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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


UT Arlington students reach academic pinnacle during commencement ceremonies

About 5,000 students are scheduled to earn their degrees this spring during commencement ceremonies Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16, at College Park Center.

The UT Arlington Class of 2015 includes more than 3,500 undergraduates and nearly 1,400 master’s students. More than 100 students will receive doctoral degrees during commencement weekend.

Read more about spring commencementSee the full schedule of commencement week activities.

SBC track champs

Men's track team wins Sun Belt championship

The men’s track and field team repeated as Sun Belt Conference champions after turning in a stellar performance Sunday in Gulf Shores, Ala. The men's conference outdoor title is UTA's 10th all time and the fifth under coach John Sauerhage.

The Mavericks finished with 166 points to post an 18-point victory over second-place Arkansas State. The women’s team improved upon last year's finish by two spots, claiming fourth.

Senior sprinter Clayton Vaughn registered the most impressive performance of the day, clocking a winning time of 9.93 in the 100 meters. The time shattered his own school record (10.07) and established a new meet record. It ranks as the third-fastest time in the NCAA this year.

Read more about the men’s SBC track championship.

  MavPic hammock

Hammock time

Lightweight hammocks pop up around campus in the best shady spots. Students use the portable loungers for studying and snoozing.

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.

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 through 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 13.

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 through Thursday, May 14.

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.

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.

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


Through Friday, May 15

Final exams for spring semester.

Thursday, May 14-Saturday, May 16

Commencement ceremonies.

Tuesday, May 19

Regular registration ends for summer intersession and 14-week term.

Wednesday, May 20

First day of classes for summer intersession and 14-week term.

Late registration for summer intersession.

Final grades posted for spring semester.

Deadline to submit meningitis vaccination documentation for summer intersession and 14-week term.

Wednesday, May 20-Tuesday, May 26

Late registration for summer 14-week term.

Thursday, May 21

Summer intersession census date.

Monday, May 25

University closed for Memorial Day holiday.

Friday, May 29

Last day to drop classes for summer intersession.

Final exams through Friday

Final exams are scheduled through Friday, May 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.

Summer intersession and 14-week sessions begin May 20

Summer intersession and the new summer 14-week session in the College of Nursing begin Wednesday, May 20Class dates are online. To register for summer intersession and the summer 14-week term, click on the Additional Search Criteria link on the schedule of classes page.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

All new students and those who were not enrolled in the spring term will not be able to register for summer sessions until they file proof of meningitis vaccination.

As of Jan. 1, 2012, incoming Texas college students and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 22 years old must submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis.

You must have received the vaccine within the past five years and no later than the first day of your first session at UT Arlington. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be dropped from courses.

UT Arlington has contracted with Magnus Health SMR to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws.

For more information, visit UTA's meningitis website.

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.

Prerequisite checking enforced

Prerequisite checking will be enforced in MyMav when grades are final for the spring semester. If you are enrolled for summer and do not successfully complete the prerequisite in the spring term, you will be dropped from the next-level course when spring grades are posted.

If you are enrolled for fall but not summer, prerequisite completion will be checked when summer grades are final in August.

Prerequisites not only include courses that must be taken in sequence, but also some restricted to class level, GPA, or concurrent enrollment. Check Class Details in the MyMav Schedule of Classes.

Questions regarding prerequisites should be directed to your academic adviser. A list of advising offices is online.

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.

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.

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

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.

Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24

Mejia Ballet Under the direction of Paul Mejia, master teacher and choreographer, the company’s spring repertoire will feature Romeo and Juliet, Brahms’ Waltzes, Sylvia Pas de Deux, and For FiveTickets $15-$70. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Texas Hall.


BFA Art Exhibit The work of 43 Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates includes painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, digital imaging, and visual communication. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through May 16The Gallery at UTA.

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.

Gallery 76102: Testament The exhibit is a collection of 12 photographs that explore the spiritual labor of bearing weight, submission, futility, and persistence. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through May 23. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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 Dynamic Earth, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, and Spacepark 360: Infinity. The summer schedule is May 26-Aug. 23 and includes Texas StargazingStars of the Pharaohs; One World, One SkyCosmic Color; Dynamic Earth, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, and Spacepark 360: InfinityPlanetarium.

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

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Friday, May 29

UTARI Seminar Samir Iqbal, associate professor of electrical engineering, discusses "Early Stage Cancer Diagnostics with Micro and Nanoscale Strategies." Free. Noon, boardroom, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Wednesday, June 3

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. 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

Baseball team takes weekend series from Appalachian State

UT Arlington shook off the offensive rust from Friday’s doubleheader, recording 16 hits on its way to a 9-3 series-clinching win Saturday over Appalachian State at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks honored eight seniors prior to the game and received key contributions from the three seniors in the starting lineup. Levi Scott went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Eric Tate was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Travis Sibley went 2-for-5 and scored a run.

In Friday’s doubleheader, UTA won the first game 2-1 and lost the second game 5-2. The team is 22-28 overall and 13-14 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Mavericks conclude the regular season with a three-game series beginning Thursday, May 14, at Texas State.

Softball season ends with Sun Belt tourney loss

A record-breaking campaign came to a close last Wednesday as the Mavericks dropped a 6-1 decision to Louisiana-Monroe in the Sun Belt Conference Championship first round in San Marcos.

UTA finished the season with a 27-28 overall record, the team's highest win total in Kristie Fox's three years as coach. The Mavericks set single-season team records in batting average, runs, RBIs, hits, and walks.

Seniors Nina Villanueva and Meagan Michele marked the end of their UTA careers. Villanueva leaves the program with the second-best career batting average at .363.

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