For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, August 27, 2012

Frank Deford

Sportswriter Frank Deford kicks off Maverick Speakers Series

The fifth season of the Maverick Speakers Series includes a nationally known sportswriter, a political commentator, an actor and comedian, an astronaut, and a nature conservationist and TV host.

The 2012-13 season kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 25, with a lecture by legendary sportswriter and novelist Frank Deford at Texas Hall. Tickets will be available Tuesday, Aug. 28. General admission tickets are free, and the lectures are open to the public.

A Premium Seating package is available for $25 for any of the lectures. The package includes a front-of-the-house seat, reserved parking near the venue, front-of-the-line access to book signings, and more. Premium Seating packages are available exclusively at As in previous seasons, free general admission tickets also may be obtained through the website. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in either College Park Center or Texas Hall.

With a 50-year tenure at Sports Illustrated, Deford is a senior contributing writer. As a commentator, he appears regularly on National Public Radio and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He has authored 17 novels, and his latest is Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.

The 2012-13 series also includes ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts, Saturday Night Live fan favorite Seth Meyers, astronaut and best-selling author Mark Kelly, and Animal Planet host Jeff Corwin.

See more information on the 2012-13 Maverick Speakers Series schedule.

UTA Facebook

Social media outlets keep you connected

Departments and individuals across UT Arlington continue to use social networking platforms—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr—as a way to connect with specific interest groups of faculty, staff, students, alumni, sports fans, neighbors, prospective students, and friends.

UT Arlington has three main channels on Facebook and Twitter that provide the University's top news, events, and conversations: the official UT Arlington fan page, College Town UTA, and UTArlington Magazine.

The UT Arlington Official Facebook fan page and its Twitter counterpart provide subscribers with news, achievements, and information relevant to the University's ascent to national research university status.

College Town UTA on Facebook and Twitter focuses on campus events and buzz, athletics, conversations about downtown Arlington and local events, and opportunities for the community to become engaged with campus activities.

UTArlington Magazine on Facebook further explores the feature stories, alumni achievements, and conversations begun in the print edition. The magazine is published in print and online three times a year and is mailed to all alumni, donors, and other friends and partners of the University.

To see a list of some University-hosted social media pages and groups—including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr—and to learn more about how your department, program, or campus organization can utilize social networking platforms, see UT Arlington’s social media index and social media guidelines.

Princeton Review ranks UT Arlington among 'Best of the West'

The Princeton Review has chosen UT Arlington as one of 122 schools featured in the “Best of the West” section of its “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

College ratings are based on academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, and quality-of-life factors. The service also surveys students online and by mail.

The Best Regional Colleges section of The Princeton Review’s website features 633 colleges divided into four geographic areas. The chosen schools represent 25 percent of the four-year colleges in the U.S. The site says the schools “stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning.”

The review lists biology, business administration, and management as some of the most popular majors at UT Arlington. The site features a “Students Say” section that lauds the University’s individualized attention from professors and says, “The professors will tell a student from day one to feel free to contact them if they need help with anything; this is very beneficial and shows that they want to help the students succeed.”

Mav Pic Welcome Week

Game on

Action at the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball Black-and-White intrasquad game was part of Welcome Week as the fall semester got under way last week. The Black team won the scrimmage Thursday at the Maverick Activities Center.


Laptop encryption due by Friday

All UT Arlington laptop computers must be encrypted by Friday, Aug. 31, according to a directive from the UT System. Answers to frequently asked questions explain the necessity of the process.

To have your laptop encrypted, you may drop it off at the Office of Information Technology lab in Room 231 of Nedderman Hall. Drop-off hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Normal processing time is 24 hours. Contact the OIT Help Desk if alternate drop-off and pickup arrangements are necessary.

If you have questions regarding this directive, contact Maurice Leatherbury, vice president for information technology, at, or 2-5602.

Dining Services locations extend hours

Dining Services has extended hours for two of its locations on campus.

Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Fine Arts Building now will be open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Fridays.

New hours for the Connection Café in the E.H. Hereford University Center are online.

Parking permits available online

Order a 2012-13 parking permit online through MyMav. Click on the Main Menu drop-down menu on the upper left, then Self Service, then Parking Request.

For more information, call the Parking Office at 2-3907.

Renew your Campus Rec membership

Stay fit this semester with a Campus Recreation membership using payroll deduction.

Current memberships expire Friday, Aug. 31. Visit the services and information desk at the Maverick Activities Center to renew or sign up.

For more information, see Campus Recreation.

Benefit Yourself

Professionalism in the Workplace

Identify and develop skills needed for projecting and maintaining professional work relationships, a winning attitude, and confidence in the workplace. Free. Register. 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a list of HR training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 205, Health Services Center. Health Services.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Monday, Aug. 27-Friday, Aug. 31

Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Donor Program Donate blood to the Carter BloodCare center or register to become a possible bone marrow donor. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Thursday, and Friday: Library Mall and University Center Mall; Tuesday and Wednesday: Library Mall and Maverick Activities Center. UTA Volunteers, University Events.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Hope Andrade

Encouraging Youth Participation in Elections Texas Secretary of State Esperanza "Hope" Andrade, right, is guest speaker for this event. $25. 12:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. League of Women Voters-Arlington Area, Women's and Gender Studies.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Reforming STEM Education in the U.S. Engineering students Andrew Maddox and Joshua Sidin have created a mentoring/tutoring program they believe will stop the downward trend in math and science education in the United States. Helping high school students gain early successes in math and science subjects should increase interests in pursuing STEM-related degrees and careers. Free. Light breakfast provided. For reservations contact Roger Tuttle, 817-924-1850 or College of Engineering.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)

Going Out

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Volleyball Mavericks vs. North Texas. First 50 fans receive a "Beat UNT" T-shirt, sponsored by the UTA Bookstore. Come early and meet the UT Arlington men's basketball team on the concourse. Tickets $6. 6 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

Cookout 2011

Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day Learn what UT Arlington's student organizations and campus departments have to offer and enjoy a $3 hamburger or vegetarian lunch. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Center mall. Campus Recreation, Student Governance and Organizations.

Thursday, Aug. 30

Health Services Open House Free health screenings and free hot dog lunch. Enter to win a Kindle Fire, gift cards, and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Health Services Center.

Rainbow Reception Kickoff event for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally Program. Remarks by David Mack Henderson ('89 BM), founder of the first university-sanctioned LGBT student organization in Texas. Free refreshments, giveaways, door prizes. Free. 6-7 p.m., Palo Pinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program, Multicultural Affairs, Division of Student Affairs.

Coming up

Toby Mac

Passion Pit An American electropop band. Four of the five band members attended Berklee College in Boston. Tickets $21.50-$29.50. 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, College Park Center, 2-9595.

Toby Mac Christian recording artist Toby Mac, right, with special guests Chris August and Jamie Grace, along with the Diverse City Band. Tickets $15-$40. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, College Park Center, 2-9595.


Texas Rangers Baseball Get tickets for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password MAVS12 for designated games through Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Gallery 76102: Power Grid Greg Bahr and Josh Fletcher offer critical scrutiny of power structures in their art exhibit. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Gallery 76012. Through Saturday, Sept. 29. Fort Worth Center.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Jan. 5, 2013. Special Collections.

Planetarium For seven months in the Arctic Circle, crews captured timelapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high-resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses. The results are spectacular in Experience the Aurora, which opens the fall season at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. Also, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Planetarium.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)



Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

Published by University Communications. Photography, video, design, and online services provided by the Department of Communications and Marketing.

© 2012 The University of Texas at Arlington


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