For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Resume critique

Job summary: Ayanna Parker, counseling specialist, helps Uday Sandhu, business graduate student, improve his résumé during a critique session, one of many workshops leading up to Wednesday's Job Fair.

Wednesday's Job Fair for Mavericks only

More than 100 companies—from A to X—are registered to attend this week's Fall Job Fair for UT Arlington students and graduates only.

The fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Maverick Activities Center. No registration is required for the free fair. Bring a student ID and plenty of résumés.

Employers from AAFES To XTO Energy will be on hand to talk with students, take résumés, and discuss job possibilities. See the list of attending employers online.

At the spring job fair, 2,300 students and 300 alumni attended, says Cheri Butler, associate director of the Career Center, formerly known as Career Services. The fall job fair should be popular, too, if attendance at September's job workshops are an indicator, she adds.

"We critiqued hundreds of résumés," Butler says. "We did 85 in one day."

More students are becoming aware of the job fair and taking advantage of the on-campus chance to meet with potential employers, she says.

For more information on the job fair and job hunting, contact the Career Center online or at 817-272-2932.

Student crowd

Record numbers: This fall's student enrollment of 32,956 is the largest in UT Arlington history and includes the University's most academically accomplished freshman class.

Fall enrollment sets record with nearly 33,000 students

UT Arlington has announced an all-time record enrollment of 32,956 students this fall and a larger freshman class with a stronger academic profile than ever before.

Preliminary fall census reports show striking growth—enrollment is up 31 percent from fall 2008, when the University was home to 25,085 students. UT Arlington is now the second-largest university in the UT System and the fastest growing among Texas' seven emerging research institutions.

President James D. Spaniolo says the dramatic enrollment numbers demonstrate a growing awareness among students and their families that the University is "a vibrant community where you can earn a first-rate education."

"We've been planning for this growth, and we're adding facilities and faculty to provide for our students," Spaniolo says. "This is a direct result of our extensive efforts to recruit top-quality students and faculty and of our commitment to help more students achieve their dream of a college education."

Read more about UT Arlington's record enrollment.

Ken Burns

Documented success: Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns will talk about the latest edition of his baseball documentaries for the Maverick Speakers Series on Friday in Texas Hall.

Limited number of tickets available for Maverick Speakers Series Friday

Noted filmmaker Ken Burns launches the 2010-11 Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in a conversation moderated by Krys Boyd, host of KERA's Think talk show.

A limited number of tickets are available for "An Evening with Ken Burns," which will be held at Texas Hall. The Burns event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They may be reserved online at The lecture will conclude with a book and DVD signing at 8:30 p.m.

Burns has made documentaries for more than 30 years. His films have won seven Emmy awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards.

Burns' latest film is The Tenth Inning, a two-part continuation of the Baseball series that aired in 1994 to an audience of 48 million. It is scheduled to air on PBS stations, including local affiliate KERA Channel 13, Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 28-29, just before the Major League Baseball playoffs begin.

Other works by Burns include The Civil War, Jazz, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, The War, and The National Parks.

Boyd has been host and managing editor of KERA-90.1 FM's flagship midday talk show since 2006 and host of a weekly television edition of Think since 2007.

See more about the Maverick Speakers Series.

  Fresh Clip OozeballVideo Extra

Muddy moment

Action at Friday's annual Oozeball tournament could be called good not-so-clean fun. The splattery sport benefits the Student Alumni Association's sophomore scholarship fund. Click on the photo above for a video or see the photo gallery and slideshow for more slippery action.

Flu shots available starting Monday

Influenza immunizations are available at Health Services beginning Monday, Sept. 27. Cost is $15 for students, faculty, and staff.

The all-in-one shot includes vaccine for two type A influenza strains, including H1N1, and one type B influenza, or seasonal flu, says Bob Blum, Health Services director.

Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

Immunizations are available on the following dates at these locations.

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, Central Library mall

  • 9-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, Human Resources, Wetsel Service Building

  • 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, Bursar lobby, Davis Hall

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 817-272-2771.

Health Services hosts World Heart Day and Open House next week

Nutrition and education on maintaining a healthy heart are part of World Heart Day, along with hand-outs, snacks, and giveaways from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Meet Health Services staff, tour the Health Center, and learn about services at the Health Services Open House from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29. Giveaways, snacks, health info, and a drawing for a $100 Wal-Mart gift card are planned.

For more information, contact Donielle Smith at Health Services at 817-272-2771.

Fresh Pix Off Campus Mavericks Center

Cutting up

The grand opening ribbon drops after being cut at the new Off Campus Mavericks Center at the Maverick Activities Center. Thursday's ribbon-cutting honors went to mascot Blaze; Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs; Annie Liu, Student Congress vice president; and Brian Joyce, associate director for New Maverick Orientation. The Off Campus Mavericks Center provides computers and a lounge area for students, an improved Market at the MAC, and offices for New Maverick Orientation. The grand opening coincided with the third birthday party for the Maverick Activities Center.


Hey, batter, batter! Sept. 27 is UT Arlington Night at the Rangers

Batter up, Mavericks! On Monday, Sept. 27, you, your friends, and family are invited to UT Arlington Night at the Rangers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. as the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Get tickets at for only $6 (a $30 value) and sit in the UT Arlington block, or you can use your UT Arlington discount and buy tickets online at (use the password rangers). Sponsored by the Office of the President, University Events, and EXCEL.

Sign up soon for Cyclethon, Bed Races

Sign up soon for the World Health Day Cyclethon and the 20th annual Bed Races.

World Heart Day Cyclethon is a road race in one place noon to midnight Monday, Sept. 27, at the Maverick Activities Center. Teams of five to 25 must keep the team's bike pedaling from noon to midnight. Teams that complete the task receive World Heart Day T-shirts. Individuals are welcome to sign up, too. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association. Registration packets are at the MAC services and information desk.

It's back to the eighties for the 30th annual Bed Races 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Maverick Stadium. The 1980s Remix theme features teams of five students—four pushing and one on the bed—competing in three categories: women's, men's, and co-ed. Costumes are encouraged. Entry fees go to the Student Life Fund. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, Oct. 5. Register online. EXCEL Campus Activities and the Department of Campus Recreation sponsor the event. For more details, call Student Activities at 817-272-2963 or Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.

Studio 301

Surround sound: Micah Hayes, music media/music business area coordinator, works on a recording project in the Music Department's Studio 301.

Recording Studio 301 still top notch one year after opening

Designed as a proving ground for students and a resource for faculty, Studio 301 will celebrate its first anniversary next month.

Installed in the south end of the Fine Arts Building with the help of nearly a half-million dollars in grant money, the fully functional recording studio is a foundational tool for the music media/music business program. Studio 301 has a large inventory of top-flight recording equipment and is versatile enough for any genre of music. It was designed by Mark Genfan of Acoustic Spaces in Austin.

Studio 301 was converted from two large classrooms and includes a spacious control room as well as a large tracking room. The tracking room houses the studio's Steinway grand piano and movable sound panels and is large enough for the UT Arlington band's horn section. A smaller isolation room—larger enough for a full-size drum kit—and a roomy storage closet round out the facilities.

Learn more about Studio 301.

Fresh Pix Hispanic Heritage Month 2010

Fiesta time

Industrial engineering graduate student Diana Cepeda dances Wednesday on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall at the fiesta starting Hispanic Heritage Month activities. More events continue through Oct. 15. Multicultural Affairs sponsors the month's events.


Foundation grant award helps provide for Social Work Innovation Incubator

The Amon G. Carter Foundation of Fort Worth has awarded the School of Social Work $350,000 to link academic research with community partners who meet the needs of people on a daily basis.

The award is the largest gift to the School of Social Work in its 42-year history. It will help establish the Social Work Innovation Incubator, which will conduct research with community partners focused on developing solutions to Tarrant County problems. The project's overall aim is to improve the standard of living for Tarrant County's most vulnerable families.

Learn more about the grant and the Social Work Innovation Incubator.

Bobadilla to receive Ultimate Latina award from Hispanic chamber

Michele Bobadilla, assistant provost for Hispanic Student Success, will be recognized as an Ultimate Latina in education at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce national convention Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

Bobadilla, who also serves as senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement, was nominated by the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for making higher education attainable through access and equity.

Bobadilla and nine other women will be honored at the Ultimate Latina Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Thursday during the 31st annual USHCC national convention.

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Check List


September 27

Last date for graduate students to file application for fall term graduation

October 25

Registration begins for winter intersession and spring term

Still time for undergrads to apply for fall graduation

If you missed the undergraduate deadline to apply for fall graduation, you can still submit an application through Friday, Oct. 8. The late application fee is $50. Read more about undergraduate graduation requirements.

Early progress reports available for freshmen

Fourth-week progress report grades are available to freshmen in their MyMav Student Center. You can see your progress report grades as soon as they are entered. Progress reports are intended to give realistic feedback from instructors. Midterm progress reports will be posted in October.

Six-course-drop alert, check out the implications before you drop a class

All students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later are limited to dropping six courses in the span of their undergraduate career. Link to policies and procedures for UT Arlington's implementation of this statute. You will need to meet with an academic adviser in your major department to drop or withdraw from classes. The last drop day this fall is Friday, Nov. 5.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Wind Symphony gets its Sousa on Thursday night

John Philip Sousa

The UTA Wind Symphony presents a concert in the style of the Sousa Band from early in the 20th century at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

Like John Philip Sousa's concerts, the UTA band will feature soloists, overtures, and, of course, great Sousa marches. Douglas Stotter, director of bands and associate professor of music, conducts the symphony. Matthew Luttrell, associate director of bands and assistant professor of music, serves as guest conductor.

Featured faculty soloists include Rick Bogard, associate professor of music, playing Herbert L. Clarke's famous cornet solo, Sounds from the Hudson, and David Grogan, assistant professor of music, singing Jerome Kern's Old Man River from the musical Show Boat.

Tickets are online at $3 for students with ID and $5 for adults.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Clavier Series Piano Recital UT Arlington piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department,, 817-272-3471.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

$2 Movie: Clash of the Titans Zeus' mortal son has it out for those underworld minions. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Poetry Slam Jam Poet and author Michael Guinn ('01 MSW) and friends bring their award-winning performances to campus. The first five groups to register will be invited to perform. A book signing follows. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Helen Hilson at Free. 6-9 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. African American Faculty and Staff Association.

Friday, Sept. 24

Maverick Speakers Series: Ken Burns Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is interviewed by Krys Boyd of KERA. Free, but tickets required. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series,

Faculty Recital John Solomons of the music faculty performs an all-Chopin program. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music Department,, 817-272-3471.

Sunday, Sept. 26

Bob Mintzer

Bob Mintzer and the UTA Jazz Orchestra World-renowned saxophonist Bob Mintzer and the UTA Jazz Orchestra perform in an outdoor concert. Free. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Levitt Pavilion, 817-543-4301.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

$2 Movie: Prince of Persia Prince, princess, villain, special dagger, magic sand, time travel. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Planetarium. 817-272-1183.


Planetarium Programs This month see Stars of the Pharaohs; Wonders of the Universe; One Sky, One World: Big Bird's Adventure; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame; and the $2 Movie. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The free concert series features saxophonist Bob Mintzer and the UTA Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Also performing this week are Spoonfed Tribe, Marcia Ball, and Cadillac Sky. The series continues each Thursday through Sunday until Oct. 2. Free. Levitt Pavilion Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, Sept. 21

Engineering Lectures: Wireless-Revolution and Evolution H. Vincent Poor, the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton, discusses the technological landscape, history, societal implications, emerging developments, and recent research advances in wireless communications. Reservations required. Free. 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering.

Cabaret lectures

'Cabaret' Lecture Series: Tagging Berlin Carolyn Guertin, assistant professor of English, explores how Berlin is being taken over, rewritten, remapped, flattened, divided, and reinvented by digital media artists. Free. 6 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, Natalie Gaupp,

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Focus on Faculty: Dean Scott Ryan School of Social Work Dean Scott Ryan discusses Gay and Lesbian Adoptive Parents and how several states have debated prohibiting adoptions by same-sex couples, while others allow joint adoptions. Sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi. Free. Noon-1 p.m.; reception 1-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Tommie Wingfield, 817-272-2658.

Gallery Talk: Private Collections II Art historian Benjamin Lima leads a gallery tour and discussion of the artworks in Private Collections II. Included in the exhibition are pieces by well-known modern and contemporary artists such as Diane Arbus, Louise Bourgeois, Jim Dine, Robert Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. Free. Noon-1 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 817-272-5658.

Gilman and National Scholarships Workshop Discover what scholarships are available for studying abroad and what scholarship committees look for in competitive applications. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. International Education,, 817-272-1120.

Food for Thought: Fad Diets Learn which diets are fads and which ones aren't. Presented by Brie Woods, a local registered dietitian who provides nutrition consultation services to the University community. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center.

Architecture Fall Lecture Series Marjan Colletti, lecturer at Bartlett School of Architecture in London and co-principal of marcosandmarjan design limited, is guest lecturer. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson,

Thursday, Sept. 23

Microsoft PowerPoint Learn about customizing presentations, importing content from another source, rehearsing and setting slide timings, and tips to use while presenting. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 123, Hammond Hall. Also 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. OIT training classes.

Biology Lecture Series Sara Sawyer, assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at UT Austin, speaks on Pondering Pandemics: Why Animal Viruses Don't (Usually) Infect Humans. Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science. Biology, Cedric Feschotte,, 817-272-2872.


GIS Workshop: Consumer Data, Geographics, and GIS Learn about geographic information systems (GIS) and the various types of socioeconomic data available. This hands-on workshop requires no GIS experience. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. Joshua Been, GIS Librarian,, 817-272-5826. See a list of other GIS workshops.

Friday, Sept. 24

Insights into Motor and Brain Changes after Stroke Michelle Johnson of the Medical College of Wisconsin provides insights from case studies with stroke survivors that help explain motor and brain changes after stroke. Free. 10 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Computer Science and Engineering, Sherri Gotcher,, 817-272-3605.

Biomolecular Studies Using Novel Techniques Tianbing Xia of UT Dallas describes his work in understanding the general principles of RNA folding. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Room 154, Business Building. Amanda Kerby,, 817-272-0109.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Learn the graduate school requirements for formatting and submitting your document electronically. Bring a section of your thesis or dissertation if you have specific formatting questions. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 004, University Hall. Michael Saenz,

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Next Generation Nuclear Plants and Related Material Issues Uner Colak, professor of nuclear engineering at Hacettepe University in Ankara, discusses existing reactor technologies and introduces the need and expectations for future nuclear power technologies. Free. 2 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Dr. Rasool Kenarangui,, 817-272-3423.

Writing with Clarity and Cohesion Graduate students learn to make their academic writing clearer and more cohesive. Participants should bring a sample of their academic writing or part of a thesis or dissertation. Free. 4:30-6 p.m., Writers' Studio, Room 411, Central Library. Michael Saenz,

Photojournalism in 1920s in America

'Cabaret' Lecture Series: 1920s Photojournalism in America Erika Pribanic-Smith, assistant professor of communication, discusses Another Perspective: 1920s Photojournalism in America. Free. 6 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, Natalie Gaupp,

Nursing: Successful Sophomores Start Here Nursing advisers discuss the admissions process, while faculty and nursing students provide tips for nursing school success. Free to pre-nursing students. 7 p.m., Room 104, Pickard Hall. College of Nursing, Mary Jane Ashe, 817-272-2776.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Architecture Lecture Series Dallas architect Ron Wommack is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson,, 817-272-2314.

Thursday, Sept. 30

Word for Dissertations and Theses Learn advanced features in Word 2007 used to write longer documents that will make meeting the graduate school formatting requirements a less arduous process. Free. 4-6 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. Michael Saenz,, 817-272-2315.

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

Sports Notes
Bianca Sauls

Digging in: Senior Bianca Sauls recorded a career-high 27 digs in the win over North Texas.


Volleyball team captures title in home tournament

Powering their way to wins over UT El Paso, Prairie View A&M, and North Texas, the Maverick volleyball team won the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational at Texas Hall on Saturday.

Senior Bianca Sauls was named tournament MVP as her all-around effort accounted for 25 kills, 40 digs, 7 aces, 11 blocks, and 19 assists. Junior Amanda Aguilera, who had 45 kills in the three matches, was named to the all-tournament team for the Mavericks.

UT Arlington opens Southland Conference play with matches at UT San Antonio on Thursday, Sept. 23, and at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Basketball schedules include some of nation's top teams

Men's basketball coach Scott Cross and women's basketball coach Samantha Morrow have announced their teams' 2010-11 schedules.

Both teams begin Nov. 12, and each schedule includes some of the top teams in the nation before Southland Conference play starts Jan. 8. The men travel to Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon State, and Texas Tech while the women play Arkansas at home and face road games at Oklahoma State, TCU, and Kansas.

Check the Maverick basketball men's schedule and women's schedule.

Intramural basketball, frisbee entries due this week

Intramural 3-on-3 basketball and ultimate frisbee tournament entries are due Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Frisbee entries are due by 3 p.m. at the services and information desk at the Maverick Activities Center. There will be a meeting for basketball managers at 6 p.m. in the Lone Star Auditorium at the MAC.

Entries are due for foosball singles and doubles Monday, Sept. 27. On-site registration is from 6-6:50 p.m. at Bowling and Billiards in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Pakistani students help home country

Virtual world provides a 'Second Life'

Mixing architecture with economics

"Pakistan really looks for the support from developed countries to help it out."

"Second Life gets people engaged with technology in a fun way, and it provides us with an opportunity for simulation."

"Once they get those things (creating revenue) in their brain and realize how to calculate and show them to clients, the effects are very powerful."

— Student Zunaib Yousuf on raising money for flood relief in Pakistan.

— Dr. Joy Don Baker, associate clinical professor of nursing, on the classroom in Second Life, a 3D virtual world.
CW 33 TV

— Michael P. Buckley, clinical professor of architecture, on a new certificate program to teach architects how to transform underutilized urban structures into revenue-generating commercial properties.
Architect Magazine



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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

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