For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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Financial aid notification will be delayed; file FAFSA early

News of financial aid awards will come to students a little late this year because of potential changes in state and federal funding.

UT Arlington has traditionally notified students of their financial aid awards beginning in late March. This year, however, it will be more challenging to make financial aid award information available at that time.

Significant changes are expected at both the federal and state levels. As a result, decisions have not yet been made about funding levels for Federal Pell Grants, TEXAS Grants, Texas B-On-Time Loans, and other programs.

Students should file the 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as possible this spring and investigate all potential sources of funds to pay for college.

Find information on all available financial aid programs and links to private scholarship opportunities at Details on installment payment options are available through the Office of Financial Services.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 817-272-3561 for more information.


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.

During the test April 6, 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.

Glass art show

Top glass: Choose from a great selection of glass art items on sale Friday at the Studio Arts Center.

Colors glow in sparkling creations at annual glass art show and sale

Exquisitely designed works of glass art will go on sale Friday, April 1, at the annual World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis.

The sale runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with silent auction bids accepted 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The show includes display creations, paperweights, platters, vases, vessels, and other functional items delicately crafted by faculty, students, and visiting artists through the University’s internationally known glass program. Glass blowing demonstrations will be part of the show.

UT Arlington’s glass art program is widely acknowledged to be one of the premier programs in the country, and the annual sale has been a major factor in the program’s development.

Half of the proceeds from student work go to the student artists; the rest is used to purchase materials for new equipment. Faculty and staff build and maintain all of the program’s state-of-the art equipment.

See more about the World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale.

  Fresh Clip Bill Nye and UTA tieVideo Extra

A new bow tie for Nye

Bill Nye tried on a UT Arlington bow tie before his sold-out appearance Wednesday for the Maverick Speakers Series. Catch a few video clips from the show by clicking on the photo.

Register for Spring Leadership Institute

Inspirational speaker Troy Stende will discuss “Where have you been? Where are you going? Leadership full circle” at the Spring Leadership Institute on Friday, April 1.

The annual event is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Maverick Activities Center and sponsored by the Leadership Center.

Cost is $10. Register online.

For more information, contact the Leadership Center at 817-272-9220.

The Big Event can count as your community service learning project

With professor approval, students can count their volunteer efforts for The Big Event as a community service learning project. Students should meet with their professor to fill out the form and return it by 5 p.m. Monday, April 4, to the Department of Student Activities, lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Projects are going fast so register today for The Big Event, a day of community service Saturday, April 16.

Choose from The Big Event project list for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including a few that are both. Register by Friday, April 8. Register early to guarantee your free Big Event T-shirt.

ATM down in Davis Hall on Tuesday

The ATM machine located in the basement of Davis Hall will be out of commission today, Tuesday, March 29.

ATM machines located outside the Central Library and inside the Maverick Activities Center are available for transactions during this time.

Fresh Pix Community Garden dedication

Firmly planted

John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, adds a cucumber plant to the Community Garden at UTA at the garden's dedication Saturday by the SWEET Center. Volunteer gardeners can grow vegetables with a portion going to a local food bank. The Community Garden at UT Arlington is a combined effort of the Office of Sustainability and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.


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.

Sit in the UT Arlington block, wear your Maverick blue, and come for the pre-game fun featuring the UT Arlington color guard, performance of the national anthem, first pitch, and special appearance by Blaze.

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 you can buy your tickets in person at Student Activities.

Couples counseling sessions begin

Couples can learn how to improve their communication and intimacy with two counseling sessions offered by Counseling Services.

The free sessions are Couples Counseling 2-3:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and Couples Sacred Sexuality 2-3:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Both sessions are in Room 303 in Ransom Hall.

Both individuals must be UT Arlington students and register separately.

Last Lecture Series features Allan Saxe

The Last Lecture Series is about inspiration. Popular at numerous college campuses, the series is based on Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who crafted a unique last lecture in 2007 before dying of cancer.

For the Last Lecture Series, a faculty member is asked, “If this were your last time to address a group of students, what would you say to them?”

Join Allan Saxe at the free lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. Dr. Saxe, an associate professor of political science and community philanthropist, says his true last lecture is five or more years away.

Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership scholastic honor society, sponsors UT Arlington's Last Lecture Series.

Anjelah Johnson tickets still available

Grab tickets now for comic sensation Anjelah Johnson, who brings her live stand-up show to campus Tuesday, April 19.

Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for faculty, staff and alumni, and $15 for the general public. Get your tickets at

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.

  Fresh Pix Student Art Competition

Art fan

Ian Priddy, art freshman, checks out details in E-pluribus Unum, a watercolor by Dakota Keyser exhibited in the Student Art Competition in the University Center Gallery. The contest, which runs through this week, is sponsored by EXCEL Campus 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 give them your thoughts, suggestions, and insight into how the new site is working for you. At the end of the survey, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a drawing.

The survey and drawing run through Saturday, April 30, with prizes to be awarded during the last week of spring semester classes.

For more information, contact Karen Horsfall at

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.

Portion of Davis Drive still closed

Davis Drive will be closed from UTA Boulevard to Abram Street through Wednesday, March 30, because of construction on the Maverick Village project.

Fresh Pix Push America

A pushover

Simon Forgerty, left, civil engineering junior, and Jordan Shirley, political science senior, praise Justin Crowder, kinesiology junior, for contributing to Push America, a Pi Kappa Phi program to help individuals with disabilities. The fraternity collected donations on the library mall last week.


Win raffle, pay on your tuition

Take a chance on tuition help through the Tuition Raffle sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.

Tickets are $5 for one or $25 for six, available online at Anyone can buy tickets, such as parents or friends, but the winners must be full-time UT Arlington students.

First prize is $5,000, second is $1,000, and third is $500. The funds will be deposited into the winners' student account for the 2011-2012 school year. The winners' names will be drawn at SpringFest Saturday, April 16.

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations now being accepted

Nominations are sought for the 2011 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor a Maverick graduate can receive from UT Arlington.

Award criteria and a nomination form can be found on the Alumni Association website. Submit nominations by Friday, April 8. Awards will be presented at the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 15. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 817-272-2594.

Josh Jensen

Josh Jensen

Linguistics doctoral student wins NSF grant

Studying a Southeast Asian language spoken by less than 300,000 people worldwide has earned a doctoral student in linguistics a sizable grant and a chance to help preserve a culture halfway across the globe.

Josh Jensen, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics and TESOL, was awarded a $10,600 grant from the National Science Foundation to finish his dissertation research on Jarai, an Austronesian language spoken mostly in Vietnam and northeast Cambodia. The language, which is markedly different than those spoken in the East Asian region, is thought to be known only by 275,000 people in the area and a few thousand in the United States.

Read more about Jensen’s research.

Andy Anderson

Pioneer spirit: Professor and filmmaker Andy Anderson will receive the Indie Pioneer Award at this month’s Kansas City FilmFest.

Anderson lauded as indie pioneer at Kansas City FilmFest

UT Arlington professor and filmmaker Andy Anderson will receive the Indie Pioneer Award at this month’s Kansas City FilmFest.

“Andy is long overdue to receive our recognition of his work as a filmmaker and educator,” says Fred Andrews, festival director. “He has influenced and inspired two generations of filmmakers.”

Anderson, a film professor and writer-in-residence, spent much of his career producing, writing, and directing independent films, as well as writing and directing commercials for television. He is the 2011 recipient of the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professorship in Film and Video.

Read more about Anderson and the Indie Pioneer Award.

Jeff Witzill

Language lab: Dr. Jeff Witzel, assistant professor of linguistics, is director of the new Psycholinguistics Lab in Hammond Hall.

New Psycholinguistics Lab enables faculty, student researchers

Testing and analyzing how we read and speak is easier with the Department of Linguistics and TESOL’s newest research tool, the Psycholinguistics Lab.

Located in Room 130 of Hammond Hall, the lab houses five computer workstations, isolation areas, and plenty of space for faculty and graduate students to conduct experiments.

“The main goal [of the lab] is to run experiments to understand how native- and non-native-speakers use their knowledge of language when they are speaking and comprehending," says Jeff Witzel, assistant professor and the lab's director. "For example, it will help us to develop best practices for language teaching and instructional materials.”

Read more about the Psycholinguistics Lab.

Check List


April 1

Last day to drop classes

April 4

Registration begins for summer and fall terms

Deadline to submit International Education fee scholarship application

Last day to drop is April 1

The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Friday, April 1. 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 (SAP) 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

Registration opens April 4 for summer, fall; advising under way

Priority registration opens Monday, April 4, and advising is under way for summer and fall terms. MyMav is your gateway to the Schedule of Classes and the Registration Timetable for making registration plans for the summer and fall 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). Your registration dates can be found under Enrollment Dates on the right side of your Student Center.

Links to the Schedule of Classes and Registration Timetables are found at Schedule of Classes and Registration Timetables.

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, March 30; 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.

Apply now for next year's financial aid; complete the FAFSA for grants, loans

It’s time to apply for financial aid for summer 2011, fall 2011, and spring 2012. Students should complete the 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need-based grants, work study, and loans. A full summary of available programs and additional information is online.

If you plan to enroll for at least six hours for summer 2011 at UT Arlington, complete the Enrollment Plan information online. Summer enrollment information is no longer collected on the FAFSA, and completing the Enrollment Plan will serve as your request for summer aid.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

International Week gets a kick start Saturday

International Week

The annual International Week celebration kicks off—literally—Saturday, April 2. An indoor soccer tournament at the Maverick Activities Center starts the observance of the diverse countries and cultures that make up the Maverick student body.

The Parade of Banners at noon Monday, April 4, is led by the UTA Samba Band. Students bearing banners from more than 130 countries will progress from Nedderman Hall around campus to the Central Library mall, where Provost Donald Bobbitt will make opening remarks. The ceremony ends in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center with refreshments and student performances.

Other events include a food fair featuring dishes from all over the world made by international students, a fashion show, a talent show, and intriguing and intricate cultural exhibits created by the students.

Events continue through Friday, April 8. Check the International Week schedule, or contact Lauren Cutcher at 2-2355 or for more information.

Tuesday, March 29

Tailgate Tuesday Tailgate party begins at 5 p.m. in parking lot at Clay Gould Ballpark. Mavericks vs. Texas A&M. Free with UT Arlington ID. 6:30 p.m. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Wednesday, March 30

$2 Movie: Megamind A supervillain finally conquers his nemesis but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Student Photo Exhibit UT Arlington photography students exhibit their work in "davis/bishop2011.doc," which documents an Oak Cliff neighborhood. Hours are 6-11 p.m. Thursdays and 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. March 30-April 7. Reception 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, Kessler Theater, Dallas. Kenda North,

Girl's Night Out Karaoke, Wii, games, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, and more just for the girls. Free. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Guest Bassoon Recital Features bassoonist Christin Schillinger, assistant professor of music at Miami University. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Thursday, March 31

Faculty Trombone Recital Features Dennis Bubert, visiting assistant professor of trombone. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Saturday, April 2

Bobby Lane Invitational Men's and women's track and field competition. Schedule of events. Free with UT Arlington ID. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Maverick Stadium. Athletics, 817-272-2261.


Gallery 76102 "A Certain Shade of the Aftermath," an exhibit by Timothy Harding. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

The Gallery at UTA Exhibit by Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of art, and Barbra Riley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi professor of art. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 2. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with this free 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.

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.

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, March 29

Women's History Month Lecture Helen McClure of Southern Methodist University elaborates on “Regulating Society by the Whitecap Method: Mob Violence in Nineteenth-Century America." The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. Free. 2:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's Studies.

Wednesday, March 30

Empowering the Children of Uganda Panel discussion focusing on education and empowerment features Mark Bertrand, founder of the Koi Koi House orphanage for Ugandan poor and AIDS-stricken children; Alexis Hefley, founder of Empower African Children; and Betty Nakato, former Ugandan orphan, student at Richland College, and recent winner of Emerging Leaders Scholarship from Babson College. Free. 7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Exhibiting Artist Talk In conjunction with his exhibition in The Gallery at UTA, artist Sedrick Huckaby discusses his paintings and works on paper depicting and celebrating African-American quilting traditions. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Room 148, Fine Arts Building.

Architecture Lecture Series Ralph Roesling, architecture lecturer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and principal at RNT Architects, is the guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m. Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Thursday, March 31

Richard Greene

Cities Discover Sustainability Richard Greene, right, adjunct professor of urban and public affairs, discusses how local government, businesses, and environmental leaders have come to embrace and incorporate sustainability practices into the life of urban communities. Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Room 115, Trimble Hall. Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series.

Commuter Lunch Series Enjoy a free lunch as you hear tips and tricks from a panel of successful commuter students who have found ways to be involved and engaged on campus at UT Arlington. Lunch on first-come first-served basis. Free. 12:30-1:45 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Off Campus Mavericks,

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,

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

Sports Notes
  Tennis-Daiana Negreanu

Net rewards: Daiana Negreanu has won nine of her last 10 matches in the No. 1 singles position for the women's tennis team.

Women's tennis unbeaten in conference

Improving its record to 6-0 in the Southland Conference, the women's tennis team notched wins over Texas State and UT San Antonio at the UTA Tennis Center last weekend.

The Mavericks are on the road this weekend with matches at Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin on Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3.

Tailgate Tuesday tonight as Mavs hosts Aggies

A free cookout, face painting, and yard games are planned for Tailgate Tuesday when the Maverick baseball team hosts Texas A&M today, Tuesday, March 29.

The tailgate party begins at 5 p.m. in the parking lot, and the game starts at 6:30 p.m. at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The baseball team is 6-3 in the Southland Conference and 14-10 overall after winning two of three from Northwestern State over the weekend.

Track teams host meet after wins in Denton

Competition in the Bobby Lane Invitational for men’s and women’s track teams begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Maverick Stadium.

Cordero Gray won the 200-meter dash at the North Texas Classic last weekend in Denton. The Mavericks had five men’s winners and one for the women.

Softball sweeps Nicholls State; travels to UTSA

The softball team swept Nicholls State last weekend and remained in second place in the Southland Conference with a 10-2 league record.

The Mavericks, 23-12 overall, play at UT-San Antonio on Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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