ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen at next Maverick Speakers Series
Learn the story of how ESPN grew from a small sports network to the broadcast giant it is today at the next Maverick Speakers Series event.
Bill Rasmussen will present "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Texas Hall.
Rasmussen and his son founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network, which nevertheless called itself “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” began broadcasting a year later. For ESPN, Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010.
The evening will feature question-and-answer and autograph sessions.
General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at utatickets.com.
Oozeball still needs you for Friday's muddy competition
Get ready to sling some mud Friday, but register your team first. The 24th Annual Oozeball registration continues through Wednesday, Oct. 2, and is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Oozeball is a friendly and sloppy competition of volleyball on dirt courts turned into muddy swamps from thousands of gallons of water. Teams of five or six members battle it out to be the last team standing.
The mud starts flying at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Summit Avenue and Fourth Street, one block south of Greek Row Drive.
The Bed Races features beds on wheels with five students—four pushing and one riding on the bed—competing in three categories: women's, men's, and co-ed. Costumes are encouraged. Entry fees go to the Student Life Fund. Teams must enter by noon Tuesday, Oct. 8.
On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Bed Races start at 7 p.m. at Maverick Stadium.
EXCEL Campus Activities and Campus Recreation sponsor the Bed Races. For more details, call EXCEL at 817-272-2963 or Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.
Pride Week includes information, entertainment
Education and a little fun are elements of Pride Week, sponsored by the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, ally) program, part of Multicultural Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs.
The exhibit “Standing Proud” includes displays of respectable and notable LGBTQA community members who made positive strides. See the exhibit in the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Domestic violence in the lesbian community is the topic at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Concho Room of the University Center.
Sex in the Dark refers to questions for a panel of students and health professionals at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Concho Room. Submit a question, which will be answered in the dark for an anonymous environment.
Learn about “The Meaning of Drag” 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Concho Room when Kevin Gustafson, professor of English, reviews drag history. Area drag queens and kings will tell what it means to be a performer and offer hair and makeup tips.
A student drag show raises money for the LGBTQA program scholarship. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the University Center. Register online to perform.
For more details, call 817-272-2099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flu shots available at Health Services
Flu shots are now available for $20 at the Health Services Center. No appointment is necessary. For more details, call 817-272-2771 or go to the Health Services website.
The vaccine is being administered using a 90 percent smaller needle than traditional injections via intradermal vaccination.
Nominations needed for Homecoming king/queen, leader positions
Put your name on the ballot for the fall student elections. Open positions include Homecoming king and queen, Student Congress senators, and UTA Ambassadors.
Individuals wishing to run for any of the above positions must file by 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Office of Student Activities and Organizations, Suite B120, E.H. Hereford University Center. Voting is Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 28-29, in the University Center.
To nominate a student for any of the open positions, email Jennifer Fox at email@example.com with the student’s name and email address.
For more information, call 817-272-2293 or visit uta.edu/sao.
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.
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.
Center for Students in Recovery to host 12-step program every Tuesday
The Center for Students in Recovery has started Celebrate Recovery meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 107 of Social Work Building B.
Celebrate Recovery is faith-based, 12-step meetings that are free and open to anyone in recovery.
Discount tickets available for Six Flags' annual Fright Fest, Holiday in the Parks
Discounted tickets are available to the UT Arlington community to two holiday events at Six Flags: Fright Fest, through Oct. 27, and Holiday in the Park, Nov. 23, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.
Tickets for one adult are $20 for students, faculty, and staff.
For more details, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 817-272-6080 or visit the UTA/Six Flags ticket website.
2013 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report provides annual crime statistics
The 2013 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report, which includes crime statistics for the previous three years, is available from the UT Arlington Police Department.
The report includes crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UT Arlington, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies about campus security.
Fire data for the past three years from the Environmental Health and Safety office is also part of the report.
Mentorship program seeks mentees
Students can receive a helping hand during their college career with the In Reach Maverick Mentor Program.
The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.
First-year students can apply at uta.edu/diversity.
For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final deadlines near for December graduation
Late applications for December graduation will be accepted from undergraduates through Friday, Oct. 4, and from graduate students through Wednesday, Oct. 9. Additional fees and procedures may apply. Read more about undergraduate graduation and graduate student graduation requirements.
Depending on the publishing deadlines, late-applying students may not have their name included in the Commencement program and the graduate edition of The Shorthorn. Read more details about inclusion in the commencement booklet.
Graduate student request for leave of absence due Oct. 11
Graduate students in good academic standing who wish to request a temporary leave of absence from the University must apply no later than Friday, Oct. 11, which is the mid-semester deadline for the fall 2013 semester. The Application for an Approved Leave of Absence is online.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Wyeth String Quartet Concert An ensemble made up of principal players from the Fort Worth Symphony. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
MavsArt Opening Reception Enjoy the artistic talents found in the UT Arlington community. Free. 6-7 p.m., first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.
National Night Out Join the UTA Police Department for the annual National Night Out event. Free food, prizes, information, and more. Free. 6-7:30 p.m., University Center mall (rain site is Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center). UTA Police.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Guest Artist Recital: Silver Keys Trio Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Friday, Oct. 4
24th Annual Oozeball Tournament Mud volleyball. 1 p.m., Summit Avenue at Fourth Street, one block south of Greek Row Drive. 24th Annual Oozeball Tournament.
Sunday, Oct. 6
Symphonic Band Concert Free, 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Documentary Film: 'The Dream Is Now' Film explores the difficulties faced by undocumented students within higher education. Free. 6-8:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.
33rd Annual Bed Races Teams compete in racing beds on wheels. Costumes are encouraged. Register by noon Tuesday, Oct. 8. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Maverick Stadium. 33rd annual Bed Races.
Maverick Speakers Series Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, speaks on "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story." Question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.
The Gallery at UTA: Materials & Identity Photo-based works by Seattle-area artists Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, along with Dallas artist Paho Mann, address individual and collective identity as reflected in what we consume, discard, and recycle. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 5. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.
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.
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.
Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.
Tail Waggin' Wednesdays Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library.
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.)
Volleyball enters Sun Belt Conference era with weekend wins
Volleyball opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 3-1 win over the University of Louisiana-Monroe on Friday night and a 3-0 victory over UL-Lafayette Saturday night at College Park Center.
The Mavericks improved to 9-6 overall.
The team travels to Georgia State and Western Kentucky Friday and Saturday for its first conference road trip of the season.
Tickets to home games are $3 with student ID. The All-Sports Pass, with admission to all home sports events, is $25. Visit utatickets.com or call 817-272-9595.
Edwards named second-team All-SBC
Brandon Edwards has received College Sports Madness' Sun Belt Men's Basketball 2013-2014 Preseason All-Conference Teams recognition. The forward was named to the second team.
Edwards enters his senior season as UT Arlington's leading returning scorer and rebounder. He started 26 of the team’s 33 games in 2012-13 and averaged 7.3 points per game. He was fifth in the Western Athletic Conference in rebounds at 8.2 per game and third overall with his 58.5 shooting percentage.
The Mavericks open the season Friday, Nov. 8, at Boise State. The College Park Center home opener is Tuesday, Nov. 12, against Samford.
• The women's tennis team wrapped up play at the Rice Invitational on Saturday in a rain-shortened event at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium. The women compete Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, in the USTA Invitational in New York City. The men's team plays Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6, in the Columbia Invitational in New York City.
• The men's golf team finished tied for 12th Saturday at the 58th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. The team plays Oct. 21-22 in Las Cruces, N.M., at the Herb Wimberly Invitational.
• The women's cross country team placed sixth while the men took eighth at the 77th Cowboy Jamboree Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. The Mavericks run Friday, Oct. 4, at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
Intramural deadlines ahead for indoor soccer, volleyball
Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include indoor soccer, Wednesday, Oct. 2, and volleyball, Wednesday, Oct. 9.