Register for annual Bed Races
Register now to compete in the 31st annual Bed Races. Teams must apply by noon today, Tuesday, Oct. 4, with EXCEL Campus Activities.
With a Flintstones theme, the bed races push off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Maverick Stadium. Late entries will be accepted until 3 p.m. Thursday, but a late fee will be charged.
Student teams push beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes at the University’s longest-running tradition. Other activities that night include music, dancing, games, giveaways, and a halftime competition. Admission is free for spectators.
Engineers Without Borders director to speak
Cathy Leslie, executive director of Engineers Without Borders USA, discusses "EWB-USA's Commitment to Equity, Economy, and Ecology" at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 4, as part of the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series in Room 100 at Nedderman Hall.
Leslie is a licensed civil engineer in Colorado with more than 20 years experience in the design and management of civil engineering projects. In 2008 she became executive director of Engineers Without Borders–USA.
A former Peace Corps volunteer, she has worked in corporate engineering or nonprofit international development creating solutions for engineering projects that meet both client and environmental needs.
A reception starts at 5 p.m. in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. RSVP for the reception and lecture.
Campus police host National Night Out
Learn how campus police keep you safe and how you can help them during National Night Out 6-8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 4, on the University Center mall.
“This is an excellent way for faculty, staff, and students to become more familiar with the officers who work on campus and their duties and to ask questions and view police equipment,” Officer Ron Cook says.
National Night Out kicks off the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign, encouraging people to contact police if they suspect a criminal activity.
“Folks often seem hesitant to call the police. They don’t want to bother anyone,” Cook says. “But to decrease crime, our community needs to keep our officers informed of any suspicious activity. And suspicious activity is what you think it is.”
Instructors for the Rape Aggression Defense, or RAD, self-defense program and bicycle patrol officers will be on hand. Look for information on crime prevention, security escort services, and the police watch tower, and enjoy free food.
Texas observes National Night Out in October when temperatures are cooler than August, when the rest of the nation celebrates the event.
Tickets available to hear Emmitt Smith
Tickets for the first lecture of the Maverick Speakers Series, featuring Emmitt Smith, are available through utatickets.com.
Smith, the National Football League's all-time leading rusher, appears at Texas Hall on Thursday, Oct. 20.
Free general admission tickets will be available, as will a new $25 preferred package while supplies last. The package includes reserved parking, reserved entrance to avoid long lines, and reserved seating near the stage.
For more information, call the Texas Hall box office at 817-272-9595 or see the Maverick Speakers Series website.
Watch volleyball, get free food, T-shirts at Student Appreciation Night
Come out to watch the Maverick volleyball team take on Texas State and enjoy Student Appreciation Night on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Enter the raffle for your chance to win $10,000 courtesy of the UTA Bookstore. There will be free food and T-shirts as the match begins at 7:30 p.m. at Texas Hall.
Sponsored by Athletics, Student Affairs, Student Governance and Organizations, and Apartment and Residence Life. For more information, contact Student Affairs at 817-272-6080.
Dancing with Mavericks takes on Carnaval atmosphere
Dance the night away at a Carnaval street jam for the new format of Dancing with Mavericks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, on the University Center mall.
Enter to play new games with prizes for individuals and teams. Stop by interactive booths, learn new salsa steps, and enjoy giveaways. Compete in the costume contest. Don't miss the thrilling closing finale featuring carnaval queens, stilt walkers, and dancers.
Teams can register online until noon Friday, Oct. 7.
Multicultural Affairs sponsors the Hispanic Heritage Month event. Rain site is court 133 of the Maverick Activities Center.
Flu vaccine available at Health Center
Avoid the flu this year with an immunization shot at the Health Center. The vaccine is available 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m. at the center. No appointment is needed. Outreach clinics will be available later this month.
For more details, go online to Health Services or call 817-272-2771.
Gradfest '11 provides grad school info
Learn about graduate school at GradFest '11, a free, one-day event for anyone considering graduate and professional school, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.
A graduate and professional school fair and other events are in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge and features graduate school information from UT Arlington and 42 other colleges. A roundtable discussion on admissions, funding, career services, and veterans affairs is 11-11:45 a.m. in the San Saba and Palo Pinto rooms. Alumni and current grad students form discussion panels on opportunities and experiences noon-1:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. in the Red River Room.
Take a practice GRE or GMAT for free 2-5 p.m. in University Hall and the Business Building. A faculty/graduate student mixer is 5-7 p.m. in the University Club at Davis Hall.
The Office of Graduate Studies hosts the event. Find more information and register at GradFest '11.
Maversity workshop looks at 'Texas/Oklahoma' language
The diverse linguistic landscape of Texas and Oklahoma is the topic of the Maversity workshop 12:30-1:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Guadalupe Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Colleen Fitzgerald, chair of the Department of Linguistics and TESOL, discusses the region's language influence from y'all and fixin' to to Spanish-English code switching and Oklahoma's 39 indigenous languages.
Maversity is a multicultural leadership development program hosted by Multicultural Affairs and open to all students. These interactive workshops provide a safe space to probe hot topics like gender, race, stereotypes, prejudice, privilege, personal identity, socio-economic class, and social justice issues.
The program is free but limited to 25 participants. For details, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-272-2099.
Wear pink, get in step for breast cancer awareness
Pink is the color for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and for an info fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, on the Arlington Hall mall. Rain site is the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services sponsors the event.
Stay in one place for the Pink Ribbon Run during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every mile logged on the pink Cybex treadmills at the Maverick Activities Center in October results in 10 cents donated by Cybex to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Mileage by each participant will be displayed, and giveaways are planned. For more information, see Campus Recreation.
Fifth Annual Fall Festival and Concert is family friendly and free
Bring the family to the Fifth Annual Fall Festival and Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, on the University Center mall.
The event is family friendly and includes a petting zoo, pony rides, caricatures, bounce houses, wax hands, magicians, jugglers, pumpkin painting, live music, games, a photo booth, and many more fun activities.
The annual festival coincides with Parent and Family Weekend and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. There is no cost to attend or participate in the festival or concert.
For more information, see Parent and Family Weekend.
Alternative Spring Break registration due by Friday
Sign up by Friday, Oct. 7, for one of the three Alternative Spring Breaks. Applications are available in Room B140 of the E.H. Hereford University Center and are due by 4 p.m.
The 2012 Alternative Spring Break sites are:
Atlanta—Essential2Life works with tutoring for at-risk elementary kids, the Salvation Army, shelters, food banks, and more.
New Orleans—Katrina's Kids works with inner city children in Head Start programs who were affected or born after Hurricane Katrina.
Perryville, Ark.—Heifer International works with animals and organic farming that are the primary sources of food and resources for Third World countries.
Look for more information on the Student Activities website.
Get cyber security information
For National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Information Security Office will share details of cyber safety on Wednesdays in October in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Learn how to protect your identity, defend your computer against malware, and secure your data.
Also look on ISO's Facebook page for information on how you could win a Wii on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
McNair Scholars Program recruitment under way this month
The McNair Scholars Program is looking for sophomores, juniors, and seniors for future graduate study leading to the Ph.D. and a life of research and teaching. Recruitment is through Nov. 4.
Qualifications include being a first-generation college student from a low-income household or an African-American, Hispanic, or Native American. Participants must have a GPA of at least 2.9 and U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
The program is open to all fields with special emphasis on math, science, and engineering.
McNair offers one summer of faculty-mentored research with a stipend, a summer scholarship related to research hours, GRE prep, informative seminars, guidance with graduate school application, and the opportunity to attend conferences and visit graduate programs.
Applications are available in Room 202 of Ransom Hall, at McNair Scholars Program online, and may be requested at 817-272-3715.
An open house is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the McNair office.
Get fit with boot camp training
Get in shape with a boot camp format that incorporates cardiovascular and strength training. Fitness assessments are performed at the beginning and end of the six-week program to gauge each person's strength and speed improvement.
Register by Sunday, Oct. 9. The class meets 6:15-7:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 11-Nov. 17, in Room 102B of the Maverick Activities Center. Cost is $30.
For more details, contact Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.
Routine warning system test Wednesday
UT Arlington conducts the monthly test of its Outdoor Warning System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. 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.
UT Arlington, UNT libraries partner to place historic maps online
More than 5,000 historically significant and rare maps will be available online through a cooperative project between UT Arlington and the University of North Texas libraries.
Many maps from UT Arlington’s Cartographic History Library will be placed on the Portal to Texas History site for the new “Mapping the Southwest” project.
The project is funded by a three-year, $314,688 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and will provide online access to many of the maps, which are part of the UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections. The maps date from as early as 1665 to 1907.
The maps that will be digitized by the UNT Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit and placed on the portal particularly emphasize the Gulf Coast and the region of the Greater Southwest.
Read more about the Mapping the Southwest project.
Diversity Lecture Series features executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates
Mauricio Claver-Carone, a former U.S. Treasury Department attorney adviser, discusses U.S.-Cuba policy in the Diversity Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Carlisle Suite at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Claver-Carone is the executive director of Cuba Democracy Advocates, a non-partisan organization that promotes human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Cuba.
He is co-founder and director of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC (Political Action Committee), the largest single foreign-policy political committee and the largest Hispanic political committee in history.
Prior to his work in government, he served as a faculty member of The Catholic University of America's School of Law and at The George Washington University's National Law Center. Poder magazine has recognized him as one of the 20 leaders under 40.
The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Sponsors are Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, and College Town UTA.
Lopez selected for national physicist award
The American Physical Society has selected physics Professor Ramon Lopez as the 2012 winner of the Edward A. Bouchet Award. The national award recognizes a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research.
Dr. Lopez specializes in space physics and is a co-investigator and the co-director for diversity for the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling, a science and technology center funded by the National Science Foundation. He is co-director of UT Arlington’s UTeach program, a highly successful effort to attract science majors to teaching careers.
As part of the award, he will speak to students, faculty, and administrators at three academic institutions where his visit would significantly impact minority students.
Bookstore hosting Graduation Finale Oct. 17-20
The UT Arlington Bookstore is featuring the Maverick ring, commencement regalia, graduation frames, announcements, and invitations during Graduation Finale in October.
Jostens and the Alumni Association will both be on site 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 17-18, and 3-7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 19-20.
Advertising class needs survey participants
Advertising students in ADVT 4301 are conducting a survey on cars for a class project. Help out by taking the survey online.
Advising for spring 2012 term under way
Advising for the spring 2012 term has begun. The MyMav portal is your gateway to the schedule of classes and the registration timetable for the spring term. Priority registration opens Monday, Oct. 24.
Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering. A list of advising offices is online. Call to schedule an appointment or learn when walk-in hours are available.
Progress reports available as soon as entered
When your instructor enters progress report grades, you will receive an email through your student account.
Progress report grades for freshmen are being posted now. Midterm grades will be added through October. You can see the grades as soon as they are entered, so check your MyMav Student Center often.
Final deadlines near for December graduation
Late applications for December graduation will be accepted from undergraduates through Friday, Oct. 7, and from graduate students through Wednesday, Oct. 12. Additional fees and procedures may apply. Read more about undergraduate graduation and graduate student graduation requirements.
Depending on the publishing deadlines, late-applying students may not have their name included in the Commencement program.
Early advising to begin for winter intersession, spring
Students can meet with their academic advisers to discuss registration for winter intersession and spring terms.
Check with your major department’s advising office to schedule an appointment or find walk-in hours. A list of advising offices is online.
Registration for winter intersession and spring begins Monday, Oct. 24.
Tuesday, Oct. 4
National Night Out Join in the 28th Annual National Night Out event for free food and crime prevention information. Free. 6-8 p.m., University Center mall. UT Arlington Police, 817-272-3904.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
$2 Movie: Gremlins A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Student Appreciation Night with free food and T-shirts. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Thursday, Oct. 6
Guest Jazz Recital Features vibraphonist Dave Hagedorn, artist-in-residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Friday, Oct. 7
Guest Piano Recital Luis Sanchez from Texas A&M-Commerce performs works of Liszt, Chopin, and Mussorgsky. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Saturday, Oct. 8
Guest Saxophone Recital Features Rhonda Taylor of New Mexico State University. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Sunday, Oct. 9
Faculty Violin Recital Features Martha Walvoord of the music faculty. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Tuesday, Oct. 11
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.
Wednesday, Oct. 12
$2 Movie: The Addams Family Con artists plan to fleece the eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long lost Uncle Fester. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Dancing with Mavericks Carnaval Get ready to dance the night away at a Carnaval street festival for Hispanic Heritage Month. Free. 6:30 p.m., University Center mall. Rain site is court 133, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs.
Silver: 25th Anniversary Exhibition A group show of 25 artists who have shown works from The Gallery at UTA's 1986 beginning as the Center for Research in Contemporary Art to the present. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 15. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-5658.
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 look at how artists interpreted the land and peoples 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. Special Collections, 817-272-3393.
Planetarium Join two children on a magical journey through the solar system in Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. 1 p.m., Saturdays. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
McConnell wins Fighting Irish title
Junior Paul McConnell held onto the lead in the final round of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind., to win by one stroke last week.
McConnell finished at even-par 210 for the three rounds as the Mavericks tied for third in the team scoring.
Next tournament for the Mavericks is at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9, in Macon, Ga.
Volleyball wins two, hosts Texas State for Student Appreciation Night
Looking for its third straight win, the Maverick volleyball team hosts Texas State in a Southland Conference match at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Texas Hall. It is Student Appreciation Night with free food and T-shirts.
The Mavericks downed McNeese State and Lamar last week to improve their SLC record to 3-1. They are tied with Texas State for second place in the West Division.
Intramural entries due for indoor soccer
Intramural entries for indoor soccer are due Wednesday, Oct. 5, as matches begin Sunday, Oct. 9. Volleyball entries are due Wednesday, Oct. 12, with matches starting Monday, Oct. 17.
For more information, see intramural sports.