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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


New College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs combines strengths of two schools

The schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs are in the final phase of an integration that will strengthen academic and research opportunities under the new College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA).

The UT System Board of Regents approved the creation of the new college Thursday during its regular meeting in Austin.

Nan Ellin, founding dean of the new college, says CAPPA brings the best of both schools to the forefront of education and research. The college will incorporate six professional degree programs—urban planning, public administration, public policy, architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design.

Read more about the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

  MavTube Commencement spring 2015Video Extra

I got it! I got it!

This year’s Commencement ceremonies were bigger than ever. On May 14-16, some 5,000 students claimed their degrees at College Park Center. The Class of 2015 includes approximately 3,500 undergraduates, 1,400 master’s students, and 100 doctoral candidates. See more Commencement photos. Or watch a video roundup as well as full-length individual ceremonies.

Participate in emergency response exercise Thursday

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.

Immigration attorneys available to students Wednesday

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, May 20. Email to reserve a session.

Complete the required form by noon today, Tuesday, May 19. The forms are available by email and in the Student Legal Services Office, Room 216, Davis Hall.

Network maintenance to disrupt service early Sunday

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on the UTA campus network infrastructure midnight-3 a.m. Sunday, May 24, and Sunday, May 31. The maintenance is expected to disrupt network communication within campus and to the Internet.

Prepare for electrical outage May 31

Plan now to accommodate an electrical outage 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 31.

Facilities Management has scheduled the outage to complete major electrical updates in Davis Hall, Fine Arts Building (Mainstage Theatre only), Central Library, Life Science Building, Physical Education Building, Preston Hall, Science Hall, Smart Hospital, Texas Hall, Trinity House, and University Hall.

For those buildings with emergency generators, power will be supplied to support egress lighting, life safety, UTA Police dispatch, and all research facilities currently connected to the generator. All buildings will remain locked during this time.

To prepare:

• Clean out all refrigerators and freezers before leaving Friday, May 29.
• Turn off all electronic equipment including computers, scanners, and copiers before leaving Friday, May 29. These items do not have to be unplugged.

If you have questions or concerns, special requirements during this time, or newly established research that must retain power, contact either Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

MavPic late night breakfast

Food for finals

Blaze, right, inspects the plate of Ally Nguyen, nursing freshman at Late Night Breakfast last week at the Connection Cafe in the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Lots 26, 27 reserved Friday; shuttle available

On Friday, May 22, parking lots 26 and 27, south and east of Maverick Stadium, will be used by attendees of the Special Olympics 2015 Summer Games.

Students, faculty, and staff should use lot 33 located north of the Maverick Activities Center. Temporary shuttle service from lot 33 to lot 26 will be:

• 6:30-8:45 a.m.—Lot 33 (northwest area) to J.D. Wetsel Service Center. 

• Midday—Wetsel to lot 33 by van.

• 3:15-5:30 p.m.—Wetsel to lot 33.

See the parking and shuttle maps for other parking options. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 817-272-3907.

Lot 49 reserved for Special Olympics, closed for repairs

Lot 49 between Cooper and West streets and south of Mitchell Street will close at midnight Wednesday, May 20, for the Special Olympics 2015 Summer Games. Remaining vehicles may be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. 

The parking lot will be closed for repairs Monday-Tuesday, June 1-2. Remaining vehicles may be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. 

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

  MavPic paws for finals-Maddie

Therapy session

Stress therapist Maddie endorses belly rubs and back scratches for relieving stress last week during final exams. Participating in the Paws for Finals exercise at the Central Library are, from left, Jennifer Cline, nursing freshman; Sally Thach-Le, biology freshman; and Lindsey Duffett, psychology junior.

Texas Hall area lots used for event parking this weekend

Lots F9, Trinity, Trinity South, 30, and 33 will be used for the Mejia Ballet event parking at Texas Hall beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 23, and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 24.

Parking staff will collect a fee, but UT Arlington annual permits will be valid. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 817-272-3907.

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.

Summer schedule begins for 'TrailBlazer'

TrailBlazer moves to a summer schedule after this week. Keep up with campus activities throughout the summer on every other Tuesday. The next TrailBlazer is June 2. Weekly editions return Aug. 18 for the fall semester.

Check List


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.

Wednesday, May 27

Deadline to submit transfer course work for spring 2015 graduation.

Friday, May 29

Last day to drop classes for summer intersession.

Friday, June 5

Final exams for summer intersession.

Summer intersession and 14-week sessions begin Wednesday

Summer intersession and the new summer 14-week session in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation 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.

Spring grads must submit transfer course work by May 27

To be considered for spring 2015 graduation, the deadline to have all your transfer course work submitted to the Records Office's graduation desk is Wednesday, May 27. See other graduation deadlines.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

All new students and those 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 Wednesday

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 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 summer 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

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.


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

Arlington Technology Association Lecture John Promise, formerly with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, presents "Shaping the Region: Why Fort Worth Is Not Dallas (and Vice Versa)." He will describe the personalities and geographic factors influencing the cities’ development and highlight their growth challenges into the 21st century. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

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

Athletic honors: Senior sprinter Clayton Vaughn, left, is the first Maverick to be named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association's Division I Male National Athlete of the Week. Mya Anderson, top right, and Nina Villanueva were named to the Sun Belt All-Conference second team by College Sports

Baseball team headed to Sun Belt tournament

UTA punched its ticket to the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Championship with a 7-6 victory Thursday over Texas State in San Marcos in the first game of a three-game series.

Seniors Travis Sibley and Levi Scott combined for five hits and five RBIs. The Mavericks dropped the final two games of the series, 4-1 on Friday and 22-8 on Saturday.

UTA finished the regular season with a 23-30 overall record and a 14-16 conference mark. The seventh-seeded Mavericks take on No. 2 Troy in the first round of the Sun Belt tournament Wednesday, May 20, in Troy, Ala.

Vaughn named national track athlete of the week

Senior sprinter Clayton Vaughn last week was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association's Division I Male National Athlete of the Week. He is the first-ever recipient from UTA.

Vaughn ran one of the fastest wind-legal men’s 100-meter dashes in NCAA history to win the Sun Belt Conference Championships in 9.93 seconds. It’s the fastest wind-legal time by a collegian this year and is tied for the fourth fastest ever.

With his 9.93, the Sulphur Springs product shattered his own school record of 10.07 set last year and established a new Sun Belt meet record, smashing the old mark of 10.12.

Vaughn competes next at the NCAA West Preliminary Round on Thursday-Saturday, May 28-30, in Austin.

Softball players nab post-season honors

Senior Nina Villanueva and junior Mya Anderson have been named to the Sun Belt All-Conference second team by College Sports

Villanueva hit .408 to achieve the second-best batting average in single-season history, while her career average of .363 is also second. The shortstop broke the single-season mark for runs scored with 52, and her 44 RBIs rank second for a season.

Anderson’s 13 home runs tied her for second in a single UTA season. The designated player batted .331 with 41 RBIs, 47 hits, and 33 runs scored.

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 beginning Wednesday, May 20, in Waco.

• The men’s outdoor track team ranks No. 27 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s national poll.

(For more sports news, go to,, or


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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

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