A Celebration of Service recognizes veterans Wednesday
Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks ('71 BBA) is the keynote speaker for Veterans Day: A Celebration of Service 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, also will provide remarks. The program begins at 4 p.m.
Students, faculty, and staff who have veteran or active military status will be recognized for their dedication and service. The event, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center, includes a flag ceremony, presentations, music, refreshments, and more.
Franks retired from active duty in 2003 as the commander of the United States Central Command. He was the general leading the attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001. He also led the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein.
The celebration is sponsored by the Office of the President.
MavAlert Emergency Notification System test Wednesday; update your contact information
The next system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. 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. 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.
'An Evening with Seth Meyers' next in Maverick Speakers Series
Saturday Night Live favorite Seth Meyers is featured in the next presentation of the Maverick Speakers Series Monday, Nov. 19, at College Park Center.
General admission tickets are free. A premium seating package for $25 includes a front-of-the-house seat, reserved parking near the venue, and more. Tickets are available through utatickets.com.
Meyers is in his sixth season as head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor on Saturday Night Live. This year marks his 11th season as part of the SNL cast. Before “Update,” Meyers was a regular player in SNL sketches and performed numerous characters and impressions.
He has hosted the Webby Awards twice. Most recently, he hosted the 2011 ESPY Awards and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. He co-created The Awesomes with Mike Shoemaker of SNL. The half-hour series was picked up by Hulu.com and will premiere in 2013.
An audience question-and-answer session follows the presentation.
Get ready for Homecoming
The men's basketball home opener with Oklahoma highlights Homecoming weekend Nov. 15-17, and there are plenty of things you can do to get ready for all the festivities.
Register for the Homecoming parade by Wednesday, Nov. 7. With the theme "Illumination," the parade entries of floats, golf carts, or walking teams will light the way.
Volunteers are needed to work behind the scenes. Sign up to help with the Homecoming Chili Bowl, the Party on Pecan, the Afterparty, the 5K walk/run, and other events at Homecoming Volunteers.
Homecoming events include volleyball and a jazz concert on Thursday, Nov. 15.
On Friday, Nov. 16, the men's basketball game against Oklahoma at 7 p.m. in College Park Center highlights the day's activities. The women’s basketball team plays at 2 p.m. followed by the Party on Pecan at 4:30 p.m., and the Homecoming 2012 Parade and Pep Rally at 5:30 p.m. Homecoming king and queen coronation is at halftime of the men's basketball game, and the Afterparty follows the game.
Events on Saturday, Nov. 17, include a golf tournament, a 5K walk/run, reunions, and tours, along with evening events that include a step show, a symphony concert, and The Bash.
Election watch party planned for tonight
See history in action at a presidential election watch party 6-10 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center. UTA Volunteers hosts the event.
A moderator will comment on the results, and refreshments and snacks are available.
Free lunch with OU tickets
Receive a free lunch when you buy tickets for the Mavericks vs. Oklahoma men's basketball game Friday, Nov. 16.
Bring your ticket to pick up a free hot dog, chips, and drink 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Library Mall this week. Athletics hosts a free lunch through Friday, Nov. 9.
The Mavericks face the Sooners at College Park Center as part of Homecoming Weekend. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Tickets to the Oklahoma game also guarantee access to the women's home opener against Oral Roberts at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16.
Students who have purchased a $50 All-Sports Pass or already have a ticket to the OU game also receive a free lunch. Students with All-Sports Passes or with individual tickets must show their IDs for the free lunch.
One Night Without a Home a hands-on experience Thursday night
Experience what a night being homeless is like at One Night Without a Home. The awareness campaign runs 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, through 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.
Students are encouraged to spend the night on the Library mall. Cardboard boxes are provided for students spending the night. A very small dinner and breakfast is included to simulate what services are often available for individuals living on the streets.
Other activities include guest speakers from the Arlington Life Shelter at 7 p.m., a soup-kitchen style meal at 8 p.m., interactive events at 8:30 p.m., and a vigil walk at 9 p.m.
Help Hurricane Sandy survivors
You also can text donations. For more information, see Hurricane Sandy: How you can help.
Learning Center seeks peer educators
The University College Learning Center is looking for motivated students to become peer educators for spring 2013.
Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses, with at least a cumulative 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.
Positions are open for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders. For more information on these positions, visit uta.edu/tutoringjobs. Deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 26.
International Education Week features food, facts, photos
Taste global goodies or test your worldly wisdom during International Education Week, set for Monday-Friday, Nov. 12-16.
Stop by the Peace Corps booth while visiting the Study Abroad Photo Contest, or partake in the International Food Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and the World Trivia Contest on Thursday, Nov. 15. Check the Going Out and Learn More sections below for more events.
The Office of International Education hosts the week's events.
Asian Heritage Month features talent show tonight
Gain a new understanding of Asian cultures through lectures, performances, and more during Asian Heritage Month, hosted by Multicultural Affairs.
Dance and other talents take the stage for the One Night in Asia Talent Showcase at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Filmmaker Curtis Chin discusses Vincent Who?, a short documentary about a gruesome, racially charged murder, after a screening at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the University Center.
Enjoy a lion and dragon dance as you explore a special Silk Road market featuring interactive booths and games during the Lantern Festival at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center.
See the Asian Heritage Month schedule.
Native American History Month begins
Examine your knowledge of America's first people during Native American History Month.
A Choctaw code talkers film honors veterans at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Room 108 of University Hall.
The 1491 sketch comedy takes a look at the year before Christopher Columbus' trip west at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, in Room 101 of College Hall.
"I'm Not Pocahontas" provides everything you want to know about real American Indians but were too afraid to ask at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, in Room 101 of College Hall.
The Native American Student Association sponsors the events.
Provide aid with Angel Tree
Help a child or senior citizen have a special Christmas this year by giving to the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree, hosted by UTA Volunteers and the Leadership Center.
Angels are available for adoption through Monday, Dec. 3. Choose an angel's wish list from the tree in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Gifts must be returned to the Leadership Center by Wednesday, Dec. 5. For questions, call the Leadership Center at 817-272-9220 or email Loretta Pequeño-Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIS Day a true cache of information
Learn about Geographic Information Systems at GIS Day 2012 noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. GIS Day is a global event to educate people about the variety of GIS uses.
Kathryn Holliday, assistant professor of architecture, will speak noon-1 p.m. on a historical map project using GIS. Try your hand at geocaching at 4 p.m. on the Library mall. See examples of spatial analysis and maps, and enjoy prizes, food, and a giant GIS Day cake.
For more information, contact Joshua Been at 817-272-5826.
Donate books and magazines to aid underprivileged families
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is holding a magazine and book drive. Needed are gently used children’s books and G-rated magazines. Donations help a Child Care Management Services program that aids underprivileged families.
Drop-off location is Room B29 in the Central Library. The drive continues through Friday, Nov. 16.
For more information or to request office pickup, contact Kevin Schuck at email@example.com.
Holiday tradition changes to spring event
The Freshmen Leaders On Campus (FLOC) Holiday Extravaganza has become a tradition on the UT Arlington campus. This year the event is being “repurposed.”
On Saturday, March 2, 2013, FLOC will host a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. Save the date for this special fun-filled event.
Focus on Faculty looks at map project
How cities grow is the topic of the Focus on Faculty lecture with Kathryn Holliday, assistant professor of architecture, at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the sixth floor parlor of Central Library. Her lecture is part of GIS Day.
An architecture historian, Dr. Holliday is the author of the recently released book Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century (Rizzoli, 2012) and director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture in the School of Architecture.
She will discuss a project on georeferencing maps of the Dallas-Fort Worth area from the Library's Special Collections using ArcGIS software. By overlaying these georeferenced maps, researchers can piece together the architectural and broader history of the region. The maps then are converted into Google Earth format. UCLA's Hypercities Project has begun to use the DFW maps.
A reception and book signing follow the lecture.
Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser
Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Academic Adviser in the following categories: professional staff adviser, undergraduate faculty adviser, and graduate faculty adviser. Nominations should be submitted online by Jan. 28, 2013.
Since 1984, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. Many advisers have been recognized nationally by the National Academic Advising Association for their commitment to helping students succeed. See the complete list of award winners.
For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 817-272-2737.
Represent UT Arlington at higher education boards
Student Congress is looking for applicants for student representatives to the UT System Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. These positions voice the student perspective on major issues concerning higher education.
Applications can be found at uta.edu/sc and are due by Friday, Nov. 9, to the Student Congress office in Room B150 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-272-0556.
Homecoming volunteers wanted
Homecoming 2012 needs committed, engaged volunteers to work behind the scenes and ensure that Maverick spirit is at an all-time high during the events.
Register to help with the Homecoming Chili Bowl, the Party on Pecan, the Afterparty, the 5K walk/run, and other events at Homecoming Volunteers.
Homecoming parade entries due
Light up the night at this fall's Homecoming parade with "illumination" as the theme. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.
Faculty, staff, and student groups are invited to light up their floats, golf carts, or walking entries for the parade. Entries are due Wednesday, Nov. 7. There will be prizes of $300, $200, and $100 for the top entries.
For more information, see Homecoming parade or contact University Events at 817-272-2963.
Influenza vaccine offered through Health Services
Flu shots are now available for $20 at Health Services. No appointment is needed. Leave your cash at home and charge to your MyMav account.
Don't have time to visit the health center? Stop by the flu shot outreach clinic 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, on the Library mall.
Peer Academic Leader positions open
University College Programs needs undergraduate students to become Peer Academic Leaders (PALs). Positions are available in nursing, engineering, and science.
The PAL position offers students the opportunity to teach in one of the University’s first-year seminars and to serve as a mentor to first-year students to aid in their transition to college.
This paid position offers students excellent resume-building experience as well as the opportunity to work closely with faculty in their major.
Read more about PAL positions.
Benefit car show needs entries
Great cars are needed for the Second Annual Cars for Cook Children's Car Show, hosted by Kappa Delta Pi. The show is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in Lot 49.
Registration is $8 for students and $12 for others. Cash prizes go to three Best in Show categories.
For the $5 admission, attendees can find some awesome cars, food, drink, and one raffle ticket for an autographed Dirk Nowitzki photograph, gift cards, and more. The family-friendly event includes bounce houses, face painting, a live DJ, and more.
Proceeds benefit Cook Children's Medical Center.
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.
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, Nov. 6
Veterans Appreciation Week Discover on-campus resources for veterans. Snacks provided. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Veterans Advisory Council.
One Night in Asia Talent Show Enjoy performances by student organizations including the Asian Student Association, Filipino Student Association, Fine Arts Society of India, and more. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Veterans Appreciation Week Learn about off-campus resources for veterans. Snacks provided. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Veterans Advisory Council.
Veterans Day: A Celebration of Service Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks ('71 BBA) is the keynote speaker with more than 1,500 students, faculty, and staff who have veteran or active military status honored. 3:30-5 p.m., program 4 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the President.
SAI Musicale Benefit Concert features soloists and small ensembles performing a variety of music. Benefits men's cancer awareness, sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota service organization. Donations accepted. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Day of Remembrance A rendition of "Taps" will be played, and members of the Student Veterans Advisory Council will sell refreshments to raise funds for the Student Veterans Organization. 12:20 p.m., Library mall.
Friday, Nov. 9
Guest Artists: Wyeth String Quartet Formerly known as the Fort Worth Symphony String Quartet, the group is comprised of the orchestra's principal string players. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Friday Night Films: Ted Rated R. Free popcorn. Other concessions available. Admission $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Saturday, Nov. 10
UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert Guest composer Augusta Reed Thomas performs along with the SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble. Tickets $3 with student ID. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Monday, Nov. 12
Homecoming: Paint Your Ride Have your car painted with Maverick pride for Homecoming. Removable car decals also are available. Noon-2 p.m., Arlington Hall. Freshman Leaders on Campus.
Study Abroad Photo Contest View photos taken by UT Arlington students while studying abroad. Vote for your favorite. Part of International Education Week. Free. University Center Gallery. International Education.
Fall Percussion Recital A concert featuring percussion performers and ensembles. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Tuesday, Nov. 13
International Food Fair Taste delicious food from around the world prepared by our student nationality organizations. Part of International Education Week. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., University Center Mall. International Education.
Music Honors Recital Performances by music faculty members and outstanding students in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
GPS on the Library Mall: Cache, if You Can! Learn how to use GPS receivers and participate in a geocaching exercise. No GPS experience necessary. Part of GIS Day. Free. 4-5 p.m., Library Mall. Library.
Texas Recycles Day E-Waste Collection A truck is available for electronic waste for disposal. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall near Woolf Hall. Sustainability.
Guest Artist Piano Recital Dr. Brian Marks, associate professor of piano at Baylor University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
World Trivia Night Teams test their knowledge of various countries and cultures around the world. Part of International Education Week. Free. 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education, Study Abroad.
Little by Little/Poco a Poquito: How Latinos Are Making the Internet Work for Them Sara Ines Calderon discusses Latino accomplishments and challenges in high technology. She co-founded the websites NewsTaco and Mas Wired and works for the Latino YouTube network MiTu. Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies.
Homecoming 2012 Highlights include men's and women's basketball games, a volleyball match, Homecoming parade, street party, chili cook-off, reunions, tours, games, after party, and more. See the Homecoming schedule. Nov. 15-19, College Park Center and other locations. Student Affairs.
Mindful Moments Take a break with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 205, Health Services Center. Health Services.
Presidential Campaigns and Memorabilia More than 150 U.S. presidential buttons, from the 1896 election of William McKinley to the current 2012 campaign, are included in the collection of UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. Free. Through Monday, Nov. 12, first floor lobby, Central Library. An exhibit of political cartoons is on the second floor.
The Gallery at UTA: Harry Geffert and Chuck Ramirez Works by Harry Geffert and Chuck Ramirez feature bronze castings and photographs. At right is Ramirez's Godiva. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Nov. 17. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
Gallery 76102: A Study of Water and What Once Was a Forest Loli Kantor's documentary photography and Hiroko Kubo's sculptural exploration are revealed in this exhibit, right. Free. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Friday, Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth 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.
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 parlor, Central Library. Through Feb. 9, 2013. Special Collections.
Planetarium The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe in Violent Universe. 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Basketball teams open season on road this week
Men’s and women’s basketball teams open the 2012-13 season with road games on opposite coasts Friday, Nov. 9, as the men play at Cal State Bakersfield while the women play George Washington in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Butler, Jordan Reves, and Shaquille White-Miller are the top returnees for the men’s team, which won the Southland Conference regular season title and played in the National Invitation Tournament last year.
The women’s team returns every starter but one as it seeks to improve this season with the teams moving into the Western Athletic Conference. The women play at Michigan State on Sunday, Nov. 11.
Both teams open the home season with games Friday, Nov. 16, at College Park Center during Homecoming weekend. Featured game has the men playing Oklahoma at 7 p.m. after the women meet Oral Roberts at 2 p.m.
Cross country at regional Friday
Men’s and women’s cross country teams compete in the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday, Nov. 9, in Fayetteville, Ark.
The men will be trying to add to their Western Athletic Conference championship, which they captured last month.
Top teams and top individuals in the regional advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday, Nov. 19, in Louisville, Ky.
Volleyball seeks to clinch spot in WAC tournament
The volleyball team will be trying to earn a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with matches at Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 8, and Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The Mavericks are currently eighth in the standings and only the top eight teams advance to the WAC Tournament Nov. 19-21 in San Antonio.
Last week, the Mavericks lost to UT San Antonio and Texas State.