For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New mentoring program benefits doctoral, undergrad researchers

A new mentoring program will give doctoral students a chance to teach and serve as a research mentor to junior or senior undergraduate mentees. The I Engage Mentoring program is offered through the Office of Graduate Studies for the 11-week summer semester.

The IM program will provide doctoral and doctoral-bound students who have completed 30 hours of graduate study an opportunity to gain teaching and mentoring experience by serving as a research mentor to an undergraduate.

Undergraduates will enroll in a three-hour research/independent study course during the 11-week summer term. A scholarship will offset the course's tuition. Undergraduates can participate in free workshops designed to help them apply to a graduate program.

Graduate students must complete an application jointly with their undergraduate trainee. The deadline for completed applications is April 22.

More information is online at the IM Program website. Contact Lisa Berry at for more details.

Bruce Tanner

Bruce Tanner

Lockheed CFO is Business Week speaker

Bruce Tanner ('90 MBA), chief financial officer at Lockheed Martin, will be the keynote speaker at the Executive Dinner to highlight Business Week, April 12-16. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tanner was appointed to Lockheed Martin's top financial position in 2007. He has served in a number of executive positions with the company since 1982.

The theme for Business Week 2010 is "Innovations Transforming Business in North Texas and Beyond." Guest speakers will provide insight on the business case for nanotechnology and its applications in various product and service markets, including transportation and logistics, construction, medicine and health care, energy, and sports and entertainment.

Tickets are available at

International Week

International Week starts with a kick

UT Arlington's International Week celebration kicks off—literally—Saturday, April 3. A soccer tournament starts the observance of the diverse countries and cultures that make up the Maverick student body.

This year's theme of "Global Fusion" features the Parade of Banners led by the UTA Samba Band, a food fair featuring food from all over the world made by international students, a fashion show, intriguing and intricate cultural exhibits created by the students, and a talent show.

At noon Monday, April 5, at the E.H. Hereford University Center, students bearing banners from more than 130 countries will progress from Nedderman Hall around campus to the Central Library mall, where Provost Donald Bobbitt gives an opening speech. The ceremony ends in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the University Center with refreshments and student performances.

Check the International Week schedule, or contact Lauren Cutcher at 817-272-2355 or for more information.

A fingerprint

CSI: Arlington? Saturday competition tests observation at Arlington Police Academy

Forget the TV shows and solve a crime yourself at the Crime Scene Investigation Competition at 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Arlington Police Academy, 6000 W. Pioneer Parkway.

The CSI competition is an annual event hosted by the graduate chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Department, and the Arlington Police Department

Teams will go through a mock crime scene, gather clues, request evidence, and ultimately come up with a theory on how a crime occurred. They are scored and judged on their performance, and winners receive a prize. Special guests, activities, and refreshments add to the fun.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. Sign up alone and be assigned to a team, or gather friends and register as a team. Registration is $17.50.

Contact Donna Salazar at or 817-353-6456 for more details.

  Fresh Pix Frenchie

Meet Frenchie

A human form made of French fries briefly greeted visitors at the Maverick Activities Center, but is moving. "Frenchie" displays her fast-food staple body and information on food and sustainability April 5-16 at the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshman Leaders on Campus members created "Frenchie" for their sustainability project "You Are What You Eat."

Bed Races are no snoozer Thursday

The 29th Annual Bed Races take to the field at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at Maverick Stadium. Weather canceled the fall event, which was moved to April Fool's Day. Expect plenty of foolishness, such as a massive pillow fight. For an idea of the events, check out the video from the 2008 Bed Races.

The Big Event needs a few good hands

The Big Event needs you and a few of your friends to meet its goal of 800 volunteers for the annual day of community service.

Nearly 400 people have registered to lend a helping hand on Saturday, April 24, through 943 opportunities at 54 sites. Volunteers can be students, faculty, staff, and community residents. Student organizations, academic departments, and campus offices are invited to join in for team efforts.

Go to to find a project that's just right for you and your group.

For its 10th year, The Big Event is joining with the Arlington Alliance for Youth for Global Youth Service Day, making it the biggest day of community service in North Texas this year.

For more details, contact Tiffany Kaminski, The Big Event director, at or call UTA Volunteers at 817-272-2963.

Fresh Pix Leadership conference

Down to earth

EarthDance Farms founder Molly Rockamann, second from left, visits with students, from left, Corey Prados, business sophomore; Tamanna Patel, biology senior; and Dakota Keyser, liberal arts freshman. Rockamann gave the keynote address at Friday's Spring Leadership Institute. EarthDance is a nonprofit based in Ferguson, Mo., that works to grow and inspire sustainable and local food, art, relationships, and music.


Human organ trafficking is topic for annual Termini lecture Thursday

Lawrence Cohen, a medical anthropologist, will deliver the 2010 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Dr. Cohen will discuss "The Kidney Comes to India: What Transplant Scandals Teach Us about India and the United States." He is with the University of California at Berkeley and co-founded an organization that documents allegations of sale and theft of human body parts.

Organ trafficking has been denounced by all international medical and human rights groups. Still, with the United Network for Organ Sharing reporting in early March a waiting list of 106,414 in the United States alone, there is an increasing unregulated market. In India, a kidney can bring $1,000 to its donor.

Greeks compete during week of events

Greek Week pits fraternities and sororities against each other in friendly competition this week. Tuesday features a philanthropy food sale, a chalk-drawing competition, and intramural games. A Quiz Bowl highlights Wednesday, and the annual Bed Races keep the action going Thursday. The week wraps up Friday with an awards luncheon and tailgating before the Mavericks baseball game, with Greek Week winners announced at the game. Find out more at,, or 817-272-2963.

  Fresh Pix Fashion Show

Excellence in fashion

Eleanor Khonje, political science junior and this year's homecoming queen, models for the Women of Excellence Fashion Show, the final event of Women's History Month.

Hike-and-Bike Master Plan open house for students, residents on April 7

The City of Arlington is in the process of creating a city-wide Hike-and-Bike System Master Plan, and your input is needed. Join other students and Arlington citizens for an open house from 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram. The open house will be in the council briefing room on the third floor.

Participants can review results from the first public workshop and comment on preliminary recommendations. Visit to review project information.

Vote for social work T-shirt design

Students, faculty, and staff have created designs for new School of Social Work T-shirts. Based on your votes the winner of the contest will receive a $50 Visa gift card and will have their design featured on the new shirts. Vote for one of 14 designs.

Kenya Safari Acrobats bring stunts, comedy routine to campus next week

Death-defying stunts, comedy, audience participation, and heart-pounding music combine to create a production that will have all ages on the edge of their seats as the Kenya Safari Acrobats perform "Lost in Africa" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at Texas Hall.

The story begins with a tourist visiting Africa. After being separated from his group, he stumbles upon an abandoned native village, where he begins to play the drums, which startles the natives. The tourist has nothing to defend himself with and pushes the blame to the audience.

Audience members will be part of the plot and brought to stage throughout the show in this exciting and entertaining African romp. The natives figure out different ways to finish off the tourist. The tourist buys time by creating games with the items the natives are using against him. The more the natives are entertained, the longer he has to live and hopefully survive.

The event is presented by UT Arlington EXCEL Campus Activities. Cost is $5 for students. Tickets are available at

Fresh Clip Sax choirVideo Extra

Sax in the city

Listen to a few tunes by the UT Arlington Sax Choir from its Music Monday performance on March 8 at the First Baptist Church. Music students and faculty give a free 30-minute performance at the church, followed by a free lunch. The next Music Monday is 12:15 p.m. Monday, April 12.


University partnering with Fort Worth for greener Main Street Arts Festival

The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival is partnering with UT Arlington to take the already environmentally conscious event to an even greener level. The festival is scheduled for April 8-11 on downtown Fort Worth's Main Street.

Visit the UT Arlington exhibitor booth, designed by UT Arlington interior design students to incorporate and feature sustainable materials.

Contact Maggie Estes at to volunteer or for more information.

Nominate faculty who utilize library resources for UT System award

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit nominations for the UT Library Directors' Award, which is presented for excellence in library resource integration.

The award recognizes instructors who have integrated library resources into their courses in innovative ways. The integration could be accomplished in a variety of methods including a library assignment, presentation by a librarian in class, online tutorial for library resources, and more. Any faculty who teaches a course within the UT System is eligible.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, April 9. Fill out the nomination form online.

For more information, contact Melanie Cofield at or visit

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations now being accepted

The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2010 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award. This is the highest honor an alumna/alumnus can receive from UT Arlington. Award criteria and a nomination form can be found on the Alumni Association website.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 9. Awards will be presented at the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 16. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 817-272-2594.

Check List


Thursday, April 1

Deadline to apply for financial aid for summer semesters and the Maverick Promise

Friday, April 2

Last day to drop classes

Monday, April 5

Registration begins for summer and fall semesters

Deadline to submit international education fee scholarship application

Last day to drop is Friday, April 2

The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Friday, April 2. 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 in order 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.

  • 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.

Grade exclusion request site closes after Drop Date

UT Arlington will process grade exclusion requests submitted online by 5 p.m. on the last day to drop—Friday, April 2—as part of the grading and academic standing process for the spring 2010 term. The grade exclusion site will be unavailable at 5 p.m. Friday, April 2, through June 6. It will reopen on the first day of classes for the summer term and be available through the last drop date for Summer 2. For a grade to be excluded, students must be registered at UT Arlington on the census date for the term in which their grade exclusion request is processed.

Registration for Summer Intersession, summer and fall begins April 5

Priority registration for Summer Intersession, summer, and fall terms begins Monday, April 5. Check the registration timetables online. Advisers currently are clearing students for summer and fall registration.

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 only for fall must have their summer and fall academic department service indicators released by their adviser.

The Schedule of Classes for Summer Intersession, summer, and fall is accessible at The graduate catalog is available at

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Renowned pianist to perform today

Ian Hobson

Internationally known pianist and conductor Ian Hobson will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 30, in the Irons Recital Hall at the Fine Arts Building.

Hobson earned a bachelor of arts from the Royal Academy of Music, a master of music degree from Cambridge, and a doctorate at Yale School of Music. In 1997 he served on the jury for the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, screening the auditions of all 150 contestants.

Major orchestras of the world have featured Hobson in concert, including the Great Performers at Lincoln Center series and the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. His performances encompass a cross-section of genres, including contemporary works written for him. His catalog of recordings features more than 20 titles on the Arabesque label, as well as recordings on other labels.

Tuesday, March 30

Chalk Drawing Contest Part of Greek Week activities. 8-11 a.m., Central Library Mall., 817-272-2963.

Philanthropy Food Sale Part of Greek Week activities. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center mall.,, 817-272-2963.

Wednesday, March 31

Quiz Bowl Part of Greek Week activities. Noon, Rio Grande Room, E.H. Hereford University Center.,, 817-272-2963.

Through March 31

The Mexican Revolution and Beyond A collection of 52 works by renowned photographer Agustin Vicente Casasola. On loan from the Mexican government's General Directorate for Academic and Cultural Co-operation, the exhibit provides a unique and compelling visual chronicle of Mexican life in the early decades of the 20th century. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. 817-272-3997.

Creativity Test Artists Marilyn Jolly and Maraya Lopez bring a new perspective to paint-by-the-numbers. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 817-272-5988.

Thursday, April 1

29th Annual Bed Races Pajamas and speed mix for this annual event, which includes a massive pillow fight. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium. 817-272-2963.

Baseball Nicholls State. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 817-272-2261.

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Performances by faculty and students featured. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 817-272-3471.

Through April 1

Blood Drive No appointment necessary. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Central Library and E.H. Hereford University Center malls.

Friday, April 2

Glass Art Sale Silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sale 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Studio Arts Center.

Women's Tennis Sam Houston State. Free. 1 p.m. Tennis Center., 817-272-2261.

$2 Movie: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime kicks some Decepticon cans. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3.

Baseball Nicholls State. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark., 817-272-2261.

Saturday, April 3

Women's Tennis Stephen F. Austin. 11 a.m. Tennis Center.

Baseball Nicholls State. Free with student ID. 1 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark.

Men's Tennis DePaul. 2 p.m., Tennis Center.

Monday, April 5

Movies Without Borders: City of God (Cidade de Deus) This Russian films tells how two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

Flute for Thought Recital UT Arlington Flute Choir performs. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 817-272-3471.

Tuesday, April 6

Young-Hyun Cho Faculty Piano Recital Music faculty member Young-Hyun Cho performs. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building., 817-272-3471.

Through April 24

Outside Influences Works by American artists Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse, along with pieces from their outsider/folk art collections exhibited. The Gallery at UTA. Fine Arts Building. 817-272-5658.


Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market has returned with locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts and crafts, and more. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

UT Arlington Planetarium programs See the complete Planetarium schedule. Students $3 with ID. 817-272-1183,

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

Learn More


Wednesday, March 31

Study Abroad Info Session Learn about study abroad options and scholarships, and speak with a study abroad adviser. Free. Noon, Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center., 817-272-1120.

Repetition, Revision, and Appropriation: The Influence of Early Black Writers Ayanna Jackson-Fowler, a diversity faculty fellowship recipient and associate professor of English, presents research on 18th century black writers and their influence on white writers of the Romantic period. Part of the English Department's Brown Bag Colloquia series. Noon, Room 211, Preston Hall.

Barbara Jordan and the Paradox of Female Ambition Mary Ellen Curtin, adjunct professor of women's history at American University, speaks as part of the Women's History Month lecture series. Sponsored by the Women's Studies program. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Condition Monitoring and Fault Diagnosis of Electric Machines Hamid Toliyat, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University, examines the commonly used industry approaches to monitor the health of electric machines. 1:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. 817-272-2667.

What happened to APA? Long the standard in the social sciences, APA style has a new edition. Discover answers to old questions or how to address new ones. Register online. 2 p.m., Room B20, Central Library.

Publisher 2007 Cover the basic skills needed to use Microsoft Publisher 2007. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 319, Architecture Building.

Thursday, April 1

Biology Colloquium Series William Murphy, associate professor of veterinary integrative biosciences at Texas A&M, speaks on "Genomic Approaches to Speciation Genetics, and Biodiversity Discovery." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. 817-272-2872.

Intro to Adobe Dreamweaver Explore the tools to use this Web editing software. Limited seating. Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room B29, Central Library.

GIS Workshop Create your own Google maps. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. Joshua Been,, 817-272-5826.

Monday, April 5

Access 2007 Level I: Tables/Queries Discover how this database software can make tables, import data, and execute queries. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 324, Architecture Building.

Tuesday, April 6

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, April 7

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,

Maversity Workshop This multicultural leadership development program is open to all students. Noon, Room B150, E.H. Hereford University Center., 817-272-2099.

Thursday, April 8

It's a Google World, We Just Live In It Discover the depths of Google Book's contents and learn ways to effectively use Google Scholar to uncover academic articles. Register online. Noon, Room 315-A, Central Library.

Intro to Adobe Illustrator Create eye-popping graphics that can be printed at any size to the highest quality. Limited seating. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room B29, Central Library.

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

Sports Notes
Michael Choice

Hitting machine: Michael Choice leads the Mavericks in batting average (.395), home runs (11), and runs batted in (28).


Mavericks power past Northwestern State

Outfielder Michael Choice continued his torrid pace with three home runs as the Mavericks took two of three games in a Southland Conference baseball series at Northwestern State during the weekend. Choice leads the SLC with 11 homers this season.

Now 5-4 in the SLC and 12-12 overall, the Mavericks play at TCU at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 30, before hosting Nicholls State in a three-game conference series starting Thursday, April 1.

Gray impresses at track invitational

Junior Cordero Gray finished first among collegiate runners and second overall in the 100-meter dash at the Bobby Lane Invitational on Saturday at Maverick Stadium. Doc Patton, an Olympic medal winner, was first in the race running for Nike.

In women's competition, the Mavericks dominated the 800-meter run, taking the top three places. Kisha Gaspard won the event, followed by Esther Abuto and Jennifer Carey. Both men's and women's teams will compete in the Texas Relays, Wednesday, March 31, through Saturday, April 3 in Austin.

Softballers win series over UT San Antonio

Catcher Samantha Chumchal slammed a pair of home runs as UT Arlington won two of three Southland Conference softball games against UT San Antonio during the weekend at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks, now 8-6 in the SLC and 17-15 overall, will resume conference play this weekend at Northwestern State with two games Friday, April 2, and one Saturday, April 3.

Women's tennis unbeaten in conference play

Notching wins at McNeese State and Lamar last weekend, the women's tennis team jumped to 7-0 in Southland Conference play. Maria Martinez-Romer tops the Mavericks with a 7-0 singles record, playing in the No. 4 position.

The Mavericks will host Sam Houston State at 1 p.m. Friday, April 2, and Stephen F. Austin at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Tennis Center.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Blend classroom with experiential learning

Basketballer plays in front of home crowd

University committed partner in downtown efforts

"We're teaching them how to manage relationships with suppliers."

"It's a great experience to be able to play basketball on a full-ride scholarship."

"There's a lot of momentum in the downtown Arlington area now that has not been seen in the past."

— Dr. Edmund Prater, associate professor of information systems and operations management in the College of Business, on combining traditional classroom work with on-the-job learning.

— Kasey Stelter, member of the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team, which played in the national tournament in Marshall, Minn.

— John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, commenting on the University partnering with the city and the Downtown Arlington Management Corp.



Editors: Teresa Newton, Jim Patterson

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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