Commencement ceremonies begin Friday at College Park Center
Fall Commencement ceremonies for graduating students are Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, at College Park Center. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to uta.edu/commencement.
Friday, Dec. 14 - College of Nursing, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 - College of Business 10 a.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 2 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16 - School of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Social Work, and University College, noon; College of Science and School of Architecture, 3:30 p.m.; College of Engineering, 7 p.m.
Finals continue through Wednesday
Study time hasn't stopped for many students who are taking final exams through Wednesday, Dec. 12.
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.
University will monitor weather
Texas weather in December can drop below freezing one night and hit the upper 70s the next day. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will classes continue?
The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all students, faculty, and staff should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.
There are numerous ways for faculty, staff, and students to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in TrailBlazer EXTRA (students) and MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff).
Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
Maverick mentoring is In Reach
The In Reach Maverick Mentor Program is seeking students starting their college career.
The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.
First-year students can apply at uta.edu/diversity.
For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planetarium to include 3-D
The Planetarium at UT Arlington is making changes that will give patrons an even better picture of the galaxy and beyond, including the opportunity to experience 3-D features.
A new Digistar 5 projection system will be installed this month and will be used for shows beginning in 2013. The planetarium, which is part of the College of Science, is the only North Texas facility with the new software.
Read more about the Planetarium and Digistar 5.
Bookstore BuyBack events continue
The UTA Bookstore brings its BuyBack events to you through 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.
Mavs Book Club to see movie, discuss book
The Mavs Book Club will see the movie Life of Pi in 3-D at UA Eastchase Market 9 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and then discuss the movie and the book, written by Yann Martel, at the monthly meeting at noon Friday, Dec. 14, at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Arlington.
In the spring, the club will select readings from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.
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.
First Street closed
East First Street, from Mesquite Street to Center Street, will be closed for reconstruction through Saturday, Dec. 15.
Railroad crossings closed in January
Railroad crossings between Division and Abram streets at Bowen, Davis, Cooper, Center, Mesquite, and Collins will all be closed at the same time Jan. 16-24, 2013.
Available north-south routes within the city limits are Green Oaks, Fielder, West, Stadium, and Texas Highway 360. West Street starts behind the E.H. Hereford University Center and runs north through downtown Arlington, connecting to Division. Fielder is west of campus.
Union Pacific is improving tracks through Arlington. See the track renewal video.
Group exercise classes offered during winter break
Classes are available during the winter break in cycle, group strength, kickboxing, pilates, ultimate conditioning, yoga, and zumba at the Maverick Activities Center.
Classes will meet through Friday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 2-Friday, Jan. 11.
See the group exercise schedule or call 817-272-3277 for more details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Help fill the SAC food, toy drive
Bring non-perishable items to the Staff Advisory Council food and toy drive through Friday, Dec. 14.
Drop-off boxes are in Davis Hall, the Central Library, E.H. Hereford University Center, University Hall, the Health Center, the Social Work Complex, Maverick Activities Center, and Arlington Regional Data Center.
The drives benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank and the Arlington Life Shelter.
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 exams end Dec. 12; final grades posted Dec. 19
Winter Intersession classes start Dec. 17
There is still time to register for winter intersession. Classes meet Monday, Dec. 17-Friday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 2-Wednesday, Jan. 9. Finals are Jan. 10. To select classes, click on the Additional Search Criteria in the Schedule of Classes and select winter intersession under the Session drop down menu.
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.
Meningitis vaccination documentation required
Texas requires students in their first semester at UT Arlington and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 30 years old to submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis or evidence of an exemption. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be dropped from courses.
New and returning students under 30 years old who plan to enroll in the spring 2013 term must submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis as soon as possible to avoid being dropped. The vaccination must have been received within the last five years and no later than the last business day before the first class day of the session at UT Arlington. Limited exemptions are specified in state law.
Magnus Health SMR will collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. You will receive your Magnus Health SMR username and password via your UT Arlington email address. When you log in to your Magnus Health SMR account, you will be able to submit your proof of vaccination.
For procedural information on how to be compliant at UT Arlington, visit the meningitis requirement website.
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.
Thursday, Dec. 13
Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Boys & Girls Club Night. Free Santa hats and candy canes to first 50 fans. 7 p.m. Also, 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.
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16
Commencement December and summer graduates. See schedule. College Park Center.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Oklahoma State. Blaze's Kids Club Night, all members receive a UT Arlington bag. Free Santa hats and candy canes to first 50 fans. Jet Blaq will perform at halftime. Tickets $3 with student ID. 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, College Park Center. Athletics.
BFA Exhibition Recent work created by 60 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Through Saturday, Dec. 15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.
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.)
Mav men host Houston Baptist, toy drive
Returning to action after a 10-day layoff, the men’s basketball team hosts Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at College Park Center.
At Thursday's game, bring a new, unwrapped toy to U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program and receive a free ticket for each toy donated.
The second home game of the season for the Mavericks, who are 4-2, is followed by four of their next five at College Park Center. The Mavs are tied for second in the nation in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 34 percent shooting.
Jordan Reves leads the team in scoring (10.3), rebounding (11.0), and blocked shots (2.2). The balanced attack has seen five different players lead the team in scoring in the first six games.
Women return to action next week
Seeking to improve on a 1-7 record, the women’s basketball team gets back in action at North Texas at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.
The Mavericks lost a 59-57 decision to UT Pan American in their latest outing last Tuesday. Following the game at North Texas, the Mavs host Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.
Malaika Green leads the team in scoring with 8.4 points per game, while Aron Garcia is the top rebounder with 6.6 per game.