For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville, Ellis Marsalis perform tonight for Maverick Speakers Series

Grammy Award-winning musician Aaron Neville brings his inimitable voice and timeless lyrics to College Park Center to wrap up the 2012-13 Maverick Speakers Series.

Neville will be joined by music legend Ellis Marsalis in "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends" at 7:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 2, at College Park Center. The evening features performances and a question-and-answer session.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets may be obtained at

A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Neville has been making music for five decades and released his latest project, My True Story, earlier this month. The selections range from pop to R&B and soul, and he collaborated with music giants such as the Drifters (“Under the Boardwalk”), and the Imperials (“Tears on My Pillow”).

My True Story represents the culmination of Neville’s career, which includes solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers.

Marsalis, also a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, is one of the most respected pianists in jazz. In 2011 he was honored with the opening of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in Musicians’ Village in New Orleans. Each of his four sons is a jazz musician, including noted performers Branford and Wynton Marsalis.


President James D. Spaniolo

Spaniolo to speak for Last Lecture Series

President James D. Spaniolo shares his thoughts as this year's guest speaker in the Last Lecture Series.

The free lecture is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The series is based on inspirational Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He gave his last lecture in 2007, asking students to live life to the fullest and to consider their legacy.

The series came to UT Arlington in 2011 when Alan Saxe, associate professor of political science, gave his “last lecture” followed by Victoria Farrar-Myers, professor of political science, in 2012.

Spaniolo, who retires in May, became UT Arlington’s seventh president in February 2004. His administration is widely credited for dramatically lifting and improving the profile of the University, boosting enrollment, increasing research expenditures, recruiting new faculty, assembling a strong executive team, strengthening the academic profile, leading online and international education programs, and constructing major new facilities.

International Week 2013

International Week features food, fashion

The International Student Organization presents the 36th annual International Week this week with approximately 20 different student-led nationality organizations participating in the week-long celebration.

The Food Fair features cuisine from around the world made by international students 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 2, on the University Center mall. Tickets are 25 cents each, with a meal costing about $5.

An international Fashion Show displays ethnic clothing and costumes 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

A talent show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Cultural exhibits created by the students are on display noon-2 p.m. Monday, and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

  Fresh Pix Jeff Corwin

Heart to heart

Conservationist Jeff Corwin shared his heart-felt thoughts about climate change and endangered species at the Maverick Speakers Series on Wednesday at College Park Center. The author of 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species, Corwin is the host of the Animal Planet's TV show The Jeff Corwin Experience.

Victorian, steampunk costumes perfect for 'Dancing at the Moulin Rouge'

Enter a reincarnation of the turn-of-the-century Moulin Rouge and dance the night away 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, April 6, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

An Evening in Paris: Dancing at the Moulin Rouge” features a Steampunk/Victorian Moulin Rouge-themed costume contest at 9:30 with first, second, and third prizes, refreshments, and a DJ.

Ticket holders will have unlimited entries to a 10-person photo booth with props. Show your student ID at the door. Tickets are free at the circulation desks of all library locations.

Tickets available for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers

Join the gang for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers when the Texas Rangers play the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, April 8, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Block seating is available for the UT Arlington community at $10 per ticket. Follow the directions at

Pre-game festivities start at approximately 6:45 p.m. when a UT Arlington representative throws out the first pitch. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Positions open in Multicultural Affairs

Multicultural Affairs has several paid and volunteer positions available. For job descriptions and applications, visit

Fresh Pix ACES 2013

Research post

Jessica Twi Nguyen, biochemistry junior, displays her research poster for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium Wednesday in the E.H. Hereford University Center. ACES showcases the best of students' research and creativity. Undergraduate and graduate students worked with faculty mentors to create abstracts for poster and oral presentations.


'Biggest Loser' contestant shares story

Tracey Yukich, a contestant on NBC’s TV show, The Biggest Loser, shares her story at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

On the show, Yukich went from 250 pounds to 132 pounds. She will discuss her experience, recovery, and motivation to help encourage long-term, healthy behaviors. Her experiences, challenges, and successes will motivate you to begin thinking about a lifelong pursuit of health and wellness.

Her free appearance is part of the MavWell/LiveWell program at the MAC.

For more information, email

Volunteer now for The Big Event

Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 27.

The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.

Discover more about how The Big Event impacts North Texas at Learn how to participate and see a list of project sites.

For questions, call 817-272-2963 or email

  Fresh Pix Swap meet

Swap meet

Margaret Ataee, biology junior, trades for a Maverick T-shirt from Roy Rucker, finance junior and a UTA Ambassador, at the last MavSwap of the semester. The Ambassadors donate shirts from other schools to a nonprofit in Fort Worth.

Submit images for the Library's Maverick Lens series

Images are needed for a new annual photo exhibit that reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington.

Each year The Maverick Lens series will have a different theme and solicit photographs from students, staff, and faculty for a framed art exhibit at the Central Library. Submissions will be juried by a committee of staff, faculty, and students.

"Views From the Library" is the inaugural theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UT Arlington Library. Submission deadline is Sunday, April 21. The exhibit will run Sept. 3, 2013-April 26, 2014.

Read more about The Maverick Lens.

Peer educators needed for fall

The University College Learning Center is looking for motivated students to become peer educators for the fall semester.

Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses, with at least a 3.0 GPA (cumulative), 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. Available positions for peer educators include one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders.

Learn more at

Fresh Pix Health Fair

Healthy discussion

Taneisha Badget, left, social work sophomore, and Akilah Ellis, nursing freshman, discuss cholesterol with Marcus Dinkins, film/video sophomore, at the Go Red for Women Health Fair, part of Women's History Month.


Tuition raffle tickets available

Take a chance in the Alumni Association Tuition Drawing. Grand prize is $2,500 for tuition.

To be eligible for the drawing, you must be enrolled as a full-time student at UT Arlington for spring 2013.

Tickets are $5 each or six for $25 for the chance to win $2,500, $1,500, or $500 for tuition. Proceeds benefit the UT Arlington Alumni Association scholarship fund. Buy tickets by Monday, April 15.

Winners will be drawn at the SpringFest/Block Party on Thursday, April 18.

Contact the Alumni Association at 817-272-2594.

Police escort service available any time

The UT Arlington Police Department offers escort service at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 817-272-3381.

Maverick Ride is available to students, faculty, and staff from 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays until 3 a.m. and is operated by students working with the campus police. The escort will take you to your car, residence hall, or nearby apartment complex. Off-campus complexes served include Campus Edge, Maverick Place, and Midtown.

Check List


Friday, April 5

Last day to request a master’s exam/dissertation defense and submit a copy to your supervising committee

Monday, April 22

Last day to hold a master’s exam/dissertation defense and submit a copy of your thesis/dissertation to the Office of Graduate Studies for a first mechanical check

Registration under way for summer and fall 2013

Priority registration for the 2013 summer and fall terms is under way.

The registration timetable is based on the number of hours you have passed. Your first available date to register is shown in your MyMav Student Center. Find more information online.

You may need to see your academic adviser for registration clearance and advising before you can register. This information also is displayed in your MyMav Student Center. If your academic department requires that you be advised, you will see an academic department service indicator (DEP hold) under the Holds section. A list of academic advising offices is online.

The schedule of classes is online.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the spring 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

Good Night, Desdemona/Good Morning, Juliet


The Maverick Theatre Company presents the uproarious comedy, Good Night, Desdemona/Good Morning, Juliet Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7, at the Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

This hilarious play explores the story of Constance Ledbelly, a young English literature professor who suddenly finds herself in the imaginary world of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, interacting with characters such as Romeo, Juliet, Desdemona, and Othello.

Joe Chapa, associate professor of theatre arts, directs the production. Tiffany Cromwell, theatre arts junior, serves as stage manager.

Above are, from left, sophomores Samantha Fields as Desdemona and Katherine Weekley as Constance with freshman Rachel Glass as Juliet. Other cast members include juniors Travis Fant, Joshua Cummins, and Brendon James Bradley.

Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors and $10 for the general public.

Due to language and content, the production is recommended for adult audiences.

Tuesday, April 2

International Week Food Fair Try authentic, traditional foods from around the world prepared by international student organizations. Tickets 25 cents each; meal about $5. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall. International Education.

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. North Texas. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Oklahoma Christian. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark, and 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, QuikTrip Park. Also vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6; and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7, Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Zumbathon Dance the night away while raising money and awareness for domestic violence. All proceeds benefit Safe Haven of Tarrant County. Zumba-certified instructors lead dances throughout the evening. Giveaways and snacks available. $5 with student ID; cash only. Registration 5 p.m.; dance 6-8 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, Relationship Violence Sexual Assault Prevention.

Maverick Speakers Series Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis present "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends." Free, but tickets required. Premium reserved seating $25. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Wednesday, April 3

International Week Fashion Show See traditional and modern clothing from around the world modeled by UTA students. Free. 7-10 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education.

Thursday, April 4


Kansas Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for the Kansas concert Saturday, June 1, at College Park Center.

Friday, April 5

Guest Artists Recital Visiting Spanish pianists Carles Lama and Sofia Cabruja, right, perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday Night Movie: D'jango Unchained Free popcorn; other concessions available. $1 cash, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, April 6

7th Annual Alumni and Friends Picnic Bring the family for fellowship, a bounce house, food, games, kids’ activities, music, and giveaways. Dress in your best Maverick spirit attire for the Most Spirited Maverick and the Most Spirited Future Maverick (17 and under) competition. Prizes will be awarded. $5 Alumni Association members; $10 non-members; children under 7 free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Doug Russell Park. Rain site E.H. Hereford University Center. Register. Alumni Association.

Sunday, April 7

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Seattle. Free. 10 a.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Trombone Choir Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, April 8

Voice Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, April 9

Music Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington Explore the growth and development of the University and its relationship with the city. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 27. Sixth floor, Central Library, Special Collections.

Planetarium See what it takes to become an astronaut and the effect space has on the human body in Astronaut. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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

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Tuesday, April 2

Editing and Revising Understand the differences between editing and revising and learn how editing and revising can improve writing projects. Bring a draft or a previously graded writing assignment. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 411, Central Library. Writing Center.

Healthy Lifestyles: Avoiding the College 15 Discover ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Graduate Admissions and Financial Resources Workshop Learn about how to apply, general admission processes, ways to seek financial assistance, and graduate student services. Free. 6-7 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Graduate Studies.

Wednesday, April 3

The Water Supply for North Texas: Where Does (and Will) It Come From? Alan Plummer Jr. examines regional water resources and the planning process that defines how future needs will be met. He also will discuss the importance of water efficiency practices such as water conservation and water reuse. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Food for Thought: Staying Fit and Well for a Lifetime Discover nutrition and fitness tips to better understand how to keep your body healthy, strong, and physically active from young adulthood to an elderly age. Look at the body in a more scientific way and plan and program exercise and eating habits to achieve a fitness goal safely and in minimal time. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

African American Students and Public Education in Texas: The K-12 Context Ifeoma Amah, assistant professor of education, examines bridging the gap between educational equity, student access, and achievement. Free. Noon, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

Monday, April 8

How Do We Supply the World's Energy Needs? Derrick Abbott of the University of Adelaide, Australia, expands our vision to consider energy supply on a massive scale. Collaboration between electrical engineers, economists, and chemical engineers could potentially provide solutions to power the world. Free. 5-7 p.m. Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

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

Sports Notes
  Greg McCall

Clutch hitting: Greg McCall singled home two runs in the 14th inning of game two as the Mavericks went on to sweep a three-game series at Louisiana Tech last weekend. McCall had five hits and drove in seven runs in the series.

Baseball returns home after sweep

A three-game sweep at Louisiana Tech last weekend helped the Maverick baseball team remain tied for first place in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Mavericks, 5-1 in the WAC and 15-12 overall, host Oklahoma Christian at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 2, at Clay Gould Ballpark, and at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie before resuming WAC play Friday-Sunday, April 5-7, against Cal State Bakersfield at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Women's tennis wins pair of WAC matches

The women’s tennis team won two of three in a series of Western Athletic Conference matches at San Marcos last week.

The Mavericks, 3-2 in the WAC and 4-9 overall, defeated Texas State and Seattle before losing to San Jose State. They close out the home season against North Texas at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 2, at the UTA Tennis Center, before going to San Antonio for four conference matches this weekend.

Martin second in decathlon at Texas Relays

Romain Martin led the men’s track team with a second-place finish in the decathlon in the Texas Relays last week at Austin.

Sydney Hampton paced the women’s team by placing third in the 1500-meter run.

The Mavericks return to action Friday, April 5, at the Texas State Invitational in San Marcos.

Softball swept at Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech swept three games from the Maverick softball team last weekend in Ruston, La.

The losses dropped the Mavericks to 2-4 in the Western Athletic Conference and 17-16 overall. They continue WAC play this weekend with a three-game series against New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M.

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