For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Earvin Magic Johnson and Sally Ride

Magic Ride: Basketball legend, business icon and now author Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr., left, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will be featured this month at Maverick Speakers Series events.

Magic, Sally Ride featured in Maverick Speakers Series

Basketball legend and business icon Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. will talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, will lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in the Maverick Speakers Series. Both events will be held in Texas Hall.

Signed copies of Johnson's book "32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business" will be available for purchase before and after his lecture.

Johnson is universally known for his 13-year career in the NBA and is now the chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises. MJE provides products and services that particularly focus on ethnically diverse urban communities.

One of America's most famous and most beloved astronauts, Dr. Ride will speak on "Leadership and America's Future in Space."

Ride is now a professor of physics at the University of California at San Diego and is president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, which focuses on getting children, especially girls, interested in science.

As with all Maverick Speakers Series events, the lectures are free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at For more information and for ticketing assistance, call 817-272-9234.

Shop for essentials on campus or nearby

Midnight munchies and midday snacks are the staples of student life. Finding them is worth a short trip by foot or wheels.

Residence halls sell food and drinks.

  • The Market convenience store in the E.H. Hereford University Center offers food and drink products, fresh and frozen meals, health and beauty supplies and specialty items.

  • The Market at the Maverick Activities Center has snacks and water.

  • The Mav Mover Express Bus Service provides students transportation between 8 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Saturdays to The Parks at Arlington mall and Wal‐Mart Supercenter on South Cooper Street from the UT Arlington Planetarium.

A list of some stores near campus is online. A few others include:

  • Tom Thumb Food & Pharmacy, 2611 W. Park Row

  • Kroger Food & Pharmacy, 302 S. Bowen

  • CVS, 832 E. Park Row; 2500 W. Park Row; 900 W. Pioneer Parkway

  • Fina, 1141 W. Division; 1691 W. Park Row

The 7-Eleven at Center and Second streets has closed recently. A grocery store in the retail portion of the planned mixed-use parking facility is being considered by the University.

Nursing video

Partnership, new BSN program makes room for more nursing students

The College of Nursing has added an Academic Partnership: Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that will substantially increase its capacity to accommodate qualified applicants.

Working with service provider Higher Ed Holdings, the College of Nursing has translated its highly regarded nursing curriculum into a state-of-the-science, media-enriched format. This online format addresses two aspects of the national nursing shortage: a lack of available faculty and clinical learning space.

The first cohort of 40 students started the 15-month program Jan. 19. Clinical training partners this spring are Baylor Health Care System, Medical City-Dallas and Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Elizabeth Poster, dean of the College of Nursing, talks about the new Academic Placement: Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Read more about the Academic Partnership BSN program.

Black History Month

'Journey Through Oppression' exhibit provides look into black history

Take a trip to the past for new understanding for Black History Month. The exhibit "A Crystal Stair: Journey Through Oppression" provides a perspective on history at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Hosts for the month's events are the Office of Multicultural Affairs, African Student Association, African-American Faculty and Staff Association, Black Student Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

See more on Black History Month.

  Fresh Pix activity fair

Marketing at the fair

Sana Rafique, left, a senior accounting finance major, talks with Carlos Alanis, junior business major, about joining the American Marketing Association at the Activities Fair. Students received information about organizations and programs Wednesday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Students can attend Green Building Summit in Dallas

A discount is available to students interested in attending the 2010 Texas Green Building Summit Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Register online for $33. Or bring a sack lunch and attend free by sending an e-mail message to Meghna Tare, sustainability director, at

Career Month kickoff highlights preparations for job fair

Discover the benefits of Career Month—and enjoy games, prizes and refreshments—as it kicks off 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Services staffers will offer information about classes, services and the grand finale: the Employer Showcase on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Maverick Activities Center.

More Career Month details are available by calling 817-272-2932, at or the Career Services' Facebook page.

Find more job-search advice on the Hire A Maverick Blog.

Mindful Moments

Free eight-week program cultivates mindfulness

Health Services offers mindfulness programs this spring. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives.

Learn new ways of dealing with stress by registering for the Mindful Awareness Program by Tuesday, Feb. 9. The free program meets weekly for eight weeks and presents a systematic means of cultivating mindfulness. Contact Marie Bannister at 817-272-2771.

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 235 of the Business Building. The weekly program is free.

  Fresh Pix Zack Farina

Nice day for drumming

Zack Farina, an industrial engineering junior, enjoys a break in the winter weather with some drum practice outdoors on campus.

Peer academic leaders needed to teach new first-year students about college

Help incoming students transition to college life as a peer academic leader. Student Success Programs is recruiting for 2010-11 leaders, who will work with faculty to teach a three-hour course designed to assist incoming students.

Eligible applicants must be full-time undergraduate students in the spring 2010 and fall 2010 semesters, with a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, a positive attitude, a desire to make a difference, and an enthusiasm and passion for UT Arlington. Applications are due by Friday, March 5.

Learn more about the Peer Academic Leader  position online.

Active Minds chapter being formed

Learn about Active Minds, a national organization that develops and supports student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy on campus, at two information sessions this week. Health Services sponsors the development of an Active Minds chapter.

Information sessions are 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the E.H. Hereford University Center, with refreshments. The session today, Tuesday, Feb. 2, is in the Guadalupe Room, and the Friday, Feb. 5, session is in the Palo Pinto Room.

Physicist collaborates on radiation detection project through grant

Wei Chen, assistant professor of physics, is a collaborator with Agilitron Inc. researchers on a $750,000 grant from the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Agency for research on bulk composite materials for detection of gamma radiation.

A subcontract of $200,264 was awarded to the University's nano-bio physics group for the design and synthesis of scintillation nanoparticles for radiation detection.

The detection principle is based on the luminescence of the nanoparticles and quantum dots when they interact with radiation rays such as gamma-rays. These nanocomposite materials are more sensitive, more stable and even cheaper than traditional scintillation crystals for radiation detection.

The research relates to homeland security and the need to detect nuclear weapons and radiological dispersal devices, known as dirty bombs.

Whitney Cummings

Laugh a little at One Mic Comedy Series

Comedienne and actress Whitney Cummings takes the stage for the One Mic Comedy Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A former cast member of MTV's Punk'd, Cummings has performed on HBO's Down and Dirty with Jim Norton and NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly Comics Unleashed. Her standup comedy program Live! Nude! Comedy! premiered on Showtime in July. Check her out on Chelsea Lately Thursday, Feb. 4, on E!

Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. For more details, call 817-272-2963 or e-mail

Health Services sponsors Go Red Heart Awareness

Go Red Heart Awareness kicks off Heart Disease Awareness Month. Information on this common, and often preventable, disease will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To learn more, contact Health Services at 272-2771 or

  Fresh Pix Ericka Taylor

Pump it up

Ericka Taylor, a sophomore pre-med and psychology major, gave a pint at the recent blood drive for Carter BloodCare, hosted by the UTA Volunteers.

Volunteers needed for spring job fair

Volunteers are needed for Career Services' spring job fair on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Maverick Activities Center. Shifts are available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact Elizabeth Heyerdahl at 817-272-3267 or

Grammy winner features Adonis Rose

"Book One" by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which won a Grammy award Sunday night, features UT Arlington jazz artist-in-residence Adonis Rose. "Book One" was the winner in the category for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

After relocating from New Orleans to this area in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, Rose began working in the Music Department with the University's jazz program and founded the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra. He was featured in UT Arlington Magazine in spring 2009.

University hosts free SAT math test classes

Know a high school student preparing for the SAT? Tell them about the free SAT math classes in Tarrant and Dallas County sponsored by UT Arlington and other universities.

Free SAT math prep classes are from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Feb. 6 and 20; March 27; April 10, 17 and 24; and May 15 and 22.

Read more about the free SAT math classes or e-mail

tuition raffle

Tuition raffle a good bet for your future

Feel lucky? The annual tuition raffle may be your game for a financially free semester, at least tuitionwise. The Student Alumni Association sponsors the program to raise money for the sophomore scholarship fund.

Tickets are $5 each or six for $25. Parents, grandparents, friends or complete strangers can purchase tickets in your name.

Go online to find the Tuition Raffle purchase form. Call 800-687-8855 for more details.

February's $2 movies go for adventure

Adventure rules for February's $2 movies at the Planetarium. This week, the story is good girl vs. wicked witch, plus a handsome wizard in the PG anime Howl's Moving Castle.

Man vs. machine is the theme for the next three flicks, all PG-13: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 9 and Terminator Salvation.

The $2 movies are at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Check the schedule for these and other Planetarium shows at, call 817-272-1183 or e-mail

Check List


Wednesday, Feb. 3

Census date

Monday, Feb. 15

Last day to file for graduate degree graduation

Cost may remain for classes dropped after Wednesday

After the Feb. 3 census date, you may drop classes through the last drop date (April 2) and a grade of W will appear on your transcript.

If a class is dropped after Feb. 3 and you remain enrolled, you are financially responsible for the full cost of the course. If you drop all classes, you are responsible for the pro-rata share of tuition, fees and charges.

Students must meet with their academic advisor or designated representative in the major academic unit in order to drop one or more classes. Check the list of all advising offices.

Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to determine how dropping will affect their financial aid package. Financial Aid  is in Room 252 of Davis Hall or call 817-272-3561.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Bassoon Week celebrates the double-reed sound

Trio Arizona

Celebrate Bassoon Week with a community recital as students and area musicians perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 2. in the Irons Recital Hall.

A student recital features junior bassoonists Cristina Meza and Amber Wyman Wednesday, Feb. 3, and a guest concert by Trio Arizona (above) from Tucson, Ariz., is Friday, Feb. 5. All events are free at 7:30 p.m. in the Irons Recital Hall.

Bassoon Week concludes Saturday, Feb. 6, with Double Reed Day as oboists and bassoonists of all ages and levels are invited to attend. Check the Bassoon Week schedule for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Basketball team autographs after the game. AISD elementary and middle school students on the A/B honor roll receive free admission. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

MGC Meet and Greet Organizations in the Multicultural Greek Council share information for anyone interested in joining. $5. 7 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Greek Life, 817-272-2934,,

Thursday, Feb. 4

NPHC Meet the Greeks Organizations in the National Pan-Hellenic Council host potential new members. $5. 7 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Greek Life, 817-272-2934,,

Creativity Test: Opening Reception Artists Marilyn Jolly and Maraya Lopez bring a new perspective to paint-by-the-numbers. The exhibit runs through March 31. Free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Guest Piano Recital The Canyon Piano Trio from West Texas A&M University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471.

Friday, Feb. 5

10th Annual Calculus Bowl Cheer on high school students as they grapple with numbers. 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., Room 110, Pickard Hall. A more challenging contest starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

Through Saturday, Feb. 6

IFC Recruitment Social fraternities in the Interfraternity Council host events for potential members. Greek Life, 817-272-2963,,

Saturday, Feb. 6

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Northwestern State. Mascot soccer game at halftime, featuring mascots from Texas Rangers, Grand Prairie AirHogs, Papa John's Pizza, Sweet Tomatoes, Quizno's and Pluckers Wing Bar. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Monday, Feb. 8

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Music Department faculty and students perform. Lunch served after concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Martha Walvoord, 817-272-2439,

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. McNeese State. AISD elementary and middle school students on the A/B honor roll receive free admission. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through March 6

Prime Perception Visual communication professors and active designers and artists Robert Grame and Robert Hower exhibit their work. Free. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-5658.


UT Arlington Planetarium programs See the complete Planetarium schedule. 817-272-1183,

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

Learn More


Tuesday, Feb. 2

Thesis and Dissertation Prep: Online Workshop WebEx, an online learning environment, is used for this workshop that explains the importance of choosing a mentor and introduce the processes involved in successfully completing the thesis or dissertation. 1-3 p.m. Lisa Berry,

Wednesday, Feb. 3

College of Engineering

Nuclear Engineering at UT Arlington Faculty members Lynn Peterson, Rasool Kenarangui and Ratan Kumar discuss the success of a new minor in nuclear engineering program. Members, students, first-time guests, free; others $5. Light breakfast provided. Reservations required.  7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 817-272-3682.

Friday, Feb. 5

Extracting Constitutive Parameters: the Virtual Fields Method Fabrice Pierron of the Arts et Metiers ParisTech in Chalons-en-Champagne, France, provides an overview of an original identification method dedicated to full-field measurements called the Virtual Fields Method. Sponsored by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. 817-272-2500.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Fresh Start from Tobacco: Understanding Addiction 11:30 a.m., Pecos Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Fresh Start from Tobacco: Steps to Quitting 3 p.m., Pecos Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Fresh Start from Tobacco: How to Cope 10:30 a.m., Blanco Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

Fresh Start from Tobacco: There Is Help 3 p.m., Blanco Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Nekima Booker, 817-272-2716,

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

Sports Notes
  Dmitry Minkin and Katarina Mlcochova

Getting net results: Dmitry Minkin, left, and Katarina Mlcochova were named tennis players of the week in the Southland Conference.

Tennis sweeps weekly SLC awards

Senior Dmitry Minkin and sophomore Katarina Mlcochova were named Southland Conference men's and women's tennis players of the week last week.

Minkin was one of two Mavericks to record a singles win against highly ranked TCU in the team's opening match Jan. 24.

Mlcochova opened the season going a perfect 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles action in matches against Texas Tech and New Mexico.

Basketball wins top weekend action

Both men's and women's teams recorded Southland Conference basketball wins Saturday against Texas State as the men won on the road 82-78 while the women were victorious at home 71-59.

Both teams will be in action Wednesday, Feb. 3, as the men host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 7 p.m. game at Texas Hall. The women will play at TAMU-CC. Next home game for the women's team will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, against McNeese State.

(For more sports news, go to

Intramural entries due for basketball, flag football

Entries for intramural preseason basketball, regular season basketball and flag football are due this week. Entries can be submitted at the services and information desk at the Maverick Activities Center.

Preseason basketball has a limit of eight teams and entries are due today, Tuesday, Feb. 2. Regular season basketball entries are due Wednesday, Feb. 3 and four-on-four flag football entries are due Wednesday, Feb. 10.

For more information, see intramural sports.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Getting control does reduce stress

Women's attentiveness provides advantage

Unemployment grew fast during recession

"If you get a sense of peaceful control over your life and your world, it does reduce stress."

"In everyday life, women seem to be more easily motivated to try hard to understand what the other person is thinking and feeling."

"Much of the growth comes from massive government spending."

— Dr. Mary Lynn Crow, professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, on methods used in relieving stress.

— Dr. William Ickes, distinguished professor of psychology in the College of Science, concerning women having an intuitive advantage.
Psychology Today

— Dr. Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the Department of Economics in the College of Business, concerning overcoming the recession.
Dallas Business Journal



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