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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Submit comments on Principles of Community for Strategic Plan

As part of UT Arlington’s strategic planning process, President Vistasp Karbhari appointed a task force to examine how to bring the University community together and ground us in our mission of research, teaching, and public service.

The task force of faculty, staff, and students formed in August 2014. After many meetings and discussions, the members drafted the Principles of Community. These principles describe and define UT Arlington, serving as the heart and soul of our engagement with each other and the larger community we serve.

Before finalizing them, the task force and President Karbhari are seeking your input. Please read the Principles of Community draft and fill out the online comment/suggestion form by Friday, March 6.

The task force will gather your feedback to help formalize the document.

UTA Magazine spring 2015

Spring 'UTArlington Magazine' spotlights Formula SAE program

Take an in-depth look at UT Arlington’s internationally acclaimed Formula SAE Racing Team in the spring issue of UTArlington Magazine.

You’ll also find stories about the University’s Greek community, programs to help high school students navigate the road to higher education, and expanded opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research.

Every article includes a link for posting comments. You also can “like” the magazine’s Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed.

UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and distributed to about 160,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University.

Send comments to

micho kaku

Michio Kaku discusses 'Physics of the Future' for Maverick Speakers Series

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku presents his thoughts on "Physics of the Future" for the Maverick Speakers Series event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Texas Hall. An autograph signing will follow the lecture.

Additional standby tickets will be available at the box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Standby ticket holders will be seated, space permitting, 10 minutes before the show starts. Accommodation is anticipated but not guaranteed.

Dr. Kaku is one of the most widely renowned contemporary figures in science. His particular area of specialty is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Kaku is attempting to complete. He is also known for his work in predicting trends that affect business, commerce, and finance.

Put your best foot forward at Job Fair

Be ready for your future when you attend next week's Spring Job Fair for UT Arlington students and graduates only.

The fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Maverick Activities Center. No registration is required for the free fair. Bring a student ID and plenty of résumés.

Employers will be on hand to talk with students, take résumés, and discuss job possibilities. See a list of companies attending the Job Fair.

See the workshops schedule, which also includes programs after the fair and during the semester. The Career Development Center also sponsors interview sessions with companies.

For more information on the Job Fair and job hunting, contact the Career Development Center online or at 817-272-2932.

UTA history book

New book illustrates UT Arlington's transformation through time

From the 1895 start of Arlington College and through eight names, UT Arlington has seen plenty of changes, students, leaders, and historic events. Those are the basis for University of Texas at Arlington, a new book of historic photos compiled by UT Arlington librarians Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester.

Images used in the book are from Special Collections, various campus departments, University Communications, and Tarleton State University, with whom UT Arlington shared a spirited sports rivalry in the 1930s.

University of Texas at Arlington will be available Monday, Feb. 23, at local booksellers and through Arcadia Publishing.

Read more about the book on UTA's history.

MavPic Pizza with the Prez, and chief

Open dialogue

UTA Police Chief Kim Lemaux answered questions about security with President Vistasp Karbhari during Pizza with the President. The lunchtime info session for students was, appropriately, on Monday, Presidents Day. 


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.

Improve your poster and oral presentation skills

Are you attending a conference this spring and want to learn the best ways to communicate your research to the public? Or are you presenting at the ACES symposium and want to learn how to format your oral or poster presentation?

Attend a workshop designed to introduce you to the best practices for poster and oral presentations. The program is 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Room 105 of Nedderman Hall. 

Visit the Office of Graduate Studies website for more information and register online

Cooper Street road work under way from Mitchell to I-20

Various lanes on Cooper Street between Mitchell Street and Interstate 20 will be closed for the repair of the existing surface, a new asphalt overlay, sidewalks, driveway reconstruction, and new traffic signals.

Installation of curbed medians will start at Mitchell Street and move south to Arkansas Lane. Sidewalk, ramp, and driveway improvements will start at Arkansas and move south.

Construction is scheduled to be finished in summer 2016.

  MavPic Volunteer Fair

Sharing service

Kiriakis Newman, left, business senior, tells Phuong Anh, electrical engineering sophomore, about The Big Event community service day at last Wednesday's Volunteer Fair. UTA Volunteers hosted the event to share volunteer opportunities with the campus community.

Outstanding Student Leader nominations due today

The 2014-15 Outstanding Student Leader nominations are due today, Tuesday, Feb. 17. The nomination form is available online. Read about the awards criteria

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.

For questions, email Kerri Ressl at

Emergency generator test on Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.

Buildings involved are Carlisle Hall, Engineering Lab Building, Engineering Research Building, Hammond Hall, Central Library, Life Science Building, Nedderman Hall, Trimble Hall, and Woolf Hall.

The test will only affect the electrical services tied to each building’s generator, not the entire building. There will be a slight “blip” lasting a half-second as the electrical service transfers to the generator and another as it is transferred back to the normal building service. Keep computer work in progress saved during this time to prevent any possible data loss.

Questions? Call Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

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.

MavPic poster sale

Decor decisions

Esther Zhi, education junior, flips through posters at the Beyond the Wall art sale last week. The event offered decor options for residence halls or other homes.


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.

Bookstore sale Wednesday-Thursday

The UTA Bookstore offers 25 percent discounts on in-store items during its sale Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 18-19.

Items on sale include all Champion and Jansport apparel, backpacks, bags, headphones, earbuds, auto accessories, socks, reference and bargain books, writing instruments, and tech accessories.

Powwow marks 20 years of honoring Native American culture

The Native American Student Association's annual Benefit Powwow celebrates 20 years with tributes to veterans, a 16-foot Comanche-style teepee, a native frybread dinner, intertribal dancing, drum circles, and an indigenous language video contest.

The event is set for 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Admission is free.

Volunteers are needed.

Contact Les Riding-in at for more information.

Check List


Through Sunday, Feb. 22

Freshman progress report grades available in MyMav Student Center.

Feb. 23-March 5

Midterm progress report grades available in MyMav Student Center.

Monday, March 2

Final deadline to apply for spring graduation.

Friday, April 3

Last day to drop classes for spring semester.

Deadline to apply for graduation for spring candidates

The priority deadline to apply for graduation has passed, but students can still apply for the spring 2015 term.

Candidates for graduation can apply through Monday, March 2, with an additional $60 late fee. The filing fee is $40 and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Students should apply to graduate in MyMav. Read the graduation application instructions

Before students apply to graduate, they should verify with their academic adviser that they are eligible to graduate at the end of the graduation application term. The fee is not refundable or transferable to a future term if a student applies and is then found to be ineligible to graduate.

Read more about graduation requirements.

Freshman, midterm progress report on MyMav

Freshman progress reports are being posted through Sunday, Feb. 22. The faculty deadline is Feb. 20, but instructors can report progress report grades at any time before then, and you can view your progress reports as soon as the grades are entered.

Midterm progress reports will be posted Monday, Feb. 23-Thursday, March 5. The faculty deadline is March 5.

See your grades in the MyMav Student Center. See your academic adviser with questions or concerns. 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, April 3, 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.

If a class is dropped after the Census Date and you remain enrolled, you are financially responsible for the full cost of the course. If you drop all classes, you are responsible for the pro-rated share of tuition, fees, and charges. 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

Game Night, chess tournament this week

game night

Video and board games are sure to cure your boredom this week.

UTA Libraries hosts Game Night on the third Thursday of February, March, and April. The fun is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the basement of the Central Library. Video and board games are available, but you can bring your own to share.

Test your strategy at the UTA Chess Tournament starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Nedderman Hall atrium. A $3 entry fee puts you in the competition for cash prizes and the champion award. To register or join the Maverick Chess Club, email or

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Art as a Weapon for Social Change Award-winning filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith, 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 AffairsBlack History Month.

Clavier Piano Recital Piano students perform. 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, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21Athletics.

One Mic Stand Comedy Series Adam Mamawala performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Appalachian State. Tickets $7-$50; $3 students. 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Also vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21Athletics.

Friday, Feb. 20

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., Allan Saxe Field. Also, 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. 22Athletics.

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

Monday, Feb. 23

our story

Percussion Ensemble Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

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

Coming up

Mavs Got Talent Auditions Talent show auditions. Free. 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Excel Campus Activities.

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

Friday Night Film: 'Interstellar' Rated PG-13. Free, fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Jazz Night Jai Malano, jazz vocalist and UTA alumna, performs. Enjoy live music, mocktails, a photo booth, poker, blackjack tables. Free. 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University. Multicultural AffairsBlack History Month.

Dr. Seuss's 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 Volunteers, Freshmen Leaders on Campus, Arlington Public Library.


Gallery 76102: 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. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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 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.)

Learn More


Wednesday, Feb. 18

Writing Workshop: Abstracts Graduate students learn how to distill a large work into a concise abstract. 6:30 p.m., Room 411, Central Library. Also, Personal Statement, for graduate students, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24Writing Center.

Advising: Test/Class Prep Need some help prepping for an exam or overall class preparation? This quick presentation will help you learn how to organize your notes. Free. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., first floor lobby, Ransom Hall. Also, 10:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20University Advising Center.

Thursday, Feb. 19

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

Writing Workshop: Subject-Verb Agreement Free. 6 p.m., Room 411, Central Library. Also, Fragments and Run-on Sentences, 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23; Finding and Evaluating Sources, noon, Wednesday, Feb. 25Writing Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

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., Neches/Pedernales Rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 31, Concho Room, University Center; 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Neches Room, University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Coming up

Advising: Academic Standing Seminar Learn the levels of academic standing, the Table of Standards, and plans to move forward for academic success. 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

Advising: Major Exploration Seminar Discuss resources for choosing a major with an adviser. 10:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.


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.

Center for Students in Recovery Celebrate Recovery 12-step meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Room 107, Social Work Building; and student-led, open Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, noon, Wednesdays, Room 314, Central Library. Center for Students in Recovery.

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

Sports Notes
Lonnie McClanahan

Air play: Senior guard Lonnie McClanahan led in scoring in two games last week. The Mavericks are at College Park Center for games against Appalachian State on Thursday, Feb. 19, and Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 21, which is the College of Engineering Night.


Mavericks split pair on road

The men’s basketball team defeated Texas State 70-61 on Thursday in San Marcos but dropped a 97-91 decision Saturday to South Alabama in Mobile.

Senior guard Lonnie McClanahan was UTA’s leading scorer in both games, with 18 points against Texas State and 20 against South Alabama. The Mavericks are 14-10 overall and 8-6 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The team returns to College Park Center this week for games against Appalachian State on Thursday, Feb. 19, and Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Women's basketball runs past South Alabama

A dominating effort at both ends of the court lifted UTA to a 63-46 victory Saturday afternoon over South Alabama in Mobile.

Freshman guard Cierra Johnson led the Mavericks with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. The win, which followed a 65-58 overtime loss Thursday at Texas State, improved the team’s record to 13-10 overall and 7-7 in Sun Belt Conference play.

Next up are home games against Appalachian State on Thursday, Feb. 19, and Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Track performers set records

The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams each placed second Saturday at Wichita State’s Herm Wilson Invitational in Wichita, Kan.

Senior Noemie Forget broke the UTA pole vault record, and sophomore Ambria Tisdell broke her own school record in the weight throw.

Competing individually Saturday at the Iowa State Classic, senior Emil Blomberg broke a 29-year-old school record in the indoor mile.

The Mavericks compete in the Sun Belt Conference Championships Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 23-24, in Birmingham, Ala.

Sports Shorts

The softball team improved to 8-2 after winning four of five games over the weekend in the Maverick Invitational at Allan Saxe Field.

The baseball team bounced back from two losses to defeat Stephen F. Austin 18-9 on Sunday at the Stephen F. Austin Tournament in Nacogdoches.

The women’s tennis team downed Texas-Pan American 7-0 on Sunday at the UTA Tennis Center.

 The men’s tennis team defeated UT San Antonio 4-3 on Friday and Southern Miss 4-3 on Saturday at the UTA Tennis Center.

Intramural deadlines include wheelchair football

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include wheelchair football, today, 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 817-272-3277 or email

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