Finals are coming, but don't stress out
Stress therapists Chloe, Duke, Max, Michelle, Winston, and Ziva join UT Arlington's efforts to make finals as stress-free as possible.
These registered therapy dogs are available 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the research desk on the north end of the second floor of the Central Library.
Studies have shown that petting a friendly dog lowers blood pressure and stress-related hormones in the blood, slows the heart rate, aids breathing, and releases tension from muscles. These effects can be achieved after only five to 24 minutes of interaction with a cheerful pup.
Another study break is Late Night Breakfast 9:30-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 5-6. A full breakfast menu is offered at the Connection Café for only $3, and cash, credit, MavMoney, Dining Dollars, or the meal plan are accepted.
The Central Library will stay open 24 hours during the week. Student ID is needed to enter the library between midnight and 7 a.m. Check for other campus library hours.
Find study help at college-based clinics and labs, such as the Math Clinic and the Writing Center.
MavAlert Emergency Notification System test Wednesday; update your contact information
The monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Verify your emergency contact information at uta.edu/mymav.
The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.
To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu or log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.
During the Wednesday test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “Attention: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. Update your emergency contact information at uta.edu/mymav.”
The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also 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.
The next test will be Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Alma mater ornaments available
Add some Maverick blue and orange to your holiday decorations with ornaments from the UTA Bookstore.
The orange glass ball ornament is screen-printed with a finely detailed school graphic.
Handcrafted solid pewter is color-dipped blue with a matching cord and the mascot engraved on the front.
Both are $9.95.
Bookstore BuyBack events start Thursday
The UTA Bookstore brings its BuyBack events to you Thursday, Dec. 6-Wednesday, Dec. 12, at two locations on campus.
At the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center, bookstore reps will take textbooks 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Or try the spot near the pedestrian bridge to the south parking lot for convenience. That location's times are 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
ACES symposium now accepting abstract submissions
Abstracts are now being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The ACES symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that showcases the best of student research and creativity with cash prizes for winning oral presentations and posters. Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.
ACES 2013 is Wednesday, March 27, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. For details, email email@example.com or call 817-272-2315.
Take online feedback surveys by Wednesday
End-of-term Student Feedback Surveys are being conducted online for all organized sections designated as lecture, seminar, or lab.
Students will receive an email message inviting them to complete an online survey for each course in which they are enrolled. Access to this semester's surveys will end at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.
For more information, see Student Feedback Surveys.
Spend 'An Evening with Authors'
Faculty members Myrtle Bell, Robert Bing, Marvin Dulaney, Cedrick May, and Jason Shelton provide brief narratives of books they have written in An Evening with Authors at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the University Club at Davis Hall.
Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served at the free event.
For more information, contact Carter Bedford, special programs coordinator for the Center for African American Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landscape architecture program climbs in national rankings
The landscape architecture program in the School of Architecture moved up two spots to 13th in the nation for 2013, according to Design Intelligence. The program previously was ranked 15th in 2011.
Tied with UT Arlington for 13th were Auburn University, UT Austin, and the University of Washington. To be ranked, all schools must be accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accredited Board. UT Arlington received its fifth consecutive re-accreditation in 2011 with its next review scheduled for 2017.
The program is one of four accredited in Texas and one of 48 graduate programs in the nation. Read more about landscape architecture.
Engineering dean named to UT System task force
Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet was among those named to the Task Force on Engineering Education for Texas in the 21st Century last week.
UT System Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell and Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa announced the creation of the task force.
The task force's goal is to determine the current state of engineering degree programs in Texas, study current and future demand for engineers, and identify strategies for the Texas Legislature and higher education leaders that will foster student success in engineering while supporting economic growth across the state.
Read more about the engineering task force.
First Street closed
East First Street, from Mesquite Street to Center Street, will be closed for reconstruction through Saturday, Dec. 15.
Psychology survey seeks your feedback
Students employed for six months or more are eligible to participate in a corporate social responsibility survey.
The data collected will be used to determine which items are most appropriate for a corporate social responsibility scale. Upon completing the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes gift card.
For more information, contact Shannon Scielzo, assistant professor of psychology, at email@example.com.
Toy drive includes Planetarium discount
The Planetarium is collecting toys for Cook Children’s Medical Center. Help make the holidays a little brighter by donating a new, unwrapped toy. Starting Thursday, Dec. 6, bring donations to the Planetarium ticket booth in the Chemistry and Physics Building.
In return, receive a $2 discount on any adult ticket through Sunday, Dec. 30.
Need ideas on what to donate? See the Cook Children’s wish list.
Use Maverick discounts to save money
Watch your budget this holiday season by taking advantage of the Maverick Discount Program.
Students, faculty, staff, and parents can utilize the discounts by simply showing their Maverick ID to local business participants or by using a unique UT Arlington discount code to shop online. Participating businesses provide a minimum 10 percent discount.
MyEdu new aid for planning class schedule
MyEdu has partnered with UT Arlington to help you plan your schedule for the spring 2013 term. From the University College website, click on Plan My Schedule to get started.
Fall final exam schedule available
The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals are scheduled Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 6-12.
Spring registration is open; see your adviser now
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 check walk-in hours.
Order final transcript now
Print your own enrollment verification
Enrollment verification for the fall semester is available online. To print your verification, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Guest Artist Violin Recital Features Juliana Athayde, associate professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
Evening with Authors Faculty members Myrtle Bell, Robert Bing, Marvin Dulaney, Cedrick May, and Jason Shelton provide brief narratives of books they have written. Books available for purchase. Refreshments served. Free. 5 p.m., University Club, Davis Hall. Center for African American Studies.
Friday, Dec. 7
Happy Holidays Gift Market Meet artisans and collectors while visiting DIY craft tables and shopping. Noon-7 p.m., also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Maverick Activities Center.
BFA Exhibit Opening Reception Artists' reception and awards ceremony for the graduating seniors exhibiting their work in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.
Friends of the Library Holiday concert features the Texas Tradition Chorus. RSVP to 817-272-1413 or LibraryFriends@uta.edu. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.
Men's Basketball 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, vs. Houston Baptist; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, vs. New Mexico State; 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, vs. Denver. Tickets $3 with student ID. College Park Center. Athletics.
Commencement December and summer graduates. See schedule. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, College Park Center.
African Art Collection Includes works collected by Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, and his wife, Tanya Dowdey. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Room 2109, Visual Resources Commons, Fine Arts Building. Through Friday, Dec. 21. African Art Collection.
India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Jan. 5, 2013. Special Collections.
Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps and how they reflect and shaped the histories of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 9, 2013. Special Collections.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Women host UT Pan American tonight
Looking for its second win of the season, the women’s basketball team hosts UT Pan American at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 4, in College Park Center.
In the opener of a three-game road trip last week, the Mavericks picked up their first win of the season over Houston Baptist, but then lost at Nebraska-Omaha and Fresno State.
Men take two of three on the road
The men’s basketball team posted wins over North Texas and UT Pan American in the past week, while losing at UT Austin.
Next action for the Mavericks is Thursday, Dec. 13, when they host Houston Baptist in College Park Center.
Movin' Mavs notch tourney wins
The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team picked up wins over Houston and Austin before losing in overtime to the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks in a community tournament this past weekend.
The Movin’ Mavs return to action Jan. 11-13 with a tournament at Birmingham, Ala., and then will host a college division tournament Jan. 18-19 in College Park Center.