For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Commencement ceremonies begin Thursday

More than 3,100 UT Arlington students are expected to receive degrees Thursday-Monday, May 13-17, during Commencement ceremonies, which include some long-standing traditions.

The College of Nursing pinning ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, at two locations. Nursing graduates choose a friend, family member, significant other, or nursing mentor to pin them with the UT Arlington nursing emblem. The ceremony for Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates is at 11 a.m. at Fielder Road Baptist Church. The ceremony for the RN to BSN graduates is at 2 p.m. at Texas Hall.

Military science graduates become U.S. Army officers during their commissioning ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.

The College of Engineering's procession of graduating students begins at Nedderman Hall and ends at Texas Hall. The regal parade starts 10 minutes before each of the two commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15.

Ticket information and the Commencement schedule are online at

Golf course sculpture

Golf course sculpture: Art senior Lauren Papan's sculpture "Rilly" is one of 13 that can be found on the Lake Arlington Golf Course.

Student sculptors display intermedia works at Lake Arlington Golf Course

Plane Air, a unique exhibit of sculpture by UT Arlington students, has been installed at Lake Arlington Golf Course, 1516 W. Green Oaks Boulevard, and remains on display through June.

The 13-sculpture exhibit is sponsored by the city of Arlington, Lake Arlington Golf Course, and the Department of Art and Art History at UT Arlington.

Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of sculpture, says he approached golf course officials with the idea of an exhibit on the course where people would not expect to see it. The exhibit's name is borrowed from the French plein air, which means painting or drawing outside, as in the open air.

Students changed the phrase to "Plane Air," as a nod to the carving tool, a sculptor's plane.

Evonne Sandas, the city's golf director, says her team was "intrigued by the idea of doing something out of the box and exposing our golfers to art. But we really did not know what to expect."

Some of the sculptures are site specific and address the landscape of the course, such as a low wood sculpture in eight parts. The work is heavily coated in polyurethane so that it glitters like diamonds in sunshine. Other pieces are abstract constructions designed to contrast with their environment, such as a huge jellyfish hung from a tree.

The exhibit is the product of a semester's research and creation by students in Lauster's classes in 3-D Forms and Intermedia. In contrast to painting or sculpting in clay, intermedia work involves making art with less traditional materials. Pieces may include found objects, film, video, and performance art, Lauster says.

The venue was inspirational in itself, he says. "In the studio environment, they typically would be told to create a piece within a limited range of sizes. This project freed them from those kinds of boundaries."

Late night breakfast tonight, film at 11

A quiet study place and study breaks are available to help students tackle final examinations.

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 library provides a game night from 5 p.m. to midnight today, Tuesday, May 11, in Room B06. This study break includes console games, such as Rock Band, Dance Dance Revolution, and Halo 3, plus a variety of board and card-based games. For more information, contact Kevin Schuck at 817-272-3313 or

Late Night Breakfast provides nourishment to study 9:30-11 p.m. Tuesday, May 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 a free movie, The Blind Side, at 11 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre.

  Fresh Pix Maverick Celebration 2010

Pomp and pyrotechnics

Dallas Morning News columnist and UT Arlington alum William McKenzie ('79 MA), top, delivered the keynote address Friday night for the Maverick Celebration at Levitt Pavilion. McKenzie, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing, urged graduates to "never give up." Guests were treated to a fireworks display along with music from the UT Arlington Festival Band and Micky and the MotorCars.

Dionex establishes $1 million endowment for chemistry chair

Dionex Corp., a California-based company focused on the science of chromatography, has established a $1 million endowment to create the Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Small invented suppressed ion chromatography, the technique by which most ions are analyzed today. The endowed chair is funded through a $500,000 Dionex gift, which is being matched with UT Arlington natural gas royalties through the Maverick Match program.

"Hamish Small is one of the giants of modern analytical chemistry," says Christopher Pohl, senior vice president of research and development and Dionex senior science officer. "We at Dionex wanted to honor his many contributions to analytical chemistry by permanently endowing a chair named in his honor and feel that The University of Texas at Arlington is a perfect setting for such an honor."

President James D. Spaniolo calls the Dionex endowment "a testimonial to the excellent research being conducted in the College of Science."

Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science, notes that the Dionex gift is the company's first such endowment and is particularly noteworthy because of the company's multinational presence and work with many academic organizations.

"UT Arlington has the leading ion chromatography research group in the world, so the endowment is a natural fit," Dr. Jansma says.

The Hamish Small Chair, when filled, will be the second endowed chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Professor Daniel Armstrong holds the other, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry.

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 reminders 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

Fresh Pix Tecumseh Graham and U. J. Ogbonna


Tecumseh Graham, left, mechanical engineering senior, and U.J. Ogbonna, interdisciplinary studies senior, enjoy refreshments at Tailgate Tuesday prior to last week's Maverick baseball game against Dallas Baptist.


Gaming added to digital media track for art and art history fall classes

Beginning this fall, the Department of Art and Art History will incorporate game theory and game design into its digital media track. The goal, says department Chair Robert Hower, will be to equip students to push the boundaries of gaming.

"We want students to be able to create commercial and non-commercial products," Hower says. "More importantly, we want them to receive a concentrated education in gaming and design. The question becomes how do we prepare students to use technology and be innovative throughout their careers."

The program will allow students to learn and incorporate those technical skills into their work while spending an equal amount of time on concept, story, artistic design, and general sensory experience of a virtual world. This program would give graduating students exposure to a variety of job options in the digital medium.

"Video games have moved beyond the normal entertainment area and are prominent in health, simulation, training, and education and will continue to expand as technology advances," he says.

Classes for the digital discipline are slated to begin in the fall. The program is expected to attract 40 or more undergraduates and three to five master's candidates. The University's Office of Innovation will work on expanding the scope of the program to include an entrepreneurship course for students.

More information about the digital media track is available online or by calling 817-272-2891.

MAC, PE Building set limited hours during intersession

Hours at the Maverick Activities Center and the Physical Education Building will change for the summer intersession.

The buildings are open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, May 17-June 4, except for Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, when hours are 5-10 p.m. See the pool schedule online. The buildings are closed Saturdays and Sundays May 15-June 6.

During the summer, the buildings will be open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed on Saturday, and open 2-10 p.m. Sunday.

Wednesday last day for organizations to sign up for summer activities fairs

Student clubs and organizations have until Wednesday, May 12, to sign up to participate in summer activities fairs.

The fairs are on the first day of the two-day New Maverick Orientation programs this summer and are 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.

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

See more information and register online.

  Fresh Pix MavPack

Packin' for finals

Student Alumni Association member Frashy Erazo, left, athletic training sophomore, hands a MavPack to Brittany Miles, nursing sophomore, last week. The backpacks included items to help students with finals, such as school supplies, snacks, and a UT Arlington T-shirt, all from the SAA.

Renovation of library's third floor among summer construction projects

As spring classes end, various campus construction projects will begin, including renovation on the third floor of the Central Library, work on a utility line near Hammond and Trimble halls, and preparation for work on the Special Events Center in parking lot 40.

For the latest updates on campus construction projects, go to Blazin' Construction, a blog of Facilities Management construction and maintenance news.

Campus steam shutdown May 24-26

It's that time of year again when the Thermal Energy Plant must shut down steam service to the campus to complete inspection and repair requirements of the system components. Steam outage begins at 1 a.m. Monday, May 24, and ends at 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 26. It was determined that this time period would cause the least disruption for campus functions and activities.

Buildings will be without hot water and steam. Electrical power, air conditioning, and cold water service will be available.

If you have questions concerning the buildings or equipment affected by this outage, contact Larry Harrison in the Office of Facilities Management at 817-272-3458.

Continuing Ed

Find a variety of non-credit classes at Continuing Ed

Classes such as Piano Shorthand: Playing Music without Music are among the numerous offerings of the Department of Continuing Education.

The piano class is for those brand new to music and the seasoned player who would like to learn how to play without reading music. You may bring a portable keyboard to class, but it is not required. The class meets 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15, in Room F200D of the Continuing Education Workforce Center. Cost is $99.

The summer catalog of classes includes a list of enrichment, professional development, and certification courses. Go to or call 817-272-2581 for more details.

Fresh Pix Renewal Fair

Lining up to sign up

Students lined up for free pizza and drinks while filling out membership forms at the Student Alumni Association's Renewal Fair on Wednesday on the Central Library mall.


Planetarium hosts Astronomy Day

The Planetarium hosts Astronomy Day with the Texas Astronomical Society 2-10 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The 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

Enjoy free concerts at Levitt Pavilion

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 100 W. Abram 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.

TrailBlazer starts summer schedule, publishes every other week

TrailBlazer will be published every other week through the summer. Summer issues will be Tuesdays, May 25, June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, and Aug. 3 and 17.

Submit news and calendar items to or call 817-272-7078. The TrailBlazer guidelines are online.

Check List


May 11-14

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

May 18

Census date for summer intersession

June 7

Summer classes begin

Spring final exams and final grades

Final exams for the spring semester continue through Friday, May 14. Check the final exams schedule for details.

Spring grades are scheduled to be available after noon Thursday, May 20. View grades by logging in at Click on Student Center and then click on the drop-down box under Other Academic. Grades will be the sixth item in the drop-down list.

Diplomas available by late June

Spring undergraduates will be notified by UT Arlington e-mail once diplomas are available, around the end of June. Call the Records Office at 817-272-3372 for details.

Students receiving master's or doctoral degrees should contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 817-272-2688.

Graduates must provide a photo ID to pick up their diplomas. Account balances must be cleared before diplomas can be picked up or mailed.

Summer intersession important dates

Through May 16 - Regular registration

May 17 - Late registration

May 17 - First day of class

May 18 - Census date

May 17-21, 24-28, June 1 - Classes meet

May 25 - Last day to drop classes, by 5 p.m. All students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit in order to drop the course. A list of advising offices is online.

May 31 - Memorial Day holiday

June 1 - Last day of classes

June 2 - Final exams

June 10 - Grades posted

Dropping can impact freshmen, sophomores, and students with financial aid

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. Information on this state law is online.

Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to see how dropping will affect their financial aid package. Federal regulations are outlined online. For details, call 817-272-3561 or go to Room 252 in Davis Hall.

Registration for summer intersession, summer, and fall under way

The registration timetables are available online. To determine if you need adviser clearance before you register, check your portal page at 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 (a hold). A list of advising offices is online.

The schedule of classes for summer intersession, summer, and fall is accessible at

Prerequisite checking now enforced

Prerequisite checking will be enforced in MyMav prior to the summer term. If you have either already successfully completed the pre-requirements or are currently enrolled in a course prerequisite, you will have been able to register for the next-level course for summer or fall.

If you are enrolled for summer and do not successfully complete the prerequisite in the spring term, you will be dropped from the next-level course when spring grades are posted.

If you are enrolled for fall but not summer, prerequisite completion will be checked when summer grades are final in August.

Prerequisites not only include courses that must be taken in sequence, but also some restricted to class level, GPA, or concurrent enrollment. Check Class Details in the MyMav Class Search.

Questions regarding prerequisites should be directed to your academic adviser. A list of advising offices is online.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

SLC Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin Friday at Maverick Stadium


For the first time since 2006, UT Arlington will host the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, at Maverick Stadium.

Preliminary running and field events begin at 10 a.m. Friday. Finals will be held Friday for both women and men in the hammer, javelin, and the 10,000 meters.

Saturday's schedule begins at 9 a.m. and includes more preliminary running and field events with finals slated for women and men in the long jump, high jump, shot put, and 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Sunday's field event finals begin with the women's pole vault at 10:30 a.m. followed by finals for women and men in the discus and triple jump with the men's pole vault starting at 2 p.m. Running event finals begin at 5 p.m.

Last year, the Maverick men's team finished second, losing by 1/2 point. The women finished third. The last championship for the men came in 2007, when the Mavericks won by a single point. The women last won in 2001 at Maverick Stadium, capping a run of four straight titles.

All-session passes are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Single-session passes are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Children 6 and younger are admitted free. Students from Southland Conference universities are admitted free with student ID.

Wednesday-Thursday, May 12-13

Underexposed VIII Film Festival The Student Film Video Organization presents its spring film festival with more than 50 films by UT Arlington students. Tickets are available 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in Room 157 of the Fine Arts Building or at the door. $7 for one night, $12 for two. 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.

Friday, May 14

Graduation Party All recent graduates (fall '09 and spring '10) who sign up as Young Alumni members will receive young alumni swag, while supplies last. Claim your swag early at Faculty and staff are invited to join in the celebration. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. BlackFinn American Saloon, Arlington Highlands.

Friday-Sunday, May 14-16

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

Through May 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition BFA graduating students show their works. Free. 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.


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 Shows in May include One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure and $2 movies Dream Girls, Planet 51 and Astro Boy. 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 18

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, nekimab@uta.ed.

Wednesday, May 19

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,

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

Sports Notes
  Rebecca Collom

Team leader: First baseman Rebecca Collom leads the Maverick softball team with a .329 batting average and 29 runs batted in.

Softball earns third seed for SLC tournament

UT Arlington is seeded third in the Southland Conference Softball Tournament, which begins Thursday, May 13, in San Marcos. The Mavericks will open play against sixth-seeded Nicholls State on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

The double-elimination tournament continues through Saturday with the champion earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The only conference tournament softball title for UT Arlington came in 2003.

Baseball Mavs lose two to Stephen F. Austin, host Lamar

Losing two of three to Stephen F. Austin last weekend, the Maverick baseball team dropped to fourth in the Southland Conference. The Mavericks will host Lamar for three games this weekend.

Two weeks remain in the regular season before the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament May 26-29 at Corpus Christi. The top eight teams qualify for the tournament, and the Mavericks have already clinched a berth.

Sports shorts

Senior pitcher Jason Mitchell earned second team Academic All-District baseball honors. Majoring in economics, he has a 3.5 grade point average. ... Junior Zack Fischer was named to the All-Southland Conference golf first team while junior Wes Worster, who transferred from Lon Morris Junior College, is the conference newcomer of the year. ... Top student-athletes were named at the All-Sports Banquet last week. See the award recipients and photos online. ... Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball players John McPhail (Australia) and Jaco Velloen (South Africa) are playing for their native countries in hopes of advancing to the Paralympic games in 2012.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Student debt continues to climb

Technology requires new nursing skills

Combat troops have enough to worry about

"Even with a bad economy, people are in the mind-set of going to school, and they need assistance."

"In these environments - hospitals and homes - health care providers will need quite different skills and abilities than the health care providers of today."

"One always has to be careful about being too optimistic, but there is science to support preventive efforts to build stress moderators, stress buffers and coping skills in people."

— Karen Krause, executive director of financial aid and scholarships, on rising student debt.

— Dr. Carolyn L. Cason, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Nursing, on high-tech tools needed for nurses.

— Dr. Alexa Smith-Osborne, assistant professor of social work, on how combat troops are being handled emotionally and mentally.



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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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