For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Maverick Celebration poster

Fireworks, music, speakers ready for Maverick Celebration

The night sky lights up when UT Arlington honors the Class of 2010 and its achievements at Maverick Celebration at 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.

Dallas Morning News columnist William McKenzie returns to his alma mater to address the Class of 2010. He earned a master's degree in political science from UT Arlington in 1979, then built a career in opinion writing. Earlier this year, he won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

President James D. Spaniolo shares a few thoughts, along with Wendy Okolo, who graduates with a degree in aerospace engineering a few days later.

The 85-member UT Arlington Festival Band will welcome guests and later play favorites such as "America the Beautiful," the national anthem, and the UT Arlington alma mater.

Micky and the Motorcars headlines the entertainment when they bring their varied alt-country song list to stage. A popular item on the Texas music circuit, the band released its "Live at Billy Bob's Texas" album last fall.

A fireworks display welcomes the graduation season, and guests are invited to stay and dance under the stars.

No tickets are needed for this free event, which includes free food and drinks, at the pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to Texas Hall.

'Dead Week' alive with exercise, food, and even study help

The quiet before the finals, traditionally known as "Dead Week," is anything but with study assistance and activities to break the stress of exams.

Blow off some stress and come ready to sweat for Pre-Exam Jam at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in Room 135 of the Maverick Activities Center. Studies show that students who exercise do better in school. The free workout is a combination of exercises for all UTA students. Water and healthy snacks will be provided.

The Central Library will stay open 24 hours through 8 p.m. Friday, May 14. Student ID is needed to enter the library between midnight and 7 a.m. Check for other campus library hours.

The Math Clinic has extended its hours from 8 a.m. Friday, May 7, to 2 a.m. Saturday, May 8; and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 8. The clinic is in Room 314 of Pickard Hall. Regular hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 1-9 p.m. Sundays. Call 817-272-5674.

Late Night Breakfast is a filling tradition 9:30-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 10-11, at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Breakfast is $2.75 in the Connection Café. Enjoy free games at Bowling & Billiards during those hours. The Residence Hall Association sponsors free movies after breakfast at 11 p.m.: Sherlock Holmes on Monday and The Blind Side on Tuesday in the Rosebud Theatre.

Mexico map

UT System issues a travel warning for Mexico

The UT System has issued a travel warning for Mexico because of security concerns issued by the U.S. Department of State.

UT System officials directed institutions to recall students, faculty, and staff participating in university-sponsored programs within seven Mexican states, effective immediately. The recall applies to the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Baja California, and Durango.

No UT Arlington students, faculty, or staff were traveling in these areas at the time of the announcement.

Read more about the UT System travel warning. Information on travel warnings for other countries is on the U.S. State Department website.

AAFSA awards

New tradition: Carl Towns II, left, receives a kente cloth stole from history Associate Professor Marvin Dulaney as Provost Donald Bobbitt looks on at the first African-American Faculty and Staff Association awards program. Dr. Dulaney, AAFSA president, had the stoles made in Ghana with UT Arlington's colors, blue and orange.

Kente cloth stoles become new symbol of student excellence

Nine students began a new tradition of academic and service recognition when they donned new stoles given by the African-American Faculty and Staff Association.

The kente cloth stoles were part of the first AAFSA academic and service awards ceremony April 25. Made in Ghana in the UT Arlington colors of blue and orange, the stoles can be worn by recipients with their graduation gowns at their commencement ceremonies.

The stoles traditionally are used to celebrate special occasions and achievements, said Marvin Dulaney, associate professor of history and president of the AAFSA.

Floyd Woods, marketing senior, received the community service award for student governance. Academic winners were Ashli Braggs, urban and public affairs senior; Devin Compton, interdisciplinary studies senior; Vianney Ndala, French senior; Shenika Nicole Robertson, kinesiology senior; Wendy Okolo, aerospace engineering senior; Carl Towns II, nursing senior; Everett D. Walker, management senior; and Shanita Widemon, social work senior.

A display honoring Kalpana Chawla

Inspiring display: Jean-Pierre Harrison looks at a photo of his late wife, Kalpana Chawla, at the Monday opening of a memorial display to the Space Shuttle Columbia astronaut. The display in the Nedderman Hall atrium includes one of Chawla's flight suits and other memoriabilia.

Kalpana Chawla display in Nedderman Hall

A display honoring former astronaut Kalpana Chawla ('84 MS) was dedicated Monday in the Nedderman Hall atrium. Chawla is one of the University's most celebrated graduates. She died aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia when it broke apart during re-entry in February 2003.

The display includes one of Chawla's flight suits, several photographs, and historical and biographical information about her and the space program. Also included is a flag flown over Johnson Space Center during the memorial for the fallen astronauts from the Columbia disaster.

Jean-Pierre Harrison, Chawla's husband, donated the display items. On hand for the dedication were astronauts Janet Kavandi and Dominic Gorie, both colleagues of Chawla.

New honor society for students with disabilities

Charter members of a UT Arlington chapter of Delta Alpha Pi, an international honor society for students with disabilities, were inducted Thursday at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Delta Alpha Pi advisers are Corin Caridine, a disability specialist in the Office for Students with Disabilities, and Sarah Rose, assistant professor of history.

The honor society was founded in 2004 at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. There are approximately 30 chapters nationwide.

To learn more about the student organization, call 817-272-3364 or go to

  Fresh Pix Homerathon 2010

Epic task

Kristen Thornton, philosophy junior, recites part of the Greek classic "The Odyssey" during the day-long Homerathon Wednesday on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Thirty-one readers tackled the tome by Greek philosopher Homer. The annual event is hosted by the University Classics Club and Eta Sigma Phi, a classics honor society.

Commencement tickets now online

All candidates for graduation are encouraged to invite their family and friends to help them celebrate this significant milestone. Students who have registered to participate in Commencement received an e-mail April 19 with a confidential username and password and instructions to access the ticket site at Tickets for up to six guests can be downloaded up until one hour before the ceremony. No tickets will be available at Texas Hall, where Commencement will be held. A reception will follow for the new graduates.

Thursday, May 13

7 p.m., College of Nursing

Friday, May 14

1 p.m., School of Social Work and University Studies

4 p.m., School of Architecture

7 p.m., College of Education and Health Professions

Saturday, May 15

10 a.m. and 1 p.m., College of Engineering

 4 and 7 p.m., College of Liberal Arts

Sunday, May 16

1 and 4 p.m., College of Business

7 p.m., School of Urban and Public Affairs

Monday, May 17

4 p.m., College of Science

Watch student conduct video for chance to win a Starbucks gift card

Help the Office of Student Conduct increase awareness about its policies and procedures by watching this online video. Just by watching, you'll have a chance to win one of five $5 gift cards to Starbucks. The chance to win ends today, Tuesday, May 4.

For more information, contact Andrea Barefield with the Office of Student Conduct at 817-272-2354 or

Fresh Pix Maverick Rings 2010

Ring leaders

Stephanie Moran, sociology junior, and O.C. Abajue, civil engineering senior, show off their class rings after receiving them at the official Maverick Ring Ceremony April 27 at the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.


Return Rent-a-Text books by May 17

Textbooks rented through the Follett Rent-a-Text program at the UT Arlington Bookstore are due for return by Monday, May 17.

E-mail reminder will go to students who have rented books, said Bill Coulter, bookstore manager. Those who do not return their rented textbooks will be charged the book's full retail price.

Students rented 6,000 books for the spring semester, the same number as in the fall for the inaugural semester of the program. UT Arlington and Follett Higher Education Group have renewed the program for the 2010-11 academic year.

Contact the bookstore for more details on the Rent-a-Text program at or 817-272-5757. Or go online to

Student groups must don their T-shirts for freebies at Tailgate Tuesday

Student organizations can show their pride today, Tailgate Tuesday, May 4, when the UT Arlington Mavericks take on the Dallas Baptist Patriots at Clay Gould Ballpark. Tailgating starts at 5:30 p.m. with the baseball game at 6:30 p.m.

Throw on one of your organization's T-shirts and enjoy a free cookout, yard games, and free entry into Blaze's Late Night Breakfast Race with winners receiving tickets to the Late Night Breakfast. Students must be wearing their organization's shirt to receive a meal and be entered into the attendance giveaway. Meet at the patio area outside the ballpark.

The student organization with the most attendees at the game will receive a free catered lunch.

The evening is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and UT Arlington Athletics. Call 817-272-6080 for more information.

Outdoor siren tests planned for Wednesday

UT Arlington and the city of Arlington will conduct outdoor siren tests Wednesday, May 5.

The University test is at 12:30 p.m. The test will be heard campus-wide through strategically placed loudspeakers and will consist of a combination of chimes and prerecorded announcements. At the conclusion of the test, an announcement will be broadcast to resume normal operations.

The city's test is at 1 p.m. The city's outdoor weather warning system has 51 sirens that alert people who are outdoors to seek shelter. Weather permitting, the system is tested at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month.

The tests will not be conducted in the event of bad weather.

  Fresh Pix iPad winner 2010

iPad winner

Christa Gipson, criminology and criminal justice senior, was the iPad winner in the League of Philanthropy secret code contest. Members of the Class of 2010 are encouraged to Be a Maverick Hero and donate $20.10 toward a class gift to UT Arlington. Visit or contact Kerri Ressl in the Office of Development at or 817-272-1075 to make a gift.

Food for Thought looks at motivation

Do you have a hard time finding a reason to exercise? Learn techniques to motivate yourself to exercise and start living the healthy lifestyle that you deserve at Food for Thought: Finding and Maintaining the Motivation to Exercise. The program is noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, in Room 101B of the Maverick Activities Center. Bring a sack lunch and a notepad.

Strut your stuff for New Maverick Orientation activities fair

Departments, groups, and organizations are invited to provide information for the 2010 New Maverick Orientation activities fair, which is on the first day of each two-day orientation program this summer. The fair is a great way for incoming freshmen to learn more about the resources and involvement opportunities available to them.

Activities fair dates are June 10, 14, 17, 24, and 28; July 8, 12, 19, 22, and 29; and Aug. 2 and 5. Groups must be present at all dates. Set-up time begins at 1 p.m. The fairs are 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The deadline to sign up for the activities fair is Wednesday, May 12. Space is limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Space may fill up prior to the deadline. After May 12, space will be allocated only if available.

See more information and register online.

Environmental Health and Safety newsletter has new title

The spring issue of the Environmental Health and Safety newsletter boasts a new title with an updated design. Maverick Safety Matters features articles on the new Chemical Environmental Management System for inventory of chemicals on campus, the new authorized driver training and tracking system, and increasing fire drills for UT Arlington housing residents.

Enjoy free concerts at Levitt Pavilion in May, June

About every music genre is represented during the Levitt Pavilion's spring season in downtown Arlington. The spring schedule of free concerts is online at

The College of Engineering sponsors the Friday, June 4, Band of Heathens concert, while UT Arlington is a sponsor of the Three Dog Night Benefit Concert on Saturday, June 26.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m., except for the Wednesday Children's Series, which are at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The pavilion is at the south side of West Abram Street at South Pecan Street in downtown Arlington.

All concerts are free, except for the benefit concert with Three Dog Night. Those tickets are $25 for general admission and $150 for VIP seating.

Princess and the frog

Planetarium is a great place for a cheap date

The UT Arlington Planetarium has bargain prices for stellar programs.

The Planetarium's $2 movies are shown at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. The Princess and the Frog (G) is this week's flick, May 5, 7-8. Other films are Dream Girls (PG-13) May 12, 14-15; Planet 51 (PG) May 19, 21-22; and Astro Boy (PG) May 26, 28-29.

Big Bird, Elmo, and their new friend Hu Hu Zhu discover the night sky together in One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure at the Planetarium. Show times are 1 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays in May. Tickets are $3 with student ID; $4 for youth 18 and younger, seniors 65 and older, alumni, faculty, and staff; $6 for adults.

The Planetarium hosts Astronomy Day with the Texas Astronomical Society 2-10 p.m. Saturday, May 22. This event will include a raffle, presentations by the Texas Astronomical society, discounted Planetarium shows, and observation of Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon through the telescopes on-site.

For details or a list of other Planetarium shows, call 817-272-1183 or go online to

Save the date for MavsMeet Convocation in August

Celebrate the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year with the annual MavsMeet Convocation. The convocation 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 faculty speaker is physics Professor Kaushik De.

The kick-off ceremony also includes a spirited performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band and a musical offering from the Adonis Rose Quartet. For more information, go to or call 817-272-6080.

Check List


May 7

Last day of classes

Maverick Celebration

May 8-14

Final exams

May 13-17

Commencement ceremonies

May 16

Registration ends for summer terms and summer intersession

May 17

First day of classes for summer intersession

Preorder final transcript

Students can preorder transcripts online. Be sure to mark requests to hold for grade posting if you are not graduating or degree posting if you are graduating.

Last day of class, final exams begin for spring semester

Last day of class is Friday, May 7. Final exams for the spring semester are Saturday-Friday, May 8-14. Check the final exams schedule for details.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Film students show 50 flicks at Underexposed VIII

Underexposed poster

Watch more than 50 films by UT Arlington students next week at the spring film festival "Underexposed VIII."

The flicks are on the screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the Studio Movie Grill in Arlington, 225 Merchants Row in the Highlands, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Magnolia at the Modern in Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. in the arts district.

Tickets are $7 for one night or $12 for two. Tickets are available 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in Room 157 of the Fine Arts Building or at the door.

The Student Film Video Organization sponsors a screening in the fall and a judged film festival each spring.

Tuesday, May 4

Tailgate Tuesday Throw on one of your organization's T-shirts and enjoy a free cookout, yard games, prizes, and more as the Mavericks play baseball against Dallas Baptist. Free. Tailgate 5:30-6:30 p.m., game 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. 817-272-6080.

Wednesday, May 5

SAA Renewal Fair Renew your membership or join the Student Alumni Association and receive a free lunch and 10 percent off textbooks. Prizes and raffles. $15 membership. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Central Library mall.,, 817-272-1367.

Softball North Texas. Free with student ID. 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field., 817-272-2261.

$2 Movie: The Princess and the Frog A new twist on this old tale is down on the bayou. 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. 817-272-1183, Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8.

Friday, May 7

BFA exhibit reception BFA graduating students show their works. Reception for BFA graduating students whose work is on exhibit. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-5658,

Maverick Celebration Speakers, music, fireworks, and more. 8 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, downtown Arlington.

Friday-Sunday, May 7-9

Baseball Stephen F. Austin. Free with student ID. 6:30 Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Clay Gould Ballpark., 817-272-2261.

Saturday, May 8

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu explore the night sky. $3 with student ID, $4 for children. 1 p.m., Planetarium. Also, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Planetarium, 817-272-0123.

Through May 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition BFA graduating students show their works. Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 7. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-5658,

Through May 31

Timpani: New Works Artists Carol Benson, Susan Harrington, and Chris Powell use disparate media but approach inspiration in a similar manner by allowing ideas to rise intuitively to conscious form in this art exhibit. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 817-272-5988.


farmers market

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 See the complete Planetarium schedule. $3 students with ID., 817-272-1183.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, May 4

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,

Fiber-optic Quantum Communications and Information Processing Prem Kumar, director of the Center for Photonic Communication and Computing at Northwestern University, describes recent experiments that demonstrate the generation and distribution of quantum entanglement in wavelength-division-multiplexed optical fiber systems. He also presents some recent results on utilizing such entanglement for quantum communications and information processing tasks. Presented by Electrical Engineering Department. Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 817-272-1224.

Wednesday, May 5

Challenges in 21st Century Engineering Education Jonathan Bredow, professor and chair of electrical engineering, discusses current challenges faced by educators and educational institutions. Light breakfast provided. Reservations online. Free for students. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 817-272-3682.

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,

Engineering 50th logo

Engineering Lecture Series David Peters, McDonnell Douglas Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace and Structural Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, presents "Boomers, Bloomers and Zoomers: A personal perspective on the space race" on a partnership that began in 19th century agricultural America and ended with landing men on the moon. Reservations online. Free. 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Amber Wiederhold,, 817-272-0074.

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

Sports Notes
Michael Choice

Home run leader: Michael Choice broke the school record for career home runs with his 32nd Saturday in Corpus Christi.


Choice sets home run record as Maverick baseballers sink Islanders

Michael Choice broke the school record for career home runs as the Mavericks swept a three-game Southland Conference baseball series at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend. Choice, who has 14 homers this season, set the record Saturday with his 32nd career homer, bettering the mark of 31 set by Matt Mize (1998-99).

Shortstop Jesse Payne boosted the Mavericks past TA&M-CC with 10 hits and seven runs batted in for the three games. UT Arlington outscored the Islanders 41-12 in the series.

The Mavericks have won eight straight SLC games and are now third in the conference with a 16-8 record. Coach Darin Thomas' club hosts second-place Stephen F. Austin this weekend.

Tracksters run strong at Northwestern as Southland Conference meet nears

Jerono Patrober won the women's 1500- and 5000-meter events at the Northwestern State Invitational track meet in Natchitoches, La., last weekend. Also winning for the women were Esther Abuto in the 800 along with the 4x400-meter relay team.

First-place finishers for the men were Dwight Robinson in the 800, Aundrea Williams in the 400 hurdles, and Isaiah Clements in the pole vault.

UT Arlington will host the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 14-16 at Maverick Stadium.

Find out how good you are in the video game tournament Thursday

If you talk the talk, see if you can back it up in the FIFA 10 Video Game Tournament at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6, on the second floor game lounge at the Maverick Activities Center. On-site registration will start at 7 p.m.

Games will be played on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Cost is free. The tournament will be single or double elimination based on the number of participants. Tournament champion will receive an intramural sports championship T-shirt.

All enrolled students as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and community Campus Recreation members are eligible to participate in the intramural sports event.

Players needed for 4-on-4 wheelchair football tomorrow

Sign up for a 4-on-4 wheelchair football game Wednesday, May 5, in the indoor soccer court at the Maverick Activities Center. Entry fee is $10. Registration is at 5 p.m. with the game at 6 p.m. To register, contact Doug Garner at

Adapted sport program offers opportunities for students with disabilities

The Movin' Mavs Adapted Sport program is looking to offer new sport and recreation programs for students with disabilities.

Training is being planned for all group exercise instructors in making modifications for students with disabilities. Some swim classes are prepared for modifications based on disability. Programs are being planned for the fall semester in paralympic swimming, indoor wheelchair soccer (manual and power chairs), and introduction to wheelchair basketball.

Students with disabilities who have an interest in these or other programs should contact Doug Garner,

Sports shorts

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi took two of three games from the UT Arlington softball team last weekend. The Mavericks host North Texas in the regular season finale at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Allan Saxe Field. ... The golf team finished fifth in the Southland Conference Tournament at Springfield, La., last week. Senior Bryce Easton, who was named SLC golfer of the month for April, tied for ninth in the individual standings.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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