For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Maverick Ring

Maverick ring ceremony tonight

Juniors and seniors take part in a Maverick tradition when they receive their official Maverick ring from President James D. Spaniolo today, Tuesday, April 27. The Maverick ring ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

When all students have received their rings, there is a ceremonial opening of the ring boxes followed by the story of the ring. Recipients also can sign the official Maverick Ring Registry.

After the ceremony, all the newest official Maverick ring recipients and their guests are invited to a reception where they can have photos taken with Blaze the Mascot or a statue of the University logo.

Read more about the official Maverick ring and who is eligible to wear it.

Maverick Celebration poster

Maverick Celebration at Levitt Pavilion

UT Arlington honors the Class of 2010 and its achievements during Maverick Celebration, the end-of-year bash formerly called Graduation Celebration, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 7. The event will be held for the first time at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.

Dallas Morning News columnist William McKenzie, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing, will deliver the keynote address. Speakers include President James D. Spaniolo and student Wendy Okolo, who will graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering.

The festivities will be highlighted by a fireworks display. Faculty, staff, students, friends, and family are invited to stay and dance under the stars, with Texas alt-country band Micky and the Motorcars, the UT Arlington Festival Band, and others. No tickets are needed for this free event, which includes free food and drinks, at the pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to Texas Hall.

McKenzie built a career in opinion writing after earning a master's degree in political science from UT Arlington in 1979. A Fort Worth native, he spearheaded the launch of Texas Faith, a weekly online discussion about religion, politics, and culture. He also moderates the Morning News' Education Front blog.

McKenzie credits his political science professors—Luther Haggard, Luther Wayne Odom, and Charles Knerr—with helping him identify a career path he loves. He says his remarks will be "from the heart."

"Never give up," McKenzie says he wants students to know. "Even if you flop, which I did a bit coming out of college, you get back up."

Early voting on campus this week in Palo Duro for local elections

Early voting in local elections is on campus 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, April 27-28, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Ballots will be available for residents of Tarrant County.

Election day is Saturday, May 8. Voters should contact the Tarrant County Elections Office for more information about their voting precincts.

  Fresh Pix The Big Event 2010

Big help

Student volunteers, from left, Lizette Barrera, Kevin Smalls, and Juan Pérez added to Saturday's big numbers for The Big Event, UT Arlington's annual day of community service. The 55 project sites saw 929 volunteers perform 1,026.5 hours of work for others. Check out more photos on Facebook of The Big Event and Saturday evening's thank-you celebration concert, Spring Fest.

'Dead Week' alive with activities

The quiet before the finals, traditionally known as "Dead Week," is anything but with study assistance and activities to break the stress of exams.

Blow off some stress and come ready to sweat for Pre-Exam Jam 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in Room 135 of the Maverick Activities Center. Studies show that students who exercise do better in school. The free workout is a combination of exercises for all UTA students. Water and healthy snacks will be provided.

The Central Library will stay open 24 hours Friday-Saturday, May 7-8. Regular hours are 24 hours from 9 a.m. Sundays to 8 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays. Check for other campus library hours.

The Math Clinic has extended its hours from 8 a.m. Friday, May 7, to 2 a.m. Saturday, May 8; and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 8. The clinic is in Room 314 of Pickard Hall. Regular hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 1-9 p.m. Sundays. Call 817-272-5674.

Late Night Breakfast is a filling tradition at 9:30-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 10-11, at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Breakfast is $2.75 in the Connection Café. Enjoy free games at Bowling & Billiards during those hours. The Residence Hall Association sponsors free movies after breakfast at 11 p.m.: Sherlock Holmes on Monday and The Blind Side on Tuesday in the Rosebud Theatre.

How well do you know the Student Code of Conduct?

Help the Office of Student Conduct increase awareness about its policies and procedures by watching this online video. Just by watching, you'll have a chance to win one of five $5 gift cards to Starbucks. The chance to win ends Tuesday, May 4.

For more information, contact Andrea Barefield with the Office of Student Conduct at 817-272-2354 or

Campus voters elect new Student Congress president, Mr. and Ms. UTA

Student voters cast their ballots in campus elections last week. Aaron Resendez is Student Congress president for 2010-11, with Annie Liu as vice president. The new Mr. and Ms. UTA are Ricky Irving and Miriam Zehaie.

More information on the election and student government is available through the Office of Student Governance.

  Fresh Pix Earth Day 2010

Spring planting

Clarissa Staples, left, nursing sophomore, and her friend Micah Hall pick up some oregano at the Earth Day festivities Wednesday. Herb plants and environmentally friendly water bottles were among the freebies. The event was the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day.

Lipscomb Hall wins RecycleMania

Lipscomb Hall was named the RecycleMania winner at the Residence Hall Association's Block Party Tuesday night, April 20. Lipscomb received $350 to purchase equipment for the community.

UT Arlington totaled 207,608 pounds of recyclable materials—or 7.03 pounds per person—which was 30,616 pounds more than during the 2009 competition. The 10-week competition ran from Jan. 17 to March 27.

In 2009 the University recycled 1,065,104 pounds, or 532.55 tons. Of that total, paper accounted for 619,021.50 pounds. University apartments and residence halls recycled 186,558.12 pounds of paper, plastic, aluminum, and steel.

"I think each year that we provide more awareness and education, our numbers will continue to increase," says Becky Valentich, recycling coordinator and a board member of the Texas Alliance for Recycling. "Also, we get a new round of freshmen each year that we need to educate."

For the 2010 event, recycling weight was not taken for campus competitors. Instead, apartment areas and residence halls were judged based on their promotion of RecycleMania and events to educate residents about recycling and waste management. Competitors' scrapbooks were judged by members of the University Sustainability Committee and the Apartment and Residence Life staff.

RecycleMania began in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University. This year more than 600 colleges and universities recycled or composted more than 84 million pounds of material in 10 weeks.

Read more about RecycleMania online.

Volunteers needed to welcome Maverick families to Commencement

Share the excitement of nearly 2,500 UT Arlington graduates and their guests by celebrating with them the most important accomplishment of their Maverick career: the transition from students to alumni.

Staff, faculty, and student volunteers are needed to assist with Commencement exercises May 13-17. Volunteers greet guests, give directions, and help guests with special needs. To volunteer, send your name, department, phone number, e-mail address, polo shirt size (S-XXXL), and your choice of ceremony (choose more than one if you like) to Susann Asebedo by Friday, April 30.

  Fresh Pix President's Convocation 2010

Scholarly procession

Some of 280 students wait to be recognized as University Scholars at the President's Convocation for Academic Excellence on Thursday in Texas Hall. Tom Luce, chief executive officer of the National Math and Science Initiative, spoke on the value of education throughout life. The convocation was part of Academic Excellence Week.

No parking on Doug Russell Road

Members of the UT Arlington community are reminded not to park along Doug Russell Road on the southeast side of campus, near Lots 49, 50, and 52. The street runs east-west between South Cooper and South Pecan streets, south of West Mitchell Street.

No Parking signs are posted along the north and south side of Doug Russell Road. Violators may be ticketed.

Parking is available in campus lots with a University decal. For more information, visit the Parking Office website at or call 817-272-3907.

Symphony concerts highlight week

Enjoy a wealth of musical talent this week offered by the Department of Music. All events are in the Irons Recital Hall at the Fine Arts Building.

Clifton Evans directs the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, as Scott Pool and Sarah Frisof perform for the premiere of George Chave's "Scherzo for Flute, Bassoon, and Orchestra." Admission is $3 with student ID.

An opera workshop performance features students performing songs and scenes from various operas and plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1. Also on Saturday, a Bassoon Studio Recital will feature the students of music Professor Scott Pool at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for all Friday and Saturday events.

Closing out the spring music season is a choir concert by the University Singers and A Capella Choir at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2. Admission is $3 with student ID.

Contact the Department of Music at 817-272-3471 for more details.

Scholarship offered for student committed to Native Americans

Applications for the Native American Student Association scholarship are due Monday, May 3. The $1,100 scholarship is for a student who has demonstrated a commitment to a Native American community. Applications are available from Professor Kenneth Roemer in the Department of English. Call 817-272-2729 for more details.

Fresh Pix Ransom Hall

Ransom renovation

Renovation of Ransom Hall is approximately 30 days ahead of schedule, and work should be finished prior to the targeted completion date of Aug. 1, according to John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. Ransom will house University College, which includes University Studies, University Advising, Student Support Services, Counseling Services, and Student Success programs.


See the Planetarium's $2 movies in May

Take a break from studying to enjoy a bargain on the big screen. The Planetarium's $2 movies are shown at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) is this week's flick, followed by The Princess and the Frog (G) May 5 and 7-8. Other films are Dream Girls (PG-13) May 12 and 14-15; Planet 51 (PG) May 19 and 21-22; and Astro Boy (PG) May 26 and 28-29

For details or a list of other Planetarium shows, call 817-272-1183 or go online to

Student groups must don their T-shirts for freebies at Tailgate Tuesday

Student organizations can show their pride on Tailgate Tuesday, May 4, when the UT Arlington Mavericks take on the Dallas Baptist Patriots at Clay Gould Ballpark. Tailgating starts at 5:30 p.m. with the baseball game at 6:30 p.m.

Throw on one of your organization's T-shirts and enjoy a free cookout, yard games, and free entry into Blaze's Late Night Breakfast Race with winners receiving tickets to the Late Night Breakfast. Students must be wearing their organization's shirt to receive a meal and be entered into the attendance giveaway. Meet at the patio area outside the ballpark.

The student organization with the most attendees at the game will receive a free catered lunch for their student group.

The evening is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and UT Arlington Athletics. Call 817-272-6080 for more information.

Check List


May 7

Last day of classes

Maverick Celebration

May 8-14

Final exams

May 13-17

Commencement ceremonies

Preorder final transcript

Students can preorder transcripts online. Be sure to mark requests to hold for grade posting if you are not graduating or degree posting if you are graduating.

Check junk mail folder for misplaced e-mails

An error in the student e-mail system may have caused some official UT Arlington e-mails to be mistakenly filed in your e-mail Junk Mail folder. The source of the problem has been corrected, but previously delivered e-mails may still exist in your Junk Mail folder. Please check this folder for important misfiled e-mails.

Contact the OIT HelpDesk at or call a 817-272-2208 with questions about this issue.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Sesame Street friends explore the night sky

One World One Sky

Be the first to see Elmo, Big Bird, and their new friend Hu Hu Zhu as they discover the night sky together in One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure at the Planetarium.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Together, they locate the Big Dipper, the North Star, and the Moon in the night sky. Use your imagination to explore the moon. Return to Earth and discover that even though we live far away, we all live under the same sky.

Show times are 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays in May.

Tickets are $3 with student ID; $4 for youth 18 and younger, seniors 65 and older, alumni, faculty, and staff; $6 for adults.

For more details, contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183.

Tuesday, April 27

Celebrate National Cheerleading Champs Join the UT Arlington cheerleaders for cake and refreshments in a celebration of their national championship at the National Collegiate Cheerleading Association's competition. 4 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.

Maverick Ring Ceremony Watch juniors and seniors receive their Official Maverick Ring and sign the Official Maverick Ring Registry. Reception to follow. 6 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center., 817-272-2594.

Wednesday, April 28

Homerathon The Homerathon is a day-long oral recitation of Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey." Enthusiastic readers and performers are needed and can sign up online. Texts in English translation are available in advance in Room 305, Carlisle Hall. Recitation in Greek and other arcane languages is encouraged for those who dare. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Charles C. Chiasson,, 817-272-3216.

$2 Movie: Sherlock Holmes The original detective story retold. Planetarium. 817-272-1183, Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1.

Thursday, April 29

Symphony Orchestra Concert Clifton Evans conducts the spring concert for the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra, featuring Scott Pool and Sarah Frisof performing the premiere of George Chave's "Scherzo for Flute, Bassoon, and Orchestra." $3 with student ID. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Friday, April 30

Opera Workshop Performance Students performing songs and scenes from various operas and plays. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Also 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Music, 817-272-3471.

Saturday, May 1

Bassoon Studio Recital The bassoon students of music Professor Scott Pool perform. Free. 2:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Sunday, May 2

Choir Concert The University Singers and A Cappella Choir perform. $3 with student ID. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Four Seasons Choral Society Concert The 17th annual performance features Chinese folk songs accompanied by Chinese Orchestra. Free. 3 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Terry Wang,, 817-274-7094.

May 3-15

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition BFA graduating students show their works. Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 7. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-5658,

Tuesday, May 4

Tailgate Tuesday Throw on one of your organization's T-shirts and enjoy a free cookout, yard games, prizes, and more as the Mavericks play baseball against Dallas Baptist. Free. Tailgate 5:30-6:30 p.m., game 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. 817-272-6080.

Wednesday, May 5

SAA Renewal Fair Renew your membership or join the Student Alumni Association and receive a free lunch and 10 percent off textbooks. Prizes and raffles. $20 membership. 1-2 p.m., Central Library mall., 817-272-1367.

Through May 31

Timpani: New Works 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.)

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Thursday, April 29

GIS Workshop: Find Houses to Flip Learn how Geographic Information Systems can be used to analyze the residential property market in Tarrant County to identify ideal investment houses to flip. This hands-on workshop requires no GIS or real estate experience. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. Joshua Been,, 817-272-5826.

Biology Colloquium Series Seminar on "Automated Imaging Flow Cytometry for Early Warning of Harmful Algal Blooms" presented by Lisa Campbell, professor of biology and oceanography at Texas A&M University. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 817-272-2872.

Friday, April 30

Psychology Department Colloquium Sarah Hill, assistant professor of social psychology at Texas Christian University, presents "Courtship, Competition, and Social Cognition: An Evolutionary Approach to Human Decision Making." Noon, Room 122, Life Science Building. Psychology, 817-272-2281.

Tuesday, May 4

Crush out cigarettes

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, May 5

Challenges in 21st Century Engineering Education Jonathan Bredow, professor and chair of electrical engineering, discusses current challenges faced by educators and educational institutions. Light breakfast provided. Reservations online. Free for students. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 817-272-3682.

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,

Engineering Lecture Series David Peters, McDonnell Douglas Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace and Structural Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, presents "Boomers, Bloomers and Zoomers: A personal perspective on the space race" on a partnership that began in 19th century, agricultural America and ended with landing men on the moon. Reservations online. Free. 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Amber Wiederhold,, 817-272-0074.

Thursday, May 6

Intro Adobe Dreamweaver Explore the tools necessary to use Adobe's powerful Web editing software. Learn the basics of HTML, choose a layout, create tables, upload photographs, and insert hyperlinks. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Digital Media Studio, Room B29, Central Library.

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

Sports Notes
Daiana Negreanu

Nets first team: Junior Daiana Negreanu finished her season 12-3 overall and earned a spot on the All-Southland Conference's first team.


Netters finish second; Negreanu named to All-SLC team

The women's and men's tennis teams both came up one match short of winning the Southland Conference Tournament on Sunday in Corpus Christi, Texas. The women dropped a 4-3 decision to Northwestern State in the finals while the men lost 4-0 to UT San Antonio in the title match.

The women finished their season with a 13-7 overall record while the men closed at 9-12. Daiana Negreanu, a junior on the women's team, earned first team All-Southland Conference recognition.

Home runs lift Mavericks to baseball sweep

Michael Choice tied the school career record for home runs as the Mavericks swept a three-game Southland Conference series from Central Arkansas last weekend at Clay Gould Ballpark. Chad Comer also homered Sunday as the Mavericks moved into a tie for fourth in the SLC standings.

Choice hit his 13th home run of the season in the eighth inning of Sunday's game to equal the school career mark of 31 set by Matt Mize in 1998-99. The Mavericks are at Oklahoma State at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 27, and return to conference action this weekend at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Get your poker face on for Texas Hold'em tourney

Texas Hold 'em is the game for the Intramural Spring Poker Tournament at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the second floor game lounge at the Maverick Activities Center. Registration is free and begins at 7 p.m.

Each player will receive 5,000 tournament chips. Blinds will increase every 15 minutes until one player has all the chips. Tournament champion will receive a $50 gift card from the UT Arlington Bookstore and an intramural championship T-shirt. Runner-up will receive a $25 gift card from the bookstore.

Read more about the poker tournament online or contact the Department of Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.

Sports shorts

McNeese State swept a three-game softball series from the Mavericks last weekend. Despite the losses, UT Arlington remains in third place in the Southland Conference with a 15-10 record. They play at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend. ... Cordero Gray placed fifth in the 100-meter dash at the prestigious Drake Relays on Saturday. The men's and women's track teams will compete in the Northwestern State Invitational on Saturday, May 1. ... Sign up for a wheelchair tennis tournament from 5-6 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 27, at the UTA Tennis Center. Play begins at 6 p.m.

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