For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Dr. Vistasp Karbhari

Vistasp Karbhari named new president, succeeds James Spaniolo on June 1

The UT System Board of Regents has named Vistasp M. Karbhari president of UT Arlington effective June 1.

The board unanimously approved the appointment at a special called meeting last Tuesday. Dr. Karbhari was named lone finalist for the position at a Board of Regents meeting last month.

He will succeed President James D. Spaniolo, who announced last June his intention to step down from the top post once his successor is in place. Spaniolo has served as UT Arlington president since 2004, and his last day will be May 31.

“UT Arlington is an incredible institution, and I am committed to advancing UT Arlington toward Tier One status, while maintaining and strengthening excellence in both research and education and ensuring the success of our undergraduate and graduate students,” Karbhari says. “I am honored by the board’s decision to name me as president, and I am looking forward to leading this wonderful University and building on the tremendous foundations laid by President Spaniolo.”

Karbhari currently is the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Prior to that, he served as professor and vice chairman of the Structural Engineering Department at the University of California-San Diego.

Read more about the new president at UT Arlington.

Cameron Catlett

Mavericks at home Wednesday in tourney

UT Arlington hosts Oral Roberts University in the men's basketball postseason tournament at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at College Park Center.

The CollegeInsider bid is the first for the Mavericks and also marks the first postseason game at College Park Center.

The Mavericks reached the championship game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, falling Saturday night 64-55 to New Mexico State.

"We're excited to be in the postseason for the second straight year," coach Scott Cross says. "We came up a little bit short in our goal to win the WAC Tournament, but to keep our season alive in the CIT and go for 20 wins is a great opportunity and reward for our players.

"We need the support of Mavericks everywhere on Wednesday at College Park Center to give us a real home-court advantage against a very talented Oral Roberts team."

Student tickets are $3 for general admission seating in the student section. Students can purchase in advance by logging into their account or purchase them at the CPC box office with a valid UTA student ID. Students who have purchased the All-Sports Pass will receive admission by entering the CPC at the Northwest entry.

Read more about postseason basketball.


James D. Spaniolo

New scholarship honoring President Spaniolo will assist first-generation students

A new endowed scholarship honoring President James D. Spaniolo, who will retire this summer, guarantees that his influence on the UT Arlington campus will continue for decades to come. The scholarship was announced at the 1895 Society dinner, which paid tribute to Spaniolo.

The James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship Endowment will provide support for students who are the first in their families to attend college. First-generation students comprise more than half of UT Arlington’s student population.

Under Spaniolo's leadership, student enrollment has increased dramatically as has the quality of incoming students. Philanthropic commitments and funded research have soared to new heights. New buildings have risen as have the expectations from students and faculty members to reach even greater success. As president, Spaniolo has set the University on the path to being a Tier One research university.

Commitments to the fund are near $200,000. These gifts will be matched through the University’s Maverick Match program to create an endowed fund of nearly $400,000.

If you would like to make a donation, go to the James D. Spaniolo First Generation Scholarship Endowment website.

For questions, contact Mark LaVelle at 817-272-5235 or

See the Mavericks play TCU at Rangers Ballpark tonight

See the Maverick baseball team take the field for the first time at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington when it faces the TCU Horned Frogs at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 19.

Student tickets are $6 at or at the ballpark. Seating is general admission.

Jeff Corwin and Aaron Neville

Jeff Corwin and Aaron Neville

Tickets, premium seats still available to see Jeff Corwin, Aaron Neville

Tickets are still available to see the last two installments of the 2012-13 Maverick Speakers Series. Go to to reserve your seat.

Jeff Corwin, Emmy-winning star of The Jeff Corwin Experience, will speak on "100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at College Park Center. A question-and-answer session and book signing follow the lecture.

Music legends Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis appear in "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at College Park Center. A question-and-answer session follows their performance.

Learn more about the programs at the Maverick Speakers Series website.

Tough topics tackled for Women's History Month programs Wednesday

HIV, incarceration, and domestic violence are discussed Wednesday, March 20, for Women's History Month.

Becky White, a visiting lecturer, will discuss “HIV and Women: The Impact of Incarceration on HIV and Women” noon-1 p.m. in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

An interactive forum on domestic violence is 6:30-8 p.m. in the Concho Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. A presentation on trends and prevention awareness is planned.

The month wraps up with a health fair noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, on the University Center mall.

Business Week 2013

Business Week includes top entrepreneurs

For Business Week 2013, the College of Business showcases the true daredevil of the marketplace, the entrepreneur. Scheduled Monday-Friday, March 18-22, the weeklong event features executives who are founders, owners, investors, and risk-takers from a wide spectrum of enterprises and industries.

For students, Business Week is an opportunity to meld theory with application. Executive speakers will present during regularly scheduled undergraduate and graduate classes.

The speaker schedule includes speakers from Lockheed-Martin executives to the founders of Barefoot Wine.

Fresh Pix MavFest

Hammer time

Joshua Rivera, information systems junior, slams the hammer on the target to ring a bell at MavFest on March 6. The event was part of Diversity Week.


Student leadership positions open

Put your name on the ballot for the upcoming student elections.

Open positions include Student Congress president, Student Congress vice president, Student Congress senators (in all colleges and schools), Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives.

Individuals wishing to run for any of the above positions must file by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Office of Student Governance and Organizations, Suite B120, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Voting is Monday-Tuesday, April 15-16, in the University Center.

For more information, call 817-272-2293 or visit

Grab important graduation gear at UTA Bookstore's Grad Finale

The UTA Bookstore hosts the spring 2013 Grad Finale to help students prepare for commencement.

Student can purchase their cap and gown, order announcements, and visit with several vendors and departments for their graduation needs. A photographer will be available for pictures, and Blaze will make a guest appearance.

Grad Finale is 3-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, March 25-26, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, March 27-28.

Order your regalia by Monday, April 1, to guarantee delivery by graduation.

Volunteer registration open for The Big Event

Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 27.

The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.

Discover more about how The Big Event impacts North Texas at Learn how to participate and see a list of project sites.

For questions, call 817-272-2963 or email

Alan C. Lowe

Presidential librarian: Alan C. Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, right, speaks at the Friends of the Library meeting Friday.

Director of new Bush Presidential Library to speak Friday

The director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas will speak at the Friends of the Library meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Alan C. Lowe earned bachelor's and master's degrees in history at the University of Kentucky. In 1989 he became an archivist at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. In 1992 he joined the Office of Presidential Libraries at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He served as interim director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Friends of the Library meetings are free and open to the public. RSVP to 817-272-1413 or email

Fresh Pix Petsche Automorive Center

Start your engines

Arnold E. Petsche walked among the University formula racing cars at the March 8 grand opening at Woolf Hall of the Center for Automotive Engineering that bears his name. His donation along with the Maverick Match program brings $1 million to the College of Engineering. The UT Arlington Formula Society of Automotive Engineers consists of student volunteers who build race cars for annual competitions.


Use north, west entrances to Davis Hall

Use entrances on the north and west sides of Davis Hall this week while an accessible ramp is being replaced. The south entrance to the building will be closed through Friday, March 22.

Police escort service available any time

The UT Arlington Police Department offers escort service at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 817-272-3381.

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.

Submit images for Library's new Maverick Lens series

Images are needed for a new annual photo exhibit that reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington.

Each year The Maverick Lens series will have a different theme and solicit photographs from students, staff, and faculty for a framed art exhibit at the Central Library. Submissions will be juried by a committee of staff, faculty, and students.

Sponsored by the UT Arlington Library and the Department of Modern Languages, The Maverick Lens is an invitation to create a dialogue across campus about life at UT Arlington and to celebrate student creativity and engagement.

"Views From the Library" is the inaugural theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UT Arlington Library. Submission deadline is Sunday, April 21. The exhibit will run Sept. 3, 2013-April 26, 2014.

Read more about The Maverick Lens.

Check List


Friday, March 29

Last day to drop classes

Grade exclusion site for spring term closes at 5 p.m.

Monday, April 1

Registration begins for summer and fall terms

Think before you drop

The last day to drop courses for both undergraduate and graduate students is 5 p.m. Friday, March 29. Undergraduate students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate career. Discuss the impact of this when you meet with your adviser about dropping a course. Read more about this state law and procedures for its implementation at UT Arlington.

A list of academic advising offices is online.

Check on the impact of dropping if you receive financial aid by going to or emailing

Grade exclusion request site closed after 5 p.m. March 29

UT Arlington will process grade exclusion requests submitted online by 5 p.m. on the last day to drop—Friday, March 29—as part of the grading and academic standing process for the spring 2013 term. The grade exclusion site will be unavailable March 31-June 6. It will reopen on the first day of classes for the summer I session and be available through last drop date for the summer II session.

For a grade to be excluded, students must be registered on the Census Date for the term in which their grade exclusion request is processed.

Registration begins for summer and fall 2013

Advising for summer and fall terms has started. Priority registration opens Monday, April 1.

Check for your appointment time on the Registration Timetable, which is available in your MyMav Student Center, along with information on whether you need to see an academic adviser before you’re eligible to register. A list of academic advising offices is online.

The schedule of classes is not final. Plan to validate your course selections when registration opens Monday, April 1.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the spring 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

A Night of Stand-Up Comedy with Andrew Schulz

Andrew Schulz

Andrew Schulz brings his "logical masculinism," the male experience from an informed and rational perspective, to campus at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Admission is free.

Schulz discusses gender issues and identity politics and questions the world by prying people’s values and desires. He writes for MTV2’s hit Guy Code and has appeared on Hip Hop Squares and Epic Fail.

Come early for a pre-show audience joke competition.

EXCEL Campus Activities sponsors Schulz's appearance.

Tuesday, March 19

Baseball Mavericks vs. TCU. Tickets $6 with student ID. 7 p.m., Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Athletics.

Music Honors Recital Music faculty members and outstanding students play in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 20

Softball Mavericks vs. Baylor. Tickets $3 with student ID. 5 p.m., Allan Saxe Field, Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Oral Roberts in Postseason Tournament. Tickets $3 with student ID. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Faculty Strings Chamber Music Recital A chamber strings recital featuring performances by music faculty members. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, March 21

Trumpet Studio Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

University Singers and Arlington Master Chorale Concert Performance of Requiem by Gabriel Faure and Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo. Tickets $5 students, $10 seniors, $15 adults. 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks. Also, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22. Arlington Master Chorale, Music.

Friday, March 22

Softball Mavericks vs. Seattle. Tickets $3 with student ID. 4 p.m. doubleheader. Also 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, along with alumni game. Allan Saxe Field, Athletics.

Friday Night Film: Lincoln 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, March 23

Faculty Voice Recital: David Grogan David Grogan, assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Bobby Lane Invitational Men's and women's track and field. Tickets $3 with student ID. All day, Maverick Stadium. Athletics.

Monday, March 25

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert A chamber orchestra concert featuring performances by both students and faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 26

Mavs Got Talent: Blazin' to Fame A student talent show for individuals or group acts judged on talent ability, stage presence, originality, and crowd appeal. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Clavier Series Piano Recital A recital featuring piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

ACES Symposium Ashanti Johnson, executive director of the Institute for Broadening Participation, is the keynote speaker for the symposium, which showcases undergraduate and graduate students' research and creativity. Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, E.H. Hereford University Center. Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES).

Maverick Speakers Series Conservationist Jeff Corwin speaks on "100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, College Park Center. Also Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis, "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, College Park Center. Free, but tickets required. Premium reserved seating $25. Maverick Speakers Series.

Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Wenda Trevathan, professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, presents "Redefining the Normal in Women's Health: The View from Evolutionary Medicine." Free. 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28, Room 204, Architecture Building. Anthropology.

Glass Art Show and Sale Intricately crafted works of glass art go on sale to the public. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, March 29, Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis. Glass Art, Art and Art History.


Self-congratulatory Nonsense A solo installation by Joshua Elliott. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Saturday, March 30. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

Exhibit: Kim Cadmus Owens/Allison V. Smith Dallas-based artists Kim Cadmus Owens and Allison V. Smith portray vividly colored landscapes in paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Closed for Spring Break. Through Saturday, March 30. Art and Art History.

Planetarium See what it takes to become an astronaut and the effect space has on the human body in Astronaut. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, March 19

Common Grammar Errors Explore the most often identified grammar errors in student writing. Learn tips on avoiding, recognizing, and correcting them before submitting final drafts. Free. Noon, Room 411, Central Library. Also 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Writing Center.

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

Graduate Admissions and Financial Resources Workshop Learn about how to apply, general admission processes, ways to seek financial assistance, and graduate student services. Free. 1 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Graduate Studies.

I Engage Mentoring Program: Meet Your Mentor Match Discover more about the program, meet potential mentors and mentees, and receive tips on writing a competitive application. Free. 5-6 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Graduate Studies.

Wednesday, March 20

Learning Center Employment Opportunities Learn about Peer Educator positions. Peer Educator positions afford experience and resume building opportunities. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 110, Preston Hall. University College.

LSAT prep class LSAT prep class taught by a Princeton Review instructor. Free. Noon-2 p.m., Room 010, University Hall. Pre-Law Center.

A Multimodal Approach to Literacy Learning Simone Smala will present a model of literacy learning that is widely used in teacher education programs in Australia. Dr. Smala is an assistant professor at the School of Education, the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Noon-1 p.m., Room 332, Science Hall. College of Education and Health Professions.

ON TRAC Learning Community Brown Bag Series A guest speaker will address the importance of teaching skills in a graduate portfolio. Examples of how ON-TRAC's core principle of teaching-as-research benefits your career will be discussed. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Graduate Studies.

Thursday, March 21

Commissioner Andy Nguyen's Social Hour Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen hosts a social hour. Free. 5:30-7 p.m., Digg’s Tacos, College Park District. Student Congress.

Friday, March 22

Biomedical Technologies Symposium Experts from industry, clinical, and academic settings will address University faculty and students, plus medical practitioners and industry professionals. Features national and regional speakers, including Col. Robert G. Hale, director of craniomaxillofacial research for the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, and Mario Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering. 10:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South, Fort Worth.

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

Sports Notes
  Jorge Sanchez

All-American: Jorge Sanchez (42) earned first-team National Wheelchair Basketball Association college division All-American honors as the Movin' Mavs finished second in the national tournament.

Movin' Mavs second in national meet

The Movin' Mavs advanced to the finals of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association collegiate division tournament, but lost to Alabama 71-52 in the championship game March 9 at Birmingham, Ala.

Coach Doug Garner's squad, which won the regular season title, defeated Auburn 69-21 and Wisconsin-Whitewater 65-53 to reach the finals. They finished 26-7 for the season.

Jorge Sanchez earned first-team All-American honors. Andreas Kraft was named to the second team and earned Academic All-American honors. Jan Gans was named to the first-team All-Rookie squad.

Two tracksters place at NCAA Indoor

Shot putter Bozidar Antunovic finished fifth and heptathlete Romain Martin was eighth at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships March 9 at Fayetteville, Ark.

Both earned first-team All-American honors while sprinter Clayton Vaughn was named to the second team. Vaughn just missed qualifying for the finals in the 60-meter dash.

The men's and women's track teams opened the outdoor season Friday at the TCU Invitational. Vaughn won the men’s 100-meter dash while DeAndrea Smith and Jennifer Brown were winners for the women in the 400-meter dash and the triple jump, respectively.

The Mavericks host the Bobby Lane Invitational on Saturday, March 23, at Maverick Stadium.

Softball hosts Baylor on Wednesday

After a successful Spring Break in which it won seven of 11 games, the softball team hosts Baylor at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks, now 15-11, won four of five games at the Jeannine McHenry McHaney Memorial Classic in Lubbock, and then won three of six in the San Diego Classic.

Coach Kristie Fox's team opens Western Athletic Conference play this weekend with home games against Seattle University on Friday-Saturday, March 22-23.

Women eliminated in first round

The women's basketball team lost 76-63 to New Mexico State in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament last Tuesday, ending their season.

Men's, women's tennis have home matches this week

The men's tennis team hosts UT Dallas at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, and Columbia at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the UTA Tennis Center.

The Mavericks are 5-7, posting victories over Sacramento State and UC Davis before losing to Pacific, Radford, and Wichita State during Spring Break.

The women's team begins Western Athletic Conference play this week, hosting Denver at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, before playing matches Saturday, March 23, against Idaho at 10 a.m. and Utah State at 3 p.m. All matches are at the UTA Tennis Center.

Golfers sixth at San Diego, 12th at Border Olympics

The golf team finished sixth among 14 teams in the San Diego Classic early last week at Chula Vista, Calif., before placing 12th of 14 in the Border Olympics at Laredo, Texas, on Saturday.

Next competition is in the Ole Miss Invitational at Madison, Miss., on Monday-Tuesday, April 1-2.

Submit intramural entries for sand volleyball, NCAA pick 'em

Intramural entries for sand volleyball teams are due at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. Entries for the NCAA men's tournament pick 'em contest are due at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 19, with women's tournament entries due at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

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