For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

College Park Center

Show Maverick pride Wednesday for College Park Center opening

UT Arlington fans are urged to wear blue and orange and claim the home court advantage Wednesday, Feb. 1, with the debut of men’s and women’s basketball at College Park Center.

The celebration will feature a spectacular show including special effects and surprises; multi-media entertainment to showcase the 7,000-seat events center and its high-tech, Daktronics video boards; special guests; and nationally recognized entertainers.

Doors open at 5 p.m. in advance of the 6 p.m. women’s game vs. UT San Antonio. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting extravaganza begins immediately following the women's game. The men play UT San Antonio at approximately 8 p.m., with special entertainment at halftime.

Tickets for the inaugural events are sold out. After 8 p.m., unscanned tickets will be released, and fans without tickets may be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the box office for availability.

Read more about the College Park Center opening.

Dan Himarios

Dr. Daniel Himarios

Himarios takes Global Initiatives position

Daniel Himarios, dean of the College of Business for the past 12 years, is moving into a new role as vice provost and executive director of the Center for Global Initiatives in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“In this new position, Dr. Himarios will focus on an area of tremendous opportunity for UT Arlington,” says Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He is uniquely qualified to develop and execute initiatives that will enhance the University’s international presence and profile.”

During Himarios’ tenure as dean, the College of Business has experienced significant growth in enrollment and quality, established innovative academic programs, developed an outstanding faculty, and expanded its graduate programs to Fort Worth, Frisco, and beyond.

Perhaps his most enduring accomplishment is the result of his drive to build and perpetuate a major Executive MBA Program in China—the largest and most successful such program operated by any foreign university in that country.

The change becomes effective at the end of May. David Gray, associate dean of the College of Business, will become interim dean effective June 1. A national search for a new dean will begin immediately.

Green at College Park

University among first to receive sustainability certification for landscape

The Sustainable Sites Initiative, a new rating system for sustainable design in landscape and site development, has named The Green at College Park one of the first three projects in the world to be certified according to the organization’s rigorous benchmarks.

The announcement acknowledges UT Arlington’s commitment to sustainability as an integral part of the College Park District, an entertainment, living, and shopping development spanning more than 20 acres that is helping revitalize downtown Arlington.

“This designation shows that UT Arlington is on the cutting edge of sustainable practices, not just in our buildings, but all across campus,” says Meghna Tare, director of sustainability. “The Green is a place to enjoy nature and to learn about how to preserve the natural environment.”

Read more about the SITES certification.

Parking map of UTA

Park it: On Wednesday, Feb. 1, students should consider parking in the new Park North and Park Central parking garages, accessible from UTA Boulevard and Center Street.

Plan parking for center's opening

The UT Arlington campus will be a busy place Wednesday, Feb. 1, as the University prepares for grand opening festivities and the debut of men’s and women’s basketball at College Park Center that evening.

Most student lots will be open throughout the day. Students are encouraged to arrive on campus early and consider taking University shuttle buses if parking is not available near your destination. Shuttle service will be extended through the evening to assist students returning to their vehicles after dark.

Students are encouraged to park in the south lots west of Cooper Street, including Lots 49, 50, 51, and 52.

The south section of Lot 47 near the College of Business and Pickard Hall will be closed for event-related parking.

The north section of Lot 47 will be open for student parking until 10 a.m. No student re-entry after 10 a.m. without an event permit.

Lot 38 south of the UTA Bookstore will be open for student parking until 10 a.m. No student re-entry after 10 a.m. without a game ticket.

Lot F10 south of the Life Science Building will not be open for student parking after 6 p.m. Feb. 1 as normal.

Campus police will direct traffic first to the College Park garages, then to lots off South Cooper Street, south of Mitchell Street.

A drop-off and pick-up zone will be designated off Pecan Street at the southwest corner of College Park Center.

Unauthorized vehicles parked at private apartment complexes adjacent to campus may be towed.

For more details about campus parking, visit

Homecoming 2012

Theatre Arts adds drama to Homecoming activities

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

Theatre Arts alumni present The Lion in Winter, a historical drama, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Theatre students present two one-act plays, Mountain Language and Holy Days, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Studio Theatre, Room 137, of the Fine Arts Building. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. For details, contact Theatre Arts at 817-272-2669.

Register your entry in the Homecoming Parade by Wednesday, Feb. 1. The parade begins at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

Entries are due Friday, Feb. 3, for the Chili Bracket Bowl, which is set for noon-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, on the University Center mall.

See a schedule of all Homecoming events.

  Fresh Clip Last game at Texas Hall videoVideo Extra

Curtains at Texas Hall

The men's and women's basketball teams said good-bye to Texas Hall with their last games on the stage, which has been a sports court for 47 years. Watch a video on the final games.

Student Affairs open house next week

Join the Division of Student Affairs as it unveils the newly remodeled lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center 3-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.

Walk through the new office and common spaces, mingle with staff, enjoy free refreshments, and pick up giveaway items along the way.

A ribbon cutting and remarks by Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs, begin at 3 p.m. with tour rotations starting at 3:15 p.m.

Door prizes include a Kindle Fire, a Kindle Reader, and a UT Arlington hoodie.

For more information, see Student Affairs.

Tickets are going fast for first games in College Park Center

Maverick fans are claiming tickets quickly for games at the new 7,000-seat College Park Center, which opens Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The sold-out opening night includes the women's and men's basketball teams playing UT San Antonio.

Tickets are available for the Homecoming game as the men play Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 11. The men have two other games at College Park Center in February while the women have four. Free tickets are available at

Enter your photo in Maverick pride contest

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 Saturday, Feb. 11, during the Homecoming basketball game at College Park Center. You do not need to be present to win. Email questions to

Fresh Pix Activities Fairs-Spring 2012

Information station

Kimberlin Inthirath, left, business freshman, talks about the Asian Club with Gabriel Olivas, linguistics junior, at the Activities Fair last Wednesday at the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Bike survey seeks your input

Cyclists and non-cyclists are asked to complete an anonymous bicycle survey by Wednesday, Feb. 29.

This survey is part of a student master's professional report for the City and Regional Planning program. The results and final report will be made available to the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management, and other relevant departments on campus.

Spend Valentine's Day on campus with these entertaining options

Take advantage of two sweet deals on campus for Valentine's Day.

Bring your sweetheart to the Planetarium for a special couples-only show or dinner under the stars Saturday, Feb. 11, or Tuesday, Feb. 14. Details are on the Planetarium website. Reservations are required. To reserve your tickets, contact the Planetarium office at 817-272-1183 or

A Night of Soul features the Dallas Black Dance Theater and benefits the UT Arlington African-American Endowed Scholarship Fund. The free evening begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Part of Black History Month, the event is sponsored by Multicultural Mavericks.

  Fresh Pix Cervical Cancer Awareness

Big C advice

Karen Lopez, psychology sophomore, listens to health advice at the Cervical Cancer Awareness program last week in the Palo Duro Lounge. Health Services sponsored the event.

Group counseling sessions forming

Counseling Services groups are organizing for the spring semester. These are small co-ed groups of six to 10 students who meet weekly. Space is limited. To schedule a pre-group meeting, contact Counseling Services at 817-272-3671.

Find student group info online anytime

Student clubs and organizations share their information and news with students online. Find them at, a website where students can learn about groups and their events.

Rangers general manager to speak at sport performance lecture next week

Jon Daniels, general manager of the Texas Rangers, speaks on "Texas Rangers Baseball Operations: Creating a Competitive Advantage" at the 32nd Anderson Sport Performance Lecture at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Daniels was named the eighth general manager of the Texas Rangers in 2005. At the time of his appointment, he was 28 years old, the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history. In 2010 he was named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year.

The Anderson Sport Performance Lectures are designed to supplement the Department of Kinesiology's educational mission through presentations and interactions with significant professionals from various areas of the sport culture.

Fresh Pix UTA Day proclamation

Special recognition

UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, left, shakes hands with Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck last week after the City Council proclaimed Wednesday, Feb. 1, as UT Arlington Day.


Find campus news via social media

With the opening of College Park Center and an array of spring activities, keep up with the latest news and photos through UT Arlington's social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Engineering mask to aid soldiers recovering from facial burns

UT Arlington engineers working with Army surgeons are developing a pliable, polymer mask embedded with electrical, mechanical, and biological components that can speed healing from disfiguring facial burns and help rebuild the faces of injured soldiers.

The biomask project is led by Eileen Moss, an electrical engineer and research scientist based at the Automation & Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth. Project partners include the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and Northwestern University in Chicago. The work is funded through a $700,000 research grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

Read more about the biomask project.

Check List


Wednesday, Feb. 1

Census Date

Last date for graduate students to file application for graduation

Final day to reserve graduate courses for graduate credit

through Friday, Feb. 10

Freshman progress reports available in MyMav

Monday, Feb. 6

Deadline to submit abstracts for Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES

Dropping or withdrawing from classes

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.

After Census Date, you may drop classes through the last drop date (March 30) and a grade of W will appear on your transcript. If a class is dropped after Feb. 1 and you remain enrolled, you are financially responsible for the full cost of the course. If you drop all classes, you are responsible for the pro-rated share of tuition, fees, and charges. Students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit to drop one or more classes. Check the list of advising offices.

Financial aid recipients should meet with a financial aid officer to determine how dropping will affect their financial aid package. The Financial Aid Office is in Room 252 of Davis Hall. Call 817-272-3561.

Freshman progress reports on MyMav

Progress reports are being posted for freshmen through Friday, Feb. 10. See your grades in the MyMav Student Center. When your instructor enters progress report grades, you will receive an email through your student account. Unlike final grades, you can see progress report grades as soon as they are entered. See your academic adviser with questions or concerns. A list of advising offices is online.


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.

Going Out

Wednesday, Feb. 1

College Park Center Opening Basketball, Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio, women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m. Opening celebration and ribbon cutting between games. College Park Center.

Krassimira Jordan

$2 Movie: The Help An aspiring author in the 1960s South writes a book on the African-American maid's point of view. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Thursday, Feb. 2

Guest Artist Piano Recital Krassimira Jordan, right, artist in residence and professor of piano at Baylor University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, Music, 817-272-3471.

Friday, Feb. 3

Women Go Red Get informed about your heart health. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 817-272-2771.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Elizabeth Morrow

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Central Arkansas. Free with student ID. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Sunday, Feb. 5

Faculty Cello Recital Elizabeth Morrow, right, professor of cello, performs. Free. 3-4 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Monday, Feb. 6

Maverick Monday Contests for Best Spirit Wear, Best Fight Song Performance. Games and trivia for individual contestants. Free. Noon-1 p.m., University Center mall. UTA Ambassadors,

Faculty-Student Basketball Game Free. 6-7 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. UTA Ambassadors,

The Barbershop Hour Live Radio Broadcast Carter Bedford leads discussions of interest to African Americans for Black History Month. 6:30 p.m. Listen online. Multicultural Affairs.

Faculty Jazz Recital A jazz piano recital featuring Dan Cavanagh of the music faculty with bassist Brian Mulholland and drummer Jaime Reyes. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Wind Symphony Concert Wind Symphony performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

$2 Movie: Crazy, Stupid, Love Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Amy Anderson

Mav-Mazing Race Amazing races and prizes. Free. 6-7:30 p.m., University Center mall. UTA Ambassadors,

One Mic Stand Comedy Series Comedian and actress Amy Anderson, right, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Free for students. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics, 817-272-2261.


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

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. 817-272-3393.

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.)

Learn More


Wednesday, Feb. 1

General Study Skills Free. Noon, Room 101, College Hall. University College, Success Series.

Earthquakes: Where and Why Pamela Jansma and Glen Mattioli of the College of Science examine what causes earthquakes, where they occur, predictions, and preparations. Light breakfast provided. Reservations. Arlington Technology Association members, students, and first-time guests free. Others $5. 7 a.m. Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering, 817-924-1850.

Physics Colloquium Allen Mills of University of California, Riverside, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics.

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

Friday, Feb. 3

UT Metroplex Day Highlights of research at UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom and Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Metroplex Day.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Mock Interview Day Sharpen your interview skills with a 30-minute session. Register at Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 216, Davis Hall. Career Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Focus on Faculty: Ya'ke Smith Ya'ke Smith, assistant professor of film, discusses his film Wolf, filmed in San Antonio last summer. Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

History Research Brownbag Associate Professor Christopher Morris speaks. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 321, University Hall. History.

Student Veterans Workshop Note-Taking and Reading Techniques. Free. 1-2 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College.

How to Find a Federal Job Workshop Learn from federal agency reps on how to get jobs and how to write a federal resume. No RSVP needed. Free. 12:30-2 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Career Center.

Conversations: First College Student in the Family Are you the first in your family to attend college? Discuss issues that may be unique to your experience. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Counseling Services.

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

Sports Notes
  Briana Walker

Double double: Briana Walker scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Texas State in the final game at Texas Hall on Saturday.

Mav men win 11th straight; men, women host UTSA in College Park Center opener

The men’s basketball team takes an 11-game winning streak into Wednesday’s opener at College Park Center against UT San Antonio.

Basketball action begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, when the women play UT San Antonio in the first game at the new 7,000-seat arena. A ribbon-cutting ceremony after the women’s game is followed by the men’s game.

The men came from behind to win 82-79 at Texas State on Saturday, boosting their Southland Conference record to 7-0 and overall mark to 15-5.

Briana Walker scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the women in the final game at Texas Hall on Saturday, but Texas State left with a 90-73 victory.

Martin captures heptathlon title at Boise State

Romain Martin dominated the heptathlon competition at Boise State's Jacksons Invitational, winning by nearly 900 points over his nearest competitor.

He totaled 5,796 points and won six of the seven events over the two days, earning a berth in the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

Women's tennis earns split; men lose at Arkansas

The women’s tennis team downed Central Florida 5-2 after losing to Wyoming 6-1 in the season-opening International Tennis Association Kick-off Weekend at Waco.

The men’s team lost its season opener to the University of Arkansas 7-0 on Saturday.

Intramural basketball entries due today

Intramural basketball entries are due at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Bowling entries are due Friday, Feb. 3.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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