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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Register, buy tickets now for Homcoming

Now is the time for all Mavericks to buy tickets, register, and volunteer for Homecoming 2015 events.

Start the week-long fun with the Homecoming Step Show on Saturday, Nov. 7. Swing for the Home Run for The Heart benefit Sunday, Nov. 8. Paint your wagon in Maverick pride Monday, Nov. 9. Trade old school garb for new UTA threads Tuesday-Wednesday, Nov. 10-11. Put you culinary skills to work by entering the Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Attend The Bash or the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner to honor UTA’s finest grads Thursday, Nov. 12

Join the pep rally and trip to Waco for the women's basketball vs. Baylor game Friday, Nov. 13.

Homecoming really gets rolling on Saturday, Nov. 14. Start the day with the Homecoming Golf Tournament and the Homecoming 5K Walk/Run. The Class of 1965 and Greek alumni have gatherings. Enjoy the Street Festival, the Party of the Plaza, the Homecoming Parade, a pep rally, and the men's basketball game against Fordham.

Tickets, registration forms, and volunteer sign up are all at Tickets for the women's basketball trip and game and for the men's basketball game are detailed in the story below.

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.

Drive yourself to the game and purchase individual tickets.

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus on Fox College Sports-Central. Read more in the Sports section below.

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.

  MavTube Innovation DayVideo Extra


UTA showcased a range of technologies at the second annual InnovationDay@UTA last Thursday at College Park Center. Student Paulo Esperon, top, worked on his entry in a robotics competition. Alumnus Fadi Bishara, bottom, founder and CEO of Blackbox, a global start-up accelerator in Silicon Valley, and guest panelists discussed innovation, entrepreneurship, and how to attract angel investors. Faculty and students provided posters on their research. Watch the video and see more photos.

Register now for second annual Ubuntu Social Justice Conference

The second annual Ubuntu Social Justice Conference challenges Mavericks to be agents of social change. The conference is 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The day will feature a lecture by the filmmakers of I’m Not Racist Am I?, a variety of social justice workshops, and networking activities. Students can participate in a service project set for Friday, Oct. 30.

Register online by noon Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The conference is hosted by Multicultural Affairs, the Office of International Education, and the Leadership Center.

Vote in campus elections Nov. 2-3

Cast your ballot for the fall campus elections Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 2-3, in the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Fall elections are for Homecoming king and queen, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Congress senators.

Don't fall for money scams

UTA students have reported two scams involving money checks and credit cards that happened within the past week.

In the first, the student answered a work-from-home ad. The student was asked to complete a training assignment and supply a credit card number. The company requested the student buy numerous computers with the credit card,which would be reimbursed, and to send the computers to a foreign country. The student sent the computers and was notified a later that the reimbursement funds on the credit card were fraudulent. The student lost more than $6,000.

Another student received an email for a job opening.The company texted the student that it was sending him a check to deposit into his bank account. The day after the deposit, the student received another text advising him to withdraw the money and deposit it into the company's bank account. When the bank told the student the check was being held, the student withdrew his own money to deposit in the company's account. He was notified later the check was fraudulent, which resulted in a $1,000 loss.

If you are approached in these or a similar fashion, don't fall for it. Call the UT Arlington Police Department at 817-272-3381.

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.

WNBA team to unveil name, logo and ticket information

Students are invited to attend a news conference for the WNBA franchise formerly known as the Tulsa Shock at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, to announce details about the team including the schedule of home games to be played at College Park Center.

Team officials are expected to unveil the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington-based team’s name, logo, and ticket information. In July, WNBA owners approved a plan to move the team and College Park Center was selected as the site for the team’s 17 home games during the 2016 season.

Tickets available to see Daymond John at next Maverick Speakers Series event

Tickets to see entrepreneur Daymond John for the Maverick Speakers Series are available online.

John will speak on "Shark Tank Entrepreneurship" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at College Park Center. An audience question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture.

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

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.

New laptops available for checkout

UTA Libraries now offer 25 new Dell Latitude E5450 laptops with webcams for checkout. Available soon for checkout are Microsoft Surface tablets, Acer Chromebooks, and iPad Airs.

Streaming video now available via library

The UTA Libraries recently implemented the Alexander Street Press Streaming Video. This collection provides access to more than 23,000 videos across multiple disciplines from a wide variety of providers such as BBC, Bloomberg, Canal+, CRM Learning, Discovery, CBS, HBO, Janus Films (Criterion Collection), Kantola, Medcom, National Geographic, NBCUniversal, Opus Arte, Royal Anthropological Institute, and many more.

On the library website, go to the Database A-Z List  and select Alexander Street Press Streaming Video to search all streaming video and audio available.

Video tutorials are available to show how to make clips, create playlists, and use other tools that will enhance the use of the streaming videos in teaching and learning.

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Name change

Workers recently changed lettering from the Architecture Building to the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.


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.

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.

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.

Nominations needed for Maverick Orientation leaders

If you know fellow Mavericks who would be good role models 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.

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 underway 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

Lots of treats on campus for Halloween

Treats, not tricks, are in store for Mavericks this weekend.

The Planetarium at UTA will take $2 off admission for anyone wearing a costume Friday-Sunday, Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

The Great Pumpkin Carnival is a night of family fun on Greek Row 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Fraternity and Sorority Life provides games, popcorn, and candy for all ages.

Down the street Friday, the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs hosts a haunted house 6-8 p.m., a costume contest 7 p.m., and a scary movie after the haunted house closes.

Maverick volleyball games encourage fans to dress up for two games this week. Flashback Friday's game against Troy includes a prize for best '90s outfit. A costume contest and trick-or-treat giveaways are part of Saturday's contest with Louisiana-Monroe. Both games start at 6:30 p.m. at College Park Center. Tickets are $5.

Bring your appetite to the Department of Accounting’s annual Chili Cook-Off  9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, on Oak Street between Third and Fourth streets. The free event includes costume contests, food trucks, field games, bounce houses, and live music.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Orchestral Conducting Studio Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

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.

Guest Trombone Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Oct. 30

Opening Reception: 'Reunion: XV Faculty Biennial and Invited Alumni Exhibition' Receptions for concurrent exhibitions featuring 35 faculty members and 26 invited art graduates. Free 5-7 p.m. Gallery West, Studio Arts Center; and 6-8 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Violin Studio Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

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

Friday, Nov. 6

Guest Cello Recital Cellist Yuri Anshelevich performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming Up

UT System Day Wear your Maverick attire and celebrate UT System Day. UTA joined the UT System 50 years ago. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Human Resources, UT System Day.

Concerts and Recitals Percussion Ensemble Concert, Monday, Nov. 9; Faculty Chamber Recital, Thursday, Nov. 12; Wind Symphony Concert, Friday, Nov. 13; Faculty Recital, Laura Bennett Cameron, Saturday, Nov. 14; Trumpet Studio Recital, Monday, Nov. 16; Clavier Piano Recital, Tuesday Nov. 17; Guest Recital, Stephen F. Austin Wind Faculty, Thursday, Nov. 19; Bassoon Studio Recital, Friday, Nov. 20; UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert, Saturday, Nov. 21; Symphonic Band Concert, 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22; Trombone Ensemble Concert, Monday, Nov. 23; Viola Studio Recital, Tuesday, Nov. 24; UTA Choir Concert, Thursday, Dec. 3; Flute Studio Recital, Friday, Dec. 4. All 7:30 p.m., unless noted, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Reunion: XV Faculty Biennial and Invited Alumni Exhibition Concurrent exhibitions feature 35 faculty members and 26 invited art graduates. Hours for both galleries 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Gallery West, Studio Arts Center; and The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Through Nov. 21. Art and Art History.

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. 28

Disability Studies Meet-and-Greet Learn about the disability studies minor, and enjoy a free lunch. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 07, University Hall. Disability Studies, History.

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Arlington Technology Association inbao Yu, right, 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., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Disability Studies Lecture Robert and Schuyler Rummel-Hudson on “Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords.” Free. Noon-1 p.m. Room 25, University Hall. Also, Catherine Kudlick, “Disabling Cures: Rescuing History’s ‘Incurables’ from the Clutches of the Present,” Nov. 19. Disability Studies.

Food for Thought Allison Dominguez, a registered and licensed dietitian, discusses what to eat before and after you exercise. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Friday, Nov. 6

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

Saturday, Nov. 7

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

Coming up

Current Research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder A discussion of the impact and implications of traumatic life experiences on veterans and civilians. Panelists are Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor of social work and director of the Center for Clinical Social Work; Cheryl Anderson, associate professor of nursing; and Mary Kate Kenworthy, readjustment counselor for Veterans Affairs. 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Veterans Upward Bound.

Focus on Faculty: Traci Freling Traci Freling, associate professor of marketing. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, sixth floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.


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

Mavs vs. Baylor game to be featured on FSSW+

The women’s basketball clash with Baylor in the 2015 Preseason WNIT will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.

The Friday, Nov. 13, game against the Big 12 favorite Baylor is the first of two games that the Lady Mavericks have on TV. UTA's trip to Kansas State on Dec. 3 will be on Fox College Sports-Central. Fox Sports Southwest Plus is available to most cable and satellite companies on the channel's alternate station, as well as on the Fox Sports Go app.

The team was selected second in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll last week.

UTA completed the largest turnaround in NCAA Division I last season after a 13-win increase to finish tied for fourth in the Sun Belt with a 17-13 overall record. Sophomore center Rebekah VanDijk was named to the All-SBC Preseason First Team.

Plan now to attend the Friday, Nov. 13, game. 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.

Drive yourself to the game and purchase individual tickets.

Mavs cap off weekend with sweep of Eagles

The volleyball team finished a perfect weekend in Georgia with a win over Georgia Southern in straight sets Saturday night. The Mavericks improve to 15-8 this season and 6-5 in Sun Belt play.

Stacey Koch totaled 17 kills Friday night and four blocks, while Qiana Canete recorded her 12th double-double of the season. Senior Caitlyn Cooney registered a season-high 29 digs in Friday's match.

The Mavericks will return to action Friday-Saturday, Oct. 30-31, at College Park Center in matches against Troy and Louisiana-Monroe. The Friday match against Troy and Saturday's outing against Louisiana-Monroe both begin at 6:30 p.m.

Sports Shorts

The men’s basketball team is predicted to finish tied for eighth place, along with Texas State, in the 2015-16 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll. Voting of the Sun Belt Preseason Poll was conducted by the league's 11 head coaches.

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair tennis team took second place at the 2015 ITA/USTA College National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Juan Soto won first place in the silver bracket, and Ricardo Lucien took home third place in the gold bracket. The duo earned second place in doubles.

Junior golfer Josh Radcliff tied for fifth this week at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M. UTA finished 11th as a team in the three-round tournament. Play continues today in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas.

Freshman Rachel Kroener has been selected to represent the United States in track and field at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in October in Doha, Qatar. The competition qualifies athletes for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

• The women’s tennis team wrapped up action Monday at the ITA Texas Regional Championships in College Station. The men’s team finished play today, Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the ITA Texas Regional Championships in Houston.

•  The cross country teams 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.

Intramural deadline for Halloween ultimate disc

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are Halloween ultimate disc, Friday, Oct. 30; badminton, Sunday, Nov. 1; poker, Monday, Nov. 16; innertube water polo, Sunday, Nov. 22; 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, Tuesday, Dec. 8; and college football bowl pick 'em, Sunday, Dec. 13.

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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