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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Congratulations, Class of 2016: In seven commencement ceremonies in three days at College Park Center, the Class of '16 reveled in the pomp, circumstance, and celebration that recognized its accomplishments and new adventures. See more photos.

'Pardon Our Progress' as UTA undergoes construction phase

UTA asks that you Pardon Our Progress as the University begins a sustained construction period starting this summer.

Construction plans include building the new Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) building, removing some antiquated housing, constructing a new residence and dining facility on the west campus, and addressing other needed campus improvements.

Check the Pardon Our Progress website at for the most current parking information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as the University works hard to meet the needs of employees, students, and the community.

New parking rates include remote option, more shuttles

Parking rates for 2016-2017 are now posted online. The rates go into effect Monday, Aug. 1.

Also coming this fall:

  • Daily, weekly, monthly, and semester permit options for more flexibility for campus visitors.

  • A $90 remote parking fee for students who park in Lots 25 (by the intramural fields) and 26 (by Maverick Stadium) with expanded shuttles and service routes that will get you to class or work on time.

This is the third year of a three-year parking plan that involved student input and was approved by the Parking Committee in 2014.

Find all your parking news on the Parking and Transportation Services website.

South Nedderman closed between Cooper, Planetarium Place

South Nedderman Drive is closed from Cooper Street to Planetarium Place for water and sewer line upgrades.

Pedestrians will be redirected from the south student parking lots and Lot F10. There are four crossover locations:

  • Cooper and Nedderman intersection

  • Life Science Building's north /south doors

  • Life Science Building's breezeway

  • Planetarium Place at Nedderman Drive

Maverick Parking Garage sets $10 daily cap

The Maverick Parking Garage now has a $10 cap for daily fees. Rates are $3 per hour and $1.50 per half-hour with a $10 maximum per day.

Use the new parking meters or the MobileNOW! app on your smartphone with location code 3708.

Preferred and reserved parking permits also will be available to purchase after garage refurbishing is completed this summer. Permits purchased for this garage are not valid in any UTA parking lot.

Check for updates on the Parking and Transportation Services website.

Coming soon: The Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) building will provide an iconic southern entry point for the UTA campus. The $125 million, modern glass-and-steel building will span 220,000 square feet and add 900 teaching seats for the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the College of Science. See more SEIR design images.

UT System approves design for Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved the design for a new UTA Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) building.

The $125 million, modern glass, and steel building will span 220,000 square feet and provide a new, iconic southern entry to the UTA campus, south of the existing Life Science building. The project will add 900 teaching seats in lecture halls and classrooms, which will support enrollment growth across campus, especially in the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the College of Science.

Construction of the Texas limestone structure is expected to begin this fall with substantial completion in summer 2018. The building is designed in accordance with sustainable practices, with high energy-efficiency heating and cooling systems, water conservation practices, and sustainable materials for flooring and interior finishes.

Read more about the SEIR building.


Maverick stories

Barrie Hill, communication adviser, hugs a student she has advised before the College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony Friday. Graduates shared their stories and photos online. See graduate stories and photos online.


Dining options transition to new provider Chartwell

Chartwell, UTA's new dining provider, began serving the campus community Saturday, May 14.

Open now are the Plaza Food Court (7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays) and Starbucks (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays).

Other locations open starting June 6 include the MAC Outtakes, formerly MAC Market, (8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays) and the Connection Café  (7-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays).

Locations closed this summer for renovations are the former We Proudly Brew and POD Market in the Central Library, Einstein Brothers Bagels in the Fine Arts Building, and POD Market in the University Center.

Free lockers offered at campus post office

Are you looking for somewhere to put your books so you don’t have to carry them all over campus? Try a free locker at the U.S. Post Office in the E.H. Hereford University Center by Starbucks.

The locker is available with a key for the semester. (Loose the key and pay a $25 charge.)

Participate in emergency response exercise Thursday

Students are invited to attend the Office of Emergency Management's annual Clery Act tabletop exercise 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Rio Grande Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The exercise will focus on a discussion about emergency notification, the shelter-in-place process, and evacuation on a campus-wide scale. Key officials, internal and external, will participate in the discussion.


Maverick Ring Ceremony

The Maverick Ring Ceremony is a happy time in a student's college experience, President Vistasp Karbhari writes. "As each student leaves at the end of the Ring Ceremony, their eyes are not on the past but looking out toward the horizon—on what comes next." Read more.

Campus police want your feedback

The UTA Police Department seeks your opinion regarding its performance in serving the community.

Take a moment to say what you think via the survey link. Your input will help enhance UTA PD's professionalism and the services provided to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

UTA Libraries need your input

Share your opinions with UTA Libraries in a simple, anonymous, and confidential survey.

In exchange for your ideas and opinions about the Libraries' products and services, you have a chance at winning one of five $100 prizes when you opt in to the grand prize giveaway.

Complete the survey. Questions or comments? Email

IT Maintenance scheduled next month

In June, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will perform maintenance to ensure continued stability and reliability of Internet, network, telephone, and IT services for the campus community.

This first maintenance is midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 4, and includes equipment critical to all data connectivity both on-campus and off-campus. It will affect Internet, VPN, and inside networks.

The second maintenance  is midnight to 4 a.m. Saturday, June 11, for equipment required for outside local and long-distance telephone service. Outside telephone service may be affected.

Service disruption is not anticipated, but if it does happen, go to system status page for updates. For questions, contact the Help Desk at 817-272-2208 or

Get Texas Rangers discount tickets

To claim discounted tickets for select Texas Rangers' home games, visit, click on the University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS.

Dallas Wings offer exclusive season tickets deal for UTA

UTA students, faculty, and staff can see WNBA Dallas Wings action all season with the Breakaway Pass.

The deal gives faculty and staff members two season passes for the Dallas Wings season—17 games—for $99. Buy the Breakaway Pass at through Sunday, May 29. Use promo code WINGSUTA.

Upcoming games at College Park Center are against the San Antonio Stars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21; the Atlanta Dream at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27; and the Chicago Sky at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29.

Summer schedule begins for 'TrailBlazer'

TrailBlazer moves to a summer schedule after this week. Keep up with campus activities throughout the summer on every other Tuesday. The next TrailBlazer is May 31. Weekly editions return Aug. 23 for the fall semester.

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Check List


Wednesday, May 18

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

Late registration for summer intersession and summer 14-week session.

Deadline to submit meningitis vaccination documentation for summer intersession and 14-week term.

Wednesday, May 18-Tuesday, May 24

Late registration for summer 14-week term.

Thursday, May 19

Final grades posted for spring semester.

Summer intersession census date.

Friday, May 27

Deadline to submit transfer course work for spring 2016 graduation.

Thursday, May 26

Last day to drop classes for summer intersession.

Monday, May 30

University closed for Memorial Day holiday.

Friday, June 3

Final exams for summer intersession.

Wednesday, June 8

Summer 14-week session census date.

Spring final grades to be called official Thursday

Final grades for the spring semester are scheduled to be available after noon Thursday, May 19. View grades by logging in to MyMav.

When the grades are official, a notice will be posted on the MyMav portal. Grades are sometimes viewable before all end-of-term processes are completed, so check the message on the portal to be sure they have been announced as official.

You can hold your transcript order for final grades.

Prerequisite checking enforced

Prerequisite checking will be enforced in MyMav when grades are final for the spring semester. If you are enrolled for summer and do not successfully complete the prerequisite in the spring term, you will be dropped from the next-level course when spring grades are posted.

If you are enrolled for fall but not summer, prerequisite completion will be checked when summer grades are final in August.

Prerequisites not only include courses that must be taken in sequence, but also some restricted to class level, GPA, or concurrent enrollment. Check Class Details in the MyMav Schedule of Classes.

Questions regarding prerequisites should be directed to your academic adviser. A list of advising offices is online.

Spring grads must submit transfer course work by May 27

To be considered for spring 2016 graduation, the deadline to have all transfer course work submitted to the Records Office's graduation desk is Wednesday, May 27. See other graduation deadlines. Contact your graduation counselor with questions.

Summer intersession and summer 14-week session begins Wednesday

Summer intersession and the 14-week summer session begin Wednesday, May 18. Class dates are online. To register for classes in these sessions, 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 payment due date. For details, visit the Student Financial Services website.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

All new students and those not enrolled in the spring term will be dropped from summer sessions without proof of meningitis vaccination.

As of Jan. 1, 2012, incoming Texas college students and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 22 years old must submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis.

You must have received the vaccine within the past five years and no later than the first day of your first session at UT Arlington. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be dropped from courses.

UT Arlington has contracted with Magnus Health SMR to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws.

For more information, visit UTA's meningitis website.

Registration continuing for summer and fall 2016

Registration is continuing for summer and fall 2016. Advising is available in your academic department. The MyMav schedule of classes is being updated daily. Plan to validate your course selections.

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


Gallery 76102: 'Tree House Divided' Works by artist Jessica Fuentes. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through May 31. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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.

UTA Libraries: 'Building a Barrier-Free Campus' Explore how UTA began to become a model accessible campus for students with disabilities. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Sept. 16UTA Libraries, History, College of Liberal Arts’ Festival of Global Ideas, Office for Students with Disabilities.

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


Saturday, May 21

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. Campus Recreation.

Wednesday, June 1

Arlington Technology Association Civil Engineering Professor Mohammad Najafi examines the feasibility of employing a variety of underground freight mobility technologies to counteract the expected 263 percent increase in trucked international freight shipments in Texas by 2030. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.


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

  • UTA men's tennis lost 4-0 to No. 11-seed Oklahoma Friday in the first round of the regional NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament in Norman, Okla. Read more.

  • Maverick baseball completed a weekend sweep of Appalachian State with a 7-5 win Sunday. The team plays Texas State Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, at Clay Gould Ballpark before the Sun Belt Conference Championship Wednesday-Sunday, May 24-28, in San Marcos. Read more

  • UTA won four individual titles and one relay crown to close the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sunday in Lafayette, La. The men's team finished fourth, and the women's team was fifth. Read more

  • UTA softball fell 3-2 to Troy Wednesday in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship in Mobile, Ala. The Mavs ended the season 29-20. Read more.

Sign up for intramural tennis and indoor soccer

Upcoming intramural sport deadlines are tennis and indoor soccer, June 8; softball, June 15; sand volleyball and racquetball, June 22; billiards, June 30; badminton, July 12; basketball, July 13; poker, July 21; and MavStrong, Aug. 11.

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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