For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mark Kelly

Rocket man: Mark Kelly, next presenter in the Maverick Speakers Series, is a retired astronaut and author of Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope concerning the challenges his wife faced after an assassination attempt.

Tickets available today to see astronaut Mark Kelly

Claim your tickets to see Mark Kelly, astronaut, retired U.S. Navy captain, best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. Tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 22, at

Kelly will discuss "Endeavoring to Build a Better America" in the next Maverick Speakers Series presentation Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Texas Hall. Tickets are free, but required. Preferred seating is $25. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow the lecture.

As an astronaut, Kelly flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, which he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He became the center of international attention after the 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The next Maverick Speakers Series presentation for the 2012-13 season features conservationist Jeff Corwin on Wednesday, March 27, at College Park Center.

Flu shot

Free influenza vaccine continues

Free flu shots come to students 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

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

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

Learn more about influenza and how to prevent it at the Health Services website.

Railroad crossing

Closed railroad crossings to open again throughout week

Several Union Pacific railroad crossings near UT Arlington have closed for upgrades with most reopening this week.

The crossing at Davis Drive should be reopened today, Tuesday, Jan. 22, while crossings at Cooper, Center, and Mesquite streets are set to reopen Wednesday, Jan. 23. The Collins Street and Stadium Drive crossings will open Thursday, Jan. 24.

Available north-south routes within the city limits are Green Oaks Boulevard, Forest Edge Drive, Fielder Road, West Street, and State Highway 360.

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

Dr. Daniel W. Armstrong

Dr. Daniel W. Armstrong

Performance-enhancing drugs topic for Focus on Faculty

After Lance Armstrong's confession during his Oprah interview, most of us are curious about performance-enhancement drugs, how they're used, and how they are detected.

Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, gives an overview of performance-enhancing drug types and effects in his Focus on Faculty lecture "Testing for Performance-Enhancing Drugs: The Case of a Chiral Stimulant" at noon Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library. A light dessert reception follows the talk.

Dr. Armstrong received the UT Arlington 2012 Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity award and has more than 450 publications. He has been named by the Scientific Citation Index as one of the world’s most highly cited scientists and is considered the "father" of micelle and cyclodextrin-based separations.

Take a Maverick Ride after dark with police escort service

Be safe when heading home after a night-time class or event on campus by using the UT Arlington Police Department escort service.

Maverick Ride is available to students, faculty, and staff from 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays until 3 a.m. and is operated by students working with the campus police. The escort will take you to your car, residence hall, or nearby apartment complex. Off-campus complexes served include Campus Edge, Maverick Place, and Midtown.

UT Arlington Police provide escort service at any time requested.

To request a security escort, call 817-272-3381.

The Green/South shuttle route runs through 10:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. This route goes along Pecan and West streets by Arlington Hall, Kalpana Chawla Hall, Lipscomb Hall, and The Heights on Pecan. It travels to student parking lots 47, 50, 51, 52, 53, and 56, and faculty lots 13 and 17.

  Fresh Pix Food trucks on mall

Truck stop

Hector Tejeda, physics senior, digs into his lunch on the Library mall last Tuesday. He grabbed a bite to eat from one of three food trucks scheduled for the mall 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Ssahm BBQ (Korean barbecue) is there Mondays and Wednesdays, Easy Slider (small burgers) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Ruthie's Rolling Cafe (grilled cheese sandwiches) on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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.

Apply now for leadership training program for campus campaigns

Applications are being accepted for a free student leadership program, Elect Her: UT Arlington Women Win.

Elect Her encourages and trains young women to run for student government positions. Learn the nuts and bolts of running a student government campaign, how to develop and communicate an effective message, how to reach out to their constituency, how to win a campaign, and key leadership skills.

The workshop is 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Concho Room in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Dinner will be provided.

Apply online through Friday, March 1. Space is limited. The program is geared toward women, but male students can apply, also.

Questions? Contact Kendra Kliesen at 817-272-2128 or

Mentors needed for next year's UTA-HOSTS!

UTA-HOSTS!, a peer-mentoring program, is recruiting mentors for the 2013-14 school year.

Mentors help incoming students become acclimated to student life at UT Arlington by providing information about academics, student organizations, resources on campus, and more.

To become a mentor, join UTA-HOSTS!, email or call 817-272-2293.

Fresh Pix Movin' Mavs at CPC

Movin' at CPC

Jorge Sanchez (42), right, spins toward John McPhail (33) in the Movin' Mavs' debut at College Park Center on Friday. The wheelchair basketball team lost to Alabama before downing Illinois.


Applications accepted for resident assistant jobs

Apartment and Residence Life is looking for next year’s resident assistant staffs. Look for information sessions posted in each apartment community and residence hall.

See the job description and requirements in the UT Arlington Snap Job system (job 6586) and complete the supplemental form by Friday, Jan. 25.

Email for more information.

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.

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.

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


Numerous ways to see if University is open

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 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.

Check List


Monday, Jan. 28

Spring term application for undergraduate graduation deadline

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Census Date

Thursday, Jan. 31

Grade exclusion site opens

Add, swap, drop, or withdraw from classes

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.

Note deadlines to apply for graduation for spring candidates

The deadline for undergraduate students to apply for graduation for spring is Monday, Jan. 28. While the graduation application may be accepted after this date, the candidate’s name will not appear in the program nor will the candidate receive commencement ceremony tickets from the respective college or school. The undergraduate application for graduation is online.

Graduate students have until Wednesday, Jan. 30, to apply for spring graduation through the Office of Graduate Studies. 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

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. Boys and Girls Club Night features a boys and girls' game at halftime. Free women's schedule posters and team photos. Tickets $3. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Jan. 25

Flight Deck Exhibit Reception Showcases public art at Love Field and DFW International Airport. Reception 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Fine Arts Building. Exhibit continues through Saturday, Feb. 16. The Gallery at UTA.

Perks of being a Wallflower

Friends of the Library J'Nell Pate discusses her book Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth’s Military Legacy. Meetings are open. RSVP. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

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

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. San Jose State. Blaze's Kids Club Night. Halftime show features Teams of Tomorrow. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

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.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Faculty Bassoon Recital Scott Pool, assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

The Norman Magic Experience Magician Norman Ng displays his incredible magic and comedy with audience participation. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Guest Artists Recital Bill Schaffer and Joshua Pifer of Auburn University perform on horn and piano. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


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 Take an adventure along the spectrum and discover the world of color in Cosmic Colors. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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

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Wednesday, Jan. 23

Focus on Faculty Performance-enhancing drugs are the topic of Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry. Light refreshments are served. Free. Noon, sixth floor atrium, 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.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Graduation Workshop: Graduate Student Examine important dates and deadlines, how to apply for graduation, and more. Register. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room B17, Davis Hall. Graduate Studies.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Study Abroad Fair Learn about hundreds of opportunities to study abroad. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education.

Managing Your Study Time Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 110, Preston Hall. University College, Success Series.

Financial Literacy: Graduate Student Explore money issues faced by graduate students. Lunch provided. Register. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Graduate Studies.

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

Sports Notes
  Brandon Edwards

On the rebound: Brandon Edwards is among the men's basketball statistical leaders in rebounding in the Western Athletic Conference.

Mav men take to the road this week

The men's basketball team travels to Utah State on Thursday, Jan. 24, and visits San Jose State on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Mavericks suffered losses to Seattle and Idaho at home last week and dropped to 3-4 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Movin' Mavs split with Alabama, Illinois

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team lost to Alabama before downing Illinois in its first games at College Park Center on Friday.

Now 7-1 in collegiate play, the Movin’ Mavs play in the Missouri Tournament Friday-Saturday, Jan. 25-26, in Columbia, Mo.

Women host Utah State, San Jose State

The women's basketball team tries to end a six-game losing skid when it hosts Utah State at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, and San Jose State at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at College Park Center.

The Mavericks are 1-6 in the Western Athletic Conference following losses at Seattle and Idaho last week.

Mavericks win six indoor track events

The women's and men's indoor track teams each won three events at the J.D. Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla., on Saturday.

Winners for the women were Ashly Wright in the 800, DeAndrea Smith in the 200, and the 4x440-relay team.

For the men, the first-place finishers included Brandon Waller in the triple jump, Clayton Vaughn in the 60, and Philip Critelli in the 800.

The Mavericks will compete in the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa, on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 25-26.

Sign up for dodgeball, basketball, bowling

Intramural entries for dodgeball are due Wednesday, Jan. 23. Pre-season basketball entries are due Tuesday, Jan. 29, regular season basketball Wednesday, Jan. 30, and bowling Friday, Feb. 1.

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