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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Maverick Stampede

Maverick Stampede launches fall semester with welcome events

The countdown is on to the kickoff of Maverick Stampede beginning Monday, Aug. 24.

Faculty, staff, and student volunteers help new residents unpack and settle in during the Residence Hall Move-in Event on Monday, Aug. 24. Later that day is the Parent and Family Center Cookout and Late Night Shopping at Target.

Don't miss MavsMeet Convocation at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at College Park Center with comedian, actor, writer, and TV host Shayla Rivera as guest speaker. Stay around for live music, games, and fun at the AfterParty on The Green at College Park.

Other Maverick Stampede events include Waffleopolis, Ask Me Days, the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activity Fair Day, college and department socials, and much more.

Read more about the Maverick Stampede schedule of events.

premed partnership

Pre-med students paired with physicians in UTA-THR preceptorship program

UT Arlington and Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States, are collaborating to offer undergraduates pursuing medical careers a unique opportunity to experience a physician’s work firsthand.

The Pre-Medical Student Preceptorship Program began as a pilot project in spring 2015 and formally launches this fall, pairing high-achieving students selected through a highly competitive process with physician-mentors in a hospital setting. Selected students participate in a six-week, for-credit course shadowing physicians at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in the operating room and in patient settings.

Participants will analyze medical literature and present case studies to their physician-mentors for critique. They will meet with UT Arlington faculty members to evaluate, discuss, and enhance their clinical experience, including analyzing relevant published topics such as clinical trials, molecular research, ethical issues, patient experiences, and more.

Read more about the UTA-THR Pre-Med Student Preceptorship.


No decals needed with new parking permits

UT Arlington’s virtual parking management system, MAVPark, is an online service that allows students, faculty, staff, and visitors to purchase parking permits, manage payments for campus parking meters, and review and pay parking citations—all without standing in line.

The system increases efficiency for customers and eliminates the need for parking decals and paper citations.

MAVPark uses vehicle-mounted license plate readers to identify license plate numbers of parked vehicles for comparison against the virtual database of permitted vehicles.

To purchase a parking permit, visit and click on Obtain a Permit under the big blue P. Student parking permits are $165 for the 2015-16 academic year.

Faculty and staff can purchase general parking permits now. Reserved space permit renewals begin Saturday, Aug. 15.

Users may enter up to three license plates in the system, which provides greater flexibility for those who may drive more than one vehicle to campus. Permits allow only one registered vehicle to park on campus under a single permit at any time.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, e-citations may be issued for unpermitted vehicles parked on campus. The person who registered the vehicle will be notified by email or by mail.

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

scam sign

Scam using Texas Tuition Promise name, asking victims to forward cash

On July 15, the Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts was made aware of a fraudulent check scam in which criminals are using the name Texas Tuition Promise Fund to defraud the public.

Intended victims—usually students—will receive a check in the mail identifying the Texas Tuition Promise Fund as the payer. The checks may appear to have been issued from a SunTrust Bank account, but are, in fact, fraudulent. Shortly thereafter, the intended victim will be contacted via email and asked to deposit the check in their bank account, withdraw an additional sum, and forward the cash to another person.

The Texas Tuition Promise Fund is in no way involved in this fraud. No person legitimately representing the Texas Tuition Promise Fund would ever request that a payee forward funds to anyone.

The Office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in conjunction with NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC (the fund administrator) has contacted SunTrust Bank and notified the proper authorities of this fraud.

If you receive an unexpected check from the Texas Tuition Promise Fund and are asked in turn to send money to someone else, contact NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC at 1-877-826-9777.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of this crime or information related to it, call the UT Arlington Police Department at 817-272-3381.

Upgrade browser before using MyMav

If you experience difficulties accessing MyMav, upgrade your browser. Upgrades and downloads available are:

Internet Explorer 11—Windows

Firefox 39—Windows or Mac

Firefox ESR 38—Windows or Mac

Chrome 44—Windows Mac Linux

Not sure? Go to to identify your browser and check if it is up to date.

If you need further assistance, contact the Help Desk at or 817-272-2208.

Give back on Super Service Saturday

Join your fellow Mavericks for a morning of community service Saturday, Aug. 29, at Mission Arlington, the Community Garden, Arlington parks, and more.

Meet at 8 a.m. in the foyer by the Bluebonnet Ballroom and Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Groups will leave for their sites promptly at 8 a.m. and conclude work at noon. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and lunch.

To participate, contact the Leadership Center at 817-272-6327 or

Super Service Saturday is coordinated by UTA Volunteers!, The Big Event, and Alternative Breaks and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs as part of Maverick Stampede.

MavTube Tane JohnsonVideo Extra

Wish come true

Tane Johnson's wish for an education began coming true when Make-A-Wish North Texas teamed with UT Arlington. The Arlington teen wants to study computer science engineering at UTA. He was accepted, and now his tuition and expenses for his first year are covered. Johnson has suffered from a life-threatening neurological illness that mimics strokes since he was 11 years old. UTA alumni, staff, and close friends surprised him recently with a celebratory pep rally. Watch the video.


Sign up for a table at Activity Fair Day

Have your organization or program represented at the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activity Fair Day on Wednesday, Sept. 2. The event is part of the Maverick Stampede events to welcome students to campus for the fall semester. Hundreds of campus and community resources and opportunities will be represented along with live music and food.

A limited number of tables are available. Sign up through the Student Activities and Organizations website by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31.

Women in Leadership program seeks members

Apply now to join the Women in Leadership cohort for 2015-16. Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 11.

The Women in Leadership program is an opportunity to develop relationships with women who strive to make a positive difference in the community.

Got band, color guard experience? Maverick Marching Band needs you

The University Bands program is looking for students to perform with the 2015 bands and color guard.

Musicians can join one of the band ensembles. The Maverick Marching Band, which is 100 years old, will debut new uniforms this fall.

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.

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

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.

Greek recruitment applications online

Sign up for fall semester Greek recruitment online with the College Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, and National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Student health insurance available for fall semester

Enrollment for student health insurance coverage for the fall semester is open through Thursday, Oct. 1. Coverage and enrollment information is online.

Nominate a speaker for TEDxUTA 2016

Suggest a great speaker for TEDxUTA 2016. Complete the nomination form online.

TEDxUTA provides an opportunity for people to share ideas. An independent organization, TEDxUTA is designed to give communities, groups, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue at the local level.

Check List


Thursday, August 13

Last day of classes for summer 14-week, summer 11-week, and summer II terms.

Monday, August 17

Final exams for summer II term.

Monday-Tuesday, August 17-18

Final exams for summer 14-week and summer 11-week terms.

Wednesday, August 26

Regular registration ends for fall semester.

Thursday, August 27

First day of classes for fall semester.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

All new students and those not enrolled in the spring or summer terms will not be able to register for fall 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 fall 2015

Registration for the fall term continues. Advising is available in your academic department. Classes start Thursday, Aug. 27.

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.

MyMav Mobile

Make MyMav Mobile part of your app library

MyMav Mobile allows students to conduct UT Arlington academic and social activities on-the-go through the use of their smart phones and other mobile devices.

On your mobile device, go to the MyMav Mobile link and save to your home screen. To access MyMav, click the PS Sign-in icon from the main screen and log in using your UTA NetID and password.

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 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

'White Room: 02B3' a 360-degree film

White Room

The Planetarium's $2 movie returns in August with a film that covers every angle.

White Room: 02B3 follows six strangers who wake up in a white room to find out they are part of an extraordinary experiment that could change the face of humanity forever.

The first film of its kind, the Roddenberry Entertainment production was shot using a cutting-edge 360-degree camera system. Set in the middle of the single-room set, the camera captures 360-degrees outwardly in high-definition panoramic video with no gaps or distortion. All actors are filmed simultaneously, presenting a unique challenge for writers, producers, actors, and the director.

White Room: 02B3 stars Breckin Meyer, Tamlyn Tomita, David Blue, and Rachel True, as well as Internet icons Tony Janning and Milynn Sarley.

The movie is not recommended for children under 13.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Fridays in August. See the rest of the Planetarium's schedule. The fall schedule begins Thursday, Aug. 27.

Friday, Aug. 14-Sunday, Aug. 16

Discount Rangers Tickets Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays. 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 Seattle Mariners, Aug. 17-18; Toronto Blue Jays, Aug. 25-27; Baltimore Orioles, Aug. 28-30. Texas Rangers.

Friday, Aug. 28

UTA Night at the Rangers Put on your Maverick blue for a night of fun when the Texas Rangers take on the Baltimore Orioles. Tickets $10 with student ID. Tickets on sale soon at 7:05 p.m., Globe Life Park. Student Affairs, College Town UTA, Alumni Relations.

Welcome Back Movie: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Rated R. Free admission and popcorn. Concessions for sale. Lawn seating; bring a blanket or chair. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


Ornament and Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks Examine the design and style of decorations on African masks from the Dowdey-Campbell and Brodie African Art Collections. Gallery hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Through Aug. 31. Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109 of the Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

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


Thursday, Aug. 13

M.S. in Health Care Administration Info Session Learn more about the accelerated, cohort-based program designed for professionals in the health care industry. Register online. 6 p.m., Fort Worth Center. Also, Oct. 8Business.

Coming up

GMAT Preparation: Verbal Five sessions. $149. Register online. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Sessions start Sept. 23 and Nov. 11Continuing Education.

GRE Preparation: Math Five sessions. $149. Register online. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Sessions start Sept. 22 and Nov. 10Continuing Education.

GRE Preparation: Verbal Five sessions. $149. Register online. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Sessions start Sept. 24 and Nov. 5Continuing Education.


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

Outstanding Mavs: A Maverick coach and three athletes earned honors recently. Details are at left about (top, from left) Kristie Fox, head coach of softball; Tanner Gore, sophomore golfer; (bottom, from left) Gabriela Alfonzo, a distance runner in track and cross country; and Drew Charles, junior guard for men's basketball.

Mavericks to face Fordham on Homecoming

The men’s basketball team will take on Fordham University in the Homecoming game Saturday, Nov. 14, at College Park Center. Game time will be announced later.

A member of the Atlantic 10, Fordham in the Bronx, N.Y., is facing UTA for the first time. The Mavericks return nine players from last season’s 16-15 team.

UTA begins its third season in the Sun Belt Conference this fall. The schedule and season ticket information will be released at a future date.

Tickets on sale for 2015 volleyball season

Season and single-game tickets for the 2015 UTA volleyball season are on sale at or by calling the College Park Center box office at 817-272-9595.

Season tickets are $40 for all 13 home matches at College Park Center, while single-game tickets are $5 for general admission seating.

UTA students also have the option to buy the Maverick All-Sports Pass for $25. The pass allows entry to all home athletic events during the 2015-16 academic year, which includes volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball.

The volleyball team opens the season at home hosting the Maverick Classic on Aug. 28-29. Opponents are Campbell, Grambling, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. See the full schedule.

Sports Shorts

 Sophomore golfer Tanner Gore claimed his first El Paso men’s city championship last week at Painted Dunes Golf Course. He finished the three-round tournament at 5-under par to post a five-shot victory.

 Distance runner Gabriela Alfonzo has received 2015 All-Academic recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The international business major will be a senior this fall.

 Men’s basketball guard Drew Charles was named to the 2014-15 NABC Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The finance junior also has earned two Sun Belt Conference academic honor roll awards and UTA Scholar Athlete of the Year recognition.

Softball coach Kristie Fox joined the junior national team as an assistant coach for the WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City. Play began this past weekend.

 The Maverick Open, formerly the Chip-N-Classic, will take place Thursday, Sept. 10, at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. To reserve your place, contact Kris Wood at or 817-272-9613.

Fall intramural sports deadlines approaching

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are Madden NFL '15 Tournament, Monday, Aug. 31; co-rec flag football, fantasy football, and college football pick 'em, Thursday, Sept. 3; tennis, Friday, Sept. 4; foosball, Tuesday, Sept. 8; softball, Wednesday, Sept. 9; and racquetball, Friday, Sept. 11.

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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