Enrollment for fall semester reflects sustained growth, appeal
More than 33,300 students call UT Arlington their academic home this fall, enrollment that demonstrates a period of sustained growth for the University, preliminary census figures show.
Enrollment was up slightly from fall 2012 but consistent with dramatic gains this decade. Overall, UT Arlington has grown more than 57 percent from 2001, when enrollment stood at 21,180.
Last month, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as No. 7 on the news organization’s list of the nation’s fastest-growing public research institutions.
“Strong, sustained enrollments demonstrate that UT Arlington has become an institution of first choice for students and scholars who are shaping the future,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “Our University has a unique set of core strengths that have positioned us as a model, 21st century, urban institution. Our faculty members are second to none, as evidenced by their many recent honors and awards.”
Read more about fall enrollment.
Tickets still available for Sept. 24 lecture by Jose Antonio Vargas
Tickets are available to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas in the Maverick Speakers Series.
His topic is "Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Texas Hall.
For more than a decade, Vargas has written for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. He earned a Pulitzer Prize for his work as part of a team covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. Born in the Philippines, he revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay for New York Times Magazine. Today he runs Define American, a nonprofit that focuses on immigration issues.
The evening features 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 may be obtained at utatickets.com.
'U.S. News' ranks UT Arlington fifth most diverse university
UT Arlington is one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the United States, according to rankings of national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Also, UT Arlington’s undergraduate business program jumped to No. 119 among 388 similar programs, up from 141 on U.S. News’ 2013 list.
UT Arlington’s “diversity index” ranked fifth among national universities—a measure of where college students seeking diversity are “most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own,” the news organization said. The University moved up from seventh place in the 2013 rankings.
"It is no surprise that UT Arlington would be recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity and for ensuring that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to earn their education and become citizens of the global community. This is who we are and what we do every day," President Vistasp Karbhari says.
Read more about UT Arlington's diversity.
Fall Job Fair brings employers to campus Wednesday; bring plenty of resumes
Your future can start this week at the Fall Job Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Maverick Activities Center.
The Career Development Center hosts the fair for students from all majors for full-time, part-time, and internship positions.
More than 160 employers will attend including American Airlines, Bell Helicopter, CVS Caremark, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia Siemens Networks, state and federal agencies and departments, and many others. See the list of employers who will be at the fair.
Dress professionally and bring numerous copies of your resume.
The MAX tickets go mobile with GoPass app
The GoPass will make buying tickets for The MAX even more convenient. Download the app to buy tickets right from your phone. Read about the GoPass amenities, such as buy now, use later; digital ticket recognition; and trip planning.
The Metro Arlington Xpress provides bus service between the College Park District and Trinity Railway Express' CentrePort Station. The service is 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. A ticket for The MAX and TRE is $2.50 for students, seniors, and those with a disability with a TRE photo ID card.
Apply to be a Maverick Wrangler
Love to show your Maverick spirit? Become a Maverick Wrangler. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 20.
The select student spirit group sits in the student spirit section in College Park Center and loudly and proudly cheers for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The Maverick Wranglers perform spirit-related routines coordinated with the band and cheer/dance teams and much more. Incentives include free reserved priority game seating, apparel and spirit items, food vouchers, and more.
Workshops, groups address challenges of college life
Counseling and Psychological Services offers several workshops and groups for students this semester.
MAVS-Talk Series at the UC is on test anxiety 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Red River Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Wellness Clinics are five- to six-week group sessions for coping strategies to navigate college life. The first session is noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. Contact Cindy Manzano for details.
Group programs include:
• Interpersonal Group—3-4 p.m. Mondays, starting Sept. 23. Contact Michael Arnold.
• LGBTQ Group—3-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept 24. Contact Anita Varghese.
• Graduate Student Group—3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 26. Contact Vickie Goins.
All workshops and groups are free. Contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 817-272-3671 or in Room 305 of Ransom Hall.
Cyclethon teams needed to pump up World Heart Day
Get pumped for World Heart Day and the annual Cyclethon on Monday, Sept. 23.
The annual challenge has teams pedaling noon-midnight at the Maverick Activities Center. A team member must pedal the stationary bike at all times during the 12-hour contest.
Register by Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Services and Info Desk at the MAC. Cost is $30 per team; late registration is $35. All money goes to the American Heart Association.
Alternative Spring Break info sessions begin
Serve the greater Denver community through volunteer projects with the Alternative Spring Break, March 9-14, 2014.
Information sessions are noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the San Jacinto Room, and 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, and noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Sabine Room, all in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
An Alternative Winter Break is planned for Moore, Okla., Jan 5-10, 2014. Apply by Friday, Oct. 18.
National Hazing Prevention Week
Take a stand against hazing during this year’s National Hazing Prevention Week, Monday-Friday Sept. 23-27. The goal is to prevent hazing through strong educational efforts, diligent policy enforcement, and comprehensive and ongoing efforts on campus and within all organizations.
Students can sign the Mavericks Against Hazing banner noon-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday on the University Center mall. The first 100 students to sign each day will receive a fun giveaway. Students also can participate in the online conversation by using the hashtag #MavericksAgainstHazing.
Friday deadline to apply for The Link friendship program
Complete an online application for The Link’s friendship program by Friday, Sept. 20. International students and faculty members can link up with Arlington community members who will help them adjust to their new home. The program is sponsored by the Office of International Education.
Submit art for MavsArt exhibit
Students can share their artistic sides in the semester-long MavsArt exhibit at the Central Library. Submit your art for the theme "What does UTA mean to you?" by Tuesday, Sept. 24. For more information, go to MavsArt page or email email@example.com.
Lactation rooms available on campus
The new lactation rooms on campus are located at:
• Room 132, E.H. Hereford University Center
• Room 343A, Fine Arts Building
• Room 203A, Maverick Activities Center
• Room 222A, Pickard Hall
• Room 216A, University Hall.
For questions, contact Eunice Currie at 817-272-5554 or by email at HRAdministration@uta.edu.
Maverick mentoring is In Reach
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.
Beware of phishing messages
Phishing is when criminals send specially crafted email messages in order to get users to give up their usernames and passwords, or other personal information. Their goal is to obtain access to your accounts, often to send spam from compromised email accounts, but also to acquire access to bank accounts or information useful for identity theft.
Check out UT Arlington’s anti-phishing website for guidance on how to recognize a phishing message and what to do if you if you’ve received a suspicious message or if you’ve fallen victim to one.
Follow these tips for online safety:
• Don’t click on links sent to you by individuals you do not know.
• Never divulge your password to anyone, and pay close attention to the web address of any website requesting you to log in.
• Don’t use the same password for all of your online accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Amazon, bank, UT, etc.), particularly those providing access to funds or confidential information.
'Talking drum' research helps music professor bridge cultures, language
For centuries, the Nigerian dundun, or “talking drum,” has captivated drummers around the world for the distinctive way it captures the pitch and rhythms of native language. Now, Michael Varner, associate professor of music and director of percussion studies, is using his research to raise its profile in the United States.
Dr. Varner took faculty leave to study the dundun in West Africa four years ago. He collected more than a thousand photos, video, and audio of dundun performances and language examples. His research and reflections were published in the journal Percussive Notes.
“There is no other culture on the planet where the drum actually is a surrogate for speech,” Varner says.
Varner will discuss his studies and debut a new composition for the talking drum and bassoon, “Skin that Speaks: The Dundun Talking Drums of Nigeria,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building. Admission is free.
Read more about Varner and the talking drums.
Engineers to generate energy from landfills in Ghana
Sahadat Hossain and Melanie Sattler, associate professors of civil engineering, are adapting a sensor system they have developed to boost methane production in landfills to create an alternative energy source in Ghana.
The engineers have received a $100,000 grant through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Global Methane Initiative to study the feasibility of landfill gas to energy in Ghana, a western Africa country of about 24 million people.
Read more about Hossain and Sattler's landfill energy projects.
Engineer to develop system for ensuring manufacturing quality
Li Zeng, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, received a $142,223 National Science Foundation grant to develop a mathematical method of ensuring consistency in various manufacturing processes that produce complex data.
Dr. Zeng's study collects data, analyzes it, and reports on irregularities in the process. The work focuses on “profile data,” which is far more complex than typical data produced in a quality control process.
Her project would benefit nano- and micro-scale manufacturers who find it difficult to reproduce devices to consistent specifications, she says.
Read more about Zeng's research on profile data quality.
Youth more likely to be bullied at schools with anti-bullying programs, researcher finds
Anti-bullying initiatives have become standard at schools across the country, but a new UT Arlington study finds that students attending those schools may be more likely to be a victim of bullying than children at schools without such programs.
Seokjin Jeong, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, is lead author of the study, which was published in the Journal of Criminology.
The data for the study preceded the highly publicized 2010 “It Gets Better” campaign popularized by YouTube videos featuring anti-bullying testimonials from prominent advocates.
Read more about Dr. Jeong's bullying study.
Freshman progress reports online
Freshmen can view their early progress reports in their MyMav Student Center as soon as the grades are entered through Thursday, Sept. 26. Most grades will be available early this week. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss your progress and explore campus resources.
Print your own enrollment verification
Letters of intent to enroll for the fall semester are available online. Official enrollment verifications will be available after Census Day, Monday, Sept. 9. Both are available through self-service in your MyMav Student Center. To print, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.
Anti-hazing policy available online
Read UT Arlington's anti-hazing policy and section 51.936 of the Texas Education Code. A printed copy of both are available in the Office of Community Standards in Suite B170 of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
For questions related to hazing or to make a report, contact the Office of Community Standards at 817-272-2354 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Documentary: 'Girl Rising' This documentary film spotlights nine girls from across the globe as they break the bonds of ubiquitous human injustices and empower themselves and others through education. Tickets $5 at door. 6 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Students for International Social Work.
Thursday, Sept. 19
Faculty Cello Recital John Burton, professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Deadline: Cyclethon Entries Register by Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Services and Info Desk at the MAC for the annual Cyclethon event on Monday, Sept. 23. Cost is $30 per team; late registration is $35. All money goes to the American Heart Association.
Friday, Sept. 20
Faculty Flute Recital Terri Sanchez, visiting assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Saturday, Sept. 21
EcoFest Learn how to be good to the environment and eco-friendly DIY tips. Free classes on water conservation, native plants, landscaping, gardening, composting, and more. Make a rain barrel for $10; to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-459-6628. Music at Levitt Pavilion. Games and activities for kids. Free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Ecofest.
Sunday, Sept. 22
Joe McCarthy and UTA Jazz Orchestra at Levitt Pavilion The UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra joins Grammy-winning drummer, producer, and bandleader Joe McCarthy for a free concert in downtown Arlington. Free. 8 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram. Levitt Pavilion.
Maverick Speakers Series Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas speaks on "Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant." 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. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.
Carnavale: 7th Annual Dancing with Mavericks Register a team online by noon Friday, Sept. 20. Free. 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, University Center mall (rain site Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center). Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.
Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Skin that Speaks: The Dundun Talking Drums of Nigeria Michael Varner, associate professor of music and director of percussion studies, talks about the Nigerian dundun, or “talking drum, and debut a new composition for the talking drum and bassoon. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, Irons Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, Festival of Ideas.
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.)
Cross country teams perform well at UTA Season Opener
The men's and women's cross country teams began their 2013 seasons Saturday at the annual UTA Season Opener. The women finished second, and the men placed third.
For the women, the Mavericks totaled 39 points to finish 14 points behind SMU.
On the men's side, UALR won with 33 points. Louisiana-Monroe was runner-up with 41, followed by UTA at 50.
Volleyball Mavs 5-5 after Hilton Maverick Classic
UT Arlington volleyball opened the Hilton Maverick Classic with a 3-1 loss to UTSA on Friday night. On Saturday, the team posted a 3-0 win over Mississippi Valley State and a 3-0 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
The Mavericks, who are 5-5 for the season, are back in action Friday-Saturday, Sept. 20-21, at the Black and Gold Challenge hosted by Appalachian State in Boone, N.C.
Mavs tennis teams start season at Midland tournament
The men's and women's tennis teams completed play at the season-opening Racquet Club Invitational in Midland.
On the men's side, Carlos Arbiza went 2-1 with wins over OSU and ACU. Marek Pesicka and Daniel Echeverry notched wins against Texas Tech and ACU, respectively. In doubles, Arbiza and Pesicka defeated Rice.
For the women's team, Astrid Gehre was 2-1 with wins over Kansas and TCU.
McLemore and Nack on Baseball America's top prospect list
Two UT Arlington players were named to Baseball America's top prospects lists for 21 college summer leagues and team USA.
Sophomore second baseman Darien McLemore was tabbed the second-best prospect in the Jayhawk League, while junior pitcher Chad Nack checked in at 10th. Nack also made the Jayhawk list last year. McLemore and Nack both played for Liberal.
Watch Maverick action with All-Sports Pass
With a Maverick All-Sports Pass, students are admitted to intercollegiate games as fast as a Maverick athlete moves on the court or field. Only $25, the pass includes admission to all home sports events and a T-shirt, too. Without the pass, individual student tickets are $3 each to all athletic events.
Purchase a pass through MyMav or in person at Suite 1102 of College Park Center.
Intramural entries due for flag football, billiards tourney
Entry deadlines for team intramural sports are: pre-season flag football tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 17; and flag football, Wednesday, Sept. 18. If you don't have a team, sign up as a free agent.
Deadlines for the billiards tournament is Tuesday, Sept. 17.