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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

job fair overview

Plan your future at today's All-Majors Job Fair, Maverick Major Fair

Prepare for your future at the All-Majors Job Fair and the Maverick Majors Fair today, Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The All-Majors Job Fair brings employers to campus 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Maverick Activities Center. 

The Job Fair is for UT Arlington students and graduates only. No registration is required for the free fair. Bring a student ID and plenty of résumés. Employers will be on hand to talk with students, take résumés, and discuss job possibilities.

The Career Development Center also sponsors workshops and interview sessions with companies throughout the semester. See the workshops schedule.

Learn more about your potential study areas at the Maverick Major Fair. The fair is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Join the University Advising Center and department advisers in a fun atmosphere to learn more about the degree options available at UT Arlington and how to declare a major or minor. If you're undeclared or just exploring your options, don't miss out on this experience.

john hall

Starting the conversation: John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, joined President Vistasp Karbhari at Pizza with the President last week to talk to students about the "campus carry" law for concealed handguns. Hall chairs the University's committee that will develop UT Arlington's campus carry policy.

Town hall meetings open dialogue on campus carry legislation

UT Arlington will host a series of town hall meetings to gather ideas, suggestions, and feedback from the campus community about the implementation of Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), better known as “Campus Carry,” at UTA.

During the 84th Legislative Session, lawmakers passed SB 11, which allows a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on the campus. SB 11 also allows a university to adopt provisions prohibiting handguns in certain buildings, but not a “blanket ban.”

Feedback from the town hall meetings will assist in developing UT Arlington’s campus carry policy to ensure a safe and secure campus environment. John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, chairs the University’s campus carry committee. Three sub-committees focus on security and buildings, legal and conduct issues, and communications and training.

Upcoming town hall meetings are:

  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center

  • 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, Room 108, University Hall

  • 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, Rio Grande A, University Center

  • 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center

For more information, go to for meeting dates and locations, frequently asked questions, information on the legislation, and a survey to complete if you are not able to attend one of the meetings.

Mia Farrow poster

Mia Farrow appearance only nine days away; claim tickets online

Tickets to see actress and activist Mia Farrow for the Maverick Speakers Series are now available online.

Farrow will speak on "What Falls Away: One Woman’s Journey to Fulfillment" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Texas Hall. An audience question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

She is perhaps best known for her role as Rosemary in Rosemary’s Baby and has appeared in more than 50 films, winning numerous awards since her career began in 1964. Her most recent film is 2011’s Dark Horse.

Farrow has worked extensively as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is involved in humanitarian activities in Africa. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.

General admission is free, but tickets are required. Season and preferred ticket packages are available and include reserved seating, parking, and more. For all these ticket options, go to

For VIP packages, contact Mark LaVelle at or 817-272-5235.

Got a parking permit? Get one before Oct. 5

Students who have not yet registered their vehicles through MAVPark, the University’s new decal-free permit system, are asked to do so immediately at

Monitoring and enforcement of vehicles permitted to be parked on campus begins Monday, Oct. 5, following the traditional start-of-the-semester grace period. Owners of unauthorized vehicles are subject to a citation and a $50 fine.

UTA PD hosts National Night Out next week

Join the UTA Police Department for the annual National Night Out event Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Meet police officers and staff as well as campus leaders while learning crime prevention tips and emergency management and watching fire safety demonstrations. Enjoy free food, games, prizes, and more.

The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the University Center mall.

Dr. Ritu Khanduri

Dr. Ritu Khanduri

Focus on Faculty examines cartoons' influence

Ritu Khanduri, associate professor in sociology and anthropology, will speak on "The Culture of Cartoons" at this year's first Focus on Faculty lecture. The event is at noon Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. Khanduri will explain how Indian newspaper cartoons serve as teaching moments about identity politics and democracy.

Focus on Faculty provides a forum for outstanding faculty to share their research and achievements with the UTA community. Khanduri's talk will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. The event is free and open to all.

Wake up and register for Bed Races now

Register now for the 35th annual Bed Races. The beds start rolling at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Maverick Stadium.

The Bed Races feature beds on wheels with five students—four pushing and one riding on the bed—competing for fastest women's, men's, and co-ed teams and most spirited individuals. Individuals can register, too. Costumes are encouraged. Entry fees go to the Student Life Fund.

There's also a field goal kicking contest.

EXCEL Campus Activities and Campus Recreation sponsor the Bed Races. For more details, call EXCEL at 817-272-2963 or Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.

Flu vaccine available through Health Services

Flu vaccines are now available at the Health Services Center. The vaccine costs $20 and is fully covered by student health insurance (Academic Blue). No appointment necessary; walk-ins are welcomed. The immunization clinic hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For more information, visit or call 817-272-2771.

Graduate School Expo set for Oct. 13

The Graduate School Expo brings advanced degree information to anyone considering graduate or professional school. The event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Meet with representatives from UT Arlington's graduate programs and other Texas colleges and universities at the graduate and professional school fair.

Two presentations on the UTA graduate admission process and funding graduate school at UT Arlington are at noon and 1 p.m.

Register online to attend the Graduate School Expo.

allan saxe

50 years of Saxe: Allan Saxe, left, associate professor of political science, received a state proclamation from State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, for his 50 years at UT Arlington. Dr. Saxe received the accolades at a reception last week with faculty, staff, alumni, and local officials. The educator also received a proclamation from the city, as well as gifts from the Political Science Department, for his half century of service. See more photos from the event.

Allan Saxe marks 50th year at UT Arlington

Faculty, alumni, and students gathered last week to celebrate political science Associate Professor Allan Saxe’s 50 years in the classroom.

UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari praised Dr. Saxe for the profound impact and influence he's had on generations of students.

“When you tell students his classes are full, they still show up even though they can’t get credit," President Karbhari said.

State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, (B.A. sociology ’76, M.A. sociology ’79) a 2001 Distinguished Alumnus, remembered how much Saxe inspired him and classmates who took his courses in the 1970s.

“There was a type of change going on at UT Arlington, and Allan Saxe was right in the middle of it," West said. "He wanted to be sure we knew that what we were taught here at UT Arlington was going to be a part of our foundation and that there were a lot of adventures beyond the doors of this institution.”

The educator received proclamations from the state and city, as well as gifts from the Political Science Department.

Saxe assured those in attendance that he has no plans of retiring and invited everyone to return for his 70th anniversary.

“We’ll see you back here in 20 years," he said.

Cast stone repairs continue in College Park District

Cast stone repairs in the College Park District continue through the end of November. Center Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic 9 a.m.-4 p.m. between Abram and First streets.

The sidewalk on the east side of The Lofts will be closed 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to pedestrian traffic. The Lofts’ east-side entrance and exit doors will be closed during construction and only available in an emergency.

The ATM on the north side of Texas Trust will not be available.

Direct questions to Don Lange, director of Auxiliary Operations and Logistics, at

Check List


Friday, Oct. 9

Deadline for late application for fall graduation.

Through Monday, Oct. 19

Midterm progress report grades available in MyMav Student Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Last day to drop classes for fall.

Grade exclusion and grade forgiveness sites close.

Midterm progress reports online

Many undergraduate students can view their midterm progress reports in their MyMav Student Center now through Monday, Oct. 19. You can view your grades as soon as your professor enters them. Check your UTA email account to see if you will receive midterm grades, then meet with your academic adviser to discuss your progress and explore campus resources.

Start Strong Freshman Tutoring Program available

The Start Strong Freshman Tutoring Program provides up to six hours of free tutoring in selected courses offered during the fall semester for all first-time and returning freshmen.

Students must register for and complete their first hour of tutoring by Friday, Oct. 2.

To register, visit University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction in Suite 205 of Ransom Hall, email, or call 817-272-2617.

Grade exclusion, grade forgiveness are options for undergraduates

Grade exclusion and grade forgiveness requests can be made for eligible students for fall term processing through Wednesday, Nov. 4. Contact your academic adviser for eligibility information.

Candidates should apply now for fall graduation

Late applications for graduation will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 9. A $60 late fee is billed in addition to the $40 filing fee. Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This applies to both graduate and undergraduate students. Read more about graduation deadlines.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, associate professor of piano, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

'The Shorthorn' Press Fest Celebrate Press Fest with The Shorthorn. Enjoy live music from Skinny Is Green, snacks, drinks, games, and prizes while learning about The Shorthorn student newspaper and its digital offerings. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., University Center mall. The Shorthorn.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Georgia Southern. Pre-Game Tailgate: October Fest/Beer Tasting: Pink Night: Greek Out. Tickets $5; $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Oct. 2

Friday Night Film: Ant-Man Rated PG-13. Free popcorn. Concessions for sale. $1, $1.50 with credit card. 9 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Arkansas-Little Rock. Youth Day: Jersey Day: Blaze's Kids Club: Post Game Autographs: International Frugal Fun Day. Tickets $5; $3 with student ID. 1 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Tail-Waggin' Wednesday Students, faculty, and staff can take a break filled with unconditional love from registered therapy dogs. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

35th Annual Bed Races The Bed Races feature beds on wheels with five students—four pushing and one riding on the bed—competing in three categories. Free admission. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium. Campus RecreationEXCEL Campus Activities.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Guest Piano Recital A performance by Kent Lyman of Meredith College. Free. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Room 105, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Oct. 9

Pride Week: 3rd Annual Drag Show Hosted by DFW drag superstar Kiana Lee. Free. 7-9 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Coming up

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Dig Pink Game, Pink Shirt Handout, National Medical Professional Night, New Maverick Employee Night, Maverick Club Pre-Game Reception. Tickets $5; $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, College Park Center. Athletics.

Interactive Wellness Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Parent and Family Weekend Parents and families spend a weekend on campus visiting their students’ residence halls and classrooms, listening to faculty presentations, and participating in a variety of fun activities. ScheduleRegister onlineFriday-Sunday, Oct. 23-25Parent and Family Center.


Gallery 76102: Tshuchigama/Earthen Kiln Tshuchigama or “dirt kiln” is recognized by scholars as Japan's earliest high-fire kiln type. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Gallery 76102. Through Oct. 10Fort Worth Center.

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 Dec. 9. Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

University Center Gallery: Digital Photography Student Exhibit Student artwork showcased. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Dec. 12EXCEL Campus Activities.


Special Collections: Ringside: Memories of WCC Wrestling Photos by Cirrus Bonneau of World Class Championship Wrestling at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth in 1982-83. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Jan. 16UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Planetarium Three new shows—Sofia 3-D, Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, and From the Earth to the Universe—are part of the fall schedule. Also showing are AstronautPink Floyd, and Spacepark 360: InfinityPlanetarium.

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

Learn More


Wednesday, Sept. 30

International Translation Day Renowned translator Marian Schwartz is guest speaker. She has translated more than 60 volumes of Russian classic and contemporary fiction, history, biography, criticism, and fine art. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Palo Pinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Modern Languages, UT Arlington Libraries, English, Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.

Graduate School Writing Discover the differences between undergraduate and graduate school writing, selecting a thesis/dissertation topic, and basic formatting. Register online. 4-5:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall.  Also, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, online; register online. Graduate Studies.

Latin@ Student Excellence Forum Panel discussion moderated by Stephen Santa-Ramirez, assistant director of Multicultural Affairs. 6-8 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Hispanic Heritage Month.

Thursday, Oct. 1


Earth and Environmental Sciences Lectures Nilotpal Ghosh, right, lecturer in earth and environmental sciences, discusses “Evidence of catastrophe across the Permian-Triassic boundary in Spiti Valley, Indian Himalayas.” 4 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Also, Julia Morgan of Rice University, Oct. 8; Thomas Darrah of Ohio State University, Oct. 15; Bob Gregory of Southern Methodist University, Oct. 22; and Bastian Georg of Trent University, Oct. 29. Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Friday, Oct. 2

Mathematics Colloquium Series Santiago Schnell, president of the Society for Mathematical Biology and professor at the University of Michigan, is guest speaker. 3 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Also, Weiqiang Wang of the University of Virginia, Oct. 16, and Patrick Shipman of Colorado State University, Nov. 6. Mathematics.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Breast Cancer Awareness Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Arlington Technology Association UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari discusses the future of engineering professions and the roles engineers will play in designing and guiding the world’s mechanisms. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m,, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Study Abroad 101 Information Session Learn about opportunities to study abroad. Noon-1 p.m. Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Nov. 4. Study Abroad.

Chat with CAPS Visit with counselors in a casual environment. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Food for Thought: Motivation Becky Garner, clinical assistant professor of kinesiology, presents an interactive program about motivation to fit your exercise program with your lifestyle. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Architecture Lecture Signe and Jason Smith discuss “Love + Architecture.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Intro to Non-Academic Careers Examine how to find and prepare for a non-academic career using the skills you attained in graduate school. Register online. 4-5:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Also, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, online; register online. Graduate Studies.

CAAS Lecture "Backing Black & the Blue" addresses the topic of police encounters with persons of color and provides students and community members with information to be more comfortable when interacting with law enforcement personnel. 5:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Kathryne Beebe

Women's and Gender Studies Lecture Kathryne Beebe, right, assistant professor of history, and Anna Nogar of the University of New Mexico discuss “Transported in Spirit: Visionary Travel in the Old World and the New." Free. 12:30-2 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. Women’s and Gender Studies.

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. Business.

Friday, Oct. 9

Gilman Scholarship Symposium Learn about opportunities to study abroad at a panel discussion about the U.S. Department of State’s Gilman Scholarship Program. Rachel Croson, dean of the College of Business, leads the panel, which includes a former supply chain executive with experience in China, and Emmanuel Offei, a business undergraduate and former Gilman Scholar. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Room 142, Business Building. APICS Student Chapter at UTA, Business.

Coming up

Graduate Business Forum Learn about graduate degree programs in the College of Business. Register online. 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 10, Room 147, Business Building. Business.

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning individuals, and their allies. Register online. 1-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also,  9 a.m.-noon Monday, Nov. 16, Guadalupe Room, University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Creating an Online Exhibit Graduate students can learn how to create professional online exhibits to enhance their academic presence by sharing primary source collections or publishing academic writing. Or use to build inquiry-based tasks for students or create lesson plans with accompanying sources. Register online. 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Room 315A, Central Library. Graduate Studies.


RADS Self-Defense for Women Self-defense course for female faculty, staff, and students. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Nov. 7. UT Arlington Police.

Word for Theses and Dissertations Workshops Learn advanced features in Word 2007/2010 that will make meeting dissertation and thesis formatting requirements a less arduous process. Register online. 2-3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, Room 315A, Central Library. Also, 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; register online. Graduate Studies.


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
sports collage

Outstanding Mavs: Cassidy Wheeler (7), left, Gabriela Alfonzo, Michael Guerrero, and Grant Copeland turned in outstanding performances in volleyball and cross country competitions last week.


Volleyball team drops pair of road matches

UTA went toe-to-toe with defending Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas-Little Rock but came up short Sunday in a five-set thriller in Little Rock. Junior setter Cassidy Wheeler paced the Mavericks with a career-high 51 assists.

On Friday, UTA fell 3-1 to No. 25 Arkansas State in Jonesboro. Sophomore outside hitter Qiana Canete had 16 kills and 11 digs.

The Mavericks are 11-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play. They return to College Park Center this week for matches against Georgia Southern on Thursday, Oct. 1, and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Cross country teams 8th at Texas A&M Invitational

The women’s and men’s cross country teams both placed eighth among strong fields Saturday at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station.

Senior Katelyn Hayward was the top finisher among all UTA runners, placing 11th. Senior Gabriela Alfonzo was 15th. On the men’s side, sophomore Michael Guerrero led the Mavericks with a 17th-place showing, while junior Grant Copeland came in 29th.

The Mavericks run in the Longhorn Invitational on Friday, Oct. 2, in Austin.

Women's tennis team makes strong showing

The women’s tennis team had its weekend shortened due to rain Sunday at the Rice Invitational in Houston.

Despite the unfriendly weather, the Mavericks went a combined 6-0 in the first round of singles matchups and 6-1 against Big 12 opponents overall. Junior Angeles de los Rios reached the semifinals of Flight 2.

The women return to the court Friday, Oct. 2, at the SMU Invitational in Dallas, while the men compete Oct. 3-7 at the Saint Francis ITA All-American in Tulsa, Okla.

Sports Shorts

Freshman Rachel Kroener has been selected to represent the U.S. at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics (Track and Field) World Championships in October in Qatar. As of spring 2015, she was ranked 18th in the world in the shot put and 11th in the javelin.

In its first tournament of the season, the golf team finished eighth Sunday at the Sun Belt Preview in Destin, Fla.

Intramural deadlines soon for flag football, volleyball

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are flag football and volleyball, Wednesday, Sept. 30; fantasy basketball, Friday, Oct. 16; 4-on-4 basketball, Wednesday, Oct. 21; table tennis, Thursday, Oct. 22; drop-in basketball, Monday, Oct. 26; and Halloween ultimate disc, Friday, Oct. 30.

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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