For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eleanor Khonje, Emily Boren, Jim Lewis, Ricky Irving Jr. and Jeff Hazelrigs

Be heard: Freshman Jeff Hazelrigs, far right, voted for the first time Monday at the on-campus early voting site. The polling location is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Also casting ballots were, from left, Eleanor Khonje, Emily Boren, Jim Lewis and Ricky Irving Jr.

Early voting today on campus

Early voting for the Nov. 3 state constitutional amendment election is available on campus today, Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The polling station, sponsored by Student Congress, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking is available along the 300 block of West First Street.

Voters must be registered in Tarrant County and should present a valid driver's license or voter registration card.

Proposition 4 on the ballot relates to Texas' emerging research universities and their possible Tier One status. If voters approve Proposition 4, the balance of the dormant Higher Education Fund—about $500 million—would be transferred to a new National Research University Fund. Those funds would be available as Texas' seven emerging research universities—including UT Arlington—achieve certain criteria outlined in House Bill 51 and identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Funds would be available Sept. 1, 2011, to qualifying institutions.

Early voting continues through Oct. 30 at other locations. The closest early voting site to campus is the Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse, 700 E. Abram St., and the closest to the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center is the Fort Worth Municipal Building, 1000 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth.

Learn more about UT Arlington's progress toward becoming a major national research university at

More on the Nov. 3 ballot is available through the Texas Secretary of State office. Local election issues are available online for Tarrant County and Dallas County.

UT Arlington Innocence Network

Partners in freedom: Christopher Scott, left, and Claude Simmons pose with Natalie Ellis, the UT Arlington student who helped prove the men were wrongly convicted through the UT Arlington Innocence Network program. Scott and Simmons were released Friday after spending 12 years in prison.

UT Arlington Innocence Network
helps free wrongly convicted men

Tears rolled down the face of Natalie Ellis, a UT Arlington junior, as Judge Robert Burns freed Wayne Simmons and Christopher Scott on Friday in Dallas County Criminal Court No. 1.

Ellis, who works at the UT Arlington Innocence Network, had worked with the two men to help free them. Simmons and Scott were wrongly convicted and spent the last 12 years in prison. They credited the UT Arlington Innocence Network for their exoneration as they were released Friday to a courtroom packed with family and friends.

Students in the program have worked on the cases for more than a year. The double exoneration of Simmons and Scott also is newsworthy in that DNA evidence was not used to free the men.

John Stickels, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice in the College of Liberal Arts, runs the Innocence Network. Students in his class and volunteers work to free people who have been unjustly incarcerated.

Numerous television and radio stations, and newspapers covered the double exoneration, including WFAA Channel 8, The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Architect Bryan Trubey to discuss Cowboys Stadium design

Bryan Trubey

Bryan Trubey, vice president of HKS, Inc., the firm that designed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, will discuss the extraordinary facility as part of the One Book, One Arlington program at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Trubey was named one of the 20 Most Influential People in Sports Facility Design, Architecture and Development by Sports Business Journal. His résumé includes facilities such as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Lone Star Park, American Airlines Center, US Cellular Field and the MLS Pizza Hut Park complex in Frisco. As a principal of the firm with 26 years of experience, he actively participates in all areas of the architectural design process, from programming through all design phases.

School of Architecture Dean Don Gatzke and HKS President H. Ralph Hawkins ('73 BS) will be special guests. HKS is designing the UT Arlington Special Events Center. Presented by the UT Arlington Library, the School of Architecture and the Arlington Public Library, the lecture is free and open to the public.

MyMav has new look and feel

MyMav was upgraded late last week and has a new look and expanded functions to better serve all students. Login through the new portal by clicking the MyMav icon on the top of the UT Arlington homepage.

Emergency Contact screen:

The first screen will be the Emergency Contact information update page. Once a year, MyMav users will be prompted to update their emergency contact information. You may update your information or decline to do so. A current phone number and e-mail address allow you to be notified in case of an emergency or for critical University messages as distributed through the MavAlert warning system.

Biggest changes:

  • Tabs are now links. In the upper left corner of your Student Center, you will see four links: Search, Plan, Enroll and My Academics.

  • Enroll does it all. You now can add, drop, swap or view your class schedule by clicking the Enroll link.

  • Grades has a new location. It is now the sixth option in the dropdown box other academic.

Class Search and Browse Catalog:

The Browse Catalog feature that allows you to search for classes from an alphabetized list has been made part of the Schedule of Classes class search. After you bring up the Schedule of Classes search page, click on the green Select Subject box and an alphabetized listing of course subjects comes up. Scroll through to find your selection.

Set favorites in your MyMav portal:

  • Log in.

  • Under MyLinks (upper left), click on the dropdown box and select Add to My Links.

  • Name the link, such as "Student Services Center."

  • Return to the dropdown menu and select Edit My Links.

  • Highlight the link and click the Edit Link button.

  • When the Edit Link screen appears, select URL address in the first dropdown. Put the name for your favorite in the second dropdown (Name). Add the URL to that screen from within MyMav in the third dropdown.

  • Click Save.


Columnist Ed Wallace highlights Communicators Lecture Series

Columnist Ed Wallace will be the keynote speaker at the Communicators Lecture Series today, Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

  Fresh Pix Freshmen Leaders on Campus

Spirit winners

Freshmen Leaders on Campus claimed the spirit stick at the first Spirit Friday on the University Center mall. Groups were judged on the most spirited apparel, UT Arlington trivia, school fight song and noise level. The next Spirit Friday will be Nov. 20 on the Maverick Activities Center lawn. The event is hosted by the UT Arlington Ambassadors.

Wallace, a Business Week columnist and host of "Wheels with Ed Wallace" on local radio station KLIF, will discuss "Back to the Future of Communication: It Is Not What You Think" at 10 a.m.

The program is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prior to Wallace's lecture, Charla Markham Shaw, chair of the Department of Communication, will deliver opening remarks at 9:30 a.m., followed by a speech by Donald Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs. After Wallace's lecture, there will be a series of panel discussions on communication topics moderated by area communication professionals.

The series is free and open to the public. Call the Communication Department at 817-272-2163 for more information.

Sustainability Shock Shack
provides valuable awareness

"Scary" images resulting from human carelessness and displays of the "good" and "evil" of waste set the tone for the Sustainability Shock Shack, an awareness event planned for 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, on the Central Library mall.

The event aims to increase awareness of global environmental issues and inform about the University's commitment to sustainability via the efforts of the President's Sustainability Committee. Inside the Sustainability Shock Shack, visitors will find information on environmental action, giveaways, candy, door prizes and how to get involved on campus.

  Fresh Pix Boren and family

Fun for the whole family

Snow cones and glow-in-the-dark necklaces added to the fun of Parents and Family Weekend on Friday and Saturday. Students shared the Maverick Spirit with events such as open houses, tours, demonstrations, wheelchair basketball and volleyball games and a barbecue with President James D. Spaniolo. Among the students and families attending were (front row, from left) Theresa Wright, student Caitlin Wright and John Wright, and (back row) student Travis Boren, Ben Boren, Danna Boren, student Emily Boren and student Josh Manns.

Students Kristine Behrhorst, Brandi Foy, Gina Garza and Fabiola Salinas planned the shack as part of a project in Shelley Wigley's public relations campaigns class.

The Sustainability Shock Shack event is free and open to the public.

Thursday forum looks at alcohol's
effect on adult brain

A student town hall forum focuses on the impact of alcohol on the adult brain from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Michael Nerney will provide science-based information and answers to questions from students regarding alcohol use by young adults. Nerney has served as a consultant to a number of federal and state agencies, including the federal Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Submit questions anonymously in writing at the forum or by e-mail to

Lunch is provided for registered students. The lecture and lunch are free. Contact Dede Patton at 817-336-6617 or for reservations.

Campus network upgrade notice

The Office of Information Technology will be conducting maintenance on the network between UT Arlington and the outside world such as Internet, Internet2 and National Lambda Rail from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 30. Any outage caused by this maintenance activity should last between five and 10 minutes.

Check List

Oct. 27

Registration under way for winter intersession and spring 2010

Oct. 30

Last day to drop classes

Scholarships available for teacher certification

The College of Education and Health Professions and the College of Science offer the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce scholarships to students interested in pursuing high school chemistry, physics or mathematics teacher certification. These tuition scholarships offer a total of $10,000 per year.

The scholarship is for juniors, seniors or graduate students pursuing math, chemistry or physics teacher certifications. Recipients are mentored by experienced teachers during and after the program, and they will teach for two years in a high-need school district, such as Arlington, Irving, Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie, Dallas or Fort Worth.

Learn more at or by calling 817-272-2832 or 817-272-3807.

Registration started for spring, winter intersession

Spring and winter intersession registration has begun, so check those class schedules. Go to your MyMav portal page at to determine if you need to see an adviser. Log in and then click Student Center. Find the section on the right called Holds, then click Detail link for specifics on your holds. If your academic department requires that you be advised, you will see an academic department service indicator (DEP hold).

A list of advising offices and the registration timetable for winter intersession and spring 2010 are online.

Friday is the drop date deadline

The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. After this date, students may not drop a course except with special permission. All students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit to drop one or more courses or to withdraw (resign) from all courses.

A list of advising offices is online.

Impact of dropping

  • Freshmen and sophomores: Undergraduate students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 or after are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. Learn more about the state law on dropped classes.

  • Financial aid recipients: Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to see how dropping will affect their financial aid package. For details, call 817-272-3561 or go to Room 252 in Davis Hall. Federal regulations are outlined online.

Grade exclusion request site closes after drop date

Grade exclusion requests submitted online will be processed by 5 p.m. on the last drop day—Friday, Oct. 30—as part of the grading and academic standing process for the fall 2009 term. The grade exclusion site will be unavailable Oct. 31 through Jan. 19, 2010. It will re-open on the first day of classes for the spring term and be available through last drop date. For a grade to be excluded, students must be registered at UT Arlington on the census date for the term in which their grade exclusion request is processed.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Get in the Halloween spirit with Spooky Skies

Spooky Skies

Get in the Halloween mood this week with Spooky Skies at the Planetarium.

Does the night sky of Halloween ever give you chills? Experience ghostly nebulae, vampiric black holes, and witchy variable stars in this Halloween show. View the "scary" side of the universe and compare common Halloween creatures with astronomy. Not intended for children younger than sixth grade.

Spooky Skies will show at these witching hours:

Thursday, Oct. 29

5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 30

2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31

1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31

7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $2 with student ID. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 817-272-1183 or e-mail

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Art For Charity's Sake Art work for sale at $20 each, including glass, prints, photos, paintings and much more. Proceeds benefit charities within the State Employee Charitable Campaign. Noon, Room 2109, Visual Resources Commons, Fine Arts Building. Soyla Santos, 817-272-0968,

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Mindful Moments Take a break and learn techniques to deal with stress. Free. 12:15 p.m., Room 235, Business Building.

$2 Movie: Twilight 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. 817-272-1183,,

Maverick Club Tipoff Social The Maverick Club will host a season-tipoff social with food, bowling and introductions of the men's and women's basketball and cross country coaches and teams. $5 buffet. 6 p.m., Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Arlington Highlands,

Thursday, Oct. 29

Halloween Casino Night Casino games, costume contest, food, drinks, prizes and more. Free. 8 p.m.-midnight, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-3277.

Friday, Oct. 30

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organics and unique food products provided by local vendors. The open-air market runs Fridays through Dec. 18, except Nov. 27. 9 a.m. to sellout, 215 E. Front St. 817-303-2800,

$2 Movie: Twilight 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. 817-272-1183,,

Saturday, Oct. 31

$2 Movie: Twilight 2:30 p.m., Planetarium. 817-272-1183,,

Jazz at Founders Plaza Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra perform with UT Arlington and AISD students. Child-friendly games, activities, plus slam poetry and tap dancing, are planned. The Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee hosts the event. Free. 3-6 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St.

Monday, Nov. 2

Brass Ensembles Recital Faculty and students perform with various brass instruments. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Volleyball, UT Arlington vs. Texas State 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Free with student ID.

One Mic Stand Comedy Series: Retta The monthly comedy series brings Retta, who shares her stories about family and friends and those not-so-happy people at the fast food chains. Her TV appearances include her Comedy Central special and "Parks & Recreation." Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre. 817-272-2963,

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

Through Nov. 14

Faculty Biennial X This art exhibition showcases recent work created by Department of Art and Art History faculty. The 2009 exhibition features works of more than 30 faculty members in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, video, digital imaging and visual communication. Examples of recent publications are on display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building.

Through Dec. 22

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. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Through Dec. 31

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

UT Arlington Planetarium programs The fall schedule features the latest in technology, Digistar 4. New shows include IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System; Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA; Microcosm: The Adventure Within; and Two Small Pieces of Glass. Returning favorites are Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Seven Wonders, Rock Hall of Fame 1 and the $2 Movie. Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule. Contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or for tickets.

Through Jan. 9

Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

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

Learn More

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Communicators Lecture Series Students can speak and network with communication professionals on Communication Day 2009. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2163.

OneBook: Dallas Cowboys Stadium Architect Brian Trubey of HKS, Inc., Free. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. 817-272-2658.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Sustainability Shock Shack Scary images of human carelessness and the good and evil of waste are displayed. Visitors can find information on environmental action, give-aways, candy, door prizes and how to get involved on campus. Free. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Central Library mall.

American College of Sports Medicine Lecture Mindy Millard-Stafford, president of the American College of Sports Medicine and professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, will discuss "Physiology of Endurance Performance: What Do We Really Know?" Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver See TechnoScholar Workshops. Free. 2 p.m., Ransom Hall.

Effective Use of Charts and Figures in Academic Writing Graduate students can learn what material to present in charts or figures. Bring data to incorporate into charts and figures and your own charts and figures for review and critique. 4:30 p.m., Writer's Studio, Room 411, Central Library. Lisa Berry,

Thursday, Oct. 29

Flying the SR-71 Blackbird Retired Air Force Col. Richard Graham talks about his 756 hours in the SR-71 Blackbird, the world's fastest and highest-flying piloted jet aircraft. Reservations required for lecture and for the 6 p.m. reception with light dinner. Free. 7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Kamesh Subbarao, 817-272-7467,

Friday, Oct. 30

One Community in Multiple Voices Anne Charity Hudley of the College of William and Mary lectures on "One Community in Multiple Voices: Engagement Scholarship in Linguistics and Education." A reception follows in the Physics Conference Room, Physics and Chemistry Building. This is a Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute event. 2 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. Drew Burks,

Professional Poster Design Learn how to present research effectively by developing a professional poster using MS PowerPoint 2007. Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. 4:30 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Fresh Start from Tobacco: Understanding Addiction 11:30 a.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Introduction to Adobe Flash Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. 2 p.m., Ransom Hall.

Fresh Start from Tobacco: Steps to Quitting 3 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Fresh Start from Tobacco: How to Cope 10:30 a.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Fresh Start from Tobacco: There Is Help 3 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Sports Notes
UT Arlington Mavericks

Building blocks: The Mavericks lead the conference, averaging 2.9 blocks per set during SLC play.


Mavericks sweep pair of matches, hit the road this weekend

A pair of victories last week moved UT Arlington into sixth place in the 12-team Southland Conference volleyball standings. The Mavericks improved to 5-0 at home with wins over Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State.

The team will now attempt to do something it hasn't done all season—win on the road. Coach Diane Seymour's club will play at McNeese State Friday night before taking on Stephen F. Austin Saturday afternoon.

UT Arlington seems poised for a post-season tournament appearance with a 5-4 league record one match past the halfway point in the SLC schedule.

The Mavericks have three home matches coming up, entertaining Texas State Nov. 3, Sam Houston State Nov. 7 and Lamar Nov. 9. Students are admitted free with ID. See athletics.

Conference cross country championship
Saturday at Corpus Christi

Women's and men's cross county teams will compete in the Southland Conference championship meet at Corpus Christi Saturday, Oct. 31.

Sophomore Jennifer Carey leads the women's team, finishing as the top runner for the Mavericks in four meets this season. Junior Amanda McMahon also has posted some strong finishes.

For the men, freshman Eric Montou and junior Zach Zura lead the way.


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