For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Commencement procession

To the nth degree: With more than 3,700 degree candidates, UT Arlington will have its largest graduating class ever this spring.

Commencement begins Thursday for largest graduating class

An air of achievement prevails on campus as graduating students receive their diplomas during Commencement ceremonies Thursday-Sunday, May 12-15, at Texas Hall.

The Class of spring 2011—3,733 strong—includes 2,600 undergraduate, 1,059 masters, and 74 doctoral candidates. They will receive their diplomas in 12 separate commencement ceremonies.

Graduates connect with each other and their families after each ceremony at a reception on the lawn east of Texas Hall.

A celebration of all graduates highlights the end of the semester. Graduation Celebration features nine-time Grammy winner John Legend and fireworks Friday, May 13, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington. The free evening starts at 8 p.m. and is open to the public.

Check the Commencement schedule for details on tickets, parking, protocol, photography, and special accommodations.

Finals week events include study time, breaks

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

Find study help at college-based clinics and labs, such as the Math Clinic and the Writing Center. Check for campus library hours.

Late Night Breakfast provides students with a study break 9:30-11 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 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.

Piper-Ken Roemer

Top teacher: Dr. Kenneth Roemer, right, received the Piper Professor award from President James D. Spaniolo last Monday at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates.

English professor honored with Piper Professor award

Kenneth Roemer, distinguished scholar professor of English, has received the Piper Professor award from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. He is one of 10 university professors in the state to receive the honor.

The Piper Professor awards were established to recognize outstanding achievements in the teaching profession at Texas colleges and universities. The award includes a $5,000 honorarium.

Dr. Roemer joined the English faculty in 1971. His interests include utopian literature, American Indian literature, American literature/culture studies, reader-response criticism, and personal narrative writing.

He has received four National Endowment for the Humanities grants to direct summer seminars. He is a fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and has been a visiting professor in Japan. He is past president of the Society for Utopian Studies and founding editor of Utopus Discovered.

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Tweet worthy

Erica Bogan, a communication major, joins other students in using cell phones to photograph their new class rings at the Maverick Ring Ceremony last Tuesday.


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. Tuesday-Thursday, May 10-12; 7:30 a.m.-5 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. Tuesday-Friday, May 10-13, 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.

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It's an honor

New Phi Kappa Phi president Shelley Smith, left, receives some adjustments from outgoing president Regina Aguirre before last Monday's initiation ceremony, which added 150 faculty, staff, and students to the University-wide honor society's membership. Dr. Smith is a professor and chair of sociology and anthropology, and Dr. Aguirre is an assistant professor of social work.

Social Work adds cohort master's degree in direct practice

The School of Social Work will offer the Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree with a concentration in direct practice and a certificate in administration in the fall. The cohort program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals and will be offered through the Fort Worth Center.

The 64-hour program is primarily scheduled in five-week sessions with classes meeting two nights per week and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Only two-year, non-advanced standing students will be accepted for the fall 2011 semester. Advanced standing students may be able to join the cohort in summer 2012.

For more information, see MSSW Fort Worth Center Cohort.

Mavs Book Club meets Thursday

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman is this month's selection for the Mavs Book Club, which meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the basement of the Central Library.

Blending fact and fiction, the story relates an odyssey into realms of light and shadow, romance, and mystery. Guided by an eccentric old warrior and drawn to an elusive young woman, the author moves toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy him.

Mavs Book Club selections will be in stock at the UT Arlington Bookstore with a 20 percent discount for book club members. For more information, call Mary Levesque, general book manager, at 817-272-7173.

Learn more about the Mavs Book Club selection at

Mindful Moments will not meet this week

Mindful Moments will not meet Wednesday, May 11. Beginning Wednesday May 18, the sessions move to Room 150 in the Business Building. For more information, contact Marie Bannister in Health Services at 817-272-2771.

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Rising rapidly

An aerial view shows the construction progress in the 20-acre College Park District. The recently opened Green at College Park, top left, provides a southern gateway into the emerging college town environment, which includes College Park Center, top center, and the College Park residential and retail development. A second web cam has been added to let you follow the construction progress.


MAC, PE Building set limited hours; group exercises available

Hours at the Maverick Activities Center and the Physical Education Building will change for the summer intersession.

The buildings are open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday May 16-June 3, except for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, when hours are 5-10 p.m. The MAC is closed Saturdays and Sundays May 14-June 5. Spring pool hours continue through May 12, but the pools will be closed May 13-30 for renovation.

Group exercises, including step, pilates, yoga, cycle, and Latin fusion are available through June 3. See the schedule.

Walkway closed during construction

The walkway connecting the Central Library with the Life Science Building and University Hall is closed for a water line upgrade. Construction should be completed by mid-June.

For more information, see Blazing Construction.

Swim programs available for adults, children

An adult swimming program and a learn-to-swim program for ages 4-18 are offered this summer through the Department of Kinesiology. The four two-week sessions begin Monday, June 6, at the UT Arlington outdoor pool. Mid-Cities Arlington Swimming provides the training.

Masters/triathletes training is available. For the schedule and more information, see or call 817-925-0505.

Campus steam shutdown scheduled

It's time again when the Thermal Energy Plant must shut down steam service to complete inspection and repair requirements of the system components. Steam outage begins at 1 a.m. Monday, May 23, and ends at 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. This time period should minimize disruption for campus functions and activities.

Buildings will be without hot water and steam. Electrical power, air conditioning, and cold water service will be available.

If you have questions concerning the buildings or equipment affected by this outage, contact Santiago Pink in the Office of Facilities Management at 817-272-2049.

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Make sure your computer reflects your school spirit. Show your Maverick pride with a new UT Arlington wallpaper for your computer. Choose from one of eight designs released by the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment. Visit to download your favorite.

Enjoy free concerts at Levitt Pavilion

About every musical 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.

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 Tuesday-Wednesday, May 17-18. Check the schedule for details. Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

Summer schedule begins next week for TrailBlazer

TrailBlazer moves to a summer schedule after this week. Keep up with campus activities throughout the summer every other Tuesday, starting May 24. Weekly editions return Aug. 23 for the fall semester.

Check List


Through May 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

Final exams this week; final grades posted by May 19

Final exams run through May 13. The final exam schedule is online.

Final grades for the spring semester are scheduled to be available after noon Thursday, May 19. View grades by logging in at

Registration continues for summer and fall

Registration timetables are online for 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).

A list of advising offices is online. The schedule of classes for summer intersession, summer, and fall is at

Prerequisite checking enforced

Prerequisite checking will be enforced in MyMav prior to the summer term. If you have either successfully completed the pre-requirement(s) or are currently enrolled in a course prerequisite, you will be able to register for the next-level course for summer or fall.

If you are enrolled for summer and do not successfully complete the prerequisite in the spring term, you will be dropped from the next-level course when spring grades are posted.

If you are enrolled for fall but not summer, prerequisite completion will be checked when summer grades are final in August.

Prerequisites not only include courses that must be taken in sequence, but also some restricted to class level, GPA, or concurrent enrollment. Check Class Details in the MyMav Class Search.

Questions regarding prerequisites should be directed to your academic adviser. A list of advising offices is online.

Undergraduate diplomas available in late June

Undergraduates will be notified by UT Arlington-email once diplomas are available around the end of June.

Dropping can impact freshmen, sophomores, and students with financial aid

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 about this state law.

Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to see how dropping will affect their financial aid package. For details, call (817) 272-3561 or go to Room 252 in Davis Hall. Federal regulations are outlined online.

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. The next session is noon today, Tuesday, May 10.

Housing has apartments available for summer and fall

On-campus apartments 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

John Legend highlights Graduation Celebration

Graduation Celebration

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.

The 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.

Students, friends, family, faculty, and staff 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.

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

Wednesday, May 11

$2 Movie: Burlesque A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Sunday, May 15

Scholarship Benefit Concert Pianist Eduardo Rojas performs, with donations benefiting scholarships for three female students. Free with donations accepted. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Sigma Alpha Iota Alumni Chapter.

Wednesday, May 18

$2 Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 Friday, May 20, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, May 19

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m. Also 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 817-272-2261.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Showcase for recent work created by the graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History. Features the work of 52 students demonstrating painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Through Saturday, May 14. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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 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.-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.)

Learn More


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.

Thursday, May 12

Biology Colloquium Series Matthew Hahn, associate professor of biology at Indiana University, speaks on "Natura Facit Saltum: Mutational Leaps in Evolution." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 817-272-2872.

A Century of Women in Architecture: A Short History Architecture faculty Susan Appleton, Rebecca Boles, and Norma Figueroa lecture in the Spring Salon Series at the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts. $10 OCSFA members, $15 non-members. 7:30 p.m., Turner House, 401 N. Rosemont, Dallas.

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

Sports Notes

Going out in style: Senior first baseman Rebecca Collom leads the softball team in home runs (12) and batting average (.340) as the Mavericks begin play in the Southland Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Women netters face Baylor in NCAA opener

After winning the Southland Conference title, the women’s tennis team moves on to the first round of the NCAA tournament against Baylor at noon Saturday, May 14, in Waco.

Baylor (25-3) is ranked No. 5 in the nation while the Mavericks (20-4) are No. 69. Oklahoma (18-6), ranked 24th, and No. 38 Cal Poly (16-6) meet in the other semifinal match. The winners play at 2 p.m. Sunday for a chance to advance to the Round of 16 the following weekend.

Track teams shoot for conference titles this week

Men’s and women’s track teams hope to better their indoor finish when they compete in the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, at Natchitoches, La.

Both Maverick teams finished second at the SLC indoor in March.

Softball finishes second, begins SLC play Friday

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the Southland Conference regular season softball title by downing UT Arlington 2-0 on Sunday, but the Mavericks get a chance for revenge at the SLC tournament Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, in Huntsville.

The Mavericks won two from TAMU-CC on Saturday, but fell short in the final game on Sunday. They earned the No. 2 seed and get a first-round bye in the conference tourney, taking the field at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against the winner of the Texas State-Northwestern State game.

Golfers headed to regional at Tucson

After winning their first Southland Conference title since 2005, the Maverick golf team continues its season at the NCAA Regional in Tucson, Ariz., May 19-21. This will be the Mavericks’ fifth regional appearance in the last seven years and the eighth in school history.

Seeded 12th in the 14-team regional, the Mavericks are joined, in order of seeding, by Texas A&M, San Diego State, Texas Tech, California, Liberty, Washington, Pepperdine, Oregon State, Purdue, UC Davis, Arizona, Loyola (Maryland), and Army.

Baseball falls to TAMU-Corpus Christi; travels to Lamar next

After losing three straight to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend, the Maverick baseball team slipped into a tie for sixth in the Southland Conference.

The Mavericks face Lamar University Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, in Beaumont then play at Texas A&M Tuesday, May 17, before closing out the home season against Texas State Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21.

Athletes honored at All-Sports Banquet

Cross country runner Heinz Schwarzkopf and track and field's Brittany Culbertson were named B.G. Wilson male and female scholar-athletes of the year last week at the All-Sports Banquet.

Softball's Rebecca Collom and baseball's Jesse Payne were selected UTA Athletics Alumni Chapter female and male student-athletes of the year. See more All-Sports Banquet awards and photos.

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