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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Job Fair

Put your best foot forward at Wednesday's Job Fair

Be ready for your future when you attend this week's Spring Job Fair for UT Arlington students and graduates only.

The fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Maverick Activities Center. No registration is required for the free fair. Bring a student ID and plenty of résumés. Employers will be on hand to talk with students, take résumés, and discuss job possibilities.

See the workshops schedule, which also includes programs after the fair and during the semester. The Career Development Center also sponsors interview sessions with companies.

For more information on the job fair and job hunting, contact the Career Development Center online or at 817-272-2932.

Dr. Frank Lamas

Dr. Frank Lamas

Student Affairs vice president announces departure

Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs since 2005, has announced he will be leaving the University at the end of the spring semester to become vice president for student affairs at California State University, Fresno.

“I am so appreciative of the opportunity to have served UT Arlington and to help meet the needs of our students for the past decade,” Dr. Lamas says. “I’m very much looking forward to taking on additional responsibilities for enrollment management and student success at Fresno State. And my wife, Debbie, and I are delighted that we will be living closer to our sons.”

During his tenure at UT Arlington, Lamas has led a transformation of the student experience through a period of unprecedented enrollment growth and campus expansion. Most notably, he has led the student affairs effort and developed student-centered programs during the University’s rapid transition to a residential campus.

A national search for a vice president will begin immediately. Lamas’ last day at UT Arlington will be May 31. At that time, Lisa Nagy, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, will become interim vice president for Student Affairs.

“This is a tremendous career opportunity for Frank and a wonderful new challenge for him,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “The students at Fresno State, like the students at UT Arlington, will be the beneficiaries of his caring and thoughtful approach to student life and engagement. We wish him all the best.”

Dr. Heidi Hardt

Dr. Heidi Hardt

Focus on Faculty lecture explores international response time to foreign conflicts

Political science Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt answers the question of why some international organizations take longer than others to answer calls for intervention for the Focus on Faculty program at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. Hardt researched the topic for her new book, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response.

Although wealth and capabilities can strengthen a peace operation, Hardt argues that it is the unspoken rules and social networks in peace and security committees at international organizations that dictate the pace with which an operation is established.

“Humanitarian intervention is a consequence of the interdependent world in which we live," says Hardt, who joined UT Arlington in 2012. "More civil wars lead to more demand for action."

She has taught international relations courses in English and French in Paris and Montreal. She earned a Ph.D. in international studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

Krystal Beamon and Molefi Asanta

Keynote speakers: Krystal K. Beamon, left, assistant professor of sociology, and Molefi Kete Asante, professor of African American Studies at Temple University, are keynote speakers for the Center for African American Studies' second annual conference.

Conference covers critical issues for black community

The Center for African American Studies' second annual conference "Critical Issues in Black Studies: Race in Context" is Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22, with events at the Maverick Activities Center, E.H. Hereford University Center, and Globe Life Park.

Krystal K. Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, will deliver the keynote speech Friday. A reception and Open Mic Night featuring Derek "Fonzworth Bentley" Watkins follows.

Saturday's events include a luncheon address by Molefi Kete Asante, professor of African American Studies at Temple University, followed by a community research panel. A screening of The Contradictions of Fair Hope starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Globe Life Park with a discussion by the film's director and co-producer, Rockell Metcalf.

All programs are free. Register by Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Graduate Awareness Week starts Saturday

Graduate Awareness Week is a week-long event to showcase UT Arlington graduate programs, answer questions about applying to graduate school, funding graduate school, and preparing for the GRE and GMAT exams. Numerous colleges and departments will host information sessions beginning Saturday Feb. 22

A graduate academic fair gives students a chance to talk to UTA representatives 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. A 4-5 p.m. campus tour specifically for graduate students starts at the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center, 600 S. Center St.

On Friday, Feb. 28, a Graduate Application Boot Camp is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library. The camp includes workshops for personal statements, financial aid, funding, and applications, as well as a graduate student panel. Lunch will be provided.

A free GRE/GMAT workshop and practice test will be hosted by Kaplan Test Prep 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in University Hall. Kaplan Test Prep also will conduct workshops and practice tests for the LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, and PCAT.

Register for Graduate Awareness Week, hosted by the Office of University Recruitment.

Books

Leadership Center is collecting gently used children's books

Gently used children’s books are needed for young participants at the annual Blaze Through Reading/Dr. Seuss Birthday program Saturday, March 1.

Bring book donations to the Leadership Center in Suite B160 of the E.H. Hereford University Center or collection boxes around campus. The book drive runs through Friday, Feb. 28.

For more questions, call the Leadership Center at 817-272-9002.

Regalia events set for doctoral candidates

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to attend the UTA Bookstore’s regalia events at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The events are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the Neches/Pedernales rooms, and 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the San Saba Room.

The three choices of gowns are custom ordered and take eight weeks for delivery. Doctoral gowns are not available for rent.

If you plan to wear a tam instead of a mortarboard, place your order eight weeks prior to graduation.

Mavs Got Talent

Auditions coming up for Mavs Got Talent

Prepare now for the Mavs Got Talent auditions 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Either submit a two-minute recorded video of your performance or come to a live, recorded audition. Video submissions and live audition registration are due Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The top 10 acts will perform at the Mavs Got Talent show Tuesday, April 1, in the Rosebud Theatre and have a chance to win a Visa Gift Card valued at $50, $100, or $150. 

Questions? Email excel-traditions@uta.edu.

Applications accepted for First-Year Experience Peer Leaders

The Division of Student Affairs is recruiting involved student leaders to serve as Peer Leaders for the new First-Year Experience course for the fall 2014 semester. 

The FYE course is required for all first-time, full-time freshmen. The course orients students to life on campus and assists in the transition to college. Peer Leaders assist with class activities and discussion, serve as a resource to the students in the class, share their love for UT Arlington, and encourage students’ campus involvement and engagement.

Peer Leaders will receive $500 in compensation in fall 2014. Visit the First-Year Experience website, and view the Peer Leader Information page. Applications are due Sunday, March 30.

NWBA

Volunteers needed for national wheelchair basketball championship

Be a part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's collegiate championship games as a volunteer. The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball program plays host Thursday-Friday, March 6-7, at College Park Center and the Physical Education Building.

Volunteers would serve as team contacts and assistants, video camera operators, hospitality room assistants, award ceremony decorators, clean-up crews, and more.

Register to volunteer. For questions, email Catherine Soto, volunteer coordinator.

  MavPic boot camp

Drill instructor

Nikki Goudeau, speech and health education senior, instructs participants in a fitness boot camp at the Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation sponsors the early-morning exercise class. The next one starts March 24.

Engineers construct week-long celebration

Join in the celebration of Engineers Week, a week-long showcase of achievements and activities by faculty and students of the College of Engineering through Friday, Feb. 21.

Highlights include two career fairs, displays, tours, and industry speakers. Get a taste of engineering at lunch-n-learn lectures and fundraising food sales during the week and a pie-the-professor booth and pie-eating contest on Friday. The week wraps up with the annual awards banquet.

See the E-Week schedule.

GIS happiness workshop rescheduled for today

Happiness returns after being postponed by bad weather last week. The geographic information systems (GIS) workshop "Mapping Happiness" is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Room 315A of the Central Library.

Learn how to create a customized happiness index for each country using environmental sustainability and economic indicators. No GIS experience is required to participate in the free program.

Building, walkway closures set for Sunday morning

Upcoming maintenance work will require two buildings, nearby walkways, streets, and a parking lot to be closed 7-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. The closures will include:

  • the Engineering Lab Building

  • the Geoscience Building

  • Lot F12 at the southeast corner of UTA Boulevard and College Street

  • College Street from UTA Boulevard to West First Street

  • the walkway on the north side of the Engineering Lab Building

  • all walkways between the Engineering Lab Building, the Geoscience Building, Nedderman Hall, and Woolf Hall

These closures will not involve utilities and will not affect electricity. For questions, call Patty Goodloe at 817-272-9726.

Check List

 

through Sunday, Feb. 23

Freshman progress report grades available in MyMav Student Center

through Monday, Feb. 24

Late applications accepted for spring graduation

March 10-14

Spring Break

Note deadlines to apply for graduation for spring candidates

The deadline has passed to apply for graduation for the spring 2014 term. Candidates for graduation who missed this deadline can apply through Monday, Feb. 24.

The filing fee is $40, with an additional $60 late fee, and is non-refundable and non-transferable to another term. Students should apply to graduate in MyMav. Read the graduation application instructions

Before students apply to graduate, they should verify with their academic adviser that they are eligible to graduate at the end of the graduation application term. Read more about graduation requirements.

Drop or withdraw from spring classes only after meeting with advisers

After the Census Date, you may drop classes through the last drop date, Friday, March 28, and a grade of W will appear on your transcript. Students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit to drop one or more classes. Check the list of advising offices.

If a class is dropped after the Census Date and you remain enrolled, you are financially responsible for the full cost of the course. If you drop all classes, you are responsible for the prorated share of tuition, fees, and charges. Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to determine how dropping will affect their financial aid package. The Financial Aid Office is in Room 252 of Davis Hall. Call 817-272-3561.

Freshman progress reports on MyMav

Progress reports are being posted for freshmen through Sunday, Feb. 23. See your grades in the MyMav Student Center. Unlike final grades, you can see progress report grades as soon as they are entered. See your academic adviser with questions or concerns. A list of advising offices is online.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the spring semester is available online. To print your verification, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Magic Flute' features theatre, music students

Magic Flute

The Maverick Theatre Company and the Department of Music team up to present The Magic Flute, an opera filled with beautiful melodies and charming characters by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Queen of the Night sends a heroic prince to her kidnapped daughter. Aided by a magic flute, the prince and his boisterous sidekick endure death-defying adventures and ultimately triumph in wisdom and true love.

Directing the opera are Soo Hong Kim, associate professor of voice, with Anne Healy, assistant professor of theatre, as associate director. Ron Montgomery, lecturer in voice, is music director. Clifton Evans, associate professor of music, conducts the orchestra.

Before each performance, graduate students will give a brief lecture about the opera and its cultural context at 7 p.m. in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 and 28, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 and March 2, in the MainStage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

Ticket are $9 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors, and $12 for the general public.

For reservations, contact the Theatre Arts Box Office at 817-272-2669 or at uta.edu/theatre.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Spotlight Entertainment Series: McVicar the Trickster A high-energy magic performance filled with outrageous one-liners, goofy humor, and amazing tricks. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Thursday, Feb. 20

Softball: UTA Hilton Invitational Mavericks vs. Texas Tech. Free. 7 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, Friday, Feb. 21, vs. Creighton, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22, vs. Creighton 4:30 p.m., vs. UM-Kansas City 7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 23, vs. Illinois, 11 a.m., vs. UM-Kansas City, 1 p.m. See schedule. Athletics.

Opening Reception for MavsArt exhibit The Spring 2014 MavsArt exhibit includes works by students, faculty, and staff. 6 p.m., first floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Faculty Duo Recital A duo recital featuring faculty members Martha Walvoord, violin, and Jack Unzicker, bass. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Feb. 21

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Noon, UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Friday Night Film: 'Gravity' Rated PG-13. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Feb. 22

19th Annual Benefit Pow-wow Listen to elders sharing traditional stories about their tribes and enjoy traditional dances, music, vendors, frybread, cakewalk, raffles, and dance contests. All proceeds benefit scholarships. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Native American Student Association.

Coming up

Big Sean

Spring Concert: Big Sean Hip-hop recording artist Big Sean performs for the spring concert. VIP student tickets are $30 for reserved seating in the first four rows of sections B, C, and D. General admission tickets are $15 for students, $20 for faculty and staff, and $25 for the general public. Tickets are limited to four per person. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Texas Hall. utatickets.com.

Ongoing

Bernard Hoelsi: Collages An exhibition of 54 paper collages created by Swiss architect Bernard Hoelsi from 1963 to 1984. Opening reception 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Max W. Sullivan Gallery, Room 206, Architecture Building. Through March 7Architecture.

The Gallery at UTA: Alice Leora Briggs /James Sullivan Works by Alice Leora Briggs and James Sullivan. Artist talk by Briggs 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Reception 5:30-8 p.m., gallery talk 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 29, closed March 10-15. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.

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. UT Arlington Library.

Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for GoodExoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360Planetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Learn More

 

Wednesday, Feb.19

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series James McLurkin of Rice University discusses "The Future of Robotics Is Swarms: Why a Thousand Robots Are Better Than One." Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Traci Freling

Business Research Incubator Seminar Series Traci Freling, right, associate professor of marketing, presents "Does the Apple Fall Far from the Tree? A Meta-analysis of Extension Feedback Effects." Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 609; coffee with dean follows, Room 633, Business Building. Business.

Study Abroad Information Booth Learn about hundreds of study abroad opportunities available. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Study Abroad Program.

Cuernavaca

Study Abroad: Cuernavaca, Mexico Learn about the faculty-led summer II program in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Students earn six hours of Spanish language credit. Financial aid and scholarships are available. Noon-1 p.m., Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Study Abroad Program.

Word for Dissertations and Theses Learn advanced features in Word that will make meeting the dissertation and thesis formatting requirements a less arduous process. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. Graduate Studies.

The Myths of Nutrition Explore popular diets and what evidence exists to support their claims. $5. 7-8 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Thursday, Feb. 20

'Da Conversation' Clarence Grover, CEO of Sankofa Education Services, presents a history of education in America and its implications for educating or not educating African-American students today. Free. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

Biology Colloquium Series Karen Hall of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas speaks on “Navigating New Spaces for Building Social and Ecological Resilience.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Emotional Health Screening Learn more about emotional health and complete a screening with an interpretation from a CAPS counselor. Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Friday, Feb. 21

Linguistics Colloquium Anastasia Giannakidou of the University of Chicago presents "Scalar marking without scalar meaning: referentially vague polarity items in Greek and Korean." Free. 2-3 p.m., conference room, Chemistry and Physics Building. Linguistics and TESOL.

Monday, Feb. 24

Documentary: 'The Kids Are All Right' This half-hour documentary follows a renegade Jerry's Kid, Mike Ervin, a Muscular Dystrophy Association poster child in the 1960s and now an outspoken disability rights activist. A discussion about charities follows. Free lunch. For accommodations, email Nichole Sheridan by Thursday, Feb. 20. Free. Noon, Room 108, University Hall. Office for Students with DisabilitiesDisability Studies.

Wednesday, Feb. 26

The Loving Story

Documentary: 'Long Way Home: The Loving Story' Set during the civil rights era, Long Way Home: The Loving Story is about love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic racial segregation. A discussion on marriage during the civil rights era follows. Free. 6:30 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

Coming up

Graduate Workshops Writing Skills: Umbrella Writing (Wired Coffee and Papers), Saturday, March 1. Register online. Graduate Studies.

Maverick Speakers Series Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, "Medicine and Media," Tuesday, March 18, College Park Center; tickets at utatickets.com. Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," Tuesday, April 8, Texas Hall; tickets available Thursday, March 6. The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Maverick Speakers Series.

TEDxUTA Hear from some of the most innovative minds in technology, entertainment, and design including six UTA faculty members and two students. Tickets $15 for UTA students, $25 for UTA faculty/staff, and $35 for general public. 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. TEDxUTA.

Ongoing

Center for Students in Recovery Celebrate Recovery 12-step meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Room 107, Social Work Building; and student-led, open Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, noon, Wednesdays, Room 314, Central Library. Center for Students in Recovery.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Sports Notes
Lonnie McClanahan

Hang time: Junior guard Lonnie McClanahan soars for two of his 13 points Saturday night in the Mavericks' 69-62 victory over Texas State. The win evens UTA's Sun Belt Conference record at 6-6.

 

Men's basketball team beats Texas State, on road this week

UT Arlington rode an overpowering second half to a 69-62 victory over rival Texas State before 2,663 fans Saturday night at College Park Center.

The Mavericks, now 11-13, evened their Sun Belt Conference record at 6-6. UT Arlington has won its last two league games following a three-game losing streak.

The team travels to Arkansas State on Thursday, Feb. 20, and to UA-Little Rock on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Women's cross country team named All-Academic

The women's cross country team has earned 2013 All-Academic Team honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. As a group, the Mavericks secured a cumulative grade-point average of 3.39.

To qualify for the award, teams must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or greater and competed in the NCAA Regionals as a team.

Sports shorts

• The softball team came in second in the UTA Maverick Invitational with 3-0 loss to Missouri State in the championship game Sunday at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavericks dropped to 6-4 for the season. The three-day UTA Hilton Invitational begins Thursday, Feb. 20, with the Mavs facing Texas Tech at 7 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field.

 The women's tennis team traveled to Wichita, Kan., to take on Wichita State on Monday after falling to Kansas on Sunday. The Mavericks are 4-3 overall.

 The women's basketball team lost 54-49 to Texas State on Saturday at College Park Center. The Mavericks are 3-19 on the season and 2-10 in Sun Belt Conference action. The team plays Arkansas State on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

 The baseball team finished the UTA Invitational with a 4-3 loss to No. 18 Oklahoma State on Sunday. The Mavericks play Baylor today, Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Waco.

Flag football entry deadline this week

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include 4-on-4 flag football, Wednesday, Feb. 19; softball, Wednesday, Feb. 26; and table tennis and MavStrong team competition, Tuesday, March 4See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 817-272-3277 or email imsports@uta.edu.

(For more sports news, go to utamavs.com, uta.edu/movinmavs, or uta.edu/campusrec.)

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