Bed Races roll on Thursday
The Bed Races feature 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.
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.
Aerospace engineering student awarded NASA fellowship
Aerospace engineering student Ezgihan “Izzy” Baydar has been awarded a prestigious NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship that will allow her to pursue her research into efficient jet engines in conjunction with the space agency.
Baydar and her adviser, Frank Lu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, were awarded the three-year fellowship that provides $135,000 in funding and includes summer internships at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Lu and Baydar’s work at NASA will focus on making air intakes more efficient in jet engines.
“We want to make more modern designs for these air inlets,” Baydar says. “We want them to be able to perform better at speeds between Mach 1 and Mach 2.”
Read more about Baydar's NASA fellowship.
Space Week takes flight this week
Hit new heights with a high-flying contest, cheap eats, and a lecture for Space Week, Monday-Friday, Oct. 7-11. The College of Engineering hosts the fun.
Rockets take off at noon Friday for a competition on the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle by the Engineering Research Building. Build your own rocket from bottles, paper, and glue, then compete against others to see whose is best.
Don't go hungry this week. Lunch is only $4 at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Nedderman Hall. A cookout is Wednesday, and a hot dog sale is Friday.
Enjoy a special screening of Stars of the Pharaohs at the Planetarium at 6 p.m. Thursday for $3.
Take a free ride to Women of Color STEM Conference
Register by Wednesday, Oct. 9, to attend the Women of Color STEM Conference seminars and career fair 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
UT Arlington will provide bus transportation to and from the event. Attendance is free, but registration is required.
For more info, email Carrie Baum at email@example.com.
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.
Register for GradFest on Oct. 18
Anyone considering graduate and professional school should check out GradFest, a free one-day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Maverick Activities Center.
GradFest features more than 60 different programs or schools, a roundtable discussion for prospective students, and a free GRE/GMAT prep workshop.
Roundtable discussions about admissions, financial assistance, and career services are 11-11:45 a.m. in the second floor lounge.
Test workshops and practice sessions are 2:30-6 p.m. in the Business Building. "GMAT vs. GRE Workshop: Which Test Is for Me?" is in Room 255, and a GRE practice test and strategy workshop is in Room 349.
Get to know graduate faculty at a mixer 4-6 p.m. at the University Club in Davis Hall.
Lots closed for special events
Lots 34 and 35 will be closed until 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.
Audition to sing national anthem, perform at halftime during games
Got talent? The Athletics Department needs you to audition to sing the national anthem or perform at halftime for upcoming sporting events.
Faculty, staff, students, and Arlington community members should be prepared to sing and perform 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at College Park Center.
For more details, contact Destiny Price at 817-272-2213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan now for Parent and Family Weekend
Invite the family to come to Maverick Country for Parent and Family Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27.
The weekend features a long list of events that allow students to show their families what it's like to be a Maverick. Activities include faculty spotlights, a fall festival with live music and a petting zoo, glass-blowing demonstrations, a theater production, Movin’ Mavs basketball, and more.
Students and children under 10 are free. All others are $30 per person. Everyone who attends will receive a free T-shirt, breakfast, and dinner, as well as participate in most activities at no extra cost.
Online registration continues through Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Disability studies hosts mini-conference
Students are encouraged to attend "Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington," a half-day conference of exploring the new field of disability studies. Scholars from history, kinesiology, art, management, and interior design will offer brief presentations. An open discussion is planned on ways to strengthen the new undergraduate minor.
The conference, a Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute event, is 12:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Register by Monday, Oct. 14. RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 10, to attend the lunch.
For more information, contact Sarah Rose, director of disability studies, at email@example.com.
File for Homecoming king/queen, leader positions by Thursday
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the student’s name and email address.
For more information, call 817-272-2293 or visit uta.edu/sao.
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 features faith-based, 12-step meetings that are free and open to anyone in recovery.
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.
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.
Final deadlines near for December graduation
Late applications for December graduation will be accepted 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. 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.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Thursday, Oct. 10
33rd annual Bed Races Teams compete in racing beds on wheels. Costumes are encouraged. Register by noon Tuesday, Oct. 8. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium. 33rd annual Bed Races.
Friday, Oct. 11
National Coming Out Day Noon-2 p.m., Central Library mall. LGBTQA Program.
Maverick Spirit Friday at The Parks at Arlington 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.
Friday Night Film: 'The Conjuring' Rated R. Free popcorn; other concessions for sale. $1; $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Saturday, Oct. 12
International Observe the Moon Night See our nearest celestial neighbor through telescopes while Ken Murphy, president of the Moon Society, tells you more about the moon. Free. 6-7 p.m., Planetarium. Planetarium.
Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
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. Also, Anderson Cooper, right, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.
Parent and Family Weekend Parents and families spend a weekend on campus visiting their students’ residence halls and classrooms, listening to faculty presentations, and participating in a variety of fun activities. Schedule. Register online. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27. Parent and Family Center.
Standing Proud Exhibit Displays of respectable and notable LGBTQA community members who made positive strides. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Sunday, Oct. 13. LGBTQA Program.
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.
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.
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.)
Students can win up to $5,000 at Maverick Madness on Oct. 17
Welcome basketball season with a chance at some cash at Maverick Madness on Thursday, Oct. 17, at College Park Center.
Maverick Madness is the official tipoff to the 2013-14 season for the Mavericks' men's and women's basketball programs and the Movin' Mavs wheelchair team.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a full slate of activities, including a number of contests and performances, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Contests for students include a chance to win $5,000 by making a half-court shot and $2,500 by making a series of three shots (layup, free throw, and a 3-pointer) in 20 seconds. Get a raffle ticket for these contests at the event.
Enjoy the high-flying aerial dunk team, AcroDunk, that performs at NBA arenas and has appeared on America’s Got Talent.
The general public can take a chance to win free season tickets, tickets to the men's basketball Homecoming game against Cleveland State, and the opportunity to travel with the team to a select road game.
Admission is free to Maverick Madness. Students with an All-Sports Pass ($25) or who purchase one at Maverick Madness can enjoy free food and beverages while supplies last. Free T-shirts and other items also will be given away.
Dig Pink match against Texas State on Wednesday
UT Arlington hosts rival Texas State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in its annual Dig Pink match. Donate to the Side-Out Foundation for breast cancer awareness.
Friday night, the team defeated Georgia State in straight sets, then dropped its first Sun Belt Conference match of the season to Western Kentucky on Saturday.
• Daniel Armengol and Javier Perez led the men's tennis team to a doubles title at the Columbia Classic held at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in New York City on Sunday. The men's team plays Saturday, Oct. 19, in College Station.
• The cross country teams competed Friday in the 58th Notre Dame Invitational, with the women's team taking ninth in the Gold Division. Coming up is the Crimson Classic Friday, Oct. 18, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Intramural deadline this week for volleyball
Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include volleyball, Wednesday, Oct. 9; drop-In basketball, Tuesday, Oct. 15; fantasy basketball, Friday, Oct. 18; and table tennis, Wednesday, Oct. 23.