For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

University launches 'College Town, UTA' outreach program

UT Arlington has launched a new community outreach initiative, College Town, UTA, to assist in the revitalization of old downtown Arlington. The campus stands at the heart of the district, which extends from Center Street east to the Levitt Pavilion, south to Park Row Drive, west to Davis Drive and north past Abram Street.

College Town, UTA

The vision for a revitalized downtown blends existing performing and visual art venues, historic neighborhoods, libraries, parks, retailers, restaurants and UT Arlington, a research and educational powerhouse with a world-class planetarium and soon-to-be-constructed 190,000-square-foot special events center.

Once thought of as primarily a commuter college, the University is an emerging research institution with 28,000 students. Nearly 7,000 live on or within a mile of campus. With the surging resident student population, the number of top-notch entertainment events and activities on campus has grown exponentially. Many are open to the public.

The term "college town," coined through its grassroots use around the country, describes a place of diverse and interesting people who value education, innovation, the arts and commerce. Amy Schultz, associate vice president for communications and community relations, says College Town, UTA will connect the University's neighbors, both residential and commercial, with the many opportunities available to them on campus.

"Living in a college town means having a world-class university as a neighbor. It means access to diverse cultural, athletic and intellectual opportunities," says Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications at UT Arlington. "It means working together to make our town a better place to call home."

Visit for more information.

Maroon 5 to appear on campus in November

Grammy Award-winning recording group Maroon 5 will appear at Texas Hall on Friday, Nov. 20, as part of its exclusive U.S. College Tour. The event is part of the Fall Concert Series sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, University Events and EXCEL Campus Activities.

Hip Hop emcee and singer/songwriter K'naan will serve as the opening act on all tour dates.

Tickets are $15 for current UT Arlington students and $30 for faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff 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.

Theater season features 'Dead Man Walking'

The stage version of Dead Man Walking, a gripping, true story that won Susan Sarandon an Academy Award for best actress in 1996, is among the plays slated for UT Arlington's 2009-10 theater season.

  Fresh Clip Oozeball 2009

Oozing with fun

There was plenty of mud to go around as the 20th annual Oozeball Tournament took place Friday on Greek Row. A record-setting total of 144 teams and 864 participants competed in mud volleyball to benefit the Student Alumni Association's sophomore scholarship fund. Wolf Pack won the championship, Fresh 2 Death was second and Dream Team third. MVP was Matt Janke. See video.

"This season's productions will offer audiences a well-rounded theater experience that combines thought-provoking drama, humor and music," says Kim LaFontaine, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts.

Call the Theatre Box Office, 817-272-2669 for inquiries on season ticket subscriptions, single tickets, group rates or reservations. Contact Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, at 817-272-5722 or for further information.

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 will also be available upon request starting Monday, Oct. 5 to hand out for small meeting groups from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety in an effort to prevent the spread of flu or virus on campus. For information, call the EHS office at 817-272-2185 or e-mail

Glass artist visits campus this week

Rob Stern will be a visiting glass artist through Friday, Oct. 2. Stern studied at the famed Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami. He has worked with famed glass artist Petr Novtny at the Ajeto Glass Factory in the Czech Republic and exhibited internationally.

Stern will work with students in the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Dr., and will do demonstrations. His work can be seen at Rob Stern, glass artist.

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

Student participation is key. The survey takes only a few minutes to complete. See The link will remain active through Monday, Oct. 5.

Program brings flu shots 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 currently administering only the regular flu vaccine. The cost is $15. Current faculty and staff (as well as spouses), retirees and students are eligible for the shots. If you have questions, contact Health Services at 817-272-2771.

  Fresh Pix Dr. Richard Florida

Florida gets creative

Author and urban theorist Dr. Richard Florida spoke on "Creative Class Consumption" in the Maverick Speakers Series on Friday night at Texas Hall. His lecture covered economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation.

Here are the dates, locations and times for the flu outreaches:

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Davis Hall, First Floor (in front of the Bursar's Office), 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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.

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.

Check List

Thursday, Oct. 1

International application deadline for admission

Monday, Oct. 5

Last day to file for graduation

Collaborative Web site simplifies transfer process from community colleges

The UT System (which includes UT Arlington), the Texas A&M University System and the 50 community college districts across the state announced the launch of a new Web site, "Transfer 101: From Community College to University," devoted to simplifying the transfer process from Texas' community colleges to public four-year universities.

Transfer 101

The site,, is packed with user-friendly information and step-by-step instructions on how to successfully transition from community colleges to universities. It will be prominently featured as a link on community college Web portals from all public community college districts.

The interactive site includes direct links to specific departments within universities, such as student advising, financial aid and transferring. Links to other higher education resources, including checklists for applying for admission, transfer and financial aid, are also included as are links to stories from students who successfully transferred to four-year institutions from community colleges.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

The running of the beds

Bed races

One of the oldest traditions on campus, the Bed Races are the unusual and entertaining sport of racing beds at full speed. Teams include four bed pushers and one rider.

Races begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Maverick Stadium, and the cost is $40 to register a team. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Entry forms must be returned to the lower level of the UT Arlington University Center. Late entries will be accepted until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. The late entry fee is $10.

Teams must check in between 6-6:45, Thursday. Only 100 teams will be accepted. If 100 teams have not entered, teams will still be accepted until the start of the event. Teams must wear approved or provided helmets. Knee and elbow pads are highly recommended.

Prizes will be awarded to fastest teams in the men's, women's and co-rec divisions along with most creative team costume and most school-spirited costume.

Bring your own pillows for an attempt to break the record for the largest collegiate pillow fight in Texas at halftime. There will also be a field goal kicking contest, mechanical bull, bungee, photo keychains and concessions. The Bed Races are sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation. Admission is free.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Exhibiting Artist Talk by Tommy Fitzpatrick In conjunction with his exhibition currently on view in The Gallery at UTA, Tommy Fitzpatrick will give an illustrated presentation about his work. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 817-272-5658,

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.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Buzbee and Ognibene Guest Recital Tim Buzbee (tuba) and Joseph Ognibene (horn) from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building.

The American Bedouin Band An exciting acoustical blend of rich textures and exotic melodies. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

Friday, Oct. 2

Tania Cordobes Eclectic Latin Americana from an accomplished artist. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Farmer Jason Emmy-winning kids' rock from down on the farm. Free. 2 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

Radney Foster and the Confessions Lyrical country music from a West Texas poet. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Arlington Jones Trio A creative mixture of jazz, funk, Latin and swing. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., corner of Abram and Center streets.

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. 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 in one of their courses or a part of a thesis or dissertation. 4:30 p.m., Writer's Studio, Room 411, Central Library. Lisa Berry,

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Architecture Lecture Series Matthew Skjonsberg of West 8, an international office for urban design and landscape architecture, will speak on "Leviathan." Free. 4 p.m., Architecture Auditorium, Room 204, Architecture Building.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Biology Colloquium Series Seminar presentation by biology Professor James Grover on "Developments in spatial theory for algal ecology." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building.

Friday, Oct. 2

Parallel Computation Tools for Flexible Multibody Systems The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering welcomes Olivier Bauchau of the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. Dr. Bauchau will cast multibody dynamics analysis within the framework of nonlinear finite element methods. The element library includes rigid and deformable bodies as well as joint elements. Applications will be presented for rotorcraft, wind turbines and fixed-wing aircraft. Free, 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall.

Pseudopericyclic Reactions: Adventures on Potential Energy Surfaces Chemistry and biochemistry seminar by Professor David Birney of Texas Tech University. Free. 2:30 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building.

Sports Notes
Amanda Aguilera

Returning to form Amanda Aguilera returned to the outside hitter position and led the Mavericks in Saturday's win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.


Volleyballers open conference play with two wins

Amanda Aguilera made her return to the outside hitter position while leading UT Arlington to a 25-23, 17-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-11 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at Texas Hall. The Mavericks have won four of their last five matches and are 2-0 in Southland Conference play after downing UT San Antonio, 24-26, 30-28, 27-25, 25-23 on Thursday, also at Texas Hall.

Aguilera, who underwent elbow surgery in the off-season, had 10 kills in the final two sets against TACC and notched a double-double with 11 digs while helping the Mavs make a comeback after going down two sets to one. It was the first time Aguilera had played outside hitter this season. Bianca Sauls led the win over UTSA with 14 kills.

The Mavericks go on the road this weekend, playing at Lamar on Friday and at Sam Houston State on Saturday. See athletics.

Golfers fall short at Waterchase Invitational

The golf team finished second at the UTA/Waterchase Invitational last week, losing by two shots to Rice. The Mavericks and Rice were the only two teams under par for the tournament in the 17-team field.

Junior Zack Fischer was the top individual for the Mavericks, finishing in a tie for third with a three-under par 213. He shot a one-under par 71 in Tuesday's final round.

This week the Mavericks are competing in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic at the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. Final round is today.

In Quotes

Prodigy program helps nursing shortage

Students offer plan
for Cleburne improvements

Just where is
Cowboys Stadium?

"It really just helped me get a head start on my dreams of nursing."

"One student said downtown Cleburne is an area of great potential and suggested a study to determine how that potential can be pulled out."

"Citizens need to insist that Arlington gets the recognition it deserves."

– Freshman Cole Carillo on the Prodigy program that now has him working part-time while attending UT Arlington.
WB 33

– Dr. Ard Anjomani, professor of urban and public affairs, on improving the Market Square in downtown Cleburne.
Cleburne Times-Review

– Richard Greene, adjunct professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs and former Arlington mayor, about national media alluding that Cowboys Stadium is in Dallas.
KXAS Channel 5


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