For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Engineering Commencement

August commencement ceremonies to be discontinued

Starting in 2010 UT Arlington will discontinue its August commencement ceremonies and will move to two commencement seasons per year—in December and May.

This decision will have no impact on a student's ability to complete all academic coursework in August and earn a degree. All students who complete their degree requirements in August will be invited to participate in December commencement ceremonies.

The decision to eliminate August commencement ceremonies was based on several factors. Overall, participation in August ceremonies is low. Of the total number of students completing their degree requirements in August, many choose not to participate in the summer commencement. Of those that do, many register to attend but then are a "no show" to their ceremony as are their ticketed guests. Under those circumstances, it is impossible to deliver the same level of quality for the commencement ceremonies scheduled in August as it is for those held in May and December.

By eliminating August commencement ceremonies, the May and December commencement experience can be further enhanced for students, their families and guests. The resources used to implement August commencement—including staff, facilities, record-keeping and programming—are the same resources engaged in gearing up for the start of the academic year. With enrollment on the rise at UT Arlington, a fixed number of resources, and without an August ceremony, those University resources can be fully engaged in welcoming a new class of students to campus.

For more information, visit

Get a 'Fresh Start' from tobacco

Tobacco program provides 'fresh start'

UT Arlington is now offering tobacco cessation education classes that are free for all students, faculty and staff.

The Fresh Start from Tobacco program consists of a series of four classes designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use.

Facilitated by Health Services, the four one-hour educational sessions will address tobacco addiction and cessation topics. These classes will cover addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions.

In addition, all participants are eligible for a limited supply of nicotine replacement therapy patches and gum.

Student classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the first and third week of each month. For location and to register for classes, contact Health Services at 817-272-2771. You must register for all four sessions separately.

The session schedule is:


Understanding Addiction

11:30 a.m.

Steps to Quitting

3 p.m.


How to Cope

10:30 a.m.

There Is Help

3 p.m.

For more information, see tobacco-free.

Hop the UT Arlington shuttle and other campus parking tips

Demand for parking on campus is at an all-time high. Popular student lots can become congested during peak class times, particularly from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. But spaces remain open throughout the day at several exterior lots. With a little extra flexibility and planning, students can avoid the frustration of finding a parking spot during peak periods—and save money on their parking decals in the process.

Learn eight tips to navigate campus parking.

Hand sanitizer stations added on campus

A total of 60 hand sanitizer stations have been placed in strategic locations on campus by the Office of Facilities Management. Bottles of hand sanitizer with "leashes" are available upon request to hand out for small meeting groups from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Attach these to a key chain or bag for convenience. Don't throw the individual bottles away when empty; refill them from a larger bottle of hand sanitizer.

  Fresh Pix Marco Villanueva

Million at the MAC

Marco Villanueva, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering, became the one millionth customer to enter the Maverick Activities Center last Tuesday night at 7:31 p.m. He received a $500 gift card to the UT Arlington Bookstore and a bag full of Maverick apparel. The MAC has been open since September 2007.

Signs around campus promote hand washing and use of hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available. Washing hands with soap and water is the best preventive measure to the spread of disease.

For information, call the EHS office at 817-272-2185 or e-mail

Flu season update

  • Seasonal flu shots are available through Health Services for $15. A vaccine for the H1N1 influenza is not available at Health Services at this time.

  • Do not go to work or class when you are ill or running a fever.

  • Anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, including a high fever, is encouraged to see a physician as soon as possible. Contact Health Services at 817-272-2771 or go to

  • Students who are sick and who live on campus and purchased a meal plan can have meals delivered to them. Call 817-272-9444 for more information.

Tickets still available for Morris Dees lecture

Morris Dees

Morris Dees, founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, will be the featured speaker for the Diversity Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. The event is free, but tickets are required.

A legendary civil rights attorney, Dees founded the center in 1971, starting a legal career dedicated to suing hate groups including the Ku Klux Klan, White Aryan Resistance and Aryan Nations, and pursuing controversial cases.

A book signing will follow the lecture. Sponsors are the Office of the President, Multicultural Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs.

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Audio version of 'Deep Economy' available

Recorded copies of the OneBook reading selection, "Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future" by Bill McKibben, are available for students with disabilities.

  Fresh Pix Dean Karl Petruso and students

Best and brightest

Dean Karl Petruso (center) welcomes students at the Honors College Scholarship and Induction Ceremony. Freshmen receiving the Honors Distinction Scholarship are, from left, Theodore de Freitas, music; Zach Hughes, electrical engineering; Holly Lane, industrial engineering; and Jordan Benson, biochemistry.

The non-profit group Reading Resource has provided 15 recorded copies of the book to UT Arlington. The recordings are not available for the general public.

The books will be distributed on campus by the Office for Students with Disabilities. Contact the office at 817-272-3364 or

Screenings offered for
Mind/Emotion Wellness Day

Information and screenings are available to students for Mind/Emotion Wellness Day 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Screenings available include those for stress, anxiety, depression, eating and sleeping problems, ADHD, alcohol and relationship concerns. The free program is sponsored by Counseling Services and Mental Health Services.

Maroon 5 tickets still available

Balcony tickets are still available for Grammy Award-winning recording group Maroon 5's appearance Friday, Nov. 20, at Texas Hall. The event is part of the Fall Concert Series sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, University Events and EXCEL Campus Activities.

Tickets are $15 for students. Students must present ID and are allowed a maximum of four tickets. Tickets are at

For more information, and for special accommodations, contact University Events at 817-272-9234.

Sustainability featured in Focus on Faculty lecture

Jeff Howard, assistant professor of urban and public affairs, will discuss the issues of climate change and other global environmental problems at noon Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library for the Focus on Faculty series.

Dr. Howard received the UT Arlington Service Learning Award in 2009 and was a founding co-chair of the President's Sustainability Committee, where he continues to serve. His efforts heightened awareness of our institutional responsibility to preserve the environment and support a sustainable economy.

The program is free. A reception will follow.

Check List

Monday, Oct. 12

Deadline to submit Study Abroad Applications for spring 2010 programs

MyMav will be down Oct. 23-25

Students and academic advisers will not have access to MyMav Oct. 23-25 due to a scheduled upgrade. Schedule of classes and student or financial records that may be needed to plan for the next term will be unavailable during this time.

Most advising offices across campus will not be accepting advising appointments on Friday, Oct. 23 and will be severely limited in their ability to help students. Advisers will not be able to clear advising holds, access the schedule of classes, give class permissions or drop students from classes. Students who have registration dates early in the week of Oct. 26 are encouraged to meet with their advisers prior to Oct. 23.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Happy Birthday, UT Arlington

1914 Arlington Training School basketball team

The A team: The 1914-15 basketball team at Arlington Training School was a small team of mavericks.

Celebrate Founder's Day and UT Arlington's 114th birthday with free cake and punch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, on the Central Library mall. Sign the giant birthday card while you're there. The Student Alumni Association sponsors the party.

Arlington College was established in 1895 when Edward Emmett Rankin, an Arlington civic leader, sought to improve quality education in the rural town. Lee M. Hammond and William M. Trimble were the founding co-principals of the institution. The school changed through the years to Carlisle Military Academy (1902-1913), Arlington Training School (1913-1916), Arlington Military Academy (1916-1917), Grubbs Vocational College (1917-1923), North Texas Agricultural College (1923-1949) and Arlington State College (1949-1967). The school became The University of Texas at Arlington in 1967.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

One Mic Stand Comedy Paul Varghese Paul Varghese includes a number of observations about being Indian, while also exploring an array of topics and issues outside that realm. He was named the "Best Stand-up Comic in Dallas" in 2007 by the Dallas Observer. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Student Alumni T-shirt Day Wear your Student Alumni T-shirt and watch for the prize patrol on campus.

Go Yellow for Our Troops Candlelight Vigil The candlelight vigil honors armed forces personnel with a march of silence with flameless candles. Veterans and staff members will speak. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Free. 8 p.m. March from E.H. Hereford University Center mall to Central Library mall.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Opening Reception for Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Featured artists are Marianna Alfaro, Lucille Oppermann, Gloria Sepp, Dolly Valdez and Soon Warren. The exhibition runs through Dec. 22. Free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

29th Annual Bed Races Rescheduled for this week, the Bed Races are one of the oldest traditions on campus. Awards will be given for the fastest times, most creative costume and team wearing costumes showing the most school spirit. The races are sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation. Participants can take part in a pillow fight, field goal kicking contest, bungee and mechanical bull riding. See more on Bed Races. Free admission. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium.

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert The first concert of the 2009-10 season features the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, conducted by Douglas Stotter and Matthew Luttrell. The program includes band classics and two new works for winds. $3 students. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Room 105, Fine Arts Building.

Through Oct. 10

Art Exhibition: Geometry in Reflection Two internationally recognized artists, Tommy Fitzpatrick and Margo Sawyer, address architectonic forms and color relationships through their work. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Patricia Healy, 817-272-5658,

Monday, Oct. 12

UTA/Jim Reeves Competitors Challenge Golf Sign up at for the 15th annual tournament. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. Team and individual registration available. Waterchase Golf Club, Fort Worth.

2nd Annual Latino Soul Night Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Rio Grande A, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2099,

Jeremy Samolesky Guest Piano Recital Jeremy Samolesky of Auburn University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Tuesday, October 13

National Night Out Join in for a crime-free campus, food, prizes and entertainment. Free, 6 p.m. mall, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-3902,

Music Honors Recital Music faculty members and outstanding students perform in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

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

Learn More

Tuesday, Oct. 6

TechnoScholar: It's a Google World, We Just Live in It Discover the depths of Google Book's contents and learn ways to effectively use Google Scholar to uncover academic articles. Free. 3 p.m., Room B20, Central Library.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

TechnoScholar: Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver Learn the basics of what HTML is and how it works. Registration required. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ransom Hall.

Arlington Archosaurs Derek Main, lecturer in the College of Science and director of the "dino dig" in north Arlington, will present an overview of the project and its startling discoveries. A light breakfast provided. Reservations required. Members free, others $5. 7 a.m., Room 610, Nedderman Hall.

27th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture Stephen Bardo, ESPN color analyst for college basketball, will speak on "Transferring Leadership off the Court." A four-year starting point guard for the University of Illinois basketball team, he led the Illini to the 1989 Final Four. Free. Noon, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Condition Monitoring of Electric Machines Thomas Habetler, professor of electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, will discuss recent advances in electric machine protection and condition monitoring, switching converter technology and drives as it relates to hybrid and all-electric vehicles. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Ladies RAD Self-Defense Course Self-defense course for female students, faculty and staff. Register online at and scroll down to crime prevention. Free. 8 a.m. Maverick Activities Center. 817-272-3902,

TechnoScholar: Word for Dissertations Learn how to use advanced features in Word 2007 to write longer documents that will make meeting the Graduate School formatting requirements less arduous. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 211A, Ransom Hall.

Graduate Business Information Forum This forum is an excellent way to learn about the master's of business administration program. Free. 10 a.m., Room 147, Business Building. 817-272-3005,,

Tuesday, October 13

TechnoScholar: Demystifying the Search for Scholarly Impact Learn to assess the relevance of a journal in your field for article submission as well as who is citing your work and what your impact factor is. Free. 2 p.m., Room B20, Central Library.

Sports Notes
Michael Choice

Catch this: Outfielder Michael Choice hit .413 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 2009 with the Mavericks.


Choice selected for collegiate podcast recently developed a new look to its Web site and featured UT Arlington's Michael Choice as the first podcast. Choice, a junior centerfielder, discusses his experiences with Team USA over the summer and talks about his current Mavericks team along with teammate Rett Varner and head coach Darin Thomas.

To listen to Choice's podcast interview, see where you can link to the interview under College Baseball News or Podcast.

Volleyballers lose two, go back on the road

After opening Southland Conference play with two wins, the Mavericks suffered two losses on the road last week, falling to Lamar and Sam Houston State.

The Mavericks will play at Texas State on Friday before returning home Wednesday, Oct. 14, to take on Northwestern State.

Netters competing in All-American Tournament

Men's and women's tennis teams are competing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Tournament this week. Pre-qualifying matches for the men began Saturday and will start for the women today.

The men's tournament is in Tulsa, Okla., and the women's tournament is in Los Angeles. Competition continues through Saturday, Oct. 11.

In Quotes

New GI Bill helps student vets
reach goals

Proposition 4 would boost universities

Air-quality tests raise questions

"I saw a lot of combat, and the nursing program was just up my alley. I wanted to be a part of putting people back together."

"Within the next 10 to 15 years, North Texas can have two or even three national research universities."

"I think this does merit some more investigation."

– Nursing student and veteran Rhyn Fernie on the tuition benefits of the Post 9-11 GI Bill. He has since been called up for a sixth tour of duty, this time in Afghanistan.
WFAA Channel 8

– President James D. Spaniolo, commenting on how Proposition 4 would affect state universities.
The Dallas Morning News

– Dr. Melanie Sattler, a civil engineering assistant professor and air-quality expert, commenting on how gas wells affect air quality.


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