TrailBlazer 2015 Archive » TrailBlazer — Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015


New 'Inquiry' magazine delves into mysteries of universe

After helping discover the long-elusive “God particle,” researchers in UTA’s Center of Excellence in High Energy Physics are now tackling new challenges like dark matter and proving the Big Bang.

Get all the exciting details in the latest issue of Inquiry, UTA’s research magazine.

You also can read about how civil engineers are devising cost-effective ways to preserve highways and bridges and how researchers are using the body’s own protective abilities to repair damaged arteries, treat osteoarthritis, and make prosthetics more comfortable.

The fall 2015 issue includes stories about a new study on the harmful effects of after-hours work emails, UTA’s collaboration with NASA to send a human to Mars, and how record companies are inducing panic about music piracy to exploit artists.

Smooth moves: Basketball fans will find freebies, entertainment, and action by junior guard Drew Charles and other Mavericks at College Park Center during the holidays.

Hoop it up for the holidays at Maverick basketball games

Enjoy some court action during the holiday season with basketball games and giveaways at College Park Center.

Bring a donation for a canned food drive at the Lady Mav's game Tuesday, Nov. 24, against Seton Hall and the men's game Wednesday, Nov. 25, against Grambling State.

Also at Tuesday's game, the first 250 fans receive a free MavCity shirt and bucket drummer Peter Rabbit performs at halftime.

Team autographs are available after the Lady Mavs' game against Missouri Vally on Saturday, Nov. 28, and the men's game against North Texas on Thursday, Dec. 3. The men's game also includes a Texas Trust Credit Union T-shirt giveaway.

Have your smartphone ready for social media contests throughout the game Wednesday, Dec. 8, when the men's team takes on Bradley. The first 250 fans garner #MavCity shirts.

Be among the first 200 fans to nab a UTA stocking for Santa to fill with goodies when the Lady Mavs face Western Kentucky on Sunday, Dec. 13, and Maverick men take on Sul Ross on Monday, Dec. 21.

All games include a Marverick basketball T-shirt toss.

Single game tickets are $7-20. Take advantage of the Faculty/Staff All-Sports Pass for $99 and catch all home athletic competitions. For these and other ticket options, go to

Campus closed for Thanksgiving holiday

E.H. Hereford University CenterThe center will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday and open 2-11 p.m. Sunday.

Campus Recreation—For the Maverick Activities Center and pool hours, see the Campus Recreation schedule online.

Libraries—Libraries are closed on Thursday. Check the library schedule for hours on other days.

Planetarium—Go online for the Planetarium schedule.

Metro Arlington XpressThe MAX will not run Thursday-Friday.

Student Feedback Surveys open for comments

Each student enrolled in a lecture, seminar, or lab course has been sent email invitations to participate in the Student Feedback Survey for each course in which they are enrolled. With few exceptions, each SFS is administered online. All feedback is submitted anonymously.

Once the final grades for the term have been officially certified, summaries of the SFS data are provided to professors and their supervisors. These reports help faculty members identify which aspects of a course should remain unchanged and which aspects might benefit from revision.

Surveys for all 15-week spring courses are open through Wednesday, Dec. 9, before the final exam period begins.

  MavTube Video Extra

Court in session

In case you missed it, this year's Homecoming video featured Homecoming king and queen Mahesh Biyyala, left, and Harjot Singh, and the rest of the 2015 Homecoming court lip-synching to Demi Lovato. Watch the video.

Adopt from Angel Tree today

Make a child's holiday wish come true this season through the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Choose an infant to young teen to sponsor by yourself, with friends, or with your department.

Adopt an angel by Tuesday, Nov. 24, in the Leadership Center in Suite B 160 of the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Drop off those gifts 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays by Monday, Nov. 30. For questions, call the Leadership Center at 817-272-9220.

Take bookstore survey

UTA Bookstore and Follett would like input from students, faculty, and administrators about products, services, and more. Complete the survey by Sunday, Nov. 29.

ARDC electrical maintenance may affect service Nov. 28-29

The Arlington Regional Data Center will add additional generators and power feeds 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 28-29.

The Office of Information Technology is adding the new generators to ensure the stability of UTA services in the event of a power disruption.

Services may be temporarily interrupted during the upgrade. Check on service on the OIT system status website.


Take flight

Nursing students learned about taking their skills airborne at the fall disaster drill when they examined equipment on a medical helicopter. The exercise helps students experience working with local first responders in a crisis.


Nominations accepted for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring Award

The Office of Graduate Studies is now accepting nominations for the 2015-2016 Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring Award.

The award is for faculty members who have a strong record of excellence in mentoring doctoral students. The selected individual will receive $3,000 and will be recognized at the Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates.

The nominations alternate between engineering and science disciplines and from the liberal arts and professional disciplines. For the 2016 award, nominations are being accepted from the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs; College of Business; College of Liberal Arts; College of Nursing and Health Innovation; College of Education; and the School of Social Work.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

Outstanding Academic Adviser nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Academic Advisers. Awards will be given to one faculty adviser and one professional adviser.

Nominees should exhibit the characteristics of an outstanding adviser: respect, care, and concern for the student and for his or her goals; responsiveness to students’ needs; resourcefulness; and knowledge of University policies and procedures. 

Submit nominations by Feb. 2, 2016.

Be part of Involvement Fairs

Registered student organizations are encouraged to host an information table at New Maverick Orientation's Involvement Fairs. The next fair is Saturday, Dec. 5.

These sessions are an opportunity to share information about your programs and services with incoming students. There are a limited number of tables available, so register your group in advance.

Visit the Involvement Fair website for details and to register.

Check List


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.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 18-19

Commencement ceremonies for fall semester.

Sunday, Dec. 20

Regular registration ends for winter intersession and spring 2016 semester.

Fall final exam schedule available

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

Winter intersession, spring registration is open; see your adviser now

Make plans to register for the winter intersession and spring 2016 terms. The schedule of classes and the registration timetable are available on the MyMav page.

Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering. A list of advising offices is online. Call to schedule an appointment or check walk-in hours.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 24

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

Women’s Basketball Mavericks vs. Seton Hall. Tickets $3 with student ID; $7-20. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Missouri Valley College, Saturday, Nov. 28, Recover from Black Friday, Post-Game Autographs; vs. Western Kentucky, Holiday Hoops, Sunday, Dec. 13. Athletics.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Grambling State. Tickets $7-20. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. North Texas. Orange Out, Thursday, Dec. 3; vs. Bradley, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. Athletics.

Monday, Nov. 30

Honors Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

World AIDS Day 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

UTA Jazz Concert Tickets $6-9. 7:30 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Music.

Thursday, Dec. 3

UTA Choir Concert Tickets $6-9. 7:30 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Music.

SHAC Spa Retreat 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E. H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Friday, Dec. 4

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

Friends of the Library Paul Chaplo, Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Jim Hayes Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Free. All day, Maverick Activities Center, Physical Education Building. Movin' Mavs.

Coming Up

Men’s Basketball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Orange Out. Tickets $3 with student ID; $7-20. vs. Sul Ross State, Holiday Hoops, Monday, Dec. 21; vs. Georgia State, Family Night, camper reunion, indoor tailgate, Wednesday, Dec. 30; vs. Georgia Southern, Saturday, Jan. 2. Athletics.

Late Night Breakfast 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, Connection Cafe, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Women’s Basketball Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky, Holiday Hoops, Sunday, Dec. 13Tickets $3 with student ID; $7-20. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Georgia State, Family Night, camper reunion, indoor tailgate, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30; vs. Georgia Southern, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Athletics.

Commencement Ceremonies Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 17-19, College Park Center. Commencement.


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, Dec. 2

Arlington Technology Association Chengkai Li, right, professor of computer science and engineering, describes his team’s achievements in creating ClaimBuster, a process providing near-real-time evaluations of public statements, and his intent to create a completely automated fact-checking machine that detects and verifies or disputes claims. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Saturday, Dec. 5

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


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

Reach for it: Junior forward Faith Pope aims for a basket at the Mavericks game against Fordham at College Park Center. The men's basketball team returns home after a three-game road trip. The Mavericks play Grambling State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at College Park Center.

Sports Shorts

The men’s basketball team beat Memphis 68-64 in a Monday night road game, bringing their record to 3-1. The men won 73-68 over Ohio State on Friday.

 UTA's women's basketball team hosted the first consolation round for the Women's National Invitational Tournament on Friday-Saturday at College Park Center. The Lady Mavs won a close 56-54 game over Jacksonville on Friday but fell 63-57 to McNeese State on Saturday. The team plays Seton Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at College Park Center.

• The volleyball team, ranked fourth seed going into the Sun Belt Conference Championships, lost 3-0 to fifth-seed Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday. Senior hitter Stacey Koch was named to the All Sun Belt Conference second team.

The softball program announced a highly competitive 2016 schedule highlighted by home games against Arizona and Texas at Allan Saxe Field.

Intramural deadline for 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, Tuesday, Dec. 8; college football bowl pick 'em, Sunday, Dec. 13; badminton, Sunday, Dec. 20; billiards, Wednesday, Jan. 6; racquetball, Tuesday, Jan. 12; and table tennis, Thursday, Jan. 14.

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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