For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

James Franco

A time to celebrate: Award-winning actor James Franco highlighted Graduation Celebration at College Park Center. See more photos from Graduation Celebration.

Franco tells grads education is choice at Graduation Celebration

Rain did not dampen the excitement for Friday night's Graduation Celebration, a traditional evening of recognition that moved indoors to College Park Center. Graduates, their families and friends, community members, faculty, and fellow students joined in the free festivities, which included music by the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra and food.

Award-winning actor and education advocate James Franco delivered the keynote address to members of UT Arlington's largest graduating class.

“Education gives you the opportunity of choice. You learn how to design your own path,” Franco told the graduates. “Whatever choices you make, make them with confidence. You are here today to open a new chapter of your lives. Don’t be afraid to change your life’s course. Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself.”

The actor signed autographs for hundreds of fans to make up for the fireworks show that was canceled because of rain.

“Half of this spring’s graduates are the first in their family to earn a college degree,” UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo told the audience. “Imagine the doors they’ve opened with their remarkable resiliency and relentless determination. And imagine the lessons they’ve learned about themselves and what they can achieve. Now, imagine where they’re going.”

Melissa Sepulveda Tran, a nursing master’s degree candidate, advised fellow graduates to be proud of their accomplishments and the paths that brought them to this moment.

UTA Radio

UTA Radio gaining web hits, listeners

UTA Radio is no longer a well-kept secret. Visitors to the radio’s website,, are increasing each week. The campus-run station also is expanding its reach by joining the iHeart Radio digital platform.

“We broke a monthly visitor and hits record last month,” says Joseph W. Carter, manager of technical operations and Department of Communication broadcast engineer. “In March we had 2,029 unique visitors and 61,264 page impressions. That’s the most ever in a month.”

The addition to iHeart’s college radio roster gives UTA Radio the potential for wider visibility and recognition.

Read more about UTA Radio.

Fresh Pix Commencement 2012

Pomp and circumstance

More than 4,400 students, the largest graduating class in UT Arlington history, participated in Commencement exercises Friday through Sunday. The ceremonies were the first held in College Park Center. See a Commencement roundup or photos from each ceremony.


Deadline for rented books today

Textbooks rented from the UTA Bookstore are due today, Tuesday, May 15.

Ride on for National Bike Month

With longer days, May is a perfect time to recognize bicycling for the multitude of benefits it provides—improving our health, economy, and environment.

May is National Bike Month, National Bike to Work Week is through Friday, May 18, and National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18. The Office of Sustainability encourages participation in these Earth-friendly events.

Find some safety tips to get you going at For more information, see National Bike Month.

The Maverick Bike Shop offers bike rentals for the summer. For $30, you receive an orange hybrid cruiser, a helmet, a lock, a light, and free maintenance. Rentals for an hour, day, or week are available, and various styles of bicycles are for sale.

The shop is at 402 S. Cooper St., Apt. 109, in the Cooper Chase apartments. Contact Ellie Hernandez, manager, at 817-228-9778.

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.

Enrollment still open for summer camps

There is still time to sign up for some academic and athletic camps at UT Arlington this summer.

The University has added Fitness Adventures 101 to its summer camp lineup for the first time. The new day camp for children ages 6-12 will combine interactive instruction with high-energy fitness activities to enhance campers’ knowledge of health, wellness, and nutrition.

See a complete schedule of summer camps, including athletics, band, cheerleading, engineering, science, and more.

  Fresh Pix Late Night Breakfast 2012

Finals fuel

Francisco Jose Villarreal, public relations junior, loads up a plate during last week's Late Night Breakfast at the Connection Cafe in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

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.

Early voting on campus next week

UT Arlington is an early voting site 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, May 21-25 for the Tuesday, May 29 primary elections.

The polling site has been moved this year to the Maverick Activities Center.

The University also will serve as an early voting site July 24-26 for the July 31 primary runoff and Oct. 29-Nov. 2 for the Nov. 6 general election.

For more information on early voting, see

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.

Campus network upgrade due Friday

The Office of Information Technology will conduct maintenance on the network between UT Arlington and the outside world such as Internet, Internet2, and National Lambda Rail 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, May 18. Any outages caused during the four-hour time frame should last between five and 15 minutes.

Fresh Pix Bookstore buyback

Return to lender

Sam Jung, left, mathematics junior, returns a book to textbook clerk Alex Riegelman at the UTA Bookstore. Rented textbooks are due today, Tuesday, May 15.


Summer locker available 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 MAC or

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 for 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 at

Multicultural Affairs needs program staff members for a LGBTQA program, a new initiative hosted by the Division of Student Affairs. The program will provide events and support services for the UT Arlington Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Ally (LGBTQA) and campus community. Visit

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. 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.

Sophie's Diary

Prof's novel profiles historical mathematician

Dora Musielak, an adjunct professor of physics and aerospace engineering, has taken on the mystery of how a woman growing up in late-18th century France came out of nowhere to make a name for herself with the world’s most renowned mathematicians.

The Mathematical Association of America recently republished Sophie’s Diary: A Mathematical Novel. In the 279-page book, Dr. Musielak uses fiction to take up where records about mathematician Sophie Germain leave off.

The author follows Germain from ages 13 to 17, during the years 1789 to 1793. Musielak hopes the novel inspires mathematicians, especially young women, and informs the world about Germain’s contributions.

Read more about Musielak's book.

Summer schedule begins next week for 'TrailBlazer'

TrailBlazer moves to a summer schedule after this week. Keep up with campus activities throughout the summer every other Tuesday. The next edition is Tuesday, May 29. Weekly editions return Aug. 21 for the fall semester.

Check List


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 spring intersession

Monday, May 28

Memorial Day holiday

Tuesday, May 29

Last day of classes for summer intersession

Wednesday, May 30

Final exams for summer intersession


Meningitis vaccination documentation required

All new students and those who were not enrolled in the spring term will not be able to register for summer sessions until Wednesday, May 16, if they have not filed proof of meningitis vaccination. Additional registration blackout periods this summer are scheduled June 1-12 and July 9-19.

As of January 1, 2012, incoming Texas college students and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 30 years old must submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis.

You must have received the vaccine within the past five years and no less than 10 days before the start of your first session at UT Arlington. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be dropped from courses and will not be able to register during the blackout periods listed above.

UT Arlington has contracted with Magnus Health SMR to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. You will receive your Magnus Health SMR username and password via your UT Arlington email address.

To be able to register, send vaccination documentation to Magnus at or call 1-877-461-6831. The hold will be released approximately one day later.

The deadline to receive the vaccine for summer I or summer 11-week terms is Friday, May 25. Submit documentation by Thursday, May 31.

For summer II term, the vaccine deadline is Saturday, June 30, and the documentation deadline is Monday, July 9.


Spring grades available Thursday

Grades and academic standing for the spring 2012 term will be available in your MyMav Student Center after noon Thursday, May 17. Many grades can be viewed before they are announced as official. Check to ensure that your grades are official before ordering transcripts. Go to the Office of Records and Registration web site for more information.

Prerequisite checking enforced

Prerequisite checking will be enforced in MyMav prior to the summer term. 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.

Last drop date for intersession

The last drop date for the summer intersession is at the close of business Tuesday, May 22.

All students must meet with their academic adviser or designated representative in the major academic unit in order to drop a course. Check the list of advising offices.

Registration continues for summer; summer I classes start June 4

Registration timetables are online for summer terms. Late registration for the 11-week and the first five-week session is Monday-Tuesday, June 4-5. The first day of class is Monday, June 4.

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. The schedule of classes is at

Going Out

Wednesday, May 16


$2 Movie: Hugo Rated PG. 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. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26. 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.

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 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.)

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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. 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
Romain Martin

Top decathlete: Romain Martin won the Southland Conference decathlon for the second straight year.


Martin, Clements win in SLC track

Romain Martin won the decathlon for the second straight year, and Isiah Clements won the high jump for the second time in the men’s division of the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in San Marcos.

Martin finished first in eight of the 10 decathlon events. Clements duplicated the high jump title he won as a freshman but was unable to capture the past two years.

The women’s team recorded four second-place finishes, including Shannon Reynolds in the 200, Ashly Wright in the 400, Maria Sandstrom in the 800, and the 4x100-meter relay team.

In the team standings, the women finished fifth while the men were sixth.

Mavericks selected for NCAA golf regional

The UT Arlington golf team received a bid to the NCAA Regional Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

The Mavericks are seeded No. 11 in the regional and are in the NCAA field for the fourth time in the last five years. This is the ninth regional appearance in school history.

Baseball team closes out home slate this week

Battling to secure a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament, the Maverick baseball team hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19, in this season’s final games at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks are tied for fourth in the SLC standings with a 16-14 record while Texas A&M-CC is tied for seventh with a 14-16 mark. The top eight teams go to the conference tournament, which is May 23-26 at San Marcos.

Last weekend, the Mavericks lost all three games at McNeese State. The team’s overall record is now 29-23.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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