TrailBlazer

For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

MAX bus service

Travel plans: Starting in August, buses will travel from downtown Arlington near the College Park District to the CentrePort Station of the Trinity Railway Express.

Commuter bus service scheduled to start in August

Campus commuters will have an extra option later this summer with bus service connecting downtown Arlington and the Trinity Railway Express.

The Arlington City Council approved a limited, two-year commuter bus service contract with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority at last Tuesday's council meeting.

The Metro ArlingtonXpress, or MAX, buses will run between downtown Arlington near the College Park District and the TRE CentrePort Station on Trinity Boulevard off Texas 360.

A $5 fare would include the bus and rail ride. About 300-500 riders are expected each day. The $700,000 yearly contract will be split between the city, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and UT Arlington.

Read more about the MAX bus service in the Star-Telegram.

President Vistasp Karbhari

Leading the Way: President Vistasp Karbhari urged those attending a welcome reception Friday to dream of attaining new levels of excellence.

President Karbhari finishes first week with campuswide reception

Vistasp Karbhari ended his first week as the eighth president of UT Arlington by meeting students, faculty, and staff at a reception Friday morning at the Maverick Activities Center.

"I’m excited to be here at a time of tremendous opportunity, enthused to be among a group of the very best students, staff, and faculty that a university could dream of having, and humbled by the opportunity to serve as part of a wonderful team in a great community," President Karbhari told those attending the reception. "Thank you for having me here as part of the Maverick family."

The former provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville is a renowned engineer and researcher in composite materials and structural engineering. He succeeds James D. Spaniolo as the University's top Maverick.

Read more about President Karbhari.

Student veteran

Veterans Assistance Center opens

UT Arlington’s nearly 2,900 student military veterans have a new location on campus where they can receive tutoring and assistance with applications, warm up a meal, or simply unwind between classes.

The new Veterans Assistance Center is housed inside the former SWEET Center, 406 Summit Ave., just east of the Community Garden.

The Veterans Upward Bound staff will manage the center, which includes a classroom that seats 50 people, a computer lab, a microwave, refrigerator, outdoor seating, and ample parking.

The center is an extension of the Veterans Upward Bound program, which offers instruction, textbooks, advising, supplies, and other free services to qualifying veterans.

The Veterans Assistance Center is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information about the center or the Veterans Upward Bound program, call 817-272-9882 or email veteransub@uta.edu.

Read more about the Veterans Assistance Center.

Major enhancement made to students' mailbox storage

Students will receive an enhanced email experience which transitions existing student mail, calendar, and contacts to a larger 25GB mailbox and Skype while maintaining Office Web Apps and Dreamspark access.

Your MavMail password will be synchronized to your NetID password anytime the password changes while you're an active UT Arlington student so you won't need to remember multiple passwords.

SkyDrives will no longer be delivered to students as part of the MavMail service. However, current students will maintain their access to SkyDrive with their existing username and password, which will not be synchronized with their Office 365 mailbox password.

Update your bookmarks to the new login address, outlook.com/mavs.uta.edu. To learn more about student email, visit uta.edu/email.

Library 1960s

Share library memories for 50th anniversary

Did UT Arlington's libraries make a difference in your life? Were the collections key to making an 'A' on a paper? Did you make a friend or meet your spouse there? What is your favorite place in the library and why?

In 2014 the Central Library building will be 50 years old. A library task force is working to commemorate this milestone by collecting library stories for an anniversary website. Memories of the architecture and science libraries are welcome, too.

To share your UTA Library story, contact Abbi Grant at 817-272-1405 or leora@uta.edu.

Buy tickets early for UT Arlington Day at Six Flags

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. It is valid through UT Arlington only and not valid at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

Check List

 

Thursday, June 20

Census Date for summer 11-week term

Monday, June 24

Last day to drop classes for summer I term

Wednesday, July 3

Last day of classes for summer I term

Thursday, July 4

Independence Day holiday

Registration continues for summer and fall classes

Registration timetables are online for upcoming terms.

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.

Going Out

Thursday, June 13

We are astronomers

Summer Movie Series: Jack the Giant Slayer Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: Olympus Has Fallen, June 20; Admission, June 27. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Ongoing

Planetarium The summer schedule features a lineup of family-friendly shows including One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; Texas Stargazing; TimeSpace; and We Are Astronomers. Planetarium.

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

Learn More

 

Tuesday, June 18-Wednesday, June 19

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 July 16-17 and Aug. 20-21. Health Services.

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

Sports Notes
Romain Martin

On target: Romain Martin set a school record and personal best at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His 8,013 points earned him sixth place in the decathlon and a spot on the All-America first team.

 

Martin sets school record in sixth-place decathlon finish

Romain Martin finished sixth in the decathlon with a school-record and personal-best total of 8,013 points Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He earned first-team All-America accolades and netted three team points for the Mavericks.

Martin finished his career with six All-America plaques, including five first-team honors.

Sophomore Ashly Wright placed 23rd in the 800 meters last Wednesday. Bozidar Antunovic was scratched from the shot put after experiencing discomfort in his elbow during warm-ups.

Movin' Mavs named to national teams

Movin’ Mavs senior Jorge Sanchez has been named to the USA Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team preparing for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. He will compete for a spot in the top 12 to travel to Bogota, Colombia, where the team will qualify for the 2014 IWBF World Championships.

Former Movin’ Mavs named to the USA Men’s 20-member traveling squad are Jay Nelms, Paul Schulte, Mike Paye, Bobbie Nickelberry, and Chris Kommer.

Sanchez and junior Kris Shannon also have been named to the 2013 USA Junior (Under 23) National Team, which will play in the 2013 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Junior World Championships in September in Adana, Turkey. Movin’ Mavs head coach Doug Garner is first assistant coach for the National Junior Team.

Shortall named to Louisville Slugger All-American team

Junior Matt Shortall was named a Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. He is a third-team selection as an outfielder.

Shortall led UT Arlington, which won the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship, in several offensive categories. A designated hitter for much of the season, Shortall hit .362, good for third in the WAC, and had 54 RBIs.

His honors for the past season include College Sports Madness fourth-team All-American, WAC Field Player of the Year, first-team All-WAC, and a semifinalist for the Olson Award.

Seven Mavs named to 50th anniversary SLC softball roster

The Southland Conference announced its 50th anniversary all-time softball roster Thursday. Four-time All-Southland first-team member Brenda Woodard (1983-86) highlighted the roster for UT Arlington along with six other Mavericks.

Joining Woodard on the 50th anniversary team are Tina Northcutt (1986-87), Katie Jones (1983-86), Debby Day (1988-89), Katy Cox (2001-03), Jeannine Duval (1983-86), and Samantha Chumchal (2007-10).

Sports shorts

  • The baseball and men's tennis programs each earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for finishing in the top 10 percent of teams in Academic Progress Rates for their respective sport.

  • Alumnus Ron Lucas was named to the Southland Conference All-Decade baseball team from the 1960s as part of its 50th Anniversary commemoration. Lucas played on the 1969 team.

  • Zack Fischer became the second former UT Arlington golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Softball, sand volleyball, tennis entries due this week

Entries for softball, sand volleyball and tennis are due Wednesday, June 12. Innertube water polo is due Tuesday, June 18.

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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