For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Give me an 'A': A construction worker adds supports for lettering on the College Park Center tower on Center Street.

Basketball tickets available for College Park Center games

Single-game tickets for February basketball games in College Park Center are available at Admission is free, but tickets are required.

Opening night for the 7,000-seat arena is Wednesday, Feb. 1, when the women's and men's basketball teams play UT San Antonio. The women have four other games at College Park Center in February while the men have three.

The last men's game in Texas Hall is Saturday, Jan. 21, against Stephen F. Austin. The women's team wraps up play there Saturday, Jan. 28, against Texas State.

Tickets are free with student ID and are at


Opening act: Grammy-nominated superstar Drake headlines the first concert in College Park Center on March 2.

Tickets available Thursday for Drake concert

Tickets to see Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake are available starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. Drake will perform March 2, in the inaugural concert of College Park Center.

The performance is part of his 17-city North American Club Paradise Tour, which kicks off Valentine’s Day in Miami. Also performing are rap artists Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky.

Tickets sales are limited to UT Arlington students, faculty, and staff, although ticket holders may bring guests.

Students are eligible for a $15 discount on up to two tickets while quantities last. UT Arlington has reserved 3,200 discounted tickets for students. Tickets are limited to four per person and are $35-$80.

Find ticket information online or call 817-272-9595.

Read more about the Drake concert.


Deadline extended for proof of meningitis shot

UT Arlington has extended the deadline for submitting proof of immunization against bacterial meningitis.

As of Jan. 1, new and transfer students 30 years old or younger must be vaccinated by today, Tuesday, Jan. 17, the first day of the spring semester. Students must submit proof of immunization by Friday, Jan. 27, or be dropped from classes. Students who audit a course also must comply. Limited exemptions are specified in state law.

Read more about the new meningitis immunization law.

Soledad O'Brien

CNN's Soledad O'Brien visits in February

Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent, discusses "Diversity in America" in the next Maverick Speakers Series presentation Friday, Feb. 24, at Texas Hall.

Since joining CNN in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries. She is also part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.”

In 2010 O’Brien released her memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities. Recognition for her work includes awards such as Journalist of the Year and the Edward R. Murrow Award.

Tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6.

Other Maverick Speakers Series presentations during the spring semester include oceanographer Robert Ballard on Tuesday, March 6, at Texas Hall, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday, March 23, at College Park Center.

Snow Day

Is the University open today?

Texas weather can change drastically in just a few minutes and at the most inconvenient times. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will classes continue?

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

Announcements will be communicated via University email in TrailBlazer EXTRA for students, on the UT Arlington home page, the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and through local media outlets.

Golf Cart Parade

Be part of traditions at Homecoming

Plan now for fun activities during Homecoming Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11.

Design an entry for the golf cart parade that leads the community into the men's basketball game vs. Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 11, in College Park Center. Sign up by Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Can you handle the heat? Sign up for the Homecoming Chili Bracket Bowl set for noon-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, on the University Center mall. Student groups should register by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Registration and judging criteria are online and by calling 817-272-9234.

Your photo may be worth $250 if it wins the Show Your Maverick Pride photo contest. Enter a photo of yourself, family, friends, pets, places, and things in blue, orange, and white Maverick gear. Email your name, phone number, and photo to Wednesday, Feb. 1-midnight Friday, Feb. 10. Three winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, during the Homecoming basketball game at College Park Center. You do not need to be present to win. Email questions to

Become a Maverick Orientation Leader

New Maverick Orientation is accepting applications for Maverick Orientation Leader positions. Orientation leaders are the first to welcome new students and parents during summer orientation in June, July, and August.

Attend the interest session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Palo Pinto Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be in good standing with the University. Applications are due Monday, Jan. 30.

  Fresh Pix MoveIn-Rachel Fiorella

Moving moment

Rachel Fiorella, marketing sophomore, moved into her room early Friday at Trinity House. This semester is the Arlington native's first time to live on campus.

Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Academic Adviser for professional staff adviser, undergraduate faculty adviser, and graduate faculty adviser. Submit nominations online by Monday, Jan. 23.

For more details, contact Delene Remmers at 817-272-2737.

Not too late for flu vaccine

Influenza immunizations are still available at Health Services. Cost is $15 for students. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

The immunization clinic will be closed 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Jan. 20.

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

The Shorthorn finalist for top award

The Shorthorn is one of 10 college newspapers nationwide named finalists for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Crown Award for overall excellence, one of the highest awards in college media. Winners will be announced at the association's national convention in March in New York City.

This is the second national recognition The Shorthorn has received recently. In November,, the online edition, was named the best-designed college newspaper mainpage in the College Media Association's Best of Collegiate Design competition.

ACES symposium now accepting abstract submissions

Abstracts are being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES.

Attend an abstract writing workshop at noon Wednesday, Jan. 25, and go online for the abstract guidelines and requirements. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, 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. ACES 2012 is Thursday, March 22, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

For details, email or call 817-272-2315.

Recycle Mania

RecycleMania contest more than trash talk

UT Arlington residence halls and apartments compete in the friendly—and Earth-friendly—contest RecycleMania Jan. 22-March 31 along with universities around the country.

Teams will aim to collect the most recyclables (paper, plastic, and aluminum) during the 10-week competition. The Office of Sustainability will provide the necessary resources, including containers and scales. There's a prize for the winning team and a celebration at the end of the semester.

Contact your resident assistant or Apartment and Residence Life at 817-272-2926 or for more details.

Doug Garner

Program boost: Doug Garner, Movin' Mavs coach and assistant director of adaptive sports, and his staff will receive funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for enhanced sport programming.

VA grant to enhance sports programming for disabled vets, service members

The U.S. Olympic Committee has announced that UT Arlington will receive $17,500 for enhanced sports programming for disabled veterans and disabled members of the armed forces.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $4.4 million to 95 community-based organizations in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs.

This is the third year UT Arlington has received a U.S. Paralympic Olympic Opportunity Fund Grant.

The University hosts an official Paralympics Sports Club
 through the Movin’ Mavs adaptive sports program. The club provides adaptive sports clinics and camps for the public and in cooperation with the Veterans Affairs’ Warrior Transition Programs.

UT Arlington staff members serve as coaches for the Army Warrior Transition Command Wheelchair Basketball developmental program and the Army National Wheelchair Basketball Team that won the gold medal at the 2011 Warrior Games and are training for the 2012 Warrior Games.


New book examines impact of 'Oversharing'

Millions of people text, tweet, pin, or post to Facebook and other popular websites. They view social media as an integral part of their daily lives.

There's a downside to all the connectedness though, argues Ben Agger, professor of sociology, who says people divulge more of their inner feelings, opinions, and sexuality than they would in person or over the phone.

Dr. Agger, director of the Center for Theory, examines the impact of “oversharing” in his new book, Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age, due out Feb. 20 from Routledge USA. He says it's OK to turn off the electronic connections from time to time.

“If we are always oversharing, we tend to lose some of ourselves, our basic identities,” he says. “Oversharing becomes a source of stress in its own right.”

Check List


Tuesday, Jan. 17

First day of classes for spring semester

Late registration begins

Sunday, Jan. 22

Late registration ends

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Census Date

Registration for spring semester continues

Registration for the spring semester continues through Sunday, Jan. 22.

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 spring schedule of classes and the graduate catalog.


Register, verify mobile phone number to receive MavAlert

MavAlert is designed to provide rapid notification to alert students, faculty, and staff of an emergency at or adjacent to the University.

It is critical that you register and verify your mobile phone number through the MyMav system each semester. Go to MyMav and follow the instructions in the center of the portal page.

Your cellphone number must be classified as a "mobile" phone in the emergency contact form to enable MavAlert text messages.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the spring 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.

Adding, swapping, dropping, or withdrawing from classes

Students can add and swap classes through the last day of late registration, Sunday, Jan. 22.

If adviser permission is needed to register for the class, you must see an adviser before close of business Friday, Jan. 20. To drop or withdraw from classes once the term has begun, undergraduate students must meet with an academic adviser in their major department. A list of advising offices is online.

If you drop or withdraw on or before Census Date, Wednesday, Feb. 1, no grade will be recorded on your transcript to reflect the drop. Courses dropped by the Census Date also will not be counted toward the six-course drop limit that affects students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later or the excessive hours tuition law that affects students who have more than 45 hours in excess of the hours required for a degree plan. Read more about this state law and procedures for its implementation at UT Arlington.

Start Strong Freshman Tutoring Program available

The Start Strong Freshman Tutoring Program provides up to six hours of free tutoring in selected courses offered during the spring semester for all first-time and returning freshmen.

Students must register for and complete their first hour of tutoring by Friday, February 17.

To register, visit University Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction in Suite 205 of Ransom Hall, email, or call 817-272-2617.

Going Out

Wednesday, Jan. 18

$2 Movies: Thor Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Puss in Boots

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Friday, Jan. 20

$1 Movie: Puss in Boots Rated PG. Free fresh popcorn; other concessions for sale. $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities,, 817-272-2963.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin. This is the last men's game in Texas Hall. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Double Bass Recital Jack Unzicker, visiting assistant professor of double bass, performs. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music,, 817-272-3471.

Monday-Sunday, Jan. 23-29

Panhellenic Recruitment Formal sorority recruitment week. Register online. Fraternity and Sorority Life,, 817-272-9234.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Nebraska-Omaha. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

We Are Astronomers

Activities Fair 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.


The Medium is the Message Group show demonstrating a wide variety of painting styles, techniques, and content. Through Feb. 11. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Planetarium We Are Astronomers, 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

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

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Wednesday, Jan. 18

Physics Colloquium Jodi Cooley of Southern Methodist University is guest speaker. Peter Frinchabo of Texas Christian University speaks Wednesday, Jan. 25. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

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

Student Veterans Workshop Series Transitioning into College and Exploring University Resources. Free. 1-2 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College.

Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby

Practical Advice on Writing Conference Abstracts Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Graduate Studies, Michael Saenz.

College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby, right, chair and CEO for One Laptop per Child. Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Lecture 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. College of Engineering.

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

Sports Notes
  LaMarcus Reed

Points man: Senior LaMarcus Reed leads the scoring for the men's basketball team with a 15.2 average.

Mav men play final game at Texas Hall on Saturday

The men’s basketball team brings down the curtain on the Texas Hall stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, as it hosts Stephen F. Austin in its final game there before opening College Park Center on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

LaMarcus Reed scored 25 points as the Mavericks notched their seventh straight win, downing Lamar 91-82 Saturday in Beaumont.

The Mavericks are 4-0 in the Southland Conference and 11-5 overall as they travel to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Indoor track team notches three firsts at A&M

Jeff Rodriguez won the pole vault, Isiah Clements took the high jump, and Quentin Butler was first in the long jump for the men's indoor track team in the Texas 10-Team Invitational hosted by Texas A&M on Saturday.

The men placed third with 67 points, just one behind second-place Baylor, while the women landed in a fourth-place tie with 48 points.

For the women, Emily Koenig was third in the 3,000 meters, and the distance medley relay also finished third.

Next action is the J.D. Martin Invitational at Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Women's basketball hosts A&M-CC on Wednesday

Hoping to rebound after an 0-3 start in the Southland Conference, the women’s basketball team hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Texas Hall.

Kiara Parker scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Mavericks dropped a 68-52 decision to Lamar on Saturday.

Movin' Mavs finish second at Alabama tourney

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team placed second at the Pioneer Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., last weekend, losing to the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks in the finals.

Next tournament for the Movin’ Mavs is Friday, Jan. 20-Sunday, Jan. 22, at the University of Illinois.

Dodgeball, bowling, basketball start spring intramurals

Intramural entries for dodgeball, bowling, pre-season basketball, and regular season basketball open today, Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Dodgeball entry deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 25, bowling entries are due Friday, Jan. 27, and both basketball entry deadlines are Tuesday, Jan. 31.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

In Quotes

CareMinders could generate 3,000 jobs

College Park Center an impressive venue

Earth-type planet could exist

"Having this resource in Texas ... will allow some of our graduates to have options that are not available now."

"This is going to be right up there with the AA Center in terms of quality and kinds of technologies it has, and the fan experience."

"We are almost discovering what was science fiction 30 years ago."

— Dr. Elizabeth Poster, dean of the College of Nursing, on CareMinders Home Care, an Atlanta-based nursing company expanding to North Texas.
Dallas Business Journal

— David Skaggs, HKS project manager, on the 7,000-seat College Park Center.

— Billy Quarles, a doctoral student in the College of Science, on UT Arlington research that may help scientists find a planet with a life form.



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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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