For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Study buddy: Mariah Bacchus, aerospace engineering sophomore, picked up her MavPack on Monday to prepare for final exams. The backpacks include study tips, snacks, and other items students may need to study for finals. The packs are sold by the Student Alumni Association.

Find some fun, relaxation, recreation during study crunch before finals

Break the study cycle with some exercise and relaxation during the final days before finals.

Blow off some stress and come ready to sweat for the Pre-Exam Jam at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in Room 135 of the Maverick Activities Center. Join this high-energy stress-relieving exercise class that will include a combination of your favorites. Water and healthy snacks provided.

Unwind with the Spa Retreat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Professional technicians help you relax at this Student Health Advisory Council-sponsored indulgence.

Late Night Breakfast provides students with a study break 9:30-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 13-14. A full breakfast menu is offered at the Connection Café for only $3, and cash, credit, MavMoney, Dining Dollars, or the meal plan are accepted. Also find discounts at Bowling and Billiards and a movie in the Rosebud Theatre.

Enjoy some quiet time at Mindful Moments 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 235 of the Business Building. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives.

When you're back to the books, find help at college-based clinics and labs, such as the Math Clinic and the Writing Center, and supplemental instruction and tutoring through University College.

Snow Day 2010

Is the University open today?

Texas weather can change drastically in just a few minutes and at the most inconvenient times. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will classes continue?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all students, faculty, and staff should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways for faculty, staff, and students to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University e-mail in TrailBlazer EXTRA (students) and MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Maurice Leatherbury

Dr. Maurice Leatherbury

Maurice Leatherbury named interim vice president for information technology, starts Monday

President James D. Spaniolo announced to vice presidents and deans last week that Maurice Leatherbury has been named interim vice president for information technology.

Dr. Leatherbury, who has served as senior adviser for technology for the past six weeks, will replace Suzanne Montague, who will retire at the end of January after 28 years of service to the University.

"Maurice is a seasoned information technology professional and possesses a wealth of experience in higher education," President Spaniolo says.

Leatherbury will assume day-to-day management of the Office of Information Technology on Monday, Dec. 13. He will serve in the interim role until the search for a vice president for information technology is complete.

Prior to joining UT Arlington, Leatherbury served 17 years in senior positions at the University of North Texas, most recently as vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

Security escort available to students after dark

Staying late to study? UT Arlington Police encourage students to avoid walking alone after dark. The Maverick Ride escort service is available from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. To request a security escort, call 817-272-3381.

  Fresh Pix Etiquette Dinner - Sondra Showels

Dining right

Sondra Showels, a senior majoring in health care administration, practices proper table manners Tuesday at the Leadership Center Etiquette Dinner in the Carlisle Suite at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Representatives from the Career Center assist with the annual dinner, which provides guidance on proper etiquette.

Make a change with your change

Make a difference this holiday season by donating your spare change.

The Leadership Center's MavsACT SAVES (Students Against Victimization Exposing Slavery) Committee is collecting donations from noon to 2 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 10, in Booth 5 at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Or drop off change at the Leadership Center, Room B140 in the University Center.

Proceeds benefit Mosaic Family Services, Inc. of Dallas, a nonprofit community-based organization that provides free services to North Texas refugees and immigrants who are victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.

University College Galleries opens Wednesday featuring student artists

A reception to mark the opening of the University College Galleries is set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Ransom Hall. Refreshments will be served in the third floor study lounge.

The University College Galleries brings together 30 pieces of art from a variety of media on a wide range of subjects. The galleries will house a rotating series of work created by students in the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts.

The galleries are located on the second and third floors of Ransom Hall. The artists will be available noon-12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, see University College and the Department of Art and Art History.

Marching band to perform during halftime Sunday at Cowboys Stadium

UT Arlington's marching band will perform Sunday, Dec. 12, at halftime at Cowboys Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys' game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m.

Watch the band's performance last year at Cowboys Stadium.

Fall commencement ceremonies scheduled to begin Dec. 16

Fall 2010 commencement ceremonies are Dec. 16-19. Commencement information can be found at

Fresh Pix Jeremy Pillow

Well noted

Jeremy Pillow, music education freshman, tunes his cello before the UTA Symphony Orchestra concert Saturday. The sold-out performance was in the Irons Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.


UTA choirs recruiting for spring

Need a creative outlet? The UTA A Cappella Choir and the University Singers are auditioning students for spring enrollment. If you are interested in performing the Mozart Requiem with a 100-voice choir and orchestra, you should audition.

Particularly needed are tenors and basses with previous choral experience or music-reading ability.

The choirs require course enrollment for one hour elective credit.

Schedule an audition by Dec. 17 by e-mailing Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities, at

Volunteer to help set the stage for Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl XLV halftime

Be part of the National Football League's Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show starring The Black Eyed Peas. The league is looking for 600 North Texas volunteers to help run the stage on to the field and assist in other halftime-related duties.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and no previous experience as a roadie is needed. All applicants must undergo a background check. Applicants must attend all rehearsals during Super Bowl week, Jan. 24-Feb. 6, 2011.

Although they will be in Cowboys Stadium, volunteers do not get tickets for the game. However, TVs are in the area where volunteers gather before halftime.

Register at The rehearsal schedule will be posted enabling applicants to determine whether they can be available.

Magnificent Sun

Planetarium-produced 'Magnificent Sun' premieres Thursday

The Planetarium is using NASA funding to explore the mysteries of Earth’s closest and most important star in Magnificent Sun, an original feature film set to premiere at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

The 45-minute planetarium show is the third in a series developed by Manfred Cuntz, a UT Arlington associate professor of physics, and the planetarium staff over the past three years. Funding for Magnificent Sun came from a $30,000 public outreach supplemental grant from NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Physics program.

Dr. Cuntz’s research, conducted with solar physicist David Hathaway of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., focuses on the structure of the solar surface, particularly convective patterns.

Read more about the UT Arlington-produced Magnificent Sun.

Fresh Pix Cookies and Hot Cocoa

How sweet

Gerardo Venegas, biology freshman, accepts a cookie from Cynthia Roman, accountant for Student Activities, Monday at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Venegas also enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa, which was another free treat, sponsored by the University Center and Dining Services.


Sex, love, and relationships group forming for spring semester

A counseling group for women is forming for the spring semester. The group of eight to 12 women and two professional therapists will explore the role of sex, love, and relationships in their lives.

As a group member, you will be encouraged to reflect on and share personal life experiences. You also will be asked to give and receive interpersonal feedback. The goal of engaging in these activities is to increase self-awareness and build new relational skills.

The group will meet 11:30 a.m-12:50 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 8-April 19.

Space is limited. Contact Claudia Thompson or Amy Zavada at 817-272-3671.

Texas Rangers DVD premieres at Rosebud Theatre

A highlight DVD of the Texas Rangers' run to the 2010 World Series will premiere at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, in the Rosebud Theater in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

It's Time: The Incredible Season of the 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers will be shown for the first time and will feature appearances by current and former Rangers players.

Admission is $40 and includes a copy of the DVD.

Campus organizations collecting toys

Help a child or family during the holidays through toy drives.

Toys are being collected for Community Partners of Dallas by Phi Alpha, a national honor society for social work students. New toys for children through age 18 can be dropped off at Social Work Building A through Friday, Dec. 10.

The SAC of Joy toy drive through Friday, Dec. 17, needs help providing toys for children confined to hospital rooms at Cook Children's Medical Center. The drive is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council’s Outreach Committee. For a list of donation sites and the Cook Children’s Medical Center wish list, see the SAC website.

DSW Shoe Warehouse offers discounts on UT Arlington Night

'Tis the season for shopping. DSW Shoe Warehouse at The Parks at Arlington mall is offering 20 percent off regular-price items and 10 percent off clearance items during UT Arlington Night 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

Present your UT Arlington ID to receive the discounts at the Parks mall location only.

The Maverick Discount Program and Paint the Town Blue partnered to organize the special event.

  Fresh Pix TMAC-Neimans Xmas window

Holiday help

For the second time, creative directors at Neiman-Marcus in downtown Dallas have called on TMAC technical staff led by Raul Fernandez to produce the automation infrastructure for the store's spectacular Christmas display creation, this year titled Big Encounters of the Little Kind. The display’s special features include a child-size robot, flat panel displays, and an interactive system in which viewers on the sidewalk can send text messages that initiate changes in the display. The TMAC is located at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute (ARRI) in Fort Worth. Dr. Fernandez is a faculty associate and program manager of the Process Automation Group at TMAC.

Discount available for 'The Nutcracker'

The Nutcracker, presented by the Metropolitan Classical Ballet, returns to Texas Hall for the 14th straight year with performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

Students, faculty, and staff receive a 50 percent discount on tickets, which are available at The discount will be taken at checkout and is only available for the Saturday and Sunday performances.

Get tickets online for New Year's Eve Super Party in downtown Arlington

Tickets are available now for the More Than a Game New Year's Eve Super Party at the Arlington Museum of Art, located at 201 W. Main.

UT Arlington co-sponsors the event, which is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Seating is limited. For tickets, go to

Live music is provided by FM, and the event is catered by A Sophisticated Affair.

It's not too late for a flu shot

Influenza immunizations are still available at Health Services. Cost is $15 for students, faculty, and staff. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 817-272-2771.

Popular sustainability master's program expanding to Dallas

UT Arlington is expanding its popular master's degree program in sustainability issues into downtown Dallas with the start of the new year.

Beginning Jan. 4, UT Arlington will offer an Interdisciplinary Studies Master of Science in Sustainability program through The Universities Center at Dallas, 1901 Main St. The 36-hour program is designed to be completed within a year. Courses address sustainability across a variety of academic and professional disciplines.

An information forum is 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at The Universities Center at Dallas. To register, contact Jana Prew at 817-272-5956 or Call 877-587-SUST (7878) or e-mail for more information.

Mark Cichock

Dr. Mark Cichock

McDowell Center offers first round of study-abroad awards

The Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies has announced that a number of study-abroad awards are available for UT Arlington undergraduates next year.

The awards of up to $2,000 can be used in the spring and summer terms of 2011 for studies within the College of Liberal Arts or other programs at UT Arlington, says center Director Mark Cichock, professor of political science.

“The center’s activities for the fall semester have been about creating the foundations for our scholarship programs, funding opportunities for faculty members conducting research on global issues, and creating a new global studies minor,” Dr. Cichock says. “The physical renovation and furnishing of the center is nearly complete, and it is expected that the Charles T. McDowell Center will be open for business at the beginning of the spring 2011 semester.”

The McDowell Center was created with a gift of $580,000 from Betty and Roger Ruch. Their contribution is being doubled through the Maverick Match, an innovative program that matches major gifts, to establish the $1.16 million endowment. The center is named after Charles McDowell, a long-time professor and administrator at UT Arlington who specialized in the Russian language, and post-Soviet and east European studies.

Applications are due Jan. 21, 2011. View the McDowell Center study-abroad application online.

Zhiyong Yang

Dr. Zhiyong Yang

Marketing professor examines parent-oriented advertising to curb youth smoking

Zhiyong Yang, assistant professor of marketing, recently completed a study focusing on how two key parenting strategies—positive open communication and negative psychological control—influence smoking among children from late childhood, ages 10-11, to late adolescence, ages 16-17.

"Current parent-oriented marketing practices mainly emphasize modifying parenting strategies to develop more open communications and monitor their teen's activities to curb teen smoking," Dr. Yang says.

"Negative psychological control tactics, such as threats, physical discipline, withholding affection, and guilt induction, increase smoking development both directly and indirectly by reducing the initial level of child self-esteem," he says. "Based on our study findings, we suggest that social marketers should emphasize the detrimental impact of psychological control and target parents before their child reaches late grade school."

The study indicates that by the time a child reaches late grade school, the damage to his or her self-esteem and relationship to parents may be too late to reverse, which is likely to lead to further loss of self-esteem and escalating rebellious behaviors such as smoking.

"Marketing campaigns should highlight that positive relationships must be established early, and that psychological control has a long-lasting negative impact on a child's self-esteem and makes him or her more vulnerable to the risks of smoking," Yang says.

Check List


December 10

Last day of classes

December 11-17

Final exams

December 16-19

Commencement exercises

Preorder final transcript

It's time to start thinking about pre-ordering end-of-term transcripts. Order transcripts online or the alternative order form site.

Last day of class is Friday, final exams begin Saturday

Final exams for the fall semester are Saturday-Friday, December 11-17. Check the final exams schedule for details.

Open registration continues

Open registration continues for the winter intersession and spring term for all new and returning students. Register early. The schedules of classes are online.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at and click on Student Center, then Holds and Details. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department services indicator, or hold. Check the list of academic advising offices.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Graduating art students show their works

BFA exhibit - Dec 2010

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition showcases work by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History through Saturday, Dec. 18. Student work features painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication.

An opening reception is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in The Gallery at UTA.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

$2 Movie: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. Rated PG-13. 5:30; also 5:30 Friday, 2:30 Saturday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Pre-Exam Jam Take a break from your strenuous schedule and re-energize your body and mind with this fun and challenging group exercise class. Water and healthy snacks provided. Free. All day, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation,, 817-272-3277.

Mavs Book Club This month's book is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Free. 5:30 p.m., basement, Central Library. Mavs Book Club, Diane Shepelwich,, 817-272-7521.

Friday, Dec. 10

Spa Retreat Join the Student Health Advisory Council for a day of relaxation as professional technicians help you unwind. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 817-272-2771.

Opening Reception for BFA Exhibition Reception and awards ceremony honor the graduating seniors whose work is on display in the "Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition." Free. 5 p.m., The Gallery of UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History, 817-272-3110.

Texas and Christmas

Friends of the Library Author Joyce Gibson Roach discusses her book Texas and Christmas. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Betty Wood,, 817-272-7421.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Holiday Lights Parade Bring the family and friends. Free. 6 p.m., Founders Plaza at the Levitt Pavilion, downtown Arlington. Holiday Lights Parade.


Charting Chartered Companies The exhibition Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900 focuses on maps and how they shaped the histories of chartered companies. Through Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 817-272-2179.

Planetarium programs Season of Light and Holiday Music Magic are seasonal shows. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

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.

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

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Thursday, Dec. 9

Engineering Lecture Series Dr. Demetri Terzopoulos, the Chancellor's Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles describes how biomimetic agents in their virtual worlds foster deeper computationally oriented insights into natural living systems. Register online. Free. 5 p.m. reception, Room 601; 6 p.m. lecture, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering, 817-272-2571.

Monday, Dec. 13

Outlook 2007 Learn how to manage your e-mails, quota, appointments, and the scheduling more effectively using Outlook 2007. Registration begins one week prior to class day. Free. 2-4 p.m., also 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, Room 123, Hammond Hall. Office of Information Technology,

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

Sports Notes
Shalyn Martin

Team leader: Senior Shalyn Martin leads the women's basketball team in rebounds, steals, and blocked shots.


Maverick women at TCU on Wednesday

After winning two of their last three, the women’s basketball team plays TCU at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth.

Four Mavericks finished in double figures in an 81-72 victory over UT Pan American on Saturday at Texas Hall. The win improved the women to 3-5 for the season.

Seniors Tamara Simmons and Shalyn Martin led the Mavs with 18 and 16 points, respectively, while junior Jasmine Smith and freshman Desherra Nwanguma chipped in with 11 apiece.

Following the game at TCU, the women take a break for finals before returning to action at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Sunday, Dec. 19.

Movin' Mavs host clinic, tournament for injured soldiers

About 30 soldiers will hone their wheelchair basketball skills Friday-Saturday, Dec. 10-11, at the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) workshop and tournament hosted by the Movin' Mavs.

Through the tournament, the soldiers are vying for a place on the Army's national wheelchair basketball team for the WTU Games next summer.

In 2007 the Army created 35 warrior transition units at Army installations to provide critical support to wounded soldiers—who are expected to require six months of rehabilitative care—and their families. See the soldiers in action 1-10 p.m. Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday. The All-Star game is at 6 p.m., with the WTU All-Stars playing the Movin' Mavs at 8 p.m. All games are in the indoor soccer gymnasium at the Maverick Activities Center.

The Movin' Mavs play in their own tournament Saturday as they face the Dallas Mavericks and Houston wheelchair teams at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the Physical Education Building gym.

Admission is free to all games.

Mav men's winning streak ends

Junior LaMarcus Reed scored 21 points, including five three-pointers, but the men’s basketball team dropped an 87-83 decision to North Texas on Tuesday at Denton. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Mavericks, who are now 5-2 this season.

The Mavericks return to action Saturday, Dec. 11, at Samford, and then face road games at Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, Kansas, and Arkansas before returning to Texas Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 5, to take on Houston Baptist.

Haitian amputee soccer team plays exhibition Friday morning

The Haitian National Amputee Soccer Team will play an exhibition game at 11 a.m. Friday at the indoor soccer gymnasium in the Maverick Activities Center. Admission is free.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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