For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

UTArlington Magazine summer 2012

Summer 'UTArlington Magazine' now available online

UT Arlington professors are taking off the gloves in the battle against bullying. Read about what they’re doing to curb the growing problem in the summer 2012 issue of UTArlington Magazine.

You’ll also find stories about combat-tested veterans who have enrolled at the University to pursue their career dreams, as well as a partnership with Richard Florida and his Creative Class Group to examine the North Texas region’s assets and challenges.

A photo essay takes a look at some of the Metroplex’s most significant buildings, as described by the late Dallas Morning News critic and UT Arlington benefactor David Dillon.

Every story includes a link for posting comments. You can also “like” the magazine’s Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed.

UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and is distributed to more than 145,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University. Send your comments to

Energy Meter

Hot topic: The bar on the right shows when the sun rose recently, resulting in a steady increase of energy production from the 1,638 photovoltaic panels atop UT Arlington’s Park North and Park Central parking garages.

Website tracks University's energy savings

Want to know what’s going on with the 1,638 photovoltaic panels atop UT Arlington’s Park North and Park Central parking garages? A new public website has the answer.

The site provides real-time data about the energy produced by the panels and graphics that explain the process. On Friday, for example, the panels had generated more than 464,000-kilowatt hours of electricity since they began operating Sept. 27, 2011. That’s enough to power 2,659 60-watt light bulbs eight hours a day for a year, according to the site.

Software provider Deck Monitoring runs the site, with cooperation from UT Arlington and Meridian Solar, the contractor on the solar project. View the parking garage's energy production and savings.

Read more about the solar panels.

Student Veteran

University helping military veterans with transition to college life

UT Arlington is taking significant steps to address the mental and academic needs of military veterans who will make the transition into college life this school year.

The initiatives include a special Military Muster on Wednesday, Aug. 8, when some 200 wounded veterans will learn about adaptive sports and recreation; new School of Social Work courses for people who want to serve military veterans with mental health care needs; and a workshop series that helps student veterans better handle the challenges of the classroom.

A new report says as more American troops return from the Middle East, a record 590,000 veterans will use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for higher education. Eligible veterans earn tuition and other benefits to cover expenses related to attending college for four years.

UT Arlington expects about 1,000 veterans to be enrolled in fall 2012 courses.

Read more about programs available to student veterans.

Immunization shot

Evidence of meningitis vaccination required for new students and returning former students

New and transfer students 30 years old or younger must submit proof of meningitis immunization by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, or be dropped from classes. The new law—which went into effect Jan. 1—also includes students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester. Students who audit a course also must comply. Limited exemptions are specified in state law.

Under the law, you must have received the vaccine within the past five years and no less than 10 days before the start of your first session at UT Arlington.

Magnus Health SMR collects student vaccination records, verifies the documents, and maintains the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. You will receive your Magnus Health SMR username and password via your UT Arlington email address and can upload proof of your current meningitis vaccination to Magnus directly. For questions about document submission, contact Magnus Health SMR at 1-877-461-6831 or at For information regarding the Texas meningitis vaccination law, visit

For questions contact:

  • Undergraduate Students: Office of Admissions, Records and Registration, Room 129, Davis Hall, 817-272-3372,

  • Graduate Students: Office of Graduate Studies, Room 333, Davis Hall, 817-272-2688,

Toby Mac


TobyMac concert planned for October

Tickets to see Christian recording artist TobyMac at College Park Center on Thursday, Oct. 4, are now available at

The concert is part of the EYE ON IT Tour as TobyMac performs with special guests Chris August and Jamie Grace, along with the Diverse City Band.

Produced by Awakening Events and College Park Center, the concert is presented by KLTY Radio. Ticket prices range from $15 to $40.

Tickets also are available for the Passion Pit concert Friday, Sept. 14, at College Park Center.

Discounted tickets are reserved for 500 students. Ticket prices range from $21.50 to $29.50. A $5.50 service fee will be added to each ticket. UT Arlington students are eligible for a $5 discount on one ticket while quantities last.

More details are at; the Box Office at College Park Center, 601 S. Pecan St.; or by calling 817-272-9595.

Parking permits available online

Plan for parking during the 2012-13 academic year by ordering your permit online at All students need a permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Thursday, Aug. 23.

To order your permit, sign on to MyMav. Click on the Main Menu drop-down menu on the upper left, then Self Service, then Parking Request.

Call the Parking Office at 817-272-3907 or email for more details.

Fresh Pix College Park District Sign

Sign of the times

Signs have been placed in the College Park District as the area nears completion. Students will begin moving into the residential section this month while the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center and a variety of restaurants will open soon.


LGBTQA program needs volunteers

Apply to become a Pride Peer with the new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally (LGBTQA) Program.

The new initiative is dedicated to providing quality events and support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally campus community. Hosted by the Division of Student Affairs, the program is housed in the Multicultural Affairs office.

Applicants will have an opportunity to gain leadership experience, make new friends, and advocate for a more inclusive community at UT Arlington.

The deadline for Pride Peer applications is Friday, Aug. 10.

Job descriptions and application instructions for Pride Peers are available online.

Help Mavericks move in

Lend a hand when students arrive on campus at the annual Residence Hall Move-In Event. Volunteers are needed for shifts 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

Apartment and Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs anticipates 2,183 residents will move in to six residence hall communities.

Complete the Move-In volunteer form. For questions and details, contact Mari Duncan, director of residence life, at

Doctoral student receives Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship

Tracey Barnett, social work doctoral student, was awarded a prestigious national fellowship to study how negative coping strategies from traumatic events in African-American active duty military members, veterans, civilians, and their families can place them at risk for developing obesity and cardiovascular disease.

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship was awarded through the Council on Social Work Education's Minority Fellowship Program. The award goes to less than a dozen students nationally.

Barnett will begin the second year of her doctoral program this fall. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama in 2011 and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi in 2008.

Recycling Bin

E-waste containers now available

Electronic and computer recycling services are now on campus thanks to the Office of Sustainability and Techway Services, Inc.

The program includes placing recycling bins throughout the campus for small electronic collection, larger collection events, and “lunch-and-learn” events.

The containers have signs about their purpose and what should be collected in each, along with the Techway and Office of Sustainability logos. Larger containers will be locked so that items deposited can only be retrieved by Techway. The smaller containers for toner and batteries will not be locked.

To acquire containers for your department, contact Mike of Techway Services at

Get tickets now for UT Arlington's own Six Flags Day

Go higher and faster with more than 50 thrilling rides at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Six Flags Over Texas.

Discount tickets for students are $25 each with a limit of 10 tickets per person. Tickets include admission to Six Flags, parking, and a "splash back" ticket to Hurricane Harbor. Get tickets at After purchasing tickets online, print out a copy of your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center Box Office to pick up your actual tickets and parking pass. This must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. No refunds will be given. The CPC Box Office hours are 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick Pride.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. It is valid through UT Arlington only and not valid at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

Check List


Thursday, Aug. 9

Last day of classes for summer 11-week and summer II sessions

Monday, Aug. 13

Final exams for summer 11-week and summer II sessions

Deadline to submit evidence of meningitis vaccination for fall semester

Tuesday, Aug. 14

Final exams for summer 11-week session

Thursday, Aug. 16

Summer grades posted

Thursday, Aug. 23

First day of classes for fall semester

Thursday-Wednesday, Aug. 23-29

Late registration for fall semester

Order your transcript and avoid end-of-term lines

Order your end-of-summer transcripts online. You can order transcripts online and request to hold for grades or for your degree posting if you are graduating this summer.

Summer grades will be posted Thursday, Aug. 16.

Register for fall 2012

Registration for the fall term is continuing through Wednesday, Aug. 22. Late registration for fall is Aug. 23-29.

Registration timetables are online. To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at MyMav and click on Student Center. You will see a section on the right titled Holds. Click the details link for specific hold information. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department service indicator (hold).

A list of advising offices is online. Check the fall schedule of classes.

Going Out

Thursday, Aug. 9

Gallery 76102 Opening reception for the "Power Grid" exhibition. Exhibit runs through Sept. 29. Free. 6-9 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Friday, Aug. 10

Mavs Book Club Book schedule for the fall will be discussed. The theme is books that have been made into movies. Send suggestions to Diane Shepelwich at Free. Noon, University Club, Davis Hall. Mavs Book Club.

Through Sunday, Aug. 12


UT Arlington Week at the Arlington Museum of Art Rembrandt: An Evolution of Etchings showcases some of the artist's most celebrated etchings as well as some of his lesser known and rarely exhibited pieces. $5 with UT Arlington ID. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. College Town UTA, Arlington Museum of Art.

Monday, Aug. 20

Welcome Week The Move-In Event highlights the beginning of Welcome Week as new students move in to residence halls with the help of administrators, faculty, staff, and returning students. Student Affairs.


Mindful Moments Take a break with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services. Mindful Moments will not meet Aug. 8.


Texas "Identity" Politics: 1900-Present Exhibit focuses on the ways in which politics have become intertwined with our identities. Shows groups, right, advocating for their civil rights in relation to various aspects of their identities, such as worker, mother, or citizen. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Saturday, Aug. 11. Special Collections.

MFA Summer Exhibition Works from a diverse group of artists. Free. 1-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and by request. Through Friday, Aug. 17. Art and Art History. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-2891.

Texas Rangers Baseball Get discount tickets for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password MAVS12 for designated games through Wednesday, Sept. 26.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Jan. 5, 2013. Special Collections.

Planetarium Follow two students as they interact with an astronomer at a local star party in Two Small Pieces of Glass. 1:30 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Planetarium.

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

Sports Notes
UTA Athletics logo  

Maverick All-Sports Pass available now

Students can purchase a Maverick All-Sports Pass for admission to all home sports events and a get free T-shirt, too. The Sports Pass is $50.

To purchase through your MyMav account, follow this map: Student Center>Finance Section>purchase items>Athletics>Maverick All-Sport Pass.

Or write a check to UT Arlington Athletics and note that it is for the Maverick Sports Pass. Send to Box 19950, Arlington, TX 76019-9950 or drop by Suite 1102 of College Park Center. To purchase over the phone, contact Leigh Coggiola at 817-272-0694.

Individual student tickets are $3 each to all athletic events.

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