For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fall Homecoming 2012

Festive celebration: The UT Arlington Marching Band and the Maverick Cheer Squad energize the crowd in front of College Park Center during a pep rally following the Homecoming Parade on Friday. See more photos.

Homecoming's return to fall semester is huge success

Mavericks showed their pride as Homecoming festivities returned to the fall semester last week.

"The fall Homecoming was a spectacular array of new and enhanced activities and events," said Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs. "It was great to see our community come together and enjoy our beautiful campus and a wonderful opportunity to show our love for UT Arlington and our Maverick spirit and pride."

The Party on Pecan featured live music, food, midway-type games, and barkers who energized the crowd.

The party preceded the expanded Homecoming Parade, which included 85 entries. An opening number in the parade featured the Maverick Dance Team, the marching band color guard, and the Wranglers spirit group.

Garrett Jones, business management senior, and Melisa Gonzalez, interdisciplinary studies junior, were crowned Homecoming king and queen at halftime of the men's basketball game, which drew a record crowd of 6,421 and saw the Mavericks lose a close one to the Oklahoma Sooners 63-59 on Petsche Court in College Park Center. The Maverick volleyball team clinched a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with a victory over Louisiana Tech, and the women's basketball team lost to Oral Roberts.

An Arlington State College Reunion and an All-Greek Reunion were highlights for the alumni. New events included an Afterparty with fireworks, a 5K Walk/Run, and the Homecoming Golf Tournament. Among the old favorites were the step show, chili cook-off, concerts, and The Bash celebration.

Student Feedback Survey

Participate in online feedback surveys

Invitations to fill out Student Feedback Surveys will be sent to student MyMav email accounts starting this week. Your voice is essential in UT Arlington's ongoing mission to bring the best possible academic experience to students.

Invitations will be sent to students’ UT Arlington e-mail address. The sender is UT Arlington Student Feedback Survey (SFS), and the subject is UTA Values Your Input! You will be emailed separate invitations for every course you are enrolled in.

All surveys must be completed during the time frame specified in the invitation emails. Access to this semester's surveys will end at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Student input to the SFS process is anonymous. Faculty members will receive summary reports only after the semester has ended and final grades have been posted.

For more information, see Student Feedback Surveys.

  Fresh Pix Spaniolo Drive

Street cred

President James D. Spaniolo was in for a big surprise at the beginning of Friday's Homecoming Parade. Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck unveiled a new sign signaling that Pecan Street—from UTA Boulevard to Mitchell Street—has been renamed Spaniolo Drive in honor of the president.

First Street closed beginning Nov. 26

East First Street, from Mesquite Street to Center Street, will be closed for reconstruction from Monday, Nov. 26, to Saturday, Dec. 15.

Night Walk set for tonight

Student Congress senators and University officials will survey the campus and note safety concerns during the annual Night Walk program today, Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Anyone interested in joining the walk should gather at 6 p.m. outside the Starbucks at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

For more information, contact Alex Whitaker at

Adopt an angel for the holiday season

Help a child or senior citizen have a special holiday season this year by giving to the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree, hosted by UTA Volunteers and the Leadership Center.

Angels are available for adoption through Monday, Dec. 3. To pick up an angel, stop by the Leadership Center, Suite B160, on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Gifts must be returned to the Leadership Center by Wednesday, Dec. 5.

For more information, call 817-272-9220 or contact Loretta Pequeño-Griffin at

Use Maverick discounts to save money

Watch your budget this holiday season by taking advantage of the Maverick Discount Program.

Students, faculty, staff, and parents can utilize the discounts by simply showing their Maverick ID to local business participants or by using a unique UT Arlington discount code to shop online. Participating businesses provide a minimum 10 percent discount.

Learning Center seeks peer educators

The University College Learning Center is looking for motivated students to become peer educators for spring 2013.

Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses, with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and have completed at least one semester of coursework at UT Arlington.

All students must have earned an A or B in the course for which they are applying.

Positions are open for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders. For more information on these positions, visit Deadline for applications is Monday, Nov. 26.

Fresh Pix Jordan Reves

Face in the crowd

Mavs player Jordan Reves was more than just a face in the record crowd at the Homecoming game against Oklahoma on Friday night at College Park Center. A popular player, the senior forward led the team with 10 rebounds.


Nominate professors for doctoral student mentoring award

The Office of Graduate Studies is accepting nominations for this year's Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring.

The award is for faculty members with a strong record of excellence in mentoring graduate students. Effective mentoring is a crucial determinant of the academic and professional success of a graduate student.

See the call for nominations and the nomination form. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 30. For details, contact Lisa Berry at

Influenza vaccine offered through Health Services

Flu shots are now available for $20 at Health Services. No appointment is needed. Leave your cash at home and charge to your MyMav account.

Advanced Manufacturing Symposium set for Dec. 3

Students are invited to attend the Advanced Manufacturing Symposium on Monday, Dec. 3, at the UT Arlington Research Institute. The program runs 1-5 p.m. and features talks on manufacturing in micro-nano scales, low- to medium-volume manufacturing, and other topics.

Students can participate in the poster session, which starts at 4 p.m.

Find more information on the Research Institute's website, including details of free transportation for students.

  Fresh Pix Volleyball

WAC attack

Amanda Welsh helped the Mavericks clinch a berth in the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament with a win over Louisiana Tech last Thursday at College Park Center.

Thanksgiving holiday openings, closings


  • Wednesday, Nov. 21—closed at midnight

  • Thursday, Nov. 22—closed

  • Friday, Nov. 23—9 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • For other libraries, go to the library website.


Tuesday, Nov. 20

  • The Plaza—closed at 3 p.m.

  • Starbucks—closed at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

  • Subway, Panda Express, P.O.D. Express Market (ERB)—closed at 1:30 p.m.

  • The Plaza, The Market at the MAC, Einstein Bros. Bagels, We Proudly Brew—closed at 3 p.m.

  • P.O.D. Market, Starbucks—closed at 5 p.m.

  • Connection Café—closed at 7 p.m.  

Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 22-24

  • All locations closed  

Sunday, Nov. 25

  • Connection Café—5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.


Maverick Activities Center

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21—6 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Thursday-Friday, Nov. 22-23—closed

  • Saturday, Nov. 24—noon-8 p.m.

  • Sunday, Nov. 25—noon-midnight


  • Wednesday, Nov. 21—noon-1:30 p.m., 4:30-6 p.m.

  • Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 22-25—closed

Fields Complex

  • Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 21-24—closed

Climbing Wall

  • Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 21-24—closed

  • Sunday, Nov. 25—6-9 p.m.

Group Exercise

  • Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 21-25—closed


  • Thursday-Friday, Nov. 22-23—closed

Christkindl 2012

Enjoy UT Arlington Day at Christkindl

Do some holiday shopping at the second annual Arlington Christkindl Market on UT Arlington Day, Sunday, Dec. 2.

The market follows in the tradition of German markets during the holiday season with German cuisine, beverages, entertainment, arts, crafts, and gifts for sale. The market is open Nov. 29-Dec. 15 and is located at Road to Six Flags and Ballpark Way.

Pick up Christkindl (Kris-kin-dill) Cash, good for shopping and dining discounts, at the UT Arlington College Town booth.

The UT Arlington Jazz Ensemble performs 3-5 p.m. Dec. 2, and University emcees will appear on stage throughout the day.

Admission and parking are free.

Check List


Thursday, Nov. 22-Sunday, Nov. 25

Thanksgiving holiday

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Last day of classes

Thursday, Dec. 6-Wednesday, Dec. 12

Final exams

Friday, Dec. 14-Sunday, Dec. 16

Commencement ceremonies

MyEdu new aid for planning class schedule

MyEdu has partnered with UT Arlington to help you plan your schedule for the spring 2013 term. From the University College website, click on Plan My Schedule to get started.

Fall final exam schedule available

The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals are scheduled Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 6-12.

Spring registration is open; see your adviser now

Make plans to register for winter intersession and spring 2013 terms. The schedule of classes and the registration timetable are available on the MyMav portal page.

Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering. A list of advising offices is online. Call to schedule an appointment or check walk-in hours.

Going Out

Wednesday, Nov. 21

women's basketball

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Memphis. Tickets $3 with student ID. Halftime entertainment features the Frisbee Dogs. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Monday, Nov. 26

Voice Division Recital Features vocal students. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Deck the Mall A celebration of the winter season as lights are illuminated. Food, activities, and more. Free. 6-10 p.m., Library mall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Symphonic Band Concert Conducted by John Zastoupil, associate director of bands. Guest conductor is Jason Baker, graduate teaching assistant. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Lantern Festival Enjoy a lion and dragon dance as you explore a special Silk Road market featuring interactive booths and games. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free. 4 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.


UTA Choirs in Concert The A Cappella Choir and the University Singers present choral music. Tickets $3 with student ID. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Nov. 30

Friday Night Movie: Elf Free popcorn; concessions available. Free. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


Gallery 76102: A Study of Water and What Once Was a Forest Loli Kantor's documentary photography and Hiroko Kubo's sculptural exploration are revealed in this exhibit. Free. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Friday, Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

African Art Collection Includes works collected by Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, and his wife, Tanya Dowdey. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Room 2109, Visual Resources Commons, Fine Arts Building. Through Friday, Dec. 21. African Art Collection.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 5, 2013, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Special Collections.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps and how they reflect and shaped the histories of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Feb. 9, 2013. Special Collections.

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Monday, Nov. 26

I'm Not Your Pocahontas Panel discussion. Part of Native American Heritage Month. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Native American Student Association. Multicultural Affairs.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

Major Exploration Information and resources to help you select a major. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Financial Literacy Program Representatives from Fannie Mae and Operation HOPE discuss credit and investing. Free. 1-3 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Thursday, Nov. 29

World AIDS Day Educational information and snacks. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Biology Colloquium Series Lynda Delph, professor of biology at Indiana University, discusses "Sexual Selection and Sexual Dimorphism in a Dioecious Plant: An Ecological and Quantitative Genetic Perspective." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Nov. 30

Marketing Brown Bag Series Narayan Janakiraman, assistant professor of marketing, is guest speaker. Free. 12:30-2 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.


CPR/Automatic External Defibrillator Covers first-aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR, and AED use. Participants who successfully complete the class will receive an American Heart Association certification card valid for two years. Register at Maverick Activities Center service and information desk. $40. 1-5 p.m., Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

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

Sports Notes
  Shaquille White-Miller

Drawing a crowd: Maverick guard Shaquille White-Miller evades Oklahoma players during Friday's Homecoming game. White-Miller led UT Arlington in assists with six as a school-record crowd of 6,421 attended the contest. See more game action online.

Record crowd sees Mavs fall to OU

A school-record basketball crowd of 6,421 saw the Mav men drop a 63-59 decision to the Oklahoma Sooners during Homecoming festivities Friday at College Park Center.

OU led 38-28 at halftime before UT Arlington came back to tie the score at 57 with 2:40 left. However, the Mavericks could not get the lead as the Sooners hit a three-pointer and three of four free throws to seal the win.

Next action for coach Scott Cross’s club is Saturday, Nov. 24, at Samford in the first of four straight games on the road. The Mavericks, now 1-1, visit North Texas, UT Austin, and UT Pan American.

Movin' Mavs win all five in Wisconsin

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team opened the collegiate season with a flurry last weekend winning all five games at the Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament.

Following victories over Edinboro, Illinois, Missouri, and Southwest Minnesota State, the Movin’ Mavs trounced defending national champion Wisconsin-Whitewater 83-42.

The Movin’ Mavs host a community division tournament Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Mav women host Memphis on Wednesday

Still looking for its first win, the women’s basketball team hosts Memphis at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, in College Park Center.

The Mavericks, 0-3, dropped a 73-41 decision to Oral Roberts on Friday during Homecoming weekend.

Volleyball tops La. Tech to gain tournament berth

The volleyball team clinched a berth in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament with a 3-0 win over Louisiana Tech in College Park Center on Thursday.

The eighth-seeded Mavericks faced top-seeded Utah State in the first round of the tournament late Monday in San Antonio. See for results.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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