For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Flu shot Rx

Free flu vaccine available at Health Services Center

Free influenza vaccinations are offered to students to fight the flu epidemic.

Immunizations are available 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Health Services Center. No appointment is required.

Or receive your shot 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Look for hand sanitizer available around campus to help you fight off viruses and bacteria. Practice other healthy habits, such as washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow.

Reports of influenza and other respiratory illnesses are widespread throughout Texas, according to the Texas Department of Health.

Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to bacterial pneumonia and other life-threatening conditions for people in high-risk categories. Flu symptoms usually start abruptly and include fever, body aches, chills, a dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, and extreme fatigue and can last a week or longer.

Learn more about influenza at, which has information about avoiding the flu, flu symptoms and severity, what to do if you feel ill, and caring for someone who is sick.

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

UTAMagazine winter 2012

Winter 'UTArlington Magazine' features President Spaniolo

With a clear vision and collaborative spirit, James D. Spaniolo has helped the University reach unprecedented heights during his nearly nine years as president. The cover story of the winter 2012 issue of UTArlington Magazine takes an in-depth look at the Spaniolo administration and includes an interactive timeline of major milestones during his tenure.

You’ll also find an article about how sharing too much information when communicating electronically can have consequences both personally and professionally. Other stories highlight the University’s esteemed Athletic Training Education Program and introduce you to a 12-year-old math prodigy who is following in the footsteps of previous UT Arlington wunderkinds.

Every article includes a link for posting comments. “Like” the magazine’s Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed.

UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and distributed to about 150,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University.

Send comments to

Railroad crossing

Seek alternate routes during closing of railroad crossings

Plan for railroad crossing closures while Union Pacific improves tracks through Arlington.

Railroad crossings between Division and Abram streets at Bowen Road, Davis Drive, Cooper Street, Center Street, Mesquite Street, Collins Street, and Stadium Drive will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 16-Thursday, Jan. 24.

Starting Jan. 16, crossings beginning at Bowen and moving east will close. Davis is expected to close Jan. 17, with Cooper, Center, and Mesquite closing Jan. 18, at which point five railroad crossings will be closed at one time. As the project continues to move east, Union Pacific plans to open Bowen before closing Collins and open Davis before closing Stadium.

Available north-south routes within the city limits are Green Oaks Boulevard, Forest Edge Drive, Fielder Road, West Street, and State Highway 360. West Street starts behind the E.H. Hereford University Center and runs north through downtown Arlington, connecting to Division. Fielder, Forest Edge, and Green Oaks are west of campus. Forest Edge and West Street have narrower underpasses and are expected to have heavy traffic, according to Arlington Police.

The city of Arlington also suggests that drivers use routes outside the city limits, including State Highway 161 and Fort Worth's Loop 820.

For more information, see the track renewal video, the city of Arlington website, and the traffic webcams.

Dr. Khalil Muhammad

Dr. Khalil Muhammad

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration includes events on campus this weekend

Several events are planned on campus to remember the contributions of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Khalil Muhammad, director of New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will deliver the message “What Would Dr. King Do?” at noon Friday, Jan. 18, in Room 108 of University Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The University co-hosts the annual Sharing the Dream awards and scholarship banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. This year’s theme, “Speak Out. Be Heard. Change the World,” features unique perspectives from community voices including Marvin Dulaney, associate professor of history. Tickets are $40 and are available at

Poetry enthusiasts will enjoy “An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, also at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased at

Read more about the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

  Fresh Pix Moose Johnston

Moose mark

Former Dallas Cowboy turned Fox sports analyst Daryl "Moose" Johnston autographed footballs for fans Monday at Smiling Moose Deli's grand opening. The deli joins other College Park District restaurants, including Pie Five Pizza, Coolberry Frozen Yogurt, Digg's Tacos, and Pho Xpress.

Bookstore open late this week

The UTA Bookstore has extended hours this week to accommodate students. The store, which opens at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, closes at 9 p.m. through Wednesday and 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Friday closing time is 5 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Congress seeks representatives

Are you interested in representing your fellow students and promoting positive change at UT Arlington? Apply to become a senator in Student Congress.

Senators are needed to represent the colleges of Business, Education and Health Professions, Engineering, and Nursing, as well as the School of Social Work.

Applications are available in the Student Congress office, suite B150, in the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

For more information, contact Student Congress President Jennifer Fox at or 817-272-0556.

Greek recruitment events start this week

Fraternities and sororities open their doors to potential new members starting this week. To join you must have a minimum of nine hours at UT Arlington and a 2.5 GPA.

Upcoming recruitment and meet-and-greet events include:

  • Panhellenic Council: Jan. 17-21. For women. Register online.

  • Welcome Back BondFire: Meet members from social fraternities and sororities. 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, west lawn of Maverick Activities Center.

  • Multicultural Greek Council: Culturally based groups for men and women. $5 registration fee. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

  • National Pan-Hellenic Council: For African-American men and women. $5 registration fee. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

  • Interfraternity Council: Feb. 4-9. For men. Register online.

Learn more about the fraternity and sorority community at

In-Reach Mentor Program

Maverick mentoring is In Reach

The In Reach Maverick Mentor Program is seeking students starting their college career.

The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes personal growth by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.

First-year students can apply at

For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at

Hot Seat

'The Hot Seat in Arlington' comes to campus Jan. 25

State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, and state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-Fort Worth, will be featured in The Texas Tribune’s “The Hot Seat in Arlington” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at College Park Center.

This in-depth conversation about the 83rd Legislative Session is part of The Texas Tribune’s series of conversations with prominent elected officials and newsmakers. The moderator is Evan Smith, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of the nonprofit news organization.

Patrick, a former faculty member in the College of Education and Health Professions, was elected to a fourth term in the Texas House in November. Hancock served in the Texas House since 2006 before being elected to the Texas Senate in November.

The event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP at The Texas Tribune.

ACES symposium now accepting abstract submissions

Abstracts are now being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.

The ACES symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that showcases the best of student research and creativity with cash prizes for winning oral presentations and posters. Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.

ACES 2013 is Wednesday, March 27, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. For details, email or call 817-272-2315.


University will monitor winter weather

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

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all faculty, staff, and students 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 MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Additionally, 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.

Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Know some wise advisers? Nominate them for Outstanding Academic Adviser, which has three categories: professional staff adviser, undergraduate faculty adviser, and graduate faculty adviser. Submit nominations online by Monday, Jan. 28.

For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 817-272-2737.

Community Garden

Plots available at Community Garden

Put your green thumb into action with a plot at the Community Garden at UT Arlington, located at 406 Summit Ave., just west of the SWEET Center at the corner of UTA Boulevard and Summit Avenue.

The half-acre garden benefits from the UT Arlington compost site and rainwater harvesting. You can adopt a plot and become a gardener or volunteer to help with the harvest. A portion of harvests is donated to a local food bank. The garden is a combined effort of the Office of Sustainability and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.

The annual membership is $35. For more information, contact or

Research institute launches Assistive Robotics Lab

Fueled by gifts of high-tech robots from industry leaders, the UT Arlington Research Institute has a new Assistive Robotics Lab aimed at advancing robotics for health care, first-responder, and other applications.

Read more about the Assistive Robotics Lab.

Check List


Friday, Jan. 18

Late registration ends for spring term

Winter intersession grades official and available in MyMav

Monday, Jan. 21

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

Monday, Jan. 28

Spring term application for undergraduate graduation deadline

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Census date

MyEdu new aid for planning class schedule

MyEdu has partnered with UT Arlington to help you plan your schedule for the spring 2013 term. From the University College website, click on Plan My Schedule to get started.

Late registration continues through Jan. 18

If you have not yet registered for spring classes, check your portal page on MyMav to determine if you need adviser clearance. 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 (DEP hold). If adviser permission is needed to register for the class, you must see an adviser before close of business Friday, Jan. 18. A list of advising offices is online.

Add, swap, drop, or withdraw from classes

Students can add and swap classes through the last day of late registration, Friday, Jan. 18.

To drop or withdraw from classes once the term has begun, undergraduate students must meet with an academic adviser in their major department.

If you drop or withdraw on or before the Census Date, Wednesday, Jan. 30, no grade will be recorded on your transcript to reflect the drop. Courses dropped by the Census Date also will not be counted toward the six-course drop limit that affects students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later or the excessive hours tuition law that affects students who have more than 45 hours in excess of the hours required for a degree plan. Read more about this state law and procedures for its implementation at UT Arlington.

Avoid being dropped, turn in meningitis documentation

As of Jan. 1, 2012, incoming Texas college students and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 30 years old are required to submit documentation of immunization against bacterial meningitis. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be dropped from courses. Students must be vaccinated no later than the first day of class, and the vaccination must have been administered within the last five years. UT Arlington asks students to submit proof of vaccination to the Magnus Health SMR according to the links below. For additional information, go to:

Note deadlines to apply for graduation for spring candidates

Wednesday, Jan. 30, is the deadline for graduate students to apply for graduation for the spring 2013 term. The filing fee is $40 and is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Candidates for graduation who miss this deadline can apply through Feb. 25 (undergraduate) and Feb. 28 (master's and doctoral) with an additional $60 late fee.

Before students apply to graduate, they should always verify with their academic adviser that they are eligible to graduate at the end of the graduation application term. The fee is not refundable or transferable to a future term if a student applies and is then found to be ineligible to graduate.

Use the online application for graduation for master's and doctoral students.

Read more about graduation requirements for undergraduates and graduate students.

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
  UTA Presents

'Flight Deck' exhibit takes off

Flight Deck

"Flight Deck: Public Art at DFW and Love Field" is now open in The Gallery at UTA.

Inspired by the ongoing Love Field modernization project and the $6 million commissioned art program at DFW International Airport, curator Benito Huerta organized this exhibition to showcase the lively public art activity at the two major airports.

Public art—artwork created specifically for a publicly accessible location—moves an artist’s work out of the confines of the gallery or museum and allows it to be seen by a wider audience in a less traditional setting.

Shown above is "Luminaria," aluminum cylinders with interior lighting by Julie Cohn and Diana Goldberg. The cylinders are scheduled to be installed at Love Field in August.

A reception is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the gallery in the Fine Arts Building. The exhibit continues through Saturday, Feb. 16.

The exhibit and related events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Seattle. Tickets $3. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also Mavericks vs. Idaho, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. Athletics.

Friday, Jan. 18

Wheelchair Basketball Movin' Mavs vs. Alabama at 3 p.m., and Illinois at 7 p.m. Free. College Park Center. Also Movin' Mavs vs. Dallas, 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Physical Education Building. Movin' Mavs.

Athletics Hall of Honor Pete Carlon, Clay Gould, and Mishael Berger join the Athletics Hall of Honor along with the 1990 and 1992 Southland Conference champion baseball teams. 6:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom, Arlington Hilton, 2401 E. Lamar. Athletics, 2-0694.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Microsoft Computer Science Trivia Contest Teams show off their knowledge. Prizes, free food. No RSVP required. Free. 6:30-8 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Career Center.

Activities Fair Day Learn more about student organizations, departments, and community vendors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Thursday, Jan. 24

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Utah State. Tickets $3. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also Mavericks vs. San Jose State, 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. Athletics.

Friday, Jan. 25

Friday Night Film. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Free popcorn; other concessions available. $1 cash, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Jan. 26

First Pitch Banquet Hunter Pence, a member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and former Maverick standout, is the featured speaker. Tickets $20-$50 with student ID. 7 p.m., Diamond Club, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Athletics.


Mayan Prophecies

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps and how they reflect and shaped the histories of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 9. Special Collections.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. $5 with student ID. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., downtown Arlington. Through Feb. 17. Architecture.

Planetarium Visit the classic Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque to discover how the Maya aligned their temples to watch their sky gods and used interlocking calendars to record the past and predict the future in Mayan Prophecies. 6 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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

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Wednesday, Jan. 16

Study Abroad 101 Free. Noon-1 p.m., Blanco Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education, University College, Success Series.

Second Life Workshop Gary Keast of the Mayo Clinic discusses "The Impact of Meaningful Use on Health Care." See how the use of electronic health records contributes to improvements in patient care. 5-6 p.m., Second Life. Nursing.

Friday, Jan. 18

Major Exploration Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Also Friday, Feb. 1. University College, Success Series.

Mavs Book Club "American Stories" is the theme for this month's meeting. Books are selected from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. Open to the UT Arlington community. Free. Noon, Connection Café, E.H. Hereford University Center. Mavs Book Club.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Focus on Faculty Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, is the guest speaker. Light refreshments are served. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Friday, Jan. 25

The Hot Seat in Arlington State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, and state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-Fort Worth, discuss the 83rd Legislative Session. A light lunch provided. RSVP. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., College Park Center. The Texas Tribune.

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

Sports Notes
Hunter Pence

Maverick Giant: Former Maverick Hunter Pence, who played for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, is the featured speaker at the First Pitch Banquet on Jan. 26.


First Pitch Banquet features Hunter Pence

Hunter Pence, a member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and former Maverick standout, is the featured speaker at the First Pitch Banquet set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Diamond Club at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Tickets for the banquet along with a meet-and-greet with Pence are $50 for UT Arlington students. Tickets for the banquet only are $20 for students.

The evening also includes the presentation of the 2012 Southland Conference championship rings. The Mavericks claimed the SLC title and a spot in the NCAA Regionals. Members of the 2013 baseball team and past UT Arlington players also will be in attendance.

Three named to Athletics Hall of Honor

Pete Carlon, Clay Gould, and Mishael Berger join the 2013 Athletics Hall of Honor along with the 1990 and 1992 Southland Conference baseball championship teams Friday, Jan. 18, at the Arlington Hilton Grand Ballroom.

Carlon, senior athletics director for administration, joined the Athletics Department staff in 1981, serving as athletics director from 1996 until 2012. He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor last year.

Clay Gould was a baseball player and coach prior to his death in 2001. Berger was an All-American track performer and is assistant athletic director for eligibility and certification.

Read more about the Athletics Hall of Honor banquet.

Six Mavs named to WAC All-Academic teams

Volleyball player Amanda Welsh and cross country runners Hance Loyd, Eric Montou, Robert Gribble, Sydney Hampton, and Hannah Nilsson were named to the Western Athletic Conference's All-Academic fall sports teams.

Mav men host Seattle, Idaho this week

After winning games at UT San Antonio and Texas State last week, the men's basketball team hosts Seattle at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, and Idaho at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at College Park Center.

The Mavericks are 3-2 in the Western Athletic Conference and 8-6 overall. Karol Gruszecki scored 23 points in the win at Texas State on Saturday.

Movin' Mavs play at College Park Center on Friday

The Movin' Mavs host a college-division wheelchair basketball tournament, facing Alabama at 3 p.m. and Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in their first games at College Park Center.

The Movin’ Mavs won three games and lost three last weekend at the Pioneer Classic in Birmingham, Ala.

The team will play the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Physical Education Building.

Shot put record falls at indoor track opener

Junior transfer Bozidar Antunovic set a school record in the shot put competing in his first event for the Maverick track and field team at the Texas A&M Indoor Invitational last Saturday.

The Mavericks will compete in the J.D. Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Women travel to Seattle and Idaho

The women's basketball team tries to end a four-game losing skid when it plays at Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 17, and at Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 19, in Western Athletic Conference games this week.

The Mavericks are 1-4 in the WAC following losses at home to UT San Antonio and Texas State last week.

Sign up for dodgeball, basketball, bowling

Intramural entries are being accepted for dodgeball, pre-season basketball, regular season basketball, and bowling.

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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

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