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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Volunteers prep for The Big Event day of community service Saturday

More than 1,300 UTA students, faculty, and staff will give their time and energy to Arlington and surrounding cities during the 16th annual The Big Event 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 9Register to volunteer for the few remaining projects.

The day is designed for people wanting to make a difference in the community through various volunteer opportunities.

Community-based and nonprofit organizations and agencies, as well as local residents, will benefit from the volunteer efforts, including those that provide services to children, senior citizens, and families in low-income neighborhoods.

Read more about the Big Event 2016.

'U.S. News' ranks more than 20 UTA grad programs among best

U.S. News & World Report has ranked more than 20 graduate programs at UTA among the nation’s best in the magazine’s 2017 Best Graduate Schools edition, released this month.

UTA has top 100 graduate programs in seven colleges and schools including engineering, nursing, science, architecture, planning and public affairs, and social work.

The three graduate-level degree programs ranked in the top 50 in the nation are online graduate education in the College of Education at No. 30; the graduate social work program in the School of Social Work at No. 38, up six slots since the last survey in 2012; and the graduate program in aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering in the College of Engineering at No. 39, up four slots since last year.

Read more about the U.S. News graduate rankings.

Heart to heart: Ironman and heart transplant recipient Elmar Sprink, left, and sports cardiologist Dr. André La Gerche, top right, are speakers at the Inaugural Moritz Speaker Series next week. Dr. Mark Haykowsky is UTA's Moritz Chair of Geriatric Nursing Research in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Ironman heart transplant recipient, renowned sports cardiologist duo to kick off Moritz Speaker Series

Two internationally known figures in sports cardiology will be speakers at the Inaugural Moritz Speaker Series 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Elmar Sprink of Germany returned to triathlon competition—running, cycling, and swimming—after a heart transplant in 2012. He has been called the fittest heart transplant patient in the world.

Sports cardiologist Dr. André La Gerche of Australia is credited with developing a novel cardiac MRI test that can examine the function of the left and right ventriculars—the main pumping chambers of the heart—of athletes and cardiac patients while they are performing maximal cycle exercise.

The series is supported in part by a generous gift from the Moritz family to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The gift established the college’s first endowed faculty chair, held by Mark Haykowsky, an exercise physiology and rehabilitation medicine researcher who joined the college last fall.

Read more about the Moritz Speaker Series.

  MavTube Video Extra

Jane Goodall

Primatologist Jane Goodall shared her experiences of living among primates and her conservation efforts at the last Maverick Speakers Series event of the year. See more photos and watch a video recap.

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.

Help fellow students as a tutor

University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction (UTSI) is looking for motivated students to become tutors and SI leaders for fall 2016. Tutors and SI leaders are personable students who successfully earn As and Bs in their courses and want to share their knowledge with their fellow Mavericks.

For more information, visit

Register now for Mock Interview Day

Sharpen your interview skills at Mock Interview Day, hosted by the Center for Career Development.

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.

Register now for 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.

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, May 6

Last day for classes for spring semester.

Saturday, May 7-Friday, May 13

Final exams for spring semester.

Thursday, May 12-Saturday, May 14

Commencement ceremonies.

Wednesday, May 18

First day of classes for summer intersession and summer 14-week session.

Thursday, May 19

Final grades posted for spring semester.

Registration begins for summer and fall 2016

Priority registration has opened for summer and fall terms. Advising is 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.

Tickets required to attend Commencement ceremonies

Graduates participating in Commencement and their guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Children age 2 and younger do not need a ticket.

Look for instructions on claiming tickets in your UTA email accounts Monday, April 18. Visit the Commencement website for details on ticket quantities and availability.

Commencement ceremonies are Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14 in College Park Center.

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 about ordering transcripts on the UTA transcript website.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Evening at Six Flags to benefit Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Enjoy an evening at Six Flags Over Texas with discounted tickets that help Arlington schools. The theme park hosts Education Celebration 6-11 p.m. Friday, April 15, benefiting UTA and AISD through the AISD Education Foundation.

Tickets are only $20 plus tax. Advanced tickets are limited. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Special discounted parking is $10 per car at the gate.

With each ticket, $5 goes directly to the UTA Student Emergency Assistance Fund. See the gift codes on the website. Use the code UTA.

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.

Tuesday, April 12

Earth Day Learn more about taking care of Mother Earth. Free herb plants while available. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., University Center mall. Institute of Sustainability and Global Impact.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Tickets $5, $3 students. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, 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 29. Athletics.

Coming Up

Homerathon A public reading of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Text in English available in Room 305 of Carlisle Hall. Recitation in Greek and other arcane languages is encouraged. Homerathon T-shirts and coffee mugs for sale. Register to participate. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, University Center mall. Philosophy and Humanities.

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.


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


Wednesday, April 6

Arlington Technology Association Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams right, 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.

Adventures in Antiquity Symposium Christopher Fuhrmann of the University of North Texas, Police Brutality in the Roman World. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, Room 2102A, Fine Arts Building. Philosophy and Humanities.

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

Champions honored: Watch a recap of the rally and reception for the Lady Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team, winners of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association championships.

Sports Shorts

  • Maverick baseball takes on TCU at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Fort Worth. The game vs the nationally ranked Frogs will be aired on FSSW+. UTA fell to Georgia State 8-7 Sunday. The Mavericks  are 16-13 for the season and 4-5 in league play.

  • UTA's softball team returns to nonconference play against UNT at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Denton. Appalachian State won 4-3 Sunday at Allan Saxe Field. The Lady Mavs are 25-7 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

  • The women's tennis team earned its fourth sweep in the last five matches after downing UT San Antonio 4-0 Saturday at the UTA Tennis Center. The Mavs are 12-3 on the season and pushed their home winning streak to 21 matches. The team plays SMU at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the UTA Tennis Center.

  • The men's tennis team faces Midwestern State at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the UTA Tennis Center.

  • The men's golf team wraps up competition today at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship hosted by Mississippi State.

  • Track and field athletes compete in the Baylor Invitational on Saturday, April 9, in Waco.

Intramural deadline for table tennis

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 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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