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Monday, December 19, 2016

Commencement December 2016

Graduation day filled with celebration

Pomp and circumstance were on full display Thursday-Saturday at commencement ceremonies in College Park Center. See more photos.

Men’s basketball climbs rankings of mid-majors


The Mavericks men’s basketball team has soared to a No. 3 ranking in the poll of mid-major colleges in the nation following a first-ever victory over a Top 25 team. The Mavericks follow only Gonzaga and Wichita State in that mid-major poll. UTA also is ranked No. 18 in the NCAA’s 2016-17 Ratings Percentage Index rankings. UTA is 9-3 overall after winning 56-51 over Bradley on Friday in Peoria, Ill. See the Mavs' and the Lady Mavs' schedule and news at LEARN MORE.

Winter Break hours

Winter Break hours are online for Dining Services, the E.H. Hereford University Center, the Maverick Activities Center, the UTA Bookstore, UTA Libraries, and Planetarium at UTA.

Shop at, bookstore; use Maverick discounts

Include some Maverick spirit this holiday season by shopping at and the UTA Bookstore. Take advantage of the Maverick Discount Program.

Blazing Construction blog has details on electrical outages, maintenance

Read details in Facilities Management's Blazing Construction blog about:

  • Business and Fine Arts buildings electrical outage Monday-Sunday, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
  • Carlisle Hall ground floor elevator lobby closure starting Monday, Dec. 26.
  • Life Science building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning maintenance Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 28-30.

Power energy savings by turning off electrical devices

A few actions on your part can help conserve energy on campus during the winter break. The Office of Facilities Management suggests these steps to realize maximum energy savings:

  • Turn off and unplug electrical devices. Many devices remain in standby mode or use power even when turned off. If items are plugged into power strips, simply turn off the power strips.
  • Lower the heating temperature and turn off air conditioning. Areas controlled directly by an occupant should have the air conditioning and fans turned off.

Clean up now to prevent post-holiday surprises

clean refrigerator

The Office of Facilities Management suggests cleaning break rooms before the winter break

  • Wipe down and clean out break rooms or common areas of any food items or candy to keep from attracting insects.
  • Empty the refrigerator and turn off the ice maker.
  • Remove all perishable items from the refrigerator and freezer. Check all expiration dates and dispose if expired.
  • Clean the inside of the refrigerator. Wipe down the drawers, shelves, sides, and floor of the fridge. Dry thoroughly.
  • Place baking soda, a bowl of dried oats, or a shallow bowl of dry, fresh coffee grounds and crumpled newspaper inside the refrigerator to combat mildew, mold, and bad odor. When you return, remove newspapers and oats/coffee grounds and wipe down the drawers and sides.

MavWire takes a holiday

This will be the final issue of MavWire before the holidays. MavWire will resume Friday, Jan. 6. Send your stories or pictures to to be considered for publication. Find previous issues of MavWire in the archives at

Maverick Memories

wearable computer

A engineering student shows off the latest UTA-designed wearable computer gear in May 2000. The idea has been tweaked and scaled down a bit over the years.

SOURCE: UTA Libraries' Special Collections

Coming Up

Friday, Dec. 23–Sunday, Jan. 1—Winter break; University closed.

Thursday, Dec. 29Women's Basketball vs. Appalachian State.

Saturday, Dec. 31—Basketball Doubleheader: Lady Mavs and Mavericks vs. Coastal Carolina.

Monday, Jan. 16—Martin Luther King Jr. holiday; University closed.

Tuesday, Jan. 17—First day of class for spring semester.

See more on the UTA events calendar.



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