TrailBlazer 2015 Archive » TrailBlazer — Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Study help, stress busters ready to provide boost during finals

Take a break from studying for final exams with some relaxation, a good breakfast, and study help.

Prepare for finals with writing and research assistance tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Room 203 of the Central Library. Mini sessions are for “How To Cram Effectively” at 7, 8:30, and 10 p.m.; “Focus: Creating Your Study Environment” at 7:30, 9, and 10:30 p.m.; and “Citations 101” at 8 and 9:30 p.m.

Late Night Breakfast provides students with a study break 9:30-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 14-15. A full breakfast menu is offered at the Connection Café for only $3. Cash, credit, MavMoney, Dining Dollars, or the meal plan are accepted.

Those positive pooches of Paws for Finals are ready to ease your stress noon-2 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 9-11, and Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 14-16, on the second floor of the Central Library.

The Central Library will stay open 24 hours through 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. The Architecture and Fine Arts Library and the Science and Engineering Library will be open until 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 11-13.

The P.O.D. Express on the second floor of the Central Library will be open 24 hours a day Monday, Dec. 14, until 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18.

Free coffee is available 6-11 p.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Architecture and Fine Arts Library and Sunday-Wednesday, Dec. 13-16, at the Science and Engineering Library.

The E.H. Hereford University Center will stay open from 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, through 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16.

When you're back to the books, find help at college-based clinics and labs, such as the Math Clinic and the Writing Center.

Mortarboard decoration could be a winner in contest for December graduates

Share photos of your decorated graduation cap using ‪#‎MavGrad2015 for a chance to win a UTA alumni prize pack. Prizes include UTA swag, Planetarium at UTA tickets, UTA Bookstore gift cards, and much more.

All photos must be submitted by 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #MavGrad2015. One winner from each social channel will be announced by 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18.

Vote for Spring Concert band

Cast your vote for the band for the Spring Concert. Choose either Echosmith or X Ambassadors in the online survey. Also pick a band for another campus concert in August 2016.

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.

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Mavericks on the move

Keep the Maverick momentum going Tuesday, Dec. 8, when the Kaelon Wilson (5) and the rest of the men's basketball team take on Bradley at College Park Center. Have your smartphone ready for social media contests throughout the game, and the first 250 fans garner #MavCity T-shirts. The Mavs are 7-2 after a 90-67 victory over North Texas on Thursday and Saturday's 76-62 win over UT El Paso. Then on Sunday, Dec. 13, be among the first 200 fans to nab a UTA stocking for Santa to fill with goodies when the Lady Mavs face Western Kentucky. All games include a Maverick basketball T-shirt toss. Single game tickets are $3 for students and $7-20 for the general public. Take advantage of the All-Sports Pass for $25 and catch all home athletic competitions. For these and other ticket options, go to Watch the Maverick motivation video.

Center offers free Scantrons for members, T-shirt sale for all

The Parent and Family Center provides free Scantrons and bluebooks to students whose families are members of the Parent and Family Association. Stop by the center 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday in Suite B150C of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The office has Maverick mom and dad T-shirts in most sizes for $15 each, or $10 for members. The “Maverick Grandparent” T-shirts (small and 3XL only) are $5 for everyone.

Police Department compliance comment session set for Dec. 16

The public and the University community can comment on the UT Arlington Police Department's compliance with professional standards at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Room 200 at the Wetsel Service Center or by telephone at 817-272-8860.

The session is part of an on-site assessment by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The commission requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

The assessment team also will accept comments by telephone 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 16 at 817-272-5604.

Appearances at the public information session and telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards is available at the police department office, 700 S. Davis Drive. Local contacts are Chief of Police Kim Lemaux, 817-272-3389; Assistant Chief Glenn Cole, 817-272-1744; and Accreditation Manager Melissa Mais, 817-272-2847.

Submit written comments about the Police Department’s compliance with the standards for accreditation to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155.

ACES symposium now accepting abstract submissions

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), a University-wide symposium highlighting the best in student research and creativity.

At ACES, undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.

Submissions deadline is Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. ACES 2016 is Wednesday, March 23, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Email questions to

University College recruiting peer educators for spring

The TRIO-Student Support Services and University Tutorial & Supplemental Instruction offices are looking for motivated students to become peer educators for the spring semester.

Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses and have completed at least one semester of coursework at UTA. Applicants must have a 3.0+ GPA (cumulative) and have earned an A or B in the course for which they are applying.

Positions include one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders.

For more information, visit

Beware of holiday season cyber criminals

The Information Security Office (ISO) encourages you to be aware of holiday seasonal scams, phishing, and malicious software distribution campaigns.

Cyber criminals send personal messages that appear to be legitimate websites that look real with logos, email, or web templates.

These phishing and malware campaigns include fake shipping/courier notifications; electronic greeting cards or links to holiday screensavers; requests for charitable contributions that appear to be from the real organization; and credit card or gift card applications or enticing discounts that lead to unfamiliar websites.

Look for signs that an email or website is not legitimate:

• Sender’s address or website address does not match the organization listed in the content of the message.

• Grammar in the message or website is poor.

• Format of the email or website is poor or inconsistent with what you’ve seen from the organization.

• Hovering your mouse over the links reveals web addresses inconsistent with the content of the message.

Never click on links or open attachments in emails that you’re not expecting, nor provide personal information in an email or on a website unless you are confident of the source.

If you do receive suspicious email messages, contact the Information Security Office at

Read about more online security tips during the holiday buying season on the ISO website.

Check List


Wednesday, Dec. 9

Last day of classes for the fall semester.

Saturday-Friday, Dec. 12-18

Fall semester final exams.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 17-19

Commencement ceremonies for fall semester.

Monday, Dec. 21

First day of class fo winter intersession.

Late registration for winter intersession.

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Census date for winter intersession.

Wednesday, Dec. 23-Monday, Jan. 3

Winter break. No winter intersession classes.

Claim your Commencement tickets

Graduation candidates can claim guest tickets for the fall 2015 Commencement ceremonies starting Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Detailed instructions have been sent to your UT Arlington email account.

Claim only the tickets you intend to use. All guests over age 2 must have a printed Commencement ticket to enter College Park Center. All candidates must have a printed ticket to participate in Commencement, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 17-19.

If you experience technical difficulty claiming your Commencement tickets, contact the Box Office at 817-272-9595.

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
  UTA Presents

Via Dance highlights choreography, dance talent

"Via Dance" is a collection of new, entertaining, and progressive dance works by UTA student, faculty, and guest choreographers. The collection includes contemporary ballet, modern, musical theatre, and tap.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec 11-12, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Mainstage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

Artistic director Amanda Jackson and associate artistic director Meredith Knight are joined by Dallas-based guest choreographer Danielle Georgiou, internationally recognized guest sound designer John Osburn, and student choreographers Bri Bowens, Randi Kosik, Jonathan Switzenberg, and Brittany Wachsmann.

Student dancers are Bri Bowens, Kimber Carter, Iván Díaz, Kandace Davis, Niki Davis, Markicia Johnson, Randi Kosik, Kacie Le, Cheyenne Masters, Megan Medina, Tyler Moore, Alex Pope, Stephanie Ramirez, Tiffany Sellers, Shelby Solis, Gabrielle Steele, Elizabeth Stevens, Kelly Stewart, Jonathan Switzenberg, Ariana Vera, and Brittany Wachsmann.

Tickets are $7 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors, and $10 for the general public.

For tickets and reservations, contact the Maverick Theatre Company Box Office at 817-272-2669.

Sunday, Dec. 13

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky. Holiday Hoops. Tickets $3 students; $7-20 general public. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Georgia State, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30; vs. Georgia Southern, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Athletics.

Monday, Dec. 14

Late Night Breakfast 9:30 p.m., Connection Cafe, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 17-19

Commencement Ceremonies College Park Center. Commencement.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition The exhibit showcases showcases recent work by graduating seniors in painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, glass, film, and photography. Opening reception is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, The Gallery at UTA. Through Dec. 19. The Gallery at UTA.

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 Holiday season  includes four programs using a full-color, 360-degree laser projector: Laser Country, Laser Holidays, Laser Pink Floyd, and Laser Zeppelin. Also, Holiday Music Magic and Season of Light as well as One World/One Sky, Cosmic Colors, Spacepark 360: Infinity, and Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. See the schedule. Closed Fridays, Dec. 24 and 30. Planetarium at UTA.

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

Learn More



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

Intramural deadline for college football bowl pick 'em

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 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

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