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

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Commencement 2012

Class of '13 sets new record; 4,500 to receive degrees

UT Arlington will confer more than 4,500 degrees this spring, a 14 percent increase compared with the spring 2012 semester, during Commencement Week 2013.

A schedule of Commencement Week activities is available online. Commencement ceremonies are Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12, at College Park Center.

Graduation Celebration starts the weekend with a free festival of fireworks and remarks by actor, producer, and former White House aide Kal Penn at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Graduates, their families and friends, and supporters are encouraged to attend along with faculty, staff, and alumni.

The University’s outdoor, end-of-the-year celebration is open to the public. Also on the Friday evening program are President James D. Spaniolo and Rene Grimes, a graduate student from the College of Education and Health Professions, who will speak on behalf of the Class of 2013.

Read more about Graduation Celebration.

If rain arrives, Graduation Celebration moves to College Park Center

If the National Weather Service's prediction of rain and thunderstorms comes true, Graduation Celebration will move to College Park Center.

The University will decide by noon Friday if the event will move indoors. Students, faculty, and staff will be notified by email with TrailBlazer EXTRA and MavWire EXTRA editions. Look for signage at the Levitt Pavilion and College Park Center, also.

Dining options still available for rest of May

Classes may end, but meals continue on campus during and after final exams. Locations and closing times are:

Thursday, May 9—POD Express in ERB, noon; Central Library Cafe, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Market at the MAC, 3 p.m.; Plaza Food Court, 5 p.m.

Friday, May 10—Central Library Cafe, Einstein Bros. Bagels, 1 p.m.; Market at the MAC, Plaza Food Court, Starbucks, 3 p.m.; POD Market, 5 p.m.; Connection Cafe, 7 p.m.

The Noodle House is closed starting Wednesday. Unless noted, other locations are open for their regular hours.

After this week, the University Club in Davis Hall will be closed for three weeks until Monday, June 3. Summer hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

For summer intersession, or Maymester, May 13-31, P.O.D. Market is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

During Memorial Day weekend and Special Olympics Texas, the Connection Cafe is open 6-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, and 6-8 a.m. only Sunday, May 26.

Mav Pic Faculty/Staff Softball Game 2013

Contact sport

Dan Moore leans into a hit during the championship faculty-staff softball game Wednesday evening. The intramural match pitted the Heavy Metals against the Big Mac Little Fries. Moore is associate director of academic integrity in the Division of Student Affairs.


Library renovations close sixth floor

The sixth floor of the Central Library will close for renovations Monday, May 13-Friday, Aug. 2. The floor will be inaccessible during construction time.

During construction, the administration staff will move to Suite 516.

Special Collections will close Friday, May 10. The Special Collections staff will relocate to various parts of the library. Exhibits and other materials will not be available during this time.

The Center for Southwestern Studies will move to the History Department in University Hall.

Library staff will use Study Room 414A, which will not be available for the summer.

Sign up now to be part of New Maverick Orientation Involvement Fairs

New Maverick Orientation Involvement Fairs let incoming freshmen and transfer students know about the resources and opportunities on campus, such as your department or organization.

Register by Friday, May 10. Separate forms are needed for freshman and transfer fairs and one form per department or organization.

Get in shape for Blazing Race on May 15

Step up to the challenge of the Blazing Race by joining UT Arlington's faculty and staff at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, and receive credit in the UT System Physical Activity Challenge.

Participants can walk or run either a low- or high-impact campus adventure course. The UT Arlington Wellness Committee hosts the free event.

Find details and registration information online or email

Steam outage planned May 13-15

The Thermal Energy Plant will shut down steam service to the campus Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15, to complete annual inspection and repairs.

Buildings served by the plant will be without hot water and steam during that time but will still have electrical power, air conditioning, and cold water service.

For information on buildings or equipment affected by the outage, contact Nick Schroeder in the Office of Facilities Management at or 2-9075.

Benefit Yourself

OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Seminar

Learn the best practices to prevent workplace violence and strategies to protect yourself and fellow coworkers when there is an active shooter. Register. Free. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Online webcast available. Web participants will be sent login information prior to the start of the seminar. Enterprise Development.

Upgrade from XP to Windows 7

OIT is offering upgrades to Windows 7 for all Windows XP machines to prepare for Microsoft ending support and security patching of Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The goal is to upgrade to Windows 7 by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of operating system security. Contact to schedule your upgrade.


Postcards from the Future: A Woman's Guide to Financially Ever After

Learn what you can do to make your retirement dream come true on schedule, from identifying your retirement vision and how much you'll need and when to the difference between 403(b), IRAs, and annuities and which work best for you. Door prizes, refreshments. Register. Free. 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Door prizes and refreshments. Human Resources, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association–College Retirement Equities Fund.

New program to simplify account creation, deactivation

Beginning Monday, May 20, NetIDs, email addresses, and network share access will automatically be created and deactivated based upon updates made to the employee's or student's records. Learn how the automation process will impact email addresses, NetIDs, and network shares (J and K drives) on the Office of Information Technology website.

New policy in Handbook of Operating Procedures

HOP ADM 5-404 Service Center Establishment and Maintenance provides a mechanism to manage and monitor service centers. Questions concerning this policy should be directed to Kim Green, director of grant accounting, at or 2-9128.

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.

Sports Notes
Winning stretch

Winning stretch: Freshman infielder Darien McLemore lunges for the ball during a recent game at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks rank third in fielding in the Western Athletic Conference.


Mavs drop series to DBU; tied for second in WAC

UT Arlington dropped the finale of a three-game Western Athletic Conference baseball series to Dallas Baptist 5-2 Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks lost the final two games after taking Friday's series opener. UT Arlington falls to 25-23 overall and is tied for second in the WAC at 13-8.

The Mavericks return to the diamond Friday, May 10, against Texas State, tied for second with the Mavs, in the last WAC home series of the season.

Mavs win series, clinch WAC Tournament spot

The UT Arlington softball team clinched a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament after winning its series against the UTSA Roadrunners, two games to one. The Mavericks finished in a tie for sixth with Seattle, but earned the tournament berth via the tiebreaker.

The team took on No. 3 seed Louisiana Tech on Wednesday in Ruston, La. Check the WAC Softball Championship bracket for results.

McConnell headed to Arkansas for NCAAs

UT Arlington senior and Western Athletic Conference champion Paul McConnell is competing in the 2013 NCAA Fayetteville Regional Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

The NCAA finals are May 28-June 2, at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.

WAC track and field championships continue at Maverick Stadium

The 2013 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue at Maverick Stadium after starting Wednesday.

Admission is free Thursday. Competition begins at 10 a.m. and ends in the mid-afternoon.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 18 and under each day Friday and Saturday. Students are admitted free with a current student ID.

On Friday, the first field event begins at 11 a.m., while the running events start at 4 p.m. Saturday's field competitions also kick off at 11 a.m., while the finals of the running events are slated to begin at 5 p.m.

Read more about the WAC track and field championships results.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, May 9

WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Mavericks host men’s and women’s teams from the Western Athletic Conference. Free Thursday. $10 each day Friday and Saturday. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., through Saturday, May 11, Maverick Stadium. Western Athletic Conference.

Friday, May 10

Graduation Celebration Actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn gives the keynote address. Live music, free food. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, Founder’s Square, 100 W. Abram St. Graduation Celebration.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $6. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Athletics.

Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12

Commencement Degree candidates are presented in seven ceremonies. See Commencement schedule. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. College Park Center.

Coming up

The Blazing Race Compete in a fun wellness program. Registration. Wednesday, May 15. Staff Advisory Council.

BFA Exhibit

WAC Baseball Tournament Top eight teams from the Western Athletic Conference compete for an NCAA Tournament berth. $12 each day or $30 for tournament pass. Games at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, May 22-25, championship 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie. Western Athletic Conference.

Kansas An American progressive rock band, Kansas is celebrating its 40th anniversary with this year’s concert tour. Tickets $29, $35, $50. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 1, College Park Center.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Recent work created by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. At right is a work by Katie Stroer. Through Saturday, May 11. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

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



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