For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

UT Arlington Gateway Tower

Princeton Review names UT Arlington as one of the Best in West

UT Arlington is one of the best colleges in the West, according to The Princeton Review, the nationally known education services company.

The University was selected as one of 124 institutions in the website feature “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The 643 colleges named to the region-by-region list constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

“UT Arlington is establishing itself as a model 21st-century urban university, thanks to the hard work of faculty, staff, and students,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “Recognition like this reaffirms our national reputation for excellence.”

The Princeton Review, widely known for its test prep programs and college guides, used institutional data and student surveys to rate schools in six categories: academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life, and green.

The 124 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the West" list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Move In Day 2012

Monday is packed with unpacking, socializing, and shopping

Get ready for a busy Monday, Aug. 19, when UT Arlington welcomes students to campus for the fall semester.

The Move-in Event is a tradition of helping residence hall students move into their new homes. More than 500 faculty, staff, and student volunteers—including UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck—lend a hand or two so new residents can unpack and settle in.

Afterward, students and their family and friends can enjoy a free lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the University Center mall, courtesy of the Parent and Family Center. Pick up information about the Parent and Family Association and the Parent and Family Weekend set for Oct. 25-27.

New Mavericks can see some familiar faces at Popsicles and Obstacles, a New Maverick Orientation reunion at 7 p.m. on the University Center mall in front of Arlington Hall. Play some games, mingle with new friends, and support your Mav orientation leader in a chant competition.

At 11 p.m., the UT Arlington community takes over Target at 1600 W. Arbrook Blvd. for some late-night shopping and more. Come by for door prizes, music, games, and tastings provided by Firehouse Subs, Smoothie King, Smiling Moose Deli, Starbucks, and others. Gift cards for Target and local businesses will be given to selected shoppers. A free shuttle service will be at College Park Center on Spaniolo Drive and the Maverick Activities Center, leaving at 10:15, 10:45, and 11:15 p.m. Return trips are at midnight, 12:20, 12:40, 1, and 1:20 a.m.

MavsMeet 2012

Make it official: The MavsMeet Convocation is the official welcoming ceremony for the 2013-14 academic year. Later, students, faculty, and staff celebrate at the Afterparty on The Green at College Park.

Welcome Week gets academic year off to friendly, event-filled start

Celebrate the start of the new academic year with the MavsMeet Convocation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at College Park Center.

The event includes a performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band and a lineup of faculty, staff, and student speakers. Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, will speak to students, along with President Vistasp Karbhari, Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, Student Congress President Varun Mallipaddi, and Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.

Following the convocation, students, faculty, and staff mingle on The Green at College Park for music, food, and fun. Activities include "big chair" photos, bungee, a zipline, and caricature drawings.

Welcome Week goes beyond seven days with informational and social events for academic departments, student organizations, and more stretching into September. Next week's events include a religious/spiritual organizations fair, Waffleopolis, Pajama Jam, Movin' Mavs back-to-school game, a free outdoor movie, and more. See the Welcome Week schedule for these and more events.


Take a seat for The MAX's debut

Be on hand to celebrate the first ride on the Metro Arlington Xpress—The MAX—Monday, Aug. 19, at the southeast corner of Center Street and UTA Boulevard, directly across from the new MAX bus stop in the College Park District. A ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. is followed by a ceremonial first ride on The MAX to CentrePort Station on Trinity Boulevard and back to campus.

Beginning Monday, The MAX will run 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays between the College Park District and the CentrePoint Station.

Students can ride The MAX and all connecting trains and buses for half price—$2.50—with a TRE-issued photo ID card. Everyone else pays $5.

Free rides for everyone with any TRE-issued photo ID card are available Aug. 19-30. Details will be posted at and the RideTheMax Facebook page.

Fresh Pix Battleship

You sunk my ...

A life-sized game of Battleship offered some cool competition in the outdoor pool Thursday. Intramural teams of three tried to fill competitors' canoes with water while diverting water from their own.


Sunrise pep rally planned for Aug. 30 during WBAP live broadcast

Join the MavBrass Band, spirit squads, Wranglers, and Blaze for a loud and proud, on-air, sunrise pep rally when WBAP News/Talk 96.7 FM and 820 AM broadcasts its morning show live Friday, Aug. 30, from the College Park District.

The pep rally starts at 7 a.m. on Moritz Plaza in front of College Park Center. Stay around for a grab-and-go breakfast before heading to class.

WBAP will broadcast 5-9 a.m., and UTA Radio is planning a concurrent live broadcast.

The pep rally is sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, College Town UTA, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Maverick Parking Garage passes available

Students can purchase Maverick Parking Garage passes for the fall semester at the garage, 708 S. West St., next to the Business Building.

For more details, call 817-272-2370 or email or visit the website at

Parking permits now available

Plan for parking during the 2013-14 academic year by ordering your permit online at MyMav. All students need a permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than the first day of classes Thursday, Aug. 22.

Log in to MyMav, click on Self Service and Parking Request, and print the confirmation page. This is the temporary permit valid until the printed expiration date. Pay by the due date on your MyMav account.

Reduced pricing on remote parking in Lots 25 and 26 is available for day students.

Call the parking office at 817-272-3907 or email for more details.

Troy Stende

Troy Stende

Fall retreat for future campus leaders

Discover how to become a successful student leader at the Fall Leadership Retreat set for Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22.

Students will be exposed to leadership topics including ethical leadership, empowerment of others, diversity, global leadership, and effective communication. Troy Stende will lead the retreat with his "Break on Through" leadership development program.

Registration is open through Friday, Sept. 6. The retreat is sponsored by The Leadership Center and the Division of Student Affairs.


Psychologists say narcissism linked to negative attitudes toward immigrants

Feelings of entitlement and superiority that go beyond patriotism and love of country may be a key predictor for Americans who will feel or behave negatively toward undocumented Latino immigrants, according to a study by researchers in the Department of Psychology.

Researchers looked at those enhanced feelings of superiority—referred to as group-level narcissism—along with a factor called national in-group identification in a new work to be published in the August issue of the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science. National in-group identification happens when a person’s individual identity is strongly tied to and dependent on their membership in a group, like being an American.

The UT Arlington team found that attitudes changed when a strong in-group identity was paired with an average or above average group narcissism. Then, negative attitudes toward undocumented Latino immigrants were more likely.

Co-authors of the study are Jared Kenworthy, associate professor of psychology; Ph.D. candidate Lauren E. Coursey; and Patricia Lyons, a psychology doctoral program graduate and a faculty member at Mountain View College in Dallas.

Read more about the research on attitudes toward Latino immigrants.

Dr. Qinhong Hu

Dr. Qinhong Hu

Geological Society names associate professor as fellow

Qinhong “Max” Hu, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, has been named a fellow by The Geological Society of America, an honor reserved for scientists making distinguished contributions to the geosciences.

Dr. Hu has been at UT Arlington since 2008. His research specialty is in describing and exploring the processes by which fluids move through porous and fractured porous media in the earth, such as tight rock formations. He is the principal investigator on $625,000 in grants to study fracture-matrix interaction in gas recovery in North Texas’ Barnett Shale.

The Geological Society of America is a global professional society with a growing membership of more than 25,000 individuals in 107 countries.

Correct URL, password change help email issues

If you are having trouble accessing your MavMail student email account, make sure you are using the correct URL.

Go to, and enter your full email address including the and your NetID password. This is the same password you are using to access MyMav. Your NetID password now can be used for accessing MyMav, Blackboard, and your student MavMail account.

If you get the message We don't recognize this user ID or password, go to the website to change your NetID password. Allow 20 minutes for the password to “sync.” You then should be able to log in to your student email account.

For any additional assistance, contact the Help Desk. You also can learn more about MavMail at

Improvements, upgrades planned for IT Help Self-Service site

The IT Help Self-Service portal for reporting email, software, or desktop issues and placing service requests is being updated by the Office of Information Technology.

Users will be required to select incident or request when submitting on the site. The services, categories, and subcategories will more accurately represent IT services.

Learn more about requesting IT assistance.

Check List


Tuesday, Aug. 13

Final exams for summer 11-week term

Friday, Aug. 16

Grades designated official for summer II and 11-week terms

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Deadline to submit evidence of meningitis vaccination for fall semester

Thursday, Aug. 22

Classes begin for fall term

Thursday, Aug. 22-Wednesday, Aug. 28

Late registration for fall term

Monday, Sept. 2

Labor Day holiday


Meningitis vaccination documentation required

Incoming Texas college students and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 30 years old must submit documentation of meningitis vaccination. Returning students who were not enrolled in the spring 2013 session and are returning for fall classes must submit meningitis documentation as well.

You must have received the vaccine within the past five years at the start of your first session at UT Arlington. UT Arlington students who do not submit the proper vaccination documentation will be dropped before the first class day of the session and will not be able to register.

UT Arlington has contracted with Magnus Health SMR to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. You will receive your Magnus Health SMR username and password via your UT Arlington email address. When you log in to your Magnus Health SMR account, you will be able to submit your proof of vaccination. Details for submitting proof of vaccination will be emailed to your UT Arlington email address by Magnus.

To be able to register, send vaccination documentation to Magnus at or call 1-877-461-6831.

For more information on submitting meningitis documentation for the fall term, go to

Order your transcript and avoid end-of-term lines

Order your end-of-summer transcripts online. You can order transcripts online and request to hold for grades or for your degree posting if you are graduating this summer.

Summer grades will be posted Friday, Aug. 16.

Registration continues for fall classes

Regular registration for the fall term continues through Aug. 21. Late registration is Aug. 22-28. Registration timetables are online.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at MyMav and click on Student Center. You will see a section on the right titled Holds. Click the details link for specific hold information. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department service indicator (hold).

A list of advising offices and the schedule of classes are online.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Welcome Back Movie has some familiar characters

Star Trek-Into The Darkness

Captain Kirk, Spock, and the Star Trek crew welcome students back to campus with a free outdoor movie at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Find free popcorn and soft drinks, as well as concessions, on the west lawn of the Mavericks Activities Center. Bring a chair or a blanket for the lawn seating.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, Star Trek: Into Darkness is the latest addition to the Star Trek saga featuring a new array of actors. Chris Pine portrays James T. Kirk, and Zachary Quinto plays your favorite Vulcan, Spock.

After the crew of the Enterprise finds an unstoppable force of terror from within its own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

EXCEL Campus Activities, a student-led program of the Division of Student Affairs, sponsors the show.

Coming up

The MAX Ribbon Cutting The new commuter bus service Metro Arlington Xpress, or The MAX, begins service Monday, Aug. 19. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 9 a.m. at the Trinity Railway Express CentrePoint Station. Learn more at

UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas Enjoy the rides and thrills Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets $27.50 for faculty and staff; $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. Limit 10 tickets per person. Includes admission and parking, plus one ticket to Hurricane Harbor for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Tickets at or the College Park Center Box Office. Box office hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Communities Against Crime 5K Join the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. The $20 registration fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments. Register online. See the event on Facebook.


Planetarium The summer schedule features a lineup of family-friendly shows. The fall schedule starts Sunday, Aug. 25. Planetarium.

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

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Wednesday, Aug. 14

RAD Self-defense for Women RAD (Rape Aggression and Defense) training for female faculty, staff, and students. Brown bag lunch. Register by emailing or calling 817-272-0102. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Tuesday, Aug. 20-Wednesday, Aug. 21

Fresh Start from Tobacco A four-part tobacco cessation program. Free. 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Tuesday; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.

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

Sports Notes
  Bball tickets

All-Sports Pass key to all Maverick action

See all of the Mavericks in action this year with the All-Sports Pass for students. The $25 pass provides admission to all home athletic events. Pass holders receive a T-shirt, are eligible for special food give-aways at games, and can sign up for prizes, which will include a flat screen TV.

Purchase the All-Sports Pass through your MyMav account.

Season tickets for volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball are available at

Premium seats for Maverick basketball at College Park Center are available with a price reduction from last year.

Cash Wilkerson wins CPT National Championship

Junior golfer Cash Wilkerson won the Collegiate Players Tour National Championship at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. Wilkerson fired a 3-under 207 to win the three-day event by one stroke Thursday.

Junior Jake Argento tied for second, along with two other golfers, at 2 under. Other Mavericks playing included juniors Chris Lowell and Josh Cole and freshmen Jaret Brewer and Josh Radcliff.

The Collegiate Players Tour is designed to provide summer golf competition for college-age men and women. The tour is sanctioned by the Golf Coaches Association of America, the National Golf Coaches Association, and the U.S. Golf Association.

The Mavericks open the 2013-14 season Friday, Sept. 6, at the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Group exercise, fitness class schedules online

Plan your week for fitness with group exercise classes this fall at the Maverick Activities Center.

Instructional classes such as Maverick boot camp, weight and strength training, and CPR/AED are set for fall, too.

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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