For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


College Park Center set to host Commencement ceremonies

An air of achievement prevails on campus as graduating students receive their diplomas during Commencement ceremonies Friday-Sunday, May 11-13, in the first ceremonies at College Park Center.

"Commencement is such a special time for our graduating students, their families, and the entire University community," President James D. Spaniolo says. "Having the ceremonies in our beautiful new College Park Center will elevate the pomp and circumstance to entirely new heights."

All colleges and schools will hold ceremonies in College Park Center except the School of Architecture, which will use Texas Hall.

A celebration of all graduates highlights the end of the semester. Graduation Celebration features actor James Franco and fireworks Friday, May 11, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington. The free evening starts at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Check the Commencement schedule for details on tickets, parking, protocol, photography, and special accommodations.

Speak Up

Speak up in student feedback survey

Invitations to fill out Student Feedback Surveys are waiting in student MyMav email accounts. Your voice is essential in UT Arlington's ongoing mission to bring the best possible academic experience to students.

Students will be emailed separate invitations for each lecture, seminar, or lab course in which they are enrolled.

All surveys must be completed during the time frame specified in the invitation emails. Surveys are brief and are kept anonymous. Professors will not receive SFS results until after final grades have been posted in mid-May.

For more information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Student Feedback Survey website.

Take advantage of study help, stress busters before finals

During the week before finals—often called "dead week"—students can find study assistance and activities to break the stress of preparing for exams.

The Central Library will stay open 24 hours Friday-Saturday, May 4-5. 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.

Blow off some stress and come ready to sweat for the Pre-Exam Jam at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Room 135 of the Maverick Activities Center. Join this high-energy, stress-relieving exercise class that will include a combination of your favorites. Water and healthy snacks provided.

Late Night Breakfast provides students with a study break 9:30-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 7-8. A full breakfast menu is offered at the Connection Café for only $3, and cash, credit, MavMoney, Dining Dollars, or the meal plan are accepted.

  Fresh Pix Oozeball 2012

Mud monsters

Students turned into creatures from the muddy lagoons at the annual Oozeball tournament Friday. The mud volleyball match was moved to spring because of a drought last fall. See more photos and a Star-Telegram photo gallery.

Survey invites feedback on TrailBlazer

Almost three years ago, TrailBlazer launched as the official University-wide electronic newsletter for students. The TrailBlazer staff wants to hear your thoughts about the publication. Complete the TrailBlazer survey, which is anonymous and should take only about five minutes. Your responses will help us continue to create a high-quality, effective communication product for the UT Arlington community.

Input needed on three other surveys

Three campus surveys seek anonymous input.

The safety and security survey will be used by the University Police Department to establish service benchmarks and serve as the basis for crime prevention initiatives on campus.

The sustainability survey will help with better campus recycling.

Take the University AOD (alcohol and other drugs) survey with the code 18363. The deadline has been extended through May 12.

Order flower bouquets, leis for Commencement

Take part in UT Arlington traditions by ordering flower bouquets or leis for students at Commencement.

Flowers and leis are available for order through Friday, May 4, and can be purchased before and after each ceremony. Order now and your gift will be waiting for you at the ceremony. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 817-272-2594.

UTA Bookstore extends hours for sell back, rental returns

The UTA Bookstore has extended hours for sell back and rental return during the week of final exams.

Hours are 7:30 a.m-8 p.m., Monday, May 7–Thursday, May 10, and 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Rental books can also be turned in 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Parking Lot 49 footbridge. Rentals are due by Tuesday, May 15.

Fresh Pix Faculty-Student Basketball

Fast moves

Zack Kulesz drives by Jeremy Smith, mechanical engineering sophomore, during the annual faculty/staff-student basketball game Thursday at the Maverick Activities Center. Kulesz is assistant director for membership and marketing of the Alumni Association.


UTA-HOSTS peer mentors needed

Become a UTA-HOSTS (Helping Others Students To Succeed) peer mentor and positively impact the lives of incoming freshmen by helping them adjust to University life.

Requirements include a minimum GPA of 2.0, at least two fully completed semesters at UT Arlington, and attendance at a short training session. Apply at

Housing has apartments available for summer and fall

On-campus apartment complexes are available for summer and fall.

Stop by the Housing Office in the E.H. Hereford University Center for information and pricing, or apply online at Contact the Housing Office at 817-272-2791 or

Discount tickets available for Texas Rangers' home games

To claim discount tickets for Texas Rangers' home games, visit, click on The University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS12.

Special served up for UT Arlington license plates

A buy-one-get-one-free deal is available for the official UT Arlington license plate. The bargain is offered through June 30. Go to For assistance, call 888-7MY-PLATES.

Intellectual property topic of seminar

The Office of Technology Management is sponsoring an Intellectual Property Education Seminar Series, which starts 1-4 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

David Risley, a patent attorney with Thomas Kayden law firm, will answer questions about intellectual property.

Students are welcome to attend this free event. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Potential topics can be submitted by e-mailing before Thursday, May 10.

Check List


Friday, May 4

Last day of classes

Final date to submit approved thesis/dissertation to Graduate School and submit report of final master's examination/dissertation defense

May 5-11

Final exams

May 11-13

Commencement at College Park Center and Texas Hall

Monday, May 14

Summer intersession classes begin

Tuesday, May 15

Census date for summer intersession

Registration continues for summer and fall terms

Priority registration has opened for summer and fall. MyMav is your gateway to the Schedule of Classes and the Registration Timetables for making registration plans for the summer and fall terms.

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). Your registration dates can be found under Enrollment Dates on the right side of your Student Center.

A list of academic advising offices is online.

Apply now for next year's financial aid; complete the FAFSA for grants, loans

Students applying for financial aid for the summer and fall 2012, and spring 2013 terms should complete the 2012-13 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA will help UT Arlington determine your eligibility for traditional financial aid programs.

Students and their parents who have already filed their 2011 federal income tax returns may use the IRS Data Retrieval function available online through FAFSA. The tax returns must have been filed with the IRS electronically two weeks before they are available through the IRS Data Retrieval process.

The U.S. Department of Education selects a certain number of applications for a verification process. This means UT Arlington will be required to collect some additional information to compare to the data reported on the FAFSA. These documents will include the 2012-13 Verification Worksheet. If the IRS Data Retrieval process was not used during the initial application process, UT Arlington will need to collect copies of the 2011 IRS tax transcripts for students and parents, if parent information was used to complete the FAFSA.

Signed photocopies of federal tax returns are no longer acceptable for documentation. This is a change from prior years.

Summer intersession begins May 14

Summer intersession begins Monday, May 14. For a listing of summer intersession classes, click on Additional Search Criteria on the Schedule of Classes page. Summer intersession classes are held May 14-18, 21-25 and 29. Finals are May 30.

Going Out

Tuesday, May 1

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

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

Wednesday, May 2

$2 Movie: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Planetarium.

Friday, May 4

Opening Reception: BFA Exhibition Recent work by 59 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased, demonstrating concentrations in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. Free with student ID. 6:30 p.m., also 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Wednesday, May 9

$2 Movie: War Horse Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Planetarium.


India Unveiled 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.

Dynamic Earth

Novus Ordo Seclorum Anthony Thompson Shumate uses the design that appears on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States in his works. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Thursday, May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Planetarium Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate engine with visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations. Free showings in May. 3:30 p.m. Sundays, 7 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Wednesday, May 2

The Future of the College of Engineering Dean of Engineering Jean-Pierre Bardet shares plans to continue the growth and enhance the reputation of the college's research and teaching efforts. Light breakfast provided. Register. Free with student ID. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Major Exploration Discover resources on campus that can help you choose the right major. Free. Noon; also Monday, May 14; Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Food for Thought: Super Foods Get a grasp on specific foods that pack a powerful nutrition punch. Register. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center.

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

Sports Notes
  SLC Tennis Players of the Year-2012

Netting awards: Maria Martinez-Romero, left, and Mindaugas Celedinas captured Southland Conference Tennis Player of the Year honors.

Mavericks earn top tennis awards

UT Arlington’s Maria Martinez-Romero and Mindaugas Celedinas were named Southland Conference players of the year for women’s and men’s tennis last week.

Martinez-Romero was 10-1 in conference matches at the women’s No. 1 singles position, and Celedinas was 5-0 for the men.

The women’s team lost to Stephen F. Austin in the finals of the SLC championships on Saturday in Nacogdoches.

The men were eliminated in the semifinals by Nicholls State on Friday.

Tracksters third at Wichita meet

The men's and women's track and field teams each placed third at the Track-It Buster Invitational hosted by Wichita State last weekend.

Quentin Butler led the men’s team, finishing first in the 100 and second in the long jump. Lionel Mungwari won the triple jump, and Isiah Clements was first in the high jump. Romain Martin and Anthony Rene added second-place finishes in the pole vault and 800, respectively.

For the women, Shannon Reynolds won the 100 while runner-up spots went to Eld-hah Kaswatuka in the triple jump and Lindsey Putman in the 800.

It was the final tune-up prior to the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, which are May 11-13 in San Marcos.

Baseballers host Dallas Baptist

Seeking to halt a two-game losing skid, the baseball team hosts Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 1, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks lost two of three at Stephen F. Austin last weekend to drop into third place in the Southland Conference. They host league-leading Sam Houston State in a three-game SLC series this weekend.

Golfers third in SLC championships

UT Arlington was unable to duplicate its title run of last year, finishing third in the Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championships at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney on Wednesday. Lamar edged Central Arkansas in a playoff after the two teams tied for first.

Jamey Taylor led the Mavericks with a three-round, seven-over-par score of 223 to finish in a tie for fifth place.

Mavs softball team takes two from Nicholls State

Teri Lyles homered and pitched a shutout as the softball team downed Nicholls State 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavericks then closed out the home portion of their schedule with a 2-1 win in the second game.

The softballers lost two games to Sam Houston State on Friday and Saturday. A trip to Southeastern Louisiana this weekend completes the season.

Poker, video game tournaments close out intramural season

The poker tournament at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 1, and the FIFA_12 video game tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, are the final intramural events for the spring semester. Both tournaments are in the second floor lounge at the Maverick Activities Center.

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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

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