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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

LEED gold

Engineering Research Building achieves LEED gold level certification

The Engineering Research Building has achieved gold level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, part of the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that promotes sustainable building and development practices through a rating system that recognizes projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

"UT Arlington's Engineering Research Building is a tangible example of our University's long-standing commitment to sustainability," President James D. Spaniolo says. "The building's environmentally sensitive design and energy-saving features are fitting complements to the cutting-edge science and engineering research taking place inside."

The building’s design incorporates several energy-saving features, including green and light-reflecting roofs, window designs for improved use of available light, rain and condensate water capture and storage for landscaping, use of recycled materials, and others that allowed the facility to meet the LEED gold requirements.

Read more about the Engineering Research Building's gold level certification.

Parking permits available online now

Plan for parking during the 2011-12 academic year by ordering your permit online at uta.edu/mymav. All students need a permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Aug. 25.

Sign in on the MyMav page, click on Order Permits Now for Fall 2011, indicated by the big blue-and-white P, and follow directions.

Reduced pricing on remote parking is available.

Call the Parking Office at 817-272-3907 or email mabry@uta.edu for more details.

Fresh Pix July 4th parade float

Work floats

Julian Russell, philosophy freshman, and Sabrin Arafat, biology freshman, work on a float for Arlington's 46th Annual 4th of July Parade. Several floats represented the University community, including ones with Mr. and Ms. UTA, the Student Congress president and vice president, and The Shorthorn staff.

 

MyMav portal gets upgrade July 8-9

The MyMav portal will undergo a scheduled upgrade from noon Friday, July 8, to approximately 8 a.m. Saturday, July 9.

During this time students will not be able to register for classes or access any other services through their MyMav account. This outage will not disrupt email service, computer access, or any other services accessed through your NetID.

Students may still make payments to their accounts at the Bursar’s Office during regular business hours on Friday.

When the system upgrade is completed, students will notice a new look to their MyMav page and experience increased stability in the system.

New policy limits idling to five minutes for large vehicles on campus

A new anti-idling policy will help reduce exhaust emissions and save fuel for UT Arlington and businesses working for or providing services to the University.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, long-idling trucks in the United States consume more than 1 billion gallons of diesel fuel and emit millions of tons of carbon dioxide and thousands of tons of oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter into the air. Idling can increase engine maintenance costs, shorten engine life, adversely affect driver well-being, and create elevated noise levels.

Large service, delivery, and construction vehicles are limited to only five minutes idle time while on campus, according to the new policy.

The policy applies to all vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or more, including UT Arlington fleet vehicles and those of vendors and construction companies. These include beverage trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, flatbed trucks, transit or tour buses, step vans, and other large trucks. A few exceptions to the policy apply, such as a full-size medium-duty pickup truck with dual wheels.

Most student vehicles would not be affected by the new policy. The average sedan, coupe, minivan, or SUV weighs less than 14,000 pounds.

The policy was adopted by the Office of Sustainability and will be enforced by the UT Arlington Police Department. A first violation receives a warning, while a second results in a $50 fine. Additional fines are added with a third violation.

Read more about the anti-idling policy and UT Arlington's overall sustainability policy.

Sign up for a 25-mile bicycle ride and camp out

The Office of Sustainability and the Maverick Bike Shop are hosting a 25-mile bicycle ride and overnight camp out Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10, at Murrell Park in Flower Mound on the north side of Lake Grapevine. Bring your own camping gear.

For more information and to sign up, contact Ellie Hernandez, bike shop manager, at 915-820-0639, or on Facebook at Maverick Bike Shop.

Jacob Resch

Dr. Jacob Resch

Researcher tests reliability of concussion measurement

A computerized testing system commonly used to evaluate sports-related concussions misclassified up to 29 percent of healthy participants in a recent test by Jacob Resch, an assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the University’s Brain Injury Laboratory.

The results from the study of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) computerized neuropsychological system emphasize the need for multiple types of assessments, Dr. Resch says. During the study, the system had “only poor to good reliability” in 45 healthy participants.

Resch’s findings were presented last week at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association annual meeting and clinical symposia in New Orleans.

The ImPACT test, when used alongside other measures, is widely viewed as a useful tool in evaluating when a player may return to the field. Resch says the results of the study shouldn’t be interpreted as an indictment of the test.

“What our results stress is that when developing a sport-related concussion management protocol, a multifacet approach including self-reported symptomology, a balance assessment, and computerized neuropsychological testing should be implemented,” Resch says.

Read more about Resch's research.

Check List

 

July 7

Last day of class for summer I five-week term

July 11

Final exams for summer I five-week term

July 12

First day of classes for summer II five-week term

July 18

Census Date for summer II five-week term

Summer I final exams and final grades in July

The last day of class for the summer I term is Thursday, July 7. Final exams are on Monday, July 11. The final exam schedule is online.

Summer I grades are scheduled to be available after noon Friday, July 15. View grades by logging in at uta.edu/mymav. Click on Student Center and then click on the drop-down box under Other Academic. Many grades can be viewed before they are official, so check Records and Registration to ensure that your grades are official before ordering your transcript.

Grade exclusion site closes July 21

All grade exclusion requests submitted in the summer term must be submitted by Thursday, July 21.

Last day to drop is July 21 for summer II; Aug. 2 for 11-week term

Impact of dropping on freshmen and sophomores: Undergraduate students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. Read more about this state law and procedures for its implementation at UT Arlington.

Impact of dropping if you receive financial aid: Students receiving financial aid must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements established by UT Arlington. Please refer to the SAP policy on the Office of Financial Aid website, uta.edu/fao, to ensure that you are meeting the requirements. Students who do not meet the minimum standards outlined will lose eligibility to receive financial aid. For questions, make an appointment to see a financial aid counselor by calling 817-272-3561 or sending an email to fao@uta.edu.

Register for summer II and fall terms

Registration timetables are online for summer II and fall terms.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at MyMav and click on Student Center. You will see a section on the right titled Holds. Click the details link for specific hold information. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department service indicator (hold).

A list of advising offices is online. Check the summer II and fall schedule of classes.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'House Rules' selection for Mavs Book Club in July

House Rules

House Rules by Jodi Picoult is the July selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Starbucks in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The club meets the second Tuesday of every month. Students are invited to attend.

House Rules profiles Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome, who suddenly becomes a suspect in a murder case. The author looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way—and fails those who don’t.

For more information, contact Diane Shepelwich at dianec@uta.edu.

Wednesday, July 6

$2 Movie: The Green Hornet Rich playboy and a resourceful employee become heroes by posing as villains. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, July 7

Free Movie: Rango Rango, a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, faces a major identity crisis. Rated PG. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, July 13

$2 Movie: Shrek Forever After Rumpelstiltskin tricks a mid-life crisis-burdened Shrek into allowing himself to be erased from existence. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, July 14

Free Movie: Source Code A decorated soldier wakes up in the body of an unknown man as part of a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life. Rated PG-13. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Ongoing

897 Square Features contemporary art ranging from 2D and 3D to installation-type work. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through July 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Flow: Dalton Maroney 1982-2011 The exhibit comprises of 17 sculptures and six works on paper created by Maroney, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Free. 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Through July 31. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., Arlington.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through Aug. 6. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with this interactive exhibit. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Texas Rangers Baseball Get tickets for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends. Access texasrangers.com/uta and use the password rangers for designated games through Sept. 14.

Planetarium See the summer shows in the Planetarium schedule, 817-272-1183.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Learn More

 

Wednesday, July 6

DFW International Airport Terminal Renovations Rudy Garcia ('77 BSCE) shows planned improvements at DFW International Airport, which recently launched the first phase of a seven-year renovation of the airport's four original terminals. Light breakfast provided. Reservations. Free for students, ATA members, first-time guests. Others $5. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association, Roger Tuttle, 817-924-1850.

Major Exploration Seminar Learn about all the resources available to help you explore and find the right major. Free. 11 a.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, exploringmajors@uta.edu.

Tuesday, July 19

Managing the Time Trap: Organizational Skills Many graduate students are always under a time crunch. Learn effective time management strategies that you can implement right away and instantly increase your productivity. Reservation. Free. 1:30-3 p.m., online. Graduate Studies, Michael Saenz, saenz@uta.edu.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Sports Notes
  Southland Conference logo

Payne, Culbertson Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Baseball player Jesse Payne and women's track and field athlete Brittany Culbertson, both seniors, are the UT Arlington representatives as Southland Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

The conference annually recognizes the outstanding male and female student-athletes from each of the league's member institutions. Student-athletes must be a letterwinner with a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA and have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the school from which they were nominated.

Six Mavericks named to SLC All-Academic teams

Six UT Arlington student-athletes earned recognition on Southland Conference All-Academic teams.

Senior first baseman Rebecca Collom and junior second baseman Courtney Zink made the softball first team for the second straight year.

Seniors Heinz Schwarzkopf, Esther Abuto, and Brittany Culbertson were included on the men's and women's teams for track and field and cross country.

Sophomore Preston Beck was named to the baseball second team.

Conference honor roll includes 86 Mavericks

UT Arlington had 86 athletes named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for spring 2011.

The honor roll includes student-athletes who participated in collegiate sports while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

UT Arlington Invitational highlights 2011 volleyball schedule

The UT Arlington Invitational and 11 home matches highlight the Mavericks' 2011 volleyball schedule.

Coach Diane Seymour's squad opens the season at the UT El Paso Invitational on Friday, Aug. 26.

Louisiana Tech, Prairie View A&M, and Texas Tech complete the field for the UT Arlington Invitational on Sept. 16-17 at Texas Hall. The Mavericks open Southland Conference play against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sept. 22, also at Texas Hall.

Get your entries in for intramural volleyball, basketball

Summer intramural entries for sand volleyball and 3-on-3 basketball are due Wednesday, July 13.

For more information, see the summer intramural sports calendar.

Former Movin' Mav wins national tennis titles

Former Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball player Steve Welch won both men's open singles and doubles tennis titles in the Wheelchair Sports Federation national tournament earlier this month in Flushing, N.Y.

It was the second straight year that Welch won both titles. Anthony Anderson was his teammate in the doubles competition. Welch played on national championship basketball teams at UT Arlington in 1991 and 1992.

(For more sports news, go to utamavs.com, uta.edu/movinmavs, or uta.edu/campusrec.)

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