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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

architectural engineering

Building the future: Graduates of the new architectural engineering bachelor’s degree program will be prepared for in-demand jobs in the architecture, engineering, and construction sectors.

New bachelor's degree combines architecture, engineering to meet growing industry demand

Beginning this fall, UT Arlington will offer the first architectural engineering bachelor’s degree program in North Texas to prepare a new generation of students for careers in design-, construction-, and engineering-related fields.

The program will be based on 120 semester credit hours and incorporates courses in civil engineering, architecture, studio design, and engineering design. Graduates will be ideally suited to fill in-demand jobs in the architecture, engineering, and construction sectors.

The new degree plan will be offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the proposed College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, an integration of the existing School of Architecture and School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Read more about the architectural engineering degree program.

Phone Scam Info Box

Phone scam demanding money continues to target students

Students should not fall for a phone scam in which the callers identify themselves as members of a governmental agency and demand money. The caller threatens to arrest students on false or fictitious charges if immediate payment is not made to the suspects via a money card.

Ten students have reported providing payments to the suspects over the phone. Combined losses thus far total $20,000. One student lost more than $6,000.

Dozens of additional students have reported similar calls from individuals posing as representatives of local law enforcement agencies, state agencies, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and other federal agencies.

Some calls have targeted international students. However, offenses are being reported by students of varying backgrounds.

If you or anyone you know has information related to these crimes, call the UT Arlington Police Department at 817-272-3381.

Candidates for College of Liberal Arts dean to visit campus

Candidates for dean of the College of Liberal Arts will meet with administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

feedback survey for the first candidate—Seth Mallios, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University—is available through 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 5. His session was Monday.

Each candidate will speak and then answer questions. The name of each candidate will be released 24 hours in advance of his or her campus visit. Other sessions open to the University community are:

• Thursday, May 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building

• Friday, May 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 108, University Hall

• Monday, May 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Room 108, University Hall

Visit the Senior Leadership Searches webpage to learn more about the dean search for the College of Liberal Arts, as details become available.

student feedback survey

Student Feedback Surveys open for comments

Feedback surveys for all 15-week spring courses are open through Friday, May 8, before the final exam period begins.

Each student enrolled in a lecture, seminar, or lab course has been sent email invitations to participate in the Student Feedback Survey for each course in which they are enrolled. With few exceptions, each SFS is administered online. All feedback is submitted anonymously.

Once the final grades for the term have been officially certified, summaries of the SFS data are provided to professors and their supervisors. These reports help faculty members identify which aspects of a course should remain unchanged and which aspects might benefit from revision.

Study help, stress busters ready to provide boost during final exams

Help during final exams—whether with a course-specific topic or with study stress—is available across campus.

"Fight Back Against Procrastination" offers free tutoring, research, and writing support 7-11 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 5, on the second floor of the Central Library.

Find study help at college-based clinics and labs such as the Math Clinic and the Writing Center. The Maverick Resource Hotline is at 817-272-6107 and

The Central Library will remain open continuously through 8 p.m. Friday, May 15. Other UTA libraries will maintain regular hours during finals.

The University Center is open continuously for finals from 7 a.m. Sunday, May 10, to 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 13.

Find unconditional love on the second floor of the Central Library with the Paws for Finals registered therapy dogs Wednesday-Saturday, May 6-9. Studies have shown that petting a friendly dog offers numerous health benefits. Paws With Partners registered therapy dogs are available noon-2 p.m.

  MavPic ring ceremony 2015

Head and heart

Tung Nguyen, business senior, rubs the bronze head of E.H. Hereford at the Maverick Ring Ceremony on Thursday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Rubbing the former University president's head is a longtime campus tradition for good luck and a new part of the ring ceremony. Ernest H. Hereford was dean of North Texas Agricultural College and the first president of Arlington State College, both predecessors of UT Arlington. Nguyen also was crowned Homecoming king last fall.

Free coffee at libraries for finals

UT Arlington Libraries will serve free coffee at all three libraries before finals. The java is first come, first served, until the coffee runs out.

At the Central Library, coffee is ready at 10 p.m., midnight, and 2 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 12-14, on the first floor.

Grab a cup four hours before closing time at the Architecture and Fine Arts Library through Thursday, May 14, and the Science and Engineering Library on Friday-Thursday, May 8-14.

Lots 26 and 27 used for special event this weekend

Parking spaces in Lot 26 and 27 surrounding Maverick Stadium will be used Friday-Sunday, May 8-10, for the Annual Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games.

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

Participate in emergency response exercise May 21

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Office of Emergency Management's annual Clery Act tabletop exercise. The event is 2:15-3 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Hospitality Suite at College Park Center

The exercise will focus on a discussion over emergency notification, shelter-in-place process, and evacuation on a campus-wide scale. Key officials, internal and external, will participate in the discussion.

Library offers digital recorders

Students can now borrow digital recorders for use in class or as part of a project.

Two Sony digital recorders can be checked out for four-hour periods. The devices are available at the technology lending station on the first floor of the Central Library. 

Other technology available for checkout includes laptops, calculators, drawing tablets, and telepresence robots.

Summit Avenue closed for water line upgrade, road resurfacing

Summit Avenue from Greek Row Drive to Fourth Street will be closed to allow the city of Arlington to upgrade water and sewer lines and resurface the street.

Arbor Oaks tenants will need to enter their parking lot from either Kerby Drive or Fourth Street.

Plan around IT maintenance schedules

The Office of Information Technology performs regularly scheduled maintenance on MyMav, OIT servers, and the campus network 2-7 a.m. every Sunday. Occasionally, additional maintenance may occur between 7 a.m.- noon. The system will be unavailable during those times.

Automated software updates are the second Tuesday of each month for Microsoft products and the fourth Tuesday of each month for supported software.

Visit OIT's software update page for more information about upcoming maintenance.

MavPic Nepal candlelight

For Nepal

A candlelight vigil last Wednesday night showed UT Arlington's support for those affected by the earthquake in Nepal. The Nepalese Student Association organized the vigil on the library mall. The group is collecting donations for disaster relief.


Sign up for Involvement Fair

University departments and student organizations may sign up for a table at the summer Involvement Fair at New Maverick Orientation for transfer students.

The fairs are an opportunity for you to speak with incoming students regarding your organization, program, or service. Visit to sign up your group and for detailed information.

Campus job openings on Snap Jobs

Several job openings on campus for 2015-16 are listed on SnapJobs. For more details and to apply, go to UTA's Snap Jobs site.

UTA Bookstore open during renovations

The UTA Bookstore remains open during its renovations, which include adding a new Starbucks Café. The bookstore will be open regular hours with east and west entrances open. Park at the College Park District garages or retail lots.

Enjoy Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets

UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS to get your discounted tickets.

Check List


Friday, May 8

Last day of 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.

Final exams start Saturday

Final exams are scheduled for Saturday-Friday, May 9-15. See the full final exam schedule online.

Claim your Commencement tickets

Commencement tickets for students who applied to graduate in May are now available.

Detailed instructions on how to claim your graduate and guest tickets were sent to your UT Arlington email.

Visit the Commencement website for details on ticket quantities and availability. If you experience technical difficulty claiming your tickets, contact the Box Office at 817-272-9595.

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

Registration now open 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.

Summer intersession begins May 20

Summer intersession begins Wednesday, May 20. Class dates are online. To register for summer intersession classes, click on the Additional Search Criteria link on the schedule of classes page. The Schedule of Classes link is on the right.

Spring final grades to be called official May 20

Final grades for the spring semester are scheduled to be available after noon Wednesday, May 20. View grades by logging in to MyMav.

When the grades are official, a notice will be posted on the Records and Registration website. Grades are sometimes viewable before all end-of-term processes are completed, so check that they have been announced as official.

You can hold your transcript order for final grades.

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

Friday, May 8

Baseball Mavericks vs. Appalachian State. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. 6:30 p.m. Also, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9; 1 p.m. Sunday, May 10. All at Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

UTA Dance Ensemble Recital $5 with student ID, $7 general admission. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. Also, Saturday-Sunday, May 9-10Theatre Arts Department.

Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16

Commencement The Class of 2015 graduates. Tickets required. Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m., College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Friday, May 15; 11 a.m., School of Urban and Public Affairs/School of Social Work/University College/School of Architecture; 3 p.m., College of Science; 7 p.m., College of Liberal Arts. Saturday, May 16, 11 a.m., College of Business; 3 p.m., College of Engineering; 7 p.m., College of Education. All at College Park Center. Commencement.


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.

Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom More than 60 photographs explore issues of Texas African-Americans from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Aug. 9. Sixth floor, Central Library. Center for Greater Southwestern Studies.

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, May 6

George Siemens

Arlington Technology Association George Siemens, right, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab, explores how education is changing due to massive open online courses (MOOCs), big data, digital networks, and the Internet. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Thursday, May 7

Social Work Colloquium Jeffrey Jenson is guest speaker at the Colloquium on Agency Collaboration and Community-Based Human Service Innovation. He will discuss the public health approach for preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems and preventive interventions aimed at promoting positive youth development. Dr. Jenson is the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk at the University of Denver. Register online. 1-4 p.m., Room 107, Social Work Complex General Academic Building. Social Work.

Coming up

U.S. Manufacturing Symposium The symposium is a Walmart initiative to create affordable, flexible, automated solutions to bring manufacturing back to the United States. See the schedule. Admission $35, $120 for exhibitors; 25 free passes for students. Wednesday, June 3, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.


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

Double up: Top, cross country's Hannah Nilsson, left, and baseball's Travis Sibley were honored as the Athletics Alumni Student-Athletes of the Year at the All-Sports Banquet last Monday. Bottom, the Maverick tennis doubles team of Elizabeth Thoms, left, and Angeles de los Rios will represent UTA in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships. The doubles competition is May 20-25 at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco.

Baseball team sweeps UA-Little Rock

Sophomore right-hander Joel Kuhnel pitched eight scoreless innings as UTA defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 7-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks won the first game 12-0 on Friday and the second game 7-3 on Saturday. The sweep moves them into seventh place in the Sun Belt Conference. The top eight teams qualify for the conference championship May 20-24 in Troy, Ala.

UTA plays at No. 14 Dallas Baptist today, Tuesday, May 5, before hosting Appalachian State for three games Friday-Sunday, May 8-10, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Mavericks head to Sun Belt tourney

The softball team earned the No. 7 seed and will face sixth-seeded Louisiana-Monroe at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship in San Marcos.

The Mavericks dropped all three games of a weekend series against Texas State at Allan Saxe Field to end the regular season at 27-27 overall and 8-15 in conference play.

On Sunday, UTA celebrated the careers of Nina Villanueva and Meagan Michele for Senior Day. Villanueva is the current single-season leader for batting average, while Michele is third in single-season home runs.

Athletes honored at All Sports Banquet

UTA Athletics celebrated the accomplishments of Maverick student-athletes last Monday at the annual All Sports Banquet at College Park Center.

The evening featured remarks by Athletic Director Jim Baker, President Vistasp Karbhari, and alumnus George Riba, who recently retired after 37 years as a sports reporter at WFAA/Channel 8 in Dallas.

Among the many awards presented were the Athletics Alumni Student-Athletes of the Year, which went to cross country's Hannah Nilsson and baseball's Travis Sibley.

Read more about the All Sports Banquet and see a list of winners.

Sports Shorts

The doubles team of Elizabeth Thoms and Angeles de los Rios will represent the Mavericks as automatic qualifiers in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships on May 20-25 in Waco.

Freshman golfer Aaron Guanlao was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference second team, and fellow freshman Jake Greenspoon was named honorable mention.

The men’s and women’s track teams compete Friday-Sunday, May 8-10, at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Intramural sports wrap up this week

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include 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

(For more sports news, go to,, or


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