For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

WAC news conference

That's WAC: Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Karl Benson, left, joined President James D. Spaniolo, center, and Athletics Director Pete Carlon at a news conference last week announcing UT Arlington's move to the WAC in 2012.

Mavericks move to Western Athletic Conference in 2012

UT Arlington has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference, a move that will elevate the University’s competitive sports programs and increase its national profile.

UT Arlington becomes the 10th member of the WAC for the 2012-2013 academic year, joining Louisiana Tech University, New Mexico State University, and Utah State University, among other institutions. UT Arlington is the third Texas institution to move to the WAC for the 2012-2013 season, along with UT San Antonio and Texas State University.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the move unanimously during a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, July 14. WAC conference play will coincide with the first, full basketball season in UT Arlington’s College Park Center, a 7,000-seat, split-bowl arena—part of a 20-acre mixed-use development scheduled to open in late summer 2012.

“We are honored to join the Western Athletic Conference,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “This is an extraordinary opportunity that advances the interests of our University and positions our athletics programs to compete at a higher level. It is clear recognition of the growing prominence of UT Arlington.”

Read more about UT Arlington and the Western Athletic Conference.


Conserve energy during summer's extreme heat

Because of the extreme heat, Facilities Management encourages the campus community to turn off lights whenever possible, especially in corridors. This minor action can greatly help with the Central Plant cooling load, as well as help the University conserve energy and lower utility costs.

Parking permits available online now

Plan for parking during the 2011-12 academic year by ordering your permit online at All students need a permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Aug. 25.

Sign in on the MyMav page, click on Order Permits Now for Fall 2011, indicated by the big blue-and-white P, and follow directions.

Reduced pricing on remote parking is available.

Call the Parking Office at 817-272-3907 or email for more details.

Kelly Davis and Maurice Leatherbury

New leadership: Kelly Davis, left, and Maurice Leatherbury have been named University vice presidents after serving in interim roles.

Davis, Leatherbury named to University vice president positions

President James D. Spaniolo has announced the appointment of Kelly Davis as vice president for business affairs and controller and Maurice Leatherbury as vice president for information technology and chief information officer. Both have served in interim roles.

"Kelly and Maurice have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities during their interim assignments this past year," President Spaniolo says. "Each brings a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge that will serve our University well in the years ahead."

Davis has been with UT Arlington for 14 years and has served as interim vice president for business affairs and controller since September 2010. Prior to that she was assistant vice president for academic financial affairs in the Office of the Provost.

Dr. Leatherbury joined UT Arlington in November 2010 as senior adviser for technology and has served as interim vice president for information technology since December 2010. Prior to joining UT Arlington, he served for 17 years in senior positions at the University of North Texas, including vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

The appointments are effective immediately.

Formula SAE race car

Hybrid Formula SAE race car debuts this weekend

UT Arlington’s Formula SAE racing team will debut its hybrid car in the 11th annual Texas Autocross Weekend beginning Saturday, July 23, on the University campus.

The annual competition will feature 12 college teams from across the United States, including representatives from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Florida, Missouri, and Ohio. Five teams competed in the first year of the event. This year, Texas A&M, UT Austin, University of Kansas, and University of South Florida highlight some of the visitors.

Top cars designed and built by student members of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers will compete for bragging rights on two different autocross tracks on UT Arlington parking lots near Cooper and Mitchell streets. The competition measures speed and precision.

“This year, the hybrid formula marries our passion to push the performance limits with our stewardship of the environment,” says Erian Armanios, chair of UT Arlington’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

J.P. Merkel, a UT Arlington senior and captain of the hybrid team, estimates that the vehicle may top out at 80 mph on the track and accelerate at more than 1G—four times faster than an average street car.

Read more about the hybrid race car and the Texas Autocross Weekend.

Quit tobacco

Health benefits start when tobacco use ends

The benefits of quitting tobacco use start within 12 minutes with a reduced heart rate. Within two weeks, your risk of a heart attack drops. Learn more about what happens to your body when you quit tobacco.

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

Health Services offers the free classes, with this month's sessions set for Tuesday-Wednesday, July 19-20. The classes are on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of each month in Room B03 of the Health Services Center. Check the schedule for details. Register online.

UT Arlington becomes a tobacco-free campus Monday, Aug. 1. Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

  Fresh Pix Fourth of July 2011

Mavericks roll on

The UT Arlington float in the 46th Annual Arlington 4th of July Parade depicts the theme of Let's Roll...America. The Deakyne family and friends sponsored the float. Other University entries in the parade included The Shorthorn, Student Congress, the Formula SAE race cars, UTA Ambassadors, Mr. and Ms. UTA, and the UTA Spirit Groups. Political science Associate Professor Allan Saxe served as the grand marshal. See a slideshow of the parade.

Vintage Computer Festival Southwest comes to campus in August

Celebrating the history of computing, the second annual Vintage Computer Festival Southwest is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 6-7, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The mission is of the VCF is to promote the preservation of early computers by allowing people to experience the technologies, people, and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution. Southern U.S. companies played a large role in the early days of the computer industry, and the VCF Southwest focuses on their contributions.

VCF is not a swap meet, but you will have a chance to buy things and even go home with prizes. There will be speakers and videos each morning, exhibits each afternoon, and special events throughout the weekend.

The event is sponsored by the College of Engineering, the Office of Information Technology, the Museum of Information Technology at Arlington, and Vintage Tech. Admission is $10 per day, or $15 for both days, and free for ages 17 and under.

Use survey to let management group, city know what you want downtown

Your feedback can help the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation and the City of Arlington. Take a couple of minutes to complete a survey that will help DAMC and the city focus on priorities that are important to people who work in or near downtown Arlington.

The survey is available through Saturday, July 30.

Qilian Liang

Dr. Qilian Liang

Two research projects aimed at providing soldiers with better information in the field

Qilian Liang, a professor of electrical engineering, has won two Department of Defense grants totaling nearly $600,000 to develop a radar sensor network that will help soldiers detect potential threats obscured by walls or foliage.

Current technology doesn’t link radar sensors in a network or allow for shared information in real time. Dr. Liang’s radar sensor network will be capable of providing military troops a web of information about large swaths of land, such as urban areas or a shoreline environment. The system, for example, will be able to provide soldiers information about an entire building rather than a smaller area within lines of sight.

"In an urban setting, man-made structures or foliage favor hidden threats because the soldier has a limited sensing capability,” he says. “We want to help those soldiers identify what it is they’re seeing through the network in the field. It’s very important they know who and where the threats are.”

Read more about the research projects.

Check List


July 21

Last day to drop classes for summer 11-week term

Aug. 2

Last day to drop classes for summer II term

Aug. 11

Last day of classes

Aug. 15-16

Final exams

Last day to drop is July 21 for summer II; Aug. 2 for 11-week term

The deadline to drop courses is 5 p.m. Thursday, July 21, for the summer II term and Tuesday, Aug. 2, for the summer 11-week term. After this date, students may not drop a course except with special permission. All students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit to drop one or more courses or to withdraw (resign) from all courses. A list of advising offices is online.

Impact of dropping on freshmen and sophomores: Undergraduate students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. Read more about this state law and procedures for its implementation at UT Arlington.

Impact of dropping if you receive financial aid: Students receiving financial aid must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements established by UT Arlington. Please refer to the SAP policy on the Office of Financial Aid website,, to ensure that you are meeting the requirements. Students who do not meet the minimum standards outlined will lose eligibility to receive financial aid. For questions, make an appointment to see a financial aid counselor by calling 817-272-3561 or sending an email to

Grade exclusion site closes July 21

All grade exclusion requests submitted in the summer term must be submitted by Thursday, July 21.

Order your transcript and avoid end-of-term lines

Order your end-of-summer transcripts online. You can order transcripts online and request to hold for grades or for your degree posting if you are graduating this summer.

Registration for fall semester continues

It's not too late to register for the fall semester. Registration timetables are online.

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.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Digital exhibit features photos from 1940s-50s

WDSmith digital exhibit

For more than 40 years, W.D. Smith Commercial Photography studio documented the urban and commercial growth of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the Metroplex. Now some of the studio’s most fascinating work is available online in a digital exhibit created by the UT Arlington Library.

The exhibit contains more than 150 photographic negatives taken by the studio during the 1940s-50s, demonstrating Fort Worth’s urban boom in the years following World War II. A 1953 photo above shows women sewing in a Fort Worth boot company.

Noteworthy images in the exhibit include snapshots of the Fort Worth flood, an aerial view of Arlington State College (now UT Arlington), and several 19th century photographs of Texas Rangers collected by Smith during his lifetime.

Learn more about Smith and view the digital exhibit online.

Wednesday, July 20

$2 Movie: True Grit A tough U.S. marshal helps a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, July 21

Free Movie: Scream 4 Sidney's appearance brings about the return of Ghostface. Rated R. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, July 27

$2 Movie: Finding Nemo A boy clownfish is stolen from his coral reef home, and his timid father travels to find Nemo. Rated G. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, July 28

Free Movie: Prom Teenagers get ready for their high school prom. Rated PG. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


897 Square Features contemporary art ranging from 2D and 3D to installation-type work. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through July 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Flow: Dalton Maroney 1982-2011 The exhibit comprises of 17 sculptures and six works on paper created by Maroney, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Free. 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Through July 31. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., Arlington.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through Aug. 6. 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.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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

Planetarium See the summer shows in the Planetarium schedule, 817-272-1183.

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

Learn More


Thursday, Aug. 4

Ref Works I Discover how to export article citations and sources from databases and Google and use RefWorks to create a list of references for your bibliography, formatted according to your choice of style. Explore how Microsoft Word and RefWork's Write-N-Cite software work together to create a polished paper with minimal effort. Reservation. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. Graduate Studies, Michael Saenz,

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

In Quotes

Former Mav has become face of Astros

Housing unit enhances campus edge

Architecture students earn praise in Dallas

"Just to be out there on the field and have a chance to compete at the highest level, that's what it's all about. I think baseball has one of the best All-Star Games that there is."

"We are pleased to have American Campus as neighbors, and we believe this project will further the ongoing successful revitalization taking place in downtown Arlington."

"And when it got too hot, we sat under a large tent created by University of Texas at Arlington architecture students. They designed the ingenious awning from old vinyl billboard signs and the modular benches and tables from discarded wood fencing."

— Former UT Arlington outfielder Hunter Pence, now a member of the Houston Astros, on being selected to the National League All-Star Team.

— John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, on additional housing near campus.
Market Watch

— Joan Davidow, director emeritus of the Dallas Contemporary, on UT Arlington architecture students who won the Complete Street Project initiated by the city of Dallas.



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