For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Growth chart: UT Arlington ranks seventh in a list of fastest-growing public research universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

UT Arlington among fastest-growing public research universities in nation

The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked UT Arlington seventh on its 2013 list of fastest-growing public research universities, noting a 58 percent increase in enrollment from fall 2001 to fall 2011.

Enrollment at UT Arlington increased from about 21,000 in 2001 to more than 33,000 students in fall 2011. The University ranked highest among University of Texas System institutions on the new list.

“National rankings such as this highlight the fact that more students than ever choose to pursue their academic dreams at UT Arlington,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “They are enhancing our reputation on a global scale, and they are propelling our University to new heights in research and scholarship.”

Other fast-growing universities include City University of New York Graduate Center, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, and Arizona State University. UT San Antonio and UT Dallas also were in the top 20 on the Chronicle’s growth list.


New website details campus safety measures

UT Arlington has launched a new website dedicated to keeping the University community informed of campus-wide safety and security measures. It’s part of the University’s commitment to providing a safe and secure campus environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Safe & Sound in Maverick Country offers comprehensive information about safety precautions implemented by UT Arlington, tips for staying safe while on campus, procedures to follow in the event of an emergency, and important contact information.

The website complements a print publication that was delivered to all students living in on-campus residence halls and apartments on the first day of school. Additionally, it will be mailed Friday, Aug. 30, to all home addresses for off-campus students.

Additionally, look for the print issue at various locations across campus, such as the Information Desk at the E.H. Hereford University Center and the Maverick Activities Center.

Be sure to check the site regularly for the most up-to-date information.

new homepage

New UT Arlington home page look puts news in forefront

UT Arlington has put a fresh face on its Internet presence. The University’s home page now has a new look and new features.

Designed to bring an exciting and robust mix of University news to the forefront, the website also showcases what external media is saying about UT Arlington. Additionally, you can view the latest University videos directly from the home page when they are posted.

Click on the Explore More button on the top right to view all stories by category, such as research, campus, and academics, or by University media, including videos, news releases, and websites.

Tabs for news and athletics show the latest articles, while the events tab takes you to a calendar of this week’s activities. Want even more? Go to the right for the More buttons for news, events, and athletics.

Visit the News Center, which includes news releases, videos, and reports on UT Arlington in local, national, and international media. Follow the University’s tweets or link to publications.

On the go? The home page now automatically adjusts to fit the screen on your mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.

Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards 2013

Classroom innovators: Recipients of the 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are, from left, top, Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, Rebecca Deen, Susanna Khavul; middle, Frank Lewis, Beth Mancini, Dan Popa; bottom, Peggy Semingson, Seiichiro Tanizaki, and Yvette Weatherton.

Nine honored with 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

Nine UT Arlington faculty members are among 63 educators recognized by The University of Texas System Board of Regents for excellence in the classroom.

The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards recognize faculty members at UT System academic institutions who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level. With a monetary award of $25,000, the Regents' awards are among the largest in the nation for rewarding outstanding faculty performance. The professors were recognized Wednesday, Aug. 21, during a ceremony in Austin.

“A great university has great teachers, and we are proud to have some of the very best,” UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari says. “Our faculty members serve one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies, and they are committed to ensuring student success not just for those who enter UT Arlington at the top of their high school class, but rather for all who are committed to a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.”

The UT Arlington honorees are:

  • Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, adjunct assistant professor of sociology and anthropology

  • Rebecca Deen, chair and associate professor of political science

  • Susanna Khavul, associate professor of management

  • Frank Lewis, professor of electrical engineering and the Moncrief-O’Donnell Endowed Chair, UT Arlington Research Institute

  • Beth Mancini, professor of nursing and associate dean for undergraduate studies for the College of Nursing

  • Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering

  • Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction

  • Seiichiro Tanizaki, lecturer, chemistry and biochemistry

  • Yvette Weatherton, senior lecturer, civil engineering

Since the awards program began five years ago, UT Arlington has totaled 41 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards recipients. See a complete list of 2013 and past winners.

Read more about the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards.


Pride, prizes at Friday sunrise pep rally

Join the MavBrass Band, spirit squads, Wranglers, and Blaze for a loud and proud, on-air, sunrise pep rally when WBAP News/Talk 820 AM/96.7 FM 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. WBAP will broadcast 5-9 a.m., and UTA Radio is planning a concurrent live broadcast.

WBAP’s morning team will give away prizes, including concert tickets, DVDs, and more.

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

Maverick Speakers Series

Maverick Speakers Series tickets available for Jose Vargas lecture

Tickets are now available to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas in the Maverick Speakers Series.

His topic is "Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Texas Hall.

For more than a decade, Vargas has written for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. He earned a Pulitzer Prize for his work as part of a team covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. Born in the Philippines, he revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay for New York Times Magazine. Today he runs Define American, a nonprofit that focuses on immigration issues.

The evening features question-and-answer and autograph sessions.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets may be obtained at

Disability Studies minor

Inclusive study: More than 650 UT Arlington students on campus register as having some type of disability.

College of Liberal Arts launches new Disability Studies minor

UT Arlington will help students explore both the experiences of people with disabilities and how ideas about disability and ability shape politics, culture, economics, and social interactions as it launches a new disability studies minor.

The College of Liberal Arts’ Department of History developed the interdisciplinary program to meet the interest among students preparing for a variety of graduate programs and for careers in law, education, public health, nursing, architecture, urban planning, and social work.

“We have more than 650 students on campus who are registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities as having some type of disability," says Sarah Rose, director of the Minor in Disability Studies Program and assistant professor of history. "Hundreds of others don’t even need to register because the campus is so accessible."

The minor will require 18 semester hours of courses from the colleges of Liberal Arts, Business, Education and Health Professions, and the schools of Architecture and Social Work. Core and elective courses include: Art and Disability, Design Thinking Innovations Practice, History of Madness and Mental Illness, Gender and Disability, Adapted Physical Education and Sport, Medical Anthropology, Diversity in Organizations, and History of Disability.

UT Arlington will be the second degree-granting program in the region and the only one in Texas to offer a disability studies degree.

For more information, visit the Disability Studies website or contact Rose at

MavPic MavsMeet Convocation 2013

Words of wisdom

Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, shared advice on success to an audience of nearly 3,000 at the MavsMeet Convocation last Tuesday at College Park Center. The annual event was followed by music, games, food, and fun on The Green at College Park. 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.

Campus closed for Labor Day holiday

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

Plaza Dining in the E.H. Hereford University Center will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday.

Volunteers for Job Fair

The Career Center needs your help to make the Fall Job Fair a success. The fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Choose a one-hour shift or more than one shift 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean up, carrying employer cases, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables.

Register to volunteer by Friday, Sept. 13.

For questions, call 817-272-2932 or email

College Park garages

College Park District garages offer covered spaces, free with campus parking permit

The best kept parking secrets on campus are the College Park District garages.

Covered spaces close to the east campus buildings are free with your UT Arlington parking permit. Whether going to class or visiting one of the College Park District restaurants, the shaded spots pay off with a cool car when you return.

The entrance to Park North is on UTA Boulevard between Spaniolo Drive and Center Street. Enter Park Central and Park South from Center Street.

MAC, Campus Rec programs offered free for two weeks

See what Campus Recreation has to offer during the two-week MAC Extravaganza, which runs through Thursday, Sept. 5.

Students can try out classes and other services offered by Campus Recreation and the Maverick Activities Center for free. Enjoy access to group exercise classes, MAC tours, massages, sport club fairs, and more.

All fee-paying students are automatically members and are eligible to participate in all Campus Recreation programs and services. Additional fees are charged for intramural sports, group exercise classes, massage therapy, and other programs.

Summer locker rentals have been extended until Tuesday, Sept. 3. Lockers must be renewed or cleared out by Thursday, Sept. 5. New lockers will be available Monday, Sept. 9.

For more information, visit or email

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Maverick mania

New students cheered with their orientation leaders during a spirit competition last Monday. During Welcome Week, students met new friends, shopped, splashed, and learned a few new things. The good times set a positive tone for the academic year. See more photos and the video.


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

  MavPic AfterParty 2013

Party like a Maverick

Blue and orange filled the lawn on The Green at College Park for the AfterParty following the MavsMeet Convocation on last Tuesday. Students enjoyed music, games, food, painting the Maverick horse, and more. Blaze mingled among the crowd of nearly 3,000. See more photos.

UTA Bookstore open late this week

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

Closing times for the fall semester rush are 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. 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.

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 students, faculty, staff, 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.

Check List


through Wednesday, Aug. 28

Late registration for fall semester

Monday, Sept. 2

Labor Day holiday

Friday, Sept. 6

Deadline to apply for fall 2013 graduation for undergraduate students

Monday, Sept. 9

Census Date

Deadline to apply for fall 2013 graduation for graduate students

Last day to reserve graduate courses for graduate credit

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Grade exclusion site opens

Friday, Sept. 13

Deadline for changes to MyMav privacy settings to be included or excluded from Maverick Connection campus directory

Know how to add, swap, and drop classes

Late registration and the add/drop period for fall continues through Wednesday, Aug. 28. From the first day of classes through the late registration period, 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.

Check the academic calendar for specific term dates.

Students can continue to register for fall classes through Wednesday, Aug. 28. Registration timetables and the fall schedule of classes are online. To determine if you need adviser clearance, go to 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).

Prepare for fall graduation

Undergraduates must apply for fall graduation by Friday, Sept. 6. Graduate students must apply for graduation by Monday, Sept. 9. A $40 filing fee is billed each semester that you file and is non-refundable and non-transferable. After these deadlines, a $60 late fee will be assessed. Read more about undergraduate graduation procedures.

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

Friday, Sept. 13, is the deadline to specify whether you want to be included in the Maverick Connection campus directory and other University publications. Read the 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 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.

Going Out

Tuesday, Aug. 27

MavSwap Bring a T-shirt from another university or high school and swap it for a new UT Arlington shirt. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall. Welcome Week.

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Maverick Cookout featuring the Activities Fair Day More than 150 student organizations and campus departments share information. $3 hamburger lunch with vegetarian option available. Free. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Center mall. Welcome Week.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Health Services Open House Learn about the services offered at Health Services. Free health screenings and food will be available to the first 300 students. Enter a drawing to win a new bike, gift cards, and more. Health Services.

Sports Club Fair Check out the sports clubs offered through Campus Recreation. Free. 4-7 p.m., lobby, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

LGBTQA Rainbow Reception Learn about campus resources and activities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally community at UT Arlington. Meet representatives from the Gay Straight Alliance, the LGBTQA Program Peers, RVSP educators, Women and Gender Studies, and LGBT agencies in North Texas. Refreshments and door prizes. Free. 6-7 p.m., Concho/Red River Rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program, Welcome Week.

Got Culture Jam Explore services and programs of Multicultural Affairs. Music, dancing, door prizes, and refreshments. Free. 7-9 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Welcome Week.

Friday, Aug. 30

WBAP Live Broadcast and Sunrise Pep Rally Join the UT Arlington band, cheerleaders, Wranglers, and Blaze for a sunrise pep rally. 7 a.m., Moritz Plaza, College Park Center.

Movin' Mavs USA National Junior Men's Team Pre-Season Tournament The Movin' Mavs host the USA National Junior (under 23) pre-season tournament. Free. USA vs. Movin' Mavs, 2 p.m.; USA vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7 p.m.; soccer gym, Maverick Activities Center. Also Saturday, Aug. 31, USA vs. Dallas Mavericks, 10:30 a.m.; USA vs. Movin' Mavs, 2 p.m. Movin' Mavs.

Volleyball Hilton Invitational Tournament Mavericks vs. Abilene Christian. Tickets $3 with student ID. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, Grambling State, 1:30 p.m., and Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, College Park Center. Athletics.

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 fall schedule starts Thursday, Sept. 5, with& Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, Aug. 27

Major Exploration Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College, Success Series.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Science Speaker Series Luis F. Parada, professor of biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, discusses "New Frontiers in Brain Cancer Research." Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses, College of Science.

Food for Thought Series Janet Ellis speaks on “Clearing the Clutter from the Inside Out.” Assess the barriers that prevent you from becoming who you fully are. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

NORML Documentary Film Series "Grass: The History of Marijuana" is the first of five documentary films. $2. 6 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. NORML.

Thursday, Sept. 5

Word for Dissertations and Theses Learn advanced features in Word 2007/2010 that will make meeting the dissertation and thesis formatting requirements a less arduous process. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. Graduate Studies.

Saturday, Sept. 7

Prioritize: The Skeleton Key for Success In this online class, discover how setting priorities early and keeping calm can help you ensure a successful and personally fulfilling graduate student experience. Register online. Free. 10-11 a.m. Graduate Studies.

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

Sports Notes
Letter jackets

Wearing their Maverick pride: Golfers Riley Fleming, left, sophomore, and Brad Mason, senior, were among the 156 student-athletes to receive jackets during the inaugural UTA Letterwinner Association's presentation last Tuesday.


New Letterwinner Association awards jackets to 156 student-athletes

UT Arlington celebrated the achievements of current and former athletes last Tuesday by awarding 156 student-athletes their letter jackets at the inaugural UTA Letterwinner Association presentation at College Park Center.

Student-athletes that met the criteria based on competing in a certain percentage in their respective team's events and finished the year in good academic standing were eligible to receive their letter jacket.

"It's building a tradition and culture to build the pride with our kids," Director of Athletics Jim Baker says. "I want them to look back with great memories and be proud, wherever they end up, that they graduated from UT Arlington."

Heading UTA's Letterwinner Association, former women's basketball assistant coach Kris Wood says the four-year plan allows student-athletes to receive a UT Arlington blanket in the second year, a watch the third year, and a letterwinner ring after graduation. Other traditions planned include a reception for letterwinners at Homecoming and each sport hosting a reunion around games or matches.

Lynn Creek Park to serve as new home for cross country

The men's and women's cross country teams have a new home this fall at Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake. The site will be used for all UT Arlington cross country meets.

The inaugural event and season opener is the Gerald Richey Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie. The annual meet features collegiate and high school races for both men and women.

UT Arlington will host the UIL Region II cross country meet Saturday, Nov. 2.

All-Sports Pass is bargain for Maverick sports fans

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.

Walk-on tryout set for Sept. 4 at Clay Gould Ballpark

Students interested in trying out for the UT Arlington baseball team can do so at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Those trying out must be full-time students, have graduated from high school within the last five years, and have health insurance. For more information, email

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Intramural registration open for basketball, softball teams

Intramural entries are being accepted 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.

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