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Maverick spirit on full display as UTA celebrates 2018 Homecoming Week

Monday, November 12, 2018 • Media Contact: UT Arlington Media Relations

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Thousands of alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends flooded campus this past week to participate in 2018 Homecoming festivities at The University of Texas Arlington. The week-long celebration of UTA’s past and future demonstrated the tremendous impact the University has on our region and the unique spirit that bonds members of the Maverick family together as a special community.

Homecoming 2018

Homecoming 2018

Capped by the traditional Homecoming Parade, Street Festival, and men’s and women’s basketball games, Homecoming included a number of events throughout the week of Nov. 4-11 that showcased Maverick Pride. Highlights included Decorate Downtown, where students partnered with local businesses to Decorate Downtown, and also represented their student organizations in the always anticipated Chili Cook-Off. This year’s Homecoming 5K Walk/Run/Roll benefited UTA’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps current students who experience hardship from unforeseen circumstances while they are enrolled at UTA.

Alumni had the opportunity to enjoy a friendly round of golf at Waterchase Golf Club as part of the Homecoming Golf Tournament and also regaled in the achievements of some of its most successful classmates at the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Gov. Greg Abbott, Mike Dolabi, Dr. Kevin Le (PhD, ’05), Maria Mejia (BBA, ’02), Matthew Foster (MPS ’13), and Follett Higher Education Group represented by Alan Stratman were among the honorees.

Several athletic teams also saw action as part of the week of Homecoming activities. The Movin’ Mavs and Lady Movin’ Mavs hosted some of the best teams from around the country as part of their respective wheelchair basketball tournaments. Women’s volleyball recognized our country’s finest Friday night during their match with Texas State University as part of Military Appreciation night.

UTA’s men’s and women’s basketball teams also tipped off their seasons at College Park Center during Homecoming. The men won 74-65 against Northern Iowa, their second victory of the week, while the women’s team took on Jackson State and grabbed their first win of the 2018-19 season.

The Homecoming Court was announced at halftime of the men’s basketball game. Information systems senior Tatenda Ndlovu and biology senior Clarissa Manirakiza were named this year’s king and queen, respectively.

The coronation of the 2018 UTA Homecoming Court was a fitting end to a festive week of memories that captured the past and ongoing tradition of excellence that makes UTA a top-tier school of choice for many students across the country.

Visit the UTA Homecoming 2019 album to see photos of the week’s events.