For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Update your contact information before emergency notification system test April 6

UT Arlington is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for the entire University community.

To ensure preparedness for timely communications during an emergency, the MavAlert Emergency Notification System will be activated university-wide at noon Wednesday, April 6. Since this is the first Wednesday of the month, a routine test of the Outdoor Warning System also will occur that same day at 12:30 p.m. Additionally, the City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

The MavAlert system is designed to deliver rapid notification to all students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency. The multi-tiered communications system sends emergency notifications via email, telephone, mobile devices, etc., when an urgent situation arises.

Note that you will receive a text message only if you have added your cellphone number or other SMS text message device to your contact information in the MavAlert System.

To ensure you receive all emergency communications at your preferred locations and devices, please update your contact information now on the MavAlert registration page at Log in with your UT Arlington Net ID and password; then follow the instructions to add your SMS contact number to the MavAlert system. To update other information, go to MyMav.

During the test Wednesday, students, faculty, and staff will receive the following message via the email addresses, phone numbers, and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “TEST: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. In an actual emergency, you would be instructed as to what actions to take. Thank you.”

Help make the MavAlert system test a success by confirming and updating your information prior to April 6.

The Green at College Park dedication invite

Dedication of The Green at College Park includes butterfly release, lawn games

University, city, and community leaders will gather in The Green at College Park Tuesday, April 5, to officially open the innovative green space that anchors College Park District to the south and embodies Arlington’s progress toward urban renewal.

The 2 p.m. event will feature the release of 200 Painted Lady and Monarch butterflies and remarks by President James D. Spaniolo, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, and Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon. Emcee is Marni Jade Evans, interim director of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a pilot rating system for sustainable land development. Lawn games follow the dedication.

The Green at College Park—at South Center and West Mitchell streets—is the first of three major construction projects to be completed in the College Park District, a 20-acre area under development at UT Arlington. The new green space was designed with sustainability in mind and is one of 150 locations worldwide to serve as a pilot for the SITES project, a new rating system for green landscape, design, construction, and maintenance.

"The Green at College Park is one more example of the strong partnerships UT Arlington has established with the City of Arlington and our neighbors," Spaniolo says. "We invite our community to use this beautiful, sustainable space as a place to relax, unwind, and play."

UTA iPhone app

UT Arlington iPhone app now available

UTA Mobile gives you access to the latest information about UT Arlington wherever you are. Use UTA Mobile to browse news and events, find your way across campus, and stay updated on all your Maverick teams.

Athletics — Get Maverick sports news, schedules, and up-to-the-minute scores.

Events — Check out listings from the UT Arlington calendar, including academics, arts and culture, special events, and more.

Map — Search for UT Arlington buildings by name, pinpoint them on the map and see your relative location, and zoom or pan across the map using the multi-touch interface.

Videos — Access UT Arlington’s YouTube channel and watch videos on student life, academics, and events.

News — Find out what’s happening on campus by browsing UT Arlington news releases.

Images — Scroll through extensive photo galleries, including athletics, buildings, student life, and events such as Welcome Week, Oozeball, and Homecoming.

Download the free app from iTunes for your iPhone or iPod Touch.

UTA on Facebook

Social media outlets keep you connected

Tweets about Bill Nye sent him "trending" during his appearance on campus last week, and Facebook posts about the glass art show Friday helped ensure brisk sales. These are just two ways the UT Arlington community is using social media to communicate. These and other online options provided an enhancement to official means of communication during February's winter storm when students, faculty, and staff were being advised whether the campus was open.

Departments and individuals across UT Arlington are using social networking platforms—Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn—as a way to connect with specific interest groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni, sports fans, neighbors, prospective students, and friends.

UT Arlington has launched three main channels on Facebook and Twitter that provide the University's top news, events, and conversations: the official UT Arlington fan page, College Town UTA, and UTArlington Magazine.

The UT Arlington Official Facebook fan page and its Twitter counterpart provide subscribers with news, achievements, and information relevant to the University's ascent to national research university status.

College Town UTA on Facebook and Twitter focuses on campus events and buzz, athletics, conversations about downtown Arlington and local events, and opportunities for the community to become engaged with campus activities.

UTArlington Magazine on Facebook keeps alive the feature stories, alumni achievements, and conversations begun in UTArlington Magazine. The magazine is published in print and online three times a year and is mailed to all alumni, donors, and other friends and partners of the University.

To see a list of some University-hosted social media pages and groups—including Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter—and to learn more about how your department, program, or campus organization can utilize social networking platforms, see UT Arlington’s social media guidelines.

Financial fair aimed at student veterans Wednesday

A Financial Fair for Student Veterans brings speakers from the Internal Revenue Service, Consumer Credit Counseling, and Money Management International noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in room 101 of College Hall.

Speakers will address budgeting, creating savings, the impact of credit, improving credit, filing tax returns, and other financial topics.

Lunch and informational packets will be provided for the first 40 student veterans who attend the event, hosted by the Student Veterans Advisory Council.

Contact Anita Perez at or 817-272-3373 for additional information.

Fresh Pix International Week-Parade of Banners-Mike Foster

He's got the beat

Mike Foster, a music education freshman, plays the surdel drum while marching in the Parade of Banners through campus Monday. The annual parade kicks off International Week events, such as today's International Food Fair.


The Big Event still has openings

Less than 100 volunteer positions are still available for The Big Event, a day of community service Saturday, April 16.

Check out the choices on The Big Event project list, and join the more than 900 student, staff, faculty, and community volunteers who have signed up. Register by Friday, April 8, and register early to guarantee your free Big Event T-shirt.

Group exercise passes now half price

Campus Recreation group exercise passes are prorated at the mid-semester mark. That means you can attend unlimited classes for the rest of the spring semester for only $15.

For more information on group exercise, go to the Services and Information Desk at the Maverick Activities Center or call 817-272-3277.

University to host early voting in May

UT Arlington is an early voting polling site 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 2-4 for the May 14 local elections. The polling site will be in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Voter registration applications are available through Thursday, April 14, in the Student Congress office, Suite B150, in the University Center. For more information, contact Jennifer Fox at or 817-272-0556.

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Johnson

Anjelah Johnson tickets sold out

Tickets are sold out for comic sensation Anjelah Johnson, who brings her live stand-up show to campus Tuesday, April 19.

Johnson became an Internet sensation with her viral video “Nail Salon” and later appeared on MADtv as a regular.

She can be seen as a live-action character in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. In 2010 Johnson starred in Our Family Wedding. This year she lent her voice for the animated film Marmaduke.

Johnson's appearance is hosted by EXCEL Campus Activities.

National champ cheerleaders aim for second title this week

Maverick spirit groups travel to Daytona Beach for the National Cheerleading Associations championship competition Thursday-Saturday, April 7-9.

The UT Arlington cheerleading squad brought home its first national championship last spring and will compete against 11 other teams in the Small Coed Division I.

The Dance Team also will compete.

Fresh Pix Glass art show slideshow

Mass of glass

A large selection of works dazzled patrons at Friday's World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale at the Studio Arts Center. Students, faculty, and visiting artists in the University’s internationally known glass program crafted the items. See more art show images.


Science Week brews up a free show, Dean's Forum, AT&T CIO

The College of Science celebrates the education and research that have made it one of the state’s leaders in the advancement of science during Science Week, through April 8.

Admission is free for students, faculty, staff, and alumni with Maverick ID to Violent Universe at the Planetarium at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The show is open to the general public at regular prices.

College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma heads up a joint meeting with the Medical Dental Preparatory Association at noon Wednesday, April 6, in Room 119 of the Life Sciences Building. The Dean's Forum is hosted by the Science Constituency Council.

Thaddeus Arroyo (’86 BS, mathematics), a Distinguished Alumnus, will speak to mathematics students about his experiences as chief information officer for AT&T’s nationwide operations at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Room 110 of Pickard Hall.

College of Nursing staging disaster drill

The College of Nursing will stage a disaster preparedness demonstration for about 100 nursing students 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Campus Recreation Fields Complex, near Fielder Road and Mitchell Street. The site is just east of Arlington’s Swift Elementary School, 1101 S. Fielder Road.

A helicopter from PHI Helicopter will land on the field as part of the demonstration. Other planned participants in the event include UT Arlington Police, Arlington Medical Response, and Arlington police and fire departments.

Parts of the adjacent parking lot will be blocked off during the demonstration. The public, including children from the elementary school, will not be allowed inside the demonstration area.

  Fresh Pix Greek Week-Chalking

Chalk it up

Neil Hall, bioengineering junior, adds a touch of blue to his chalk design Thursday on the University Center mall for Greek Week. Hall is a member of Delta Upsilon.

Tree planters needed on Earth Day

The Office of Sustainabilty hopes to plant around 90 trees in 14 locations across campus 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 20, as part of the Earth Day celebration.

Approximately 50 volunteers are needed to plant the trees, which were donated by the City of Arlington. Volunteers should email Meghna Tare at Larry Harrison, from the Office of Facilities Management, will coordinate the planting.

UT Arlington is working toward a Tree Campus USA designation.

Get your tickets for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark for Rangers vs. Blue Jays

Tickets are now available for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark when the Texas Rangers play the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, April 25.

Game time is 7:05 p.m.

A block of seats for UT Arlington is available for $5 per ticket, half the regular price. Tickets can be reserved at, then picked up at the Department of Student Activities on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Or buy tickets in person at Student Activities.

Share thoughts on new Library website

The Library’s new website is live, and library staff members want to know what you think about it.

Take the survey and share your thoughts, suggestions, and insight. At the end of the survey, sign up for a drawing. The survey and drawing run through Saturday, April 30, with prizes awarded during the last week of the spring semester.

Cessation programs help Mavs prepare for tobacco-free campus in August

Health Services offers free tobacco cessation education classes as UT Arlington moves toward becoming a tobacco-free campus in August.

The Fresh Start from Tobacco program consists of four one-hour classes designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. These seminars cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions.

The free classes are on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of each month in Room B03 of the Health Services Center.

The next classes are April 19-20. Check the schedule for details. Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

Check List


May 6

Last day of classes

May 7-13

Final exams

Registration continues for summer and fall

Priority registration has opened for summer and fall 2011. MyMav is your gateway to the Schedule of Classes and the Registration Timetables for making registration plans. Your registration dates can be found under Enrollment Dates on the right side of your Student Center.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at MyMav 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).

University College closed Monday morning

University College offices are closed 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 11. During this time, offices will not schedule appointments or see students.

Offices include the University Advising Center, Counseling Services, University Studies, University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction, the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and University College Programs.

Seminars offer help in choosing a major

Discover resources on campus that can help you choose the right major. Academic advisers in University College host free one-hour seminars in the large, third-floor conference room of Ransom Hall.

Sessions are 1 p.m. Thursday, April 7; noon Wednesday, April 13; noon Wednesday, April 27; noon Wednesday, May 4; noon Thursday, May 5; and noon Tuesday, May 10.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Mavs Got Talent' showcases student performers

Mavs Got Talent

We know Mavericks have academic talent, but you gotta catch the student acts at Mavs Got Talent to appreciate their diverse expertise.

Look for singers and poets to fill the program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Comedian Cristela Alonzo hosts the talent show. She has been a featured comedian on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham" and as a correspondent for She has been a staff writer for Comedy Central and and has written a number of award-winning short films.

For more details, contact EXCEL Campus Activities at or 817-272-2963.

Tuesday, April 5

International Week Food Fair Try authentic, traditional foods from all over the world, prepared by international student organizations. 25 cents per ticket, $5 buys a meal. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center mall. International Student Organization, 817-272-2355.

Mini Relay For Life Help raise money for the American Cancer Society. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., from the Health Services Center to the Maverick Activities Center and back to the Health Center. Health Services.

Wednesday, April 6

$2 Movie: The Other Guys Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize, only things don't quite go as planned. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Softball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Orange for the Cure: Softball Rally against Leukemia. Free for fans who make a donation to Texas Woman's University softball player Abby Burns, who was diagnosed with leukemia three months ago. 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

International Week Fashion Show Traditional and modern clothing from all over the world modeled by UT Arlington students. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Student Organization, 817-272-2355.

Jazz Recital Features adjunct music instructors Brian Mulholland on bass and Ken Edwards on trumpet, and graduate students Jaime Reyes on drums, Josh Hanlon on piano, and Mike Morrison on baritone sax. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Thursday, April 7

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. North Texas. Free. 3 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Gallery 76102 Opening Reception "Reconsidering Art History," a solo exhibit by Betsy Williamson, who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Exhibit continues through May 31. Reception free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 817-272-0365.

UT Arlington Wind Symphony Features works of composers John Mackey, Ron Nelson, and Antonin Dvorak. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Friday, April 8

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Free. 2 p.m. Also Mavericks vs. UC Santa Barbara, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9, UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Free Movie: The Green Hornet Rich playboy and a resourceful employee become heroes by posing as villains. Rated PG-13. Free popcorn, concessions sold. 5 and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Southeastern Louisiana. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

International Week Global Extravaganza Talent Show Provides an array of cultural performances, ranging from song and dance to drama and comedy. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Student Organization.

Faculty Vocal Recital Features Jing Ling-Tam, professor of vocal studies and voice. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Saturday, April 9

Softball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Free with student ID. Doubleheader 1 p.m. Also single game 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Tuesday, April 12

Baseball and Tailgate Tuesday Mavericks vs Baylor. Join the cookout, yard games, and great baseball. Free with student ID. 5:30 p.m. tailgate, 6:30 p.m. game, Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Music Honors Recital Music honors students and faculty play in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.


Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor atrium, Central Library.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with this interactive exhibit. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe in Violent Universe. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 817-272-1183.

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

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Tuesday, April 5

Dedication of The Green at College Park Join University and city dignitaries in dedicating the new green space south of College Park. Refreshments and lawn games follow. Free. 2-4 p.m., The Green at College Park, Mitchell Street at Center Street.

One Day without Shoes Spread awareness about the impact a simple pair of shoes can have on a child's life. Go barefoot for the day, part of the day, or even just a few minutes, to experience a life without shoes firsthand and inspire others at the same time. Free. All day, University Center and Central Library malls. UTA Volunteers,

Wednesday, April 6

Ed Wallace

Arlington Technology Association Ed Wallace, right, newspaper columnist, radio host, BusinessWeek writer, and television automotive reporter, speaks on "A National Energy Policy, the Price of Fuel, and their Effect on America's Future." Free to ATA members, first-time guests, and students. Register. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering, Arlington Technology Association.

Food for Thought: Vitamins, Minerals, Bee Pollen? A registered dietitian will help you decipher what you need to know about supplements, what you should and should not be taking, and what brands to buy. Free. Noon, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center.

Architecture Lecture Series Hoang Dang ('90 BS, '93 MArch), a founder and partner of 5g Studio Collaborative, an architecture and graphic design firm in Dallas, is the featured speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Thursday, April 7

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series Wanda Dye, assistant professor of architecture, discusses "Sustainable Urban Landscapes," an examination of new projects and proposals that take derelict or leftover spaces and sites and cultivate them into sustainable urban landscapes. Free. 9:30 a.m. Environmental and Sustainablity Studies, 817-272-5119.

Wednesday, April 13

UT Arlington/American College of Sports Medicine Lecture Wendy M. Kohrt, a professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver, speaks on “Novel Regulators of the Skeletal Response to Exercise.” Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Thursday, April 14

Underage Alcohol Use Forum Professionals in alcohol prevention and community change present resources to prevent and reduce underage drinking and binge alcohol use among college students at this regional forum. Register online. Free. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

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

Sports Notes
  Casey Keeter

Super shot: Senior Casey Keeter won the shot put in the first three outdoor track and field meets and ranks fifth in the nation in the event.

Tracksters shine at Bobby Lane Invitational

UT Arlington won four field events and turned in tremendous performances in several running events Saturday at the 35th annual Bobby Lane Invitational at Maverick Stadium.

For the men’s team, Casey Keeter, Ivan Storic, Lionel Mungwari, and Isiah Clements won the shot put, javelin, long jump, and high jump, respectively. Cordero Gray turned in the fastest collegiate time in the 100-meter dash.

For the women, Shannon Reynolds recorded the top 200-meter collegiate time.

The Mavericks compete in the Texas Relays at UT Austin Wednesday-Saturday, April 6-9.

Softball team moves into SLC lead

Recording their second straight weekend sweep and winning their seventh straight game, the Maverick softball team took over first place in the Southland Conference with a 13-2 league record.

The Mavericks completed a three-game sweep at UT San Antonio on Sunday and will host North Texas in the Orange for the Cure: Softball Rally against Leukemia game at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Allan Saxe Field. Admission is free, but fans are asked to make a donation for Texas Woman's University softball player Abby Burns, who was diagnosed with leukemia three months ago.

Coach Debbie Hedrick’s squad hosts Northwestern State in SLC games Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10.

Women's tennis continues streak

Weekend victories at Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin boosted the women’s tennis Southland Conference record to 8-0.

The Mavericks host North Texas in a non-conference match at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, and return to SLC action against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 10. Both matches are at the UTA Tennis Center.

Movin' Mavs roll to three wheelchair tennis wins

Movin' Mavs wheelchair tennis brought home three championships from the Bayou Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Baton Rouge, La.

Grad student Jeff Sale won the A Division championship, senior James Patin won the B Division title, and the two teamed up to win the doubles crown.

Mavericks drop two of three in baseball series

The Maverick baseball team lost two of three games at Nicholls State over the weekend but is still tied for third in the Southland Conference with a 7-5 record.

Following a non-conference game at Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 5, the Mavericks host Southeastern Louisiana for a three-game series Friday-Sunday, April 8-10, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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