For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Degrees of success

More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students were candidates for graduation this past weekend as UT Arlington held Commencement ceremonies in College Park Center. See more photos.

Holiday, winter hours announced

The UTA campus transitions to holiday and winter hours for the next few weeks.

Two food stops in the E.H. Hereford University Center are open this week. The Connection Café opens at 7 a.m. and will close at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 17. P.O.D. Market will be open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 20.

The E.H. Hereford University Center is open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 17-20, and Friday-Thursday, Jan. 3-9. The center is closed weekends during that time. Winter break closure is Saturday, Dec. 21-Thursday, Jan. 2.

The Central Library is closed Dec. 24-25, and Jan. 1 and 4Check the hours for the Central Library, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Science and Engineering Library, and electronic libraries.

Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Central Library is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 23 and 30, and Jan. 6.

The Maverick Activities Center is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Dec. 16-20Thursday-Friday, Jan. 2-3, and Monday-Friday, Jan. 6-10. Later, the MAC is open noon-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23Friday, Dec. 27; and Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The indoor pool is open noon-1:20 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through Friday, Jan. 10. The pool is closed Monday, Dec. 23-Friday, Jan. 3.

Forward Thinking

View, endorse comments on strategic planning website

The UT Arlington community has been actively generating ideas and input as part of the Forward Thinking strategic planning process, and important themes are beginning to emerge.

The Forward Thinking website has been expanded to feature highlights of some of your input via the online questionnaire. The site also includes feedback from faculty, staff, and alumni.

The website serves as the hub of communications related to the planning process. Take a moment to visit it and provide your input. You also may review the many ideas and suggestions posted there and click the "Recommend" button for those you approve.

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

Use Maverick discounts to save money

Watch your budget this holiday season by taking advantage of the Maverick Discount Program.

Students, faculty, staff, and parents can utilize the discounts by simply showing their Maverick ID to local business participants or by using a unique UT Arlington discount code to shop online. Participating businesses provide a minimum 10 percent discount.

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Paws-itive feedback

Therapy dog Max helped freshman Crystal Torres de-stress from studying during Paws for Finals at the Central Library. The program is sponsored by the UTA Library.

ACES is now accepting proposals for presentations

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) is a University-wide symposium that showcases UT Arlington’s undergraduate and graduate students’ research and creativity.

Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. Past winners have presented research on gene therapy, business relations, army recruiting, pain control, better tools for builders, history, philosophy, biochemistry, and engineering. They have presented works of art, literature, music, and stage performances. Winners receive monetary prizes.

Deadline for abstracts is midnight Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

The ACES Symposium is set for Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Renew your locker at MAC

Renew your locker at the Maverick Activities Center by Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, to save the space for the spring semester. If you choose not to renew, please clean out the locker by that date.

For details, email Blair Schuyler or call 817-272-0207. Visit the Campus Recreation website for MAC programs and services. 

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Strategic move

Brandon Smith, psychology freshman, shows the finer points of chess to Madeline Sabel, nursing freshman, during the Spa Retreat at the Palo Duro Lounge. Health Services hosts the events to help students relax during studies for final exams.


Beware of holiday cyber criminals

The Information Security Office (ISO) encourages you to be aware of seasonal scams, phishing, and malicious software distribution campaigns.

Cyber criminals send personal messages that appear to be legitimate websites that look real with logos, email, or web templates.

These phishing and malware campaigns include fake shipping/courier notifications; electronic greeting cards or links to holiday screensavers; requests for charitable contributions that appear to be from the real organization; and credit card or gift card applications or enticing discounts that lead to unfamiliar websites.

Look for signs that an email or website is not legitimate:

Sender’s address or website address does not match the organization listed in the content of the message.

Grammar in the message or website is poor.

Format of the email or website is poor or inconsistent with what you’ve seen from the organization.

Hovering your mouse over the links reveals web addresses inconsistent with the content of the message.

Never click on links in emails that you’re not expecting, open attachments in emails that you’re not expecting, nor provide personal information in an email or on a website unless you are confident of the source.

If you do receive suspicious email messages, contact the Information Security Office at

Read about more online security tips on the ISO blog.

TrailBlazer takes a holiday

This will be the final issue of TrailBlazer before the holidays. TrailBlazer will resume Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Send your stories or pictures to to be considered for publication. Find previous issues of TrailBlazer in the archives at

Check List


Tuesday, Dec. 17

First day of classes for winter intersession

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Census date for winter intersession

Late registration for winter intersession

Last day to reserve graduate courses for graduate credit

Saturday, Dec. 21

Fall grades are official by Office of Records

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

No classes scheduled

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Classes resume for winter intersession

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Last day to drop classes for winter intersession

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Final exams for winter intersession

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

First day of classes for spring term

Final grades for fall term posted Saturday

Because of the need to reschedule some finals due to the ice storm, grades for the regular fall term are expected to be official and available in MyMav Saturday, Dec. 21. Some grades will be available to view as early as Wednesday, Dec. 18. However, academic standing and drops for standing and prerequisites will not complete until Saturday. Check the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration website and the MyMav portal for updates on when end-of-term processes have completed.

The Academic Partnership grades schedule is not impacted.

Winter intersession changes noted

The winter intersession begins today, Tuesday, Dec. 17, one day later than originally planned because of the recent ice storm. The census date is now Wednesday, Dec. 18.

No changes have been made to the last drop date (Friday, Jan. 3), the finals schedule (Friday, Jan. 10), or the grades deadline.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

Texas college students who are new to the institution and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under age 22 are required to submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis.

Visit UT Arlington’s meningitis vaccination page for more information.

Spring registration is open; see your adviser now

Make plans to register for spring 2014 term. 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.

Order final transcript

Order your final transcript in MyMav or through the alternative order form site.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the winter intersession 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

Saturday, Dec. 21

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Cal State Bakersfield. Tickets $3 with student ID. 1 p.m., College Park Center. Also, 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, 2014Athletics.

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


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.

Back to the Moon for Good

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 runs through Sunday, Dec. 22, 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. Shows set for Thursday, Dec. 26-Sunday, Jan. 5, also include Secret of the Cardboard RocketPlanetarium.

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.

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



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