For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Car Safety

Lock it: Drivers are reminded to adopt good safety habits when parking on campus.

Plan ahead for morning parking rush

The morning rush to class can be a hectic challenge. Follow these tips for finding a parking spot and getting to class.

Look for a parking lot on the interactive parking map.

Build in time to catch free campus shuttle service, which runs along three routes every 15 to 20 minutes.

Avoid construction areas on the east side of campus, such as those on Pecan Street.

College Park north garage is open with 1,100 parking spots. Parking is free with a University parking permit.

  • From the west, enter the north garage from UTA Boulevard.

  • From the north or east, enter via UTA Boulevard or Center Street.

  • From South Cooper Street, turn right on West Park Row Drive, turn left on Center Street, which becomes Mesquite Street. Turn left onto UTA Boulevard and south on Center Street to enter the garage.

Maverick Parking Garage, which requires a parking fee, is between Planetarium Place and South West Street, by Pickard Hall.

Mav Alert

Register your cellphone for MavAlert

It is critical that you keep your UT Arlington contact information current at all times to ensure that you may be reached quickly during an emergency.

Students should update their contact information by signing in to MyMav and clicking on Student Center under the left Enterprise Menu. From there, fill in the emergency contact form.

You must enter a cellphone number to receive MavAlert emergency notification system alerts via text message. MavAlert notifications are sent by text, email, and voice messages only in the event of a life-threatening emergency.

For more information, see emergency communication.

Craig Newmark

Making a list: Craigslist founder Craig Newmark talks about social media and change as the first guest for the 2011-12 College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series.

Craigslist founder featured in Engineering speaker series

Craig Newmark, founder of and, presents "Getting Real Change Done with Social Media" in the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Lonestar Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.

Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the world's 10 most-visited English language web platforms and has fundamentally changed classified advertising.

Providing its users with mostly free advertising opportunities, craigslist lets people help each other with basic needs such as housing and jobs. The site is based on a culture of trust, encouraging participants to play an active role in policing the information that is shared.

In March, Newmark launched craigconnects, which focuses on technology for the common good, connects people who do good works, and improves and ensures media integrity.

A reception starts at 6 p.m. in the second floor lounge of the MAC. The reception and lecture are free, but guests should RSVP online.

Read more information about Craig Newmark.

Fresh Clip Welcome Week 2011Video Extra

Water fight

Saturday's Wings, Wieners, and Water and other Welcome Week activities were a hit with students. See more photos and watch a video of Welcome Week events.


Deadline approaches for inclusion in campus directory

To be included in Maverick Connection, UT Arlington’s printed directory, students must set or change their privacy settings in MyMav by the Census Date, Monday, Sept. 12. Make the privacy elections in the MyMav Student Center.

Your name will be included if you select the “release all restrictions” setting on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restrictions page. Follow directions on Inclusion in Maverick Connection.

Unless you indicate that you want your name included in the Maverick Connection, it will not be included.

Students graduating this fall who want to be included in the printed souvenir Commencement booklet must set or change their privacy settings by Saturday, Oct. 1. Follow instructions on Inclusion in Commencement Booklet.

Brave Combo

Opening act: Brave Combo opens the fall concert season for the fourth straight year at the Levitt Pavilion.

Brave Combo opens fall season of free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion

The Levitt Pavilion continues its tradition of opening its fall concert season with the mosh-pit polka music of Brave Combo on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Labor Day weekend continues with rockin' "pianimal," Jason D. Williams, who channels Jerry Lee Lewis on Friday, Sept. 2. Arlington's favorite country music star, Melissa Lawson, returns to the stage Saturday, Sept. 3, and the holiday weekend concludes with blues from a down-home diva, Ruthie Foster, on Sunday, Sept. 4.

The UTA Jazz Orchestra performs with Jeff Coffin, an internationally recognized saxophonist and bandleader, Sunday, Sept. 25.

The free concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and continue through Oct. 1 at the pavilion, 100 W. Abram. See the schedule.

Check List


Monday, Sept. 5

Labor Day holiday

Monday, Sept. 12

Census Date

Last day to file application for graduation

Final day to reserve graduate courses for graduate credit

Adding, dropping, and withdrawing options

Through late registration, Wednesday, Aug. 31

  • Adds can be done through self-service in MyMav.

  • Drops except for the last class can be done through self-service in MyMav.

  • Withdrawals—Students must meet with an academic adviser in their major department. See a list of advising offices.

After late registration through Census Day, Monday, Sept. 12

  • Drop before Census Date—Students receive no recorded grade on transcripts to reflect the drop.

  • Drop after Census—Students receives a W on transcripts.

  • Drops and withdrawals—Students must meet with the academic adviser in their major department. Instructor signature may be required to complete request.

Registration for fall semester continues

Registration for the fall semester continues through Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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).

A list of advising offices is online. Check the fall schedule of classes and the graduate catalog.

Enrollment loans available

Enrollment loans for the fall 2011 term are now available at the Bursar's Office. More information on enrollment loans is online.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the fall semester is available online. To print your verification, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.

Fall graduation deadlines approaching

The deadline for undergraduate students for fall graduation is Friday, Sept. 9. Download the undergraduate application for graduation.

For graduate students, the deadline is Monday, Sept. 12. Download the graduate application for graduation.

While the graduation application may be accepted after this date, the candidate’s name will not appear in the program nor will the candidate receive commencement ceremony tickets from the respective college or school.

University closed for Labor Day

UT Arlington will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Maverick Cookout-Activities Fair provides fun, info

Activities Fair

More than 150 campus departments and organizations share their information at the Maverick Cookout and Activities Fair 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, on the University Center mall.

The UTA Marching Band and Watusi will provide some music as the event includes appearances by the spirit groups and the volleyball team.

A $3 lunch features burgers (meat or veggie), chips, and drinks served by faculty and staff "flippers and servers."

Campus Recreation and Student Governance and Organizations, both part of the Division of Student Affairs, sponsor the day's events. For more information, call 817-272-3277.

Tuesday, Aug. 30

Commuter Appreciation Breakfast A special breakfast for student commuters with free donuts, bananas, juice, coffee, and more. Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m., in front of the Maverick Activities Center. Off Campus Mavericks, 817-272-3213.

Dance Ensemble Auditions Try your hand at contemporary and modern choreography. 6 p.m., dance studio, Swift Center. Also 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Director Liza Grove,; Assistant Director Danielle Georgiou,

Wednesday, Aug. 31

$2 Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, Sept. 1

36th Linton Powell Recital Music Professor Linton Powell performs on organ and harpsicord. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music,, 817-272-3471.


Multicultural Mavericks Kick-Off Mingle with student leaders from multicultural student organizations and learn more about special program opportunities. Refreshments, music, and fun. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, 817-272-2099.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

$2 Movie: Tron A hacker is literally abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Sunday, Sept. 11

Threnody for 9/11 Concert The world premiere of Threnody for 9/11 for Mixed Chamber Ensemble, a musical depiction and reenactment of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. Composed by music senior Jesus J. Martinez, the concert features the UTA Symphony Orchestra and the Arlington Boys and Girls Choir with Anne Marie Boeding as soprano soloist and Allan Saxe as narrator. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music,, 817-272-3471.


Influence Exhibit Three members of the Department of Art and Art History faculty—Marilyn Jolly, Sedrick Huckaby, and Carlos Donjuan—combine their talents for this painting exhibit. 3-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Through Friday, Sept. 9. Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas.

Texas Rangers Baseball Get tickets for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password rangers for designated games through Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Broken Sugar Exhibit An exhibition of 22 mixed-media sculpture and two-dimensional works by Melba Northum. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through Friday, Sept. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

We are Astronomers

Life and Death in the Northern Passage Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Planetarium Experience galaxies far, far away, telescopes of the future, and the epic particle collisions of the Large Hadron Collider in We Are Astronomers as the fall schedule begins today, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

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

Learn More


Through Friday, Sept. 2

Carter BloodCare Drive Donate to the Carter BloodCare center. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Library mall and University Center mall. UTA Volunteers, 817-272-2963.

Tuesday, Aug. 30

Information Superheroes Learn more about the Library's resources and services. Students who collect five tickets by learning about services receive a free lunch and access to the game room including an Xbox, Wii, and PS3. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Library. UT Arlington Library, 817-272-3313.

Tuesday, Sept. 6

How to Find a Federal Job Learn from federal agency reps on how to get jobs in the many different types of government agencies, as well as how to write a federal resume. Free. 12:30-2 p.m., Red River and Concho rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Center,, 817-272-2932.

Wednesday, Sept. 7

Writing in Graduate School: An Introduction Discover the general graduate school writing expectations and review basic tenets of good academic writing and editing. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 411, Writing Center, Central Library. Also 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8. Graduate Studies, Michael Saenz, 817-272-2688.

Transition from Undergraduate to Graduate Student Status Receive valuable insight into graduate school expectations and gain strategies for successfully managing the transition to graduate school. Free. 12:30-2 p.m., Room B17, Davis Hall. Graduate Studies, Michael Saenz, 817-272-2688.

Study Abroad Info Session Learn more about programs and scholarships available for studying abroad. Noon, Sabine Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education,, 817-272-1120.

The Big Muddy: Engineering the Lower Mississippi in the 19th Century History Associate Professor Christopher Morris reveals how intensified human meddling led to drought, disease, and severe flooding. Light breakfast provided. Reservations. Arlington Technology Association members, students, and first-time guests free. Others $5. 7 a.m. Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering, 817-924-1850.

Thursday, Sept. 8

Transition from Employee to Graduate Student Make a successful transition to graduate student. Typical issues include loss of professional identity, re-establishing good study habits, changed financial status, and changes in personal relationships that are associated with status change. Free. 4-5:30 p.m., Room B17, Davis Hall. Graduate Studies, Michael Saenz, 817-272-2688.

Internship Workshop Hear from actual recruiters on their internship programs and how you can benefit from them. Bring a friend and some questions. Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Palo Pinto/San Saba rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Center,, 817-272-2932.

Put Your Best Facebook Forward Learn how to polish your online image and how to use social networking to your advantage during your job search. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Red River/Concho rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Center,, 817-272-2932.

Biology Colloquium Series Mohamed Noor, professor of biology at Duke University, presents "Recombination, Speciation, and Nucleotide Diversity in the Drosophila Pseudoobscura Species Group." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, Jeff Demuth, 817-272-2653.

Friday, Sept. 9

Freshman Day Discover information on the vast history and campus traditions of UT Arlington in a fun environment while meeting new friends, playing spirit games, and more. Free. 4-6 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Governance and Organizations, 817-272-2293.

Business Week: Surviving This Economy Keynote speaker Los Ellis discusses the three reasons businesses fail. Other speakers include Bron Austin Deal, The Image owner; comedian Justin Foster; and David Mosby, management lecturer in the College of Business and director of the Small Business Institute. Free. 6 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Business, Delta Sigma Pi, 214-537-5287.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Mavs on a Mission Join UTA Volunteers for their first volunteer event of the season. Free. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., call for location. UTA Volunteers,, 817-272-2963.

Tuesday, Sept. 20-Wednesday, Sept. 21

Fresh Start from Tobacco Four one-hour sessions are designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. The sessions cover understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. Free. See the schedule for times. Room B03, Health Services Center. Health Services.


Mindful Moments Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Room 150, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 817-272-2771.

Saturday, Sept. 24

Rape Aggression Defense System Learn the 10 basic principles of self-defense, risk avoidance, and more. Free for female students, faculty, and staff. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 135, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police, Officer Randy Reynolds,

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

Sports Notes
Amanda Aguilera

Top flight: Amanda Aguilera was named to the All-Tournament team at the El Paso Volleyball Invitational last weekend.


Volleyballers win at El Paso, play at UNT tonight

After opening the season winning one of three in the UT El Paso Invitational last weekend, the Maverick volleyball team travels to Denton to face North Texas at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Aug. 30.

UT Arlington downed Southern University on Friday before losing to Portland State and UT El Paso on Saturday.

The Mavericks play four matches in the Hurricane Invitational at the University of Tulsa this weekend, meeting host Tulsa and UC Davis on Friday before facing North Dakota State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

Schedule announced for conference golf champs

The Notre Dame Gridiron Classic highlights the fall golf schedule for the defending Southland Conference champion Mavericks.

UT Arlington opens the fall season with a tournament at Wichita, Kan., Sept. 12-13, and will host its own tournament at Waterchase Golf Club Sept. 19-20, before going to Notre Dame Sept. 26-27.

Other fall tournaments include trips to Macon, Ga., and San Antonio.

Get involved in sport clubs, intramurals

Sport clubs from A to Z are available in Campus Recreation. Well, from A to W anyway, as clubs include anything from aikido to wrestling. See the list of sport clubs and join today.

In Campus Recreation intramural news, entries for the Madden NFL ’12 Tournament are due Thursday, Sept. 1, with entries for bowling, fantasy football, and college football pick ‘em due Friday, Sept. 2.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Hollywood drove men's release

Latinos supportive of tax increases

Signs help children get to school on time

"This is a version of Hollywood that clashes with a People magazine portrayal of Hollywood simply as a celebrity culture, where the Kardashian wedding is foregrounded as weekly tabloid fodder."

"White Anglos, no matter their social level, have aspirations they consider achievable: to see their family progress. Latinos and African-Americans have, as a way of saying it, the same aspirations, but more doubt whether they will come to fruition."

"Coming to school on time is a behavior. The sign is a way for us to reach the parents."

— Dr. Ben Agger, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Theory, on the release of the West Memphis Three.
Christian Science Monitor

— Dr. Susan Gonzalez Baker, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies, concerning Latino voters.
LA Progressive

— Tona Taylor, principal of Cannon Elementary School in Grapevine, on neon signs made of hand-blown glass by Don Beck, research specialist in art and art history in the College of Liberal Arts.



Editors: Teresa Newton, Jim Patterson

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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