For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Paws for Finals-Spring 2013

Paws for Finals: Ziva, a therapy dog, offered Lia Closel, French junior, a stress-reducing break from studying Monday at the Central Library. The Paws for Finals program brings pooches to campus to help students relax during final exams.

Study help, stress busters ready to provide boost during final exams

Help during final exams—whether with a course specific topic or with study stress—is available across campus.

Find study help at college-based clinics and labs, such as the Math Clinic and the Writing Center.

The Central Library will stay open 24 hours Friday-Saturday, May 3-4. Student ID is needed to enter the library between midnight and 7 a.m. Check for other campus library hours.

Another study break is Late Night Breakfast 9:30-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, May 6-7. A full breakfast menu is offered at the Connection Café for only $3, and cash, credit, MavMoney, Dining Dollars, or the meal plan are accepted.

Coffee, popcorn, peppermints, and healthy snacks are offered for late-night studies at the Central Library. The Six-Hour Energy Break is 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday-Tuesday, May 5-7, in the basement.

The E.H. Hereford University Center is open continuously for finals from 7 a.m. Sunday, May 5, to 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.

Find unconditional love through Wednesday, May 8, on the second floor of the Central Library with the Paws for Finals registered therapy dogs. Studies have shown that petting a friendly dog offers numerous health benefits. 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.

Ivory Toldson and Fonzworth Bentley

CAAS conference: Political analyst and editor Ivory Toldson, left, and musician and actor Derek Watkins, aka “Fonzworth Bentley,” will speak at the Center for African American Studies' first conference.

First CAAS conference looks at 'Critical Issues in Black Studies'

The Center for African American Studies' inaugural conference profiles progressive research and program development on the diverse conditions of African Americans.

The two-day conference "Critical Issues in Black Studies: Race in Context" is Thursday-Friday, May 2-3, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Keynote speakers are Derek Watkins, also known as Fonzworth Bentley, and Ivory Toldson. Watkins is an actor, singer, record producer, TV host, and fashion designer. Dr. Toldson is an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education.

The programs are free, but registration is requested. See the CAAS conference schedule.

Mary Lynn Crow and David Silva

Top teachers: Mary Lynn Crow, left, and David Silva are inaugural members of the new University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Two faculty members named to new UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Two faculty members have been inducted as inaugural members of the new University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Mary Lynn Crow, professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, and David Silva, vice provost for faculty affairs and a linguistics professor in the College of Liberal Arts, were recognized for their leadership and for their commitment to improving teaching and fostering instructional innovation.

Both Drs. Crow and Silva were honored in 2009 with UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards.

UT System created the Academy of Distinguished Teachers to recognize outstanding educators across the nine UT System academic institutions. Members will serve as the System-level advocacy group dedicated to enhancing teaching, fostering innovation in the classroom, and promoting interdisciplinary perspectives on education.

Read more about Crow's and Silva's honors.

Fresh Pix The Big Event 2013

Helping Hands

Alumnus Carlos Alanis ('12 Marketing) scrapes paint off a building for the Arlington Historical Society during The Big Event on Saturday. The community service day offered assistance from volunteers, including students, staff, alumni, and others. See more photos.


Final police chief candidate forum scheduled for Wednesday

One more finalist to become the next UT Arlington police chief will speak at an open forum with students, faculty, and staff.

Kim Lemaux and Lisa Sprague are the candidates. See their resumes on the Police Department website.

Sprague's forum is 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall. Lemaux's forum was Monday.

UTA Bookstore stays open late, hosts buyback events at two sites

The UTA Bookstore will be open until 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, May 6-9, and until 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 10.

Remote textbook buyback is Monday-Friday, May 6-10 at two locations: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. by the footbridge at Lot 49.

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. today, 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.


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. 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.

Up/down tournament seeks tennis players

Able-bodied tennis players partner with wheelchair players for a round robin doubles tournament in the wheelchair tennis clinic and up/down tournament for youth and adults.

The clinic is 9-11 a.m. with games noon-6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the UTA Tennis Center. Water, drinks, and lunch are provided for participants.

Register by Saturday, May 4, by contacting Jeff Sale at or 214-538-3139 or Doug Garner at

  Fresh Pix Who's Who spring 2013

Double distinction

Diana Martinez Cepeda, left, and her twin sister, Nadia, both industrial engineering graduate students, were honored at the annual Leadership Recognition Ceremony, hosted last week by the Division of Student Affairs. They were named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. See the program list of other honorees.

Service-learning class offered to graduate students

Graduate students can discover how to use service learning in research, teaching, and leadership with an 11-week summer course offered by the Center for Community Service Learning.

Obtain first-hand experience by developing your own service-learning project that enhances your research agenda, as well as important policy and ethical issues.

"Leadership Development in Service Learning" (EDAD 6390.014) meets 5:30-8:20 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4-Aug. 6.

For questions, contact Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning, at 817-272-2124 or

North bridge elevators out for summer

Elevators for the north bridge over Cooper Street will be out of service Monday, May 13-Aug. 5, for an upgrade. The elevators on the south bridge will be accessible during this time.

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.

Fresh Pix Take Back the Night 2013

Take Back the Night

Michelle Bushe, journalism sophomore, shields her candle from the wind during Take Back the Night, a stand against violence sponsored by the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program.


Jigsaw puzzles at library on trial basis

Responding to student requests, the Central Library is providing two jigsaw puzzle locations for use on a trial basis.

One is on the second floor near the newspapers, and the other is outside the Digital Media Studio in the basement. Anyone may work on the puzzles, and completed puzzles will be replaced by another one. The puzzles are on loan from the library staff's puzzle collection.

For more information, contact Heather Scalf at or 817-272-7436.

UT Arlington recognized in EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge

A UT Arlington design aimed at solving the campus’ stormwater runoff problems while defining an attractive campus edge earned an honorable mention at the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Landscape architecture graduate students Kent Elliott and Blake Samper competed against 217 other student teams from 42 states in the challenge. The competition encouraged teams to develop innovative green infrastructure systems that lessen the impacts of urban stormwater while supporting sustainable communities.

“The entries were unique and they communicated campus landscape and stormwater issues in a way that the public can understand and appreciate,” says Taner Özdil, faculty adviser and assistant professor of architecture.

Read more about the Campus RainWorks Challenge.

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

Friday, May 10

Graduation Celebration

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

Tuesday, April 30

Baseball pitcher

Baseball: Tailgate Before the Game Mavericks vs. Baylor. Bring your own picnic or purchase from local restaurants on site. See tailgate guidelines. 5 p.m.; game, 6:30 p.m., Game tickets $3 with student ID. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, Alumni Association.

Lavender Graduation Inaugural ceremony that celebrates and recognizes UT Arlington's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally community. Seating limited. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Friday, May 3

Baseball Mavericks vs. Dallas Baptist. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Also vs. Texas State, Friday-Sunday, May 10-12. Athletics.

Tuesday, May 7

Underexposed Film Festival The Student Film/Video Organization presents short films produced by students in the past year. The works will showcase production skills through various film genres such as narrative, documentary, and animation. Tickets $5 one night, $7 both. 7-10 p.m.; also Wednesday, May 8; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Art and Art History.

Coming up

Kal Penn

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, right, 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.

Commencement Degree candidates are presented in seven ceremonies. See commencement schedule. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12, College Park Center.

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.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Recent work created by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Opening reception 5 p.m. Friday, May 3. Exhibit opened this week and continues through Saturday, May 11. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

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 30

Major Exploration Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Also, May 10, 15, and 21. University College, Success Series.

Wednesday, May 1

What is UT Arlington doing at the Large Hadron Collider? Jayhoon Yu, associate professor of physics, discusses the Higgs boson, also called the "God particle," and how UT Arlington researchers work with the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland to confirm its existence. Light breakfast. Register by email with "ATA-May" in subject line. Free for students, first-time guests; $5 others. 7 a.m. Rady Room, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

IEEE Lecture Russ Harrison, senior legislative representiative for IEEE-USA, presents "Engineers' Role in the Public Policy Process: How to Stop Congress from Violating the Laws of Physics." Free. 7 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Electrical Engineering.

Thursday, May 2

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Seminar Chris Harrison examines "Corrosion as a Way of Life: The Department of the Navy's Strategy for Reducing Cost and Increasing Readiness." Free. 2:30 p.m. sixth floor, Rady Room, Nedderman Hall. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Computer Science and Engineering Colloquium C. Mohan, an IBM researcher, explains "History Repeats Itself: Sensible and NonsenSQL Aspects of the NoSQL Hoopla." Free. 4 p.m. Room 228, Engineering Research Building. Computer Science and Engineering.

Thursday-Friday, May 2-3

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 requested. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Friday, May 3

Psychology Colloquium Sarah Hill of Texas Christian University speaks on “The Impact of Resource Scarcity on Decision-making: Categorization, Consumption, and Beyond.” Free. Noon, Room 10, University Hall. Psychology.

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

Sports Notes
  Ryan Walker

Touching all the bases: Shortstop Ryan Walker had seven hits and scored six runs as the Mavericks won two of three at New Mexico State to climb back into a tie for first in the Western Athletic Conference.

Mavs tied for first in WAC after series win at NMSU

UT Arlington's baseball team kept coming back against New Mexico State to win a three-game series over the weekend.

The Mavericks improved to 24-20 overall and 12-6 in the WAC. Tied for first with CSU Bakersfield, UT Arlington has won four of six league series after taking two of three from New Mexico State.

The Mavericks return to Clay Gould Ballpark on Tuesday night to face Big 12 member Baylor. Tailgate at the Game starts at 5 p.m. with first pitch at 6:30 p.m. This weekend, the team returns to WAC play, hosting Dallas Baptist in a three-game series.

Records set at Track-It Buster

A pair of Mavericks tracksters picked up individual wins Saturday at the Track-It Buster Invitational in Wichita, Kan.

Ashly Wright set a meet record in the women's 800 meters at 2:07.33, the third-fastest time in school history and the fastest mark in the WAC this season. Heath Skelton picked up his first career victory in the men's discus.

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.

Softball sweeps Utah State, plays North Texas today

The UT Arlington softball team swept Utah State with three straight, 1-0 walk-off wins, improving to 22-24 for the season and 6-12 in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Mavericks travel to Denton to face North Texas at 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 30, before taking on UTSA in San Antonio to close out regular-season WAC play. The three-game series begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, followed by a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Golfers competing in WAC championship tournament

UT Arlington golfers are competing in the Western Athletic Conference championship this week in Henderson, Nev. Play started Monday and continues through Wednesday. The Mavericks check in at 93rd in the latest Golfstat Team rankings, which is the highest team ranking in the WAC.

Paul McConnell, Hunter Brown, Riley Fleming, Brad Mason, and Cash Wilkerson make up the five-man team for UT Arlington. McConnell, Brown, and Fleming are each among the top 11 in the WAC Golfstat individual ratings.

Tennis teams lose in first round of WAC tournament

Both women's and men's tennis teams were eliminated in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament last week in Denver.

The women lost to Idaho 4-2 on Thursday, and the men fell to UT San Antonio 4-1 on Friday.

Elizabeth Thoms was named first team All-WAC singles at the No. 4 position. On the men’s side, Carlos Arbiza and Yauheni Yakauleu earned second team All-WAC doubles.

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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