Dan Dipert lends name to new welcome center
A new University welcome center that will greet prospective students, their families, and visitors will be named for an icon in the North Texas travel industry.
Dan Dipert, chief executive officer of Arlington-based Dan Dipert Travel & Transportation Ltd., and his wife, Linda, have committed $400,000 toward construction of the University’s first, free-standing visitors center. The 7,000-square-foot, high-tech center will open in summer 2012 at South Center and East Second streets in the College Park District, UT Arlington’s new residential and retail development that includes the world-class College Park Center.
The Dan Dipert University Welcome Center will feature a 40-seat, circular theater with retractable glass walls that can be closed for special events or opened for presentations. It will have a 360-degree imaging board for electronic displays as well as state-of-the-art electronic displays and exhibits. Other amenities include a coffee bar, tour guide stations, and a shared courtyard with the adjacent Tom J. Vandergriff Hall, a residential hall for students.
Read more about the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center.
MavAlert Emergency Notification System test Wednesday; update contact info
To ensure timely communications in the event of an emergency, UT Arlington plans a system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.
The MavAlert system is designed to rapidly notify students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency. The multi-tiered communications system sends emergency notifications via registered email addresses, telephone numbers, and mobile devices when an urgent situation arises.
To receive a MavAlert text message notification, you must add your cellphone or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information. To ensure that your cellphone is registered, verify your contact information by signing in to MyMav.
During the test on Wednesday, students, faculty, and staff will receive the following message via the email addresses, phone numbers, and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “TEST: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. In an actual emergency, you would be instructed as to what actions to take. Thank you.”
Since this is the first Wednesday of the month, a routine test of the Outdoor Warning System also will occur at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.
Help make the MavAlert system test a success by confirming and updating your information prior to Wednesday.
Islamic art expert discusses royal symbols Thursday
Michael Barry, lecturer in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, shares the significance of royal symbols at the Islamic Art and Culture Forum, hosted by the Department of Art and Art History.
The forum begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Barry will discuss the importance of crowns, scepters, and thrones guarded by twin heraldic beasts, such as lions and dragons, across several time periods.
A recognized expert in Islamic art, Barry recently conceived the reorganization of the New York Metropolitan Museum’s Galleries of Islamic Art, which is scheduled to reopen this fall.
The Islamic Art and Culture Forum is presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas.
Register by Friday for Civil Rights Conference
UT Arlington hosts a Department of Justice Civil Rights Conference focused on the landmark 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
The conference is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event is geared toward law enforcement professionals, but is open to the public. Seating is limited. Register online by Friday, Nov. 4.
The agenda features an address by Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C.
The event is a “unique opportunity for both practitioners and academics to come together and discuss different aspects of the civil rights issue in a unique academic setting,” says Alex del Carmen, chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Read more about the DOJ Civil Rights Conference.
Discover science this week
Science Week continues this week with an organization fair where students can discover how to mix education and socialization. The fair is 6-8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Chemistry and Physics Building lobby. A free Planetarium show will follow.
Programs Wednesday, Nov. 2, include a panel discussion by alumni and faculty on medicine and ethics, a physics colloquium and faculty expo, and a Focus on Faculty presentation.
See more details on Science Week events.
Ben & Jerry tickets on sale for Maverick Speakers Series
Tickets to see the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., in the second installment of the Maverick Speakers Series, are on sale at utatickets.com.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked about and least conventional success stories in American business. They built a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by harnessing the power of social responsibility and creative management.
Their presentation "Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy" is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Texas Hall.
Free general admission tickets are available, as well as a $25 preferred package while supplies last. The package includes reserved parking, reserved entrance to avoid long lines, reserved seating near the stage, and front-of-the-line access to book signings (participating speakers only).
For more information, see Maverick Speakers Series.
Auditions open for UTA Choirs
Auditions for the UTA University Singers and A Cappella Choir are noon-1 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 7 and 14. Non-music majors are welcome. To schedule an audition, contact Karen Kenaston-French at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see uta.edu/music/vocalarts.
Language, film, mascots highlights of Native American History Month
Discover efforts to save endangered languages, film portrayals, and mascot images during Native American History Month in November.
Endangered Languages Week, which runs through Friday, Nov. 4, features the plight of languages in danger of extinction from nearby Oklahoma to the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean. Enter to win a T-shirt designed by a Chickasaw artist, or attend a screening of The Linguists followed by a panel discussion. The week is hosted by the Department of Linguistics and TESOL.
Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond will screen his film Reel Injun at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 101 of College Hall. The film is illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of native people in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors, and film historians.
A discussion on American Indian images as mascots is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 101 of College Hall. Peggy Larney, a distinguished native elder, leads the discussion. The free program is open to the public.
Sponsors include the Native American Student Association, Honors College, Department of Linguistics, Multicultural Affairs, and the Division of Student Affairs.
Represent UT Arlington at higher education boards
Student Congress is looking for applicants for student representatives to the UT System Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. These positions voice the student perspective on major issues concerning higher education.
Applications are online and are due by Friday, Nov. 4, to the Student Congress office in Room B150 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. For more information, email email@example.com or call 817-272-0556.
Asian Heritage Month features performances, extreme challenge
Jump into Asian Heritage Month with the second annual One Night in Asia at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Cultural dances, fashion shows, and talent are part of the free evening.
Register to compete in the popular Most Awesome Extreme Challenge. This unique competitive event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Sign up by noon Monday, Nov. 7.
"Thoughts of Now and Then" is an open forum to discuss Asian traditions and identity at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.
The Silk Road comes to life at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom, with interactive booths hosted by student organizations. Enjoy local performers who highlight Asian music, dance, and culture.
Check the calendar for Asian Heritage Month, which is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs.
Energy safety topic of Focus on Faculty
Alternate energy sources are the topic for physics Professor Asok Ray at the next Focus on Faculty presentation. Dr. Ray speaks at noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.
UT Arlington's supercomputing facilities and the Texas Advanced Computing Center at Austin conduct simulations on the behavior of uranium, plutonium, and other radioactive materials concerning safe storage or disposal of hazardous radioactive materials. These studies focus on the atomic-level surface interactions and hopefully will guide the decision makers to dispose of dangerous unwanted materials with greater knowledge and safety.
The program is free and open to all. Read more about Focus on Faculty.
Business psychologist Dale Thompson talks leadership Thursday
Management psychologist Dale Thompson brings his message of "Leadership Worth Following" to campus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center. The free lecture is sponsored by the Goolsby Leadership Academy.
Dr. Thompson is founder and CEO of Leadership Worth Following, an organizational leadership development consulting firm. His nearly 30 years of business, consulting, and leadership experience have focused on helping individual leaders, groups, teams, and organizations address critical talent-related issues including top leadership selection, development, team effectiveness, and creating sustainable leadership systems. His clients have included Boeing, Mattel, Texas Instruments, Wal-Mart, Neiman-Marcus, PetSmart, and Valero Energy.
Thompson is a licensed psychologist and a past president of the Society of Psychologists in Management. He is a founding member of the Goolsby Leadership Academy advisory board.
Holiday Extravaganza arrives Nov. 12
Crafts, cookie decorating, and Santa Claus are among the presents at the annual Holiday Extravaganza hosted by Freshmen Leaders On Campus.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to bring their children to the family-friendly event 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Photographers' lectures looks at border issues
Two renowned photographers share their experiences on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the lecture series “The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border."
Shaul Schwarz, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, discusses his experience documenting years of drug-related violence in Mexico in "The Making of Narco Culture" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Room 108 of University Hall. His work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and Paris Match.
David Taylor lectures on “Working the Line: Physical, Social and Political Topography of the U.S.-Mexico Border” at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building. A professor in photography at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Taylor recently completed commissioned artwork installed in the U.S. border patrol station in Van Horn, Texas, and the federal courthouse in Las Cruces.
Schwarz's appearance is sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies. Taylor's lecture is hosted by the Department of Art and Art History.
LunaFest film festival looks at women's issues by female filmmakers
The Women’s and Gender Studies program will host LunaFest, a national touring film festival dedicated to raising awareness of women’s issues and highlighting female filmmakers.
The festival, sponsored by Luna nutrition bars, features nine short films and opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Maverick Activities Center’s Lone Star Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students, who must show ID at the door, and may be purchased online at www.lunafest.org/arlington. Tickets are $10 for everyone at the door.
Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund and the UT Arlington Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Flu vaccine comes to students
Avoid the flu this year with an immunization shot at Health Services. The vaccine is available 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m. at the center. No appointment is needed.
Can’t make it to Health Services? Get a flu shot at one of the outreach locations:
Wednesday, November 2
For more details, go online to Health Services or call 817-272-2771.
Saturday event to educate about domestic violence
“Breaking Silence: A Stage for the Courageous” features a benefit concert, a silent auction, and an art exhibit to educate participants about domestic violence and demonstrate the techniques available to prevent it Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
The art exhibit "You Call This Love" opens at 5:30 p.m., followed by a fajita dinner and concessions at 6 p.m.
The 8 p.m. concert features Vocal Trash, Arielle Nicole, and JC All Stars. The event is hosted by the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Tickets are available at utatickets.com.
The event benefits SOS at Zac’s Ridge, a local non-profit organization.
Last day to drop a class is Friday, Nov. 4
The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. After this date, students may not drop a course except with special permission. All students must meet with their academic advisor 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.
Grade exclusion site closes Friday, Nov. 4
All grade exclusion requests for the fall semester must be submitted by the last day to drop a course, which is Friday, Nov. 4.
Open registration starts Monday, Nov. 7
View the registration timetable for priority registration dates for the winter intersession and spring term. Open registration begins Monday, Nov. 7, when all new and returning students will be able to register. Register early. The schedules of classes are online.
To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at MyMav and click on Student Center, then Holds and Details. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department services indicator, or hold. Check the list of academic advising offices.
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Wednesday, Nov. 2
$2 Movie: Captain America - The First Avenger After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into a superhero. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Thursday, Nov. 3
Islamic Art and Culture Forum: Royal Symbols Michael Barry, lecturer in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, shares the significance of royal symbols including crowns, scepters, and thrones guarded by twin heraldic beasts. Free. 6-7 p.m., auditorium, Architecture Building. Provost's Office, College of Liberal Arts.
One Night in Asia Cultural dances and fashion and talent shows for Asian Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.
Friday, Nov. 4
Iphigenia in Tauris A Greek tragedy by Euripides performed by the Leonidas Loizides Theatrical Group. Tickets $15 with student ID; $25 general public. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Honors College, Theatre Arts, Hellenic Student Association.
Faculty Bassoon Recital Scott Pool of the music faculty performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Breaking Silence: A Stage for the Courageous A benefit concert, silent auction, dinner, and art exhibit to educate about domestic violence. Tickets $20-$60. 5:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity.
Faculty Biennial XIII A showcase for recent work created by the Department of Art and Art History faculty. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Nov. 19. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
Searching from Memory Photography exhibit features artists Caleb Dulock and Jessica Fuentes. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.
Life and Death in the Northern Pass Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections More than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints of the southwest and west. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Jan. 14. UT Arlington Library, 817-272-3393.
Planetarium Nanocam: A Trip into Biodiversity explores life-forms invisible to the human eye that contribute to understanding the world. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Movin' Mavs beat defending champs twice
The Movin’ Mavs defeated defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater twice in the Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament last weekend after losing an opening game to Alabama.
Junior Jorge Sanchez scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds and six assists in Saturday night’s 64-60 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater. This was the final Movin’ Mavs game at Texas Hall; the team plays in College Park Center next year.
Next tournament for the Movin’ Mavs is Dec. 2-3 at the University of Missouri.
Jean Driscoll to speak at Anderson Sport Performance Lecture on Wednesday
Jean Driscoll, associate director of development for the College of Applied Health Science at the University of Illinois, discusses “The Ghana Athlete Project” for the 31st Anderson Sport Performance Lecture at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.
Driscoll is an author, award-winning athlete, and advocate worldwide for persons with disabilities. She has won the Boston Marathon eight times and won silver medals in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Sports Illustrated for Women magazine recognized her as one of the top 25 female athletes of the 20th century.
Volleyball closes home schedule with win
Senior Tara Frantz’s 22 kills led UT Arlington to a 3-1 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the final volleyball match at Texas Hall on Saturday.
The Mavericks, who move to College Park Center next season, also defeated Sam Houston State 3-1 on Thursday and have won three straight.
Coach Diane Seymour’s squad has four matches on the road before the Southland Conference Tournament Nov. 18-20 in Conway, Ark.
Intramural poker entries due next week
Entries for the intramural poker tournament are due Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Maverick Activities Center.
Entries for 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball are due Tuesday, Nov. 15, and table tennis singles and doubles entries are due Wednesday, Nov. 16.