Celebrate Off Campus Mavericks new home with MAC birthday bash on Thursday
Off-campus students have a place to call their own with the grand opening of the Off Campus Mavericks Center at the Mavericks Activities Center.
The celebration coincides with the MAC's third birthday at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at the MAC, of course.
The Off Campus Mavericks Center, located in the MAC lobby, features wireless Internet, 26 desktop computers, a large monitor for group projects of up to six people, 49 laptop seating spaces, a refreshment bar with cafe-style seating, a renovated Market, and a new four-person office suite. The social space serves the needs of mobile students and also gives students a technologically advanced, stationary work environment on campus.
"The center provides a location for Mavericks who commute to campus to know they are welcomed and appreciated," says Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs. "They have a place to go that meets their needs or points them to who can."
The celebration includes performances by the Dance Team and Cheerleaders, along with cake, refreshments, and giveaways.
Be sure to sign up to sling it, pedal it, and push it
Sign up soon for three of the wackiest competitions on campus: the Oozeball tournament, the World Health Day Cyclethon, and the 20th annual Bed Races.
The dirtiest game on campus is the 21st annual Oozeball tournament Friday, Sept. 17. Teams compete in mud volleyball until only one team remains. The first game starts at noon at the Oozeball lot at the corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street, just south of Greek Row Drive. Register as a team or free agent. Return entry forms to the Alumni Association at 841 W. Mitchell St. or faxed to 817-272-2597. Oozeball benefits the Student Alumni Association sophomore scholarship fund. Oozeball is sponsored by the Student Alumni Association and Campus Recreation.
World Heart Day Cyclethon is a road race in one place noon to midnight Monday, Sept. 27, at the Maverick Activities Center. Teams of five to 25 must keep the team's bike pedaling from noon to midnight. Teams that complete the task receive World Heart Day T-shirts. Individuals are welcome to sign up, too. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association. Registration packets are at the MAC services and information desk.
It's back to the 80s for the 30th annual Bed Races 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Maverick Stadium. The 1980s Remix theme features teams of five students—four pushing and one on the bed—competing in three categories: women's, men's, and co-ed. Costumes are encouraged. Entry fees go to the Student Life Fund. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, Oct. 5. Register online. EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation sponsor the event. For more details, call Student Activities at 817-272-2963 or Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.
Make parking easier, find a shuttle route that fits your schedule
Arrive a few minutes early to take advantage of the free shuttle routes across campus. Here is some information about the routes:
When on campus in the evenings, consider using Maverick Ride, an escort service available from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Sundays-Thursdays. UT Arlington police encourage students to avoid walking alone after dark. To request a security escort, call 817-272-3381.
Tickets going fast for Ken Burns' Maverick Speakers Series appearance
Tickets are still available to see filmmaker Ken Burns in the first segment of the 2010-11 Maverick Speakers Series on Friday, Sept. 24, in Texas Hall, but they are going fast. Tickets can obtained at utatickets.com. The tickets are free, but required for admission.
Burns is a noted historian whose documentaries have won seven Emmy awards and have been nominated for two Academy Awards. His latest film is The Tenth Inning, a two-part continuation of the baseball series that aired in 1994 to an audience of 48 million. The Tenth Inning is scheduled to air on PBS stations Sept. 28-29.
Among Burns' other noted works are The Civil War, Jazz, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, The War, and National Parks: America's Best Idea, which recently won an Emmy.
For more information, see Maverick Speakers Series.
UTArlington Magazine gains a fresh look with fall issue
Fall is a time for renewal on college campuses, and the fall 2010 issue of UTArlington Magazine embodies that spirit. It has a new look, tons of fresh content, and, for the first time ever, all alumni will receive a copy.
A quick glimpse of what you'll find in both the print and online versions: NFL and NBA referees, glowing polymers, some extremely smart couples, the Man With No Eyes, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and much more.
The UTArlington Magazine website has been redesigned as well. The online version launched last week and features all magazine content, plus interactive components and bonus items that wouldn't fit in the print version. "Like" the magazine's Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed. Check out and post photos on flickr. More website features will be added soon.
"Redesigning and redeploying UTArlington Magazine has been a top priority in advancing the University's outreach and cultivation efforts," says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications. "For the first time ever, our University magazine is being distributed to 145,000 of our most important constituents—including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University."
As the University's flagship publication, UT Arlington Magazine, published three times a year, engages readers through a lively mix of content that advances the University's commitment to research, teaching, and community service. Send your comments to email@example.com.
Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with fiesta Wednesday
Join the fiesta noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall to kick off the year's Hispanic Heritage Month activities. Music, dancing, and piñatas will highlight the festivities.
Other events include:
More details on Hispanic Heritage Month are available at uta.edu/multicultural.
Register now for fall leadership retreat
All student leaders are invited to The Leadership Center's off-campus leadership retreat Friday, Sept 24-Sunday, Sept 26, at Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian. Registration by Thursday, Sept. 16, is required to participate in this event.
Enhance your leadership education and learn to become a change-agent within your organization with team-building exercises, presentations by leaders within the UT Arlington faculty and staff community, educational sessions, activities, and a keynote presentation by award-winning inspirational speaker Troy Stende.
For more information and to register, visit utaleadershipcenter.com.
Counseling groups available to students
Two counseling groups aim to help students learn about relationships and themselves.
Let's Talk: Interpersonal Therapy Group is a small, co-ed group for six to 10 students that will meet weekly to enhance interpersonal skills and general well-being. The group provides opportunities to gain self-awareness, explore personal and relationship issues, give and receive feedback in a safe environment, and practice new skills.
The group meets 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 23. To register, contact Bruce Bower at 817-272-3671.
Love, Sex, and Relationship counseling group is for eight to 12 women. The women and two professional therapists will explore the role of sex, relationships, and love in life. Group members will be encouraged to reflect on and to share personal life experiences. The goal of engaging in these activities is to increase self-awareness and build new relational skills.
The group meets 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 17. Register by Friday, Sept. 17, by contacting Claudia Thompson or Amy Zavada at 817-272-3671.
Take me out to the ballgame for UT Arlington Night
Batter up, Mavericks! On Monday, Sept. 27, you, your friends, and family are invited to UT Arlington Night at the Rangers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. as the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Get tickets at utatickets.com for only $6 (a $30 value) and sit in the UT Arlington block, or you can also use your UT Arlington discount and buy tickets online at texasrangers.com/uta (use the password rangers). Sponsored by the Office of the President, University Events, and EXCEL.
Mental Health Services program stresses less stress
Mental Health Services is now offering the Mindful Awareness Program (MAP), an eight-week program on ways to reduce stress.
Mindfulness is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the unity of mind and body. Learn how unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine health and how you can learn to respond to them instead of reacting.
Register for MAP through Wednesday, Sept. 15. Call 817-272-2771 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Film professor's work has received worldwide recognition
Widely regarded as one of today's most promising young film directors, Ya'Ke Smith has already notched some glittering achievements in his budding career, one that has now brought him to UT Arlington, where he's been teaching film for the past year. The founder and CEO of Exodus Filmworks is now an assistant professor in the film program in the Department of Art and Art History.
Smith's films have received worldwide acclaim, screening and winning awards at more than 40 film festivals, including The Cannes International Film Festival and The American Black Film Festival. His films have screened on HBO, Showtime, and BET J.
Smith's film, The Second Coming, was nominated for a Student Academy Award and also won the HBO Short Film Award at the 2007 American Black Film Festival. The film was selected to screen at the 12th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival in New York in 2008. His short film Change, was selected as one of three finalists in the 2009 American Black Film Festival.
"The film program here is growing rapidly," says Smith, a visiting professor at UT Arlington during the 2009-10 school year. "I really like the fact that it gives young, aspiring filmmakers the chance to get hands-on experience."
'Don't Get Busted Barbecue' set for Oct. 6
Tips will be provided on how to approach police encounters at the second annual "Don't Get Busted Barbecue," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Room 133 at the Maverick Activities Center.
Presented by Student Legal Services, the event features a video, "Busted: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters," followed by a question-and-answer session with Keisha A. Ware, attorney for the students, and a representative of the UT Arlington Police Department.
The barbecue will be catered by Colter's. RSVP is required by midnight Monday, Oct. 4. The first 30 guests to RSVP will receive a special prize.
For more information, contact Student Legal Services at 817-272-3771 or email@example.com.
UTeach Arlington continues to exceed enrollment expectations
A new UT Arlington program aimed at bolstering the supply of secondary math and science teachers is already exceeding expectations, with nearly 30 percent more freshmen than expected signing up.
UTeach Arlington teams faculty from the University's College of Science and the College of Education and Health Professions to recruit freshmen and sophomores in science majors who also are interested in a career in teaching. Following a model established at The University of Texas at Austin, UT Arlington will provide education-related courses, classroom experience and mentoring to interested students earlier than in past programs.
"There has been a huge demand for qualified math and science teachers in Texas," says Greg Hale, assistant dean in the College of Science and one of the co-directors of UTeach Arlington. "This program addresses that challenge."
Along with Dr. Hale, co-directors of UTeach Arlington are Ann Cavallo, professor of curriculum and instruction and associate dean in the College of Education and Health Professions, and Ramon Lopez, a physics professor who served on the advisory council for UT Austin's original program.
See more about UTeach Arlington.
SUPA, Oak Cliff chamber establish design, development storefront
Faculty and students from the School of Urban and Public Affairs are teaming with Dallas city planners and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce in the new Oak Cliff Storefront, a design and development partnership benefiting southwest Dallas.
The storefront opened last week inside Methodist Hospital, 1441 N. Beckley Ave.
Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the partnership will influence development in the Oak Cliff community for years to come.
"The storefront is a great opportunity for the University to help a community in a positive way," Dr. Bobbitt says. "Our hope is to build a stronger community through the partnership."
UT Arlington students and professors from the School of Architecture and the School of Urban and Public Affairs launched a similar partnership with the city of Arlington in June 2009. They help staff the Urban Design Center on the first floor of Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.
See more about the Oak Cliff Storefront.
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 Nov. 5.
Early progress reports available Sept. 17
UT Arlington will make fourth week progress report grades available to freshmen in their MyMav Student Center beginning Friday, Sept. 17. You can see your progress report grades as soon as they are entered. Progress reports are intended to give realistic feedback from instructors. Midterm progress reports will be posted in October.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Music Honors Recital Music faculty members and outstanding students perform solo and chamber music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-272-3471.
Wednesday, Sept. 15
$2 Movie: Invictus Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African president, enlists the national rugby team to unite the apartheid-torn country. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Thursday, Sept. 16
MAC Third Birthday and Off Campus Mavericks Center Grand Opening Celebrate the third birthday of the campus' fittest facility and its newest center. Free. 4-5 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Student Affairs, email@example.com, 817-272-6080.
Friday, Sept. 17
21st Annual Oozeball Tournament This mud volleyball tournament benefits the Student Alumni Association's sophomore scholarship fund. Free to spectators. Noon-5 p.m., Summit Avenue between Greek Row Drive and Fourth Street. Student Alumni Association, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-272-1367.
Opening Reception: Private Collections, Part II Opening reception for exhibit from four private collections in the Metroplex. Free. 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. gallery talk, The Gallery at UTA. Patricia Healy, email@example.com, 817-272-5658.
Volleyball Hilton Invitational - North Texas vs. Prairie View A&M, 4 p.m.; UT Arlington vs. UT El Paso, 7 p.m. Free with student ID, Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Guest Recital Pianist Denise Parr-Scanlin of West Texas A&M University and soprano Kerry Walters of Bradley University perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-272-3471.
Friends of the Library: Steven Davis on J. Frank Dobie Steven L. Davis, author of J. Frank Dobie, takes a fresh look at Dobie whose intellectual journey culminated in fighting for labor, free speech, and civil rights before they became acceptable for most Anglo Texans. Copies will be available. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Betty Wood, email@example.com, 817-272-7421.
Saturday, Sept. 18
EcoFest This free, family-oriented day is about community and environmental awareness, green products, and do-it-yourself solutions for your home. Games and educations classes for children. Free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion, downtown Arlington. Ecofest.
Volleyball Hilton Invitational - North Texas vs. UT El Paso, 11 a.m.; UT Arlington vs. Prairie View A&M, 1:30 p.m.; UT El Paso vs. Prairie View A&M, 5 p.m.; UT Arlington vs. North Texas, 7:30 p.m. Free with student ID, Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Monday, Sept. 20
Dance With Your Hands: Yoruba Music of Nigeria Michael Varner, associate professor of the music, uses lecture, pictures, video and live performance to present the Yoruba Music of Nigeria, a culture long renowned for their unique approach to music. The DunDun ensemble, or talking drum, is featured, as well as the Sakere ensemble and the Sakara frame drum. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-272-3471.
Tuesday, Sept. 21
Wednesday, Sept. 22
$2 Movie: Clash of the Titans Zeus' mortal son has it out for those underworld minions. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Thursday, Sept. 23
Stars, Stripes, and Sousa The UTA Wind Symphony presents a concert in the style of the Sousa Band from early in the 20th century, with soloists, overtures, and, great Sousa marches! $5 general; $3 students student ID, $5 general. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department, email@example.com, 817-272-3471.
Poetry Slam Jam Poet and author Michael Guinn ('01 MSW) and friends bring their award-winning performances to campus. Register to attend by sending an RSVP to Helen Hilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. First five students or groups to register will be invited to perform. Book signing following the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. 6-9 p.m., Sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Presented by the African American Faculty and Staff Association. For more information about the performer, see mikeguinn.com.
Friday, Sept. 24
Planetarium Programs This month see Stars of the Pharaohs; Wonders of the Universe; One Sky, One World: Big Bird's Adventure; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame; and the $2 Movie. Spacepark 360 is coming in October. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Levitt Pavilion Concert Series This week at the Levitt Pavilion Arlington are Raintree Marimba, Telegraph Canyon, Katsuk, Guy Forsyth, and Bobby Duncan. The month-long series continues each Thursday through Sunday until Oct. 2. Free. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.
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.)
Mavericks host Hilton Volleyball Invitational this weekend
Prairie View A&M, UT El Paso, and North Texas will furnish the opposition as UT Arlington hosts the Hilton Volleyball Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Texas Hall.
UT Arlington takes on Prairie View at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the Mavericks face UT El Paso at 1:30 p.m. and North Texas at 7:30 p.m. See the full schedule in the Going Out section above.
Senior Raegan Daniel posted the program's first triple-double since 2007 against Portland on Saturday at the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic in Laramie, Wyo. She had a career-high 10 kills, along with 28 assists, and 10 digs.
Cross country teams both finish third at home meet
Women's and men's cross country teams both finished third at the UT Arlington Season Opener meet Saturday at Vandergriff Park.
Freshman Emily Koenig led the women with a fifth-place individual finish while senior Amanda McMahon was 13th. Sophomore Cody Widener was the top finisher for the men, placing 11th, as senior Heinz Schwartzkopf was 15th.
Up next for the Mavericks is the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Splash on Friday, Sept. 24, at Corpus Christi.
Intramural entries due this week
Intramural softball and racquetball entries are due Wednesday, Sept. 15. There will be a meeting for softball managers at 6 p.m. in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. Racquetball entries are due by 11 p.m. at the service and information desk at the MAC.
Next week, entries are due for a billiards tournament, a 3-on-3 basketball league, and an ultimate frisbee team tournament. See Campus Recreation for more information.
For information on adapted intramurals for tennis and billiards, contact Doug Garner at email@example.com.