For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Resources available for tobacco cessation

Ask anyone who has ever quit tobacco use, and they'll likely tell you it wasn't easy. Preparation and support are essential to quitting tobacco once and for all. Here are five steps that will help individuals get a fresh start and meet their goal:

  • Take part in the Fresh Start from Tobacco program offered free to students, faculty, and staff by Health Services.

  • Set a date to quit.

  • Tell family, friends, and coworkers that you plan to quit.

  • Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.

  • Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.

The 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, June 21-22. 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.

Parking permit fee increase is first since 2007

A price increase for University parking permits was approved last month by the UT System Board of Regents, the first increase since fall 2007.

Compared to other universities in Texas, UT Arlington fees remain lower than most even with the increase. The change offsets rising costs to maintain existing parking lots and to fund operational costs with the partial completion of the College Park Garage.

The 2011-12 student parking fee is $130 for an annual permit, $95 for the spring semester, or $52 for the summer semester. Remote parking is $50 annually, $38 for spring, or $20 for summer.

Order permits online soon. Print the confirmation page to place on the vehicle dash during the two weeks it takes to receive the permit by mail. For more information, visit the University's parking webpage.

Fresh Pix Architecture camp

Outside the box

Jeff Whatley, materials workshop manager in the School of Architecture, assists in setting up cardboard-box structures made by high school students during an architecture summer camp earlier this month. The camp is one of several summer programs for middle school and high school students on campus this summer.


Students, professor studying space weather, GPS disruption

Physicists at UT Arlington are working with others around the country to develop computer models that can issue warnings of solar flares and other disruptions of global positioning systems available one to four days before their arrival.

The University is one of 11 member institutions that make up the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling, a science and technology center funded by the National Science Foundation that transitioned its first space weather forecasting model from research to operations earlier this year.

UT Arlington students are involved in the validation of the magnetospheric and ionospheric models, which includes both understanding the physics of the geospace environment as well as confirming model results using real data collected by NASA and Air Force satellites.

Physics Professor Ramon Lopez is a co-investigator on the project.

Read more about UT Arlington's CISM research.

Human resource student chapter receives national merit award

The Society for Human Resource Management student chapter in the College of Business received the 2010-11 Superior Merit Award designation from the national organization for providing opportunities for growth and development to its student chapter members.

The Master of Science in Human Resource Management at UT Arlington is the only master’s program of its kind in North Texas, preparing students for advanced careers as human resource managers in corporate and industrial firms, as well as government and nonprofit organizations.

Read more about SHRM’s student chapter merit award program.

Physics student wins national award for research presentation

Edwin Baldelomar, a physics senior, was awarded the Society for Physics Students' Undergraduate Presentation Award at the American Physical Society's national meeting in April in Anaheim, Calif.

Baldelomar's poster, "Pressure Dependence Studies on UTA GEM Based Digital Calorimeter," described the University's high energy physics group's research into a new detector technology that could be used in a future linear collider project. A linear collider is thought to be a successor to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

OIT performing maintenance Sunday

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on printing, student home directories (J: drives), the department shared storage (K: drives), and some faculty and staff home directories (J: drives) 2-7 a.m. Sunday, June 26.

If you have questions or if your email is unavailable for more than 24 hours, contact the HelpDesk at or 817-272-2208.

Dr. Beth Mancini

Dr. Beth Mancini

Nursing associate dean recognized by academy

College of Nursing Associate Dean Beth Mancini is one of a dozen educators from across the nation who will be inducted later this year as a fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education.

Dr. Mancini, chair of undergraduate nursing programs, is an internationally recognized expert in resuscitation education for health care personnel and the community. Already a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she is president-elect of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and has led the way in using academic partnerships to rapidly increase UT Arlington’s enrollment in response to the state’s nursing shortage.

Read more about Mancini and the NLN.

Psychology researcher to study depression among elderly Latinos

Pablo Mora, an assistant professor of psychology, has been awarded funding from the Austin-based Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to examine how Latinos’ cultural views affect their decision to seek mental health services and contribute to mental health disparities for Latinos.

Read more about Mora's depression research.

Benito Huerta

Retro art: Benito Huerta's works are on exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

Curator, artist celebrated with exhibit on Mexican art

A love of pop art and contemporary issues, combined with a flair for the unusual, led to a retrospective art exhibition by Professor Benito Huerta at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

The exhibit showcases Huerta’s abstract paintings and other work from the past 20 years as part of the museum’s efforts to showcase the talents of Mexican Americans on a national stage. The exhibit runs through Aug. 28.

Read more on Huerta's Mexican art exhibit.

bowling logo

Get discount tickets for Bowling's U.S. Women's Open

Catch the action on the 50-yard line at Cowboys Stadium as the top five women bowlers compete for the title in Bowling's U.S. Women's Open at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

Tickets regularly priced at $20 are available for a UT Arlington special discount price of $5 at U.S. Women's Open tickets. Parking is free.

College Town UTA is a co-sponsor of the event, hosted by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

MyMavs license plate

Creativity can get you a free license plate

You still have a couple of weeks to win a free license plate with the UT Arlington design. Order a personalized plate by Thursday, June 30, and you will automatically be entered into the competition.

The Alumni Association will select the most creative personalized message, and the winner will receive a check for reimbursement of the plate purchase fee from My Plates.

The colorful blue and orange tags—offered through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles—are an ideal way to show your Maverick pride. A percentage of the sale from each plate goes to UT Arlington student scholarships.

Visit the myplates website and order your plate today.

Check List


June 27

Last day to drop classes for summer I five-week term

July 4

Independence Day holiday

July 7

Last day of class for summer I five-week term

July 11

Final exams for summer I five-week term

Last day to drop is June 27 for summer I

The deadline to drop courses for the summer I term is 5 p.m. Monday, June 27. 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

Summer I final exams and final grades in July

The last day of class for the summer I term is Thursday, July 7. Final exams are on Monday, July 11. The final exam schedule is online.

Summer I grades are scheduled to be available after noon Friday, July 15. View grades by logging in at Click on Student Center and then click on the drop-down box under Other Academic.

Register for summer II and fall terms

Registration timetables are online for summer terms.

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 summer II and fall schedule of classes.

Going Out

Wednesday, June 22

Yogi Bear

$2 Movie: Yogi Bear Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Wednesday-Sunday, June 22-26

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series Performing this week are Aaron Nigel Smith, Wednesday; Katsuk, Thursday; Josh Weathers and the True Endeavors, Friday; Sonny Burgess, Saturday; and The Lee Boys, Sunday. Free. See the concert schedule. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Thursday, June 23

Free Movie: Limitless A designer pharmaceutical makes an out-of-work writer laser focused with everything he’s ever read, heard, or seen. Rated PG-13. 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.

Tuesday-Friday, June 28-July 1


Miss Texas Pageant See the schedule for preliminaries and finals as Miss Texas 2011 and Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2011 are crowned. Texas Hall.

Wednesday, June 29

$2 Movie: Tangled Rapunzel really lets her hair down. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Wednesday-Sunday, June 29-July 3

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series This week’s lineup includes The Biscuit Brothers, Wednesday; Del Castillo, Thursday; The Killdares, Friday; Mingo Fishtrap, Saturday; and Radney Foster, Sunday. Free. See the concert schedule. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Thursday, June 30

Bowling's U.S. Women's Open The top five women bowlers compete for the title. Discount tickets $5. Free parking. 7 p.m. Cowboys Stadium. College Town UTA, Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

Free Movie: Goonies Seven young friends find themselves on an underground adventure as they seek the secrets behind the treasure of a notorious pirate. 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.


Tangents and Adjustments Drawings and sculptural objects by Nicholas Wood, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 25. Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth.

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 from the Second Battle of Fallujah 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 Discount Tickets Available for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password rangers to purchase tickets 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


Wednesday, June 22

Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Learn the Graduate School requirements for formatting and submitting your document electronically. You may bring a section of your thesis or dissertation if you have specific formatting questions. Reserve online. Free. 3-5 p.m., B17, Davis Hall. Also 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Graduate Studies, Michael Saenz,

Tuesday, June 28

Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Explore the importance of choosing a mentor and learn about the processes involved in successfully completing the thesis or dissertation. Designed for students who are early in their graduate career. Lunch provided. Reserve online. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., B17, Davis Hall. Graduate Studies, Michael Saenz,

Wednesday, June 29

Major Exploration Learn about all the resources available to help you explore and find the right major. Free. 11 a.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College,

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

Sports Notes

Two baseball Mavs drafted, one honored

Catcher Chad Comer and pitcher Mark Picca were selected in the Major League Baseball draft, while Ryan Walker was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team.

Comer, a senior, was selected in the 29th round by the Atlanta Braves, while Picca, a senior lefthander, was chosen in the 41st round by the New York Mets.

Walker, who split time between left field and second base, was named to the freshman team by Collegiate Baseball.

Mavericks receive All-America honors at NCAA track championships

Seven men's track and field athletes earned second-team All-America honors for their performances at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sophomore Romain Martin placed 11th in the decathlon, recording his best performance in the javelin where he finished fourth.

Freshman Clayton Vaughn was ninth in the 100-meter dash semifinals with a personal best time of 10.36 while senior Cordero Gray was 11th in the 100 semis and 17th in the 200-meter semis. The 400-meter relay team finished 13th in the semifinals with Vaughn and Gray joined by senior Juan Lewis and sophomore Andrew Pettis.

Sophomore Jeff Rodriguez cleared a career-high 17-2 3/4 in the pole vault and finished 14th. Junior Isiah Clements recorded a personal best of 7-0 1/4 in the high jump, placing 15th.

Get your entries in for intramurals

Summer intramural entries for poker are due today, Tuesday, June 21.

Entries for sand volleyball and 3-on-3 basketball are accepted Wednesday June 29-Wednesday, July 13.

For more information, see the summer intramural sports calendar.

Movin' Mavs alums selected to USA team

Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball alums Paul Schulte ('05 BS), Jay Nelms ('07 BA), Danny Fik ('08 BA), and Mike Paye ('09 BA) were among 18 players selected to the 2011-12 USA Men's National Paralympic Team.

The 18 athletes will train throughout the summer and compete in tournaments in Canada and North Carolina. Twelve of the 18 will represent the USA during the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in November and in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

Keeping an eye on reports about jobs

'Artificial leaf' moves closer to reality

Former Maverick hurler boosts Mets

"The debate in Texas is whether or not the world needs more research universities."

"It is likely that the solar photon-to-hydrogen technology will ultimately see the light of day-for transportation applications-with the hydrogen internal combustion engine."

"That's just always what I've been taught growing up. Just work fast, hit your spots, and let the game go from there."

— Dr. Robert Fairbanks, chair of the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts, on legislating research.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

— Dr. Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished university professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Science, on solar energy.
R&D Magazine

— Former UT Arlington pitcher Dillon Gee on his success with the New York Mets.
The Wall Street Journal



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