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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Men's tennis wins Sun Belt title; awaits NCAA bracket

For the first time since 2006, UTA men's tennis raised a conference championship trophy after downing South Alabama 4-1 in the Sun Belt finals on Sunday at the Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans.

The Mavericks, the fifth seed in the tournament, capped their memorable journey throughout the bracket with a dominating performance in singles play to clinch a position in the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, UTA had to pull three upsets as it downed No. 4 Louisiana, No. 1 Georgia State, and No. 2 South Alabama

With the win, the Mavericks set a new all-time wins record as they improved to 18-5 overall. The title is UTA's first as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The team won the 2006 championship in the Southland Conference.

Read more about the men's tennis championship and see more photos.

Reliant powers UTA with donation of NRG Street Charge stations

UTA has joined forces with Reliant, an NRG Company, to provide students and faculty with the latest in mobile charging technology—two NRG Street Charge solar charging stations.

The 12.5-foot towers, donated by Reliant, are located near the Central Library mall and near the campus bus stop outside the College of Business.

The stations are equipped with solar panels and a collection of mobile device charging cables so users can plug in for a free charge during study breaks and between lectures.

The donation supports UTA’s commitment to provide the latest resources to support students and faculty and aligns with Reliant’s mission to power people’s lives on the go.

Read more about the Street Charge stations.

College of Nursing and Health Innovation launches public health track with an urban focus

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation will begin offering an undergraduate track in public health this fall.

Initially, students who successfully complete the 40-hour track will earn bachelor’s degrees in exercise science with an emphasis in public health. The college plans to seek approval from the UT System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board during the 2016-17 school year for a stand-alone bachelor’s degree in public health.

Among the career opportunities for public health professionals are positions as health educators, health policy analysts, health advocacy specialists, environmental specialists, and disease intervention and industrial hygiene officers.

Read more about the public health track.

Get jump on job search at CareerCon; register by Wednesday

Get on the highway to success with CareerCon, a half-day career conference to help prepare you to enter the professional world. The event is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the second floor of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Admission is $10. Register online by Wednesday, April 27. Business casual attire is required.

Speakers from major corporations and career-related workshops cover topics including branding and marketing yourself, financial planning, salary negotiation, and successful job search strategies.

The Career Development Center, the CareerCon sponsor, offers a variety of career workshops, interview opportunities, and more.

Block Party celebration on Thursday

The annual Block Party of fun before finals is set for 6-10 p.m. Thursday, April 28. The student event of live music, carnival-style treats, games, and activities is on Spaniolo Drive between Arlington Hall and Vandergriff Hall.

The Block Party requires Spaniolo Drive to be closed 1-11 p.m. between First and Third streets. To accommodate stage set-up, Moritz Plaza will be closed from Wednesday morning until Friday morning. College Park District residents and businesses should plan accordingly.

Apartment and Residence Life and University Events host the event.

Candidates for dean of College of Engineering to visit campus

Candidates for dean of the College of Engineering will have sessions open to the University community at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building; 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall; 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building; and 3:30 p.m.Wednesday, May 4, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building. Each candidate will speak and then answer questions.

The candidate's name will be released 24 hours in advance of his or her campus visit.

Visit the Senior Leadership Searches webpage to learn more about the dean search for the College of Engineering as details become available.

ERB crosswalk's electronic warning system awaiting upgrade

The electronic crosswalk notification/warning system on UTA Boulevard, north of the Engineering Research Building, will be out of service for an undetermined amount of time.

Signage regarding the outage is in place, but students, staff, and faculty need to take special precautions when accessing this crosswalk to ensure all pedestrians remain safe. Facilities Management has ordered a replacement circuit board, but is unsure of the delivery schedule.

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

Temporary electrical outage Sunday at Business Building

A temporary electrical outage will occur 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Business Building. The outage is required for maintenance to the building's electrical service.

The Business Building is equipped with an emergency generator that will operate during the outage but will support egress lighting and life safety only. To prevent any possible damage, Facilities Management recommends turning off all electronic equipment including computers, scanners, and copiers before leaving for the weekend. These devices do not need to be unplugged. All refrigerators and freezers should be cleared of perishable items.

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

Money Smart Week workshops, credit counseling available

The Department of Finance at the College of Business will host a series of financial literacy workshops and free credit counseling during Money Smart Week through Thursday, April 28.

Receive personal financial advice and credit consultations from financial services professionals 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at different locations on campus.

Professional loan officers will be available to offer personal credit report evaluations and recommendations for improvement. Attendees will obtain a free copy of their credit report and consultation.

Read more about the Money Smart Week workshop schedule.

Submit your creative design and paint a spirit horse

The UTA Ambassadors are looking for a creative student to repaint one of the fiberglass spirit horses. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, April 29.

If your design is chosen, you will receive painting supplies and a $500 stipend for the project, which must be completed by July. The horse will then be displayed in a prominent location on campus.

Visit the UTA Ambassadors website for details. Contact Jennifer Fox at with questions.

Decorate your grad cap for chance to win swag

Share photos of your decorated graduation cap using #MavGrad2016 for a chance to win a UTA alumni prize pack filled with the ultimate Maverick swag.

All photos must be submitted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #MavGrad2016 by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 6.

One winner from each social network will be announced by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 11.

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.

Summer intersession begins May 18

Summer intersession begins Wednesday, May 18. Class dates are online. To register for summer intersession classes, select the term 2165 on the schedule of classes and click on the Additional Search Criteria link on the lower left. Each summer session has its own due date. For more information, visit the Student Financial Services website.

Registration underway 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 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. See a list of academic advising offices.

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 tickets to attend the ceremony. Children age 2 and younger do not need tickets.

Look for instructions on claiming tickets in your UTA email account. 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

Thursday, April 28

Zumbathon The fourth annual Zumbathon Dance for a Cause benefits Safe Haven of Tarrant County. Door prizes, snacks, and refreshments. Register online or at the MAC.  $6 faculty, staff, students; $8 public. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, Relationships Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program.

Friday, April 29

Baseball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Tickets $5, $3 students. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Athletics.

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

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

Saturday, April 30

Softball Softball Mavericks vs. Troy. Tickets $5-7, $3 students. 1 and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, 11 a.m. Sunday, May 1. Athletics.

The Day of the Child The multicultural celebration of children, families, and reading includes storytelling in several languages, entertainment, crafts, games, and prizes. 2-5 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Modern Languages.


UTA Libraries: 'Academic Evolution: The University of Texas at Arlington' An exhibition of UTA's academic history. 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, April 26

Studying for Tests Battle test anxiety and plan ahead for exams. Snacks provided. Noon-1 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall, Also, Thursday, April 28. University College.

Wednesday, April 27

Texas American College of Sports Medicine Lecture Hirofumi Tanaka, director of the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory at UT Austin, “Masters Athletes: Super Humans with Gray Hair and Wrinkled Skin?” Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Social Work Colloquium Joanne Sobeck of Wayne State University, “Building Research Capacity.” RSVP to 1-2 p.m., Room B107, Social Work Complex B. Research and Professional DevelopmentSocial Work.

Thursday, April 28

Frontiers in Science Edward F. DeLong of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, “Towards 4-Dimensional (Eco) Systems Biology in the Sea.” 1 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Biology.

Friday, April 29

Psychology Colloquium Stephan Motowidlo of Rice University, “Knowledge about the Utility of Prosocial Professionalism.” Noon, Room 110, University Hall. Psychology.


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 Maverick baseball team won 4-2 over Troy with two runs in the top of the tenth inning Sunday. The team is 22-19 overall and 8-10 SBC in league play. The Mavs compete against No. 3 Texas A&M today, Tuesday, April 26, in College Station in the final non-conference road game of the season.

  • Men’s golf remained in fifth place after a 1-over-par 285 Monday in the Sun Belt Men's Golf Championship at The Raven Golf Club in Miramar Beach, Fla. The top four teams after Tuesday's third round advance to Wednesday's match play championship.

  • UTA’s softball team fell 4-2 to Georgia State on Sunday in the series finale. The Mavericks moved to 28-14 overall and 7-11 in Sun Belt play. The Mavs are on the road for a nonconference game with Lamar on Wednesday, April 27, before the final home series against Troy Saturday-Sunday, April 30-May 1.

  • The track and field teams placed in the top 10 spots in several events at Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Invitational last weekend. UTA will close out the regular season Saturday, May 7, at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin. The SBC Championships are Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, in Lafayette, La.

  • For the second consecutive season, UTA's women's tennis team's ended its championship hopes at the hands of South Alabama in the SBC semifinals in New Orlean.

  • Tickets are available for the 2016 UTA All-Sports Banquet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at College Park Center. Emily Jones, the Texas Rangers field reporter and host of Rangers Insider, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $25. Table sponsorships are available for $250 and $500. For details, contact Danielle Sanders at 817-272-0694 or

Intramural deadline for battleship, FIFA video game

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 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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