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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


First regional 60X30TX conference on campus

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and UTA host the first comprehensive regional gathering of North Texas leaders to discuss how all parties will work together to meet the state of Texas’s 60x30TX goals.

60X30TX: Access, Success, Texas will be held 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at College Park Center. Register online by Tuesday, March 29.

In order to meet the workforce demands and intellectual capital expectations of the next generations of Texans, the THECB issued a statewide educational goal calling for 60 percent of adults aged 25 to 34 to hold college degrees or certificates by 2030.

Speakers include Raymund Paredes, commissioner, THECB; Kati Haycock, CEO of The Education Trust; and UTA President Vistasp Karbhari.

Read more about the 60X30TX Conference.

Prepare to move vehicles for Maverick Speakers Series event

Some students, faculty, and staff will need to move their vehicles in preparation for Jane Goodall's appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series on Thursday, March 31.

Individuals parked in College Park South, Central, and North garages and parking lot 47 in front of the Business Building will need to move their vehicles by noon Thursday to avoid being cited or towed.

Residents of The Lofts, Vandergriff Hall, Arlington Hall, and Brazos Hall also must move their vehicles.

Lots 49, 50, 51, and 52 will be available.

A shuttle service will be provided the day before, the night of, and the day after the event between College Park Center and those lots.

Dr. Goodall, a primatologist and conservationist, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in College Park Center.

Tickets for "Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall" are sold out.

File for campus elections by Thursday

Potential candidates for student representatives need to file by Thursday, March 31.

Open positions include Student Congress president, vice president, and senators; Mr. and Ms. UTA; UTA Ambassadors; and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives

Applications are available in the Student Congress Office, Suite B150, of the E.H. Hereford University Center. For details, contact Jennifer Fox at

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University Crossroads

UTA’s landmark University Crossroads promotes college access and readiness and annually impacts more than 30,000 low- to moderate-income students, such as recent graduate Giselly Cobas-Rincon. University Crossroads offers free SAT preparation classes, financial aid and literacy workshops, parent programs, and advising.

Give your input on bike share program

Complete a bike share survey for the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact.

A bike share program would allow students, faculty, and staff to check out a bicycle from one or more locations and return the bike at a later date. This will reduce congestion in parking lots, improve public health, reduce emissions, and create a cleaner, healthier, and more environmentally sustainable campus.

Register now for Mock Interview Day

The event for all majors is 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room 216 of Davis Hall. Register online for your 30-minute spot.

Employers will be here to ask you interview questions and provide feedback to help you prepare for real interviews.

Input needed on proposed certificate in sustainability

Complete a survey to help UTA develop a certificate in sustainability.

The program will use a multidisciplinary approach to integrate business, society, and sustainability into a coherent program of study and engagement. The certificate would offer working professionals an opportunity to learn how to integrate the principles and values of sustainable practices.

See the new website for UTA's Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact.

Represent your organization at next Orientation Involvement Fair, Block Party

Students organizations and University departments can share info on programs and services at the Orientation Involvement Fair and the annual Block Party.

The next Involvement Fair is at the New Maverick Orientation for transfer students Thursday, April 14. Visit to register and for details.

The Block Party is set for 6-10 p.m. Thursday, April 28, on Spaniolo Drive by College Park Center. Register for a booth by Friday, April 8. Also, register to volunteer.

UT Press hosts online book sale

The University of Texas Press is holding a spring online book sale for all campuses in the UT System.

The sale will run from 8 a.m. Monday, April 11, through midnight Friday, April 15, on the UT Press website.

All titles on the site already are 33 percent off. Students, faculty, and staff will receive a discount of 45 percent off the full retail price. To receive 55 percent off, use the code UTPS16. Sales tax and shipping apply.

Welcome Center hiring students

The Dan Dipert University Welcome Center is hiring MavElite student workers for summer and fall. Positions include tour guides (SNAP Job 8855) and campus visit assistants (SNAP Job 8856). Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, March 30.

The Students Needing A Part-time Job (SNAP Job) system lists a variety of jobs for students. Register at

For more details, contact the SNAP Job office at or 817-272-3463 or come to the SNAP Job Office and computer lab in Room B200 of the Wetsel Service Center at 140 West Mitchell St. The SNAP Job office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

For other help in finding a job, contact the Center for Career Development at or 817-272-2932.

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.

Check List


Friday, April 1

Last day to drop classes.

Monday, April 4

Priority registration opens for summer and fall semesters.

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 for details.

Registration begins for summer and fall 2016

Priority registration opens for summer and fall terms Monday, April 4. Advising is already available in your academic department.

Check for your appointment time on the registration timetable, which is available in your MyMav Student Center, along with information on whether you need to see an academic adviser before you’re eligible to register. A list of academic advising offices is online.

The MyMav schedule of classes is being updated daily. Plan to validate your course selections when registration opens.

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. Professional application services that now accept PDF transcripts from UTA include: AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service), LSAC (Law School Admission Council), SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service), and others. Read about ordering transcripts on the UTA transcript website.

Going Out
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Glass Art Sale and Show shines Saturday

Artists will fire up the furnace and fuse together melted glass and brilliant color at the annual Glass Art Sale and Show on Saturday, April 2, at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis St.

Hundreds of items delicately handcrafted by students and staff in the Department of Art and Art History's glass art program will be available to the public at a fraction of the cost of similar items in professional art galleries.

Prices for the vases, paperweights, platters and other art pieces range from $5 into the thousands.

The sale runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or earlier if items sell out quickly. A silent auction will take place at 2 p.m., with bids taken 9 a.m.-1 p.m., also at the Studio Arts Center.

Another popular feature includes live demonstrations of glass-casting, glass-blowing, and other techniques used to make the art.

Read more about the Glass Art Sale and Show.

Tuesday, March 29

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

Spirit Week Social Media Challenge, all week; tailgate and baseball game, Tuesday, March 29; Mavs Take Over: Grease Monkey and Trivia Night, Wednesday, March 30; canned food drive, Thursday March 31; pep rally, Friday, April 1UTA Ambassadors.

Film Screening: 'The Head of Joaquin Murrieta' Filmmaker John Valadez goes on a quest for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who was killed by bounty hunters in 1853 and had his head placed in a jar for public display across California. Free. 3 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Baseball Mavericks vs. TCU. Tickets $5, $3 students. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 8; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9; and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10Athletics.

Wednesday, March 30

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

Men’s Tennis Mavericks vs. SMU. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Thursday, March 31

Faculty Double Bass Recital with Jack Unzicker Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Maverick Speakers Series "Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall." SOLD OUT. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Saturday, April 2

Softball Mavericks vs. Appalachian State. 1 and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, noon Sunday, April 3Athletics.

International Week: Soccer Tournaments Soccer tournaments. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fields Complex. International Education.

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. UT-San Antonio. 11 a.m., UTA Tennis Center. Also, vs. Memphis. 11 a.m. Sunday, April 3, and vs. SMU, Thursday, April 7Athletics.

Monday, April 4

International Week: Parade of Banners Traditional parade of banners from E.H. Hereford University Center to the library mall for speakers and activities. 12:15-1 p.m. Office of International Education.

Tuesday, April 5

International Week: Food Fair A delicious International Week tradition. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., University Center mall. Office of International Education.

Wednesday, April 6

Tail Waggin’ Wednesday Students, faculty, and staff can take a break filled with unconditional love from registered therapy dogs. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

International Week: Fashion Show Free. 7-9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of International Education.

Friday, April 8

International Week: Global Extravaganza An international talent show. Free. 7-9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of International Education.

Coming Up

Earth Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, University Center mall. Institute of Sustainability and Global Impact.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12; vs. Georgia Southern, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and noon, Sunday, April 17; vs. Dallas Baptist. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19; and vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 29Tickets $5, $3 students. All at Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Softball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $5-7, $3 students. 1 and 3 p.m., Saturday, April 16, and noon, Sunday, April 17; vs. Troy. 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. All at Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Men’s Tennis Mavericks vs. Midwestern State. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Maverick Film Festival The competition features four-minute films by students. 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Art and Art History.


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.

Gallery 76102 'The More I Build You' Within paintings and drawings, artist Layla Luna constructs and deconstructs spaces and architectural structures. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through March 31Gallery 76102.

UTA Libraries: 'Score' Using Special Collections photos, the exhibit showcases the early days of baseball, basketball, and track; the end of Maverick football; and Olympians and Paralympians from UTA. Through April 30. Also, Academic Evolution: The University of Texas at Arlington runs through Aug. 31. Sixth floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Planetarium Explore the secrets of the universe in the new show Dark. The spring schedule includes AstronautCosmic ColorsFrom the Earth to the UniversePink Floyd, and SpacePark 360: Infinity. Through May 29UTA Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, March 29

GIS Workshop Explore the geographic information system (GIS) and its applications in research and teaching and the most commonly used GIS software including ArcGIS, Google Earth, and AutoCAD MAP 3-D. Learn how to obtain some GIS software free under an educational license. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Wednesday, March 30

Women's History Month Lectures Frances Smith Foster, Emory University, Kitchens, Attics, and Autobiography. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's and Gender Studies.

Anderson Sports Performance Lecture Fred Williams, head coach, WNBA Dallas Wings, Quick Tips and Drills. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Thursday, March 31

Technology StartUp Lunch-n-Learn George Kondraske, right, professor of electrical engineering and chair of the Research Conflict of Interest Committee, on how to identify a potential research conflict of interest, why it is necessary to manage conflicts of interest, and what should be in a COI management plan. For faculty and graduate students. Lunch provided. RSVP to or 817-272-1140. 11:45 a.m., StartUp Lounge, Campus Center, by the Nanotech Building. Office of Technology Management.

Friday, April 1

TEDxUTA A program of live speakers and video to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. Tickets $20 students; $30 faculty, staff; $40 general public. 1 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H Hereford University Center. TEDxUTAEXCEL Campus Activities.

Monday, April 4

Film Screening: 'Escalation' A 90-minute film-based workshop that educates about relationship violence and empowers you to work for change. A discussion follows. Resources, activities, snacks, and drinks provided; T-shirt giveaways. 7:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

Wednesday, April 6

Arlington Technology Association Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams describes areas he believes are prime collaborative opportunities that would be beneficial to both the city and UTA. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Thursday, April 7

Technology Startup Seminar Silicon Valley investment group Artiman Ventures brainstorms with faculty, students, and local entrepreneurs on how to help move new technologies to the marketplace. 2-5 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Also, small group meetings and follow-up sessions, Friday, April 8, StartUp Lounge. Read moreResearch Administration.

Saturday, April 9

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, SaturdayMay 21Campus Recreation.

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

Coming Up

Art Lecture Mohamed Keshavjee of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, author of Into That Heaven of Freedom: The Impact of Apartheid on an Indian Family’s Diasporic History. 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, auditorium, Architecture Building. Art and Art History.

Social Work Colloquium Joanne Sobeck, associate dean and director of the Center for Social Work Research, “Building Research Capacity.” RSVP to 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, Room B107, Social Work Complex B. Research and Professional DevelopmentSocial Work.


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

Sports Shorts

  • The Bobby Lane Invitational returned after a two-year hiatus with performances from UTA's track and field athletes at Maverick Stadium. Individual win came courtesy of Roland Sales in the men's high jump. For the women, the 4x400 meter relay team of Taylor Davis, Shaniece Prevot, Dasia Rolfe and Tamerah Gorham was victorious.

  • Baseball Mavericks completed a series sweep over Incarnate Word 13-0 Saturday. The Mavericks play TCU at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 29, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

  • Women’s tennis opened Sun Belt Conference play last weekend with a sweep over Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Mavs return to nonconference play Thursday, March 31, at Wichita State.

  • UTA softball fell 7-2 to Georgia Southern on Saturday. The Mavs host Appalachian State for a three-game series Friday-Saturday, April 2-3, at Allan Saxe Field.

  • Sophomore Erick Neal was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2015-16 District 24 Second Team. He is a Sun Belt First Team All-Conference selection.

  • UTA student-athletes earned their third win Sun Belt Conference's Monthly Community Service Award for February. UTA also won award in November and December.

  • Maverick men’s basketball ended with Thursday night's 63-60 loss to New Jersey Institute of Technology in the Tournament quarterfinals at in Newark, N.J. The Mavericks finished the season 24-11, recording their first postseason win in last week's CIT first round.

Intramural deadline for badminton doubles

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 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

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