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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Commencement begins Thursday at College Park Center

Fall Commencement ceremonies are Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 11-13, at College Park Center. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to

Thursday, Dec. 11—College of Nursing and Health Innovation, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 12—School of Architecture, School of Social Work, School of Urban and Public Affairs, University College, 11 a.m.; College of Education, College of Science, 3 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13—College of Business, 11 a.m.; College of Engineering, 3 p.m.

Paws for Finals

Finals friend: Paws for Finals therapy dog Duchess enjoys attention from Mark Napieralski, art freshman, during his stress-reducing break from studying Thursday at the Central Library.

Finals week includes Late Night Breakfast, free coffee

Take a break from studying for final exams with some relaxation, a good breakfast, and free java. 

Study with free coffee all day through finals at the Architecture and Fine Arts Library and Science and Engineering Library. The java is free 9 p.m.-5 a.m. through finals in the Central Library.

Those positive pooches of Paws for Finals are ready to ease your stress at the Central Library through Wednesday, Dec. 10. See the schedule.

Late Night Breakfast provides students with a study break 9:30-11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. A full breakfast menu is offered at the Connection Café for only $3. Cash, credit, MavMoney, Dining Dollars, or the meal plan are accepted.

The E.H. Hereford University Center will stay open through 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.

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Bob Costas appearance rescheduled for April 13

The Maverick Speakers Series appearance of NBC sportscaster Bob Costas has been rescheduled for Monday, April 13, 2015.

He will present "Sports in America: Is It Still Only a Game?" at 7:30 p.m. in College Park Center.

Costas' appearance Sept. 25 was postponed due to his network assigning him to call legendary shortstop Derek Jeter’s final home game in Yankee Stadium.

Individuals who held general or preferred tickets to the Sept. 25 lecture will have an opportunity to claim or buy tickets for the new date beginning Monday, March 2. Instructions will be sent via email.

All remaining tickets will become available to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, at

For additional information, contact the UTA Box Office at 817-272-9595.

Accounting degree ranked one of most affordable

Accounting Degree Review has ranked UT Arlington’s residential bachelor’s degree in accounting as one of the most affordable in the nation.

UT Arlington ranked No. 25 out of 170 institutions accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the organization founded in 1916 to accredit business schools.

Read more about the accounting degree ranking.

Candidates for vice president for research to visit campus

Four candidates for vice president for research will meet with administrators, faculty, staff, and students Monday-Thursday, Dec. 15-18. The meetings will be 2:30-3:15 p.m. in Room 228 of the Engineering Research Building.

The name of each candidate will be released 24 hours in advance of his or her campus visit.

Visit the Senior Leadership Searches webpage to learn more about the search for the vice president for research, as details become available.

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Play it safe

Whether it's weather, a chemical spill in a lab, or another emergency situation, UT Arlington is committed to keeping you safe. Watch the safety video. Learn more about safety on campus at Safe and Sound in Maverick Country.


Beware of phone scam asking for money

A recent phone scam involves the caller claiming to be from UTA and asking for money, according to the UT Arlington Police Department.

The caller tells people they owe money to the University and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Next, the caller solicits immediate payment for the alleged debts. The telephone number used has been cloned from a legitimate UTA department.

University officials will not contact you in this manner or threaten arrest for non-payment of debts.

If you encounter this or similar scams or have information about them, contact the UTA Police at 817-272-3381.

College Park garages, nearby lots used for Commencement guests

The College Park District garages and nearby parking lots will be used for guests of the Commencement ceremonies. Parking spaces will be reserved for Commencement starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11-Saturday, Dec. 13.

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 817-272-3907.

Book buy-back planned by UTA Bookstore

The UTA Bookstore will buy back textbooks and offer extended hours Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 9-12

The bookstore will be open 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 9-11; 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13

Plaza Food Court banners available to promote your program

Twelve banner display cases are available in the seating area of the renovated Plaza Food Court in the E.H. Hereford University Center. University departments and student organizations can reserve banners for the spring and summer terms.

Each organization may reserve banner space for two weeks at a time for up to three times per semester. Artwork must be 36×24 inches.

For details, visit the Student Organizations desk in Room B120 of the University Center or call 817-272-2293.

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Party time

Lucinda Buhrkuhl, left, support specialist for student affairs, and Tina Scott, administrative assistant for the Leadership Center, prepare for a party in the center's office in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The end-of-semester celebration was for students involved in the Leadership Center, University Events, and Student Activities and Organizations, all part of the Division of Student Affairs.

Outstanding Academic Adviser nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Academic Advisers. Awards will be given to one faculty adviser and one professional adviser.

Submit nominations at by Jan. 26, 2015

For 25 years, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. Many advisers have been recognized nationally by the National Academic Advising Association for their commitment to helping students succeed. 

For information, contact Delene Remmers at 817-272-2737.

ACES symposium now accepting abstract submissions

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), a University-wide symposium highlighting the best in student research and creativity. Submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

To be featured at ACES, undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. The approved abstracts are then turned into oral presentations or posters to be presented at the symposium. The day-long event includes a keynote speaker. 

ACES 2015 will take place Wednesday, March 25, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Email questions to

Teddy bear drive continues through Dec. 17

Donate a teddy bear of 12-24 inches tall to needy children through Project Hope. The Society of Human Resource Management is collecting the bears.

Donation boxes are in the Business Building, Central Library, Preston Hall, Social Work Building, and E.H. Hereford University Center.

Questions? Contact Dennis Veit at

Check List


Through Friday, Dec. 12

Fall semester final exams.

Thursday, Dec. 11-Saturday, Dec. 13

Commencement ceremonies.

Monday, Dec. 15

First day of class for winter intersession.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Census date for winter intersession.

Fall semester grades official by Office of Records by noon.

Saturday, Dec. 20-Sunday, Jan. 5, 2015

No winter intersession classes.

Spring registration is open; see your adviser now

Make plans to register for the 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.

Order your final transcript

Order your end-of-term transcript now. Place orders in MyMav or through the alternative order form site.

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

Through Wednesday, Dec. 10

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Paws for Finals Therapy dogs help with the stress of final exams. Free. Second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 11-13

Commencement Ceremonies Graduating students celebrate their achievements. See the Commencement schedule. College Park Center.

Coming up

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. McMurry. Tickets $3 with student ID. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. Also, vs. Georgia Southern, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30; vs. South Alabama, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. All at College Park Center. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Howard Payne. Tickets $3 with student ID. 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Also, vs. Georgia Southern, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30; vs. South Alabama, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. All at College Park Center. Athletics.


Digital Photography Student artwork showcased. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Dec. 12EXCEL Campus Activities.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition showcases works by 47 graduating seniors in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Reception 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. Through Dec. 13Art and Art History.

Max Sullivan Gallery: Statera-Hymns of Balance Paintings by Andrew Kochie. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free. Max Sullivan Gallery, Room 206, Architecture Building. Through Dec. 15Architecture.

Cuba: Histories of the Present Explore daily life in modern Cuba through photographs by David LaFevor, assistant professor of history. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Dec. 22.

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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 winter schedule through Dec. 21 features Season of Light; Holiday Music Magic; Back to the Moon for Good; Experience the AuroraOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink Floyd; and Spacepark 360 InfinityPlanetarium.

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

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Wednesday, Dec. 10

Faculty Research Incubator Seminar Series David Rakowski, associate professor of finance and real estate, is guest speaker. Free. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Engineering Speakers Series Fengnian Xia of Yale University discusses "Graphene Photonics and Plasmonics." Free. 3:30-5 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Saturday, Dec. 13

2014-15 Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Information sessions and enrollment assistance for the 2014-15 Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplace. Patient navigators who speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese available. Co-sponsors are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the United Way of Tarrant County. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Nursing and Health InnovationRural Health Outreach Program.


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
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Hill top: Junior guard Johnny Hill scored 12 points including a driving layup in the final minute Saturday at College Park Center. The Mavericks topped Weber State 63-56 in a nonconference matchup.

Men's basketball evens record at 4-4

The Mavericks topped Weber State 63-56 in a nonconference matchup Saturday at College Park Center to snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 4-4 on the season.

Junior guard Johnny Hill scored 12 points, including a driving layup in the final minute. He also dished out six assists and had three steals.

Freshman guard Kaelon Wilson had nine points, seven rebounds, and two steals, and senior guard Lonnie McClanahan added 10 points.

The Mavericks travel to California to take on UC Irvine on Saturday, Dec. 13. The next home game is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, against Howard Payne at College Park Center.

Women's team falls at Kansas State

Kansas State hit four of five free throws down the stretch to nip UTA 45-41 last Thursday in Manhattan, Kan.

The Mavericks (3-3) tied the Wildcats with back-to-back buckets by freshman center Rebekah Van Dijk with less than a minute remaining. Van Dijk recorded her fifth consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The women’s team returns to action Saturday, Dec. 13, at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before hosting McMurry at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at College Park Center.

Intramurals continue through winter break

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include College FB Bowl Pick 'Em, Saturday, Dec. 13; racquetball, Wednesday, Dec. 17; table tennis, Wednesday, Jan. 7; badminton, Tuesday, Jan. 13; and poker, Thursday, Jan. 15.

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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