Political activist, actor Kal Penn speaks at Graduation Celebration
Actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn will give this year’s keynote address at Graduation Celebration honoring the Class of 2013.
Graduation Celebration is set for Friday, May 10, at the Levitt Pavilion in Founder’s Square, 100 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with live music and free food. The formal program starts at 8 p.m.
The outdoor, end-of-the-year celebration is open to the public. Also on the program are President James D. Spaniolo and Rene Grimes, an education graduate student, who will represent the Class of 2013.
Penn, 35, is well known for his starring roles in House, 24, and the popular Harold & Kumar movie series. But Penn, the son of Indian immigrants, stopped his acting career midstream to work full time in politics.
In 2009 he joined the Obama administration as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused on work related to increasing financial aid for college students and other related initiatives.
In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive.
Read more about Kal Penn and Graduation Celebration.
New center to offer support to students in addiction recovery
The Center for Students in Recovery will open in the fall to provide support, resources, and a safe environment for students who are recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction.
The center will offer recovery coaching, programming, sober social activities, and mentorship for students across the campus. Operated under the Division of Student Affairs, the center will be funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the UT System Board of Regents.
“We are pleased to be able to start a student in recovery program to meet the wellness needs of our students that present with alcohol and drug concerns,” says Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.
Students, faculty, staff, and community businesses that want to partner with the Center for Students in Recovery are invited to attend a reception 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Read more about the Center for Students in Recovery.
15th annual Block Party adds zip to spring
Instead of getting tied in knots over classes, add a little zip to the spring semester at the 15th annual Block Party starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, on the University Center mall.
The Human Pretzel and a zip line are among the fun times planned, along with a Velcro wall, an obstacle course, and a dunking booth.
Music headlines the evening with Fort Worth musician and former American Idol contestant Tim Halperin, DJ Avi, and the Battle for the Block winner, The Breakfast Machine.
For dinner, find free hot dogs and food trucks with cuisine for purchase.
University Events, Apartment and Residence Life, and EXCEL Campus Activities host the shindig.
Student elections continue today
Ballots are available today for student elections for Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, as well as Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives.
Students can vote 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the University Center Gallery of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday
Celebrate People and Planet is a healthy theme for UT Arlington’s Earth Day Celebration 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, on the University Center mall.
Good Karma Kitchen food truck will offer a spicy Asian lettuce wrap and a drink for $2. Free herb plants will be available while they last. Earth Day T-shirts are $10. Vendors will display their environmental messages and perform demonstrations.
Drop off your electronic waste at the Techway Services truck. Recyclable electronics include computers, computer accessories, printers, fax machines, stereos, cellphones, televisions, toner cartridges, appliances, VCRs, batteries, and more.
The Office of Sustainability hosts the celebration. The office's initiatives include a low-cost car sharing program and water bottle filling stations. The campus has undergone energy-efficiency upgrades and installed electric car charging stations.
Read about the Earth Day Network's project "The Face of Climate Change."
Last Lecture Series tonight features President Spaniolo
President James D. Spaniolo shares his thoughts for the Last Lecture Series at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Admission is free.
The series is based on inspirational Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He gave his last lecture in 2007, asking students to live life to the fullest and to consider their legacy.
Spaniolo, who retires in May, became UT Arlington’s seventh president in February 2004. His administration is credited with improving the University's profile, boosting enrollment, increasing research expenditures, recruiting new faculty, assembling a strong executive team, strengthening the academic profile, leading online and international education programs, and constructing major new facilities.
University to offer online programs with 10 Latin American colleges
Beginning in May, UT Arlington will offer five certificate programs to Latin American, post-secondary students, including a new Certificate in Public Health, in partnership with the Ilumno Network.
Professional certificates developed by the Division of Enterprise Development will be offered in global supply chain management; Internet marketing; entrepreneurship and leadership; and project management. The public health program developed by the College of Nursing is the college’s first venture into Latin America.
The Ilumno Network is composed of 10 higher education institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru with more than 260,000 students and alumni.
Read more about the Latin American online program.
Vote early on campus for May elections
UT Arlington is an early voting site for the May 11 election. The polling site will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30-Thursday, May 2, in the Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.
To vote early on campus, you must be registered to vote in Tarrant County and must present identification such as a voter registration certificate, driver's license, birth certificate, passport, U.S. citizenship papers, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document.
Contact Student Congress at 817-272-0556 with any questions.
Focus on Faculty looks at video game violence
Economics Professor Michael R. Ward discusses violence—virtual and actual—at the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, April 17, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.
Dr. Ward summarizes the existing research methodologies, the results they yield, and the criticisms leveled against each one. In particular, he presents his own research findings on the subject.
A reception follows the talk.
See past Focus on Faculty events on YouTube.
Deadline nears for submissions to Library's Maverick Lens series
Submit images for the "Views From the Library" photo exhibit by Sunday, April 21.
"Views From the Library" is the inaugural theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UT Arlington Library.
The exhibit is part of the new The Maverick Lens art exhibit at the Central Library. Read more about The Maverick Lens.
Enjoy Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets
UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit texasrangers.com/grouptickets, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS13 to get your discounted tickets.
Apply for peer educator jobs for fall
Students can apply to become peer educators by Tuesday, April 30, with the University College Learning Center.
Peer educators are needed in paid positions for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders.
Undergraduates and graduate students can apply for these student jobs, which provide flexible hours.
Learn more at uta.edu/tutoringjobs.
Volunteer now for The Big Event
Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 27.
The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.
For questions, call 817-272-2963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Positions open in Multicultural Affairs
Multicultural Affairs has several paid and volunteer positions available. For job descriptions and applications, visit uta.edu/multicultural.
Registration under way for summer and fall 2013
Priority registration for the 2013 summer and fall terms is under way.
You may need to see your academic adviser for registration clearance and advising before you can register. This information also is displayed in your MyMav Student Center. If your academic department requires that you be advised, you will see an academic department service indicator (DEP hold) under the Holds section. A list of academic advising offices is online.
The schedule of classes is online.
Print your own enrollment verification
Enrollment verification for the spring 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, April 16
Student Elections Vote for Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, as well as Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Governance and Organizations.
Last Lecture Series President James D. Spaniolo shares his thoughts as this year's guest speaker. After nine years leading UT Arlington, he will retire in May. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.
Think Fast Game Show Wireless connections make everyone in the audience a contestant in the interactive trivia game. Top prizes are $200, $100, and $50. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Clavier Series Piano Recital A recital featuring piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Wednesday, April 17
Guest Artists Piano Recital Performance by Alex McDonald of Texas Woman's University and one of the 30 contestants in the upcoming Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Thursday, April 18
Block Party The Block Party provides an end-of-year celebration with live music, a DJ, and the winner of the Battle for the Block competition. Includes carnival-style treats, games, and activities. Free. 6 p.m., University Center mall. University Events, Apartment and Residence Life.
Friday, April 19
Friends of the Library Bill Neal, author of Vengeance Is Mine: The Scandalous Love Triangle That Triggered The Boyce-Sneed Feud, is guest speaker. Free. 7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
Saturday, April 20
Wind Symphony Concert The Wind Symphony performs with Douglas Stotter as conductor and John Solomons as soloist. Tickets $3 students, seniors; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Sunday, April 21
Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert The UT Arlington Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band are conducted by John Zastoupil. Free. 3:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Monday, April 22
Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Kansas Kansas concert Saturday, June 1, College Park Center. utatickets.com.
Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington Explore the growth and development of the University and its relationship with the city. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 27. Sixth floor, Central Library, Special Collections.
Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. Shown, When Contemplating the Multiplicity of Nature by Amy Herzel. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.
Planetarium See what it takes to become an astronaut and the effect space has on the human body in Astronaut. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Women's basketball coach named
Krista Gerlich has been named the head women's basketball coach, Athletics Director Jim Baker announced Thursday. Gerlich spent the last seven seasons as the head coach at West Texas A&M University.
"We're extremely excited to begin a new era of Mavericks' basketball under the leadership of Krista Gerlich," Baker says. "Krista has been a winner every place she's been and at every level. She won a national championship as a player at Texas Tech under legendary coach Marsha Sharp and has continued to win ever since. We are confident in Krista's ability to take our program to the next level."
Gerlich will be introduced at a news conference at noon today, Tuesday, April 16, in the hospitality suite at College Park Center.
Read more about Gerlich's appointment.
Baseball tied for first place in WAC, hosts TCU tonight
The Mavericks completed a weekend sweep of Western Athletic Conference opponent San Jose State with a 9-7 win Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark. UT Arlington improves to 20-15 overall and 9-3 in the conference.
"The fact that we're now tied for first will help a lot as we face Seattle at their place next weekend," UT Arlington head baseball coach Darin Thomas says. "We just need to keep playing."
John Michael Twichell went 3-for-4 with four RBIs on the day.
The Mavericks face TCU at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 16, at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Track athletes claim firsts at East Texas Invitational
UT Arlington took just a half-dozen athletes to the East Texas Invitational, hosted by Texas A&M-Commerce, but all six came back with first-place finishes at the Saturday meet.
For the men, Brandon Waller recorded the second-best long jump mark in the WAC this season to win the competition. Branko Petrovic won in the shot put, and Bozidar Antunovic took first in the discus.
On the women's side, Gabriela Alfonzo won the 1500 meters, Elin Andersson claimed the 800 meters, and Johanna Nissen Karlsson took the 3000-meter steeplechase.
The Mavericks compete in the Mt. SAC and Long Beach invitationals this week on the west coast.
Softball wins finale over Texas State, heads to San Jose State
UT Arlington ended a nine-game losing streak with a walkoff sacrifice fly by Taylor Zink in the eighth inning to beat Texas State 1-0 Saturday at Allan Saxe Field.
The Mavericks improved to 18-21 overall and 3-9 in the Western Athletic Conference by taking the finale of a three-game series.
The team's next WAC series begins Friday, April 19, at San Jose State.
Tennis heads to WAC tournament after defeats
The women’s tennis team fell 7-0 to No. 26 Tulsa on Saturday. Sophomore Verena Scott was the only Maverick to win a set as she competed at the No. 6 spot.
The women drop to 7-12 overall, but remain at 6-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. Bad weather caused the cancellation of Sunday's match against No. 28 Memphis.
The men’s tennis team lost its final regular season match 4-3 against Utah State, dropping to 7-13 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Both teams begin WAC tournament play Thursday, April 25, in Denver.
Golf comes in at 12th in Morris Williams Invitational
UT Arlington finished 12th at the Morris Williams Invitational in Austin this past weekend.
Paul McConnell made the top 20 in the individual standings, tying for 19th.
The Western Athletic Conference Championships are Monday, April 29-Wednesday, May 1, in Las Vegas.