For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Logo and identity system get a 'refresh'

The University is updating and refreshing its logo and identity system. The new logo is already being incorporated into a number of high-visibility projects such as recruitment materials, advertisements, major publications and new campus signage.

"As UT Arlington builds momentum to become a national research university, we are examining every aspect of our external visibility and presence," says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications. "The last major redesign of the University's logo and identity system was 3 1/2 years ago. The changes we've made build on that solid foundation and are essentially just tweaks that enhance and strengthen the entire identity system."

University of Texas Arlington logo

The two most visible changes relate to the logo and the supporting logotype. The "A" logo has been streamlined and emboldened, and the embedded beveled star has been accentuated. Additionally, the word "Texas" has taken on more prominence in the logotype, reinforcing UT Arlington's identity as part of the University of Texas brand—a brand readily recognized on a national stage.

University Communications is now in the process of early implementation of the logo and identity system. The plan is to do a soft launch and rollout during the next few months.

"There is no directive or expectation that all areas of the University will achieve full implementation of the new logo and identity system as it becomes available this fall," Lewis says. "We are very mindful of limited resources, and we don't want anyone to incur unnecessary waste. Rather than rush to dispose of materials that feature the previous logo, we ask that everyone use up existing supplies and then incorporate the new logo and identity system as materials are developed or replenished."

Dean Kamen on his iBOT

Like riding a robot: With the iBOT, Dean Kamen invented what he calls "the world's most sophisticated robot" to transport people with mobility impairments.

Famed inventor Kamen kicks off
College of Engineering's 50th anniversary

Whether it's promoting one of his latest inventions or his determined advocacy for science and technology, Dean Kamen embodies what inventor and entrepreneur mean.

College of Engineering 50th Anniversary

Kamen will talk about his life's work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. The speech is free and open to the public and is one of the kickoff events of the College of Engineering's 50th anniversary.

The celebration begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly remodeled Engineering Lab Building at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The renovations include the addition of a third floor and expanded facilities for all engineering departments. Building tours begin at 11:30 a.m.

Kamen may be best known for inventing the Segway, a personal transporter. He also invented the iBOT, a mobility system capable of climbing stairs, and the first insulin pump for diabetics, as well as numerous other medical devices.

He has received many awards in technology, including the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 2000. He also is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.

Make privacy decision by Sept. 9

Students can limit access to the directory information UT Arlington can release at any time. However, the deadline to ensure that your contact information is not listed in the "Maverick Connection" printed student directory is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Restricting any aspect of directory information will restrict all information from being released to any public or external source. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Name will not be included in the Commencement program.

  • E-mail address will not be viewable in the address book by other students on the student e-mail system.

  • Name will not be listed in the University's "Find People" Web application.

  • Name will not be listed in the printed campus directory, "Maverick Connection."

  • Name will not be included in a records request from external entities seeking directory information on students.

FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to student educational records. Details on the FERPA policy and navigation to make your elections are at To make changes to your privacy elections, go to

For information on UT Arlington's anti-spam policy that protects your student email address, go to

Richard Florida

Creative writer: Urban theorist Richard Florida speaks Sept. 25 in Texas Hall.

Maverick Speakers Series enlightens and entertains

The second season of the free Maverick Speakers Series will feature an astronaut, a prominent magazine editor and commentators on politics and law.

Bestselling author and urban theorist Richard Florida kicks off the series at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in Texas Hall as he speaks on "Creative Class Consumption."

Florida wrote the global bestsellers Who's Your City? and The Rise of the Creative Class. He is the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and founder of the Creative Class Group.

Following Florida will be CNN political analyst David Gergen on Oct. 22 and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham on Nov. 16. Astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will speak on Feb. 15. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin concludes the series on March 24.

Jasmine Stewart

Stewart receives national adviser award

Jasmine Stewart ('05), assistant director for alumni and student programs, was recognized as the 2009 Outstanding Adviser at the CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP) National Conference held August 6-8 in Baltimore.

CASE ASAP, a professional organization for student alumni associations, student foundations and ambassador programs, represents more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide, as well as in Mexico and Canada.

The UT Arlington Student Alumni Association also was recognized as the 2009 Most Spirited Student Group. Stewart serves as the group's adviser.

Halliday, author to speak on campus

Ebby Halliday, Dallas real estate legend and the subject of a new biography, and Michael Poss, author of the biography, will speak at a meeting of the Friends of the UT Arlington Library at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

  Fresh Clip UT Arlington marching band at Cowboys Stadium

Marching Band performs
at Dallas Cowboys game

Forget John Philip Sousa. The UT Arlington Marching Band cranked out some funk, rock and jazz twists on true classical sounds at the Dallas Cowboys-San Francisco 49ers game Saturday night at the new Cowboys Stadium. Watch the video of the 153-member band.

Poss' biography, Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate, tells how the 98-year-old businesswoman went from selling hats to selling houses and built a thriving real estate business. Halliday will share some of her secrets of success, while Poss will discuss the book and some of the highlights and challenges of Halliday's life. Copies of the book will be sold after the presentations, and Halliday and Poss will be available for autographs.

The meeting is open to the public at no charge. For questions or to RSVP, contact Betty Wood at 817-272-7421 or

Green ideas worth $10,000

FilterForGood is calling for innovative sustainability ideas from students for its Eco-Challenge 2010 grant program. Five grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to an implement a novel-yet-feasible eco-program idea from a college student.

Proposals are due by Oct. 30 and will be evaluated for creativity (25 percent), benefit to the environment (25 percent), educational impact (25 percent), efficient/effective use of budget (15 percent) and timing feasibility (10 percent). The proposals must be presented with a staff or faculty representative as sponsor. It's an easy submission process online.

Send a message to Mavericks Go Green Facebook group member James Sharp for more information.

  Fresh Pix Movin' Mavs action

Challenging gravity

Isaac Weintraub, an electrical engineering doctoral student, defies gravity on a unicycle at the Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair Wednesday on the University Center mall.

H1N1 flu information posted online

UT Arlington is closely monitoring developments related to the H1N1 influenza virus and asks that members of the University community take precautions to stay healthy heading into the fall flu season. The spread of flu can be slowed through frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer, shielding your coughs and sneezes and staying home when you feel ill. Click here to read updated information about the H1N1 flu virus and what you can do to stay well.

Antivirus software upgrade coming

UT Arlington's Symantec antivirus license expires Sept. 24, and all licensed Symantec antivirus products must be removed from University and personal computers before the expiration date.

The Office of Information Technology is providing Microsoft Forefront Client Security for Windows and ClamXav for Mac OS for use on and off campus by students, faculty and staff. The automatic installation of the Forefront Client Security product for Windows machines began Aug. 31. All Microsoft Windows computers that are members of the UTA domain will automatically be migrated from any Symantec antivirus product to Microsoft Forefront Client Security. Contact the OIT Helpdesk at 817-272-2208 for details.

Students who would like to install the new antivirus product on their personal computer can download the software from the Blazeware site.

Blog server link corrected

The UT Arlington blog server has been upgraded to the latest version of Word Press Multi user. With this new version come many new features, including more themes to choose from and greater security. Last week, TrailBlazer listed an incorrect link. The corrected link will give you information about the upgrade and some of the features.

Check List

Sept. 7

Labor Day Holiday

Sept. 9

Census Date

Check with adviser to drop or withdraw after late registration

To drop or withdraw from classes, students must meet with an academic adviser in their major department. The adviser will require completion of an "Undergraduate Course Drop or Withdrawal Request," which is available in the advising center or office. The request requires signatures from the faculty teaching the course(s) being dropped. Click here for a list of advising offices.

For classes dropped or withdrawn on or before Census Date (Wednesday, Sept. 9), no grade will be recorded on the transcript to reflect the drop. Courses dropped by the Census Date will not be counted toward the six-course drop limit that affect students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later or the excessive-hours tuition laws that affect students who have more than 45 hours in excess of the hours required for a degree plan.

Fall graduation deadline application Sept. 7

The deadline for undergraduate students to apply for graduation for fall is Monday, Sept. 7. While the graduation application may be accepted after this date, the candidate's name will not appear in the program nor will the candidate receive commencement ceremony tickets from the respective college or school. Click here to download the application.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Geometry in Reflection

Lipstick building

An exhibition featuring two internationally recognized artists whose work addresses architectonic forms and color relationships is scheduled from Sept. 4 through Oct. 10 at The Gallery at UT Arlington in the Fine Arts Building. Tommy Fitzpatrick is an Arlington-based artist whose acrylic paintings of urban buildings and their surroundings blur the boundary between photo-realism and abstraction. Margo Sawyer, a professor of sculpture/studio art at UT Austin, uses geometric forms to create sculptural compositions of colorful panels displayed on the walls, floors or suspended from ceilings. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658,

Wednesday, Sept. 2

$2 Movie: Cars 6 p.m., Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. 817-272-1183,

Thursday, Sept. 3

Study Abroad Fall Fiesta/Ambassadors Kickoff Party A pot-luck fiesta welcomes globetrotting Mavericks and new exchange students. Free. 5:30 p.m., Swift Center lawn. Blake Hart, 817-272-1120,

Friday, Sept. 4

$2 Movie: Cars 6 p.m., Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. 817-272-1183,

Saturday, Sept. 5

$2 Movie: Cars 2:30 p.m., Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. 817-272-1183,

Monday, Sept. 7

Labor Day Holiday No classes.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

One Mic Stand: Darren Carter One Mic Stand is a new monthly comedy series that brings up-and-coming comedians to campus in a show free to students. Free. 7:30 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2963,

Now through Sept. 30

Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 The Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit that highlights various disciplines in the glass arts, including glassblowing, kiln-formed glass, flameworking, neon sculpture, stained glass, glass mosaic and cast glass. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Christina Graves, 817-272-5988.


The Planetarium at UT Arlington logo

UT Arlington Planetarium programs The summer schedule will continue through Sept. 27. Shows include Texas Stargazing, Stars of the Pharaohs, Black Holes, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Bad Astronomy, matinees and $2 movies. Check the Planetarium Web site for upcoming shows. Contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or for tickets.

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

Learn More

Sept. 1-3

Carter Blood Drive Be a Maverick, donate blood. One donation can save up to three lives. No appointment is necessary, but bring a photo ID. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., malls, Central Library and E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2963,

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Thesis and Dissertation Preparation This workshop will explain the importance of choosing a mentor and introduce the processes involved in successfully completing the thesis or dissertation. Mentors are advisers, supporters and people with career experience willing to share their knowledge with you during your graduate program. 4 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Lisa Berry, 817-272-0862,

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Volunteers Meeting Join this student group that provides volunteer and community service programs for the campus and the surrounding community. 2:15 p.m., Student Congress Chambers, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2963,

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Dance Ensemble Auditions Routines using ballet, modern and jazz will be taught at the audition. 6 p.m. Dance Studio, Swift Center. Danielle Georgiou, 214-316-9627.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Multicultural Mavericks Kickoff Start the academic year by cultivating a campus community that respects and values commonalities and differences. 7 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Leticia Martinez, 817-272-2099,

Wednesday, Sept. 2

The EPA: Balancing Environmental Interests The College of Engineering and the Arlington Technology Association welcome Richard Greene, former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Greene, an adjunct professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, provides a firsthand examination of the operating philosophies of the EPA and an update on the progress, or lack thereof, in Washington's efforts to craft climate change law and regulation. Light breakfast provided. 7-8 a.m. Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Members, students free. Others $5. Make reservations.

Friday, Sept. 4

Coming of Age of Ultra-strength Materials The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department welcomes Ju Li, associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Li will provide an overview of strength-controlling mechanisms of the ultra-strength materials and highlight their additional features. Free. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Debi Barton, 817-272-2561,

Tuesday, Sept. 8

The Link International Friendship Program Info Session The Link matches UT Arlington international students with an Arlington community member or family. This brief information session is for international students and community members. Free. 6 p.m., Swift Center. 817-272-2355,

Tuesday, Sept. 8

How to Get a Federal Job Take this opportunity to learn from federal agency reps how to get jobs in the many different types of government agencies, as well as how to write a federal résumé. Free. 12:30 p.m. Red River/Concho rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2932,

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

Sports Notes
John Sauerhage

Cross country mentor: John Sauerhage begins his 15th season as head coach for men's and women's cross country and track teams.


Cross country teams open season Saturday at TCU

The men's and women's cross country teams will open the season at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the TCU Cross Country Opener. The men's event will be four miles, and the women will run two miles as North Texas and SMU will join the Mavericks and TCU.

A former distance runner at UT Arlington, coach John Sauerhage's teams both finished fourth at last year's Southland Conference championships. He lost three top seniors from the men's team. Zach Zura and Heinz Swarzkopf are the top returnees on a roster that includes no less than a dozen freshmen. Christina Mose, Perri Ford, Jennifer Carey and Amanda McMahon are the top returnees for the women's team.

Volleyballers at Arkansas tonight

After winning one of three matches last weekend at Illinois State, the volleyball team resumes action tonight against the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

The Mavericks salvaged a win over Gardner-Webb after losing to Oral Roberts and Illinois State in the Redbird Classic at Normal, Ill. Junior outside hitter Bianca Sauls was named to the all-tournament team.

Coach Diane Seymour's team will face Georgia Southern, Colorado State and Ohio State this weekend at the Hilton Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. See

In Quotes

Student competes in equestrian culture

Army introduces mental-health test

Hill Bridge project will impact Dallas

"I was born here. I'm an American and Mexican. This is what makes me identify as a Mexican, my Mexican heritage."

"Most people understand the physical rigor that is required of combat troops. But the mental-health attributes are equally as important."

"We will be looking at new development that makes tall buildings and small houses exist together to create a beautiful place, and how to get there."

– Student Sulema Canales on competing in escaramuza charra, a traditional Mexican precision side-saddle horseback riding style, in a feature in the Star-Telegram.

– Dr. James Campbell Quick, professor of management and the John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor in the College of Business, on the Army's new mental-health test. Christian Science Monitor.

– Brent Brown, lecturer in the School of Architecture, on the impact of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas. Dallas Morning News.


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