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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Got your ticket to ride? Deadline extended for trip to Baylor game

Finalize your plans to attend the women's basketball game Friday, Nov. 13, when the Lady Mavs basketball team take on defending Big 12 champion Baylor in the preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament

Purchase your tickets by Wednesday, Nov. 11, for the package deal that includes a pre-game event and transportation to the game in Waco.

The pre-game tipoff features food, activities, and a pep rally 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.

If you drive yourself to the game, individual tickets are $5-10.

Don't forget to claim your tickets to see the Homecoming men’s basketball game against Fordham at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at College Park Center. Tickets are $3 with student ID at Read about the pre-game Homecoming events at

Tickets available to see Daymond John

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.

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, John is the CEO and founder of FUBU, a global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with more than $6 billion in product sales. He joined the cast of Shark Tank in 2009. John has received more than 35 awards, including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, and was named Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by the White House in 2015.

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.

Science Week celebrates 50 years of College of Science

The College of Science celebrates Science Week through Friday, Nov. 6, as part of the college’s 50th anniversary.

Science Week will feature lectures and panel discussions on careers in the medical and environmental science fields featuring alumni and industry professionals and a Planetarium program featuring M.J. Tykoski, an award-winning Metroplex schoolteacher who will share her story of flying on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

Science Week is an annual event designed to put a spotlight on the achievements of the College of Science’s alumni, students, and faculty and to allow students to interact with alumni and benefit from their experience. See the full Science Week schedule.

In 1965—the year Arlington State College joined the UT System and became UTA—the College of Science became a separate academic unit. Read about the college's research and projects in the Maverick Science magazine.


WNBA Dallas Wings

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, center, welcome WNBA representatives of the new Dallas Wings professional women's basketball team that will play at College Park Center. Monday's press conferenceunveiled the new name of the former Tulsa Shock. Read more about the Dallas Wings.

Vote in campus elections today

Cast your ballot for the fall campus elections today, Tuesday, Nov. 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.

'The Shorthorn' wins national award

The Shorthorn, UTA's student newspaper, received the Associated College Press Newspaper's Pacemaker Award at the Fall National College Media Convention last weekend in Austin.

Other awards included second place for best display ad and third place for best ad campaign, best supplement/special section, newspaper news page, and newspaper front page

Individual awards went to Susan Nguyen, first and second place, ad campaign, and fifth place, house ad; Elena Chudoba, third place, display ad; and Dalton Sessumes, fourth place, multimedia feature.

The paper earned sixth place for multimedia story and seventh for newspaper special section and website/large school.

Ryan Wagoner and Grant McKinley were editors of the submission that received the award in the four-year, non-daily newspaper category. Beth Francesco is director of Student Publications.

Homecoming Golf Tourney entries due Friday

The Homecoming Golf Tournament tees off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Waterchase Golf Club.

Enter by Friday, Nov. 6, at $50 per person. Mulligans are available at the course at two for $20.

For more information, email or call 817-272-3277.

Light up Homecoming parade with your entry of a float, cart, or feet

The Blue, White, Light Up the Night Homecoming Parade needs your group, club, organization, family, and friends to enter for a chance to show Maverick pride and win a prize.

Big lighted floats, marching bands, special guests, and UTA's traditional display of decorated and lighted golf carts make their way around the College Park District starting at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

First and second place awards of $250 and $100 will be awarded to entries in two categories: University departments/departmental organizations and registered student organizations.

Register your entry for the Homecoming parade by Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Chili Cook-Off needs culinary talents

Put your chili-making skills to work at the annual Homecoming Chili Cook-Off.

Teams start their concoctions early to serve to judges, then open their pots for samples noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, on the University Center mall.

Register online by Wednesday, Nov. 4. Call Student Affairs for details at 817-272-6080.

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.

Runners, walkers needed for Homecoming 5k; Health Expo follows

Sign up for the Homecoming 5K, which takes off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, from the Maverick Activities Center for a scenic route through the UT Arlington campus.

Online registration is accepted through Thursday, Nov. 12, at Proceeds benefit the Student Emergency Services Fund.

After the race, stick around for the Health Expo with a variety of wellness vendors, foods, and activities. Read more details.

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 \A’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.

Veterans honored Nov. 11

UT Arlington veterans will be honored on campus Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

Reveille begins the event at 6:30 a.m. in the courtyard of College Hall followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.

At 11 a.m, a ribbon-cutting ceremony opens the refurbished Vet Lounge in Room 216 of the Central Library.

A reception for the inaugural induction ceremony for the National Student Veteran Honor Society is set for 2 p.m. in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center. RSVP for the Veterans Day reception to Kim Bennett at 817-272-9882 or

A flag retreat ceremony is set for 5 p.m. in front of College Hall.

Donate a pair of socks for the "Socks for Service" project, which benefits homeless veterans. Drop off boxes are located around campus.

Pick up an "I Love UTA Veterans" or "UTA Veteran" button at the events.

The Veterans Day activities are sponsored by the UTA Veterans Connection Committee. For details on resources for student veterans, go to the Veteran Services website.

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.

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27

University closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Last day of class for the fall semester.

Saturday-Friday, Dec. 12-18

Fall semester final exams.

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

Fall final exam schedule available

The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals are scheduled Dec. 12-18.

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

UTA 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

International Education Week features food, facts

International Education Week

Taste global goodies or test your worldly wisdom during International Education Week, set for Monday-Friday, Nov. 2-6. Most events are in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Taste global goodies at the International Fall Food Fair 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 3, on the University Center Mall.

Asian Students share their stories of studying abroad noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Sabine Room.

Author and budget travel expert Deidre Mathis shares her experiences as an African-American female traveling abroad, the importance of diversity in study abroad and international travel, and tips for how to travel abroad on a budget. Her keynote address is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Concho Room.

Teams compete for prizes during World Trivia Night 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Palo Duro Lounge.

Students learn to be part of changing the world at the second annual Ubuntu Social Justice Conference on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The Office of International Education hosts the week's events.

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.

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

Movin' Mavs Fall Tournament Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. College Park Center. Also, Saturday, Nov. 7. Movin’ Mavs.

Monday, Nov. 9

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

Thursday, Nov. 12

Faculty Chamber Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Nov. 13

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., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Human Resources, UT System Day.

Wind Symphony Concert Tickets. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friends of the Library Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home: A Novel. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries, Friends of the Library.

Saturday, Nov. 14

Faculty Bassoon Recital Laura Bennett Cameron, senior lecturer of bassoon. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming Up

Concerts and Recitals 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.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. South Alabama. Tickets $3 students. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, College Park Center. Athletics.

Deck the Mall Welcome the holiday season with music, hot chocolate, and lighting up the Library mall. Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Library mall. EXCEL Campus Activities.


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 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109, Fine Arts Building. Through Dec. 9. Art and Art History.

University Center Gallery: Digital Photography Student Exhibit 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 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Jan. 16UTA Libraries Special Collections.

Planetarium Fall shows SOFIA 3-D, Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, From the Earth to the Universe, AstronautPink Floyd, and Spacepark 360: Infinity. Planetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UTA calendar.)

Learn More


Wednesday, Nov. 4

Arlington Technology Association Xinbao Yu, associate professor of civil engineering, "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, “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 Dietitian Allison Dominguez, what to eat before and after you exercise. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Thursday, Nov. 5

Panel Discussion: World Class Championship Wrestling Panelists examine the World Class Championship Wrestling events in North Texas in the 1980s. Panelists are exhibit photographer Cirrus Bonneau, curator Oliver Lee Bateman, former WCCW wrestlers "Cowboy" Johnny Mantell and "Iceman" King Parsons, and former pro wrestling personality Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science. In conjunction with exhibit “Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling.” Free. 2-3:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UTA Libraries Special Collections.

Friday, Nov. 6

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

Flying with SOFIA M.J. Tykoski shares her story of flying on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). Tykoski is an eighth grade science teacher in Wylie and received the 2013 Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Free. 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture, The Planetarium at UTA. Science, Planetarium.

Saturday, Nov. 7

2015 Breast Health 101 Symposium Register online; code BH101. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Native American Heritage Month Lecture Author Paul McKenzie-Jones on prominent American Indian Movement leader, Clyde Warrior. 7 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Native American Student Association, History.

Thursday, Nov. 12

Current Research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Panelists Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor of social work; Cheryl Anderson, associate professor of nursing; and Mary Kate Kenworthy, readjustment counselor for Veterans Affairs. 4-6 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Veterans Upward Bound.

Qualitative Research Brown-bag Meetups Yekang Ko and Ann Foss, assistant professors of planning and landscape architecture, "Measuring Climate Literacy: Using Survey Data for Interdisciplinary Environmental Education." Noon-1 p.m., Room 414, Central Library. Qualitative Research Meetup.

Coming up

Safe Zone Ally Training Register online. 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Nov. 16, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Goolsby Leadership Lecture Mary-Uhl Bien of Texas Christian University, “Leadership in the Workforce.” Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University. Goolsby Leadership Academy.

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.

Anderson Sports Performance Lecture Series James Pollifrone, president of Arlington Orthopedic Associates, “Treating the Whole Patient: Case Studies From the Athletic Arena to the Weekend Warrior.” Noon Wednesday, Nov. 18, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Genomic Core Facility Info Seminar Learn about next-gen sequencing and how Illumina MiSeq desktop sequencer can enhance your research. Register online. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Room 227, Pickard Hall. Genomics Core Facility, Biology.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Finn Jones of Transcendence DFW, followed by a candlelight vigil. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Student Congress Chambers, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.


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 UTA calendar.)

Sports Notes

Cross Country champs: The men's cross country team, top, won its third conference championship in four years Saturday, Senior Eric Ojeda, middle left, earned the individual champion at the Sun Belt Conference Championships. Chris Myers, middle center, was named Freshman of the Year, and John Sauerhage was named Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.


Cross country men take first in Sun Belt Conference

The men's cross country team claimed its third league title in the past four years and senior Eric Ojeda earned the individual champion at the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Sunday. John Sauerhage was named Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

All five UTA point scorers placed among the top 20 as the men finished with a total of 52 points.

Ojeda netted a time of 25:17.8 to win the race by 13 seconds. The senior became a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference pick for the second consecutive season.

Chris Myers was named Freshman of the Year. He and Grant Copeland earned spots on the All-Conference second team.

The UTA women, the 2014 conference champs, placed third with 84 points. Gabriela Alfonzo earned first team honors, while Katelyn Hayward made the second team.

The UTA teams head to the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday, Nov. 13 in College Station.

Read more about the SBC Cross Country Championships.

Volleyball heads on road before SBC championship

UTA claimed a five-set victory over Troy at College Park Center on Friday night and 3-1 over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

The Mavs hit the road for Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday, Nov. 6, and Louisiana-Monroe, Saturday, Nov. 7.

The SBC Championship Tournament is Nov. 20-21 in Statesboro, Ga.

Sports Shorts

The Movin' Mavs Fall Tournament play Friday-Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at College Park Center. See the schedule.

Women's basketball has a few changes this year. NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved revisions to start with the 2015-16 season. Read about the women’s basketball rule changes.

The women’s basketball game against the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Preseason WNIT Friday, Nov. 13, will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. 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.

Lady Movin’ Mavs freshman Rachel Kroener placed sixth in shot put at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She will compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, in fall 2016.

Anthony Walker was selected by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the third round of the NBA D-League Draft on Saturday.

Intramural deadline for poker, innertube water polo

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 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

(For more sports news, go to,, or


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