Islamic art and culture forum focuses on contribution to American music
The bebop and cool jazz of American music will be explored when the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Architecture welcome back Hussein Rashid, adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University. This discussion, “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Music,” is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.
Dr. Rashid, who spoke at the University last year about Islamic influence on popular music, dance architecture, and literature, will explore Islamic impact on the musical and meditative traditions from such greats as John Coltrane to hip-hop’s Mos Def.
“Dr. Rashid is able to reach experts and novices alike and sustain their interest,” says Melia Belli, assistant professor of Asian art history in the Department of Art and Art History. “His work is important for many reasons. For one thing, due to the misrepresentation of Islam in the American media and entertainment, most Americans have a very misinformed, negative view of the faith. He reminds us that the Muslim representation in the U.S. is significant and contributes much.”
Read more about Rashid's discussion.
Neil Foley, author of 'Quest for Equality,' to lecture in CMAS series April 18
Author Neil Foley will discuss recurring themes from his book when he delivers the Center for Mexican American Studies Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, April 18.
In his latest book, Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity, Dr. Foley examines the issues and tensions that plagued Mexican Americans and African Americans in their efforts to end employment discrimination and school segregation during the 1940-50s.
His lecture, “Black and Brown in the Southwest: Historical Roots of Inter-ethnic Conflict and Cooperation,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 300 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Foley is a professor of history and American studies at UT Austin. This fall he will join Southern Methodist University as the Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Chair of History.
Read more about the CMAS lecture.
Gift brings millions in scientific equipment for Shimadzu Center
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments industry, is establishing the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at UT Arlington through an in-kind gift valued at nearly $3 million.
The new center, located in the Chemistry and Physics Building, will be a home for scientific exploration and will contain $6 million worth of state-of-the-art chromatography, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopy equipment.
Read more about the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry.
Spring 'UT Arlington Magazine' now available online
Gaming gets serious in the spring 2012 issue of UTArlington Magazine. Read about professors who are using video games to train nurses, battle substance abuse, and treat children with cerebral palsy.
You’ll also find stories on three bioengineering professors whose research shows promise in combating cancer and on historic Brazos House, where numerous married couples began their courtships as students. Watch videos about the opening of College Park Center, the making of the Maverick Wranglers, and the last basketball game at Texas Hall.
UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and is distributed to about 140,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University. Send your comments and story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare topic in engineering speaker series
William Rouse, professor of industrial and systems engineering and executive director of the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech, discusses "Understanding and Managing the Complexity of Healthcare" in the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.
Dr. Rouse has more than 30 years experience in research, education, management, marketing, and engineering related to individual and organizational performance, decision support systems, and information systems.
In his lecture, he presents four model-based case studies on the complexity of healthcare delivery, the affordability of healthcare, impacts of price controls on providers, and multi-level modeling of health delivery enterprises.
Preceding the lecture is a reception at 5 p.m. in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the public.
Outstanding students needed as peer educators for fall 2012
The University College Learning Center is hiring peer educators for fall 2012. Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses, with at least a 3.0 GPA, and have completed at least one semester of coursework at UT Arlington.
All students must have earned an A or B in the course for which they are applying.
Vote for UT Arlington in 'Where Art Meets The River' competition
Vote for the Maverick art team competing in the Trinity River Vision Authority's outdoor public art contest, Where Art Meets The River.
Artist teams from UT Arlington and Tarrant County College's Trinity River, South, and Northeast campuses created large, vibrant polyurea sculptures that will float on the Trinity River. Polyurea is an environmentally sensitive green medium with an appearance similar to fiberglass.
UT Arlington's team includes Ben Brown, Aaron Gabriel, Braydon Gold, Christine Hoang, Michael Hunter, Sarabeth May, Ruben Melendez, and Gary Vernon. Darryl Lauster and Mark Mueller are coordinators.
The larger-than-life 8x8x12-feet floating sculptures will be on display at Main Street Arts Festival, Mayfest, and other community events.
Prizes go to a public favorite as well as a judges’ choice.
Vote American Idol-style through text, Facebook, and Twitter. Voting for the community choice award will begin on the first day of the Main Street Arts Festival April 19-22 and continue until the end of Mayfest. The winner will be announced May 5 at Mayfest.
Join discussion on alcohol abuse
The fifth annual North Texas Health Forum invites UT Arlington students to discuss community alcohol abuse problems with other North Texas-area college students. The forum is 1-2 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the UNT Health Science Center, 1000 Montgomery St., Fort Worth.
Alexander Wagenaar leads the discussion. He is professor of health outcomes and policy at the University of Florida College of Medicine, associate director of the public health law research program at Temple University, and assistant editor of the journal Addiction.
Other sessions cover intervention and Texas initiatives. All sessions are free. Registration is required as seating is limited.
Students join local businesses for economic development event
Graduate students from the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the School of Architecture are partnering to create a unique economic development opportunity in the heart of downtown Arlington. Downtown Front and Center is a temporary “better block” and park installation inspired by previous projects in Oak Cliff and downtown Dallas.
Front Street between Center and Mesquite streets will be transformed into a vibrant streetscape, and the adjacent vacant city-owned lot will become a park for one day, Saturday, April 28. Local businesses, organizations, and artists are being asked to promote their work.
Students are encouraged to take a short survey for the purpose of informing local businesses and political leaders about their needs and desires.
Apply for Multicultural Affairs staff for 2012-13
Gain valuable leadership skills while helping to celebrate diversity. Multicultural Affairs seeks students for paid and volunteer positions for the 2012-13 academic year. Positions include graphic designer and Multicultural Mavericks, the chairs and coordinators for events and programs. Both work study and non-work study students can apply. Appointments begin this summer. Details are at uta.edu/multicultural.
King of the Courts to help local shelter
UTA Volunteers hosts the first King of the Courts: Ballin' for a Cause basketball tournament Monday-Wednesday, April 16-18, at the Maverick Activities Center.
Teams from four brackets compete for the ultimate title of king or queen of the court and various prizes.
Registration for the charity event is $25 per team of 5-7 players. Register at UTA Volunteers. Proceeds benefit the Arlington Life Shelter.
Mavs Book Club meets Friday
The Children's Book by Antonia Susan Byatt is the April selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at noon Friday, April 13, in the University Club at Davis Hall.
The story is about a children's book author who discovers a runaway in the basement of a museum and takes him into the storybook world of her family and friends.
The club meets the second Friday of every month. For more information, contact Diane Shepelwich at email@example.com.
Register for Oozeball today
Get ready to sling some mud this spring, but register your team first. Oozeball registration continues through Tuesday, April 24. Register by today, Tuesday, April 10 to guarantee T-shirt sizes.
Oozeball is a friendly and sloppy competition of volleyball on dirt courts turned into muddy swamps from thousands of gallons of water. Teams of five or six members, including at least two females, battle it out to be the last team standing.
The 22nd annual event starts at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27 at the corner of Summit Avenue and West Fourth Street, just south of Greek Row.
The tournament benefits the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship. Call 817-272-2594 for more details.
Oozeball is sponsored by the Alumni Association and Campus Recreation.
Take survey on behavior, alcohol, drugs
Students are encouraged to take the University AOD (alcohol and other drugs) survey, which is issued every two years in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Grant.
Use the code 18363 to start the survey, which asks questions about attitudes and behaviors regarding alcohol and other drugs and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey is available throughout the month of April.
For more information, contact Health Services.
Register by Wednesday for The Big Event
Registration is still open for The Big Event, a day of community service set for Saturday, April 21.
Choose from The Big Event project list for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including a few that are both. This year, more than 1,200 opportunities are available at 47 sites. Registration has been extended through Wednesday, April 11.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-272-2963 for more information or for special accommodations. For relay calls, dial 1-800-RELAYTX.
Walk in Mini-Relay for Life on Wednesday
This year's Mini-Relay for Life walk is set for 10 a.m-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. The mini-walk starts at the Health Services Center.
Participants can walk alone or with a team, and can make luminaries that will line the mall in front of Health Services. Donations collected will benefit the American Cancer Society. Health Services and the American Cancer Society will have information and registration packets for the Arlington Relay for Life, April 21-22, at the mini-walk.
For more information, contact Health Services at 817-272-2771.
Bowling benefits Cook Children's
Put your love for bowling, or at least having a good time for a good cause, to work at Bowling for Education, a fundraiser hosted by Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society.
Teams of five to six players receive two games of bowling, two pizzas, shirts, and a chance to win prizes. Cost is $60 per team. Register by today, Tuesday, April 10.
The bowling balls roll Sunday, April 15, at Bowling and Billiards in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Proceeds benefit the school at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.
Health care resource allocation, end-of-life care examined
Robert L. Fine, clinical director of the Office of Clinical Ethics, Palliative Care for the Baylor Health Care System, will discuss the allocation of health resources at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.
His presentation will address stewardship and rationing as well as how we would like to see end-of-life care for our grandparents, our parents, and ourselves.
Dr. Fine served as the primary author of the State of Texas Advance Directive Law. He is also a faculty member at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
The program is sponsored by Freshmen Leaders on Campus.
Submit your entry for National Poetry Month
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the departments of Modern Languages and English are holding a reading for original work.
To be considered for inclusion in the reading at noon Wednesday, April 18, in Room 108 at University Hall, submit your work to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12.
Hear faculty and staff read their favorite poems at noon Wednesday, April 11, also in Room 108 at University Hall.
Registration continues for summer and fall terms
To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at MyMav and click on Student Center. You will see a section on the right titled Holds. Click the details link for specific hold information. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department service indicator (hold). Your registration dates can be found under Enrollment Dates on the right side of your Student Center.
A list of academic advising offices is online.
Apply now for next year's financial aid; complete the FAFSA for grants, loans
Students applying for financial aid for the summer and fall 2012, and spring 2013 terms should complete the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA will help UT Arlington determine your eligibility for traditional financial aid programs.
Students and their parents who have already filed their 2011 federal income tax returns may use the IRS Data Retrieval function available online through FAFSA. The tax returns must have been filed with the IRS electronically two weeks before they are available through the IRS Data Retrieval process.
The U.S. Department of Education selects a certain number of applications for a verification process. This means UT Arlington will be required to collect some additional information to compare to the data reported on the FAFSA. These documents will include the 2012-13 Verification Worksheet. If the IRS Data Retrieval process was not used during the initial application process, UT Arlington will need to collect copies of the 2011 IRS tax transcripts for students and parents, if parent information was used to complete the FAFSA.
Signed photocopies of federal tax returns are no longer acceptable for documentation. This is a change from prior years.
Tuesday, April 10
Music Honors Recital Performances by music students and faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Wednesday, April 11
$2 Movie: Footloose Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m., also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Planetarium.
Guest Artist Trombone Recital Features Martin McCain of Texas State University. He is a founding member of the award-winning jazz trombone ensemble, JazzBonez. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Thursday, April 12
Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Lamar. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.
Mavs Got Talent A night full of free laughter and the best of UT Arlington student talent, featuring comic-emcee Kimberly Clark. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Friday, April 13
Opening Reception: MFA Exhibition Artists' reception with the five Master of Fine Arts candidates presenting their degree culminating exhibition. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.
Softball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Free with student ID. 6 p.m.; also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14; Allen Saxe Field. Athletics.
Saturday, April 14-Sunday, April 15
Tennis Men vs. Air Force, 11 a.m. Saturday. Women vs. Sam Houston, 11 a.m. Saturday. Women vs. Stephen F. Austin, 11 a.m. Sunday. Free. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.
Monday, April 16
Voice Division Recital Features UT Arlington vocal students. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Features percussion performers and ensembles from the Music Department. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Tuesday, April 17
Clavier Series Piano Recital Features UT Arlington piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Wednesday, April 18
$2 Movie: The Three Musketeers Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Planetarium.
Earth Day: Celebrating People and Planet Visit with environmental vendors, recycle printer cartridges and e-waste, and see a Nissan Leaf electric car. Lunch $1. Free herb plants while supplies last. Campus Sustainability.
Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.
India Unveiled A collection of 35 images by photographer and author Robert Arnett. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
Planetarium We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Women's tennis on hot streak
Winning four of five matches over the past two weeks, the women's tennis team heads into the final weekend of Southland Conference play as they host Sam Houston State on Saturday, April 14, and Stephen F. Austin on Sunday, April 15. Both matches begin at 11 a.m. at the UTA Tennis Center.
Last week the Mavericks beat perennial power Southern Methodist University 4-3 before improving their SLC record to 7-2 with a 6-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana. On Monday, the Mavericks lost to North Texas 5-2.
"SMU is a great tennis program, which has been ranked in the top 20 for the last few years," coach Diego Benitez says. "This win gives us great confidence, which will come in handy in the upcoming conference matches."
Baseball on the road this week
After winning two of three from Nicholls State last weekend, the baseball team plays at Texas A&M today, Tuesday, April 10, and at TCU Wednesday, April 11, before going to UT San Antonio for a three-game Southland Conference series Friday through Sunday.
The Mavericks are 8-7 in the SLC and 20-12 overall as they rallied late to win the first two games over Nicholls on Thursday and Friday before dropping the third game Saturday.
Tracksters perform well at Northwestern
The men's team won four events and the women one at the Northwestern State Invitational Track and Field meet Friday at Natchitoches, La.
For the men, Jeff Rodriguez won the pole vault, Kemarki Absalom took the high jump, Anthony Hilliman was first in the 800 meters, and Hance Loyd won the 3000-meter steeplechase. On the women's side, Ashly Wright took home the title in the 800 meters.
The Mavericks compete in the Texas Invitational at Austin on Saturday, April 14.
Men's tennis gets SLC wins; hosts Lamar
After posting Southland Conference wins at UT San Antonio and UT Pan American, the men's tennis team hosts Lamar in another SLC match at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12, before taking on Air Force at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14.
The pair of victories evened the Mavericks' conference record at 2-2.
Softball swept by McNeese State
McNeese State swept two games from the softball team 4-0 and 3-2 at Lake Charles, La., last weekend.
The Mavericks, now 2-6 in the Southland Conference, hope to rebound when they host Northwestern State for games at 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Allan Saxe Field.
Golfers 10th in Ole Miss BancorpSouth Intercollegiate
Paul McConnell tied for 20th as the golf team finished 10th in the rain-shortened Ole Miss BancorpSouth Intercollegiate last week in Madison, Miss.
The Mavericks are 12th after the first day in the All-American Intercollegiate at The Woodlands, Texas. The tournament concludes today.
Wheelchair football intramural entries due Wednesday
Intramural entries for wheelchair football are due by 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Maverick Activities Center. Play begins at 7 p.m. that night in the MAC indoor soccer gym.
Entries for badminton doubles are due Sunday, April 15.