Parent-Family Weekend filled with informative, fun activities
Show mom, dad, and the rest of the gang what it means to be a Maverick at Parent-Family Weekend, which runs Friday-Sunday, Oct. 22-24. Besides some campus tours and departmental open house receptions, the weekend is packed with fun times, from simple bowling to a game show with prizes.
Check in Friday to receive a T-shirt, a schedule of events, maps, and the event wristband, which gets you in free for a breakfast, dinner, and most activities.
UT Arlington students and children under 10 are free; the cost for everyone else is $30 each for the weekend. To register, go to the Parent and Family Weekend website, call 817-272-2128, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a handful of the weekend’s fun events. See the full schedule online.
Friday, Oct. 22
Saturday, Oct. 23
Sunday, October 24
Shuttles take students from car to class
Think of it like valet parking with a few exceptions. You park your own car and still get to your building with only a short walk. It's free, and there's no tipping.
That's parking at UT Arlington thanks to four shuttle routes that run every 10-30 minutes, depending on the route. Add a few minutes to your morning routine to take advantage of the shuttle services.
For the Business Building, consider the Green route, which goes to south parking lots 49, 50, and 51 The Red route also stops at the Business Building, picking up passengers at Maverick Stadium and the St. Maria Goretti parking lot. The Yellow route starts at Maverick Stadium and runs east on Greek Row Drive to the Smart Hospital. The longest route, the Blue, wraps around the main campus and takes about 30 minutes to return.
Have a night class? Use Maverick Ride, a service for students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors to reach their destinations after regular shuttle hours. Maverick Ride is offered 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Call 817-272-3381.
Journalist, activist Lisa Ling to appear in Maverick Speakers Series; tickets available
Tickets are now available for journalist, TV host, and activist Lisa Ling for the next Maverick Speakers Series lecture. She will discuss "Open Heart, Open Mind" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, in Texas Hall.
Ling is host of National Geographic Explorer and former co-host of The View. Since joining Explorer as host in December 2002, she has covered the looting of antiquities in war-torn Iraq, investigated the increasingly deadly drug war in Colombia, examined the complex issues surrounding China’s one-child policy, and journeyed more than 1,600 feet to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
She serves as a contributing editor for USA Weekend and has produced eight documentaries for PBS, several of which have won awards. Ling co-wrote the books, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside.
Tickets are free, but required for admission. They are available at utatickets.com.
Early voting under way, on-campus location available Oct. 25-28
Early voting for the Nov. 2 election began Monday and continues through Oct. 29. An on-campus early-voting site is set for Monday-Thursday, Oct. 25-28, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
The polling station, sponsored by Student Congress, will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking will be available along the 300 block of West First Street.
Voters must be registered in Tarrant County and should present a valid driver's license or voter registration card.
Flu vaccine at Davis Hall on Wednesday
Don't wait for the flu to catch you. Get the influenza vaccine of one injection for two type A influenza strains, including H1N1, and one type B influenza, or seasonal flu.
Cost of the annual immunization is only $15, a bargain compared to other options in town.
An immunization clinic is 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the lobby of the Bursar's office in Davis Hall.
Vaccines at the Health Center are offered 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, except Wednesday. No appointment is needed.
For more information, contact Health Services online or at 817-272-2771.
Alternative Spring Break interest session
Need some ideas for Spring Break? Learn about volunteer opportunities noon-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, and 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the San Jacinto Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
UTA Volunteers and the Department of Student Activities sponsor the Alternative Spring Break program. Spring Break is set for March 14-18.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 817-272-2963.
Communication Day features alumna Karen Borta as keynote speaker
Karen Borta ('87 BA), anchor for KTVT Channel 11, is the keynote speaker for the second annual Communication Day, which expands to two days, Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 27-28.
Communication Day offers an opportunity for faculty and students to network with top communication professionals and distinguished alumni and to explore the field of communication, including advertising, broadcast, communication studies, communication technology, journalism, and public relations.
This year's theme is "Carpe Opportunity/Communication Diem" and offers two days of expert panels, practical workshops, training sessions, student organization activities, free T-shirts, and one-on-one networking with alumni.
Borta, a broadcast communication major, will deliver the keynote address 9:30 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Wednesday in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Other speakers include many UT Arlington alumni.
The event is presented by the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. For more information, see Communication Day.
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.
Earn gold with the new Green Event Planning Certification
The Green Event Planning Certification program is now available online through the Office of Sustainability and will determine whether your event ranks in the gold, silver, or bronze category.
Green Event Planning Certification recognizes campus events that have taken extra steps to be more sustainable. Depending on the number of prescribed actions that are incorporated into an event, the event is awarded a bronze, silver, or gold rating.
Follow the Steps to Certification online. For more information on certification, contact Meghna Tare, director in the Office of Sustainability, at 817-272-9299.
Safe Zone Ally Training session Friday
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. The training program is noon-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, or Friday, Nov. 19, in Room 303 of Ransom Hall.
After completion of the training, participants will receive a Safe Zone decal and resources and will be equipped with the tools necessary to:
RSVP early; space is limited. Send your name and the training date to Adria Villarreal, 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.
Russian filmmaker shows, discusses his documentary 'Virginity'
Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky shows his latest project and answers questions 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Room 108 of University Hall.
Virginity's tagline is “In Russian capitalism, women have a sought-after commodity—virginity.”
Vitaly Mansky is a contemporary Russian filmmaker and a founder and director of Russian festival of independent documentaries, Artdocfest. Manskiy is known for his 2003 film The Anatomy of Tatu, which follows the pop duo on a tour around the United States. His films have been exhibited at more than 300 film festivals worldwide.
A question-and-answer session follows a showing of the film.
The free program is sponsored by the Charles McDowell Center for Critical Languages and the Russian Culture Society.
For details, call 817-272-2388.
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.
Been to Health Services? Take a survey
Take a few moments to complete the quick and anonymous patient satisfaction survey for Health Services through Nov. 19. Health Services is committed to meeting and exceeding your expectations. Feedback on your impressions of the facility and experiences of care, service, and staff are important and encouraged.
Workshop gives details, tips on applying for graduate fellowship grants
Two sessions remain for the three-part Graduate Fellowship Workshop, 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.
Volunteer for Super Bowl by Oct. 31
Don't miss a chance to register as a Super Bowl volunteer. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, Oct. 31, to be one of the faces of North Texas during the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
The North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee is looking to recruit and train volunteers who will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to North Texas to enjoy the Super Bowl experience. Volunteers will staff numerous activities and venues throughout the region, including the area's airports, major hotels, and the NFL Experience.
All volunteers will be issued a limited edition and official volunteer uniform and will be invited to a volunteer appreciation event in the weeks following Super Bowl XLV.
Members of the Super Bowl Host Committee will be on campus during Parent and Family Weekend from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Fall Festival and Concert on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall.
Soil treatment grant to lessen slope failures at local lakes' dam walls
Anyone who owns a home or business in North Texas knows how unstable the soil is. Cracks often occur in walls and ceilings. That soil expansion and contraction goes for the outdoors, too. The soil at Joe Pool Lake and Grapevine Lake dams has experienced the same cracks found in many North Texas homes.
Anand Puppala knows how to research and develop solutions to fix those cracks in the dams, though. The UT Arlington Distinguished Teaching Professor in civil engineering won a five-year, $493,000 grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study and shore up the cracks and related slope failures at two dams.
Read more about the dam erosion research.
Biochemist receives three-year NIH grant for study of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in environment
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a three-year, $444,000 grant to a UT Arlington researcher looking for chemicals in the environment that could interfere with normal hormone functions, causing problems with reproduction, behavior, and development and fueling cancer growth.
Subhrangsu Mandal, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will use the grant to test items such as commonly used growth hormones, water from various sources, and milk for endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disruptors are a family of chemicals that can mimic and interfere with the activities of hormones, such as estrogen, when they enter the body.
“It’s a huge concern because the hormones are a very critical player to life. They control development, disease, everything,” Dr. Mandal says. “Many of these things are used to produce meat and vegetables because they amplify growth, and people do not realize how it eventually can interfere with your normal endocrine pathways.”
Read more about biochemist study.
Progress report grades available
Mid-term progress report grades are available for many undergraduate students this and next week. Some mid-term grades already may be posted. 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.
Registration starts Oct. 25 for winter intersession, spring term
Check the registration timetable for your priority registration date for the winter intersession and spring term. To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at uta.edu/mymav and click on Student Center, then Holds and Details. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department services indicator, or hold. Check the list of academic advising offices.
Last day to drop is Nov. 5
The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. 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.
Tuesday, Oct. 19
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.
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 21-24
'Cabaret' Doomed romances and personal identity in a changing world take center stage. $8 with student ID, $11 general public. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 817-272-2669.
Friday, Oct. 22
Friends of the Library Author John Miller Morris discusses his book Taming the Land: The Lost Postcard Photographs of the Texas High Plains. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Betty Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-272-7421.
Garba Night Garba is a form of folk dance around a central lit lamp for one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals, Navratri. $3. 7 p.m., Room 133, Maverick Activities Center. Hindu Student Council.
Saturday, Oct. 23
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert This chamber orchestra concert features performances by both students and faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, email@example.com, 817-272-3471.
Thursday, Oct. 28
Halloween Casino Night Try some tricks at the casino tables for a few treats, such as an iPad, the evening's grand prize. A costume contest, mocktails, and food are planned. Free. 8 p.m.-midnight, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Campus Recreation, 817-272-3277.
UTA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concerts Works of the 20th and 21st centuries performed by music students and faculty. Featured performers are senior Adam Hanna and Professor Elizabeth Morrow. $3 with student ID, $5 adults. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-272-2533.
Friday, Oct. 29
Charting Chartered Companies The exhibition Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900 focuses on maps and how they shaped the histories of chartered companies. Through Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 817-272-2179.
Gallery 76102: flats and rounds Nicholas Wood's work in hybrid forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Free. 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.)
Wright wins national wheelchair tennis title
UT Arlington junior Malcolm Wright won the men’s Tier II title at the third annual International Tennis Association National Collegiate Wheelchair Championships on Saturday in Mobile, Ala.
Wright defeated freshman teammate Blake McMinn 6-4, 6-0 and 6-4, 6-1 in a best-of-three series in the finals.
UT Arlington’s Jeff Sale was runnerup in the Tier I competition, falling to Matt Farmen of Arizona 6-4, 6-3 in the finals, while the Mavs’ Willie Hernandez advanced to the finals of the consolation round before losing.
In the doubles competition, Sale and Hernandez advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated.
Golfers win Lone Star Invitational to cap fall
UT Arlington won the Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio on Monday to close out the fall season.
The Mavericks finished with a score of 855. Notre Dame was second, three strokes back. Senior Wes Worster and sophomore Paul McConnell led the Mavericks as they tied for third at 213, just two shots off the pace.
See complete results at golfstat.com. It was the final event for the fall season. The Mavericks resume competition Feb. 13-15, 2011, at the Battle at the Beach in Newport Coast, Calif.
Volleyball Mavericks seek to regroup on the road
After dropping two matches last week, the Mavericks hope to get back on the winning track as they hit the road for volleyball matches Wednesday at Texas State and Saturday at Northwestern State.
The Mavericks lost 3-1 to Stephen F. Austin and 3-2 to Sam Houston State in a pair of home matches last week.
Koenig leads way at Chile Pepper cross country meet
Freshman Emily Koenig finished 23rd and the Mavericks were 19th overall in the 22nd annual Chile Pepper Festival cross country meet Saturday at Fayetteville, Ark.
The Chile Pepper meet featured 56 women’s teams and 469 individuals and is regarded as one the nation’s premier cross country events.
Maverick women’s and men’s teams will compete in the Southland Conference Cross Country Championships Thursday, Oct. 28, at Beaumont.
Intramural volleyball entries due Wednesday
Volleyball team entries are due Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Intramural events coming up in November include poker, table tennis, and 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball.