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Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Donna Brazile looks at politics for Maverick Speakers Series

Political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile will discuss "Politics and Beyond" at the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

The lecture is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Texas Hall. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, and vice chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee. Her work as campaign manager for Al Gore made her the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign. Her many accolades include the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.

General admission is free, but tickets are required. 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.

Tickets for "Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall" will be available Tuesday, March 1. Dr. Goodall will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at College Park Center.

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Ron Paul at UTA

Former Congressman Ron Paul shared his thoughts about freedom, politics, and the future last Tuesday at UTA. After meeting with a master class in political science, Dr. Paul enjoyed dinner with alumni and VIPs. He spoke to a packed house at Texas Hall for the Maverick Speakers Series, then signed copies of his book Swords Into Plowshares and posed for a few selfies. See more photos and watch the video.

Maverick Parking Garage to come under UTA management

UTA Parking and Transportation Services begins management of the Maverick Parking Garage on Friday, Feb. 19.

The Maverick Parking Garage—located between Hammond Hall and Pickard Hall—will remain a separate entity.

Garage permits are not valid at UTA parking lots, and UTA parking permits are not valid in the garage.

To renew a garage reserved space permit, go to the parking office in the Wetsel Service Center. Renew general permits online.

Changes at the Maverick Parking Garage are:

  • Gates will be removed.

  • Night passes will not be available.

  • The parking rate is $3 per hour.

  • Preferred parking permits are $449 per semester.

  • Reserved space permits are $599 per semester.

  • A new digital parking meter will be on the first floor for hourly use.

Go online for questions about the Maverick Parking Garage and to read the garage rules and regulations.

For more information, contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 817-272-3907.

Terry Scholarship deadline today

Applications for the Terry Foundation Scholarship program, the largest private source of scholarships in the state, are due today, Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The program will help cover the full cost of attending college. Terry Scholarships are not awarded solely on financial need, test scores, or grade-point average, but also on leadership abilities.

Students benefit from a designated academic adviser liaison, a peer academic leader, and a staff member to help them navigate through UTA resources.

Read more about the Terry Foundation Scholarships. For more details, contact William Gunn at or 817-272-6107.

Women in Leadership applications accepted

The Women in Leadership program is accepting students for the spring semester. The program offers an opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and network with women who strive to make a positive difference in the community.

The program is open to all UTA students. Space is limited, and preference will be given to students entering UTA for the first time in spring.


New tech lab

The new technology lab in the Center for Mexican American Studies officially opened thanks to support by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and representatives of the General Motors Arlington assembly plant. Part of LULAC’s Empower Hispanic America with Technology initiative, the lab is to assist students with college applications and information about STEM programs.


Funding available for student organizations

The Program Assistance Fund, overseen by Student Congress, has supplemental funding available to registered student organizations for programming and for travel to state, regional, and national conferences.
Applications are available online and in the Student Congress offices in Suite B150 of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Visit or call 817-272-0556 for more information.

Check for on-campus jobs on SnapJob

Students can find on- and off-campus employment through UTA's SnapJob site.

Join the Dial-a-Mav team for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Candidates should be comfortable making phone calls and have a clear speaking voice. Apply for SnapJob 8725 and complete a second application.

Look for openings in the UTA FabLab on SnapJob.

Read about using SnapJob. Learn about job searches, interview tips, and more at the Career Development Center.

Tax help available at Central Library

Representatives of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) are available to help with figuring out your taxes. The free service runs through Tuesday, April 12, in Room B20 of the Central Library. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-6 p.m. Sundays.


Your message here

The foyer glass walls in the Central Library are available to student organizations and University departments.The walls may be reserved for up to seven days, but only once per semester per organization or department. See the Foyer Glass Walls Request Form. For questions, email Kiriakis Newman at

Show your artistic talents in MavsArt

Whether you paint, take photos, sculpt, or merely doodle, show your artistic side in UTA Libraries' MavsArt spring exhibit.

Artwork in two- and three-dimensional forms will be accepted. Submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 15.

Questions? Email or visit the MavsArt website.

Students receive discount on exam prep courses

Students receive a 10 percent discount on many continuing education courses offered at UTA.

Upcoming exam prep courses include GMAT and GRE math and verbal; Professional Engineering Exam review; and Project Management Professional, SHRM-CP, and SHRM-SCP certification.

A GMAT verbal course starts Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Register online. For questions, call 817-272-2581.

Do you still need housing?

Spaces are available in the residence halls to move into immediately. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to live on campus.

Space is available at The Heights on Pecan and in all residence halls except Brazos.

Read more about housing options. Submit a free application at For questions, call University Housing at 817-272-2791.

Check List


Through Monday, Feb. 22

Freshman progress reports on MyMav.

Monday, Feb. 29

Final deadline to apply for spring graduation.

March 14-19

Spring Break.

Deadline to apply for spring 2016 graduation

The priority deadline to apply for graduation has passed, but students can still apply for the spring 2016 term.

Candidates for graduation can apply through Monday, Feb. 29, with an additional $60 late fee. The filing fee is $40 and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Students should apply to graduate in MyMav. Read the graduation application instructions.

Before students apply to graduate, they should verify with their academic adviser that they are eligible to graduate at the end of the graduation application term. The fee is not refundable or transferable to a future term if a student applies and is then found to be ineligible to graduate.

Read more about graduation requirements.

Freshman progress reports on MyMav

Progress reports are being posted for freshmen through Monday, Feb. 22. The faculty deadline is Feb. 22, but instructors can report progress report grades at any time before then. You can view your progress reports as soon as the grades are entered. See your grades in the MyMav Student Center. See your academic adviser with questions or concerns. A list of advising offices is online.

Drop or withdraw from spring classes only after meeting with advisers

After the Census Date, you may drop classes through the last drop date, Friday, April 1, and a grade of W will appear on your transcript. Students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit to drop one or more classes. Check the list of advising offices.

Students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later are subject to the state law that limits undergraduate drops to six courses. Work with your academic adviser to ensure you know how this limit will impact you.

If a class is dropped after the Census Date and you remain enrolled, you are financially responsible for the full cost of the course. If you drop all classes, you are responsible for the pro-rated share of tuition, fees, and charges. Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to determine how dropping will affect their financial aid package. The Financial Aid Office is in Room 252 of Davis Hall. Call 817-272-3561.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification is available online. To print your verification, log on to MyMav, go to the Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.

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.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Romancing the Stars' a sweet deal

Bring your sweetheart to the Planetarium this Valentine's Day for a special event, Romancing the Stars.

The program takes a lighthearted look at the night sky and tells stories of love and devotion that can be found there.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; and 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14.

Tickets are $12 per couple for the UTA community and Planetarium members and $15 for the general public.

Call 817-272-1183 or email for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Men's Basketball on ESPN3 Watch the Mavericks vs. Texas State on ESPN3. Tip-off at 8 p.m. Viewing party at Grease Monkey Burgers, 200 N. Mesquite St., Arlington. Athletics.

Thursday, Feb. 11

Softball: UTA Invitational Mavericks vs. Texas Southern. Tickets $5-7 general public, $3 students. 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, vs. Northern Colorado, 4:30 p.m., and vs. Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12; vs. Texas Southern, 2 p.m., and vs. Missouri State, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; vs. Detroit, 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14Athletics.

Friday, Feb. 12

Friends of the Library Houston Faust Mount II, Oilfield Revolutionary: The Career of Everette Lee DeGolyer. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library, UTA Libraries.

UTA College Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Free. All day, Maverick Activities Center, Physical Education Building. Also, Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 13-14. Movin' Mavs.

Saturday, Feb. 13

Tennis Lady Mavs vs. Nevada-Reno, 11 a.m.; Mavericks vs. Missouri-Kansas City, 1 p.m. Free. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Basketball Doubleheader Mavericks vs. Appalachian State. Tickets $7-20 general public, $3 students. Maverick women's game 5 p.m., men's game 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, women 11:30 a.m., men 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18; and vs. Louisiana-Monroe, women 5 p.m., men 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20Athletics.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Clavier Piano Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Feb. 18

Off-Campus Mavericks Lunch Series Free. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Off-Campus Mavericks.

Third Thursday Game Night Free. 6-9 p.m., basement, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Maverick Musical Student teams perform Broadway-style productions with singing, dancing, stepping, strolling, instrumentals, and other performance aspects in this unique competition. Cash awards for top three acts. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

SAI Alumni Recital Former members of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Feb. 19

Baseball: UTA Tournament Mavericks vs. Oklahoma State, 11 a.m.; vs. Stephen F. Austin, 2:30 p.m. Tickets $5 general public, $3 students. Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, vs. Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and vs. Stephen F. Austin, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21Athletics.

Women's Tennis Lady Mavs vs. Missouri State. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Softball: Maverick Invitational Mavericks vs. Princeton, 3:30 p.m.; vs. South Dakota State, 6 p.m. Tickets $5-7 general public, $3 students. Allan Saxe Field. Also, vs. Princeton, 11 a.m., and vs. South Dakota State, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20; and vs. Princeton, 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21Athletics.

UTA Jazz Festival The UTA Jazz Ensemble performs with guest artist Denis DiBlasio. Tickets $9 general public, $6 students, seniors. 2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Music.

Friday Night Film: 'The Good Dinosaur' Rated PG. Free popcorn. Concessions for sale. $2, $2.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Coming Up

Pizza with the President Join President Vistasp Karbhari for lunch, remarks, and a question-and-answer session. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the President.


The Gallery at UTA: 'Whew…That’s a Relief! The Madcap World of John Hernandez' A retrospective exhibition by San Antonio artist John Hernandez that spans four decades. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 30The Gallery at UTA.

Planetarium Explore the secrets of the universe in the new show Dark. The spring schedule includes Astronaut, Cosmic Colors, From the Earth to the Universe, Pink Floyd, and SpacePark 360: Infinity. Through May 29. UTA Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, Feb. 9

K-12 Focused Technology Series Explore online learning in K-12 and higher education. Twitter chats, hashtags, and social media as learning, noon-1 p.m., Room 111, Trimble Hall. Also, speaker Kayla Parker of Coppell ISD, Feb. 16; mobile learning and microlearning, Feb. 24; Harrison McCoy, connecting globally with technology, March 1; Makerspaces and UTA FabLab, March 8; and Jim Holland, Google Classroom, Canvas, and anything related to LMS/CMS, March 22 and 29. Education.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Black History Month Lectures Heather Thompson, University of Michigan, “Mass Incarceration,” 7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, Theron Bowman, Arlington deputy city manager, “Lawz N the Hood,” noon-1 p.m., and attorney Jermaine Watson, “The Anatomy of a Lawsuit,” 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, Room 200, Trimble Hall; Cheryl Wattley, UNT Dallas College of Law, “Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and Her Fight to End Segregation,” noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Room 200, Trimble Hall. History, African American Faculty and Staff Association.

Men and Masculinities Series Healthy relationships. Noon-1 p.m., Room 025, University Hall. LGBTQA Program.

Friday, Feb. 12

Critical Issues in the Black Community: Pursuing Justice for All The fourth annual Center for African American Studies conference profiles progressive solutions to social problems. Speakers include Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, CEO of Women in Empowerment Entertainment Network; Shaun King, social justice writer for New York Daily News; film director Arthur Muhammad; and actor Aundre Dean. Register online. 6 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, Saturday, Feb. 13. Center for African American Studies.

Monday, Feb. 15

Film Screening: 'The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia' Join in a discussion after the film. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Education.

Thursday, Feb. 16

Italian Conversation: Level I UTA students receive a 10 percent discount. Register online. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Division of Enterprise Development, Continuing Education.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Focus on Faculty Krystal Beamon, associate professor of sociology and anthropology. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Friday, Feb. 19

IRB Mini-Conference Learn about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission process, how to conduct ethical research studies with human subjects. See conference schedule and RSVP. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. Regulatory ServicesResearch Administration.

Dallas Festival of Ideas Architecture Professor-in-Residence Mark Lamster moderates a panel discussion on “The Physical City.” See the schedule. Free, but registration required. Fair Park, Dallas. Also, Saturday, Feb. 20Dallas Festival of IdeasCollege of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

Saturday, Feb. 20

CPR/AED/First Aid Class A single, five-hour class covering the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical and environmental emergencies, adult CPR, and AED use. Registration at MAC Services and Information desk. $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 223, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Saturdays, March 5, April 9, May 21. Campus Recreation.

Coming Up

Maverick Major Fair Enjoy a fun atmosphere for learning about  degree options and how to declare a major or minor. Enter a drawing for a Maverick Prize Pack. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. University Advising Center.

All Majors Job Fair Meet with company representatives looking for new employees. Free for students and alumni. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Maverick Activities Center. Career Development Center.

Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students The University-wide symposium highlighting the best in student research and creativity. Wednesday, March 23, E.H. Hereford University Center. Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES).

RAD Self Defense Class Self-defense course for female faculty, staff, and students. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., March 26, April 9., Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA 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 UTA calendar.)

Sports Notes

High mark: Senior Roland Sales, top and left, and freshman Alexus Henry, right, set new UTA high jump records at the Charlie Thomas Invitational on Saturday in College Station. Drew Charles, bottom, and fellow Mavs hit the courts at Texas State for tonight's competition, which is televised on ESPN3.


Two new UTA track records set

Senior Roland Sales smashed the school record and posted a top-5 national mark while winning the men's high jump title at the Charlie Thomas Invitational on Saturday at College Station.

Sales cleared 7 feet, 2 1/2 inches, to topple the previous mark. His mark is tied for the fourth best in the nation this year. On Friday, as part of the pentathlon, freshman Alexus Henry broke the women's mark by clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.

UTA heads to Wichita, Kan., for the Herm Wilson Invitational on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13. The Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships is Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 22-23 in Birmingham, Ala.

Maverick men face Texas State tonight on ESPN3

Watch the Maverick men’s basketball team take on Texas State on ESPN3 starting at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The Mavericks are 15-7 overall and 6-5 in league play after a 90-69 victory over Georgia State on Saturday.

Three home games start with Appalachian State on Saturday, Feb. 13, follow by Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday, Feb. 18, and Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Feb. 20. All games are at 7:15 p.m. in College Park Center.

Lady Mavericks to finish road trip at Texas State

The Lady Mavericks basketball team face Texas State at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 9, in San Marcos.

The team is 10-11 overall and 5-6 in the Sun Belt after winning three of four road games.

UTA hosts Appalachian State at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at College Park Center. Other home games include Louisiana-Lafayette at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, and Louisiana-Monroe at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

Tennis teams on winning streaks

The Maverick men's tennis team Mavericks improved to 5-3 by sweeping Cameron and Seminole in a doubleheader Saturday and A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday.

The team plays Missouri-Kansas City on Friday, Feb. 19, at the UTA Tennis Center followed by a three-game road trip.

The women’s tennis team won 7-0 win over Montana State in its spring season opener Friday at the UTA Tennis Center. The Mavs play at home against Nevada-Reno at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13; Missouri State at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; and Sam Houston at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Intramural deadline for rock climbing, racquetball

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are rock climbing, today, Tuesday, Feb. 9; racquetball, Friday, Feb. 12; indoor soccer, Wednesday, Feb. 17; tennis, Friday, Feb. 19; softball, Wednesday, Feb. 24.

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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