College Park District a result of strategic partnership
As dirt flew at College Park's multi-use development groundbreaking Monday, the new College Park District received its official welcome from the University and city community.
"Whenever you have a bad day, think of this place two years from now," UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo told the crowd. He then listed the aspects of the new 20-acre district, which ties the University with downtown Arlington. College Park will serve as central Arlington's first true mixed-use development with residential housing, retail businesses, and an 1,800-space parking garage. The 6,500-seat College Park Center is now under construction. The Green at College Park, an outdoor urban oasis, should be complete this fall.
College Park District represents a unique collaboration among the University, the city, and the First Baptist Church-Arlington to create a new hub of activity that complements redevelopment now being realized in downtown Arlington.
Aaron Resendez, Student Congress president, said the retail businesses in College Park will have services that students want and need.
Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck noted, "This is going to be such an important part of this city and its history."
Pastor Dennis Wiles of the nearby First Baptist touted the great partnership between the church, city, and University to bring the College Park District into being. The University's growth has been good for his expanding congregation, he said.
"One thing we're all looking for is a place to park," Wiles said.
Spaniolo ended his comments on the popular topic: "Anyone who ever wanted a parking place near downtown, come to UT Arlington."
Read more about the College Park District.
Telemundo to tape news program with Bill White on Thursday at Rosebud Theatre
Bill White, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate, will be interviewed by Telemundo television network during a live taping on campus Thursday, Oct. 14. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The UT Arlington student chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens is the campus sponsor of the event.
The former Houston mayor is expected to answer questions about education, creating jobs, and border security, among other topics. Telemundo is taping its interview with White for airing at a later date in advance of the Nov. 2 election. Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, also has been invited by Telemundo to participate in a similar program but has not accepted.
The taping of this news program is open to the public, and attendees will be invited to submit questions. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early; no late admissions will be allowed during the taping.
GradFest '10 gathers Graduate School information into one-day event
Thinking about Graduate School? Find information, answers, and firsthand accounts at GradFest '10, a free, one-day event designed for those considering graduate and professional school. GradFest '10 is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
A graduate and professional school fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge, and a roundtable discussion about admissions, financial assistance opportunities, and test preparation is 11-11:45 a.m. Alumni and current grad students form a discussion panel noon-1:30 p.m. on making the most of the graduate school experience. A faculty/graduate student mixer is 5-7 p.m. in the University Club at Davis Hall.
Take a free practice GRE 3-5 p.m. in Room 004 of University Hall, with the help of Kaplan Test Prep. Those taking the online practice exam will receive a detailed analysis of their performance, including individual strengths and weaknesses on every question type. After the exam, an expert GRE teacher will provide a mini-GRE class highlighting strategies to use on test day while reviewing some of the questions on the exam.
Buy tickets now for Fall Concert
Tickets are going fast for the Fall Concert featuring hip-hop artist B.o.B. (aka Bobby Ray Simmons). The concert is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Texas Hall.
Signed under Atlantic Records, B.o.B's debut single Nothin' on You reached No. 1 in the United States and United Kingdom. His second single, Airplanes, emulated this success, peaking at No. 1 and No. 2 two in the U.K. and the U.S., respectively. His third single, Magic, recently became B.o.B's third consecutive top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Hip-hop group Cali Swag District also performs at the concert. The group's single, Teach Me How to Dougie, was ranked No. 1 on Billboard charts.
The concert is hosted by Student Affairs, University Events, and EXCEL Campus Activities.
Student tickets are $12, with a limit of two tickets per student. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for faculty and staff. Go to utatickets.com to buy online.
Carroll to step down as engineering dean
Bill Carroll, who shaped UT Arlington's College of Engineering into the multi-disciplinary educational and research model that it is today, will step down as dean next fall and return to the University to teach and conduct research after a brief leave.
Dr. Carroll has served as dean of engineering since 2000 and is the longest-tenured engineering dean in the University's history. During that decade of dramatic growth in the college, Carroll firmly established UT Arlington as a player in the field of nanotechnology, recruited world-class faculty and distinguished scholars, and helped guide the planning and construction of the $126 million Engineering Research Building scheduled to open in January 2011.
"Bill Carroll has built an enormously talented faculty," President James D. Spaniolo said. "His efforts to enhance the University's research mission are reflected in our increasing level of research activities overall. Bill has built a firm foundation for future growth and development in the College of Engineering."
Robert Magnusson, the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and professor of electrical engineering, is among the notable faculty recruited during Carroll's term.
"Bill realized that my research technology and its commercial applications might be of interest to Texas Instruments and benefit the state of Texas," Dr. Magnusson said. "Converting academic research into business is vital, but not easy. His vision is to move research from the lab to the marketplace. These kinds of successful business enterprises grounded in UT Arlington research strengthen the University and the community."
Read more about Dean Carroll.
Maverick Madness fires up fans for three teams' b-ball seasons
Contests, giveaways, and food are part of Maverick Madness, the first official night of basketball practice and the introduction of the men's, women's, and Movin' Mavs teams. The fun starts at 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Maverick Activities Center.
The three teams will be introduced and will then scrimmage. Head coaches Samantha Morrow, Scott Cross, and Doug Garner will talk about their teams.
The evening will be capped off with a pair of 3-point and slam dunk contests between UTA students and team members. Students who wish to participate in either contest can try out at 8 p.m. at the MAC. Winners will perform later in the evening.
The Maverick women's basketball team, which reached the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament last year, returns two of the top three scorers in Tamara Simmons and Shalyn Martin. The men's team, 16-14 last season, has four lettermen returning, but overall will have a new look with five transfers and six freshmen added to the roster. The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team will be a veteran squad with five seniors as they compete for the National Wheelchair Basketball Associations' intercollegiate championship, which will be played on the UT Arlington campus in March.
Take Dining's survey, register for blu-ray player, $50 gift card
At the end of the survey, you can choose to participate in a drawing for a Sony blu-ray disc player with wi-fi or a $50 Visa gift card. The drawing is optional, so you may choose to withhold your personal information and remain anonymous. All responses will remain confidential.
Register now for Parent and Family Weekend Oct. 22-24
Bring mom, dad and the rest of the family to the Parent and Family Weekend Friday-Sunday, Oct. 22-24.
The Division of Student Affairs and the Parent and Family Center host a long list of activities that allow students to show their families what it's like to be a Maverick.
Activities include faculty spotlights, a fall festival with live music and a live petting zoo, a glass blowing demonstration, a real-life game show with cash prizes, performances by the dance ensemble and Theatre Arts Department, the Movin' Mavs, and much more.
Students and children under 10 are free, and all others are $30 per person. Everyone who attends receives a free T-shirt, breakfast, and dinner, as well as the ability to participate in most of the scheduled activities at no extra cost.
Register online for Parent and Family Weekend until Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Flu vaccine heads to Palo Duro, library mall this week
Protection from the flu is a step easier as Health Services brings its immunization clinics throughout campus. Who wants the flu? Not Mavericks. Cost is only $15; a bargain compared to other flu shot offers in town.
Immunizations are available on the following dates at these locations:
One injection covers vaccines for two type A influenza strains, including H1N1, and one type B influenza, or seasonal flu, says Bob Blum, Health Services director.
Vaccines at the Health Center are offered 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, except for the dates above. No appointment is needed.
For more information, contact Health Services online or at 817-272-2771.
English department serves up lecture series on food and literature
Food in literature and culture are the main course of the Department of English's annual Rudolph Hermanns Lecture Series Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 13-15. Eight scholars and professionals from across the country stir up discussions for the three-day event.
Many of the presentations are open to the public, including independent scholar and author Catherine Field's look at food and identity in the popular Twilight series on Thursday. Williams College professor and Gastronomica magazine editor-in-chief Darra Goldstein will give a talk Friday on "The Visual Culture of Food."
The lecture series, which began nearly 30 years ago, ties in with celebrity chef Rick Bayless' sold-out appearance Thursday at the Lone Star Auditorium. Come to the Lone Star Auditorium by 7:20 p.m. for possible seating, as space permits.
In coordination with the lecture series, The Planetarium presents the film Tortilla Soup at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Lectures open to the public are in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.
Check the Hermanns Lecture Series schedule.
'The Longoria Affair' examines decades of discrimination
A hometown war hero, racial discrimination, and civil rights combine in the documentary The Longoria Affair, which will be shown 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Room 106 of Nedderman Hall.
Film producer and director John J. Valadez created the documentary about Felix Longoria, his hometown of Three Rivers, Texas, and bitter racial divides of the past 60 years.
The free presentation is presented by the Department of Political Science, Center for Mexican American Studies, and College of Liberal Arts.
For more details, contact Alma Rick at 817-272-2933 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time to get your Official Maverick Ring; sales on campus next week
It is time to order your Official Maverick Ring if you are an undergrad with more than 60 hours or a graduate student with more than 15. A Balfour representative will be on campus 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 20-21, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Order that day to ensure you are part of the Official Ring Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Rings can be purchased any time by visiting the Alumni Association at 841 W. Mitchell St.
Read more about the Official Maverick Ring.
Nominate that special prof for doctoral student mentoring award
The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for this year's Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring.
This award is intended for faculty members who have a strong record of excellence in mentoring graduate students. Effective mentoring is a crucial determinant of the academic and professional success of a graduate student, and this award is intended to provide the UT Arlington community the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and reward outstanding mentors.
A panel of faculty, students, and Graduate Studies leadership will select the winner. The selected individual will receive $3,000 and will be recognized at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students Awards Ceremony and at the Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates. Winners are asked to serve on the following year's selection committee.
Last year's recipient was Frank Lewis, the Moncrief-O'Donnell Professor of electrical engineering and senior fellow of the Automation and Robotics Research Institute.
Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Nov. 9. For details, contact Lisa Berry at email@example.com.
Workshop gives details, tips on applying for graduate fellowship grants
The Graduate Fellowship Workshop is a three-part series designed to provide information about fellowships offered to graduate students by federal agencies, determining eligibility, writing a strong application, and improving your chances of being funded. The workshop will focus on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program, and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Awards for graduate students who win these fellowships range from $30,000 to $40,000 per year.
McNair Scholars program is looking for a few good undergrads
Applications for the McNair Scholars program are available now, and an open house is set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in Room 202 of Ransom Hall for students interested in learning more.
The program works with talented undergraduates who want to attend graduate school, earn a Ph.D., and have an interest in teaching at the university level. Program activities are geared to help participants gain entry to the graduate program of their choice and make a successful transition to advanced study.
Member of king's court among eight distinguished alumni honored at gala
The Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court for Jordan's King Abdullah II highlights the list of eight graduates to be honored at the 45th Distinguished Alumni Gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Nasser Ahmed Lozi will receive the University's first Distinguished International Alumni award. The award was created to honor alumni doing exceptional things abroad. Lozi, who earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, has been called the second most powerful person in Jordan. See the full list of 2010 honorees.
The Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1965, is the highest honor given by the University and the Alumni Association. The award honors individual achievements, contributions to industry or profession, community service, and demonstrated loyalty to UT Arlington.
The Gala generates significant scholarship funds. In 2010 almost $50,000 in scholarships was awarded to deserving students. Read more about the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
Research aims to develop optical imaging system to detect prostate cancer
Bioengineering Professor Hanli Liu has landed a three-year, $958,660 grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate a minimally invasive way to screen for and diagnose prostate cancer by using a multi-channel optical imaging system.
Dr. Liu's solution is in developing an instrument called a transrectal optical imaging probe. There is no effective imaging tool now available for prostate cancer detection. Needle biopsy is the current practice for diagnosis of the disease, which aims randomly in the prostate. Transrectal ultrasound has been used as a guiding tool to direct tissue needle biopsy for prostate cancer diagnosis, but it cannot be utilized for detecting prostate cancer because of a lack of sensitivity.
The overall goal is to develop a novel mathematical method in combination with a transrectal optical imaging system for detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer in humans. Liu says the probe uses diffused optical tomography, which allows data to be collected from the way it shines in many places throughout the tissue.
"One challenge in recording sharp images in the prostate is that the light is so diffused or scattered," Liu says. "The great imaging technology available for breast cancer is not easily adaptable to prostate cancer images."
See more about the imaging system.
Advising for winter intersession, spring term under way
Advising for the winter intersession and spring term has begun. The MyMav portal is your gateway to the schedule of classes and the registration timetable as you make your registration plans for the winter intersession and spring term. Priority registration opens Monday, Oct. 25. Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering.
Progress report grades available
Now through Monday, Oct. 25, instructors are entering progress report grades for many students. Check your UT Arlington e-mail account to see if you are in the group to receive progress reports. Unlike final grades, you can see progress report grades as soon as they are entered. Check your MyMav Student Center regularly for the next few weeks to see how you are doing in each course.
Six-course-drop alert, check out the implications before you drop a class
All students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later are limited to dropping six courses in the span of their undergraduate career. Link to policies and procedures for UT Arlington's implementation of this statute. You will need to meet with an academic adviser in your major department to drop or withdraw from classes. The last drop day this fall is Friday, Nov. 5.
Tuesday, Oct. 12
Music Honors Recital Music faculty members and outstanding students perform in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
One Mic Standing Comedy Series Southern boy Jarrod Harris pokes fun at himself and life in general. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Wednesday, Oct. 13
$2 Movie: Iron Man 2 Robert Downey Jr., saves the day again. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Save-a-Life Tour DUI Simulator Take a drive on a simulator that shows how responses differ when the driver has been drinking. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., atrium, Nedderman Hall. Health Services, 817-272-2771.
Dancing with Mavericks Sign up your organization or team with another for this annual dance-a-thon. 6:30 p.m., Court 133, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs, 817-272-2099.
Thursday, Oct. 14
Volleyball Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin. Dig Pink Night to raise money for breast cancer research. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Choir Concert The University Singers and A Cappella Choir perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall. Music, 817-272-3471.
Friday, Oct. 15
Spirit Friday Show your Maverick pride at this competition for student groups. Judging based on the fight song, UT Arlington gear, and UT Arlington trivia. Register to compete. Free. 12:30 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center mall. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Free Movie: Despicable Me Free. 5 and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 817-272-2963.
Guest Clarinet Recital Michael Dean of Southeast Missouri State University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Maverick Madness Contests, giveaways, and food are part of the first official night of basketball practice and the introduction of the men's and women's teams. Free. 10:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Saturday, Oct. 16
Volleyball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Free with student ID. 4 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Sunday, Oct. 17
Jazz Alumni Concert The Alumni Big Band and the UTA Jazz Orchestra perform their fifth annual Jazz Scholarship Fundraising Concert. Admission price is a donation. A reception follows. 7 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Tim Ishii, Music, 817-272-3471.
Monday, Oct. 18
Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A lunchtime concert featuring UTA Music Department faculty and students. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church-Arlington, 300 S. Center St. Music, 817-272-3471.
Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho of the music faculty is featured performer. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Wednesday, Oct. 20
$2 Movie: Karate Kid An update on bullies and black belts. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Private Collections II Last week to see Dallas and Fort Worth art collectors' private treasures. Free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 16. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
Gallery 76102: flats and rounds Nicholas Wood's work in hybrid forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture. 6-8 p.m. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.
Planetarium programs SpacePark 360 joins the fall schedule with out-of-this-world amusement rides. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Dig Pink as volleyball hosts Stephen F. Austin on Thursday
Think pink for the volleyball team's game against Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Texas Hall. The Mavericks will wear pink jerseys for Dig Pink Night for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Team members warm up in pink T-shirts, which are available for $20. Proceeds go to the Side-Out Foundation, which supports breast cancer awareness. Donations can be made at the game or online.
The Mavericks are at home Saturday as they take on Sam Houston State at 4 p.m. Last week, UT Arlington downed Texas State 3-2, but lost to Central Arkansas 3-1.
Koenig leads Mavs to victory at McNeese State Cowboy Stampede
Freshman Emily Koenig won her third cross country race of the season as the UT Arlington women finished first at the McNeese State Cowboy Stampede on Saturday at Lake Charles, La.
Senior Amanda McMahon earned a sixth place finish while junior Jennifer Carey was seventh. The men placed fourth as sophomore Cody Widener finished ninth.
The Maverick teams are back in action Friday, Oct. 16, at the Chili Pepper Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Fischer finishes tied for third at Brickyard Collegiate
Senior Zack Fischer fired a five-under-par 211 to finish in a tie for third place at the Brickyard Collegiate which completed a three-day run Sunday in Macon, Ga.
The Mavericks finished ninth in a field of 15 as the prestigious tournament included six teams that rank among the nation's Top 50.
Next action for the golfers will be at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio on Sunday, Oct. 17, and Monday, Oct. 18.
Intramural badminton entries due Sunday
On-site registration for intramural badminton is 6-6:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the Maverick Activities Center gym. Play begins at 7 p.m. Divisions include men, women, mixed doubles, and wheelchair. Intramural championship T-shirts will be awarded to the winners.
Volleyball team entries are due Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Intramural events coming up in November include poker, table tennis, and 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball.