For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Day poster

Earth Day celebration goes green with plants, demonstrations

Earth Day is sprouting new growth this year. The annual celebration is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, along the E.H. Hereford University Center mall.

Bring a recyclable item and exchange it for a plant; limit one per person. That morning, volunteers will plant 90 trees donated by the city of Arlington around campus.

Enjoy a compostable lunch for $1, apply for the summer bike program, and watch demonstrations on solar cooking and rain barrel building.

Bring electronic waste, such as personal electronics or computers, to be recycled.

For more information, contact Becky Valentich at

Hussein Rashid

Dr. Hussein Rashid

Islamic scholar to speak at art, culture forum

The Islamic impact on American popular culture is explored in “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Arts,” a forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Guest speaker Hussein Rashid, visiting professor at Virginia Theological Seminary, works with major political figures and institutions, advising them on the history and culture of Muslims.

He has served as an associate editor at Religion Dispatches and appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, Russia Today, and State of Belief-Air America Radio.

The forum is presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Architecture.

Read more about Rashid's forum.

Music gala

Tickets still available for music scholarship gala at Winspear Opera House

The UT Arlington Department of Music presents the 2011 Spring Scholarship Gala at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25.

The gala will highlight music students from the A Cappella Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to an endowment for student scholarships.

Tickets can be purchased at any UT Arlington large ensemble concert (bands, choirs, jazz bands, orchestra), by calling the Music Department at 817-272-3471, or directly through the Winspear website.

UT Arlington is the first university to host a concert at the Winspear Opera House, which opened in October 2009. Read more about UT Arlington music at Winspear.

Fresh Pix The Big Event 2011

The Big Event

Volunteers with Saturday's The Big Event carry bags of debris while cleaning the yard of a local resident. The annual day of service totaled 1,071 volunteers working on 37 projects. See more images from The Big Event.


ATM down today at MAC

The ATM machine at the Maverick Activities Center will be out of commission today, Tuesday, April 19. ATM machines located at the Central Library, Davis Hall, and the E.H. Hereford University Center are available for transactions during this time.

Walkway closed during construction

The walkway between Pickard Hall and the parking garage is closed for a water line upgrade. Pedestrian traffic will be re-routed through Pickard Hall or the garage during the project, which should take approximately three weeks.

UTA Boulevard is closed between Pecan and Center streets for about nine days for water line projects.

For more information, see Blazin' Construction.

Volunteers needed for Commencement

Be a volunteer greeter for Commencement 2011 May 12-15, and share your Maverick pride with our graduates' families and guests.

To sign up, contact Susann Asebedo at 817-272-2963 or

  Fresh Pix Slip-n-slide Chris Irvin

Sliding for charity

Chris Irvin, psychology junior, makes a splash on the Library mall last week as part of Alpha Tau Omega's fundraiser for the Autism Society.

Extras needed for Vandergriff movie

Break out your '60s and '70s garb to be an extra in the movie Tom Vandergriff and the Quest for Major League Baseball, produced by Vandergriff Pictures.

Filming will be noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at LaGrave Field in Fort Worth. To participate, send an email to or call 817-277-7104.

For more information, see Tom Vandergriff The Movie on Facebook.

'Arlington' now available at bookstore

Arlington, co-authored by Evelyn Barker, UT Arlington information literacy librarian, and Lea Worcester, the Special Collections public services librarian, is now available in the UT Arlington Bookstore.

The book includes more than 200 images that provide a unique look at Arlington's colorful past, ranging from 1870 to current day. logo featured at national conference’s experience in creating and running a 24-hour Internet radio station was featured at the 2011 Broadcast Education Association conference April 9-13 in Las Vegas, Nev.

More than 70 visitors attended the session “Internet Radio: It’s Here, It’s Digital and It’s Growing Stronger.” The featured speakers from UT Arlington’s Department of Communication included Joe Carter, manager of tech operations for the department; Lance Liguez, broadcast lecturer; Tom Ingram, associate professor of advertising; and Tom Christie, associate professor of public relations.

“We were able to show what UTA Radio does as well as gain insight from other educators who have gone down the same path,” says assistant professor of broadcast Andrew Clark, who moderated the discussion.

Established in 1955, the BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals, and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises.

UTA is a student-run Internet radio station that serves the University—and the world—with its eclectic mix of alternative/indie rock, sports, and student-produced entertainment. The station operates online at

Fresh Pix Rape Awareness

Cutting out sexual abuse

Elliot Howard, right, accounting junior, and Nadia Siddiqi, biology sophomore, check out cutouts on campus last week for Sexual Abuse Prevention Awareness Week. Blue silhouettes with information on sexual abuse and red flags with tips on relationship violence dotted the Library mall.


Check out bargains with new Maverick Discount Program

The new and improved Maverick Discount Program offers a minimum 10 percent discount on products and services categories—from automotive and entertainment to personal care, restaurants, and retail—to faculty, staff, students, and members of the Parent and Family Association.

It’s as simple as presenting a current Maverick ID to local business participants or using a unique UT Arlington discount code to shop national brands online. Check out the complete list of participants in the Maverick Discount Program.

Discounts are added regularly, so visit the Maverick Discount Program website often for new businesses and limited-time offers.

Former GM, AT&T leader headlines College of Business' Executive Dinner

Ed Whitacre, former chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors and AT&T, will offer “Lessons in Leadership” as the keynote speaker for the 2011 Executive Dinner hosted by the College of Business.

Whitacre joined GM as chairman when the new company launched in July 2009 and then chief executive officer December 2009-August 2010. He guided the automotive giant as it emerged from bankruptcy proceedings and was known for the clear mission he set for GM: Design, build, and sell the world’s best vehicles. He left GM in December 2010.

The Executive Dinner begins with a 6 p.m. reception and registration Wednesday, April 27, at the Arlington Sheraton Hotel, 1500 Convention Center Drive. Dinner starts at 7 p.m., with alumni awards and recognition scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 each. Contact James Sharp at 817-272-5832 or for more information.

Read more about Ed Whitacre.

The False Promise of Green Energy

Economics' professor's book 'False Promise of Green Energy' shows proponents' lack of evidence

A cleaner environment. Gobs of jobs. Better quality of life. Green energy promises an alluring future, almost Nirvana like.

There’s just one problem, according to Roger Meiners, the Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics in the College of Business: the lack of credible evidence that any of those goals can be realized.

Dr. Meiners, chair of the Department of Economics, explains his theory in his new book, The False Promise of Green Energy, co-authored by Andrew Morriss of the University of Alabama; economist William Bogart, president of Maryville College; and Andrew Dorchak, head of reference at the Case Western University School of Law.

“It’s certainly a topical issue and one that is getting a lot of investment,” Meiners says. “A lot of taxpayer money is being wasted because of political ties and on friends of politicians. We enumerate those things in this book.”

Read more about The False Promise of Green Energy.

Andrew Hunt

Dr. Andrew Hunt

Science prof studies fix for lead contamination in soil

Andrew Hunt, an assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, will soon begin testing a unique method for cleaning up dangerous lead contamination in urban soil with the help of a new $498,138 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Hunt has been studying problems related to health and environmental hazards in urban and indoor environments for more than two decades. He recently was appointed to serve on a panel of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.

Hunt will use a phosphate called Apatite II to treat plots of vacant land in New Orleans. Years of leaded gasoline use and repeated applications of lead-based paint to the outside of homes have left many areas in New Orleans and other urban environments with unsafe levels of lead in the soil, he says.

Read more about Hunt's environmental study.

Mayan relics

Tomb relics: Items found in the tomb of an ancient Mayan ruler include an incense burner with the image of a jester god headdress, vessels, jars, and plates.

Archaeologist part of team that discovered oldest Mayan royal tomb

Michael Callaghan, an adjunct assistant professor of archaeology, is gaining international recognition for his role in research that revealed the oldest known tomb of an ancient Mayan ruler, dating to about 350 B.C.

Dr. Callaghan worked on a team led by research associate John Tomasic of the University of Kansas, who found the burial site in 2008 at K’o, Guatemala.

Archaeologists unearthed the body of a man believed to be in his fifties and in seemingly good health at the time of his death, along with numerous ceramics.

“One pot had a little crown with a three-pronged headdress on it, and that’s known to be only associated with kingship,” says Callaghan, who analyzed the ceramics. “The work was supported by radiocarbon analysis, which gave us a date of 350 B.C.”

Read more about the Mayan archaeology find.

Texas Rangers Baseball

Tickets available for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark

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

Wear your Maverick blue and come for the pre-game fun featuring the UT Arlington color guard, a performance of the national anthem, the first pitch, and a special appearance by Blaze. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Discount tickets can be reserved at Use the password rangers.

Tobacco Free

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.

Upcoming classes are April 19-20 and May 17-18. 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

Commencement guest tickets now available to claim

Guest tickets for commencement and related events are available now for graduation candidates.

Commencement activities include a formal ceremony in Texas Hall, followed by a reception on the east lawn of the hall.

Four guest tickets have been reserved for each graduate. Students can claim and print guest tickets online.

Claim only the number of tickets you intend to use. Donate your unused tickets to a general ticket pool to be made available to fellow graduates who need more guest tickets.

Additional guest tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and quantities are limited.

Residence Hall renewals due, apartments available now

Students currently living in the residence halls who want to return for fall 2011 and spring 2012 must renew their contracts online. For questions, contact the Housing Office at 817-272-2791 or

On-campus apartment complexes are currently available for immediate move ins. Apartments are available for summer and fall. Stop by the Housing Office for information and pricing, or apply online today at to be able to move in and join a great community.

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).

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 noon Wednesday, April 27; noon Wednesday, May 4; noon Thursday, May 5; and noon Tuesday, May 10.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

RHA Block Party and Springfest Concert

SpringFest 2011

Give the books a night off and enjoy spring's annual RHA Block Party and Springfest Concert on Thursday, April 21.

Carnival-style games, activities, and treats fill the Block Party, hosted by the Residence Hall Association.

We the Kings headlines the Springfest Concert. Their self-titled debut album in 2007 hit No. 1 on Billboard's New Alternative Album sales chart and spawned the Billboard-charting tracks Secret Valentine and Check Yes Juliet. Their second CD, Smile Kid, sums up the band's attitude and includes Heaven Can Wait, a Top 10 hit on the alternative singles chart.

The Orbans, winner of the Battle of the Bands competition, also performs.

The free fun is 6-10:30 p.m. on the University Center mall, sponsored by Student Affairs. Call 817-272-0487 for details.

Tuesday, April 19

Student Elections Voting ends today for Student Congress, Mr. and Ms. UTA, and the Student Service Advisory Council. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center and Maverick Activities Center. Student Governance.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

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

Anjelah Johnson The comic sensation performs her live stand-up show. Sold out. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 817-272-2963.

Wednesday, April 20

$2 Movie: Morning Glory An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show with warring co-hosts. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Food Not Bombs Author, artist, and Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry gives his presentation about the history and principles behind his organization's global campaign. Free. 7 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Sustainability, 817-272-9299.

Earth Day Celebration Recycling, summer bike program, green demonstrations, $1 lunch. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall. Earth Day.

Thursday, April 21

RHA Block Party and Springfest Concert Carnival style treats, games, and activities galore. We the Kings is the featured band, along with The Orbans, winner of the Battle of the Bands competition. Free. 6-10:30 p.m., University Center mall. Student Affairs, 817-272-0487.

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Performances by the ensemble, directed by Michael Varner, and the UTA Samba Band. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Friday, April 22

Softball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Free with student ID. 4 p.m. doubleheader, Allan Saxe Field. Also single game 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Athletics, 817-272-2261.


Richard Ferrier

Architecture Exhibit: Richard Ferrier The School of Architecture honors the late Professor Richard Ferrier, right, through an exhibit of his work and his life. Ferrier taught at UT Arlington from 1968-2010 and was associate dean from 1985-95. He died in August 2010. Part of the exhibit includes his work featured in the United States Library of Congress. Free. 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through April 30. Room 206, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Gallery 76102 "Reconsidering Art History," a solo exhibit by Betsy Williamson ('06 BFA), who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Through May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 817-272-0365.

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 19

Introduction to West Dallas: Urban Structure and Guidelines Brent Brown, director of the city of Dallas' CityDesign Studio, shows three fundamental objectives for protecting and enhancing a neighborhood and increasing development around Singleton Boulevard. Free. 5 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture, 817-272-2801.

Wednesday, April 20

Rhonda Prisby

Kinesiology Faculty Scholar Lecture Rhonda Prisby, right, assistant professor of kinesiology, discusses "Vascular Participation in Bone Biology." Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology, 817-272-3288.

Thursday, April 21

Open Forum: Dean of Engineering Candidate Ted Bergman, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. A reception follows in the atrium. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering Dean Search.

Biology Colloquium Series Jennie McLaren, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology, discusses "The Effects of Plant Identity on Ecosystem Function in a Northern Canadian Grassland." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 817-272-2872.

David Montejano

CMAS Distinguished Lecture 2011 Award-winning author David Montejano, right, professor of ethnic studies at the University of California at Berkeley, discusses "After the Fury: On the Question of Leadership and the Chicano Movement." A reception and book signing follow. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies, 817-272-2933.

Monday, April 25

Open Forum: Dean of Engineering Candidate Craig Benson, chair of geological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A reception follows in the atrium. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering Dean Search.

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

Sports Notes
  Women's Tennis-Linda Aqvist

Undefeated: Freshman Linda Aqvist is one of three women's tennis players to post a 10-0 singles record in conference matches this season.

Women win regular season tennis title

The women's tennis team captured its second Southland Conference regular season title in the last three years, finishing undefeated in league play with wins at Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State last weekend.

Now 17-4 overall, the Mavericks will be the top seed in the SLC Tournament April 29-May 1 in San Antonio.

Softball team climbs back into lead

Winning two of three at Stephen F. Austin last weekend, the Maverick softball team moved back into first place in the Southland Conference with a 16-5 league record.

The Mavericks, 29-16 overall, play a non-conference game at UT Austin at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 19, before hosting Sam Houston State in an SLC series Friday-Saturday, April 22-23.

Baseball Mavs host Houston Baptist tonight

The baseball team hosts Houston Baptist at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 19, at Clay Gould Ballpark after winning two of three from McNeese State in a Southland Conference series last weekend.

Now tied for fourth in the SLC with a 10-8 record, the Mavericks travel to Central Arkansas for games Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23.

Intramural rock climbing entries due next week

Entries for intramural rock climbing are due Tuesday, April 26. The competition will run 7-9 p.m. that night in the Maverick Activities Center.

Wheelchair football entries are due Thursday, April 28. Events coming up in May include an outdoor game night, a poker tournament, and the FIFA video game tournament.

Sports shorts

The golf team finished third at the Jim West Intercollegiate in Victoria last week, with Wes Worster placing second with a six-under-par score of 210. The Mavericks host the Southland Conference Men's Golf Championship Monday-Wednesday, April 25-27, at Waterchase Golf Course in Fort Worth.

The women’s 4x400-meter relay team set a meet record at the Northwestern State Invitational with a time of 3:43.21 last weekend. The Maverick women’s and men’s track teams compete in the Baylor Invitational in Waco on Saturday, April 23.

Men’s tennis finished 3-2 in the Southland Conference and earned a trip to the SLC Tournament. The Mavericks defeated Nicholls State and Lamar in SLC matches last weekend and will begin conference tournament play Saturday, April 30, in San Antonio.

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