For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Meningitis immunization required 10 days before move-in

Students who are new to UT Arlington for the fall term must show evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis at least 10 days before moving into their on-campus home.

Proof of vaccination and a medical release form are due to the Health Services Center by Friday, Aug. 13. Students can move into campus housing on Monday, Aug. 23.

The Health Services Center offers the vaccine to students, Bob Blum, health center director, says. Call 817-272-2771 to make an appointment.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial meningitis can be quite severe. The disease is spread by close contact with someone with the disease, such as coughing, sharing eating utensils, or kissing.

The state law requiring the vaccine for all students who live on campus went into effect Jan. 1 this year. The new law is named for UT Austin student Jamie Schanbaum, who became infected as a sophomore in November 2008. Schanbaum had to have both legs amputated below her knees and lost most of her fingers.

Read more about the University's housing policy and UT Arlington's policy on meningitis exposure.

Download the medical release and mandatory bacterial meningitis vaccination forms from the Health Services Center website.

Read more about bacterial meningitis at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control's website.

Garbage: The Movie

Film explains how garbage has created a mess in world, our lives

Garbage has a big impact on the world, and one free movie tells how.

"Garbage: The Movie" shows how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time. Writer and director Andrew Nisker takes an average urban family and asks them to keep every scrap of garbage they create for three months. Then he takes them on a journey to find out where it all goes and what it's doing to the world.

The flick is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Bring a sack lunch; dessert and drinks provided.

The Office of Sustainability hosts the program. Contact Becky Valentich at or 817-272-0199 with questions.

Save the date for MavsMeet Convocation on Aug. 25

Celebrate the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year with the annual MavsMeet Convocation. The event will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, in Texas Hall.

This year's speakers include President James D. Spaniolo, Provost Donald R. Bobbitt, School of Architecture Dean Donald F. Gatzke, and Vice President for Student Affairs Frank R. Lamas. Guest speakers are physics Professor Kaushik De and Student Congress President Aaron Resendez.

The kickoff ceremony also includes a performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band and a musical offering from Tim Ishii, saxophonist, associate professor of music, and coordinator of jazz studies. An after party will be held on the Central Library mall.

For more information, go to or call 817-272-6080.

Fresh Pix Tommy Sealock

Study hall

Tommy Sealock, marketing sophomore, studies for an exam in a hallway in the Fine Arts Building.


All quiet on Library's third floor

The third floor of Central Library is now a quiet study area, like the fifth floor.

Work was completed this summer to remodel some study areas, put in group study rooms, upgrade lighting, install a fire sprinkler system, replace carpeting and vinyl flooring, paint, and put in new furniture.

The fourth and fifth floors received the same renovations during the summer of 2009.

Volunteer to welcome, help students at annual Residence Hall Move-in Event

The Move-in Event is a campus-wide initiative to help residence hall students move into their new homes. More than 500 faculty, staff, and student volunteers are on hand throughout the day to welcome students and parents.

The event is sponsored by Apartment and Residence Life and is part of Maverick Stampede Welcome Week.

  Fresh Clip Movin Mavs Rodney HawkinsVideo Extra

Smooth moves

Several Movin' Mavs players volunteered their time to teach wheelchair basketball skills to campers, including three incoming freshmen. One new teammate, Alex Gonzalez, explains why he returned to camp a second year and chose UT Arlington.

Project Success needs clothing donations for student interview attire

Give that extra suit, slacks, shoes, or other business attire a new home through Project Success. The new student organization helps students and alumni who need proper business attire for job interviews.

Students or alumni earn the clothing by volunteering to staff the clothes closet and help categorize the clothing.

Donations are needed for both men and women in all sizes. Donations should be appropriate for a professional job interview, not casual attire.

To donate or to request attire for a job interview, contact Cheri Butler in Career Services at 817-272‑2942 or

Engineering student recruitment and retention program receives funding

Underclassmen are the targets of a new program intended to produce more graduates with engineering degrees.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will involve research teams made up of undergraduate students paired with College of Engineering faculty members and high school teachers who are participating in an on-going Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program.

The REU program is funded by a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant. The NSF also funds the RET program. Participants will concentrate in the fields of civil, electrical, and computer engineering as they apply to topics in hazard mitigation.

Read more about the engineering recruitment and retention program.

Nursing student receives research excellence award while in Jamaica

Jakki Opollo, a nursing doctoral student, was awarded the 2010 Stephen D. Latte Award for Research Excellence during the 2010 International Nurse Researchers Internship in Jamaica.

The internship is a project of the Global Health Research Initiative, a Canadian agency that strives to improve and strengthen health systems in low to middle-income countries.

Her research interest area is related to HIV/AIDS and its impact on the nursing work force in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more about the Global Health Research Initiative.

The Shorthorn website wins national recognition

The Society of Professional Journalists has named The Shorthorn's website,, one of the top three college news websites in the nation. The awards will be presented at the SPJ's national convention in Las Vegas in September.

  Fresh Pix Roy Bynum

Paper chase

Jared Miller, left, architecture sophomore, and Matt Killingsworth, center, software engineering sophomore, lend a hand to Roy Bynum, a maintenance worker with Campus Recreation, in moving paper and supplies.

Technique for repairing small blood vessels being developed

Huge improvements have been made in using stents to repair damages veins and arteries, but little progress has been made to repair damaged small blood vessels. However, biomedical engineering researchers at UT Arlington believe they have found a way to help the body regenerate small diameter vascular grafts and have secured a two-year, $140,000 grant from the American Heart Association to refine their process.

Read more about the small blood vessel repair research.

College of Nursing receives grant for best practices in graduation rate

The College of Nursing was recognized for its best practices in its graduation rate by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Nursing received a grant for being one of three of the state's nine eligible schools recognized as top performers for achieving 85 percent or higher graduation rate and 85 percent or higher pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam in 2009.

UT Arlington received this Nursing Education Performance Initiative (NEPI) award based on having one of the highest scores for best practices in retaining and graduating students from their initial licensure programs.

Nursing's BSN program has a graduation rate of more than 90 percent, and 93 percent to 98 percent of graduates pass their initial nursing licensure exam.

The annual award was instituted by the 80th Texas Legislature to address the state's nursing shortage.

Information on UT Arlington's best practices will be disseminated statewide as a resource to other nursing programs. The College of Nursing will use the cash award to strengthen its recruitment and retention efforts and use of simulation learning technology.

Check List


August 3

Last day to drop classes for summer II five-weeks

August 12

Last day of classes for summer terms

August 16-17

Final exams for summer terms

August 25

Registration ends for fall term

August 26

First day of classes for fall term

Preorder official transcripts

You can order transcripts online and request to hold for grades or, if you are graduating this summer, request to hold for degree posting.

Dropping a class today? Read this first

The last day to drop for five-week summer II is Tuesday, Aug. 3. Be sure you've checked to see what the impact of dropping classes will be on financial aid or your ability to drop classes in the future.

Students who entered a Texas public college or university in August 2007 or later are limited to dropping six courses during their undergraduate career. UT Arlington's implementation of the limitation of dropped courses and academic regulations are online.

Registration for fall 2010 continues

Registration for the fall semester continues. Check the registration timetables online.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at and 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 (hold). A list of advising offices is online.

Students who want to register for fall must have their summer and fall academic department service indicators released by their adviser.

The undergraduate catalog and graduate catalog for summer II and fall are online.

Final exams slated for Aug. 16-17

Final exams for the 11-week summer session are scheduled Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 16-17. For the second five-week summer session, finals are Monday, Aug. 16, only. Check the final exam schedule online.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Vintage Computer Festival calculates this weekend


Do you ever get nostalgic for punch cards, TR-80s, Atari, and other earlier computer worlds? Then reminisce with these and more at the Vintage Computer Festival Southwest.

The fest is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 7-8, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

See early models of computers and experience the technologies, people, and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 17 and younger. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and the Museum of Information Technology at Arlington.

Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 3-6

Texas Cello Academy and Festival Directed by cello Professor Elizabeth Morrow, the festival features four evenings of concerts: Tuesday, faculty concert; Wednesday, 440 Alliance; Thursday, student small ensembles; and Friday, student solo performers and the Festival Cello Orchestra, which features the 64 students, ages 9-19. Free 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Department of Music, 817-272-3471.

Wednesday, Aug. 4

$2 Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs If wishes were fishes, or meatballs, carry an umbrella. Rated G. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, Aug. 5

Free Drive-in Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory The 1972 classic stars Gene Wilder. Rated G. Pull up your car to the parking lot northwest of the MAC. Concession for drinks, candy. Free popcorn. Free. 8:45 p.m., parking Lot 33, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Through Aug. 7

For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010 The personal papers of labor and political activist John "J.W." Jackson, as well as numerous items from the Texas Labor Archives at UT Arlington. Free. Summer hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 817-272-7511.

Wednesday, Aug. 11

Immortal Life

$2 Movie: Fly Me to the Moon Take an insect's view of the Apollo 11 mission. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, Aug. 12

Mavs Book Club The new book club starts with "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. 5:30 p.m., basement, Central Library. Mavs Book Club blog,,, 817-272-7521.

Wednesday, Aug. 18

$2 Movie: Where the Wild Things Are Max and friends have a wild ol' time. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Wednesday, August 25

$2 Movie: Alice in Wonderland Go ask Alice what the dormouse said. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Through Aug. 31

MFA Summer Exhibition The third annual summer exhibition by 16 Master of Fine Arts students represents the Department of Art and Art History graduate program in intermedia studio, glass, visual communication, and film and video. Free. Summer hours 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-2891.


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 The summer schedule, which runs through Aug. 22, includes Astronaut; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Texas Stargazing; Two Small Pieces of Glass; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; and Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

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

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Wednesday, Aug. 4

Constructed Wetlands: Application of a Green Treatment Technology Tim Noack of Alan Plummer Associates provides examples of constructed wetlands, which mimic natural systems. They are simple, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly. Free to first-time guests; $5 others. Reservations required. 7-8 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall.

Saturday, Aug. 7

MBA and Graduate Business Information Forum If you are considering pursuing a master's degree in business, you will want to attend the forum for MBA and graduate business programs. Register online. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Room 147, Business Building., 817-272-3005.

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

Sports Notes
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Volleyball team receives academic award

The UT Arlington volleyball team was one of 94 NCAA Division I programs that earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Team of the Year Award for the 2009-2010 season.

The AVCA Team Academic Award honors athletes with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale during the full academic year.

Ten Maverick volleyball student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 GPA in both the fall and spring semesters. Six recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs. UT Arlington had a 3.411 team GPA for the spring semester and a 3.353 team GPA in the fall semester.

Under the direction of head coach Diane Seymour, the Mavericks have tallied at least a 3.0 team GPA in 12 consecutive semesters, dating to Seymour's first season as head coach in 2004.

Lawn games, poker tournament last of summer intramurals

There's still time to sign up for intramural programs offered by Campus Recreation. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members may participate, provided they have a valid membership at the Maverick Activities Center.

Backyard/lawn games include horseshoes, washers, and bean bag toss Thursday, Aug. 5, on the outdoor courts. Registration starts at 6 p.m. with the singles and doubles competition at 7 p.m. The games are free and include free burgers and hot dogs.

A poker tournament Tuesday, Aug. 10, gives players 5,000 tournament chips for the no-limit, Texas Hold 'Em play, starting at 7 p.m. in the MAC game lounge. The competition is free. The champion receives a $50 UT Arlington Bookstore gift card and a T-shirt, and the runner-up gets a $25 gift card.

Sports shorts

Michael Choice signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. He was drafted by the A's in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June. Choice reported to the Athletics spring training facility in Phoenix, Ariz., Thursday, and will play with Oakland's short-season single-A affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians. ... Marquez Haynes signed to play for a professional basketball team in France after playing for the Detroit Pistons summer league team earlier this month.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Master's program studies 'green'

Judge's ruling doesn't bother cheerleaders

Incorrect words can gain acceptance

"We'll look at new products and how customers really care about where they came from, what they're made of, and what will happen after they use it. It's changing how companies are marketing products and where they are getting their supply."

"We're still going to go to the games. We're still going to go to our competitions. But as long as they continue to allow us to do that, I don't see it as a problem being called a sport or not as a sport."

"The word ... doesn't necessarily add any additional meaning beyond what is found in other individual words. But the new term is evocative as a blend because it resonates with 'repudiate,' 'refute' and 'refuse' mingled together."

— Dr. Mike West, executive director of the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center, on the new master's program in sustainability.
Fort Worth Business Press

— Jessica Bollum, Maverick cheerleader, on whether cheerleading is a sport after a judge ruled it is not according to Title IX guidelines.
NBC Channel 5

— Dr. Laurel Smith Stvan, associate professor of linguistics, on the malapropism "refudiate" used by Sarah Palin.



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