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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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School of Social Work online MSW program ranked among nation's best

The School of Social Work is among the nation’s top schools for those who want to earn a degree through an online MSW program, according to Social Work Degree

UT Arlington’s online program ranked No. 12 out of 25 online MSW programs that are accredited through the Council on Social Work Education. The CSWE is the only organization that provides accreditation for all 254 Master’s in Social Work programs.

Of the School of Social Work’s more than 1,100 graduate students, 380 are enrolled in the online program.

Read more about the School of Social Work honor.

tuition and fees

Tuition, fees charged separately starting in fall

Effective this fall semester, UT Arlington will begin charging students tuition and fees separately. Previously, the charges had been combined into one comprehensive billing.

The University is improving its billing services in this regard to increase transparency so students and parents can see clearly what they are paying.

You will see this change when you log in to MyMav to view your financial charges and payments.

Most students will not be affected by this change.

Students who receive a tuition exemption and/or waiver or whose tuition is paid by a third party organization may see a change in charges.

If you qualify for a specific state exemption or waiver, review the program coverage at the View Waivers and Exemptions website, as certain exemptions may cover only tuition and/or specific fees. Sponsored students should contact their sponsor to confirm their exact coverage under their specific program guidelines.

For questions concerning the new presentation of tuition and fee charges, contact the Office of Student Accounts (formerly Bursar Services) at 817-272-2172 or


Student engineers to host 15th annual Texas Autocross Weekend July 17-19

The UTA student Formula SAE racing team will host at least a dozen teams from across North America for the 15th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, on the UT Arlington campus.

Bob Woods, adviser to the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers student racing team and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, says this year’s event features about 30 student-built race cars.

Each year, students from across campus converge in Woolf Hall to design and build a formula race car from scratch. Most students are from the College of Engineering, but some have hailed from architecture, liberal arts, and other schools and colleges at UT Arlington.

The UT Arlington team previously has been ranked No. 5 in the world and No. 1 in the United States.

The UTA team will host an open house at 3 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering in Woolf Hall's southeast corner. Competition starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 18, and 10 a.m. Sunday, July 19, both on Lot 49.

Read more about the Texas Autocross Weekend.

MavPic orientation

New directions

Top, David Duvall, left, director of New Maverick Orientation, gives Mary Campbell directions to Davis Hall at a recent orientation. Her son, Jaeln, will be an accounting freshman in the fall. Bottom, Ashford Sonii, architecture junior, sets up the Freshmen Leaders On Campus display for the Involvement Fair, part of orientation. Sonii is a FLOC student adviser.


Student Legal Services to close Friday

Student Legal Services will close permanently after Friday, July 17.

Students who used Student Legal Services may obtain their files in Suite 216 of Davis Hall. To pick up a file, send a request to by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. Identification is required when picking up a file.

For questions, email or call 817-272-3771.

Got color guard experience? Maverick Marching Band needs you

The UTA Maverick Marching Band is looking for students to perform with the 2015 UTA Color Guard.

Students with previous color guard experience or who are familiar with dance and equipment skills are needed. The color guard will be an integral element of the UTA Marching Band field show, which includes costumes and choreography. Color guard members will earn two course credits.

The performing ensemble will be under the direction of Karen Blake, director of Brenham Independent Winterguard, the 2014 WGI Independent A Class Silver Medalist.

Interested? Email John Zastoupil, director of the Maverick Marching Band, at

Parking regulations change Aug. 1

Changes in parking permits and regulations begin Saturday, Aug. 1.

Student parking permits will be $165 per year. An hourly meter rate is set at $2.50.

Read more about the 2015-16 parking permits and regulations.

  MavPic 4th of July parade

Parade showcases Maverick pride

Patriotism and UT Arlington pride were on display at the 50th annual Arlington 4th of July Parade. UTA’s entries included two floats, as well as the University’s spirit groups and Formula SAE race cars. See more photos.

University's Title IX policy updated

UT Arlington has updated its Title IX policy according to the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights requirements. The policy reads:

The University of Texas at Arlington does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, genetic information, and/or veteran status in its educational programs or activities it operates. For more information, visit For information regarding Title IX, visit

For questions about Title IX, contact Eddie Freeman at

Law enforcement competition to include real-life scenarios

More than 600 participants, judges, and law enforcement officers from around Texas will be on campus Thursday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 2

The Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association's State Explorer Competition features teams of youth and adults competing in 20 different “real-life” law enforcement scenarios over a two-day period.

The scenarios will take place in various campus locations including parking lots, classroom buildings, the University Center, and residence halls.

Questions? Contact the UTA Police Department at 817-272-3381.

Registration for student Leadership Retreat now open

Sign up for the annual fall Leadership Retreat for students Sept. 11-13. The retreat focuses on resilience in leadership development.

Working with small group leaders, students will have the opportunity to push the boundaries they have set for themselves.

Cost is $60, which includes transportation, lodging, and food. Deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 4.

The Leadership Center and the Division of Student Affairs host the retreat. For questions, email or call 817-272-9220.

Check List


Tuesday, July 14

Last day to drop classes for summer 14-week term.

First day of classes for summer II term.

Tuesday-Wednesday, July 14-15

Late registration for summer II term.

Monday, July 20

Census date for summer II term.

Final grades posted for summer I term.

Thursday, July 23

Last day to drop classes for summer 11-week term.

Summer I final grades to be called official July 20

Final grades for the summer I term are scheduled to be available after noon Monday, July 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.

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.

Registration continues for summer II and fall

Priority registration for summer II and fall terms continues. 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
  UTA Presents

African masks feature unique, cultural art

african masks

Examine the design and style of decorations on African masks in the exhibit Ornament and Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks.

The masks are on display in the Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109 of the Fine Arts Building.

Mask materials include iron nails, tin appliques, shells, beads, plant fibers, hair, leather, pigments, and resins, all with cultural significance.

Pinned, stamped, tied, woven, painted, and carved, these embellishments were meant to accentuate movement, replicate human characteristics, and evoke meaning as they heighten the viewer's experience of performance and ceremony.

The works are selections from the Dowdey-Campbell and Brodie African Art Collections in the Department of Art and Art History.

Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31.

Thursday, July 16

Free Outdoor Movie: 'The Breakfast Club' (1985) Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are Pitch Perfect 2July 23Dirty Dancing (1987), July 30; and TomorrowlandAug. 6. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Monday-Thursday, July 27-30

Discount Rangers Tickets Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS to get your discounted tickets. Various times, Globe Life Park. Upcoming games are Houston Astros, Aug. 3-5; Tampa Bay Rays, Aug. 14-16; Seattle Mariners, Aug. 17-18; Toronto Blue Jays, Aug. 25-27; Baltimore Orioles, Aug. 28-30. Texas Rangers.


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 summer schedule features 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.)

Learn More


Wednesday, July 15

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and other sexuality and gender identity community members. Free. 1-4 p.m., Red River/Concho Rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Friday, July 24

Susan Juarez

UTARI Seminar Susan Juarez, right, UTARI grant writer, discusses Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer funding mechanics. Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Coming up

Arlington Technology Association Shih-Ho "Simon" Chao, civil engineering associate professor, provides a brief history of concrete, describes factors contributing to its strengths and weaknesses, and reviews recent developments in improved concrete composites. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.


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
  cierra johnson

Women's basketball releases 2015-16 schedule

The women’s basketball team has released its 2015-16 nonconference schedule, which includes three opponents that reached the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

The Mavericks tip off Nov. 13 at Baylor, which advanced to the Elite Eight last year, in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The nonconference schedule also includes home games against 2015 NCAA Tournament teams Seton Hall on Nov. 24 and Western Kentucky on Dec. 13.

UTA finished last season 17-13 overall, posting the largest turnaround in NCAA Division I. See the 2015-16 schedule.

Golf coach qualifies for U.S. PGA Cup team

Golf coach Stuart Deane has qualified for the 2015 United States PGA Cup Team, which will compete Sept. 18-20 in San Martin, Calif.

He earned a spot on the 10-player team for the first time based on a two-year rolling points system. The U.S. is facing a combined team from Great Britain and Ireland, with the prestigious Llandudno Trophy on the line.

Deane recently participated in the PGA Professional National Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Former star Haynes signs with Italian champs

Former UTA All-America guard MarQuez Haynes has signed a contract with Italian champion Dinamo Sassari for the 2015-16 season.

Haynes, 28, spent last season with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, his second full Euroleague campaign. He averaged 4.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists coming off the bench in 25 Euroleague games. In the Israeli League, he averaged 8.3 points, 2.3 assists, and 2 rebounds.

Haynes played two seasons for the Mavericks (2008-10) after transferring from Boston College. As a senior, the Irving native was named Player of the Year in the Southland Conference and was third in the nation in scoring at 22.6 points per game.

Golf tournament fundraiser gets new name

The Maverick Open, formerly the Chip-N-Classic, will take place Sept. 10 at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless.

Sponsored by the UTA Maverick Club, the tournament raises money for all 14 of the University’s NCAA Division I athletics programs and will help launch the women's golf program for the 2017-18 season.

For more information and to reserve your place in the Maverick Open, contact Kris Wood at or 817-272-9613.

Sports Shorts

Movin' Mavs track and field athlete Daniel Velasquez won a silver medal in the 100-meter dash and a bronze in the 200 meters at the International Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports' World Junior Games in Stadskanaal, The Netherlands. Velasquez finished fourth in the shot put and set a personal record.

Summer intramural sports available

The deadlines for individual sports are badminton, today, Tuesday, July 14; poker, Thursday, July 23; and MavStrong competition, Thursday, Aug. 6.

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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