For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

University's largest class to graduate at College Park Center

The largest graduating class in UT Arlington's history is the first to have Commencement exercises Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13, at the new College Park Center.

The Class of 2012 totals more than 4,400 students, an increase of about 700 students from the number of degrees conferred in May 2011. The graduating class includes 3,000 undergraduates, 1,309 master’s candidates, and 97 doctoral scholars.

The 7,000-seat center allows three colleges to have one Commencement exercise each rather than two. In previous years, the colleges of Business, Engineering, and Liberal Arts each had two graduation ceremonies to accommodate their large number of graduates and their families at the 2,709-seat Texas Hall.

The School of Architecture will continue the tradition of using Texas Hall for its graduation ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, May 11.

See the Commencement schedule for details.

Graduation Celebration

James Franco highlights Graduation Celebration at Levitt Pavilion

Graduation Celebration, a free community festival featuring fireworks and remarks by award-winning actor James Franco, highlights Commencement weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington, 100 W. Abram St.

Graduates, their families and friends, and supporters are encouraged to attend along with faculty, staff, and alumni.

Franco is perhaps best known for his role as Harry Osborne in the Spider-Man trilogy. The actor and author is an education advocate who returned to UCLA in the fall of 2006 at age 28 and quickly earned a bachelor’s degree in English.

He then moved on to New York and enrolled in three schools: Columbia University’s MFA writing program; Brooklyn College for creative writing; and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for directing.

President James D. Spaniolo and nursing graduate student Melissa Sepulveda Tran also will give Graduation Celebration remarks. Tran is earning her master’s degree in nursing and plans to continue working at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration moves to College Park Center.

Read more about Graduation Celebration.

Late Night Breakfast before finals

Students can find evening nourishment and study assistance during final exams.

Late Night Breakfast provides students with a study break 9:30-11 p.m., today, Tuesday, May 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.

The Central Library is open 24 hours through Thursday, May 10. 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.

Fresh Clip Ring Ceremony 2012Video Extra

Ring bearer

Jesse Marroquin, advertising senior, shows off his class ring Thursday at the Maverick Ring Ceremony.


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. through 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. through 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.

Group exercise classes available during May at Maverick Activities Center

Group exercises, including step and sculpt, pilates, yoga, cycle, cardio kickbox, and ultimate conditioning are available through Friday, June 1, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Register at the services and information desk at the MAC. See the schedule.

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.

  Fresh Pix ATO head shaving

Heads up

Anthony Coca received a summer buzz cut on the Library mall last week along with five other members of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. The public shearing was the price they paid for reaching fundraising goals for Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. They raised $1,500. See the before-and-after photos.

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.

Monthly selection for Mavs Book Club is 'The Murder of the Century'

The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collin is the May selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at noon Friday, May 11, in the University Club at Davis Hall.

The story is about an 1897 murder case seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, making the case a publicity circus.

The club meets the second Friday of every month. For more information, contact Diane Shepelwich at

MAC offers massage deal in May

Take a break from studying and get a 20-minute massage for only $15 at the Maverick Activities Center. Sign up at the services and information desk at the MAC.

Summer locker rentals available soon at MAC

Lockers will be available for summer semester rental on Tuesday, May 29. The summer locker period is from May 29-Sept. 6.

If you have a spring semester locker and would like to renew for the summer, do so by Wednesday, May 23. For more information, visit the services and information desk at the the MAC or

Fresh Pix Dog days

Ice, ice, baby

Melinda Long, an academic adviser in the Department of Communication, helps Leroy the bulldog cool down Friday at Dog Days at UTA, sponsored by UTA Volunteers and the Arlington Animal Shelter.


Positions open for summer, 2012-13 year

Students are needed to fill several positions for the summer term and the 2012-13 academic year.

The Department of University Events is seeking applicants for Alternative Spring Break coordinator and site leaders and The Big Event planning committee director. Applications are available in the Student Activities' office, Room B140 of the E.H. Hereford University Center or online

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

Steam outage planned May 21-23

The Thermal Energy Plant will shut down steam service to the campus Monday-Wednesday, May 21-23, to complete annual inspection and repairs.

Buildings served by the plant will be without hot water and steam during that time but will still have electrical power, air conditioning, and cold water service.

For information on buildings or equipment affected by the outage, call Larry Harrison in the Office of Facilities Management at 817-272-3458.

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.

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.

Fulbright Scholars Jalloh and Khanduri

Honored professors: Dr. Alusine Jalloh, left, and Dr. Ritu Khanduri have been named Fulbright Scholars.

Two faculty named Fulbright Scholars

The Fulbright Scholar Program has named Alusine Jalloh, associate professor of history and director of the Africa Program at UT Arlington, and Ritu Khanduri, assistant professor of anthropology, as new scholars.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, offers U.S. faculty, administrators, and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in academic and professional fields, or participate in seminars.

Dr. Jalloh will use his grant for research on his book, Muslim Fula Business Elites and Politics in Twentieth Century Sierra Leone. This summer he plans to teach at Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he received his bachelor’s degree.

Dr. Khanduri will use her grant to support ethnographic research on women in engineering. She plans to spend part of her time this year and the next studying in India.

Read more about UT Arlington's Fulbright Scholars.

Pete Carlon

Pete Carlon

Carlon named to Southland Conference Hall of Honor

Pete Carlon, senior athletics director for administration, will be inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor on May 22 in Galveston.

Carlon served as the director of athletics from 1996 through January 2012 and helped the Mavericks capture 48 Southland championships and three Southland Commissioner’s Cups.

His career with UT Arlington began in 1981 when he became the school’s head athletics trainer. Since 1984, he has served as assistant or associate athletics director until he was named director of athletics in May 1996.

Following the 2009-10 academic year, Carlon was named the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He was one of 29 athletic directors in four geographic regions separated into seven categories to earn this distinction.

Read more about the Southland Conference Hall of Honor.

Check List


Through May 11

Final exams

May 11-13

Commencement ceremonies

Monday, May 14

First day of classes for summer intersession

Tuesday, May 15

Census date for summer intersession

Thursday, May 17

Final grades announced for spring semester

Tuesday, May 22

Last day to drop classes for summer intersession

Final exams this week; final grades posted by May 17

Final exams run through Friday, May 11. The final exam schedule is online.

Final grades for the spring semester are scheduled to be available after noon Thursday, May 17. View grades by logging in at

Prerequisite checking enforced

Prerequisite checking will be enforced in MyMav when grades are final for the spring semester. If you have either successfully completed the pre-requirement(s) or are currently enrolled in a course prerequisite, you will be able to register for the next-level course for summer or fall.

If you are enrolled for summer and do not successfully complete the prerequisite in the spring term, you will be dropped from the next-level course when spring grades are posted.

If you are enrolled for fall but not summer, prerequisite completion will be checked when summer grades are final in August.

Prerequisites not only include courses that must be taken in sequence, but also some restricted to class level, GPA, or concurrent enrollment. Check Class Details in the MyMav Class Search.

Questions regarding prerequisites should be directed to your academic adviser. A list of advising offices is online.

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.

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.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Notification

UT Arlington seeks to provide its students, faculty, and staff with a drug-free environment. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to notify students, faculty, and staff each semester about:

Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse

University policies related to the illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

Availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems

Students - Drug and alcohol counseling and referral services are available through UT Arlington Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit

Internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

For more information, contact UT Arlington's Health Services at 817-272-2771 or visit

Going Out

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.

Friday, May 11

School of Architecture Commencement Guests are encouraged to arrive one hour early. 4 p.m., Texas Hall. Commencement.

James Franco

Graduation Celebration Featured speaker is Oscar-nominated actor and Golden Globe winner James Franco, right. President James D. Spaniolo and Melissa Sepulveda Tran, a nursing graduate student, also will speak. A Texas-sized fireworks show, music, and free food are on the agenda. The free celebration is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to College Park Center. 7:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Graduation Celebration.

Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13

Commencement Ceremonies Live music begins one hour prior to the start of each ceremony. See Commencement schedule. College Park Center.

Wednesday, May 16

$2 Movie: Hugo Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Planetarium.

Thursday, May 17

Baseball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Free with Student ID. 6:30 p.m.; also 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Wednesday, May 23

$2 Movie: Puss in Boots Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Planetarium.


Hollywood Smiles

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. Among the exhibits are "Hollywood Smiles," right, featuring oil on canvas over panel by Adrian Zuniga. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m., Saturdays. Through Saturday, May 12. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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.

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


Thursday, May 10

Graduate School Visitor Walk-In Session Learn more about Graduate School. Free. 4 p.m.; also Thursday, May 17; Room 333, Davis Hall. Graduate Studies.

Monday, May 14

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

Monday-Friday, May 21-25

Early Voting Early voting for May 29 primaries. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.

Thursday, May 24

Intellectual Property Education Seminar Series David Risley, a patent attorney, will answer questions about intellectual property. Potential topics can be submitted by emailing before Thursday, May 10. Free. 1-4 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Office of Technology Management.

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

Sports Notes
  All Sports Banquet-Hemby

Good sports: Track middle-distance runner Holton Hemby, left, received the Big Al's Community Service Award from Jim Baker, director of athletics, at the All-Sports Banquet last week. Volleyball’s Alicia Shaffer also received the award. Tennis player Maria Martinez-Romero and baseball pitcher Lance Day were named B.G. Wilson female and male scholar-athletes of the year. Softball infielder Courtney Zink and tennis player David Subirats were selected UTA Athletics Alumni Chapter female and male student-athletes of the year.

Baseball Mavs take two from Sam Houston

Winning two of three games from league-leading Sam Houston State last weekend, the Maverick baseball team maintained its hold on third place in the Southland Conference.

The Mavericks lost the first game of the series, but came back to take the next two at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Coach Darin Thomas’s club is 16-11 in the SLC and 29-20 overall. They travel to McNeese State this weekend.

Tracksters geared up for SLC meet

The men's and women's teams head to San Marcos Friday-Sunday, May 11-13 for the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Top hopefuls for the men’s team include decathlete Romain Martin, pole vaulter Jeff Rodriguez, high jumper Isiah Clements, sprinters Clayton Vaughn and Quentin Butler, and distance runner Emil Blomberg.

Leading the women’s team are sprinter Shannon Reynolds, middle-distance runners DeAndrea Smith and Ashly Wright, and distance runners Emily Koenig and Lindsey Putman.

Both the men and women finished second in the SLC indoor championships in February.

McConnell earns all-conference golf honors

Paul McConnell was selected to the All-Southland Conference golf first team by a vote of the league’s coaches and sports information directors. Hunter Brown was named to the third team and Cameron Hollek earned honorable mention.

McConnell's stroke average of 73.16 was fifth best in the league. He won the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in September and finished the year with two other top-10 finishes.

Movin' Mavs help Army win gold at Warrior Games

Three Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball players brought home the gold as members of the Army team for the Warrior Games. The games were May 1-4 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Veterans Blake McMinn, Anthony Pone, and Juan Soto played in the games sponsored by the United States Olympic Committee, the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

The Army team won the gold in wheelchair basketball 54-34 against the Marines on Friday. Leading up to the championship game, Army won 57-6 against Air Force and 45-27 against the Marines.

Winning individual gold medals in shot put were Juan Soto, wheelchair, and Anthony Pone, other seated.

Doug Garner, coach of the Movin' Mavs, served as coach for the Army team. Graduate student and former Movin' Mavs player Tyler Garner served as assistant coach.

Mavs softball team closes out season

The softball season ended on a sour note as the Mavericks lost both games at Southeastern Louisiana last weekend.

The Mavericks finished tied for 10th in the Southland Conference with a 5-15 record. They were 15-27 overall.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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