For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

UT Arlington's cheer squad

Cheer champs: UT Arlington's cheer squad won the Division I national title at the National Collegiate Cheerleading Association's competition last week in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Cheerleaders claim national championship

UT Arlington's cheer squad won the national title for its division at the National Collegiate Cheerleading Association's competition April 7-11 at Daytona Beach, Fla.

The squad came in first out of 12 teams in Division I for small coed schools. Stephen F. Austin was second and Long Beach State was third. In preliminary competition, the Maverick team wrangled the No. 1 spot for crowd involvement.

Will Strother, spirit groups coordinator and head coach, says the 18-member cheer squad has steadily improved to claim the top title. The team came in second last year and fifth the year before.

Squad tryouts are May 22-23.

Candidates' forum Wednesday for next week's campus elections

Campus elections for Student Congress president, Mr. and Ms. UTA, and a variety of positions will soon be here. Candidates' forums are at noon Wednesday, April 14, on the malls of the Central Library and the E.H. Hereford University Center. Voting is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, April 19-20, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center and in the Maverick Activities Center. The slate of candidates is online.

The Big Event

The Big Event needs 100+ more volunteers for record event

Volunteer this week for community service and receive a The Big Event free stadium cup or pen. UTA Volunteers will be at various campus locations during the week to register volunteers for the biggest day of community service in North Texas.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to be part of The Big Event on Saturday, April 24. For its 10th year, The Big Event has joined with the Arlington Alliance for Youth for Global Youth Service Day.

Registration times and locations are:

  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, Central Library mall

  • 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, April 14, University Center mall

  • 1-5 p.m., Thursday, April 15, Palo Duro Lounge, University Center

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, April 16, Central Library mall

Look for The Big Event sidewalk chalk artists 2-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, library mall; Wednesday, Business Building main entrance; Thursday, Fine Arts; and Friday, Maverick Activities Center main entrance.

More than 700 people have registered to lend a helping hand for 970 opportunities at 56 sites. Academic departments, campus offices, and student organizations 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.

Housing Fair helps students find a home, sweet home

The Second Annual Housing Fair offers one-stop shopping for a place to live in Arlington and surrounding areas. The fair, sponsored by The Shorthorn, is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday April 14, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Approximately 30 apartment complexes and University Housing will share information on housing options as well as how to live successfully on and off-campus.

Contact Tammy Skrehart at, 817-272-3188 or visit

  Fresh Pix UT Arlington students marching barefoot across campus

Barefoot brigade

Students strolled barefoot across campus for the TOMS One Day Without Shoes event Thursday to raise awareness of the need for shoes in third-world countries. Some participants decorated their feet with washable markers before the trek. TOMS Shoes donates a pair of shoes to a needy child for every pair sold.

UTA Radio hosts first Spring Jam

UTA Radio hosts its inaugural Mavs Spring Jam '10 at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The live remote broadcast and concert features local bands.

Check out the station's new website at The Internet radio station also broadcasts on Time Warner channel 99.

New library video on YouTube

The fun folks at the UT Arlington Library have created another informative video. Watch it on YouTube.

Beer Goggle Bonanza lets students see alcohol's effects

Put on a pair of beer goggles and see how alcohol can affect your skills. The MavsACT Program presents an evening on alcohol awareness at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Stop by for free food and hands-on activities including beer goggle bowling, beer goggle Barbie, and a drunk-driving simulation course. Co-sponsors include the Leadership Center, MGC Council, PHC Council, Counseling Services, and Health Services.

Contact Candice Freeman at or 817-272-9220.

ARAMARK named one of the world's most admired and ethical companies

The dining service provider for UT Arlington, ARAMARK, has been ranked No. 1 in its industry on Fortune magazine's list of World's Most Admired Companies for 2010. This marks the third straight year in which ARAMARK has ranked No. 1 and the sixth time in the past nine years.

The Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank, named ARAMARK as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies.

Also in the past year, ARAMARK has been named among the country's Best Places to Launch a Career by BusinessWeek magazine; the Global Outsourcing 100, which recognizes companies that provide the best service worldwide; and America's largest private companies by both Forbes and Fortune magazines.

Nanotechnology part of Business Week focus; Lockheed CFO to speak

Business Week brings a capitalist who's who to campus for insight on this year's theme, "Innovations Transforming Business in North Texas and Beyond." Guest speakers will discuss 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 ('90 MBA), chief financial officer at Lockheed Martin, will be the keynote speaker at the Business Week Executive Dinner at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 13, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. There are no tickets remaining for the dinner.

Business Week, which continues through Friday, is co-hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the College of Business.

Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants

Former Mexico foreign minister to address immigration issues at Wednesday talk

Immigration solutions must include legalizing Mexican residents living in the United States without papers and providing an orderly process for future immigrants, according to Jorge G. Castañeda, foreign minister of the Republic of Mexico from 2000 to 2003.

Dr. Castañeda is the Center for Mexican American Studies Distinguished Lecture 2010 speaker. The free event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Ex Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants is Castañeda's topic and the title of his book, which draws on his experience as foreign minister and as a well-known scholar on immigration issues.

Read more about Castañeda online. Contact the Center for Mexican American Studies at 817-272-2933 or for more information.

Wind Symphony plays for All-American Tax Day Concert

Relax on Tax Day with some premiere music by the Wind Symphony. The All-American Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Irons Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

The music of composer-in-residence Joel Puckett is featured along with works by American composers Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, and Aaron Copland. The Wind Symphony will present a premiere performance of Puckett's newest work, The Shadow of Sirius for flute and wind symphony. Puckett serves on the composition faculty of the Peabody Conservatory.

Soloist is assistant professor of flute Sarah Frisof, and Douglas Stotter conducts the symphony.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and free for children younger than 10.

Business reps answer food questions concerning sustainability

Area business representatives will discuss "Why We Do What We Do!" concerning food sustainability at noon Friday, April 16, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The discussion is the final event of the Freshmen Leaders on Campus campaign on food sustainability. Each business relates to local, organic, and community themes as part of this year's OneBook, Deep Economy by Bill McKibben.

A display on food and food-related issues runs through Friday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center. Topics include the benefits of eating local and organic foods, healthy choices for college students, and Arlington being named by Mens' Health as America's Fast Food Capital. The display also includes "Frenchie," the french fries-covered mannequin.

Durl Rather

Phone In: Durl Rather, associate director of campus recreation, recycles a cell phone for the Chiapas Project in one of five recycle boxes located on campus.

Recycle to help create small businesses

Recycle and fight poverty at the same time through a campus sustainability program.

The Office of Campus Sustainability has accepted the challenge to join with other 11 universities to recycle cell phones, PDAs, and inkjet cartridges and to help change the lives of the less fortunate. Proceeds benefit the Chiapas Project, a nonprofit organization founded by prominent Dallas business and civic leaders to support programs for women in poverty.

"The proceeds from those recycling efforts are used by Chiapas International to provide micro-finance loans as small as $50 to women entrepreneurs to create a small business, which can eventually sustain her family," says Meghna Tare, sustainability director.

Tare's office will provide envelopes to those who would like to mail phones and other items to Chiapas International.

"Anyone can request the envelopes," she explains. "No postage is necessary. Simply drop the phone in the envelope and mail it. Since the envelopes will have UT Arlington's zip code, we can track how many cell phones were recycled."

Donations boxes are at the Central Library, Maverick Activities Center, and Davis Hall, with two boxes in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Texas Rangers logo

Take me out to the ballgame for UT Arlington Night

Batter up, Mavericks! On Monday, April 26, you, your friends, and family are invited to UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark as the Texas Rangers take on the Detroit Tigers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Come early and watch the UT Arlington pre-game presentation, national anthem, color guard, and the first pitch by President James D. Spaniolo.

Get tickets at Tickets are subject to availability, must be purchased in advance, and will not be available at the ticket windows for purchase on the day of the game. Orders placed after Monday, April 19, will be left at the West Box Office's Will-Call window at the Ballpark.

Health Services seeks input for patient satisfaction survey through Friday

Health Services is conducting a patient satisfaction survey through Friday, April 16. If you have been treated 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.

Fresh Pix Karen Monken and Lira Polanco at UT Arlington's composting booth

Clean up crew

Karen Monken, left, and Lira Polanco bag items at UT Arlington's composting booth at the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival on Saturday. Diners were able to compost cups made from corn-based products, paper plates and napkins, and leftover food. Environmental Health and Safety collected all compostable items for the UT Arlington compost pile.


Order MavPacks for finals

MavPack Finals Goody Bags are back. Order one for yourself or your favorite UT Arlington student by Friday, April 23, at The kits, $25 each, are packed with office and school supplies, spirit items, snacks, and study tips.

Alumni Association offers scholarships

The Alumni Association offers 13 different scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year. Application forms are available in the Financial Aid Office in Davis Hall and online at Return applications to the Alumni Association, 841 W. Mitchell St, or to P.O. Box 19457, Arlington, TX 76019. Call 817-272-2594 or e-mail for details. Deadline to apply is June 4.

Professor's book on procrastination topic for library Friends

Monica Ramirez Basco, assistant professor of psychology, presents "Overcoming Procrastination" at the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

Basco, author of The Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Things Done, is an internationally recognized expert in cognitive-behavioral therapy, a clinical psychologist, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

The free meeting is open to the public. A book signing follows the lecture. RSVP to Betty Wood at 817-272-7421 or

Summer camps listing now online

UT Arlington provides a variety of summer camps for youth and young adults. Go online to to find out more.

Check List


May 7

Last day of classes

May 8-14

Final exams

May 13-17

Commencement ceremonies

Late drop possible for undergraduate classes

The last day to drop a class has passed. The 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.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Theatrefest 2010 showcases one-act plays


Theatrefest 2010 includes a showcase of comic and dramatic one-act plays written, directed, and performed by Department of Theatre Arts students or faculty.

One-act play performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16, and at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. They include:

  • Lots of Greed and Avarice Going Down directed by senior Nick Irion and written by Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp;

  • Sometimes I Wake Up in the Middle of the Night directed by junior Natasia Ingersoll;

  • Overtones directed by Adjunct Lecturer Brandi Andrade; and

  • The Universal Language directed by senior Krystal Love.

The season will conclude the following weekend as the family-friendly production of the musical comedy My Emperor's New Clothes, irected by Joe Chapa, associate professor of theatre arts, will be performed in the Mainstage Theatre. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 24; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25.

For ticket prices, go to the Theatre Arts website.

Tuesday, April 13

Baseball Baylor. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 817-272-2261.

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 Outstanding music students and music faculty members perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar,, 817-272-3471.

Wednesday, April 14

$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. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar,, 817-272-3471.

Thursday, April 15

All-American Tax Day Concert An All-American concert features composer-in-residence Joel Puckett and soloist Sarah Frisof, assistant professor of flute. Douglas Stotter conducts the UT Arlington Wind Symphony. $3 with student ID. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 817-272-2533.

Friday, April 16

Men's Tennis Nicholls State. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center., 817-272-2261.

Friday Night Movie: The Book of Eli A warrior by necessity, Eli seeks only peace. Free. 8 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center., 817-272-2963.

Saturday, April 17

Mavs Spring Jam UTA presents local bands in concert. Free. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Sunday, April 18

Faculty Violin Recital Martha Walvoord of the music faculty performs. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar,, 817-272-3471.

Monday, April 19

Guest Pianist Concert Pianist Hee Kyung Juhn of Henderson State University in Arkansas performs. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar,, 817-272-3471.

Late Night Jazz Sampler Music students and faculty perform in a late night jazz concert. 8 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar,, 817-272-3471.

Wednesday, April 21

$2 Movie: An American in Paris Gene Kelly sings, dances, and jokes around Paris. Planetarium. 817-272-1183, Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24.

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music calendar,, 817-272-3471.

Through April 23

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition Iris Bechtol's intermedia works are through April 16, with Clinton Rawls' film/video exhibit April 19-23. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-5658.

Through April 24

Outside Influences 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.

Through May 31

Timpani: New Works Consider the sound of a timpani, building 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 a similar manner by allowing ideas to rise intuitively to conscious form in this art exhibit. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 817-272-5988.


Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

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

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

Learn More


Tuesday, April 13

Preventing violence against women

Protecting Lives: For Women only "Preventing Violence Against Women" covers who is a predator, signals to watch for in strangers or new acquaintances, dating relationships, risk factors of a violent personal assault, and drug/alcohol facilitated sexual assaults. RSVP at For female students. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Officer Randy Reynolds,, 817-272-3381.

Wednesday, April 14

Food for Thought: Dispelling Diet and Exercise Myths Explore the truth about organic food and organic products with Brie Woods, a registered dietitian at the Maverick Activities Center. Bring a sack lunch and a notepad. Noon-1 p.m., Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center.

Engineering Lecture Series 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.

Thursday, April 15

Adventures in Antiquity Symposium Janet Spittler, assistant professor of religion at TCU, lectures on "Credulity and Credibility: Miraculous Anecdotes in Paradoxography and Early Christian Literature." The winner of the Douglas Carvey Prize for best student essay in classical studies will be announced. 3 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Charles Chiasson,, 817-272-3216.

Art and Art History Lecture An internationally recognized artist Buzz Spector, dean of the College and Graduate School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, presents works in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, photography, printmaking, book arts, and installation. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building.

Biology Colloquium Series Oscar Flores-Villela, investigator for Museo de Zoologia, and Alfonso L. Herrera, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, present "The Making of a National Herpetofauna: The Herpetofauna of Mexico." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. 817-272-2872.

Friday, April 16

Roles of Nanoscale Phenomena in the Mechanics of Nano/Bio Material Ashfaq Adnan of Northwestern University shows how nanoscale phenomena can dramatically impact the physical and mechanical properties of materials at the nanoscale. 2:30 p.m., Room 208, Woolf Hall. 817-272-2500.

Saturday, April 17

Workshop: Is Entrepreneurship For You? The Center for Innovation at Arlington and the College of Business present an interactive workshop for people exploring the opportunity of entrepreneurship. Register online. $25. 8 a.m.-noon. Arlington Chamber of Commerce, 505 E. Border. Sergio Bento,, 817-543-4295.

RAD: Ladies Self-Defense Class The RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) class is open to all female students, faculty, and staff. UT Arlington Police Department RAD-certified instructors lead class participants in such topics as self-defense and the law, risk awareness, risk avoidance, the decision to resist, and the 10 basic principles of self-defense. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 135, Maverick Activities Center. Ron Cook,, 817-272-3902.

Tuesday, April 20

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 21

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,

Friday, April 23

Nuclear Engineering Workshop Attend this free workshop to learn about the renewed global interest in nuclear power, the UT Arlington nuclear engineering program, existing scholarships, and future career opportunities in the field. Reservations encouraged. Free. Noon-2:30 p.m., Room 112, Nedderman Hall. Rasool Kenarangui,, 817-272-3423.

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

Sports Notes
  Teri Lyles

No score: Teri Lyles pitched two shutouts in the series with Stephen F. Austin, and was named Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Shutouts provide softball sweep against Ladyjacks

Maverick pitchers did not allow a run in three games, sweeping the Southland Conference softball series from league-leading Stephen F. Austin over the weekend. Freshman Teri Lyles hurled two shutouts, and senior Cara Hulme pitched the other as the Mavericks improved to 13-7 in conference play.

Now in a virtual tie with Nicholls State for third place in the conference, UT Arlington will travel to Sam Houston State for three games this weekend.

Tracksters excel, break record at North Texas Classic

Women's and men's track teams won seven events and broke a meet record Saturday at the North Texas Classic in Denton.

For the women, first-place finishers were Kisha Gaspard in the 800, Jerono Patrober in the 1500, Kimberly Strong in the heptathlon, and the 4x100-meter relay team.

Heinz Schwarzkopf set a meet record for the men in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Cordero Gray in the 200 and Isiah Clements in the high jump were also winners.

The latest NCAA rankings list Gray with the third best time in the West Region in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 10.28, which is also eighth best in the nation.

Winning streak ends for women's tennis in loss to Northwestern State

Northwestern State downed the Mavericks 6-1 Saturday in a battle of Southland Conference women's tennis unbeatens. The Lady Demons finished the conference season with an 11-0 mark while UT Arlington is 10-1. The conference tournament begins Friday, April 23, in Corpus Christi.

The men's tennis team is 1-1 in SLC play and has three league matches this week. The Mavericks play at UT Pan American in a designated conference match today, then will play UT San Antonio on Wednesday before closing out the conference season Friday against Nicholls State at the UTA Tennis Center.

Sports shorts

The baseball team dropped two out of three games to No. 22 Southeastern Louisiana over the weekend and is 8-7 in conference play. The Mavericks will host Baylor at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 13, at Clay Gould Ballpark. ... Outfielder Michael Choice has been named a mid-season All-American by Baseball America. One of only three outfielders selected to the 11-man national squad, Choice is batting .398 with 11 home runs and 31 runs batted in. ... The golf team finished second at the Shocker Classic last week and is playing in the Jim West Intercollegiate this week in Victoria.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Mentoring program provides help for veterans

Baptist Student Ministry group confronts poverty

Student loan program doesn't need banks

"To have people like Jeff go through what he's been through and sit beside some of our students in some of those classrooms and be able to give the message to some of our students who have not had those experiences is a win, win for UTA."

"At our BSM, we have commuter students who live all over Dallas-Fort Worth, and when they come together on this trip, it helps them bond. Then they can go back to the campus and work together there."

"The more money we can put into grants, the less money students have to borrow."

— Shirley Theriot, director of Community and Service Learning, on a mentoring program that helps veterans.
Fox News Channel

— Gary Stidham, director of the Baptist Student Ministry, concerning a mission trip to low-income neighborhoods in San Antonio.
The Baptist Standard

— Karen Krause, executive director of financial aid and scholarships, on a law that goes into effect July 1 that will free up money for student grants.



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