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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ride The MAX

The MAX online, on Facebook, Twitter

Learn more about the Metro Arlington Xpress—The MAX—at RideTheMAX.com and on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe for The MAX updates.

The bus service starts Monday, Aug. 19, providing rides between the College Park District and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort station. The bus runs 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Fares for a bus and rail ride will be $2.50 for students and $5 for everyone else.

More information will be posted on the website in the coming weeks.

Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers

Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers

Farrar-Myers named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Australia

Political Science Professor Victoria Farrar-Myers has been named the 2013-2014 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She will be in residence during spring 2014.

Dr. Farrar-Myers, an expert on the American presidency, will conduct research on executive foreign policy-making with a particular emphasis on the Pacific Rim, take part in graduate and undergraduate seminars, and deliver public lectures on a speaking tour throughout Australia.

“I am honored and humbled to have such a tremendous opportunity to help increase mutual understanding,” says Farrar-Myers, a Distinguished Teaching Professor. “We can learn much from each other about how past commitments, institutional structures, and current political contexts affect foreign policies and relationships between countries.”

Read more about Farrar-Myers' honor.

Dr. Jiyoon Yoon

Dr. Jiyoon Yoon

Cyberbullying on college campuses brings new ethical, legal issues, researcher reports

Cyberbullying in the college environment can pose serious consequences for students’ living and learning environments, including physical endangerment, according to newly published research by a UT Arlington associate education professor.

Jiyoon Yoon, director of the Early Childhood–Grade 6 Program for the College of Education and Health Professions, co-authored the paper "Cyberbullying Presence, Extent, and Forms in a Midwestern Post-secondary Institution," which appears in the June 2013 issue of Information Systems Education Journal.

The researchers found that most respondents considered cyberbullying to be more prevalent at the secondary school level. However, respondents said harassment via social media, text message or other electronic communications can be pernicious in the college environment and merited official response from administrators.

“There are very few academic studies examining cyberbullying at the college level even though it can seriously impact every aspect of a student’s life,” says Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. “We eagerly await her findings as she further investigates this issue in education.”

Read more about Dr. Yoon's cyberbullying research.

UTARI-Open House

3-D visionaries: Corwin Lester, computer engineering senior, shows a fused deposition modeling made with a 3-D printer to Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer at the UT Arlington Research Institute's one-year anniversary open house June 28.

Research Institute launches Assistive Living Laboratory on one-year anniversary

The UT Arlington Research Institute celebrated its first year Friday, June 28, by launching the Assistive Living Laboratory in which researchers work with robots to help people live independently longer.

In its first year, the Research Institute has generated about $4 million in research expenditures, forged new partnerships with industry leaders in robotics, biomedical, and advanced manufacturing, and expanded its staff to 50 engineers, scientists, and support staff.

Last year, the institute received two key donations of robots from industry leaders RE2 and QinetiQ North America to support the Assistive Robotics Lab. In addition, the institute purchased a PR2 robot from California robot hardware and software firm Willow Garage to further research assistive robotics.

“We are becoming the destination companies can rely on for enhancing product development in the field of assistive robotics,” says Rick Lynch, a retired Army lieutenant general and executive director of the Research Institute. “Our team of researchers is partnering with corporate and industry leaders to help robots become part of our everyday lives and to aid us in our homes and businesses.”

Read more about the Research Institute and the Assistive Living Lab.

Dr. Jennifer Gray

Dr. Jennifer Gray

Nursing Interim dean named a national fellow

The American Academy of Nursing has named Jennifer Gray, interim dean of the College of Nursing, as one of 172 nursing leaders from across the United States to be inducted into its 2013 Class of Fellows.

The award honors nurses whose careers have “influenced health policies and the heath and well-being of all,” according to the academy, which has more than 2,000 members.

“Dr. Gray has distinguished herself through her work as an educator, a researcher, and by her passion for improving health for people around the world through nursing initiatives,” says President Vistasp Karbhari. “We are pleased to see her receive this well-deserved recognition by such a prestigious national organization.”

Gray holds the George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professorship in Nursing and was named interim dean of the nearly 8,000-student College of Nursing this spring.

Read more about Gray's honor.

Dr. D.J. Seo

Dr. D.J. Seo

Engineer to design flash flooding predictor

D.J. Seo, an associate professor of civil engineering and water resource engineer, is developing a first-of-its-kind prototype that would allow the city of Fort Worth to more effectively dispatch emergency personnel to save lives and property when flash flooding occurs.

Dr. Seo has received a $310,000 grant from the city of Fort Worth, the National Science Foundation, and the National Weather Service to use very high-resolution rainfall data from a new weather radar system for high-resolution monitoring and prediction of flash flooding. The research is a collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Colorado State University and is part of the NSF’s Accelerating Innovation Research program.

Dr. Seo says Fort Worth emergency responders could see an effective lead time of up to 30 minutes in many flash-flooding situations.

“The prototype will provide timely and location-specific information of what’s happening currently and in the immediate future when flash flooding occurs,” Seo says. “The city officials can use that information to help dispatch emergency personnel at the right time and to the right place.”

Read more about Seo's flash flooding warning prototype.

  Fresh Pix UTARadio interviews President Karbahari

Presidential quiz

Senior broadcast major Omar Castillon of UTARadio.com interviews President Vistasp Karbhari about his vision for UT Arlington, rowing, and music. Listen to the interview.

Central Library changes hours

The Central Library has changed its hours for summer through Saturday, Aug. 17. Summer hours are:

  • Sundays: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

  • Mondays-Thursdays: 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

  • Fridays: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • Saturdays: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

The library's 24-hour schedule will resume Sunday, Aug. 18.

See other campus libraries' hours.

Police escort service available any time

The UT Arlington Police Department offers escort service at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 817-272-3381.

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.

Fresh Pix Karbarhis lead Arlington Fourth of July Parade

Riding in style

President Vistasp Karbhari and his wife, Lisa, led Arlington's annual Fourth of July Parade as grand marshals along with Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and Tarrant County College Southeast President Bill Coppola. See the parade slideshow.

 

Buy tickets now for UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas

Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Six Flags Over Texas.

Discount tickets for students are $25 now and $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. The price includes one ticket for all-day admission to Six Flags Over Texas and parking, plus one Splash Back ticket to Hurricane Harbor valid for one weekend only, Aug. 31-Sept. 15. A $10 meal voucher is available for purchase.

Limit 10 tickets per person. Order tickets at utatickets.com or the College Park Center Box Office, which is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick pride.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Tickets can be purchased through UT Arlington only and not at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

Check List

 

Tuesday, July 9

First day of classes for summer II term

Late registration for summer II continues through Wednesday, July 10

Final deadline to receive the meningitis vaccination for summer II enrollment

Thursday, July 11

Summer I grades official

Monday, July 15

Census Date for summer II term

Thursday, July 18

Last day to drop for summer 11-week term

Tuesday, July 30

Last day to drop for summer II term

Know the consequences before you drop a class

The last day to drop classes for the 11-week summer session is Thursday, July 18. You may be considering dropping before then. Always consult your academic adviser before making drop or withdrawal decisions. A list of advising offices is online.

Impact of dropping on undergraduate students: Students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate careers. Read more about this state law and procedures for its implementation at UT Arlington.

Impact of dropping if you receive financial aid: Students receiving financial aid must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements established by UT Arlington. Refer to the SAP policy on the Office of Financial Aid website, uta.edu/fao, to ensure you are meeting the requirements. Students who do not meet the minimum standards outlined will lose eligibility to receive financial aid. For questions, make an appointment to see a financial aid counselor by calling 817-272-3561 or sending an email to fao@uta.edu.

Summer I grades available Thursday

Summer I grades are scheduled to be available after noon Thursday, July 11. View grades by logging in at uta.edu/mymav. Click on Student Center and then click on the drop-down box under Other Academic. Many grades can be viewed before they are official, so check Records and Registration to ensure that your grades are official before ordering your transcript.

Plan now for summer II session

Summer II classes begin Tuesday, July 9. Late registration for summer II is July 9-10. For summer II session classes, the last day to drop is Tuesday, July 30.

Grade exclusion requests

On Tuesday, July 30, the grade exclusion site will close for any further submissions for the summer term. All grade exclusion requests submitted in the summer term must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. The grade exclusion site will reopen Sept. 10 for fall submissions.

Registration continues for fall classes

Regular registration for the fall term continues through Aug. 21. Late registration is Aug. 22-28. Registration timetables are online.

Check the fall schedule of classes to make your fall course selections.

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).

A list of advising offices and the schedule of classes are online.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

Incoming Texas college students and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 30 years old must submit documentation of meningitis vaccination.

You must have received the vaccine within the past five years at the start of your first session at UT Arlington. UT Arlington students who do not submit the proper vaccination documentation will be dropped before the first class day of the session and will not be able to register.

UT Arlington has contracted with Magnus Health SMR to 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. Details for submitting proof of vaccination will be emailed to your UTA email address by Magnus.

To be able to register, send vaccination documentation to Magnus at service@magnushealthportal.com or call 1-877-461-6831.

For more information on submitting meningitis documentation for the fall term, go to uta.edu/meningitis.

Going Out

Wednesday, July 10

Movie Matinee Getaway: 'Children of Heaven' Children of Heaven (Iran, rated PG) is the second of four foreign films this summer that include free admission, popcorn, and water. Other films are: Sin Nombre (Honduras, rated R), Tuesday, July 23; and In the Mood for Love (China, rated PG), Wednesday, Aug. 7. 5:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library.

Thursday, June 11

Summer Movies Series: 'GI Joe: Retaliation' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: The Croods, July 18; Big Wedding, July 25; Iron Man 3, Aug. 1; and Scary Movie V, Aug. 8. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, July 20

Texas Autocross Weekend Indulge your need for speed by watching 12 Formula SAE teams with 30 cars compete in race and open course style. Look for UT Arlington's hybrid racecar. Bring lawn chairs, food and beverages. Free. Lot 49, Cooper Street between Mitchell Street and Doug Russell Road. Engineering.

Ongoing

897 Square Juried art exhibit featuring 15 artists who live or work in Tarrant County. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Wednesday, July 31. Gallery 76102.

Planetarium The summer schedule features a lineup of family-friendly shows. Planetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Learn More

 

July 16-17

Fresh Start from Tobacco A four-part tobacco cessation program. Free. 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Tuesday; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Room 219, Health Services Center. Also Aug. 20-21. Health Services.

Tuesday, July 30

Safe Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQA Program.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Sports Notes
Riley Fleming

Sweet swings: Riley Fleming showed his Maverick pride while playing in the Alberta Open on June 27. The sophomore is the first amateur to win the tournament in eight years. (Photo courtesy of Calgary Herald.)

 

Riley Fleming wins Alberta Open

Nothing like winning a professional tournament to make your summer vacation worthwhile. UT Arlington sophomore Riley Fleming did just that, claiming the 2013 Alberta Open on June 27.

Fleming, 19, won the rain-shortened two-day event, shooting 70-68 to go 6-under par at the RedTail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton. Fleming, a native of Airdrie, Alberta, is the first amateur to win the Alberta Open in eight years.

Decked out in UT Arlington gear, Fleming birdied the last three holes and four of the last five on his way to a three-shot victory over Darryl James.

Fleming had a successful freshman season with the Mavericks, placing third on the team in scoring average (74.42) and with five top-20 finishes. Riley's best finish with fifth in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate.

Fifty-seven Maverick student-athletes earn WAC All-Academic honors

UT Arlington had 57 student-athletes named to the Western Athletic Conference's All-Academic honor roll. The Maverick honorees represented baseball, softball, golf, tennis, and outdoor track and field teams.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA, and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests.

See the list of WAC All-Academic honorees.

Intramural entry deadlines approaching

Poker tournament entries are available starting Wednesday, July 10, and are due Thursday, July 25. Battleship team entries are available starting Wednesday, July 24, with a Tuesday, Aug. 6, deadline.

Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 817-272-3277 or email imsports@uta.edu.

(For more sports news, go to utamavs.com, uta.edu/movinmavs, or uta.edu/campusrec.)

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