Veterans to be honored Monday
UT Arlington will recognize the service of students, faculty, and staff who have served in the armed forces at "A Celebration of Service" on Monday, Nov. 11.
The Maverick Battalion and Color Guard, plus the UTA Drum Corps, oversee the flag retreat ceremony at 5 p.m. on the Central Library mall. Guest speakers include State Rep. Diane Patrick and UTA President Vistasp Karbhari.
A limited number of tickets are available to veterans to see Anderson Cooper at the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. at College Park Center. Student veterans will receive free T-shirts from the Student Veterans Organization. Pizza on the mall follows the program.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Central Library atrium on the sixth floor. RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 7, to firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-5300.
Also, veterans can learn about on-campus and off-campus programs and services to help them succeed at the Veterans Activities Fair 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Room 133 of the Maverick Activities Center. Lunch is provided for student veterans.
University committed to providing safe, secure campus environment
Charges have been filed against several individuals arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with a recent cellphone robbery on campus. Other cellphone robberies are under investigation.
The UT Arlington Police Department encourages the community to contact police immediately if they encounter suspicious circumstances.
Even with the arrests, you should continue taking precautions to protect your property and yourself. Tips for staying safe on campus include:
Find more information at Safe & Sound in Maverick Country, a site with tips for staying safe while on campus, procedures to follow in the event of an emergency, and important contact information.
University monitors weather
Texas weather can hit the upper 70s one day and drop below freezing the next. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will business and 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.
Standby tickets offered for Anderson Cooper appearance
If you want to see journalist Anderson Cooper and don't have a ticket, claim a free standby ticket.
The CNN journalist and anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° speaks in the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at College Park Center.
Bring your printed standby ticket to be seated, space permitting, 10 minutes before the show starts. Seating is not guaranteed.
Plan now for Homecoming
It's Homecoming time in Maverick Country. Join the fun Monday-Sunday, Nov. 11-17.
You'll find a week of fun activities, heart-pounding sports action, and unbridled enthusiasm for all things Maverick.
Friday's Homecoming parade will have big lighted floats, marching bands, special guests, and UTA's traditional display of decorated and lighted golf carts. It all winds up with a pep rally in front of College Park Center, where the men's basketball team plays Cleveland State. Enter a float, golf cart, or walking entry for the Blue, White, Light Up the Night Homecoming parade by Thursday, Nov 7.
Saturday is filled with reunions, open houses, and more. Stay around for The BASH, Illumina Live’s new show “iExperia," 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at College Park Center. This enormous dance party features talented DJs, state-of-the-art sound, huge light and laser shows, elaborate visual setups, and a wide array of live performers and other surprises to create the ultimate live experience. Dance, lounge, and enjoy free refreshments, giveaways, a karaoke lounge, photos, and surprises throughout the night. Tickets are $6 with student ID; $8 general public.
See more details for Homecoming 2013.
Next MavAlert test is Wednesday
The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff 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 personal 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.
MavAlert now has opt-out option
Students, faculty, and staff may opt out of receiving MavAlert emergency text messages. Log in to MyMav and follow the "MavAlert Opt-Out" link in the right column. MavAlert emergency notifications are sent to all uta.edu email addresses.
Political Science Week includes lectures on controversial topics
Contemporary hot button issues highlight Political Science Week, Monday-Thursday, Nov. 4-7. Faculty members and guests will discuss the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, foreign policy, immigration, and the Texas gubernatorial race.
See the Political Science Week schedule for speakers, times, and locations.
Focus on Faculty looks at distance ed
Distance education collaboration is the topic when Peggy Kulesz, senior lecturer of English, speaks for the Focus on Faculty program at noon Wednesday, Nov. 6, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.
Dr. Kulesz will discuss how face-to-face teaching and online teaching result in best practices for both learning environments. Her talk, “Not So Distant: Collaboration and Community in Online Education,” will include a panel discussion about how collaboration among faculty, distance education professionals, and students have contributed to strengthening online courses and building vibrant scholarly communities.
The director of first-year English, she is a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Distance Education Teaching in 2013 and the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.
Flu vaccine clinics come to you
Flu shots come to you at outreach clinics. The vaccine is $20. The clinics are:
• Monday, Nov. 11—1-4 p.m., Maverick Activities Center, and 5-7 p.m., Kalpana Chawla Hall
• Wednesday, Nov. 13—1:30-4 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center, and 5-7 p.m., Meadow Run, Timberbrook, Arbor Run apartments
• Monday, Nov. 18—1:30-5 p.m., Business Building
The influenza vaccine is available at the Health Services Center. No appointment is necessary. For more details, call 817-272-2771 or go to the Health Services website.
Diversity Lecture Series examines spirituality, pluralism
Jamie Washington, founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, will speak on "Religious and Spiritual Diversity and Pluralism: The Road Less Traveled" for the Diversity Lecture Series. The program is at noon Friday, Nov. 8, in Room 101 of College Hall.
Dr. Washington has been an educator and administrator in higher education for more than 20 years. He was named one of the nation’s 25 best educators on LGBT issues by Campus Pride in 2010.
Washington has written for African American Men in College and Lessons from the Road, an inspirational book on leadership and life. His first book is Reconciliation; Black, Christian and Gay, The Journey to Wholeness.
The free program is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, part of the Division of Student Affairs.
Be aware of Cryptolocker malware
Malicious software, or malware, comes in many forms. A new category called “ransomware” may prevent access to a computer, or the data on it, unless the victim pays the malware creator money.
The Cryptolocker virus is one such ransomware that encrypts files by making them inaccessible. If you fall victim to this virus, you will not be able to unlock your files and must rely on your backups.
UT Arlington’s email system as well as computers that run System Center EndPoint Protection or McAfee software are protected from this malware.
For more information on this malware and tips on how to avoid it, access the Information Security Blog. If you are a victim of this virus, contact the Help Desk at 817-272-2208.
Outstanding Academic Adviser nominations needed
Outstanding Academic Adviser nominations are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate faculty adviser and professional adviser.
Nominations are due Jan. 27, 2014.
For details, contact Delene Remmers at 817-272-2737.
On-campus housing available for students with families
University Housing offers a wide variety of housing options for the UT Arlington community, including 16 single-family homes that can be rented by students with families.
The houses feature a fenced-in backyard and two to four bedrooms, and are located conveniently close to campus.
To apply, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours, have one or more dependents, and complete the online apartment application. For more details, contact University Housing at 817-272-2791.
Sign up for tweets about parking, shuttle service
Parking and Transportation Services has two Twitter accounts to help students get around campus.
Tweets from @UTAParking give notices about lot closures and space availability. Look for @UTAShuttles tweets for changes to routes or stop times.
Questions? Email email@example.com or call 817-272-3907.
Golden CAN Food Drive continues
The Golden Key International Honour Society’s Third Annual Golden CAN Food Drive is collecting donations through Monday, Nov. 25. All donations will be given to a local food bank.
The goal is to collect more than 464 pounds of canned and packaged food. Prizes will go to the department and student organization with the most total weight of goods and the most creatively decorated box.
Bring donations to:
Fall final exam schedule available
The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals are scheduled Dec. 7-13.
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.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, professor of piano, will perform Brahms' Op. 79, Op. 116, Op. 118, and Op. 119. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
2013 Maverick Tip-Off Meet players from the men's and women's Mavericks basketball teams. Get copies of The Shorthorn's season preview section autographed by players. Performances by the Maverick cheer squad and dance team. Food discounts with promotional ad. Noon-2 p.m., Blaze’s Sports Grill. The Shorthorn.
Tail Waggin' Wednesday Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.
Friday, Nov. 8
Faculty Trumpet Recital Miranda George, adjunct instructor of trumpet, performs the Texas premiere of Associate Professor George Chave's Sonata for Trumpet, Horn and Piano with Associate Professor John Solomons on the piano and Angela Winter, guest artist, on the horn. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Friends of the Library Authors and UT Arlington librarians Lea Worcester and Evelyn Barker discuss their book Legendary Locals of Arlington. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.
Friday Night Film: 'We're the Millers' Rated R. $1; $1.50 at door. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Maverick Spirit Friday Discounts for shoppers wearing UTA logo apparel or royal blue and orange. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The Parks at Arlington. College Town UTA.
Saturday, Nov. 9
Holiday Extravaganza Bring the kids to this winter holiday event for cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and pictures with Santa. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.
Monday, Nov. 11
Faculty Trombone Recital Dennis Bubert, visiting assistant professor of trombone, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Maverick Speakers Series Emmy- and Peabody-winning CNN reporter Anderson Cooper presents. See website for standby ticket information. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.
Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company Improv comedy show. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.
America Recycles Day Bring your electronic waste for recycling. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, southwest corner of Woolf Hall. Sustainability.
Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Thursday, Nov. 7. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.
The Gallery at UTA: Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams Sarah Williams' haunting paintings and Amy Blakemore's offbeat photographs provide an introspective view of human activity. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Nov. 16. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.
MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.
Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.
The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.
Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.
Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Cross country teams take first, second in Sun Belt Conference
UTA’s cross country teams dominated the Sun Belt Conference championships Saturday in Troy, Ala.
The men's team won the title, its second straight conference championship and the first in the Sun Belt. The team won in the Western Athletic Conference last year.
Craig Lautenslager placed second in the 8K course with Ryan Tilotta in third and Emil Blomberg in fifth. The trio earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference accolades. Eric Ojeda in sixth place and Virgilio Martinez in seventh won second-team all-conference nods.
John Sauerhage was named Sun Belt Conference Men's Coach of the Year, and Ojeda was Freshman of the Year.
The women’s team took second place behind champion Arkansas State. Hannah Nilsson, Gabriela Alfonzo, and Ashly Wright, who finished eighth-10th, earned second-team all-conference honors.
The teams head to the South Central Regionals on Friday, Nov. 15, in Waco.
Basketball season starts on the road Friday
Maverick basketball season starts on the road when the men’s team plays Boise State in Idaho and the women’s team faces Houston Baptist. Both teams play Friday, Nov. 8.
The Maverick men were picked seventh in the preseason poll, while the women were chosen 10th.
Five men's games and one women's game are set for broadcast on the Sun Belt Network this season. Two men’s games are wildcard games for the ESPN wildcard schedule. Read more about the televised games.
Volleyball on road for final four games
The volleyball team's last home games ended with losses to Georgia State on Friday and Western Kentucky on Saturday at College Park Center.
The team is 15-12 overall and 8-6 in the Sun Belt Conference.
The Mavericks face South Alabama on Friday, Nov. 8, and Troy on Saturday, Nov. 9, followed by Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe the next weekend. The SBC Tournament is Thursday, Nov. 21 in Troy, Ala.
Poker, adapted table tennis deadlines near
Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include poker, Monday, Nov. 18.
An adapted wheelchair division is available for table tennis with requests by Nov. 16. Contact Dgarner@uta.edu for details.