For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Commencement ceremonies begin Thursday at Texas Hall

Fall Commencement ceremonies for graduating students are Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 16-19, at Texas Hall. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to

Students who have registered to graduate and participate in Commencement should check their UT Arlington e-mail for information about claiming guest tickets. All guest tickets must be claimed and printed in advance of Commencement and presented at the door for entry. No UT Arlington IDs will be accepted in place of a ticket for admittance. No tickets will be available at Texas Hall.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure proper seating. Doors will open one hour prior to each ceremony, and live music will be provided by the UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble. Guests arriving more than 10 minutes after the start of the ceremony will not be seated.

Students who are graduating but did not register to participate in Commencement by the deadline are asked to contact their school or college to inquire about available tickets. More information about Commencement tickets is available online.

Thursday, Dec. 16—College of Science, 4 p.m.; College of Nursing, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 17—School of Social Work, University College, 1 p.m.; School of Architecture, 4 p.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 18—College of Engineering, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 4 and 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 19—College of Business, 1 and 4 p.m.; School of Urban and Public Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies, 7 p.m.

Late Night Breakfast tonight

Late Night Breakfast provides students with a study break 9:30-11 p.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Connection Café in the E.H. Hereford University Center. A full breakfast menu is offered for only $3. 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.

Fresh Pix Spa Retreat-Dec 2010

Having a ball

Freshmen Natali Yosten, nursing; Eurika Sulpya, biology; and Chau Kim Nguyen, chemistry, make a stress ball with a balloon and sand at the Spa Retreat on Friday in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Hosted by the Student Health Advisory Council, the day's events included massages, yoga, and other stress-busters aimed to help students relax for finals.


ACES now accepting abstract submissions

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES)—a university-wide symposium that showcases the best of UT Arlington’s undergraduate and graduate students’ research and creativity—is now accepting proposals for presentations. Winners receive monetary prizes and recognition at the ACES Awards Ceremony and during Academic Excellence Week.

In addition to the standard ACES awards, presentations and posters relevant to sustainability may be eligible to win sustainability awards.

The deadline to submit is Feb. 10, 2011. The ACES Research Symposium is March 24, 2011.

For more information, visit or e-mail

Electrical outages to affect buildings during break

Electrical outages are scheduled for several buildings during the holiday break.

The primary electrical service will be off 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, in the Central Library, Davis Hall, Fine Arts Building, Life Science Building, Physical Education Building, Preston Hall, Smart Hospital, Texas Hall, Trinity House, and University Hall. All emergency circuits will be operational during that time.

In Science Hall the primary electrical service to the building will be off from 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, until 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2. The back-up emergency generator will be operational during this time.

See more information on electrical outages.

Connect by Hertz offers discount for winter break

Connect by Hertz is rolling out a new deal for winter break. School may not be in session, but the cars are available for use.

From Dec. 17 to Jan. 17, rent any vehicle on campus for only $5 per hour. No promotion code is necessary.

Call 877-654-4400 or click to rent a car.

  Fresh Pix Maverick Ring Ceremony

Making it official

Austin and Alexandra Lott admire their mother's new Maverick ring Tuesday in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. Stacy Lott, management/human resources senior, brought her family to the ring ceremony.

Campus Cat Coalition relies on donations for TNR program

Have you ever noticed the cats on campus rustling from one bush to another? The Campus Cat Coalition provides care and management of the feral cats through a method known as TNR (trap, neuter, release).

Donations to help with TNR are accepted at the Campus Cat Coalition website through PayPal, or you can send a donation to Angie Barolet at Box 19120.

Currently there are nine feeding stations on campus attended by faculty, staff, and other volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Barolet at 817-272-7524 or

Doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship applications now being accepted

Applications and nominations are being accepted for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships, in support of the University’s continuing commitment to advance scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education.

The purpose of the program is to develop and prepare scholars from underrepresented groups for future faculty positions in academia. Candidates who are ABD (all but dissertation) will be considered, but all other doctoral requirements must be met by May 31, 2011.

The fellowships are for a nine-month academic year in which scholars will be engaged full time in research but may elect to teach only one course during that period.

For more information, see the Equal Opportunity Services website.

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 consider trying out.

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

The choirs require course enrollment for one hour elective credit.

Audition by Friday, Dec. 17. To schedule an audition, e-mail Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities, at

Fresh Pix Faculty-Staff Reception

'Tis the season to sing

Sara Ritsch, social work sophomore, belts out a holiday tune as the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra plays Thursday for the Faculty-Staff Holiday Reception in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Look for weather announcements posted on home page, Twitter, Facebook

Texas weather can change drastically in just a few minutes and at the most inconvenient times. In severe weather, such as ice or snow, will classes be held? Will events and activities take place as scheduled? Will offices be open?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts to ensure the safety and security of the campus community. Faculty, staff, and students will be notified as soon as possible should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, business operations, 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 MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

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.

Winter break group exercise classes offered at MAC

Classes are available during the winter break at the Maverick Activities Center.

Stay in shape with step, yoga, Latin fusion, cycle, pilates, group strength, and triple threat. Participants must have an activated ID and will only be granted access to class up to five minutes after the posted class time. Participation is limited to space and equipment availability. All classes must have a minimum of two participants.

The classes are now through Wednesday, Dec. 22, and Monday, Jan. 3, to Friday, Jan. 14. See winter break group exercise schedule.

Campus organizations collecting toys

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.

Rangers DVD

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. today, 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.

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.

Get flu vaccine before holidays

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.

Fresh Pix Holiday Lights Parade

Peanuts gallery

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang joined faculty, staff, and their family members on the UT Arlington float in the city's Parade of Lights Parade. The parade wound through downtown Arlington on Saturday.


Interpersonal therapy group forms

Let’s Talk: Interpersonal Therapy Group is organizing for the spring semester. This is a small, co-ed group of six to 10 students who will meet weekly to enhance interpersonal skills and general well-being. The group provides opportunities to gain self-awareness, explore personal and relationship issues, give and receive feedback in a safe environment, and practice new skills.

The group will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 8-April 13.

For more information or to schedule a pre-group meeting, contact Bruce Bower at 817-272-3671.

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.

TrailBlazer takes a holiday break

This will be the final issue of TrailBlazer before the holidays. TrailBlazer will resume Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Winter break schedules

Campus Recreation—The Maverick Activities Center, climbing wall, Field Complex, and pool are open during the winter break. Check the Campus Recreation schedule online for hours.

Health Services Center—The center is closed Friday, Dec. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 2.

Libraries—Libraries will be open during the winter break. Check the library schedule online for hours.

Planetarium—The Planetarium has shows throughout the winter break. Go online for the Planetarium schedule.

E.H. Hereford University Center—The UC is closed from 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 2.

Dining Services—

     Tuesday, Dec. 14
          The Plaza: after lunch, only Chick-fil-A and Subway open until 10:30 p.m.
     Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 15-16
          The Plaza: Closes at 3 p.m.
          The Market at the MAC: Closes at 3 p.m.
          We Proudly Brew Starbucks: Closes at 3 p.m.
          The Maverick Market: Closes at 5 p.m.
          Starbucks: Closes at 5 p.m.
     Friday, Dec. 17
          Einstein Bros. Bagels: Closes at 1 p.m.
          The Market at the MAC: Closes at 3 p.m.
          The Plaza: Closes at 3 p.m.
          We Proudly Brew Starbucks: Closes at 3 p.m.
          The Maverick Market: Closes at 5 p.m.
          Starbucks: Closes at 5 p.m.
          Connection Café: Closes at 7 p.m.
     Monday-Thursday, Dec. 20-23, and Monday, Jan. 3-Friday, Jan. 14
          Starbucks: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
          The Maverick Market: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
     Friday, Jan. 14
          Connection Café: Open at 11 a.m.
     Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 15-16
          Connection Café: Regular hours
     Monday, Jan. 17
          Connection Café will be closed
          The Plaza: Chick-fil-A and Pizza Hut only, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Check List


December 14-17

Final exams

December 16-19

Commencement exercises

December 24-January 2

University closed for winter break.

January 17

Regular registration ends

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

January 18

First day of classes for spring semester

Late registration begins

Preorder final transcript

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

Final exams continue through Friday; grades available online

Final exams for the fall semester run through Friday, Dec. 17. Check the final exams schedule for details.

Grades for fall 2010 are expected to be available by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 21. Grades will be available in the Student Center when they are official. Some grades are viewable before they are announced as official. However, UT Arlington does not consider grades official until the Office of Records announces them as such, and they are subject to change until that time.

Important winter intersession dates

  • Sunday, Dec. 19—End of regular registration

  • Monday, Dec. 20—Late registration and first day of class

  • Tuesday, Dec. 21—Census date

  • Dec. 20-22, Jan. 3-7, 10-13—Classes meet

  • Thursday, Jan. 6—Last day to drop classes

  • Thursday, Jan. 13—Final exams

Jan. 6 is last day to drop winter intersession class

The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6. After this date, students may not drop a course except with special permission. All students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit to drop one or more courses or to withdraw (resign) from all courses. A list of advising offices is online.

  • Impact of dropping on freshmen and sophomores: Undergraduate students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. Read more about this state law and procedures for its implementation at UT Arlington.

  • Impact of dropping if you receive financial aid: Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to see how dropping will affect their financial aid package. For details, call 817-272-3561 or go to Room 252 in Davis Hall. Read about the federal regulations.

Winter intersession final exams and grades in January

Final exams for the winter intersession term are Thursday, Jan. 13.

Grades for winter intersession are expected to be available by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14. Grades will be available in the Student Center when they are official. Some grades are viewable before they are announced as official. However, UT Arlington does not consider grades official until the Office of Records announces them as such, and they are subject to change until that time.

Open registration continues

Open registration continues for the spring term for all new and returning students. 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

Tuesday, Dec. 14

It's Time: The Incredible Season of the 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers DVD premiere. $40, includes copy of DVD. 6 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

$2 Movie: A Christmas Carol The holiday classic's 2009 version. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium. 817-272-1183.

Through Saturday, Dec. 18

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Showcase for recent work created by the graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History. The fall 2010 exhibition features the work of 50 students demonstrating a wide variety of concentrations including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History, 817-272-3110.


Season of Light

Planetarium programs Showing this month are Season of Light, Holiday Music Magic, Spacepark 360, and Pink Floyd. The $2 movies are A Christmas Carol and Polar Express. Go online for the complete schedule. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

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.

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, Jan. 6

Green Jobs Summit Create jobs, grow jobs, and find jobs. The summit will highlight ways to start a green business and how to grow a business by adding green. Hosted by the Office of Sustainability and TMAC. Register online. $30 for general attendees, $15 for veterans, $100 for exhibitors. 8 a.m.-noon. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

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

Sports Notes

Mav men travel to Louisiana Tech on Saturday

Hoping to halt a two-game losing streak, the men's basketball team travels to Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Dec. 18.

The Mavericks dropped a 68-60 decision at Samford on Saturday and are now 5-3 for the season.

Following games at Kansas on Wednesday, Dec. 29, and at Arkansas on Friday, Dec. 31, the men return home to face Houston Baptist on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Maverick women at Las Vegas Classic this weekend

Following an 11-day break for final exams, the women’s basketball team returns to action in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic on Sunday, Dec. 19.

The Mavericks will face California on Sunday before meeting Pittsburgh on Monday, Dec. 20.

Following a trip to Kansas on Thursday, Dec. 30, the women return home to open Southland Conference play against Nicholls State on Saturday, Jan. 8.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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