For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Morgan Woodward

Actor Morgan Woodward, known for his roles as villains and in TV shows, westerns and other movies, donated $250,000 to establish an endowment for film studies.

Actor Morgan Woodward establishes new film studies endowment

Morgan Woodward, the critically acclaimed actor most recognized for his 1967 portrayal of the Man with No Eyes in "Cool Hand Luke," is working to ensure his love for film endures through a new endowment benefiting the UT Arlington Film Studies program.

Woodward, 84, graduated from North Texas Agriculture College, a predecessor of UT Arlington, in 1948. He was named a Distinguished Alum in 1969.

Woodward's gift of $250,000 will double in value through UT Arlington's Maverick Match program. The program uses University natural gas revenues to leverage private gifts for maximum impact. Endowed professorships, such as the one established through Woodward's gift, are significant milestones in UT Arlington's quest to become a nationally recognized research institution.

"I wanted to pass on my love for acting and film with UT Arlington students by establishing the endowment to assist in recruiting of outstanding professors in the field of film, video, and screenwriting," Woodward says.

Read more about film studies endowment online.

One Day Without Shoes

Bare your sole Thursday to learn why shoes are so important

For one day, spread awareness about the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child's life at TOMS One Day Without Shoes 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, April 8, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall.

Prepare for the day by watching a TOMS Shoe documentary at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Room 101 of Nedderman Hall.

On Thursday, join in the barefoot One Day Without Shoes Walk at 1 p.m. from the University Center mall to the Central Library mall. Before the walk begins, drop your shoes off at the shoe valet box, decorate your feet at the feet photo booth with washable markers, and have your picture taken. After the walk is over make sure to pick up your shoes.

Keep a pair of shoes on hand for those "shoes required" areas such as campus dining and the Maverick Activities Center.

Sign up to participate on the TOMS website. Call UTA Volunteers at 817-272-2963 for more information.

International Week banner

Banner time: Six new banners were added to the 122 banners in the Nedderman Hall atrium before the annual banner parade to the Central Library for International Week. The new banners represent the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Croatia, and Haiti.

International Week shows off campus' diversity in flavor, fashion

Have a worldwide flavor fusion today, Tuesday, April 6, at the Food Fair for the "Global Fusion" of International Week. The treats are ready 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the mall of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Ethnic outfits and costumes are on display at the International Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center.

The week wraps up with the Global Extravaganza Talent Show at 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. The talent show provides an array of cultural performances, ranging from song and dance to drama and comedy.

Check the International Week schedule, or contact Lauren Cutcher at 817-272-2355 or for more information.

Kenya Safari Acrobats

Kenya Safari Acrobats bring stunts, comedy routine to campus

Stunts, comedy, audience participation, and heart-pounding music combine to create a production that will have all ages on the edge of their seats as the Kenya Safari Acrobats perform "Lost in Africa" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Texas Hall.

The story begins with a tourist visiting Africa. After being separated from his group, he stumbles upon an abandoned native village, where he begins to play the drums, which startles the natives. The tourist has nothing to defend himself with and pushes the blame to the audience.

Audience members will be part of the plot and brought to stage throughout the show in this exciting and entertaining African romp. The natives figure out different ways to finish off the tourist. The tourist buys time by creating games with the items the natives are using against him. The more the natives are entertained, the longer he has to live and hopefully survive.

Watch a preview of the troupe, which is presented by UT Arlington EXCEL Campus Activities.

Cost is $5 for students, $10 for adults and $3 for ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available at

Help Wanted: Students needed for tutors, diggers and advisers

Students looking for part-time jobs can find them at SOARS' first job fair Friday or with two other opportunities.

SOARS Student Success asks students to apply for tutoring positions 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the Central Library atrium. Tutors can earn $8.50 per hour, supplemental instructors $8.35 per hour, and academic "pals" to first-year students can make $8 per hour. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Paleontologist Derek Main needs some dinosaur diggers, but no experience is necessary. Go to the or e-mail to learn more. Join the Arlington Archosaur Site's Facebook page for dig dates.

The Multicultural Mavs need four new members for executive board. The paid position is for 15 hours per week. Students must have a 2.25 GPA and be enrolled through May 2011. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Contact Multicultural Affairs online or at or 817-272-2099.

Vote on campus for primary runoffs

Cast your ballot early for the primary runoff elections 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Thursday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Election day is Tuesday, April 13. Find out more at the Tarrant County Elections Office.

Fresh Pix Sidewalk chalk drawing

Creativity on concrete

Mercedes Trevino, biology sophomore, tries her hand at sidewalk art for the chalk drawing contest for Greek Week. The outdoor art competition was Wednesday on the Central Library mall.


Friday is deadline to register for Dinner with 10 Mavericks

Students are the guests of local alumni and faculty at the Second Annual Dinner with 10 Mavericks on Saturday, April 17. The dinner aims to make UT Arlington a smaller, friendlier place, according to its sponsor, the Student Alumni Association. Dinners range from catered affairs to simple buffets to home-cooked fare.

Interested students can register at Deadline to register is Friday, April 9.

Female students can learn about potential dangers, self-defense

UT Arlington's Police Department offers two programs to educate female students on safety, self-defense.

The Personal Situation Awareness program offers tools to help women recognize abusive or predatory behavior in order to avoid relationships with potential violent offenders. The program is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.

UT Arlington's Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program cosponsors the event. Reserve a seat at

The RAD (Rape Agression Defense): Self-Defense Course teaches risk awareness, risk avoidance and basic self defense. The class is 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, April 17, at the Maverick Activities Center. Register online. Contact Ron Cook at or 817-272-3902 for more details.

The Big Event

Be part of The Big Event to make a big difference in community service

The Big Event is closer to its goal of more than 800 volunteers for the annual day of community service, but more folks need to sign up in the next two and a half weeks.

For its tenth year, The Big Event is joining with the Arlington Alliance for Youth for Global Youth Service Day, making it the biggest day of community service in North Texas this year.

Nearly 600 people have registered to lend a helping hand for 945 opportunities at 54 sites on Saturday, April 24. Volunteers can be students, faculty, staff, and community residents. Student organizations, academic departments and campus offices are invited to join in for team efforts.

Go to to find a project that's just right for you and your group.

For more details, contact Tiffany Kaminski, The Big Event director, at or call UTA Volunteers at 817-272-2963. The Big Event is sponsored by UTA Volunteers, Student Activities, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Fresh Clip Bed RacesVideo Extra

Bedtime express

Student groups hit the sack early at the 29th Annual Bed Races, which tore across Maverick Stadium's field Thursday night. Three local TV stations captured the bedtime bustle. Pillow fights, a mechanical bull, and bungee rides provided additional thrills.


Hike-and-Bike Master Plan open house scheduled Wednesday at City Hall

The City of Arlington is in the process of creating a city-wide Hike-and-Bike System Master Plan, and your input is needed. Join other students and Arlington citizens for an open house from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram. The open house will be in the council briefing room on the third floor.

Participants can review results from the first public workshop and comment on preliminary recommendations. Visit to review the project information.

ACES winners recognized for outstanding student research

Congratulations to winners at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students symposium March 25. ACES showcases outstanding research by students in all academic areas at UT Arlington. A list of ACES winners is online.

Top academic advisers honored

UT Arlington's top academic advisers, chosen by students, were honored with the Outstanding Academic Advising Awards on Thursday in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The Provost's office sponsors the annual awards program. Winners and honorable mentions are:

Professional staff adviser: Linette Tucker, biology academic adviser. Honorable mentions went to Mishael Berger, athletics, and Victoria McWilliams, social work.

Undergraduate Faculty Adviser: Blake Carpenter, modern languages academic adviser. Honorable mentions were Natalie Gaupp, theater arts, and John Macejak, communication.

Graduate Faculty Adviser: Mary Schira, College of Nursing associate dean and graduate adviser. Honorable mentions went to Sheri Decker, nursing, and Ramon Lopez, science.

Health Services seeks input for patient satisfaction survey

Health Services is conducting a patient satisfaction survey through Friday, April 16. If you have been seen at the Health Center, take a moment to complete the Patient Satisfaction Survey. Your responses will help improve the delivery of health services. Comments and suggestions also are encouraged. Contact Health Services at 817-272-2771.

Nanotechnology part of Business Week focus; Lockheed CFO to speak

Business Week, presented by the College of Business April 12-16, brings business who's who to campus for insight on this year's theme, "Innovations Transforming Business in North Texas and Beyond." Guest speakers will provide insight on the business case for nanotechnology and its applications in various product and service markets, including transportation and logistics, construction, medicine and health care, energy, and sports and entertainment.

Bruce Tanner (MBA '90), chief financial officer at Lockheed Martin, will be the keynote speaker at the Executive Dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets for the dinner are available at

Nominate faculty who utilize library resources for UT System award

Students are invited to submit nominations for the UT Library Directors' Award, which is presented for excellence in library resource integration.

This award recognizes instructors who have integrated library resources into their courses in innovative ways. The integration could be accomplished in a variety of methods including a library assignment, presentation by a librarian in class, online tutorial for library resources, and more. Any faculty who teaches a course within the UT System is eligible.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 9. Fill out the nomination form online.

For more information, contact Melanie Cofield at or visit

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations now being accepted

The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2010 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award. Award criteria and a nomination form can be found on the Alumni Association website.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 9. Awards will be presented at the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 16. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 817-272-2594.

Check List


May 7

Last day of classes

May 8-14

Final exams

May 13-17

Commencement ceremonies

Registration for summer intersession, summer and fall under way

Priority registration for summer intersession, summer, and fall terms began Monday, April 5. The registration timetables are available online. Advisers are clearing students for summer and fall registration now.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at Click on Student Center. You will see a section on the right titled Holds. Click the details link for specific hold information. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department service indicator (a hold). A list of advising offices is online.

Students who want to register only for fall must have their summer and Fall Academic Department Service Indicators released by their adviser.

The schedule of classes for summer intersession, summer, and fall is accessible at The graduate catalog is available at

Prerequisite checking now enforced

Prerequisite checking will be enforced in MyMav prior to the summer term. If you have either already successfully completed the pre-requirement(s) or are currently enrolled in a course prerequisite, you will have been able to register for the next-level course for summer or fall.

  • If you are enrolled for summer and do not successfully complete the prerequisite in the Spring term, you will be dropped from the next-level course when spring grades are posted.

  • If you are enrolled for fall but not summer, prerequisite completion will be checked when summer grades are final in August.

Prerequisites not only include courses that must be taken in sequence, but sometimes level (such as junior standing), GPA, or require concurrent enrollment. Check Class Details in the MyMav Class Search.

Questions regarding prerequisites should be directed to your academic adviser. A list of advising offices is online.

Late drop for undergraduates possible but rarely granted

The last day to drop a class has passed. The UT Arlington Withdrawal and Drop Policy Exception Form is available online. This form is only for undergraduate student drops and should be used when seeking a non-academic drop of a course after the last drop date. The Office of the Provost will determine the final outcome of the appeal. Be aware that exception requests are rarely granted.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

First group of graduating MFA students exhibit works


The inaugural Masters of Fine Arts exhibition features three artists—Matthew Patterson, Iris Bechtol, and Clinton Rawls—showcasing their work in glass, intermedia installation, film/video, and photography. The exhibit runs through April 23 at The Gallery of UTA in the Fine Arts Building, with a different artist's work on display each week.

Matthew Patterson's glass and mixed media works are shown in "Mementos" this week. Iris Bechtol's intermedia works are set for April 12-16, with Clinton Rawls' film/video exhibit planned for April 19-23.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Tuesday, April 6

Blue Out: Baseball, Softball Join Athletics and the Student Alumni Association at the Maverick softball game against Louisiana Tech and the baseball game against Oral Roberts. Hooters will provide free food (first-come, first-served). Free blue T-shirts and spirit items available. Free with student ID. Softball, 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Baseball, 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 817-272-2261.

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho of the music faculty will perform. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Wednesday, April 7

SAA T-Shirt Day Wear your Student Alumni Association T-shirt, drop by the SAA booth and win prizes. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center.

$2 Movie: Phantom of the Opera A mask, music and madness. 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. 817-272-1183, Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

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

Thursday, April 8

Timpani: New Works The sound of a timpani builds from a faint rumble to a rich riot of sound. "Timpani" artists Carol Benson, Susan Harrington, and Chris Powell use disparate media but approach inspiration in similar manner by allowing ideas to rise intuitively to conscious form. Art exhibit. Free. Opening reception 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 817-272-5988.

Faculty Voice Recital Soo Hong Kim of the music faculty performs. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 817-272-3471.

Saturday-Sunday, April 10-11

Softball Stephen F. Austin. Free with student ID. 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday. Allan Saxe Field., 817-272-2261.

Monday, April 12

English Brown Bag Series Christy Tidwell lectures. Free. Noon, Room 211, Preston Hall. Jacqueline Stodnick,, 817 272-1329.

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A 30-minute lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students is followed by a free lunch. Free. 12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Martha Walvoord,, 817-272-2439.

Tuesday, April 13

One Mic Stand Comedy Series: Eric O'Shea Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center., 817-272-2963.

Music Honors Recital Performances by UTA Music faculty members and outstanding students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 817-272-3471.

Wednesday, April 14

The Twilight Saga: new moon

$2 Movie: Twilight Saga: New Moon Team Edward or Team Jacob? Planetarium. 817-272-1183, Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17.

Duo-Piano Recital John Solomons of the music faculty performs with Harold Martina of TCU., 817-272-3471.

Through April 24

Outside Influences Features works by American artists Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse, along with pieces from their outsider/folk art collections. The Gallery at UTA. Fine Arts Building. 817-272-5658.


Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market has returned with locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts and crafts, and more. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

Planetarium See the complete Planetarium schedule. $3 with student ID. 817-272-1183,

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

Learn More


Tuesday, April 6

Fresh Start from Tobacco Education for tobacco cessation. Free. "Understanding Addiction," 11:30 a.m., Pecos Room, E.H. Hereford University Center; "Steps to Quitting," 3 p.m., Pecos Room. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Wednesday, April 7

Cigarettes being cut with scissors

Fresh Start from Tobacco Education for tobacco cessation. Free. "How to Cope," 10:30 a.m., Blanco Room, E.H. Hereford University Center; "There Is Help," 3 p.m., Blanco Room. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Maversity Workshop This multicultural leadership development program is open to all students. Noon, Room B150, E.H. Hereford University Center., 817-272-2099.

Study Abroad Info Session Learn about study abroad options and scholarships, and speak with a study abroad adviser. Free. Noon, Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center., 817-272-1120.

Architecture Lecture Series Paul Lewis of Booziotis & Co. Architecture speaks on "Opportunistic Architecture." 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson., 817-272-2314.

Thursday, April 8

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. Register online. Noon, Room 315-A, Central Library.

Intro to Adobe Illustrator Create an eye-popping graphics that can be printed at any size to the highest quality. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room B29, Central Library. Limited seating.

Biology Colloquium Series Professor Peter Greenberg from the University of Washington speaks on "The Social Life of Bacteria: Communication and Cooperation." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Dr. Woo-Suk Chang,, 817-272-2872.

Friday, April 9

III-Nitride Micro- and Nano-photonics Hongxing Jiang, Ph.D., chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Texas Tech, provides a brief overview on recent advances in micro- and nano-photonic nitride structures and devices. He also presents his work on hydrogen generation using solar water splitting. 11 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Weidong Zhou,, 817-272-1536.

Monday, April 12

Introduction to Web Design Discover how to publish a personal web page using HTML and CSS. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 324, Architecture Building.

Wednesday, April 14

Engineering Lecture Series - The 21st Century Engineer Patricia Galloway, CEO of Pegasus Global Holdings and the first female president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, discusses engineering education reform. Free. 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Amber DeGelia,, 817-272-0074.

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

Sports Notes
Maria Martinez-Romer

Nets top honor: Maria Martinez-Romer won the honor of Southland Conference women's tennis Player of the Week last week as she remains undefeated in the league in both singles and doubles competition.


Women's tennis continues winning streak

The women's tennis team boosted their Southland Conference record to 9-0 with a 5-2 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday at the UTA Tennis Center.

Sophomore Maria Martinez-Romer is undefeated in conference singles play, winning all nine of her matches at the No. 4 singles position. A big test for the Mavericks will come at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, when they will face Northwestern State, also 9-0 in league play, at the UTA Tennis Center.

Get your blue on for Mavericks tonight at softball, baseball games

Free blue T-shirts and free food provided will be available while it lasts tonight, Tuesday, April 6, as the Mavericks host softball and baseball games on Blue Out Night. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue as softball begins at 6 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field against Louisiana Tech. Baseball action gets started at 6:30 p.m. as the Mavericks take on Oral Roberts at Clay Gould Ballpark. Students are admitted free with UT Arlington ID.

Both teams won two out of three last weekend from Southland Conference opponents. Softball is fourth in the conference with a 10-7 league record while baseball is sixth, but only two games out of first place, with a 7-5 mark.

Sports shorts

Meghan Nelson was one the nation's top 50 seniors invited to participate in the Women's National Basketball Association pre-draft camp at the women's Final Four in San Antonio this past weekend. The WNBA draft will be held Thursday, April 8. ... Cordero Gray recorded his best time of the season at 10.28, placing third in the 100-meter dash at the Texas Relays on Saturday. The Maverick track team will compete in the North Texas Classic on Saturday, April 10, at Denton. ... The men's tennis team opened Southland Conference play with a 6-1 win over Lamar last week and will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 6, at the UTA Tennis Center.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Center Street Park brings green to east side of campus

Recycling tips can help save you money

Developers are now making properties more eco-friendly

"I would liken it to the lawn of the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth."

"This will increase your car mileage considerably over time and could save up to $10 a week on fuel costs."

"Today people simply expect it. Cost savings is going to drive things."

— Kristin Sullivan, assistant vice president for media relations, concerning a park being constructed near Center and Mitchell streets.

— Becky Valentich, recycling coordinator for the Environmental Health and Safety office, on saving gas by eliminating weight from your car.
The Shorthorn

— Michael Buckley, a lecturer and clinical professor in the School of Architecture, concerning developers turning to "green" building methods.
The Dallas Morning News



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