For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Jamel Outler

Boundless: See high-flying basketball action by Mavericks such as Jamel Outler with the buy-one, get-one special.

Buy-one, get-one tickets offered for this week's games at College Park Center

End the semester and begin the holiday season by cheering on the Maverick basketball teams at College Park Center with a buy-one, get-one special.

Two general admission tickets are only $3 with a UTA student ID and $5 for the general public.

The special is for the men’s games against Dallas Baptist today, Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Weber State on Saturday, Dec. 7, and the women's game against North Texas on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Go to and enter the promo code UTAB1G1 for the men’s games or UTAWBBB1G1 for the women’s game.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the games.

Mobile maps

Mobile-friendly maps make finding campus locations, parking lots easy

University Communications has released a new mobile-friendly version of the campus map website and added GPS technology.

Campus maps now will adjust to fit the screen on your phone, iPad, or other mobile device. Drop-down menus show campus destinations, parking, shuttle, and other information.

The Show My Location tool is perfect for new Mavericks, parents, friends, or other visitors to campus. Not only does it show where you are located, but also indicates the sites of nearby parking lots and garages.

Visit on your mobile device to access the new features.

Spa retreat 2013

Find some relaxation during study crunch

Take a break from studying for final exams with some relaxation, a good breakfast, and study help. 

Unwind with the Spa Retreat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The retreat includes chair massages, yoga sessions, healthy snacks and refreshments, a stress ball station, an aromatherapy lounge, board games, puzzles, a zen garden with waterfall, and free finals study packs. Enter a raffle for a chance to win a Toshiba laptop or a spa gift basket.

Those positive pooches of Paws for Finals are ready to help with final exams at the Central Library through Wednesday, Dec. 11. The canine team will be at the library 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and noon-2 p.m. on the weekend. Also, Max and Sugar will be on hand 6:40-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. See the Paws for Finals schedule.

Late Night Breakfast provides students with a study break 9:30-11 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 9-10. 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.

The E.H. Hereford University Center will stay open from 7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, through 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Enjoy some quiet time at Mindful Moments 12:15-12:45 p.m. Fridays in Room 310 of Ransom Hall.

When you're back to the books, find help at college-based clinics and labs, such as the Math Clinic and the Writing Center, and supplemental instruction and tutoring through University College.

The Central Library will be open all weekend until midnight Friday, Dec. 13.

Big A in snow

University monitors weather

Texas weather can hit the upper 70s one day and drop below freezing the next. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will business and classes continue?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify students, faculty, and staff should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in TrailBlazer EXTRA (students) and MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff).

Notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Space heaters prohibited on campus

The use of space heaters is strictly prohibited in any UT Arlington facility, according to the Best Management Practices of the University’s Environmental and Regulatory Management System.

Electric space heaters pose a safety risk and fire hazard by overloading building electrical circuits. They also are an inefficient means of providing heat and often result in the discomfort of occupants in nearby offices or work areas.

A weekend fire in the Chemistry Research Building was attributed to a space heater that was left on. The fire also led to damage to the campus telephone system.

Consider wearing a sweater or jacket if your work space is cooler than you like. If an area is exceedingly cold, contact Facilities Management at 817-272-2000 or submit a work request to have the space evaluated.

MavPic Deck the mall 2013

Deck the Mall

David Hong, industrial engineering sophomore, skates on the temporary ice rink at Deck the Mall last week. The holiday event, which is normally on the library mall, moved indoors because of wintry weather. Participants enjoyed holiday treats and music along with a life-size snow globe and other activities in the E.H. Hereford University Center.


MyMav unavailable early Sunday

MyMav will be unavailable to users from 2 a.m.–2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The normally scheduled downtime has been extended to accommodate system updates.

Enjoy the sounds of the season at the Education Holiday Reception

The College of Education and Health Professions invites you to attend the Education Holiday Reception at noon today, Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

For more than 10 years, students from Holiday Heights Elementary School in North Richland Hills have brought the sounds of the season to campus. The choir is directed by alumnus Mark Dvorak ('83, '90).

It's not too late for a flu shot

Influenza immunizations are still available at Health Services. Cost is $20 for students. No appointment is needed.

Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Health Services Center.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 817-272-2771.

Diversity certificate program seeks students

The Diversity Certificate Program (DCP) is recruiting for its first class for spring 2014.

Offered through the School of Social Work, the DCP is a 12-credit hour program that enhances students’ scholarly training and career preparation by providing them with the opportunity to develop multicultural literacy.

DCP students pursue specialized study in racial and ethnic relations, gender and sexuality, and social and economic inequality to understand diverse identities, cultures, and communities.

Applications are on the DCP website. Read more on the DCP Facebook page.

Questions? Contact DCP adviser Jennifer Miller at

  MavPic David Dewhurst

Texas talk

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst visited one of Associate Professor Allan Saxe's political science classes last week.

Photographs with Maverick Santa at The Parks at Arlington

St. Nick will show his true Maverick colors today, Tuesday, Dec. 3, at The Parks at Arlington mall.

Upon request, you can have your photo taken with Santa Claus wearing an official UT Arlington blue suit rather than his traditional red one. Additional blue hats will be on hand for you to borrow as you strike a pose with Santa. Then enter your picture for a chance to win a $500 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card. 

Santa is available 9 a.m.-10 p.m., but he takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. Find him and his helpers on the lower level near the ice rink and Nordstrom Rack.

Judicial candidate forum Wednesday in University Hall

Judicial candidates in Tarrant County state their positions and answer questions at a forum noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Room 116 of University Hall. The Pre-Law Center and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice host the forum

The event will feature 10 of the 30 candidates running for judgeships in Tarrant County. Members of Tarrant County Politics, a non-partisan group, will moderate.

Questions for the candidates may be submitted in advance on Tarrant County Politics' Facebook page. See candidate profiles online. 

Next MavAlert test is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

Students, faculty, and staff should update their emergency contact information through MyMav. You must enter a mobile phone number in your online MyMav record and label it "Mobile" to enable MavAlert emergency notifications via text message.

MavAlert now has opt-out option

Students, faculty, and staff may opt out of receiving MavAlert emergency text messages on their mobile devices. Log in to MyMav and follow the MavAlert Opt-Out link in the right column.

Note that there is no opt-out feature for email addresses; MavAlert emergency notifications are sent to all email addresses.

Check List


Wednesday, Dec. 4

Last day of classes

Saturday-Friday, Dec. 7-13

Final exams

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 13-15

Commencement ceremonies

Monday, Dec. 16

First day of classes for winter intersession

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Census date for winter intersession

Last day to reserve graduate courses for graduate credit

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Fall semester grades official by Office of Records by 5 p.m.

Saturday Dec. 21-Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

No classes scheduled

Claim your Commencement tickets

Commencement tickets for students who either graduated in August or have applied to graduate in December are available.

Detailed instructions will be sent to your UT Arlington email account. If you experience technical difficulty claiming your Commencement tickets, contact the Box Office at 817-272-9595. 

Fall final exam schedule available

The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals are scheduled Dec. 7-13.

Spring registration is open; see your adviser now

Make plans to register for winter intersession and spring 2014 terms. The schedule of classes and the registration timetable are available on the MyMav portal page.

Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering. A list of advising offices is online. Call to schedule an appointment or check walk-in hours.

Learn about students and the Affordable Care Act

Read about how the Affordable Care Act affects students. Go to websites for UTA's Affordable Care Act and You and the UT System student health insurance plan.

Order final transcript now

Order your end-of-term transcripts now. Place orders in MyMav or through the alternative order form site.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Graduating art students show their works

Approximately 40 graduating seniors showcase their talent in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Thursday, Dec. 5, through Saturday, Dec. 14, in The Gallery at UTA.

Work by the students of the Department of Art and Art History features painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication.

An opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in The Gallery at UTA.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Dallas Baptist. Buy-one, get-one tickets $3 with student ID; use promo code UTAB1G1. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also vs. Weber State, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, College Park Center. Athletics.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. North Texas.  Buy-one, get-one tickets $3 with student ID; use promo code UTAWBBB1G1.  7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Dec. 6

UT Arlington Day at Christkindl Market An enchanting family market in the tradition of holiday markets in Germany featuring authentic German cuisine, beverages, entertainment, arts, crafts, and gifts. The UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra performs at 5:40 p.m. and 7 p.m. To receive 10 Christkindl dollars for food and beverage, show your ID Monday-Friday, Dec. 2-6, at University Communications, Room 408, Davis Hall. Free admission and parking. Noon-10 p.m., Rangers Ballpark. Christkindl MarketCollegeTown.

Friends of the Library Chants Encounters choir performs Books and Carols with a sing-along and reception. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Dance Ensemble Fall Concert "Ideas in Motion: Awaken." General admission $7; $5 with student ID. 8 p.m., Main Stage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7Dance Ensemble.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Opening Reception 'Back to the Moon for Good' Kick off the newest Planetarium show with a lecture about the moon, a raffle for a telescope, and a display of cool moon artifacts. $4 children and seniors, $6 adults. Noon-3 p.m. Planetarium.

Holiday Lights Parade Bring the family and friends. Free. 6 p.m., Founders Plaza at the Levitt Pavilion, downtown Arlington. Holiday Lights Parade.

Coming up

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; vs. Arkansas State, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014; vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014; and vs. Louisiana-Monroe, noon Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Tickets $3 with student ID. All at College Park Center. Athletics.

Women's Basketball Mavericks  vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; vs. Arkansas State, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014; vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Tickets $3 with student ID. All at College Park Center. Athletics.


Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.

Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington LibrarySpecial Collections.

The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.

Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Planetarium The holiday schedule starts Thursday, Dec. 5, with Season of Light; Holiday Music Magic; Back to the Moon for Good; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, Dec. 3

SUPA Information Forum Meet the program directors and graduate advisers to discuss admission requirements and graduate programs. Free. 6 p.m., Room 521, University Hall. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Just-In-Case Manufacturing Curtis Norwood, corporate ERP manager for Martin Sprocket and Gear, provides a historical view of the need for power transmission tools and outlines how Martin services its customers on a global scale. Reservations. Free to students, first-time guests, and ATA members; others $5. 7 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology AssociationEngineering.

Food for Thought Stephen Newhart, adjunct instructor of kinesiology, discusses "The Importance of Plyometric Exercise from Adolescence to Adulthood to Retain Reactivity." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Computer Science/Engineering Colloquium Hanghang Tong of City University New York presents “Optimal Dissemination on Graphs: Theory and Algorithms,” and Fei Wang of IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center discusses “Feature Engineering for Predictive Modeling with Large Scale Electronic Medical Records: Augmentation, Densification, and Selection.” Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Tong; 2:30-3:30 p.m., Wang; Room 129, Engineering Research Building. Computer Science and Engineering.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Graduate Business Forum Seminar for prospective graduate students in the College of Business' MBA, Ph.D., or 10 specialized master's degree programs. or 817-272-3005. 9 a.m. Business.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Major Exploration Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University CollegeSuccess Series.


Center for Students in Recovery Celebrate Recovery 12-step meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Room 107, Social Work Building; and student-led, open Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, noon, Wednesdays, Room 314, Central Library. Center for Students in Recovery.

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

Sports Notes
  Anthony Walker-Brandon Edwards

Board room: Mavericks forwards Anthony Walker (44) and Brandon Edwards (35) go up for a rebound against Texas center Cameron Ridley. UTA lost a close game to the Longhorns on Friday in Austin.

Mav men play Dallas Baptist after weekend loss to Texas

The men’s basketball team (2-6) closed out a four-game road trip last weekend by coming up short against Texas, 72-69, after leading for much of the game.

Senior guard Reger Dowell led UTA's offense with 17 points, and senior forward Brandon Edwards totaled 16 points. Junior guard Jamel Outler ended with 14 points.

The Mavericks take on Dallas Baptist at 7:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 3, at College Park Center.

Movin' Mavs remain undefeated in intercollegiate play

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team swept the intercollegiate competition in Whitewater, Wisc., going 5-0 in the two-day tournament last week. 

The Movin’ Mavs defeated Illinois 64-47, Southwest Minnesota State 80-34, Missouri 71-37, Edinboro 53-27, and Wisconsin-Whitewater 71-66.  

The Lady Mavs made history with their first intercollegiate wins over Edinboro University. Sophomore Morgan Wood put up a double-double in both games with 20 points, 11 rebounds in the first win, and 18 points, plus 13 assists in the second win. 

The teams head to Columbia, Mo., for the Missouri Tournament on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7.

Women's team looks for first win Wednesday

UT Arlington women's basketball fell 79-72 last Wednesday to Abilene Christian for its seventh loss of the season.

The Mavericks (0-7) scored a season-high in points, besting a performance of 63 against Virginia Commonwealth.

Senior Briana Walker had a double-double by the end of the first half with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and finished the game with a career-high 32 points and 15 boards. Junior Tahlia Pope scored a UTA career-high 15 points and was a rebound short of her first double-double as a Maverick.

The Mavs face North Texas at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at College Park Center.

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