For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Mud flies Friday for Oozeball

The dirtiest game on campus is the 23rd annual Oozeball tournament Friday, Sept. 21. Teams compete in mud volleyball until only one team remains.

The first game starts about 12:30 p.m. at the Oozeball lot at the corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street, just south of Greek Row Drive.

Register as a team or free agent. Return entry forms to the Alumni Association at 841 W. Mitchell St. or fax to 817-272-2597.

Oozeball benefits the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship fund and is sponsored by the Student Alumni Association and Campus Recreation.

Put your best foot forward at Wednesday's Job Fair

More than 120 companies—from A to X—are registered to attend this week's Fall Job Fair for UT Arlington students and graduates only.

The fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Maverick Activities Center. No registration is required for the free fair. Bring a student ID and plenty of résumés.

Employers will be on hand to talk with students, take résumés, and discuss job possibilities.

Find a complete list of employers attending the Job Fair as well as a calendar of events on the Career Center website.


UT Arlington among top 20 national universities for diversity

UT Arlington remains one of the nation’s top universities for providing a racially and ethnically diverse campus, according to rankings released last week by U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine evaluated undergraduate enrollment based on a school’s proportion of minority students and the overall mix of ethnic groups. Each school was assigned an index from 0.0 to 1.0, with 1.0 being the most diverse. UT Arlington’s index was 0.69, the seventh highest in the diversity rankings for national universities.

“We have always known that a great strength of UT Arlington is the diversity of its students,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “Our diverse population of students has created a vibrant campus environment that helps make our University a welcoming place where others want to be.”

According to preliminary fall 2012 enrollment figures, almost 54 percent of UT Arlington’s undergraduates identified themselves as African American, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, or multiracial. The most current enrollment figures show that Hispanic students account for 23 percent of undergraduate enrollment, while African-American students account for 15 percent.

YWCA Child Center

YWCA childcare center open for business on campus

The YWCA Arlington Child Development Center has moved into its new home on the west side of campus, with plans for an October celebration of the $2 million project.

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening is planned for 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. Among those expected to attend are UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, Carrizo Oil & Gas President S.P. “Chip” Johnson, and Carol Klocek, executive director of YWCA Fort Worth and Tarrant County, which operates child development centers in Arlington and Fort Worth.

The 10,400-square-foot facility at the corner of Davis Drive and UTA Boulevard replaces the YWCA’s former location, a 20-year-old building on the opposite corner of the campus.

Read more about the YWCA Arlington Child Development Center.

Bed races

Sleepwalk or run to register for 32nd annual Bed Races

Wake up and enter the 32nd annual Bed Races with your best and fastest friends. The race—one of the University 's longest running traditions—begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Maverick Stadium.

Teams of students push beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes and compete in three categories: women's, men's, and co-ed. Entry fees go to the Student Life Fund. Sign up by Tuesday, Sept. 25, to receive Bed Races T-shirts for your team

Deadline to enter is noon, Tuesday, Oct. 9. Register online. For more details, call Student Activities at 817-272-2963 or Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.

The Bed Races are sponsored by Campus Recreation and EXCEL Campus Activities.

'Mix & Mingle 101' is chance to practice social etiquette

Learn how to network in a professional setting at the "Mix & Mingle 101," at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Learn to balance your appetizers and drink in one hand, choose the correct fork to use at a formal dinner, and converse with other professionals during your job hunt. Practice you mingling skills with the help of local professionals.

Reservations and business professional attire are required. Register and receive a free ticket by noon Friday, Sept. 21, at the Career Center in Room 216 in Davis Hall.

For questions, call 817-272-2932 or email

Fresh Pix Pie Five Pizza

Pizza pie

Pie Five Pizza Co. is the first restaurant to open in the College Park District. Several more eateries will open in the coming months.


National Hazing Prevention Week

Show your awareness of hazing prevention and learn a few new things during National Hazing Prevention Week Monday-Friday, Sept. 24-28.

The goal is to prevent hazing through strong educational efforts, diligent policy enforcement, and comprehensive and ongoing efforts on campus and within all organizations.

Tweet all week for a chance to win a Kindle Reader. If at least 100 students tweet about hazing prevention, one will be selected to win a reader. Use the hashtag #MavericksAgainstHazing.

Become a Maverick Against Hazing by signing the commitment banner noon-1 p.m. each day on the University Center mall. The first 150 to sign will receive a free Hazing Prevention Week t-shirt.

Lunch and Learn at the bystander intervention discussion noon-1 p.m. Wednesday. Free pizza, soft drinks, and T-shirts are for the first 50 in attendance. The event is hosted by the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention peer educators.

Mavericks Against Hazing Volleyball Night is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Maverick Activities Center. Free T-shirts are for the first 100 into the game. Student organizations will compete to have the most members in attendance. The winner will receive a prize from the Office of Student Governance and Organizations. Student admission is $3.

For more information, contact Cheyenne Hernandez at 817-272-0768.

Group counseling sessions open to students

Counseling Services offers two types of counseling groups aimed at helping students learn about relationships and coping with college life.

Let's Talk Interpersonal Therapy has two groups. One meets 2-3 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 24, and the other 3-4 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 25. Contacts are Bruce Bower for the Monday group and Anita Varghese for the Tuesday one.

A five-week group to gain coping strategies to navigate college life meets 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays starting Oct. 3. Contact Yolanda Fraser.

To register or for questions, call 817-272-3671.

  Fresh Pix Study Abroad Fair

Across the sea

Karl Petruso, right, dean of the Honors College, discusses studying in Scotland with Kaylee Grubbs, biology freshman, during the Study Abroad Fair last week on the library mall.

Enjoy a 'Night on the Town' Friday

Enjoy an evening of fun, good food, and great music while exploring downtown Arlington's businesses and destinations during UT Arlington Night on the Town on Friday, Sept. 21.

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. with a mixer and wraps up with specials at local restaurants. Browse the Information Fair booths to learn more about events and dining options in College Town UTA.

The highlight is a free concert at Levitt Pavilion. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. with American Creatures, followed by Stars Go Dim at 8 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held at Arlington Music Hall. The event is sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities, the UT Arlington Alumni Association, and College Town UTA.

Campus Fire and Safety Report provides annual crime statistics

The 2012 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report, which includes crime statistics for the previous three years, is available from the UT Arlington Police Department.

The report includes crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UT Arlington, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies about campus security.

Fire data for the past three years from the Environmental Health and Safety office is also part of the report.

The 2012 Annual Campus Fire and Safety Report is available online or by emailing

Fresh Pix hispanic fiesta

Everybody loves a fiesta

Gabriela Hernandez, left, criminal justice sophomore, looks from underneath her sombrero to hand cultural literature to Carina Garcia, nursing sophomore, at the Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta on Monday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Register now for nonstop action at Cyclethon for World Heart Day

Put the pedal to the metal—and the mettle—for the Cyclethon for World Heart Day. Together with your teammates you must keep your bike pedaling noon-midnight Monday, Sept. 24, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Teams of five to 20 members must have someone riding the entire 12 hours. Don't have a team? Sign up as a free agent. Cost is $25 per team with funds donated to the American Heart Association.

Registration packets are available at the MAC Information and Services Desk. For more information, call 817-272-3277 or email

Survey invites sustainability feedback

Want to have a say in UT Arlington’s sustainability efforts?

Take a brief, nine-question sustainability survey and provide feedback on economic, cultural, and environmental topics.

Check List


Through Thursday, Sept. 27

Freshman progress report grades available in My Mav Student Center.

Freshman progress reports online

Early progress reports are available through My Mav as soon as they are entered through Thursday, Sept. 27. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss your progress and explore campus resources.

University College to open late Monday

University College will open at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Students should plan ahead to ensure that they are able to make use of any services needed. Additional late opening dates include Thursday, Oct. 4, and Monday, Nov. 26.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the fall semester is available online. To print your verification, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Sportswriter Frank Deford to speak Tuesday

Frank Deford

Legendary sportswriter and novelist Frank Deford opens the fifth season of the Maverick Speakers Series Tuesday, Sept. 25, with a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Texas Hall.

With a 50-year tenure at Sports Illustrated, Deford is a senior contributing writer. As a commentator, he appears regularly on National Public Radio and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He has authored 17 novels, and his latest is Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.

General admission tickets are free, and the lectures are open to the public.

A Premium Seating package is available for $25 for any of the lectures. The package includes a front-of-the-house seat, reserved parking near the venue, front-of-the-line access to book signings, and more. Premium Seating packages are available exclusively at As in previous seasons, free general admission tickets also may be obtained through the website. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in either College Park Center or Texas Hall.

Tickets are available online for ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts, who speaks Thursday, Oct. 4, at Texas Hall.

See more information on the 2012-13 Maverick Speakers Series schedule.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

MAC's 5th Birthday Celebrate the fifth year of the Maverick Activities Center. Free. 4 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Student Affairs, Campus Recreation.

Clavier Series Piano Recital Features UT Arlington piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Rick Bogard

Faculty Trumpet Recital Rick Bogard, right, associate professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Levitt Pavilion The Kildares, 7:30 p.m. Also Stars Go Dim, 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21; Cas Haley, 6:30 p.m., and Josh Weathers and the True Endeavors, 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22; Byron Stripling and the UTA Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Free. Abram at Pecan streets, downtown Arlington. Levitt Pavilion.

Friday, Sept. 21

Oozeball Mud volleyball in the 23rd Annual Oozeball Tournament. Free. Noon, corner of Summit Avenue and West Fourth Street, south of Greek Row. Benefits the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship. Student Alumni Association, Campus Recreation.

UT Arlington Night on the Town Explore downtown Arlington at the second annual UT Arlington Night on the Town. Start the evening at a mixer, then head to the Levitt Pavilion for performances by American Creatures and Stars Go Dim while getting to know your college town at the Information Fair. Wrap up the night enjoying specials in participating downtown restaurants. College Town UTA, EXCEL Campus Activities, Alumni Association.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Observe the Moon Night Join the Planetarium and the Texas Astronomical Society for International Observe the Moon Night, weather permitting. Free. 7-10 p.m., Planetarium.

Vintage Market Fundraiser for Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 133, Maverick Activities Center. Movin’ Mavs.

Monday, Sept. 24

World Heart Day Cyclethon Donate to teams spinning nonstop to raise money for the American Heart Association. Noon-midnight, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, assistant professor of music, will play Beethoven's Op. 109, Brahms' Op. 119, and pieces from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus by Massiaen. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Carnaval: Dancing with Mavericks Dance the night away at a street jam featuring a live DJ. Join the masquerade with stilt-walkers, dancers, interactive booths, crafts, and giveaways. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free. 6:30 p.m. University Center Mall; rainsite is Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Coming up

Maverick Speakers Series: Frank Deford ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts speaks on "An Insider's View of Washington, D.C." Free, but tickets required. Premium seating $25. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

TobyMac Christian recording artist with special guests Chris August and Jamie Grace, along with the Diverse City Band. Tickets $15-$40. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, College Park Center. College Park Center, 817-272-9595.

Flo Rida Tickets available to UT Arlington students, faculty, and staff only through Wednesday, Sept. 19; to public 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Tickets $35-$80; four ticket limit. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, College Park Center, 817-272-9595.


Mindful Moments Take a break with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 205, Health Services Center. Health Services.

Texas Rangers Baseball Get discount tickets for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password MAVS12 for designated games through Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Gallery 76102: Power Grid Greg Bahr and Josh Fletcher offer critical scrutiny of power structures in their art exhibit. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Gallery 76102. Through Saturday, Sept. 29. Fort Worth Center.

The Gallery at UTA: The State of Drawing Group exhibition showcasing drawing by artists living and working in Texas. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Fine Arts Building. Through Saturday, Oct. 6. The Gallery at UTA.

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


Tuesday, Sept. 18

Healthy Skin Tour Have your skin checked by a dermatologist and find answers for your skin questions at the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour trailer. Free. 1-4 p.m., Library Mall. Also noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. Health Services.

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

Health and Safety Awareness Explore how to stay healthy in college. Free. 2 p.m., Room 106, College Hall. University College, Success Series.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Pre-Law Center and Legal Studies Center Open House Features members of AT&T legal staff, which is partnering with UT Arlington to help prepare students for law school and the practice of law. Free. Noon, Room 002, University Hall. Pre-Law Center.

Express Yourself and Feel Good About It Learn how to be assertive, express yourself more effectively, and improve self-esteem. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Counseling Services.

General Study Skills Learn effective study skills specific to your individual learning style. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. University College, Success Series.

Student Veteran Workshop: Improving Time Management Discover how to manage your time and the expectations of college. Free. 2 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College.

Job Fair Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Career Center.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Major Exploration for Transfers Information and resources to help you select a major. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Community Partner Breakfast Connect with nonprofit organizations that need you. Wright Lassiter, chancellor of Dallas County Community College District, is guest speaker. Register. Free. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for Community Service Learning.

Laura Mydiarz

Landing Your Dream Job or Internship 
This webinar shows you how to research, find, and apply for a federal internship or job. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room 010, University Hall. Career Center.

Biology Colloquium Series Laura Mydlarz, right, assistant professor of biology, discusses "Understanding the Natural Variability in Coral Immunity and Disease." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Monday, Sept. 24

History of Homosexual Persecution in the Holocaust Douglas Klahr, associate professor of architecture, is guest speaker. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally Program, Multicultural Affairs.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Advising Policies Not sure how to declare a major or if you should drop a class? Find out all you need to know about advising and polices. Free. 1-2 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Event Planning 101 Learn tips and procedures for planning a successful event for your student organization. Pizza served. Drawing for a free bowling party for your organization at Bowling & Billiards. Free. Noon-1 p.m., San Saba Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Governance and Organizations.

Managing Study Time Discover how to balance work, school, and a social life by prioritizing and budgeting study time. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 101, College Hall 101. University College, Success Series.

Manage Your Time and the First Year at UT Arlington Explore how to create a plan to balance all of your obligations as you transition into your first year of college. Free. 12:40 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. University College, Success Series.

Friday, Sept. 28

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop Series Michael Roner, associate professor of biology, discusses “The Ethics of Animal Research.” Lunch provided. Register. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Responsible Conduct of Research.

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

Sports Notes
  Hannah Nilsson

Fast pace: Hannah Nilsson placed second to help the UT Arlington women’s cross country team win the title at the Louisiana Tech Mook 4 on Saturday.

Cross country sweeps titles at Louisiana Tech

The Maverick men’s and women's cross country teams both finished first Saturday at the Louisiana Tech Mook 4 in Ruston, La.

For the second straight week, the men took the top five places as freshman Virgilio Martinez won his second collegiate race in two tries.

On the women's side, sophomore Hannah Nilsson paced the Mavericks to the team title with a second-place individual finish.

The Mavericks return to action Friday, Sept. 28, at the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.

Volleyball opens WAC play with win

The volleyball team won its first Western Athletic Conference match with a 3-1 victory at Louisiana Tech on Sunday.

The Mavericks are now 5-8 overall and 1-0 in the WAC. They play conference matches at Denver on Thursday, Sept. 20, and at New Mexico State on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Golfers finish second at Kiawah Island

The golf team finished second at the Invitational at Kiawah last week in its first tournament of the fall season at Kiawah Island, S.C.

Senior Paul McConnell tied for eighth individually with a three-day score of 225.

The Mavericks return to the links Sept. 24-25 at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational hosted by the University of Colorado.

Billiards tournament entries due today

Entries for the intramural billiards tournament are due today, Tuesday, Sept. 18. Play begins at 7 p.m. in Bowling and Billiards at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Other upcoming entry deadlines include softball, Wednesday, Sept. 19; table tennis, Monday, Sept. 24; and the ultimate disc tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 26.

For more information, see Intramural Sports.

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