For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Men's basketball

We're No. 1: From left, Kevin Butler, Bradley Gay, Jordan Reves, LaMarcus Reed, and other members of the men's basketball team celebrate after clinching the Southland Conference regular season championship outright Saturday night.

Mavs claim regular season title

The men's basketball team clinched the 2011-12 Southland Conference regular season championship Saturday night with a 79-70 victory over Northwestern State at College Park Center.

"This was our goal," says UT Arlington coach Scott Cross, who is the third coach in UT Arlington history with at least 100 career wins. He now has 101. "We wanted to win a conference championship. I'm so proud of our guys for what they accomplished."

The Mavericks improved to 22-6, breaking the school record for wins in a season. More importantly, UT Arlington is 14-0 in conference play and has secured the No. 1 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament.

The men have two regular season games left. Watch the final home game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at College Park Center. Print free tickets online or get them at the box office. The Mavericks play at UT San Antonio on Saturday, March 3, in the regular season finale.

Southland Conference Tournament quarterfinal action starts at noon Wednesday, March 7, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The semifinals, which will be televised by the Southland Conference Television Network, are Thursday, March 8, and the championship game tips off at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and will be televised by ESPN2.

Reserved all-tournament passes are $75, while general admission passes are $60. Session and championship game tickets go on sale Monday, March 5. Session tickets are $18 for reserved seats and $13 for general admission. Championship game tickets are $15 for reserved and $10 for general admission. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.

Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang

Diversity Week lecture looks at hip-hop in America

Hip-hop historian and journalist Jeff Chang kicks off the Fifth Annual Diversity Week with a lecture at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Chang serves as the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

In his lecture, Chang will explore how street rebels and art renegades changed the way we see America. His book Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation uses hip-hop to radically remix the last 25 years of America's political and social history. His most recent book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, looks at the cultural transformation of the country in the last three decades.

A book signing follows the free event, which is open to the public.

Also part of Diversity Week, MavFest brings challenges and awareness to the University Center mall, such as the Movin' Mavs obstacle course, cultural games, dances, crafts, and more. The festival is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. The rain site is the Palo Duro Lounge in the University Center.

For details, visit the Multicultural Affairs website.

Robert Ballard

Tickets still available to see oceanographer Robert Ballard for Maverick Speakers Series

Oceanographer Robert Ballard discusses "Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration" in the Maverick Speakers Series presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Texas Hall.

Best known for finding the wreck of the Titanic, Dr. Ballard has made startling undersea discoveries in recent years, both natural and man-made.

He has designed deep-diving submersibles, is the pioneer of the JASON Project that allows schoolchildren to virtually explore the oceans, and has written 16 books.

Most recently he discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, indigenous people of the Solomon Islands who saved the PT boat's crew.

Tickets are free, but required, and are available at Preferred seating can be purchased for $25.


Update contact information before MavAlert Emergency Notification System test March 7

To ensure timely communications in the event of an emergency, UT Arlington plans a system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

The MavAlert system is designed to rapidly notify students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency. The multi-tiered communications system sends emergency notifications via registered email addresses, telephone numbers, and mobile devices when an urgent situation arises.

To receive a MavAlert text message notification, you must add your cellphone or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information. To ensure that your cellphone is registered, verify your contact information by signing in to MyMav.

During the March 7 test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses, phone numbers, and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “TEST: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. In an actual emergency, you would be instructed as to what actions to take. Thank you.”

Since March 7 is the first Wednesday of the month, a routine test of the Outdoor Warning System also will occur at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

Help make the MavAlert system test a success by confirming and updating your information prior to March 7.

Fresh Pix Soledad O'Brien

Diverse opinion

CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien discussed diversity in America at Friday's Maverick Speakers Series lecture at Texas Hall.


Maverick ring sales this week

Order your Official Maverick Ring now so you can take part in the Maverick Ring Ceremony on Thursday, May 3.

The ring is reserved for alumni and qualified undergraduates who have completed 60 credit hours and graduate students who have completed 15 hours.

Orders can be made 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, and Thursday, March 1, in the E.H. Hereford University Center between The Market and the dining area.

Learn more about the Official Maverick Ring and the Maverick Ring Ceremony.

Housing has rooms, apartments available for move-in now

University Housing has apartment units and residence hall rooms available in many of the University's communities for immediate move in. Check the Compare Rates and Features page to view amenities and prices. Apply now.

For questions on current vacancies, contact the University Housing office at 817-272-2791 or

Native American Powwow set for Saturday

The UT Arlington Native Student Association hosts the 17th Annual Honors Scholarship Benefit Powwow on Saturday, March 3, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Returning to the powwow are Albert Old Crow as master of ceremonies and The Fallen Solder Ceremony by Renegade Nation. Gourd Dancing kicks off at 10 a.m. followed by dancing exhibitions and competitions and arts and crafts demonstrations. Supper is at 5 p.m., the Grand Entry at 6 p.m., and tiny tots and silverhair contests follow.

Admission and parking is free. All proceeds go to the Native American Student Association's scholarship fund.

For more information, contact Les Riding In at 817-272-5319 or ridingin@uta.ed.

  Fresh Pix Job Fair Spring 2012

Job Fair

The Maverick Activities Center was filled with local and national companies and government organizations looking to hire UT Arlington students and alumni, who met with employers at the Spring 2012 Job Fair last Wednesday. See more Job Fair photos.

Join Alternative Spring Break for volunteer experience

Do you like to travel? Do you enjoy helping other people? If so, Alternative Spring Break is for you. For the week of Spring Break—March 11-17—consider heading to Arkansas, Atlanta, or New Orleans to help kids, work in homeless shelters, or help with farm animals.

Costs range from $300 to $450. Deadline for application has been extended to 4 p.m. Friday, March 2. Apply in Room B140 on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Look for the doughnut sale fundraiser 8 a.m.-noon today, Tuesday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 2, on the Central Library mall.

For more information, visit the Alternative Spring Break website.

UT Arlington hosts camp for humanities and technology March 9-10

The intersection of the humanities and technology is explored at THATCamp Texas 2012 Friday-Saturday, March 9-10. The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) starts with technology workshops Friday and an "unconference" Saturday at the Central Library.

Topics include GIS-for-humanities, video creation and editing, teaching and using search tools in the classroom, open-source screencasting, XML and text encoding, and e-book creation.

The camp is free and open to anyone interested in humanities and technology. For more details, go to the THATCamp blog or contact Cathy Corder at

Volunteers needed for Health Fair

Give some time as a volunteer at the Health Fair on Tuesday, March 6.

The Health Fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and volunteers are needed 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The fair will be in the Palo Duro Lounge and the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To be a volunteer, send your contact information, time available, and T-shirt size to Latoya Oduniyi at

Donate to Worldwide Book Drive

Golden Key International Honour Society is working with Worldwide Book Drive to promote literacy by donating books to organizations and individuals, both locally and globally.

The society is collecting all types of books in any condition, and textbooks are needed. Marked boxes are in the E.H. Hereford University Center, University Hall, Life Science Building, and College Hall.

Fresh Pix Mardi Gras Madness

Beads, anyone?

Brittany Lee, math and science education sophomore, was the bead queen at Mardi Gras Madness last Tuesday at Bowling and Billiards in the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Distinguished Alumni Award nominations needed

The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2012 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor an alumna or alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.

Award criteria and the nomination form are on the Alumni Association website. Submit nominations by Friday, April 6. Awards will be presented at the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 20.

For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 817-272-2594.

Deadline Wednesday for Student Alumni Association board

The UT Arlington Alumni Association is recruiting students to join the Maverick Marauders, the governing body of the Student Alumni Association.

Maverick Marauders play an instrumental role in planning the campus’ popular Oozeball tournament, which raises money for student scholarships. They also serve as hosts at Alumni Association events including the Distinguished Alumni Gala and the Official Maverick Ring Ceremony.

Applications are due by Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Upcoming events to affect parking lots

Events at College Park Center will result in partial closings for some parking lots this month.

• Starting at noon Wednesday, Feb. 29, one-third of Lot 47—east of Pickard Hall and south of the Business Building—and Lot F13 will close for event parking.

• Noon-6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Lots 38 and 39 will be used for valet parking for the 1895 event. Arlington Hall turn-around is the drop-off site.

• Until 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, Lot F11 will be used for valet parking for the Development Board Spring Meeting. Reserved spots will not be affected.

Campus police encourage visitors and members of the UT Arlington community to park in the Park North and Park Central garages at Center Street and UTA Boulevard or in the large lots south of Mitchell Street and east of South Cooper Street.

An additional 700 spaces will open in the southern College Park garage this summer to help accommodate event traffic.

Check List


Monday, March 5

Advising opens for summer and fall registration

Wednesday, March 7

Progress report grades available in MyMav

Friday, March 9

Final day to reserve graduate courses for graduate credit

March 12-16

Spring Break

Friday, March 30

Last day to drop classes

Midterm progress report grades in MyMav through March 7

UT Arlington faculty have begun entering midterm progress report grades and will continue providing progress report grades through Wednesday, March 7. Look for a notice in your UT Arlington email account to see whether you receive midterm progress reports. If so, check your grades in MyMav and seek guidance from an academic adviser with any concerns about your academic performance. A list of academic advising offices is online.

Advising begins for summer and fall 2012

Advising for summer and fall terms opens Monday, March 5. MyMav is your gateway to the Schedule of Classes and the Registration Timetable for making registration plans for the summer and fall terms. Priority registration opens Monday, April 2.

The schedules of classes that are available in MyMav now are not final and are for planning purposes only. You’ll need to validate your course selections when registration opens Monday, April 2.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Diversity explored in colorful exhibit

Color of Diversity

Former student Tracy Nanthavongsa and alumnus Melvin Varughese (BS '11), inspired by the Hindu Holi festival, created the Colors of Diversity exhibit to celebrate the unity of cultures, genders, and sexual orientation in a community united in color.

In India, a caste system defines and restricts society status at birth. Holi is a day when this belief is cast aside and everyone is seen as equals.

Part of Diversity Week, the exhibit is free and on display 8 a.m.-8 p.m. through Friday, March 2, in the University Center Gallery of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Feb. 29

MavFest The Diversity Week festival features a Movin' Mavs obstacle course, cultural games, dances, and crafts. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Center mall; rain site is Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

$2 Movie: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Final home game. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday, March 1

UTA Jazz Festival An all-day competition for middle school and high school jazz bands ends with an evening awards concert. Free. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. The evening concert features Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer, and bandleader Joe McCarthy, the Southlake Carroll High School Jazz Band, the UTA Jazz Orchestra, and the UTA Jazz Ensemble. $5 general; $3 students & seniors. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre. Music.

Miss Representation

Exhibiting Artist Talk: Ruben Nieto Ruben Nieto talks about his work in a two-person exhibit. Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.

Screening of 'Miss Representation' Watch this 2011 documentary on the media's representations of women in power. Part of Women’s History Month. Free. 6 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Woman I Am: Open Mic Night Part of Diversity Week. Free. 6:30 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Thursday, March 1-Sunday, March 4

'The Seduction and Deception of Mozart' The departments of Music and Theatre Arts join together for a journey of mistaken identities, surprise revelations, and unlikely interventions. Tickets $9 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $12 public. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Music, Theatre Arts, 817-272-2669.

Friday, March 2

Opening Reception Opening reception for exhibition of works by artists Kana Harada and Ruben Nieto. Free. 6 p.m., The Gallery at UTA.

Drake Concert Sold out. 8 p.m., College Park Center.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Saturday, March 3

Baseball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist, 1 p.m.; vs. TAMU-Corpus Christi, 6:30 p.m. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Sunday, March 4

Baseball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Free with student ID. 1 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

UTA Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert Join conductor Matthew Luttrell for a special multi-media concert. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Bangladesher Dhol: Rhythm of Our Heart A showcase of Bangladeshi songs, dances, drama, funny acts, and more. Free. 6-10 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Bangladesh Student Organization.

Monday, March 5

Blood Drive 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Pickard Hall. Arlington Nursing Students' Association.

Tuesday, March 6

Fun In The Sun Health Fair A day of fun, food, prizes, and education on the effects of the sun on our skin. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center; University Center mall; Library mall. Health Services.


There's No Sun Shining Through Exhibit by graduate student Corey Gossett ('06 BFA), whose works explore personal disappointment, fear, dread, and despair. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Saturday, March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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


Tuesday, Feb. 28

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn to respond in an appropriate, affirming, and supportive manner to LGBT individuals. Part of Diversity Week. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m. Call for location. Multicultural Affairs, 817-272-2099.

The Next Step: Graduate School Preparation 2 p.m., Palo Pinto Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. University College, Success Series.

Diversity Lecture Series Jeff Chang, historian and hip-hop journalist, is guest speaker. Part of Diversity Week. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Wednesday, Feb. 29

I-Engage Mentoring Program information session Noon-1 p.m., Room B-17, Davis Hall. Graduate Studies, I-Engage,

Studying for Your Exam Type Noon-1 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. University College, Success Series.

Judy LeFlore

Focus on Faculty: Judy LeFlore Judy LeFlore, associate professor of nursing and director of pediatric, acute care pediatric, and neonatal nurse practitioner programs, discusses "Can Virtual-Patients Teach Student Nurses About Pediatric Respiratory Diseases?" Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Physics Colloquium Series Patrick Slane of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics.

Architecture Lecture Series Architect and photographer Alan Chimacoff of Princeton University is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Architecture Lecture Series Randall Arendt, senior conservation adviser at the Natural Lands Trust, speaks on "Improving the New Urbanism by Balancing the Roles of Architects and Landscape Architects." Free. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Wednesday, March 7

Chill Out: When Life Heats Up Reduce Stress with Pranayama and Meditation Lisa Rose-Michalski, adjunct instructor with the Department of Kinesiology, shows how to cope with the everyday demands and pressures of life through simple techniques to ease the mind. Breathing work and meditation exercises taught in a group setting. Bring a lunch. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center.

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

Sports Notes
Jorge Sanchez

Mavs movin' on up: Jorge Sanchez and the Movin' Mavs earned the No. 1 seed for the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament set for March 8-10 in Champaign, Ill.


Movin' Mavs win four, get top seed

The Movin’ Mavs won all four games at the University of Alabama Tournament last weekend to earn the No. 1 seed in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament March 8-10 in Champaign, Ill.

The closest game for coach Doug Garner’s team was a 22-point win over Alabama. The Movin’ Mavs also defeated defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater, along with Illinois and Edinboro by big margins.

Softball wins own tournament

Bouncing back from two early losses in the UT Arlington Classic, the softball team downed Houston Baptist 4-1 to win the title Sunday at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks avenged an earlier loss to the Huskies to finish 3-2 for the tournament. They now stand 8-4 overall and travel to Lubbock for the Texas Tech Tournament this weekend.

Track teams second at SLC meet

Men’s and women’s track teams both finished second at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships last weekend in Norman, Okla.

For the men, Romain Martin won the heptathlon for the second straight year and earned the High Points Award while Clayton Vaughn was first in the 60-meter dash and Jeff Rodriguez captured the pole vault title.

On the women’s side, Shannon Reynolds won both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash events, while DeAndrea Smith was first in the 400 and Emily Koenig took the 3000.

Baseball wins two of three in Hilton Invitational

A victory over Stephen F. Austin finished the Hilton Invitational on a good note Sunday for the Maverick baseball team, which won two of three games during the weekend.

The Mavericks, who defeated UT Austin earlier last week, are now 5-2 for the season and play at Oklahoma Wednesday, Feb. 29, before hosting Houston Baptist and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend.

Women close out season on the road

After dropping an 86-70 decision at Northwestern State on Saturday, the women’s basketball team finishes the season on the road with games at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Feb. 29, and at UT San Antonio on Saturday, March 3.

Tennis hosts Nicholls State in SLC matches

Men’s and women’s tennis teams host Nicholls State in Southland Conference matches today, Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the UTA Tennis Center. The men play at 11 a.m. followed by the women at 2 p.m.

Golfers seventh at Desert tournament

The Maverick golf team finished seventh in a field of 24 teams Sunday in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club Golf Course in Palm Desert, Calif.

Intramural entries due for table tennis, softball this week

Intramural entry deadlines for table tennis singles and doubles are today, Tuesday, Feb. 28, and for softball, Wednesday, Feb. 29. Entries are being accepted for sand volleyball starting Wednesday, Feb. 29.

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