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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Henry Cisneros and Bob Costas

Henry Cisneros and Bob Costas

Cisneros, Costas wrap up 2014-15 Maverick Speakers Series

Plan to claim tickets to see Henry Cisneros and Bob Costas for the last Maverick Speakers Series events of the season. Tickets for Cisneros are available now, and tickets for Costas are offered starting at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, March 3, at

Cisneros will speak on "Smart Growth: Developing the Economy, Infrastructure, and a Sustainable Future" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Texas Hall.

A four-term mayor of San Antonio, Cisneros also served as the 10th secretary of housing and urban development during the Clinton administration. Since leaving public office, he has remained actively involved with housing development and urban revitalization.

An acclaimed sportscaster and 26-time Emmy Award winner, Costas has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in College Park Center. 

He has been on air for NBC Sports since the early 1980s, hosting the network's Olympics coverage and Football Night in America. He will discuss "Sports in America: Is It Still Only a Game?"

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

All remaining Costas' general admission and preferred seating package tickets will become available to the public at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, at For VIP tickets, contact Mark LaVelle at or 2-5235.

University continues to monitor winter weather

Winter isn't over yet and UT Arlington continues to closely monitor severe weather forecasts. UTA will notify students, faculty, and staff should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Notices will be posted on UT Arlington's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Dr. Morteza Khaledi

Dr. Morteza Khaledi

Analytical chemist named College of Science dean

UT Arlington has appointed Morteza Khaledi, professor and chair of the nationally ranked Chemistry Department at North Carolina State University, as dean of the College of Science. He joins the University on Aug. 1.

Dr. Khaledi is a renowned expert in mechanistic studies and bioanalytical applications of high-performance capillary electrophoresis and high-performance liquid chromatography. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and corporate entities. He has chaired the NCSU Chemistry Department since 2014 and previously from 2005 to 2011.

Under his leadership, the department enhanced its national reputation; increased funded research; and undertook substantial curricular reforms and initiated new programs aimed at student access and success.

Read more about Khaledi's appointment.

Spring Job Fair rescheduled for March 17

The All-Majors Job Fair has been rescheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the Maverick Activities Center. The fair was originally scheduled for Feb. 24.

Prepare for the event at workshops on everything from résumés to interview skills. See the workshops schedule.

The Job Fair is for UT Arlington students and graduates only. 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.

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 or

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Let it snow, let it snow

Amid footsteps in the snow, one student makes an angel in Friday's fluffy winter precipitation.


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.

Lot 49 closed for Spring Break

Parking spaces in Lot 49 between Cooper and West streets and north of Mitchell Street will be closed for repairs Saturday, March 7-Saturday, March 14.

The lot will close at midnight Saturday, March 7.  Remaining vehicles may be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. 

Parking options include permit spaces in the lots surrounding Lot 49. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 817-272-3907.

  MavTube Michio KakuVideo Extra

Quantum leap

Michio Kaku's appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series was so much fun that it deserves a repeat. Watch the video.

Learn about advanced degrees during Graduate School Awareness Week

Graduate School Awareness Week offers a series of workshops and events to help students learn about graduate programs, guide them through the graduate admission process, identify funding opportunities, and prepare for the GRE or GMAT.

The week starts with the Graduate Programs Fair 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 3, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. A GRE/GMAT Workshop with a practice test starts at 3 p.m. in the Red River Room of the University Center.

The Graduate Application Boot Camp includes tips for a successful application, obtaining funding, writing a personal statement, and a graduate student discussion panel. The camp is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in Room 141 of the Business Building.

Info sessions are planned for graduate programs in business, engineering, kinesiology, and psychology.

Register and see the schedule.

Peer leaders needed for fall First-Year Experience course

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

Applications are due by Friday, March 20. For more information, visit the FYE website. Send questions to

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The big chill

Students walk through snow flurries as they head home from classes at noon Friday, when the campus closed because of wintry weather.


Women's History Month looks at 'Futuristic Females'

The Women's and Gender Studies program celebrates Women's History Month with a lecture series "Futuristic Females: Women in Science and Science Fiction."

The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, with a screening of Orgasm, Inc., a documentary about the quest to create a libido-enhancing pill for women. A discussion follows. Both are in Room 108 of University Hall. 

On Wednesday, March 4, Susana Morris of Auburn University will discuss "Black Women, Afrofuturism, and Feminism" at noon in the Central Library's sixth floor parlor.

Sarah Richardson of Harvard University will present "Gender and Epigenetics: Control, Intervention, and Agency at the Maternal-Fetus Nexus" at noon Friday, March 6, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris, creator of the Sookie Stackhouse series of mystery novels that inspired the hit TV series True Blood, will speak Tuesday, March 24.

The 29th Annual Women's History Month Lecture Series calendar is on the Women's and Gender Studies website.

  MavPic bicyclist in snow

Seasons and cycles

A bicyclist makes his way across campus in Friday's snow.

Be aware of tax-related phishing attacks

Tax season is in full swing and so are tax-related phishing emails and attempts to lure victims into inadvertently installing viruses.

Use good judgment and caution when clicking Web or email links or opening attachments related to tax returns. The IRS does not initiate any contact with taxpayers by email, text, or social media. 

Many messages will have an urgent tone in the subject line and contents, such as:

  • Final reminder: Tax Refund Notification

  • Your 2014 - IRS Tax Refund Payment

  • Your IRS tax bank transfer is not approved

  • Income Tax Refund REJECTED

If you receive an email that appears suspicious, send it to to be investigated. Do not click on the links or open attachments.

Always be cautious about providing your personal information over the phone, especially to individuals who initiate the call. In such cases, always offer to hang up, verify the nature of call, and to call them back at a number they provide. Seek out the organization's official number and contact it directly. If you suspect attempted fraud or fall victim to such scams, contact your local law enforcement.

Check List


Through March 5

Midterm progress report grades available in MyMav Student Center.

March 9-13

Spring Break

Friday, April 3

Last day to drop classes for spring semester.

Monday, April 6

Priority registration opens for summer and fall semesters.

Midterm progress report on MyMav

Midterm progress reports will be posted through Thursday, March 5. The faculty deadline is March 5, 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.

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.

Registration begins for summer and fall 2014

Priority registration opens for summer and fall terms Monday, April 6. Advising is already available in your academic department.

Check for your appointment time on the registration timetable, which is available in your MyMav Student Center, along with information on whether you need to see an academic adviser before you’re eligible to register. A list of academic advising offices is online.

The MyMav schedule of classes is being updated daily. Plan to validate your course selections when registration opens.

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

Planetarium fills Spring Break with extra shows

The Planetarium offers an extended show schedule during Spring Break, Monday-Sunday, March 9-15.

The schedule includes two shows Monday-Wednesday and three Thursday-Friday. The Saturday-Sunday schedules remain the same.

See the Spring Break schedule.

Tuesday, March 3

Faculty Jazz Recital Performances include Dan Cavanagh, associate director of jazz studies, and Brian Mulholland, adjunct instructor of jazz bass and music business. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 4

Health Services Screenings, information, and more. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Tail Waggin' Wednesday Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Friday-Saturday, March 6-7

African-American Alumni Weekend Campus tours, an evening of jazz, and the annual scholarship endowment banquet are among the events. Register onlineAfrican-American Alumni Chapter.


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.

The Gallery at UTA: 'Subject Disability' Nine artists address disability by illustrating the ways art can challenge and inform our experience of others. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 4The Gallery at UTA.

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.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, March 3

FabLab Workshop: 3-D Printer Learn the basic operations and use of a 3-D printer with a hands-on experience either creating an object from scratch or altering a pre-made design. Register online. Free. 5 p.m., first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Advising: Campus Resources Learn about Blackboard, time management, to drop or not to drop, and more. Free. 1:30 p.m., first floor, Ransom Hall. Also, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5; 10:15 a.m. Friday, March 6. University Advising Center.

Writing: Passive Voice Free. 6 p.m., Room 411, Central Library. Writing Center.

Wednesday, March 4

Accelerating Profitable Growth Jim Ratchford of TMAC, a business-consulting program of UT Arlington, provides a fast-paced description of the application of technologies in business—ideas to improve people’s lives and expand the Texas economy. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Food for Thought Lisa Nesta, a registered dietitian, discusses “Hot Topics in Nutrition.” Free. Noon, Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Webb Lectures 2015

Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures The 50th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures presents “Beyond Attics and Activists: Rethinking Family in Disability History.” See the schedule. E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, Thursday, March 5HistoryDisability StudiesOffice for Student with Disabilities,Women’s and Gender StudiesMovin’ Mavs Adapted Sports and Recreation.

Thursday, March 5

Biology Colloquium Series Sanghoon Kang of Baylor University presents “The Response and Reaction of Microbial Community to the Changing Climates.” Free. 4 p.m. Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Coming up

colleen fitzgerald

Focus on Faculty: Colleen Fitzgerald Colleen Fitzgerald, right, professor of linguistics, discusses efforts to preserve Native American languages. Free. Noon Wednesday, March 18, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries, Focus on Faculty.

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning individuals, and their allies. Register online. 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 31, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Neches Room, University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Cemal Pulak, the Frederick R. Mayer Faculty Professor of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, presents "Excavating the World’s Oldest Shipwreck: Uluburun and Late Bronze Age Trade in the Mediterranean.” Free. 7 p.m., Thursday, April 2, auditorium, Architecture Building. Sociology and Anthropology.


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

Up and away: Freshman reserve guard Kaelon Wilson scored 12 points in Saturday's 82-73 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock at College Park Center.

Men's basketball victorious on Senior Night

Senior guard Lonnie McClanahan scored 18 points in his final home game, leading UTA to an 82-73 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday night at College Park Center.

The Mavericks snapped a two-game losing streak in improving to 16-12 overall and 10-8 in the Sun Belt Conference. The win clinched a spot in the Sun Belt Championship beginning Thursday, March 12, in New Orleans.

UTA also sent its four seniors—McClanahan, guard Jamel Outler, forward Greg Gainey, and center Anthony Walker—out on a high note on Senior Night.

The Mavericks wrap up regular season play with games at Georgia Southern on Thursday, March 5, and at Appalachian State on Saturday, March 7.

Maverick women drop low-scoring contest

In a matchup of the Sun Belt Conference's top two defensive teams, Arkansas-Little Rock defeated UTA 48-38 on Saturday night at College Park Center.

On Senior Night, it was freshmen who led the team. Center Rebekah Van Dijk earned her 14th double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow freshman Cierra Johnson scored a team-high 11 points. Senior Chaun Williams scored four points and reached 2,000 minutes played for her career.

The women travel to Georgia Southern on Thursday, March 5, and Appalachian State on Saturday, March 7.

Baseball, softball teams return to action

The baseball team lost 12-9 to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday in Corpus Christi. The scheduled four-game series was reduced to one game because of rain.

The Mavericks begin Sun Belt Conference play Friday, March 6, against Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark., in the first of a three-game series. Wednesday's game against Abilene Christian has been postponed.

The softball team won two of five games over the weekend at the Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz. The Mavericks defeated Bryant and UTEP before falling to Arizona, UC Riverside, and Colorado State.

They compete Friday-Sunday, March 6-8, in the Texas Tech Invitational in Lubbock.

Sports shorts

• The men’s tennis team faces Wichita State at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 3, in Kansas. The men’s and women’s teams play Xavier University on Thursday, March 5, at the UTA Tennis Center. Upcoming home matches include the men against Sacramento State at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7; the women against Wichita State at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 8; and both teams against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10

UTA’s men’s and women’s track teams compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday-Sunday, March 13-15, in Fayetteville, Ark. 

The men’s golf team plays in the Border Olympics on Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, in Laredo.

Intramural deadlines include table tennis, softball

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include table tennis, today, Tuesday, March 3; softball, Wednesday, March 4; MavStrong, Thursday, March 5; NCAA Tournament Pick 'Em, Thursday, March 19; fantasy baseball, Friday, March 20; sand volleyball, Wednesday, March 25; and NCAA Sweet Sixteen Bracket Challenge, Thursday, March 26.

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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