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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Enrollment crowd

Mavericks everywhere: Spring enrollment increased by 6.5 percent from spring 2014 at UT Arlington. The University has more than 36,000 students residing in Texas and a total of nearly 48,000 worldwide.

Spring enrollment climbs, global headcount nears 48,000

Spring enrollment at UT Arlington has surpassed 36,000 students residing in Texas for the first time as the institution’s global number of students in campus-based and online degree programs reached 47,977, preliminary census reports show.

The spring headcount represents a 4.5 percent increase over fall 2014 enrollment and a 6.5 percent increase over the same period last year, with undergraduate and graduate enrollment both up over the previous year.

Overall, spring enrollment has increased 43 percent over the past five years, driven by gains in academic reputation and by innovative strategies implemented to meet the needs of working students, including flexibility of offerings, streamlined admissions processes, and staggered start dates for specific high-demand online degree programs.

Read more about UTA's spring enrollment.

MobileNOW app

Mobile app for parking convenient for visitors

Visitors to UT Arlington have more options for paying to park on campus when using a new mobile app, MobileNOW. Daily, weekly, and monthly parking permits can be purchased any time of day.

The new app does not replace the UTA parking permit required for students, faculty, and staff.

A daily permit is $3 and may be purchased using MobileNOW or in the Parking and Transportation Office in the J.D. Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell St. The daily permit allows the vehicle to park in any student or general permit parking lot until 11:59 p.m. UTA police officers use a handheld, cellular device that checks license plates for the MobileNOW parking permits. The permits are not valid for metered parking.

A weekly permit is $8, and a monthly one is $20. MobileNOW charges a $0.30 fee for each transaction.

Download the free MobileNOW app.

Parking permits are a bargain compared to other options or fines. The annual fee is prorated. See the complete prorated schedule.

The privately operated Maverick Parking Garage is another parking option.

For more information, visit Parking and Transportation Services or email


Your vote important in last two days of security grant competition

With UT Arlington in second place for the Stanley Security Together for Safer Schools grant, your vote is more important than ever. The grand prize is $200,000 in security equipment with a runner-up prize of $75,000.

Voting ends at midnight Friday, Feb. 13.

Vote each day, but only one vote per email address, phone number, or Twitter account. Vote from all your email addresses and cellphone numbers. Ask family, friends, and UTA fans to vote, too.

Go online to vote at, text utaedu to 334455, or tweet using hashtags ‪#‎stanleysecurity and ‪#‎utaedu.

ACES abstract deadline extended to Friday

The deadline for abstract submissions to the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) has been extended until Friday, Feb. 13.

ACES is a University-wide symposium highlighting the best in student research and creativity. ACES 2015 is Wednesday, March 25, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To be featured at ACES, undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.

Email questions to

Mav Pic David Silva

Bon voyage

David Silva, vice provost for faculty affairs, said farewell to colleagues at a reception Tuesday. He will be the provost and academic vice president for Salem State University in Salem, Mass., near his hometown of Boston. Dr. Silva, who joined UT Arlington in 1993, is a member of UTA's Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2006), a recipient of the UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award (2009), and a founding fellow of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2013).


CAAS conference looks at race, social justice; Bernice King to speak

Progressive solutions to social problems and strategies that will drive social change are the focus of the Center for African American Studies' third annual conference Friday-Saturday, Feb. 20-21, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

"Critical Issues in the Black Community: Race and Social Justice" will feature actor and activist David Banner, who hosts an open mic night on Friday.

Saturday includes a community research panel discussion and filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe screening his documentary Evolution of a Criminal, which explores how he became a teenage bank robber.

The Rev. Bernice King, minister, attorney, and daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will give the closing keynote speech Saturday.

Register by Wednesday, Feb. 18, at

Cooper Street median construction under way from Mitchell to I20

Various lanes on Cooper Street between Mitchell Street and Interstate 20 will be closed for construction of medians between north- and south-bound traffic.

Work will start at Mitchell Street and move south. Sidewalk, ramp, and driveway improvements will start at Arkansas Lane and move south.

Construction is scheduled to be finished in March 2016.

Spring Concert canceled

Singer and songwriter Jessie J canceled her performance scheduled for Tuesday at Texas Hall, citing exhaustion. The Office of Student Affairs is in communication with the artist's agent to identify a potential reschedule date.

Patrons who paid with a credit card will receive a full, automated refund. Those who paid in cash must bring their tickets to the College Park Center box office to receive a refund.

For questions, please contact the box office at either 2-9595 or

the anonymous people

Documentary examines long road of recovery

Learn about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs in the documentary film The Anonymous People.

The free showing is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The film looks at attitudes, fears, and myths about addiction and the emerging public recovery movement that could transform how alcohol and other drug problems are addressed.

RSVP online and to see the trailer. The Center for Students in Recovery sponsors the event.

  Mav Pic David Narrett

Border wars

History Professor David Narrett talked about the battles over the Louisiana-Florida borderlands in the late 1700s at Wednesday's Focus on Faculty event. Dr. Narrett wrote a book on the topic. 

Advising conference set for Tuesday

Register online for the UT Arlington Advising Association's 18th annual advising conference, "Academic Marvels: Unleashing Your Advising Super Powers."

The conference is Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Outstanding Student Leader nominations accepted

The 2014-15 Outstanding Student Leader nomination form is available online.

Awards are for overall leadership, freshman and sophomore leaders, and the Wayne Duke Outstanding Student Leader Recipient for overall leadership from freshman to senior year.

Read about the awards criteria. Deadline to nominate is Tuesday, Feb. 17.

For questions, email Kerri Ressl at

FabLab workshops add new dimensions to learning

Print 3-D objects, discover how to add sensors to projects, and create a virtual reality with workshops at the UTA FabLab.

The workshops are 3-D Printer, Tuesday, Feb. 24; Arduino, Saturday, Feb. 28; and Oculus Rift, Monday, March 2. All are 5-7 p.m. in the FabLab on the first floor of the Central Library.

Read more about the FabLab workshops.

Mav Pic poster sale

Decor decisions

Esther Zhi, education junior, flips through posters at the Beyond the Wall art sale Monday. The event offers decor options for residence halls or other homes. The sale continues today on the University Center mall.


Benefits Fair seeks departments, programs for March 11 event

Share your department's or program's benefits at the 10th annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair on Wednesday, March 11. The event is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

University departments and programs are encouraged to participate. Register online by Wednesday, March 4.

Bring your UTA ID and learn about benefits while enjoying door prizes and free food. The first 300 will receive a spirit item.

The Staff Advisory Council sponsors the fair.

Instructors needed for fall's First-Year Experience course

Help new students transition to college life as an instructor for MAVS 1000, the First-Year Experience course, for the fall semester.

Learn more at informational sessions at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, and 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19. Both are in Room B170F of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

 Applications are due by Friday, March 6. For more information, visit the FYE website. Send questions to

  Mav Pic Meet Your Senator

Representative roundup

Junior Nicholas Patterson, left, explains the workings of Student Congress to Joel Gonzalez, political science sophomore, at last week's Meet Your Senator event. Patterson is a senator for the College of Business. Student Congress sponsored the meet-and-greet to hear student concerns and encourage campus involvement.

Faculty regalia sales, rentals continue

Order your faculty Commencement regalia at the UTA Bookstore during its sales event 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 12.

Rental orders also can be placed. For details, call 2-2785.

Nominations needed for student employee awards

Nominate your outstanding student employee for a chance to win $1,000 or $500 in financial awards. Nominations are due by Monday, Feb. 16.

For questions, contact the Career Development Center at 2-2932.

Nominate a Maverick of the Month

Do you know a faculty or staff member or student who exemplifies The Maverick Way? Nominate the person to receive the Maverick of the Month distinction.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, Feb. 25. Contact Jennifer Fox at for more information.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Feb. 12

MARK Training: Referrals and Resources The Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program is for academic advisers. Register online. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

Friday, Feb. 13

Institutional Review Board Mini-Conference Learn the basics of Institutional Review Board application and more. See the schedule. RSVP to Free. 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Room 215, Center for Innovation, 202 E. Border St. Regulatory ServicesResearch Administration

Monday, Feb. 16

Faculty Peer Review Training Become a certified peer reviewer. Register online. 1-5 p.m., Room 115, Central Library. Also, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 20; 1-5 p.m. Friday, March 27; 1-5 p.m. Monday, April 6Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Managing Across Generations Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 202, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

zhiyong yang

LINK Research Lab Speakers Series Matt Crosslin of the Center for Distance Education presents “Planning for a Successful MOOC.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 246, Nedderman Hall. LINK Research Lab.

Faculty Research Incubator Seminar Series Zhiyong Yang, right, associate professor of marketing, discusses his latest research. Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Qualitative Research Brown Bag Noon-1 p.m., Room 415, Central Library. Register online to present on any facet of qualitative methodologies. Qualitative Research Networking.

MARK Training: QPR for Suicide Prevention Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program is for academic advisers. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

CMAS Speaker Series Arturo Arias, the Tomas Rivera Regents Professor in Latin American Literature at UT Austin, presents "Central American-Americans in the Second Decade of the 21st Century." Free. 5:30 p.m., location TBA. Center for Mexican American Studies

Coming up

MARK Adviser Training The Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program. Register online. Adviser Toolbox, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24; Tier Two: Adviser Self-Awareness, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26; Adviser Strengths Part 1, 2-4 p.m. Monday, March 2; Adviser Strengths Part 2, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5; Pathways to Persistence, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

safe zone

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning individuals, and their allies. Register online. 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25; 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 31; 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 16. LGBTQA Program

Human Resource Training Register online. Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 20; Professional Telephone Techniques, 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. All in Room 202, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes
  Jorge Bilbao and Cierra Johnson

Hot shots: Sophomore forward Jorge Bilbao, top, scored a career-high 18 points against Louisiana-Lafayette. Freshman guard Cierra Johnson, bottom, scored 13 points in the women's game at the Cajundome.

Second-half surge propels Mavericks to victory; play at Texas State tonight

The men’s basketball team erased an 11-point first-half deficit Saturday to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 84-69 at the Cajundome.

Sophomore forward Jorge Bilbao scored a career-high 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked two shots. Junior guard Johnny Hill added 16 points and six assists but will miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury.

The game, which was televised on ESPN2, marked the 150th career victory for coach Scott Cross. The Mavericks visit Texas State today, Thursday, Feb. 12, and South Alabama on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Women's basketball wins third straight

UTA outscored Louisiana-Lafayette by 20 points in the second half Saturday to post a 57-51 victory at the Cajundome.

The Mavericks rode hot shooting by freshmen Rebekah Van Dijk and Cierra Johnson and junior Toma Zaleckaite. Van Dijk earned her 11th double-double of the season with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Johnson and Zaleckaite each scored 13 points. 

It was the team’s third consecutive win. Next up are road games at Texas State today, Thursday, Feb. 12, and South Alabama on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Softball team off to fast start

The Mavericks won four of five games over the weekend at the season-opening Tangi Tourism Lion Classic in Hammond, La.

UTA defeated Alcorn State, Tennessee-Martin, Nebraska-Omaha, and Southeastern Louisiana and lost to Nicholls State in the three-day tournament.

The team opens its home season today, Thursday, Feb. 12, against Incarnate Word in the first game of the Maverick Invitational. The Mavericks also face Buffalo, Ohio State, and Sam Houston State in the four-day event.

Sports shorts

 The women’s tennis team defeated Dallas Baptist University and Seminole State College on Saturday at the UTA Tennis Center.

After losing to Rice University in Houston on Friday, the men’s tennis team bounced back with a home victory Saturday over Seminole State College.

The golf team finished in eighth place Tuesday at the 2015 Barona Collegiate Cup in Lakeside, Calif.

The baseball team begins its 2015 season this weekend at the Stephen F. Austin Tournament in Nacogdoches. 

The men’s and women’s indoor track teams compete Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Varsity Apartments Invitational in Wichita, Kan.

Intramural deadlines include racquetball

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include racquetball, Friday, Feb. 13; wheelchair football, Tuesday, Feb. 17; outdoor soccer and foosball, Wednesday, Feb. 18; tennis, Friday, Feb. 20; and 4-on-4 flag football, Wednesday, Feb. 25.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Planetarium hosts 'Romancing the Stars'

Romancing the Stars

Bring your sweetheart to the Planetarium this Valentine's Day for a special event, Romancing the Stars.

The program takes a lighthearted look at the night sky and tells stories of love and devotion that can be found there.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.

Tickets are $8. Call 2-1183 or email

Thursday, Feb. 12

Innovative Community Academic Partnership Reception Join the start of the Innovative Community Academic Partnership, a program of the School of Social Work that focuses on the well-being of children and families in the Dallas and Tarrant counties area. 10 a.m.-noon, second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Social Work.

Opening Reception: 'The Ties That Bind' Artist Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff's work elevates an isolated single object in her personal quest for beauty, calm, and serenity. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through March 28. Free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Softball Maverick Invitational. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Incarnate Word, 7 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, vs. Incarnate Word, 5 p.m., vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13; vs. Ohio State. 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14; vs. Sam Houston State, 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15Athletics.

Friday, Feb. 13

movin' mavs

Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Movin’ Mavs vs. Univ. of Alabama, 2 p.m., P.E. Building; Lady Movin’ Mavs vs. Univ. of Alabama, 4 p.m., P.E. Building; Lady Movin’ Mavs vs. Denver, 8 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Also, Movin’ Mavs vs. San Diego Wolfpack, 4:45 p.m., and vs. Lakeshore Lakers, 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, P.E. Building; Lady Movin’ Mavs vs. Dallas Lady Mavericks, 8 a.m., and vs. Univ. of Arizona, 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, Maverick Activities Center. Movin’ Mavs. 

Friday Night Film: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Rated PG-13. Free, fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Monday, Feb. 16

Voice Division Recital Voice students perform. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Ya'ke Smith

Art as a Weapon for Social Change Award-winning filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith, right, assistant professor of film and video, utilizes clips from his nationally acclaimed films to lead a discussion on bringing social justice issues to light and actively processing the emotions that come with them. Free. 7 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs, Black History Month.

Clavier Piano Recital Clavier Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Appalachian State. Tickets $7-$50; $3 students. 5 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Appalachian State. Tickets $7-$50; $3 students. 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Athletics.

Coming up

Softball UT Arlington Invitational. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Prairie View A&M, 11:30 a.m. and vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; vs. Missouri-KC, 10 a.m. and vs. DePaul, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; vs. Missouri-KC, 10 a.m. and vs. Prairie View A&M, noon Sunday, Feb. 22; Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

our story

Baseball UTA Hilton Invitational. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; vs. Michigan State, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; vs. Houston Baptist, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22; Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

'Our Story' Exhibit See the achievements of African Americans through history. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Feb. 23-27, University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural AffairsBlack History Month.

Jazz Night Jai Malano, jazz artist and UTA alumnus, performs. Enjoy live music, mocktails, a photo booth, poker, blackjack tables. Free. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University. Multicultural AffairsBlack History Month.

'Into the Woods' Everyone’s favorite storybook characters are brought together in this award-winning musical where fantasy worlds collide. Tickets $9 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $12 general public. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 25-28; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1; Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration Celebrate the beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss, on his birthday. Children can read with UTA students and enjoy Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, and photo opportunities. Free children's books are available while supplies last. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA VolunteersFreshmen Leaders on CampusArlington Public Library.


The Gallery at UTA: Gyorgy Beck and Sylvia Plachy Two Hungarian-born artists share space in both the literal and metaphysical sense. Through Feb. 14. The Gallery at UTA.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th- to 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 features Black Holes, Dynamic Earth, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, and Spacepark 360: InfinityPlanetarium.

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


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