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

Monday, August 26, 2013

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Growth chart: UT Arlington ranks seventh in a list of fastest-growing public research universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

UT Arlington among fastest-growing public research universities in nation

The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked UT Arlington seventh on its 2013 list of fastest-growing public research universities, noting a 58 percent increase in enrollment from fall 2001 to fall 2011.

Enrollment at UT Arlington increased from about 21,000 in 2001 to more than 33,000 students in fall 2011. The University ranked highest among University of Texas System institutions on the new list.

“National rankings such as this highlight the fact that more students than ever choose to pursue their academic dreams at UT Arlington,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “They are enhancing our reputation on a global scale, and they are propelling our University to new heights in research and scholarship.”

Other fast-growing universities include City University of New York Graduate Center, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, and Arizona State University. UT San Antonio and UT Dallas also were in the top 20 on the Chronicle’s growth list.

Disability Studies minor

Inclusive study: More than 650 UT Arlington students on campus register as having some type of disability.

College of Liberal Arts launches new Disability Studies minor

UT Arlington will help students explore both the experiences of people with disabilities and how ideas about disability and ability shape politics, culture, economics, and social interactions as it launches a new disability studies minor.

The College of Liberal Arts’ Department of History developed the interdisciplinary program to meet the interest among students preparing for a variety of graduate programs and for careers in law, education, public health, nursing, architecture, urban planning, and social work.

“We have more than 650 students on campus who are registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities as having some type of disability," says Sarah Rose, director of the Minor in Disability Studies Program and assistant professor of history. "Hundreds of others don’t even need to register because the campus is so accessible."

The minor will require 18 semester hours of courses from the colleges of Liberal Arts, Business, Education and Health Professions, and the schools of Architecture and Social Work. Core and elective courses include: Art and Disability, Design Thinking Innovations Practice, History of Madness and Mental Illness, Gender and Disability, Adapted Physical Education and Sport, Medical Anthropology, Diversity in Organizations, and History of Disability.

UT Arlington will be the second degree-granting program in the region and the only one in Texas to offer a disability studies degree.

For more information, visit the Disability Studies website or contact Rose at


Maverick Speaker Series tickets available for Jose Vargas lecture

Tickets are available today to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas in the Maverick Speakers Series.

His topic is "Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Texas Hall.

For more than a decade, Vargas has written for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. He earned a Pulitzer Prize for his work as part of a team covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. Born in the Philippines, he revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay for New York Times Magazine. Today he runs Define American, a nonprofit that focuses on immigration issues.

The evening features question-and-answer and autograph sessions.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets may be obtained at

Mav Tube Welcome Week slideshow 1Video Extra

Making a splash

Seth Ressl, director of Student Activities, prepares for his fate in the dunking booth at the Wet n Wild event Thursday at the outdoor pool. During Welcome Week, students met new friends, cheered, shopped, splashed, and learned a few new things. The good times set a positive tone for the academic year. See more photos and the video.


The MAX offers free rides in August

Enjoy a free ride on the Metro Arlington Xpress—The MAX—through Friday, Aug. 30. Free passes, one per person, are available 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 5-8 p.m. Sundays at the Information Desk in the E.H. Hereford University Center and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. in the One Start Information Center on the second floor of City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.

Passes are good on The MAX, Trinity Railway Express, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA). After August, faculty and staff can ride The MAX and all connecting trains and buses for $5. Weekly and monthly passes are available.

Discounted fares are available for seniors and people with disabilities with a TRE-issued photo ID. The ID cards are available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Or obtain one at The T’s information kiosk at the Intermodal Transportation Center at 1001 Jones St., near the Fort Worth Center, or at The T’s administration office, 1600 E. Lancaster Ave.

Stay connected with free Wi-Fi during your ride.

The new MAX bus stop is on the southwest corner of Center Street and UTA Boulevard in the College Park District. The MAX runs 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays between the College Park District and the CentrePort Station.

See more details at and the RideTheMax Facebook page.


Pride, prizes featured at Friday sunrise pep rally

Join the MavBrass Band, spirit squads, Wranglers, and Blaze for a loud and proud, on-air, sunrise pep rally when WBAP News/Talk 820 AM/96.7 FM broadcasts its morning show live Friday, Aug. 30, from the College Park District.

The pep rally starts at 7 a.m. on Moritz Plaza in front of College Park Center. WBAP will broadcast 5-9 a.m., and UTA Radio is planning a concurrent live broadcast.

WBAP’s morning team will give away prizes, including concert tickets, DVDs, and more.

The pep rally is sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, College Town UTA, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Community Partner Breakfast connects faculty, staff with nonprofits

The Center for Community Service Learning hosts its fall Community Partner Breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Faculty and staff can meet nonprofit directors interested in collaborative projects at the breakfast. Many faculty have begun incorporating community service and service learning as a result of these breakfast events.

Keynote speaker is Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.

Register online by Tuesday, Sept. 17. For questions, call 2-2124 or email

CP Parking Garage

College Park District garages offer covered spaces, free with campus parking permit

The best kept parking secrets on campus are the College Park District garages.

Covered spaces close to the east campus buildings are free with your UT Arlington parking permit. Whether going to class or visiting one of the College Park District restaurants, the shaded spots pay off with a cool car when you return.

The entrance to Park North is on UTA Boulevard between Spaniolo Drive and Center Street. Enter Park Central and Park South from Center Street.

Volunteers important to Job Fair success

The Career Center needs your help to make the Fall Job Fair a success. The fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Choose a one-hour shift or more than one shift 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean up, carrying employer cases, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables. Register to volunteer by Friday, Sept. 13.

For questions, call 2-2932 or email

  Mav Pic Ask Me Days

We've got answers

Bonnie Rodriguez, right, administrative assistant in Student Affairs, volunteered to answer questions from students like Joshua Adams, mechanical engineering freshman, for Ask Me Days last week. The UTA Ambassadors sponsors Ask Me Days to answer students' questions and distribute campus maps at tents across campus.

Mediation training offered

Become part of part of the University’s volunteer mediator pool with a free mediation training program offered by the Division of Student Affairs.

This 40-hour training is an alternative dispute-resolution course sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. Participants will engage in 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of role play over a 10-week period and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. Participants may receive continuing education credit for completing this course.

Training is free to UT Arlington faculty and staff members who commit to conducting five student mediations over the next 24 months.

The course is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Sep. 13-Nov. 15. Register by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Learn more about mediation training.

MAC, Campus Rec programs offered free for two weeks

See what Campus Recreation has to offer during the two-week MAC Extravaganza, which runs through Thursday, Sept. 5.

Faculty and staff can try out programs and services offered by Campus Recreation and the Maverick Activities Center for free. Enjoy access to group exercise classes, MAC tours, massages, sport club fairs, and more.

Summer locker rentals have been extended until Tuesday, Sept. 3. Lockers must be renewed or cleared out by Thursday, Sept. 5. New lockers will be available Monday, Sept. 9.

For more information on the programs and services offered through Campus Recreation, visit or email us at


Update your contact information for MavAlert system

The next system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

During the Wednesday test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “Attention: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. Update your emergency contact information at”

The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

UTA Bookstore open late

The UTA Bookstore will stay open late to accommodate early semester shoppers.

Closing times for the fall semester rush are 9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 26-27; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. The Bookstore opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays.

Regular hours, which return Thursday, Aug. 29, are 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

Windows XP computers need update

Upgrades for Windows 7 for all Windows XP computers are necessary to prepare for Microsoft ending support and security patching of Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The Office of Information Technology plans to upgrade to Windows 7 by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of operating system security. Contact to schedule your upgrade.

Campus closed for Labor Day holiday

The UT Arlington campus will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holiday. Plaza Dining in the E.H. Hereford University Center will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday.

Benefit Yourself

Fall Learning and Development course schedule available online

The Office of Human Resources' Learning and Development programs offer a variety of workshops to enhance the professional and personal development of UT Arlington’s faculty and staff. Check the fall learning opportunities to register. To learn more, contact the Jeannie Deakyne, manager of Learning and Development, at or 2-5554.

Take health assessment to receive gift card

It only takes a few minutes to complete a health assessment to earn your $25 gift card. The deadline is Saturday, Aug. 31, to complete your health assessment and have an annual preventive exam. Learn more.

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

Friday, Aug. 30

Statistical Software: IBM SPSS An introduction to the software and related resources, as well as hands-on exercises in descriptive statistics, anova, and regression. Free. Introduction to IBM SPSS, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. OIT Statistical Services,

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Science Speaker Series Luis F. Parada, professor of biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, discusses "New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Research." Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses, College of Science.

Friday, Sept. 6

Statistical Software: Introduction to SAS Learn about Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and analyzing repeated measures using profile, discriminant, and factor analysis, and logistic regression. Free. 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. OIT Statistical Services,

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

Going Out

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Maverick Cookout featuring the Activities Fair Day More than 150 student organizations and campus departments share information. $3 hamburger lunch with vegetarian option available. Register to volunteer as a grill master, soda server, and ticket taker. Free. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Center mall. Welcome Week.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Sports Club Fair Check out the sports clubs offered through Campus Recreation. Free. 4-7 p.m., lobby, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Coming up

Communities Against Crime 5K Join the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. The $20 registration fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments. Register online. See the event on Facebook.

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



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