Job Fair Wednesday matches students, alumni with employers
A great resume and polished interview skills don't happen by chance, and that's why Career Month brings workshops to help students and alumni do their best at the fall Job Fair.
Career Month wraps up with the fall Job Fair Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Maverick Activities Center.
Even if you are pursuing a field that might not be represented at the Job Fair, the experience of speaking with professionals can be invaluable. More than 120 employers are registered.
Find a complete list of employers attending the Job Fair as well as a calendar of events on the Career Center website.
New Inquiry magazine examines health, aging, and national security
Learn about researchers unlocking clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ—the brain—in the 2011 issue of Inquiry, UT Arlington’s research magazine, which is now online.
Read how Alexa Smith-Osborne from the School of Social Work and Hanli Liu in the Bioengineering Department are exploring better treatment for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other issues that hamper cognition.
You’ll also find stories on a bioengineering research team creating innovative tissue engineering techniques and the School of Architecture’s new Center for Metropolitan Density exploring ways to make the most of our growing region’s space.
Look for other articles about research into cancer, aging, health, national security, and putting theory into practice.
Retention rate helps boost enrollment to fall record high of 33,449
Fall enrollment has hit another record high with 33,449 students and gains in the academic profile of the freshman class and in student retention.
About 27 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen entering the University from high school ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, preliminary Census Date reports show. Seventy percent ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class. The average SAT for the group was 1080, up from 1077 the previous fall.
Retention rates also continue to rise, an indicator of a university focused on helping students achieve their undergraduate degrees. Of last year’s freshman class, 74 percent returned for their sophomore year, up from about 61 percent five years ago.
President James D. Spaniolo says the sustained enrollment growth demonstrates UT Arlington’s expanding reputation as a first-class, comprehensive research university.
“All our indicators, from applications and admissions to the numbers of students continuing to pursue their degrees, are climbing,” he says. “It’s clear that The University of Texas at Arlington increasingly is seen as an attractive place to be.”
Read more about enrollment.
Dance extravaganza highlights Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month continues this week with Celebrando la Vida: Celebrating Life at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
The dance extravaganza features the internationally renowned Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company, which provides cultural and educational insight into the rich heritage of Mexican and Latin American culture. The show encompasses centuries of traditions that have evolved from European, Asian, Indian, and American influences.
The People’s Voices includes the Tejano Voices Collection by Jose Angel Guiterrez, professor of political science. The program is at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26, in the Carlisle Suite of the University Center.
Gather a team for the fifth annual Dancing with Mavericks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, on the University Center mall. Register a team by noon Thursday, Oct. 6. In case of rain, the dance moves to Court 133 at the Maverick Activities Center.
Hispanic Heritage Month is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Workshop series designed for student veterans
University College offers the Student Veterans’ Workshop Series, a new program specially designed to meet the unique needs of student veterans.
The workshops build on academic success and confronting transitional challenges. Sessions are presented by a fellow student veteran with assistance from faculty and staff. The workshops are free, and no registration is needed.
Time management is the first program on Wednesday, Sept. 21. All workshops are noon-1 p.m. in Room 330 of Science Hall unless otherwise specified.
For questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teams needed for annual Cyclethon for World Heart Day
Get ready to ride at the annual Cyclethon for World Heart Day on Monday, Sept. 26, at the Maverick Activities Center. Together with your teammates, you must keep your team's bike pedaling from noon to midnight.
Whether your team has five or 20 members, just make sure someone is riding the entire 12 hours. If your team completes the task, everyone will receive a World Heart Day T-shirt.
Cost is $25 per team with all money donated to the American Heart Association.
Don’t have a team? Sign up as a free agent.
Register at the MAC Membership Services Desk. Make check payable to American Heart Association.
For more information, contact Lindsay Lookingbill at 817-272-3277 or email@example.com.
Register now for 31st Annual Bed Races
Think yabba-dabba-do when signing up for the 31st annual Bed Races. The Flintstones cartoon classic is the theme for this year’s race at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Maverick Stadium.
Student teams push beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes at the University’s longest-running tradition. Other fun that night includes music, dancing, games, giveaways, and a halftime competition.
Teams must register in advance by Tuesday, Oct. 4, with EXCEL Campus Activities.
Car added to sustainability fleet
The Office of Sustainability has added one more car to the Car Sharing Program collaboration with Hertz. Go to Connect By Hertz to rent one of the cars on campus. They are located in lot 47 near Kalpana Chawla Hall.
UTeach Arlington building on program's successful first year
After its initial year exceeded all expectations, the UTeach Arlington program is beginning its second year with another surge in enrollment.
The program is UT Arlington’s version of a highly successful science and math teacher preparation program that originated at UT Austin. New students total 128 this semester, along with returning students who are now sophomores.
This increase in enrollment follows the program’s first-year success when 90 students signed up for the initial semester, a record for UTeach replication programs.
“We’re proud to have set the record for first-semester recruiting for a UTeach replication site, and we look forward to breaking more records in the future,” says Greg Hale, UTeach Arlington co-director and assistant dean in the College of Science.
Read more about UTeach Arlington.
College Park Center schedules spring 2012 high school commencements
High schools in Arlington, Fort Worth, and Grapevine-Colleyville have signed on to stage spring 2012 commencement exercises in College Park Center, which is scheduled to be completed in December.
The $78 million, 7,000-seat center is the focal point of the College Park District, a 20-acre development that also will include 25,000 square feet of street-level retail space, student housing, green space, and 1,800 parking spaces in garages.
“Our vision is for College Park Center to become a destination point for people from Arlington and surrounding communities, including Fort Worth and Dallas,” says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. “We look forward to seeing thousands of North Texas students receive their diplomas and celebrate with family and friends."
Read more about College Park Center and high school commencements.
Biology researchers find evolutionary clues through roundworm offspring
A roundworm with a mix of male, female, and hermaphrodite offspring is offering researchers at UT Arlington a look at a species in transition from one mode of reproduction to another.
Andre Pires da Silva, assistant professor of biology, and his research team examined influences on the reproductive activity of the Rhabditis, a nematode worm about 1 millimeter long. They found that the worm’s reproductive characteristics changed depending on environmental factors such as the availability of cholesterol.
The results, published in Current Biology, could shed light on the complex mating systems of parasitic roundworms, some of which infect humans, livestock, and plants. More knowledge about roundworm reproduction could lead to better methods of preventing and fighting infection.
Read more about roundworm offspring yielding evolutionary clues.
University College to open late one day each month for planning
University College offices will open late one Monday each month during the fall semester for planning and meetings. The next closure is Monday, Sept. 26.
Offices will be closed until 1 p.m. During this time, offices will not schedule appointments or see students.
Future fall semester closure dates are Oct. 31, Nov. 28, and Dec. 19.
Heritage month committees seek volunteers
Students who join a heritage month planning committee with Multicultural Affairs have a chance to win a Blaze bobblehead. Upcoming meetings in the E.H. Hereford University Center are:
Seventh annual UT Metroplex Day comes to campus in February
UT Arlington will host the seventh annual UT Metroplex Day, an event that highlights research opportunities at UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The day is set for Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.
The event's goal is to present science conducted at the three UT System institutions in North Texas and to encourage collaborations.
UT Metroplex Day is open to all faculty, post doctoral fellows, students, scientific staff, and trainees at the sponsoring universities.
Keynote speaker is Sean Mackey, chief of the Pain Management Division and associate professor in the Department of Anesthesia, Neurosciences, and Neurology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He will discuss “Opening Windows to the Brain: Lessons Learned from Neuroimaging of Pain.”
Faculty members and selected graduate students will speak and present their winning posters. Event and registration information is being finalized.
For more information, contact Pedro Cortes at 817-272-1046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chemistry professor awarded participation grant
Kayunta Johnson-Winters, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded $199,988 from the National Science Foundation’s Research Initiation Grant for Broadening Participation program, which aims to propel more under-represented minorities toward future federal funding for science research.
She will study an essential enzyme found in Mycobacteria tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. Dr. Johnson-Winters joined the University’s College of Science in 2010.
Register for Parent and Family Weekend
Mom and Dad and the rest of the family can learn what it means to be a Maverick at the 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.
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.
Students who graduated in summer or will graduate this fall who want to be included in the printed souvenir Commencement booklet must set or change their privacy settings by Saturday, Oct. 1. Follow instructions on Inclusion in the Commencement Booklet.
Early advising to begin for winter intersession, spring
Beginning Monday, Oct. 3, 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.
Success Series offers workshops to all students
University College's Success Series covers a variety of topics for all students. This month topics are moving away from home, note-taking skills, campus safety and awareness, getting connected on campus, student organizations and campus involvement, and being the first college student in the family.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
$2 Movie: Thor A powerful but arrogant warrior's reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Life The Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company performs. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicutural Affairs.
Thursday, Sept. 22
Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Southland Conference opener. Free with student ID. 7 p.m. Texas Hall, Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Volleyball Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio in Southland Conference match. Free with student ID. 2 p.m. Texas Hall, Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Sunday, Sept. 25
UTA Jazz Orchestra at Levitt Pavilion Performing with Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin. Free. 7:30 p.m. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.
Monday, Sept. 26
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Wednesday, Sept. 28
$2 Movie: Wizard of Oz Classic 1939 tale of Dorthy's journey to the Emerald City. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.
Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The fall Levitt Pavilion Arlington concert series includes the UTA Jazz Orchestra performing Sunday, Sept. 25. Concerts through Saturday, Oct. 1. Free. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.
Broken Sugar Exhibit An exhibition of 22 mixed-media sculpture and two-dimensional works by Melba Northum. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through Friday, Sept. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.
Natural Perceptions Marilyn Jolly, associate professor of art and art history, has work featured in Natural Perceptions, an exhibit at the University of Dallas. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Through Sunday, Oct. 2. Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas.
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 Passage Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Volleyballers open conference play Thursday
After winning two of three and finishing second at the UT Arlington Invitational last weekend, the Maverick volleyball team begins Southland Conference play this week as it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, and UT San Antonio at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Both matches are in Texas Hall.
The Mavericks defeated Louisiana-Lafayette and Prairie View A&M before falling to Texas Tech in the UT Arlington Invitational. Seniors Emily Shearin and Amanda Aguilera were named to the All-Tournament team.
Cross country teams finish third at Baylor
Both the women’s and men’s cross country teams placed third at the Baylor Invitational in Waco on Saturday.
Sophomore Emily Koenig led the women's team with a fourth-place finish for the second straight week. Sophomore Maria Sandstroem, a transfer from Sweden, placed 10th.
For the men, sophomore David Rayo was the top performer, finishing 20th.
Next action for the cross country teams is Friday, Sept. 30, at the Grass Roots Invitational in Austin.
Golfers lead Waterchase meet
The Maverick golf team is in first place after the opening round of the UTA/Waterchase Invitational at the Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth on Monday. The tournament concludes today.
Last week the Mavericks finished fourth in their first tournament of the season at the Shocker Invitational in Wichita, Kan. Junior Paul McConnell tied for eighth at even par 213.
Intramural entries due for softball, billiards
Intramural entries for softball teams and for the billiards tournament are due Wednesday, Sept. 21. An adapted billiards wheelchair division is available upon advanced request by contacting Doug Garner at email@example.com.
Other intramural events coming up include the ultimate frisbee tournament, badminton, and indoor soccer.
For more information, see intramural sports.
Free food, T-shirts at Student Appreciation Night
Come on 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 free 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.