Gateway tower a new landmark at north entrance to campus
A new, landmark gateway welcoming visitors to UT Arlington is rising at UTA Boulevard and South Cooper Street.
The brick and cast stone tower will stand more than 35 feet tall and glow after dark with Maverick blue lighting. The monument was designed by Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. of Arlington, and incorporates materials and architectural themes that will be reflected in key structures within the College Park District.
“This lighted tower will become synonymous with a university on the rise,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “It will be a gateway signaling that students and visitors are welcome on our campus. We expect it to become a recognized icon for our world-class institution.”
The gateway is part of the larger Engineering Research Quadrangle and will stand west of the Engineering Research Building, a 234,000-square-foot, state-of-the art, collaborative research center that opened early this year.
The tower will feature specially treated glass that diffuses light and will create a glow unique in downtown Arlington. Similar glass and light treatments are expected to be featured in College Park Center.
Construction of the tower is scheduled for completion in August.
New campus facility planned for YWCA Arlington Child Development Center
The University plans to build a new home for the YWCA Arlington Child Development Center on a verdant, tree-lined site at 403 S. Davis Drive, at the northwest corner of the main campus.
The 8,000-square-foot childcare center replaces the provider’s 20-year-old building at 106 W. Sixth St. The new site is near UT Arlington’s new community garden and is considered more visible and accessible to visitors and potential clients.
Construction is expected to begin this fall following the design phase. The building is expected to be complete by August 2012.
The proposed lease agreement gives UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students priority use of the childcare center and allows the University to use the center as a learning laboratory for faculty and students.
Read more about the new child development center facility.
Campus sirens tested monthly
UT Arlington conducts the monthly test of its Outdoor Warning System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. 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 sirens are sometimes misrepresented as tornado sirens, however, the proper terminology for these sirens are outdoor warning sirens. The four situations in which UT Arlington would sound the outdoor warning sirens are:
For more information, visit the Emergency Management website.
MAC, PE Building set limited hours; group exercises available
Hours at the Maverick Activities Center and the Physical Education Building have changed for the summer intersession.
The buildings are open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday through June 3, except for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, when hours are 5-10 p.m. The MAC is closed Saturdays and Sundays through June 5. The pools will be closed through May 30 for renovation.
Group exercises, including step, pilates, yoga, cycle, and Latin fusion are available through June 3. See the schedule.
World No Tobacco Day event May 31
Learn more reasons to quit smoking at the World No Tobacco Day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Find out about dangerous new products leading to new trends in smoking. Check your lung capacity as well as your knowledge of smoking trivia. Read the list of toxins in cigars and cigarettes, and compare the display of healthy lungs with those of a smoker. Representatives of the North Texas Coalition Against Alcohol and Tobacco will be on hand. Sign up for the free Fresh Start From Tobacco classes.
Come for the free popcorn, lemonade, and prizes, too.
UT Arlington will become a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1 to foster a healthier community for students, employees, and visitors. Current University policy prohibits tobacco use in all campus buildings and facilities, including residence halls, apartments, and houses. Tobacco may not be used within 50 feet of building entrances or air intake vents of campus buildings. Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.
To learn more about how to quit tobacco use, contact Latoya Oduniyi at 817-272-2716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATM down at Central Library on Wednesday
The ATM at the Central Library will be out of commission Wednesday, May 25. Other ATMs located at the Maverick Activities Center, Davis Hall, and the E.H. Hereford University Center are available for transactions during this time.
Scholarships offered for Mind, Brain, and Education graduate students
Scholarships have been established for the two-year, 36-hour master’s degree program in Mind, Brain, and Education that begins this fall, thanks to the generosity of Steffen and Betsy Palko. Steffen Palko serves on the development board and is a member of the advisory council in the College of Education and Health Professions.
Five scholarships are available and will pay full tuition for the first year. Funding for the second year is available to scholarship recipients who maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5; complete a minimum of six hours during each fall, spring, and summer semesters; and prepare a successful student plan for their second year. This competitive scholarship would allow non-resident recipients to pay tuition at the in-state resident rate.
To qualify, a student must apply, gain admission, and enroll for the fall 2011 semester. Candidates may find applications and instructions for the scholarship online at the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 15.
For more information, call 817-272-0526 or email email@example.com.
Campus hosts Special Olympics for sixth year
More than 3,000 Special Olympics Texas athletes from across the state arrive on campus Thursday-Sunday, May 26-29, for the 2011 Summer Games. This is the sixth year for the event to be held at UT Arlington and surrounding community venues.
Competition will take place at Maverick Stadium, the Maverick Activities Center, the intramural fields, and the tennis center. A motor-skills training program and volunteer meals will be at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Special Olympics Texas is a privately funded nonprofit organization providing year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 36,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Texas.
Walkway closed during construction
The walkway connecting the Central Library with the Life Science Building and University Hall is closed for a water line upgrade. Construction should be completed by mid-June.
For more information, see Blazing Construction.
Swim programs available for adults, children
An adult swimming program and a learn-to-swim program for ages 4-18 are offered this summer through the Department of Kinesiology. The four two-week sessions begin Monday, June 6, at the UT Arlington outdoor pool. Mid-Cities Arlington Swimming provides the training.
Masters/triathletes training is available. For the schedule and more information, see marswim.org or call 817-925-0505.
Last drop date today for intersession
The last drop date for the summer intersession is at the close of business today, Tuesday, May 24.
All students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit in order to drop the course. Check the list of advising offices.
Registration continues for summer; classes start June 6
Registration timetables are online for summer terms. Late registration for the 11-week and the five-week sessions is Monday-Tuesday, June 6-7. The first summer session starts Monday, June 6.
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).
Prerequisite checking enforced
Prerequisite checking will be enforced in MyMav prior to the summer term. If you have either successfully completed the pre-requirement(s) or are currently enrolled in a course prerequisite, you will be able to register for the next-level course for summer or fall.
If you are enrolled for summer and do not successfully complete the prerequisite in the spring term, you will be dropped from the next-level course when spring grades are posted.
If you are enrolled for fall but not summer, prerequisite completion will be checked when summer grades are final in August.
Prerequisites not only include courses that must be taken in sequence, but also some restricted to class level, GPA, or concurrent enrollment. Check Class Details in the MyMav Class Search.
Questions regarding prerequisites should be directed to your academic adviser. A list of advising offices is online.
Wednesday, May 25
$2 Movie: The Dilemma Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star cast in this story of a man discovering that his best friend's wife is having an affair. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Tuesday, May 31
World No Tobacco Day Learn more reasons to quit smoking or dipping. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, Latoya Oduniyi, 817-272-2716, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery 76102 "Reconsidering Art History," a solo exhibit by Betsy Williamson ('06 BFA), who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Through May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 817-272-0365.
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 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.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, 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.)
Gray leads Maverick track contingent
UT Arlington is represented in 15 men’s and three women’s events at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Western Preliminaries at the University of Oregon Thursday-Saturday, May 26-28.
Senior Cordero Gray qualified in three events, including the 100- and 200-meter dash, and the 4x100-meter relay. His time of 10.12 in the 100 is third best among the participants in the west prelims.
Top finishers move on to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. Sophomore Romain Martin qualified for the national meet in the decathlon, ranking second in the nation in that event.
Read more about the Mavericks competing in the Western Preliminaries.
Gray won both the 100- and 200-meter events and Martin finished first in the decathlon as the men’s track team took third place at the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier this month in Natchitoches, La.
Gray set school and SLC meet records with a time of 10.12 in the 100 and tied for men's high-point scoring honors. Martin won the decathlon with 7,556 points, the most in the conference meet since 2002.
Junior Lindsey Putman won the women's 1500-meter event, but the Mavericks had to settle for fifth place in the women's division. Stephen F. Austin won both the men's and women's titles.
Entries for summer intramurals open Wednesday
Summer intramural entries open for softball, tennis, and racquetball Wednesday, May 25. Entries will be accepted through Wednesday, June 8.
For more information, see the summer intramural sports calendar.
• Golf—Finished 12th in NCAA Southwest Regional last weekend in Tucson, Ariz. Senior Zack Fischer was 34th in the individual standings. That finishes the season for the Southland Conference champion Mavericks, who are No. 67 in the GolfWeek.com national rankings.
• Tennis—Lost 4-0 to Baylor in the opening round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships on May 14. The Southland Conference champion Mavericks finished the year with a 20-5 record and were ranked No. 69 in the nation.
• Softball—Senior first baseman Rebecca Collom and freshman pitcher Callie Collins both earned first-team All-Southland Conference honors. Collins also was named conference Pitcher of the Year and second-team All-Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The Mavericks lost their first two games of the conference tournament after finishing tied for the second in the regular season.
• Baseball—Won two of three from regular season champion Texas State last weekend, but failed to qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament. The Mavericks finished ninth in the conference, and only the top eight teams advance to the tournament this week in San Marcos.