UT Arlington spring 2011 enrollment hits record high
Enrollment for the spring 2011 semester has hit an all-time high, with 33,788 students attending UT Arlington—a record driven by improved recruiting and retention, and expansion of online degree programs.
Spring semester enrollment has traditionally dipped from fall enrollment, but the College of Nursing and College of Education and Health Professions have bucked that trend for four consecutive semesters since fall 2009.
President James D. Spaniolo says he expects the growth to continue in the foreseeable future as the University recruits more high-achieving applicants and raises its research profile. More undergraduates are continuing their studies and are on track to earn their college degrees, another positive indicator, he notes.
“More students and families are aware of UT Arlington’s reputation as a comprehensive university with a strong research program, a vibrant campus life, and an exceptional education at a reasonable price,” Spaniolo says. “We remain committed to improving the quality of our academic programs, both in traditional classroom settings and through an array of online courses designed to deliver education where people live and work.”
Read more about spring 2011 enrollment.
Celebrate Homecoming with 'Spirit, Pride, Tradition'
Homecoming brings out the Maverick spirit, pride, and tradition this week with a variety of activities Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 24-26.
Mav Swap has become a new tradition, allowing faculty, staff, and students to trade collegiate apparel from other schools for UT Arlington gear. The swap is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, on the Central Library mall. The Homecoming Step Show highlights the evening activities at 7 p.m. at Texas Hall.
The Boom at Noon firing of the Carlisle Cannons signals the start of the annual Golf Cart Parade at noon Friday, Feb. 25, as it runs from the E.H. Hereford University Center mall to the Central Library mall. A Homecoming Pep Rally at the library mall follows the parade. Friday's festivities conclude with The Bash, a Willy Wonka-themed party for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the University Center.
The Military Science Hall of Honor reception, luncheon, and ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.
The annual Chili Cook-Off starts at noon Saturday in the Trinity House parking lot. A tailgate party also begins at noon and precedes the women's basketball game, which starts at 2 p.m. in Texas Hall. The Homecoming King and Queen are crowned at halftime.
Saturday's activities continue with the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball Alumni Game at 4:30 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center. A reception follows in the Physical Education Building.
Check the complete Homecoming schedule.
Engineers Week includes lecture by HowStuffWorks.com creator
Join in the celebration of Engineers Week, a week-long showcase of achievements and activities by faculty and students that continues through Saturday, Feb. 26.
Marshall Brain, creator of HowStuffWorks.com, is the featured speaker at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall. His talk on “Your Spare Time is Your Most Important Time, and Other Thoughts on Making a Million Dollars” will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m. in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. The lecture is part of the College of Engineering's Distinguished Speaker Series.
Other highlights include a career fair, displays, industry tours, and lectures. For fun, a pie-eating contest is scheduled Friday. The week concludes with the Engineering Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday.
See the complete schedule of events.
Job Fair brings more than 100 employers to students, alumni
Dress for success and bring plenty of resumes to the Spring Job Fair for students and alumni 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Maverick Activities Center. The fair is free, and no registration is needed.
The Career Center hosts the university-wide, all-majors, and all-students fair. Full-time positions, part-time positions, co-ops, and internships can be filled. More than 100 employers, along with 2,500 students and alumni, annually attend the spring job fair.
Student Congress forum on concealed handguns set for Thursday
Learn more about how proposed state legislation allowing concealed handguns on college and university campuses might affect Texas institutions.
The free forum starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Panelists include criminology professors Sarah Phillips, Randy Butler, and Jaya Davis, with Alex del Carmen, chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as the moderator.
For more details, contact the Student Congress at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-0556.
Blazer Club selling jackets Wednesday
Join in on the hottest trend to hit UT Arlington basketball, and buy a blazer for all the big games. The UTA Blazer Crew, the official athletics fan group, will sell blazers 11-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Goodwill provides the jackets for $5 each or $8 for two.
Businesses host information sessions, interviews on campus
Several companies will host information sessions in the coming week for students and alumni seeking employment. The programs call for business casual dress, and no RSVP is required.
Attendance is encouraged for students who want an interview at a later date. Interviews will be at the Career Center in Room 216 of Davis Hall.
For more details, contact the Career Center at email@example.com or 817-272-2932.
Register this week for OxFam Hunger Banquet
Register now for a banquet that emphasizes hunger. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is an event that educates participants on hunger and poverty around the world and allows them to experience firsthand how our decisions affect others in the world.
The banquet is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Sign up at the Student Activities office, Room B140 of the E.H. Hereford University Center, or call 817-272-2963. Registration is required and ends Saturday, Feb. 26. UTA Volunteers hosts the event.
Mind/Emotion Wellness Day offers mental health screenings
More than books weighing you down? Screenings for stress, anxiety, depression, eating and sleeping problems, ADHD, and alcohol and relationship concerns are free on Mind/Emotion Wellness Day.
Screenings are open to students, faculty, and staff 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Counseling Services and Mental Health Services sponsor the event.
Take library survey and apply for chance to win Best Buy gift card
Students are invited to participate in LibQual+, a standardized survey of library service quality, to help the library serve you better. This survey should take five minutes to complete and includes an text box for comments.
Complete the survey and enter a drawing to win one of four Best Buy gift cards. The survey runs through Friday, March 11.
Diversity Week includes perspectives on religion, relationships, myths
Celebrate what makes us different and what we have in common during Diversity Week, Monday-Thursday, Feb. 28-March 3, hosted by the offices of Multicultural Affairs and Students with Disabilites.
The week gets started with a program on religious diversity on Monday and another on "The 10 Myths of Social Justice" on Tuesday. Wednesday offers MAVfest, featuring the Movin' Mavs obstacle course, while an advocacy forum features local disability rights activists. A discussion on race and ethnicity is set for Thursday, and the 16th Annual Pow-Wow is Saturday.
Throughout the weeks an interactive exhibit on interracial relationships is on display at the University Center Gallery. Friends, colleagues, or sweethearts can take their photo and add it to the exhibit.
For complete details, go to uta.edu/multicultural.
Girl University shows youth what it takes to go to college
Girl University, a one-day conference for girls in the eighth through 12th grades, is set for 1-5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, on the UT Arlington campus.
The sixth annual event helps girls and their parents to discover what it takes to go to college. The day includes 25 workshops for girls and six for parents. Cost is $20 and $15 for Girl Scout members.
Girl University is presented by Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains and hosted by UT Arlington. Sponsors include Upward Bound, Testing Services, the Career Center, and the Northeast Tarrant County American Association of University Women.
Find workshop details and registration instructions at girluniversity.org.
Roemer discusses 'canon wars' at Focus on Faculty presentation
English Professor Ken Roemer reviews the American literary "canon wars" of the 1980s in the Focus on Faculty presentation at noon Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.
The "canon wars" pitted critics who wanted to conserve classics literature as representative of American culture against those who argued for including more women, minority authors, and a diverse genre mix.
Dr. Roemer leads a team of librarians and graduate students addressing the problem by creating a fully searchable and comprehensive digital archive of the tables of contents of American literature anthologies. The database will offer opportunities to compare live women of color and dead white males, complex poems and folk songs, classic novels and obscure diaries to learn when they became the voices of American culture.
See the Covers, Titles, and Tables project, which is in progress.
Progress reports available soon
Now through March 11, instructors are entering progress report grades for many students. Check your UTA e-mail account to see if you are in the group to receive progress reports.
Unlike final grades, you can see your progress 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.
Advising for summer, fall begins in March
Advising for summer and fall terms opens Monday, March 7. MyMav is your gateway to the Schedule of Classes and the Registration Timetable for making registration plans for the summer and fall terms. Priority registration opens Monday, April 4.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. McNeese State. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
$2 Movie: Legend of the Guardians Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with a fantasy family adventure. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Thursday, Feb. 24
Commuter Appreciation Breakfast Join the Off-Campus Mavericks program for a morning meal, information, and giveaways. 7:30-9:30 a.m., Maverick Activities Center. Off-Campus Mavericks, 817-272-3213.
Mav Swap Exchange collegiate gear for UT Arlington Maverick apparel. Free. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Central Library mall.
Paint Your Ride with Maverick Pride Student decorate cars with orange, blue, and white. Free. 3-5 p.m., Arlington Hall turnaround.
Baseball Mavericks vs. Dallas Baptist. Free with student ID. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Homecoming Step Show Greeks and other organizations perform. $5. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.
UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Performances of Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and Copland with piano soloist Kyung-Hwa Cho. Students $3. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Friday, Feb. 25
Golf Cart Parade and Pep Rally Groups decorate golf carts and walk beside them for this Homecoming tradition. Free. Noon, University Center mall to the Central Library mall. Pep rally follows.
Softball UT Arlington Classic. 11 a.m. Creighton vs. Centenary, 1 p.m. Tulsa vs. Creighton, 3 p.m. Mavericks vs. Centenary, 5 p.m. Mavericks vs. Tulsa. Free with student ID. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Baseball Mavericks vs. South Dakota State. Free with student ID. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Opening Reception for The Gallery at UTA Exhibit Reception honors Sedrick Huckaby, right, visiting assistant professor of art, and Barbra Riley of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the artists showing their work in The Gallery at UTA. A brief gallery talk begins at 6:30 pm. Free. 6-8:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Buildling. Art and Art History, 817-272-2891.
Bassoon Week Recital Maria Wildhaber of Bulgaria performs for the start of Bassoon Week, Feb. 25-March 2. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Homecoming: The Bash A Willie Wonka-themed, alcohol-free celebration of Homecoming. Find candy, chocolate, a photo booth, sumo wrestling, oompa loompa caricatures, a DJ, dancing, Band Hero, airbrush tattoos, and more. Open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public. Register to volunteer. Free. 8 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center.
Saturday, Feb. 26
Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Utah. Free with student ID. 11 a.m., Tennis Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Military Science Hall of Honor ROTC program alumni are inducted into the Hall of Honor. 10:30 a.m., Palo Duro Lounge and Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.
Tailgate Party and Chili Cook Off Organizations compete for chili championship, while students, alumni, and friends tailgate before the women's basketball game. Noon, Trinity House parking lot.
Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Homecoming King and Queen coronation during halftime. Free with student ID. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Baseball Mavericks vs. Missouri State. Free with student ID. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Movin' Mavs Alumni Game Wheelchair basketball Mavs, past and present, compete. Free. 4:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.
Bassoon Week Recital UT Arlington music faculty members perform. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Monday, Feb. 28
Platanos and Collard Greens A romantic comedy about an African-American man and a Latino woman who confront and overcome cultural and racial prejudices while defending their bond. Part of Black History Month. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, 817-272-2099.
Bassoon Week Recital Cristina Meza performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Tuesday, March 1
Baseball Mavericks vs. Oklahoma. Free with student ID. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Softball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Free with student ID. 4 and 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Bassoon Week Recital Amber Wyman performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Wednesday, March 2
Softball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Free with student ID. 2 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
$2 Movie: Megamind A supervillain finally conquers his nemesis, but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Mardi Gras Madness Celebrate Mardi Gras with a costume contest, games, traditional Cajun food, a zydeco band, and crowning of the Mardi Gras king. Free. 7-9 p.m., Bowling and Billards, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Bassoon Week Recital Scott Pool, right, assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Thursday, March 3
Off Campus Maverick Mixer Mix and mingle with other commuter students and enjoy free food, games, and prizes. Free. 3 p.m., second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Off Campus Mavericks, 817-272-3213.
Movin' Mavs 3-on-3 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Team registration online. Part of Diversity Week. Free. 6:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.
Homecoming: Flashback Exhibit A pictorial history of UT Arlington, dating back to 1895. Through Feb. 26. E.H. Hereford University Center Gallery. UTA Ambassadors.
Gallery 76102 "A Certain Shade of the Aftermath," an exhibit by Timothy Harding, deals with U.S. history, corporate infrastructure, heavy metal music, terrorism, and popular culture. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.
Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with the free interactive exhibit "What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas." 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.
Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library.
Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library.
Planetarium See what it takes to become an Astronaut and the effect space has on the human body, 1:30 p.m., Sundays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 817-272-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Tracksters seek conference title this weekend
Men’s and women’s track teams compete in the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday-Saturday, Feb. 25-26, in Norman, Okla.
For the men, Cordero Gray goes into the meet with the top times this season in both the 60- and 200-meter dash events, while Dwight Robinson has the top time in the 800, and Romain Martin is the leader in the heptathlon.
For the women, Pamela Vinson sports the top time in the 200 and is second in the 60. Other No. 1 times are Lindsay Putman in the 800 and the women’s distance medley relay team.
Mav men work overtime for wins
Following two overtime victories in the past week, the men’s basketball team faces the top two teams in the East Division this week as they host McNeese State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, before traveling to Northwestern State on Saturday, Feb. 26.
The Mavericks are 7-5 and tied for second in the SLC's West Division following a 68-66 win at Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.
Softball tournament begins Friday
Centenary, Creighton, and Tulsa provide the opposition as the Mavericks open the home softball season with the UT Arlington Classic beginning Friday, Feb. 25, at Allan Saxe Field.
The Mavericks play Centenary at 3 p.m. and Tulsa at 5 p.m. Friday before taking on Creighton at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. The tourney concludes Sunday.
Last weekend, the Mavericks finished 3-2 at the Texas A&M Invitational. Senior first baseman Rebecca Collom batted .588 in the tournament.
Baseball home opener Thursday
After a rough weekend at the University of Houston, the Mavericks open the home portion of the baseball schedule at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, against Dallas Baptist.
The Mavericks continue their homestand Friday, Feb. 25, against South Dakota State before taking on Missouri State on Sunday, Feb. 27, and the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday, March 1. All games start at 3 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Preston Beck had five hits in the series at Houston as he boosted his hitting streak to 23 games dating back to last season, but the Cougars swept all three games.
Movin' Mavs host alumni game, tournament
The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team hosts teams from Austin, Houston, and Dallas this weekend in connection with its homecoming alumni game.
Games start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Physical Education Building. The alumni game is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Maverick Activities Center. See the complete schedule at utamovinmavs.com.
Mav women host Northwestern State in Homecoming game
Following a game at McNeese State on Wednesday, Feb. 23, the women’s basketball team hosts Northwestern State in the annual Homecoming game at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Texas Hall.
The Mavericks lost twice last week, and with a 4-8 in Southland Conference standings they are hoping to stay in the race for the SLC tournament. Only the teams with the top eight regular season records qualify for the tournament.
Intramural NBA video game tournament tonight
The intramural NBA Video Game Tournament is at 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center. Registration begins at 7 p.m.
Entries for 4-on-4 flag football are due Wednesday, Feb. 23, with table tennis singles and doubles entries due Tuesday, March 1, and softball team entries due Wednesday, March 2.