For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

student studying

Dead Week events include study time, breaks

During the week before finals—Dead Week—students can find study assistance and activities to break the stress of preparing for exams.

The Central Library will stay open 24 hours Friday-Saturday, May 6-7. Student ID is needed to enter the library between midnight and 7 a.m. Check for other campus library hours.

Find study help at college-based clinics and labs, such as the Math Clinic and the Writing Center.

Studypalooza offers a quiet place to study, snacks, and math and science tutors 7-10 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tables are available for study groups. Questions? Contact the Leadership Center at 817-272-9220.

Blow off some stress and come ready to sweat for the Pre-Exam Jam at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in Room 135 of the Maverick Activities Center. Join this high-energy, stress-relieving exercise class that will include a combination of your favorites. Water and healthy snacks provided.

Late Night Breakfast provides students with a study break 9:30-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 9-10. A full breakfast menu is offered at the Connection Café for only $3, and cash, credit, MavMoney, Dining Dollars, or the meal plan are accepted.

On Wednesday, May 11, enjoy some games and pizza at Bowling and Billiards.

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Early voting on campus this week

Vote early for the May 14 local elections by casting your ballot on campus. UT Arlington is an early voting polling site 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 3-5, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Voter information and links to local election offices are available through the Texas Secretary of State office at

For more information, see the Tarrant County early voting website.

Graduation Celebration

Legendary celebration: Grammy Award-winning singer John Legend is the featured speaker for Graduation Celebration.

Fireworks, John Legend highlight Graduation Celebration May 13

UT Arlington honors the Class of 2011 and its achievements during Graduation Celebration at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington's Founder's Square, 100 W. Abram St.

Featured speaker is Grammy Award-winning superstar John Legend, who has earned nine Grammys, including three this year. A 1999 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Legend returned in 2009 to give the commencement speech at his alma mater. His message was “Finding Your Truth: Living a Soulful Life.”

President James D. Spaniolo and Kate Aoki, an architecture graduate student representing the Class of 2011, also will speak. A Texas-sized fireworks show, food, and a special surprise for graduating students are also on the agenda.

Faculty, staff, students, friends, and family are invited to attend. No tickets are needed for this free event, but reserved seating is available for graduates and their families. Dress is casual.

Graduation Celebration is an annual event held during May commencement weekend to celebrate UT Arlington's graduating class. Commencement ceremonies are May 12-15. See the commencement schedule.

In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to Texas Hall.

  Fresh Pix Golf Champs 2011

Conference champs

The Maverick golf team won the Southland Conference championship last week at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth. From left are, front row, Zack Fischer, Wes Worster; back row, Hunter Brown, Paul McConnell, head coach Jay Rees, assistant coach Stuart Powell, and Carson Kallis. Watch SLC videos of final round highlights and comments from coach Rees. Next competition will be in an NCAA regional May 19-21.

Bookstore buying textbooks during finals week; rented books due May 16

The UT Arlington Bookstore will buy textbooks during finals week at the store at 400 S. Pecan St. and at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

At the bookstore, buy-back times are 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, May 9-12; 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, May 13; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

At the University Center, times are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, May 9-13, outside the Palo Duro Lounge.

Although the bookstore buys back every day, the best time to sell your textbooks back is two weeks before and during finals. This is when there is the most need for books and the bookstore offers the most cash.

Find more information about selling your textbooks and the "Top Most Wanted Titles" by visiting the UT Arlington Bookstore website.

Rented books must be returned to the bookstore no later than Monday, May 16. Your timely return of books will help next semester's students save. If you have questions, visit the bookstore today or email

Security escort available

Staying late to study? UT Arlington Police encourage students to avoid walking alone after dark. The Maverick Ride escort service is available 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday. To request a security escort, call 817-272-3381.

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 First pitch 2011

Here's the pitch

Provost Donald R. Bobbitt throws out the ceremonial first pitch during pre-game festivities for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark on April 25. More than 800 students, faculty, staff, and alumni attended the game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.


Student groups can sign up for New Maverick Orientation activities fair

Student groups and organizations are invited to provide information for the 2011 New Maverick Orientation activities fair on the second day of each two-day orientation program this summer.

The fair, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, is a great way for incoming freshmen to learn about the resources and involvement opportunities available to them.

Activities fair dates are June 10, 14, 17, 24, and 28; July 8, 12, 19, 22, and 29; and Aug. 2, 5, and 12. Groups must be present at all dates. The fairs are 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The deadline to sign up for the activities fair is Friday, May 6. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Space may fill up prior to the deadline. After May 6, space will be allocated only if available.

See more information and register online.

Renovation of second floor in library among summer construction projects

As spring classes end, various campus construction projects will begin, including renovation on the second floor of the Central Library and a water line replacement and upgrade south of the library.

For more information, log on to Blazing Construction, a blog of Facilities Management construction and maintenance news.

Outdoor siren tests planned for Wednesday

UT Arlington and the city of Arlington will conduct outdoor siren tests Wednesday, May 4.

The University test is at 12:30 p.m. The test will be heard campus-wide through strategically placed loudspeakers and will consist of a combination of chimes and prerecorded announcements. At the conclusion of the test, an announcement will be broadcast to resume normal operations.

The city's test is at 1 p.m. The city's outdoor weather warning system has 51 sirens that alert people who are outdoors to seek shelter. Weather permitting, the system is tested at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month.

The tests will not be conducted in the event of bad weather.

  Fresh Pix Ricardo Leon

Recognizing excellence

Ricardo Leon, center, architecture senior, accepts the Allan Saxe Disabled Student Scholarship from Dr. Frank Lamas, left, vice president for student affairs, and Victoria Farrar-Myers, professor of political science, at the annual Leadership Recognition Ceremony last Tuesday. The Leadership Center hosts the event, which honors outstanding students.

Faculty and associates receive awards at annual spring meeting

President's and provost's awards were just a few of the accolades bestowed at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates on Monday.

Recipients of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching were Norman Cobb, associate professor of social work, and Mindi Anderson, assistant professor of nursing.

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors non-tenure track instructors, went to Jonathan Davis-Secord, senior lecturer of English.

Other awards presented were for distinguished teachers, distance learning, service learning, research, advising, grants, and mentoring. See a complete list of the awards.

Executive Dinner speaker provides leadership insight

Ed Whitacre, former chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors and AT&T, provided his insight into leadership at the College of Business Executive Dinner on Wednesday at the Arlington Sheraton Hotel.

Watch Executive Dinner highlights.

Enjoy free concerts at Levitt Pavilion

About every music genre is represented during the Levitt Pavilion's spring season in downtown Arlington. The spring schedule of free concerts is online at

UT Arlington is a sponsor of the Charlie Daniels Band Benefit Concert on Saturday, June 4.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m., except for the Wednesday Children's Series events, which are at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The pavilion is at the south side of West Abram Street at South Pecan Street in downtown Arlington.

All concerts are free, except for the benefit concert with the Charlie Daniels Band, which is $25 for general admission and $150 for VIP seating.

George Alexandrakis

Dr. George Alexandrakis

Bioengineer wins NIH grant to help guide treatment for children with cerebral palsy

George Alexandrakis, assistant professor of bioengineering, is working to give physicians vital information that could lead to better therapy for patients with cerebral palsy.

Dr. Alexandrakis won a three-year, $1.16 million National Institutes of Health grant that will use functional near-infrared brain imaging as a tool to help guide the treatment of children with cerebral palsy. Functional near-infrared brain imaging measures the neuronal activity from the brain’s surface.

The work proposes to image how brain patterns change over the course of months while patients with cerebral palsy undergo a treatment process called constraint-induced movement therapy. Part of the NIH grant work will take place at Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas and will center on testing brain patterns before treatment.

Read more about Alexandrakis' NIH grant.

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 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

May 12-15


May 15

Registration ends for summer intersession and summer terms

May 16

First day of classes for summer intersession

May 17

Census date for summer intersession

Commencement guest tickets now available to claim

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

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

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, May 4; noon Thursday, May 5; and noon Tuesday, May 10.

Housing has apartments available for summer and fall

On-campus apartment complexes are available for summer and fall. Stop by the Housing Office in the E.H. Hereford University Center for information and pricing, or apply online today at to be able to move in and join a great community. Contact the Housing Office at 817-272-2791 or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

BFA exhibit showcases graduating seniors' artwork

BFA exhibition-spring 2011

Graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History showcase their work in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition in The Gallery at UTA.

The spring 2011 exhibition features the work of 52 students demonstrating a variety of concentrations including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication.

Located in the Fine Arts Building, The Gallery at UTA is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

The exhibition runs through May 14, with an opening reception at 5 p.m. Friday, May 6.

Tuesday, May 3

The Alamo at UT Arlington Grand opening for this exhibit in Second Life features a live vocal performance by Jean Munro. The Alamo at UT Arlington provides an online museum-quality experience of the Alamo’s chapel, long barrack, and surrounding grounds, featuring interactive displays throughout that provide the visitor with background information on the history, artifacts, documents, historical figures, and pop culture references to the Alamo story. Free. 4:30- 6:30 p.m. Second Life.

Maverick Ring Ceremony New graduation candidates receive the official ring of UT Arlington. 6 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

Wednesday, May 4

$2 Movie: Tron Legacy The son of a virtual world designer looks for his father and ends up inside his dad's digital world. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Friday, May 6

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Saturday, May 7

Softball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Free with student ID. Doubleheader 1 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also single game noon, Sunday, May 8. Athletics, 817-272-2261.


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, May 3

Forces of Redevelopment in DFW Sharon Zukin, author of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, participates in a roundtable discussion with Paul Geisel, professor emeritus of the School of Urban and Public Affairs; Theresa O’Donnell, Dallas planning director; and Jim Johnson, Fort Worth downtown redevelopment district director. Free. 3 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Urban and Public Affairs.

Phi Kappa Phi Initiation Kenneth Roemer, professor of English, is the featured speaker as Phi Kappa Phi honor society initiates 129 new members. The chapter was honored as a Phi Kappa Phi "Chapter of Excellence" in August 2010. Free and open to the public. 4:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the Provost.

Wednesday, May 4

Food for Thought: Cutting-Edge Warm-Ups Learn how to get more out of your workouts while improving function and fitness by starting off on the right foot. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center.

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series John Crittenden, director of the Brooks Byers Institute of Sustainable Systems at Georgia Tech, presents case studies to illustrate the ability of a simulation-based decision support tool to support the decision-making in constructing more sustainable cities. Reservations. Free. 5 p.m. reception, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 6 p.m. lecture, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series.

Thursday, May 5

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series Douglas Klahr, assistant professor of architecture, discusses "The Walls That Surround You: Sustainable Architecture." Free. 9:30 a.m., Room 115, Trimble Hall. Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Jeff Howard, 817-272-5119.

Tuesday, May 10

Exploring Majors, Yourself and Resources on Campus Discover the resources available at UT Arlington to help you find the major that best fits you. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University Advising Center.

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

Sports Notes
  Daiana Negreanu

Woman of the year: Senior Daiana Negreanu was named Southland Conference's Women's Tennis Player of the Year.

Women win conference tennis title

The top-seeded UT Arlington women’s tennis team captured the program’s sixth Southland Conference championship with a 4-2 win over third-seeded Northwestern State on Sunday in San Antonio.

The Mavericks were undefeated through regular season conference play as they duplicated their 2009 season, winning both regular season and conference tournament crowns.

Senior Daiana Negreanu was named SLC Women's Tennis Player of the Year, and Diego Benitez was selected Coach of the Year.

The Mavericks move on to the NCAA regional tournament with site, date, and opponent to be named.

Softball at North Texas on Wednesday

The softball team plays a non-conference game against North Texas at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Denton.

The Mavericks are 31-21 overall and tied for second in the Southland Conference with an 18-9 record. They host league-leader Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (20-7) Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, at Allan Saxe Field after losing two of three at McNeese State this past weekend.

Baseball hosts Texas A&M-CC this weekend

Following a non-conference game at Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 3, in Ruston, La., the Maverick baseball team hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday-Sunday, May 6-8, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks are 25-20 overall and tied for fourth in the Southland Conference with a 13-11 record. They lost two of three last weekend at Stephen F. Austin.

Poker and video game tournaments end intramural season

Poker and video game competitions conclude spring intramural sports activity this week.

The poker tournament is today, Tuesday, May 3, with the FIFA 10 video game tournament set for Wednesday, May 4.

Both events start at 8 p.m. in the second-floor game lounge at the Maverick Activities Center. On-site registration is 7-7:50 p.m. each night.

Sports shorts

• Cheerleaders—UT Arlington finished second in the Small Coed I Division at the National Cheerleaders Association national championships in April at Daytona Beach, Fla. Stephen F. Austin won the title after UT Arlington had won it last year.

• Men’s track—Freshman Jeff Rodriguez won the pole vault, and senior Cordero Gray (100-meter dash) and the 4x100-meter relay team each finished third last week at the prestigious Drake Relays.

• Women’s track—The 4x800-meter relay team broke the school record with a time of 8:48.67 as it finished sixth at the Drake Relays. Senior Esther Abuto ran a personal best time of 2:09.93 in the 800-meter run as she finished third.

• Men’s tennis—The Mavericks lost 4-3 to UT San Antonio in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament on Saturday at San Antonio, ending their season.

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