For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

commencement may 2012

Commencement ceremonies begin Friday at College Park Center

Fall Commencement ceremonies for graduating students are Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, at College Park Center. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to

Friday, Dec. 14 - College of Nursing, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15 - College of Business 10 a.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 2 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16 - School of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Social Work, and University College, noon; College of Science and School of Architecture, 3:30 p.m.; College of Engineering, 7 p.m.

Finals continue through Wednesday

Study time hasn't stopped for many students who are taking final exams through Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The Central Library will stay open 24 hours during the week. 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.


University will monitor weather

Texas weather in December can drop below freezing one night and hit the upper 70s the next day. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will classes continue?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all students, faculty, and staff should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways for faculty, staff, and students to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in TrailBlazer EXTRA (students) and MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

  Fresh Pix Paws for Finals

Dog days

Duke, a 3-year-old golden retriever, gets attention from Abby Wilson, therapy animal handler for Paws with Partners, and Jason Gonzales, electrical engineering junior. Duke was among the dogs providing therapy for students as they prepared for final exams. The Paws for Finals program was a partnership of the UT Arlington Library and Paws with Partners, a registered dog therapy volunteer group.

Maverick mentoring is In Reach

The In Reach Maverick Mentor Program is seeking students starting their college career.

The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.

First-year students can apply at

For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at

Planetarium to include 3-D

The Planetarium at UT Arlington is making changes that will give patrons an even better picture of the galaxy and beyond, including the opportunity to experience 3-D features.

A new Digistar 5 projection system will be installed this month and will be used for shows beginning in 2013. The planetarium, which is part of the College of Science, is the only North Texas facility with the new software.

Read more about the Planetarium and Digistar 5.

Bookstore BuyBack events continue

The UTA Bookstore brings its BuyBack events to you through Wednesday, Dec. 12, at two locations on campus.

At the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center, bookstore reps will take textbooks 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Or try the spot near the pedestrian bridge to the south parking lot for convenience. That location's times are 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Mavs Book Club to see movie, discuss book

The Mavs Book Club will see the movie Life of Pi in 3-D at UA Eastchase Market 9 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and then discuss the movie and the book, written by Yann Martel, at the monthly meeting at noon Friday, Dec. 14, at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Arlington.

In the spring, the club will select readings from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

Fresh Pix Spa retreat

Work it out

Christopher Wilson, a massage therapist, helps Saira Madhani, nursing freshman, relax during the Spa Retreat last week. The Student Health Advisory Committee and Health Services sponsored massages, haircuts, and other treats before finals.


ACES symposium now accepting abstract submissions

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The ACES symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that showcases the best of student research and creativity with cash prizes for winning oral presentations and posters. Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.

ACES 2013 is Wednesday, March 27, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. For details, email or call 817-272-2315.

First Street closed

East First Street, from Mesquite Street to Center Street, will be closed for reconstruction through Saturday, Dec. 15.

Railroad crossings closed in January

Railroad crossings between Division and Abram streets at Bowen, Davis, Cooper, Center, Mesquite, and Collins will all be closed at the same time Jan. 16-24, 2013.

Available north-south routes within the city limits are Green Oaks, Fielder, West, Stadium, and Texas Highway 360. West Street starts behind the E.H. Hereford University Center and runs north through downtown Arlington, connecting to Division. Fielder is west of campus.

Union Pacific is improving tracks through Arlington. See the track renewal video.

Group exercise classes offered during winter break

Classes are available during the winter break in cycle, group strength, kickboxing, pilates, ultimate conditioning, yoga, and zumba at the Maverick Activities Center.

Classes will meet through Friday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 2-Friday, Jan. 11.

See the group exercise schedule or call 817-272-3277 for more details.

  Fresh Pix Maverick ring ceremony

It's official

Advertising senior Yvonne Hernandez, center, shows off her official Maverick ring after the Maverick Ring Ceremony last week. Her parents, Nelly and Rosaleo Hernandez, attended the traditional event at Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center.

Psychology survey seeks your feedback

Students employed for six months or more are eligible to participate in a corporate social responsibility survey.

The data collected will be used to determine which items are most appropriate for a corporate social responsibility scale. Upon completing the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes gift card.

For more information, contact Shannon Scielzo, assistant professor of psychology, at

Toy drive includes Planetarium discount

The Planetarium is collecting toys for Cook Children’s Medical Center. Help make the holidays a little brighter by donating a new, unwrapped toy. Starting Thursday, Dec. 6, bring donations to the Planetarium ticket booth in the Chemistry and Physics Building.

In return, receive a $2 discount on any adult ticket through Sunday, Dec. 30.

Need ideas on what to donate? See the Cook Children’s wish list.

Help fill the SAC food, toy drive

Bring non-perishable items to the Staff Advisory Council food and toy drive through Friday, Dec. 14.

Drop-off boxes are in Davis Hall, the Central Library, E.H. Hereford University Center, University Hall, the Health Center, the Social Work Complex, Maverick Activities Center, and Arlington Regional Data Center.

The drives benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank and the Arlington Life Shelter.

Check List


through Wednesday, Dec. 12

Final exams

Friday, Dec. 14-Sunday, Dec. 16

Commencement ceremonies

Monday, Dec. 17

First day of classes for winter intersession

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Census date for winter intersession

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Grades official by Office of Records by 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3

Last day to drop classes for winter intersession

MyEdu new aid for planning class schedule

MyEdu has partnered with UT Arlington to help you plan your schedule for the spring 2013 term. From the University College website, click on Plan My Schedule to get started.

Fall final exams end Dec. 12; final grades posted Dec. 19

The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals continue through Wednesday, Dec. 12. Grades will be official and available in MyMav the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Winter Intersession classes start Dec. 17

There is still time to register for winter intersession. Classes meet Monday, Dec. 17-Friday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 2-Wednesday, Jan. 9. Finals are Jan. 10. To select classes, click on the Additional Search Criteria in the Schedule of Classes and select winter intersession under the Session drop down menu.

Spring registration is open; see your adviser now

Register for the spring 2013 term. The schedule of classes and the registration timetable are available on the MyMav portal page.

Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering. A list of advising offices is online. Call to schedule an appointment or check walk-in hours.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

Texas requires students in their first semester at UT Arlington and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 30 years old to submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis or evidence of an exemption. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be dropped from courses.

New and returning students under 30 years old who plan to enroll in the spring 2013 term must submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis as soon as possible to avoid being dropped. The vaccination must have been received within the last five years and no later than the last business day before the first class day of the session at UT Arlington. Limited exemptions are specified in state law.

Magnus Health SMR will collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. You will receive your Magnus Health SMR username and password via your UT Arlington email address. When you log in to your Magnus Health SMR account, you will be able to submit your proof of vaccination.

For procedural information on how to be compliant at UT Arlington, visit the meningitis requirement website.

Order final transcript now

Order your end-of-term transcripts now. Place orders in MyMav or through the alternative order form site.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the fall semester is available online. To print your verification, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Planetarium presents 'Not the End of the World'

Not the End of the World

Celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar, not the end of the world, at the "Not the End of the World" party 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, Dec. 21, at the Planetarium.

Take part in space-related arts and crafts, enjoy a lecture from astronomy professors, see the latest shows, and warm up with hot chocolate or apple cider. Planetarium shows cover topics on the end of the world, the Mayan civilization, and the winter solstice. Also, enjoy the real sights in the night sky with the telescopes, weather permitting.

Save by purchasing a $15 pass to come to all shows and lectures. Individual tickets for shows are $6 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. Lectures are $2 per person.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Boys & Girls Club Night. Free Santa hats and candy canes to first 50 fans. 7 p.m. Also, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, vs. New Mexico State; 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, vs. Denver. Tickets $3 with student ID. College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16

Commencement December and summer graduates. See schedule. College Park Center.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Oklahoma State. Blaze's Kids Club Night, all members receive a UT Arlington bag. Free Santa hats and candy canes to first 50 fans. Jet Blaq will perform at halftime. Tickets $3 with student ID. 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, College Park Center. Athletics.


BFA Exhibition Recent work created by 60 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Through Saturday, Dec. 15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

African Art Collection Includes works collected by Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, and his wife, Tanya Dowdey. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Room 2109, Visual Resources Commons, Fine Arts Building. Through Friday, Dec. 21. African Art Collection.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Jan. 5, 2013. Special Collections.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps and how they reflect and shaped the histories of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 9, 2013. Special Collections.

Planetarium Enjoy the holiday schedule through Sunday, Dec. 30. Holiday shows include Holiday Music Magic and Season of Light. Planetarium.

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

Sports Notes
Jordan Reves

Triple threat: Jordan Reves leads the men's team in scoring, rebounding, and blocks.


Mav men host Houston Baptist, toy drive

Returning to action after a 10-day layoff, the men’s basketball team hosts Houston Baptist at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at College Park Center.

At Thursday's game, bring a new, unwrapped toy to U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program and receive a free ticket for each toy donated.

The second home game of the season for the Mavericks, who are 4-2, is followed by four of their next five at College Park Center. The Mavs are tied for second in the nation in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 34 percent shooting.

Jordan Reves leads the team in scoring (10.3), rebounding (11.0), and blocked shots (2.2). The balanced attack has seen five different players lead the team in scoring in the first six games.

Women return to action next week

Seeking to improve on a 1-7 record, the women’s basketball team gets back in action at North Texas at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The Mavericks lost a 59-57 decision to UT Pan American in their latest outing last Tuesday. Following the game at North Texas, the Mavs host Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.

Malaika Green leads the team in scoring with 8.4 points per game, while Aron Garcia is the top rebounder with 6.6 per game.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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