For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kal Penn

Political activist, actor Kal Penn speaks at Graduation Celebration

Actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn will give this year’s keynote address at Graduation Celebration honoring the Class of 2013.

Graduation Celebration is set for Friday, May 10, at the Levitt Pavilion in Founder’s Square, 100 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with live music and free food. The formal program starts at 8 p.m.

The outdoor, end-of-the-year celebration is open to the public. Also on the program are President James D. Spaniolo and Rene Grimes, an education graduate student, who will represent the Class of 2013.

Penn, 35, is well known for his starring roles in House, 24, and the popular Harold & Kumar movie series. But Penn, the son of Indian immigrants, stopped his acting career midstream to work full time in politics.

In 2009 he joined the Obama administration as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused on work related to increasing financial aid for college students and other related initiatives.

In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive.

Read more about Kal Penn and Graduation Celebration.

New center to offer support to students in addiction recovery

The Center for Students in Recovery will open in the fall to provide support, resources, and a safe environment for students who are recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction.

The center will offer recovery coaching, programming, sober social activities, and mentorship for students across the campus. Operated under the Division of Student Affairs, the center will be funded in part by a $100,000 grant from the UT System Board of Regents.

“We are pleased to be able to start a student in recovery program to meet the wellness needs of our students that present with alcohol and drug concerns,” says Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.

Students, faculty, staff, and community businesses that want to partner with the Center for Students in Recovery are invited to attend a reception 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Read more about the Center for Students in Recovery.

Tim Halperin

Tim Halperin

15th annual Block Party adds zip to spring

Instead of getting tied in knots over classes, add a little zip to the spring semester at the 15th annual Block Party starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, on the University Center mall.

The Human Pretzel and a zip line are among the fun times planned, along with a Velcro wall, an obstacle course, and a dunking booth.

Music headlines the evening with Fort Worth musician and former American Idol contestant Tim Halperin, DJ Avi, and the Battle for the Block winner, The Breakfast Machine.

For dinner, find free hot dogs and food trucks with cuisine for purchase.

University Events, Apartment and Residence Life, and EXCEL Campus Activities host the shindig.

Student elections continue today

Ballots are available today for student elections for Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, as well as Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives.

Students can vote 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the University Center Gallery of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Earth Day 2013

Celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday

Celebrate People and Planet is a healthy theme for UT Arlington’s Earth Day Celebration 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, on the University Center mall.

Good Karma Kitchen food truck will offer a spicy Asian lettuce wrap and a drink for $2. Free herb plants will be available while they last. Earth Day T-shirts are $10. Vendors will display their environmental messages and perform demonstrations.

Drop off your electronic waste at the Techway Services truck. Recyclable electronics include computers, computer accessories, printers, fax machines, stereos, cellphones, televisions, toner cartridges, appliances, VCRs, batteries, and more.

The Office of Sustainability hosts the celebration. The office's initiatives include a low-cost car sharing program and water bottle filling stations. The campus has undergone energy-efficiency upgrades and installed electric car charging stations.

Read about the Earth Day Network's project "The Face of Climate Change."

Last Lecture Series tonight features President Spaniolo

President James D. Spaniolo shares his thoughts for the Last Lecture Series at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Admission is free.

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.

Spaniolo, who retires in May, became UT Arlington’s seventh president in February 2004. His administration is credited with improving the University's profile, 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.

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Outstanding honors

From left, Heather Bass, biology senior; Omar Sandoval, information systems junior; and Phuong Pham, biology senior, received awards and scholarships at the Outstanding Student Employee Awards dinner last week. Bass, who works in the Biology Department, was named Student Employee of the Year. Sandoval, Business Services, received the Outstanding Student Employee Award, and Pham, Health Services, took home the Distinguished Student Employee Award. Twenty other student employees also were honored.


University to offer online programs with 10 Latin American colleges

Beginning in May, UT Arlington will offer five certificate programs to Latin American, post-secondary students, including a new Certificate in Public Health, in partnership with the Ilumno Network.

Professional certificates developed by the Division of Enterprise Development will be offered in global supply chain management; Internet marketing; entrepreneurship and leadership; and project management. The public health program developed by the College of Nursing is the college’s first venture into Latin America.

The Ilumno Network is composed of 10 higher education institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru with more than 260,000 students and alumni.

Read more about the Latin American online program.

Vote early on campus for May elections

UT Arlington is an early voting site for the May 11 election. The polling site will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30-Thursday, May 2, in the Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

To vote early on campus, you must be registered to vote in Tarrant County and must present identification such as a voter registration certificate, driver's license, birth certificate, passport, U.S. citizenship papers, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document.

For more information on early voting, see and Tarrant County elections.

Contact Student Congress at 817-272-0556 with any questions.

Dr. Michael Ward

Dr. Michael Ward

Focus on Faculty looks at video game violence

Economics Professor Michael R. Ward discusses violence—virtual and actual—at the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, April 17, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. Ward summarizes the existing research methodologies, the results they yield, and the criticisms leveled against each one. In particular, he presents his own research findings on the subject.

A reception follows the talk.

See past Focus on Faculty events on YouTube.

Deadline nears for submissions to Library's Maverick Lens series

Submit images for the "Views From the Library" photo exhibit by Sunday, April 21.

"Views From the Library" is the inaugural theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UT Arlington Library.

The exhibit is part of the new The Maverick Lens art exhibit at the Central Library. Read more about The Maverick Lens.

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Pitchin' pals

Blaze and President James D. Spaniolo listen to advice from Texas Rangers first base coach Dave Anderson and Rangers Captain at UT Arlington Night at the Rangers on April 8 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Spaniolo threw out the first pitch, his last as UT Arlington president. He is retiring May 31.


Enjoy Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets

UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS13 to get your discounted tickets.

Apply for peer educator jobs for fall

Students can apply to become peer educators by Tuesday, April 30, with the University College Learning Center.

Peer educators are needed in paid positions for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders.

Undergraduates and graduate students can apply for these student jobs, which provide flexible hours.

Learn more at

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

Positions open in Multicultural Affairs

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

Check List


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

'Vagina Monologues' opens Thursday

Vagina Monologues

Eve Ensler's award-winning, humorous, and honest play about women's bodies comes to campus this week to benefit The Women's Center of Tarrant County.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and Saturday, April 20, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Dianna Sites, theatre arts senior, directs with Josh Jacobs as stage manager.

The cast of undergraduate and graduate students includes many theatre arts majors but also chemistry, business, social work, and urban and public affairs students. Cast members are Olivia Aigbogun, Jehnna Alexander, Brittnee Anderson, Anna Marie Boyd, Lindsey Campbell, Ashley Clyde, Tiffany Cromwell, Montana Ford, Toni C. Garner, Courtney Gowdz, Nejay Johnson, Kavya Kartik, Alyse Sefchik, Alexandria Siprian, Kelly Stewart, Jailene Torres, Tran Tran, and Chasity Willis.

This play contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences only.

Tickets $5 faculty, staff, students; $10 general public. Cash at door.

Women's and Gender Studies and Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention sponsor the event.

Tuesday, April 16

Student Elections Vote for Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, as well as Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Governance and Organizations.

Last Lecture Series President James D. Spaniolo shares his thoughts as this year's guest speaker. After nine years leading UT Arlington, he will retire in May. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Baseball Mavericks vs. TCU. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Think Fast Game Show Wireless connections make everyone in the audience a contestant in the interactive trivia game. Top prizes are $200, $100, and $50. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Clavier Series Piano Recital A recital featuring piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, April 17

Guest Artists Piano Recital Performance by Alex McDonald of Texas Woman's University and one of the 30 contestants in the upcoming Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, April 18

Block Party The Block Party provides an end-of-year celebration with live music, a DJ, and the winner of the Battle for the Block competition. Includes carnival-style treats, games, and activities. Free. 6 p.m., University Center mall. University Events, Apartment and Residence Life.

Friday, April 19


Friends of the Library Bill Neal, author of Vengeance Is Mine: The Scandalous Love Triangle That Triggered The Boyce-Sneed Feud, is guest speaker. Free. 7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Saturday, April 20

Wind Symphony Concert The Wind Symphony performs with Douglas Stotter as conductor and John Solomons as soloist. Tickets $3 students, seniors; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Sunday, April 21

Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert The UT Arlington Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band are conducted by John Zastoupil. Free. 3:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, April 22

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Kansas Kansas concert Saturday, June 1, College Park Center.


Fine Lines-When Contemplating

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.

Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. Shown, When Contemplating the Multiplicity of Nature by Amy Herzel. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

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 16

Nanofab Speaker Series Emanuel Tutuc speaks on "Electron Transport and Strain Mapping in Ge-SixGe1-x Core-Shell Nanowire Heterostructures." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 108, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Wednesday, April 17

Focus on Faculty Michael Ward, professor of economics, discusses "What Effect Does Video Game Violence Have on Actual Violence?" Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

CMAS Distinguished Lecture Jacqueline Maria Hagan of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents "Migration Miracle: Hope, Faith, and Meaning in the Undocumented Journey." Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Transatlantic History Speaker Series Alan Gallay of Texas Christian University is guest speaker. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 321, University Hall. History.

Physics Colloquium Series Csaba Janaky of the University of Szeged, Hungary, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 116, University Hall. Physics.

Suicide Prevention Learn about the warning signs, clues, and communications of people who may be considering suicide and how to intervene with at-risk individuals. Register. Free. 5-7 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Counseling Services.

Thursday, April 18

Center for Theory Colloquia Robert LaRue, English graduate teaching assistant, speaks on “The Revolutionary Body: A Look at the Occupy Movement.” Free. Noon, Room 432, University Hall. Center for Theory, Liberal Arts.

GIS Workshop: Basic Python Scripting for ArcGIS Python is an intuitive scripting language that can be used to automate many geoprocessing functions within ArcGIS. Learn the basics of creating a Python script, become familiar with the native Python environment IDLE, and learn how to call geoprocessing functions into scripts. Some understanding of ArcMap is needed, but no programming knowledge is required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Prince Among Slaves

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Prince Among Slaves The film Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, a prince in his homeland who was forced into bondage and became a slave in Mississippi. After 40 years, he regained his freedom and became a national celebrity. A group discussion will follow the film. Free. 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library, Muslim Student Association.

Nanofab Speakers Series Donald P. Butler speaks on "Flexible MEMS Sensors." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 108, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Silas Cook of Indiana University-Bloomington speaks on "The Search for Efficiency in Synthesis." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Biology Colloquium Series Jeremy Brown speaks on "Models, Genomes, and Trees: Next-Generation Studies of Phylogenetics." Free. 4-5 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, April 19

Major Exploration Free. Noon, Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Probability and Statistics Seminar Yang Xie of UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas speaks on "Identify and Validate Gene Expression Markers for Prognosis and Response to Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Lung Cancer Patients." Free. 2 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Joseph A. Loo of the University of California-Los Angeles speaks on "Applying Native Mass Spectrometry for Defining Protein Interactions Important in Biology and Medicine." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Vassilis Papanicolaou of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, speaks on "The Special Transmission Eigenvalues." Free. 3 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

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

Sports Notes
Krista Gerlich

New Maverick: New women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich will meet the media and others at noon today, Tuesday, April 16, in the hospitality suite at College Park Center.


Women's basketball coach named

Krista Gerlich has been named the head women's basketball coach, Athletics Director Jim Baker announced Thursday. Gerlich spent the last seven seasons as the head coach at West Texas A&M University.

"We're extremely excited to begin a new era of Mavericks' basketball under the leadership of Krista Gerlich," Baker says. "Krista has been a winner every place she's been and at every level. She won a national championship as a player at Texas Tech under legendary coach Marsha Sharp and has continued to win ever since. We are confident in Krista's ability to take our program to the next level."

Gerlich will be introduced at a news conference at noon today, Tuesday, April 16, in the hospitality suite at College Park Center.

Read more about Gerlich's appointment.

Baseball tied for first place in WAC, hosts TCU tonight

The Mavericks completed a weekend sweep of Western Athletic Conference opponent San Jose State with a 9-7 win Sunday at Clay Gould Ballpark. UT Arlington improves to 20-15 overall and 9-3 in the conference.

"The fact that we're now tied for first will help a lot as we face Seattle at their place next weekend," UT Arlington head baseball coach Darin Thomas says. "We just need to keep playing."

John Michael Twichell went 3-for-4 with four RBIs on the day.

The Mavericks face TCU at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 16, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Track athletes claim firsts at East Texas Invitational

UT Arlington took just a half-dozen athletes to the East Texas Invitational, hosted by Texas A&M-Commerce, but all six came back with first-place finishes at the Saturday meet.

For the men, Brandon Waller recorded the second-best long jump mark in the WAC this season to win the competition. Branko Petrovic won in the shot put, and Bozidar Antunovic took first in the discus.

On the women's side, Gabriela Alfonzo won the 1500 meters, Elin Andersson claimed the 800 meters, and Johanna Nissen Karlsson took the 3000-meter steeplechase.

The Mavericks compete in the Mt. SAC and Long Beach invitationals this week on the west coast.

Softball wins finale over Texas State, heads to San Jose State

UT Arlington ended a nine-game losing streak with a walkoff sacrifice fly by Taylor Zink in the eighth inning to beat Texas State 1-0 Saturday at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks improved to 18-21 overall and 3-9 in the Western Athletic Conference by taking the finale of a three-game series.

The team's next WAC series begins Friday, April 19, at San Jose State.

Tennis heads to WAC tournament after defeats

The women’s tennis team fell 7-0 to No. 26 Tulsa on Saturday. Sophomore Verena Scott was the only Maverick to win a set as she competed at the No. 6 spot.

The women drop to 7-12 overall, but remain at 6-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. Bad weather caused the cancellation of Sunday's match against No. 28 Memphis.

The men’s tennis team lost its final regular season match 4-3 against Utah State, dropping to 7-13 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

Both teams begin WAC tournament play Thursday, April 25, in Denver.

Golf comes in at 12th in Morris Williams Invitational

UT Arlington finished 12th at the Morris Williams Invitational in Austin this past weekend.

Paul McConnell made the top 20 in the individual standings, tying for 19th.

The Western Athletic Conference Championships are Monday, April 29-Wednesday, May 1, in Las Vegas.

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In Quotes

Is high-speed rail a flight risk?

Dating in digital age a public process

Recycling an option for greenhouse gases

"Over time, as passengers get accustomed to this service, the market share will likely reach the same levels observed elsewhere as long as the station access time is the same or less than the competing airports."

"There is a big blur between public and private, and kids who have grown up with all of these tools do not always realize the difference. Nothing is as private as it once was."

"As long as we are using fossil fuels, we'll have the question of what to do with the carbon dioxide. An attractive option would be to convert greenhouse gases to liquid fuel. That's the value-added option."

— Dr. Stephen Mattingly, civil engineering professor, on high-speed rail's impact on the aviation industry.

— Dr. Mark Tremayne, assistant professor of communication, on online only relationships.
Sacramento Bee

— Dr. Krishnan Rajeshwar, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-founder of the Center for Renewable Energy, Science, and Technology, on a new methanol production process.



Editors: Teresa Newton, Jim Patterson

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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