatives," says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations.
UT Arlington is committed to environmental stewardship, addressing energy and water conservation, construction, transportation and recycling, Hall said. It was the first educational entity to partner with Air North Texas, a regional clean air campaign initiated by the North Central Texas Council of Governments.
See more about the new sustainability director.
Four face charges in connection with cell phone robberies
UT Arlington police arrested a fourth area teen last month in connection with a series of November cell phone robberies in which students were approached, asked for their cell phones and then assaulted.
The robberies and thefts occurred between Nov. 5 and Nov. 25. No similar incidents have been reported since.
See more about the arrests.
Orientation leaders needed to help new students
The New Maverick Orientation office is recruiting for 2010 Maverick Orientation Leaders, who assist incoming students and their families in their transition to college life. Eligible applicants must be full-time undergraduate students in the spring 2010 and fall 2010 semesters with a minimum of a 2.25 GPA, a positive attitude, and an enthusiasm and passion for UT Arlington. Applications are due by Thursday, Jan. 28.
Learn more about the New Maverick Orientation program online or visit the NMO office in Room B160 of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Chemist wins prestigious Eli Lilly award
Kevin Schug, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Science, has been named the lone recipient of the 2010 Eli Lilly Young Analytical Scientist award. The national honor comes with an unrestricted $50,000, the opportunity to renew the grant for a second year and a lifetime opportunity to collaborate with the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company.
There are no nominations for this highly selective award. The judges independently review available literature and select a pool of about a dozen candidates. The award recognizes a young researcher who is doing work of relevance to the pharmaceutical industry.
Read more about Dr. Schug and the award.
University receives significant share of UT System commercialization grant
UT Arlington will share a $394,000 grant to commercialize technologies developed by university researchers. The award represents the fifth round of commercialization grants from The University of Texas System.
The award comes from a $2 million Texas Ignition fund created by the UT System Board of Regents in 2007 to speed the commercialization of discoveries made at the UT System campus laboratories and move them into the marketplace. Grants awarded in the latest round ranged from $44,000 to $50,000 at eight UT System institutions.
Haiying Huang, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering, developed a wireless sensor system that transmits ultrasonic waves using unpowered microwave components. The sensor could replace existing wired ultrasound sensors used in the aerospace industry, chemical plants and manufacturing facilities for monitoring and inspection purposes. The grant will help move that technology into production.
Project Success featured on local cable program
The new Project Success, which provides business attire for seniors and graduates, is featured on Time Warner Cable's Community Connection program, shown in Arlington. The local segment is available on Video-On-Demand through Feb. 11 on Time Warner Cable only.
Project Success is seeking donations of business clothing for students and graduates to wear for job interviews. Money is needed also for dry cleaning. Students earn the clothing by working 10 hours for Mission Arlington, which will house the Project Success closet.
To donate to Project Success, contact Cheri Butler, associate director of Career Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City seeks input for hike-and-bike plan
Put in your two-cents for the City of Arlington's Hike and Bike System Master Plan. A public open house is set for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.
Grade exclusion request site reopens for spring 2010
The grade exclusion request site will be available through last drop date on April 2. 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.
Spring 2010 important dates
Jan. 19 — First day of classes
Feb. 3 — Census date
March 15-19 — Spring Break
April 2 — Last day to drop
May 7 — Last day of classes
May 8-14 — Final exams
May 13-17 — Commencement ceremonies
Winter Intersession final grades
Winter Intersession grades are available at www.uta.edu/mymav. Log-in, click on Student Center, then click on the drop-down box under Other Academic. Grades are the sixth item in the drop-down list.
Tuesday, Jan. 19
UT Arlington Planetarium programs The spring schedule of shows begins Tuesday. Witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart in "Violent Universe." 5:30 p.m., Planetarium 817-272-1183, email@example.com, www.utaplanetarium.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
$2 movie: Angels and Demons 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. Also 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.
Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Stephen F. Austin. Free. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.
Guest Recital with Nathaniel Bartlett The nationally recognized composer/performer presents a concert that combines a five-octave acoustic marimba with electronics, computer and an eight-channel cube of loudspeakers. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 115, north section, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday-Friday, Jan. 21-22
Beyond the Wall poster sale Find posters from Picasso to rock legends for decorating dorm and apartment walls. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Library mall.
Thursday, Jan. 21
Jazz Recital Assistant Professor Dan Cavanagh on the piano and Dave Hagedorn, artist in residence at St. Olaf College, on the vibraphone perform jazz music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471, email@example.com.
Friday, Jan. 22
Friday Night Movie: Zombieland Free. 5 and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.
Friends of the UT Arlington Library Library Dean Gerald Saxon and local businessman Jack W. Graves Jr., co-authors of "Historic Texas from the Air," are featured speakers. Copies of the book will be sold at the meeting, and the authors will be available for autographs. Open to the public. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. For questions or to RSVP, contact Betty Wood, 817-272-7421 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Jan. 23
Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Sam Houston State. Free. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.
Monday-Thursday, Jan. 25-28
Blood drive 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Library mall and E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Also Monday, Jan. 25, at Maverick Activities Center.
Monday, Jan. 25
Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Houston Baptist. Free. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Maverick outfielder rated 13th among nation's top players
Center fielder Michael Choice was selected as the No. 13 player in the country by the College Baseball Blog on its projected Top 100 Players list.
Choice, a junior from Arlington, has been named to three pre-season All-American teams, including second team by Collegiate Baseball and Ping, and third team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
After helping lead Team USA to the World Baseball Challenge championship last summer, Choice and his UT Arlington teammates will begin practice Feb. 1 in preparation for the season opener against Dallas Baptist on Feb. 19 at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Volleyball places three on All-Academic Team
The volleyball program was well represented on the Southland Conference All-Academic Team as sophomore Tara Frantz was selected to the first team while sophomore Christy Driscoll and junior Bianca Sauls were named to the second team.
Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the All-Academic squad.
Three basketball games coming up at Texas Hall
The women's basketball team will host Stephen F. Austin Wednesday, Jan. 20, while the men's basketball team has home games with Sam Houston State Saturday, Jan. 23, and Houston Baptist Monday, Jan. 25. All games start at 7 p.m. at Texas Hall.
The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team will compete in a tournament at the University of Missouri this weekend.