Show the folks Maverick Country during Parent and Family Weekend
Mom and Dad and the rest of the family can learn what it means to be a Maverick at Parent and Family Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23.
Activities include faculty spotlights, a fall festival with live music and a petting zoo, a glass blowing demonstration, a real-life game show, student performances, theater productions, Mavs volleyball, Movin’ Mavs basketball, and much more.
Everyone who attends will receive a free T-shirt, breakfast, and dinner, as well as the opportunity to participate in most of the scheduled activities at no extra cost.
UT Arlington students and children under 10 are free. All others are $30 per person. Online registration is available through Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The weekend is sponsored by the Parent and Family Center and the Division of Student Affairs.
MavAlert Emergency Notification System test Nov. 2; update your contact information
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 cell phone or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information. To ensure that your cell phone is registered, verify your contact information by signing in to MyMav.
During the test on Nov. 2, 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 Nov. 2.
Order Maverick rings, commencement gowns, announcements this week
The UT Arlington Bookstore is featuring the Maverick ring, commencement regalia, graduation frames, announcements, and invitations during Graduation Finale Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 18-20.
If you are an undergrad with 60 or more completed hours or a graduate student with 15 or more hours, it is time to order your official Maverick ring. A Balfour representative will be available 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 18, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 19-20, by the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Order that day to ensure you are part of the Official Ring Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Rings can be purchased any time by visiting the Alumni Association at 841 W. Mitchell St.
Doctoral candidates who are not certain if they will participate in the December ceremony need to place a tentative order for regalia by Friday, Oct. 21. They will not have to pay until they pick up the gown.
Distance Education students need to download and complete the Distance Education Graduation forms online on the UTA Bookstore website.
Emmitt Smith kicks off Maverick Speakers Series with 'A Championship Vision'
Football hall-of-famer Emmitt Smith launches the 2011-12 Maverick Speakers Series with "A Championship Vision" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Texas Hall.
Smith, the National Football League’s all-time leading rusher, amassed 18,355 yards during his 14 seasons, 12 of which were with the Dallas Cowboys. He was also the 2006 winner of the popular ABC television show, Dancing With the Stars.
Smith is majority partner and co-chairman of ESmith Legacy, Inc., a Dallas-based commercial real estate company focused on real estate solutions and services for general and minority marketing development.
Although tickets are sold out, guests without tickets will be seated as space permits. Arrive at Texas Hall by 6:30 p.m. and check in at the Guest Relations window.
See more about the Maverick Speakers Series.
OneBook speaker featured Wednesday
Susan M. Reverby of Wellesley College discusses bioethics and the Tuskegee syphilis study and medical experiments in Guatemala as part of this year's OneBook program. The free lecture is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Her lecture "Escaping Melodrama: Rethinking the Tuskegee and Guatemala Experiments" focuses on the OneBook theme of bioethics. This year's OneBook selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Dr. Reverby is the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College.
She has completed two books on the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study where hundreds of African-Americans were watched, but not treated, for syphilis by U.S. Public Health Service researchers for 40 years (1932-1972).
In January, Reverby published a groundbreaking study about medical experiments in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 where the U.S. Public Health Service injected hundreds of Guatemalan prisoners and soldiers with syphilis to test the effectiveness of penicillin. Her revelations led to a public apology by President Barack Obama to President Colom of Guatemala and to the creation of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
BNSF gift provides expansion for Goolsby Leadership Academy
A commitment from BNSF Railway's foundation will allow for expansion of the Goolsby Leadership Academy and thus enroll promising freshmen and sophomores to participate in the select College of Business program.
Fort Worth-based BNSF, a longtime supporter of the academy, has made a commitment of $300,000 toward the academy’s endowment. The funds are doubled through UT Arlington’s Maverick Match program, which uses natural gas royalties to leverage new endowed gifts.
The College of Business has committed an additional $300,000 in revenue generated by the University’s Executive MBA program in China for a total new endowment of $900,000.
The Goolsby Leadership Academy was established in 2003 as a leadership development program for highly qualified undergraduate business majors through an anonymous $2 million gift made in honor of Judy and John Goolsby (’64 BBA), retired president and chief executive officer of the Howard Hughes Corp.
Read more about the BNSF gift.
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, bounce houses, free snacks, pumpkin painting, and much more. The popular Dallas-area band, Incognito, will entertain with a variety of music spanning the decades.
Worried about missing the World Series game? An outdoor TV will keep you updated on all the action.
The annual festival coincides with Parent and Family Weekend and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. The festival and concert are free. For more information, see Parent and Family Weekend.
Law school info session set
Learn about getting into law school from representatives of the Texas Tech University law school and UT Arlington pre-law advisers. Students of all majors are invited.
An info session is noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, Room 104, University Hall. A questions and answer session is 1-2 p.m. in Room 334.
Flu vaccine comes to students
Avoid the flu this year with an immunization shot. Outreach clinics are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, on the Central Library mall and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
The vaccine is available 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m. at the Health Services Center. No appointment is needed.
For more details, go online to Health Services or call 817-272-2771.
Dining survey includes prize drawing
Dining Services needs your feedback for its fall DiningStyles Survey. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and responses are confidential.
At the end of the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing for one of four prizes: one $150 Ticketmaster gift card grand prize or one of three $50 VISA gift cards.
OIT schedules maintenance Sunday
The Office of Information Technology is performing routine system maintenance 2-7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. Systems may experience intermittent outages during that time.
Services that may be impacted are student drives and websites, departmental shared drives, departmental application servers, mailing lists, MavSpace, Sharepoint, Ad Astra, print servers, and web servers.
Don't lose your ID; secure your data
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.
Etiquette Dinner reservations due Monday
The Business Etiquette Dinner featuring guest speaker Mollie Ann Holt is at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Reservations must be made by Monday, Oct. 24, by calling Freddie Lopez at 214-537-5287. Seating is limited.
The event is sponsored by Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity and the Career Center. Ten percent of money collected will go to a battered women's shelter.
Alumni Association donates $2 million
In a show of support for the University, the independent UT Arlington Alumni Association has announced a major gift that will increase the University’s endowment by more than $2 million.
The gift means that $1 million previously held by the association for scholarship support will double in value through the University’s Maverick Match program, which uses natural gas royalties to encourage new endowment commitments and greater philanthropic support.
The association supports 31 individual scholarships, many of which are awarded to promising freshmen and sophomores with a goal of encouraging students to stay on track and earn their undergraduate degrees.
Read more about the Alumni Association endowment.
Display your work at GIS Day
Showcase your Geographic Information Systems research at GIS Day 2011 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.
GIS Day is a global event to educate millions of people about the variety of GIS uses.
Andrew Milson, professor of curriculum and instruction and geography, will speak on using GIS in secondary education. Participate in an ArchGIS hands-on workshop or try your hand at geocaching on the Central Library mall. See examples of spatial analysis and maps, and enjoy prizes, food, and a giant GIS Day cake.
Register online, or for more information, contact Joshua Been at 2-5826.
Liberal arts faculty honored with Smotherman awards
Five College of Liberal Arts faculty members will be honored Tuesday, Oct. 25, as recipients of the Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Awards for their recent work with students.
This year's honorees are David Silva, vice provost for academic affairs and professor of linguistics; Michael Varner, associate professor of music; Charla Markham Shaw, associate professor of communication; Andrew Clark, associate professor of communication; and Sasha Grant, assistant professor of communication.
The Smotherman Faculty Awards, established in 2007 by Thad and Alicia Smotherman, recognize faculty within the College of Liberal Arts whose expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create work of exceptional merit.
Read more about the Smotherman Faculty Awards.
Professor honored for research on college access and immigration
Ryan Gildersleeve, director of the Center for K-16 Education Policy and Research and an associate professor of education, has been recognized by the National Association for College Admission Counseling with the John B. Muir Editor Award for his research into college access and immigration issues.
“Educational opportunity is a fundamental concern of contemporary society,” Dr. Gildersleeve says. “It has implications for who gets to participate in democracy, how, and under what conditions.”
Read more about Gildersleeve's research.
Physics and engineering professors collaborate on collider detector
A time-of-flight detector designed by a research team led by physics Professor Andrew Brandt could one day significantly boost measurement capabilities at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Brandt recently received new U.S. Department of Energy funding for research and development on the project. He has worked on the new proton sub-detector since 2006 as a member of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. His goal is to construct the fastest detector ever deployed at a particle accelerator, with 10 picosecond—trillionths of a second—time resolution.
Co-principal investigators on the project are Ronald Carter and W. Alan Davis, electrical engineering professor and associate professor, respectively.
Read more about UT Arlington's work with the Large Hadron Collider.
Midterm progress report grades available
Midterm grades may already be available in your MyMav Student Center. Instructors are required to enter progress report grades for many students by Thursday, Oct. 20, and you can see grades as soon as they are entered.
Check your UT Arlington email account to see if you are in the group to receive progress reports, then check your grades in your MyMav Student Center.
If you are not making the progress you expected, you are strongly encouraged to work with your academic adviser to identify resources and a plan for success.
Registration starts Oct. 24 for winter intersession and spring
Registration for winter intersession and spring terms starts Monday, Oct. 24. Check the registration timetable for your priority registration date.
To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your MyMav and click on Student Center, then Holds and Details. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department service indicator (hold).
A list of advising offices is online. Call ahead to schedule an appointment or to find walk-in hours.
Last day to drop is 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 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.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Wednesday, Oct. 19
$2 Movie: Corpse Bride A shy groom practices his wedding vows and a deceased young woman rises from the grave assuming he has married her. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Commuter Appreciation Breakfast Have a free breakfast as part of Purple Ribbon Day in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m., University Center mall. Off Campus Mavericks, Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program.
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 20-23
The Mousetrap A blinding snowstorm traps a group of eccentric travelers in a boarding house outside London in the Agatha Christie mystery. $7. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 817-272-2669.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Astronomy Day Telescope viewing, presentations, a free movie, and kid prices for shows. 2-10 p.m. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Fall Festival and Concert Free. 7 p.m. University Center mall. Parent and Family Center, 817-272-2128.
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 Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Movin' Mavs host Dallas on Saturday
The Movin’ Mavs open the basketball season against the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Maverick Activities Center.
Next week, the Movin’ Mavs host a tournament Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29, featuring teams from the University of Alabama and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Volleyballers return home Saturday
Trying to halt a four-match losing skid, the volleyball Mavericks play at Texas State on Wednesday, Oct. 19, before returning home to face Northwestern State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Texas Hall.
The Mavericks are 3-5 in Southland Conference play following losses to Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin last week.
Home games for the volleyball team are broadcast on UTARadio.com and Time Warner Channel 99.
Golfers tied for 10th after Lone Star first round
The UT Arlington golf team was tied for 10th in the 15-team field after Sunday’s first round in the Lone Star Invite at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio.
Senior Jamey Taylor was tied for 17th in the individual standings after shooting a one-under-par 71. The tournament concludes today.
Cross country teams 21st at Chile Pepper Festival
Both the men’s and women’s teams finished 21st in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival at Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday as 32 teams competed in the men’s field and 35 in the women’s division.
The next competition for the cross country teams is at the Southland Conference Meet in Nacogdoches on Monday, Oct. 31.