For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

UTAMagazine winter 2012

Winter 'UTArlington Magazine' features President Spaniolo

With a clear vision and collaborative spirit, James D. Spaniolo has helped the University reach unprecedented heights during his nearly nine years as president. The cover story of the winter 2012 issue of UTArlington Magazine takes an in-depth look at the Spaniolo administration and includes an interactive timeline of major milestones during his tenure.

You’ll also find an article about how sharing too much information when communicating electronically can have consequences both personally and professionally. Other stories highlight the University’s esteemed Athletic Training Education Program and introduce you to a 12-year-old math prodigy who is following in the footsteps of previous UT Arlington wunderkinds.

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

UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and distributed to about 150,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University.

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Next MavAlert test is Wednesday, Jan. 2

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu or log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts link in the right column.

Celebrate '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 telescopes, weather permitting.

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

  Fresh Pix Commencement Fall 2012

Degrees of excellence

Degree candidates participated in Commencement ceremonies Friday through Sunday at College Park Center. Commencement for summer and fall terms totaled 3,000 undergraduate, 1,800 master's, and 49 doctoral candidates. See more Commencement photos.

Return rented books by today

Books rented from the UT Arlington Bookstore must be returned to the bookstore no later than today, Tuesday, Dec. 18. Your timely return of books will help next semester's students save money. For questions, visit the bookstore or email

Police Department recognized with National Night Out award

The UT Arlington Police Department is one of 12 universities or communities to receive the National Night Out All-Star Award from the National Association of Town Watch.

The awards are presented annually by NATW to honor individuals, organizations, or programs for outstanding participation, leadership, or assistance during the National Night Out campaign. The award recognizes exceptional or innovative accomplishments.

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.

Renew or clean out MAC lockers

If you rent a locker at the Maverick Activities Center on a semester basis, you can renew it at the MAC Services and Information Desk.

If you do not want to renew your locker, clean out the locker and secure it with the MAC-issued lock you received when rented.

All lockers must be either cleaned out or renewed no later than Monday, Jan. 7. Items left in the locker will be stored for 90 days. New lockers are available Monday, Jan. 14.

UTA Letter Art

Something for everyone: Golf balls, money clips, aprons, and tote bags are a few items bearing the UT Arlington moniker that are available online through the new website

Maverick gear makes perfect gift

Whether it's for a gift or for yourself, Maverick gear and gadgets are must-have items this holiday season.

Shop online for stores that carry licensed UT Arlington merchandise.

Shop for gifts through Athletics, the Alumni Association, UTA Bookstore, and the Planetarium. Buy a commemorative brick, a Maverick license plate, a tumbler, or photos from your favorite Maverick sports.

Or shop in person at Dixie's, Gene Allen's, and Rally House in Arlington or Anything Goes in Pantego for your Maverick gifts.

Save this season by taking advantage of the Maverick Discount Program, too. Local businesses offer bargains just for flashing your UT Arlington ID.

  Fresh Clip Spaniolo Christmas 2012Video Extra

A merry Maverick holiday

President James D. Spaniolo gives a Maverick twist to his annual reading at the Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception Wednesday in College Park Center. Watch the video of him reading a Maverick holiday story.

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 personal growth 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

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.

Toy drive continues at Planetarium

The Planetarium will collect toys for Cook Children’s Medical Center through Sunday, Dec. 30. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Planetarium ticket booth in the Chemistry and Physics Building. In return, receive a $2 discount on any adult ticket.

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

Fresh Pix Library book tree

Literary limbs

Librarians at the Central Library created a book tree to make the last days of the semester merry and bright.


Winter break schedule

UTA Bookstore—Hours vary. Closed Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 23-25; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 26-28; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29; closed Sunday, Dec. 30; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31; closed Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Dining Services—See the Dining Services schedule.

Health Services—The Health Services Center is closed Friday, Dec. 21-Monday, Jan. 1

Libraries—Check the library schedule online for hours.

Maverick Activities Center—Check the MAC schedule.

Planetarium—The Planetarium has shows throughout the winter break. Go online for the Planetarium schedule.

E.H. Hereford University Center—The UC closes at 5:30 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 21, and is closed Saturday, Dec. 22-Monday, Jan. 1.

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.

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 and the city of Arlington website.

TrailBlazer takes a holiday

This will be the final issue of TrailBlazer before the holidays. TrailBlazer will resume Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Send your stories or pictures to to be considered for publication.

Find previous issues of TrailBlazer in the archives at

Check List


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.

Final grades posted Wednesday

Grades will be official and available in MyMav the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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 winter intersession 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

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., College Park Center. Athletics.

Saturday, Dec. 29

Jamel Outler

Men's Basketball 7 p.m. vs. New Mexico State. Also, 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, vs. Denver; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, vs. Boise State; and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, vs. Louisiana Tech. Tickets $3 with student ID. College Park Center. Athletics.


Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. $5 with student ID. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., downtown Arlington. Through Feb. 17. Architecture.

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.

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

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. 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. Special Collections.

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

Sports Notes
Aron Garcia

On the rebound: Aron Garcia equaled her season high with 11 rebounds against UT Pan American. She leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game.


Women at North Texas tonight, host Oklahoma State on Saturday

After a two-week layoff, the women’s basketball team travels to North Texas for a 7 p.m. game today, Tuesday, Dec. 18, before hosting Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 in College Park Center.

Fans will receive a free ticket for Saturday’s game for every canned good or non-perishable item they bring that day. All donations will benefit Mission Arlington.

Free Santa hats and candy canes will be given to the first 50 fans on Saturday. For Blaze’s Kids Club Day, all members receive a UT Arlington bag. Jet Blaq will perform at halftime.

The Mavericks are 1-7 on the season, losing to UT Pan American 59-57 in their last outing Dec. 4. Following this week’s games, UT Arlington opens Western Athletic Conference play at New Mexico State on Saturday, Dec. 29.

Men open WAC schedule at home Dec. 29

Following a game at Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Dec. 19, the men’s basketball team begins Western Athletic Conference play at home against New Mexico State at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, in College Park Center.

The Mavericks, 5-2, also have home games with Denver at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31; Boise State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2; and Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5.

In their last outing, the Mavericks downed Houston Baptist 81-47 on Thursday in only their second home game this season. Karol Gruszecki led the team with 18 points while Jordan Reves had 13 rebounds.

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Editors: Teresa Newton, Jim Patterson

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

Published by University Communications. Photography, video, design, and online services provided by the Department of Communications and Marketing.

© 2012 The University of Texas at Arlington


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