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Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Mav ScholarShop connects students with scholarship opportunities

Students have a new tool to help them find scholarships: Mav ScholarShop.

The one-stop-shop online scholarship management system, which syncs with students’ MyMav accounts, automatically matches students with scholarships for which they are eligible. Complete a general application to see the prospective matches begin.

Scholarship deadlines vary, so students should log in often to see if they qualify for additional scholarships or check the status of pending scholarships.

Learn more about scholarships at

Maverick community welcomes parents, families for weekend of fun

Invite the family to come to Maverick Country for Parent and Family Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 23-25.

The weekend features a long list of events that allow students to show their families what it's like to be a Maverick. Activities include faculty spotlights, a fall festival with live music, glass-blowing demonstrations, Movin’ Mavs basketball, and more.

Students and children under 10 are free. All others are $30 per person. Everyone who attends will receive a free T-shirt, breakfast, and dinner and can participate in most activities at no extra cost.

Register online through Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Plan now for Homecoming

It’s Homecoming time in Maverick Country. Join the fun Nov. 7-14.

During the week, you can participate in a golf tournament, a 5K run, and a home run contest, attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner, and take a road trip to see the women's basketball team play Baylor.

Saturday's events include a street festival and the Party on the Plaza reception followed by the Homecoming parade with big lighted floats, marching bands, special guests, and UTA's traditional display of decorated and lighted golf carts. It all winds up with a pep rally in front of College Park Center, where the men's basketball team plays Fordham.

Sign up now to compete in the Chili Cook-Off and register to enter the Homecoming Parade by Wednesday, Nov. 4.

See the schedule and buy tickets for events at

Reserve your tickets now for Homecoming games, both on the road and at home

Make plans to cheer on the women's basketball team when they face the Baylor Bears on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

Participate in the pre-game tipoff with food and activities 1:30-3 p.m. at Moritz Plaza at College Park Center. Buses leave for the game at 3 p.m. The game starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for students and $30 for faculty, staff, and alumni. Price includes the game ticket, food, a T-shirt, and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are available at along with other details about Homecoming 2015. Purchase your ticket by Monday, Nov. 2.

The Homecoming men’s game against Fordham tips off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at College Park Center. Tickets are $3 with student ID at

Questions? Student Affairs has answers at 817-272-6080.

Students needed for UT System Regents, Coordinating Board nominations

Student Congress is searching for applicants for student representatives to the UT System Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

These positions provide a valuable student voice to education policy decisions affecting the UT System and the state’s higher education system.

Apply online or at the Student Congress offices in Suite B150 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Applications are due to the Student Congress offices by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

Questions? Call 817-272-0556.

Dr. Barbara Shipman

Dr. Barbara Shipman

Focus on Faculty looks at connection of language, mathematics

Barbara Shipman, associate professor of mathematics, will discuss the "Subtleties of Meaning in Mathematical Versus Common Use of Language" at the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. 

Dr. Shipman will explain how intuitive nuances of language aid mathematicians in giving form to concepts such as infinity, bending of surfaces, behavior of functions, and the nature of numbers.

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

UTA Innovation Day focuses on research, entrepreneurship, commercialization

UTA will showcase a range of technologies including a student-designed, scale-sized Formula car, a social interaction research robot, and a rehabilitation glove at the second annual InnovationDay@UTA 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at College Park Center.

See for the full agenda.

The event is free, but registration is required. For questions or details, contact Marie Peterson, manager of conference and event management, at 817-272-2581 or


CAPPA launch celebration

Dean Nan Ellin, top, welcomed alumni, community supporters, faculty, staff, and students to the launch of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) earlier this month in the Richard B. Myrick Courtyard beside the Architecture Building. The college unites the School of Architecture and the School of Urban and Public Affairs. At bottom, from left, graduate students Tahmina Afroz, public administration; Marzia Khatun, architecture; and Baishakhi Biswas, landscape architecture, mingle at the event. See more photos.

'Space Race' panel discussion Thursday

Listen to a panel discussion on the advancements in technology and engineering since the Kennedy presidency at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Panelists include Col. Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 astronaut; Wendell Mendell, retired NASA scientist and International Space University instructor; and Donald Wilson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Register at The event is free, but registration is required.

The lecture is part of the JFK: Five Decades of Progress series sponsored by the Fort Worth Opera, host of the world premiere of the new American opera JFK.

Grad Finale continues through Thursday at UTA Bookstore

Find everything you need for fall Commencement at the Grad Finale through Thursday, Oct. 22, at the UT Arlington Bookstore. Grad Finale hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Graduation candidates can find caps and gowns, announcements, the official UTA ring, fashion rings, and diploma frames.

December graduation candidates can enter the drawing to win a free UTA ring and Starbucks gift card.

Research Integrity Symposium set for Friday

Register now for the first Research Integrity Symposium focusing on responsible authorship. The event is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center.

Sessions cover plagiarism, responsible authorship, institutional practices and legal implications, and tools for detecting and preventing plagiarism.

Students are encouraged to attend the free event. Lunch is available for registered participants. Register online.

Attendance at the symposium will count toward credit for Responsible Conduct of Research certification.

Share your thoughts with Dining Services

The Dining Services survey seeks to better understand the University community's dining preferences and satisfaction. At the end of the survey, choose to participate in a drawing for one of four prizes: a $150 gift card grand prize or one of three $50 gift cards.

Computer repair services offered at Central Library

The Campus Technology Repair Center offers drop-in troubleshooting for Apples, PCs, and laptops in the Central Library's first floor Service Zone. Technical staff are available noon-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

The center is a licensed AppleCare repair shop providing free services for Apple computers or laptops under warranty. Other work is done at competitive fees.

Simple repairs may be completed on site. Computers needing more extensive work are sent to the repair center in the UTA Bookstore.

Canoe the Trinity's Elm Fork

Join Campus Recreation for Canoeing the Elm Fork of the Trinity River on Sunday, Nov. 1. Cost is $40 per student and includes transportation, all river-related fees, snacks, and water.

To register, stop by the Services and Information Desk at the Maverick Activities Center. For details, contact Chris Muller at or 817-272-2004.

glass pumpkins

Hand-blown glass pumpkins available at annual sale Oct. 24

Add a little glass art to your fall decorations with hand-blown glass pumpkins of all shapes and sizes designed by UTA students and faculty.

The delicate gourds are on sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Studio Arts Center. A raffle begins at 4 p.m. Live glassblowing demonstrations are planned throughout the day.

Proceeds go to the visiting artist fund of the Department of Art and Art History. The fund allows art students to invite world-renowned artists to lead workshops and share their professional experiences.

Student groups needed for Maverick Experience Preview Day

The Office of University Recruitment would like your student organization to participate at the Academic Fair or Student Life Fair at the Maverick Experience Preview Day on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Register online. Questions? Contact Alicia Graves at

Symposium focuses on breast health

Students, staff, and faculty can attend the 2015 Breast Health 101 Symposium, sponsored by the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and Susan G. Komen of Greater Fort Worth.

The free event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Maverick Activities Center. Register online, and use code BH101.

Parking permit enforcement has begun

Monitoring and enforcement of parking permits with MAVPark, the University’s new decal-free permit system, have begun. Owners of unauthorized vehicles are subject to a citation and a $50 fine.

Read more about the MAVPark system and parking permits at

Leadership program reaches out to graduate students

Graduate students and young professionals are encouraged to apply for Leadership North Texas University.

The program is an emerging leaders summit for young professionals aimed at recruiting, educating, and developing the future leaders of the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The summit is a three-day overnight retreat Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 2-4. Applications are due Saturday, Oct. 31.

Questions? Contact Britton Cunningham at or 972-621-0400.

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.

Nominations needed for Maverick Orientation leaders

If you know fellow Mavericks who would be a good role model for incoming students and who would represent the best and brightest of UT Arlington’s student body, nominate them to be Maverick Orientation leaders.

Send student names and email addresses to Meighan Burke, assistant director of New Maverick Orientation, at

For details, go to

Applications are due Thursday, Nov. 5.

Check List


Wednesday, Nov. 4

Last day to drop classes for fall.

Grade exclusion and grade forgiveness sites close.

Monday, Nov. 9

Registration begins for winter intersession and spring semester.

Make sure your name is in Commencement booklet

Finalize your privacy setting in MyMav by Friday, Oct. 23, to have your name included in the printed souvenir Commencement booklet and the Graduation edition of The Shorthorn. The privacy setting in MyMav on that date will be used to determine if your name is included in the Commencement booklet for fall graduation in December.

Check implications before you drop

The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4. A grade of W will appear on your transcript.

Undergraduate students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 or later are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. Discuss the impact of this when you meet with your adviser about dropping a course. Read more about this six course drop limit policy. A list of academic advising offices is available online.

Check on the impact of dropping if you receive financial aid by going to or emailing

Advising begins for winter intersession and spring term

Advising for the winter intersession and spring term has begun. Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering.

A list of academic advising offices is online. Call to schedule an appointment or check walk-in hours.

The schedule of classes for spring is largely complete but is still subject to modification. Plan to validate your course selections when registration opens. Priority registration opens Monday, Nov. 9. Check the registration timetable for your earliest date to register.

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.

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

Exhibit showcases talent of art faculty, alumni

faculty biennial

See the creative works of Art and Art History faculty members and alumni at two galleries on campus.

"Reunion: XV Faculty Biennial and Invited Alumni Exhibition" runs through Nov. 21 in The Gallery at UTA in the Fine Arts Building and Gallery West in the Studio Arts Center.

The concurrent exhibitions feature 35 faculty members and 26 invited art graduates showing diverse work in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, printmaking, film/video, digital imaging, and visual communication. In addition, the department’s art historians and their invitees have examples of recent publications on display.

Several artists will discuss their work in a series of noon gallery talks on selected Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the exhibition.

The opening reception is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in The Gallery at UTA.

The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public. Hours for both galleries are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Read more about "Reunion: XV Faculty Biennial and Invited Alumni Exhibition."

Tuesday, Oct. 20

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

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Photography Lecture Series Alec Soth, a Minneapolis-based photographer, discusses his project “Gathered Leaves” with Anne Wilkes Tucker, founding curator of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Free. 6 p.m. reception, The Gallery at UTA; 7 p.m. lecture, Room 148; Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Friday, Oct. 23

Friday Night Film: 'Inside Out' Rated PG. Free popcorn. Concessions for sale. $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Astronomy Day Scientists, engineers, and visionaries from astronomy and the space industry share their experiences to inspire students and stargazers. Free parking in Lot F10. $4 shows; free lectures and events. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Planetarium. Planetarium.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Lunafest 2015 Short films produced and directed by and for women. $5. 7-9 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women’s and Gender Studies.

Halloween Casino Night Enjoy Halloween in casino style with games, refreshments, giveaways, music, and a costume contest. Free. 7-10 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Oct. 30

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Troy. Flashback Friday, '90s Night, prize for best '90s outfit. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Trick-or-Treat giveaway, costume contest Oct. 31; vs. South Alabama, Nov. 15. Athletics.

Great Pumpkin Carnival A night of family fun on Greek Row includes games, popcorn, and candy. Free. 6-8 p.m., Greek Row Drive. Fraternity and Sorority Life.


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, Oct. 21

Converting Your CV to a Resume Learn how to construct a resume from your curriculum vitae in this hands-on event. Bring your CV and a non-academic job posting. Preference given to doctoral students. Register online. 4-5:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Graduate Studies.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention Training Learn the warning signs and clues of people who may be considering suicide and how to intervene with at-risk individuals. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. Also, Nov. 30. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Earth and Environmental Sciences Lectures Bob Gregory of Southern Methodist University, 4 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Also, Bastian Georg of Trent University, Oct. 29. Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Friday, Oct. 23

Psychology Speakers Series Jerry Jellison of the University of Southern California. Noon, Room 10, University Hall. Psychology.

MAVS Talk: Anger Examine normal and problematic anger and learn healthy ways to resolve conflict. Register online. Free. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Hermanns Lecture Series The literature of life writing including diaries, letters, memoirs, social media, and comic books. Schedule. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. English.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Negotiating Your Author's Rights Get the inside information about copyrights and negotiating publishing contracts. Register online. 2-3 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. Graduate Studies.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Women's and Gender Studies Symposium Speakers include Whitney Peoples, Provost Post-doctoral Fellow in Women's and Gender Studies, and Ana Louise Keating of Texas Woman's University addressing the theme "Minding the Field: Exploring and Expanding Women's and Gender Studies in North Texas.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. Women’s and Gender Studies.

Creating an Online Teaching Portfolio Create an online teaching portfolio with multimedia documents and websites to promote your experience to potential employers. Register online. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. Graduate Studies

Friday, Oct. 30

UTARI Lunch and Learn Fan Gao of UT Southwestern Medical Center. Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Coming up

Arlington Technology Association Xinbao Yu, associate professor of civil engineering, discusses "Using Geothermal Energy to Remove Ice and Snow from Roads and Bridges." Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m, Wednesday Nov. 4, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Mathematics Colloquium Series Patrick Shipman of Colorado State University. 3 p.m., Nov. 6, Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

RAD Self-Defense for Women For female students, faculty, and staff. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 7, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UT Arlington Police.


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

Think pink: Freshman setter Madison Helt leans into a pass before a record volleyball crowd of 2,018 in College Park Center for the annual Dig Pink match promoting breast cancer awareness.

Record volleyball crowd watches Dig Pink match

UTA lost in four sets to Texas State on Thursday before a record volleyball crowd of 2,018 in College Park Center for the annual Dig Pink match promoting breast cancer awareness.

Junior setter Cassidy Wheeler recorded 26 assists with just one error and a service ace. Freshman middle blocker Marisah Ingram hit .444 on five kills, and senior libero Caitlyn Cooney had 11 digs.

The Mavericks dropped to 13-8 on the season and 4-5 in Sun Belt Conference play. Next up are road matches at Georgia State on Friday, Oct. 23, and Georgia Southern on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Cross country teams post top-10 efforts in Alabama

The men’s and women’s cross country teams finished their regular seasons Friday with top-10 showings at the highly regarded Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The men placed seventh among 23 schools with sophomore Michael Guerrero finishing 26th. The women took 10th in a 26-team field paced by senior Gabriela Alfonzo’s 14th-place showing.

The Mavericks compete Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Sun Belt Conference Championships in Atlanta. The UTA women are the defending league champions, while the men won the title in 2013.

Sports Shorts

The golf team wraps up play today, Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M.

• The women’s tennis team returns to action Thursday-Monday, Oct. 22-26, at the ITA Texas Regional Championships in College Station. The men’s team competes Saturday-Tuesday, Oct. 24-27, at the ITA Texas Regional Championships in Houston.

Intramural deadlines soon for basketball, table tennis

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 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

(For more sports news, go to,, or


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