Grammy winner John Legend to speak at Graduation Celebration
UT Arlington honors the Class of 2011 with a spectacular Graduation Celebration on May 13 featuring Grammy Award-winning superstar John Legend.
The annual event will be held at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington’s Founders Square, 100 W. Abram St. Festivities begin at 8 p.m.
The year-end bash is open to the public. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo and Kate Aoki, an architecture graduate student representing the Class of 2011, also will speak.
A Texas-sized fireworks show, food, and a special surprise for graduating students are also on the menu.
Tickets are not required to attend Graduation Celebration, but reserved seating will be available for graduates and their families at utagraduationtickets.com. Dress is casual.
Legend broke onto the national music scene with his 2004 album Get Lifted, which sold 3 million copies and included two Top 30 hits: Used to Love U and Ordinary People, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
The Ohio-native describes his style as “very soulful, rooted in gospel but with hip-hop beats and unique, witty lyrics, more ‘major’ than ‘minor,’ more of a feel-good, upbeat sound.”
Legend has earned nine Grammy Awards, including three this year. In 2007 he received the Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Legend returned in 2009 to give the commencement speech at his alma mater. His message was “Finding Your Truth: Living a Soulful Life.”
In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to Texas Hall on the UT Arlington campus.
Spring 'UTArlington Magazine' now available online
Learn about tiny robots that could revolutionize the defense industry and see what former Shorthorn editors are doing now in the spring 2011 issue of UTArlington Magazine.
Watch a video and read about novel initiatives exploring exercise, memory, high-tech homes, and caregiving that are helping America’s growing senior adult population lead healthier lives. Check out other web exclusive videos on the Engineering Research Building and the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team.
You’ll also find stories on the worldwide impact of UT Arlington alumni, a biomask with the potential to aid severely burned soldiers, and an alumna who’s restoring hope in war-torn Sierra Leone. Each story includes a link for posting comments. You also can “like” the magazine’s Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed, as well as view and post photos on flickr.
Redesigned last fall, UTArlington Magazine recently won nine awards in the 2011 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District IV competition. The magazine is published three times a year and is distributed to 140,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University. Send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer lab, printing changes announced for fall semester
The Office of Information Technology plans to launch several service changes at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester in response to evolving campus computer use trends and demand for efficiencies in printing costs.
The changes follow a May 2010 report from the University’s Committee on Student Technology that recognized that an estimated 80 percent of students own or have access to a laptop and that more students are using smartphones, computer tablets such as the iPad, and other mobile devices. The report called for more collaborative spaces where students can secure their laptops and establish temporary work groups for projects.
Among the changes:
More information about the changes and a list of campus computer lab availability are online at uta.edu/oit/cs/computerlabs.
Allan Saxe first speaker in Last Lecture Series
Allan Saxe says he's not ready to retire, but his appearance in the Last Lecture Series gives him a chance to tell students what he might say.
The free Last Lecture Series is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.
The series is based on inspirational Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He gave his last lecture at the university in 2007.
For the Last Lecture Series, a faculty member is asked, “If this were your last time to address a group of students, what would you say to them?”
Dr. Saxe, an associate professor of political science and community philanthropist, says his true last lecture is five or more years away.
Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership scholastic honor society, sponsors the Last Lecture Series.
Annual ACES symposium shows students' best work
The best of student research and creativity is displayed at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium Thursday, March 24, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
ACES entries have ranged from gene therapy and pain control to better tools for builders and works of art. Various awards are given, including some for sustainability-related topics.
Posters are on display 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge. Graduate oral presentations are 8:30-11 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. in the upper-level rooms. Undergraduate oral presentations are also 1-4:30 p.m. The symposium concludes with a reception at 5 p.m. and awards at 5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom.
Tickets still available for Bill Nye appearance at ACES Roundtable
Tickets are still available for the Bill Nye "the Science Guy" appearance at the ACES Roundtable at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Texas Hall.
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.
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.
Win the raffle, pay on your tuition
Take a chance on tuition help through the Tuition Raffle sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.
Tickets are $5 for one or $25 for six, available online at www.uta.edu/alumni. Anyone can buy tickets, such as parents or friends, but the winners must be full-time UT Arlington students.
First prize is $5,000, second is $1,000, and third is $500. The funds will be deposited into the winners' student account for the 2011-2012 school year. The winners' names will be drawn at SpringFest Saturday, April 16.
Cessation programs help Mavs prepare for tobacco-free campus
Health Services offers free tobacco cessation education classes as UT Arlington moves toward becoming a tobacco-free campus in August.
The Fresh Start from Tobacco program consists of four one-hour classes designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. These seminars cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions.
The free classes are on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of each month in Room B03 of the Health Services Center. Check the schedule for details.
Tickets on sale Wednesday for Anjelah Johnson
Grab tickets now for comic sensation Anjelah Johnson, who brings her live stand-up show to campus Tuesday, April 19.
Tickets are available Wednesday, March 23, for UT Arlington community; Tuesday, March 29, for general public. Seats are $7 for students, $10 for faculty, staff and alumni, and $15 for the general public. Get your tickets at utatickets.com.
Johnson became an Internet sensation with her viral video “Nail Salon” and later appeared on MADtv as a regular.
She can be seen as a live-action character in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. In 2010 Johnson starred in Our Family Wedding. This year she lent her voice for the animated film Marmaduke.
Portion of Davis Drive closed through March 30
Davis Drive will be closed from UTA Boulevard to Abram Street through Wednesday, March 30, because of construction on the Maverick Village project.
College of Engineering now at No. 85 in U.S. News & World Report rankings
The College of Engineering graduate program ranks 85th in the latest U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking, improving 11 places from last year.
U.S. News & World Report issues overall rankings on colleges and universities, individual disciplines, medical, law, and graduate schools. Programs at 198 engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees were surveyed, and 194 responded. All schools are listed in the magazine’s online directory.
Indicators used included peer assessment, recruiter assessment, student selectivity, quantitative scores, acceptance rate, faculty resources, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of faculty in the National Academy of Engineering, doctoral degrees awarded, and research activity.
Graduate school colloquium, fair aimed at under-represented students
The Office of Graduate Studies hosts the 2011 Lone Star Diversity Colloquium and graduate school fair Friday-Saturday, March 25-26, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
The colloquium is for under-represented minorities, women, and first-generation college students enrolled at Texas colleges who are considering graduate or professional school. Represetatives from numerous schools will be at the fair.
College-specific activities and events are set for Friday afternoon prior to the opening session. Saturday workshops focus on graduate admissions, the importance of undergraduate research, graduate funding opportunities, and other topics relevant to graduate and professional school.
A panel discussion led by graduate alumni, who discuss their firsthand experience of what to expect as a graduate student, is followed by a luncheon with keynote speaker, Dr. Maxwell Scarlett, UT Arlington’s first African-American graduate.
The student registration fee is $15. Register online. Door prizes include a grand prize of an iPod Touch.
Get your tickets for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark
Tickets are now available for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark when the Texas Rangers play the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, April 25.
Sit in the UT Arlington block, wear your Maverick blue, and come for the pre-game fun featuring the UT Arlington color guard, performance of the national anthem, first pitch, and special appearance by Blaze. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
A block of seats for UT Arlington is available for $5 per ticket, half the regular price. Tickets can be reserved at utatickets.com, then picked up at the Department of Student Activities on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Or you can buy your tickets in person at Student Activities.
The Big Event can count as your community service learning project
With professor approval, students can count their volunteer efforts for The Big Event as a community service learning project. Students should meet with their professor to fill out the form and return it by 5 p.m. Monday, April 4, to the Department of Student Activities, lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Registration continues for The Big Event, a day of community service Saturday, April 16.
Choose from The Big Event project list for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including a few that are both. Register by Friday, April 8. Register early to guarantee your free Big Event T-shirt.
Bookstore offers deals on regalia for graduating students
The UTA Bookstore hosts Grad Finale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Thursday, March 24. Students will receive 10 percent off their regalia if they purchase both the Jostens invitations/announcements and the regalia during Grad Finale. A Jostens representative will be available.
Relay for Life information sessions today, Monday
Learn how to form teams and discover what the American Cancer Society Relay for Life walk is all about at information sessions 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 22, at Palo Duro Lounge and Monday, March 28, at Rio Grande Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The annual walk, scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, is hosted by Health Services.
Glass art show and sale set for April 1
See the shimmer of radiant glass art at the annual World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale on Friday, April 1, at the Studio Art Center, 810 S. Davis.
The sale includes display creations, paperweights, vases, and other functional items crafted by faculty and students. The sale runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and bids can be made in a silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Video reflects Engineering Research Building collaboration
Watch a video on the Engineering Research Building's dedication, ribbon cutting, and how it integrates research teams from biology, biochemistry, genomics, math, neuroscience, and physics to foster new, collaborative initiatives.
Upload your Maverick pride photos to Facebook and win
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.
Women's History Month features lectures, health information
Women’s Studies presents its 25th annual lecture series with “women and war” as the topic for Women’s History Month. The lectures are in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library and include:
“Islamic Feminism and the Battle for Gender Equality" by Margot Badran, senior fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, at noon Wednesday, March 23. This lecture is co-sponsored by the OneBook program.
“Regulating Society by the Whitecap Method: Mob Violence in Nineteenth-Century America” by Helen McClure, lecturer at Southern Methodist University, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.
Get discount tickets for Dallas Stars games
Discount tickets are available for faculty, staff, students, and friends of UT Arlington to all remaining Dallas Stars home games at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Library's old website will end soon
The Library’s old website will soon be going away. Beginning this week, web pages in the library’s old site will not be directly accessible, although bookmarks and other direct links will continue to work until after spring semester final exams.
Distinguished Alumni Award nominations now being accepted
Nominations are sought for the 2011 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor a Maverick graduate can receive from UT Arlington.
Award criteria and a nomination form can be found on the Alumni Association website. Submit nominations by Friday, April 8. Awards will be presented at the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 15. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 817-272-2594.
Students to present research at Honors conference; UT Arlington hosts event
Five students from UT Arlington will present research to peers from six states during the Great Plains Honors Council’s annual meeting April 1-3 on campus and at the Arlington Hilton Hotel, 2401 East Lamar Blvd.
Seniors Ali Alam, Houda El Fakir, Kimberly Sams, Neri Sandoval, and sophomore Yayu Hew hope to gain further insight of their work through peer reviews and critiques. They will join honors students from colleges in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma in the exchange of original and scholarly ideas.
Read more about the students' presentations.
Researchers use nanotechnology in gene detection of disposition to certain cancers
Researchers at UT Arlington are perfecting a system to detect a gene mutation implicated in 90 percent of pancreatic cancers and often in lung cancer by running tiny amounts of blood over nanomaterials.
Their work will help physicians give more information to patients who are predisposed to certain maladies and prescribe therapy and healthy behaviors that may delay or eliminate the risk of certain diseases.
The research is “a major breakthrough that can benefit millions of people who acquire diseases such as cancer from their inherited or malfunctioning genes,” according to professors Samir Iqbal and Shawn Christensen, who are leading the effort.
Dr. Iqbal, an electrical engineering assistant professor, and Dr. Christensen, an assistant professor and genetic biologist, have published a paper in the journal Applied Physics Letters. The work was chosen as the cover story for the journal in 2009.
Read more about the gene mutation detection research.
Researchers say cell manipulation could lead to better drug delivery
UT Arlington researchers are using focused laser beams to manipulate cells that lead drug-carrying nanoparticles that deliver medicine to cancer cells that need them.
Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, and Kytai Nguyen, associate professor of bioengineering, are part of the collaborative research effort in the Biophysics and Physiology Lab.
Those focused laser beams are called optical tweezers and are used in cell manipulation. The team has tested the process at the microscopic level using human cells and will present the research at the March meeting of the American Physical Society this week in Dallas.
Dr. Nguyen says results from this research could help investigators design nanoparticles that have more therapeutic benefits while reducing severe side effects often seen in chemotherapy.
Read more about the optical tweezers.
Frank Lu elected fellow of Royal Aeronautical Society
Frank Lu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Aerodynamics Research Center, was elected a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
This accolade recognizes Dr. Lu’s innovative research and international eminence within the aerospace community. He has been a member of the College of Engineering faculty since 1987. In 2002 he co-authored Advanced Hypersonic Facilities.
The Royal Aeronautical Society is an exclusive association founded in 1866. The organization was established for the general advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering, and promoting the species of knowledge which distinguishes the profession of aeronautics.
Last day to drop is April 1
The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Friday, April 1. 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.
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 (SAP) requirements established by UT Arlington. Please refer to the SAP policy on the Office of Financial Aid web site, www.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 email@example.com.
Apply now for next year's financial aid; complete the FAFSA for grants, loans
It’s time to apply for financial aid for summer 2011, fall 2011, and spring 2012. Students should complete the 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need-based grants, work study, and loans. A full summary of available programs and additional information is online.
If you plan to enroll for at least six hours for the summer 2011 at UT Arlington, complete the Enrollment Plan information online. Summer enrollment information is no longer collected on the FAFSA, and completing the Enrollment Plan will serve as your request for summer aid.
Seminars offer help in choosing a major
Discover resources on campus that can help you choose the right major. Academic advisers in University College host free one-hour seminars in the large, third-floor conference room of Ransom Hall.
Sessions are noon Wednesday, March 30; 1 p.m. Thursday, April 7; noon Wednesday, April 13; noon Wednesday, April 27; noon Wednesday, May 4; noon Thursday, May 5; and noon Tuesday, May 10.
Advising for summer, fall begins in March
Advising for summer and fall terms is under way. 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.
Tuesday, March 22
Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Wednesday, March 23
Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. TCU. Free. 3 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
$2 Movie: It's Kind of a Funny Story A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26.
Friday, March 25
Baseball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Battle of the Bands Enjoy the music, and vote for the best band, which will play at SpringFest. Free. 7 p.m., Bowling & Billiards, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Friends of the Library J. Todd Moye discusses his book Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, the first African-American military pilots. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
Saturday, March 26
Community Garden Dedication President James D. Spaniolo and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck are among the speakers who will be at the dedication and ribbon cutting. The Community Garden at UT Arlington is a combined effort of the Office of Sustainability and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department. 10 a.m., west of the SWEET Center, 406 Summit Ave.
Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. Texas State. Free. 11 a.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Softball Mavericks vs. Nicholls State. Free with student ID. 1 and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Baseball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Free with student ID. 2 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Faculty Trumpet Recital A trumpet recital with Rick Bogard, right, of the Music faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Sunday, March 27
Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Free. 11 a.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Softball Mavericks vs. Nicholls State. Free with student ID. Noon, Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Baseball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Free with student ID. 2 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Monday, March 28
Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Music faculty and students perform in a 30-minute concert. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Music, 817-272-3471.
Guest Artists Recital Angela Fuller, violin, and Ann Marie Hudson, viola, of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 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. 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.
The Gallery at UTA Exhibit by Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of art, and Barbra Riley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi professor of art. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 2. Closed during Spring Break. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with this free interactive exhibit. Free. 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 atrium, 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 parlor, Central Library.
Planetarium The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe in Violent Universe. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 817-272-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Softball second in SLC, hosts Nicholls
After winning two of three last weekend at Central Arkansas, the softball team is in second place in the Southland Conference with a 7-2 record.
The Mavericks, who are 20-12 overall, host Nicholls State in an SLC series with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and a single game at noon Sunday, March 27, at Allan Saxe Field.
Martin third in NCAA heptathlon
Freshman Romain Martin finished third in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 11-12 at College Station.
In the track team’s first outdoor meet of the season, Casey Keeter won the shot put and Ivan Storic was first in the javelin at the Horned Frog Invitational last Friday in Fort Worth.
Get set for baseball's Tailgate Tuesday next week
A free cookout, face painting, and yard games are planned for Tailgate Tuesday when the Maverick baseball team hosts Texas A&M on Tuesday, March 29.
Student organizations are encouraged to attend, as the group with the most members present will receive a free catered lunch.
Sponsored by Student Affairs and Athletics, the tailgate begins at 5 p.m. in the parking lot, and the game starts at 6:30 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark. For more information, call 817-272-6080.
The baseball team, 4-2 in the Southland Conference and 12-8 overall, travels to Baylor today, Tuesday March 22, for a 6:30 p.m. game before hosting Northwestern State in a three-game SLC series this weekend.
Basketball, sand volleyball intramural entries due
Intramural entries for NCAA Sweet 16 and sand volleyball are due Wednesday, March 23, at the Maverick Activities Center.
Fantasy baseball entries are due Monday, March 28. For more information, see uta.edu/campusrec.