For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Richard Florida

Creative thinker: Urban theorist Richard Florida kicks off the 2009-10 Maverick Speakers Series on Friday, Sept. 25, in Texas Hall.

Richard Florida brings
his creativity to
Maverick Speakers Series

Bestselling author and urban theorist Richard Florida kicks off the 2009-10 Maverick Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in Texas Hall as he speaks on "Creative Class Consumption."

Dr. Florida—the author of international best-sellers The Rise of the Creative Class and Who's Your City?—is one of the world's leading experts on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. His ideas on the "creative class," commercial innovation and regional development have been featured in major ad campaigns from BMW and Apple, and are being used globally to change the way regions and nations do business and transform their economies.

All Maverick Speakers Series lectures are free, but tickets are required.

Employers come to campus Wednesday for Career Day

Students can meet more than 100 employers at the Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Maverick Activities Center.

The fair is open only to seniors, graduate students and alumni, as well as underclassmen exploring internships and part-time jobs. The fair is not open to the general public.

Upcoming free job search programs are listed online. Call 817-272-2932 or e-mail for details.

Oozeball back on 'muddy' track

After last week's weather delay, the 20th annual Oozeball Tournament is ready for game time from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street. About 130 teams compete in mud volleyball to benefit the Student Alumni Association's sophomore scholarship fund.

  Fresh Pix Doug Kuykendall and Blaze

MAC celebrates birthday

The Maverick Activities Center, which opened in 2007, celebrated its second birthday Thursday, providing cake and information for those who attended. Cutting the cake is Doug Kuykendall, assistant vice president for Campus Recreation, as mascot Blaze provides encouragement.

Mudstomp volunteers will stomp the five courts starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, when 143 tons of dirt mingle with water courtesy of Arlington Fire Department trucks.

Friday's forecast is for mud with free water, free food for contestants, and concessions and event shirts for sale. The Arlington water department will provide precipitation to keep the courts wet and participants clean after their games.

Register by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, to play, or face a $20 late fee. See Oozeball for more details and registration information.

National Hazing Prevention Week

Learn how hazing might be used on a college campus this week during National Hazing Prevention Week.

The Trail of Haze allows students to see the various ways hazing can appear on campus. Participants will walk through skits that depict hazing activities as they relate to different campus organizations and activities.

The role-playing event starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 22-23, on the mall of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Learn more about hazing at the Office of Student Conduct's Web site.

Flu shots come to you

If you can't get to the Health Services Center for a flu shot, an outreach plan will bring the shots to you. Health Services is administering only the regular flu vaccine for $15. Student health insurance may cover the cost.

Show up at one of these flu outreach sites:

  • 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Sept. 22, Wetsel Building

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, mall, Central Library

  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center

  • 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, first floor, E.E. Davis Hall

Direct questions to Health Services at 817-272-2771.

Campus safety survey seeks your participation

The UT Arlington Police Department is partnering with the University's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in an anonymous, Web-based survey to assess perceptions about campus safety. The survey also will assess perceptions of the service that campus police officers provide to our community.

Survey results will be used to establish service benchmarks and will serve as the basis for campus crime prevention initiatives.

Student participation is key, and the survey takes only a few minutes to complete.

Take the UT Arlington Police Department survey online at and follow the instructions. The link will remain active through Monday, Oct. 5.

Farmers market brings fresh produce to downtown

Students can find fresh fruits and veggies at the new downtown Arlington farmers market, which opens Friday, Oct. 2. The markets run from 9 a.m. to sellout on Fridays through Dec. 18 on Front Street between Mesquite and Elm streets.

  Fresh Pix Dr. Kaushik De and UT Arlington students

Mass mystery

Dr. Kaushik De (center), professor of physics, meets with students prior to his talk on "The Mystery of Mass" at Focus on Faculty last week. From left are Lena Gerry, freshman mechanical engineering major; Shivani Patel, freshman aerospace engineering major; Jayaram Lamichhane, junior biology major; and Ashley Hill, senior biology major. Dr. De talked about how the ATLAS experiment will probe questions concerning mass during the next decade.

Market vendors are expected to offer locally grown vegetables, fruits and nuts, honey, dried or fresh-cut flowers, bedding plants and shrubs, firewood, ladybugs, butterflies, worms for composting, cider and homemade baked, canned or preserved items, and more.

The University's Dining Services will provide free coffee and continental breakfast foods to the vendors.

The farmers market is sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corp.

Planetarium closes Monday
to add latest technology

The Planetarium will close from Sept. 28 through Oct. 11 to install the new Digistar 4 system and will re-open Monday, Oct. 12, with a new fall schedule.

New shows include Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA, Two Small Pieces of Glass, IBEX: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System, and Microcosm.

Visit for more information.

Chemistry prof to help develop high-temp materials for hypersonic vehicles

Peter Kroll, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is helping unlock the secret of developing higher temperature materials that can be used to design a hypersonic aircraft.

Dr. Kroll has been awarded a five-year grant worth up to $500,000 to investigate ultra-high performance ceramic composite materials. The award is funded by NASA and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research through the recently established National Hypersonic Science Center for Materials and Structures led by Teledyne Scientific and Imaging.

Cowboys Stadium employees to use campus parking lots Monday

The University is allowing Cowboys Stadium employees to park in lots 25, 26, 27 and other open lot parking lots on campus Monday, Sept. 28 for the Dallas Cowboys' game against the Carolina Panthers that night. See campus map for locations. Parking for students should not be affected.

Check List

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Career Fair

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Health Services Open House

Public Interest Award to go to grad students

The Academy of Distinguished Scholars (ADS) is sponsoring a new award competition for graduate students who offer outstanding proposals on how current knowledge can be applied to improve the lives of Texans. The winner of the UT Arlington ADS Public Interest Award will receive a cash prize of $5,000. Honorable mention winners will receive a cash prize of $2,500.

Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate program in a Texas institution of higher education and be in good standing. Proposals can be submitted online Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. Visit the UT Arlington ADS Web site at for details.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Twins Diana and Nadia Martinez

Seeing double: Twins Diana and Nadia Martinez, industrial engineering doctoral students, dance on the Central Library mall Wednesday as part of Viva la Cultura week during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing this week with the Hispanic Issues Forum noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the San Saba/Palo Pinto room in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Semana de Cultura is an exhibit by Hispanic art students this week at the Gallery West in the Studio Arts Center at 810 S. Davis St. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Latino Comedy Night, featuring Ernie G, begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is free.

The second annual Latin Soul Night is slated for Monday, Oct. 12, and Dancing with Mavericks will be held Thursday, Oct. 15.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

UT Arlington/Waterchase Invitational Golf Tournament Waterchase Golf Course, Fort Worth. Second and final day of tournament as Mavericks host 17 schools.

Clavier Series Piano Recital UT Arlington piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817‑272-3471,

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Health Services Open House Meet the health center staff, tour the center and learn about services. Give-aways, snacks, health info and prizes. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Health Services. 817‑272-2771,,

Thursday, Sept. 24

Volleyball Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Students free with ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Brave Combo Mosh-pit polka favorites. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

Friday, Sept. 25

20th Annual Oozeball Tournament Rescheduled after bad weather last week, the mud volleyball tournament returns. Proceeds benefit the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship. Noon-5 p.m., corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street. See Oozeball.

Alex Cuba Smooth, sultry sounds that sail across cultural borders. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Eddie Coker Kid-friendly songs about life, happiness and purple ducks. Free. 2 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Students free with ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Ray Wylie Hubbard A legendary Texas troubadour performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

Sunday, Sept. 27

Terell Stafford and the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra One of the great jazz trumpet players of our time performs with the University's own jazz musicians. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

Through Sept. 27

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

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. 817-272-1183,,

Monday, Sept. 28

World Heart Day

World Heart Day Nutrition and health education on maintaining a healthy heart are part of this day with hand-outs, snacks and give-aways. Free. 10 a.m. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Donielle Smith, 817-272-2771,

World Heart Day Cyclethon Together with your teammates, you must keep your bike pedaling from noon to midnight to receive a World Heart Day T-shirt. Registration packets are at the MAC. Free. Noon-midnight, Maverick Activities Center. Donielle Smith, 817-272-2771,

Latino Comedy Night Ernie G. leads the laughs for this feature of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2099,

Through Sept. 30

Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass The Fort Worth Center Gallery 76102 hosts an exhibit in glass art. 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.

Through Oct. 10

Art Exhibition: Geometry in Reflection Two internationally recognized artists 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,

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

Learn More

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Academic Integrity Series: Résumé Writing Learn how to write a résumé that gets attention, while still providing accurate information. Free. Noon, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Heather Snow, 817-272-2354,

TechnoScholar: Research Newswire: RSS Get started using RSS for blog entries from academic researchers, news from your field's associations, newly published research articles and more. Free. Register online. 2-3:30 p.m., Room B20, Central Library.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Hispanic Issues Forum Discuss major topics in the Latino community as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Noon, San Saba/Palo Pinto rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2099,

Search Smarter: Researching on the Web Learn how to go beyond the surface and focus on what is relevant to you, such as the social Web, the invisible Web and the archived Web. Free. Noon-1 p.m., B20, Central Library.

Friday, Sept. 25

Global Climate Change and its Impact for North Texas Arne Winguth, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, will discuss global climate change. Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Roxanna Latifi, 817-272-6107,

Tuesday, Sept. 29

TechnoScholar: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop The Digital Media Studio offers this introductory multimedia workshop. Free. Register online. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 311A, Ransom Hall.

TechnoScholar: Social Science Tests and Measures In this applied workshop, each attendee will leave knowing how to find the best test or scale for his or her research. Free. Register online. 2-3 p.m., B20, Central Library.

Writing with Clarity and Cohesion This workshop will help graduate students learn to make their academic writing clearer and more cohesive. Participants should bring a sample of their academic writing, such as an assignment in progress or part of a thesis or dissertation. Free. 4:30 p.m., Writer's Studio, Room 411, Central Library. Lisa Berry,

Sports Notes
Tara Frantz

Kill leader: Tara Frantz led the Mavericks averaging 2.91 kills per set during the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational.


Volleyballers open conference play Thursday

After winning two of three in last weekend's UT Arlington Hilton Invitational, the Mavericks will open Southland Conference volleyball action Thursday when they host UT San Antonio at 7 p.m. in Texas Hall. Students are admitted free with ID.

The Mavericks defeated Arkansas State and Texas Southern last weekend, but lost to TCU in the final match of the tournament. Junior Bianca Sauls and sophomore Tara Frantz were named to the all-tournament team.

Thursday's match will be the conference opener for both the Mavericks and UT San Antonio. UT Arlington is 4-8 coming into the match while the Roadrunners are 4-9. The Mavericks also will play at home Saturday night, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in another SLC match. See athletics.

Cross country runners finish second at UNT meet

The men's cross country team finished second at the Ken Garland Invitational in Denton Saturday morning, narrowly losing to North Texas. UNT finished with 51 points, and the Mavericks finished with 54.

Freshman Eric Montou led the way, finishing 10th overall. Junior Zach Zura was right behind in the 11th spot, followed by freshman Ken Wallace, who was 12th.

The women finished fourth with a score of 89. The Maverick teams travel to Corpus Christi for the Islander Splash on Friday.

In Quotes

Justice is blind,
but can it smell?

Economy down,
enrollment up

Education seen
as investment

"As a trained criminologist and a Ph.D., I find it nerve-racking that the justice system would rely on the ability of a dog to predict someone's guilt or innocence."

"A sinking economy floated all boats."

"I think you definitely make more potentially by going to college."

– Dr. Alejandro del Carmen, professor and chair of criminology and criminal justice in the College of Liberal Arts, on scent identification lineups in which trained dogs determine if a suspect's smell matches the smell of crime scene evidence.
The Associated Press

– Dr. Dale Wasson, senior associate vice president of enrollment services, about the rise in higher education enrollment during a down economy.
Houston Chronicle

– student Justin Meddley, on the benefits of a college education versus the cost.
KTVT Ch 11


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