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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Movin Mavs

Top seed Movin' Mavs host national championships

For the first time in three years, the Movin' Mavs men’s wheelchair basketball team will host the sport’s pinnacle event, the 2014 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

The Movin' Mavs are the No. 1 seed in the eight-team tournament, which opens Thursday, March 6. The third place and championship games will be played Saturday, March 8, at College Park Center. All other games will be played at the Maverick Activities Center. Admission is free.

“We are thrilled to be able to play this type of physical game in front of a home crowd at College Park Center. It’s going to be very exciting,” says Doug Garner, Movin’ Mavs head coach. “We have trained hard this season and overcome many obstacles. The key now is to maintain complete mental focus.”

New this year, the UT Arlington women’s team will play in the tournament.

The men’s wheelchair basketball team has won seven national championships, but this will mark the first time the Movin’ Mavs have hosted the event at College Park Center. The team hosted the 2011 championship games at Texas Hall.

See the game scheduleprogram, and video. Read more about the 2014 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

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

UTA, Jordan formalize educational, research collaborations

UT Arlington has signed initial agreements with four Jordanian institutions in a first step toward establishing student and scholarly exchanges and research collaborations with a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.

Participating are the Jordanian Nursing Council, Hashemite University, the Jordanian University of Science and Technology, and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority in Jordan.

The signings were attended by representatives of the four Jordanian institutions and Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein, mother of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. Her Royal Highness helped found the Jordanian Nursing Council and has been honored for her ongoing commitment to the provision of quality nursing through continual advancement of practice and education.

The agreements lay the foundation for further expanding UT Arlington’s global mission of increasing access and excellence for education and research.

Read more about the UTA-Jordan agreement.

cosmos

Planetarium chosen to premier 'Cosmos'

The Planetarium at UT Arlington is one of 10 sites in the United States selected to host a premiere screening for the new television documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The event is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, before the series begins Sunday, March 9, on U.S. Fox networks, including FOX and National Geographic Channel.

Cosmos is a follow-up to Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan in 1980. 

The free screening will originate from the Cosmos Pavilion at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and will be uplinked via television satellite. Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson, executive producer Seth McFarlane, and others in Los Angeles will take part in a question-and-answer event via satellite after the show.

Fans at the Planetarium can submit questions to the panel. Fans at home can submit questions in advance via the Cosmos Facebook page and Twitter using #cosmoslive. The live Q&A will be streamed on cosmosontv.com and livestream.com at 8 p.m.

Seating is limited. RSVP at cosmosrsvp.com.

Track champs 2014

Men's track wins conference title; Blomberg, Sauerhage given SBC honors

The men's indoor track and field team delivered a record-setting performance in winning the Sun Belt Conference Championships last week in Birmingham, Ala.

The Mavericks amassed 185 points, breaking a 20-year-old conference record, to easily outpace two-time defending champion Western Kentucky by 36 points.

Junior Emil Blomberg took home high-point honors with 28 points by posting victories in the mile run and the 3,000 meters and finishing second in the 5,000 meters to teammate Ryan Tilotta. Other winners included Clayton Vaughn in the 60-meter dash, Philip Critelli in the 800 meters, and Omar Barnes in the triple jump.

The women's team finished sixth, with Tamerah Gorham (800 meters) and Hannah Nilsson (mile run) capturing individual titles.

Blomberg was named the Men's Indoor Most Outstanding Track Athlete and John Sauerhage was tabbed Men's Coach of the Year in the Sun Belt Conference. The year-end honors are voted on by the league's head coaches

League of Extraordinary Women

Women's History Month has 'super' theme

The heroism of women in history and fiction takes on a super theme for the 28th Annual Women’s History Month Lecture Series this month, sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

The "League of Extraordinary Women" exhibit highlights iconic events, movements, and personalities of women throughout history. The exhibit runs through Saturday, March 8, in the University Center Gallery.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks will address the literary heroines that have influenced her as a writer, as well as her own experience in crafting fictional female heroes in her novels. She will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. A book signing will follow.

Other events include a screening of the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a discussion of comic book superheroines, and a Women’s and Gender Studies student mini-conference.

The free lecture series is co-sponsored by the UT Arlington Libraries and made possible by a grant from the Dallas Women’s Foundation.

See the schedules for Women’s History Month events and lecture series for details. 

  MavPic Graduate Awareness Fair

Graduate advice

Dr. Ashley Purgason, right, assistant dean for undergraduate research and student advancement in the College of Science, talks with Aubrey Norberg, '06 biology graduate, at the Academic Department Fair for Graduate Awareness Week. Information sessions, application advice, and entrance exam practice tests filled last week, hosted by the Office of University Recruitment.

Diversity Week events include documentary, MavFest

For the seventh year, Diversity Week hosts events to educate on issues regarding disability, race, sexual orientation, gender, and religious diversity.

A screening and discussion of the documentary, The Color of Fear, begins at 12:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 4, in the Guadalupe Room of the University Center. 

MavFest diversity festival includes obstacle courses, games, music, dance, and fashion 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, on the University Center mall. If it rains, the fest moves to the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Stephanie Dunn of Morehouse College speaks twice on Wednesday. Her topics are "Scary Sisters: Imagining Tough Black Femininity From Page to Screen" at noon in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library and "Colors of the World Cultural Showcase" at 7 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center.

See the Diversity Week schedule for more details.

Applications due for service and service learning awards

The Center for Community Service Learning awards three students—one graduate, two undergraduate—and two faculty members each spring with a monetary award and a plaque in recognition of commitment to their communities and/or enrichment of their learning experience through service learning. Faculty members who teach service learning courses may pass the student award information to qualifying students.

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 18. For more information, contact Susan Dequeant at 817-272-2124 or dequeant@uta.edu

MavPic Small Painting sale

Petite art

Dinh Vo, art senior, shows her paintings to Rosa Azmar, biology senior, at the annual small painting show and sale last week. The sale allows students to earn money from their talents.

 

Registration open for Big Event

Sign up for the Big Event, UTA's annual day of community service, by choosing your volunteer event online.

Faculty, staff, and students can participate as individuals or as a group, a new option this year. Groups must have 10-20 people.

Apply to volunteer by Tuesday, March 25. The Big Event is Saturday, April 12.

Provide feedback in student survey

Freshmen and seniors are encouraged to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement that was sent via email Wednesday, Feb. 12. For questions, contact Student Affairs at 817-272-6030.

Submit paper for classics award

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers on any aspect of Greco-Roman civilization for the Douglas Britt Carvey Classics Award. The author of the winning entry, who will receive up to $125, will be announced at UTA's Adventures in Antiquity symposium Thursday, April 10.

Submissions are due by Monday, March 17, to Charles Chiasson at Room 310, Carlisle Hall. Papers must be anonymous with author information on a separate form from the Philosophy and Humanities Department office, Room 305, Carlisle Hall.

For details, contact Dr. Chiasson at 817-272-3216 or chiasson@uta.edu.

Campus open during Spring Break

Spring Break means no classes but UTA has several programs open for students.

Check for Spring Break hours for UT Arlington Libraries, and the Maverick Activities Center, climbing wall, pool, field complex, and group exercise classes.

The Career Development Center is open for 15-minute sessions Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, March 10, 11, and 13.

The Health Services Center is open next week but closed Friday, March 14.

  MavPic Mavs Got Talent audition

Repeat performance

Sammie Zonana, film senior, performs "Cherry Pie" for the Mavs Got Talent auditions last week. She came in second place last year and won the competition in 2012. The Mavs Got Talent: Blazin' Your Creativity show is Tuesday, April 1. 

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, March 9. 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.

OIT maintenance set for early Sunday

The normal maintenance period for servers and the campus network occurs 2-7 a.m. Sundays. During normal maintenance, you may experience a temporary delay or inability to access a service.

To receive immediate notification any time the Office of Information Technology detects a system problem or schedules maintenance that could impact your access to IT resources, join the IT_Status listserv.

Apple drops support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Apple Inc. has declined to offer a recent security update for the almost five-year-old operating system Mac OS X 10.6, also known as Snow Leopard.

This leaves one out of five Mac users susceptible to attacks due to un-patched vulnerabilities. About 40 computers on campus use Snow Leopard.

Apple continues to run updates for Mavericks and to support Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7), whose users will be offered free upgrades to the Mavericks OS. 

The Office of Information Technology recommends upgrading to a newer, supported operating system or replacing your computer if it cannot be upgraded. Faculty and staff can request an upgrade by contacting the Help Desk at helpdesk@uta.edu.

Check List

 

Through Wednesday, March 5

Midterm progress reports available in MyMav

March 10-14

Spring Break

Friday, March 28

Last day to drop classes

Midterm progress reports posted on MyMav

Midterm progress report grades are now being posted to your Student Center for many undergraduate students. Faculty members have begun entering midterm progress report grades and will continue through Wednesday, March 5. Unlike final grades, you can see progress report grades as soon as they are entered. See your grades in MyMav and seek guidance from an academic adviser with any questions or concerns about your academic performance. A list of advising offices is online.

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.

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.

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

Baseball team plays tonight at Globe Life Park

See Keegan Hucul, right, and other members of the Maverick baseball team play Texas A&M at the home of the Texas Rangers, Globe Life Park.

The Mavericks (3-7) take on the Aggies (7-3) in the first of two games at the big-league ballpark. UTA also faces Oklahoma on March 11. The first pitch for tonight's game is set for 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the gate.

Tuesday, March 4

Music Honors Recital Outstanding students perform along with music faculty members. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 5

Tail-Waggin' Wednesdays Paws with Partners brings a lovable collection of registered therapy dogs for unconditional love for students, faculty, and staff. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Guest Piano Recital Guest artist is Daniela Mineva of Humboldt State University. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, March 6

Wheelchair Basketball Lady Mavs vs. Edinboro, 9 a.m.; Movin' Mavs vs. exhibition team, 5 p.m.; Maverick Activities Center. Free. Movin' Mavs.

UTA Choir Concert The University Singers and Women's Chorus perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, March 7

Wheelchair Basketball Movin' Mavs vs. Illinois or Missouri. Free. 5 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.

Ongoing

MavLens: Views of 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.

Bernard Hoelsi: Collages An exhibition of 54 paper collages created by Swiss architect Bernard Hoelsi from 1963 to 1984. 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. 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.

MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. First floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

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

 

Tuesday, March 4

Fun in the Sun Health Fair Receive free health screenings and participate at interactive stations. Take a free emotional health or substance abuse screening and meet with a counselor for interpretation. Free. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. University Center. Health ServicesCounseling and Psychological Services

Major Exploration Free. Noon, Room 104, Preston Hall. Also, Tuesday, March 18University CollegeSuccess Series.

Wednesday, March 5

Pranesh Aswath

ATA: Advances in Osteoporosis Research Pranesh Aswath, right, professor of materials science and engineering, provides an overview of the causes of osteoporosis and describes his current research in the mechanism of bone remodeling. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Veterans Resource Fair A panel presentation on veteran educational benefits, scholarships, student loans, financial literacy, affordable housing, and more. Individual sessions will be available. Lunch provided for student veterans. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Veterans Assistance Center (former SWEET Center). Veterans Connection Committee.

Success Series: Manage Your Time and the First Year at UTA Learn time management strategies during your first year that will enhance academic success. Free. Noon, Room 104, Preston Hall. University CollegeSuccess Series.

Finding Reliable Health Information Online Find out how to search the Web for accurate, trustworthy health information with John Fullinwider, associate director of Clinical Information Support at Baylor Health Sciences Library. Two sessions offered. Free. Noon-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Thursday, March 6

MAVS Talk Relationships Learn the basics of developing healthy relationships. Identify and avoid unhealthy and abusive relationships. Register online. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Webb Lecture Series

49th Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures This year's Webb Lectures' theme is "Currents in Transatlantic History: Encounters, Commodities, Identities." Free. E.H. Hereford University Center. History, Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures.

GIS Workshop: Recent Healthcare Legislation and its Impact on Rural Texas Use geographic information systems to learn about recent healthcare policies and their impact on rural communities in Texas. No data or GIS experience is required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UTA LibrariesGIS Workshops.

DOE Building Technologies Office: Energy Efficiency R&D Patrick Phelan of the Emerging Technologies Program of the Department of Energy speaks on reducing primary energy consumption in U.S. buildings within the next two decades. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Room 129, Engineering Research Building. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Inequality for All

Biology Colloquium Series Marnie Rout of the UNT Health Sciences Center speaks on “The Role of the Plant Microbiome in Invasion Ecology: A Case Study.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Documentary: 'Inequality for All' An award-winning documentary on the widening economic gap in America featuring Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor. Free. 6 p.m., auditorium, Social Work Building A. Social Work.

Friday, March 7

Technology Roundtable: Networking and Dialogue Matt Crosslin, instructional designer for the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning, shares ideas on how to create an "Assignment Bank" in Blackboard for both online and face-to-face courses. RSVP to Dana Arrowood or Peggy Semingson. Free. 10-11 a.m., Room 321, Science Hall. Curriculum and Instruction.

Eric Mazur

Confessions of a Converted Lecturer Eric Mazur, right, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and area dean of applied physics at Harvard University, is guest speaker. Dr. Mazur leads an optical physics research program, one of the largest research groups in the Harvard Physics Department. His book, Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual, is highly regarded by instructors teaching large lecture classes interactively. Free. 3 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Science.

Coming up

Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series David K. Pennington, president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators, offers his perspective on education leadership. Free. 5:30-7 p.m., Monday, March 17, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Education and Health Professions.

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 $25 for UTA faculty/staff, $15 for UTA students, 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 is a 12-step program, 7 p.m. Mondays, Room 107, Social Work Building B. Mavericks Group AA Meeting, noon Wednesdays, Room 314, Central Library. Center for Students in Recovery Student Group is a non-12-step social meeting. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for Students in Recovery.

Career Development Center Job search assistance, including resume reviews and interview and networking tips; employer events, such as information sessions and on-campus interviews; and career development assistance are provided. Upcoming events are on the website. Call 817-272-2932 for an appointment. Career Development Center.

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

Sports Notes
  Reger Dowell

And he scores: Senior Reger Dowell, the leading scorer in the Sun Belt Conference, set a new career high with 37 points during Saturday's game against Western Kentucky.

Basketball teams end regular season on the road

UT Arlington's basketball teams wrapped up this season's homecourt play Saturday at College Park Center.

The Maverick men upended Western Kentucky 80-73 to improve to 13-15 overall and 8-8 in conference. The team closes out the regular season Thursday, March 6, at Troy and Saturday, March 8, at South Alabama. The Sun Belt Tournament begins Thursday, March 13, in New Orleans.

The women's basketball team fell 94-70 to Western Kentucky on Saturday at College Park Center. The Mavericks are 4-23 overall and 3-13 in conference action. The team plays Troy on Wednesday, March 5, and South Alabama on Saturday, March 8.

Sports shorts

  • The softball team defeated Valparaiso 1-0 at the Wildcat Invitational at the University of Arizona. The Mavericks fell 4-3 to Longwood and 8-5 to Indiana. The team, 11-8 on the season, plays Friday in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic in Lubbock. The Mavs face New Mexico State at 10 a.m. and Northern Colorado at 3 p.m.

  • The baseball team plays Texas A&M at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 4, at Globe Life Park in Arlington, the home of the Texas Rangers. The Mavericks dropped two of three games over the weekend to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Clay Gould Ballpark. Sunday's game was canceled because of inclement weather.

  • The women's tennis team defeated UT San Antonio 4-3 last Thursday at the UTA Tennis Center. The Mavericks face their first Sun Belt Conference opponent Sunday, March 9, at Louisiana-Monroe.

Intramural table tennis, MavStrong entries due today

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include table tennis and MavStrong team competition, today, Tuesday, March 4; sand volleyball, Wednesday, March 19; NCAA Tournament Pick ‘Em, Thursday, March 20; fantasy baseball, Friday, March 21; March Madness video game tournament, Tuesday, March 25; and NCAA Sweet 16 Bracket Challenge, Thursday, March 27.

See 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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