TrailBlazer 2015 Archive » TrailBlazer — Tuesday, March 24, 2015


For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

library robots

TeleTalk: Sociology student Porsha Gunishaw uses a MantaroBot TeleMe to interact with students on the first floor of the Central Library.

Library begins offering programming robots for checkout

Robots are available for checkout by students, faculty, and staff at the Central Library.

Five MantaroBot TeleMes, or TelePresence Robots, will be available for up to three hours for students to participate in classes or events on campus. Smaller TelePresence robots including a Double and two Botiful robots also will be available.

The robots could allow faculty traveling to a conference to interact with students back at UT Arlington. Faculty also could use a robot to extend office hours to the Central Library, a popular study destination for students. 

The TeleMes units work as a remote avatar, allowing users to interact with environments where they cannot be physically present.

Read more about the library's robots.

Henry Cisneros

Henry Cisneros here Thursday for Maverick Speakers Series

Tickets are still available to see Henry Cisneros at the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

He 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.

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

ACES symposium displays student research

Students will show their research and creativity at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Poster presentations will be in the Bluebonnet Ballroom, and oral presentations are throughout the University Center. An awards presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom.

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.

ACES is an interdisciplinary event in which any student from any program can participate.

  MavPic Formula SAE racecar

Maverick blur

Members of UTA's Formula SAE Racing Team burned some rubber on Lot 49 recently to test the machine and prepare for upcoming competitions. Read more about the team, its vehicles, and history in the spring issue of UTArlington Magazine.

Student Conduct policies updated

Policy 9 of the Handbook of Operating ProceduresStudent Conduct and Disciplinehas been substantially revised for clarity. Some items were updated as required by federal changes to Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, and the Violence Against Women Act. 

All students are expected to adhere to the currently published student code of conduct. 

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Conduct at or 817-272-2354.

UTA takes second place in Stanley Security grant competition

The UT Arlington Police Department won a $75,000 grant as runner-up in Stanley Security’s Together for Safer Schools Grant Program. The funds will be used for campus security equipment and installation.

A total of six schools will be awarded grants.

File for your spot in campus elections

Students can now apply for spring elections. Positions include Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, Mr. and Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Services Allocation Committee representatives.

Applications are available in the Student Activities and Organizations office in Suite B120 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The deadline to file is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Learn more on the campus elections website.

TEDxUTA speakers announced

Six faculty members and four students will give presentations at TEDxUTA on Saturday, March 28. The conference is 1-5 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Speakers include faculty members Colleen Fitzgerald, linguistics; Seokjin Jeong, criminology and criminal justice; Zdzislaw Musielak, physics; Ya’Ke Smith, film; Michael Varner, music; and Abu Yilla, kinesiology. Read more about the speakers.

Only 100 tickets are available. Tickets are $15 for students (limit 2), $25 for faculty and staff (limit 2), and $30 for the general public (limit 4) at

Follow TEDxUTA on Facebook and Twitter for updates on speakers.

glass art

Glass sale offers beautiful objects, bargain prices, auction

Beautifully crafted works of glass art are available at the annual Glass Art Show and Sale on Saturday, March 28, at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Dr.

The show and sale includes collector art pieces, vases, paperweights, platters, bowls, small sculptures, and other items for sale. Graduate students, faculty, and staff in the renowned glass art program craft most of the work.

Saturday's public sale runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with silent and live auctions, raffles, and glass-blowing demonstrations.

Half of the proceeds from student work go to the student artists. The rest benefits the glass art program and will be used to purchase or build equipment and to repair existing equipment. Faculty and staff build and maintain all of the program’s state-of-the art equipment.

  MavPic Career Fair

Helping out

Sergio Espinosa, left, professor of music, listens to Greg Shirley, assistant director of the Career Development Center, explain check-in procedures at last Tuesday's All-Majors Job Fair at the Maverick Activities Center. Dr. Espinosa was a volunteer for the fair, which brings employers to campus.

Grad Finale provides regalia

Make plans to attend Grad Finale at the UTA Bookstore for your cap, gown, tassel, and other Commencement essentials. The event is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, March 24-26. Orders for caps, gowns, and tassels must made by Wednesday, April 1, or you will be charged a late fee.

Work-study job openings on Snap Jobs

Do you have work-study funding and need a job? Several openings on campus are listed on SnapJobs. For more details and to apply, go to UTA's Snap Jobs site.

Discount tickets available for HBO's boxing championship at CPC

Receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to the World Junior Welterweight Championship through Tuesday, March 31.

Undefeated WBO world lightweight champion Terence Crawford, the BWAA 2014 Fighter of the Year, will take on top contender Thomas Dulorme in an HBO After Dark rumble Saturday, April 18, at College Park Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

For discount tickets, use the promo code UTAHBO at or call 817-272-9595.

the big event

Volunteer for The Big Event

Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 11.

The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and nonprofit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.

Discover more about how The Big Event impacts North Texas at

Learn how to participate and see a list of project sites.

For questions, call 817-272-2963 or email

Check List


Friday, April 3

Last day to drop classes for spring semester.

Last day to submit grade exclusion or forgiveness request for spring semester.

Monday, April 6

Priority registration opens for summer and fall semesters.

Midterm progress report grades now available in MyMav

Midterm progress reports are now available in MyMav. See your grades in the MyMav Student Center. Progress reports are available for many undergraduate students. If you receive these, you'll be notified by UTA email. See your academic adviser with questions or concerns.

Think before you drop from spring classes

The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is Friday, April 3. A grade of W will appear on your transcript. Undergraduate students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 or later are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. Discuss the impact of this when you meet with your adviser about dropping a course.

Check on the impact of dropping if you receive financial aid by going to or emailing The Financial Aid Office is in Room 252 of Davis Hall. Call 817-272-3561. 

Grade exclusion, forgiveness request sites close April 3

UT Arlington will process grade exclusion and forgiveness requests submitted by 5 p.m. on the last day to drop—Friday, April 3—as part of the grading and academic standing process for the spring 2015 term. Grade forgiveness requests must be made through your academic adviser. For a grade to be excluded or forgiven, students must be registered on the Census Date for the term in which their request is processed.

Registration begins for summer and fall 2015

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

Southern Vampire Mysteries writer to speak

Charlaine Harris

New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris—whose Sookie Stackhouse series inspired the HBO drama True Blood—will speak at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 24, in the Central Library.

Harris will discuss "Futuristic Females: Women in Science and Science Fiction" as part of the Women’s and Gender Studies celebration of Women's History Month.

The free event will be on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Tuesday, March 24

Blood Drive Carter Blood Care. Through Thursday, March 26. Library mall and University Center mall.

Clavier Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 25

Faculty Bassoon Recital Scott Pool, assistant professor of bassoon, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, March 26

Faculty Vocal Recital Jennifer Ciobanu, adjunct instructor of voice, performs. Free. 5:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Trumpet Studio Recital Trumpet students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, March 27

Friday Night Film: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' 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.

Trombone Choir Concert Trombone students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friends of the Library Texas author Jane Roberts Wood discusses her newest publication, Seven Stories, and the differences between writing novels and short stories. A book signing follows. RSVP. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Saturday, March 28

Glass Art Show and Sale Stunning works by glass art students and faculty. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Studio Arts Center, 801 S. Davis Dr. Glass Art Show and Sale.

Tuesday, March 31

Mavs Got Talent Show A showcase of talented students. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Coming up

Maverick Speakers Series Bob Costas, an acclaimed sportscaster, presents "Sports in America: Is It Still Only a Game?" Preferred seating and free general admission tickets at For VIP tickets, contact Mark LaVelle at or 817-272-5235. 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.


Architecture Gallery: Cliff Welch Dallas architect Cliff Welch exhibits "Abstractions: Sketches, Paintings, and Photography through the Eye of an Architect." Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Architecture Gallery, Architecture Building. Through March 27Architecture.

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.

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.

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.

Special Collections: !Viva Mexico! A Comic Book History of Mexico A rare look inside the rise of comic books in 20th century Mexico, their literary, cultural, and entertainment value, and influence by the Mexican government. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 8UT 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 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, March 25

CMAS Speaker Series A panel discussion on "Ser Bilingue Es Un Regalo (Being Bilingual Is a Gift): Dual-Language Education in Texas K-12." Free. 4-6 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Architecture Speakers Series Tom Kundig of Seattle discusses his recent works. Free. 4 p.m. Room 204, Architecture Building. Also, Joe Self, Wednesday, April 8Architecture.

Thursday, March 26

Engineering Speakers Series Pallab Bhattacharya of the University of Michigan discusses "III-Nitride Nanostructures: A Formidable Technology." Free. 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Friday, March 27

UTARI Seminar Hyejin Moon, associate professor and director of UTA’s Integrated Micro and Nanofluidics Laboratory, presents “Electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) Digital Microfluidics and its Applications.” RSVP to ride shuttle. Lunch included. Free. Noon-1 p.m., boardroom, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Saturday, March 28


Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom Lectures include “Understanding Juneteenth from Emancipation to Jim Crow,” "Juneteenth from the Texas Centennial to Civil Rights,” and “Teaching About a Missing Chapter in American History.” Register online. Free. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. HistoryCenter for Greater Southwestern Studies.

Tuesday, March 31

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, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Neches Room, University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Wednesday, April 1

Arlington Technology Series Brian Huff, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, explains why "Your Next Co-pilot Will Be a Robot," how unmanned systems are not truly unmanned, and offers predictions on how future systems of all kinds will interact with human activities. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

CAAS Power Hour Anne Nordberg, assistant professor of social work, discusses “The Audacity of Injustice: Power and Contemporary Acts of Violence.” Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for African American Studies.

Thursday, April 2

Biology Colloquium Series Michael Sadowsky of the University of Minnesota on "Microbial Bile Acid Metabolism Is One Mechanism Behind the Success of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science. Also, Rayna Bell of the University of California, Berkeley, Thursday, April 9Biology.

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., auditorium, Architecture Building. Sociology and Anthropology.

Coming up

Robotics Week Showcase Today’s most innovative technology by UTA faculty and industry collaborators. To reserve exhibit space, call 817-272-5900 or email A shuttle will run between campuses. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, UT Arlington Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UTARI.

Social Works Ethics Forum “Big Data, Privacy, and Your Agency’s Functioning: A Forum on Social Work Ethics in the Age of Electronic Record Keeping and Coordination of Care.” Free but registration required. 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 10, Room 245, Business Building. Social Work.

Walter Prescott Webb Lecture Series “Beyond Attics and Activists: Rethinking Family in Disability History" has been rescheduled for Friday, April 24, Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. HistoryDisability StudiesOffice for Students with DisabilitiesWomen’s and Gender StudiesMovin’ Mavs Adapted Sports and Recreation.


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
  Christian Hollie and Brady Cox

... and he's safe: Christian Hollie (No. 2) slides past a Longhorn player for the winning run then celebrates with Brady Cox after last Tuesday's 6-5 victory over UT Austin at Globe Life Park.

Mavericks take 2 of 3 on California road trip

The baseball team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday to defeat Dartmouth 3-2 in the final game of a three-game road swing in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Mavericks split a pair of games against No. 16 UC Santa Barbara, winning the first 7-5 on Friday and losing the second 2-1 in 11 innings on Saturday. UTA is 12-9 overall and 4-2 in Sun Belt Conference action.

The team faces Baylor today, Tuesday, March 24, West Virginia on Wednesday, March 25, and Georgia State on Friday-Sunday, March 27-29, all at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Softball team wins series against Georgia Southern

The Mavericks celebrated the grand opening of the UTA Softball Clubhouse by sweeping a doubleheader from Georgia Southern on Saturday at Allan Saxe Field.

UTA won the first game 7-1 and took the second game 2-1 on Nina Villanueva's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Mavericks fell 13-10 to Georgia Southern on Sunday.

The team plays at Abilene Christian on Wednesday, March 25, before heading to Boone, N.C., Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29, for a three-game series against Appalachian State.

Track teams open outdoor season with victories

The men's and women's track teams kicked off the 2015 outdoor campaign by registering several strong performances Friday at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth.

Quentin Butler won the 100 meters and joined Treyvion Johnson, Cameron Newson, and Tarik Crear on the first-place 4x100 relay team. Grant Copeland finished first in the 800 meters.

On the women’s side, Taylor Davis won the 400 meters, and Chineme Obikudu claimed first in the long jump. Ambria Tisdell shattered the UTA record in the women's hammer throw by 14 feet.

The Mavericks return to action Wednesday-Saturday, March 25-28, at the Texas Relays in Austin and the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos.

Sports Shorts

After falling 7-0 Saturday at No. 18 TCU, the men's tennis team returned home Sunday to defeat Lamar University 4-1 at the UTA Tennis Center.

The women’s tennis team hosts UAB at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 24, and Texas State at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the UTA Tennis Center.

The golf team wraps up play in the two-day, three-round Lone Star Invitational today, Tuesday, March 24, at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio.

Intramural deadlines include sand volleyball, NCAA Sweet 16

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include sand volleyball, Wednesday, March 25, and NCAA Sweet 16 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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