For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Erica Castillo

Erica Castillo

Junior engineering student named UT Arlington's first Goldwater Scholar

Erica Castillo, a junior in the College of Engineering, has been named UT Arlington’s first Goldwater Scholar.

Castillo is involved in research focused on structural health monitoring under the direction of Haiying Huang, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. She plans to expand her research to include soft biomaterials.

Elijah Stevens, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, was awarded an honorable mention in the Goldwater Scholars program.

Stevens, an Iraq war veteran, is researching high temperature thermal protection systems under the direction of Dragos-Stefan Dancila, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Congress established the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in 1986 in honor of the former U.S. senator from Arizona and 1964 presidential candidate. The program’s goal is to encourage a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships in those fields.

Read more about the Goldwater Scholarship.

Green House

University adds real estate, sustainability master's

A Master of Science in Real Estate/Sustainability is the newest addition to UT Arlington's portfolio of sustainability-focused academic programs.

Classes begin May 12 at The Universities Center in downtown Dallas and in the fall at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center in downtown Fort Worth. Enrollment is currently open.

In 2010 UT Arlington began enrolling students in its Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies/Sustainability track program and a separate minor in environmental and sustainability studies. Both have been popular options.

“The new program will have a stronger commercially driven agenda with an emphasis on making the business case for sustainability,” says Fred Forgey, executive director of the Real Estate Graduate Program.

The new degree can be completed in as few as 12 months. The 36-hour, non-thesis degree is designed for working professionals. Classes will be delivered through online and in-person meetings.

Read more about the sustainability degree or visit the program website.

International Week features food, fun, fashion

Approximately 20 different student-led nationality organizations participate in the 35th annual International Week celebration, hosted by the International Student Organization. The festivities include a banner parade led by the UTA Samba Band, a food fair, a fashion show, and a talent show.

The popular International Food Fair is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, on the University Center mall. The I-Week Fashion Show features traditional and modern clothing from around the world modeled by UT Arlington students at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

See the International Week schedule for more details.

Oozeball 2010

Oozeball registration under way

Get ready to sling some mud this spring, but register your team first. Oozeball registration continues through April 24. Register by April 10 to guarantee T-shirt sizes.

Oozeball is a friendly and sloppy competition of volleyball on dirt courts turned into swamps from thousands of gallons of water. Teams of five or six members, including at least two females, battle it out to be the last team standing.

The 22nd annual event starts at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27 at the corner of Summit Avenue and West Fourth Street, just south of Greek Row.

The tournament benefits the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship. Call 817-272-2594 for more details.

Oozeball is sponsored by the Alumni Association Maverick Marauders and Campus Recreation.

Nab some tickets for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers

Join the gang for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers when the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners on Monday, April 9, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Get discount tickets at and use the password mavs12 for the April 9 game and other selected games.

Pre-game festivities start at approximately 6:45 p.m. as the UT Arlington ROTC presents the colors. President James D. Spaniolo will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Fresh Pix Mime-Danyel Harris


Danyel Harris, a graphic design sophomore, mimes for his "Mavs Got Talent" audition Wednesday in the Palo Duro Lounge. The talent show is Thursday, April 12, at the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Registration open for The Big Event

Registration is open for The Big Event, a day of community service set for Saturday, April 21.

Choose from The Big Event project list for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including a few that are both. This year, more than 1,200 opportunities are available at more than 47 sites. Registration is open through Monday, April 9.

Email or call 817-272-2963 for more information or for special accommodations. For relay calls, dial 1-800-RELAYTX.

Take survey on behavior, alcohol, drugs

Students are encouraged to take the University AOD (alcohol and other drugs) survey, which is issued every two years in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Grant.

Use the code 18363 to start the survey, which asks questions about attitudes and behaviors regarding alcohol and other drugs and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey is available throughout the month of April.

For more information, contact Health Services.

Walk in Mini-Relay for Life on April 11

This year's Mini-Relay for Life walk is set for 10 a.m-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. The mini-walk starts at the Health Services Center.

Participants can walk alone or with a team, and can make luminaries that will line the mall in front of Health Services. Donations collected will benefit the American Cancer Society. Health Services and the American Cancer Society will have information and registration packets for the Arlington Relay for Life, April 21-22, at the mini-walk.

For more information, contact Health Services at 817-272-2771.

Student veterans can learn more about benefits April 4

Student veterans can find answers about their veterans benefits noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building.

A panel discussion and a question-and-answer session include representatives from Veterans’ Administration departments for disability claims, the VA hospital, education, and vocational rehabilitation as well as officials from the Vet Center and Tarrant County Veterans Services.

Bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and cookies provided. The event is sponsored by the Student Veterans Advisory Council.

For questions, contact Anita Perez at or 817-272-3373.

Greene Quad dedication

Greene Research Quadrangle dedicated

The courtyard in front of the Engineering Research Building was formally dedicated as the Janet and Mike Greene Research Quadrangle on Friday.

Last summer alumnus Mike ('69 BS) and his wife, Janet, created an endowment with a $500,000 gift that over time will equal $1 million through the Maverick Match program.

Shown at left, the couple were joined by President James D. Spaniolo, left, and College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet, right, for an official ribbon-cutting Friday.

Mindful Moments skips a week

Mindful Moments will not be conducted Wednesday, April 4, but will resume April 11. The free program is 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 236 of the Business Building. Health Services sponsors the program. Call Marie Bannister at 817-272-2771 for details.

  Fresh Pix Glass Art Show 2012

Glass creations

A large selection of works dazzled patrons at Friday's World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale at the Studio Arts Center. Faculty, students, and visiting artists in the University’s internationally known glass program crafted the items. The show also included glass-blowing demonstrations. See more art show images.

Maverick cheer, dance teams compete at NCA Nationals next week

UT Arlington's cheer and dance teams participate in NCA Nationals Thursday-Friday, April 12-13, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Maverick team won first place in its division in the 2010 National Cheerleaders Association competition.

This year the team will compete in the small co-ed division, dance, and hip-hop.

More than 5,000 student athletes, and thousands of spectators, convene each year for this competition of technical skills, showmanship, game day abilities, and outstanding teamwork.

Portion of Davis Drive closed

A construction project has closed Davis Drive from Greek Row to Abram Street through Tuesday, April 10. Traffic will detour onto Summit Avenue.

Facilities Management is working in conjunction with the City of Arlington to replace a section of the water line that runs under Davis Drive.

Bowling benefits Cook Children's

Put your love for bowling, or at least having a good time for a good cause, to work at Bowling for Education, a fundraiser hosted by Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society.

Teams of five to six players receive two games of bowling, two pizzas, shirts, and a chance to win prizes. Cost is $60 per team. Register by Tuesday, April 10.

The bowling balls roll Sunday, April 15, at Bowling and Billiards in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Proceeds benefit the school at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

For details, contact Lima Akid at or Terry Thomas at

Fresh Pix Picnic in the Park 2012

Picnic in the Park

Blaze referees a tight musical chair contest at the annual Picnic in the Park on Saturday at Doug Russell Park. UT Arlington alumni talked about their school days while future Mavericks played games. The Alumni Association sponsored the event. See more photos.


Health care resource allocation, end-of-life care examined

Robert L. Fine, clinical director of the Office of Clinical Ethics, Palliative Care for the Baylor Health Care System, will discuss the allocation of health resources at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

His presentation will address stewardship and rationing as well as how we would like to see end-of-life care for our grandparents, our parents, and ourselves.

Dr. Fine served as the primary author of the State of Texas Advance Directive Law. He is also a faculty member at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The program is sponsored by Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Sign up to celebrate Earth Day

Observe Earth Day at Celebrating People and Planet 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, on the University Center mall.

Visit with environmental vendors, and see a Nissan Leaf electric car. Bring printer cartridges and e-waste for recycling. Lunch for $1, with remains to be composted. Grab a free herb plant while supplies last.

Departments and organizations that would like to display information at the event should contact Becky Valentich in the Office of Sustainability at

Scott Ryan

Scott Ryan

Social work dean named ACE fellow

Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work and Jenkins Garrett Professor of Social Work, was named an American Council on Education fellow this week. Dr. Ryan was nominated by President James D. Spaniolo for the program and joins 56 other fellows for the 2012-13 academic year.

The ACE Fellows Program was established in 1965 and is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for senior positions in college and university administration.

John Buckwalter, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Education and Health Professions, has been assigned to Texas Christian University this year as an ACE fellow.

Read more about Ryan and the ACE Fellows Program.

Check List


Friday, April 6

Final date to request master's exam/dissertation defense and submit copy to supervising committee

Friday, April 20

Final date to hold master's exam/dissertation defense and submit copy of thesis/dissertation to graduate school for first mechanical check

Registration continues for summer and fall terms

Priority registration has opened for summer and fall. MyMav is your gateway to the Schedule of Classes and the Registration Timetables for making registration plans for the summer and fall terms.

To determine if you need advisor 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.

A list of academic advising offices is online.

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

Students applying for financial aid for the summer and fall 2012, and spring 2013 terms should complete the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA will help UT Arlington determine your eligibility for traditional financial aid programs.

Students and their parents who have already filed their 2011 federal income tax returns may use the IRS Data Retrieval function available online through FAFSA. The tax returns must have been filed with the IRS electronically two weeks before they are available through the IRS Data Retrieval process.

The U.S. Department of Education selects a certain number of applications for a verification process. This means UT Arlington will be required to collect some additional information to compare to the data reported on the FAFSA. These documents will include the 2012-13 Verification Worksheet. If the IRS Data Retrieval process was not used during the initial application process, UT Arlington will need to collect copies of the 2011 IRS tax transcripts for students and parents, if parent information was used to complete the FAFSA.

Signed photocopies of federal tax returns are no longer acceptable for documentation. This is a change from prior years.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Battle for the Block sounds off Thursday

Battle for the Block

Decide the winner at the Battle for the Block at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Bowling and Billiards in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Bands compete against one another for a contract to perform as the Block Party opener. Participate in the crowd favorite voting and choose your favorite performer out of the four bands. Other prizes include crowd favorite and the judge favorite.

In addition to great music, students can enjoy free food, drinks, and bowling. Admission is free with UT Arlington ID and $5 for the public. 

The Block Party starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19, with carnival style treats, games, and activities galore.

EXCEL Campus Activities sponsors the event. Call 817-272-6051 or email for more details.

Tuesday, April 3

International Food Fair Ethnic foods of different nationalities for sale. Part of International Week. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall.

Baseball Mavericks vs. University of Dallas. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Wednesday, April 4

$2 Movie: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Planetarium.

International Week Fashion Show Traditional and modern clothing from around the world modeled by UT Arlington students. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Week.

Thursday, April 5

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. SMU. Free. 3 p.m.; also vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 11 a.m., Friday, April 6; UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Nicholls State. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m.; also 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7; Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

UT Arlington Symphony Concert Conducted by Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras. Elizabeth Morrow, professor of music, is cello soloist. $3 for students; $5 others. Tickets. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, April 6

International Week Global Extravaganza Talent show provides an array of cultural performances, ranging from song and dance to drama and comedy. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Week.

Monday, April 9

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center, Arlington. Music.

UT Arlington Night at the Texas Rangers Join your friends at UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark when the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners. Get discount tickets at, use code mavs12.

Guest Artist Piano Recital Guest artist Jacob Clark of South Carolina State University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, April 10


Music Honors Recital Performances by music students and faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, April 11

$2 Movie: Footloose Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m., also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Planetarium.

Guest Artist Trombone Recital Guest artist is Martin McCain of Texas State University and a founding member of the award-winning jazz trombone ensemble, JazzBonz. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

India Unveiled A collection of 35 images by photographer and author Robert Arnett. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Planetarium We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Through Friday, April 6

Clothesline Project 2012

The Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Violence Against Women Display of shirts decorated by survivors of domestic violence. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Student Affairs.

Tuesday, April 3

Managing the Stress of the First Year Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 118, Life Science Building. University College, Success Series.

Wednesday, April 4

Homerathon A day-long oral recitation of Homer's rousing epic poem, the Odyssey. Readers/performers are needed; register online. Texts in English translation are available in the office of the Philosophy and Humanities Department, Room 305, Carlisle Hall. Recitation in Greek and other arcane languages is encouraged. Free. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., University Center mall. University Classics Club, chiasson@uta,edu, 817-272-3216.

Community Resource Fair Community resources, agencies, and shelters provide information on assault, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and other crimes. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program.

Zeynep Celik-Butler

Smart Skin Zeynep Celik-Butler, director of UT Arlington's Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility, describes the work conducted there on "smart skin," a flexible array of microsensors making it possible to mimic bodily senses such as touch and smell. Light breakfast provided. Register. Free with student ID. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Student Veterans Workshop Test-taking techniques. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Also 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11. University College.

Major Exploration Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

NoBodys Perfect

'NoBody's Perfect' This Niko von Glasow film follows him as he looks for 11 people who, like him, were born disabled because of the disastrous side effects of Thalidomide, a sedative drug introduced in the late 1950s that was found to cause birth defects. Discussion follows. Refreshments provided. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. History, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Architecture Lecture Series Petra Kempf of Columbia University is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

History Lecture Series First of two Ph.D. prospectus round table discussions. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 321, University Hall. History.

Thursday, April 5

Survivor Speaks Out Domestic violence survivor Demian Pritchard shares her story. Free. 7 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Student Affairs.

Graduate School Visitor Walk-In Session Learn more about graduate-level education, how to apply, the admissions process, ways to seek financial assistance, and available graduate student services. Free. 4-5 p.m., Room 333, Davis Hall. Graduate Studies.

Friday, April 6

What Do Mormons Believe? Free. Noon-1 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Latter-day Saint Student Association.

Monday, April 9

Major Exploration Free. Noon, Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Tuesday, April 10

Ins and Outs of Resume Writing Free. 2 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Wednesday, April 11

4th Annual Shorthorn Housing Fair Apartment communities, University Housing, and other housing resources share details of housing options and how to successfully live on and off campus. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. The Shorthorn.

Learn Motivational and Instructional Skills Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Major Exploration Free. Noon, Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Physics Colloquium Gabe Shaughnessy of the University of Wisconsin is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics.

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series William Rouse, professor of industrial and systems engineering and executive director of the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech, discusses "Understanding and Managing the Complexity of Healthcare." Free. 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series.

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

Sports Notes
Preston Beck

Run producer: Preston Beck leads the Southland Conference in runs batted in with 39 and tops the Mavericks in home runs with six.


Baseballers sweep Central Arkansas

After sweeping three games from Central Arkansas last weekend, the Maverick baseball team goes for its fifth straight win when it hosts the University of Dallas at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 3, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Now 17-11 overall and 6-6 in the Southland Conference, the Mavericks host Nicholls State in an SLC series Thursday-Saturday, April 5-7, also at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Tracksters rank high at Texas Relays

Isiah Clements won the high jump and Romain Martin was second in the decathlon for the men’s track team at the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin last weekend.

The women’s 4x800-meter relay team of Courtney Mose, Ashly Wright, Elin Andersson, and Lindsey Putman finished fourth.

The Mavericks compete in the Northwestern State Invitational at Natchitoches, La., on Saturday, April 7.

Softballers split with SFA; McNeese next

Despite holding Stephen F. Austin to only two runs for the weekend, the Maverick softball team had to settle for a split in the two-game series, winning 2-0 before losing 2-1.

The Mavericks, now 12-16 overall and 2-4 in the Southland Conference, travel to McNeese State this weekend for another SLC series.

Women sweep SLC tennis matches

After notching Southland Conference wins on the road at UT San Antonio and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi last weekend, the women’s tennis team travels to North Texas for a match at 3 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 3.

The Mavericks host SMU at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 5, before taking on Southeastern Louisiana in an SLC match at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6. Both matches are at the UTA Tennis Center.

Men's tennis wins two of three in New Mexico

Sandwiching wins over New Mexico State and Northern Arizona around a loss to Idaho last weekend in Las Cruces, N.M., the men’s tennis team plays at SMU on Wednesday, April 4, before traveling to UT San Antonio for a Southland Conference match Friday, April 6.

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