Engineering Research Building dedication set for Friday
Hailed as an innovative facility that will define the next generation of research at UT Arlington, the Engineering Research Building debuts with a dedication and ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4.
The landmark center is UT Arlington's largest academic facility to date and is shared by College of Engineering and College of Science researchers who are exploring new cancer treatments, working to improve detection of deadly viruses, and developing systems to help older adults live independently longer, among a multitude of projects.
The dedication ceremony will be in the new Research Quadrangle, which anchors the 234,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building that borders the Engineering Lab Building and Nedderman Hall.
The new facility houses the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Bioengineering, but also integrates research teams from biology, biochemistry, genomics, math, neuroscience, and physics to foster new, collaborative initiatives.
“This building is an incredible resource that will fuel our research and allow us to take advantage of resources across disciplines,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “Already we are seeing new, promising collaborations—research designed to make a difference in the lives of people and to solve real problems.”
Building tours highlighting some of the University’s most promising research collaborations will follow the ceremony. Read more about the Engineering Research Building.
Bill Nye tickets available Wednesday morning
Tickets to a second Bill Nye "the Science Guy" appearance are available beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 2.
The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) Roundtable will feature Nye, along with members of the UT Arlington faculty, in a moderated discussion about the current state of science. This event is part of the ACES 2011 schedule and will be open only to UT Arlington faculty, staff, students, and members of the Alumni Association.
The roundtable discussion begins at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Texas Hall. Tickets are free but required. Doors open at 3 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served. Nye’s Maverick Speakers Series lecture later that evening is sold out.
Because the ACES event is exclusively for the UT Arlington community, tickets must be claimed using a UT Arlington log-in. To reserve your free tickets for the ACES Roundtable, visit utatickets.com. There is a limit of two tickets per person.
Diversity Week includes perspectives on religion, relationships, myths
Celebrate what makes us different and what we have in common during Diversity Week, which runs through Saturday, March 5, hosted by the offices of Multicultural Affairs and Students with Disabilities.
"The 10 Myths of Social Justice," an advocacy forum featuring local disability rights activists, and a discussion on race and ethnicity join MAVFest and other programs in exploring differences and common experiences.
Throughout the week an interactive exhibit on interracial relationships is on display at the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Friends, colleagues, or sweethearts can take their photo and add it to the exhibit.
For complete details, go to uta.edu/multicultural.
Women's History Month begins Wednesday
Get the girls together to learn about improving their lives and those of other women during Women's History Month.
Doris Buss, associate professor of law at Carleton University, speaks on “Prosecuting Rape as a Weapon of War: The Limits of the Law” at noon Wednesday, March 2, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Women's Studies hosts the event, with more speakers to be announced later.
Details on events hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs are debuted at MavFest 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, on the University Center Mall. An essay contest will be announced, with the winner garnering an iPod.
The Go Red For Women Forum on heart health is noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Red River Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Sexversations starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center. The Relationship Violence Sexual Assault Prevention Program (RSVP) provides information on sexual assault prevention and sexual well being.
The month wraps up with a Girl’s Night Out starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center. The fun includes karaoke, Wii games, trivia and popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy.
Citizen Police Academy gives inside look
Members of the campus community can better understand the everyday operation of the UT Arlington Police Department through the Citizen Police Academy.
The academy will be 6-9 p.m. Mondays for eight weeks starting Monday, March 7, and includes class lectures, ride-alongs with officers, hands-on demonstrations, and a chance to investigate a mock crime scene.
Registration closes Friday, March 4. Applications are available at the police office, 700 S. Davis, or by contacting Nan Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plots available in new community garden; volunteers needed
Got a green thumb and nowhere to plant? The Arlington Community Garden has a plot of dirt for you or your organization.
A lottery will decide who can plant in one of the 92 plots in the garden, a combined effort of the Office of Sustainability and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.
Volunteers are needed to help with the construction of the Arlington Community Garden from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 3-4, next to the SWEET Center. To sign up for a plot or to volunteer, contact the Office of Sustainability at 817-272-9299.
Ribbon cutting for the garden is scheduled for Saturday, March 26.
Learn to relax, screen for anxiety, and more at Mind/Emotion Wellness Day
Mav Talk: Mind/Emotion Wellness Day lets faculty, staff, and students take part in activities to support their emotional health and wellness. The free event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 1, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Participate in a relaxation exercise, create your own stress ball, and learn about campus and community resources. Complete anonymous screenings for stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcohol, relationship concerns, and eating and sleeping problems.
The Big Event signup begins today
Registration has started for the big day of community services: The Big Event on Saturday, April 16.
Students can choose from The Big Event project list for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including a few that are both.
Site leaders are also needed. Applications are due by Friday, March 11, and should be returned to Bonnie Rodriguez in Student Activities office in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The annual day of community service and outreach is coordinated by UTA Volunteers.
Routine warning system test Wednesday
UT Arlington conducts the monthly test of its Outdoor Warning System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. The test, held the first Wednesday of every month, will not be conducted in the event of bad weather.
Heard campus-wide through strategically placed loudspeakers, the test includes electronic chimes and is followed by the test announcement. At the conclusion of the test, an announcement will be broadcast to resume normal operations.
The City of Arlington's outdoor weather warning system has 51 sirens that alert people who are outdoors to seek shelter. Weather permitting, the city's system is tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m.
Upload your Maverick pride photos to Facebook and win gift certificates
Show your Maverick pride by wearing your UT Arlington apparel or just blue, orange, and white, then uploading your photos to the Wear Your Maverick Pride Facebook page. Those with the best shots can win gift certificates to the UTA Bookstore and local Arlington restaurants.
Get your entry in by 4 p.m. Friday each week. All faculty, staff, and students can participate. For details, visit the Maverick Pride website.
Surveys seek feedback, offer prizes
Surveys are one way UT Arlington departments and offices can fine-tune services for students. Take one of these and enter for prizes, too.
Dining Services is conducting a survey to better understand the University community’s dining preferences and satisfaction. All students, faculty, and staff are eligible to take the Dining Services survey. At the end, choose to participate in a drawing for one of four prizes: a $150 MasterCard gift card grand prize or one of three $50 MasterCard gift cards.
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 a 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.
Distance Ed Training changes e-mail address
The Center for Distance Education Training has a new e-mail address at email@example.com to replace firstname.lastname@example.org. The new e-mail is for training programs only.
Academy Awards in 2012 could be golden moment for film professor
Ya’Ke Smith, director and assistant professor of film/video/screenwriting in the College of Liberal Arts, recently won the 2011 Black Reel Award for Best Indie Short for his film, Katrina’s Son.
The film tells the story of a young boy who loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina and travels to San Antonio in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier.
Katrina’s Son has won several major film festivals accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Such an accomplishment makes Smith eligible to submit his film in the short film category for the 2012 Oscars.
Read more about Smith's Katrina's Son.
Art history professor begins quest to bring Old Master drawings to North Texas
This summer, art history Professor Mary Vaccaro will travel to France to begin work on a project that may bring rare Old Master drawings to North Texas.
Dr. Vaccaro recently was awarded a grant from the Texas Fund for Curatorial Research. The money will enable her to conduct onsite research of Italian drawings from 14th to 16th century artists.
Her research will focus on collections housed with the French Regional and American Museum Exchange (FRAME) members. Founded in 1999, FRAME is a formal collaboration of museums in France, the United States, and Canada. Vaccaro hopes the works she uncovers eventually will fill a future exhibition at a local museum.
Read more about the Old Master project.
Progress reports available soon
Now through Friday, 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 begins Monday
Call now to schedule an advising appointment. Advising for summer and fall terms begins Monday, March 7.
Find your academic adviser online. Priority registration opens Monday, April 4.
Apply now for next year's financial aid; complete FAFSA
It’s time to apply for financial aid for summer and fall 2011, and spring 2012. Students should complete the 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid online to be considered for need-based grants, work study, and loans.
A full summary of available programs and additional information can be found online at uta.edu/fao.
If you plan to enroll for at least six hours for the summer, also complete the Enrollment Plan. Summer enrollment information is no longer collected on the FAFSA, and completing the Enrollment Plan will serve as your request for summer aid.
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, doubleheader. Free with student ID. 4 and 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Bassoon Week Recital Senior 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 Billiards, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. "White Out" game. Everyone is encouraged to wear white shirts to white out the stands. First 250 fans receive free shirts to wear at the game. Sponsored by Maverick Marauders and Student Alumni Association. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Bassoon Week Recital Scott Pool, 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.
Band Concert Features the Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band under the direction of Matthew Luttrell, assistant professor of music and associate director of bands. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
The Adding Machine A hapless worker who spends 25 years dedicated to his job is replaced by a machine. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; Saturday, March 5; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 817-272-2669.
Friday, March 4
Free Movie: Tron Legacy Father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a digital universe. Rated PG. 5 and 8 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 817-272-2963.
Saturday, March 5
16th Annual Scholarship Pow-wow Features the Fallen Soldier Ceremony, gourd dancing, contests, arts and crafts, and Indian tacos. Part of Diversity Week. Proceeds benefit NASA scholarships. Free. 2-10 p.m., grand entry 6 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Native American Student Association and Honors College.
Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Sunday, March 6
Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Free. 11 a.m. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Monday, March 7
Mozart's Requiem UTA Choir and Orchestra perform Mozart's greatest composition. $3 with student ID, $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Tuesday, March 8
Tennis Mavericks vs. Xavier, women, 11 a.m.; men, 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Music Honors Recital Performances by music faculty members and outstanding students in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
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 Discover the Magnificent Sun in this UT Arlington original show. 6 p.m. Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 817-272-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Track teams finish second in conference
Cordero Gray and Pamela Vinson led the way as both the men’s and women’s track teams finished second in the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Norman, Okla.
Gray was the high scorer in the men’s division, winning both the 60- and 200-meter dash events. Vinson tied for high-scoring honors in the women’s division and also won the 60 and 200.
Other winners for the men included Romain Martin, who set a conference record in the heptathlon, and Juan Lewis in the 400-meter run. For the women, Esther Abuto was first in the 800-meter run.
UT San Antonio won the men’s title for the sixth straight year, and Stephen F. Austin captured its third consecutive women’s crown.
Baseball team second in UTA Invitational, hosts Oklahoma today
The Maverick baseball team downed Dallas Baptist and South Dakota State in the UTA Invitational last weekend, before losing to Missouri State. The team finished second in the tournament.
The team hosts Oklahoma at 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 1, at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Three Movin' Mavs, coach named part of Army WTU national team
Three Movin’ Mavs—Blake McMinn, Anthony Pone, and Juan Soto—will represent the University at the 2011 Army Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) National Championships May 10-14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Doug Garner, coach of the Movin’ Mavs, was named coach of the Army WTU national team.
The WTU Games are an annual event put together in cooperation with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Paralympics as a way to help injured service veterans transition back into civilian life through participation in sports and recreation.
The Movin’ Mavs will host a training camp for the Army National Team on April 14-16.
Mav men host UTSA in final home game Saturday
Hoping to snap a two-game losing streak, the men’s basketball team plays its final two regular season games, traveling to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, March 2, before hosting UT San Antonio at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in Texas Hall.
The Mavericks are battling for a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament, which begins Wednesday, March 9, in Katy.
Softball begins conference play
Freshman Callie Collins was the winning pitcher in all three victories for the Maverick softball team, which finished 3-2 and in third place in the weekend's UT Arlington Invitational.
The team opens Southland Conference play today, Tuesday, March 1, with a doubleheader against Texas State, at 4 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field. The two teams also meet in a single game at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.
Movin' Mavs win four of five, get set to host national tourney
The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team won four out of five games in a non-collegiate tournament with teams from Austin, Houston, and Dallas last weekend.
The team hosts the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament for men’s and women’s teams Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12. See the complete schedule at utamovinmavs.com.
Mav women close out home schedule Wednesday
Trying to stay alive in the chase for a Southland Conference Tournament berth, the women’s basketball team plays its final home game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in Texas Hall. Everyone is encouraged to wear white shirts for the "White Out" game.
Briana Walker scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Mavericks lost to Northwestern State 66-58 in Saturday’s homecoming game.
Intramural table tennis, softball entries due this week
The intramural table tennis singles and doubles entries are due Tuesday, March 1, and softball team entries are due Wednesday, March 2.