TrailBlazer 2015 Archive » TrailBlazer — Tuesday, April 7, 2015


For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bob Costas

Bob Costas to speak Monday at College Park Center

Tickets are still available to see Bob Costas at the last Maverick Speakers Series event for the 2014-15 season.

An acclaimed sportscaster and 26-time Emmy Award winner, Costas will discuss "Sports in America: Is It Still Only a Game?" at 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.

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

The Maverick Speakers Series provides a forum for today’s brightest minds to examine the people, ideas, actions, and solutions that impact the world around us.

Robot workshops at library this week

Gain hands-on experience with UTA Libraries' new TelePresence robots at two workshops this week.

Practice using the robots and ask library staff questions. Bring your laptops, webcams, and smartphones for a full experience.

The workshops are 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 8, and 3-4 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the basement of the Central Library.

Register online. Distance education students can attend virtually by registering then emailing Marquel Anteola at

Watch the video of the Double robot at work in the FabLab.

MavPic International Week

Yo, Chinese style

Bruce Lu, industrial engineering graduate student, demonstrates a diabolo, a Chinese yo-yo, after the International Week banner parade was canceled because of rain on Monday. He showed his skills among display booths in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Read more about International Week at right.


International Week features food, fashion

Different student-led nationality organizations participate in the annual International Week celebration, hosted by the International Student Organization.

The popular International Food Fair is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 7, on the University Center mall.

The I-Week Fashion Show features traditional and modern clothing from around the world modeled by UT Arlington students at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center.

See the International Week schedule for more events.

UTA wins new recycling challenge

UT Arlington won in the large university division of the first 3R Actions Challenge, part of RecycleMania, a national competition for universities.

UTA students participated in 5,257 actions of recycling, reusing, and reducing waste. 

The final results of RecycleMania 2015 will be announced Monday, April 13.

Immigration attorneys available to students April 22

Student Legal Services now provides immigration attorneys for consultations with students each month.

Experienced immigration attorneys will waive their fee for an initial consultation. Students will be allowed to have one free consultation each year.

The next consultation day is 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. Email to reserve a session.

Complete the required form by noon Tuesday, April 21. The forms are available by email and in the Student Legal Services Office, Room 216, Davis Hall.

Disaster drill planned Friday

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation will hold a disaster preparedness simulation for students from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, April 10, at the Fields Complex. 

UT Arlington Police, Arlington Medical Response, Arlington Police Department, Arlington Fire Department, and PHI Helicopter are planning to participate in the simulation. More than 100 senior nursing students also will participate in the drill. 

The event will include a decontamination tent and gear, armored police vehicle, manikins for triage, and several “walking wounded” participants.

The site is east of Arlington’s Swift Elementary School, 1101 S. Fielder Road.

Parking lots used for events this week, weekend

Two events on the west side of campus will reserve parking lots this week and weekend.

Lot 33 north of the Maverick Activities Center will be reserved Wednesday, April 8, for the Health Job Fair vendor parking. The reserved area will close at midnight the night before the event. Parking options include permit spaces in Lots 49, 50, 51, and 52 in the south part of campus. 

Lots 30 and 33 will be used for the Starpower Dance Event parking at Texas Hall beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, April 10-Sunday, April 12. Lots F9 (Davis Hall), Trinity, and Trinity South will be used starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 11.

Parking staff will collect a fee at each lot for parking Friday-Saturday. However, all UT Arlington annual permits are valid in these lots without an additional charge.

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

  MavPic Candidates forum

Campus candidates

Students heard from Student Congress candidates at a forum Monday in the Palo Duro Lounge. Voting is Monday-Tuesday, April 13-14, for Student Congress president and vice president, congress senators, Mr. and Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives.

Lectures, candidates' forum part of Political Science Week

UTA's political experts explain everything from foreign affairs to health care during Political Science Week.

Lectures by political science faculty members and a guest speaker are: 

Tuesday, April 7—Brent Sasley, associate professor, “Assessing the Obama Administration’s International Policy,” and Burcu Bayram, assistant professor, “From Class to Paycheck: What to Do with International Relations Knowledge." 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 110, Pickard Hall.

Wednesday, April 8—Thomas Marshall, professor, and Allan Saxe, associate professor, “Off to the Races: Electing a President in 2016.” Noon-1 p.m., Room 108, University Hall.

Thursday, April 9—Daniel Sledge, assistant professor, “Dismantling Obamacare? King v. Burwell and the Future of American Health Insurance.” 12:45-1:30 p.m., Room 110, Pickard Hall.

Friday, April 10—Joshua Kertzer of Harvard University speaks on foreign policy, international security, and the political psychology of international relations. Noon-1 p.m., Room 116, University Hall.

MavPic Tail Waggin' Wednesdays

Stress free

Duke, a therapy dog with Paws with Partners, receives as much stress reduction as he dishes out at Tail Waggin' Wednesday last week at the Central Library.


Dance-a-Thon raises cash for emergency assistance fund

Help fellow students get back on their feet at the 10-hour Dance-A-Thon on Wednesday, April 15, at the indoor soccer field in the Maverick Activities Center.

Register a team of six-10 people to raise a goal of $250 per team, then dance the day away. At least one team member must be on the dance floor at all times.

All proceeds will be donated to the UTA Student Emergency Assistance Fund. The Freshmen Leaders on Campus sponsor the event.

Admission is free before 5 p.m. and $5 per person afterwards. Join the Facebook page to help spread the word.

University College seeks peer educators for fall term

Motivated students are needed to become peer educators with TRIO-Student Support Services and University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction.

Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses and have completed at least one semester at UTA. All students must have an A or B in the course for which they are applying. Positions include one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders.

Faculty and staff recommendations are needed. If you know a student who would be a good peer educator and who would represent the best and brightest of UT Arlington’s student body, refer them to

The application deadline for all peer educator positions is April 30.

  MavPic Mavs Got Talent

On tap

Elizabeth Walsh, kinesiology freshman, tap danced for her Mavs Got Talent performance last Tuesday. Students auditioned for the talent show earlier this semester.

Evening at Six Flags to benefit Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Enjoy an evening at Six Flags Over Texas with discount tickets that help Arlington schools. The theme park hosts Education Celebration 6-11 p.m. Friday, April 17, benefiting UTA and AISD.

Tickets are only $20 plus tax. Advanced tickets are limited. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Special discounted parking is $10 per car at the gate.

With each ticket, $5 goes directly to the UTA Student Emergency Assistance Fund. See the gift codes on the website. Use the code UTA.

Dispose of e-waste at these locations

Use the e-waste drop-off locations across campus to recycle your electronic items.

Items accepted include computer processors, monitors, and peripherals; printers; fax machines; keyboards/mice/presenters; photocopiers; scanners; TVs; projectors; VCR, DVD, and CD players, tapes, cassettes, CDs, and DVDs; cables, wires, and connectors; microwaves; stereos, speakers, and peripherals; phones; consumer electronics; ink and printer cartridges; batteries; electric motors; and electronic components (resistors, capacitors, transistors, etc.).

Unacceptable items are UT Arlington computing devices or computers and light bulbs.

Direct questions to Meghna Tare, executive director of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact, at or 817-272-0753.

Work-study job openings on Snap Jobs

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


Today last chance for discount tickets for HBO's boxing championship

Receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to the World Junior Welterweight Championship through today, Tuesday, April 7.

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.

Check List


Friday, May 8

Last day for classes for spring semester.

Last day for graduate students to submit their approved thesis or dissertation and to submit a report of their final master’s exam or dissertation defense.

Saturday, May 9-Friday, May 15

Final exams for spring semester.

Thursday, May 14-Saturday, May 16

Commencement ceremonies.

Wednesday, May 20

Final grades posted for spring semester.

First day of classes for summer intersession.

Tickets required to attend Commencement ceremonies

Graduates participating in Commencement and their guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Children age 2 and younger do not need a ticket.

Look for instructions on claiming tickets in your UTA email accounts Monday, April 20. Visit the Commencement website for details on ticket quantities and availability.

Commencement ceremonies are Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16, in College Park Center.

Registration begins for summer and fall 2015

Priority registration for summer and fall terms has begun. Advising is 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.

Transcripts 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
  UTA Presents

April's a musical month


A month of musical performances showcases artists in the Department of Music.

Start the entertainment with the Honors Recital today, Tuesday, April 7. Other free concerts and recitals feature music faculty members, students, and guests. See the schedule.

Michael Varner performs his 34th annual faculty percussion recital Thursday, April 9. The free program includes the premiere of two compositions.

Don't miss the UTA jazz performances at the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival on Saturday, April 11. The Jazz Band plays at 11 a.m., the Jazz Ensemble at 12:30 p.m., and the Jazz Orchestra at 2 p.m., all on the Main Stage at Main and Ninth streets. The festival is free.

The Spring Jazz Concert is set for Thursday, April 16; the UTA Symphony Orchestra performs Saturday, April 25; and the UTA Choir Concert gets vocal Thursday, April 30. Tickets for each of the three concerts are $9 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at and at the door.

All on-campus concerts are at 7:30 p.m. in Irons Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

Tuesday, April 7

Zumbathon Join the third annual Dance for a Cause. Snacks, door prizes, giveaways. Proceeds benefit Safe Haven of Tarrant County. Register. $6 students, faculty, staff; $8 public. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program.

Wednesday, April 8

Afternoon Variety Showcase: So Long Solo Indie folk/pop duo performs. Free. 11 a.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities

Math Major Day Learn about careers in mathematics and professional development for the student mathematician in the 21st century. Food, door prizes, giveaways. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 309, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Homerathon A marathon recitation of Homer's "The Odyssey." Homerathon T-shirts and coffee mugs for sale. Register to volunteer. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. on the University Center mall. Classical Studies.

Softball Mavericks vs. Central Arkansas. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Thursday-Sunday, April 9-12

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival UT Arlington sponsors the Main Stage at Main and Ninth streets in the Sundance Square area of downtown Fort Worth. Saturday performances by UTA's Jazz Band, 11 a.m.; Jazz Ensemble, 12:30 p.m.; and Jazz Orchestra, 2 p.m. Find information and swag at the UTA booths. Free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival.

Friday, April 10

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. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Jazz Night Vocalist Jai Malano performs. Free. 6 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Monday-Tuesday, April 13-14

Student Elections Vote for Student Congress president and vice president, congress senators, Mr. and Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Congress

Tuesday, April 14

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

One Mic Stand Comedy Series: Sheng Wang Comedian Sheng Wang does stand-up comedy. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, April 15

Guest Artist Recital Wyeth String Quartet performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

MavPlays A two-week festival of plays, many written, directed, and performed by students. Tickets $7 students, faculty, staff, seniors; $10 public. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. Through April 26. Theatre Arts.

Thursday, April 16

Spring Jazz Concert UTA's jazz groups perform. $9 adults, $5 students and seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music

Block Party The Block Party provides an end-of-year celebration for on-campus and commuter students alike. Block Party will host live music and also includes carnival-style treats, games, and activities galore. Free. 5-10 p.m., University Center mall. University Events


MavsArt The semi-annual UTA community art show features 67 works by 25 artists who are UTA students, faculty, and staff. Through May 15UT Arlington LibrariesMavsArt.

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.

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


Tuesday, April 7

Advising: Registration on MyMav A refresher on how to add, swap, or drop classes on MyMav. Free. 1:30 p.m., first floor, Ransom Hall. Also, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 9, and 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 10University Advising Center.

PUBlic Knowledge Speaker Series James Grover, interim dean of the College of Science and professor of biology, presents “Earth Day Warm Up: Toxic Algae and Managing Texas Water Resources in a Changing World." Free; must be 21 or older. 7 p.m., The Pour House, 2725 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Wednesday, April 8

National 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., UT Arlington Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UTARI.

Mavs Talk: Self-Compassion Learn aspects of self-compassion and how to be more accepting of yourself. Register or join day of event. Free. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Mix and Mingle Networking and Etiquette Event Practice your mingling skills with local professionals and learn business etiquette. Business professional dress required; suit and tie for men and business suit or dress with jacket for women. Free. 5:30 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Development Center. 

Writing: Effective Charts and Graphs Free. 6:40 p.m., second floor, Central Library. Writing Center.

Thursday, April 9

Biology Colloquium Series Rayna Bell of the University of California, Berkeley presents "The Evolution of a Novel Coloration Phenotype in African Reed Frogs." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science. Also, Michael Ryan, the Clark Hubbs Regents Professor in Zoology at UT Austin, Thursday, April 16Biology.

Documentary 'Alive Inside'

Documentary: 'Alive Inside' Social worker Dan Cohen, founder of Music and Memory nonprofit organization, demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. A panel discussion follows. Free. 5:30-8 p.m., Room 109, Social Work Complex Building A. Social Work

Friday, April 10

Social Work 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., Room 245, Business Building. Social Work.

Engineering Speakers Series President Vistasp Karbhari, professor of engineering, discusses “Engineers: Technicians, Scientists, or Futurists? Where Are We Headed?” Free. 2-3 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Management Lecture Series Margaret Shaffer of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee discusses “Global Work Experiences: A Research Journey from Concept Creation to Scale Development to Model Testing.” Free. 2 p.m., Room 140, Business Building. Business.

Tuesday, April 14

Major Exploration Seminar Discuss resources for choosing a major with an adviser. Free. 4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University College

Mavs Talk: Mindfulness Learn more about mindfulness practices and the benefits of adding mindfulness to your life. Register or join day of event. Free. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Wednesday, April 15

CMAS Distinguished Lecture Vicki Ruiz, chair of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine and president of the American Historical Association, presents "Why Latino History Matters to U.S. History." 7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Thursday, April 16

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

QPR: Suicide Prevention Program Increase awareness of the warning signs, clues, and suicidal communications of people who may be considering suicide, and learn how to intervene with at-risk individuals. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Coming up

Counseling and Psychological Services Workshops Register or join day of meeting. Mavs Talk: Depression
, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23; Mavs Talk: Grief
, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30. Both in Room 104, Preston Hall. Counseling and Psychological Services

Advising Service Learning, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21; 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23; 10:15 a.m. Friday, April 24. Prepping for Finals, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28; 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 30; 10:15 a.m. Friday, May 1. All in first floor lobby, Ransom 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
Travis Sibley, Darien McLemore

Both sides: Senior Travis Sibley, top, hits one for the Maverick offense while junior Darien McLemore covers defense at a recent Maverick baseball game. The team plays at Baylor today, Tuesday, April 7, before a three-game weekend series against Georgia Southern. The Mavs play at home again Tuesday, April 14, against TCU at Clay Gould Ballpark.


Baseball Mavericks drop series to Louisiana-Monroe

UTA scored five runs in the eighth inning Friday to defeat Louisiana-Monroe 10-6 in the first game of a three-game series at Warhawk Field.

ULM swept the Mavericks in a doubleheader Saturday, winning the first game 2-1 and taking the second 7-5. UTA is 14-16 overall and 5-7 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The team visits Baylor today, Tuesday, April 7, before heading to Statesboro, Ga., for a three-game weekend series against Georgia Southern.

Softball team swept by No. 24 South Alabama

South Alabama completed a three-game sweep of the Mavericks with a 9-1 victory Saturday at Allan Saxe Field. UTA dropped a doubleheader to the 24th-ranked Jaguars on Friday.

The Mavericks entered the weekend with the nation’s 10th-highest batting average but were unable to string hits together, leaving 25 runners on base in the series.

UTA is 22-18 overall and 5-7 in the Sun Belt Conference. The team hosts Central Arkansas in a doubleheader Wednesday, April 8.

Movin' Mavs take titles at tennis tourney

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair tennis team earned titles at the Cajun Classic International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament on March 27-29 in Baton Rouge, La. 

First-place wins went to Ricardo Lucien in B Division
, Andreas Kraft in C Division, and Kraft and Juan Soto in C Division Doubles. Soto also took second in C Division.

Sports shorts

The women’s tennis team improved to 4-0 in Sun Belt Conference play Sunday after defeating Louisiana-Monroe 4-1 at the UTA Tennis Center. The Mavericks face TCU in Fort Worth on Wednesday, April 8, and host North Texas on Saturday, April 11.

The men’s tennis team defeated Georgia Southern 6-1 on Saturday in Lafayette, La. Sunday’s match against Louisiana-Lafayette was canceled due to inclement weather. Next up is the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Friday, April 17, in New Orleans.

• The golf team wraps up play today, Tuesday, April 7, in the Jim West Intercollegiate at Wolfdancer Golf Club in Lost Pines, Texas.

After posting solid performances Friday at the Baylor Invitational, the men’s and women’s track teams return to Waco on Saturday, April 18, for the Michael Johnson Classic.

Intramural deadlines include badminton doubles

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include badminton doubles, Sunday, April 12; FIFA video game, Wednesday, May 6; and poker tournament, Thursday, May 7.

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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