For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

AfterParty 2012

Mix and mingle: After the MavsMeet Convocation, students can mingle with fellow Mavericks at the AfterParty on The Green at College Park.

Attend MavsMeet Convocation to kick off academic year

Celebrate the start of the 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 give the featured presentation. President Vistasp Karbhari will offer a special welcome to students. Other speakers include Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, Student Congress President Varun Mallipaddi, and Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.

Following the convocation, students can enjoy music, food, and fun at the AfterParty on The Green at College Park. 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. See the Welcome Week schedule for these and more events.

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Anderson Cooper highlights sixth season of Maverick Speakers Series

Five distinguished guests will share their global experiences and diverse perspectives as part of UT Arlington's 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series.

The season opens Tuesday, Sept. 24 with a lecture by immigration rights activist Jose Vargas. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with more than a decade at some of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers and magazines, he has become the public face for immigration reform since revealing his status as an undocumented immigrant in a New York Times Magazine essay.

The series also includes entrepreneur and ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen, Thursday, Oct. 24; CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Monday, Nov. 11; neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, March 18, 2014; and NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, April 8, 2014.

“We are delighted to bring these outstanding individuals to campus,” UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari says. “Each of these speakers will share their unique perspectives and will provide an enriching experience for our University community.”

All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m., either in College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive (formerly S. Pecan St.), or Texas Hall at 701 W. Nedderman Drive. When applicable, the events include book or autograph signings.

The lectures are free, but tickets are required. Preferred Packages are available for purchase and include reserved seating at the front of the venue and reserved parking.

Tickets for the Vargas lecture will be available at starting Monday, Aug. 26.

Fall 2013 tuition payment deadline extended

UT Arlington has extended the deadline for tuition and fees payments to 11:59 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, after recent issues with the MyMav portal.

Students may continue to register for any class for which they have met the prerequisites.

Students enrolled in the Academic Partnerships program and the Finish@UT program will retain their original payment due dates.

Freshmen and undeclared students should direct questions about registration to University College at or 817-272-3140. All other students should contact their primary academic department.

The MAX inside

Talking transportation: President Vistasp Karbhari and Kathryn Wilemon, Arlington City Council member, discuss The MAX at the new bus service's ribbon cutting Monday morning at the College Park District. The Metro Arlington Xpress offers free rides in August.

The MAX hits the road; free rides in August

The Metro Arlington Xpress—The MAX—rolled out public transportation between the College Park District and the Trinity Railway Express on Monday.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the new convenience for student commuters, who can ride the TRE to the CentrePort Station on Trinity Boulevard, then catch The MAX bus to UT Arlington. The new MAX bus stop is on the southwest corner of Center Street and UTA Boulevard in the College Park District.

Ride for free this month with a Trinity Railway Express (TRE) ID card. Passes are good through Friday, Aug. 30, on The MAX, TRE, Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA). Free passes, one per person, are available 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 5-8 p.m. Sundays at the Information Desk in the E.H. Hereford University Center and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. in the One Start Information Center on the second floor of City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.

After August, students can ride The MAX and all connecting trains and buses for $2.50 with a TRE-issued ID card.

Photo IDs are available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the University Center. Or obtain one at The T’s information kiosk at the Intermodal Transportation Center at 1001 Jones St., near the Fort Worth Center, or at The T’s administration office, 1600 E. Lancaster Ave.

The MAX will run 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays between the College Park District and the CentrePort Station. See more details at and the RideTheMax Facebook page.

  MavPic Move-In Event 2013

Movin' on up

Student volunteers carried the load for new Mavericks at residence halls during the annual Move-In Event on Monday morning. See more photos.

New law concerns false alarms, reports

Effective Sunday, Sept. 1, Section 42.06(b) of the Texas Penal Code mandates that the penalty for the offense of making a false alarm or report involving a public or private institution of higher education is a state jail felony.

Plan for parking permit, garage passes for fall semester

Be prepared to park when classes start Thursday, Aug. 22, with a 2013-14 permit or a Maverick Parking Garage pass.

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.

Passes for the Maverick Parking Garage are available 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


SmartMeters use debit, credit cards

Parking at a meter is as easy as a card swipe during a pilot program that started this week.

UT Arlington police are working on a smart meter test on campus. The meters have a card reader that allows users to add time in 15 minute increments. Coins are still a payment option.

Look for the SmartMeters along West Street by Pickard Hall, on Oak Street by the Business Building, and on College Street east of the Engineering Research Building.

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.


Update your contact information for MavAlert system

The next system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students 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.

During the Wednesday test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “Attention: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. Update your emergency contact information at”

The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

MavPic 3D Printer

Three-dimensional learning

Build your own Eiffel Tower, Tardis, or UT Arlington "A" with the new NextEngine 3D scanner at the Central Library. All students can use the scanner and the MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D printer. The scanner, about the size of a ream of copy paper, scans items and turns them into three-dimensional digital models. Users can then input the digital model into the MakerBot Replicator to “print” colorized plastic three-dimensional models. UT Arlington Libraries is the first library in the UT System to offer 3D scanning and printing to all faculty, staff, and students regardless of major or class level, says Rebecca Bichel, dean of the Library.


Give to back on Super Service Saturday

Join your fellow Mavericks for a morning of community service Saturday, Aug. 24, at Mission Arlington, the Community Garden, Julia Bergen Park, the Arlington Public Library, and more.

Register to volunteer

. Meet at 8 a.m. in the foyer by the Bluebonnet Ballroom and Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Groups will leave for their sites promptly at 8 a.m. and conclude work at noon. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and lunch.

Super Service Saturday is coordinated by UTA Volunteers! and sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs as part of Welcome Week.

UT Arlington choirs seek new members

UT Arlington's three choirs will hold auditions for fall semester Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 21-23.

You do not have to be a music major. Previous choral experience or music-reading ability is needed. The choirs require course enrollment for one hour elective credit.

The A Cappella Choir offers 40 select singers the opportunity to tour, record, and perform in regional and national venues. The University Singers and Women's Chorus offer talented students a high-quality ensemble experience. All ensembles perform two concerts each semester on campus.

For more information and to schedule your audition, visit

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.

UTA Bookstore open late this week and next

Shop for textbooks and other supplies a little later at the UTA Bookstore.

Closing times for the fall semester rush are 7:30 p.m. today and Wednesday, Aug. 20-21; 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22; 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.; 9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 26-27; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Weekend hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. The Bookstore opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays.

Regular hours, which return Thursday, Aug. 29, are 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

UTA Facebook

Social media outlets keep you connected

Departments and individuals across UT Arlington continue to use social networking platforms—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr—as a way to connect with specific interest groups of faculty, staff, students, alumni, sports fans, neighbors, prospective students, and friends.

UT Arlington has three main channels on Facebook and Twitter that provide the University's top news, events, and conversations: the official UT Arlington fan page, College Town UTA, and UTArlington Magazine.

The UT Arlington Official Facebook fan page and its Twitter counterpart provide subscribers with news, achievements, and information relevant to the University's ascent to national research university status.

To see a list of some University-hosted social media pages and groups—including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr—and to learn more about how your department, program, or campus organization can utilize social networking platforms, see UT Arlington’s social media index and social media guidelines.

Apply to be a UTA Ambassador

Deadline to apply to be a UTA Ambassador is Friday, Aug. 30. UTA Ambassadors serve as hosts and hostesses of the University and plan various programs to spread Maverick spirit. Applications are online.

Contact Mr. UTA Avery Hartwell or Ms. UTA Melisa Gonzalez at 817-272-2293 for more details.

Check List


Wednesday, Aug. 21

Deadline to submit evidence of meningitis vaccination for fall semester

Thursday, Aug. 22

Classes begin for fall semester

Students subject to meningitis vaccination requirements must have taken the vaccine no later than today to attend fall classes

Thursday, Aug. 22-Wednesday, Aug. 28

Late registration for fall semester

Friday, Aug. 23

Deadline for undergraduate graduation candidates to submit transfer coursework for summer terms

Monday, Sept. 2

Labor Day holiday

You can still register for fall classes

Regular registration for the fall term continues through Wednesday, Aug. 21. Late registration is Thursday-Wednesday, Aug. 22-28.

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.

Know how to add, swap, and drop classes

Undergraduate students may add, swap, and drop courses, or withdraw from all courses before the first class day, Thursday, Aug. 22. No charges will be incurred and no transactions will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

From the first day of classes through the late registration period, Thursday-Wednesday, Aug. 22-28, students can add, drop, and swap classes through self-service.

To drop all classes, students must see their undergraduate adviser in their major department. See a list of advising offices.

Prepare for fall graduation

Summer graduates have until Friday, Aug. 23, to submit transfer coursework for summer conferral.

Fall undergraduates must apply for graduation by Friday, Sept. 6. In addition to the $40 filing fee, a $60 late fee is billed for graduation applications that are received after Sept. 6. Both fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Read more about undergraduate graduation procedures.


Make sure you're included in the campus directory, if you want to be

Monday, Sept. 9, is the deadline to specify whether you want to be included in the Maverick Connection campus directory. All enrolled students will receive an email at their UT Arlington email address with procedures for setting your privacy preferences in MyMav, as well as the notification of your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Print your own enrollment verification

Letters of intent to enroll for the fall semester are currently available online. Official enrollment verifications will be available after Census Day, Monday, Sept. 9. Both are available through self-service in your MyMav Student Center. To print, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.

University closed for Labor Day

UT Arlington will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holiday.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Six Flags Over Texas tickets still available for $25

UTA Day at Six Flags

Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Six Flags Over Texas.

Discount tickets are $25 for students. The price includes one ticket for all-day admission to Six Flags Over Texas and parking, plus one Splash Back ticket to Hurricane Harbor valid for one weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 15. A $10 meal voucher is available for purchase.

Limit 10 tickets per person. Order tickets at or the College Park Center Box Office, which is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are available through UT Arlington and not at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick Pride.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Drink, Drive, Go to Jail Learn the consequences of drunk driving. Free. 10 a.m., Library mall. Texas Department of Transportation, Health Services.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Religious/Spiritual Organizations Fair Find information on the religious groups and institutions that are part of the UT Arlington and Arlington communities. Free. 4:30-6 p.m., University Center mall. Student Affairs.

Waffleopolis Meet your new friends at an event filled with Belgian waffles, with your choice of toppings, music, dancing, and more. Free. 8 a.m., Centennial mall by Arlington Hall and Brazos House.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Movin' Mavs Back-to-School Game The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team will split the roster into blue vs. white with alumni coaching the game. Free. 3:30-6 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.

Wet 'n Wild Enjoy three water-themed events: Welcome Back Splash; Wings, Wieners, and Water; and Greek Splash. Activities, giveaways, swimming, sports, and $3 meals. Open to all students. Free 5 p.m., outdoor pool, Maverick Activities Center. Welcome Week.

Welcome Back BBQ Meet new and returning Mavericks and enjoy a free barbecue buffet. Free. 6 p.m., Greek Row at Davis Boulevard. Welcome Week.

Welcome Back Movie: Star Trek: Into Darkness Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends. Free popcorn. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Aug. 24

Super Service Saturday A day of community service. Choose your event. 8 a.m.-noon, meet at Bluebonnet Ballroom foyer, E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA Volunteers.

The Art of Yoga Bring your own mat to this monthly class for all levels. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Pajama Jam 2012

Big Howdy Party All international students are invited to this welcoming celebration. Free. 6 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Welcome Week.

Pajama Jam Come out in your pajamas while enjoying crafts, face painting, food, and more. Free. 9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Welcome Week.

Monday, Aug. 26

Commuter Breakfast Stop by the pedestrian bridge that crosses over Mitchell Street for a free breakfast. Open to all UT Arlington students. Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m., Lot 49. Off-Campus Mavericks.

Fraternity and Sorority Life Open House Discover more about the fraternity and sorority community. Free. 7-9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Library Fun Fair Enjoy a fun-filled evening of free food, games with prizes, a pie-eating contest, pub-style trivia, a photo booth, pet therapy, and more. Free. 7-10 p.m., Central Library. Welcome Week.

Tuesday, Aug. 27

UTA-HOSTS! Mixer Learn more about this mentoring program while enjoying games and snacks. Students can sign up to be mentees and mentors. Free. 7-9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. The Leadership Center.

Coming up

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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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.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Science Speaker Series Luis F. Parada, professor of biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, discusses "New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Research." Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also A.R. Ravishankara, senior scientist at NOAA, "Keeping Cool with HFCs: Science Behind Their Present and Future Use," 3-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, Room 114, Chemistry Research Building; Richard Eisenberg, "Fuel from Water: The Light-Driven Generation of Hydrogen," 3-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Room 114, Chemistry Research Building; and Nancy E. Adler, "Psychology and Medicine: Translational Research on Stress, Behavior and Disease," noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses, College of Science.

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

Sports Notes

All-Sports Pass is students' 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.

Intramural registration to open for basketball, softball teams

Intramural entries open Thursday, Aug. 22, for outdoor basketball, 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, and softball. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 817-272-3277 or email

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. Weight and Strength Training, a 6-week basic strength training class for men and women, costs $50. Classes are 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting Monday, Aug. 26.

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