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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Maverick Speakers Series-James Stavridis

Tickets still available for tonight's Maverick Speakers Series lecture

There's still time to get tickets to see retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis in tonight's Maverick Speakers Series event.

Dr. Stavridis will present "Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security" at 7:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Texas Hall. An autograph signing follows the lecture.

He is dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and served as head of the U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe for 2009-2013. His latest book, The Accidental Admiral: A Soldier Takes Command at NATO, debuted in October.

Season and preferred packages and free general admission tickets are available at For VIP tickets, contact Mark LaVelle at or 817-272-5235.

women's cross country SBC champions

Championship season: The women's cross country team and coach John Sauerhage show off the Sun Belt Conference championship trophy at the conference finals on Sunday in Mobile, Ala.

Women's cross country team nabs Sun Belt crown

The women's cross country team claimed its first league title since 2001 and the program's fifth ever on Sunday at the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championships.

The men placed third after last year's SBC title.

Katelyn Hayward, fifth overall, earned first-team All-SBC accolades. Gabriela Alfonzo, sixth, and Ashly Wright, eighth, received second-team honors, while Hannah Nilsson, 11th, earned third-team.

For the men, Craig Lautenslager, third, and Eric Ojeda, fourth, made the All-SBC first team. Ryan Tilotta snagged sixth, and Michael Guerrero was eighth, with both named to the second team.

The UTA teams head to the NCAA South Central Regional in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday, Nov. 14.

Read more about the cross country teams at the SBC championships.

students with wheelchair

Foundation establishes scholarships for students with spinal cord injuries

The Office for Students with Disabilities has been selected to be a part of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Scholarship for Students with Spinal Cord Injury program.

The $131,000 in scholarships will provide tuition, fees, books, and supplies for four students with spinal cord injuries for the remainder of their undergraduate or graduate program beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.     

The Neilsen Foundation also established a $75,000 supplemental support fund to reduce barriers for Neilsen Scholars’ academic success. The supplemental fund will support needs related to the students’ spinal cord injury, such as caregiver services and adaptive equipment or assistive technology, and will subsidize other costs such as housing, childcare, and/or transportation.

Read more about the Neilsen Foundation Scholarships.

Nearly $1 million NSF grant will support doctoral students

A dozen doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—also known as STEM fields—will receive free tuition and a $30,000 yearly stipend for two years thanks to a new National Science Foundation grant.

The $974,250 in funding for the Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships comes from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program at the NSF.

Read more about the Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships.

Dr. Theron Bowman

Dr. Theron Bowman

Bowman to speak at Goolsby Leadership Academy event

Public service and leadership are the topics for a presentation by Theron Bowman, Arlington's deputy city manager and former chief of police, for the Goolsby Leadership Academy's Distinguished Speakers Series.

The free event is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Bowman began his law enforcement career with the Arlington Police Department, becoming police chief in 1999. He retired from that position and later became deputy city manager.  

At UTA, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a doctorate in urban and public administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute, and the Senior Management Institute for Police. In 2006, he was named a UTA Distinguished Alumnus.

Bowman also is a professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department in the College of Liberal Arts.

Questions? Email for details.

Veterans Day events on campus next Tuesday, Nov. 11

UT Arlington veterans will be honored on campus Tuesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

Reveille begins the event at 7 a.m. in the courtyard of College Hall followed by a wreath-laying ceremony and acknowledgements of veteran graduates.

A breakfast for UTA veterans is 8-9 a.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. A resource fair is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the same location.

Enjoy music, food, and activities 5-7 p.m. on the Library mall, hosted by the Student Veterans Organization.

Pick up an "I Love UTA Veterans" or "UTA Veteran" button at the opening ceremony, breakfast, or resource fair.

Donate a pair of socks for the "Socks for Service" project, which benefits homeless veterans. Drop-off boxes are in front of College Hall, the Veterans Assistance Center, and the Central Library and in the Palo Duro Lounge.

The Veterans Day activities are sponsored by the Office of the President, Department of Military Science, Student Veterans Organization, and the Veterans Connection Committee. For details on resources for student veterans, go to the Veteran Services website.

Vote today in student elections

Cast your ballots today, Tuesday, Nov. 4, for Homecoming king and queen, Student Congress senators, and UTA Ambassadors.

Polls are open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the University Center Gallery behind the Information Desk in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Students need to bring their UTA student ID to vote.

Contact Jennifer Fox at for more information.

Walter Echo-Hawk

Walter Echo-Hawk

Native American rights focus of attorney's lecture

The attorney instrumental in the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994) will speak on campus in November.

For 35 years, Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) served as staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund. His latest books are In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided and In the Light of Justice.

Echo-Hawk will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Room 108 of University Hall. A reception and book signing follow. He also will speak at noon Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Room 100 of College Hall.

The lectures are part of A Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute and are sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office, the Pre-Law Center, the Native American Student Association, the Honors College, and the English Department.

For more details, go to

  MavPic Halloween on Greek Row

Sweet night

Shaye Henson, left, and Dakota Fox of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity handed out candy to trick-or-treaters along Greek Row for Halloween last Friday.

Science Week includes some audience participation

The College of Science brings information and entertainment together for Science Week, Monday-Friday, Nov. 3-7. Events include lectures, presentations, research workshops, and a photo contest.  

Audience participation, questions, and feedback are part of an Open Mic Science event. Graduate and undergraduate students present their research projects using only a white board. The educational fun is set for noon-1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center

Physician, entrepreneur, and alumnus Jivesh J. Sharma and Julian Hurdle, assistant professor of biology, discuss scientific innovations in the medical field from different perspectives at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Biology Assistant Professor John “Trey” Fondon discusses genetically modified organisms at noon-2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, on the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Meant for a broad audience for all education levels and disciplines, the event includes lunch.

See the Science Week schedule for more events.

Info session Wednesday for mediation certificate program

An information session about the Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate program is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Room E200F of the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Building.

The study and use of alternative dispute resolution processes has increased in the past two decades. Courts, business owners, employers, HOAs, realtors, universities, and government agencies are using mediation to help improve working relationships, cut legal costs, and increase productivity. 

Register online.

MavPic Casino Night 2014

Roll on

Students gambled on a good time last Thursday at Casino Night in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event offered a pre-Halloween chance to dress in costumes and mingle. See more photos.


Bring old electronics to recycling event

The Office of Sustainability hosts an electronic recycling event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, near the southwest corner of Woolf Hall on the University Center mall.

Bring computers/CPUs, monitors, computer peripherals, printers, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers, televisions, VCRs, microwaves, stereos, home and office phones, cellphones, consumer electronics, printer cartridges, and rechargeable alkaline batteries.

For more information, contact Becky Valentich at or 817-272-0199.

Be a Maverick Orientation leader

Introduce potential and transfer students to UT Arlington by becoming a Maverick Orientation leader. Apply online by Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Peer educators needed for spring

The TRIO-Student Support Services and University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction offices are looking for motivated students to become peer educators for the spring semester.

Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses and have completed at least one semester of coursework at UT Arlington. Applicants must have a 3.0+ GPA and have earned an A or B in the course for which they are applying. Students also should have great communication skills, excellent leadership qualities, and a positive attitude.

Available positions for peer educators include one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders. 

For details, visit Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 28. 

Students needed for UT System Regents, Coordinating Board nominations

Student Congress is searching for students who wish to make an impact and represent the voice of college students on a state level.

Every year the governor's office asks for student candidates to the UT System Board of Regents and to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Coordinating Board Advisory Committee. These positions provide a valuable student voice to education policy decisions affecting the UT System and the state’s higher education system.

Apply online or at the Student Congress offices in Suite B150 of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Applications are due to the Student Congress offices by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Questions? Email

Alternative Spring Break goes to Gulf Coast

The Alternative Spring Break heads to the coast of Mississippi on March 8-13, 2015, to help the community with various social issues such as environmental sustainability, disaster relief, early childhood education, homelessness, and poverty.

Applications are accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 12.

homecoming 2014

Float in Homecoming with parade entry

Claim your spot in the Homecoming parade lineup. Register online by Wednesday Nov. 12, with an entry that shows your Maverick spirit.

The parade starts at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, on Spaniolo Drive outside College Park Center.

Check List


Thursday, Nov. 27-Friday, Nov. 28

University closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

Dec. 6-12

Fall semester final exams.

Fall final exam schedule available

The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals are scheduled Dec. 6-12.

Spring registration is open; see your adviser now

Make plans to register for winter intersession and spring 2015 terms. The schedule of classes and the registration timetable are available on the MyMav portal page.

Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering. A list of advising offices is online. Call to schedule an appointment or check walk-in hours.

Transcripts now available in PDF format

UT Arlington now offers transcripts in PDF format. Students can send PDF transcripts by email to another university, a potential employer, or themselves. Read more about ordering transcripts.

Going Out

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Afternoon Variety Showcase A free show during lunch time. 11 a.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Tail-Waggin' Wednesday Relax with canine companions. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Kick-Off Adopt a child or senior from the Salvation Army Angel Tree to help families in need during the holidays. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. "Angels" also available at the Leadership Center, Suite B160, University Center.  UTA Volunteers.

Faculty Tuba Recital A tuba recital featuring Ed Jones, adjunct professor of tuba. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Nov. 6

Global Grounds International Coffee Hour Enjoy free chai tea, refreshments, music, and networking with a Bollywood theme. Free. 4-5:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. International EducationMulticultural AffairsAsian Heritage Month.

UTA Faculty Jazz Concert Jazz faculty members perform with saxophonist Glenn Kostur of the University of New Mexico. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Music.

Friday, Nov. 7

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Arkansas-Little Rock. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. South Alabama, Sunday, Nov. 9Athletics.

Friends of the Library Peter Szok highlights his new book Restaurantes, Rumba y Más: A Gringo’s Guide to Latino Fort WorthRSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 5. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries, Friends of the Library.

Friday Night Film: Guardians of the Galaxy 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.

Monday, Nov. 10

Blood Drive Carter Blood Care will have mobile units on the Library and University Center malls. Through Thursday, Nov. 13. University Events.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Cultural Extravaganza Enjoy a Chinese lion dance, a Bharata Natyam performance, games, calligraphy, henna booths, and prizes. Free. 6:30-9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural AffairsAsian Heritage Month.

Coming up

'A Streetcar Named Desire' The Maverick Theatre Company presents a Tennessee Williams classic. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 public. Box office 817-272-2669. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 19-22, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, Mainstage Theatre. Theatre Arts.

Holiday Extravaganza Attend the annual family-oriented holiday celebration with arts and crafts representing a variety of winter holidays, cookie decorating, and pictures with Santa. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.


The Gallery at UTA: Philip Van Keuren and Liz Ward Philip Van Keuren presents atmospheric black and white photogravures. Liz Ward's work includes colorful watercolors and meticulous silverpoint drawings. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building North. Through Nov. 15The Gallery at UTA.

Gallery 76102: Above & Beyond Kalee Appleton's series is inspired by time and time’s tendency to both transform and preserve. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Nov. 30Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

MavsArt The semi-annual UTA community art show features 67 works by 25 artists who are UTA students, faculty, and staff. Through Dec. 3UT Arlington LibrariesMavsArt.

Special Collections: The Price of Manifest Destiny Discover how maps and war interlock in the 19th century in a new exhibit. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 7, 2015UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The 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 fall schedule includes Astronaut; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; Spacepark 360 Infinity; Two Small Pieces of Glass; and We Are Astronomers. Planetarium.

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

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Tuesday, Nov. 4

OUT2Lunch Series LGBTQA and Politics in Perspective. Lunch included. RSVP to Free. Noon-1 p.m., San Saba Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Improving Brain-injury Rehabilitation Through Infrared Imaging Georgios Alexandrakis, professor of bioengineering, describes using near-infrared light imaging to monitor traumatic brain injury as well as guide the treatment-mediated brain rewiring in children with cerebral palsy and adult stroke patients. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Food for Thought: Cardiovascular Fitness to Maximize Fat Loss Stephen Newhart, lecturer in kinesiology and a fitness professional, explains how interval training can help maximize cardiovascular training. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Women's and Gender Studies Lecture Whitney Peoples, post-doctoral fellow in Women's and Gender Studies, discusses research on the female contraceptive YAZ and its relationship to gender, race, sexuality, and the media. Free. Noon, Room 360, University Hall. Women's and Gender Studies

CAAS Power Hour Lecture Jamie Grant, president of JDG Wealth Management Group and chairman of Fort Worth Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, will discuss how to go from employee to entrepreneur. Light refreshments. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

Faculty Research Incubator Seminar Series Elten Briggs, associate professor of marketing, presents "The Influence of Attribute Displacement Performance on Customer Evaluation of Service Experiences." Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 241; Business Building. Business.

Thursday, Nov. 6

Biology Colloquium  Thomas DeWitt of Texas A&M University presents "Predators Drive Replicated Phenotypic Evolution in Prey Fishes." Free. 4 p.m., Room 118, Life Science Building. Also, Aaron Bauer of Villanova University, Thursday, Nov. 13Biology.

Friday, Nov. 7

First Friday at the University Advising Center Learn about resources, meet with advisers, and sign up for appointments. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Room 105, Ransom Hall.  University CollegeUniversity Advising Center.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Speakers Series Yinsheng Wang of the University of California, Riverside, discusses “Quantitative Proteomics for Research in Cancer Biology and Environmental Toxicology.” 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Also, Yaron Paz of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Friday, Nov. 14Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series Anton Malko of UT Dallas presents “Semiconductor Nanocrystals: From Quantum Phenomena to Applications in Energy Sustainability.” Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 103, Engineering Research Building. Materials Science and Engineering.

Monday, Nov. 10

Engineering Speaker Series Michael Hay of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission presents "2011 Tsunami Impacts to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan." Free. Noon-1 p.m. Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Focus on Faculty: Anne Healy Anne Healy, assistant professor of theatre arts, discusses the Master of Fine Arts program in musical theatre. Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries

Coming up

EMBA Info Session Experience a class session with current EMBA students and network with the class members, faculty, and EMBA alumni. Register online. Free. 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, The Fort Worth Club, 306 W. 7th St., Fort Worth. Fort Worth Center.

Engineering Speaker Series Ali Erdemir of Argonne National Laboratory discusses "Facing the Hard Truth about Friction and Its Impact on Global Energy Consumption." Free. 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.


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 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
  Senior forward Greg Gainey

Madness move: Senior forward Greg Gainey displayed his dunking style at Maverick Madness last Tuesday at College Park Center. Fans got to meet the men's and women's teams and wheelchair teams as well as the coaches, spirit squads, and Blaze. See more photos.

Volleyball Mavs look to rebound Friday

The volleyball team takes on the University of Arkansas-Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, and South Alabama at noon Sunday, Nov. 9, at College Park Center.

The team fell to Appalachian State in a road match last Sunday, snapping an eight-match winning streak. The loss followed a 3-2 win against Georgia State on Friday night.

The loss puts UTA at 21-6 this season and 11-4 in Sun Belt play.

Hunter Pence among Hall of Honor class

Two-time World Series champion Hunter Pence is among the inductees in the 2015 Athletics Hall of Honor class. The ceremony is Jan. 30, 2015, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Inductees are Pence (baseball), Elston Cawley (men's track and field), Valeria Whitfield (women's volleyball), Mike Stamps (football), and the 1996-2000 men's track and field teams.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the induction ceremony. Individual tickets are $50 at Purchase tickets by Jan. 21.

To reserve a table or for questions, contact Kimberley Jardine at or 817-272-0694

Sports shorts

  • The men's golf team's sophomore Zach Galliford tied for ninth at the 2014 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas. The Mavericks finished eighth. The team competes at the Barona Collegiate Cup in San Diego starting Feb. 9, 2015.

  • The men's and women's tennis teams wrapped up their fall seasons this past weekend by bringing home five titles and several more victories at two tournaments.

  • The Maverick baseball team's Fall World Series opened Monday at Clay Gould Ballpark. The three-game series between the blue team coached by Troy Dean Conkle and the orange team coached by Fuller Smith continues with 3 p.m. games Wednesday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 7. The Fall World Series is free and open to all fans.

  • Maverick basketball begins next week when the women's team plays Missouri Valley College at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at College Park Center, and the men's team faces Bradley that evening in Peoria, Ill.

  • Outfielder Hunter Pence made it three straight years that a Maverick played for the World Series-winning team. The San Francisco Giants won Game 7 of the World Series 3-2 over the Kansas City Royals last week.

Intramural entries due for poker

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include poker, Monday, Nov. 17.     

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

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