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Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Echosmith to perform for Spring Concert on March 4 at Texas Hall

“Cool Kids” Echosmith are set to bring their dance-rock influenced sounds to UTA when they perform a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Texas Hall.

Tickets are available now to UTA students, faculty, staff, and the community at, at the UTA Tickets Box Office at College Park Center, or by calling the box office at 817-272-9595. Tickets are limited to four per person.

The Spring Concert is sponsored by University Events, EXCEL Campus Activities, and the Division for Student Affairs.

Read more about the Spring Concert and ticket options.

Town hall meetings today seek feedback on 'campus carry' draft

As a follow up to UTA’s submission of its draft recommendations on implementing Senate Bill 11, known as “campus carry,” there will be two additional town hall meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 23, open to the campus community and to attend and to provide feedback on UTA’s implementation plan.

The faculty and staff meeting is at 12:30 p.m. and the student meeting is at 2 p.m. Both are Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.

The draft recommendations are posted on UTA’s campus carry site at along with background information and FAQs.

An online survey is available at for those who cannot attend an open meeting but wish to submit their thoughts and concerns.

Phone scammers target students, demand payment

A telephone scam first reported in October 2014 continues to target students and has resulted in nearly $16,000 in fraudulent payments, the UTA Police Department reports.

A scammer claims to be from the University, a government agency, or a police department and tries to collect money for unpaid debt. The caller requests payment with the purchase of a gift card or MoneyGram. The caller threatens the individual with arrest and solicits immediate payment for the alleged debts.

The telephone number used has been cloned from a legitimate agency or University office.

University officials, law enforcement, and government officials will not contact you in this manner or threaten arrest for non-payment of debts.

Always be cautious about providing your personal information over the phone, especially to individuals who initiate the call. In such cases, always verify the nature of the call and offer to hang up and to call them back at a number they provide. Seek out the organization's official number and contact it directly. If you suspect attempted fraud or fall victim to it, contact your local law enforcement agency.

If you encounter this or similar scams or have information about them, contact the UTA Police at 817-272-3381.

Use good judgment and caution when clicking Web or email links or opening attachments. If you receive an email that appears suspicious, send it to Do not click on the links or open attachments.

Claim tickets now to see Donna Brazile Thursday

Tickets are still available to see political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile at the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

She will discuss "Politics and Beyond" 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. Go to

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

Trinity South lot reserved Thursday afternoon, evening

Trinity South parking lot will be reserved the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 25, for preferred parking for the Maverick Speakers Series event. Political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile speaks at 7:30 p.m. at Texas Hall.

Share your thoughts about 'Maverick Connection'

The Maverick Connection, published in the fall semester, contains contact information for University departments, employees, and students. Help Student Publications and Student Congress better serve you with this directory by taking this short, four-question survey about the campus telephone directory.

Put your best foot forward at All-Majors Job Fair

Be ready for your future when you attend the All-Majors Job Fair for UTA students and graduates only.

The fair is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, at the Maverick Activities Center. No registration is required for the free fair. Wear a suit and bring your student ID and plenty of résumés.

Companies will be on hand to talk with students, take résumés, and discuss job possibilities. See a list of companies attending the Job Fair.

See the workshops schedule, which also includes programs after the fair and during the semester. The Career Development Center also sponsors interview sessions with companies.

For more information on the Job Fair and job hunting, contact the Career Development Center at or 817-272-2932.

Professional head shots available at job fair

Sign up to have a professional photograph taken for your LinkedIn account during the All-Majors Job Fair on Tuesday, March 1, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Time slots are available 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Professional dress is required. Register online by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, or when there are no longer time slots available.

Professional photographers will take your head shot in a pop-up studio. You will receive an email with a link and password to download your photos.

Read how to put together a professional LinkedIn profile.

Volunteers needed for Job Fair

The Career Development Center needs more than 125 volunteers to help make the All-Majors Job Fair a success. The Job Fair is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Maverick Activities Center. Register by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Choose a 1.5-hour shift or indicate your availability between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean-up, carrying employer materials, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables.

For questions, call 817-272-2932 or email Alissa Anderson at

Work begins for Science, Engineering Innovation and Research Building

Facilities Management has started the infrastructure improvements for the new Science and Engineering Innovation and Research, or SEIR, Building.

A staging area is located immediately south of University Hall. The pathways between the Life Science Building and University Hall will remain open at all times.

The infrastructure improvements should be complete by May 21, depending on weather conditions.

The six-story SEIR building will be southwest of Pickard Hall, home of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and south of the existing Life Science Building.

The building will include multi-use collaborative spaces, large classrooms and lecture halls, and innovative research and teaching labs.

Construction of the 200,000-square-foot contemporary facility is expected to have substantial completion by mid-2018.

Emergency generator test on Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators on some buildings 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

Buildings to be tested are Davis Hall, Engineering Lab Building, Engineering Research Building, Geoscience Building, Nedderman Hall, Science Hall, and University Hall.

There will be a slight “blip” of a half-second as the electrical service transfers to the generator and another as it is transferred back to the normal building service. The test will affect only the electrical services tied to each building’s generator, not the entire building.

For questions, call Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

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.

Beware of tax scams

With tax season in full swing, so is criminal activity targeting tax refunds. The Information Security Office encourages you to file your taxes as early as possible to reduce the chance of criminal elements filing for refunds before you do.

The IRS has recognized this problem and has published Security Awareness Tax Tips.

Share the tips with your family, friends, and tax preparer. If you fall victim to tax fraud, contact the IRS right away.

ARDC maintenance planned for Feb. 27

The Arlington Regional Data Center will undergo maintenance on Saturday, Feb. 27, to continue stabilizing UTA’s services in the event of a power disruption.

As a result, High Performance Computing and High Energy Physics services will be temporarily unavailable. Other services may be temporarily interrupted. In the event of a service interruption, you will be notified through the IT status page.

Subscribe to the IT Status list to receive scheduled maintenance notifications.

Volunteers needed for ACES

Lend a hand at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), a University-wide symposium highlighting the best in student research and creativity.

Faculty, staff, and students can serve as volunteers. Shifts for morning or afternoon sessions are available. Register to volunteer.

ACES is Wednesday, March 23, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Check List


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 advisers 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.

Midterm progress report grades on MyMav

Midterm progress reports will be posted for many undergraduates now through Wednesday, March 23. The faculty deadline is March 23, but instructors can report progress report grades at any time before then, and 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

Exhibit reviews UTA's athletic programs, athletes

UTA athletics are spotlighted in the exhibit “Score!” on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Using UTA Libraries' Special Collections photos, the exhibit showcases the early days of baseball, basketball, track, the end of Maverick football, and Olympians and Paralympians from UTA.

Co-curators Lea Worcester and Evelyn Barker based the exhibit on research for their book University of Texas at Arlington, which uses photos to chronicle the history of campus.

“Score!” will be on display through April.

A companion exhibit—“Academic Evolution: The University of Texas at Arlington”—chronicles UTA’s change from rural private school to urban university. The display runs through August on the sixth floor of Central Library.

Both exhibits are free.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Afternoon Showcase Free. Noon-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

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

Friday, Feb. 26

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Incarnate Word. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Opera Performance of Johann Strauss' 'Die Fledermaus' A joint production of the music and theatre arts departments. Tickets $12 general public, $9 students, seniors, faculty, staff. 8 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Also, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Music.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Celebrate beloved children's author Dr. Seuss and the joy of reading. Children can enjoy stories read by UTA students, Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, and picture opportunities. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders On Campus, Leadership Center.

Women’s Basketball on ESPN3 Mavericks vs. Arkansas. 3:05 p.m., ESPN3. Athletics.

NASA's 21st Annual Powwow Celebration of Native American culture at the scholarship fundraiser. E.H. Hereford University Center. Native American Student Association.

Sunday, Feb. 28

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Oral Roberts. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Monday, Feb. 29

Vocal Division Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

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


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. 23

Major Exploration Seminar 10 a.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University College.

Film Screening: 'Becoming Bulletproof' A film screening and discussion about disabled actors and representations of people with developmental disabilities. Real-time captioning will be provided for the discussion. The film has open captioning and audio description. For other disability-related accommodations requests, contact Sarah Rose at or 817-272-6843. Free pizza. Free. 5 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Disability Studies.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

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., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. University Advising Center.

Friday, Feb. 26

UTARI Lunch and Learn Kimon Valavanis, director of the Unmanned Systems Research Institute at the University of Denver, "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Challenges in Design for Autonomy and in Circulation Control Wing Based Aircraft." Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Monday, Feb. 29

Diversity Week: Support the Trans Community Free. Noon-1 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Coming Up

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.

Diversity Week: Addressing Islamophobia Amer Ahmed of University of Massachesetts-Amherst, “Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths of Break Down Barriers.” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Drop or Not to Drop 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, Room 104, Preston Hall. University College.

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 résumé 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

Time and distance: Tamerah Gorham, left, and Craig Lautenslager are two of the Mavericks making time at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship. On day one, the Mavs had wins in the women's and men's distance medley relays and the shot put portion of the heptathlon.


Track, field teams making mark at Sun Belt Championships

UTA closed day one of the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships with a sweep of the women's and men's distance medley relays. As a result, the men are in second place with 35 points, while the women hold the sixth position with 14 points.

UTA's women relay team of Tamerah Gorham, Shaniece Prevot, Latrice Brooks, and Katelyn Hayward won by three seconds.

The men's team is Joel Duren, Erik Martinsson, Simba Walker-Williams, and Grant Copeland.

Christian Schiemann won the shot put portion of the heptathlon with a throw of 45 feet, ¼ inch. It set an all-time SBC Championship record in the event.

The championships continues today in Birmingham, Ala. View live action at the SBC Indoor Track and Field Championship Central website.

Mavs make history in reaching 10-0

For the first time in UTA softball history, the program is 10-0 to start the season after sweeping a doubleheader at Allan Saxe Field on Saturday.

The Mavericks completed the feat behind a pair of run-rule wins in the Maverick Invitational. UTA beat Princeton 9-1 in the first game before blanking South Dakota State 8-0.

The perfect start bested a 9-0 open to the 1980 season.

After playing the first 10 games at home, UTA hits the road for an eight-game road trip that begins at the Charleston Southern Tournament on Friday, Feb. 26.

Following a visit to Southeastern Louisiana Friday-Sunday, Feb. 26-28, the Mavericks return to Allan Saxe Field March 11-13 for the Maverick Classic. UTA hosts Arizona, Texas, and Samford over the three-day tournament.

Sports shorts

  • A winning streak continued for the women’s tennis team with 16 victories after Sunday’s defeat of Sam Houston at the UTA Tennis Center. The first road trip is against Central Florida on Saturday and Miami on Sunday.

  • The Lady Mavs claimed the program’s 600th win by defeating Louisiana-Monroe 40-32 Saturday at College Park Center. UTA is 13-12 overall and 8-7 in conference play. Next are games at Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday and Arkansas State on Saturday.

  • Today’s baseball at Baylor was postponed until 6:35 p.m. Wednesday because of inclement weather on Tuesday. UTA then heads to Louisiana Tech for a three-game series beginning Friday.

  • UTA men’s basketball team remains in fourth place in the Sun Belt Conference at 9-6 in league play after Saturday's 64-61 loss to Louisiana-Monroe at College Park Center. The Mavs travel for games at Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday and Arkansas State on Saturday.

  • The men’s tennis team ended a three-match trip by defeating Central Florida on Sunday.

  • The Maverick golf team tied for ninth t the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. The Mavs play in the Louisiana Classics beginning Sunday in Lafayette, La.

Intramural deadline for softball

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are softball, Wednesday, Feb. 24; foosball, Tuesday, March 1; dodgeball, Wednesday, March 2; MavStrong competition, Thursday, March 10; NCAA Tournament pick 'em, Thursday, March 17; NCAA Sweet 16 bracket challenge and fantasy baseball, Thursday, March 24; sand volleyball, Friday, March 25; badminton doubles, Friday, April 1; table tennis, Thursday, April 21; wheelchair football, Monday, April 25; battleship, Monday, May 2; FIFA video game, Wednesday, May 4; and poker tournament, Thursday, May 5.

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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