For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kim Lemaux and Lisa Sprague

Chief candidates: Kim Lemaux, left, and Lisa Sprague, finalists for UT Arlington Police chief, will meet the campus community at open forums next week.

Police chief candidates to speak at open forums next week

Two finalists to become the next UT Arlington police chief will speak at open forums with faculty, staff, and students.

Kim Lemaux and Lisa Sprague will share their views about the campus police operations and accept questions from the audience. See their resumes on the Police Department website.

Lemaux's forum is 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in Room 245 of the Business Building. Sprague's is 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

UT Arlington Police Chief Bob Hayes retired March 31. Deputy Chief Ricardo Gomez is serving as interim police chief.

Lemaux was the first woman to be promoted to deputy chief with the Arlington Police Department. She joined the Arlington PD in 1982 as a dispatcher and has served as a patrol officer, communications training officer and supervisor, field training officer, sergeant, and lieutenant.

She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UT Arlington in 1998 and is pursing a master’s in security management from American Public University through Sam Houston State University.

Sprague is president and CEO of Sprague Security, Safety and Risk Consulting Group. She has served as police chief for Truman State University in Missouri and as associate chief of police at Florida State University.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Miami in 1979 and a master’s in criminal justice from Columbia College in Missouri in 2010.

TV Commercial

New TV ad targeted toward prospective students

The University has a new television ad that is getting significant air time and exposure in the North Texas market. The 30-second spot debuted during the NCAA Basketball Tournament and aired frequently during all games broadcast on CBS-11 and cable affiliates.

The ad is derived from the seven-minute recruitment video that's featured exclusively at the new Dan Dipert University Welcome Center.

"In creating both the Welcome Center video and this spot, we wanted to capture the energy, excitement, and diversity of UT Arlington's students," says David Johnson, associate vice president for communications and marketing in the Office of University Communications. "Our goal now is to make sure our message reaches a broad audience, particularly prospective students and their families in targeted media outlets."

In addition to the heavy saturation of airtime during the NCAA games, the ad is now running on multiple network television affiliates, during all televised Texas Rangers games, on various popular websites, and during the evening cable network programming favored by prospective students, such as Comedy Central and MTV.

It also is being featured on the digital boards and internal television networks at Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark. Later this year, it is slated to begin airing during Monday Night Football games on ESPN TV and online programming.

See something, Say something

'Say Something' awareness campaign promoted by campus police

The bombings at the Boston Marathon remind us that safety and security is a shared responsibility.

You are the most reliable source regarding anything that appears unusual. Be aware of your surroundings. Your effort makes a difference.

Learn what activities to look for and what you should do.

For an emergency or a crime in progress, use one of the Emergency Assistance Call Boxes on campus or call the UT Arlington Police at 817-272-3003. For a non-emergency, call 817-272-3381.

Beware of email spam, malware exploiting West explosion, Boston bombing

Spam and malware exploiting the West plant explosion and the Boston Marathon bombing have emerged. Do not open any suspicious links related to these subjects in any email received or on websites that are not reputable.

To learn about these issues and what to do to resolve them, visit the Information Security Office Advisory website.

Fresh Pix Block Party 2013

Twist and shout

Humaidhee Sanoon, mechanical engineering sophomore, negotiates a move on the inflated Twister game at the annual Block Party on Thursday. Weather worries caused the night of fun, games, and live music to be moved into the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Students elect new leadership

Varun Mallipaddi is the new Student Congress president after student elections last week. Mallipaddi is a finance junior and replaces Jennifer Fox, who served two terms as president.

Loan Ho, marketing junior, was voted in as vice president.

Mr. and Ms. UTA for 2013-14 are Avery Hartwell, film junior, and Melisa Gonzalez, interdisciplinary studies junior. The positions promote campus spirit and tradition.

See more election results on The Shorthorn website.

New Media, Poetry and Art Festival sparks creativity this week

A two-day National Poetry Month event provides poetry readings and discussions and art screenings 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, April 24-25, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

The free event is part of the College of Liberal Arts' Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute.

Guest poet is Rain C. Gomez, a doctoral fellow in English at the University of Oklahoma. She will speak at noon Wednesday.

A panel discussion on new media includes Ashley Miller, assistant professor of English, and Zenas Ikeda, Benjamin Lima, and Tore Terrasi, all assistant professors of art. Toni Holland, lecturer of English, will moderate the panel.

See the schedule of readings and screenings.

  Fresh Pix Outstanding Student Advisors

Great advice

Reginald Hendricks, left, Liping Tang, center, and Elise Elliot were honored as outstanding student advisers at a reception Wednesday. Hendricks, an RN-to-BSN adviser in the College of Nursing, received the Professional Staff Adviser award. Dr. Tang, professor of bioengineering in the College of Engineering, won the Graduate Faculty Adviser award. The Undergraduate Faculty Adviser award went to Elliot, a lecturer in English in the College of Liberal Arts.

The Big Event needs you Saturday

Only a few positions remain for community service during The Big Event on Saturday, April 27. Check the project sites' list to register for duty for the Cardboard Regatta cleanup and Swift Elementary School courtyard cleanup in Arlington or the Walk Stroll Roll event in Addison.

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.

For questions, call 817-272-2963 or email

Paws for Finals returns for final exams

Students, faculty, and staff who need a break filled with unconditional love can find it Monday, April 29-Wednesday, May 8, on the second floor of the Central Library.

Paws for Finals offers registered therapy dogs to help reduce stress and anxiety during final exams. Studies have shown that petting a friendly dog lowers blood pressure and stress-related hormones in the blood, slows the heart rate, regularizes breathing, and releases tension from muscles.

Paws With Partners registered therapy dog volunteer group first visited campus in December 2012. Max, Duke, and Winston return with other canine therapists 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. weekdays and 2-4 p.m. only on the weekend. Check the daily schedule.

Fresh Pix Clothesline Project

Hanging out

Karla Arenas, sociology/social work graduate student, hangs another item for the Clothesline Project at the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The Clothesline Project raises awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault. The shirts were decorated by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as a testimony to hope and healing. The exhibit is displayed through Friday, April 26, and is sponsored by the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program, where Arenas is a graduate intern.


Criminology students partner with school district to fight truancy

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is partnering with the Arlington Independent School District to try to better understand and reduce the district’s teenage truancy rates.

Jaya Davis, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, and 10 of her students are spending two to four hours a week with a school district attendance officer and assisting in home visits with truant students and their families, court preparation, and data analysis.

Under state law, a student is considered truant after missing more than three days of school within a four-week period or 10 or more days during a six-month period of the same school year. Truancy can lead to suspension, expulsion, dropping out of school, delinquency, poor self-esteem, and even legal consequences.

Read more about the truancy project.

Maverick Safety Matters' spring edition now online

Get more details about UT System changes to the workers’ compensation program and links to new forms for the IMO provider network in the spring edition of Maverick Safety Matters. Also featured are procedures for faculty, staff, and students who wear a respirator to limit their exposure to airborne contaminants.

Positions open in Multicultural Affairs

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

  Fresh Pix President James D. Spaniolo

Last lecture

President James D. Spaniolo shared some parting words before his retirement next month for the Last Lecture Series on last Tuesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

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

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.

Check List


Friday, May 3

Last day of classes

Saturday-Friday, May 4-10

Final exams

Monday, May 6

Last day to submit your approved thesis/dissertation to the Office of Graduate Studies and to submit a report of your final master’s exam/dissertation defense

Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12

Commencement ceremonies

Student Feedback Survey

Student Feedback Surveys have started

Students can begin sharing their thoughts with the end-of-term Student Feedback Surveys.

To access your surveys, check your UT Arlington MavMail account for the electronic invitation, which includes a link and password. The message is from sender “UT Arlington Student Feedback Survey (SFS).”

Surveys will be open until 11 p.m. Friday, May 3, the last class day of the spring term.

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

MavPlays showcases five original tales

Mav Plays 2013

The Maverick Theatre Company presents a festival of theater with MavPlays 2013 starting Thursday, April 25.

The festival includes:

Skin, a bewitching play about the mysterious Irish selkie legend by Hannah Kashmar;

Stuff, a series of breathtaking scenes exploring love, laughter, and heartache co-written by Steven Alan McGaw and Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer and playwright-in-residence;

Romance, a sexy, edgy comedy about relationships by Neil LaBute;

The President's Speech, a contemporary psychological thriller by Andrew Beckman

VHS Tapes and a Greyhound Bus, a story of unexpected sacrifices, by Dr. Gaupp.

Shown is a scene from VHS Tapes and a Greyhound Bus with Dennis Maher, left, associate professor of theatre arts, and Eric Smith, theatre arts junior.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Performances are in the Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Ticket are $7 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors, and $10 for the general public. Contact the box office at 817-272-2669.

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

Tuesday, April 23

Center for Students in Recovery Reception Introduction of the new Center for Students in Recovery and its services. 3-5 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Affairs.

UTA Jazz Combo Performance The UTA Jazz Combo performs. 7:30 p.m., The Grease Monkey, 200 N. Mesquite, downtown Arlington.

Wednesday, April 24

New Media, Poetry and Art Festival A two-day National Poetry Month event provides poetry readings and discussions and art screenings. See the schedule. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. Also Thursday, April 25. English, Honors College.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Arkansas-Little Rock. Tickets $3 with student ID. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Softball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6 p.m. Also, Mavericks vs. Utah State doubleheader, 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Thursday, April 25

Take Back the Night A stand against violence with a march around campus, candle lighting, posters, and more. 7 p.m., Central Library mall. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

'Call of Duty' competition Video game competition pits 100 students vying for $150 cash prize. Pizza and drinks for contestants. $5 entry fee. 5-9 p.m., second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Student Veteran Organization.

Friday, April 26

Small Painting Sale Art by advanced painting students. 4-7 p.m., Room 121, Studio Arts Center. Art and Art History.

Silver Lining Playbook

UTA Symphony Orchestra and Choir Concert A combined performance featuring the UTA Combined Choirs and the UTA Symphony Orchestra performing Schubert's G major Mass and Holst's The Planets with Clifton Evans conducting. Tickets $3 students, seniors; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Also Saturday, April 27. Music.

Friday Night Movie: Silver Linings Playbook 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.

Maverick Drum Jam Bring your favorite acoustic instruments to play and a chair. Dancing encouraged; belly dancing, Zumba, step, twirling, poi, and more. Donate items to SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Or bring donations to the Central Library, Maverick Activities Center, Health Services, or E.H. Hereford University Center. Free. 8-10 p.m., The Green at College Park. UT Arlington Library.

Saturday, April 27

The Big Event A day of community service. Volunteer for a project. The Big Event, UTA Volunteers.

Sunday, April 28

Double Reed Studio Recital A recital featuring chamber music from the oboe and bassoon studios of Rogene Russell and Scott Pool, professors of music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Mavericks host men’s and women’s teams from the Western Athletic Conference. Free Wednesday and Thursday. $12 Friday and Saturday or $20 for all sessions. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, May 8-11, Maverick Stadium. Western Athletic Conference.

Graduation Celebration Actor, producer, and political activist Kal Penn gives the keynote address. Live music, free food. Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, Levitt Pavilion, Founder’s Square, 100 W. Abram St.

Kansas 40th

WAC Baseball Tournament Top eight teams from the Western Athletic Conference compete for an NCAA Tournament berth. $12 each day or $30 for tournament pass. Games at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, May 22-25, championship 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie. Western Athletic Conference.

Kansas An American progressive rock band, Kansas is celebrating its 40th anniversary with this year’s concert tour. Tickets $29, $35, $50. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 1, College Park Center.


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. 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.)

Learn More


Tuesday, April 23

Foreign Service Officer Test Information Session Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 216, Davis Hall. Career Center.

Career Preparation An interactive workshop to help students identify potential careers based on academic or professional pursuits. Also, tips for resumes and interviews. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Tuesday, April 30

Major Exploration Free. Noon, Room 303, Ransom Hall. Also, Friday, May 10. University College, Success Series.

Coming up

Critical Issues in Black Studies: Race in Context The Center for African American Studies' inaugural conference profiles progressive research and program development on the diverse conditions of African Americans. Keynote speakers are Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins and Ivory Toldson. Free, but registration required. Thursday-Friday, May 2-3, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

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

Sports Notes
  Krista Gerlich

Positive press: New women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich answers reporters' questions at a news conference last Tuesday. Read more about Gerlich's goals.

Forty-seven student-athletes honored for academic achievement

The Athletics Department named 47 individuals as Super Scholar-Athletes of the Year and Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Thursday at the Academic Excellence Luncheon.

Twenty-six students were named Super Scholar-Athletes of the Year by earning a 4.0 GPA in one of the last two semesters or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 for two or more semesters, while being enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Read more about the Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Academic All-WAC teams' roster includes 16 Mavericks

Sixteen Maverick athletes were named to the 2012-13 Academic All-WAC teams for winter sports. UT Arlington's honorees are:

  • Women's basketball—Desherra Nwanguma

  • Men's indoor track and field—Brandon Blanchard, Jacob Critelli, John Frnka, Robert Gribble, Hance Loyd, Lionel Mungwari, and Branko Petrovic

  • Women's indoor track and field—Elin Andersson, Kailey Bostic, Julianne Burch, Sydney Hampton, Shae Johnson, Raquel Kilgore, Samantha Little, and Hannah Nilsson

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA, and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

Track teams place at Mt. SAC Relays, Beach Invitational

UT Arlington men's and women's track and field teams gave strong performances at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Beach Invitational in California.

For the Mt. SAC Relay, Quentin Butler was fifth in the 200 meters, and the women were fifth in the 4x100 relay. At the Beach Invitational, Emil Blomberg came in second in 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The teams head to the Track-It Buster Invitational on Friday-Saturday, April 26-27, in Wichita, Kan.

The Mavericks host men’s and women’s teams for the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday-Saturday, May 8-11, at Maverick Stadium. Admission is free Wednesday and Thursday and $12 Friday and Saturday or $20 for all sessions.

Baseball soaked at Seattle

UT Arlington ended a soggy stay in the Pacific Northwest by losing two of three against Seattle University.

The Mavericks fell to 21-18 overall and 10-5 in the league, but remain in second place in the Western Athletic Conference behind CSU Bakersfield.

The Mavericks' nonconference games include Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 23, in Huntsville, and Arkansas-Little Rock at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Clay Gould Ballpark. WAC action resumes Friday, April 26, at New Mexico State.

Softball Mavs face North Texas, Utah State at home

UT Arlington fell to a three-game sweep against San Jose State on Friday and Saturday in California.

Friday's 1-0 game included a 14-inning pitching duel. Saturday's first game was close at 5-4, with the tie-breaking run scoring on an error. The Mavs' final loss was 4-0.

The Mavericks stay home this week, facing North Texas and Utah State at Allan Saxe Field. The North Texas game starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, with a three-game WAC series begins with a double header at 4 and 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

Women seeded fourth, men sixth in WAC tennis

Fourth-seeded UT Arlington faces fifth-seeded Idaho at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, in the opening round of the Western Athletic Conference women’s tennis tournament at Denver.

Women’s semifinals are Friday, April 26, with the championship match set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

In the men’s tournament, UT Arlington is seeded sixth and faces third-seeded UT San Antonio at 10 a.m. Friday at Denver. Semifinals are Saturday with the championship match set for 10 a.m. Sunday, April 28.

Tournament winners advance to the NCAA championships.

Golfers begin conference tournament play next week

UT Arlington's golfers head to the Western Athletic Conference men’s golf championship Monday, April 29-Wednesday, May 1, at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.

San Jose State is the defending champion. UT Arlington finished third in the Southland Conference last year after winning the league title in 2011.

The WAC champion earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

Intramural video game, poker tournament deadlines near

The semester’s final intramural competitions include the FIFA video game Wednesday, May 1, and a poker tournament Thursday, May 2. Register at 7 p.m. the day of play in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center.

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