Early voting under way, on-campus location available through Oct. 28
Early voting for the Nov. 2 election is on campus Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 26-28, 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.
Off-campus early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 29. More about the Nov. 2 ballot is available through the Texas Secretary of State office. Local election issues are available online for Tarrant County and Dallas County.
Off-Campus Mavericks dish up breakfast, lunch-and-learn talk
Students driving to campus can look forward to a Commuter Appreciation Breakfast and the first of a lunch-and-learn series, courtesy of the Off-Campus Mavericks Center.
Grab a free morning meal, a cup of coffee, and a couple of giveaways on the way to class 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in front of the Maverick Activities Center.
The lunch-and-learn series about issues of concern to commuter students starts noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Off-Campus Mavericks Center in the Maverick Activities Center. Dietitian Brie Woods presents an interactive presentation about eating on the go and covers how to eat healthy, eat on a budget, and plan ahead. Lunch is provided, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a meal.
Bet you'll have fun at Thursday's Halloween Casino Night
Get a head start on Halloween with Halloween Casino Night 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Try some tricks at the casino tables—blackjack, poker, bingo, or roulette—for a few treats, such as an iPad, the evening's grand prize. Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy music, food, dancing, and a variety of games. The night includes costume contests, mocktails, "drunk" goggles games, a mock field sobriety test, other alcohol awareness activities, and more.
The night is free. Sponsors are Campus Recreation, Apartment and Residence Life, Housing and University Center, and EXCEL Campus Activities.
For more details, contact Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.
Gothic lit specialist explains latest vampire mania on KERA's 'Think'
Rechelle Christie, a gothic literature specialist in the English Department of the College of Liberal Arts, will discuss the popularity of vampires with Krys Boyd at noon Thursday, Oct. 28, on Think on KERA 90.1 FM. Christie and Rick Worland of SMU will discuss why vampires are making such a comeback in current literature, film, and television.
Alternative Spring Break interest session seeks student input on volunteering
Need some ideas for Spring Break? Learn about volunteer opportunities 11 a.m.-noon today, Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the San Jacinto Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Possible trips include Pensacola, Fla., for Gulf Coast restoration and Mandeville, La., for work with Habitat for Humanity.
UTA Volunteers and the Department of Student Activities sponsor the Alternative Spring Break program. Spring Break is set for March 14-18, 2011.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 817-272-2963.
Free registration for Connect by Hertz club has Sunday deadline
Students have until Sunday, Oct. 31, to sign up for free registration in the Connect by Hertz club. After that, there is a $25 registration fee.
The unique nationwide car-sharing program is provided by the Office of Sustainability and Hertz. Students can pay as little as $8 an hour or $62 a day to use one of two cars parked at conveniently located lots on campus. The cost includes gas, insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance, GPS navigation, and other features.
To register, go to connectbyhertz.com and click on UT Arlington's name on the lower left hand side. Follow the steps for free registration. Membership options start with a $50 annual membership fee to a $125 monthly fee for frequent users. Go online or call 1-877-654-4400 to reserve a vehicle.
Exploitation topic of two films this week
Two films shown this week on campus explore exploitation of young women and girls.
Virginity is by Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, who shows his latest project and answers questions 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Room 108 of University Hall. The film's tagline is “In Russian capitalism, women have a sought-after commodity—virginity.”
Mansky is a contemporary Russian filmmaker and a founder and director of the Russian festival of independent documentaries, Artdocfest. He is known for his 2003 film The Anatomy of Tatu, which follows the pop duo on a tour around the United States.
The free program is sponsored by the Charles McDowell Center for Critical Languages and the Russian Culture Society. For details, call 817-272-2388.
The Day My God Died, a feature-length documentary, presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Communication Day features alumna Karen Borta
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 9:30-10:20 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.
Asian Heritage Month starts with a dance step Monday
Step into Asian Heritage Month with the colorful Lion Dance Parade noon-1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The Cho Chin Woo Lion Dance Academy leads the parade and performance. Play a few games—such as paper stars, ninja, and trivia—and take a chance on a raffle.
Other events for the month include:
Three art faculty members show works in new exhibit at The Gallery at UTA
"Introductions," the newest exhibit at The Gallery at UTA, introduces the work of three assistant professors of art, Seiji Ikeda, Ya'Ke Smith, and Tore Terrasi, who are active exhibiting artists, designers, and filmmakers. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Nov. 20.
Ikeda works in digital prints and the emerging field of web art. Smith has received worldwide acclaim for his films, which have been screened and won awards at more than 40 film festivals. Terrasi draws from new and traditional media, including writing, sound, and music.
An opening reception begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, with a brief talk by the artists at 6:30 p.m. Artist discussions include Terrasi at noon Thursday, Oct. 28, and Smith at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 10, both in The Gallery at UTA. Ikeda speaks at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building.
Read more about the "Introductions" exhibit and artists online.
AT&T gift to help UTeach Arlington address shortage of math, science teachers
A new UT Arlington program committed to bolstering the ranks of math and science teachers has received $150,000 in support from AT&T.
UTeach Arlington began this fall as a joint project of the College of Science and the College of Education and Health Professions. The aim is to address the state’s ongoing shortage of secondary school math and science teachers by recruiting and inspiring UT Arlington science majors who are also interested in earning their teaching certifications.
When they participate in UTeach, students are exposed to education-related courses, classroom experience, and mentoring from area teachers earlier than in past programs. Freshmen and sophomores are offered scholarships of $125 for each of two introductory courses they complete.
Read more about UTeach Arlington.
University reports record year in philanthropic support with $15.2 million
UT Arlington has set records in annual philanthropic support, a reflection of the University’s renewed focus on private giving as a means of accelerating its progress toward becoming a major national research university. The University generated an unprecedented $15.2 million in new gifts and pledges in the 2009-10 fiscal year ending Aug. 31, up from $5.9 million the previous year.
The record year includes numerous milestones in UT Arlington’s maturing development program, including the largest cash gift in the University’s history. The $5 million gift from Houston-based Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. of Houston will support College Park Center, which is under construction.
UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo credits alumni, individual, and corporate donors for strengthening the University’s philanthropy portfolio.
“Great universities, and great state universities more than ever, depend on the support of generous alumni and friends to enhance their academic and research profiles,” Spaniolo says. “UT Arlington’s star is rising in direct relation to increasing private support from our partners.”
Read more about philanthropic support.
Fed agency awards TMAC $850,000 to move technology toward production
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded TMAC at UT Arlington an $850,000 grant to improve the competitiveness of industries in an eight-state region by accelerating the transition of technology from research and development to efficient and affordable production.
TMAC, formerly the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, is the Texas affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership. UT Arlington holds the cooperative agreement with NIST to operate TMAC, a partnership that also includes UT El Paso, UT Pan American, the University of Houston, Texas Tech University, the Texas Engineering Extension Service of the Texas A&M System, and Southwest Research Institute.
Read more about TMAC's NIST grant.
Hungry for more chef Rick Bayless?
Get a second helping of chef Rick Bayless, the Oct. 14 Maverick Speakers Series guest. Watch this clip where Bayless talks of finding his culinary "home."
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.
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.
Progress report grades available
Mid-term progress report grades are available for many undergraduate students this week.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 to see how you are doing in each course. If you aren’t doing as well as you’d like, seek the counsel of your academic adviser or talk with your instructor.
Registration now open for winter intersession, spring term
View 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. The schedules of classes are online.
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.
LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate fellowship application deadline Friday
Deadline for applications for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate (LSAMP-BD) fellowship is Oct. 29.
The UT Arlington LSAMP-BD program, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to recruit, retain, and graduate increased numbers of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professionals, especially those among women and under-represented minorities, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.
Drug Free Schools and Communities Act annual notification
UT Arlington seeks to provide its students, faculty, and staff with a drug-free environment. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to annually notify students, faculty, and staff about:
Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse
University policies related to the illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol
Availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems
Internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, or distribution of drugs or alcohol.
For more information, contact UT Arlington's Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit uta.edu/healthservices.
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert This concert features performances by both students and faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, email@example.com, 817-272-2533.
Friday, Oct. 29
Saturday, Oct. 30
Sally Ride Science Festival For upper elementary and middle school girls, this street fair is filled with hands-on exhibits, workshops with local scientists, and an appearance by astronaut Barbara Morgan. $20. Online registration ends Wednesday, Oct. 27. 11 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Central Library mall, Texas Hall. Sally Ride Science, Lori Norris, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Open Mic Night Do you have something to say, sing, or shout out? Sign up for performance time through EXCEL Student Activities. Walk-up performances accepted as time permits. Free. 7 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Student Activities, email@example.com, 817-272-2963.
Thursday, Nov. 4
Guest Pianist Recital Andrey Ponochevny, bronze medal winner of the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition and silver medal winner of the 2010 New Orleans Piano Competition, performs. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-272-3471.
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 Artist Nicholas Wood works in hybrid forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Through Nov. 30. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. 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.)
Cross country Mavs seek SLC title Thursday
Freshman Emily Koenig and senior Amanda McMahon spearhead the UT Arlington hopes for the women’s title at the Southland Conference Cross Country Championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, in Beaumont.
Koenig has won three meets this season for the Mavericks and twice earned SLC Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors, while McMahon has a pair of top 10 finishes.
Senior Heinz Schwartzkopf and sophomore Eric Montou have been the leaders for the men’s team this season as they also compete for a conference title.
Movin' Mavs to host national tournament in March
UT Arlington will host the National Wheelchair Basketball Association college division national tournament March 10-12, 2011, at Texas Hall.
The nation’s top seven men’s teams and the top four women’s teams will compete in the single elimination tournament. Games will begin the morning of Thursday, March 10, and lead up to the men’s and women’s championship games Saturday, March 12.
UT Arlington, which has won seven national championships, last hosted the tournament in 2005.
The Movin’ Mavs will open the regular season Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, with games against Illinois and Alabama at the Physical Education Building.
Volleyball Mavericks win at Northwestern, face two road matches this week
Alicia Shaffer set a career high by notching 37 digs, guiding UT Arlington past Northwestern State for a 3-1 volleyball victory Saturday at Natchitoches, La.
The Mavericks have two matches on the road this week, traveling to Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday, Oct. 27, before going to Sam Houston State on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Next home match is Thursday, Nov. 4, against Southeastern Louisiana.
SLC commissioner Burnett speaks at Anderson Lecture
Thomas E. Burnett II, commissioner of the Southland Conference, discusses the NCAA conference realignment Monday, Nov. 8, for the 29th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture. The free event is at noon in the Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center.
Burnett will explain how the NCAA's change will affect UT Arlington and the Southland Conference, which includes 11 other member institutions.
The event is sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Health Professions. For details, call 817-272-3288.
Five intramural events round out fall semester
Upcoming intramural sports offered through Campus Recreation and entry periods or deadlines are:
Go online to learn more about intramural sports events, rules, and deadlines.