Immigration topic of tonight's Maverick Speakers Series event
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.
$5.5 million upgrade planned for softball, baseball complexes
Softball and baseball players will have clubhouses and training facilities worthy of a world-class collegiate program by January 2015 as a result of a $5.5 million softball/baseball complex expansion and renovation plan.
The project will add field houses to Allan Saxe Field, home of the softball team, and Clay Gould Ballpark, home of the baseball team. The work also will include field improvements and upgrades to the sound systems and bleachers at the complex, off Fielder Road and West Park Row.
“Our softball and baseball programs have a rich tradition of success, and our student-athletes have a strong track record,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “This investment will provide our teams the support they need to train and compete at the highest levels. It is a signal to the brightest talent that they belong at UT Arlington.”
The fields currently do not have on-site locker rooms or training facilities. Players share space at Maverick Stadium with track-and-field students, driving between the stadium and fields to change, shower, or be treated for injury. New indoor baseball and softball practice facilities opened early this year.
Construction is expected to begin following the spring 2014 season and be completed by early 2015.
Read more about the baseball and softball expansion.
Liang examines big data at Focus on Faculty
Qilian Liang, professor of electrical engineering, will discuss "big data" in the first 2013-14 Focus on Faculty lecture, sponsored by the UTA Library. The program is noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.
Dr. Liang’s talk, "Engineering Big Data in Wireless Sensor Networks: An Art or Science?," looks at real-world applications for engineering big data in wireless sensor networks. Big data is the massive amounts of data generated by today’s electronic devices such as email, videos, sensors, and Web browsers.
Liang received the 2013 UTA Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment Award, the 2012 College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, and the 2005 College of Engineering Outstanding Young Faculty Award.
His research interests include radar sensor networks, wireless sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, wireless communications and networks, information theory, fuzzy logic systems, and signal processing for communications. He has published more than 200 journal and conference papers, six book chapters, and has six U.S. patents pending.
UT Arlington wins federal funds to help veterans become nurses
The College of Nursing will help veterans turn their military experience into nursing careers with a $300,000 federal grant that focuses on increasing enrollment and graduation rates for veterans.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced funding awards for the Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. UT Arlington’s agreement with Health and Human Services is one of only nine in the nation. Recommended funding for the University in the next four years totals more than $1 million.
The grant will allow UT Arlington to expand and adapt its popular online BSN program to educate pre-licensure nurses with military backgrounds that included medical training. Students in that program do their clinical rotations in local hospitals.
“The new grant will allow us to tailor our existing programs to the unique needs of our veterans and, where appropriate, allow them to gain credit for the training and experience they already have,” says Beth Mancini, associate dean of the College of Nursing and principal investigator for the funding agreement.
UT Arlington has about 2,600 military veterans among its 33,300 students this fall.
Read more about the VBSN grant and program.
Oozeball, Bed Races deadlines begin this week for October events
Oozeball is a mud volleyball competition to become the last team standing. Enter by Wednesday, Sept. 25, to guarantee T-shirts for your team. Sign up by Tuesday, Oct. 1, to avoid a late fee.
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. Single riders should apply by noon Friday, Sept. 27, while teams must enter by noon Tuesday, Oct. 8.
On Thursday, Oct. 10, get ready to roll because the Bed Races start at 7 p.m. at Maverick Stadium.
The UTA Alumni Association's Maverick Marauders and Campus Recreation host Oozeball, which benefits student scholarships. For more info, call the Alumni Association at 817-272-2594 or Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.
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.
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.
Alternative Spring Break info session Wednesday for Denver trip
Serve the greater Denver community through volunteer projects with the Alternative Spring Break, March 9-14, 2014. An information session is noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Sabine Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
An Alternative Winter Break is planned for Moore, Okla., Jan 5-10, 2014. Apply by Friday, Oct. 18.
Spirit Friday, other discount programs available to UTA community
Take advantage of bargains and discounts offered to UT Arlington faculty, staff, students, alumni, and fans.
Spirit Friday at The Parks at Arlington means discounts from dozens of shops for anyone wearing UTA colors or logo apparel Fridays, Sept. 27-Nov. 15.
Experience Arlington has launched a listing of hotels with discounted rates for UT Arlington. Departments can refer out-of-town guests to the site.
Find more bargains on the Maverick Discount Program website.
Need a mentor? Find one with In Reach program
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.
Sustainability fellowships, grants available for projects, speakers, travel
The University Sustainability Committee offers faculty fellowships on sustainability in the curriculum along with two grants for faculty, staff, and student projects related to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Faculty fellowships of $2,000-$5,000 for one semester support development of modules on sustainability for existing courses, laboratory exercises, service learning exercises, field trips, development of new courses, or development of other curriculum products. Application deadline is April 15, 2014.
Travel Support Grants up to $500 for one event will be awarded to faculty, staff, or students for conferences, seminars, or workshops that take place through Aug. 31, 2014. Application deadline is Friday, Oct. 18.
Sustainability Speaker Grants up to $500 support speakers who address sustainability and environmental stewardship. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the event.
Freshman progress reports online
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. Follow instructions on inclusion in the commencement booklet.
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Notification
UT Arlington seeks to provide its students, faculty, and staff with a drug-free environment. In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to notify students, faculty, and staff each semester about:
Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse
University policies related to the illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol
Availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems
Students - Drug and alcohol counseling and referral services are available through UT Arlington Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit uta.edu/healthservices.
Internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, or distribution of drugs or alcohol
For more information, contact UT Arlington's Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit uta.edu/healthservices.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
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., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.
Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
World Heart Day Heart health education, blood pressure screenings, nutrition/fitness info, free snacks, and heart healthy games. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.
Artist Talk: Materiality and Identity Paho Mann will speak about his photography on display in the exhibit "Materiality and Identity." Free. 12:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.
Friday, Sept. 27
Volleyball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $3 with student ID. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Military Appreciation Night gives free admission to service members and their families with valid military ID. Also $1 hot dog night. Also vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, College Park Center. Athletics.
Friday Night Film: Monsters University Rated G. Free popcorn; concessions available. $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29
South Street Art Festival A free three-day art festival featuring up to 75 artists from across the country, and local bands and vendors. Enjoy music, food, culture, and shopping. Free. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 300 E. South Street, one block south of Abram Street between Mesquite and East streets. South Street Art Festival.
Saturday, Sept. 28
The Art of Yoga Bring mat and additional props if needed. For all levels, no experience necessary. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.
Monday, Sept. 30
Voice Division Recital Performances by vocal students. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Pride Week Celebrate with informational programs on domestic violence and safe sex, plus fun and games including karaoke, a drag show, and more. See the schedule. Through Friday, Oct. 4. LGBTQA Program.
National Night Out Join UTA Police Department for the annual National Night Out event. Free food, prizes, information, and more. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, University Center mall (rainsite is Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center). UTA Police.
Wyeth String Quartet Concert An ensemble made up of principal players from the Fort Worth Symphony. Free. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Documentary Film: 'The Dream is Now' Explore the difficulties faced by undocumented students within higher education. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.
Maverick Speakers Series Bill Rasmussen, right, 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.)
Sun Belt Conference era begins Friday with Military Appreciation Night
UT Arlington enters a new era with its first Sun Belt Conference match when the Maverick volleyball team hosts Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at College Park Center.
The game also celebrates Military Appreciation Night. Military personnel can receive up to six free tickets to the game by showing their UTA or military ID at the College Park Center Box Office that evening. This offer is good at the box office Friday only.
The game is also $1 hot dog night.
The volleyball team is 7-6 for the year. The Mavs defeated Denver Friday night at the Black and Gold Challenge hosted by Appalachian State. Saturday the team beat East Carolina and lost to Appalachian State.
The Mavericks play Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at College Park Center.
Tickets 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.
• The men's tennis team brought back a consolation bracket championship by junior Austin Robles from the HEB Baylor Invitational. The team competes Oct. 4-6 at the Columbia Invitational in New York City.
• The men's golf team began play Monday, Sept. 23, in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic in South Bend, Ind. The 13-team, 54-hole tournament runs through Tuesday, Sept. 24.
• The Maverick baseball team's 56-game slate includes games March 4 against Texas A&M and March 11 against Oklahoma at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Play starts Feb. 14, 2014, at Clay Gould Ballpark with the UTA Invitational.
Intramural deadlines ahead for indoor soccer, volleyball
Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include indoor soccer, Wednesday, Oct. 2, and volleyball, Wednesday, Oct. 9.