Gifts totaling $1.75 million provide boost for College Park Center
The families of two distinguished business leaders have committed $1.75 million in new gifts in support of the 7,000-seat College Park Center, the events venue set to open on campus early next year.
Alan Petsche ('80 BBA) and his wife, Bonnie Smith Petsche ('86 BBA), both alumni of the College of Business, have committed $1 million to College Park Center. The University will honor the couple by naming the new basketball court Petsche Court. The couple’s commitment is the second-largest gift in support of the $78 million events center.
The Moritz family, of the Moritz Dealerships, has committed $750,000 to College Park Center. The family’s gift will be recognized with Moritz Plaza, a grand space at the northwest corner of South Pecan and East Second streets that will serve as the main entrance to College Park Center. Moritz Plaza will connect the events center and the mixed-use retail and residential development spanning three blocks to the north.
Maverick Speakers Series tickets on sale Oct. 3
Tickets for the first lecture of the Maverick Speakers Series, featuring Emmitt Smith, will be available at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 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, reserved seating near the stage, and front-of-the-line access to book signings (participating speakers only).
For more information, call the Texas Hall box office at 817-272-9595 or see the Maverick Speakers Series website.
Photojournalist presents view of Ciudad Juarez
Dominic Bracco II discusses documenting the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the border region where he was raised in his talk "The Lost Generation: Globalization, Youth Culture, and Violence in Ciudad Juarez" at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.
His lecture is part of a series on "The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border" tied to the photo exhibit "Life and Death in the Northern Pass" in the library's sixth floor parlor.
Bracco ('08 BA), a distinguished photojournalist and former photographer for The Shorthorn, documented the horrors of Mexico's drug war through images of violence and its aftermath, grieving families, and tender scenes of day-to-day urban life.
Chris Conway, exhibit coordinator and an associate professor of modern languages, calls Bracco's work astonishingly brave and illuminating photojournalism.
"Dominic is reporting from the front lines of a devastating war at our doorstep, and his work can help us understand its impact on Mexico and the United States," says Dr. Conway, who was one of Bracco's professors.
Bracco's lecture is part of the annual Festival of Ideas, which was founded in 2005 by Mustaque Ahmed ('81).
Laptop-friendly spaces arrive with ribbon cutting Wednesday
Join in the ribbon cutting as the Office of Information Technology celebrates nine new laptop-friendly spaces around campus to accommodate evolving computer trends.
The celebration is 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, in Room 340 in the Business Building.
The wireless spaces have charging stations. To access a printer, download print drivers at the OIT web page.
Find the laptop-friendly spaces on campus.
Volunteers needed for health events
Volunteers are needed for presentations on breast cancer awareness 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Arlington Hall mall, and prescription drug awareness 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Health Services at 817-272-2771.
Flu vaccine now available
Avoid the flu this year with an immunization shot at the Health Services 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 in October.
For more details, go online to Health Services or call 817-272-2771.
Read a banned book this week
Check out a banned book and participate in the virtual read-out for Banned Books Week through Friday, Sept. 30. The read-out is at the Central Library.
Need some suggestions? See the display at the Central Library or the Banned Books Week slideshow showing the Maverick librarians reading their favorite banned books.
Choose from three locations for Alternative Spring Break
Enjoy a different kind of spring break by volunteering with three helpful organizations. 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.
Applications are available in Room B140 of the E.H. Hereford University Center and are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.
Look for more information on the Student Activities website.
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 by Tuesday, Oct. 4, with EXCEL Campus Activities.
Endowed distinguished professorship will attract physics optics innovator
An endowed distinguished professorship will honor Fort Worth physicist and businessman Richard N. Claytor while strengthening the University’s cutting edge optics-related research.
The professorship will be funded by a $500,000 endowment recently established through a philanthropic gift from Nelson E. Claytor, Richard Claytor’s son.
Nelson Claytor and Fresnel Technologies committed $250,000 to create the distinguished professorship in the Physics Department. That sum will be matched by the Maverick Match program, which leverages the University’s natural gas royalties to encourage philanthropy and bolster the University's endowment.
Read more about the Richard N. Claytor endowment.
Jillian Smith social work professorship established
The School of Social Work Advisory Council has created a $250,000 endowed professorship focused on issues of family violence in honor of Jillian Smith (’09 BA), an Arlington police officer killed in the line of duty last year.
Advisory council members committed $125,000 to create the Jillian Michele Smith Professorship in Family Violence Research, believed to be the first endowment of its kind from a University advisory group. That sum has doubled through the Maverick Match program, which pairs natural gas royalties with new endowment commitments to encourage philanthropic gifts.
Social Work Professor Beverly Black, who joined the University in 2008, has been named the professorship’s first recipient. Dr. Black is director of the doctoral social work program and has focused her research on sexual assault, adolescent dating violence, prevention programming, and domestic violence.
Read more about the professorship.
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 and 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.
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Wednesday, Sept. 28
$2 Movie: The 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. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Thursday, Sept. 29
Volleyball Mavericks vs. McNeese State. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Wind Symphony Concert Features faculty guest soloists Martha Walvoord, violin; David Grogan, baritone; and Soo Hong Kim, soprano. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, email@example.com, 817-272-3471.
Friday, Sept. 30-Saturday, Oct. 1
Saturday, Oct. 1
Volleyball Mavericks vs. Lamar. Free with student ID. 2 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Monday, Oct. 3
Tuesday, Oct. 4
UTA Celebrates National Night Out Join in the 28th Annual National Night Out event for free food and crime prevention information. Learn about free women's self-defense classes, emergency situation information, bicycle patrols, escort services, and more. Free. 6-8 p.m., University Center mall. UT Arlington Police, 817-272-3904.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
$2 Movie: Gremlins A boy inadvertantly 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.
Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The fall Levitt Pavilion Arlington series concludes this weekend with concerts Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 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 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.
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.)
Yakauleu wins consolation tennis title at Baylor
After dropping his first match in the round of 64, junior Yauheni Yakauleu came back to win his next six singles matches and captured the Baylor Invitational men’s tennis consolation championship Sunday in Waco.
Participants from 16 schools competed in the tournament.
Volleyballers split conference matches
UT Arlington opened Southland Conference volleyball play with a victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday, but lost to UT San Antonio on Saturday.
The Mavericks host McNeese State at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, and Lamar at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Both matches are at Texas Hall.
Bees cut Waterchase golf tournament short
Bees won the final round of the UTA/Waterchase Invitational last Tuesday at the Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth when the insects invaded the course.
The Maverick golf team finished tied for third when the final round was canceled because of the infestation. Scores reverted to Monday's completed rounds as juniors Paul McConnell and Hunter Brown led the Mavericks with even-par scores of 144.
The golfers are competing at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in Notre Dame, Ind., this week. The tournament concludes today.
Intramural entries due for ultimate frisbee, badminton
Intramural entries are due Wednesday, Sept. 28, for the ultimate frisbee tournament, and Sunday, Oct. 2, for badminton competition. An adapted badminton wheelchair division is available upon advance request by contacting Doug Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other intramural events coming up include indoor soccer and volleyball.
For more information, see intramural sports.
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 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.